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Fright of Hand is an the fourteenth episode of season 2 of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and the fortieth overall.

Premise

A stage magician's palace is in jeopardy of closing down due to a giant monster rabbit, so Fred goes undercover as Freddy or Not.

Synopsis

At a magic club called the Hocus Pocus Palace, a magician named Bewildero tries to do a magic trick, fails and gets attacked by a bird he "conjures". He then calls for his assistant, Susan, who is actually his mom, who brings out a magic cabinet. He tries to pull a rabbit out of his hat, but it doesn't appear and Susan gets attacked by the bird. Suddenly, the magic cabinet begins to shake, and a confused Bewildero tries to make everyone think it's part of his act and that the rabbit is in the cabinet. When he opens the cabinet, he is shocked to find a monster rabbit inside.

Meanwhile, the gang is driving towards the Hocus Pocus Palace much to Fred's excitement. Shaggy questions why they are going, to which Fred answers "it's fun" because he has been fascinated with magic since he was young. Velma claims magic is silly, so to prove her wrong Fred suddenly activates a smoke bomb and disappears. This freaks the gang out and causes the Mystery Machine to lose traction and almost drive off a cliff until Fred reappears and regains control.

The gang then arrives at the Hocus Pocus Palace and Velma notices that there is no one else there. This makes Fred confused because he heard it is was usually packed during the new audition week. Suddenly, Daphne rolls by on roller skates. When they get to the entrance, the doors mysteriously open and the gang walks down a hallway filled with floating light bulbs. They meet the owner of the Hocus Pocus Palace, Saul Twinkelshine, who was one of the greatest stage magicians of all time. Velma then asks Saul why the Hocus Pocus Palace is empty. Saul explains it's because of rumors that a mutant rabbit is attacking the magicians and scaring them away. Only a couple of new magicians are willing to audition, and the palace won't survive without a strong membership. Fred then happily offers to audition and Saul lets Jokey Jody, the comic magician, show them to his room. Shaggy and Scooby then leave for the dining hall, while Jody shows the rest of the gang to the elevator.

At the dining hall, Shaggy and Scooby are greeted by the maître d', who asks if they are members. Scooby answers no. This results in Shaggy and Scooby eating out the back of the dining hall, which Shaggy says is better because they won't get the usual complaints when people see them eat in public. Suddenly, the Mutant Rabbit appears in the dumbwaiter and attacks them.

Meanwhile, in the guest room, Fred is dressing up in his magician uniform. Velma then notices Daphne holding a book and takes a look at it. It is a history of the Hocus Pocus Palace and she starts reading that legend has it the palace was originally home to a magician named Magus Fag who practiced in the dark arts and also raised bunnies. Fag tried to summon a spirit from beyond and place it into one of his rabbits, Mr. Wiggly. The spirit turned out to be a malevolent demon and Mr. Wiggly was transformed into a horrible creature that haunts the palace to this day. Fred then emerges from the dressing room in a flashy suit much to Velma and Daphne's discomfort. Shaggy and Scooby then rush into the room, hiding from the Mutant Rabbit then get scared by Fred. Fred then states that he will solve the mystery by pretending to be a famous magician named "Freddy or Not". Soon they hear a knock at the door and go to check it out, but find nobody there. Then the Mutant Rabbit shows up in the room scaring the gang.

They run away and plan to split up as usual, but Shaggy and Scooby stop them saying that Fred, Velma, and Daphne always get to go in the direction the monster does not go, so this time Scooby and Shaggy want to go in the direction Fred, Velma, and Daphne are going. The Mutant Rabbit still chases Shaggy and Scooby anyway. It chases them into a dressing room where it finds Shaggy and Scooby dressed as a magician and his assistant Mina. They then dress the Mutant Rabbit up as an assistant, push it on stage, then place it in a magic box. They begin to saw the rabbit in half, but then Scooby runs off in feigned panic with Shaggy following him. The Mutant Rabbit realizes it was tricked and roars.

Meanwhile, Fred, Velma, and Daphne run through the hallways until Fred finds Saul Twinkelshine's office. Inside, they find creepy magical stuff, until Velma points out a picture of Saul as a child magician in front of a mirror. Fred explains Saul practiced in the mirror incessantly to perfect illusions that to this day no one can explain. Fred then finds letters addressed to Saul claiming he is behind on his mortgage payment for the Hocus Pocus Palace. Velma then notices that the letters address the owner of the Hocus Pocus Palace as Greg Twinkelshine. This makes Fred believe that Saul is his stage name.

Then a man floating on rope appears looking for Saul who introduces himself as a magician named Johnny Cobra who uses street magic. Fred claims street magic is not magic, but Johnny starts making claims about what he does which Fred claims that none of them are real magic. Velma tells them both that no type of magic is "real magic" and this prompts both Fred and Johnny to perform a series of rapid fire magic tricks, all of which Velma explains.

Shaggy and Scooby then meet up with the gang where Shaggy recognizes Johnny. Jokey Judy then arrives and tells Fred he's on next. Introducing Freddy or Not, Saul appears on stage then appears next to the judges, then back on stage which confuses Velma. Fred tries to perform a water tank escape act, but while he is releasing himself the mutant rabbit stands on top of the tank.

As the gang saves Fred from the Mutant Rabbit, they begin a chase through the palace which ends up failing in front of the judges. Backstage, Saul is furious over the events and blames the gang who he calls meddling kids. He then bans Fred from the Hocus Pocus Palace before leaving in a huff. The gang then goes through their problems about the mystery until Fred apologizes for getting so caught up in being a magician that he lost track of being who is, a mystery solver. Daphne then claims that the gang's problems are lame and tries to cheer them up until she trips because her skates broke a wheel and asks for an extra one. This causes Fred and Velma to realize the truth behind the mystery and come up with a plan that involves Velma being on stage.

The judges are about to leave until the lights turn on to show Velma the Mathgician and her assistants, Shaggy and Scooby. She does a trick where she turns a 9 into a 6 until the Mutant Rabbit arrives and starts chasing them. They all run into a magic cabinet, but when the Mutant Rabbit opens it, they have mysteriously disappeared. Daphne then rides down a ramp on her skates and pushes the Mutant Rabbit in the cabinet, but it soon emerges from an identical cabinet a short distance away. The Mutant Rabbit is about to attack them when Fred uses a smoke bomb and traps the Mutant Rabbit in a straitjacket and chains.

The police arrive and Saul is surprised that the gang has caught the Mutant Rabbit. Fred corrects him by unmasking the Mutant Rabbit and saying who they caught was actually Saul Twinkleshine, which confuses everyone. Velma then unmasks the new Saul Twinkelshine, revealing another Saul Twinkelshine but Fred explains that it's actually Greg Twinkelshine, Saul's identical twin brother, who they kept hidden from the public for the sake of their magic career. Velma noticed in the photo of Saul that his reflection was not a perfect mirror image, that's because it wasn't one child looking into a mirror, it was twins in an empty frame. That was the hook to the act, that Saul can seemingly make himself vanish and reappear anywhere. Their success allowed them to buy the Hocus Pocus Palace, but they realized that owning a magic club wasn't an easy trick, and after losing money for years they knew they had to sell it, enter; the Mutant Rabbit. Legally, Saul and Greg weren't allowed to sell the property as long as members were paying their dues, so they decided to use the old legend of Mr. Wiggly to scare off all the remaining members.

Daphne then states that they have now officially meddled, but Saul states that it is beyond meddling and that the gang has ruined their lives. Saul claims that they don't care if they close the club, but Fred on the other hand claims he does and makes a big speech on how the Hocus Pocus Palace will remain open. Jokey Jody appears and reveals that she saved enough money from her comedy act to buy the place. The police then arrest both Saul and Greg but they keep slipping out of the cuffs and escaping. Daphne then talks to the officers, looking to exchange her roller skates for the Mutant Rabbit feet. As they leave, Fred pulls off one last magic trick and makes the Mystery Machine disappear, surprising everyone. As usual, Velma finds it almost instantly, which disappoints Fred.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

  • Bewildero (single appearance)
  • Susan (single appearance)
  • Audience (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Magus Fag (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(deceased)
  • Mr. Wiggly (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(deceased)
  • Judges (single appearance)(no lines)

Locations

Objects

  • Daphne's To-Do List
  • The Magical History of Hocus Pocus Palace

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Jokey Jody She's spooky.
Johnny Cobra Upset that other magicians say street magic isn't real magic.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Greg Twinkelshine as the Mutant Rabbit
Saul Twinkelshine
To scare everyone away so they could sell the Hocus Pocus Palace.

Cast

Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Mutant Rabbit
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey Griffin Daphne Blake
Jokey Jody
Susan
Kate Micucci Velma Dinkley
Will Friedle Bewildero
Johnny Cobra
Tom Kenny Saul Twinkelshine
Greg Twinkelshine

Continuity

Songs

Notes/trivia

  • Daphne's future du jours include speaking Portuguese, welding, performing Vaudeville, and the listings of "big laundry" and "bionic."

Miscellaneous

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a play on the term "Sleight of hand", which is the name of the dexterous ability used to deceive the audience in many magic tricks.
  • Johnny Cobra is a parody of Criss Angel.
  • Greg Twinkelshine is most likely modeled after Doug Henning.
  • The tiger who is part of the judging panel is likely a reference to the tigers used by magicians Siegfried and Roy.
  • The "big laundry" on Daphne's list appears to be a reference to the animated series Phineas and Ferb, previously worked on by Jon Colton Barry. More specifically, the episode The Lake Nose Monster, where the show's villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is attempting to find evil uses for zinc.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • The clock, counting down the time Fred can hold his breath under water, ticks down much faster than a second per second when seen onscreen.
  • If Mutant Rabbit was going to go after the magic club candidates, he should go after Freddy and not Shaggy and Scooby.

Quotes

Saul Twinkelshine: Jokey Jody, our resident comic magician, will show you to your room.
Shaggy & Scooby: (Scared) Comic magician?!
Jokey Jody: Yes. I also do birthday parties and weddings.
Scooby: Do what to them?


Fred: (appears in his Freddy Or Not costume) Ta-dah!
Velma: For the love of all this is good in this world, what have you done to yourself?
Fred: This is our plan.
Daphne: How'd you get your eyeliner so perfect?


Shaggy & Scooby: AHH, mutant rabbit!
Fred: You saw him?
Shaggy & Scooby: AHH, mutant Fred!


Daphne: Man, these skates didn't even give me an advantage when being chased. What was I thinking?
Velma: I wouldn't even know where to begin.


Velma: (explaining the tricks performed by Freddy Or Not and Johnny Cobra)
You palmed a quarter, card was marked, deck wasn't shuffled, your tooth was already loose, same sided coin, you dislocated your shoulder, the first frog was fake, contact lenses, that's not the same pair of underwear.


Velma: Found it!

References

External links

  • TBA


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