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Recap / Legend of the Three Caballeros S1 E01 "Dope-A-Cabana"

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After Donald loses his job, house, and girlfriend, he gets a letter saying he has an inheritance from his great-great grandfather Clinton Coot. He visits the place but has to share it with two roommates.

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  • Action Prologue: The series opens In Medias Res with the final battle between the Three Caballeros and Lord Felldrake before cycling back to the beginning of the tale.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Donald tells the Taxi Driver, who asked for a tip, that he should call his mom more often. The Driver is seemingly annoyed Donald isn't paying him... But then states that's a good idea, and then calls his mother.
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  • Dagwood Sandwich: Donald makes himself one, in Baron von Sheldgoose's house when mistaking it for his own. He also makes a pretty big mess while eating it.
  • Dog Stereotype: The firemen are dalmatians, whereas Sheldgoose's bodyguards are rottweilers.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Jupiter, the Tengu and King Arthur briefly appear during Xandra's opening narration. They get properly introduced in Episodes 4, 10 and 11, respectively.
  • Funny Background Event: As Donald reads the letter about his inheritance in his burning house, his postbox crumbles to ashes.
  • Hollywood Skydiving: Panchito makes his entrance into the series this way. The parachute fails to open before after he's crashed into the ground — and it turns out this was entirely on purpose:
    Panchito: Wow, that tour guide was right! It is more of a rush to wait until after you land to open the parachute!
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  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: The naughty kitten's mother looks (and sounds) like Pete in drag.
  • Mean Boss: Donald's boss at the barbershop is constantly angry dogface who refuses to give him a day off on his birthday, and fires him after he dissatisfies a customer. He's nice enough to tell Donald "Happy Birthday", at least.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • As in the original film, the story starts on Donald's Birthday of Friday the 13th, though the bad luck really kicks into full gear here.
    • The music of Donald's frantic taxi ride over to New Quackmore is a little reminiscent of music from the film's train scene.
    • Several to Disney Ducks Comic Universe. Clinton Coot is from the Duck family tree, and the portrait shown of him in the series looks exactly like Don Rosa's drawing of him.
    • A portrait of Donald's parents, Quackmore Duck and Hortense Mcduck is seen in his burning house, making the same faces they did in Don Rosa's family tree.
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    • Duckburg as shown on the map in the Travel Montage looks similar to how it did in DuckTales (1987), with a few liberties taken. You can even spot Scrooge's Money Bin.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Happens to Donald in the beginning of the first episode. Donald is unable to eat breakfast, loses his job, loses his girlfriend, and even loses his house on his birthday.
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