The Night the Clown Cried

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The Night the Clown Cried


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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Episode # 201
US Air date July 30, 2012 (Cartoon Network)
UK Air date June 2, 2012 (Boomerang)
Written by Mitch Watson
Directed by Curt Geda
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The Night the Clown Cried is the first episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the twenty-seventh episode overall in the series.


With the gang split up, Crystal Cove is being tormented by an evil man-baby called Crybaby Clown!


Crybaby Clown chases Sheriff Bronson Stone in his wagon throwing an exploding bottle at his car. The sheriff jumps out in time. As the new mayor, Janet Nettles, watches Crybaby Clown drive past City Hall she wonders aloud what she has gotten herself into. A mysterious masked figure shows up and comments (with a muffled voice) that it was more like a mystery. The figure tosses a folder on the desk and states that she needs to find the second incarnation of Mystery incorporated, otherwise her time as mayor would be short-lived. The figure then jumps out the window.

Scooby was put in solitary confinement at the farm for trying to escape. Scooby explains to a cow that he had to try and escape. He states that his friends are counting on him— otherwise Professor Pericles wins. Scooby then attempts and succeeds in escaping, and is picked up by Mayor Nettles.

Shaggy is in line with the rest of his bunker mates when Scooby busts through the wall driving a tank. The commanding officer tries to do something about it but just manages to be dropped under the tank.

Shaggy and Scooby find Fred going door to door trying to find Brad Chiles or Judy Reeves. In the time the gang has been split up Fred had grown a scraggly beard. Scooby and Shaggy convince Fred to come back. Fred agrees and then once the mystery was solved he will be going back to look for his parents.

Once the three arrive in town Crybaby Clown goes after them. As Fred runs away he is snagged up by one of his own traps. When he comments that he recognizes the net, the mysterious figure shows up and tells him that he should, because he was one that built it. The figure cuts Fred loose and comments on Fred's beard. Fred realizes that it was Velma and gives her a hug. Just as Scooby and Shaggy pull up in the Mystery Machine, Velma pulls up the cloth over her mouth. Shaggy and Scooby try to pounce on her but she easily side-steps them. When she pulls off the hat and cloth over her mouth Scooby and Shaggy immdiately hug her in joy of seeing her. She makes the comment "Oi where was this affection when we were dating?"

Velma joins them and together they go to bring Daphne back, but she refuses their offer, since she is putting mystery-solving behind her and dating Baylor Hotner. Fred comes up with a doughnut shop-themed trap in order to trap out Crybaby Clown. The trap doesn't work (because Fred counted on Daphne's return) and Crybaby Clown escapes using one of his bottle bombs to blow up Chen's Fireworks. Fred is depressed that the villain escaped and states that Mystery Incorporated won't be the same since Daphne is never coming back.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:





Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Barty Blake
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Paula Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
Mark Hamill Crybaby Clown
Drill sergeant
Matt Lanter Baylor Hotner
Mitch Watson Farmer
Random citizen



  • This episode was originally set to air May 2012, but instead was released online and the televised premiere was pushed back to July 10 and then finally July 30 of the same year.[citation needed]
  • Crybaby Clown mentioned Redbeard's Ghost and Mano Tiki Tia as cases Mystery Inc. solved. In the regular continuity, the latter case was set in Hawaii. This case must have been closer to home, since Daphne said she had never been further than Gatorsburg.
  • The drill sergeant calls Shaggy, "Private Hippy".
  • This is the only two-parter episode in the series, and also the second episode, after Dead Justice, in which the monster gets away.
  • This is the first episode in the series (and the franchise as a whole) that features a 'previously' segment. This trend will continue until Come Undone.
  • The 'previously' segment is announced by Fred.

Cultural references

  • The title seems to be based on the notoriously bad unreleased Jerry Lewis movie, The Day the Clown Cried. The clown's voice is also reminiscent of Jerry Lewis.
  • Shaggy resembles the titular character from the sitcom, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
  • During the meeting, Crybaby Clown scratches his nails on the chalk board and mentions how the townspeople know him and how he earns a living, this is a reference towards the film, Jaws, when Quint scratches his nails on the chalk board and says the exact same lines.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • It's unknown how much time passed between All Fear the Freak and The Night the Clown Cried. Due to Fred's long hair and beard, it can be assumed it was several months.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian La Notte Del Clown The Night of the Clown
Spanish (Latin America) La Noche en que el Bufón Lloro The Night the Buffoon Cried
French La Nuit du clown triste The Night of the Sad Clown
Polish Płaczący Klaun The Crying Clown
Greek Τη Νύχτα που Έκλαψε ο Κλόουν The Night the Clown Cried

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