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Recap / Duck Tales S 1 E 38 Lost Crown Of Genghis Khan

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To decide on the Explorer of the Year, Scrooge goes searching for an ancient lost crown in the Himalayas. However, one unscrupulous member named Sir Guy plans to win by making sure all the other explorers are put out of the race by a series of accidents and soon only he and Scrooge are left in the running. Webby gets separated from the others and is found by the yeti, who turns out to be friendly. While looking for her, Scrooge finds the crown but Sir Guy steals it and makes a run down the mountain. Sir Guy takes the crown back to the explorers headquarters and is declared the winner...until Scrooge shows up with proof he got to the crown first, namely the yeti. The episode ends with her chasing the villain off into the sunset.

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This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: The yeti develops a crush on Launchpad, who doesn't return the sentiments. Luckily for him, the yeti then crushes on the villain of the week at the end, where Scrooge pokes fun at Launchpad for getting dumped.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: One of the ducks in the hospital has both arms up in stirrups, bent in an impossible angle (both straight forwards from the elbow).
  • Adaptation Distillation: Loosely based on the Carl Barks story of the same name.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: A yeti appears in the cave where the crown is.
  • Canon Foreigner: Black Pete appears in one of his many roles, this time as Genghis Khan.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Several members of the Explorers Club have portraits with this happening to them.
  • Chick Magnet: Launchpad gets some interest from the native ladies. As Scrooge is getting ready to start, he finds the pilot doing a native dance, with the village women looking on and clapping. Scrooge ends the performance by yanking Launchpad away.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: When their plane runs out of fuel mid-flight and they start to nosedive, Launchpad indignantly comments on the terrible gas mileage.
  • Crippling the Competition: Sir Guy tries to take the other explorers out of the competition by injuring them or messing with their equipment and succeeds with all but Scrooge.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: The yeti loves valuables and keeps a room full of expensive treasures.
  • Fainting: A downplayed version of the exhausted faint. When Scrooge's behavior towards the yeti causes her to run off, Webby runs after her. Scrooge tries to follow, but is still recovering from having been frozen solid and falls backwards into the triplets' arms. Launchpad offers to follow the two instead.
  • Flashback: The episode begins with one.
  • Furry Confusion: The bad guy for this episode is a classic Disney dog. At one point he uses a rabbit to make the non-anthromorphic dogs on another explorer's sled bolt.
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  • Gender Flip: The Abominable Snowman was male in the original Barks story.
  • Harmless Freezing: Scrooge is frozen solid at one point but is fine (apart from being a bit weak) after a nap and some hot soup.
  • Literal Metaphor: At the end, Scrooge calls Launchpad, whereupon the Yeti, who's Bridal Carrying him, comes in. She loses interest in Launchpad and drops him to chase after Guy. Scrooge makes a quip about him getting "dumped."
  • Karma Houdini: The only punishment Sir Guy gets is to lose the title of Explorer of the Year to Scrooge again and to be chased off by the yeti, despite the fact he tried to kill Scrooge and company with an avalanche and severely injured the other explorers.
  • Rescue Romance: Launchpad saves "Snowy" from falling off a cliff. When he finally manages to haul her up the cliff, she begins making goo-goo eyes at him, much to his dismay (and Webby's amusement).
    Webby [giggling]: You're her hero, Launchpad!
  • Samus Is a Girl: The yeti turns out to be female. Subtly foreshadowed, as the hands we see in the flashback have painted nails.
  • Shout-Out: While swinging over a crevasse, Launchpad does the Tarzan yell.
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