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Dark Night of the Hunters
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Details
Air date April 3, 2013
Written by Benjamin Townsend
Directed by Michael Goguen
Cronology
Previous episode Nightmare in Red
Next episode Gates of Gloom

Dark Night of the Hunters is the twenty-third episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the forty-ninth episode overall in the series.

Premise

The gang, accompanied by Velma's mom, goes to Yucatan in search of the Heart of the Jaguar, but they are attacked by an ancient Mayan priestess.

Synopsis

Professor Enrique Andelusossa is searching for the Heart of the Jaguar for the gang, is attacked by jungle vines near the Temple of the Hunters (the burial site of the Hunters of Secrets where the Heart of the Jaguar is kept). The gang, accompanied by Velma's mom, goes to Yucatán in an attempt to search for the Heart of the Jaguar. Upon arriving in Yucatán, the gang visits Professor Enrique's antique shop, where they are greeted by his angry wife, who blames Mrs. Dinkley for his disappearance. After hours, the gang returns to the store, only to be attacked by the Mayan Priestess who warns them away from the temple. The gang ignores her threat and travels into the jungle to find the temple. Due to Fred's master trap skills, Mystery Incorporated overcomes the temple's diabolical traps and discovers the Heart of the Jaguar in the tomb. The Priestess attacks, but fails and is captured by the traps in the temple, which she triggered. Afterwards, a woman who had been spying on the gang appears, but is revealed as working with Mayor Nettles.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mrs. Andelusossa
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Frances Conroy Angie Dinkley
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
Mayan Priestess
Lieutenant Tomina Kasanski
Christian Lanz Professor Enrique Andelusossa
Middle-aged man
Uncredited
Non-speaking roles

Villains

  • Priestess/Enrique Andelusossa

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Mrs. Andelusossa She appears to be very possessive to her husband and warned the gang to stay away from him.
Lt. Kasanski (only from viewer's perspective) She was suspiciously following the gang.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Prof. Enrique Andelusossa as the Priestess To lure Angie back to see if she still loved him.

Locations

Continuity

  • This is the first mission with any long distance travel they have ever undertaken, because in The Night the Clown Cried Daphne Blake said she had never been further from town than Gatorsburg.
  • Having learned in the previous episode that they are just one of many mystery-solving groups brought together by an evil entity in hopes of freeing itself, the gang continues to doubt themselves and their friendships. Fred Jones, Jr. and Daphne Blake are able to reassure each other of their feelings, as are Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo.
  • The gang learned they had to find and use the Heart of the Jaguar to destroy the crystal sarcophagus containing the evil Anunnaki in the previous episode.
  • Shaggy, Scooby and Velma have seen the Hunters of Secrets' temple before, in a dream also in the previous episode.
  • Velma talks to her mother about her problem about nothing making sense which happened in the previous episode.

Notes/trivia

  • Velma announces the "previously on..." recap.
  • This is the first episode of season 2 not to be directed by either Curt Geda or Victor Cook.
  • This is the last episode of the series to have a villain using a disguise.
  • According to Shaggy, he and Scooby have been "best buds" since he was a pup giving some more background to Scooby-Doo.
  • The path of the plane over Texas towards Yucatan is another indication that Crystal Cove is on the west coast.
  • While on the plane, Angie says "summer fling, don't mean a thing, but those summer nights" is a reference from Grease: The Musical.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Angie is talking with Enrique her streak is brown instead of white.

Inconsistences/continuity errors and/or goofs

  • In the beginning scene, Enrique pretends to be abducted by the Priestess, then dragged into the temple, where he presumably puts on the costume and emerges as the Priestess. But he would have no reason to do this, since no one else was around and Angie was only on the phone. This appears to be simply for the audience.
  • The territorial division on the Mexico map is erroneous.
  • Despite the fact that the gang have not actually seen Enrique and probably don't know what he looks like, they immediately recognize him upon unmasking him.
    • Angie Dinkley could have had a photograph and showed it to them on the journey.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian Il Cuore Del Giaguaro The Heart of the Jaguar
Spanish (Latin America) La Noche Negra de los Cazadores Black Night of the Hunters
Hungarian A jaguár szíve The Heart of the Jaguar
Norwegian Jegerens mørke natt The hunter's dark night

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Quotes


Previous Episode:
Nightmare in Red
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Season 2
Next Episode:
Gates of Gloom

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