CBS (HBO Max)
October 4, 1969
Episode 4 – “Mine Your Own Business”
Shaggy reads a map upside down, forcing the gang down the wrong road. The end up at Gold City, a ghost town where they decide to stay.
They run into the mystery of the Miner 49er, who is scaring those away from the mines where his gold is hidden.
Shaggy and Scooby enter a bar and ask for Sasparillas, but instead are served cups of cobwebs.
Shaggy has a funny moment where he tries to light sticks of dynamite as torches.
The secret to the Miner 49er is found deep in the mines and it will take Scooby and the gang to travel down the mine shaft and learn the answers.
The Miner 49er is a great villain name.
Scooby runs into the Miner 49er. This is but one of several haunting meetings.
Scoob gets a chance to make us laugh with his trademark scares, when he needs Scooby snacks to travel down in the mineshaft elevator.
It’s always great to hear his doggy voice say, “Scooby-Scooby-Doo!” once he’s devoured those tasty Scooby Snacks.
This episode offers up a scary, if cliched these days, backdrop: the deserted ghost town. The Miner 49er has a clever back story but as is the case with many of these mysteries, there isn’t enough time to show us multiple characters that could be the true villain, making it easy for adults to figure out who the villain is before she or he is unmasked.
As a young child, though, I don’t ever remember that being a big deal. I tuned in for Scooby and Shaggy’s antics and the mystery was less important. A very strong episode. Recommended.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️