Following the disbandment of Mystery Incorporated, Mayor Fred Jones Sr.’s successor Mayor Janet Nettles is approached by a mysterious figure (who later turns out to be Velma). She shows the mayor files on her fellow mystery-solvers in order to seek their help in bringing down Crybaby Clown, who is terrorizing Crystal Cove. Mayor Nettles sets out immediately to retrieve Scooby-Doo and break him out of the “nice farm” that he is in. Scooby then helps Shaggy escape from military school and together they find Fred (who now has the appearance of a hobo) and the three return to Crystal Cove. Velma joins them and together they go to bring Daphne back, but she, still angry with Fred for leaving her, refuses their offer, as she has a new boyfriend now. Fred comes up with a doughnut shop-themed trap in order to trap out Crybaby Clown. The trap does not work and Crybaby Clown escapes using one of his bottle bombs to blow up Chen’s Fireworks. Fred is depressed that the villain escaped and states that Mystery Incorporated will not be the same since Daphne is never coming back.

The Night the Clown Cried