|Don't Fool with a Phantom|
|Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!|
|Airdate||October 31, 1970|
|Written By|| Larz Bourne
|Directed By|| Joseph Barbera
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Johnny Sands' dance-contest TV show, on which Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo are contestants, is interrupted by a figure identified as the Wax Phantom. The gang trails the Phantom to the local wax museum, hoping to find clues and solve the mystery of the Wax Phantom before he causes more trouble.
During the Johnny Sands Dance Contest at TV station KLMN, the lights go out and a giant, shapeless figure briefly appears. When the lights come back on, the station manager, Mr. Stevens, has vanished, and Johnny Sands is found tied up in the back. Johnny blames the escapade on the "Wax Phantom," a figure created by a crank wax sculptor with a grudge against the station. Even though the station safe has been robbed and Mr. Stevens apparently taken as a hostage, Johnny begs the kids not to call the police.
The gang then split up, with Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma setting off to visit the sculptor, Grisby, while Freddy and Daphne go off to investigate the local wax museum. The creepy Grisby tells Velma that he knows what happened at the TV station thanks to his crystal ball, and cheerfully admits to dabbling in black magic. He believes that he has indeed brought the Wax Phantom to life. Velma and the others race over to the museum to warn Freddy and Daphne.
At the museum, Freddy and Daphne have entered through the open front door but are then locked in and chased by the Wax Phantom. Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby enter through a window and find themselves in the monster display room. Fleeing a ghostly hand and ghostly laugh, they run into Freddy and Daphne and find an airline ticket on the floor.
The gang splits up again, with Freddy and the girls falling through a trap door while Scooby and Shaggy try snacking on some wax fruit. They are interrupted by the Wax Phantom, who catches them after they take a detour through the Topsy Turvey Room. He threatens to turn them into wax creatures.
Freddy and the girls find a satchel full of money down in the secret room; they also find a secret panel that lets them out, and they follow the groans of Shaggy and Scooby. The Wax Phantom places the hapless pair on a conveyor belt that will drop them into a vat of molten wax, but Daphne accidentally reverses the belt, and Scooby and Shaggy escape. A chase ensues.
After they escape from the Phantom, Freddy decides to turn the tables on the Phantom by luring him under a wax shower. Shaggy and Scooby unwittingly act as bait and get trapped in the wax shower along with the Phantom. When the police arrive, Scooby and Shaggy are broken out of their wax prison, and the Wax Phantom is unmasked as Mr. Stevens. He had embezzled a lot of money from the TV station and was planning to flee to South America, leaving the mad Grisby to take the blame for both the theft and the disappearance.
Cast and characters
|Don Messick|| Scooby-Doo|
|Casey Kasem|| Shaggy Rogers|
|Frank Welker||Fred Jones|
|Heather North||Daphne Blake|
|Nicole Jaffe||Velma Dinkley|
|Michael Stull||Wax Phantom|
|"Pretty Mary Sunlight"||Written credits by Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts||Austin Roberts|
- Wax Phantom/Roger Stevens
|Johnny Sands||He is known for his publicity stunts. He begs the gang not to call the police.|
|Mr. Grisby||He holds a grudge against the TV station for his show being cancelled. Acting very strange.|
|Roger Stevens as the Wax Phantom||To embezzle money from the TV station and frame Mr. Grisby for it and his disappearance.|
- Mr. Grisby's home
- Wax Museum
- This is the last episode of the original series.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- When the Wax Phantom first appears onstage, Stevens, the culprit behind the Wax Phantom, is seen on the far right of the stage even though he should be in the Wax Phantom costume.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- At the end of the episode, when Fred makes the joke about the dummies, Daphne doesn't have a neck.
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons DVD set released March 16, 2004.
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series DVD set released November 9, 2010.
- Happy Spook-Day Scooby-Doo! DVD released April 9, 2012.
- Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright DVD set to be released August 20, 2013.
- Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Blu-ray Disc set to be released August 20, 2013.
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