It's A Wonderful Scoob is the ninth episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
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
|Don Messick|| Scooby-Doo|
|Casey Kasem||Shaggy Rogers|
|Heather North||Daphne Blake|
|Vincent Price||Vincent Van Ghoul|
|Robert Ridgely||Time Slime|
|Actor||Daily Skrorkle announcer (voice)|
|Actor||News Nightline journalist|
|Actor||President of the United States|
- Daphne Blake's home
- News Nightline
- Washington, D.C.
- While trapped in the time vortex, Scooby sees himself releasing the 13 Ghosts from the Chest of Demons which happened in the first episode. He also sees Zomba and Marcella, who he captured in That's Monstertainment and When You Witch Upon A Star, respectively.
- The episode references 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 Lair of Lost Time is also referred to as the Lair of Time.
- At one point, the President of the United States himself urges Scooby to rethink his retirement and rejoin the team. This president is obviously Ronald Reagan (who was president at original airtime). On his desk is a jar of jellybeans -- Reagan was famous for loving Jelly Belly brand Jellybeans.
- This episode is the first time in the franchise history Scooby-Doo is seen as a baby; he looks exactly like Scrappy-Doo.
- 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.
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.
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!: The Complete Series DVD boxset June 29, 2010.