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  • I only saw a few episodes of this show as a kid, but there was one episode that particularly stuck in my head... In an anti-drug episode there's this guy who was using dolphins to smuggle drugs or something. Every time drugs were brought up in the episode, one of the characters would go "Eeeew! Drugs!". I know it's a kid show, but who behaves that way? What child, even one who believes Drugs Are Bad, has such disgust for illegal substances that simply hearing the word "drugs" revolts them? Did their school invite a speaker from the D.A.R.E program and the characters took the message too seriously? I WANNA KNOW!
    • I did.
    • Honestly that's probably what many DARE programs WANT kids to do. But most instead gain their education on using drugs from said programs instead of freaking out at the mere mention of them.
    • According to Wikipedia's list of episodes, there was no anti-drug episode.
      • Someone needs to refine their reading skills better, or try ctrl F : drug
      • In the episode titled "Scooby Dude", the Monster of the Day was running a drug smuggling program.
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    • It could have been a minor Writer Revolt. Some writers really don't like doing PSA episodes and make them intentionally over-the -top as a result (like in Kim Possible where eating too much turns Ron into a giant monster in one episode, the writers admitted they made it intentionally ridiculous). As a bonus it makes the episode and the message more memorable.
  • This is just something I found odd. Stinkweed was supposed to smell so bad that no one could stand being even close to him. This is made a big deal of when he walks into stores and that's enough to clear everyone out, and Scooby does comment on it later on. However, it's never brought up again. Why make a monster named Stinkweed that's main schick is to smell unbearable horrid and not focus on it at all? Particularly when the main hero is a dog whose nose is their main way to track the bad guys, which could've been a plot point. This just bugs me a tiny bit.
    • Did your network cut the part in which Scooby's nose lead to the gang seeing Stinkweed playing with O'Grady's shoes?
      • No, but the point was that Scooby shouldn't even have been able to stand being able to smell him, at least that's how the guy was set up.
    • What I find confusing about the episode is Vincent Thorne's motivation of committing crimes as Stinkweed because he was sick of making Stinkweed movies. Assuming he wasn't under contract, what was keeping him from simply refusing to appear in any further sequels to the franchise and insisting the company that produces the films make do with a replacement actor?
  • How exactly did Daphne end up losing like fifty IQ points upon becoming a teenager? Fred going from paranoid conspiracy theorist to logical thinker can be passed off as him simply maturing a bit, but Daphne goes from being the most reasonable member of the group after Velma to being The Ditz.
    • Hormones. They do crazy things to your brain.
    • Then out of teens she gets smarter and out of her danger prone era. Comes full circle.
    • She was not ditzy, just clumsy and didn't say much.
    • Yeah, Daphne didn't start becoming ditzier until around What's New, Scooby-Doo?. And even then, in that show she was at least smarter than Fred.
  • Does Nasty Doo exist or not? The Doo Family seems to regard him as a real part of the family tree, yet at the end Velma says "there was no Nasty Doo". Does she mean just that the legend of him being a werewolf being bunk or is the whole existence of a Nasty Doo the dog a fabrication?
  • I know this is a cartoon, but aside from the talking dog thing, it is quite realistic. I tried to analyse it a bit, and thought them not aging is because they are Not Allowed to Grow Up, and someone else said that the technology and wacky faces in A Pup could be explained as it was exaggerated as Shaggy is telling the story. However one thing confuses me. In official records Shaggy and Fred are seventeen, Daphne is sixteen, Velma is fifteen and Scooby is seven, and on one site it says that in A Pup Named Scooby Doo, it is six years ago, making the boys eleven, Daphne ten, Velma nine and Scooby one, however in Dog Gone Scooby, Shaggy flashes back to the first case they solved as babies, and as they were in nappies/diapers I think that Fred, Red Herring and Shaggy were two, Daphne was one, and Velma didn't speak so she could have been about three months old or something. The thing is, they had a dog with them, and Scooby would not have been born as that would be eight years from when he was one, so Who. Is, That, Puppy?!
    • Well, Scooby must have an older brother, someone has to be Scrappy's father.
      • While this doesn't help the original example of writers not taking continuity that seriously, this bullet kinda screws up one of this series' hail mary continuity moments. Scrappy is not the child of a brother of Scooby's, Ruby Doo, Scooby's sister, is his mother. She had appeared in the early 80s in a flashback episode and returned in this series as a Mythology Gag.
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    • There's an episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? where we see (via a flashback) the gang at Velma's fifth birthday party, and they look the same as they do in this show. Canon's kind of a tricky subject when it comes to Scooby-Doo stuff, but does that mean that Velma is five in the show? Then again, don't the characters go to Coolsville High in this show? If Velma is five why is she going to a high school (then again, what would eleven and ten-year-olds be doing going to a high school)?
    • The ages established for the gang in the original series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! were not set in stone and the gangs' exact ages have varied depending on the continuity. Scooby's infancy occurring at the same time as the rest of the gang was most likely done for Rule of Funny. Not every single thing in cartoons has a logical explanation.

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