Today with us, we have a special guest reviewing this episode! This person has actually not only met Terry, but co-starred in a commercial with him! This individual is my best friend, Bradford N. Smith, who starred in an Associates commercial with Terry when he was 7 years old. It’s also B’s 30th birthday today, so this made for a perfect opportunity for a joint review :)
I really liked this episode! Terry Bradshaw was a wonderful guest star, and his friendship with Shaggy and Scooby was so cute! <3 He for sure was not one of those guest stars that just felt like they were there. He seemed incredibly enthused about his role and it enhanced the episode through the great character interactions with the gang. The bit about him saying he was a sex symbol seemed very odd for a Scooby-Doo episode, though. The “There’s an alien in my kitchen #yolo #blessed” text was very cringey, even though I knew it was coming from the Turkish airing lol.
The alien was a pretty cool and weird looking villain. It definitely was one of the creepier alien villains that we have seen in the Scooby franchise. I can’t believe they just let the villain get away with it, and even gave him the money! That’s a first for a Scooby episode, and not something I was expecting at all. Atmospherically, I thought Terry’s house was super neat and kind of had a spooky cabin-ish vibe to it.
Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable, feel-good episode, mainly because of how much energy he brought to his role and his interactions with the gang. I would rank this at #16/48. Since B isn’t going to have a list of all the episodes ranked like I do, I’m also going to give this episode a number ranking of 8/10. There were a few cringey things in the episode, but overall it was a very fun and entertaining 20 minutes.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. Total Jeopardy!
3. The Horrible Haunted Hospital of Dr. Phineas Phrag!
4. The Last Inmate!
5. The Dreaded Remake of Jekyll & Hyde!
6. Dark Diner of Route 66!
7. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
8. One Minute Mysteries!
9. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
10. Returning of the Key Ring!
11. Cher, Scooby and the Sargasso Sea!
12. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
13. Too Many Dummies!
14. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
15. The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder!
16. Falling Star Man!
17. The Internet on Haunted House Hill!
18. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
19. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
20. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
21. A Run Cycle Through Time!
22. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
23. A Fashion Nightmare!
24. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
25. The 7th Inning Scare!
26. The Crown Jewel of Boxing!
27. Scooby On Ice!
28. Lost Soles of Jungle River!
29. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
30. A Moveable Mystery!
31. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
32. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
33. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
34. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
35. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
36. The Tao of Scoob!
37. The New York Underground!
38. The Phantom, the Talking Dog, and the Hot Hot Hot Sauce!
39. The Lost Mines of Kilimanjaro!
40. Hollywood Knights!
41. Fear of the Fire Beast!
42. The Hot Dog Dog!
43. Quit Clowning!
44. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
45. Space Station Scooby
46. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
47. The Fastest Food Fiend!
48. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided
I too thought this was a fun episode. At first, the idea of Terry Bradshaw as a guest star seemed like an odd choice, but seeing him bring so much personality and excitement to the episode made it clear he was a good fit. His bond with Shaggy and Scooby was adorable and I loved that he was animated with a Super Bowl ring on -- sorry, a “football championship” ring, since the proper term couldn’t be used in the episode. It was also nice to see Terry not shy away from poking fun at himself, including making a comment about liking Shaggy and Scooby’s terrible acting, I assume in reference to all the criticism he’s received for his own acting talent.
While Shaggy, Scooby and Terry definitely got the majority of the spotlight, there were some enjoyable moments with the rest of the gang as well. I particularly found it amusing to see Velma, Daphne and Fred waiting around for the alien to spring their trap, when Velma was so confident that the monster was after Terry’s rings. Also, this is one of the seemingly few times where Velma got to drive the Mystery Machine, which is something I’m always on board for!
As far as the monster of this episode - the alien - is concerned, while I do think it had a very cool design, I’m a little on the fence about how I felt about it as a whole. The villain’s motivation and the revealing of an entire backstory after the unmasking was a bit of a let down and even more concerning was that Terry decides to just let the bad guy get away with it! On top of those, I was a little disappointed we were never given an explanation for the meteor that sent the gang off the road to begin with. Was it an actual meteor? Was it the spaceship the bad guy rigged to explode? They kind of just leave that up in the air.
So overall, while I can’t rate this episode in the same way WildwindVampire can, I think I would at least put this episode within my top 20 of the series, with a rating of 8/10. However, I’d like to single out Scooby’s line, “I like the circles, Terry.” as possibly my favorite of the series. It was incredibly unexpected and made me laugh. Good work, gang!
Thank you so much to B for guest reviewing this episode with me! He’s actually coming out with a brand new pitch for an original series tomorrow, titled “Scooby-Doo! Monsters,” which you should absolutely check out! If you haven’t checked out his scripts or need to catch up on a few, you can read them all on bradfordwritesscooby.com.