Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

"Wrath of the Librarian" is part two of the twelfth episode of Season 4 of Courage the Cowardly Dog, following "Cabaret Courage".

The episode was produced in 2002 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on November 15 of that year.


One day as Courage is digging in the yard, he discovers an overdue library book he was supposed to return two years ago, called The Pixie and the Prickle Pirate. Muriel sends him to the library, where the Librarian checks the book, and Courage is left with a fee of about $3,000. Courage is unable to pay, infuriating the librarian. The lion statues in front of the library come alive and warn Courage that there will be consequences if he doesn't pay the fee, scaring him away. As he leaves, the librarian places a curse over the book.

Courage arrives back at the Bagge Farmhouse where he discovers the book sitting on the front porch. He shows the book to Eustace and Muriel and they both get paper cuts. The curse begins to take action, turning Eustace into the Prickle Pirate and Muriel into the Pixie. Eustace begins chasing and trying to capture Muriel and mistakes Courage for his sidekick spike. Muriel runs from the farm followed by Eustace. Courage goes after his owners and chases them in and through the town, where onlookers look on in amazement as Eustace tries to shoot cannonballs at Muriel, who is standing on the rooftops.

Courage tries to get help from Dr. Vindaloo, and after an ordeal with an ice cream cart, Dr. Vindaloo explains, "There is nothing he can do about it. Nothing at all." Muriel and Eustace begin battling atop a billboard and Courage races to the library to fix the curse before Muriel and Eustace injure themselves. And to Courage's horror, the book fee is rapidly increasing.

Luckily, Courage gets the idea to sell tickets for $100 to let the townspeople watch them fight. He acquires the money, but it still isn't enough. This angers Courage so much that he slams the book on the counter and the fee drops, revealing that it was malfunctioning earlier and that he is one cent short. He discovers a penny stuck on his foot and uses it to finally pay the fee. The lion statues thanks Courage for paying, and the curse is lifted.


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  • This episode marks the last appearance of Dr. Vindaloo.
  • Thea White, the voice of Muriel, was also a librarian.
  • When Courage was wearing the glove, it had four fingers, but in reality, Courage has three fingers.
  • When Courage drags the red curtain out of the cinema, the words on the cinema sign read "Bride of Swamp Monster".
  • The melody that plays throughout this episode is also heard in "Freaky Fred". It's also the last time this tune is played.
  • This is the last time Eustace appears shirt less.
  • Two individuals in the crowd of people are two of the Quilt Club Members from "The Quilt Club".
  • The second half of the music that was used in "House Calls", was used on the two toy Yodelers with their mallets. Although, the first half was used in "Record Deal".
  • According to an early draft of the script, Courage's overdue book was originally going to be called "Pewter Pete and Captain Hoof".[1] Also, it was a parody based on Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
  • The first draft of the episode's script was written on April 25, 2001.[1]
  • During the episode, there were a couple of book-related allusions that recall the plot of Courage returning the book he has long forgotten.
  • The title card features "Little Goldil Books" on the background, a reference to Little Golden Books, an American publication of children's books, and the recurring theme of "Dil" from within the show, which is an allusion to series creator John R. Dilworth.
  • One of the scenes where Courage is about to sell money to people has the Sea Rider: The Harbor and Mount Rush Much More theme from Cartoon Network Racing.