CBS (HBO Max)
November 8, 1969
Episode 9 – “The Backstage Rage”
A puppy dog, a violin case, a bunch of cash equal “counterfeiters!”
Shaggy and Scoob are walking back toward the gang in the Mystery Machine after ordering a pizza and a vehicle passes with a violin case dropping out. Shaggy opens it and it contains a bunch of cash. He phones the gang from a pay phone booth (ahh, the good old days, before cell phones!) and Scoob guards the violin case. Scoob is distracted by a female puppy dog and the violin case is swiped.
Scooby explains to the gang how he was duped by the girl dog. They search the area and find a puppet control with Pietro’s Puppet inscribed on it. The mystery has them heading to the strand theater where they run into the doorman playing with a puppet. Turns out he is a hobbyist puppeteer.
They find a real $20 bill at the theater and decide to return to the theater to see if they can solve the mystery and figure out who is counterfeiting bills.
This episode starts out promising, with Shaggy and Scoob on a pizza mission, but kind of loses focus after that. It’s an odd story blend of puppets and a counterfeiting scheme that never really gets off the ground either with the jokes or the mystery. My least favorite episode of the first season so far. Rating this one as OK. Not recommended.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️½
Joe Ruby, co-creator of Scooby-Doo dies at 87
This past week Scooby Doo’s original co-creator passed away. Ruby was a Saturday morning cartoon innovator for more than 50 years.
Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content president Sam Register said in a statement, “Joe Ruby made Saturday mornings special for so many children, including myself. He was one of the most prolific creators in our industry who gifted us some of animation’s most treasured characters and it was a thrill to host him at our studio. Scooby-Doo has been a beloved companion on screens for more than 50 years, leaving an enduring legacy that has inspired and entertained generations. We at Warner Bros. Animation have the privilege and honor of carrying on that legacy and send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones.”Scooby-Doo Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dies at 87