Scooby Doo: Decoy for a Dognapper

Scooby Doo, Where are You! episode “Decoy for a Dognapper”,
begins with Scooby Doo witnessing a violent crime as a woman is wrestled out of her prize poodle.  A busted plot to catch the dognappers lead Fred and the gang on a high tech search for Scooby Doo in the desert where they trespass into ancient Pueblo ruins.

The villain, the mystery, and the technology


The Ghost of Geronimo, a master of the English language and factory-made arrows, guards Native American ruins from scavengers while collecting show dogs for fun.


The mystery was dognapping of prized show dogs.


Though unseen, the first episode featuring a movie projector capable of projecting an image without need for a screen.


Buck Masters unmasked. He gripes the gang should have “mind your own business!”


Unanswered questions of curiosity


More snooping equipment found inside the Mystery Machine than your local NSA headquarters. Too bad we never see them use it after this episode.


No matter where Scooby is the radar always blinks in the same place.


The first episode with Daphne tied and kidnapped?

Final words and observations

A weak episode with an unimpressive plot and villain.  A contrived premise leads the gang into the scariness of Native American ruins to confront a dognapper in a mask armed with arrows purchased from Big 5 Sporting Goods.

What is interesting is a rare look inside the Mystery Machine and the high tech equipment used.  It’s also the first episode to feature ghostly projections pushing the boundaries of optics and physics, in general.

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  1. Dylan March 29, 2014 8:13 pm  Reply

    yeah definitely one of my least favorite Scooby-Doo episode….it seemed very uncharacteristic of them to use high-tech gadgets, when they are usually only left to use what’s in there surroundings , such as a candlesDO or rope, barell..etc. for their traps.. do we ever really see them use this kind of technology again??

    • Danny May 9, 2018 1:45 am  Reply

      Some of the later New Scrappy and Scooby Doo show episodes, the ones where they return to the mystery format, have similar.

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