Scooby-Doo! – Mystery Mask Mix-Up

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – Mystery Mask Mix-Up
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Scooby-Doo! - Mystery Mask Mix-Up television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for another mystery involving some meddling kids and their talking dog. After Daphne (Heather North) buys a golden mask in a Chinatown shop, the gang is followed by a pair of zombies who eventually make off with both Daphne and the mask taking them to a temple in the hills. The episode is unusual in how Mystery, Inc. is dragged into the mystery, it also features some questionable racial elements that likely wouldn’t get the episode on the air today. “Mystery Mask Mix-Up” includes a ridiculous car chase in which the zombies follow the Mystery Machine through a hotel and over the rooftops of several buildings before it eventually crashes at the wharf (because of a banana peel) and the zombies have a chance to grab Daphne who refuses to give up the mask.

On arriving at the temple, Fred (Frank Welker) and Velma (Nicole Jaffe) are quickly captured leaving only Shaggy (Casey Kasem) and Scooby (Don Messick) to deal with the villains for a good chunk of the episode before stumbling into their friends. It’s during this sequence the the most objectionable sequence takes place when Shaggy and Scooby pretend to be Chinese waiters (Shaggy is even drawn with slanted eyes). Although the episode includes a trap sequence that goes awry but still nabs the villains, the unmasking takes place off-camera while the somewhat odd plot is explained based on a message hidden within the mask and the existence of carrier pigeons.

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