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Haunted House Hang-Up

Haunted House Hang-Up is the fifth episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and the twenty-second episode overall in the series. In the episode, Mystery Inc. is headed to a rock festival down some deserted back-roads when they run into a farmer who warns them about a haunted mansion up ahead. They head up to the mansion where a Headless Specter roams the grounds, and the gang must find out who is behind it and why. 

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A Headless figure, holding a candle stick, roams a seemingly abandoned, spooky old mansion. Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Scooby-Doo, and Shaggy Rogers are cruising down a wooded back-road towards a rock festival when they pull up to a farmer on the road who says his name is Asa Shanks. He informs them there is a fork in the road and that they should take the long way, because the short way leads past the mansion, haunted by a headless specter. To Scooby and Shaggy's horror, it's decided they go the short route because they're low on gas. The van then overheats and Shaggy and Scooby go look for water in an old well by the mansion. But a white-sheet "ghost" floats up out of the well and the gang doubts Shaggy and Scooby's story. Realizing there is no bucket in the well, the gang heads inside the mansion after seeing a light. Entering, they are chased away by a floating candle. Then the gang find a small parlor with a painting of a man named Jefferson Stillwall pointing to something. The head goes missing off the painting, only saw by Shaggy and Scooby and again, the gang doubts them. They hear a knocking noise and they follow it to a room with an empty box with a wooden head inside. The curious clan follow footprints and end up splitting up to follow different footprints. Velma, Scooby and Shaggy stumble into a dark room and find the Headless Specter! In a colourful chase, the specter tries catching the three until they crash through a window and fall down into the well, finding a hidden passage. Fred and Daphne find a bedroom with an old diary with an entry stating "Marching men in single file hide the secret. Stillwall shows the way." Then, they find a trapdoor that leads into a fruit cellar. The passage that Velma, Shaggy and Scooby find lead to the fruit cellar and the gang reunites. In the cellar, they find canisters of helium and a jar of balloons. They deduce the ghost in the well was just a sheet covered over a helium-filled balloon. Velma concludes that the diary refers to a line of columns and the painting of Stillwall in the parlor must be pointing to a specific column. But the painting points to the greenhouse. Shag and Scoob enter the greenhouse and find the specter. Pursued, they run into the well and fly up on the balloons. Shaggy, Scooby and the specter crash into the hen-house and the headless specter is unmasked as Penrod Stillwall, descendant of Jefferson Stillwall He made up the specter to scare people away so he could search for the treasure. The gang hear the thumping noises again coming from the attic and Fred and Shaggy go up into the attic to see a man wearing a sheet, chopping the walls of the attic with an axe. Fred and Shaggy chase him outside and the sheeted-figure crashes into a column, making it collapse. The sheeted figure is revealed as Asa Shanks, Penrod's neighbor, who was also looking for the treasure. Scooby reveals the treasure from inside the column; a carpetbag stashed with hundreds of thousands of dollar notes. Penrod is joyed by the discovery and wants to know how he can thank the kids, with simply asking where the nearest pizza parlor is. As the gang continue on towards the music festival, they discuss the direction of the painting, and figure it must've been moved. Scooby then rapidly plays on his drum, tangling his arms.

Characters

Cast

Trivia

  • The Headless Specter was later in the 2002 videogame Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights.
  • Shaggy's disapproval of shaving cream ads may result from negative remarks on his goatee.
  • This is the first instance in the franchise where the main ghost (the Headless Specter) was not the actual villain, trying to scare people away to cover up some kind of criminal/illegal activity.
  • In this episode, coloured screens are used as transitions as opposed to the regular fade to black, which is only used for the commercial breaks.

Miscellaneous

  • Disguises: None.
  • Scooby Snacks bribe: 2.

Adaptations

Errors

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Shaggy's nose is missing while he holds Scooby in his arms as Asa first stands in front of the gang.
  • When Shaggy and Scooby crash into the Mystery Machine having seen "a ghost", Velma talks to the floor of the Mystery Machine, rather than out of the window towards Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Although it does look as though she was talking to the floor, it may have been that the animators wanted to depict Velma looking down on Shaggy and Scooby, as she would have been higher up than they were, what with her being seated in the Mystery Machine, and them sitting in a crumpled heap on the ground.
  • The footprints seen immediately after the wooden head were not there several moments beforehand.
  • Shaggy, Velma and Scooby seem to leave the dark room the same door they entered- only now there are two footprints rather than one.
  • When the Headless Specter opens the door of the stove and Shaggy pops up from one of the holes at the top, his bottom half is missing.
  • When Fred and Daphne fall into the fruit cellar, Daphne's pink tights are missing.
  • Fred's mouth doesn't move when he says "Is this your ghost, guys?", his face is fixed in a smile.
  • The Scooby Snack Shaggy feeds the flytrap lily is cube-shaped.
  • In the standard side view of the Mystery Machine driving, Daphne's mouth doesn't move as she talks and Shaggy is sitting in the front when immediately after he's shown in the back with Scooby, finishing their pizza and back to playing their instruments.
  • When Penrod recieves the bag of treasure, he's wearing the gloves of the Headless Specter.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • How could Penrod see if his head was inside his shirt?
    • Logic-defying effects of disguises are so common in the Scooby-Doo universe.
  • If Penrod did own the mansion, he couldn't possibly live there. The greenhouse is also broken down, yet it looks as if the plants have been cared for.
  • The Mystery Machine's engine is shown at the back of the van instead of the front, meaning that there are no rear doors.
  • Even if it was daylight savings, the gang still take half the night to solve the mystery, and then once it's solved it's not the festival they're heading for, but a pizza parlor.
  • It's easy to imagine that Penrod told the story of the Headless Specter to be more menacing, but he apparently didn't tell anyone how Jefferson came to lose his head.
  • Penrod doesn't mention making the balloon look like a ghost, but presumably he did that, too.
  • The holes in the balloon should not hide the balloon. Also, when Fred's holding the sheet, there's no visible eye or mouth holes.
  • Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma likely would've not survived the fall down into the well. They aren't hurt in the slightest.
  • When Velma, Shaggy and Scooby fall into the well, Velma says the water is only knee-deep. In fact, it's only ankle-deep.
  • Fred says that the "last entry" was July 12, 1882, which appeared to be in the middle of the book, and turns the page on to that entry as he says it. He couldn't be certain that was the last entry without checking the next page.
  • When Velma reads aloud the diary entry, she says "Marching men in single file, could a column...". "Could a column" was not part of the entry when first read.
  • Shaggy is still able to enunciate, even with a balloon in his mouth.
  • With no head, the Headless Specter shouldn't be able to make a sound, although as a ghost (or at least as a pretend one) he could have the power to make sound.
  • Whether he's standing or kneeling (most likely the former), the way the Headless Specter is positioned at the bottom of the chimney, there would've have to be a removable panel in the floor.
  • Presumably the portrait was done in conjunction with the diary clue, but it isn't made clear.
  • If Shaggy had been smarter and not goofing around he wouldn't have almost got eaten to begin with.
  • Even if Penrod was just trying to scare people away, it didn't stop him from jumping on top of Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma, who he thought were hiding under a bed, unless he knew there were just pillows underneath the sheet. He also tried to knock Shaggy off his balloon.
  • Asa looks like he's chopping inside a barn instead of a mansion.
  • Asa was clearly wearing a bed sheet or table cover, etc. and yet he still frightens Fred and Shaggy. What probably made it more frightening was that he was holding an axe (although he wasn't holding it when he chased them).
  • Clearly minutes have past between the time it took the gang to catch Penrod and Asa, yet the former managed to change into a sweater by the time of the latter's capture. Either this is an animation mistake or he was wearing one underneath his costume.
  • There isn't a sheriff to arrest Asa in this episode, he's simply left in the care of Penrod. Presumably, he called the sheriff after the gang had left.
  • When Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby hold hands with the Headless Specter, how would they know that his hands feel cold and clammy, or "like a couple of fish right out of the lake", especially when he's wearing gloves?

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