It's a Wonderful Scoob

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It's a Wonderful Scoob



The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Episode # 109
US Air date November 2, 1985
Story by John K. Ludin
Tom Ruegger
Directed by Ray Patterson
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It's a Wonderful Scoob is the ninth episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.


Scooby has a traumatic experience with demon Time Slime and is replaced by lazy dog Bernie Gumsher, but Vincent Van Ghoul shows what will happen to the gang if Scooby doesn't come out of retirement.



Scooby-Doo quits

Time slime

Time Slime, Bogel, and Weerd

While in pursuit of Time Slime, a demon (or ghost) who can control time, Scooby has a close call, after being forced through a temporal vortex resulting from the villain's failed attack (in which Vincent recovers the time scepter, which Time Slime uses to control time)

With this event, all the years of danger, fear and spookiness catches up with Scooby at last. He decides he doesn't want to be in the ghost chasing business any more, and quits the gang. Moving back in with his parents (Mumsy and Dada Doo), he refuses to even speak with any of his old associates, other than telling them he is done and is not coming back.

At a loss, the gang puts the pursuit of Time Slime on hold and starts to interview for a team replacement for Scooby, fielding many anthropomophic dog interviewees. Flim-Flam, predictably, picks the absolute worst candidate: Bernie Gumsher, who is cowardly like Scooby but also dim, lazy and extremely unmotivated. The reformed team resumes the hunt, but are easily captured by Time Slime.

Vincent, observing this disasterous turn through his crystal ball, takes a more subtle approach to bring Scooby back into the fold. He visits Scooby and shows him, by use of the time scepter, the future if things continue the way the are. The world has totally fallen into ruin, Time Slime has absolute rule, and his old friends have either turned evil or insane. This gives Scooby new resolve, and, in a rare form for Scooby, fiercely attacks Time Slime and defeats him singlehandedly. The gang welcomes Scooby back into the fold, whereas Bernie is ambivalent (indeed, maybe even relieved) with his dismissal from the team.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Heather North Daphne Blake
Susan Blu Flim-Flam
Vincent Price Vincent Van Ghoul
Howard Morris Bogel
Arte Johnson Weerd
Robert Ridgely Time Slime
Actor Zomba (illusion)
Actor Marcella (illusion)
Actor Nurse
Actor Baby Scooby
Actor Bonecrusher Bigelow
Actor Bernie Gumsher
Actor Boy
Actor Girl
Actor Daily Skrorkle announcer (voice)
Actor News Nightline journalist
Actor President of the United States
Non-speaking roles





  • The Lair of Lost Time is also referred to as the Lair of Time.
  • This episode is the first time in the franchise that Scooby is seen as a newborn; he looks exactly like Scrappy.
  • It bears noting that, at the end of the episode, Scooby fearlessly confronts Time Slime alone, frees his friends, destroys the trap, takes down one of the thirteen ghosts, Bogel and Weerd singlehandledly in seconds. This seems to hint that, aside from Scooby's usual cowardly reactions, he can be extremely competent at battling ghosts when he's motivated.

Cultural references

  • The episode references the film, It's a Wonderful Life, in which a man gets to see how many things would have gone wrong if he had never been born.
  • The President of the United States is based on Ronald Reagan (who was in office at the time of this episode), and presumably is intended to really be him. On his desk is a jar of jellybeans -- Reagan was famous for loving Jelly Belly brand Jellybeans.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • In the auditions, Flim-Flam's fingers transform from four to five.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • In the future, Daphne and Shaggy (and even Bogel and Weerd) look significantly older, whereas Flim-Flam and Scrappy do not appear to have aged at all.

Home media


External links

  • TBA

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