Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Season 2 Episode 8

Don't Fool With a Phantom

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 31, 1970 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don't Fool With a Phantom
The gang is having fun at a TV station with their friend, Johnny, but then a wax creature shows up. Johnny tells them that years ago, a wax maker named Grisby used to work for the station. He was fired and threatened to bring one of his wax creations to life to seek revenge on the people who fired him.moreless

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  • Outstanding!!!!!

    This is - for me - by far the best episode of Season 2. It would be my favourite episode overall but it's just beaten by "A Night of Fright is no Delight". This was my childhood favourite and I watched it non-stop and yet I never got tired of it. I absolutely love the Wax Phantom, I think he is a very scary and intimidating monster. It has a fantastic setting also -The wax works- and a very solid, easy to follow plot with a few brilliant red herrings along the way! The only thing that holds it back from being the very best of "Where are you!" is the villain behind it's just so unbelievable and stupid. Overall though this is almost a flawless episode and definitely stands out from all of Season 2. 10/10 :D

    Top 10 Episodes-

    1. A Night of Fright is no Delight

    2. Don't Fool with a Phantom

    3. Foul Play in Funland

    4. Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright

    5. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?

    6. Mine Your Own Business

    7. The Haunted House Hang-Up

    8. Go Away Ghost Ship

    9. A Tiki Scare is No Fair

    10. Hassle in the Castle

    P.S - I Overall prefer the second season of "Scooby Doo Where Are You!". Even though it doesn't even have half the amount of episodes as Season 1 I feel that the episodes are much more fun filled and enjoyable. :D. Fantastic Classic Series

  • Great episode

    During the Johnny Sands Dance Contest at TV station KLMN, the lights go out and a giant, shapeless figure briefly appears. When the lights come back on, the station manager, Mr. Stevens, has vanished, and Johnny Sands is found tied up in the back. Johnny blames the escapade on the "Wax Phantom," a figure created by a crank wax sculptor with a grudge against the station. Even though the station safe has been robbed and Mr. Stevens apparently taken as a hostage, Johnny begs the kids not to call the police. The gang splits up, with Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma setting off to visit the sculptor, Grisby, while Freddy and Daphne go off to investigate the local wax museum. The creepy Grisby tells Velma that he knows what happened at the TV station thanks to his crystal ball, and cheerfully admits to dabbling in black magic. He believes that he has indeed brought the Wax Phantom to life. Velma and the others leave Grisby to head to the museum to warn Freddy and Daphne. At the museum, Freddy and Daphne have entered through the open front door but are then locked in and chased by the Wax Phantom. Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby enter through a window and find themselves in the monster display room. Fleeing a ghostly hand and ghostly laugh, they run into Freddy and Daphne and find an airline ticket on the floor. The gang splits up again, with Freddy and the girls falling through a trap door, while Scooby and Shaggy try snacking on some wax fruit. They are interrupted by the Wax Phantom, who catches them after they take a detour through the Topsy Turvey Room. He threatens to turn them into wax creatures. Freddy and the girls find a satchel full of money down in the secret room; they also find a secret panel that lets them out, and they follow the groans of Shaggy and Scooby. The Wax Phantom places the hapless pair on a conveyor belt that will drop them into a vat of molten wax, but Daphne accidentally reverses the belt, and Scooby and Shaggy escape. A chase ensues. After they escape from the Phantom, Freddy decides to turn the tables on the Phantom by luring him under a wax shower. Shaggy and Scooby unwittingly act as bait and get trapped in the wax shower along with the Phantom. When the police arrive, Scooby and Shaggy are broken out of their wax prison, and the Wax Phantom is unmasked as Mr. Stevens. He had embezzled a lot of money from the TV station and was planning to flee to South America, leaving the mad Grisby to take the blame for both the theft and the disappearance.moreless
Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Freddy Jones

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

Norville "Shaggy" Rogers

Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

Additional Voices

Heather North

Heather North

Daphne Blake

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

Additional Voices

Nicole Jaffe

Nicole Jaffe

Velma Dinkley

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • As Velma picks up the airline ticket, her hands suddenly go all pale.

    • When Scooby and Shaggy are confronted by the Wax Phantom, they BOTH appear to yell Shaggy's trademark "Zoinks!" Then Shaggy yells Scooby's trademark "Ripes!" in Scooby's voice!

    • At the very end of this episode, The gang is in the mystery machine and you'll see Daphne's neck is tan then it go's to black! Then back to tan!

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (10)

    • Villian: Roger Stevens
      Reason: He had embezzled a lot of money from the TV station and was planning to flee to South America, leaving the mad Grisby to take the blame for both the theft and the disappearance.

    • Daphne holds the second longest record for number of Scooby-Doo shows produced to date except Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo and Laff A Lympics. She will rarely be featured in Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue.

    • After this Episode , Daphnie would be featured in three other Incarnations without Fred and Velma. Thoes are The All New Scooby-Doo And Scrappy Doo Show, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.

    • After this final episode, Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby-Doo would be featured together in five other incarnations, those being: The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo Show, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What's New Scooby-Doo?, and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

    • This episode is the finale of Scooby-Doo Where Are You? before the show would expand to become The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

    • When ABC reran this episode from 1977 through 1984, network censors cut out footage in which Fred dumps hot wax onto Shaggy and Scooby instead of the intended target, the Wax Phantom. This includes them both moaning muffledly while encased in the wax and Fred chipping them out.

    • Don Messick provides the voices of Mr. Stevens, Mr. Grimsby and the Wax Phantom.

    • Shaggy is the only character (apart from Scooby himself) to be in every incarnation of the series.

    • A number of rumors about "hidden jokes" and "subliminal messages" surround this series: - "Freddy and Daphne go of and make out when the gang splits up to look for clues. This is why we hardly ever see them actually looking for any clues; we always see Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma by themselves." Actually, the reason we never see Freddy or Daphne when the gang splits-up is because creators/writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears found writing for Fred and Daphne (the "straight" characters, in contrast to the more comedic other three characters) boring. Therefore, they would always find an excuse to split the gang up, so that they could focus on writing gags for Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma (who in later episodes found herself "splitting-up" with Fred and Daphne, so that the writers could devote even *more* screen time to Shaggy and Scooby).

      "Velma is a lesbian; she has a crush on Daphne." Just because Velma's boyfriend is not a member of the gang like Daphne's is does not make her a lesbian. Neither does her being paired with Daphne when Freddy goes of on his own to find clues. The writers actually seem to imply in a number of episodes that Velma and Shaggy are seeing each other (they are often paired together at dances and such in the series).
      "Shaggy is a pothead/ drug addict. That's why he has the munchies and he always sees the ghosts (hallucinations) before the others." and its variant, "Scooby Snacks contain drugs." Mind you, the first one may be the *only* rumor on this list with some truth to it. Shaggy is a "beatnik/hippie"-type character, and beatniks and hippies were known for their "free-thinking" ways, which often included the uses of drugs such as marijuana, LSD, etc. However, not *all* beatniks and hippies used drugs, and it is very possible that Shaggy was one of those beatniks/hippies that didn't (This is, after all, a Saturday morning television show). The second one is completely false: Scooby Snacks are nothing more than regular doggie treats (it's not much of a stretch to imagine a guy who'd eat chocolate-covered hot dogs, chocolate-covered corn-on-the-cob, and "liverwurst ala mode" eating doggie treats if you really think about it).

    • In the response the long posting above, Shaggy does dress hippie like (bellbottoms, no socks, goatee/beard) and looks drugged out being so skinny and paranoid all the time.