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Shaggy Busted

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Shaggy Busted
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Just when things couldn't get any worse for Shaggy & Scooby, they're introduced to this guy.
Premiere date: July 7, 2002
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writers: Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
Directors: Vincent Waller
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"Shaggy Busted" is the third episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law season one. It aired on July 7, 2002 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. It was written by series creators, Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter, and directed by Vincent Waller. The Hanna-Barbera series ridiculed in this episode is Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Shaggy and Scooby are put on trial for driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Officer: Step out of the van, please.
Shaggy: Punch it!

Harvey: Do you know what we need? A clerk.
Avenger: Huh?
Harvey: A clerk.
Avenger: Aw.
Harvey: Whaa? Oh, come on, it's just an assistant. Not a partner like you. Who's my eagle? 'Night.

Peanut: I used to work at a baltimization plant.
Harvey: Baltimization?
Peanut: Oh, yeah. You see, the Japanese claim it increases potency tenfold. They call it Pa-Pa-Pazazza.
Harvey: Really?
Peanut: Yeah.
Harvey: Pazazza. So, you quit that job?
Peanut: Um. Actually, I believe I was fired from that job.
Harvey: Oh?
Peanut: Well, there was the murder of a supervisor. Nothing proven. I just thought it was better to move on.
Harvey: Ha ha ha ha ha ha. There's something about you. It's a good something, though. Definitely a good something.
Peanut: Thank you, Harvey.

Harvey: Don't worry. A night in the pokey never killed anyone. Builds character.

Ghost Clown (Harry the Hypnotist): Remember me?
Ghost of Redbeard (C.L. Magnus): And me?
Charlie the Funland Robot: And...
C.L. Magnus: Here, just let me do it. Okay, stop pulling, it's gonna bind.

Harvey: The job. It's yours. Congratulations.
Peanut: Well, gosh, that's great. Do I get a gun?
Harvey: Sure!

Fred: Listen, we've got a bit of a problem, the gang, and I.
Harvey: Gang stuff. Listen up. What happened?
Fred: Last night, we were at this old, abandoned cotton mill and--.
Harvey: I know. One of your homies took one in the bobo.
Fred: No, actually, Shaggy and Scooby were arrested. It was awful.
Harvey: Now you see why banging doesn't pay. I'll take the case! But first, you're gonna have to lose the colors.

Convict 1: You blew it, Birdman!
Convict 2: Rot in hell, Birdman!
Harvey: Fellas.

George Jetson: Daddy's gonna be home real soon.

Harvey: Now, which one of you is Shaggy?
Shaggy: Like, I am.
Harvey: Okay, that's your street name. What's the name your mom gave you?

Velma: I know the way it looks, Mr. Birdman. But that's just the way they are.
Daphne: Yeah, they always act that way.

Old Man Bakov: Oh, I would have succeeded, too... If it hadn't been for those--.
Harvey: These meddling kids.
Old Man Bakov: No! That damn cotton market! Don't you tell me! All these hip-hop rats, damn likely wool wear for crying out loud! Hip-puz, yes. Eh, wait a minute, here. What the hell am I... Nobody wears dungarees anymore. So, I did whatever a sensible farmer would do. I switched crops!

Scrappy: Puppy power!


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Shaggy Rogers Scott Innes
Scooby-Doo Scott Innes
Sheriff Erik Richter
Harvey Birdman Gary Cole
Avenger Frank Welker
Debbie (voice only) Grey Delisle
Peanut Thomas Allen
Barney Rubble
Ghost Clown/Harry the Hypnotist Jeff Bergman
Ghost of Redbeard/C.L. Magnus Stephen Colbert
Charlie the Funland Robot Frank Welker
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Velma Dinkley BJ Ward
Convict #1 Scott Innes
Convict #2 Erik Richter
Daphne Blake Grey Delisle
George Jetson Jeff Bergman
Judy Jetson N/A
Jane Jetson N/A
Elroy Jetson N/A
Astro N/A
Shaggy's mother
Guard Erik Richter
Magilla Gorilla N/A
Evelyn Spyro Throckmorton Michael KcKean
William Shakespeare N/A
Myron Reducto Stephen Colbert
Judge Hiriam Mightor Gary Cole
Sheriff actor Unavailable
Scooby actor Erik Richter
Live-action Harvey Birdman Larry Morris (no lines)
Walking Tab Bazyl Dripps (no lines)
Alexander Unavailable
Old Man Bakov Jeff Bergman
Scrappy-Doo Scott Innes








The police footage showing the sheriff inspecting Scooby and Shaggy in the Mystery Machine is in live-action, although it is positioned in such a way that Scooby and Shaggy are hidden from view, aside from Shaggy's arm sticking out the window.

There is also a fantasy sequence where a live-action Harvey chases after an actor in a Tab can suit. This was directed by Erik Richter.


The score was composed by Michael Kohler.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: July 7, 2002 on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Behind the scenes

  • The episode is full of jokes about Shaggy and Scooby being stoned, and Harvey mistaking the kids being in a street gang.
  • This is the first time Debbie is referred to by name by Harvey.
  • While being an individual character, Peanut is modeled after Birdboy, Birdman's sidekick in Hanna-Barbera's Birdman series, giving somewhat of the illusion of an older Birdboy.
  • Stephen Colbert is uncredited as C.L. Magnus.


  • The sheriff is constantly referred to as "Officer."
  • Charlie the robot is a real robot, instead of what is depicting here with a guy trying to get his helmet off.

Everlasting influence

  • The case is reopened in "The Death of Harvey."
  • Scrappy randomly pops up as a corpse throughout the series, revealing that Avenger had indeed killed him.

Critical reception

Home availability