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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S2 E21 "Timephoon!"

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Rewriting history indeed

When Louie uses Gyro’s Time Tub to steal lost treasures from the past, a mysterious storm in the present sends all of space and time crashing down onto the mansion.


  • 1 Million B.C.: Averted, in contrast with the original series which had dinosaurs and cave-ducks living at the same time. Not only does Bubba only encounter "Tootsie" in modern times via Time Travel, but the few animals seen in Bubba's time period are all Cenozoic (namely modern-looking birds, which are dinosaurs ironically). It's also lampshaded when "Tootsie" stomps into the manor.
    Dewey: Aw, it's just a dinosaur. Bubba's a cave-duck, he can take care of it.
    Huey: That's impossible! Dinosaurs lived millions of years before cave-ducks.
  • Adaptational Badass: The series' version of Tootsie is bigger and more ferocious.
  • Adaptational Nonsapience: Subverted; it seems at first that Bubba went from speaking broken English to not being able to talk at all. Instead, though he only manages to learn a few modern words (which is pointed out as impressive regardless), he's otherwise much more intelligent than his original counterpart.
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  • Adaptational Villainy: The original Tootsie was Bubba's friendly pet. This version of Tootsie is instead a dangerous Xenophobic Herbivore (especially since she's now hailing from an earlier time period than Bubba's), helped by being bigger and much more menacing looking.
  • Adult Fear: Della and everyone else watch their loved ones blink out of existence due to Louie's dangerous time traveling. This becomes one of the reasons why Della grounds him at the end of the episode.
  • An Aesop:
    • Punishing your kids is necessary because it gives them time to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.
    • Sometimes apologizing alone isn’t enough to learn from your mistakes.
  • Age Lift: Tootsie is older than in the original, as evidenced by her larger size. She is presumably still not yet fully-grown, being smaller than an adult Triceratops and having short horns.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Scrooge doubts that Bubba was frozen in an iceberg and thawed in the storm. Webby points out it happened to him twice.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Della is chewing out Louie for his use of the Time Tub:
    Della: You took off in that contraption without thinking of the consequences or the people you would hurt!
    Louie: I wonder who I got that from.
    Everyone else: (gasps, then silently and uncomfortably acknowledges his point)
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Lampshaded by Huey when he points out that dinosaurs lived millions of years before cave-people in response to Dewey thinking Bubba will handle the Triceratops that charged into the mansion. Bubba then rides on the dinosaur as if it was a bull, much to Huey's disbelief.
  • Berserk Button: Being told that his research is wrong is this for Huey, to the point Dewey recoils in fear after suggesting that.
  • Big Storm Episode: The McDuck family is preparing for an incoming hurricane, which combines with the temporal anomalies caused by Louie's time travel to create the titular "timephoon".
  • Bilingual Bonus: The storm is called El Pato. This is a pun on an El Niño tropical storm, except Pato is Spanish for "duck".
  • Bittersweet Ending: On Louie's part. Sure, he saved the day by sending everyone back to the past, but Della calls him out on his reckless action, grounds him and has Louie Inc. shut down. So in other words, Louie has lost his company and now resents Della further.
  • Black Comedy:
    • When the kids hear something falling outside of the mansion, they run to investigate, despite a massive storm closing in. The following ensues:
      Della: What are they gonna find out there? Some rain, some debris...
      Dewey: Hey, cool, a dead guy!
    • When the family comes back from the various eras they were transported to, Launchpad returns as a Future Badass — bedraggled, unshaven and seemingly so haunted at witnessing how the world ended that he can barely form words. He then immediately follows up with, "It was neat! See ya there soon!"
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Della points out that Louie can't get off scot-free for nearly destroying time, while Louie retorts that she shouldn't be lecturing him for doing the same things she did when she was younger.
  • Brick Joke: Beakley warns the kids that eating nothing but chili cheese dogs will give them scurvy. When they are fighting pirates later, one is hit by a chili dog and shouts "My scurvy!"
  • Call-Back: Scrooge's hatred of Santa is shown again, as he has a Santa trap in his chimney. Della and Beakley use this to get rid of a ninja.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Della calls Louie out for taking off in a contraption without thinking about the consequences or people he would hurt, Louie responds that is basically what Della did with the Spear of Selene.
  • Canis Latinicus: Huey calls Bubba a Duckuslopithecus, a play on Australopithecus.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: In this case, you can take something from the past, but you're highly discouraged from doing so. Repeatedly removing lost treasures at certain points in the past upsets the flow of time and causes space-time to collapse on itself.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Della and Beakley argue about parenting while fighting off a ninja.
  • Character Development: Della learns even the best kids can make bad mistakes, and sometimes punishment is needed more than forgiveness. She also has learned from stealing the rocket after Louie points it out.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Scrooge's collection of family canes includes a prehistoric-looking club. Guess what Bubba uses to defend the Duck Manor during the climax?
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Launchpad saw Louie flash back to the present in the time tub, he focuses more on the tub part than the time-travel part.
    • When Beakley uses stepping on a butterfly in the past as an example of the Butterfly Effect, Della chastises her for even thinking about killing butterflies.
    • When Beakley asks Della what she sees wrong with Bubba skateboarding in the house, Della remarks that he should be wearing a helmet, then congratulates herself on good parenting.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Louie learned about Gyro's time tub in "The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck". Now he uses it for the prime story line.
    • Gandra Dee mentioned Benjamin Frankloon as a famous scientist from the past. Now he makes an appearance in person thanks to the time vortex.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The opening of the episode includes Huey talking about wanting to study caveducks and Scrooge showing his oldest ancestor's club, right before an actual caveduck appears.
  • Description Cut: Huey, Dewey, and Webby assume that Bubba could be Scrooge's ancestor, but brush it off as crazy. The very next scene flashes back to the Stone Age, where Bubba carves himself a top hat out of stone.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: Subverted; Bubba does not have a pet dinosaur in this continuity since they've been extinct for millions of years in his time. He does attempt to tame the Triceratops in the same manner as a cowboy would do to a bull, but it doesn't work.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zig-zagged; while most of the family is willing to forgive Louie, it's averted with Della, who ends up grounding him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite disapproving of Della's lax parenting, Beakley gets angry at Louie for his scathing remark that his mother is just as irresponsible as him.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The young Triceratops that gets transported to McDuck Manor in the present is the first living Mesozoic dinosaur seen in the show.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Everyone brought into the present by the Timephoon suffers from this. Bubba is more adaptable than the others though, being able to handle things from outside his original time period. Most others turn violent and basically start rioting.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Bubba's Establishing Character Moment is of him entering the cave the treasure was in and avoiding the traps for it, foreshadowing that he's the ancestor of the adventure-ready Duck-McDuck family.
    • Bubba's painting on Scrooge's whiteboard shows a Triceratops beside Louie, Launchpad and the Time Tub, much before "Tootsie" actually shows up in McDuck Manor.
  • Gone to the Future: Launchpad was zapped into the future, apparently witnessing the end of the world.
    Launchpad: (cheerful) It was neat. See you all there soon!
  • Go to Your Room!: Della says just that to Louie at the end of the episode.
  • Hands Go Down: After explaining his scheme to Launchpad, Louie asks if he has any questions. Then adds "keep in mind again that this is not a real tub and cannot be used for bubble baths." Launchpad, wearing a shower cap, puts his hand down and puts away the rubber ducky he was holding.
  • Human Popsicle: Dewey and Webby bring up the classic "caveman got frozen in an iceberg and thawed out in modern times" trope to explain Bubba's presence. Scrooge scoffs at that notion despite it happening to him before, which Webby calls him out on.
  • Hypocrite: Huey says that he wants to study cave-ducks, but refuses to accept the behavior he witnesses from an actual cave-duck because it contradicts what he researched.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Similarities to her own actions aside, Della punishing Louie for his reckless use of the Time Tub is treated as the right choice. Though "hypocrite" is stretching it at best, as Della never once tried to defend her actions as somehow more okay than Louie's, and even cuts off Beakley when she speaks up to scold Louie for his comment.
  • Ignored Aesop: Even after seeing how everything went wrong, Louie STILL holds that his plan was perfect.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • After Mrs. Beakley finds Dewey and Webby stocking up on chili cheese dogs for the hurricane:
      Beakley: I doubt your mother would approve of the nutrition—
      (she groans as she turns to see Della helping herself to a chili dog)
      Della: What? Chili cheese dogs put the "hurray" in "hurray-cane party"! It's no big deal.
    • Louie assures Launchpad that there are no problems in their time-travelling, only to find Bubba got dragged to the present time. When Launchpad starts panicking that they could be in the past, Louie tries to calm him down saying there is (probably) no effect on the timeline. Cue the clocks in the mansion going haywire and a band of pirates being transported to the manor by the storm's lightning.
    • Everything involving Huey with Bubba due to the latter being able to effortlessly handle things a cave-duck would not encounter, like skateboards and dinosaurs.
    • When Scrooge, Beakley, Della, and Louie are at the living room to discuss about the Timephoon:
      Scrooge: Perhaps Gyro has some time tech left that will help us identify what's causing this.
      Louie: I love where your head's at, Uncle Scrooge! Ohhh, too bad we can't ask him. Because of the storm.
      (the storm's lightning enters the room and teleports in Gyro, who falls onto the floor and frantically grabs Scrooge's coat)
      Louie: Ew, boy.
    • After the women dealing with the ninja, Scrooge informs them about another time anomaly:
      Scrooge: There are Spanish freedom fighters on the roof!
      Mrs. Beakley: Are you certain?
      Freedom fighters: Vive la Révolution!
      Scrooge: Uh, no. They may be French.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Della decides to punish Louie for causing the time storm with his reckless use of the time tub, he angrily but accurately fires back that her description of what he did was basically what Della did with the Spear of Selene. Even though everyone sadly and silently agrees, save for Beakley who gets infuriated by the remark, Della still puts her foot down and rightfully punishes Louie.
  • Karma Houdini: Almost seems to happen, when the family is seen easily forgiving Louie for the Time Tub incident but is then averted when Della disciplines Louie for it, and the next episode shows said punishment sticking.
  • Kick the Dog: When Della disciplines Louie for being reckless and not thinking about how he could have hurt others, Louie backhandedly brings up how Della did just that to the family years ago.
  • Late to the Punchline: Launchpad takes a couple of seconds longer than the others to get Louie's remark about getting his recklessness from Della.
  • Laughing Mad: Huey after Dewey suggests his research might be wrong.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Della and Louie are this in the worst way possible. Both took a dangerous contraption and used it without thinking of the consequences of using it or how their actions would hurt other people. Louie even points it out in a backhanded manner.
  • Literally Laughable Question: As Dewey and Webby stock supplies for the storm, Webby asks Louie if he'd like to help. Then all three have a good laugh about it.
  • Magical Camera: Benjamin Frankloon's reaction to the TV camera.
    Ben Frankloon: As history's foremost meteorologist...WHAT THE DEVIL IS THIS BOX?! IS IT STEALING MY SOUL?! (throws the camera to the ground, cracking the lens) Back to you, Roxanne.
  • Moral Luck: Discussed between Della and Louie. When Della calls Louie out for starting Timephoon, he protests that he didn't mean to cause the damage he did, so he shouldn't be punished as if the damage caused by his time-traveling was intentional. Della counters that his time-traveling scheme was still reckless, dangerous, and an amoral get-rich-quick scheme motivated by his own greed and said greed almost destroyed not only his family but all of space and time. As a result, she grounds him.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When being threatened by a Triceratops, Huey tries to talk her down and wants to call her "Tootsie". Tootsie was the name of Bubba's pet Triceratops. The Triceratops is also orange and at a young age, much like the original Tootsie.
    • Webby introduces herself to Bubba as "Webba," his nickname for her in the original series.
    • Dewey briefly sings Bubba's theme song from the original series as the music plays in the background.
    • Bubba riding on the Triceratops references his relationship with Tootsie in the original series.
  • Ninja Log: One appears after the ninja performs a Smoke Out.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A few famous historical figures were bird-ified, like Benjamin Frankloon and Queen Elizabeak.
  • Noodle Incident: Watching the kids stock up on chili cheese dogs to eat during the hurricane, Mrs. Beakley warns them that by the eighth day of eating nothing but, they will get scurvy... again.
  • Not Me This Time: Gyro flatly denies that he is the cause of the Timephoon since he just arrived at the mansion.
    Scrooge: (eyes narrowed) Said the clone.
  • Oh, Crap!: Louie when he sees that his latest time-travelling scheme has hit a snag.
  • Parents as People: Della is still struggling with being a good parent to her kids (still acting more like a Cool Big Sis) and Beakley has to help her out. While she does ultimately manage to discipline Louie at the end of the episode, she considers it one of the hardest things she's had to do.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Played for Drama. Della tells Louie off for stealing a contraption without thinking of the consequences, then Louie points out that she did the exact same thing. Objectively speaking, Louie upsetting the space-time continuum is considerably far worse than anything wrong Della did in her lifetime.
  • Perma-Stubble: Launchpad gains some on his bill after coming back from the future.
  • Pirates Vs Ninjas: Among the first things the Timephoon carries to the present are a band of pirates and a ninja. Unfortunately, they don't fight each other.
  • Portmanteau: Highlighted by Roxanne, she combined "typhoon" and "time vortex" to call the phenomenon the titular "Timephoon!" Doubles as Portmantitle.
  • Pushover Parents: Della acts like this at first, being all chill towards the kids' antics and actually encouraging them, until she realizes that it all resulted from Louie's greed. She finally subverts this by grounding Louie for his actions.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite his honest apologies, Della grounds Louie and orders him to dismantle Louie Inc. after he almost traps everyone in the past. The moral of this episode? Sometimes apologizing alone isn’t enough to learn from your mistakes.
    • Huey's findings of caveducks after his experience with Bubba are rejected by the Junior Woodchucks because a caveman who can understand modern language, eat chili cheese dogs, skateboard, play a keytar, and ride on a dinosaur is naturally ridiculous.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Huey's eyes gain red irises as he becomes more and more enraged by Bubba failing to act in accordance with his research.
  • Reimagining the Artifact:
    • Since the idea of non-avian dinosaurs and cavepeople living together has become a thoroughly Dead Horse Trope, Bubba does not have a pet Triceratops in this continuity. He instead encounters a Triceratops in modern times by means of time anomaly, and the dinosaur doesn't act friendly towards him.
    • Bubba is much more intelligent than in the original, since the portrayal of Neanderthals and other prehistoric people as stupid is now discredited.
    • This version of Tootsie is more in line with modern depictions of dinosaurs with their legs erect and tail off the ground, in contrast to the original who was based off of old-fashioned "lizard-like" portrayals.
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: When Mrs. Beakley vanishes, Scrooge realizes she's been thrown back in time when she appears in the painting of of the Scrooge, Donald, and Della fighting pirates.
  • Sanity Slippage: Huey does not take it well when his anthropological research turns out to be wrong.
  • Seen It All:
    • Della is initially unphased at their new, temporally-displaced visitors, because this is stuff she's dealt with everyday.
    • When a ninja shows up in his home, Scrooge calls them worse than termites because you can't get them out of the rafters.
    • Roxanne is not at all surprised that McDuck Manor is the epicenter of the time weirdness. She also rather casually reports about the time vortex, as if it was something that has happened before and does not need explanation.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Huey correctly points out that Paleolithic people didn't have wheels or clubs, in contrast to the stereotypical portrayal of cavemen which are shown inventing stone wheels and wielding clubs. (Bubba's capability of using both wheels and clubs showcases how advanced he is.)
    • Huey is also correct about that non-avian dinosaurs and prehistoric people lived millions of years apart, averting the 1 Million B.C. trope that was present in the original show.
    • Bubba is portrayed as a Genius Bruiser rather than Dumb Muscle like in the original. This is more in line with real-life prehistoric people (including Neanderthals) which were just as intelligent as their modern counterparts, in contrast to the common perception of cavemen as extremely slow-witted.
  • Stable Time Loop: Scrooge owns a caveman's club that was apparently used as a cane by the McDuck family's prehistoric ancestor. Bubba takes said club back with him to the past, which means he's the ancestor Scrooge was talking about. This also means that that club is infinitely old. The fact that Bubba took the club back implies that it was Louie's scheme that made the McDuck family in the first place due to the former's experiences in the future.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Gyro begins his account of what happened to his time machine by saying that he was definitely not building a clone army. The flashback clearly shows him surrounded by clones of himself.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Louie's time-traveling shenanigans are what cause the Timephoon to happen.
  • Title Drop: Roxanne coins the "Timephoon" term in a broadcast.
  • Tough Love: Della really gives it to Louie when she scolds him for his scheme backfiring, grounds him and sends him to his room. She admits it was hard, but Beakley reassures it was for the best. This is actually a Reconstruction of the idea. Beakley points out that it's not about coming down on the children for every slip up they make but that sometimes they honestly mean well and cause trouble by mistake but have to be disciplined so they can know better and grow as people.
  • Trapped in the Past: Everyone except Launchpad (who got sent to the future) and Louie get trapped in the past during the climax.
  • Tricked Out Time: Subverted. Louie thinks he can do this by taking a lost treasure the moment it got lost, but doing so still disrupts the flow of time. Putting the objects back the moment they were taken doesn't fully undo everything either.
  • Waxing Lyrical: The first line of the episode is almost identical to the first line of the theme song.
  • Wham Episode: Della punishes Louie for his time-travelling shenanigans, grounding him and shutting down Louie Inc. The wham factor here is that until this moment, Della has been a very lenient parent, spoiling the boys and unwilling to discipline them.
  • Wham Shot: The last scene of the episode has Bubba putting on a top hat that he made out of stone and using the club that he brought home as a cane, revealing that he is the first McDuck.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After the disaster is fixed, Della chews out Louie for his irresponsibility and grounds him, ordering to dismantle Louie, Inc.
    • Beakley becomes livid at Louie for his scathing Like Parent, Like Child remark and attempts to give him a piece of her mind for talking back at his mother, but Della stops her and insists she'll handle it herself.
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: The whole mess started because Louie misunderstood what impact his actions would have on the timestream.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Huey submits his report on his research on Bubba to the Junior Woodchucks. It gets rejected due to sounding "wildly outlandish", and thus he doesn't get his new edition of the JW guidebook.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: It seems that significantly more time passed for everyone who got sent through time than it did for Louie back in Duckburg, since they're all wearing different outfits despite only minutes passing in the present.
  • You Are Grounded: Della punishes Louie this way at the end of the episode.


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