Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Sandman Sleeps is an episode from Season 3.

The episode was produced in 2001 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on March 15, 2002.


When the Sandman has trouble getting to sleep, he takes Muriel's ability to sleep to use for himself. Courage must find a way to get it back before Muriel loses her sanity from lack of sleep.


On the farm, Courage struggles to sleep due to Muriel's loud snoring.

Meanwhile, at a castle made of sand, the Sandman is counting thousands of sheep trying to get to sleep but finds the effort not working. Restless, he listens to the sounds of people snoring and is drawn to Muriel's snores. Hoping to sleep, he rushes off and makes his way to the farm. Just as Courage is about to leave the room, Sandman enters the room and steals Muriel's sleep sand. Right as he leaves, Muriel wakes up.

Having been awake since her sleep sand was taken, Muriel begins to slowly lose her sanity. Courage tries everything he can to help her sleep, but nothing works. Eventually, he takes her on a drive when she mentions how her father used driving to put her to sleep. As they drive, he suddenly hears snoring. Thinking it's Muriel, he checks on her but sees she's still wide awake and further losing her grip on reality.

Following the sound of snoring, Courage soon finds the Sandman's castle. He is able to get inside and begin searching for Muriel's sand when Sandman wakes up and catches Courage. Although hearing the state Muriel is in, Sandman refuses to return the sand as he is having the best sleep he's had in years.

Refusing to back down, Courage lies on Sandman's bed and remains in place as Sandman tries to get him to leave. During the minor struggle, Courage feels something under the mattress and pulls out a worn looking panda teddy bear. Sandman becomes joyful at seeing the bear as it being missing is the reason he was not able to sleep.

In gratitude for finding the bear, Sandman returns Muriel's sleep sand. Returning to the farm, Courage gets Muriel back into bed and gives her sand back. Muriel instantly falls asleep, and Courage happily readies himself for a night of her snoring.


Main Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • Sheep


  • Courage cries in this episode.

Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on March 15, 2002, it was actually produced in 2001 according to the credits.
    • This episode was finished on July 6, 2001.[1]