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A Bicycle Built for Boo!

Ghost steals Shaggy's bike

A Bicycle Built for Boo! title card

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Details
Episode # 101
US Air date September 10, 1988 (ABC)
Written by Tom Ruegger
Jim Ryan
Charles M. Howell, IV
Directed by William Hanna[1]
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A Bicycle Built for Boo! is the first episode of the first season of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.

Premise

The gang takes the case when Shaggy's bike is stolen by a green ghost.

Synopsis

A newspaper truck pulls up to Shaggy's house during dawn, and leaves a pack of newspapers. Shaggy has a paper route to deliver everyday, so he has to get up early. But, sometimes he oversleeps, and whenever he does, he gets woken up by his personal alarm clock, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. After Scooby wakes Shaggy up, he asks Scooby to load the papers on his bike. While doing so, a green ghost shows up, and takes the bike, while Scooby runs back in Shaggy's room.

Shaggy calls an emergency meeting of the Scooby-Doo Detective Agency. Shaggy laments over the loss of his bike, while Scooby does an impersonation of the ghost he saw. Daphne doesn't believe in ghosts, while Freddie says that Shaggy's bike was stolen by the neighborhood bully, Red Herring.

They followed Red to his secret hideout, which was in Weirdo Woods. They encountered a swamp monster, which was really Red pulling a mean prank. Freddie accuses him of stealing Shaggy's bike, which the bully denies. Scooby finds a blue bike in the bushes, which Freddie believes it to be the stolen bike. Shaggy doubts it saying his bike is red. Freddie still won't believe it, and uses a sand blaster to remove the paint. But, he was proven wrong, and gets run over by Red.

While tending to Freddie, Velma took a closer look at the tire tracks on Freddie's body, and gets an idea. They found tire tracks from Shaggy's bike, and Scooby can follow them to the bike.

It didn't take long for Scooby to finally catch the bikes trail, and take off bringing Shaggy with him, and the gang following. Scooby lead them to the Daily Babbler newspaper office, where they met Shaggy's boss Mr. Conrad. He denies to know anything about the missing bike, while Scooby finds green dry ink, and after a few sniffs, he began sneezing all over the office, until he got caught in the newspaper machine. After Mr. Conrad throws them out, Scooby catches the bikes scent again, and takes off like before.

He lead them to the Furgeson's estate, which is the most mosted place in town. Scooby's sure that the bikes inside, but won't go in. Daphne, however, changes his mind with a Scooby Snack. The gang splits-up to look around outside. Velma, Shaggy and Scooby looked in the backyard, and they ran into the same ghost who stole Shaggy's bike.

After they escaped, they met up with the others, and told them what happened, which Daphne still doesn't believe. Then they met a woman, who introduces herself as Shirley Mcloon, who claims to be the world famous Medium, a person who can see into the future. She's hear because she claims that there are spirits in the area. After she leaves, she dropped a kind of camera. Freddie believes that Mcloon is really an agent from Mars sent to steal bikes in their plan to rule the world. Shaggy, however, reminds him to focus on finding Shaggy's bike. Scooby found Shaggy's bike bender, and footprints that leads inside the house.

Upon entering, the gang fell through a hole in the floor, and landed on piles of money. Shaggy and Scooby realizes that they could buy many new bikes. Velma does some analyzing, and finds that all the bills have the exact same cereal number. While looking for more money, Shaggy and Scooby run into the ghost, who corners them. But they escaped when Velma finds a secret passageway. They found themselves in a dungeon, where they find a printing press, and Shaggy's bike. Velma points out that the bikes chain is missing, and sees another chain on the printing press. The ghost then shows up again, and chases them all over the basement until it corners Freddie, Daphne and Shaggy. Meanwhile, Velma and Scooby find more dry ink, which makes Scooby sneeze uncontrollably. He sneezes into the ghost, knocking it into the printing press and gets trapped when Velma turned it on. Freddie reveals his crazy theory on Shirley and the martians Daphne opens a door revealing Shirley. She explains that the ghost locked her up, and confesses that she isn't a Medium. She really an undercover agent from the Treasury Department, who's been trying to bust the ghost for making counterfeit money. Velma explains that the money they found was fake, much to Shaggy and Scooby's disappointment. She goes on saying that every bill has the same cereal number, and it was printed on the printing press by the ghost. Freddie believes it to be Red Herring. But, Daphne dismisses it, saying he's got to be thinking green, with the green ghost, money and the ink that made Scooby sneeze. They learn that at the newspapers office, they thought Scooby was off the trail when he lead them there, but he wasn't. The thief went there to get more ink, than he came to the estate, and tried to scare the gang away, so he could continue making counterfeit money. The ghost is unmasked as Mr. Conrad, much to Shaggy's surprise. Upon Shaggy asking why he stole Shaggy's bike, he says that he needed the bike chain. The press need a special chain, and the one from the bike fit perfectly. Upon Conrad being taking into custody by Shirley, Shaggy quits his job.

Later at the malt shop, the gang got into the papers, and Shaggy's looking for a new part-time job. Daphne says he better find one soon, cause he's gonna have to pay the gang for finding his bike. 10 cents a day, plus the price of the goodies they can eat. Upon Shaggy reading the total cost, which is $25, he realizes that someones been pigging out. Which is none other than Scooby-Doo.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

  • Ghost (single appearance)(Mr. Conrad's disguise)
  • Mr. Conrad (single appearance)

Other characters:

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Shirley McLoon She warned the gang to get out the place and drops a spy camera.
Red Herring As always.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Conrad as the Ghost To counterfeit money.

Cast

Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Christina Lange Velma Dinkley
Kellie Martin Daphne Blake
Carl Steven Freddie Jones
Scott Menville Red Herring
Swamp monster
Isabel Sanford Shirley McLoon
Hamilton Camp Ghost
Frank Welker Mr. Conrad

Songs

Song Credits Performed by
"Gloppy Green Ghost" Credits Performed by

Notes/trivia

Miscellaneous

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a play on "a bicycle built for two," the last words of the song, "Daisy Bell".
  • Freddie references Sherlock Holmes when he responds to Daphne by saying "Elementary".

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • The Daily Babbler is misspelled frequently making one believe that there may have been some confusion of the spelling/pronunciation for the animators.
    • As the gang follow the tire track to the Daily Blabber both signs outside read "Daily Babble" and the sign at the top of the building still shows this while the camera is on the outside while Scooby messes with the elevator.
    • When the gang race into the entrance the sign says "Daily Babber" which is kept in the flashback.
  • When Daphne says to color the story green, her legs appear to be bare (flesh colored rather than pink as seen in the rest of the episode).
  • As the gang is explaining the monster's plan, the shot of the house used for his hideout is reused from when the gang first arrives there. While Scooby and the others are not present in the shot, their positions are still indicated when the lightning flashes.

Inconstitencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Shaggy has to pay for the services of his friends, while in Horror of the Haunted Hairpiece, it was Shaggy (& Scooby) himself who was appalled at the idea of charging Daphne.
  • Shaggy says that Scooby had two Scooby Snacks even though he only took one from Daphne.
  • Instead of Mr. Conrad stealing Shaggy's bike, would it not have been easier to buy a new one (or even just a bike chain)? Then again this is a person who was making counterfeit money.
  • When the Ghost is lunging towards the gang in the room full of counterfeit money, he makes the same growl as Red Herring did when disguised as a swamp monster earlier on in the episode, even though Red and the Ghost both have different voice actors, and the Ghost was not actually Red (naturally.)

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Χαμένο Ποδήλατο The Lost Bicycle
Polish Rower pełen strachu A bicyle full of fright

Home media

Quotes

Shaggy: (narration) Like, this is the city. Coolsville, USA. Every day at dawn the Daily Babbler newspaper truck pulls up to my house. And Mr. Conrad tosses out a big pile of newspapers. You see, I have a paper route to deliver, so I always wake up early.
Shaggy: (snoring)
Shaggy: (narration) Well, almost always. And whenever I oversleep I get my own personal alarm clock: A pup named Scooby-Doo.


Shaggy: (narration) So, I got my bike back as good as new. We got our pictures in the paper, and...
Shaggy: ...Like, I'm looking for a new part-time job.
Daphne: And we hope you get one, too.
Freddie: 'Cause you'll need the money to pay our fee for finding your bike.
Daphne: Ten cents a day, plus a price of all the goodies we can eat.
Shaggy: Well, that seems fair. What's the total?
Velma: (rings up the price on a bill machine and hands it over to Shaggy)
Shaggy: (looks it over in shock) Twenty-five bucks?! But... Alright, who's been pigging out?
Scooby: (laughter)
Shaggy: (turns to see Scooby with an extravagant banana split ice cream)
Scooby: Scooby-Dooby-Doo! (licks at the ice cream on his spoon)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ruegger, Tom (July 30, 2010). "Scooby's First Wild Take". Cartoonatics. Retrieved March 20, 2014.

External links

  • Buy from iTunes (US)
  • Buy from iTunes (UK)


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