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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S1 E11 "McMystery at McDuck McManor!"

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It's Scrooge's birthday, and everyone but the triplets leave to let Scrooge celebrate alone. However, Huey plans an elaborate birthday party. But when Scrooge mysteriously disappears and all the doors lock, it becomes a mystery to find out who did it, and everyone's a suspect.


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  • Absentee Actor: Launchpad does not appear in this episode.
  • Alliterative Title: Parodied; the words "mystery" and "manor" already alliterate with McDuck, but the title uses the words McMystery and McManor to exaggerate it.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Ma Beagle is at McDuck Manor to steal the deed to Duckburg, Glomgold is there to kill Scrooge, and Mark Beaks is there to... find embarrassing footage of McDuck to post on the web.
  • Back from the Dead: In a sense. Duckworth is literally summoned back from the dead, but as a ghost. Since he doesn't disappear come the next morning, it seems he will continue to haunt McDuck Manor.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Three of Scrooge's mortal enemies show up to his birthday party: Ma Beagle, Flintheart Glomgold and Mark Beaks. Their motivations are to steal the deed to Duckburg, kill Scrooge, and post an embarrassing video of Scrooge online, respectively.
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  • Birthday Hater: Downplayed in Scrooge's case; he doesn't hate his birthday, but he doesn't like celebrating the fact that he's older than everyone he knows - he prefers a single day of doing absolutely nothing. As a result, everybody gives him space so he can have the day to himself (for example, Beakley and Webby use his birthday as an annual survival skills trip, and Donald Duck simply flees in terror).
  • Black Comedy:
    • Webby goes on a secret training trip on an island where children fight against nature as well as each other. She asks the triplets to tell her story if she doesn't come back.
    • When Louie questions why Duckworth attacked them with an axe, Scrooge says it was clearly just a fake ghost axe. Cue the axe proving to be very real.
  • The Butler Did It: Parodied brutally twice. First, when Black Arts Beagle is revealed as the criminal, it is done in the most obvious, over the top way, complete with him being visible in position summoning insane magical power while Huey fails to realize he's forgotten a suspect, as Black Arts Beagle is just supplementary to the plan. Secondly? Well...Duckworth did it (i.e., he hid Scrooge away to relax from the noise Huey's party was causing).
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  • Call-Back: Mark Beaks gets dropped off a building just like in his debut episode. This time it's by Duckworth's ghost, and it's only a fall of a meter or so.
  • Canon Character All Along: The ghost who appears in the intro during the part about "or rewrite history" is revealed to be Duckworth.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Huey recalls the time Ma Beagle kidnapped them, which was at least two In-Universe months prior to this episode.
    • Mark Beaks' Digital Hi-Five app returns.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Duckworth's ghost can assume a demonic form with a large, black, ethereal body and a skull face with horns and glowing eyes - but he's a kind and loyal servant to Scrooge.
  • Death by Adaptation: After much speculation over the character's absence in the reboot from promotional materials, it is ultimately revealed that Duckworth has passed away in this version.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Beakley criticizes Webby for bringing a crossbow on their annual survivor skills trip. Webby then retrieves a set of bow and arrows, which Beakley approves of.
  • Don't Be Ridiculous: Glomgold was never trying to kidnap Scrooge — that's ridiculous! He was trying to kill Scrooge.
  • Emo Teen: Nik Nokturne, aka Black Arts Beagle, even being motivated largely by showing Ma Beagle his magic skills so she takes him seriously.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Louie thinks it isn't fair for Huey to force Scrooge to participate in a birthday party he clearly doesn't want and doesn't hesitate to call Huey out on his It's All About Me attitude.
  • Evil Gloating: Parodied; Black Arts spills their entire plan while Ma Beagle keeps begging him to shut up.
  • Evil Is Petty: While Ma Beagle wants to steal the deed to Duckburg and Glomgold wants to kill Scrooge, Beaks came to the party merely to find embarrassing footage of Scrooge to post online and humiliate him.
  • Expressive Accessory: Dewey's DJ Daft Duck helmet has a display that shows various graphics to show how he's feeling, such as an exclamation point, emoticon-like faces and a few phrases.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Webby's kit for a survival trip includes a crossbow, which she switches out for a regular bow (at her grandmother's insistence), and a fragmentary grenade.
  • Foreshadowing: The demon is hinted to not be as harmful as it seems shortly before the reveal of who it is. Namely once the armor (and Dewey's mask) is cut away it ceases to attack using the axe, opting to seemingly nonsensically carry the boys for a short distance before outright vanishing.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The smoke machine is called "Mist Opportunity"
    • When Dewey hands the cell phone to Huey, his mask reads "THE DUKE IS BACK!"note 
    • Huey's word search contains several Scrooge related words, but the top line, read backwards, also holds the solution to the mystery - The Butler Did It
  • Friendly Enemy: Sort of. The villains talk about Duckworth positively and claim he threw amazing parties.
  • Funny Background Event: Black Arts Beagle revealing himself as a villain requires a good minute of set-up in the background, while Huey fails to realize it.
  • Ghost Butler: A literal example being the one who moves things around and turns off the lights.
  • Harmless Villain: Ma wonders how Scrooge can even consider Mark Beaks a nemesis given that his big plan was to hack the mansion's security footage and spread a video of Scrooge accidentally walking into a glass door.
  • Hero Antagonist: As it turns out, Duckworth sealed the party away from Scrooge and took him out of the mansion to relax. Huey realizes he wouldn't have done anything were it not for him setting up the party to begin with.
  • It's All About Me: Huey cares less about making Scrooge's birthday enjoyable for him and more about establishing a rep as a great party planner/mystery solver for himself. He admits it at the end and apologizes.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Black Arts Beagle really, really wants to be a Magicians Are Wizards - style Evil Sorcerer, but he's a complete klutz who is no good at either the illusions or the actual magic.
  • Insistent Terminology: Scrooge mentions that he hates birthday party magicians more than birthday parties. Huey then calls Nik Nokturne an "illusionist".
  • Jerkass Ball: Huey grabs it by unilaterally deciding to plan out the entire night and refusing to consider anyone else's thoughts or feelings on the events that transpire. It gets so bad that Louie of all people calls him out on it. He does eventually have a Jerkass Realization.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Whenever Huey names a suspect to Scrooge's disappearance, the lights go out and that person is gone when they turn back on, replaced with a scroll that says "Try again". Downplayed in that they don't actually die.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: Black Arts Beagle was set up to be this to show his mother that the magic classes he took were not a waste of time and decided to use his magic to make Scrooge and the other villains disappear, including his own mother with a skull ghost. Averted when the skull ghost turned out to have been Duckworth.
  • Meaningful Name: Black Arts Beagle uses the black arts.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Glomgold, in preparing to murder Scrooge at the party, tries duct taping a chainsaw and a battleaxe together. This doesn't turn out well.
  • Monster Façade: The terrifying demon that Black Arts Beagle apparently summoned chases after the triplets. After they end up in Scrooge's hiding place, the demon reveals itself to be the ghost of Duckworth, working for Scrooge all along. He explains his behavior by having a "flair for the dramatic" - basically just trolling the triplets, as well as scaring them to teach them a lesson about humility.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The security system in McDuck Manor is labelled "DT-87", referring to the year the original Duck Tales aired.
    • Scrooge stole the town deed from Grandpa Beagle, the former leader of the Beagle Boys. He, of course, stole the deed from the town first.
    • Black Arts Beagle. His name sounds like Blackheart Beagle. Blackheart is Grandpa Beagle's name in the comics.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Subverted; Scrooge thanks Huey for the party because it called Duckworth back from the dead, who rescued Scrooge and gave all his enemies a right scare, in case they ever thought to try and enter the mansion again. But he and Duckworth warn Huey to never host a party again.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Huey is the mean one in this episode, caring more about his own rep as "best party planner" than whether Scrooge actually wants a party or not. Louie is the in-between one, trying to be the voice of reason. And Dewey is the nice one, just providing some silly entertainment as the DJ.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dewey assumes the persona of DJ Daft Duck.
  • Not Hyperbole: Louie says "It pains me to say this, but maybe we should call Beakley for help!" He then gets an actual headache.
    Louie: Ooh, ow! Doing the right thing stings...
  • "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: Parodied relentlessly. The unimportant McDuck Manor residents flee for their lives, because Scrooge does not like his birthday.
  • Not Me This Time: None of the villains in this episode were responsible for Scrooge's disappearance since they had other goals.
  • Only Sane Man: Louie is a Zig-Zagged example in this episode. On the one hand, he's the one suggesting that the triplets stop forcing Scrooge to celebrate his birthday with a party and, after he gets kidnapped, trying to convince Huey they should call Mrs. Beakley or the police for help. On the other hand, he was the one who invited Scrooge's Rogues Gallery to the party in the first place (though he claims he only did this because he only had an hour to gather "Duckburg's elite").
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All of the guests are in paper-thin disguises. Yes, it was a costume party, but it didn't take much to figure out who was who. Averted with Black Arts Beagle, though, who is not obviously a traditional Beagle Boy, and covered up the traditional domino mask with a shadowy hood.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The boys find Scrooge watching surveillance footage while eating popcorn.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Ma Beagle states she wouldn't abduct Scrooge, noting he is more trouble than he is worth (which is really saying something considering how much Scrooge is worth).
  • Rule of Three:
    • There are three special guests at Scrooge's party: Ma Beagle, Mark Beaks and Flintheart Glomgold. All three are suspected of kidnapping Scrooge.
    • Huey calls a "staff meeting" 3 times in the episode.
  • Running into the Window: Beaks hacks into the mansion's security camera and finds footage of Scrooge running into a glass door thinking it was open. He finds this hilarious, and he prepares to leave so he can upload it on the internet... only to run into a non-glass, completely opaque locked door.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As soon as Donald realizes it's Scrooge's birthday, he runs outside to his car and takes off.
  • Shout-Out: Black Arts Beagle's alias is Nik Nocturn.
  • The Starscream: Black Arts Beagle was planning to summon a demon to get rid of Ma Beagle's enemies, and then Ma Beagle herself. Ironically, said demon (actually Duckworth's ghost) immediately turns on him.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Duckworth's reaction when Scrooge assumes that his axe was actually a ghost axe and therefore harmless.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Webby: Hey, guys! Every year, I brush up on my survivor skills on a secret island-
    Beakley: Ahem!
    Webby: I-I mean, a, a, a regular island where young warriors definitely don't combat the forces of nature and each other. (a grenade rolls out of her pack; she kicks it away) Y-you know, it's girl stuff.
  • Undying Loyalty: Literally. Duckworth has zero problem with getting summoned back to the realm of the living, since it means he gets to serve Scrooge again (and snark at Beakley for being, in his view, inadequate at the job compared to him).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Neither Webby nor Beakley seem to be all that surprised at being greeted by Duckworth's ghost upon their return home, Webby saying hello as she goes by him and Beakley (after admittedly widening her eyes for a few seconds in shock) walking right through him after he snarkily chides her for leaving her post.
  • The Voiceless: Zigzagged with Dewey. He can't speak with the helmet on, but his keytar is stocked with a few samples of his own voice.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Louie calls Huey out on his It's All About Me attitude throughout the night, focusing on throwing a great party instead of caring about the problems at hand.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Huey is all too familiar with Locked Room Mysteries, but he fails to identify the right culprit multiple times. Also, he knows the party should end when the right culprit is revealed, but doesn't know what to do after Nik Nokturne (aka. Black Arts Beagle) is "revealed" as such.

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