Sorry, Disney+ is not available in your region.
The Ghost and Molly McGee (2021– )
Full cast & crew.
Series Directed by
Series writing credits , series cast , series produced by , series music by , series editing by , series casting by , series art direction by , series costume design by , series production management , series art department , series sound department , series visual effects by , series animation department , series casting department , series editorial department , series music department , series script and continuity department , series additional crew .
Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs
Contribute to This Page
- Full Cast and Crew
- Release Dates
- Official Sites
- Company Credits
- Filming & Production
- Technical Specs
- Plot Summary
- Plot Keywords
- Parents Guide
Did You Know?
- Crazy Credits
- Alternate Versions
Photo & Video
- Photo Gallery
- Trailers and Videos
- User Reviews
- User Ratings
- External Reviews
- Metacritic Reviews
- Episode List
- External Sites
Related lists from IMDb users
- Account Settings
- The Disney Bundle
- Parks & Travel
- Walt Disney World
- Disney Cruise Line
- All Parks & Travel
- Movies Anywhere
- Disney Movie Insiders
- 20th Century Studios
- Disney News
- Disney on Broadway
- Disney on Ice
- Disney Live!
- Walt Disney World Resort
- Disneyland Resort
- Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa
- Adventures by Disney
- Disney Vacation Club
- D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
The Ghost and Molly McGee Season 2
April 1, 2023
Emmy Award-nominated “The Ghost and Molly McGee” is an animated buddy-comedy that follows tween optimist Molly, who lives to make the world a better place, and grumpy ghost Scratch, whose job is to spread misery. When one of Scratch’s curses backfires, he finds himself forever bound to Molly, creating an unlikely friendship that leads to humorous misadventures as they navigate Molly’s new school and town. Season two kicks off when The Chens, a ghost-hunting family, move in across the street from the McGees, and a new Chairman is declared in the Ghost World, making life (and afterlife) even more complicated for Molly and Scratch.
Rated: TV-Y7 Release Date: April 1, 2023
Pretty Freekin Scary
The Villains of Valley View Season 2
Hailey's On It!
Secrets of Sulphur Springs Season 3
Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Marvel's Future Avengers
Alice's Wonderland Bakery Season 2
Bluey Season 3
I Am Groot Season 2
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire
Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends
Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Season 2
Win or Lose
Tales of the Jedi
- For Parents
- For Educators
- Our Work and Impact
Or browse by category:
- Movie Reviews
- Best Movie Lists
- Best Movies on Netflix, Disney+, and More
Common Sense Selections for Movies
50 Modern Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12
- Best TV Lists
- Best TV Shows on Netflix, Disney+, and More
- Common Sense Selections for TV
- Video Reviews of TV Shows
Best Kids' Shows on Disney+
Best Kids' TV Shows on Netflix
- Book Reviews
- Best Book Lists
- Common Sense Selections for Books
8 Tips for Getting Kids Hooked on Books
50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12
- Game Reviews
- Best Game Lists
Common Sense Selections for Games
- Video Reviews of Games
Nintendo Switch Games for Family Fun
- Podcast Reviews
- Best Podcast Lists
Common Sense Selections for Podcasts
Parents' Guide to Podcasts
- App Reviews
- Best App Lists
Social Networking for Teens
Gun-Free Action Game Apps
- YouTube Channel Reviews
- YouTube Kids Channels by Topic
Parents' Ultimate Guide to YouTube Kids
YouTube Kids Channels for Gamers
- Preschoolers (2-4)
- Little Kids (5-7)
- Big Kids (8-9)
- Pre-Teens (10-12)
- Teens (13+)
- Screen Time
- Social Media
- Online Safety
- Identity and Community
Explaining the News to Our Kids
- All Articles
- Family Tech Planners
- Latino Culture
- Black Voices
- Asian Stories
- Native Narratives
- LGBTQ+ Pride
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
Celebrate Hip-Hop's 50th Anniversary
Movies and TV Shows with Arab Leads
The ghost and molly mcgee, common sense media reviewers.
Funny ghost-girl buddy story has mild ghoulish scares.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive social-emotional lessons about middle sch
Positive themes around kindness, treating everyone
Molly McGee is a lovable character whose never-end
Main characters are racially diverse: Molly and he
Ghost Scratch is a silly villain who causes mischi
The ghost characters are a bit rough around the ed
Parents need to know that The Ghost and Molly McGee is the story of an unlikely friendship between Molly, a super-optimistic tween girl, and a grumpy ghost named Scratch. Scratch and other ghosts distort their usual appearances to try to scare people, with varying degrees of success. Older kids will…
Positive social-emotional lessons about middle school social interactions, looking for the good in any situation, and dealing with toxic positivity.
Positive themes around kindness, treating everyone fairly, and dealing with emotions in a constructive way.
Positive Role Models
Molly McGee is a lovable character whose never-ending positivity is infectious to everyone around her. Despite her sunny disposition, she is also very in touch with her emotions and talks about things that are hard for her. Mostly, she wants everyone to get along, and is a great role model for rising above the politics of the middle school social scene.
Main characters are racially diverse: Molly and her brother Darryl are biracial (mom is Thai, dad is White). Their Thai grandmother lives with them, is very proud of their heritage. Good counter-stereotypical gender representation: Molly is in some ways a "girly girl" but also is not afraid of the ghost that lives in her room, and Molly's dad is more emotional and sensitive than her mom.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
Ghost Scratch is a silly villain who causes mischief and tries to scare people by morphing into a scary-looking ghost (but only sometimes succeeds). Some slapstick humor without lasting injuries. Occasional mild expressions of dislike between characters.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.
The ghost characters are a bit rough around the edges and use insults like "jerk" and "stupid." The human characters do not use put-downs.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ghost and Molly McGee is the story of an unlikely friendship between Molly, a super-optimistic tween girl, and a grumpy ghost named Scratch. Scratch and other ghosts distort their usual appearances to try to scare people, with varying degrees of success. Older kids will understand that the scariness is part of Scratch's job and likely will find the "scary" scenes funny. Younger kids, however, are likely to be spooked when the ghosts transform into their scariest selves. The ghosts are a bit rough around the edges and use insults like "jerk" and "stupid" and are involved in some slapstick violence. The human characters are much more positive and show good examples of social-emotional skills. The show has a bit of middle school social drama, but main character Molly is a great role model who points out how silly it all is and brings people together.
Where to Watch
Videos and photos.
- Parents say (6)
- Kids say (9)
Based on 6 parent reviews
I’ll say 8+
What's the story.
In The Ghost and Molly McGee , Molly ( Ashly Burch ) and her family have just moved into their new house in Brighton. The McGees have moved around a lot, and Molly is excited to finally settle into their "forever home." There's only one problem: There's a ghost living in her new bedroom. Molly's ghost, Scratch, is assigned to scare all the residents of Brighton, and his job is to keep the people there as miserable as possible. Scratch himself is very grumpy that a family invaded "his" house, and declares a curse on Molly that obligates him to haunt her forever. Unfailingly friendly Molly is more than Scratch bargained for, and soon he's trying to figure out how he can get away from this sunny, smiley tween. He realizes that the only way he can break the curse, and avoid being stuck to Molly forever, is to get her and her family to leave Brighton. Scratch launches a campaign to scare the McGees out of town, while simultaneously being won over by Molly's infectious friendliness.
Is It Any Good?
This is a charming, sweetly spooky animated series with characters tweens will love. The overall conceit is a bit derivative from fellow Disney franchise Monsters, Inc. , but the characters more than make up for the similarity. Kids will identify with Molly and how desperate she is to make friends in her new town. At first her never-ending positivity is a bit obnoxious, but it becomes clear that it's a coping mechanism she's developed from moving around so much and leaving so many friends. Molly is actually very emotionally self-aware and is a great role model for kids learning to identify and deal with difficult feelings. Kids will feel very seen as Molly experiences some middle school social drama, and the show handles these storylines admirably. Molly's kindhearted nature gives viewers an alternative to getting sucked into the negativity and meanness. There's also a lot of comedy in the series via Scratch's ghost antics, and there's even a fun musical theater element as Molly sings a catchy tune in each episode. A ghost-girl buddy series may seem like a strange concept, but kids (and grown-ups) will enjoy this fun tween series.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether or not they find the ghosts scary. How does the cartoon use pictures, sound, and storyline to make the ghosts seem more or less scary in certain parts?
Molly is super-duper over-the-top optimistic. Do you think it's good to be positive all the time? Are there times when Molly's positive attitude actually hurts her?
Molly really wants to make friends in her new school. What's it like when you try to make new friends?
- Premiere date : October 1, 2021
- Cast : Ashly Burch , Dana Snyder , Michaela Dietz , Jordan Klepper , Sumalee Montano
- Networks : Disney Channel , Disney+
- Genre : Kids' Animation
- Topics : Magic and Fantasy , Friendship , Middle School , Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating : TV-Y7
- Award : Common Sense Selection
- Last updated : May 9, 2023
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our editors recommend.
Over the Garden Wall
Scary (but not too scary) halloween movies, related topics.
- Magic and Fantasy
- Middle School
- Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
Want suggestions based on your streaming services? Get personalized recommendations
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
- Show Spoilers
- Night Vision
- Sticky Header
- Highlight Links
Follow TV Tropes
Western Animation / The Ghost and Molly McGee
The Ghost and Molly McGee is an American musical animated comedy television series, created by Bill Motz and Bob Roth ( Brandy & Mr. Whiskers , LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures ), and produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel . The series debut was October 1, 2021.
The series follows Molly McGee (voiced by Ashly Burch ), an optimistic tween, who moves into a new house with her family in Brighton, only to find it being occupied by Scratch (voiced by Dana Snyder ), a grumpy ghost whose joy comes from spreading misery. Immediately irritated with his happy-go-lucky new roommate, Scratch plants a curse in order to get rid of her, only for it to backfire on him when he discovers she cannot be scared due to her optimism and pure heart, thus he is cursed instead and finds himself bound to be in Molly's presence for all eternity (or at least as long as she lives in her new home).
The two have various wild adventures throughout Brighton, with Molly spreading her optimism and Scratch trying in vain to get the McGees to move away while discovering the true meaning of friendship, which also proves to be a danger in the ghost world. The second season goes on to give the duo a new obstacle in the form of the Chens, a ghost hunting family who move across the street from the McGees; forcing the family to juggle a new friendship with their neighbors (and Molly's crush on their son) while keeping the existence of ghosts a secret from them to protect Scratch.
It's The Tropes, it's The Tropes and Molly McGee!:
- Actually, That's My Assistant : In "The Greatest Concert Ever", Molly hopes to meet Kenny Star when his bus reaches Brighton's truck stop. Molly believes she's finally got the chance to meet up with him, but the man turns out to be Kenny Star's stunt double decoy while the real Kenny is flying in his luxury jet airliner.
- Adults Are Useless : Played for Laughs . Molly's new teacher is as much of an Extreme Doormat to Andrea as her fellow students, and several times throughout "First Day Frights" turns on her heel and walks in the opposite direction when she sees Molly's bullying under Andrea's watch, or Molly transporting Andrea's unconscious body in a laundry cart.
- A Girl and Her X : An energetic Genki Girl and a cantankerous ghost who has bound himself to her.
- Alliterative Name : Molly's full name is M olly M cGee.
- Animals Hate Him : Scratch. Whenever he's around animals they attack him.
- Arbitrary Scepticism : Scratch initially doesn't believe in the myth of Howlin' Harriet despite being a ghost himself.
- Artistic License � History : It's not quite accurate to say that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation caused the South to rebel since it happened half way into the war.
- Artistic License � Prison : Daryl wants to get the teachers out of the school for awhile so they stop spoiling everyone's "fun" (i.e. pranks). He develops an elaborate plan to have the three teachers wear orange jumpsuits, forges a letter from the principal telling them they're going on a team building exercise, uses the letter to arrange for a school bus to take them to the local prison, where they get off and walk inside. Prison populations are kept under constant surveillance and any new prisoners are noted well in advance of their arrival. Three people in orange jumpsuits who randomly show up at a prison without an escort or any paperwork would never be mistaken for inmates, let alone actually let inside.
- Asshole Victim : When Andrea is on the receiving end of Scratch's Ghostly antics it is sometimes not undeserved.
- Astral Projection : "Wraiths" are humans who've separated their souls from their body (literally AND figuratively) before death. This is possible by either Giving Up the Ghost or trying to enter a ghost portal as a human.
- Because You Were Nice to Me : Scratch would never admit it, but Molly is the first person who treated him with respect and kindness. Heck, she even brings a dollhouse for him to live in on her grandmother's advice. For that reason, he comes to find that he likes her in turn even if she's annoyingly cheerful.
- If anyone pronounces Andrea Davenport 's name as "Ann-dria" instead of "Ahn-dria", she will make them pay for it! Poor Libby did it in first grade, and her reputation didn't recover until middle school.
- Anything kitchen-related for Molly's Mom. She worked in her parent's restaurant growing up and, apparently, hated every second of it. If you even suggest she should cook she'll burn you with fire from her eyes.
- Molly absolutely hates magicians, seemingly due to some past event . Just being in the presence of one sets her off. Naturally, Scratch and Libby exploit this in separate episodes to torment her.
- The Chairman gets destructively hangry if he doesn't get a constant supply of misery to feed on.
- Bicolor Cows, Solid Color Bulls : A bunch of cows show up in the school in the episode "Talent Show". They all are black-and-white. In "The (Un)natural", Molly feeds a brown baby bull while Scratch is chased by an adult bull, also brown.
- Birthday Episode : "Mazel Tov, Libby!", focusing on Libby's Bat Mitzvah.
- In the first episode, as Molly and family are moving into Brighton, a bench collapses under a man, who is then knocked silly by a falling pole and carried off by a raccoon horde.
- In "Howlin Harriet", the "M" from the "Camp Brighton" sign falls off and hits a bird trying to eat a worm on the head. After a second, a ghost bird pops out of the fresh corpse and flies away.
- Also in the stands is a random Littlest Cancer Patient to comedically drive home the 'everyone is counting on you' angle. In the same slow-motion montage of cheering, she leaps to her feet and smacks her nurse off-screen with her IV stand.
- In "Getting the Band(shell) Back Together", a particularly old member of Patty's elderly construction crew suddenly goes limp and dies on-screen , with his ghost floating out of his body. Scratch, who doesn't want to have to deal with this on top of everything else, crams the spirit back in there. Come donate your energies / Spackle all those crevices Take a break, and catch some Z's / Oh, wait, no — THAT MAN'S DECEASED!
- "Ready, Set, Snow!" features another bird dying comically. This time, a bird trying to fly through the blizzard suddenly freezes solid and falls off-screen with a crash, flying away in ghost form a moment later.
- Book Ends : In the first episode the Ghost Council is banishing a ghost to the Flow of Failed Phantoms. In the season 1 finale, when Molly's positivity overwhelms the Flow and frees the ghosts within after the Council sends her and Scratch there, said ghost is one of the first escapees . Both episodes also lampshade how much Scratch screwed up when he cursed Molly.
- Bollywood Nerd : Sheela.
- Calvinball : �Let�s Play Turnipball!� introduces the title sport, which is played with an actual turnip, uses a hodgepodge of random sports equipment like golf clubs and cricket bats, has some of the players on unicycles� and those are the understandable parts.
- Canada, Eh? : In "Hooray for Mollywood" Molly claims Scratch (disguised as a Bedsheet Ghost ) is a friend from Canada who came to act in her movie, and in "Scratch the Surface" her fake identity Milly is passed off as Molly's cousin from Canada. Both times, the disguised characters try to pass off their supposed nationality with stereotypical accents and "eh?"s.
- Celestial Bureaucracy : The Ghost Council, presided over by the Chairman , is a tribunal that monitors the misery/joy levels of ghosts' haunting grounds and periodically puts them up for review; any ghost that can't adequately spread fear and despair is sucked into the Flow of Failed Phantoms, a swirling green miasma where they wail in eternal torment.
- Character in the Logo : Scratch fills the "o" of "Ghost" in the series title.
- Chekhov's Gun : Early on in the episode "Talent Show", it's mentioned that Libby and her mom have a "Slam Poetry Saturday" at the library her mom runs, and very clearly are passionate about it. This comes into play later when, after finding out her singing voice isn't very good, Libby decides to turn her song into slam poetry.
- Christmas Episode : "Saving Christmas," in which Molly (and later Scratch) tries to convince Andrea's father to help fix the annual Snowflake Festival and, you guessed it, save Christmas.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa : Molly's mother is plumper than her father, who's fairly thin-looking. This is the opposite of their children, with Molly being a lot more slender than her brother.
- Close on Title : Every episode ends on a hard cut to the logo, with Molly and Scratch sing the last line of the theme song.
- Company Cross References : In the episode, "All Shark No Bite", one of the stuffed animals Molly throws at the episode's titular ghost shark is Mr. Whiskers , with Molly even identifying him by name.
- Crush Filter : We see new neighbor Oliver through one of these quite frequently, whenever Molly interacts with him.
- Curse : "I curse you Molly McGee! Wherever you go, whatever you do, for the rest of your days, I'll be there. Haunting you. Tormenting you. Turning your every waking moment into an unending nightmare!"
- Curse Escape Clause : The Curse was proceeded by the word "If you won't leave", meaning that the curse will be broken if Molly decides to leave the house on her own. This eventually happens in "Out of House and Home" when the McGees are evicted from their home after failing to pay the mortgage; the curse remains broken after the McGees move back in, with Scratch staying out of his own free will from that point onward.
- Death Is Cheap : Scratch can resurrect people and animals by reuniting their ghosts with their corpses. So far, he's done this for an elderly man and the mayor's fish.
- Demonic Possession : Scratch possesses an unconscious Andrea in "First Day Frights" at the school assembly in order to help Molly save face. He does it again to the driver of a tour bus in "The Greatest Concert Ever" and to Weird Larry in "Lock, Stock and Peril"
- Devil, but No God : To wit a Ghost Council led by a malevolent God of the Dead seem to be the de facto supernatural authority in this setting with no benevolent counterpart.
- Didn't Think This Through : Scratch "curses" Molly by promising to haunt her forever — and it takes all of ten seconds for him to realize he's made a horrible mistake. The other ghosts, not even knowing the full situation, make fun of him for it, as at a glance, all he's done is create unnecessary work for himself. Barrister Ghost: "Wherever you go, whatever you do"... "I'll be there"? This "friend" of yours must be quite the dunderhead, Scratch. It's more of a curse on the ghost than the human.
- Disproportionate Retribution : "Ann-dria" gets mad at Molly for mispronouncing her name, then getting tongue-tied and trying to remember what vowel it was because anyone would become nervous with the whole class watching them and gasping in mortal terror. She tries to ruin the other girl's reputation for it. Scratch accidentally gets even with her by scaring her to death.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? : Molly and Ollie have complications being a couple due to their differing beliefs in ghosts. Given the context of their opinions is about something spiritual, it's like they are people who have trouble being in a relationship due to differing religions.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune : Molly and Scratch sing the theme song together.
- Double-Meaning Title : The show's original working title, The Curse Of Molly McGee , alludes to the fact that Molly has been cursed by Scratch, but also that Scratch is now inseparable from Molly, which he considers a curse in itself . It was eventually changed to a simpler, more representative one that still highlights their relationship.
- Episode Title Card : Episodes use a colored gradient background with Chibi images of Molly and Scratch along with some sort of key item related to the episode, with their poses and clothing changing accordingly.
- Every Episode Ending : All of the episodes end with the show title against a black screen as Molly and Scratch sing the last line of the theme song.
- Scratch's purpose is to extend misery and scare others. He apologizes to a fainted "Ann-dria" after he accidentally scares her, since that was an accident.
- It's implied that even Molly has her limits with Scratch's scares. In "The (Un)Natural", Scratch scares the bully from the Skylarks offscreen , and whatever he did was so horrific that even Molly is shown to be disturbed by it.
- In "The New (Para)Normal", it's revealed that the Frightmares were trapped in the Flow of Failed Phantoms for the safety of both worlds, implying that even with the Chairman's hunger for misery , and the fact that he could command them, not even he and the Council wanted them loose.
- Failed Attempt at Scaring : The Inciting Incident of the series is Scratch trying to scare Molly out of his house, and failing miserably because she is too darn cheerful (and desperate for friends) to be scared of him.
- First Day of School Episode : "First Day Frights" shows Molly getting anxious for the first day of school in her new town — something she apparently goes through a lot, since her family constantly moves. Scratch sees an opportunity to capitalize on this by making the day a nightmare for her.
- First Period Panic : Season 2's "A Period Piece" focuses on Libby going through the trials of getting her first period.
- Ghost Amnesia : Scratch can't remember anything from when he was alive aside the name of a now-rare strawberry soda. Upon drinking it, he gets the memory of a childhood friend moving away and promising that they'll remember each other when drinking the soda.
- Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing : Molly and Scratch. Guess who is which.
- Gone Horribly Right : In a moment of haste, to scare Molly off and teach her not to try to be friends with him, Scratch curses her to be relentlessly haunted by him "for the rest of [her] days". Within seconds, he realizes in horror that that's not the way to get rid of a clingy friendly person that already isn't scared of you, and all he's done is fulfill his own promise: to bond himself for life to a girl who now thinks they're best pals.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck! : It doesn't happen often, but the show seems to use "corn" as a family friendly substitute for "crap", or "cob" and "God", as in "thank cob".
- Hanukkah Episode : "Festival of Lights" has Molly and her family celebrating Hanukkah with Libby and her mom at their bookstore, just as the power goes out in the entire town.
- Happiness Is Mandatory : Inverted; ghosts are required to spread misery in their domains, and if the people get too happy, the ghosts get resigned to the "Flow of Failed Phantoms". That's because the Chairman feeds on misery, whether it's from humans or the ghosts he sends to the Flow of Failed Phantoms.
- Molly. The theme song lyrics have overjoyed that being with Scratch means she'll never be alone again, and in the first episode she all but admits it to Scratch, saying that the ghost being bound to her for all eternity guarantees her a friend that she'll never lose after years of other friendships dying out thanks to constantly moving.
- Scratch himself seems to feel this way, despite his protests to the opposite.
- Hoist by His Own Petard : Scratch casts the curse upon Molly in a moment of pique, irritated by her and desiring to scare her away from his home, only to discover too late that she sees being bound forever to a ghostly being as the greatest thing in the world, as she now always has a bestie on demand, and it's Scratch who suffers from the curse instead.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming : Scratch has no issues with making fun of Molly's happy-go-lucky attitude, just as long as he's the only one who does it. He enacts revenge on anyone else who does so.
- Hypocritical Humor : At the end of "Talent Show", after Libby has just managed to put on an impressive musical performance: Molly : From now on, I'm going to be completely honest with Libby, no matter what! Libby : Hey Molly, who are you talking to? Molly : No one! [Molly pushes Scratch aside]
- I Have This Friend : Scratch pulls this in "The Curse," asking the Ghost Council to help find a loophole in the curse "his friend" placed on a human, and then again in "The (After)Life of the Party" when asking Molly how to handle his conflicting invitations to Geoff and Jeff's parties. Scratch: "Okay, Molly, there is never a "friend." You should know this by now."
- Impact Silhouette : In "All Systems No", Molly leaves this in a wooden fence as she chases a skunk.
- The Ghost Council can apparently summon a ghost from anywhere for review, as Scratch shows up eating out of a trash can, with it taking a second to realize that he's been summoned. They later summon him from the baseball game he was helping Molly cheat in, despite his not wanting to go.
- Molly's curse allows her to drag Scratch to her by calling his name, but it apparently doesn't work if he's in the Ghostly realm, unlike the Council's ability.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness : Molly's cheerfulness and optimism is so strong, she isn't scared of Scratch and cannot be cursed by him, thus she curses him instead. Though subverted in "The (Un)natural" where Scratch manages to convince her that cheating at softball is okay if it helps the Lemmings and the town and she struggles with it throughout the episode before finally refusing to keep cheating. She weaponizes this in the season 1 finale to save Scratch, Geoff, and the other ghosts in the Flow of Failed Phantoms on top of turning the Chairman into a robe full of flowers .
- Inferiority Superiority Complex : The first episode shows that Scratch has claimed to Molly that he's very popular in the Ghost World, but a flashback reveals him to be particularly disliked among his fellow ghosts (getting barred from a nightclub for being "the worst of the worst"), and he's very nervous and defensive about maintaining that lie. Scratch: [Clears throat] Uh, um, yeah, I'm, I'm very popular! [Trailing off] Like, Number One on the list, if there WAS a list, but of course there's not because who wants to hurt everybody else's feelings .
- Ironic Name : The town of Bright on, thanks at least in part to Scratch, is a miserable and overcast place before the McGees move there.
- Jerkass : Scratch can be rather callous and mean at times. In "First Day Frights", when Molly tells him how she's nervous about starting at a new school, he delightedly realizes that he could ruin her first day, make her a social pariah, and maybe even force the family to leave Brighton for good — a pretty low thing to do to a 13-year-old girl just to have the house to yourself again, especially for someone who's shown to be unpopular himself. In fact, relating to Molly's ostracisation with her peers is precisely why he uses his ghostly powers to fix her reputation, despite that costing him the outcome he'd been working towards.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold : Of course, that's not to say that there aren't moments where Scratch genuinely feels sorry for Molly whenever she gets depressed. Scratch will (reluctantly) help out Molly, even if it comes at his own benefit by scaring others, especially when the victims of said scares have dampened Molly's spirits.
- Medium Awareness : During the intro, Scratch begrudgingly asks if "there's a way to hit restart?" Meanwhile, his ghostly arm spirals towards the video scrubber attempting to literally do just that .
- Mood Whiplash : In the first episode, Scratch bestows his curse on Molly as she and other items in the attic float off the ground, and she looks absolutely petrified... but then she suddenly smiles, commenting "Fantastic performance!", causing Scratch to be confused and everything falls.
- Mundane Utility : A Ghost haunts your new home. If you are Molly's mother, that means you can get some money back on the home for having a ghost and not disclosing it.
- Musical World Hypotheses : Similar to Phineas and Ferb , the Once per Episode music segments tend to make use of multiple versions depending on the episode: either "montage" songs which aren't sung by the characters or are sung by them off-camera, "performance" songs which are straight-on rehearsed and performed for others, and "spontaneous" songs which come out of nowhere.
- In "First Day Frights", Scratch gets this reaction when his plans to turn Molly's first day at school into 'the worst one in history' starts working ... and it reminds him of his own mistreatment and ostracisation by his fellow spirits, motivating him to use his ghostly abilities to fix the damage against his better judgement .
- Name and Name : The show's title is a downplayed take. It acknowledges both Scratch and Molly, but doesn't directly namedrop the former.
- Negative Continuity : Averted. Despite being a more gag-focused, less dense show where every episode has a self-contained plot, there are some small moments of continuity (Scratch slowly, fits in and starts becoming a nicer ghost and more open about his friendship with Molly over Season 1) and foreshadowing (Libby beginning to suspect Scratch's existence).
- Never Say "Die" : Averted. Being a series where one of the main characters is a ghost and having significant focus on the spiritual world, death is spoken about and referenced constantly. In "Howlin Harriet", Scratch tells Molly that he's fine with eating poisonous berries because he's already dead, and during their earlier trip in, the camp's wooden letters fall on top of a nearby bird, which visibly kills it and lets its ghost continue on like nothing happened .
- No-Sell : Scratch can't scare Molly. Ever. She's constantly shown completely unfazed, and in fact ecstatic, by him in the first episode and theme song.
- Ocular Gushers : Anytime Molly cries.
- Once per Episode : A song is performed every episode.
- Ghost-like spiritual beings that don't appear to have ever been living beings also exist in the form of creatures like Sobgoblins and Story Sprites. The former spreads sadness and feed off it to multiply . The latter slurps words right out of books and turn into the whatever those words describe when threatened, causing Dark Ages from the loss of knowledge.
- Our Nudity Is Different : In "First Day Frights", Scratch freaks out after being involuntarily pulled away from his bubble bath. He quickly grabs a towel and tells Molly to turn away from his drenched body. Molly : Oh what's the big deal? You don't even wear clothes. Scratch : Yes, but I happen to be emotionally naked right now.
- Our Slogan Is Terrible : The town motto of Brighton is "A place to settle" — intended to mean a place to habitate or settle down in, but given Brighton's gloomy and moribund nature, also a place you settle for .
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy : In the ghost world, male ghosts are usually blue or green, while female ghosts are pink or purple, with the exception of Howlin' Harriet.
- Place Worse Than Death : Literally, in the case of the Flow Of Failed Phantoms; A terrifying vortex where the Ghost Council banishes ghosts who don't spread enough misery.
- Pronouncing My Name for You : Andrea Davenport makes it clear that her first name is pronounced "Ahn-dre-uh", and does not take it well when Molly mispronounces it.
- Quieting the Unquiet Dead : The episode "Howlin' Harriet" has the titular ghost, the spirit of a woman who was run over by a train and lost the toes on her right foot in the process and is now said to roam the Brighton woods looking to reclaim them, and is finally able to pass on after Libby makes her some replacement toes.
- Retro Universe : In "Molly vs. the Ghost World", Geoff explains to a temporarily ghostly Molly that the Ghost World doesn't get anything from the human world until it dies, making it an In-Universe example of this. For example, there's a Blockbuster parody with a sign mentioning the "oldest releases", and Geoff has only just gotten a flip phone.
- Running Gag : Birds getting killed and turning into bird ghosts.
- Billy and Jilly McGee are the satellites to their brother Pete, mostly because they make his life miserable even if they don't understand it most of the time.
- The Suksai family (Molly's relatives on her mother's side) only exists to make Molly feel that she is "not Thai enough" by comparison because she can't speak Thai fluently, play Makruk, or eat spicy food. Later her family reassures that they've all felt the same way and she's fine just the way she is.
- Sealed Evil in a Can : Season 2 reveals the Flow of Failed Phantoms was also imprisoning dangerous ghosts known as "Frightmares", and with it gone they're now free to be a threat to the living once more.
- Secret Identity : Scratch has to be kept a secret from most townsfolk, because the more humans who know his existence, the less scary he becomes.
- Secret-Keeper : Molly, her parents, Darryl, Grandma Nin and Libby are the only ones aware of Scratch and can see him.
- A san phra phum is an actual Thai concept.
- Durians really do smell terrible and their scent has been compared to sewage, decaying flesh, and dirty socks . They also taste like custard, hence the saying "stinks like hell, tastes like heaven."
- Silly Spook : Scratch the ghost often a Butt-Monkey , suffering Amusing Injuries of all sorts.
- Spiritual Antithesis : To Bill Motz and Bob Roth's own Brandy & Mr. Whiskers . While both shows are about a Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing living with each other in an unfamiliar land, one is a completely zany and wacky episodic Status Quo Is God series, while the other is a slightly more grounded but still silly series that builds upon previous episodes and gives their characters plenty of development. Also, one has its respective duo be Vitriolic Best Buds , at best, while the other has its respective duo learn to become True Companions , overtime.
- Spoof Aesop : At the end of "No Good Deed", after Molly spent the episode trying to teach her younger brother Darryl that Good Feels Good , he learns it can be hard to be a good person and that it takes a lot of effort to always do the right thing. From this, Darryl discovers the "real" takeaway from his sister's teachings... Darryl : Thanks Molly, you taught me a valuable lesson. Molly : Oh, what have you learned, Darryl? Darryl : Yeah, I learned that even when I try really good to be good, I still get things wrong, so I should just be me and hope for the best. (runs off to cause mayhem) Molly: N-N-N-NO, THAT'S NOT THE LESSON!
- Surprisingly Functional Toys : Scratch uses a dollhouse in Molly's bedroom as his san phra phum , shrinking down to enter it. Though some of the furniture may just be stickers and decals on the walls, there's enough there for him to still exist semi-comfortably.
- Swapped Roles : In this story, the Human haunts the Ghost.
- Tampon Run : "A Period Piece" shows Pete and Scratch going shopping for period products for Libby's first period.
- Title Theme Tune : "It's the ghost, it's the ghost and Molly McGee!"
- Title-Only Opening : Episode 1 skips the theme song entirely and just has the logo to keep the plot going and introduce the characters.
- Two Shorts : Each episode is made up of two 11 minute segments.
- Unconventional Vehicle Chase : The "Give Us Money" song has Molly trying to convince a woman driving by to sell her SUV and switch it for an electric car. The woman frantically tries driving away from her, but Molly is able to keep up on her bike as she tries hard to explain why electric cars are better.
- Unintentionally Karmic : Scratch tries to frighten Molly away on their first meeting, only for her to react with friendliness and eagerness around him, leading to him accidentally cursing them together. In the series thus far, her cheerful can-do attitude only serves to irritate him and ruin his usual routine of scaring people.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight : Although Molly is impossible for Scratch to scare from the start, once she foils his attempt to scare the rest of her family off they're surprisingly okay with his presence, her mother even taking the chance to try and get some money back from buying the house, which he lampshades. Molly's grandmother at least has the excuse of being from a culture where sharing space with ghosts isn't unusual, and being on the other end of a webcam.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom : Irving the Illusionist showing up offering to clean the gutters in "Out of House and Home" is what results in Pete getting injured upon trying to clean them himself, the family hustling to pay his medical bills, and them forgetting to pay their mortgage which results in them temporarily losing their house.
- Vitriolic Best Buds : Grumpy Scratch still attempts to make Molly's life miserable, in spite of Molly's optimistic naivety, but eventually they show common ground in interests like tacos.
- Voice of the Legion : Scratch speaks with a reverberating undertone when haunting or bestowing curses, or if he gets extremely pissed.
- Wasn't That Fun? : Scratch tries to scare Molly by floating her out of the attic after they meet. She comes back inside, asking if he can make her "fly" again. When he invokes the curse, she tells him it's a "fantastic performance".
- What Is This Feeling? : After realizing in "First Day Frights" that encouraging everyone at school to bully Molly and turning her into a social outcast is just as cruel as everyone bullying him in the Ghost World, Scratch suffers a sudden pang of guilt and empathy. He knows deep down what it is, and he does not like it. Scratch: Ohhhhhh, no, no. [Pounding his head] C'mon! What's this feeling?! I've WON — you WON! [Clutching his chest] It's over! Molly McGee is as good as packed, and — [Contorts in pain] — a-and YET... AAAAAAAAAHHHH can'tbelieveI'mgoingtodothis...
- Where the Hell Is Springfield? : Many cities in the US are called Brighton, but just where is the Brighton in which the show takes place? It's downright parodied in the first episode by having the pin representing Brighton have a super close-up, so much that no other cities can be seen. However, future episodes lessen the ambiguity. In "The Greatest Concert Ever", Kenny Star's tour bus starts out somewhere in eastern Nebraska, and given an estimated arrival time of 30 minutes later, is scheduled to arrive in Brighton. The highway map Molly uses displays Interstate 80, and Iowa is about 30 minutes east of eastern Nebraska. "The Turnip Twist" confirms Brighton is somewhere in the Midwest, and "Saving Christmas" shows Brighton's position relative to the Great Lakes, being west of the southern edge of Lake Michigan, placing Brighton either in Illinois or on the eastern edge of Iowa.
- Wise Beyond Their Years : Molly has bits of this, like when she seeks out Scratch for advice on handling her first day of school. When Scratch tries to influence her to think negative, Molly realizes she's being silly. She thanks him for serving as her soundboard.
- Wretched Hive : Downplayed, but Brighton is a clearly miserable place to live before Molly and her family moved there, with stores and buildings boarded up and many things falling apart, cracked sidewalks everywhere showing that no one is maintaining things, Andrea ruling the middle school with an iron fist...
- Writers Cannot Do Math : As said above under Next Sunday A.D. , Brighton is shown to have been established in 1872, and one episode revolves around the 160th anniversary of the city, which puts the present day as 2032.
Andrea's theme song takeover.
Andrea takes over the theme song for The Ghost and Molly McGee and turns it into her personal Bragging Theme Tune, much to Molly and Scratch's protests.
Example of: Hostile Show Takeover
This House Is H...
Darryl's Theme ...
I Keep Ending U...
Libby's Theme S...
Molly Feeling L...
Libby Gets Her ...
Ways We Feel An...
Out of House an...
Molly vs. The G...
Home is Where t...
Give in to the ...
My Best Friend'...
Sharon McGee's ...
Chairman and th...
Festival of Lights
Christmas in Br...
Deep Fried Food
"I have a VOIII...
It's a Lose-Lose
The Ghost and M...
Get back in tha...
Molly meets Libby
- Freaknik: The Musical
- The Musical
- UsefulNotes/Toon Boom
- Mickey Mouse Funhouse
- Creator/Disney Television Animation
- Alice's Wonderland Bakery
- Gay Purr-ee
- Animated Musical
- Globehunters: An Around The World In 80 Days Adventure
- Gerald McBoing-Boing
- Creator/Mercury Filmworks
- Dead End: Paranormal Park
- Supernatural Fiction
- Gravity Falls
- Genius Genie
- Fantasy Western Animation
- Glo Friends
- Fanboy and Chum Chum
- Zany Cartoon
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
- Autism in Media
- Hero Elementary
- The Funky Phantom
- Ghost Fiction
- Ghost Force
- Freedom Fighters: The Ray
- LGBTRepresentationInMedia/Western Animation
- The Great North
- Get Muggsy!
- WesternAnimation/E to L
- Creator/Disney XD
- UsefulNotes/The Millennium Age of Animation
- G.I. Joe: Renegades
- Western Animation
- QuoteSource/Western Animation
- Phoney Call
- Extreme Ghostbusters E 2 The True Face Of A Monster
- Judaism and Jewish Culture in Media
- Asian-American Media
- Glitch Techs
- Latex Raumanzug
- ImageSource/Western Animation
- Creator/Disney Channel
- Go Away, Unicorn!
- Gabby�s Dollhouse
- Western Animation of the 2020s
- Action Adventure
- Crime & Punishment
- Professional Wrestling
- Speculative Fiction
- Sports Story
- Animation (Western)
- Music And Sound Effects
- Print Media
- Sequential Art
- Tabletop Games
- Applied Phlebotinum
- Characters As Device
- Narrative Devices
- British Telly
- The Contributors
- Creator Speak
- Derivative Works
- Laws And Formulas
- Show Business
- Split Personality
- Truth And Lies
- Truth In Television
- Fate And Prophecy
- Edit Reasons
- Isolated Pages
- Images List
- Recent Videos
- Crowner Activity
- Un-typed Pages
- Recent Page Type Changes
- Trope Entry
- Character Sheet
- Playing With
- Creating New Redirects
- Cross Wicking
- Tips for Editing
- Text Formatting Rules
- Handling Spoilers
- Trope Repair Shop
- Image Pickin'
How well does it match the trope?
Andrea's Theme ...
Log in or sign up for Rotten Tomatoes
Trouble logging in?
Email not verified
Let's keep in touch.
Sign up for the Rotten Tomatoes newsletter to get weekly updates on:
- Upcoming Movies and TV shows
- Trivia & Rotter Tomatoes Podcast
- Media News + More
OK, got it!
Movies / TV
No results found.
- What's the Tomatometer®?
Movies in theaters
- Opening this week
- Coming soon to theaters
- Certified fresh movies
Movies at home
- Netflix streaming
- Amazon prime
- Most popular streaming movies
- What to Watch New
Certified fresh picks
- Saw X Link to Saw X
- The Royal Hotel Link to The Royal Hotel
- Totally Killer Link to Totally Killer
New TV Tonight
- The Fall of the House of Usher: Season 1
- Goosebumps: Season 1
- Lessons in Chemistry: Season 1
- Frasier: Season 1
- Shining Vale: Season 2
- Harry Wild: Season 2
- Murdaugh Murders: The Movie: Season 1
Most Popular TV on RT
- Sex Education: Season 4
- Loki: Season 2
- Lupin: Season 3
- Gen V: Season 1
- Star Wars: Ahsoka: Season 1
- Our Flag Means Death: Season 2
- Chucky: Season 3
- Dear Child: Season 1
- Top TV Shows
- Certified Fresh TV
- Most popular TV
Certified fresh pick
- Our Flag Means Death: Season 2 Link to Our Flag Means Death: Season 2
- All-Time Lists
- Binge Guide
- Comics on TV
- Five Favorite Films
- Video Interviews
- Weekend Box Office
- Weekly Ketchup
- What to Watch
The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video (October 2023)
The Best New TV Shows of 2023 Ranked
What to Watch: In Theaters and On Streaming
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour First Reviews: Don’t Miss It, Even If You Saw the Live Show
Goosebumps Premiere Exclusive Sneak Peek: Go Eat Worms
- Trending on RT
- New TM Scores
- Killers of the Flower Moon
- The Exorcist: Believer
- Totally Killer
- The Creator
Home > The Ghost and Molly McGee > Season 2 > Episode 18
The Many Lives of Scratch; Alaka-Sham!
The Ghost and Molly McGee: Season 2
Exuberant tween Molly McGee and a grumpy ghost named Scratch become bound to each other forever when one of Scratch's spells backfires.
Genres: Kids & Family, Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Network: Disney XD
Air Date: Nov 11, 2023
Cast & Crew
Lara Jill Miller
The Many Lives of Scratch; Alaka-Sham! Photos
Critic reviews for the many lives of scratch; alaka-sham.
- American characters
- Disney characters
- Animated characters
- TV Animation characters
- The Ghost and Molly McGee characters
- Disney Channel characters
- Singing characters
- Asian characters
- Characters Under Spells
- Characters in video games
- Disney All-Star Racers characters
- Magic Users
- Characters who break the Fourth Wall
- Broken Karaoke characters
- Português do Brasil
- View history
- 1.1 Personality
- 1.2 Physical appearance
- 1.3 Powers and abilities
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Background [ ]
Personality [ ].
Molly is an optimistic girl who lives to make the world a better place. She constantly uses the phrase to "enhappify" as a means of making everyone's lives better. Her sunny disposition extends to the point of her being very confident and something of a go-getter as she typically refuses to give up on her objectives and tries to look for a solution to every problem. This sometimes results in her being very obsessive to an almost deranged degree.
Molly likes to put other people's problems before her own and can be very selfless in numerous situations. This can sometimes be a deflection of her own problems, as she will sometimes go to great lengths to hide the issues that she herself is facing. She is shown to be really bad at doing this however, as her mannerisms will give it away. When she is at wit's end, her friends and family will come in and try to console her, which usually makes her feel better.
Molly is a highly determined young girl who will not give up on a friend and go the extra mile to ensure that their needs are met.
Physical appearance [ ]
Molly is a girl of small height. She has tan skin, dark brown hair with a reddish tint placed into a ponytail with a pink hair tie, and dark brown eyes.
Her clothes consist of a white t-shirt with black edges covered with a sleeveless ripped bottom jean jacket with a sky blue button on the left side of the collar; waistband bike shorts; a magenta-and-purple zig-zag diamond patterned plaid skirt; white socks with mint on the toes, heels, and bands; and pink sneakers with yellow soles, straps, and shooting stars on the sides. She also has a primrose spiral bracelet on her right wrist.
Powers and abilities [ ]
When Molly became a ghost in " Molly vs. The Ghost World ", she discovers that due to her immense joy, everything she touches suddenly turns nice and colorful. Her joy is so overwhelming that it frees all the ghosts sent to the Flow of Failed Phantoms and disintegrates the Chairman with a single touch.
Gallery [ ]
- Coincidentally, both characters are thirteen years old.
- Jake was also 13 (during season 1) and had a younger sister; opposed to Molly's younger brother.
- Molly was originally going to have a beauty mark below her right eye in one of the art promos by one of the crew members.
- Molly was originally going to be named Piper and her family was going to move to Transylvania rather than another American town. 
- Molly was originally going to be half-Black rather than half-Thai. 
- The bottom of Molly's skirt was designed to mimic the bottom of Scratch .
- " Lock, Stock, and Peril " implies that Molly has a form of ADHD, as her hyperactive personality, combined with the fact that she is easily distracted are indications of having that disorder.
- As of season 2, she along with her brother Darryl, have started getting punished by their parents, Sharon and Pete.
References [ ]
- ↑ " CAPE Post ". Twitter (May 1, 2021).
- ↑ https://twitter.com/InevitablyBill/status/1527321949973536781
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe1-XelDNtQ
External links [ ]
- Molly McGee at the The Ghost and Molly McGee Wiki
- 1 Once Upon a Studio
- Season 2 episodes
The Many Lives of Scratch
- View history
" The Many Lives of Scratch " is the first segment of the seventeenth episode of the second season of The Ghost and Molly McGee . 
It will premiere on November 11, 2023 on Disney Channel and Disney XD , alongside " Alaka-Sham! ".
- 5 References
Synopsis [ ]
- Ashly Burch as Molly McGee
- Dana Snyder as Scratch
References [ ]
- ↑ https://cabletvt.powerrangermail.net/index.php/topic,7040.0.html
- 1 Molly McGee
- 3 Libby Stein-Torres
The Ghost and Molly McGee
Web of Lies; Kenny's Falling Star
© 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © 2023 Apple Inc. All Rights Reserved.