So much Cher stuff to catch up on. Last night I did a smell test on the "decades" Cher couture scents from Walmart (soon to have their own fancy-pants bottles as well). Cher has also made some interesting recent streaming appearances. More on all that later.
Since this has been somewhat of an intense week, all things considered, I wanted to do something fun today. And what could be more fun than Scooby and Shaggy dragging it up on Cher's cartoon yacht?
Let's review the fun new Scooby-Doo and Guess Who episode. I will not be revealing who-done-it for those who have yet to watch the show on HBO or Cartoon Network.
The gang meets Cher on her big boat (remember, they already know each other from when they crashed Sonny & Cher's second honeymoon in the early 1970s). Cher has been busy recycling trash at the bottom of the ocean. (Click my phone screenshots to enlarge.)
Cher has a big trash tank and she turns the sea trash into baubles for jewelry. Take that James Cameron!
Somehow this all makes me feel better about Cher's ostentatious cartoon yacht.
The gang's all here. Shaggy and Scooby are still hungry all the time. Daphne still stands like that. Velma still has that self-satisfied look on her face. Velma's character has changed the most actually. She reads as more annoyingly smart now than helpful. Cher hatches as many plans in this episode as Velma does. Cher, herself, seems irked with all the Velma-splaining in fact. It's a disturbing descent for our once-brilliant role-model heroine.
Then they decide to workout in the yacht's poolside gym. Cher's deck has some groovy furniture and we would expect nothing less. Just like in her workout videos, Cher wears sequins to sweat.
A shark monster interrupts the workout and he might as well because Shaggy and Scooby weren't taking it very seriously anyway.
The shark chases everybody into Cher's posh bedroom. Shaggy and Scooby dress up in Cher's clothes because...well yeah! And the shark monster can't help himself either, which is very charming (and funny).
This bedroom sequence was hilarious. There's even a reference to Cher's wig room when all the characters hide from the shark monster beneath a Cher wig. You can almost spot some famous Cher looks.
The team regroups and Cher finds some suspicious seaweed. She then tries to bake Scooby a birthday cake but an mysterious old sea captain absconds with it.
The shark monster shows up again and scares Cher's hair straight up into the air. The shark then chases them through the yacht and Cher beads some ocean-trash jewelry in strings so they can tie up the shark-guy. Then Cher hatches a plan for everyone to scuba dive.
They scuba to an abandoned relic of a ship called the Dolly. (I hope there isn't a dig buried in there.) Things happen. Sharks ensue.
Cher looks awfully cute in scuba gear.
Back on the yacht the sharks (now there are two) are pissed! The team regroups. Cher has another idea to capture the sharks in a net.
Shaggy and Scooby distract the sharks by dressing in drag mermen outfits. This greatly confuses the sharks.
Cher pours some sea-trash beads on the deck and the sharks fall right into it!
I've obscured the culprits but suffice it to say Cher gives them a well-deserved Cher stare at the reveal and the term "meddling kids" is invoked.
I'm happy to report that Cher does the same hip-cocked stand we loved in the old 1970s-era episode and Scooby gets a birthday treat at the end so all is well. The cast does a final pose in the wig room.