Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Uncommon Cold is part one of the fourth episode of Season 4 of Courage the Cowardly Dog, the other part being "Farmer-Hunter, Farmer-Hunted". 

The episode was produced in 2002 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 27 of that year.


The episode begins with Muriel, who is sick with the uncommon cold. As she sneezes, a slug inside a bubble gives a message to Courage stating that he and the other slugs are slaves to the bayou snake and that freeing them will cure Muriel.

Courage travels with Muriel into the bayou, finding the slugs shackled inside of a cave making replicas of Big Bayou, a black magic practicing, narcissistic snake out of his shed skin. When the slugs obtained a piece of the snake's magic book, they were able to send the uncommon cold to Muriel. However, they were able to get a piece of the uncommon cold spell, but not the cure for it. So Courage has to get into Big Bayou's lair, get the cure and free the slugs.

While Big Bayou is away, Courage manages to grab the Big Book of Black Magic from the window and takes it back to the cave where he finds the cure, which tells Courage to imitate a chicken, lay an egg and have Muriel drink from the egg.

Muriel is cured and as Courage searches for a way to free the slugs, Big Bayou appears in the cave and chases after Courage. Courage finds a trick from the book to turn the snake statues into loyal servants. To use it, he needs venom from a real Bayou snake, and as he reads it, Big Bayou bites at Courage, who uses the book to block the bite and as Big Bayou tries to shake the book off his fangs, venom sprays on some of the nearby statues, allowing Courage to command them to attack Big Bayou, chasing him away.

When Courage returns to the cave, it's revealed that Muriel used her nail-file to free the slugs from their shackles. Back at the farmhouse, Eustace has caught the uncommon cold as well. The bubble appears again, but this time, Big Bayou appears, imprisoned by his statues. Courage starts to imitate a chicken again, then laughs towards the audience, concluding the episode.


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Love note Easter egg

  • About 4 minutes into the episode, when the slugs show Courage the spell that they used, the following phrase can be seen, revealed amongst the "YADDA YADDA" text: "Bambi, you sweet thing. Can you read this? If you could why do you work at CN?" 
    • The context behind this phrase is unclear.
  • The music used throughout the episode is named "Promise to Meet Me Blues", which was written by Greencastle Homer.
  • The first draft of the episode's script was written on April 4, 2001.[1]
  • Originally, Eustace's sneeze at the end of the episode was supposed to show a praying mantis instead of Big Bayou being tortured.