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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S2 E18 "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!"

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Louie teams up with Goldie to scam their way through Doofus's dangerous party, while Della tries to get Huey to try new things in their favorite online game.

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It seems like a quiet morning at McDuck Manor, with Scrooge counting his treasure in his office. However, he suddenly gets a strange feeling, sensing that "Something's terribly wrong." He sees Webby, Lena and Violet dealing with a were-bear in Webby's room, but that's not it. He then hears blowing and seeing that Dewey and Beakley are trying to stop a tempest in a teapot, which is annoying, but manageable. Then he notices Huey and Della doing a recitation for the advertising of Legends of Legend-Quest which they're going to play together. That was...disturbing to Scrooge, but also not it. Perplexed, Scrooge returns to the office, only to find what he'd sensed. Goldie O'Gilt is sitting in his chair, and worse still, she's with Louie.

After hearing Scrooge's story of how Goldie operated in the old west, Louie is now convinced he needs to learn more from Goldie on how to operate sharper rather than harder like Scrooge. Scrooge for his part warns Louie not to get too close to all this, and keeps slapping Goldie's thieving hands away from the mansion's many treasures as well as swiping back his coins that she pickpockets. Louie for his part thinks he can handle it...and then cut to him locked in a chest while Goldie steals all the money he currently has.
Louie: How did this go so wrong so quickly?!
Goldie: Rule number one, kid. If you want to pick a pocket, you gotta get close. Better luck next time, rookie.

Goldie for her part mocks Louie's efforts to learn, scoffing at hearing how he's "the evil triplet" and commenting that he probably takes Scrooge's trait of being sharper than the sharpies and seeing angles. Louie for his part seems to be on the verge of breaking down, saying that Goldie was his hero, and that he hoped that by being clever like her, he'd be able to make up for not being as hard working as Scrooge. Get Louie Inc. going his own way. However, Goldie gives a chuckle at this; she saw right through him, seeing this as a way to guilt her into helping. Then something in Louie's garbage catches her eye, and she agrees to teach him, so long as he can get him into what's printed on the card. Louie however has absolutely no desire of complying, as the card in question is an invitation to Doofus Drake's birthday party

Meanwhile, Della and Huey start up their session of Legend-Quest. Huey with a humble avatar of himself as a peasant, and Della...in a suit of power armor complete with a giant sword, arm cannon, and creature scanner. Della for her part wants to go out and quest against difficult opponents. But Huey is more interested in farming around his house, keeping away bugs, and staying in the safety of his dome shield. Something Della agrees to for now, though her high previous level means she finds bug killing unsatisfying.

At Doofus's party, Louie and Goldie arrive in semi-formal outfits, and it seems there are many other parties who were invited. However, aside from cruel practical jokes (namely a "bobbing for splinters" game and a birthday cake with words saying "Not full of hair"), the thing that draws Louie and Goldie's attention are the gift bags everyone will get at the end of the party: filled with gold and heirlooms, they do a visual estimation, and figure there's about 457 million dollars...and 17 cents worth of material in the bags. Louie for his part wants to just grab a pair and go, but Goldie convinces him that if he wants to learn to be a con artist, they're going to find a way to swindle up to getting all the bags...Even though she doesn't quite know how to do that yet.

Doofus meanwhile finally arrives at his own party (by unexpectedly appearing right behind Louie, rather than through a homage of The Birth of Venus that was set up), glad to see so many parents and children together for the event. Lavishing praise on his dead "Gummeemama", while omitting his actual parents, still suffering under him. However, Doofus also recognizes that there are many liars around his party only interested in the bags. And while at first seeming to suspect Louie, he instead looks at one Percival P. Peppington who hired Johnny of Ottoman Empire to be his "child", despite Johnny being WAY too old to be his son. As punishment, he sends Percival to his "honey bin" via trapdoor to be stung by aggressive bees, and ejects Johnny from his treehouse. He also recognizes all the Beagle Boys sent by Ma to get the giftbags, and so sends every last one of them to the honey bin as well. While Goldie thinks this means they're out of the woods with all the similar cons exposed, there are still two other "competitors" standing in their way: Mark Beaks with what looks like a child grey parrot, and Flintheart Glomgold with a ventriloquist dummy.

Meeting the villains, Glomgold introduces his dummy as "Sharkbomb", while also making his dummy antagonistic towards himself. Mark's "son" meanwhile introduces himself as Boyd. Louie for his part introduces to Beaks his grandmother....his "super-young aunt Goldie", and all three of the cons navigate around each other by showing off pictures they took with their "kids", even if Louie has to quickly use Doofus's photo booth to get pictures to Goldie. Doofus for his part expresses his love for his "Gummeemama" by caressing and kissing a picture of himself as a centaur ridden by his grandmother, tattooed on his Butler Dad's torso, which the party guests find so disturbing that Glomgold even covers Sharkbomb's eyes. Given a lull after this, Goldie then suggests they go on the attack to get rid of the other 2 "guests". Looking between the two, they target Glomgold first.

Meanwhile, Della is thoroughly bored just watering her son's crops, but then notices a checkpoint where they could level up and save their progress. Especially after seeing that Huey has an ABSURD amount of XP which could get him to a much higher level. Huey for his part is still afraid to step out of his comfort zone, but doesn't hold it against Della from stepping out to help Launchpad fight a monster outside his shield. Della steps out and helps him defeat the beast, saying that "It was easy, even though it seemed scary at first. What a good life lesson!" And then their new exp gives Della and Launchpad jetpacks.

Back at the party, the guests do some swimming in Doofus's pool. Moving against Glomgold, Louie asks for a moment with Sharkbomb, before revealing to "him" that his aunt might have the hots for his dad. Glomgold seems to break character for a second there, before proceeding to have Sharkbomb insult him again, leading to a fight between them, and ending with him tearing off Sharkbomb's head. Though quickly reattaching it, Glomgold is now thoroughly exposed. And while Flintheart at first manages to hold onto the side of the trapdoor, "Sharkbomb" drops them anyway screaming, "DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!"

Back in their game, Huey finishes his primary gardening, but now sees his mom beating creatures, and getting some pretty cool loot. Which greatly entices Huey to finally lower the shield and get to the checkpoint. Unfortunately, upon lowering the shield, a flying monster then begins wrecking his crops, greatly distressing Huey.

At the party, Boyd is doing great bonding with Doofus playing pinball, and Louie and Goldie are dumbfounded on a seeming lack of weaknesses to exploit for Boyd. Then Louie notices 2 things. First, Boyd has no baby pictures, despite that being a huge attention getter for Beaks. And second, there's a secret wifi network for a "Beaks Optimistic Youth Droid". B.O.Y.D! That kid is a robot!

Goldie ponders how they're supposed to trip up a robot child designed to be perfect, but Louie assures her he knows how do handle it given his experience with evil robots in the past. He compliments Boyd on his skill at pinball before asking what he and his "daddy" did two days ago. Unfortunately, because Mark had only created him the day before, Boyd begins to malfunction over being unable to answer Louie's question. When asked when his birthday was, Boyd answers "Yesterday!" only to then panic and enter "fly swatter mode" with the dissonance between knowing a child can't be a day old and thinking himself real. Boyd goes on a brief rampage, shooting lasers from his eyes and destroying the hair-filled cake before his eyes melt from his sockets and seemingly "dying" by falling into the pool. Despite the fiasco caused by his "son" going haywire, Mark regards the incident with the same level of annoyance you'd expect if he dropped his phone in water.
Mark Beaks: Aw, man. I'm gonna need like a real big bag of rice.

Furious over his party being ruined, Doofus drops Mark down into the honey bin (catching his phone as he falls) and flies into a tantrum while Louie looks on in horror and remorse over what he caused Boyd. Goldie congratulates him on a job well done, proposing they become partners for good. Excited to learn he has seemingly gotten himself a mentor, Louie joins Goldie as they make their way to the gift bag table to claim their prize. Doofus intercepts them, lamenting how he didn't wish for one of his party guest's eyes to melt out of their heads after what happened last year before lividly demanding who is at fault for his party being ruined. Louie struggles to find an answer only for Goldie to pin the blame on him and place the horrified duckling in Doofus's crosshairs.

Goldie pretends to admonish Louie for ruining the party so he could get the remaining gift bags and shuts his beak when he tries revealing her deception. As Doofus looks on in suspicion, Louie quietly yet angrily calls Goldie out for betraying him, only for her to reveal that she was never interested in having a partner and intends to send him home while seizing the gift bags for herself. But Doofus, seemingly wanting to punish Louie even more for ruining his party, uses Boyd's controls on Mark's phone to sic the young automaton on Louie and string him up to be used as a piñata. Torn between walking away with the gift bags and leaving Louie at Boyd's mercy, Goldie throws herself between the two. Doofus stops Boyd just in front of Goldie, happy to see genuine affection between a parent or guardian and their child. He thanks Louie for giving him the best birthday gift: a new "Gumeemama" in the form of a shocked Goldie, who he dubs "Goldiemama" before giving Louie all the remaining gift bags and sending him out of his treehouse. Louie celebrates his victory, having escaped with all the gift bags without Goldie, then has his moment of guilt realizing she is still trapped inside, wrestling with how she betrayed him, then saved him, and whether she broke her own rules of getting too close to him.

Inside the manor, Goldie is kept inside a glass cage set up like a grandmother's apartment and forced to recant tales to Doofus sitting nearby, watching her. Louie barges in, gift bags in tow, and swears to free Goldie from her prison. Though Doofus tries to sic his parents on Louie, they are intercepted by Boyd, who uses his laser eyes to free Goldie from her prison and later switches to a new set of "normal" eyes. It turns out that Louie is controlling him via Mark Beaks' phone (that Doofus mistakenly dropped in the gift bags), and, deciding that Doofus needs someone his own age to get close to instead of a new "Gumeemama" Louie changes Boyd's settings so that he'll answer to the closest parents in the vicinity: Doofus' parents, who immediately embrace him in acceptance as their new adopted son. Infuriated, Doofus attempts to his "servants" back under control by threatening to sever their pay, only for Boyd to claim half of Gumeemama's fortune for himself and his new parents due to being Doofus' brother and therefore an heir to the fortune of Frances Drake. Motivated by love for her new son and seeing Doofus no longer able to control them with his money, Mrs. Drake finds the bravery to finally ground Doofus indefinitely, much to her husband's joy and Doofus' outrage, making him swear revenge on Louie. Unfortunately for Louie, he was so focused on dealing with Doofus that he failed to notice Goldie has escaped with all of the gift bags!

Back in Legendquest, Della tries to fight off the flying monster, but gets captured by it. Huey looks at the save point, scared for a moment, but runs over to it and cashes in all his experience points, gaining many levels all at once, and a new power aura that enables him to fly and assault the monster screaming, "GET AWAY FROM MY MOM!". He then single-handedly destroys the monster with his bare hands. Back in reality, Della takes Huey away from the game, feeling the boy has been a bit too overstimulated by the game.

As Della carries Huey away, Louie returns home distraught and upset that he went through all the danger and terror of Doofus' party with nothing to show for it and that the fortune he always wanted in his hands was lost due to him helping someone he thought he had a connection with. Scrooge patiently sits down with him, pointing out that he wanted an angle to be with her, but missed what was right in front, which isn't all that sharp. Wondering why then Goldie chose to save him, Scrooge speculates that "Maybe she let you get close too."

In the woods behind the manor, Goldie takes Louie's awkward picture from that morning, and puts it in her wallet next to a picture of Scrooge. She looks back at the home she could have one more time, sighs, then slinks off into the mist with her loot.

Tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Dewey, Mrs. Beakley, Lena and Violet all have silent cameos.
  • Adults Dressed as Children: Peppington's "son" is really Ottoman Empire's Johnny in an ill-fitting kids outfit. A couple of the Beagle Boys are similarly posing as children.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Goldie calls Louie "Sharpie" throughout the episode. It's also a CallBack to Scrooge referring to Louie as the one who's "sharper than the sharpies" among the triplets.
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  • Alliterative Name: Percival P. Peppington
  • An Aesop: As Scrooge puts it, "when you keep looking for angles, you lose sight of what’s right in front of you".
  • ...And 99¢: The total value of the party gifts is estimated by Louie and Goldie to be about 457 million dollars....and 17 cents.
  • Art Shift: The video game uses blocky, outline-less designs.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Glomgold's dummy-son is called "Sharkbomb".
  • Bait-and-Switch: Doofus's presentation is initially set up as a homage to The Birth of Venus with a giant scallop in the swimming pool suggesting that Doofus is inside it. When the shell opens, it is empty; Doofus instead appears right behind Louie.
  • Bee Afraid: Doofus sends guests who displease him into the "honey bin", where they get stung by angry bees.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Louie when Goldie pins the blame on him in ruining Doofus's party.
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    • Goldie when Doofus gives all the goodie bags to Louie.
  • Birthday Episode: The clue is in the title.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On one hand, Louie has provided the Drakes with a new child in the form of Boyd, who seizes half of Doofus' inheritance for his new parents to use and gives Mr. and Mrs. Drake the courage they need to give Doofus a long-overdue indefinite grounding, thereby ending Doofus' reign of terror. Unfortunately, he gets betrayed by Goldie and loses not only all the money-filled gift bags from Doofus' party but also his respect for someone whom he thought was like him. At the same time, Goldie is left all alone once more, having lost a chance to make a meaningful relationship with Louie like she did with Scrooge to make a quick buck.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • How Huey plays the video game. While Della (and Launchpad) love exploring, fighting monsters, riding dragons, and finding loot, he likes to tend to his little farm inside a force field, kill bugs and harvest crops for meager XP. However, by doing so he's accumulated far more experience points than his own significantly over-leveled mom.
    • Louie initially just wants to grab a single gift bag for himself and Goldie and then immediately take off, a sensible plan that still nets a decent haul for them and massively lowers the risk of Doofus's depraved antics falling on them. Goldie convinces him to go for a plan that will get them all of the gift bags but it's pretty clear that her making off with them in the end was down more to luck on her end than anything.
  • Brick Joke: Louie is immediately wary of the "Not Full of Hair" cake and its suspicious disclaimer upon seeing it. During his rampage later in the episode, even Boyd stops and stares at it in confusion for a moment before flipping it onto the Maid Mom, revealing the cake is indeed full of hair.
  • Burning with Anger: Huey, when he flips out and levels up to defeat the game monster that destroyed his crops and attacked his mother.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Louie reappears after not featuring in the past five episodes.
    • This is the second appearance of Goldie in the present, since her last appearance was during a flashback in "The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck!".
    • The Beagle Boys make their first appearance since "Treasure of the Found Lamp!", ten episodes ago.
  • Call-Back: In her first appearance, Goldie admits she would steal from children if they have something she wanted (right after denying she would ever steal from them). In this episode, she does exactly that, with the child in question being Louie.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Is it any surprise that Goldie double-crosses Louie at every opportunity?
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Huey does this In-Universe. Della tries to encourage him to break out of this, which she comes to regret when he actually does so and then goes berserk on an in-game enemy.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Louie winds up outside of Doofus's treehouse mansion with all of the gift bags, but he decides he can't just let Goldie be kept prisoner and goes back to save her.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Goldie, again, references spending time in a demon dimension. She says being trapped as Doofus' Parental Substitute is even worse.
    • Johnny from Ottoman Empire being in a downward spiral career-wise is continued with him badly pretending to be a child as part of an acting gig.
  • Crocodile Tears: Louie tries to inflict this on Goldie when she locks him in a treasure chest in his room. It fails when Goldie recognizes it as "Crocodile's Waterworks".
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Huey and Della's plot takes place almost entirely inside the game, with a Launchpad cameo.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The video game Huey and Della play is called Legends of Legendquest: Dereznaroth.
  • Do Wrong, Right:
    • Upon seeing the gift bags are to be given to guests when they leave, Louie attempts to take two and flee the party until Goldie stops him. She tells him that doing so would just make him a bad party guest. Since they're con artists and not thieves, they're going to stay and hatch a scheme to acquire all of the gift bags.
    • Doofus says Percival P. Peppington should have hired an actual child if he wanted to hire someone to pretend to be his son.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the misery they've had to endure, Mr. and Mrs. Drake finally get a son who loves them and get the nerve to properly discipline Doofus. And since he was the one who tended to get the most abuse and lament that, Mr. Drake is the one who gets to say, "I'm free."
  • Eureka Moment: Louie realizes Boyd isn't really Mark Beaks's son because otherwise Beaks would have posted Boyd's baby pictures.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Played for Laughs. Glomgold and Beaks are visibly disturbed by Doofus kissing the tattoo of his "Gummeemama" on his father's stomach, just like everyone else is. The former even covers the eyes of his ventriloquist dummy "son".
    • Believe it or not, even Doofus himself is not immune from this. Turns out that this year isn't the first time one of his guest's eyes melted out of their sockets at his birthday party (the same thing happened the previous year) and it traumatized him so much he swore it wouldn't happen again.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Goldie is shocked that Doofus would go so far as to kill Louie by using him as a piñata for Boyd to whack.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In a party where most of the guests are the main cast's enemies, Doofus Drake ultimately proves himself far more cold-blooded than all of them combined. Which is really saying something when the guest list includes people like Mark Beaks and Flintheart Glomgold.
  • Evil Twin: Louie tries to invoke this at the start of the episode to intimidate Goldie, but fails.
    Louie: (from inside a locked chest) Rookie?! I'll have you know I am the evil triplet, okay?!
    Goldie: (casually robbing him blind) Sure, you're the scariest bunny in the pet shop.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Louie takes a moment to gloat after being ejected out of the party with the gold, only to realize Goldie is now held captive inside Doofus's mansion. Subverted when he chooses to ignore it since Goldie betrayed him. Double subverted when he decides go back and save her.
    Louie: Who's the sharpie now, Goldie? I'm out here rich. And you're in there suffering...who knows what unspeakable horrors...after you've turned on me...and saved my life...which was probably part of her big con somehow!
  • Eye Scream: When Boyd malfunctions, his false eyes melt away revealing mechanical sockets and camera lens. He switches to a new set of eyes later on.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Goldie being enslaved to be Doofus's new grandmother and kept inside a glass case. She claims it's worse than being stuck in a dimension tormented by imps.
  • Flat "What": Goldie when Doofus makes her his new grandmother.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Doofus's invitation says it's his Septleventh birthday. It also says it's for the "Obscenely rich... and richly obscene."
    • One of the options on Boyd is for "Overlord".
  • Friend or Idol Decision: When Louie is tied up, Goldie takes a decidedly long look at the gift bags before deciding to save him. Clearly, she thought saving Louie would risk losing the treasure (which, in a weird way, it did).
  • Fun with Acronyms: Louie discovers the truth about Boyd when he finds a wifi on his phone with his true name: Beaks Optimistic Youth Droid.
  • Gilligan Cut: Shortly after Scrooge warns Louie about working with Goldie, he gets into one.
    Louie: I'm a professional! I can handle this! (cut to Louie in a chest) How did this go so wrong so quickly!?
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Boyd is distraught to learn he's not a real boy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Della tries to get Huey to come out of his comfort zone in the game. This results in Huey going completely berserk even after he kills the monster that destroyed his crops, forcing a disturbed Della to drag him away from the game.
  • Grew a Spine: After Mr. and Mrs. Drake adopt Boyd and he gains half of Doofus's fortune, they stop being Extreme Doormats and ground Doofus indefinitely.
  • Happily Adopted: Boyd is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Drake at the end of the episode, and it's a perfect arrangement for all three. (He gets loving parents who will treat him like a real boy like he wanted, and they get a sweet, loving son who helps them stand up to Doofus.)
  • Hate Sink: Doofus was always an unlikable person, but this episode definitely has him at his worst.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Parodied when Doofus plans to make Louie his own piñata.
    Doofus: But I've never hunted the most dangerous piñata: Man.
  • Insistent Terminology: Doofus always calls Louie "Llewelyn".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Doofus criticizes one of the party guests, Percival P. Peppington, by saying that if he was going to hire somebody to pose as his child to get at one of the treasure-filled gift bags, it would've been far more convincing if he had hired a child actor for the job instead of using the obviously grown-up television personality Johnny from Ottoman Empire.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Doofus finally gets what he deserves when his fortune is split with Boyd and he loses his control over his parents, who promptly ground him.
  • Lethal Chef: Implied. The birthday cake has written on it in icing, "Not full of hair". Louie shudders that this even had to be mentioned. When the cake falls on Mrs. Drake in a later scene, it is indeed full of hair.
  • Level Grinding: Huey has accumulated points just by keeping to his vegetable farm and killing small bugs. However, he's too afraid to leave to do other quests, as he'll lose all his accumulated experience points if he dies.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: Unlike Dewey, the reckless, impulsive, adventurous Della has trouble bonding with the more studious, cautious, and easily overwhelmed Huey. While they both like the same virtual reality game, how they play is vastly different: Huey's Complacent Gaming Syndrome bores Della to tears, and Della trying to get Huey to leave his comfort zone results in him having a massive Freak Out!
  • Living Lie Detector: Doofus is apparently able to detect lies through smell.
  • Logic Bomb: Since Boyd was only activated the previous day, Louie short circuits him merely by asking him about the day before that, then finishes the job by asking him when his birthday is.
  • Loophole Abuse: As Doofus's brother, Boyd is entitled to half of Gummeemama's fortune.
  • Method Acting: In-universe, Glomgold gets so invested in Sharkbomb's character that he has the dummy act in ways that are detrimental to himself. Like getting so worked up over Sharkbomb sassing him that Glomgold tears his head off in a blind rage (exposing his own scheme), or after Doofus activates a trap door into the "honey bin" and Glomgold begs "Sharkbomb" to hold for dear life, he has Sharkbomb let go just to spite him, since it would be in-character for the little tyke.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Boyd is the only being Doofus seems to somewhat regard as a friend, doting on him without acting excessively creepy, possessive, or sadistic. (At least, before Doofus learns he's a robot.) Boyd's breakdown also elicits sympathy and guilt from the otherwise blase Louie.
    • Louie himself becomes one for Goldie, as she risks her life (and her gold) to save him from being beaten to death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Louie, after his invoking Tomato in the Mirror causes sweet, friendly Boyd to Go Mad from the Revelation, suffer a Surprise Creepy existential meltdown and seemingly "die" by falling into the pool, sinking to the bottom.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Scrooge has a sudden feeling something is wrong in the mansion. After finding many Unusually Uninteresting Sights, he returns to his office to find Goldie there.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Louie decides to save Goldie when he's well within his rights to take off and let her suffer, in the process managing to neutralize Doofus as a threat and giving his put upon parents an actual loving son. He winds up repaid by Goldie sneaking off with all of the gift bags that had been Louie's, leaving put out as well as heartbroken because he felt that Goldie could understand him in a way his family couldn't.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Louie when Goldie suggests attending Doofus's birthday party.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When trying to figure out what's wrong in the manor, Scrooge comes across Webby, Lena, and Violet fighting a werebear and Beakley and Dewey dealing with a "tempest in a teapot". Why and how these happened, and how they were ultimately dealt with, are left unexplained.
    • After Boyd suffers his Logic Bomb and sinks, Doofus laments that he "swore that no one else's eyes would melt out of their head" after last year's birthday party. It's quite surprising since he shows genuine sorrow at what happened.
    • When Doofus makes her his new "Gummeemama", Goldie mentions that she was once trapped in another dimension as imps jabbed her with a million tiny splinters and whispered her greatest failures in her ear. She then says her current predicament is worse.
  • Not So Above It All: Although Huey grinded up a ton of experience points through basic farming and killing level 1 bugs, what tempts him into considering leaving his protective bubble is seeing the great loot that dropped for Della just outside his door.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Doofus seems to demonstrate this ability many times in the episode.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Louie when Doofus turns on him and Goldie after Boyd's breakdown, and they have no one else to pin the blame on. And then Goldie throws him under the bus.
    • Goldie when Doofus makes her his new grandmother.
    • Right after defeating Doofus, Louie sees that Goldie is gone...and so are his gift bags.
  • Only in It for the Money: The guests at Doofus's birthday party are just there because of the gold-filled gift bags served when they leave. Except for Beaks, who is posing as a father to become the center of attention online.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The humanoid carnivoran creature fighting Webby, Lena, and Violet is not identified, although its bear-like appearance and noises and the fact that is associated with fish (which Lena is holding) and a teddy bear all point to it being a werebear.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Percival P. Peppington's "son" is the adult Johnny in disguise. Lampshaded as Doofus says Percival should have at least hired an actual child for the role.
      Johnny: (offended) Hey, I got range!
    • Several Beagle Boys are also dressed up in disguises before ejected just after the above incident.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In what could be seen as a twisted act of mercy by Doofus, rather than sending Johnny down into his bee-infested "honey bin" with Percival P. Peppington and the Beagle Boys, he opts to simply launch Johnny out of his treehouse and away from the party without punishing him for being part of Peppington's con.
    • Louie also does one for Doofus's parents, making Boyd become Doofus's brother, who then transfers half of Gumeemama's fortune into the parents' account, so they are liberated from Doofus's control and can properly discipline him.
    • Louie also does one for Boyd, restoring his sentience and giving him loving parents to treat him like the real boy he wants to be. (Not just a photo prop like Beaks, or a mind-controlled killer robot like Doofus.)
  • Plot-Sensitive Button: Doofus's remote has a single button that he presses to eject all his guests, no matter where they are positioned.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Louie gives Doofus exactly what he deserves, only to realize that Goldie escaped with his golden goodie bags.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Doofus has Goldie trapped in a glass case as his new "Goldiemama".
  • Running Gagged: Doofus's parents reverently echoing "Gummeemama" at every mention of her name is abruptly stopped by Louie telling them to knock it off.
  • Sadist: This episode really delves into the depths of Doofus's depravity. Creating a new party game where guests get splinters? Making a cake full of hair (suspiciously marked otherwise) for guests to eat? Keeping trap doors to a "honey bin" full of bees? Being willing to string Louie up like a pinata and have Boyd beat him to death with a bat for "ruining his birthday party"? Tattooing a picture of himself as a centaur with Gummeemama riding on his back into his father's chest, and caressing and kissing said picture while his father squirms in discomfort? And, to top it all off, saying that Gummeemama was the only parent he's ever known, while his parents are standing right there? Yup. It checks out.
    Butler Dad: Why does he hurt me?
    Maid Mom: (frowning) You know why.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Louie tries to hightail out of the party when Doofus's arrival is announced, taking two goodie bags along with him, but Goldie stops him.
    Louie: Great party! Can't wait to tell my therapist about it when I'm older. Bye!
  • Secret Test of Character: The whole party was a test to get a replacement Gummeemama for Doofus. Goldie "wins" by standing in front of Boyd as he's about to hit Louie with a bat like a piñata.
  • Seen It All: It really says something about Scrooge's life when he thinks Huey and Della getting super into an online fantasy game is weirder than Webby and her friends fighting a werebear or Dewey and Beakley dealing with a "tempest in a teapot".
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A whale shark appears in the photo of Mark and Boyd at Duckburg Aquarium.
  • Self-Disposing Villain:
  • Shout-Out:
  • Soft Water: Averted. Doofus falls on his back off he diving board into the pool, resulting in him moaning in pain from the impact.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Just like Goldie, Scrooge refers to Crocodile Tears as "Crocodile's Waterworks".
  • Surprise Creepy: Louie's ploy to expose Boyd as a robot leads to Boyd suffering an unsettling existential breakdown.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Doofus' birthday cake has "Not full of hair" written on it. Louie's not buying it.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Goldie has no idea what Louie means when he talks about "clickbait".
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Scrooge when he sees that Goldie is in his mansion and Louie has become her apprentice.
    • Beaks's response to Boyd's meltdown is to mutter that he's going to need a really big bag of rice to fix him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As Louie laments being betrayed by Goldie, Scrooge offers him sympathy rather than say I Warned You.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Boyd genuinely believes he's a real boy until Louie starts poking holes in his backstory, causing him to malfunction. He's seemingly reset by the end of the episode.
  • Trap Door: Doofus has trap doors all over the place, sending those who displease him into his "honey bin" (which is also full of bees).
  • Underestimating Badassery: Goldie regards Doofus as little more than a creepy rich kid she can bilk out of riches, rather than the unhinged maniac he truly is. She finds out her mistake quite quickly.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If there was any doubt Huey is related to Donald, it goes out the window here when he uses his massive amount of XP to go into an unstoppable level and pommel a mob in revenge for destroying his crops in-game.
  • Ventriloquism: Glomgold, with his "son".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Doofus suffers one when, thanks to Louie reprogramming Boyd, he loses his substitute grandmother (a very unenthusiastic Goldie O'Gilt), half his fortune and his control over his parents, who are finally willing to stand up to him now that they have a second son (Boyd) who actually loves them and is equally wealthy.
  • Visual Pun: Scrooge comes across Beakley and Dewey dealing with a "tempest in a teapot". As in, a teapot that produces very strong winds.
  • Wham Line: One that many did not expect to come out of Doofus's parents: "You are grounded! INDEFINITELY!", confirming that Doofus no longer is a threat to anybody (especially his parents).
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: After Louie invokes Tomato in the Mirror and causes Boyd to Go Mad from the Revelation (frantically screaming that he is a real boy before having a literal meltdown and falling into the pool), Louie is the only one who is distraught by how his actions hurt the sweet Boyd. Mark Beaks just gripes that he'll need "a really big bag of rice" to dry him off (like a cellphone) and Goldie is just impressed that Louie "conned that boy-bot right out of sentience." Doofus is somewhere in the middle since while he initially flips out more over that his party is ruined, he does show concern for Boyd beforehand and the fact that he seemed genuinely lamentful regarding not wanting anymore melting eyes indicate some form of concern.
  • You Are Grounded: Doofus's mother tells this to him, coupled with Grounded Forever as she adds in "INDEFINITELY!"
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After Louie invoking Tomato in the Mirror causes Boyd to Go Mad from the Revelation and seemingly commit suicide by dropping into the pool, Louie's expression screams My God, What Have I Done?, and he clearly looks uncomfortable when Goldie congratulates him for it.
  • You're Not My Father: Doofus claims his "Gummeemama" is the only parent he's ever known.
    Butler Dad: Why does he hurt me?

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