Don't Fool with a Phantom is the eighth and final episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and the twenty-fifth and final episode overall in the series.


Johnny Sands' dance contest TV show, on which Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo are contestants, is interrupted by a figure identified as the Wax Phantom. The gang trails the Phantom to the local wax museum, hoping to find clues and solve the mystery of the Wax Phantom before he causes more trouble.


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 because the station has been in financial trouble and couldn't take the publicity.

The gang then split 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 race over 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 come across 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.

The gang are free to go back on the road, and Shaggy and Scooby have taken a couple of souvenirs: Wax sculptures they made of themselves. Daphne asks them what they're going to with their creations, with Shaggy telling her that next time there's a mystery, the dummies will take their place instead. Fred then makes a joke that they wouldn't be able to tell the difference between either, which doesn't amuse the duo at all.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Studio audience (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Owl (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Shaggy's mom (first mentioned)
  • Bird (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Sheriff (single appearance)





Suspect Motive/reason
Johnny Sands He is known for his publicity stunts.
Mr. Grisby He holds a grudge against the TV station for his show being cancelled. He acted very strange.


Culprit Motive/reason
Roger Stevens as the Wax Phantom To embezzle money from the TV station and frame Mr. Grisby for it and his disappearance.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Roger Stevens
Mr. Grisby
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Johnny Sands
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Michael Stull Wax Phantom


Song Credits Performed by
"Pretty Mary Sunlight" Written by Danny Janssen and George A. Robertson, Jr. George A. Robertson, Jr.

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).


  • Fittingly, the series finale aired on Halloween.
  • This is the last regular use of a chase song until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, although the latter would have the gang break the fourth wall by dancing to it.
  • This is the final Scooby-Doo episode to use Charley Douglass' full laugh track. After the series ended, Hanna-Barbera (presumably to cut costs) would use a tinny, limited track for all subsequent Scooby-Doo incarnations through 1980.
  • This time Velma says they have another mystery to solve, instead of Fred.
  • The Mystery Machine carries a scooter in the back, for at least this episode. It may be the same one Shaggy borrowed from Charlie in Decoy for a Dognapper.
  • Of course, it's supposed to be ambiguous whether or not Mr. Grisby's house is haunted or just full of tricks and illusions, including a laughing skeleton, which has happened before (sometimes just with a talking skull).
  • This is the first mention of one of the gang's parents; in this case, Shaggy mentioned his mother.
  • This is the first time Shaggy is directly offered a Scooby Snack, which seems to be a build on Decoy for a Dognapper and A Tiki Scare is No Fair, where he would just take it as a kind of compensation for what he would have to do.


Cultural references

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When the inside of the TV station is first seen at the beginning of the episode, Velma is not present next to Shaggy and Scooby as they watch Fred and Daphne dance.
  • Daphne's eyebrows are missing as Mr. Stevens comments on how Shaggy and Scooby look like they could win the contest. At the same time, Velma's lips are pronounced right up until the close-up of her talking.
  • When Johnny says the studio has been receiving threatening letters, the inside of his shirt is flesh-coloured. Also, when the camera gets to Fred listening to him continue to talk, the visible part of the inside of his collar is also flesh-coloured.
  • Around this time, when Johnny is recuperating from the Wax Phantom's attack, he rubs his head. However, it appears that he loses and regains bits of his head as he does so, because his hand intersects with parts of his head and hair.
  • When Fred states the safe was robbed and that Mr. Stevens could've been taken as a hostage, Daphne's pantyhose are missing.
  • When Johnny says the bad publicity could close the studio, the inside of his ascot at the back of his neck is flesh-coloured.
  • When Velma says they've got another mystery on their hands, a bit in the left corner of her forehead where her hair is, is flesh-coloured.
  • At the entrance of KLMN, the Mystery Machine is missing its orange license plate.
  • When Fred point at the sign and says, "Look, the wax phantom display," Daphne's pantyhose are missing.
  • When Velma turns her head to Shaggy and asks him when he would like to go to Mr. Grisby's house, the visible part of her neck is orange.
  • The right backdoor of the Mystery Machine (the one that doesn't open), is missing the blue strip along the middle where the handle would be, which is also missing.
  • The arm of Velma's glasses is missing when Scooby and Shaggy jump into her arms after being frightened by the owl's hoots.
  • After Mr. Grisby shuts the door after the trio have entered his house, his face appears blurred for a fraction of a second.
  • Throughout the trio's meeting with Mr. Grisby, the gap at the top of his jacket is either black or brown like his jacket, if there's even a gap at all.
  • As Velma's head bops up as she says they've got to get back to the others, her neck right underneath her chin is orange.
  • As Daphne and Fred wait for the other three to drive out the back of the van on the scooter, Daphne doesn't have lipstick or lips period.
  • At the time Daphne says someone forgot to lock the museum, the Mystery Machine matches the look of the museum and the rest of city -- dark blue with no little to no details.
  • After Fred says, "Hey, they did!" and the camera pans from Fred and Daphne's backs to the their front, a small orange spot can be seen on the right side of Fred's face.
  • When Shaggy, Scooby, Scooby, and Velma arrive at the museum, the Mystery Machine retains the look it gained when Daphne noted that someone forgot to lock the museum -- dark blue with no little to no details, like the museum, and the rest of the city.
  • When Fred says to Daphne to go into the museum, the right bottom corner of his orange ascot seeps in to his collar.
  • Fred's ascot is missing on the right side of his neck when he sits on the floor after the two groups collide while in the museum.
  • While in the Egyptian coffin, the bottom half of Scooby's neck is missing and the top half which is visible is skin coloured. He also appears to have two collars.
  • Down in the pit, Fred either has blue socks or the colour has just continued from his pants.
  • The Scooby Snacks box in the topsy-turvy room has a different design to the one Velma held.
  • During the moment Fred says, "Off hand, I'd say over there at that ventilator", Daphne's pantyhose briefly disappear and then her scarf turns light purple.
  • When Fred tells the girls they should take a peek through the ventilator, the gap between his collar and ascot flashes from blue to flesh-colour to orange.
  • Daphne's eyebrows are missing when Fred says it's nice to see Scooby and Shaggy after he pulled them into a room, when they were running away from the phantom at the end of the song.
  • When Fred points out down to the waxworks to plan their trap, Daphne's lower lip looks like it's covering more of her opened mouth than it should be because it's slightly darker as if the bottom was drawn too high.
  • Shaggy's whiskers are missing when Fred says about Daphne locking the in the room.
  • When Shaggy says they thought the Wax Phantom was either a real ghost or Mr. Grisby, his neck covers the gaps in his hair (instead of having the background drawn in), but when he moves his body doesn't adjust well and an additional piece has been added beside his neck.
  • When Shaggy suggests the dummies can go with Fred, Daphne and Velma instead of him and Scooby, his neck blinks between being bigger and smaller.
  • At the end of the episode, when Fred makes the joke about the dummies, Daphne's neck is briefly invisible.
  • When Shaggy and Scooby are sarcastically remarking how "funny" Fred's joke is, Scooby's eyes blink between being attached and detached in the close up shot of him.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Despite it being called The Johnny Sands Dance Game Show, the banner says "Johnny Sands Dance Game Show".
  • Both Shaggy and Scooby were at the left of the screen, but when they go on stage Scooby enters from the right. He could've quickly got to the right behind the curtain. Fred and Daphne are also seated quickly.
  • When the Wax Phantom first appears onstage, Stevens, the culprit behind the Wax Phantom, is seen on the far right of the stage even though he should be in the Wax Phantom costume.
  • Time seems to have been a thought on the writers mind in this one particular episode if they needed a scooter for Shaggy, Velma and Scooby to use get to Mr. Grisby's house.
  • Protective headgear didn't seem to be an issue though.
  • When they leave on the scooter only the left backdoor opens, but surely both doors would've opened?
  • Mr. Grisby mentions a cemetery nearby, but that just seems to be a foil to make him more spooky.
  • After Velma presents a box of Scooby Snacks in order to goad Shaggy and Scooby into entering the wax museum via window, Shaggy says "Let's find a window, Scoob.", whilst waiting for the Scooby Snacks. After receiving and gobbling down the Scooby Snacks, Shaggy repeats the line, almost word for word, when he says "Let's go find the window, Scoob."
  • When the gang walk through the museum, after finding their first clue, Fred's mouth is open slightly (with the gap filled in with his teeth), giving him a goofy smile.
  • Fred seems to know the ticket is for a plane going to South America, but the ticket simply says, "Speedy Airlines Ticket."
  • Scooby and Shaggy defy gravity in the topsy-turvy room, but the Scooby Snacks still fall to the ground. What are Scooby Snacks doing in there anyway?
  • The hole in the ventilator looks a lot smaller before it's opened.
  • Before she falls out the ventilator hole, Daphne is waving, when it would've made more sense to point Scooby and Shaggy out.
  • As Daphne begins to fall, Fred's warning to her doesn't match his movements as he still looks like he's looking at Scooby and Shaggy.
  • The ventilator is covered back up when the gang return to the ventilator room. When Fred points out what they'll do down below, it's gone.
  • When the Wax Phantom has Scooby and Shaggy tied and plans to dump them in wax vat it's threatening to them, but later when for comedic purposes they survive being poured down with wax anyway. They're not only able to survive unharmed, but (along with Mr. Stevens who was also wearing his costume) can breathe within their wax prison.
  • When Fred chips away at Mr. Stevens's wax, Scooby and Shaggy are completely free of their wax coatings (when only their heads had been freed) and behind Fred.
  • The sheriff is wincing the entire time. Perhaps that's less of a mistake, and more of a medical condition.
  • Due to the interruption, the winning couple is never announced. It's unknown if it was outright canceled or postponed. Due to time never being issue in the series (the gang spend what seems an entire night solving a case, only to go back to do what the were doing before in the same night), it was likely they were driving back to KLMN at the end of the episode.
  • At the end of the episode, as the Mystery Machine drives through town, Shaggy is shown at the front, but a close-up to the inside reveals that he is actually in the back with Scooby.
  • Making wax sculptures is incredibly easy for Shaggy and Scooby to do, and takes them what seems minutes to do. No reasonable thought was put into the pair having them, they just have it and that's that.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Un Fantôme à la Télé A Ghost on TV
Greek Μην Παίζετε με το Φάντασμα Don't Play with the Phantom
Hungarian Nincs pardon, ha itt a fantom There's no pardon when the phantom is here

Home media


(Fred hammers away the wax from Scooby's head)
Fred: Okay, Scoob?
Scooby: You got to be kidding!

Fred: Now, Mister Wax Phantom, time to find out who you really are.
Shaggy: Hey! You're chipping him down to regular size.
Fred: Mr. Roger Stevens, the TV station manager!
Roger Stevens: And I wish you'd have minded your own business.

Daphne: Just what are you two fellas going to do with those wax dummies you made?
Shaggy: Like, simple. Next time we have a mystery, those dummies can go instead of us.
Fred: There's only one problem -- how to tell "one" pair of dummies from the other!
(Velma, Daphne, and Fred laugh)
Shaggy: (unamused) Very funny. Very funny!
Scooby: (also unamused) Yeah! Very funny!

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