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A Scooby Friday
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Season: 1

Episode: Operation Rich in Spirit

Length: 3:09

Cast: Linda Cardellini (Velma), Dave Coulier (Scooby-Doo), Phyllis Diller (Herself), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), Seth Green (Jason Voorhees, Old Man Phillips), Don Knotts (Himself), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Fred)

Characters: Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Don Knotts, Phyllis Diller, Jason Voorhees, Old Man Phillips

Segment Summary: Mystery Inc. tries to solve what looks like their last case.

Written By: Seth Green

Animated By: Anonymous

Themes: Animals, Bleeped, Blood, Bug Eyes, Death, Film, Food & Drink, Lengthy, Mashups, Sexuality, Television, Violence

Allusions:

  • This is a parody of Friday the 13th and Scooby-Doo.
  • This reunites the entire cast of the Scooby-Doo movies with Seth Green, who had starred in the film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
  • When Velma claims the virgins live the longest, it is a reference to Scream, which Matthew Lillard starred in.
  • Shortly before being killed, Don Knotts says "...and one of my apartment tenants might be a flaming homo!" This line refers to his role as Mr. Furley in the sitcom Three's Company, who was a landlord (One of his tenants - played by John Ritter - pretended to be gay so Furley would agree to let him live with two women).
  • Scooby's head is placed on a pike outside of the campsite, reminiscent of the novel Lord of the Flies.
  • Don Knotts and Phyllis Diller's random appearance in the segment is a possible parody of The New Scooby-Doo Movies where a guest star would randomly appear in each episode and help the gang thwart the villain. In this series, Phyllis Diller guest-starred once whereas Don Knotts did so twice.

Trivia / Info:

  • This segment was Don Knotts's final television role.
  • Old Man Philips bears a striking though most likely coincidental resemblance to Old Man Smithers AKA The Luna Ghost from the beginning of the first Scooby-Doo live-action movie.
  • The music used during the scene where Shaggy and Scooby encounter Jason was later used in the sketch Rape Ghost.
  • Dave Coulier previously imitated Scooby's voice in the Full House season 2 episode "Baby Love".
  • We never see what happened to Fred and Phyllis Diller.
  • Fred's ambiguous fate could possibly be a reference to the character of Paul Holt from Friday the 13th Part 2 for in that film following the surprise appearance of Jason leaping through a window to grab the main character of Ginny. When she wakes up the character suddenly is nowhere to be seen with his fate being left unknown.
  • The concept of owners attempting to profit off of Camp Crystal Lake's infamous history was later explored in a six-issue comic miniseries by the DC imprint WildStorm in 2006.
  • The DVD commentary track for the episode "Operation: Rich in Spirit" had both Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, the voices of Fred and Daphne respectively, present and when it got to the scene where Daphne is murdered, Freddie asks Seth if Fred got away to which he mentioned that Velma's line about all her friends being dead is supposed to imply that Fred was killed off-screen.

Goofs / Nitpicks:

  • The Mystery Machine's model is that of the original 60s design but with elements from the original movie incarnation such as a more vibrant and saturated green, orange flames and the standard black tires.
  • The Mystery Machine is also lacking the spare green tire cover and instead has a black spare tire on the front.
  • In a few shots, Scooby's eyebrows are left unpainted and as the same color as his fur.
  • Daphne's shoes were purple in the original series but are left unpainted and in pink like her leggings in the skit.
  • Fred's shoes are now a standard pair of black loafers instead of the brown pair he wore in the series.
  • When Jason is chasing Shaggy and Scooby down the halls, he is holding his machete in the opposite direction with the curved portion of the blade pointing more towards him.
  • The box of Scooby Snacks that Shaggy and Scooby find is not the same as the cartoon's green and blue boxes but rather, it looks much closer to the real-life boxes of Scooby Snacks that can be found in various stores around the globe.
  • Despite Velma implying that she's the only one left, it is unclear as to what happened to Phyllis Diller and unlike the case of Fred's disappearance, there is no explanation to be had here.
  • When Daphne says that Fred's ascot makes him look gay, she and Fred are lying down, but when Jason smashes the door just a second later, they're standing up with no time to do so.
  • Velma could not have known that all her friends were dead since she was searching for clues in the woods, and none of the Mystery Inc. members were killed in the woods though it could be possible that her clue search did lead her to the various locations where the other members were investigating.
  • Just after Scooby says "Better Shaggy than me", Shaggy can be heard grunting even through he is supposed to be dead at this point.
  • Jason's mask throughout the majority of the skit is based on its appearance in Freddy vs. Jason which is most obvious by how it has two extra vent holes in the lower corners and is a standard white with a mixture of greys and blacks to simulate grime but in a later shot where Velma goes to unmask him, the mask is an almond color like most of Jason's earlier film appearances and he has what appear to be two snaps in the lower corners instead of the vent holes.
  • During the opening shot with the Mystery Machine, we see Shaggy's hand at the steering wheel, even through Fred is the driver in the group but then again, Shaggy has been shown to drive the Mystery Machine on more than a few occasions.
  • Not exactly a goof but still interesting to note. The figure of Shaggy that is seen in the Mystery Machine is actually a part of the standard "Mystery Solving Crew" set of action figures as seen by the different joints and sculpting since the actual figures used for the episode are custom made dolls by the Robot Chicken staff.
  • In the Friday the 13th film series, Jason does not store the body of his mother in a room under the bunkhouse, he stores the corpse in his hut in the woods.
  • When Daphne says "Gosh Freddy, are we really gonna go all the way?", the red pillow in the bunk bed above Fred moves slightly.
  • Jason's relationship with animals has always been questionable. In the original films, Jason is implied to have killed a dog in Part II but in Part VIII was never shown harming animals due to Kane Hodder refusing to film a scene that depicted Jason kicking a dog, stating that it wasn't in his character. However in a comic that featured Jason fighting fellow slasher Leatherface, he is shown slicing a dog in two. Considering the movies are what are being used though, it's very odd to see Jason murdering an animal like Scooby.
  • When Scooby laughs in the voiceover during the shot of his head on the pike, the laugh seems to be voiced by Seth Green instead of Dave Coulier.
  • When Jason kills Shaggy, blood squirts out of places where the machete didn't hit.
  • When Jason is unmasked by Velma, instantly the rotted zombie head turns into Old Man Philips's head in the close-up shot.
  • If you look closely at the window of the Mystery Machine during the scene where Fred splits the gang up, you can see the above mentioned Shaggy figure still inside the car despite the fact that Shaggy already has left the car during this scene.

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