One of the most marketed and anticipated episode in, probably all of Supernatural history, Scoobynatural’s absolutely become my favorite. I can’t remember laughing so hard and I may have just squealed a little bit. Apologies for the delay of this post, my computer’s been seriously acting up but I hope that you’ll still enjoy reading this Supernatural Season 13 Scoobynatural TV recap.
“Growing up on the road, no matter where Dad dragged us, no matter what we did, there was always a TV. And you know what was always on that TV? Scooby and the gang! These guys—they’re our freakin’ role models, man! …Except for Fred, he’s a wad.”
For someone who grew up watching Scooby-Doo, this episode was everything I never knew I needed. What struck me about this episode was just how strongly it showcased everyone’s comedic talent, and how carefully the writers took in creating an episode that both Scooby-Doo fans and Supernatural fans could enjoy.
Behind my childlike excitement and anticipation for this episode, I was also really nervous since I love both shows so much. We start off seeing Sam and Dean wrestling with what seems to be a skeevy guy in a big green dinosaur costume. They eventually win and send the guy packing. As a huge thank you for ‘saving his store’, the store owner tells Sam and Dean to grab anything that their heart desires.
Absolutely feeling elated, Dean drags Sam in helping him carry a flat screen TV out of the store. Sam, on the other hand, is less than pleased and almost hits the TV against a wall.
Back at the Bunker, as Sam is researching, Dean is putting together their new ‘Batcave’ and I’m just loving the childlike joy that’s returned to Dean’s persona. For the past few seasons, Dean’s been feeling absolutely wrecked and it’s been so painful seeing his eyes lackluster and dark. So it was good to see him so enthusiastically ‘making time for the important things’
Dean literally drags his baby brother away from his research to show him their new ‘bachelor pad’. He goes to turn on the TV and this is when things start to get a bit time warped. Shout out to the music team for choosing the perfect song. I was in love.
The TV sends them into a Scooby-Doo episode, “A Night of Fright is No Delight” the 16th episode of the first season of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” to be specific. Since this is not the brothers’ first rodeo in being sucked into a TV, the brothers quickly realize that they have to help the Scooby-Doo gang solve a mystery in order to return to the real world. And despite Sam’s irritation with this sudden predicament, Dean is more than eager to play along.Last time we got zapped into TV, we got out by playing our part. This is probably like that. The gang, they're about to get a mystery. Click To Tweet
But to be honest, the plot in this particular episode doesn’t really matter because this episode was all about combining two seemingly separate worlds. Mad kudos to the writers and producers and everyone else who partook in this episode. “Scoobynatural” worked in such a healthy amount of stylistic references and Scooby-specific tropes that your fellow Supernatural fangirl and hardcore Scooby-Doo stan could not stop squealing while watching the show.
1. Scooby and Shaggy’s appetite – Any Scooby-Doo fan knows that Scooby and Shaggy’s appetite is unparalleled to a normal human being. The duo’s ability to eat their weight and more is highlighted in the photos on the wall. Dean, who’s been known to enjoy his fair share of meals on “Supernatural”, absolutely fangirled when he joins them in creating his own towering Shaggy sandwich.
2. You can’t read the news – Yep. As Sam (Jared Padalecki) so eloquently points out, the newspaper announcing the colonel’s death is kind of missing something important.
3. Dean’s hardcore rejection by Daphne – We all know that Dean’s a lady’s man but sometimes his moves just fall flat. And I swear I’m not a cruel person but I laughed so hard at his struggle. Even as Dean (Jensen Ackles) tries so hard to get Daphne’s attention, she’s completely clueless. Especially when he offers to bunk down with the ladies.
4. ALL THE CATCHPHRASES!! – Who doesn’t love a good catchphrase right? “Jinkies!” (Velma), “Jeepers!” (Daphne), “Zoinks!” (Shaggy), and “Ruh-roh!” (Scooby). Even Dean gets his “son of a bitch” in!!
5. The Shaggy-Scooby armful – Whenever the duo would get startled in a Scooby-Doo episode, they often jump into the arms of their nearest pal. So when they jumped into Castiel’s arms in this episode, I may have squealed a little bit. The budding friendship between Castiel, Scooby, and Shaggy was so cute and I was absolutely living for it. Plus, the subtle connections between Cas and Scooby were so sweet.
1. When Sam slams Dean for being excited about being in a show with a talking dog, Dean bites back “Dean: “Not just any talking dog. THE talking dog. The greatest talking dog in history.” (aka Cas)
2. Because when Sam tells Dean that they don’t have a talking dog, Dean nonchalantly counters that Cas is kind of like their talking dog.
3. Then when they split up to look for clues, Cas winds up with Scooby and Shaggy. “I once led armies and now I’m paired with a scruffy Philistine and a talking dog.”
4. Lastly, when Dean does the classic Scooby-Doo ending, he gets questioned by both Sam and Castiel. Cas kindly points out that “Dean, you’re not a talking dog.” Did he just echo Dean’s words from earlier in the episode?!!
6. Splitting up and searching for clues – This never made much sense and was just such a bad idea. But for some reason, the Scooby gang always did it. Dean’s of course totally on board since it gets him more time with Daphne. Plus, these scenes make for some interesting interactions with guest stars.
7 A chase montage – So um… can you really call yourself a Scooby Doo fan if you know nothing about this iconic moment of a Scooby episode? As the “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” theme song plays, the entire gang is running around trying to get away from the monster.
8. Velma’s glasses – Since without them, she’s completely blind, they always conveniently wind up fogging over.
9. A classic Shaggy line – When Shaggy falls from a great height and Scooby jumps to save him, Shaggy shows such concern. “You’ve got me, but who’s got you?” Of course, we have Cas (Misha Collins) jumping to rescue his new friends and I won’t lie, for a moment, I thought his wings were going to come out.
10. Fred’s Ridiculous Plans – Fred and the gang always set up these elaborate booby trap that just never ever works. Yet somehow, they always succeed in catching the culprit. But since they had the Winchester brothers helping them out this time, they certainly didn’t need luck on their side.
I also loved that Cas, not a Scooby-Doo fan, called him out on this but Dean, ever the Scooby stan, simply acknowledged, accepted, and shrugged it off. It was really endearing.
Dean Winchester: All right, Prepmeister Fred, what’s your plan?
Fred Jones: We should all split up and search the house for clues.
Castiel: That’s a plan?
Dean Winchester: Mnh-mnh.
11. Explaining the Mystery – When they return to their world, Sam and Dean use a storytelling device for the cartoon to walk through how they solved the mystery and caught the villain. Naturally, flashbacks were used as a visual enhancing tool.
12. Best. Villain. Line. Ever. – As he’s being led away, the man the Winchesters caught utters the classic Scooby-Doo line … but of course in reference of Team Free Will.
13. The ending Scooby laugh – Of course Dean would be the one to do the iconic Scooby laugh. As the frame irises out on him, looking straight into the camera, Dean (although I’m pretty sure Jensen was just as enthusiastic) declares, “Scooby-scooby-doo! (Scooby laughter)”
Sam may not have been a fan and Castiel extremely confused, but I definitely loved it.
Last Final Bunker Musings: Even though I usually feel impartial to one-off episodes, I adored this special Supernatural episode. Everyone involved did so well in keeping the essence of both shows while pushing the envelope in showing “what would happen if the Scooby gang found out that the Supernatural really was real?”
I must admit, I was not expecting the Scooby gang’s nervous breakdown but it was so surprisingly realistic that it had me laughing into the commercials.
It would not be Supernatural though if we didn’t wind up feeling just a little bit sad. Turns out the mystery that the Scooby gang was working really was a small child ghost trapped in the in-between, unable to move on. The baby ghost was so cute in animation and for a brief second, I thought it was Jack. But nope. Completely unrelated.