A sentient computer virus named Kevin takes over Scooby and Shaggy’s house.
Scooby and Shaggy put an ad in the paper for a personal chef. Their robot Robi interviews for the position, but doesn’t do a good job: he wrecks everything and cooks oatmeal with limburger and mystery meat.
Uncle Albert calls and warns that Doctor Phibes has sent a powerful computer virus to infect the country’s weapons systems. Albert has Shaggy intercept the virus and transfer it to his house.
Kevin the Virus
The virus, named Kevin, takes over the house and all the electronics and appliances within.
Meanwhile, Phibes realizes the virus went to wrong place and sends its creators, a couple nerds, to Shaggy’s house to get it back.
As Scooby, Shaggy, Robi, and a French chef (there for the job) struggle with the virus, the nerds arrive with a chip containing an anti-virus program. Scooby eats a Scooby Snack to shrink and puts the chip inside the computer, removing Kevin from the system.
In the final scene, as everyone enjoys soufflé, the nerds quit Phibes’ employ and send the virus over to his submarine, where Kevin wreaks plenty of havoc.
There were still some dumb moments, mostly from Robi, but the good humor outweighed the bad this time. I loved Kevin’s obsession with creating a world called “Kevinville,” as well as the nerds’ constant references to their favorite game, Dungeons & Gnomes. Yeah, nerd jokes are easy and pandering, but I didn’t mind.
One of the nerds sounded exactly like Napoleon Dynamite, who I suppose was still big-ish in the pop culture consciousness when this episode first aired. He sounded so close that I swore Jon Heder did the voice, but when I looked for his name in the credits…he was nowhere to be found! Instead, the actor was either Jeff Bennet or Jim Meskimen; both did the nerds, just not sure which was which.