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Recap / Duck Tales S 1 E 9 Dime Enough For Luck

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Magica takes advantage of Gladstone Gander's unusual luck to steal Scrooge's #1 Dime and then curses his luck. Can Gladstone and Scrooge get the luck and the dime back?

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Gladstone's DuckTales incarnation isn't as self-centered and smug as the comics version. Instead of gloating about his luck to his relatives, his flaw is relying on his luck to solve all his problems.
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  • Alliterative Name: Gladstone Gander.
  • Anti-Advice: Scrooge teams up with Gladstone Gander, whose luck has been supernaturally cursed. Scrooge exploits this by asking Gladstone which direction to go, then heading the opposite way.
  • Big "NO!": Naturally, this is how Gladstone reacts when Magica reveals he's been cursed with bad luck. Scrooge also has one when Magica threatens to drop his dime into a cauldron to melt it down.
  • Born Lucky: Gladstone Gander, whose luck goes to absolutely ridiculous extremes. He revels in his luck, knowing everything is coming to him without any effort. His luck is actually weaponized by Magica De Spell in order to bypass Scrooge's security system. Despite being hypnotized into stealing it he is still cursed due to using his luck for evil and is instead saddled with bad luck. Naturally, by the end of the episode he gets his luck back and refuses to learn his aesop about relying on luck for everything.
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  • Brought Down to Normal: Gladstone is without his legendary luck for most of the episode.
  • Distant Reaction Shot: After Gladstone tells him that Magica tricked him into helping steal his dime, Scrooge's yell is so great that the roof of his mansion jumps.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: One of the obstacles Scrooge and Gladstone had to deal with in Magica's lair was a giant fire-breathing bunny.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Magica gets one when Scrooge weaponizes Gladstone's curse by having him stand behind her so that her tornado spell backfires and makes her crash into a wall.
  • No-Sell: Once Gladstone gets his luck back, Magica's wand has no effect on him.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Magica De Spell actually looks pretty attractive when she transforms into "Vanna Flight"
  • Shout-Out:
    • Gladstone hums a line of "Luck Be a Lady."
    • Magica, plotting to use the dime to make herself rich, says, "One dime to rule them all!"
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    • Again, Gladstone and Scrooge have this discussion in Magica's lair.
      Gladstone: What is this, a fun house?
      Scrooge: Why, having fun?
    • Take a wild guess what Magica's Vanna Flight alias is a reference to.
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