Supernatural is back! The Winchesters are still trying to find a way to get to the Apocalypse world to save their mom.  Every now and then they have to take a side job to help someone in need. And well…the Winchesters are always getting into something strange.  Get ready for the strangest of all, “Scoobynatural!”

This episode starts like any other… Dean (Jensen Ackles) wrestling with a giant stuffed dinosaur.  Yep. Someone or something has possessed the toy. Dean stops the dinosaur from killing a pawn shop owner with a little bit of holy oil and fire. A creepy guy named Jay (Peter New) wanders into store to check on the shop owner.  The owner is so thankful that he offers the boys anything in the shop. Dean picks a large flat screen TV…careful! She’s delicate.

Dean sets up the “Dean Cave” and can’t wait to show Sam (Jared Padalecki), who is researching haunted objects. It’s got the foosball table, a vinyl jukebox, a bar, the TV…everything Dean needs to stay cool. Dean turns on the TV and a purple light shoots out at the boys, sucking them in. The guys are shocked when they look at each other…then themselves…they are cartoons!

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Their first guess is this is the work of the Trickster, Gabriel. Sam reminds Dean that the Trickster is dead…or is he? Dean spots Baby and the Winchesters set off to find out where they are and how they get out. The boys ride into town and pull into a malt shop. That’s when they see it…the Mystery Machine. They are in an episode of Scooby-Doo! And Dean loves it! He races into the malt shop where the Scooby gang are celebrating. Scooby is inheriting a lot of money, courtesy of a colonel that he saved once. Sam questions the validity of the story because the paper about the colonel has not words on it. Dean tells him to chill out and offers to go with the gang to the reading of the will. Shaggy and Scooby make themselves a quick snack, ha! And Dean joins them before they set off.

Pictured (L-R): Dean and Daphne — Photo: The CW — Photo: © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sam wants to get back to the “real” world. He gets a little agitated with Dean for wanting to go on a Scooby adventure. Dean reminds him the last time they were in TV Land, they had to play out a story to get out. So why not go on a Scooby mystery adventure? So Dean is freaking out. He loves Scooby-Doo. And he knows exactly what episode they are in – “A Night of Fright Is No Delight.”  He tells Sam this is a dream come true….his dream girl, Daphne is there, Scooby and Shaggy and Velma…but not Fred. Dean hates Fred because he’s so cool. So he challenges Fred to a race to the mansion and loses. (What?) Oh that Fred!

So the story is that Colonel Sanders left his heirs a million dollars to share, provided that they survive the night in his haunted mansion. Whoever is left in the morning will split the money. Seems simple right? Everyone prepares to turn in. Dean offers to keep Daphne warm at night, but she quickly reminds him that girls don’t sleep in the same room as boys. D’oh! So the girls go to one room. They talk about how groovy the new guys are. Velma seems to have a crush on Sam. The boys and Scooby go to another room. Dean stays up, in his nightgown (haha!) He knows the first heir is about to go missing. They hear a scream and everyone runs to find out what happened. Dean expects to find the heir missing, but instead they find that he’s dead…with real blood!  So if that guy can die, that means the Scooby gang can die too…including Scooby-Doo! Dean is determined to do anything to keep them safe. It’s a good thing that Castiel (Misha Collins) shows up just in time to help the Winchesters solve the mystery.

Wait! How did Castiel get into the cartoon? Well, see what happen was…Cas returned from Syria with the fruit from the Tree of Life. He looked around the bunker for the guys and found Dean’s cave. The TV was on and he saw Sam and Dean on the screen, racing Fred in the Mystery Machine. A purple light shot out of the TV and pulled him into the story. And he’s quite perplexed about their current situation, especially when they find a second victim torn to pieces. Dean figures that the cartoon is haunted. That means the ghost is real and not some dude in a costume! Zoiks!

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The Scooby Gang isn’t quite as shook up as Dean. They know there’s a mystery here, but it hasn’t quite hit them that these guys are really dead. Dean doesn’t want to destroy their innocence, so he asks Sam and Cas not to say anything and to go along with whatever plan they come up with. Fred decides to split up to look for clues. Dean makes a beeline for Daphne, but is shot down again when Fred grabs them both to search with him. Velma grabs Sam and Cas is “paired with a scruffy philistine and a talking dog.”

Pictured (L-R): Sam and Velma — Photo: The CW — © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sam can’t take it. He has to tell Velma that ghosts, vampires, and werewolves are real. And they are in real danger. Velma doesn’t believe him because the monsters are usually crooks…in real estate. She says ghosts aren’t real, but then they are hit with bunch of toys and stuff found in a chest in the attic. The phantom appears and chases them out. Dean takes every opportunity to hit on Daphne who tells him, she likes a guy with a really good ascot. They find a really bright yellow book that opens up a trap door. They fall through the door and fall into a dark room. Dean tries to save Daphne, but when he turns on the lights, it’s the phantom! Cas, Shaggy and Scooby realize that the room they’re in is really cold. They don’t know that the phantom is right behind them. Shaggy and Scooby run when they see the phantom, but Cas pokes through ghost, thinking he looks really strange. The phantom swats at Cas and it’s time to run! The Scooby-Doo theme song starts up, the phantom is chasing the teams in and out of doors in the same hallway. Scrappy Doo make an appearance as he runs through the hallway once!

Everyone runs into the same room and phantom attacks Fred, throwing him against the wall. He uses some kind of telekinetic power to hold Daphne and Velma against the ceiling. And then the phantom throws Shaggy out the window! Sam and Dean grab a couple of iron candlesticks and stab the phantom to make it disappear. They find Shaggy hanging on a tree outside the window. He falls and Scooby jumps after him and grabs Shaggy’s hand. But who has Scooby? Cas grabs Scooby’s tail and uses his coat as a parachute so they land on the ground safely. Shaggy gets away with a broken arm while Fred suffers from a bloody nose.

Sam and Dean come clean with the gang. They tell them that ghosts are real and this one is vengeful. The Scooby gang pretty much has a breakdown. This story is too dark for them. But it’s okay because now they are going to do things the Winchesters way. Dean opens Baby’s trunk to reveal all of their weaponry. Sam tries to hand Velma a shotgun, but Dean says that’s too much. Dean lets Fred come up with a plan using the Winchester trunks of tricks. Fred’s plan is to surround the room with salt, lure the phantom, send him on a slippery trip to the laundry room where they will trap him in the washer. Cas, Shaggy and Scooby are the bait, but something goes wrong and those three end up in the washer. It’s okay though because Dean has a plan B!

Plan B is to lure the phantom to the trap door. When he falls through, the phantom is trapped in a salt circle. It works! The phantom is trapped and begs to be released. The phantom reveals himself as a little boy. He didn’t mean to hurt anyone, but the creepy guy from the pawn shop, Jay, made him do it. The boy’s spirit is tied to a pocket knife that Jay uses to haunt objects. Sam and Dean promise to release him, but he has to take them back to the real world. And do one more thing.

Pictured (L-R): Dean, Sam and Castiel — Photo: The CW — © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sam, Dean and Cas reveal to the Scooby Gang that they were right. The phantom wasn’t a real ghost, it was the lawyer, Cosgood Creeps. He was trying to get rid of all of the heirs so he could keep all the money for himself. The joke’s on him though, because the money was counterfeit. The ghost boy poses as Cosgood to convince the Scooby Gang and restore their innocence. Cas heals Shaggy’s arm, making Shaggy think that it was never broken in the first place. Dean decides that Fred isn’t that bad afterall. He tries one more time to make a move on Daphne, and gets shot down again. As for Velma…well, she grabs Sam, dips him and plants a kiss on him! Dean is shocked. It’s always the quiet ones.

The guys return to the real world and release the ghost boy by burning the pocket knife. They pay a visit to the pawn shop and Jay is there. The shop owner is about to sign over his deed to Jay. They reveal that Jay was using a ghost to haunt people so he could get their property. And! Jay hasn’t been paying his taxes. The police arrive to arrest Jay for tax fraud. As the police put Jay in the car, he says he would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids! That’s Dean’s cue to smile and say, “Scooby-dooby-do!” Sam and Cas are embarrassed. Not only is Dean acting like a talking dog, he’s also wearing a red ascot. I think Dean had too much fun with the TV.

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Thoughts

That was the best episode ever!!! It’s always great to get away from the darkness of Supernatural from time to time. This Scooby-Doo crossover came at the right time. It had all of the elements of a good Scooby-Doo mystery. The chase, Fred’s confidence, Velma’s wisdom, and Scooby’s anxiety! Perfect! And it had everything fans expect from Supernatural without overpowering Scooby-Doo. Great crossover!

I am happy that they were able to get Frank Welker to voice Fred and Scooby. It’s one thing to have an updated cartoon, another if the voice is different. That made the Scooby part more authentic. Matthew Lillard voiced Shaggy. He played Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo live action movies! And there wasn’t too much difference in Daphne and Velma’s voices to even notice that the voice actors were noticeable.  

Honestly, I’d probably fan girl as much as Dean did if I were in a Scooby-Doo cartoon. That was really cute. The Supernatural cast did a great job! It has to be hard to have to convey their characters reactions through voice only.  But they pulled it off! Thirteen seasons is a long time. They don’t seem to be running out of steam or great ideas anytime soon. Now… about that Arrow crossover!

 

 

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