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Meet the band: Stephanie, Merilee, Butch, Wally and Elvis.
Cassidy and the Sundance Kids were a teenaged rock band that worked as secret
government agents for the World-Wide Talent Agency; solving crimes as they toured
around the world with the help of local agents (although you’d think being
famous musicians would make keeping a low profile for investigating difficult).
The band was comprised of lead singer and guitarist Butch Cassidy (Lloyd “Chip”
Hand II), tambourine player Merilee (Judy Strangis), bass guitarist Stephanie
(Kristina Holland), and drummer Wally (Micky Dolenz), as well as Wally’s trusty
anthropomorphic (though non-speaking) dog, Elvis (named after The King, voiced by Frank Welker). They
were given assignments and advised by a giant supercomputer named Mr. Socrates
(named for the Greek
philosopher, voiced by John Stephenson using a stereotypical robotic voice),
who was housed inside the WWTA and could communicate with Butch, codenamed “Sundance
1”, through the device in the ring he wore. Despite being an artificial
intelligence, somehow Mr. Socrates had a strong allergy to dogs which meant
Elvis had to be kept out of the lair. A running gag featured Elvis managing to
find his own way in or Wally forgetting about Socrates’ allergy and bringing Elvis
in with them. The characters were designed by Takashi Masunaga.
The Hex Girls poster in Scoob! baring the Sundance Kids' name (among others).
The characters would go on to make
appearances in several episodes of Sealab 2021: playing
as a band in “All That Jazz”; as residents of SeaLab Pod Six in “Let ‘Em Eart
Corn!” (with Butch and Wally sporting mustaches); “Butchslap”, where the
character of Marco (Erik Estrada)
was revealed to have been a Sundance Kid; and the character models for Butch
and Wally were recycled for the appearances of writer John Miller and creator/writer Adam Reed, respectively, in the
episodes “Swimming in Oblivion” and “Return to Oblivion”. The band was also
listed as a featured act for the Hex Girls—the fictional goth female group within the Scooby
universe—on a poster in the 2020 film, Scoob!
“The Scientist” (9/8/73) – The band must smuggle a scientist
out of a foreign country without being discovered.
“The Counterfeiters” (9/15/73) – The band investigates a
Latvanian baron for his connection to a counterfeiting ring.
“One of Our Ships is Missing” (9/22/73) – The band ride on a
cruise ship that’s targeted by a group of boat thieves.
“Double Trouble” (9/29/73) – The band must expose an
imposter prince put in place to hide his kidnapping.
“The Pearl Caper” (10/6/73) – The band heads to Honolulu to
search for pearl thieves and their stolen loot.
“The Gold Caper” (10/13/73) – The band goes to London to
uncover a gold smuggling ring.
“Road Racers” (10/20/73) – A diamond theft coincides with
The Grand Prix Cross-European race that begins in Venice.
“Hong Kong Story” (10/27/73) – The band deals with both
their fan club and the theft of a priceless jade statute.
“Operation G-Minus” (11/3/73) – An anti-gravity device is
stolen from a Munich toy expo.
“Orient Express” (11/10/73) – Mr. Socrates is taken over by
an enemy agent while the band is off delivering an important document.
“The Parrot Caper” (11/17/73) – The band escorts a parrot
that memorized an important formula to Switzerland.
“The Super Sub” (11/24/73) – The band sets out to retrieve a
stole experimental submarine.
“The Haunted Castle” (12/1/73) – Wally inherits a castle
that appears to be haunted.
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