It's a Wonderful Scoob is the ninth episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.


Scooby has a traumatic experience with demon Time Slime and is replaced by lazy dog Bernie Gumsher, but Vincent Van Ghoul shows what will happen to the gang if Scooby doesn't come out of retirement.


Scooby-Doo quits

Time Slime, Bogel, and Weerd

While in pursuit of Time Slime, a demon (or ghost) who can control time, Scooby and the gang have a close call, forcing Vincent Van Ghoul to intervene. He manages to transport them all, except for Scooby, who was holding Time Slime's time scepter during this time, inadvertently knocking him through a temporal vortex. Scooby attempts to use the time scepter, which shows him a "window" through the past to his own birth, and then to more recent events, when he first released all the horrifying monsters from the Chest of Demons.

Van Ghoul manages to get him back to them, but having had decided that he doesn't want to have anything to do with ghost-chasing and monsters anymore as a result of the trauma, Scooby quits the gang. Moving back in with his parents (Mumsy and Dada Doo), he refuses to even speak with any of his old associates, other than telling them he is done and is not coming back.

At a loss, the gang puts the pursuit of Time Slime on hold and starts to interview for a team replacement for Scooby, fielding many anthropomorphic dog interviewees. Predictably, Flim-Flam picks the absolute worst candidate: Bernie Gumsher, who is not only cowardly like Scooby but also dim, lazy and extremely unmotivated. The reformed team resumes the hunt, but are easily captured by Time Slime.

Vincent, observing this disastrous turn through his crystal ball, takes a more subtle approach to bring Scooby back into the fold. He visits Scooby and shows him, by use of the time scepter, the future if things continue the way they are. The world has totally fallen into ruin, Time Slime has absolute rule, and his old friends have either turned evil or insane. This gives Scooby new resolve, and, in a rare form for Scooby, fiercely attacks Time Slime and defeats him singlehandedly. The gang welcomes Scooby back into the fold, whereas Bernie is ambivalent (indeed, maybe even relieved) with his dismissal from the team.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Nurse (only appearance)(flashback only)
  • Bonecrusher Bigelow (only appearance)
  • Boys (only appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Girl (only appearance)
  • Daily Skrorkle announcer (voice only, only time heard)
  • News Nightline TV reporter (only appearance)
  • Ronald Reagan (only appearance)(cameo)





Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Heather North Daphne Blake
Susan Blu Flim-Flam
Vincent Price Vincent Van Ghoul
Howard Morris Bogel
Arte Johnson Weerd
Robert Ridgely Time Slime



  • The Lair of Lost Time is also referred to as the Lair of Time.
  • This episode is the first time in the franchise that Scooby is seen as a newborn; he looks exactly like Scrappy, except for being a darker shade of brown.
  • It bears noting that, at the end of the episode, Scooby fearlessly confronts Time Slime alone, frees his friends, destroys the trap, takes down one of the thirteen ghosts, Bogel and Weerd singlehandedly in seconds. This seems to hint that, aside from Scooby's usual cowardly reactions, he can be extremely competent and brave at battling ghosts when he's motivated - perhaps, it was the sight of his beloved friends in danger that triggered Scooby's inner courage.

Cultural references

  • The episode references the film It's a Wonderful Life, in which a man named George Bailey (played by the late James Stewart) gets to see how many things would have gone wrong if he had never been born.
  • The President of the United States is Ronald Reagan, who was in office at the time of this episode. On his desk is a jar of jellybeans - Reagan was famous for loving Jelly Belly brand Jellybeans.
  • The post-apocalyptic future is inspired by the Mad Max franchise. 

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • In the past when Mumsy held baby Scooby, his fur color was normal brown. But in the next scene it was the same shade of brown as Scrappy's.
  • When Vincent and Scooby arrive in the future, and as Scooby says "Oh no!," his dog tag colors (blue inside and yellow outside) are switched (blue outside and yellow inside) for that shot.
  • In the auditions, Flim-Flam's fingers transform from four to five.
  • For unknown reasons, Vincent's boots change from black to purple.
  • After Time Slime set the Dial to the Future, it Changed from the Future to the Present.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • In the future, Daphne and Shaggy (and even Bogel and Weerd) look significantly older, whereas Flim-Flam and Scrappy do not appear to have aged at all.
  • In the present, Mumsy and Dada-Doo appeared younger than they did in their previous appearances where they apparently were in their senior years.

Home media


Vincent Van Ghoul: (Chanting)
There's trouble in the stars
I know it's sad, but true.
Our gang may bag a ghost of two
But they may lose Scooby-Doo!

Flim-Flam: This place has more ticks than a dog!
Scrappy: Let's not get personal Flim-Flam.

Shaggy: Scooby, what are you trying to say?
Scooby: I quit.
Shaggy: You quit? Ha, ha. Zoinks! Scooby, wait. You can't quit the gang.

Scooby: Scrappy, uh, it's me, your Uncle Scooby.
Scrappy: No, I had an Uncle Scooby once. I thought he was a hero, but then that lousy chicken abandoned me. Now Time Slime's my hero.
Scooby: Oh, no!

External links

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