Recap / Courage The Cowardly Dog S 4 E 46 The Mask
The Bagges temporarily take in a masked female wandering the Nowhere desert. She shows an instant dislike for Courage, whom she hates for being an "evil dog." But is there more to her than it seems?
This episodes provides examples of the following tropes (YMMV items can be found here.): Ambiguously Gay: The writers don't even try to hide what kind of relationship Kitty and Bunny have. Asshole Victim: Mad Dog gets exactly what's coming to him. Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The hug between Eustace and Muriel shows this. Bastard Boyfriend: Mad Dog. And how. Brick Joke: Eustace keeps Kitty's mask. Broken Bird: Kitty and Bunny. Comedic Sociopathy: Zig-zagged with Kitty's various assaults on Courage. On one hand, she attacks him with a kitchen sink, a washing machine, a fish and a plunger. On the other, Courage is shown to be very confused by and frightened of her and Kitty genuinely believes Courage to be evil ''simply'' for being a dog. Damsel in Distress: Bunny. She does try to escape but she doesn't get far. Thankfully, Courage helps her. Defrosting Ice Queen: Kitty. Darker and Edgier: It says something when a show as regularly nightmarish as this one manages to be genuinely horrific. Special mention goes to Mad Dog, if only because his character is not that far from real-life domestic abusers. A Dog Named "Dog": Kitty is a cat, Bunny is a rabbit and Mad Dog is an Ax-Crazy dog. Domestic Abuse: Mad Dog threatens to murder Kitty if Bunny doesn't come with him and when Bunny tries to escape, he buries her alive. The worst part? This was a very, VERY realistic depiction of this trope. Earn Your Happy Ending: Courage goes through his usual week's worth of hell, if not more, here. And then there's Kitty and Bunny, who are reunited and escape Mad Dog thanks to Courage. Gang Bangers: Mad Dog and his comrades. Getting Crap Past the Radar: More so than normal. Not many American kids shows at the time had the guts to display domestic violence and strongly hinted lesbian relationships like this episode did, whether or not it's Played for Laughs or Played for Drama. So much got past the radar, that there are rumors that this episode got the series cancelled when Moral Guardians threatened legal action. Heel Realization: Kitty, after Courage saves Bunny and reunites them. Kitty: I was wrong, Bunny. Not all dogs are bad. Laser-Guided Karma: Mad Dog suffers from this. Not So Different: When Courage sees that Kitty is a cat, he flips out and assume she's up to no good ( unsurprisingly, considering the only other cat he's had extended interactions with). Both of them have to learn to not jump to conclusions based on prejudices. Pet the Dog: Eustace gets a couple of these with Muriel in the episode. Recycled In Space: Blue Velvet SHOWN AMONG CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS! Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Even with all of the implications, it's never outright stated whether Kitty and Bunny really are just friend or lesbians. Of course, this has more to do with network standards than anything story-related. Something Completely Different: We interrupt this bizarre, surreal horror-comedy children's show to bring you a gritty gangland drama, staring a very real domestic abuser and two female characters whose lesbianism only barely counts as subtext. Unlike the other monsters of the week, Kitty doesn't seek to hurt the Bagges, who sit most of the drama out anyway, so Courage looks unusually proactive when he goes out to investigate her past and fight Mad Dog, instead of just sitting around and reacting to the villain's schemes. Stalker Without A Crush: An eerie montage shows that Kitty had actually been watching the Bagges before actually introducing herself to them. Steam Never Dies: The train that smashes Mad Dog's car and that Kitty is a passenger on is pulled by a huge streamlined 1930s-style steam locomotive. Super Strength: Kitty is strong enough to use a washing machine as a weapon, as Courage found out. Token Heroic Orc: Courage is the only dog shown in the episode who isn't a jerk. He is also the only dog who is unclothed, perhaps as a way of symbolizing how Closer to Earth he is compared to the other members of his species. Tragic Bigot: Kitty towards dogs. Kitty: ( after seeing that her toy mouse has vanished) This is why I hate dogs! They take everything you care about away from you! Tragic Keepsake: Kitty's toy mouse, given to her by Bunny. When She Smiles: Kitty and Bunny.