Space Ape at the Cape is the third episode of the first season of What's New, Scooby-Doo?


While visiting a space center, a mysterious alien egg hatches. The gang must stop this fast-growing creature before E.T.I.S.' shuttle mission is aborted.


Space Ape egg glows

Scientists went about their studies at E.T.I.S. One of them, Janet Lawrence, was preparing to do a preliminary scan of an alien egg. The egg suddenly began to hatch, and everyone evacuated the room as the creature emerged.

Mystery Inc. finished their tour of the facility with E.T.I.S. military officer Captain Treesdale. He gave them tracking pins to wear to ensure their safety. When Fred asked why, Treesdale brushes it off as "nothing we can't handle". He excused them so they could attend Velma's award ceremony.

Keith Dale introduces finalists

Keith Dale introduced the finalists of the Future Scientist Contest, Velma Dinkley and Elliott Blender. The winning project was revealed to be Velma's. Elliott fumed at his defeat while the gang congratulated their friend. Velma introduced them to Janet, and asked her about the progress on her current research project. Janet stated that it was classified due to complications. When Fred inquired if he was fit to become an astronaut, Janet explained to him that the profession took a lot of work. She mentioning how she couldn't do it due to her fear of heights. The Alien Monster briefly appeared, scaring the patrons before escaping.

Keith locked down the base as a precaution, which canceled the next shuttle flight until the Alien Monster was captured. Janet explained the origins of the alien, mentioning that the egg itself wasn't very large. The creature had already grown to be four feet tall.

Velma analyzed the remains of the egg and determined that it was made of organic material. She also noticed water at the bottom of the egg case. The gang also found a makeup container in the lab. They assumed that it belonged to Janet, but Daphne doubted this. She explained that Janet didn't have makeup on during the award ceremony. Fred decided to split up the gang to search for more clues.

Captain Treesdale's rash

Shaggy and Scooby discover the mess hall, where dehydrated food is made. While experimenting with various ingredients, they were attacked by the Alien Monster. Captain Treesdale ran in to protect them before he was scratched by the alien and rendered unconscious. Scooby managed lock the creature in the storage room while it pursued him. A janitor arrived to inspect Captain Treesdale's injuries. She found a strange rash on his hand and tore a rag to make a sling for the captain's arm. Scooby and Shaggy reunited with the gang and explained their encounter. The alien was now taller than Freddy.

The gang found Janet in the training area helping Reggie the chimpanzee with scheduled exercise. Janet explained that Reggie is an excellent learner; she could train him to do anything she wanted. Velma caught Elliott searching through Janet's research data. Janet scolded both of them for looking at it, as the data was classified information. To make up for his mistake, Elliott decided to help the gang with their investigation. He showed them the janitor's closet, which contained a lot of high tech equipment.

Article on Keith Dale

Outside the facility, the gang discussed their list of suspects. Aside from the janitor, Keith Dale was yet to be investigated. Velma didn't want to exclude Elliott as a possible culprit. The Alien Monster appeared, now towering over the group. A chase ensued which led to the alien pursuing Daphne up the space shuttle. Daphne delayed its attack by getting it caught in a parachute. The Alien Monster refused to follow her as she ran across the gangplank.

In Keith Dale's office, Velma found Keith's internet password to be “Keith Razorchuck”, in which Razorchuck was Keith Dale's original surname. She looked up an article Keith had written about artificial intelligence. Janet won the Nobel Prize for the research. This provided Keith Dale with a motive to cancel the shuttle flight as revenge against Janet. Meanwhile, Scooby and Shaggy were investigating the hallway nearby. They hid when they heard noises in the pool area. When the janitor left from that area, the duo went to tell the gang.

Upon investigating the pool area, Fred notices that a nearby surveillance camera looked off. In his attempt to remove an unidentified object from the camera, he fell and knocked Shaggy into the pool. The dehydrated food Shaggy had shoved in his pockets expanded, returning to their original sizes. Fred identified the object connected to the camera as a radio transmitter. The gang decided that they had enough information to figure out the mystery. All that was left to do was capture the Alien Monster using Shaggy and Scooby as live bait.

Daph escapes Space Ape

Scooby and Shaggy found the alien and lure it back to the training area. Daphne turns on the floodlights nearby to blind the creature. The Alien Monster then turned to Velma and Fred. Scooby sprayed it with milk to redirect its attention to himself. Both slipped on the puddle of milk and tumbled into the centrifugal force machine. When Fred activated the machine, the Alien Monster's mask is ripped apart. The gang looked into the machine to discover the creature to be Janet Lawrence.

Janet's project wasn't ready on time for the shuttle launch. Instead of facing the humiliation of admitting this mistake, she created the alien scheme to delay the launch until she was finished. That was why Janet classified her research data. She couldn't chase Daphne across the gangplank due to her fear of heights. Using her degree in biochemistry, Janet created the allergy powder (which was previously thought to be a makeup kit) to create the rash on Captain Treesdale's arm. She also trained Reggie to wear the Alien Monster suit for the shortest version of the creature. Then she wore the suit herself for the medium version, and finally wore stilts for the tallest version. Velma stated that when Shaggy's food expanded in water, she concluded that Janet's alien egg was only dehydrated organic material.

Janet Lawrence unmasked

Janet said that if it weren't for Mystery Inc., she would have gotten away with her scheme. She stunned the two cops that apprehended her and attempted to escape. The janitor tripped her just before she left the room. Then she revealed herself to be Celia Clyde, an FBI agent that came to investigate the suspicious alien activity at E.T.I.S. The Alien Monster appeared, but then the mask was removed to reveal Scooby.

The shuttle was launched soon after. Velma's project couldn't go with it due to being destroyed earlier. Velma was fine with the circumstances, saying that there was always next year. She did wonder what happened to the worms themselves. Nearby Scooby and Shaggy were eating noodles. Scooby noticed that the worms were in their meal, and brought them to Shaggy's attention before he could consume them. He then quoted his favorite catchphrase, albeit with some disgust.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • The Alien (single appearance)(no lines)(Janet Lawrence's disguise)

Other characters:

  • Scientists (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Velma's worms (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Police officer 1 (single appearance)
  • Police officer 2 (single appearance)
  • Space shuttle launch crowd (single appearance)



  • American flag
  • Chopsticks
  • Handcuffs


  • Jeep
  • Space shuttle


Suspect Motive/reason
Keith Dale He lost out to Janet Lawrence for a Nobel Prize.
Celia Clyde She had unusual equipment stored in her janitor closet.
Elliott Blender He was disappointed when Velma's project beat his.


Culprit Motive/reason
Janet Lawrence as the Alien Her project was not ready.
Reggie the chimp as the smallest Alien form Lawrence trained him to do it.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Police officer 2
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Kimberly Brooks Professor Janet Lawrence
Elliott Blender
Rino Romano Captain Treesdale
Keith Dale
Colleen O'Shaughnessey Celia Clyde


Song Credits Performed by
"Music of America " Written by Howard Kantoff, Rosanne Marshack,
James Valentin, and Richard Valentin
Poster Children

Full credits

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

Opening credits

Closing credits


Cultural references

  • The base is a substitute for NASA.
  • Shaggy claims to have seen a “triple-creature-feature” with Scooby containing aliens hiding in air vents. This is likely a reference to the Alien franchise; the xenomorphs (the titular aliens) are known to use vents to move about in secret.
  • Celia Clyde is a reference to Scully from the X-Files.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Velma's home-made trading card for Janet claims she has degrees in both astrophysics and biochemistry. However, she won a Nobel Prize for a completely unrelated field: artificial intelligence.
  • Velma refers to the organisation as E.T.I.S., but the logo around the base has "S.E.A." written underneath it.
  • The moment Scooby laughs after scaring Shaggy in the space suit, it instantly vanishes, with absolutely no time to take if off.
  • The interior of the space shuttle is inconsistent. For example, when the alien climbs up to confront Daphne. In the first shot, there is a hatch and no ladder, plus a different design around the opening. However, it cuts to another angle of the same shot and everything is different, i.e. there is no hatch, the ladder is visible and the flooring is another color entirely.
  • As Daphne is chased across the gangplank, in one shot the railing is different than it should be (not spanning the entire length of the gangplank).
  • After Velma says they need someone to lure the alien to where the trap is, the background behind Shaggy and Scooby is of the main hall where Velma received her award earlier, not of the room where the centrifugal force machine is located.
  • Shaggy and Scooby didn't use the milk carton in the end, it seems to have been simply set up as a deus ex machina for later. If they had drunk any, it would've been open (or likely even finished).
  • Elliott Blender is miscredited as "Elliott Blinder." Additionally, the closed captions also make the same mistake, and also refer to Velma Dinkley as "Velma Dinkly."
  • Elliot complains in a later episode (Big Appetite in Little Tokyo) about being allergic to dogs. However, he makes no mention of it this episode, despite often being in close proximity to Scooby-Doo.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Ο Σκούμπι-Ντου στο Διάστημα Scooby-Doo in Space

Home media


Shaggy: Hand me another four slices of tomato, would you, Scoob?
(a purple hand gives Shaggy a tomato)
Shaggy: Man, Scoob, your fur is getting kinda scaly.
(Shaggy turns around and sees the alien)
Alien: Roooar!
Shaggy: Zoinks! The alien!

Velma: I don't believe in violence, but that doesn't mean I don't know how to give a mean wedgie!
Daphne: Ewwww.

Janet Lawrence: And I would've gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids.

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