CBS (HBO Max)
October 11, 1969
Episode 5 – “Decoy For A Dognapper”
Scooby is walking around and encounters a woman walking her female dog. Shortly, thereafter someone attacks the woman and swipes her dog. Scooby returns to the gang who are partying on the beach and turns on a radio news report that has them all realize they have new mystery to solve.
They meet with Buck Masters, a dog owner who is offering a reward for the capture of the dognapper.
They setup a trap to lure the dognapper by Shaggy taking Scoob on a walk. They put a transmitter on Scooby’s collar. Shag and Scoob run into a van that creates a huge cloud of smoke and during the commotion Scoob is dognapped.
The mystery gang follows the transmitter to solve the mystery and unmask the connection between the ghost of Geromino and the dognapper.
Good to see Scooby attracted to a female dog to start off this episode.
Had to rewatch this one to get the connection with the ghostly Indian. Dognapping and Indian ghosts, a bizarre connection, but yet it somehow works.
This is the strangest storyline so far, but it works because Scooby is seeking revenge for attacks against other dogs. The mystery, once resolved, is fairly well put together but, again, wish they would have released a few more potential suspects. More suspects could have been done with the 22 minutes of run time.
At the same time we get to see Velma losing her glasses — a staple of several episodes, since Velma is blind without them. We also get to see Shag and Scoob being spooked out by Gerimino’s ghost.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
I came across this interesting fact about how Scooby-Doo was created:
Silverman’s idea for the show changed somewhat while he was listening to music during a flight. He heard Frank Sinatra’s hit “Strangers in the Night.” Near the end of the song, Sinatra sings the nonsense phrase “dooby dooby doo.” Silverman misheard the phrase as “scooby dooby doo.” After that, he decided to name the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and centered the show around its canine character.How Frank Sinatra’s Comeback Hit Inspired ‘Scooby-Doo’