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Ma Beagle hatches a plan to inherit Scrooge's fortune by faking a marriage to him.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Absentee Actor: Webby is oddly absent from this episode, even though it starts during her grandmother's birthday and takes place for the most part in the mansion.
  • Adults Dressed as Children: After Ma Beagle embraces being Scrooge's wife, Big Time, Burger, and Baggy get roped into wearing sailor suits along with the triplets. Later, the three are wearing the triplets' usual clothes and are stretching them out.
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  • Becoming the Mask: At one point it seems Ma Beagle has fully embraced being Scrooge's new housewife. This will not last though.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: After having to put up with Ma Beagle as his wife, Scrooge loudly says he this for the rest of his days.
  • Enemy Mine: After Ma Beagle successfully cons the court into thinking she's Scrooge's wife, she and the Beagle Boys merrily spend his money and trash his house, reminding him that if he wants them gone, he'll have to give her half his fortune in a divorce. However, when she overhears Scrooge discussing with his lawyer that if she doesn't behave like a typical House Wife, he can divorce her without giving her a cent, she cleans up her act and forces the Beagle Boys to act accordingly as well. The Beagle Boys soon tire of her smothering ways and team up with Scrooge to trick her into admitting that she lied about being married.
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  • "Eureka!" Moment: It's Scrooge remarking that he's stuck with Ma until death do them part that gives him the idea to fake his death.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After Ma Beagle gets arrested and taken away, her boys run after her and promise to break her out as soon as possible.
  • Gold Digger: Ma Beagle fakes a marriage to Scrooge so she could be legally entitled to half of his fortune if he divorced her.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Scrooge tasks Ma Beagle with a bunch of hard work that she has to do as long as the two of them are married, hoping that the stress of it makes her fed up and admit that she faked their marriage. Instead, it leads her to Becoming the Mask and liking the idea of seriously being a couple with Scrooge, something that horrifies him, his family and her sons.
  • Jerkass Ball: Scrooge grabs it in the beginning, as the triplets drag him around the town to buy things for Mrs. Beakley's birthday, and he buys seeds instead of flowers, a Halloween card that was cheaper, and a gross cake. When the triplets say it's in an awful shape, he says that Mrs. Beakley is in an awful shape too.
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  • Priceless Ming Vase: The Beagle Boys use a Ming Vase as a baseball bat, of course breaking it in the process.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...: Burger Beagle does a poem based on this during the episode.
    Roses is red,
    Violets is blue,
    Misery loves company,
    That's why we're here with you!
  • Shout-Out: Ma asks her "husband" if he's going to kiss her; he says, "I'd rather kiss Shamu the whale!"
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: With their mother embracing being Scrooge's wife to the extreme, the Beagle Boys end up resenting this situation as much as Scrooge and the boys do.
    Burger: Nothing personal, but we hates livin' here.
    Scrooge: I hate havin' you here.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Exploited. Scrooge fakes his own death by diving into the money vault, and a servant accused Ma Beagle of killing Scrooge for the money. She quickly backpedals about being married, with Scrooge confirming the denial a few seconds later.
  • Would Rather Suffer: See Shout-Out; Scrooge would rather kiss a whale than Ma Beagle.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Ma Beagle attempts to cover all possibilities with her plan. Once she convinces the courts that she and Scrooge are now married, she'll have access to all of Scrooge's fortune, and even if he tries to get it annulled she would still end up getting half of his fortune in the settlement. However, she didn't consider all Scrooge's possible escape routes, and it backfires on her when Scrooge fakes his own death.
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