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Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: The Bugaloos: "Courage Come Home" (October 3, 1970)
“Courage Come Home,” Benita Bizarre (Martha Raye) fires Funky Rat and all her
other minions after an incident with a runaway vacuum cleaner. While these
incompetent minions picket the juke box, Courage (John Philpott) unexpectedly
falls from the sky in a storm, and is separated from the rest of the Bugaloos.
finds Courage, and learns that he has amnesia. She tells him that he is her
cousin -- and house keeper -- Melvyn
Bizarre. The Bugaloos attempt to rescue
Courage, but he now believes he is really Benita’s cousin. Instead of going home to the Tranquility Forest
with them, he holds the Bugaloos captive.
the ensuing scuffle, Courage falls, and gets a second bump on the head, which
cures his amnesia.
is also injured, and she develops amnesia. This condition allows her rejected
minions to return and pretend that she is their housekeeper.
week’s installment of The Bugaloos (1970-1971) opens with
the song of the week. Some of the lyrics
include: “Fly away with us in space and
far beyond.” It is sung by the group, in mid-air, before Courage succumbs
to amnesia. Here’s the number:
than a memorable song, this episode contends in a very familiar TV cliché:
amnesia. In particular, one bump on the head causes amnesia, and a second bump
cures said amnesia. Courage gets amnesia this week, and thinks he is related to
Benita Bizarre even though, as he rightly notes, she doesn’t have wings like he
episode feels a lot like one of the series’ key inspirations, TheMonkees
(1966-1968), especially during the sequence in which Joy dresses as a French
maid, I.Q. becomes a butler, and Harmony (Wayne Laryea) becomes a chef. The
costumes, and the mad-cap nature of the action all recall The Monkees, though in an
enjoyable, fantasy-based manner.
(1971-1972) later did a story similar to “Courage Come Home” in which Hoodoo
(Charles Nelson Reilly) got amnesia, and his minions convinced him that he was
their servant, not vice versa.