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Episode 1: "Beware the Beast From Below"
- Shaggy mentions falling asleep during a Vincent Van Ghoul movie.
- One of the tourists following Velma during her tour of the Crystal Cove Spook Museum resembles Don Knotts though with blonde hair.
- Angel Dynamite is introduced via a closeup of her mouth speaking into a microphone.
- The Slime Mutant lurches around like the "Tarman" zombie.
- Professor Emmanuel Raffalo◊ is basically an expy off horror host Mister Lobo◊. Raffalo makes silent cameos in "Howl of the Fright Hound" and "Web of the Dreamweaver''."
Episode 2: "The Creeping Creatures"
- In the teaser, the family and their station wagon that stops in Gatorsburg for gasoline is based on the Griswolds.
- Velma does Phoenix Wright's "OBJECTION!" pose.
- In Gatorsburg’s flashback, Nugget Nose is the planner.
- Velma uses Luke Cage's catchphrase "Sweet Christmas!"
- When showing Daphne his scrapbook of traps, Fred mentions some villains they caught such as Carlotta the Gypsy and the Phantom of Vázquez Castle with particular traps.
- After capturing the villains with a trap, Fred refers to it as 'Old 45. Gets 'em every time.' This is a shout-out to Colt 45 Malt Liquor and it's spokesman, Billy Dee Williams, who used to say 'Colt 45. Gets 'em every time.'
- Both barrels and monsters are references to The Return of the Living Dead, specifically the Tri-Oxin and the Tarman barrels.
- Fred reads Traps Illustrated, which also has a swimsuit issue, for the articles.
Episode 3: "The Secret of the Ghost Rig"
- There’s a battle between a truck and a smaller car.
- When the Mystery Machine jumps over the ramp, it makes the same sound as the Mach 5.
- The vampire waitress working at vampire-themed restaurant "The Bloody Stake" resembles Abby Sciuto.
- After the gang is startled in the cave, Scooby covers his eyes, Shaggy covers his ears and Velma covers her mouth in the "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil◊" position.
- When sewing Fred’s ascot, Daphne hums The New Scooby-Doo Movies theme song.
- The Don Knotts look-alike from the first episode is seen in the crowed that booed when Mayor Fred Jones Jr. said the capture of the Ghost rig driver would lead to a loss of revenue for the town.
Episode 4: "Revenge of the Man-Crab"
- Names of the young couple at the beginning are Brenda and Dylan.
- Teenage Pebbles Flintstone and Bam-Bam Rubble appear in the first scene after the opening theme.
- Actor David Faustino voices a hapless character named Bud.
- A character that looks like Suzie Chan is seen playing volleyball at the Trickells Trickquid’s tournament.
- Skipper Shelton’s story of losing his nose to a sea creature and having a vendetta against it is similar to the animated Captain Squint who lost his nose to a sea monster.
- He is also a parody of Captain Ahab.
- Then there’s Mayor Fred Jones Sr. refusal of closing the volleyball court.
Episode 5: "The Song of Mystery"
Episode 6: "The Legend of Alice May"
- Alice May shares the same appearance as Gwen Stacey.
- Two dancers at the prom looks like Coilman (short and tubby with blonde Beatle-cut hair) and Multiman (tall with a mop of orange hair covering his eyes) of The Impossibles in civilian clothes.
- Randy and his parents are like the Foremans.
- There’s a flashback to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Jeepers, It’s the Creeper!".
- When Scooby goes to the kitchen to grab a sandwich, there’s a signed picture of Vincent Van Ghoul.
- When Alice May is at her locker, a character resembling Suzie Chan walks by in the hallway.
- When the gang looks at the yearbook page with the original Mystery Incorporated, the group shot◊ looks just like the one in the opening from the original cartoon◊.
Episode 7: "In Fear of the Phantom"
- The plot of The Phantom controlling a theatre, causing accidents and kidnapping a young female singer is a nod to The Phantom of the Opera.
- Since Fantzee Pantz’s real name is Daniel (Prezette), the identity of the Phantom, it makes a subtle reference to Danny Phantom.
- Daphne’s Hex Girl costume is a reminiscent of Starfire’s outfit.
- Hex Girls’ songs "Hex Girl" and "Earth, Wind, Fire and Air" appear.
- Another Vincent Van Ghoul movie is shown.
- The line "class four noncoporeal phantom" refers to spirit classifications from The Real Ghostbusters.
- Brenda from "Revenge of the Man-Crab" is seen in the crowd during the Hex Girls’ concert.
- The video website Shaggy and Scooby watched a Fantzee Pantz’s video is called EarTube.
- The fact Shaggy having an old ventriloquist dummy (named Harry) can allude back to the series that started it all where Shaggy was known to throw his voice in order to fool the villain.
Episode 8: "The Grasp of the Gnome"
- The paramedics taking the frozen pirates to the Crytal Cove Mermaid Theatre looks suspiciously like John Gage and Roy DeSoto, if not actors Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe who respectively played them.
- "Mermaid Theatre" shares the same name of a stage performing theater in London.
- One of the knights coming into The Royal Knights Fair seems to be dressed as Dirk the Daring.
- Angie Dinkley's book, I'm Okay, You're a Scary Gnome parodies the famous psychological self-help book I'm Okay, You're Okay by Thomas A. Harris.
Episode 9: "Battle of the Humungonauts"
- The episode plays tribute to War of the Gargantuas complete with the "Stuck In My Throat" song, though an unnamed female character sings it in this episode.
- There are two "humongonauts", one green (clearly based off Gaira from the aforementioned War of the Gargantuas) and one red, stated to be caused by gamma radiation.
- The blond Don Knotts is sitting among the audience at the Tiki Tub and seemed enchanted by fictional singer Trini Lee.
- Then later, when Sheriff Stone pans his binoculars over the crowd at the Crytal Cove Stadium, the aforementioned Don Knotts look-alike is seen for an instant.
- The name Humungonaut is a homage to Humongousaur.
Episode 10: "Howl of the Fright Hound"
- The name Jason Wyatt is likely a reference to the show's lead character designer Derrick Wyatt.
- There's an actual Jason Wyatt who was the associate producer of this very episode.
- The Crystal Cove Animal Asylum for the Criminally Insane is based on Arkham Asylum and the building design bears visual concept of the place in The Batman.
- The main guard holding a grudge against a snapping turtle that bit his finger parallels Aaron Cash holding a grudge against Killer Croc for biting his hand off.
- When Officer Johnson calls up Sheriff Stone stating all animal inmates have been rounded up, one of the inmates being wheeled in at the time resembles Yogi Bear though drawn more brusquely.
- Said bear is muzzled and restrained to a dolly when being wheeled back to its cell.
- One of the inmates is a Chihuahua, probably a reference to the "Yo quiero Taco Bell" mascot.
- The room holding Professor Pericles is similar to Magneto's cell, if not the Cerebro room used by Professor Xavier in the X-Men Film Series.
- The way Pericles disturbs those who visit him is similar to Hannibal Lecter.
- Pericles even shares strong similarities to Arpeggio, another parrot as well as being somewhat similar to Professor James Morality.
- Pericles may be named for the renowned ancient Greek orator (c. 495 – 429 BC), as it fits his intricate schemes and erudite nature.
- When the gang visits Scooby, they are checked for weapons via a big walk-in X-ray device.
- The culprit behind the fright hound is the mother of Jason.
- The episode makes many references to Terminator: the robotic dog (Fright Hound) plays the role of the T-800, the Fright Hound survives the flames of an exploding car similar to how T-800 survived the flames of an exploding fuel truck, the Fright Hound’s disguise is burnt off at the police station, showing its endoskeleton underneath, which happens later in the movie, the climax takes place in a factory, even managing to bust down a factory door and after the robot is believed to been destroyed, it makes one final attempt before being crushed to death at the very end, the police station scenes... even the music is alluded to.
- The machine Scooby uses in order to destroy the Fright Hound is very similar in design to the battle suit worn by Ripley to kill the Alien Queen in Aliens.
- The mechanical hound and it's Implacable Man nature may be a reference to Fahrenheit 451.
- In Jason's Velma shrine, there is a pair of Velma's broken glasses. Velma dropping and breaking her glasses was a recurring inconvenience in the original series.
Episode 11: "The Secret Serum"
- A character that looks like Cass Elliot appears in teaser amongst the audience at the auction.
- The blond Don Knotts look-alike is seen during the charity auction as well.
- The restaurant the gang visits in order to find a rare wine is called ‘Crab Net of Doctor Calimari.’ The oddly tilted windows are even a tribute to the movie’s setting.
- Angie Dinkley can be heard discussing Sumatran Rat-Monkeys from Skull Island.
- Angie also mentions they having more vampire literature than anywhere "this side of the Carpathian Mountainsnote ."
- Where the gang suspects Daphne’s mother being a vampire is similar to an episode of Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo called "I Left My Neck in San Franscisco" where the gang suspected Daphne might be a vampire when she keeps disappearing every time the vampire appeared.
- The cursed ruby on display at Darrow University Museum of Oddities is called "the Devil’s Eye."
- Daphne mentions that she has to stake the vampire, likely a reference to the fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar played Daphne in the live action film, and invokes another of Gellar's most famous roles, Buffy Summers.
Episode 12: "The Shrieking Madness"
- The entire episode is a Shout-Out to the animated celebrities playing themselves in The New Scooby-Doo Movies
- Darrow University student Howard E. Roberts is a play on Robert E. Howard, who was one of the ten original writers corresponding with one another, including Lovecraft and used elements of the mythos in their writings.
- At the beginning of the episode, Fred and his father are in the car:
Mayor Fred Jones Sr.: By Grabthar’s hammer Fred!
- A young Harlan Ellison appears, voiced by the real Harlan Ellison®.
- The episode makes many references to H.P. Lovecraft’s works, namely Cthulhu character.
- The novelist and Darrow University teacher H. P. Hatecraft for starters. his book is The Shrieking Madness of Char Gar Gothakon: The Beast That Hath No Name; Char Gar Gothakon bears a strong resemblance to Cthulhu. Hatecraft’s voice actor, Jeffrey Combs, is best known for appearing in Lovecraft's Re-Animator and From Beyond film adaptation as well as playing Lovecraft in Necronomicon. And the episode title refers to At the Mountains of Madness.
- The design of Char Gar Gothakon itself is identical to an Illithid.
- The "Dusk" book series is very obviously Twilight (being described as "teen vampire romance novels", the title being another time of day, the covers of the three books showing an apple being held by pale hands (Twilight), a flower (Twilight: New Moon) and a ribbon snaking it's way down the page (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), having movies made of the books, etc. Daphne even has a cardboard cut-out of the main male love interest from the books/films that looks remarkably like Edward Cullen.)
- In the same vein, the ditzy, giggly, childish Regina Wentworth (author of the "Dusk" novels) may well be a particularly scathing jab at Stephenie Meyer (author of the "Twilight" novels).
- Char Gar Gothakon shares strong likeness to antagonist Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
- Hatecraft looks like he goes to the same barber as Milton Dammers.
- The musical protesters sound a lot like Hollywood Tone-Deaf version of Cthulhu-themed band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.
- The leader Ernesto, who makes another appearance in "The Siren's Song", is based and modeled after Ernesto Che Guebara, the Argentine Marxist born Cuban revolutionist.
- At the beginning of the episode, just before Char Gar Gothakon appears for the first time, there is an air freshener hanging from a rear view mirror shaped like Tweety Bird.
- The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 are written on a piece of paper inside the chest Mr. E sent the gang.
- New management turning burger place "Burger Campus" into a Vegan restaurant is a nod to Casey Kasem, the original Shaggy, becoming vegetarian during the Scooby-Doo franchise run in the eighties.
Episode 13: "When the Cicada Calls"
- The episode title alludes to Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, which translates to When the Cicadas Cry. note . However, the similarities between this episode and the series do not end there:
- Victims of the Monster of the Week were those involved with the environmentally-unfriendly Destroido Company, much like how the victims of Oyashiro-sama's curse were those who supported or worked on the discontinued dam project that would've flooded Hinamizawa.
- One of the victims of the cicada attacks is driven insane by them, similarly to how victims of Hinamizawa Syndrome act out in higher levels of the disease.
- A festival held in Crystal Cove is one of the locales, much like how the Watanagashi festival occurs in almost every arc of the Higurashi series.
- Biologist Dr. Rick Yants bears a striking resemblance to Ben Ravencroft.
Episode 14: "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals"
- In Scooby’s dream, Hanna-Barbera characters Mark, Debbi, Tinker and their talking dune buggy, Jabberjaw and the Neptunes, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels as well as Skip, April, Auggie, the ghost of Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore and his ghost cat appear.
- When Scooby begins dreaming, all the characters revert to their less angular, "classic" designs from the 1970s.
- The villain, Lord Infernicus, seems like a shout out and/or parody of fiery-headed villains like Ragnaros and Dormammu.
- Lord Infernicus’ design bears a few similarities with Johnny Blaze’s Ghost Rider.
- At one point, Lord Infernicus extends his arms to rake his claws down the lockers on either side of a school corridor. The reference cleverly hints that Scooby's dreaming before the episode reveals that, while Lord Infernicus's fiery nature alludes to Scooby's high fever.
- Principal Quinlain resembles one of Disney princesses, Belle with her hair down.
Episode 15: "The Wild Brood"
- Episode title refers to The Wild Bunch.
- The runaway train’s locomotive plunging off a dead end trestle and exploding on impact is taken from Back to the Future Part III.
- Not to mention when the runaway locomotive is uncoupled and then graphically explodes after being derailed off a broken bridge is very similar to what happens in Anastasia.
- The Wild Brood's emblem is a large eye with a slitted pupil. Fitting, because they're dressed as orcs.
- Leader of the Wild Brood gang Odnarb talks like Marlon Brando. In fact, ‘Odnarb’ is ‘Brando’ backwards.
- With the mask, Odnarb bears a resemblance to Thrall
- Not only is Swordfish mentioned but its also a computer password.
- Chen, the owner of internet café and teahouse who will have a promenade role in "The Dragon’s Secret''," sounds like Chi Fu, Mr. Ping, Professor Chang and Mandarin.
Episode 16: "Where Walks Aphrodite"
- The vampire waitress that looks like Abby Scuito working at "The Bloody Stake" appears again.
- Does the plotline of somebody getting revenge for supposedly being chosen prom queen and then humiliated by her peers sound familiar to anyone?
- The episode also parallels Invasion of the Body Snatchers, including the squawking sound people make upon discovering someone’s "not in love."
- Aphrodite’s face resembles the faces of Joker’s victims after Batman’s main adversary exposes them to his Smylex toxin.
- Look-alikes of Pebbles Flintstone and Suzie Chan are seen at the Fighting Urchins soccer game when Aphrodite began to spread her influence.
- The latter’s seen in a love-struck classroom.
- Actor David Faustino voices a hapless character named Bud.
- The mascot of Crystal Cove is the Fighting Urchins.
Episode 17: "Escape from Mystery Manor"
- The Darrow Family’s Manor resembles Wayne Manor.
- Older Danny Darrow is physically modeled after Gollum, even having an obsession with his treasures.
- Danny seems to also be loosely based off of Bobby Barrows, even almost having the same name.
- Danny booby-traps his whole house as an act of revenge against the original Mystery Incorporated gang.
- When trying to open the door, Danny splinters it with a fire iron just like Jack Nicholson.
Episode 18: "The Dragon’s Secret"
- The teaser makes references to Gremlins where the pawn shop bears a strong resemblance to the antique store where Gizmo was bought and when Mai Le steals the ring, it has a creature that bears a strong resemblance to the pre-mutated Gremlins, specifically Gizmo, the original and only benevolent Gremlin.
- The episode is also an affectionate parody of The Pink Panther.
- Mayor Jones states that "shindig" is the American word for "hootenanny". Buffy the Vampire Slayer had Oz explain that these two words do not mean the same thing.
- The battle between the Red Wizard and the White Wizard in downtown Crystal Cove mirrors some aspects of the final battle between Neo and Agent Smith.
- The devices the White Wizard uses in order to fight and shoot lightning bolts out of his hands are very similar in design and function to the retro thrusts jets in Iron Man’s Mark III.
- After throwing Scooby a Scooby Snack:
Fred: Scooby-Doo go!
- The tie-in game has Shaggy collecting books and one of them is entitled ‘I Have No Hand and I Must Clap.’
- Foreign visitor Mr. Wang resembles David Lo Pan. Coincidentally, the voice of Chen, James Hong, plays said character but doesn’t voice him.
Episode 19: "Nightfright"
- Shaggy and Scooby have dinner with Vincent Van Ghoul at his house.
- Some of Vincent Price's work are alluded to in this episode:
- Fictional movie and titular monster Mutant Bee.
- Prof. Jantzen in Castle of Runny Discharge is like Professor Jarrod.
- Shaggy and Scooby end up locked down in Van Ghoul Castle along with Van Ghoul himself.
- And fictional movie The Repellant Dr. Phobos.
- The masks in the entrance of Van Ghoul Castle are exact copies from masks of characters and monsters portrayed by Vincent Price.
- Not only does the vampire waitress resembling Abby Scuito appears again, but fellow waiter working at vampire themed "The Bloody Steak" restaurant is modeled after Isaac Washington the bartender.
- A small part of this episode’s plot is similar to Halloween: Resurrection, more specifically the part where the teens win the opportunity of showing up on an Internet reality show.
- In the entrance of Castle Van Ghoul, on the top of a table, near the staircase, is the mystical globe Vincent Van Ghoul used to contact Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Scrappy-Doo and Flim Flam.
- Harry Sneste-Boysen suggests to Mystery Inc. they could have their own TV show based on them travelling around, solving mysteries and trapping monsters to which the gang rejects.
- Also, the episode title alludes to Fright Night (1985), particularly with the title and the movie star mentor getting frightened out of his wits, but still useful.
Episode 20: "The Siren’s Song"
- Daphne remarks that Flim-Flam is incarcerated, serving twenty five years to life after she and Fred sees his exhibit in the Crystal Cove Spook Museum.
- When both Fred and Daphne see Scrappy-Doo’s exhibit during the same scene, Fred tells Daphne they promised they’ll never speak of him again.
- That could be a reference to the Live Action Scooby-Doo movie, in which Scrappy has a less-than-pleasant role.
- The Abby Scuito look-alike vampire waitress makes her sixth appearance.
- Ernesto who’s modeled and based after the Argentine Marxist born Cuban revolutionist returns.
- Ernesto's statement "We have to destroy the environment in order to save it" is an echo of the famous Vietnam-era quote, "We have to destroy the village in order to save it."
- The Fish Freaks design is very similar to both the Gil-Man and the Thetis Lake Monster.
Episode 21: "Menace of the Manticore"
- The figure in the fortune-telling machine resembles Carlotta the Gypsy.
- Marcie "Hot Dog Water" Fleach’s father is named Winslow Fleach, now take off the "F" and ya got Winslow Leach.
- Angel’s black cat-suit is very similar in design to the spy suits Sam, Alex and Clover wear when on missions.
- Mr. E’s lair beneath Destroido HQ is very similar in design and appearance to Vector’s house.
- When Angel first goes to talk with Mr. E, he is seated in a chair, watching several monitors to see what goes on, making it impossible for Angel and the audience to see who he is, is how Dr. Claw was portrayed.
- Both Brenda and Dylan are attacked by titular Manticore while riding the Nauseater at Creepy Spooky Terror Land.
- The manticore is a real creature in mythology, but older viewers who come across this episode might first think of its appearances in the music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Episode 22: "Attack of the Headless Horror"
Episode 23: "A Haunting in Crystal Cove"
- Not only is the name of Angie Dinkley’s medium friend is "Lady Marmalade", the same title of classic song but the character quotes a lyric "Mocha chocolate, yaya", which she incorporated it as one of the coffee drinks.
- The fact Angie Dinkley gets her medium friend to scope out the haunting at Fred’s house.
- At one point, the Ouija board bursts into flames.
- The two pilot episodes of A Haunting (and two later episodes) had the title format "A Haunting in..."
Episode 24: "Dead Justice"
- In life, villain "Dead Justice" was the nickname of Crystal Cove’s first sheriff, "Iron" Will Williamson, who shares a similar name to Bill Williamson.
- Dead Justice’s appearance is modeled after the Phantom Rider.
- Dead Justice is also a homage to Jonah Hex.
- The bullets with faces used by Dead Justice may tribute to Bill Blaster’s bullets known as "Bullet Bill" with a menacing face and arms.
- Dead Justice says "Heigh-ho, Greg!" when calling for his spectral steed.
- The fact Dead Justice was left handed is more likely an allusion to outlaw William Henry McCarty, better known as "Billy the Kid."
- Dead Justice’s appearance is modeled after the Phantom Rider.
- Night ranger is probably a reference the series Knight Rider and Walker, Texas Ranger.
- At the episode’s end, the Night Ranger does the moonwalk, a dance technique popularized by Michael Jackson.
- Once more, vampire waitress resembling Abby Scuito appears.
Episode 25: "Pawn of Shadows"
- Race Bannon, Hadji, Bandit, Jonny Quest and Dr. Quest appear during Alice May’s flashback.
- When trying to get in the mindset of a teenage girl, H. P. Hatecraft is seen having two WonderWheels posters, a DC Comics Prez poster, a poster of Schleprock, a poster of Drak Pack Jr., a poster of Butch Cassidy, a poster of Josie McCoy & Alexander Cabot III and a poster of Suzie & Stanley Chan on a wall in his office.
- Cass Elliot look-alike is seen attending a lecture by Regina Wentworth at Darrow University.
- Obliteratrix’s exploding balls resemble similar weapons used by Red X.
Episode 26: "All Fear the Freak"
- Episode's title refers to Blue Öyster Cult’s 1979 song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper".
Episode 27: "The Night the Clown Cried"
- Episode title is based on the notoriously bad unreleased movie by Jerry Lewis.
- The villain is an evil clown voiced by Mark Hamill.
- After a disguised Velma rescues Fred from Crybaby Clown:
Velma: (using a voice modulator) Nice furbib.Velma: (takes off hat and the cloth covering lower half of her face) Who were you expecting? Rorschach?
- Not to mention Velma’s actions and throwaway line toward Mayor Nettles at the beginning of the episode are similar to those of aforementioned hero.
- Scooby’s introduced bouncing a ball off the wall where the farmer confined him is how American POW Steve McQueen passes time while in solitary confinement after too many escape attempts.
- Not only does actor boyfriend of Daphne, Baylor Hotner has a strong resemblance to Taylor Lautner but his name is an amalgamation between said actor and Robert Pattinson where both starred as Jacob Black and Edward Cullen respectively.
- After raking his nails across a chalkboard, episode’s villain makes a speech at the town hall meeting parodies the scene in which shark hunter Quint makes his first appearance:
Crybaby Clown: You all know me. You all know how I make a living. I'm a bad clown! Stopping me won't be easy... there's no string in the net to capture me as Mano Tiki Tia or Redbeard's Ghost! This Crybaby Clown swallowed your whole town, hahahahaha! You want your tourism back, you're going to pay me five million dollars! For that, you'll get the pacifier, the rattle, the whole darn clown! So, what's it going to be? Me or Mystery Incorporated?!
- Fictional brand of pants promoted by Baylor Hotner is "Green Jeans," the name probably coming from fictional character Mr. Green Jeans.
- The name of the fake bakery devised by Fred as part of the trap to capture Crybaby Clown is "Dawn of the Doughnuts".
Episode 28: "The House of the Nightmare Witch"
- House of the Baba Yaga Witch coming to life and attacking people can allude to titular Monster House.
Episode 29: "The Night the Clown Cried II: Tears of Doom"
- Again, title parodying The Day the Clown Cried.
- Not to mention Mark Hamill experienced in voicing an evil clown in the past before.
- Shaggy quotes George W. Bush's infamous "Fool me once..." speech.
- "The Green Zone is for loading and unloading of corpses only."
- At one point, Crybaby Clown says "you wouldn't like me when I'm crying!"
- There's a Shout-Out to The Wire, of all things, with J.R. Kippel planting a teddy bear in the ruins of a destroyed building so that it'll make for a better photo-op and sell more newspapers. In one Season 5 episode of The Wire, Gus Haynes mocks a photographer for doing exactly the same thing (for exactly the same reasons) with a burnt doll at the scene of a fire.
Episode 30: "Web of the Dreamweaver!"
- A different Vincent Van Ghoul movie is shown.
- TV hostess Francilee Jackson of fictional cooking show ‘The Francilee Show’ is a parody of southern cooking show host Paula Deen.
- The culprit behind Dreamweaver uses a machine to invade people’s dreams.
- Not only do potential victims fear falling asleep but Dreamweaver acts like Freddy Krueger.
- Dreamweaver also has some aspects of protagonist Dream as well as one of Doctor Strange’s and Ghost Rider’s main enemies, Nightmare.
- Dreamweaver even sounds like Van Kleiss.
- The Dreamweaver uses a crystal orb like Jareth the Goblin King as well as trapping his victims in an Escher maze during their dreams.
- When the gang hit Fred's place and Scooby starts snacking on old food, it's clear that he's eating maggots. Spoiler for Squick.
- Scooby calls Shaggy "Shagdalf."
- There’s a fantasy scene with a human archer, an elf wizard and a dwarf wielding an axe fighting a horde of goblins.
- The goblins look suspiciously similar to the goblins featured in The Hobbit cartoon.
- Fantasy RPG game the young Sheriff Stone plays along with Francilee Jackson, Horbert Feist and Melvin Keisterbaum is called Crypts and Creatures.
Episode 31: "The Hodag of Horror"
- One of the background characters at the beginning as well as in the flashback toward the end looks like an aged up Sari Sumdac.
- The cheese store is called "Something Cheesy this way Comes".
- Brad and Judy's Cocker spaniel Nova not only strongly looks like Lady, she and Scooby even share a kiss while eating string cheese during the Blake’s welcome home party, all the while a violinist plays for them!
- When the Hodag attacks the party and starts to grab people and drag them away, one of the guests tries to get away after being caught by crawling away but is only dragged back again into the shadows like how reporter Angela Vidal is dragged out of sight.
- Traveling Cabinet of Curiosities owner's name, Gene Shepard, is based on Eugene Simeon Shepard, the original discoverer of the Hodag in Wisconsin.
- Not only does Sheriff Stone accidentally solve a Lament configuration puzzle box, which clicks open and rearranges in a similar manner, but (after hearing a knock on the door) opening the door to his office to hear a disembodied voice manifestation which is a parody of the Cenobite leader Pinhead, before slamming the door and calling it a weirdo.
- The disembodied voice saying "OH SUCH SIGHTS!" is like "We have such sights to show you!"
- Inside the Cabinet of Curiosities, Jason Voorhees's hockey mask is seen.
Episode 32: "Art of Darkness"
- Episode title spoofs Heart of Darkness.
- Randy Warsaw is a spoof on Andy Warhol.
- Band "Sunday Around Noonish" and members Butch Firbanks and Eeko are a homage if not parody of The Velvet Underground along former members Lou Reed and Nico respectively.
- Junk is a villain who turns those it touches into living golden statues just like the Gold Monster.
Episode 33: "The Gathering Gloom"
Episode 34: "Night on Haunted Mountain"
- Episode title is a parody of Night on Bald Mountain.
- Inversion of the usual standards for handsomeness suggests Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder".
- The hillbillies from Scorpion Wells are based on the villainous clans of deformed cannibals from The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and its sequels as well as its remakes.
- The crystal sarcophagus filled with black pearls which the Conquistadors found and later say is cursed is an allusion to the cursed Chest of Cortez in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the fact that aformentioned sarcophagus is filled with black pearls alludes to the titular ship.
- When the gang finds the soccer team’s lucky soccer ball, Boron had a hand print with a smiley face painted on it like Wilson the volleyball.
- Fred quips that his "trapping senses" are tingling.
Episode 35: "Grim Judgment"
- The title of Brad and Judy's semiautobiographical television series is Sternum to Sternum and parodies its opening theme.
- In the yearbook, one student’s picture is named Scott Jeralds, a comic book artist responsible for drawing many Scooby-Doo comic books while another name appears is Vic Cook, the name of one of the show’s producers.
- The costume Scooby wears while he and Shaggy are spying on Ethan at the soccer field is similar to of another Disney princess: Princess Ariel.
- This episode parodies Friday the 13th franchise, especially main villain preying on those who committed immoral actions.
- The ending is similar to the Twist Ending of The Scream, where it's revealed that there there are two people (high school friends, at that) behind the mask.
- It’s the third time Brenda and Dylan are attacked by a monster, this time by Hebediah Grim.
Episode 36: "Night Terrors"
- The girl with her parents at the beginning of the episode resembles Avatar Aang’s granddaughter Jinora.
- The look-alike Griswolds appear again.
- Mr. Peaches yelling out "Mr. Pe-Pe-Pe-Pe-Peaches" is like Brusier yelling out "Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Bananas" whenever he gets all excited.
- When Scooby and the gang enter the main hall of Burlington Library, Dan Fluunk tells them the builder and owner of the mansion where they stand had a fascination with groups of four people and an animal who solved mysteries through the ages alludes to how in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, groups of different people that are real and fictional unite themselves in order to save the world throughout the ages.
- There are similarities to The Shining.
Episode 37: "The Midnight Zone"
- When the gang finally find Abigail Gluck in her underwater robot factory, they turn the chair she’s sitting in only to find her corpse sitting there.
- Tom, Tub and Scooby the Seal are from another Hanna-Barbera show called Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor, though unlike here where Moby Dick is a whale-shaped submarine, he was an actual whale in the show.
- Daphne mentions Tom and Tub’s parents are Dr. Paul Williams and Captain Michael Murphy, characters from another Hanna-Barbera show Sealab 2020.
- Angel staying behind in order to keep the valves opened long enough for Moby Dick to get out of the underwater base is quite similar to Mitch Wilkinson staying behind in order to let Ben Gates and the rest of his group exit the cave in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
- The Kriegstaffebots disguised as Nazi World War II soldiers are modeled after the Keroberos unit soldiers.
- Moby Dick is attacked by a giant squid.
- The episode plot bears many similarities to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
- Episode title parodies The Twilight Zone.
Episode 38: "Scarebear"
- The name "Scarebear" is also a name of a Hanna-Barbera character that sounds like Curly Joe.
- There’s a scene where avocado fruit grow legs.
- Sheriff Bronson exclaims " Werner Herzog !" in the same tone someone would use for "Oh my God!"
Episode 39: "Wrath of the Krampus"
- The Luna Ghost can be seen in the background.
- One of the Phantom Shadows makes an appearance in the arcade game Sheriff Stone and Mayor Nettles are playing at.
- Sheriff Stone quips that he looks like a smelly old wizard from Center Earth, a common joke to Middle Earth.
- The old abandoned haunted doll factory in which Scooby and the gang catch Krampus is most likely a hint to Scooby-Doo where the gang catches the Luna Ghost in a similar location.
- The elevator leading to Mr. E's vault bears a strong resemblance to the elevator used by Gru.
Episode 40: "Heart of Evil"
- Fred is LIVING IN A VAAAAAN... DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!
- Both Blue Falcon and Dynomutt the Dog Wonder are main characters from another Hanna-Barbera show.
- Blue Falcon is depicted in the artistic style of Frank Miller’s Batman, even some lines of his dialogue are either direct quotes or homages owing to that work, such as the line about seventeen ways to incapacitate people, all of which hurt.
- Even Dr. Zin, Jenny and their henchman Bobo also functions as Batman’s enemy Ra’s al Ghul, his daughter Talia al Ghul and Ubu, Ra’s al Ghul’s chief henchman.
- The origins of Dynomutt becoming a cyborg because of a medical emergency is similar to those of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.
- Blue Falcon is depicted in the artistic style of Frank Miller’s Batman, even some lines of his dialogue are either direct quotes or homages owing to that work, such as the line about seventeen ways to incapacitate people, all of which hurt.
- Not only do Race Bannon and Dr. Quest from the Quest team appear but so does Dr. Quest's enemy, Dr. Zin.
- Velma's primitive recorder resembles the speak-n-spell phone-home transmitter used by the title character in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Episode 41: "Theater of Doom"
- After the original director quit directing the play about the loss of old Crystal Cove, Vincent Van Ghoul takes over.
- The Fraternitas Mysterium are not only four monks, but amateur sleuths that solve mysteries just like Brother Cadfael, though unlike the latter, the former had a pet donkey.
Episode 42: "Aliens Among Us"
- The scene where the Mystery Machine breaks down is a homage to Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the cornfield sequence is an homage to Signs.
- On a wall of Angie Dinkley’s office is a poster with an UFO and the letters saying "Believe It," similar to what FBI Agent Fox Mulder has though with the words "I Want to Believe." There are also numerous pencils stuck in the ceiling. (Mulder would throw pencils at his ceiling when he was bored.)
- The Space Kook costume is stolen from the Crystal Cove Spook Museum.
- When Angie Dinkley is laying out the three major alien races—Greys, Reptilians and Nordics—she claims that the Reptilians are already settled on Earth, and that they live in a city at the center of the Earth. This is likely a reference to the Silurians of Doctor Who fame, who were a reptilian Precursor species who'd inhabited Earth for millions of years, but lived hidden away in cities at the center of the Earth.
Episode 43: "The Horrible Herd"
- "Farmers Barrel of Crackerness", a bar for famers, is based on "Cracker Barrel", a famous chain of restaurants with a store attached.
- The scene of Nova losing Scooby’s grip and falling from the helicopter and into the skull cattle’s stampede of the skull cattle is animated in a similar fashion to the scene from The Lion King where Scar pushed Mufasa off the cliff, into the path of wildebeests’ stampede, with both victims' being mortally wounded. The only difference being Scooby tries to save Nova.
- A villain’s scheme involving a mutated heard of cattle occurred in the predecessor series starring Scooby and the gangnote during the episode Scooby Dudes.
- The scene introducing the queen of the mutant cows bears a marked resemblance to the introduction of the xenomorph queen in Aliens.
Episode 44: "Dance of the Undead"
- The full first name used repeatedly by Scooby's parents is revealed over the hospital's intercom:
Shaggy: Will Dr. Scoobert Dooby Doo please report to the ICU?
- When Scooby and Shaggy ask Thorn, Dusk and Luna to help them break the spell from Rude Boys and the Ska-Tastics, the Hex Girls are each wearing their original outfits from their first appearance. Also, their song "Who Do Voodoo?" is also featured.
- The "HB" in HB News is an obvious allusion to the creators of the Scooby-Doo franchise among other shows.
- HB News is also the fictional news program in the regular continuity as shown in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon.
- The song "Stuck in my Throat" is also heard.
- The gang had faced musicians being kidnapped and bands disappearing before.
- The battle between the Hex Girls and the zombiefied Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics where the music from their bands generates monsters that start fighting one another is reminiscent of a scene in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, down to the victorious monster winning the music competition.
- Music forcing people to dance against their wills anyone?
Episode 45: "The Devouring"
- One of the bakeries is called "Bakery from the Black Lagoon".
- Another bakery is called "Let Them Eat Cake!", a phrase wrongly believed to be said by Marie Antoinette contributing to the state of affairs that led to the start of The French Revolution.
- The owner of "Let Them Eat Cake!" presents Shaggy and Scooby, who are on a food frenzy all over town, a giant cake where the words "Eat Me" is seen.
- There’s a pizza parlor called "Plan P-izza from Outer Space".
- Indiana Jones, Doc Savage and Allan Quatermain expy Dr. Rick Spartan returns.
- Professor Pericles says he managed to attach a mutated snake into Mr. E’s spine, thus making him more vulnerable mirroring a scene where Alex Krycek infects FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner with some kind of nanotechnology, making it impossible for his blood to receive oxygen when activated.
- Not only do a big size Scooby and a big size Shaggy fighting the Gluten Demon is similar to Super Duper Sumos but is in a fashionable sumo wrestling style.
Episode 46: "Stand and Deliver"
- The part where Scooby wakes up from the nightmare where he and Nova are attacked by Kriegstaffebots only to find himself in another disturbing dream before fully waking up is based on a similar dream sequence in An American Werewolf in London and Ghost.
- In the second dream, Scooby visits "The Sitting Room" that looks exactly like the entryway to the Black Lodge complete with black and white tile floors, red curtains and a strange midget who talks funny voiced by Michael J. Anderson who plays a vaguely similar character known as "The Man From Another Place". Others might be more familiar with other media's similar references to the Black Lodge like the Velvet Room in Persona3 and Soul's mindscape from Soul Eater.
- The Griswolds look-alike appear once more.
- The father is seen crying about his missing wife. "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
- The adventure book the librarian based his disguise as the "Dandy Highwayman" is called ‘The Adventures of the Dandy Highwayman.’
- Title of the episode is a reference to Adam and the Ants’ number one song in the United Kingdom about a "Dandy Highwayman," which happens to be the villain of the episode, who’s a homage to a homage to lead singer and chief songwriter Adam Ant.
Episode 47: "The Man in the Mirror"
- While the real Fred’s looking around post-apocalyptic Crystal Cove:
Fred: Velma! Shaggy! Scooby-Doo, where are you!?
- Could be an Actor Allusion since he and Shaggy’s father Colton are the only members on here worked from that show.
- Real Fred and an old Daphne (Judy Reeves) are attacked by skeletons in post-apocalyptic Crystal Cove.
- This conversation between Fake Fred (Brad Chiles) and Scooby in the Mystery Machine after leaving the electronics store with Shaggy behind the wheel and the girls in the back:
Brad: (Scooby rests his head next to Fake Fred) Does the dog need walking?Scooby: I walk myself Fred.Brad: Perhaps you would enjoy a Canine Crumpet.Scooby: Mm, that is not a Scooby Snack Fred. Hmph!Brad: What difference does it make? I’m sure they all taste the same.Scooby: (goes to back and rests head on Velma’s lap) You eat it then.Brad: What was that, Scoobert?Scooby: Uh, nothing, nothing.
- The episode's plot bears a few similarities to Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
- Fred getting attacked by an evil Mirror!Fred is reminiscent of a scene in Evil Dead 2.
- The episode's clips changing from post-apocalyptic version of Crystal Cove and the true Crystal Cove is similar how in Fringe they change the action from one Earth to another.
- Also can be viewed as an allusion to Silent Hill.
Episode 48: "Nightmare in Red"
- Not only does the red room and the dancing reverb voice laden midget appears again from Episode 46 but Scooby sees another version of Nova, just how Special Agent Dale Cooper sees another version of Laura Palmer whose murder he’s investigating along with the dwarf who apparently can talk backwards.
- The Alianza Misterio, a group of four Mexican mystery solving sleuths and their pet skunk, all wear Zorro masks.
- Velma having a meltdown upon seeing supernatural events happened to her in the twelfth direct to video installment of the franchise.
- The gang never waking up if trapped in their dreams is similar to Freddy Krueger’s victims being killed off for real if they’re killed in his or her dreams.
- Not only does the red room from the previous two episodes make its last appearance, but the "dancing midget" is revealed to be Horatio Kharon, a tenured professor at Miskatonic University.
- When Scooby first arrives in the Black Lodge — er, Sitting Room.
Episode 49: "Dark Night of the Hunters"
- According to Shaggy, he and Scooby had been best friends since Scooby was a pup.
- On the plane ride, "summer fling, don’t mean a thing but those summer nights . . ." is heard being said by Velma’s mother Angie.
- Title of the episode is based on Dark Night of the Scarecrow and The Night of the Hunter.
- The bridge trap has someone being attacked by a big saw each time they breathe.
- There are also a couple of traps similar to those in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Villain Mayan Priestess attacks her victims with a vicious, flowering, sentient plant while the cast are at the ruin.
- That plant could also be a reference to Little Shop of Horrors.
Episode 50: "Gates of Gloom"
- Upon seeing a plane taking off:
Shaggy: I feel a need, a need for... pizza!
- The Mystery Machine’s destruction is very similar to the Enterprise’s destruction down to the dialogue between Daphne and Fred being a near perfect recreation.
- The underground attacker that attacks those by sound is how grabods attack victims who make noises.
- After Scooby, in an armored robot suit, has just chain-gunned (!) an entire platoon of Kriegstaffebots, he says, "They drew first blood. Not me."
- After the denizens of Crystal defeat the Kriegstaffebots:
Stone: (to Mayor Nettles next to him) It’s not over yet, we have to get these people to safety! (stands on top the broken pile of bots) Listen up everybody! Follow me to FREEEDOOOOMM! (Crowd cheers) And will somebody please bring that sweet little dog in a coma? Thank you.
- The Kriegstaffebots carry a trunk supported by a pair of long poles, the same way the Ark of the Covenant was carried.
Episode 51: "Through the Curtain"
- Not only are the four gate keys (the Primero Llave , the Segundo Llave , the Tercero Llave and the Cuarto Llave ) are tied to the four classical elements: fire, water, earth and wind/air respectively but with the Heart of the Jaguar, might be a reference to the five elemental rings bestowed upon Wheeler, Gi, Kwame, Linka and Ma-Ti, five youths of different diversities chosen to protect the Earth.
- When the gang is adrift on the interdimensional sea and they're looking for the fourth gate, they realize it's directly below them- to be precise, "the gate is down".
Episode 52: "Come Undone"
- The episode opens with the possessed Nova (voiced by Amy Acker) doing a version of Princess Irulan’s and probably Victoria Winters’ opening monologue.
- When the gang runs from the evil Anunnaki Entity, they run in the same fashion as their original selves.
- A laugh track similar to the one used in the original series is heard when they head to parts unknown.
- In the new universe, Sheriff Stone and Mayor Nettles’ three sons are named Eastwood, Billy Jack, and Norris, and the name of their daughter’s Lynda Carter.
- Harlan Ellison is now a professor at the Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts.
- Probably unintentional, but given the themes pertaining to mystery solving groups, and the fact they follow a very specific 'same yet different' theme.