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The gang get a tip of a mystery in Gatorsburg, which once thrived on selling gator skin products, until they ran dry and is now a virtual ghost town. While there, the engine to the Mystery Machine is stolen, forcing them to stay at a creepy hotel with three gator creatures on the loose.
An absent-minded father takes his family into Gatorsburg, certain they are in New York. He even refers to the road as Broadway, which his wife rolls her eyes at. While trying to get gas, the family dog jumps out of the car and runs into the bushes. The daughter runs to the bushes to try and find the dog but an anthropomorphic alligator attacks her and the family drive away as quickly as possible, the dog jumping into the car as they drive away.
The gang are sitting in Fred's house complaining about not having any mysteries for while. Fred manages to test his new trap, leading to a delivery man being 'caught' on his front porch. The gang receives a note from Mr. E and a package. The package contains a bag made of "real 100% gator", from a town that's supposed to have been dry of gator skin for years. The gang then travels to Gatorsburg to check things out.
Upon arriving, the gang split up. Fred & Daphne pair off, leaving Velma with Shaggy, who sees this as an opportunity to spend some romantic time with Shaggy, but he wouldn't dare out of fear of how Scooby-Doo would take it. Shaggy & Scooby then check out Gator Burger (where a gator person has just avoided being seen). Velma is still mad at Shaggy, who tries to do his best, but Velma walks off.When the gang gets back together having found no clues, they decide to leave only to find that the Mystery Machine's engine is gone. A not-so-friendly Gatorsburg mechanic tells them of his sister's hotel. The gang, having called all their parents (none of whom were able to pick them up due to different reasons) decides to stay there. Greta Gator and her son Gunther are not happy when they arrive. Greta gives them two rooms and three rules, which includes the girls and boys not being able to share the same room, not leaving their rooms, and no pets allowed, so Scooby is forced to sleep in the Mystery Machine. Velma almost immediately violates the rules by leaving her room to go see Shaggy. Shaggy feeling worried about Scooby, also leaves, but runs into Velma. Shaggy lies and says he was coming to see her.
Meanwhile, Scooby is attacked by three gator people. He runs into Fred's room, where Fred is telling a bored Daphne about all the traps they've used to solve mysteries (which he's meticulously compiled into a scrapbook). The gator people, having followed Scooby-Doo, break into the room, as well. The lights flicker off and with some quick thinking, they escape. In Daphne's and Velma's room, Velma finally gets a little closer to Shaggy resulting in them almost kissing. However, they are interrupted by the rest of the gang bursting in. They all try to make a run for it, during which Velma is pulled through the floorboards by one of the gator people, only to be saved by Shaggy's heroism. This also proves to be a vital clue, as a glove was left behind on Velma's leg, indicating the monsters aren't real. However, they're still frightening enough, and the gang run out of the hotel and leave town by pushing the Mystery Machine, which causes the gator people to stop chasing them. Fred realizes the gator people just wanted them out of town, so the gang sneak back in and see the Creeping Creatures loading gator products onto a boat. Daphne (who is allergic to fake animal skin) shows the guys the "real 100% gator" products are actually fake. By using a trap, they catch the gator people, which Fred beams about it being one of his old traps, but Daphne groans at his singular interest.The Crystal Cove police arrive, and it is revealed that the gator people are really the creepy mechanic, his sister, Greta, and her son, Gunther. They refused to leave town, but needed the income of the fake gator products. Sheriff Stone is furious that he bought an imitation alligator skin product and has his men arrest the Gator family even though they have no jurisdiction in Gatorsburg. He then drives away, ignoring Fred's plea to help them get back home. But the gang are startled to hear the Mystery Machine rev up. They find a new engine and a note from Mr. E telling them that this mystery is only a piece of the puzzle and it has just begun. As the thunder begins, Scooby jumps into Shaggy's arms. Shaggy then grabs onto Velma's hand, bringing a smile to each other's faces.
- Creeping Creatures (single appearance)(no lines)(Gator family's disguise)
- Grady Gator (first appearance)(main story and flashback)
- Greta Gator (single appearance)(main story and flashback)
- Gunther Gator (single appearance)(main story and flashback)
- Tween girl (first appearance)
- Tween girl's dad (first appearance)
- Tween girl's mom (first appearance)
- Petals (first appearance)(no lines)
- Mail carrier (single appearance)
- Mr. E (mentioned)
- Old miner (single appearance)(flashback only)(deceased)
- 1800s Gatorsburg citizens (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)(flashback only)
- Horses (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
- Mayor Fred Jones, Sr.
- Angie Dinkley
- Venus (single appearance)(photograph)
- Sick Little Monkey (only time mentioned)
- Nan Blake
- Paula Rogers (no lines)
- Colton Rogers
- Phantom of Vasquez Castle (only time mentioned)
- Carlotta the Gypsy (only time mentioned)
- Deputy (no lines)
- Deputy Bucky (no lines)(cameo)
- Counterfeiter buyer (single appearance)(no lines)
- Gatorsburg (main story and flashback)
- Crystal Cove
- New York City (mentioned)
- Broadway (mentioned)
- Fort Bragg (mentioned)
- Tween girl's dad's credit card
- Traps Illustrated
- Mr. E's letter
- Gator Burgers
- Fred's flashlight
- Velma's cellphone
- Fred's smartphone
- Daphne's cell phone
- Shaggy's cell phone
- Fred's Traps
- Alligator glove
- Mirror (flashback only)
- Mystery Machine's new engine
- Vacation family's station wagon
- The Mystery Machine
- Gunther Gator's tow truck
- Sheriff Stone's police car
| Grady Gator|
|Not only do they have the same characteristics, but they're the only other people in town.|
|Gunther, Greta, and Grady Gator as the Creeping Creatures||To protect their fake alligator merchandise business.|
- When Scooby looks at the Drowsy Gator Hotel sign, the neon letters flash, revealing an ominous message that only Scooby sees. It appears to say "The Dog Dies!" This is a foreshadowing of Theater of Doom, in which Friar Serra reminds them of the aforementioned warning.
- Daphne reveals in The Night the Clown Cried, that Gatorsburg is the furthest she's been outside of Crystal Cove.
- When Velma takes off her glasses she still has black eyes, but in Art of Darkness!, they're now green.
- Phantom of Vasquez Castle and Carlotta the Gypsy are based on cases that happened in the original series episodes Hassle in the Castle and A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts, respectively. (Although the original incarnation of the gypsy did not have a name.)
- Disguises: None.
- "Zoinks" count: 1.
- "Jeepers" count: 0.
- "Jinkies" count: 0.
- "Hold the phone" count: 0.
- In the teaser, the family (and their station wagon) that stops in Gatorsburg for gasoline is based on the Griswolds (specifically Chevy Chase's character) from the film National Lampoon's Vacation. The mom is voiced by the same actress who portrayed Ellen Griswold.
- The old miner in the flashback is modeled after Nugget Nose, the latter star of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Buford and the Galloping Ghost.
- The hotel has alligator-themed versions of classic paintings, including Dogs Playing Poker and American Gothic.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- None known.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- The gator mines were supposed to have dried out a long time ago, yet there're still gator burgers.
- When the gang escape Gatorsburg with the engine-less Mystery Machine, it turns in such a way that only an engine could keep the momentum going.
- Daphne, according to herself, is allergic to fake animal skin, and even shows the gang to prove the 100% alligator skin is fake. But when she helps Fred with the trap, she holds a fake alligator skin belt with her bare hands and doesn't show any sign of allergy.
- Sheriff Stone just drives off without waiting for his deputies to load Gunther, Greta, and Grady Gator, who then just disappear. But as the camera ends the episode above the gang, there is another empty police car.
- Somehow the new engine starts up the Mystery Machine without anyone turning on the ignition. Unless Ed Machine quickly did it without them knowing.
In other languages
|Spanish (Latin America)||Los Cocodrilos||The Alligators|
|Spanish (Spain)||Las Criaturas de la Noche||The Creatures of the Night|
|Italian||Creature Raccapriccianti||Creepy Creatures|
|French||Les Crocomonstres||The Crocomonsters|
|Portuguese||Monstros Assustadores||Scary Monsters|
|Hungarian||Nyálkás kísértetek||Mucous Specters|
Πλαστά Πλάσματα (Star TV Dub)
Έρποντα Τέρατα (Boomerang TV Dub)
Fake Creatures (Star TV Dub)
Creeping Monsters (Boomerang TV Dub)
|Russian||Ужасные Чудовища||Scary Monsters|
|Ukrainian||Страшненькі Створіння||Spooky Creatures|
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One, Volume 1 DVD released by Warner Home Video on January 25, 2011.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Volume One DVD released by Warner Home Video on August 29, 2011.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 1 DVD set released by Warner Home Video on October 8, 2013.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystères associés: L'intégrale de la saison 1 (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The entirety of season 1) DVD set released by Warner Home Video on October 3, 2012.
Greta Gator: I got a few hotel rules. (blocks off Daphne & Velma) Rule number one: Girls and boys in separate rooms. No exceptions!
Scooby: (to himself) I'm not a pet.
Velma: You saved me!
Grady Gator: And you know what? We would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling juveniles and your unauthorized investigation of our synthetic gator accessories.
Sheriff Bronson Stone: Arrest them. Even though I have absolutely no jurisdiction here.
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