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It's a Wonderful Scoob

Van Ghoul takes Scoob on time travel

It's a Wonderful Scoob title card

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Details
Episode # 109
US Air date November 2, 1985 (ABC)
Story by John K. Ludin
Tom Ruegger
Directed by Ray Patterson
Chronology
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When You Witch Upon a Star

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Scooby in Kwackyland

It's a Wonderful Scoob is the ninth episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

Premise

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.

Synopsis

Scoobquits

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 and the gang have a close call, forcing Vincent Van Ghoul to intervene. He manages to transport them all, except for Scooby, who was holding Time Slime's time scepter during this time, inadvertently knocking him through a temporal vortex. Scooby attempts to use the time scepter, which shows him a "window" through the past to his own birth, and then to more recent events, when he first released all the horrifying monsters from the Chest of Demons.

Van Ghoul manages to get him back to them, but this trauma has made Scooby decided 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 anthropomorphic 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 disastrous 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.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

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Cast

Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Scrappy-Doo
Dada-Doo
Mumsy-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

Continuity

Notes/trivia

  • 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

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External links

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