Scooby Doo! – What a Night for a Knight

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2019

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  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – What a Night for a Knight
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Scooby Doo! - What a Night for a Knight TV review

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back 50 years to the very first episode of Scooby Doo, Where Are You! “What a Night for a Knight” introduces us to Scooby-Doo (Don Messick) and Shaggy (Casey Kasem) coming home late from a movie when they stumble upon an abandoned truck with a the empty armor of a knight behind the wheel. After collecting Fred (Frank Welker), Velma (Nicole Jaffe), and Daphne (Stefanianna Christopherson), the gang return the armor to the museum where they learn about a missing archeologist, a legend about the knight coming to life during the full moon, and uncover a mystery that they seem determined to solve (even if that means breaking into the museum after hours in order to snoop around).

Over the course of the episode, the gang will uncover various clues leading the smarter members of the group to make an educated guess about what is really going on. This will be proved true by the end of the episode when (like normally happens) Scooby manages to take out the knight through a complete accident of crashing into him (destroying a priceless artifact in the process). Several small pieces of the first episode will become staples for the series including the introduction of Scooby-Snacks as a way to bribe Scooby into small moments of bravery, Velma loosing her glasses, the last-second unmasking of the villain, Scooby disguising himself ridiculously (here as a painter) to momentarily stall the villain of the week, the gang chasing (and by chased by) the villain through seemingly endless hallways, and the idea that (no matter how bizarre the situation) there is always a rational explanation behind the mystery the gang has stumbled into.

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