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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Season 1 Episode 7

Never Ape an Ape Man

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 25, 1969 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Never Ape an Ape Man
Daphne's Uncle Maxwell, a movie director, hires the entire gang as extras in his new film: The Ape Man of Forbidden Mountain. Although the film is shooting on-location, the set is soon closed when a real ape man actually appears and Carl, the actor playing the ape man, disappears.moreless

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  • Stupid but Enjoyable!

    "Never Ape an Ape Man" is a very simple and enjoyable episode...a bit too simple thought. The Plot for this episode is so ridiculous that it's comical and there is so many un-needed silly clues which lie all throughout this episode. This is definitely not a strong episode by any means but I do particularly enjoy this one. The setting is pretty weak and the villain behind it all is...well unbelievably obvious. you even see him in the ape man suit twice. All these flaws do not make the episode bad though, they in a way add to it and make it more fun. In all seriousness this is a pretty bad episode and does not deserve a high score but I think it is a very amusing and witty ep. 7.5/10 :Dmoreless
  • Great use of a classic Hanna-Barbera plot device

    As a long-time Hanna-Barbera fan, this is one of my favorite Scooby-Doo episodes to be produced. It is pretty cool, since it takes place on a movie studio. And we get to see Jean Vanderpyl (Wilma Flintstone) voice someone in this episode. But anyways, like many Hanna-Barbera cartoons, this is the episode they'd always do with a bad guy impersonating the good guy. They've done it with Fred Flintstone impersonated by an alien, and another one had Squiddly Diddly being impersonated by a spy, and Ricochet Rabbit also experienced some Double Trouble. This would also happen to Hong Kong Phooey and Richie Rich years later. In this example, we get Scooby-Doo being impersonated by the Ape Man! Sure, he only has a mask instead of a full costume, but it's very realistic. Hanna-Barbera seems to always design realistic costumes for disguise scenes in their shows, and this is no exception. In fact, I might try making a Scooby-Doo mask myself! (once I get the money) Sure, Scooby was also impersonated by J.C. Chasez in 2005 on "A Scooby-Doo Valentine," but this is way better.moreless
Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

Carl the Stuntman, Ape Man, Impostor Scooby-Doo

Guest Star

Jean Vander Pyl

Jean Vander Pyl

Candy Mint

Guest Star

Don Messick

Don Messick

John Maxwell

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This is the only episode where the bad guy out of the mask is revealed before the "final unmasking". In the episode, Shaggy and Scooby encounter the ape man without the mask and Shaggy photographs him. In the final unmasking, the villain is revealed in the photograph and he isn't unmasked by the gang.

    • When Freddy falls through the trap, the script is on the table. But when the scene flashes back to where Freddy disappeared, the script is gone.

    • In this episode, a latex Scooby-Doo mask is featured. The Ape Man puts it on to play the old mirror gag with Scooby. You'll notice that the neck on the mask covers down to the shoulders. However in the final scene with Shaggy wearing the mask, the neck is much shorter. Not only that, but after Shaggy peels off the Scooby mask, the collar VANISHES BEFORE YOUR EYES!

    • A wig disappears from a wig stand.

    • At one point, Shaggy says "Zooks!" instead of his trademark "Zoinks!"

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Shaggy: Yeah, you got him. King Kong in the flesh!

      When Shaggy gets stuck in the trap and the gang think they got The Ape Man, he references King Kong.

    • None: Ape Man wearing a Scooby-Doo mask
      The concept of a villain impersonating a good guy by wearing a realistic costume or mask of him/her (typically to give the hero a bad image or confuse him) is a classic Hanna-Barbera gag, which was also used with Ricochet Rabbit, Hong Kong Phooey, Grape Ape's pal Beegle Beagle, Squiddly Diddly, Fred Flintstone, Richie Rich, Snagglepuss and even Scooby-Dee. This would also occur on three later episodes, Scooby's Gold Medal Gambit, Homeward Hound and A Scooby-Doo Valentine, as well as on a later ad in the UK with David Beckham wearing a Scooby suit.