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Recap / Scooby Doo Mystery Inc S 2 E 1 The Night The Clown Cried

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The gang is called back together to save the town from the attacks of Crybaby Clown! However, the team isn't able to give it their all when one of their members isn't looking to return.

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  • Beard of Sorrow: Fred goes without shaving for quite a while.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: The Scooby springs Shaggy from prison with a tank.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: The Mysterious Figure who lets the Mayor know to get Mystery Inc. Velma lampshades his resemblance to Rorschach.
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  • Downer Ending: The trap doesn't work (because Fred counted on Daphne's return) and Crybaby Clown escape. Fred is depressed that the villain escaped and states that Mystery Incorporated won't be the same since Daphne is never coming back.
  • Female Gaze: Bayler's Abs and his butt in "Grass Green Jeans"
  • Monster Clown: Crybaby Clown.
  • Never Say "Die": The Farmer's "Double Barrel Surprise".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bayler Hotner Baylor is a parody of Taylor Lautner, as does his role as a were-turtle in the Dusk movies which parallels Lautner's role as Jacob Black, a werewolf in the Twilight movies.
  • Shout-Out:
    Fred: Velma!
    Velma: Who were you expecting? Rorschach?
    • During the meeting, Crybaby Clown scratches his nails on the chalk board and mentions how the townspeople know him and how he earns a living, this is a reference towards the film, Jaws, when Quint scratches his nails on the chalk board and says the exact same lines.
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    • Various parts of the episode reference The Great Escape, Full Metal Jacket and Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Title-Only Opening: Because the gang is still apart, the usual opening sequence is replaced with one.


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