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Grim Judgment is the ninth episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the thirty-fifth overall.


A judge named Hebediah Grim targets and attacks specific girls. Mystery Inc. teams up with Fred's parents from the original Mystery Inc. to solve the mystery and capture the judge.


Brenda and Dylan are having a romantic moment in a car. Just before they kiss, a man in Puritan clothes shows up with a giant hammer and starts ranting about judging people before trying to smash them with a hammer. When Dylan runs away in terror, Gary arrives and distracts the Puritan with his soccer ball long enough to rescue Brenda and the two flee. After they tumble down a hill, Gary carries Brenda to safety and they make their escape.

Gary saving Brenda from Hebidiah Grim

The gang is shocked to find out that Brenda dumped Dylan for Gary. Later as Fred is trying to decide what to do about the Pilgrim, Scooby and Shaggy get fed by Brad and Judy, but Fred accidentally insults them. Fred and the gang return to the lookout point and finding Sheriff Stone trying to romance the Mayor, but the Judge attacks them again. He tries to smash everyone except Velma with his hammer; he is uninterested in Velma because she is "a model of purity".

The gang grabs Mayor Nettles and runs from the Judge (Hebediah Grim). They then notice that Gary is in the back of the van after rescuing a girl named Cheryl from Grim. Daphne becomes suspicious that he was in the right place at the right time, so the guys do a stakeout of one of Gary's friends. During the stakeout they watch Ethan practice his drum act by beating on garbage cans with baseball bats. After hours of watching him they sneak into his room and find lots of clues. When they eventually confront him, they get ambushed by Grim. Ethan fights off Grim, then gives the gang a clue suggesting Doogle McGuiness is Grim.

The gang goes to McGuiness's house and find a yearbook with all the victims circled, confronting Doogle with it. He attempts to give them a clue, but is knocked out by Grim before he can say what it is. The gang retreat to consider the implications, while Velma finds out from the school's drama department that two costumes were missing and Daphne is considering hanging out with Ethan from now on. Fred asks Judy and Brad for help, allowing Fred to bond with his parents while they work to trap Grim. When Grim attacks, the trap gets sprung twice, trapping two Grims. It becomes clear that both Gary and Ethan were Grim at one point or another. One of the pair would use the Grim disguise to scare girls while the other would 'rescue them' to impress them. Though the duel claim that they were sneaky, no one finds their scheme to be clever or difficult to unravel: the indentations in the footprints were soccer cleat marks, the chat video had been pre recorded, two missing costumes meant there were two culprits, and their poor attempt to frame Doogle using Ethan's yearbook. Fred has a happy moment with his parents while Cassidy watches from the bushes.


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Suspect Motive/reason
Gary and Ethan To impress girls.
Doogle McGuiness He played the role of Hebediah Grim in the play, The Scorning.


Culprit Motive/reason
Gary and Ethan as Hebediah Grim One would dress up as Hebediah Grim while the other would pretend to be a hero to impress girls.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Tia Carrere Judy Reeves
Tim Matheson Brad Chiles
Cheryl's date
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
Jeff Bennett Gary
Doogle McGuiness
Mitch Watson Ethan
Dylan Ryan
Beth Tapper Brenda
Clancy Brown Hebediah Grim



  • Digital and physical releases spell the episode as Grim Judgement.
  • Dylan and Brenda seem to finally break up in this episode, although since it was due to Ethan and Gary's monster hoax, it's unknown if they got back together.
  • Dylan's surname is revealed to be "Ryan" in the yearbook.
  • Daphne has a mug with Scooby (a pose from Beware the Beast from Below - when he has his head out of the van window) in her locker.

Mayor Nettles and Sheriff Stone begin secretly dating.

  • The chat room Ethan uses to "connect" with Gary reads "SDMI", a reference to the series initials.
  • This is the first time in the series that two villains dress as the same monster.
  • This episode was included in Cartoon Network's Scooby-Doo! Back to School Marathon (August 10–11, 2013).
  • This is the 2nd/last episode to feature the Crystal Cove Gary voiced by Jeff Bennett.


  • Disguises: Shaggy as a cheerleader; Scooby as mermaid mascot; Fred as moustache bystander; Scooby as Daphne.

Cultural references

  • The title and opening credits of Brad and Judy's television show, Sternum to Sternum, are spoof on Hart to Hart, a mystery show that aired from 1979 to 1984.
  • One student's picture is named Scott Jeralds, while another name that appears is Vic Cook, but the close-up is too high up, cutting him off.
  • A poster on Ethan's wall reads "Bend It Like You Know You Can", a spoof of the movie title Bend It Like Beckham.
  • The idea of two villains dressing the same may be a reference to the Scream franchise.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Daphne thanks Ethan for protecting her, Ethan's face is not painted with black stripes under the eyes like before.
  • In the flashback of the culprits, Ethan's drama club application is under the program of The Scorning, while when the gang finds the program under the application.
  • The Scorning program clearly reads on the cover "The Scroming".

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Although the title card for the Brad and Judy's show says Sternum to Sternum, Brad refers to it as Sternum and Sternum.
  • The gang took the green paint off their faces awfully fast.
    • There was a scene change between their decision and when they entered the room without paint on their faces, so there is no real timing problem.
  • Doogle calls the Crystal Cove Animal Asylum for the Criminally Insane, the "Crystal Cove Asylum for Criminally Insane Animals".
  • How on earth did Gary and Ethan know what to pre-record and show to the gang to get them off the trail?
    • To give them a little credit, the first part was scripted between them and when the gang started to ask questions Gary said, "I'm happy to answer all your questions, guys, but first -- look out!" So he didn't have to know the specifics of the question, but the split-second timing is suspect.
  • A flashback shows Gary and Ethan together planting a yearbook on Doogle's front porch, but Ethan was under constant surveillance that day and could not have done it unseen by the gang. If it was done earlier, why didn't Doogle find it and remove it?
  • Unlike his other two appearances, Dylan is credited as "Dillon".
  • Not really an error, but Hebediah Grim is simply credited as "Hebediah".

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian Il Pellegrino Fustigatore The Scourge Pilgrim
Spanish (Latin America) El Juicio de Grim Grim's Judgement
Hungarian Az ítélkező The Judge
Greek Η Ώρα της Σκληρής Κρίσης The Time of Grim Judgment

Home media


Gary: I'm happy to answer all your questions, guys, but first -- look out!

Gary: And we would have gotten away with it if any of you mystery stink losers had lives.

External links

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