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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S1E4 "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"

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Webby meets a mysterious new friend named Lena, and when the two crash Ma Beagle's birthday party, they'll have to fight their way through Beagle turf to get back home.


  • 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.
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  • 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 Tumblebums' 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.
    • Doubles as a Stealth Pun with a dash of Bilingual Bonus : Déjà vu is French for "already seen", and is used to refer to the feeling of having witnessed something before.
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  • 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.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: This sentence:
    Webby: [Lena] didn't ditch me, she was captured! Oh wait, she was captured!
  • Explosive Breeder: Ma Beagle has a lot of children besides the three seen in "Daytrip of Doom".
  • Fake Brit: An In-Universe example — Webby and Lena fake 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 trillionaire, and that she didn't hear an actual American accent until she was seven years old.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Huey thinks the Tumblebums sound adorable... then he recants the statement when he sees that they're a Monster Clown trio that can give Pennywise a run for its money.
  • 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 Avenue 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.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Due to the episode being post-court ruling, the entire Beagle Clan is free to sing the entire song on-screen to Ma Beagle.
  • Hostage-Handler Huddle: Zigzagged; after the Beagle Boys sucessfully capture Lena, Webby, and the triplets, they have no trouble deciding to hand them over to Ma Beagle for her birthday gift and as an early Mother's Day gift. The trouble starts when Lena slyly asks which group will be the ones to take credit for capturing them, even adding that they could share the credit. Each group suggests themselves and a huge fight over who's handing them over to Ma ensues. This gives Webby enough time to get herself out of her bindings and free Lena and the boys so they can escape.
  • 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.
  • Kneel, Push, Trip: Webby and Lena pull this on one of the Beagle Boys: Webby jumping on his head and yanking his hat down over his eyes and throwing him off balance while Lena crouches down so the Beagle Boy trips over her.
  • 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".
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: There's at least 2 dozen Beagle Boys, neatly grouped into teams of 3, all apparently Ma Beagle's kids. (Though there's a family rumor that the Tumblebums are adopted.)
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after the ominous ending, it cuts right to the cheerful, happy closing theme.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Webby is trying to untie Lena, she accidentally trips backwards and hits the stagelights. This tips off the Beagle Boys to Webby's presence and gets both her 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 Magica currently is trapped inside a shadow. 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, fighting over who gets to give the kids as a birthday gift for their Ma.
  • 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.
  • 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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