CBS (HBO Max)
November 1, 1969
Episode 8 – “Foul Play in Funland”
The gang is at the beach when they notice the carnival rundown suddenly light up. It’s not supposed to be open for a week, so the gang visits, only to find a strange robot running around.
What’s up with this robot? They contact the Funland caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins at their house. They act like nothing is wrong.
The gang heads back to Funland to find more odd behavior at the park like the Merry-Go-Round running backwards and the robot juggling in the middle of the park and then running away.
Velma loses her glasses again at one point in the episode. This is becoming a somewhat regular occurrence in this cartoon. Somebody needs to get Velma a backup pair. Didn’t people get backup pairs of glasses in 1969?
Watch this episode to find out if the gang stops the robot and solves the mystery behind the amusement park.
There’s something eerie about abandoned amusement parks on the beach, This episode captures that haunted atmosphere and the robot running around is weirdly comical. Unlike many of the previous episodes, it’s not a ghost, which makes the episode stand out more. Of course the added fun of Shaggy and Scooby messing around at the dark carnival games, eating hot dogs and cotton candy enhances the episode.
I don’t remember seeing this episode before, other than the snippet featured in the title sequence where the robot is highlighted, so overall it felt new and first time to me. The mystery is a bit on the weak side when we learn the origin of the robot and compare to an early scene, but the episode has a spooky tone running through it. One of the better episodes of the first season seen so far, despite the lame mystery resolution, an eerie setting and fun and mayhem inside an empty amusement park. Recommended.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½