|This needs a stretch.|
|Psychic Fiend Network|
|Release date||July 2003|
|Part of||Scooby-Doo! #72|
|Previous||The Spirits of Appledown County|
|Next||The Case of the Cold Trail|
The Mystery Inc. gang come to investigate a Psychic TV show host who is being haunted by a vengeful spirit. The gang search around only to find that the host is not possessed by any spirit other than her own ambition.
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- Harry Smead (single appearance)
- Mary (single appearance)
- Crew members (single appearance)
- Obsessive fan (single appearance)
- Psychic Fiend Spirit (single appearance)(disguise)/
- Madame Louisa (single appearance)
- Marty Gold (single appearance)
- Female director (single appearance)
- B.L. Thompson (only time mentioned)
- Coolsville T.V. Studio
- "Psychic Phenomena" set
- Director's room
- Madame Louisa's dressing room
- Backstage area
- Outside area
- Crew members's break room
- Harry Smead's office
- Coolsville T.V. Studio
|Harry Smead||A wedding picture on his desk in his office, revealed him to have once been Madame Louisa's own fromer husband.|
|Madame Louisa||It was believed that a vengeful spirit was taking control of her own body.|
|Mary||She just could not wait to pull out as the producer of Madame Louisa's show.|
|Marty Gold||He was worried because his own client's contract with the studio was just about up.|
|Crew members||They hated Madame Louisa for being so pushy and never saying "Thank you" to them.|
|Obsessive fan||He was discovered on one of the camera shots of the audience to have taken out a camera, just before Madame Louisa went into her so-called trance.|
|Madame Louisa as the Psychic Fiend Spirit||To get out of her contract with the Coolsville T.V. Studio and sign up for a contract with a rival TV studio.|
|Marty Gold||Since he was Madame Louisa's lawyer, it was possible for him to get her the contract for the rival TV studio.|
The gang speak like themselves and behave within character, but they drag this first mystery out far too long. Since magic has until the highly recommended Scooby-Doo movie never been accepted in Mystery Inc.'s adventures, the puzzle's solution seems obvious.
The motive of the first mystery doesn't really make too much sense. While I appreciate that money is the root cause, the event described rarely if ever happens in the land of television.
The artwork by Scott Neely offers a strikingly different look to that of Joe Staton's usual effortless depiction of Scoob and the Gang, and Neely gives the characters a lot of depth and distinction while keeping Mystery Inc. on model to make a valid interpretation.