Nuff the Mummy – The Barnes Family

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Nuff the Mummy is a 3250-year-old mummy of Egyptian Pharaoh Prince Nuffratuti of Abu Simbel (Elyes Gabel) featured on the YTV fantasy comedy I LOVE MUMMY (2002-03).

After the Barnes family inherit a house (# 1237) from their archeologist Great Aunt Agnes, they take up residence only to find the entire house if filled with artifacts collected by their Egyptology-obsessed relative.

As 13-year-old James Barnes (Reece Thompson) investigates the upper floors of the house, he stumbles upon a sarcophagus which he accidentally activates and out comes a mummy whose first words are, “I’m so hungry I could eat a tied camel’s rump. Hail groveling commoner. Commence the Royal breakfast feast immediately. The Prince of Abu Simbel has spoken.”

Nuff is the grandson of Pharaoh Ramses II and Queen Nefertarti. Nuff died sand-boarding (surfing) down the Great Sphinx (“I blame the slaves, they leave their tools everywhere.”).

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Before his miraculous resurrection, Nuff had been sentenced to ancient Egyptian purgatory by the gods for the last 3,232 years.

Apparently, Nuff was refused entrance into the Golden Palace (Heaven) until he completes a number of tasks (3, 242 plus 10 for bad behavior) that were found written on a scroll in his sarcophagus (“The Scroll of Tasks”).

Not interested in returning to purgatory, Nuff decides to take up residence at the Barnes’ new home who proceeds to put his feet up on the table and hog
the remote.

To give Nuff a cover story, the Barnes move his sarcophagus upstairs to the attic and tell the nosey-neighbors Francine and George that Nuff is a foreign exchange student with a bad case of eczema (to explain all the mummy wrappings).

Over time, the Barnes do their best to accommodate Nuff’s needs, even agreeing to take part in an ancient Egyptian celebration called the Harvest Festival.

“Gather round slave family. I must instruct you on the Harvest Festival procedure. The Harvest Festival takes place over a five-day cycle. Each day represents the Royal Fingers that reign supreme over the unworthy slave. That would be you, and you, and you. And on each day, a new gift is given (to him).”

But eventually, the spoiled royal is dissatisfied with having to actually work like a commoner, and so he resurrects his old house slaves, Set (Mark Haven) and Hep (Earl Pasko) to help him with his chores. But James informs the slaves that slavery is wrong, citing the history of North American Labor Relations and convinces them to go on strike.

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Despite their differences, Nuff would help out the Barnes family like the time James was tormented by a bully at school. When Nuff suspects the bully to be the reincarnation of a bully in Ancient Egypt who terrorized him, he exacts his own brand of revenge.

Nuff the Mummy
c/o The Barnes Family
# 1237 (unnamed street)

I Love Mummy (IMDB)
I Love Mummy – Episode One (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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