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In Fear of the Phantom is the seventh episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

Premise

The Hex Girls' concert may be canceled after they are threatened by a phantom. Meanwhile, Scooby replaces Shaggy as his best friend.

Synopsis

The Hex Girls - Thorn, Dusk, and Luna - perform to a huge crowd at Crystal Cove's Terrorpheum theater.  Daphne wonders how they were able to get front row seats to see such a popular band and Fred points out that Velma, a Hex Girls super fan, was able to get them.  Shaggy tries to film the concert but Scooby-Doo, still mad at Shaggy for skipping the Vincent Van Ghoul marathon for Velma, intentionally gets in his way.  A Phantom appears on stage out of a bolt of lightning, demanding that the Hex Girls quit.  Thorn thrills the crows by continuing to play, but the Phantom damages a large amplifier with a ball of lighting.  The amplifier falls on Thorn and knocks her unconscious while a terrified audience scatters.

Backstage, Thorn sits with an ice pack on her head.  Hex Girls crew member Daniel Prezette suggests cancelling the tour because it isn’t safe.  Thorn immediately dismisses the idea as does the band’s quirky manager, Gus Boggs.  Fred agrees that the show must go on and points out that Thorn seems to be the Phantom’s target.  When he suggests having a double stand in for Thorn, Velma hysterically implores Fred to pick her.  Fred turns to Daphne and she sings for the group, garnering their approval.  Though initially thrilled, she sours when she realizes that she’ll be bait for a trap. Velma sulks over not getting to stand in for Thorn.

Shaggy, Scooby, and Fred build a trap on the theater’s catwalk, but Scooby refuses to help Shaggy when he accidentally ties his hand to the railing.  That night at the concert, Daphne is nervous about going on stage and is encouraged by Thorn and Fred.  The concert begins and Daphne’s impersonation of Thorn works perfectly: just a few minutes in, the Phantom appears.  Fred and the gang spring the trap but are horrified when cages fall onto Dusk and Luna.  The Phantom covers Daphne with his cape and they both disappear.  Much like the previous time that Daphne was captured, Fred immediately melts down.

The gang and the Hex Girls meet with Sheriff Stone about the attack but he is more interested in Hex Girls tour merchandise, prompting Velma to implore him to focus. Stone asks why Fred is acting strangely and Fred becomes emotional while talking about Daphne.  Clueless as to what to do, the sheriff merely buys a couple of Hex Girls t-shirts and calls Mayor Jones; Velma concludes that solving the mystery is up to them.  Scooby searches the theater for leftover food.  After he and Shaggy both chance across the same piece of popcorn, Shaggy offers it to him but Scooby refuses the gesture.  Pleading with Scooby, Shaggy says that they could end up needing new best friends, but Scooby likes the idea and walks away.  Fred examines the catwalks and finds that his trap was sabotaged.  Talking out loud to himself, he tries to work out his feelings for Daphne.  Unbeknownst to Fred, she is tied to the catwalks and can hear him, but the rope breaks and she falls off before he concludes that he cares about her.  

Back on the ground, Fred finds that has dad is capitalizing on the Phantom by moving the next Hex Girls show to Terror Dome Stadium and issuing a mayoral declaration of “Phantom Day.”  Everyone is excited to see Daphne, who was found by Prezette and a janitor, however she is furious at Fred because the last thing she heard him say on the catwalk was, “I wish I didn’t care about her.”  Fred tries to explain that she didn’t hear everything but she refuses to listen.  Prezette again argues that the danger warrants cancelling the tour.  Daphne balks at the idea and throws a blanket onto Fred, leaving with the Hex Girls.  Just as Velma wonders whether the situation can get weirder, Scooby arrives with Shaggy’s ventriloquist dummy and introduces it as Harry, his new best friend.  Harry, voiced by Scooby, says that he loves food and wouldn’t pick a girl over a Van Ghoul movie.  Shaggy looks to Fred and Velma for help, but they decline.

At Velma’s house, Daphne tells the Hex Girls to make her into a rock star; left standing off to the side, Velma is ignored by the band and Daphne.  Fred goes for a walk and resolves to sort out his relationship with Daphne. He goes to Velma's house and tries to tell her that he cares about her and she shouldn’t put herself in danger.  Daphne, made over as a new fourth member of the Hex Girls, tells Fred she’s now called Crush and has the band kick him out.  Velma is amazed at her stand, but Daphne quickly admits that she doesn’t feel okay.  

Shaggy and Scooby argue while trying to watch a Vincent Van Ghoul movie on the Hex Girls tour bus, with Scooby speaking through Harry the puppet.  Shaggy tries to physically fight Harry before remembering that it is just a dummy, throwing it to the ground.  Harry’s head pops off and bounces to the feet of the Phantom, who chases Shaggy and Scooby.  After they hide, the Phantom sets the bus on fire.  Shaggy breaks a window by throwing Harry’s body through it and they escape just before the bus explodes.  Scooby refuses to thank Shaggy, instead crediting Harry for saving them.  Harry’s detached head makes it out of the explosion with a piece of the Phantom’s holographic cape in his mouth.  Recognizing the fabric, Shaggy shows Scooby a video of a pop singer called Fantzee Pantz whose elaborate costume used identical fabric. The video’s credits reveal that Pantz was also managed by Boggs and they begin to suspect him.

Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby confront Boggs with the fabric and video.  He explains that Fantzee Pantz couldn't sustain his success and was cut in favor of the Hex Girls, finding it laughable that they think he could be the Phantom.  When Scooby suggests that Harry will save the day, Fred gets inspiration from the puppet on how to trap the Phantom. Daphne tries to rehearse with the band but has difficulty focusing. Thorn tells her she understands, recalling her own “Fred:” a carnival worker named Knuckles Wazinski who loved carnival rides more than her. She says that she got over him by writing a song about him and offers to help Daphne write one of her own.

At the stadium concert, Daphne - dressed as Crush - is lowered onto the stage in a heart shaped chair.  Removing a hooded robe, Crush and the band premiere a song about Fred, which helps him understand what Daphne has been going through.  Daphne returns to the chair and puts on the robe as the stage curtain lowers.  In the rafters, the Phantom condemns the band for defying him and swings across the stage.  The Phantom grabs at the robe in an attempt to kidnap Daphne but is stunned when it only contains Harry the puppet, who is tethered to the stage.  The tether stops the Phantom from swinging further and he falls to the stage, immediately trapped by a large net.  Mayor Jones is disappointed the Phantom was trapped so soon, but accepts Fred’s assessment that they couldn’t wait longer with Daphne in danger.  The Phantom is revealed to be Daniel Prezette, formerly known as Fantzee Pantz.  The gang explain that the Phantom had to have a grudge against the band and access to their stage, equipment, and bus.  Prezette admits that he tried to get revenge on the Hex Girls by writing bad songs for them. When they still managed them into hits, he became the Phantom.  Sheriff Stone arrests Prezette, who takes Harry with him.

After the concert, Fred compliments Daphne’s song and admits that he has feelings for her.  She happily receives his apology and they reconcile.  Shaggy offers a condolence to Scooby for Prezette taking Harry, but Scooby eagerly reconciles with Shaggy and they hug as best friends again.  Velma, largely ignored throughout the mystery, leans against the Mystery Machine and looks at Shaggy and Scooby with a mixture of loneliness, jealousy, and uncertainty.   

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

  • Phantom (single appearance)(Daniel Prezette's disguise)
  • Daniel Prezette (single appearance)(main story and flashback)

Other characters:

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Gus Boggs He was the manager of Fantzee Pantz whose career was ruined by the Hex Girls.
Hee talks in rhyme like the Phantom.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Daniel Prezette aka Fantzee Pantz as the Phantom For revenge against the Hex Girls for ruining his music career.

Cast

Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Gary Cole Mayor Fred Jones, Sr.
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Jennifer Hale Thorn
Kimberly Brooks Luna
Woman
Jane Wiedlin Dusk
Quinton Flynn Daniel Prezette/Fantzee Pantz
Gus Boggs
Maurice LaMarche Vincent Van Ghoul
Fred Tatasciore The Phantom
Announcer

Songs

Song Credits Performed by Character performance by
"Hex Girls" Written by Bodie Chandler and Glenn Leopold Andy Sturmer, Jennifer Hale, Jane Wiedlin, and Kimberly Brooks Hex Girls
"Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air" Written by Bodie Chandler and Glenn Leopold Andy Sturmer, Grey DeLisle, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks Crush (Daphne), Luna, and Dusk
"Fantzee Pantz" Written by Andy Sturmer, Mark Banker and Mitch Watson Andy Sturmer Fantzee Pantz
"Trap of Love" Written by Andy Sturmer, Mark Banker, Tony Cervone and Mitch Watson Andy Sturmer, Grey DeLisle, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks Crush (Daphne) and Hex Girls

Continuity

Notes/trivia

Cultural references

  • The Phantom (trying to control a theater, causing accidents, and kidnapping a young female singer) could be a reference to The Phantom of the Opera.
  • EarTube is a parody of YouTube.
  • Since his real first name is Daniel, it could also be a reference to Danny Phantom.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • In one part of "Trap of Love", Dusk's red highlights are gone.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Fred Tatasciore is credited as the janitor yet doesn't talk. It's possible his scene was cut and the credits weren't changed to relect that.
  • Another scene Fred flashes back to is not only a flash forward to Battle of the Humungonauts, but it's a scene which didn't even happen, involving what appears to be Daphne taking off a hat.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (Latin America) El Fantasma Aterrorizante The Terrifying Phantom
Spanish (Spain) Panico Escenico Stage Fright
Italy Concerto Spettrale Spectral Concert
French Un fantôme Rock and Roll A Ghost Rock and Roll
Portuguese Com Medo do Fantasma With Fear of the Phantom
Hungarian A fantomtól rettegve The Phantoms Revenge
Greek Με το Φόβο του Φαντάσματος With the Fear of the Phantom

Home media

Quotes

The Phantom: Listen, Hex Girls, carefully. You are bound for misery! This will be your final show. Or you will suffer endless woe! So saith the Phantom.


Velma: Could you make me a rock-star, too?
(long silence)
Velma: Or I could just do it myself. Good idea.


Fred: I'm tired of being afraid. I have feelings, world, for traps and Daphne. I'm a guy no more. I'm coming, Daphne!


Shaggy: Or, like, should we call you Fantzee Pantz?
Hex Girls: Fantzee Pantz?

External links

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