The Brains of the Operation

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The Brains of the Operation
Premiere date February 9, 2023
Starring Mindy Kaling
Glenn Howerton
Sam Richardson
Constance Wu
Sarayu Blue
Cherry Jones
Jane Lynch
Wanda Sykes
Russell Peters
Fortune Feimster
Nicole Byer
Gary Cole
Stephen Root
Jim Rash
Yvonne Orji
Debby Ryan
Ming-Na Wen
Tiana Camacho
Shay Mitchell
Music composed by Craig DeLeon
Writer(s) Charlie Grandy
Storyboard artist(s) Danica Dickison
Drew Green
Cal Ramsey
Aimee Steinberger
Erin Won
Director(s) Gina Gress
Charlie Grandy (voices)
Animation director(s) James Bowman
Art director(s) Valerio Ventura
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"The Brains of the Operation" is the tenth and final episode of Velma season one. It aired on February 9, 2023 on HBO Max. It was written by series creator, Charlie Grandy, directed by Gina Gress, and voice directed by Grandy.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Victoria: Well, it appears I've gotten away with it, you meddling kids--.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Diya Dinkley Sarayu Blue
Nutso (photo) N/A
Fred Jones Glenn Howerton
Brenda Bright Shay Mitchell
Lola N/A
Velma Dinkley Mindy Kaling
Olive Fortune Feimster
William Jones N/A
Daphne Blake Constance Wu
Norville Rogers Sam Richardson
Billy Crystal (cliff face sculpture) N/A
Gigi Gigisfather Yvonne Orji
Amanda Dinkley N/A
Doctor Edna Perdue N/A
Principal Blythe Rogers Nicole Byer
Sheriff Cogburn Stephen Root
Victoria Jones Cherry Jones
Krista McRae Debby Ryan
Detective Linda Ke Wanda Sykes
Detective Donna Blake Jane Lynch
Ann Sullivan
Jacques Beau N/A
Carroll Ming-Na Wen
General Harry Meeting N/A
Kimmy Tiana Camacho
Becca N/A
Lamont Rogers Gary Cole
J.R.R. Tolkien
Aman Dinkley Russell Peters
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sophie N/A
Angela Lansbury
O.J. Simpson
Woody Allen
Mia Farrow
Judge N/A
President of the United States N/A
George Washington (portrait) N/A
Cool edgy girl N/A
Mayor Dave Jim Rash
Boo Boo Bear
Ranger Smith





  • Norville's car
  • Diya's van
  • Sheriff Cogburn's police car
  • Mystery jalopy
  • Jones' limo
  • Aman's car
  • General Meeting's car




It was copyrighted in 2023.


The music was composed by Craig DeLeon, and edited by Todd Dahlhoff.


  • "I Will Remember You" - Sarah McLachlan


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: February 9, 2023 on HBO Max

Behind the scenes

  • Velma has a poster for Crystal Cove Fog Fest 2006 in her bedroom.
  • It's mentioned that The Mystery Machine (although not known in this series by this name) was made in 1969, the same year the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series.
  • Velma gets her glasses knocked off, a recurring gag in the aforementioned original series.
  • This is Yvonne Orji's last episode as Gigi, who was replaced with Andia Winslow the next season. Orji does however return for one episode as Gigi's baby sister Sammy in "Female Utopia."


  • Velma has a post-it note that says "Project Scooby," when it was previously spelt, "S.C.O.O.B.I."
  • The billboard says "Jones Gentlemen's Accessories," but the sign on the building says, "Jones Gentleman's Accessories."
  • Kulap Vilaysack and Frank Welker are credited for voicing Lola and William, respectively, but neither of them talk.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic and Andrew Morgado are credited for voicing Dandruff Tuba and Fro Yo, respectively, but neither of them appear.

Everlasting influence

  • Norville deals with the trauma of accidentally killing Victoria throughout the second season.
  • In the next episode, "The Mystery of Teen Romance," Velma doesn't start to go after Norville after admitting she loves him, but instead acts like it was a mistake and continues to date Daphne.
  • In "When Velma Met Money," there is a photo of the gang bickering when they get keys to the town in Norville's bedroom.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

  • Not available. 😥