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For Letter or Worse (episode)

Gang and Ghost of Al Cabone at secret passage

For Letter or Worse title card

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Episode # 105
US Air date October 8, 1988 (ABC)
Written by Laren Bright
Bill Matheny
Lane Raichert
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Wanted Cheddar Alive

Next episode

The Babysitter from Beyond

For Letter or Worse is the fifth episode of the first season of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.


As Shaggy and Scooby are chosen as contestants on their favorite game show, a ghostly gangster shows up.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Audience (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Announcer (single appearance)
  • Al Cabone (single appearance)(flashback only)
  • Station manager (single appearance)
  • Red Herring (photograph)
  • Police officer (single appearance)(no lines)




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Suspect Motive/reason
Great Mel Angry that he wasn't hired by HBTV.
Pop O'Conner His career was ruined when the radio station was turned into the current TV station.
Prestina Her show was cancelled.


Culprit Motive/reason
Prestina as the Ghost of Al Cabone, as well as, Pop O'Conner and the Great Mel Revenge against Davie the Letter Guy who took her timeslot with his own show, cancelling her own and then to add insult to injury, became his assistant.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Davie the Letter Guy
Christina Lange Velma Dinkley
Kellie Martin Daphne Blake
Carl Steven Freddie Jones
Kath Soucie Prestina
Bobby Brainy
B.J. Ward Betsy Brainy
Frank Welker Ghost of Al Cabone
Al Cabone
Station manager


Song Credits Performed by
Song Credits Performed by


  • This is the first episode not to feature Red Herring in the flesh; Daphne points this out to Freddie while breaking the fourth wall, no less.
  • This is the first episode not to have a chase song, and it's also the only non-season 3 episode not to have one.
  • This is the first episode of this series that the culprit is a female.
  • The title of the gameshow/episode is a play on the phrase: For better or worse.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • One of the kids in the background strongly resembles Shaggy.
  • The rings Prestina wears are used to connect her to her two human disguises, Pop O'Conner and the Great Mel, since they also wore them. Why would she wear her rings while in disguise, since they served no purpose other than acting as hints to her true identity?
  • There is no explanation for how the ghost of Al Cabone can fly.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Γράμμα ή Βουτιά Letter or Dive
Polish Literka albo wpadka A letter or a fall

Home media


Shaggy: (narration) We were all in the audience of our favourite TV show, For Letter or Worse. And I was sharing a snack with a pup named Scooby-Doo.
Shaggy: (he and Scooby have snacks around them, as well as cooking a chicken on a mini grill)
Daphne: (stops using nail file when she sees what they're doing) Oh you two, this is a game show, not a cooking show.
Shaggy: Like, it's not our fault this place doesn't have a snack bar.

Station manager: But Prestina didn't seem upset about losing her job.
Velma: That's what she wanted you to think. Actually, she was furious.
Prestina: That's right. If I couldn't have a show here then nobody could! And I would've gotten away with it to if...
Gang: ...We know, if it wasn't for us pesky kids and a pup named Scooby-Doo!

Shaggy: Like, I knew we could win. But I couldn't have done it without a little help from a pup named...
Scooby: ...Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

External links

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