CBS (HBO Max)
September 27, 1969
Episode 3 – “Hassle In The Castle”
The gang runs aground during a boating expedition and ends up, unfortunately on the abandoned Vasquez Island. They venture into the castle looking for help and encounter a mystery to be solved.
A ghost is floating around scaring all who enter the castle.
Scooby is tasked to go undercover as John Wayne, a funny little disguise that leads him into a run and catch routine with the ghost.
One of my favorite gag parts of this episode is Scooby going into magician mode. It’s little parts of these episodes in the writing that made Scoob so much fun to watch as a child.
This brought back fond memories.
The other humorous moment is when Scooby is asked to enter a room where the ghost might be waiting and, scared, he feigns illness.
Ghosts were clearly the top choice at the start of this series. The mystery part of this episode is a little thin, but we get to see Scooby as John Wayne — the outfit that looks nothing like the famous Westerner, but hey.
The unmasking is ripe with exposition, which explains why the ghost is there, but not much chance to solve this kind of mystery. The episode is saved by Scooby’s antics, but the weakest of the three so far. Barely recommend this one.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️