Slab Courage The Cowardly Dog

King Ramses’ Curse is part one of the seventh episode of Season One, which aired January 21, 2000, preceding The Clutching Foot.

King Ramses’ Curse: An ancient artifact is stolen from a museum; Courage discovers it buried outside the house. Unfortunately, it carries a curse with it, and Eustace refuses to return it believing he can claim a fortune for it.

It was cancelled after 4 seasons but it’s shown on Cartoon Network sporadically. One episode in particular that scared a lot of us was King Ramses’ Curse. But does anyone really know King Ramses’ backstory? Not really.

The Slab was an ancient artifact owned by King Ramses that somehow wound up at the Bagge Farmhouse one day in “King Ramses Curse” after it was stolen from the Pharaohs tomb by two Cat Thieves. Eustace, upon finding the slab, concludes keeping the slab will make him rich and thus refuses to give it back to the museum. That night, King Ramses comes to the farmhouse in order to get Eustace to “Return the slab, or suffer my curse.” After the Bagges withstand all three curses intended to get them to return the slab, Eustace still refuses to give it up, so hes imprisoned as an on the slab and it gets returned to the Pharaohs tomb in Egypt.

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 next morning, Courage cannot contain his curiosity and unearths the slab. The slab contains symbols of Ramses, water, a record player, and locusts. Courage shows it to his owners, but Eustace dismisses the slab as “garbage” and tosses it out the window. However, Eustaces opinion changes after learning from the Nowhere Newsman that the stolen artifact is worth one million dollars. Courage notices that the first symbol, the Ramses, disappears from the slab and wails in dismay. Eustace contacts the Nowhere Newspaper to place an ad for the slab, despite Muriels condemnation of his behavior. Professor Frith arrives and tries to reclaim the slab, but Eustace refuses to give it up for free.

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.

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.

Who is return the slab guy?

King Ramses: Return the slab or suffer my curse!