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Recap / DuckTales (2017) S2 E22 "GlomTales!"

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Glomgold forms his own team made up of all of Scrooge’s greatest villains to defeat Scrooge’s family once and for all.

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  • Absentee Actor: Despite repeatedly being mentioned in this episode and appearing in a photo, Gyro doesn't make a physical appearance. Lampshaded by Beaks, who believed he'd be fighting him during the climactic battle.
  • Adult Fear: A group of Scrooge's enemies break into McDuck Manor when Louie is home alone and has no way to call for help. Louie was just lucky they were more interested in Scrooge, or Dewey in Don Karnage's case.
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Glomgold breaks down and admits that he can't beat Scrooge on his own, pleading with Ma Beagle for an alliance.
  • Batman Gambit: Louie pulls off a HELL of a one. Using their mutual hatred of Scrooge, he convinces the villains to pool their resources to back Glomgold so he wins the bet. He then convinces Glomgold to sign him on as his partner, knowing that Glomgold would never 1) use his real embarrassing name of Duke Baloney for anything, or 2) read the fine print on the contract detailing that Louie would get his shares should he use an alias. For good measure, Louie even uses his own Embarrassing First Name on both points that matter, therefore making himself the richest duck in the world once he pulls this off, therefore stripping his foes AND his great uncle of all their wealth.
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  • Behind Every Great Man: While Glomgold is the face behind the Legion of Doom, it's clear that Ma Beagle is the brains of the operation as she frequently advises Glomgold throughout the episode.
  • Bindle Stick: Seeing his family pack a bunch of these reveals to Louie which adventure they're going on. He packs his own when he tries to sneak out and follow/beat them to Rock Candy Mountain.
  • Blatant Lies: Owlson tells Scrooge that she is NOT thrilled that she is going to work with him instead of Glomgold. She clearly is.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • For his second appearance since "Sky the Sky!", Don Karnage joins Glomgold's Legion of Doom.
    • A new DT-87 model droid is constructed to babysit Louie and prevent him from concocting any schemes.
    • The Funzo's Fun Zone staff, including Jane the waitress and the costumed mascot, make an appearance.
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  • Call-Back: Della casually hopes that the DT-87 won't turn evil this time.
  • Character Development: Della realizes that Louie's schemes in and of themselves aren't bad and they can be used to positive ends that help the family rather than put them in danger, while Louie learns that not all of his schemes have to benefit him solely.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Louie remembers Glomgold's real name is Duke Baloney, which means "Flintheart Glomgold" has no legal bearing.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Glomgold admits at the end that he never had any intention of sharing all the things he promised to his "family". He just needed their money in order to win the bet.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Louie earning all of Flintheart's money, along with his allies'. Della tells him to sign the company back over to Scrooge, but we see Louie thinking about it for a long time. Cut to black.
  • Continuity Nod: Louie is still grounded after his time-traveling stunt he pulled in the previous episode. In fact, Della goes to extreme measures to keep him from leaving his room.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Della prepared for nearly every possible way in which Louie could get around his punishment, blocking all the videos on his phone and Huey's tablet except for her pre-recorded videos, along with any internet service. Unfortunately, Della neglected the possibility of outside threats to Louie, which was a huge oversight on her part.
  • Cut Phone Lines: When Louie tries to call for backup when the Legion of Doom shows up at the mansion, Mark Beaks had already intercepted any outgoing calls. Presumably he also blocked cell service, but Louie's was already cut off.
  • Cutting the Knot: Louie's plan for Glomgold to win the bet against Scrooge? Well, it was simply about having the most money, and several of the Legion of Doom are incredibly rich independently, so if everyone just gave their money to Glomgold, he'd have even more than Scrooge.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Legion of Doom finds out that Glomgold didn't have an actual plan for destroying Scrooge and his family. His strategy was to assemble counterpoints for each member of the family and kill them all, with no thought given to how that would be done. His lack of planning is so bad that they attack the manor when almost everyone is away.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Scrooge and the rest of the family are shocked that Louie would betray them for the villains and become Glomgold's partner. Until Louie reveals it was all part of a scheme.
  • Eureka Moment: Louie clearly gets the idea for his plan when he looks at the picture of Scrooge with the deed to the city.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Ma Beagle starts to say that Glomgold had a perfectly good plan besides just showing up at the Manor and fighting before she realizes who she's talking about.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The auto-complete on Mark Beaks's search bar has several gags, including "Mark Beaks have friends?" and "two babies in cardigan?"
    • In Funzo's Fun Zone, Beaks is wearing a shirt that says "I am 10 years old". Likewise, Ma Beagle's shirt says "Tired but Fabulous".
    • Magica's cheque is made out to 1 billion dead souls and the memo states that it's for an idiot contest.
    • The contract between Louie and Flintheart has been redacted, but careful study can reveal at least some of what it said.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: The episode ends with Louie in the middle of one. Scrooge and Della expect him to hand McDuck Industries back to his uncle, but Louie is clearly having second thoughts given that it would mean giving up his lifelong goal minutes after obtaining it.
  • Get Out!: Duckworth to the invading villains; unfortunately, Magica makes short work of him.
  • Given Name Reveal:
    • Glomgold refers to Ma Beagle as "Katherine" while in McDuck Manor.
    • While it's been said a few times throughout the series, a Freeze-Frame Bonus confirms how to properly spell Louie's full first name.
  • Go to Your Room!: Louie is stuck in his room while his family continues to go on adventures, and Della has put in every measure she could think of to keep him from leaving.
  • Graceful Loser: Zan Owlson congratulates Scrooge for winning the bet at first, expressing relief over not having to deal with Glomgold anymore.
  • Heroic BSoD: Scrooge goes into shock upon realizing Glomgold actually figured out a way to gain more money than him and win their bet. He only snaps out of it once Louie reveals his own scheme to get both companies himself.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In-Universe, everyone thinks this is Magica's plan after seeing her, when Flintheart deserves the credit.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In true Glomgold fashion, him creating a fake alias instead of going by his real name "Duke Baloney" ultimately leaves him broke.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Magica, once the most powerful sorceress in the world and Scrooge's greatest enemy, is now working as a party magician at Funzo's Fun Zone.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Ma Beagle towards Big Time.
    Ma Beagle: You scarred him for life. That's my job.
  • I Can Explain: Glomgold to the other villains right after betraying them. Naturally, it doesn't work.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Glomgold wants to exclude Magica primarily for ego reasons, he's right that she's not as useful as she would have been in the past now that she's lost her powers. Outside of managing to dispatch Duckworth with a magical gem she had in her possession, she's reduced to just physically striking Scrooge and family during the climax.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Beaks immediately surrenders when it turns out he's fighting Launchpad instead of Gyro.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As a result of his meddling with history in the previous episode, Louie is forbidden from going on adventures with the family, in this case an adventure that he would enjoy as it's "the easiest adventure ever" and includes a river of Pep, his favorite soda.
  • Legion of Doom: Glomgold assembles a team consisting of the other villains Scrooge and his family have faced in the series.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Said word-for-word by Magica as she and the other villains confront Glomgold:
    Magica: Let me get this straight. You stole ALL of our fortunes and then lost it ALL to a child?!
  • Literal Metaphor: When he looks at the photograph, Don Karnage asks Glomgold who is under his thumb. Glomgold claims that the world will be under his thumb before he realizes that his actual thumb had been hiding Webby's face on the photo.
  • Literal-Minded: When Mark shows Glomgold and the Beagles his new online currency "Beaks Coin" and says it's worth more than every dollar in the world, Big Time demands to know where it is. After Mark says it's in the Cloud, Bouncer looks outside and sees a cloud in the sky, then seizes Burger and throws him through the window at said cloud with an eager smile on his face.
  • Magic Skirt: Glomgold's kilt doesn't move when he's hanging upside down. His hat also stays firmly on his head.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: When Glomgold's "family" arrive to the Money Bin, each member faces its counterpart in the McDuck-Duck family.
  • Mugging the Monster: Glomgold planned to keep his Legion of Doom's pooled money for himself, not really considering that most of them were willing and able to kill him and/or steal their money back by force.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Clips from this episode in the season 2 sneak peak were edited to make Magica green, making it look like she had her powers back. Throughout the episode, apart from a ghost-banishing amulet she uses on Duckworth, she's still powerless. Apparently this was due to an animation error that the creators decided to keep for the trailer.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Despite going on about how all of Scrooge's enemies should come together like a family, Glomgold fully intended to keep the money they gave him to win his bet against Scrooge.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Glomgold refuses to recruit Magica until his "family" votes against him and he is forced to accept her into the family.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Everything that's going on in the family adventure is merely teased, mostly as a punishment for Louie.
    • Apparently Magica is/was in possession of 1 billion dead souls.
  • No-Sell: When the DT-87 tries to electrify Bouncer, it bounces off of him harmlessly.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Glomgold feels this way in regards to Scrooge. Don Karnage also feels this way towards Dewey, which causes some confusion between the two when they think the other wants to strike down the person they had dibs on. Not to mention Magica wants to kill Scrooge herself, so she and Glomgold fight each other over it.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The villains' costumes when infiltrating Funzo's are all pretty weak, but special mention goes to Mark Beaks's disguise — a propeller beanie and a T-shirt reading "I AM 10 YEARS OLD" — and Don Karnage not even bothering to dress up at all. Only Glomgold looks somewhat unrecognizable, and that's because he's not wearing his customary false beard.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Ma Beagle wants nothing to do with Glomgold's scheme, noting that his Did Not Think This Through tendencies make him bad at setting up plots and this will likely be no different. It takes Glomgold offering a chance at getting Duckburg's deed for her to join up.
  • Psycho Rangers: Glomgold specifically makes his Legion of Doom so that each member corresponds to one member of the McDuck-Duck family from a group photo of them, which he pastes the heads of his own team over.
    • Glomgold, unsurprisingly, is the Scrooge, as the rich Scottish duck.
    • Burger, Bouncer, and Big Time Beagle are the Huey, Dewey, and Louie respectively, as the three brothers, one smart, one tough and one sharp.
    • Ma Beagle is the Beakley, as the responsible matriarch.
    • Mark Beaks is the Gyro, as the tech genius, although Gyro himself doesn't actually appear and Mark finds himself physically outmatched fighting Launchpad instead.
    • Don Karnage is the Launchpad, as the pilot.
    • Magica is the Webby, as (in Big Time's words) the "dangerous wild card".
    • The only members of the family that don't have a counterpart are Della and Donald, who aren't in the photo.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • With his obsessive nature and wasteful spending on things like booby traps and his schemes, Glomgold could never actually win his bet with Scrooge, and is forced to go begging his fellow villains for help just before the deadline.
    • Glomgold realizes too late that signing a partnership contract with Louie using his alias instead of his real name renders his share null and void, especially as he didn't read the fine print. Thus, everything gets forfeited to Louie.
    • Also, the Rogues Gallery here consists of two confirmed billionaire CEOS, a crime boss and her army of sons, a ruthless, singing pirate, and a ruthless witch with access to the souls of the damned. None of them can be considered poor to be able to keep up with the likes of Scrooge McDuck. Combined, their wealth actually is more than enough to be considered richer than Scrooge's.
    • The Legion of Doom members try to make declarations of hatred all at the same time, and end up just drowning each other out.
    • Glomgold — in a rare case of him not having an overly detailed plan — lacks any sort of coherent idea here beyond "our family destroys his family", which leaves the group completely rudderless by the end and forces them to each look out for only themselves. They also don't have any battle strategy that would capitalize on the matched skills Glomgold considered so important, so the final confrontation boils down to most of the villains just focusing on their greatest enemy, Scrooge, while Mark Beaks cringes in terror at having to fight Launchpad because his counterpart, Gyro, isn't present.
      Louie: What was your scheme, here, exactly? Just show up and fight?
      Ma Beagle: Of course not! I'm sure Flintheart had a perfectly good... (Realizing the truth, she lets out a heavy sigh)
    • The rest of the villains end up having their fortunes taken by Flintheart and then Louie. But being villains, they simply steal their money back and run away. Especially considering the Beagles are criminals and Don Karnage is a pirate.
    • The episode, rather than ending with Louie doing the right thing and signing the company over to Scrooge no questions asked, ends with Louie contemplating what to do with his newfound wealth and power in front of a worried Scrooge and Della. Louie is proud to admit he's the Evil Triplet who sees all the angles, and as far as he's concerned, he EARNED this win. Louie's behavior, good or bad, isn't going to change overnight, especially when his dream is right in front of him.
  • Reverse Psychology: Ma Beagle uses this to get Beaks interested in joining the Legion of Doom.
  • Riches to Rags: Glomgold and his army lose all their money to Louie, until his army steal them back so only Glomgold loses his money. Technically, Scrooge does as well, though Louie was never going to leave him out in the cold, even when he decides to keep it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The BeaksCoin is a reference to Bitcoin.
    • The happy birthday song Magica is forced to sing with the Funso's Fun Zone staff sounds quite similar to the one sung by the Mudka's Meat Hut staff from The Emperor's New Groove.
    • The Rock Candy Mountain adventure is a reference to the folk song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" first recorded by Harry McClintock in 1928.
  • Special Edition Title: Instead of the original opening, this episode uses Glomgold's theme song takeover.
  • Stylistic Suck: Glomgold's take over of the theme song is very poorly put together lyrically and the animation budget runs out by the end.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Magica de Spell is forced to work as a birthday party magician at Funzo's to have an income, much to her dismay.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Mark ends up like this when Don Karnage captures their hot air balloon and sicks his pirate crew on the villains.
  • Twin Switch: Louie dresses up as Huey in the hopes that it'll fool the DT-87. Sadly, Huey happens to call at just that moment.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The "kids are morons" variant is referenced by Glomgold in the theme song.
Glomgold: Okay, we run out of budget, but kids 6 to 10 will love it, GlomTales!
  • Wham Episode: Louie has won Scrooge and Glomgold's bet and is now the richest duck in the world, but he's having second thoughts about giving his status back to Scrooge.
  • The Worf Effect: In his episode debut, Duckworth was capable of protecting McDuck Manor from Scrooge's enemies and was able to get rid of them without issue. In this episode, he's quickly defeated thanks to Magica's ghost-dispelling amulet. The DT-87 is likewise dealt with in one blow by Bouncer.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: As if being grounded wasn't enough, Louie misses out on a fun, easy adventure at Big Rock Candy Mountain. Every time they call him just shows Louie all the fun he's missing.


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