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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S1E2 "Daytrip of Doom!"

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It's all fun and games...

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...until the kidnappers show up.
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After creating a big mess in Scrooge's mansion during a dart gun game, the boys take Webby out for a day of fun at Funso's Fun Zone, a playhouse where "the fun is in the zone". Webby, who has never spent any time outside the mansion, acts awkwardly on the bus they take, invading the other passengers' personal spaces. As a result, she and the triplets get thrown off the bus at the shadiest part of Duckburg, catching the attention of the Beagle Boys. Bigtime Beagle tells his brothers to stop their current heist and follow the nephews to Funso's, as Scrooge would pay a great sum to get them back.

At Funso's, Webby's behavior causes further trouble, endangering the other guests and getting herself and the triplets a lifetime ban. The security guard asks the playhouse's costumed mascot to throw them out, not knowing that the costume hides the Beagle Boys who proceed to kidnap the children.

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Meanwhile, Donald and Mrs. Beakley get into an argument over her house rules and Donald decides to live in his boat outside. As their conflict escalates, Donald receives the ransom note from the Beagle Boys, and, putting away their conflict, teams up with Beakley to rescue the children.

Back at Funso's, Ma Beagle shows up and scolds her children, telling them that Scrooge is too cheap to pay ransom for his great-nephews and Webby. As punishment, she locks up Bigtime Beagle with the children. However, Webby escapes and defeats Bigtime, telling the nephews she could have done that easily but she didn't because she wanted to be seen as normal. The nephews encourage Webby to set up a trap for Ma Beagle. As Donald and Beakley show up to rescue the children, they find that they have already rescued themselves. Donald and Beakley reconcile, and the nephews get their ban from Funso's lifted so that the place can avoid getting a lawsuit.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Scrooge is very amused by the kids' dart game, especially Webby losing herself in character.
    Webby: This is no foyer... this is a tomb.
    Huey: Ow! My tailbone!
    Scrooge: Heh-heh... "a tomb"...
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Big Time Beagle in the 1987 series was a confident leader whose strength was thinking big when the others thought small. Big Time Beagle in the 2017 series is a pathetic dreamer desperate for his Ma's approval whose weakness is thinking big when the others follow orders.
    • Burger Beagle in the 1987 series was a Manchild with an annoying voice whose schtick was always being hungry. Burger Beagle in the 2017 series looks more like Baggy Beagle and his schtick is grunting and mumbling.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Ineptness of the kidnappers aside, four children get captured during the day, in a "safe" Fun Zone, thanks to the criminals using a mascot costume to infiltrate it. Donald's Oh, Crap! reaction after getting the ransom note is highly relatable.
    • On the other side, Funso's reaction to the kidnapping is to undo the ban for life on the kids and offer tokens because they don't want a richly deserved lawsuit from Scrooge — see Swiss Cheese Security, below.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Beakley pats Webby on the head after seeing the choice knot tying the latter did on Ma Beagle.
  • Alone with the Psycho:
    • When the triplets and Webby are captured, Ma Beagle locks up Big Time with them. Big Time then threatens one of the triplets and would have hurt him if not for Webby.
    • Then Webby turns the tables on Ma Beagle. She sends a counter ransom note, lures her into Funso's after turning off the lights and taunting her with a singsong version of the Funso's slogan, and traps her using the ball pit's net.
  • Amusing Injuries: Donald gets put through the wringer, first getting singed due to his blatant misuse of generators, then immediately getting knocked in the head by the Beagle Boys' ransom note, attached to a brick.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: When Donald drops his pride to get Beakley, she thinks he's finally asked for her... Cue Donald yelling "HELP!" to get her attention.
  • Badbutt: One of the thugs in the shady part of the city sprays the word "FLATULENCE" on a wall.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Beakley lampshades this; she had told Scrooge to spend more time with his family, but she didn't want them to move in and cause chaos immediately.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Japanese speakers will know the Uke or Puke game is not saying encouragement, but shouting, "Don't!" and "Please Stop!"
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • It's Beakley's job to keep McDuck Manor in order, and she wants to help Donald fix his damaged houseboat to ensure it's done in the most safe and efficient way. Donald, in turn, points out that she's treating him like a child when offering help, and he's taken care of himself and the boys for ten years. By the end, Donald agrees to come to her for help, and she, in turn, treats him less patronizingly.
    • When Dewey invites Webby to Funso's, his brothers are skeptical given that Webby hasn't been raised in a way that a normal child would be, but Dewey responds that it's not Webby's fault for that and she deserves a chance.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Apparently the Beagle Boys rob the armored bank van so often that they're on a first name basis with the poor driver.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Scrooge advises Dewey against it, as it spoils the element of surprise.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Donald tries to take a bath and wash his clothes at the same time. Scrooge finds out just as he's prepared to take a bath, and is less than amused (mostly because it's Scrooge's private bath).
  • Chekhov's News: The headline on Scrooge's paper is "MA BEAGLE PARDONED; CRIME SKYROCKETS" foreshadows Ma Beagle showing up.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: It initially appears as though Scrooge is going to lecture the boys for playing with dart guns inside of the house, but he instead gives Dewey some advice on how to play more effectively.
    Scrooge: Dewey!...Don't yell at your target before you fire. You'll lose the element of surprise.
  • The City Narrows: Webby, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are thrown out of the bus and land in a dangerous alley in the seedy part of town, which is the shortcut to Funso's Fun Zone.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Ma Beagle calls her sons out for kidnapping the kids and putting a metaphorical target on their backs as Scrooge will do everything but pay for the kids back.
  • Epic Fail: Donald's attempt at self-sufficiency ends up with him setting his boat and Scrooge's swimming pool on fire.
  • Eye Scream: Donald actually yanks Bouncer's eyelids when attacking them.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Beakley gives Scrooge his breakfast and morning paper, the newspaper shows a headline and a picture of Ma Beagle; it notes that she got pardoned, and that crime has skyrocketed as a result.
    • On the bus, Webby invades the personal space of of a dogface woman resembling Roxanne from A Goofy Movie. The title of the book she reads, which you may blink and miss, is "The Joy of Personal Space".
  • Funny Background Event: When Ma Beagle gives her boys a pep-talk, a plane trailing an American flag flies behind her.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • On the bus, Webby spots a dog wearing a bowtie, and gets overly excited about it, wondering if the dog tied it for itself. She presumably meant a non-anthro dog, as there would be nothing exciting about a Dogface in a bowtie.
    • After getting kicked off the bus a crate full of non-anthro chickens rolls past the kids on a skateboard.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Burger and Bouncer visibly hesitate when Ma Beagle says they must mark their territory. Keep in mind that they are anthropomorphic dogs.
  • Goofy Suit: The Funso Fun Zone mascot is a big walrus suit which the Beagle Boys then take to get close to the nephews.
  • Hypocrite: Scrooge brushes off Beakley's frustration from the Duck family wreaking havoc in the manor, saying that "[they've] all got to make sacrifices." When he catches Donald using his private bathroom, however, McDuck lays down a new law: Everything goes, except for inconveniencing him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Donald works himself up into a rage to defeat the Beagle Boys and save his family.
  • Mook Horror Show: The trap Webby sets up for Ma Beagle is beyond creepy. Meanwhile, the Beagle Boys have to fight Donald in full Papa Wolf mode.
  • Mugged for Disguise: The Beagle Boys punch out the Funso mascot and put on his costume so they can kidnap the nephews.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Ma Beagle may be prepared for Scrooge and Beakley, but she isn't prepared for someone like Webby. It's fortunate that the Beagle Boys captured her as well.
    • The Beagle Boys had no idea just how terrifying Donald can be when his nephews are in danger. In all fairness, neither did Beakley.
  • Nice Guy: Dewey is the only one of his brothers to let Webby tag along with no hesitation.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
    • Dewey's happy to let Webby tag along. (Nice)
    • Louie blatantly points out her weirdness and blames both Webby and Dewey for getting them all (temporarily) kicked out of Funso's for life. (Mean)
    • Huey listens to Dewey and lets Webby tag along, and doesn't blame her when she gets them in trouble repeatedly, but does make his grievances known. (In-Between)
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Donald goes ballistic on the Beagle Boys when he and Beakley find them.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • This isn't the first time that Webby's encountered the Beagles.
    • At some point in time, Bigtime tried to stick up a policemen's ball. He also had a scheme that relied on a tank floating.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • Webby easily brings in her Grappling-Hook Gun to Funso's, which isn't noticed by the security guard until she actually freaks out in the ball pit and shoots it, knocking over objects with it and endangering the other patrons.
    • While you'd expect the decorations to get damaged by the grappling hook, the Disaster Dominoes are a bit much, and hint that Funso's wasn't all that well put together in the first place.
    • There are no safety procedures at Funso's to prevent a kidnapping. As in, no means for the mascot to call for help if they're attacked, or for them to get called out for trying to grab a child. This is lampshaded at the end as Funso's undoes the life ban and gives the kids free tokens to avoid a lawsuit.
    • The arcade machines are plugged into a power strip in the middle of the floor. With lots of children running around, it is both a major tripping hazard and a risk of electric shocks.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Webby dons one when she realizes that her crazy antics might have given the bus driver enough motivation to kick her and the boys off the bus.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Donald finally comes to Beakley for help, he's frantic and to the point rather than shunning her due to pride. In turn she stops smiling on realizing the danger of the situation. Later Donald, Overprotective Dad and Nervous Wreck, leaps on the two Beagle Boys and beats the tar out of them.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: When Webby ambushes Huey during their dart gun game, the scene cuts away and we hear him shout "Ow, my tailbone!"
  • Papa Wolf: Donald does not react well to his nephews being kidnapped:
    Donald: GIVE ME BACK MY BOYS!!! [Butt-whoopin' on the Beagle Boys commences]
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • The Beagles try to get into the Funzone by disguising one of them - specifically, Bouncer, the tallest of the three - as a child. The mascot doesn't buy it, and ends up Mugged for Disguise instead.
    • Bouncer is also much larger than the person who's supposed to be wearing the costume, and he puts Big Time on his shoulders while wearing it. No one notices the massive difference in size and body shape between the two.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Mrs. Beakley just sits back and sips tea as she watches Donald set his boat on fire trying to hook up several generators.
  • Persona Non Grata: The triplets and Webby are banned from Funso's Fun Zone thanks to Webby's antics. The ban is said to be lifted at the end of the episode so that Funso doesn't get a lawsuit for allowing a kidnapping to happen on the premises.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: Webby turns the tables on the Beagle Boys, first by holding Big Time for ransom, then by leading Ma Beagle into a trap.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Ma Beagle chews out the Boys for holding Scrooge's nephews and Webby for ransom, because Scrooge would be too cheap to pay it and would find a way to rescue them instead, metaphorically putting a target on the Beagle Boys' heads.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: During the kids' game, Mrs. Beakley manages to catch a vase before it hits the floor.
  • Properly Paranoid: It may look like Webby was being paranoid when she attacked Funso, but since it was actually the Beagle Boys in the costume trying to kidnap the kids, it was a good thing she did that.
  • Reflective Eyes: When Webby becomes entranced by Uke or Puke, the gameplay on the screen reflects into her eyes.
  • Rousing Speech: Ma Beagle gives one to her boys to get them ready to fight Mrs. Beakley, complete with a plane with an American flag flying behind her.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Donald thinks Beakley joking about being a spy is this. Halfway through the ensuing laughter, he stops and gets a look on his face that clearly says, 'wait, that actually sounds plausible'. She's not kidding.
  • Second Episode Morning: The episode opens with Scrooge waking up and admiring his money bin from afar.
  • Serious Business: While the kids play with dart guns, Webby really gets into it. She roleplays a character with an intricate backstory and sets up traps for Huey, Dewey and Louie to fall into.
    Dewey: W-Webby, maybe take it down a notch.
    Webby: TELL THAT TO MY MEN YOU CAPTURED IN PEKING!
    Dewey: What?
    Webby: It's part of my character's backstory; grizzled ex-special forces pulled out of retirement for revenge. What's yours?
    Dewey: ...My guy has a dart gun?
    Webby: Not anymore.
  • Shot in the Ass: During the kids' dart game, Webby corners Huey and shoots him offscreen. His reaction? "Ow, my tailbone!"
  • Shower of Awkward: Scrooge walks in on Donald washing his clothes in the bathtub.
    Donald: Um, ocupado!
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Donald and Beakley have this relationship for the duration of the episode, with Beakley trying to enforce her house rules on him and Donald trying to slip out from them. They reconcile at the end of the episode.
  • Skewed Priorities: Scrooge ignores Mrs. Beakley's advice to bring the kids under control, saying that "For everyone's happiness, we've all got to make sacrifices". That is, until he catches Donald doing his laundry in his bathtub.
    Scrooge: HOUSE MEETING. NOW.
  • Slipped the Ropes: Webby slips from her ropes as soon as she's tied, saying that it's "being captured 101." When asked by the triplets why she kept it secret, she says it's because she felt bad that her survival instincts got them into trouble.
  • So Proud of You: Beakley praises Webby for using a slipstitch net against Ma Beagle.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Beagle Boys may have successfully captured the nephews, but they didn't account for Webby, who's been trained to prepare for anything. With the boys' encouragement, she unties them and turns the tides against Ma Beagle.
  • Stealth Pun: Webby talks about her men in Peking during the dart game. Now bear in mind that the main characters are ducks.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Funso's Fun Zone, a playhouse/restaurant with a costumed mascot, is admittedly inspired by Chuck E. Cheese's. Funso's is one of the rare examples where the place is actually a lot of fun, and the adults don't seem too bothered to be there. Its only fatal flaw is its Swiss Cheese Security.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Ma Beagle doesn't make a secret of how stupid she considers her sons for kidnapping Scrooge's nephews.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Crossed with Adult Fear. Funso's has a very reasonable rule that no adults are allowed inside unless accompanied by a minor, but this rule is only enforced by a greeter in a Goofy Suit — this despite the place being within walking distance of "the sketchiest neighborhood in town." There's no backup if the greeter is taken out, and not one employee notices when a criminal with a completely different build steals the costume. There's also no corresponding rule that minors are not allowed inside unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, so a kidnapped child might not be noticed for hours.
  • Toxic Friend Influence:
    • Zig-Zagged. The boys have started a chaotic dart game with Webby, something she probably wouldn't have done on her own, but they are surprised when she sets booby traps.
    • Louie tries to be this to Webby, asking the waitress for a cup for "water" then filling it with soda. However, Webby is a horrible liar and doesn't understand the trick.
  • Unstoppable Rage: While Donald's often prone to fits of anger, the Beagle Boys learn the hard way it's an especially bad idea to kidnap his nephews, as he viciously attacks Burger and Bouncer when he confronts them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Thanks to Webby getting them kicked off the bus the kids had to walk to Funso's Fun Zone, leading to the Beagle Boys spotting them and deciding to kidnap them.

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