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Recap / Duck Tales S 1 E 33 Sphinx For The Memories

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An ancient Egyptian Civilization abducts Donald so that he can host a spirit of a Pharaoh. But the jealous high-priest unleashes a mummy to destroy Donald, and it's up to Scrooge and the boys to save him.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The Garbled One's spirit after it leaves Donald, taking the mummy's spirit with him.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Donald gets back late from leave, his admiral thinks he's making up the story about the Egyptian Civilization and makes him swab the entire deck as punishment.
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  • Fighting from the Inside: When Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie notice the Garbled One/Donald suddenly bursting into navy and sea-themed dialogue, they realize that Donald is attempting to break free of the Garbled One's possession. This is foreshadowed shortly after the possession when the Garbled One tells his followers to salute him and say "Aye-Aye, sir!" rather than bow.
  • Gilligan Cut: When the Garbled One orders Scrooge and the nephews to build a pyramid for him, it cuts to a scene of a finished pyramid, before zooming out to reveal it as a poster, while the Ducks have only laid one stone.
  • Mummy: The high-priest unleashes one to go after Donald.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Scrooge convinces the Garbled One not to execute them by saying that he and the nephews can build him a pyramid, since all the great pharaohs have one. While they naturally don't even come close to making one, this buys them enough time to come up with an escape plan.
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  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the song "Thanks for the Memories."
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