Recap / Duck Tales 2017 S 1 E 4 The Beagle Birthday Massacre

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The boys are all preparing to go on a canoe trip, with the intention of bringing Webby along. However, because the boat is too small, she volunteers to stay behind. Besides, the boys had so many inside jokes together that she would just be intruding. Shortly after the boys leave, Webby finds a Message in a Bottle promising adventure, but as she follows it to its source, she finds Lena, an older "cool" girl. Webby quickly takes a shine to her, and Lena invites Webby to go to a party.

The party is inside an old junkyard. Lena convinces Webby to jump up and open up the gate for them. However, once inside, she learns that it's a Beagle Boys party. Webby bumps into Bouncer Beagle, who remembers she got Ma Beagle arrested and grabs Webby as a sort of birthday present. Ma Beagle calls Webby up to the stage, but Lena distracts her by throwing her cake in her face and running away with Webby. Ma Beagles sends off all of her boys to catch the girls for ruining her party.

Lena and Webby help each other escape from the various Beagle Boy gangs. Webby uses her acrobatic skills to escape up a fire escape, Lena kicks a roof fan to blow away windsurfers, and they both bluff their way past a dimwitted band. Eventually, they find a hiding spot in a playground, where the triplets catch up with them. Lena mocks them, and they briefly squabble with each other, especially when their most recent trip gets brought up. Lena tells Webby she should sacrifice the boys to escape the latest Beagle Gang to find them, but Webby goes back to save them. While Webby was helping the triplets, Lena seemingly runs off.

Webby finds another message in a bottle, and learns that Lena has apparently been caught by the Beagle Boys. They go off to rescue her, but they get caught in the process. While tied up, they realize the main thing family does is fight with each other. Lena asks the Beagle Boys who will get the credit for capturing them, and this causes them to fight with each other. This allows Webby to free herself, Lena and the boys.

Once alone and safe, Lena pulls out her pendant and recites a chant that causes her shadow to come alive in the form of Magica DeSpell, her aunt, and lets her know, "I'm in."

Tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Scrooge, Donald, Beakley and Launchpad are all absent from this episode.
  • Adult Fear: Five children are being hunted down by a notorious crime family that consists entirely of grown adults who have little problems roughing them up. In particular, Ma Beagle wants to kill Webby for what happened in "Daytrip of Doom!".
  • Aesop Amnesia: Lampshaded by Louie who asks his brothers why they would have him be the navigator again after he got them lost before.
  • Apple of Discord: Lena gets the Beagle Boys to fight over who gets the honor of handing her and Webby over to Ma Beagle. The kids manage to escape in the ensuing chaos.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the Cold Open, it seems that Webby would go on an adventure to save a sailor after receiving a Message in a Bottle. Then, it's revealed the bottles are just a prank from Lena.
  • Banana Peel: Webby and the triplets use banana peels against the Tumblebums. As evil clowns this is apparently the Tumblebum's greatest weakness as they unerringly slip on the peels.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Lena's amulet. She claims it's not important when Webby first notices it, but she uses it to communicate with Magica at the end.
  • Continuity Nod: Ma Beagle's still pissed off at the kids because of what happened the last time they met. And when Bouncer captures Webby, Big Time reminds him that the last time, Ma Beagle told them to leave the children alone.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: One of the gangs in the Beagle Boys reunion is the Deja Vus, a band of French mimes, which Ma Beagle mentions three different times.
  • Didn't Think This Through: If Lena's plan was to win Webby's friendship, she didn't factor in that the Beagle Boys wouldn't want party crashers, period.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Stated by Ma Beagle herself; her sons are all too different among themselves and separated into different cliques, but they're all devoted to her.
  • Explosive Breeder: Ma Beagle has a lot of children besides the three seen in "Daytrip of Doom".
  • Face Palm: Huey does this when his brothers are fighting.
  • Fake Brit: An In-Universe example — Webby and Lena take on British accents in order to fool the Ugly Failures. Webby says that it's easy for her to imitate one because she was raised by her British Grandma in a mansion owned by a Scottish Billonare, and that she didn't hear an actual American accent until she was seven years old.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a couple hints through the episode that Lena is more than just a girl with a odd sense of fun:
    • Webby notes early on that the amulet she carries is unusual/ancient and Sumerian, and Lena is quick to change the subject by claiming she found it at a thrift shop.
    • Lena takes Webby to a party, which turns out to be a Beagle Boy birthday party for their mother. It is never brought up why she wanted to go there in the first place.
    • Lena becomes surprisingly cold and cruel once she meets with the triplets, belittling them, trying to divide Webby from them and even advocating they be left behind as bait for the Beagle Boys.
    • Despite having apparently just met her, Lena mentions the moment on the beach with the boys several times even though she supposedly was nowhere near them at the time.
    • Lena manages to send a Message in a Bottle asking for help (and a second one to clarify she's not joking) despite being already the Beagle Boys' prisoner, and seemingly tied up too tightly to do so, and with the bottles arriving just in time, right when Webby and the triplets are at that spot retrieving the boat.
  • Forgot to Gag Him: Lena was gagged when she was captured by herself, but after Webby takes that off and the whole group get caught, the Beagle Boys don't bother to put it back on or gag anyone else. This allows Lena to get the Beagle Boys to fight each other over taking credit, providing a distraction while they escape.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The junkyard has a "Beware of Dogs" sign on the entrance, subtly indicating that it's going to be the meeting place of the Beagle Boys.
  • Funny Background Event: Louie gets accosted by a group of seagulls at one point, apparently due to the hotdog life jacket he was holding. They end up briefly flying away with him!
  • Gang of Hats: The groups of Beagle Boys all have different themes, like the glam-rock "Glam Yankees" and the Affably Evil "6th Street Friendlies".
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: The boys are away on a boat trip for the majority of the episode, which focuses on Webby and her new female friend Lena.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ma Beagle is this to all of the Beagle Boy groups. Of course, even she's out-scoped by the looming threat of Magica DeSpell.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Lena mocks them for being "exactly the same", Huey, Dewey, and Louie all protest that claim... all at once in the exact same way.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Magica's appearance is played 100% seriously.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Lena questions them who gets credit for handing the ducks to Ma, Bigtime says they should do it because they're "the main guys".
  • Le Parkour: Lena refers to Webby's acrobatics as parkour.
  • Living Shadow: Magica takes the form of one.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: There's at least 2 dozen Beagle Boys, neatly grouped into teams of 3, all apparently Ma Beagle's kids.
  • Message in a Bottle: Webby finds one and resolves to save whoever wrote them. But then she finds another bottle with a different message, followed by another, and then another. The bottles lead her to Lena, who had been leaving the messages to mess with people. When Lena, later, is kidnapped by Beagle Boys and uses one of these for ask help, she must specify in another bottle that is not a prank.
  • The Mole: Magica apparently sent Lena to infiltrate the kids and gain their trust for some yet-to-be-revealed purpose.
  • Monster Clown: Three of the Beagle Boys, the Tumblebums, use this motif.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Magica appears as a Living Shadow with red eyes at the end of the episode. In the 1987 episode "Magica's Shadow War" she brought her shadow to life, which also had red eyes after it split off from her.
    • Pretty much the triplets speaking in unison and Lena mocking them for being the same, it's a reference to their former The Dividual characterization.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. Webby and Lena both say it when they escape Ma Beagle's birthday party. Webby states they almost died with Lena putting emphasis on "almost". The Beagle Boys show up in a truck and they both yell "We're gonna die!".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Webby is trying to untie Lena, she accidentally trips backwards and hits the stagelights, tipping off the Beagle Boys to her presence and getting both Webby and the Triplets captured.
  • Noodle Incident: A Running Gag in this episode is mentioning of how Louie accidentaly got him and his brothers lost on a boat trip.
  • No Sense of Direction: Louie apparently gets the group lost so often that he earned the Embarrassing Nickname "Captain Lost".
  • Oh, Crap!: Webby's reaction when realizing that Lena just brought her to Ma Beagle's birthday party.
  • Pie in the Face: Lena hits Ma Beagle in the face with her own birthday cake.
  • Revenge: Ma Beagle, upon realizing that Webby's crashed her party, decided to get some.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Apparently what Magica currently is. Lena's summoning chant refers to her as being imprisoned.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Invoked by Lena and Webby to make the Beagle Boys to brawl among themselves.
  • Speak in Unison: The triplets do this - albeit unintentionally - after Lena mocks them for being the same.
    Lena: That's cute, with the names and the color-coded outfits... is that your thing, you're all exactly the same?
    Huey, Dewey, & Louie: Ha, no way! We're all unique snowflakes... Well, this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! (beat) Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! GAH!
  • Taught by Experience: The Beagle Boys that tie up Webby make sure she's tied more securely than she was in "Daytrip of Doom". She still manages to slip free.
  • Tempting Fate: After Lena does this by mocking a group of Beagle Boys, Webby points out that it's probably not a good idea to taunt them.
  • Totally Radical: The motif of a different set of Beagle Boys, the Longboard Taquitos.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Lena convinces Webby to help her crash a party, and later tries to get her to ditch the triplets.
  • Traitor Shot: After Webby returns to the mansion at the end of the episode, Lena turns to the camera and begins walking toward it. She has an expression that makes it clear she's up to no good.
  • Unfortunate Names: The "Ugly Failures" band of Beagle Boys includes names like Bungler and Botch-Job. They admittedly are dumb even by Beagle Boy standards.
  • Wham Episode: Tied in to the below Wham Line, this is the first episode in which Magica DeSpell (sort of) appears...and Lena's her niece.
  • Wham Line: "Aunt Magica, I'm in."
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Webby all but asks What Were You Thinking? in regards to Lena wanting to crash a Beagle Boys party. She also gets hurt when Lena wants her to abandon the triplets.
    • Lena tries to evoke this to get Webby to abandon the triplets since they left her on the beach. It doesn't work especially since Huey offered to give Webby his spot, but she turned him down. Plus leaving someone out of an activity is pretty mild compared to abandoning them to the mercies of dangerous criminals.
  • What You Are in the Dark: After leaving unnoticed by the triplets because of Dewey and Louie fighting and Huey trying to stop it, Lena tries to persuade Webby to abandon them, citing them leaving her to go boat riding, but Webby stays to come up with a plan.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Warriors. The kids have to make it across town to the safety of McDuck Mansion, while the various Beagle Boy gangs chase them. Ma Beagle speaking thorough the radio spoofs the DJ character, and one of the Ugly Failures has bottles on his fingers.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Beagle Boys are actively hunting down Webby, Lena, and the Triplets throughout this episode. Ma Beagle especially wants to kill Webby for what happened in "Daytrip Of Doom".

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