That night, the ghost of Ramses returns, and this time threatens the Bagges. He orders Eustace to return the slab or he would be visited by three “plagues”, each worse than the last. Eustace, believing that the ghost is the professor in disguise, gives the ghost his customary response of “Whats your offer?” and then slams the door on the ghost when the ghost repeats himself. The ghost unleashes the first plague. The second representative symbol on the slab, the water, disappears, and the house subsequently begins to fill up with water. While Muriel is drowning, Eustace uses his snorkel gear. Courage swims to the basement and pulls a drain stopper and all the water drains out from the house thus defeating the first plague much to the ghosts annoyance. Unfazed by the ordeal, Eustace again refuses the ghosts request asking for an offer, initiating the second plague. Again, the representative symbol on the stone slab, the record player, disappears. A skipping record that repeatedly blares “King Ramses, the man in gauze,” permeates the air, causing the family audible pain. Eustace alleviates the noise by plugging his ears using cotton, but leaves Muriel suffering. Courage finds the source of the noise behind a boulder, destroying the phonograph with a baseball bat to stop the racket. King Ramses once again demands the return of his slab. Muriel insists that Eustace return the slab, but Eustace still refuses to do so without getting paid.
Courage discovers an Egyptian stone slab near the waterpump of the farmhouse. The stone slab turns out to be a relic, stolen from a Pharaohs tomb, that is worth one million dollars. Eustace refuses to return the stolen slab without payment, and the entire family faces the wrath of its three curses as a result.
The ghost then unleashes his third and final plague: the locusts. The final symbol disappears from the slab, and the insects begin to devour the house starting from the roof. As the house is devoured by the locusts, Muriel prepares food as a stress relief tactic. Courage and Eustace wrestle over the slab. Eustace finally gives in once he realizes how close they are to being devoured, allowing Courage to toss the artifact toward Ramses, which ends the curse. However, Eustace reclaims the slab after the locusts had left and taunts Ramses, thinking that he, since he used three different plagues, is now powerless. Annoyed, Ramses simply reuses the third plague by summoning the locusts again, and Eustace is devoured.
Within the carnage in the wake of the locusts, Muriel is rocking Courage as usual, watching TV. On TV, Professor Frith explains that the slab has been returned to the Pharaohs tomb in Egypt and will remain protected for all time. This episode ends by showing the sarcophagus of King Ramses, where Eustace has now apparently replaced Ramses on the slab, as punishment for his greed.
In the dead of the night, after stealing an Egyptian stone slab from the tomb of King Ramses, two feline grave robbers are fleeing from the scene of the crime in their car. Pursued by the police, the duo decides that the best course of action is to hide the slab, and return to its location once the authorities have given up the chase in order to retrieve it (for the sake of concealing any incriminating evidence). They pull over to bury the slab at the nearest landmark in sight, which is the Bagges water-pump. As they re-enter their vehicle in order to escape, they are confronted by King Ramses himself, who demands that his slab be returned lest the thieves suffer his curse. The confused thieves, unaware of the curse, do not have a chance to react before they are surrounded by a swarm of locusts, which quickly devour both them and the car. Puzzled by the scene, Courage watches with curiosity from the farmhouse, but does not investigate further.
Ultimately, Eustace suffered the curse of King Ramses. The episode is disturbing and terrifying in various ways. Primarily, “King Ramses’ Curse” was showcased to an audience of children who just so happened to allow their VHS to continue rolling. The unexpected horror is enough to shock someone into never forgetting the words echoed by the ancient king. His plagues of biblical proportions and actual ability to end a life make him the scariest supernatural entity that Courage has ever faced in the entire run of Courage The Cowardly Dog.
John R. Dilworth’s animated children’s horror comedy series Courage The Cowardly Dog details the lives of elderly couple Muriel and Eustace Bagge with their brave, but sheepish dog named Courage; out of all of the fifty-two horrifying episodes, “King Ramses’ Curse” remains the most disturbing of them all. The family lives in the middle of nowhere in an old farmhouse where supernatural and monstrous events take place incessantly. While the Bagges are oblivious to everything happening around them, it is up to Courage to keep them safe.
Out of every episode of Courage The Cowardly Dog, “King Ramses’ Curse” was the only one that appeared unexpectedly at the end of Scooby-Doo And The Alien Invaders in 2000. When the credits stopped rolling, the episode began and the horror of King Ramses was immediately introduced to unsuspecting children. The episode is so intensely disturbing that it completely undermines the paranormal Scooby-Doo film.
After two feline grave robbers uncover the Egyptian slab from the tomb of King Ramses, they flee to the outskirts of the middle of nowhere. When courage discovers the ancient slab on the farm’s land, he brings it into the house for Eustace and Muriel to examine. A record player, water, and locusts are carved into the stone. While Eustace initially disregards the object and refers to it as trash, the Nowhere News reporter claims that it is actually a priceless artifact. As a result, he goes out to retrieve it believing the slab will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams.
In Dilworth’s series, it is extremely rare for any of the main characters to meet their end by any of the monsters they encounter. However, King Ramses is unlike any other being they have experienced. He is an ancient pharaoh whose curse are the three plagues that can actually result in death. Due to the severity of his punishments, “King Ramses’ Curse” remains the most popular and terrifying episode. With his eerie chant and ability to manipulate his victims, King Ramses has the power to end the lives of anyone who does not return the slab.
Courage finds a slab that belonged to a dead guy named King Ramses. A guy named Professor Flith comes and says the slab belongs in the museum. However, Eustace (knowing its worth a lot) wont give it to him. So, the ghost of King Ramses comes and causes plagues to happen that wont stop until Eustace returns the slab to the museum. The first is a flood, the second is loud music, and the third is locusts. The slab is finally returned, but Eustace is now possessed by King Ramses, as punishment for his greediness. Watch