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That's Snow Ghost
That's Snow Ghost title card
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Air date January 17, 1970
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Cronology
Previous episode A Night of Fright is No Delight
Next episode Nowhere to Hyde

That's Snow Ghost is the seventeenth and final episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

Premise

While taking a ski vacation, Scooby and the gang find themselves in the middle of suspicious activity in the form of a Yeti-resembling monster.

Synopsis

The gang arrive at Wolf's End Lodge, a spooky ski resort, for some winter recreation. When they check in, the strange lodge owner, Mr. Greenway, warns them to keep their doors and window locked, or the Snow Ghost will get them and turn them into ghosts. And no sooner does he leave than the Snow Ghost itself shows up outside the window. They follow its enormous tracks on snowmobiles and spot it on a cliff opposite. To their astonishment, it soars into the air and over their heads, gliding into the woods beyond. They track it to a cave filled with Tibetan knickknacks where an eccentric man named Fu Lan Chi who resides in the cave tells them about the snow ghost. He explains he encountered a Yeti back in Asia and as he was trying to escape across a chasm, the Yeti fell to it's death. Now he fears the Yeti's ghost has followed him as the Snow Ghost. Velma spots sawdust on the Snow Ghost's footprints and that leads them to a nearby saw mill. Upon enter, they split up as usual and Shaggy, Scooby and Velma get separated. Velma is taken by the Snow Ghost and Shaggy falls through a trapdoor. Scooby saves Velma from a circular-saw fate and fends off the snow ghost and Velma and Scooby go propelling down a chute towards the lake at the bottom. The Snow Ghost ties some dynamite to a log and sends it down, but Velma and Scooby escape. The gang is surprised when Shaggy appears, ghastly white. But when he falls into the water, he appears normal. Shaggy explains he fainted and woke up covered in white powder. That's how the Snow Ghost has been doing the "turn you into a ghost effect". The Snow Ghost makes an entrance, and chases the gang. When he leaves, Daphne finds some jewelry in hollowed-out logs. Chased by the Snow Ghost, Shaggy and Scooby flee on snowmobiles but end up frozen like icicles in the freezing waters. The rest of the gang breaks them out and their accident gives Fred and idea. They lure the ghost by and Scooby knocks a tub of water onto him and it freezes the Snow Ghost. But it backfires, as always and the Snow Ghost pops up beside Scooby and grabs him. Shaggy flings a snowball at the Snow Ghost and the whole gang gets trapped in one big snow pile. The unmask the Snow Ghost as Mr. Greenway. He was also in cahoots with Mr. Leech. Mr. Leech would bring Mr. Greenway the stolen jewels in a suitcase and Mr. Greenway would hide the jewels inside hollowed logs, (like what Daphne found), and float them down the lake to the sawmill. The Snow Ghost, Mr. Greenway devised after Fu-Lan-Chi told him his story and he dressed up as the Snow Ghost to scare people away. Mr. Greenway used plastic, transparent skis to fly across the sky.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Hal Smith Mr. Greenway
Vic Perrin Snow Ghost
Mr. Leech
Yeti (flashback)
George A. Robertson Fu Lan Chi
Actor White Timber Wolf
Actor Sheriff
Actor Squirrel

Villains

  • Snow Ghost/Mr. Greenway
  • Mr. Leech

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Greenway Strange behavioral manner.
Mr. Leech Sinister appearance and behavior.
Fu Lan Chi He told the gang the suspiciously fluent story about the Snow Ghost.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Greenway as the Snow Ghost
Mr. Leech
To protect the smuggling ring.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • This episode is the first season finale of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
  • Adapted into the comic book story of the same name (Gold Key issue #5, March 1971). 
  • This is the first time a monster tries to kill one of the protagonists.
  • This episode introduces the gang's winter clothing.
  • The title sounds like "That's No Ghost".
  • The character Mr. Leech was based on Austrian-American actor, Peter Lorre; Lorre's distinctive accent, and large-eyes were a favorite target of comedians, and cartoonists.
  • The Snow Ghost is similar to the Ice Demon in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo's episode, Snow Place Like Home.
  • This episode existed as a Talking View master set.
  • This is the final episode that Indira Stefanianna Christopherson does Daphne's voice.
  • This marks the first time Shaggy and Scooby had no interaction with foods (except for Scooby Snacks and a bone in Fu Lan Chi's Cave).
  • This episode marks the first time Scooby gets scared by his own reflection.
  • It is never clarified whether Fu Lan Chi actually encountered the Yeti. If not, then his motivation for lying is also unclear.

Miscellaneous

  • Scooby Snacks: A handful (Shaggy says "couple" but there appears to be more than 2)
  • Zoinks: 4
  • Gang way: 2
  • Villain's official statement: "Oh! Have I got a headache!"

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • After Scooby makes a funny face at the broken mirror, Scooby, Shaggy and velma are all stood closer to the wall than they were previously (the trapdoor has also moved with Shaggy)

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Greenway gives his Snow Ghost growl when he's obviously out of sight and earshot of anyone he might want to scare. Maybe he was just practicing.
  • When the gang first sees the Snow Ghost through the window of the guest room, they panic and leap onto Velma's back. She runs around the room, carrying the others, but only picks up Daphne at the threshhold of the door, the door leading out into the snow. Why isn't Daph in the room with the others, where she was when the whole business started? Evem nore oddly, to "escape" the Snow Ghost, having already locked the window, they run outside, where the Snow Ghost is.
  • After the invasion of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Tibet in 1950-51, Tibet has officially been a part of the People's Republic of China, therefore Shaggy wasn't wrong when he said that Fu Lan Chi's Cave was furnished in early Chinatown, and Velma's "This stuff isn't from China, it's from Tibet!" is subsequently misleading- she just refers to a specific part of China, clarifying Shaggy's generalisation. It is similar to someone saying "This stuff isn't from America, it's from Nevada!"
  • There are several mistakes with tracks in the snow. Freddy says the Snow Ghost's tracks end at the chasm, but they actually end well before it. The snowmobiles don't leave any tracks at all, although the Snow Ghost does. And why does the gang never find Greenway's ski tracks anywhere when they're continually finding his footprints?
  • The reflection in the broken mirror is incorrect.
  • Mr. Greenway is one of the more dangerous criminals the gang encounters. While most of them are content merely to scare off intruders, this guy ties Velma to a buzzsaw, and then tries to blow her and Scooby up with dynamite!
  • There must be a conveyor belt moving the log toward the buzzsaw, since there is no chain pulling it. Yet, when Scooby gnaws the log in two, only the front half continues to move.
  • The dynamite explodes before the fuse is burned up. In fact, the fuse barely shortens at all.
  • The Snow Ghost is right behind Shaggy's snowmobile, when suddenly, the snowmobile hits an icy cliff face, does a loop-the-loop in the air, and lands immediately behind the skiing ghost. The question is, if he was so close behind the snowmobile in the first place, how did he avoid the loop, which would've put him behind them once again?
  • When Shaggy and Scooby drive onto the ice, they turn and see the Snow Ghost, who was chasing them, stopped on the edge of a cliff, even though they didn't encounter any cliff to get there. And why does the Snow Ghost stop chasing them, anyway? Cliffs don't deter him, as we've already seen. Perhaps he knew the ice was dangerously thin.
  • After Shaggy and Scoob crash into the sign, it takes a moment for it to break off.
  • The lid is missing from the tub of water.
  • All through the episode the Snow Ghost mask covers Greenway's entire head, but when it finally falls off, it's just a frontal face mask.
  • Where does the Snow Ghost carry his skis when walking?
  • Scooby sits on the edge of a cliff above the kids, waiting to throw water down on the Snow Ghost. When the ghost appears, he growls, Scooby yells, and they have a noisy tussle that goes on for quite a while before the others notice what's happening.
  • Daphne and Velma simultaneously say, "You?" but only Velma is heard.
  • The reflection in the broken mirror is incorrect.
  • Velma explains that Mr. Greenway uses transparent skis to give the appearance that the Snow Ghost was flying. However, when the gang first sees the Snow Ghost flying he jumps off a cliff and hovers through the air belly-down. Transparent skis would not explain how Mr. Greenway did this. Furthermore, the Ghost seems to hover higher off the ground than the height of the skis shown,  and there is even a shadow underneath the ghost as he floats.

Home media

Quotes

External links

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Previous Episode:
A Night of Fright is No Delight
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season 1
Next Episode:
Nowhere to Hyde

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