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Launchpad finds himself masquerading as Bruno Von Beak, an agent for the Foreign Organization of World Larceny, whose leader, Dr. Nogood, wants to wipe out the world's money supply.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Huey, Dewey and Louie don't appear in this episode.
  • Accidental Misnaming: One of the agency leaders keeps calling Launchpad "Lunchpail."
  • Action Girl: Feathers can do some terrific martial arts, and even tries to take on a group of lions (before quickly jumping into Launchpad's arms).
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  • Agents Dating: Feather and Bruno were apparently carrying on a romance. The person who briefed Launchpad didn't mention this, causing the pilot to act out of character when Feathers aggressively flirts with him.
  • Belly Dancer: When we first see Feathers, she performs as a belly dancer, complete in the stereotypical costume and much to the delight of the male audience.
  • Bridal Carry: Launchpad holds Feathers in his arms when he elevates both of them out of the lions' reach.
  • Bullet Catch: One of Dr. Nogood's men catches a bullet in his beak...and crushes it.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Enemy agent Bruno von Beak looks exactly like Launchpad, except for their hair color. Bruno is brunette or black-haired while Launchpad is redhaired. This actually starts off the conflict given that someone in the DIA mistakes Launchpad for Bruno, causing them to haul him in for interrogation.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Launchpad. Notably, Scrooge only appears at the beginning and ending and has few lines.
  • Defecting for Love: Feathers. While she's also irritated at F.O.W.L. for trying to kill her, a large part of her motive is that she's now in love with Launchpad. The relationship doesn't go anywhere, but it does lead to her defecting from her old bosses.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Yes, a Disney parody of Pussy Galore.
    • Not only that, Launchpad gets to have G-Rated Sex with her. Wow, Disney. Just wow.
    • On the second fly-over map, it shows Israel with a big explosion identifying it.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Launchpad is shown to be attracted to the red-haired Feathers Galore. Given that Launchpad is himself a redhead and a hero and that Feathers eventually falls in love with him, it could be counted as a Played With example.
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  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Launchpad gets out of the Death Trap F.O.W.L. placed the two of them in and takes Feathers with him, she begins working with him. When Launchpad asks since when she's working against her old bosses, she answers that they tried to kill her.
  • Offscreen Crash: At the end of the episode, Launchpad is flying Scrooge back home (with their progress shown by map) when he realizes he forgot to refuel after the flying he did with it earlier. Cue the inevitable.
    Scrooge: Launchpad, you're a double-o-dope!
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The episode served as a potential solo vehicle for Launchpad in his own series. Scrooge and Gyro are the only other regular characters to show up, and even then their appearances are limited to the first few minutes, with Scrooge showing up one more time at the very end. A retooled version of F.O.W.L. would later be used for Darkwing Duck a few years later, which did have Launchpad as one of the show's main characters.
  • Rescue Romance: Feathers begins showing actual attraction to Launchpad after he saves her from a Death Trap, saying that even Bruno hadn't saved her life.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Dr. Nogood has a Right-Hand Persian cat. It wouldn't be a James Bond spoof without it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To 007.
    • Feathers Galore to Pussy Galore.
    • Launchpad says to the villain, "Would you believe my belt turns into a cannon?"
    • Feathers sarcastically calls Launchpad "Dorothy" and suggests he forgot to click his heels when he's having some trouble with his spy shoes.
    • The goodbye scene at the end is heavily influenced by Casablanca, with Launchpad warning Feathers that she'll regret it if she leaves her true love Bruno for him and saying goodbye to her with, "Here's looking at you, Feathers."
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Launchpad's shoes have extensions that can elevate him far into the air.
  • Tsundere: Feathers alternates between flirting with Launchpad and snarking at him.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: After the mission is complete, the head of the DIA wants Launchpad to become a full-time agent. The pilot refuses, saying he's going back to the safer job of working for Scrooge.
  • We Don't Need Roads: Launchpad McQuack is given a car that can turn into a boat or an helicopter.
  • Women Drivers: Referenced and averted; Launchpad yells at Feathers as she tries to run him off the road, saying that "it's people like you who give women drivers a bad name!"
  • You Have Failed Me: Feathers gets stuck in the same lion pit in which the villains put Launchpad, as punishment for failing to get rid of him the first time. Unsurprisingly, this leads to a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal after Launchpad gets out of the pit and takes her with him.
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