CBS (HBO Max)
November 29, 1969
Episode 12 – “Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too”
The gang visits a museum to view the Mummy of Anka exhibit. Dr. Nagim tells them of the Mummy’s curse: that if Anka was ever removed from his tomb, he would turn them to stone.
Shaggy finds this enigmatic coin and the professor explains that he hasn’t figured out what the coin is for. Somehow (and this is a major head scratcher), Shaggy pockets the coin.
The professor has them go into town and pick up some sandwiches. While there Shaggy tries to pay for the sandwiches with a dollar bill and the coin. He explains he “somehow must have stuck it in his pocket” and then the gang just accepts that and returns.
After they are back at the museum, they discover the professor has been turned to stone. Upon further investigation, they find the mummy is missing from his coffin and there is a broken window. The mystery is on!
Scoob is playful as ever with a duplicate cat sidetrack. These odd sidetrack moments with Scooby Doo keep this series fun. What does this have to do with the story? Absolutely nothing. The real cat just appears alongside a statue and Scooby is confused. I guess this is the dog and cat curiosity explored, but it’s a fun sidetrack from the seriousness of the mummy out of his coffin, the professor turned to stone, and Shaggy accidentally pilfering an artifact coin from the museum.
From here, the mummy chases Scoob and Shaggy, murmuring over and over “Coin! Coin!”
Why does the mummy want the coin? Will anybody else be turned to stone? How will the gang solve this mystery? You’ll need to tune in for these answers and more.
One of my favorite titles of the first season. Good to see another classic monster, The Mummy making an appearance. When growing up The Mummy always frightened me with that slow gait, arms outstretched, just walking around with a low, guttural moan.
Upon rewatching, I was a little annoyed with Shaggy outright stealing from the museum. Maybe that was going to be a lesson to kids not to steal? Might have been better to have the rest of the mystery gang call Shaggy out on his lame explanation for just “somehow putting the coin in his pocket.” The coin turns out to be a very pivotal piece of the plot and there could have been several other ways for the gang to explore the origins of the coin.
The other part that doesn’t make sense is why would a mummy curse involve turning people to stone? Medusa is a monster they could have used in a Scooby Doo episode to have the whole turn to stone curse explored, but a mummy? Maybe the writers were stoned when they came up with this mashup? Mummys are frightening enough on their own just lumbering around, they don’t need to turn people to stone, but OK, it’s there.
At the end of the day, great monster, good mystery, but some very bizarre and unnecessary story devices that take away from my enjoyment and pulled me out of the story. Shaggy isn’t a thief, but that fact here seems completely overlooked by the gang. They can solve mysteries but can’t see one of their own has acted completely out of character? Still, a pretty good overall episode.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½