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The Midnight Zone is the eleventh episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the thirty-seventh overall.


The Gang search an underwater robot factory, run by Professor Pericles.


A robot made to look like a Nazi World War II soldier attacks Cassidy Williams at her radio station, eventually self-destructing as Cassidy fights back, taking the entire building with it in the explosion. She explains to the gang that these robots have been attacking her time and again for the past week. The gang fends off more robot attacks as they continue investigate. When the gang realizes that the robots are coming from deep underwater, Daphne recruits two of her babysitting charges, Tom and Tub, and their seal (also named Scooby), to transport the gang in their submarine to the robots' spawning vats, in an area the kids tell them is called "The Midnight Zone". Shortly after submerging, the sub is attacked by a group of robots and damaged, and the gang stumble upon an underwater base and attempt to use it to repair the sub, only to discover that the base is the factory where the robots are constructed, run by Professor Pericles. In the end, Pericles escapes, leaving the laboratory to self-destruct, seemingly killing Cassidy Williams as she gives enough time for the gang, Tom and Tub, and Scooby the Seal to escape.


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Supporting characters:


Other characters:





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Culprit Motive/reason
Professor Pericles controlling the Kriegstaffebots To kill Cassidy Williams and get the last piece of the Planispheric Disk.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Scooby the seal
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Vivica A. Fox Cassidy Williams
Udo Kier Professor Pericles
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
John O'Hurley Skipper Shelton
Dee Bradley Baker Tom
Robot head
Mindy Sterling Ghost of Abigail Gluck
Abigail Gluck



  • This episode was aired in Latin America on November 10, 2012.
  • Professor Pericles says that he met Abigail Gluck in the 1930s—this would mean that he's at least 85 years old. While this may seem improbable, there are some types of parrots that can live well into their 90s, and up to the age of 100.
  • Cassidy Williams is the first member of the original Mystery Incorporated to seemingly be killed. The remaining members eventually die by the Evil Entity in the final episode, Come Undone.
  • This episode was included in Cartoon Network's Scooby-Doo! Back to School Marathon (August 10–11, 2013).
  • The Mystery Machine does not appear in this episode.

Cultural references

  • The title 'The Midnight Zone' parodies the TV show The Twilight Zone.
  • Tom, Tub, and Scooby the seal, are from Hanna-Barbera's Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor, except in that TV series, Moby Dick was a real whale.
  • Tom and Tub's fathers are Dr. Paul Williams and Captain Michael Murphy from Sealab 2020, another Hanna-Barbara show.
  • Velma compares Williams and Murphy to Simon & Garfunkel.
  • Turning around a chair in which a villain sits, only to find a corpse, echoes the movie Psycho.
  • Abigail Gluck's 1930s-era robots, her holographic head, and her corpse in the chair are in reference to the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Velma picks up the Benevolent Lodge of Mystery photo, her swim suit sleeves are colored like Daphne's.
    • Then again, it could have been Daphne who picked up the photo.
  • A second later, Fred's arm is hidden behind Velma's head. His hand looks like the sleeve does not reach it.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Although Tom and Tub's fathers are mentioned, it's never clarified which one is actually their own father.
  • Gluck was searching for two pieces, but in Theater of Doom, it was revealed that only one of the pieces fell to the bottom of the ocean, while Friar Gabriello Serra put one in a wheel of cheese. However, it's possible Gluck never knew that.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Brazilian Portuguese A Área da Meia-Noite The Midnight Area
French La Cité engloutie The Engulfed City
The Swallowed City
Greek Η Ζώνη του Μεσονυκτίου The Midnight Zone
Hungarian Az éjfekete zóna The Midnight Zone
Italian La Città Sommersa The Submerged City
Polish Strefa północy The Midnight Zone
The North Zone
Spanish (Latin America) Dimensión Desconocida Unknow Dimension

Home media


Daphne: Those weird kids are the sons of Doctor Paul Williams and Captain Michael Murphy.
Velma: The Simon and Garfunkel of marine biology? No way!

Fred: My mystery-sense is totally tingling.

Daphne: Fred. This is a trap.
Fred: I know. A really good one too. I think I'm tingling again!
Daphne: (Slapping Fred) No tingling. Focus Fred, what do we do?

External links

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