Scoobynatural is the 16th episode of Season 13. It aired on March 29, 2018.
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DO NOT CHANGE!
Dean and Sam fight a spirit possessing a giant, stuffed dinosaur, in a pawn shop and destroy the toy with Holy Oil. As the store owner, Alan, thanks them, Jay, the local Real Estate Developer comes in to investigate, but Sam and Dean make an excuse for the mess created in the fight. As thanks, Jay allows Sam and Dean to have something free from the store, and they take the big screen television.
After hooking up the monitor, the screen glows and the brothers are sucked into the television, now as 2-dimensional cartoons. They find Baby in the cartoon world and drive it to the local hangout, the Malt Shop, and find the Mystery Machine, concluding they were in a Scooby Doo cartoon. Dean, fawning over his childhood heroes, greets them and they allow him and Sam to join them in their adventure, which Dean recalls the episode and they decide to play it out.
However, unlike in the original run, they discover that one of the victims, Cousin Simple, was murdered when they discovered his dead body. Despite the brutal circumstance, the Scooby Gang treat it like a normal mystery. Castiel, having been sucked into the television as well, joins them on their case to figure out the mystery. Discovering the television displayed purple sparks, like the stuffed dinosaur, the Winchesters realize the two must be connected to the pawn shop. While exploring the hallways, they are attacked by the Phantom, after it brutally murdered Cosgood Creeps, and the Winchesters realize the Phantom is a real ghost that they would normally investigate.
The group splits up to investigate. Sam tries to tell Velma that the supernatural is real, but she denies it, firmly believing all ghosts and monsters are just people. Dean continues to flirt with Daphne, but she continues to remain ignorant of his flirtations. He soon finds a book in the library that triggers a trap door, that they fall into before fleeing from the ghost. The ghost then attacks Castiel, Shaggy and Scooby, and everyone is chased around the house by the ghost.
They all meet up, and the Phantom attacks them, with Fred getting injured, and Shaggy getting thrown out through the balcony door. Sam and Dean drive off the Phantom, using iron candlesticks and find Shaggy holding on for his life. Scooby jumps to save Shaggy and Castiel jumps and slows their descent to the ground, but Shaggy's arm gets broken. With Shaggy's injury and the unexplainable abilities displayed by the Phantom, the Scooby Gang is confused by the unusual circumstances. Sam and Dean decide to tell them that all the paranormal stuff is real, including the ghost. The Gang begins to have a nervous break down by this revelation, but Dean encourages them and gets Fred to set a trap for the Phantom.
After the initial trap fails, they lure the ghost to the library and have it fall through the trap door, where it lands in the basement, in a circle of salt, trapping it. Sam, Dean and Castiel interrogate it alone and the Phantom reveals itself to be the ghost of a little boy. The ghost tells them his soul was tied to a pocket knife, found by Jay, and Jay placed the knife in items, like the stuffed dinosaur and the television, to cause the ghost to haunt and attack people against his will. They make a deal that if the ghost releases them back to the real world, they would put him to rest.
Before they leave, the three find the Scooby Gang suffering a second nervous breakdown. To set their minds at ease, the ghost disguises itself as Cosgood Creeps in the Phantom costume, making the cartoon heroes believe the whole thing was just another staged set up by a normal human.
The child returns Castiel and the Winchesters to the real world, and they destroy the knife in the television, putting the kid to rest. Afterwards, they go back to the pawn shop, finding Alan about to sign his store over to Jay, and confront the Real Estate Developer of his crimes, knowing he used the ghost to drive off owners to buy their property and then on Sam and Dean when they got to close to discover his plan. While they knew he would never be arrested for those actions, they hacked his finances and had him arrested for tax evasion.
As Jay is arrested, he uses the meddling kids quote from Scooby Doo and Dean uses Scooby's phrase but Sam and Cass tell him to cut it out.
Special Guest Stars
- Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers (voice only)
- Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones (voice only)
- Grey DeLisle-Griffin as Daphne Blake (voice only)
- Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley (voice only)
- Stephen Stanton as Cosgood Creeps (voice only)
- Eric Bauza as Cousin Simple (voice only)
- Fred Tatasciore as Beauregard Sanders and Phantasm (voice only)
- Dee Bradley Baker as Phantasm (voice only)
Featured Supernatural Beings
- Archangel (Gabriel, referenced only)
- Djinn (mentioned only)
- Demons (mentioned only)
- Seraph (Castiel)
- Tricksters (referenced only)
- Vampires (mentioned only)
- Vengeful Spirit (Ghost Kid)
- Werewolves (mentioned only)
- Scooby-Doo previously appeared in The Rising Son, on TV.
- The Scooby-Doo Universe and the TV show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! were previously seen in The Rising Son.
- A ghost was previously featured in Advanced Thanatology.
- Salt was previously used in Advanced Thanatology.
- Holy Oil was previously used in the Season 12 episode All Along the Watchtower.
- Castiel returns from Syria with the Fruit from the Tree of Life they need to open the rift to the Apocalypse World.
- The fruit also makes a physical appearance in this episode.
- The events of the Season 5 episode Changing Channels are referenced when Dean mentions that they got out of a TV show by playing their parts.
- In "Playthings," Dean hoped that he and Sam can meet Fred and Daphne from "Scooby-Doo."
- The episode was watched by 2.03 million viewers and got a 0.7 rating. This makes it the second most watched and highest rated episode of the season, behind the season premiere, Lost & Found.
- Currently, this is the highest rated episode of Supernatural on IMDb, with 9.8.
- The episode premiered for a few Supernatural fans on March 20, 2018, at the PaleyFest 2018, nine days before the world premiere.
- This is the second episode to feature an animation in an episode with Season 8's Hunteri Heroici being the first one.
- However, this is the first episode where the main characters are animated as well.
- This is the first episode where Supernatural crosses over with another series.
- The episode, where Dean, Sam, and Castiel are transported into, is named "A Night Of Fright Is No Delight" from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series.
- The series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, where Dean, Sam, and Castiel are transported into, has previously been featured on Supernatural twice. It appeared in Regarding Dean and The Rising Son.
- The episodes featured in Regarding Dean and The Rising Son respectively were "Hassle in the Castle" and "That's Snow Ghost".
- Coincidentally both the Scooby-Doo episodes which were featured on Supernatural featured a ghost as the villain of the episode just like the episode Sam, Dean, and Castiel are transported into.
- Another coincidence is both the Scooby-Doo episodes which were featured on Supernatural were from the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! just like the episode Sam, Dean, and Castiel are transported into.
- This is the first episode since the Season 9 episode Meta Fiction where the title card is different from the season's title card.
- This is the fourth episode of the season to not feature any recurring guest stars with Tombstone, The Scorpion and The Frog and A Most Holy Man being the first three.
- When Sam burns the pocket knife and puts the ghost kid to rest, he disappears in a combination of the usual way and the more peaceful manner seen when spirits are convinced to move on rather than a salt and burn happening. The boy goes up in flames, but the flames change into a ball of light that rises upwards.
- During the hallway montage, Scrappy-Doo can be seen. Scrappy is Scooby's nephew who appeared in some of the other Scooby-Doo shows.
- The Winchesters mention their belief that Gabriel is dead, calling him The Trickster. This is the name he was known by them as until the Season 5 episode Changing Channels.
- Unknowingly, Dean hinted at Gabriel still being alive which was revealed in Devil's Bargain.
- This is the first episode of the season to not mention or reference Jack.
- This is the first episode ever in which Castiel is seen dealing a ghost.
- The Supernatural season 13 DVD features a deleted scene for the episode where a disguised Castiel, Shaggy and Scooby serve the ghost dinner, ending with Castiel sprinkling the ghost with salt, a ghost weakness. It becomes enraged, forcing them to drop their disguises and flee.