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Recap / Legend Of The Three Caballeros S 1 E 07 Mount Rushmore Or Less

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After retrieving the Spark of Life that Lord Felldrake intended to steal from Mount Rushmore, the Caballeros are assigned to guard it while Xandra and the nieces are at a soiree. When they get bored, they stuff it into the Cabana's bear rug, bringing Humphrey The Bear back to life.


  • Accidental Rhyme: Donald and José say one, which Panchito mistakes for singing.
    Donald: Stop right there, bear!
    José: We have chased you all over the square!
    Panchito: In goblin jail!
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  • Animal Gender-Bender: Eugenia has male peacock feathers.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The Spark of Life is a jewel that can turn inanimate objects into living beings. Over the course of the episode, Felldrake uses it to bring Washington's statues to life, whereas the Caballeros accidentally bring the Bear Rug back to life with it.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • Don't put the Spark of Life into a bear rug unless you want a bear rampaging through the city.
    • Panchito tries to justify putting the Spark of Life inside the Bear Rug with this trope, as it's the safest hiding place because "bears are scary".
  • Beary Friendly: Despite being a huge brown bear, the Bear Rug never acts aggressive.
  • Beary Funny: The Bear Rug running loose in New Quackmore leads to some wacky slapstick.
  • Beethoven Wasan Alien Spy: The ghosts of the four presidents whose faces adorn Mt. Rushmore guard the Spark of Life, which was hidden in the mountain.
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  • Breather Episode: While the other episodes aren't that dark, this one is just an adventure in New Quackmore while Sheldgoose and Felldrake are mostly MIA since Sheldgoose has other priorities.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dapper Duck makes his first reappearance in over 70 years, having not been seen since 1946's "Donald's Double Trouble" (where he was unnamed).
  • Call-Back: After Donald and José say an Accidental Rhyme, Panchito assumes they are starting a musical number and begins singing "Goblin Jail" from the previous episode.
  • The Chase: The episode revolves around the Caballeros chasing a bear rug-turned live bear with the Spark of Life in its stomach around New Quackmore.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Donald tears off Sheldgoose's robe and screams, Panchito first thinks Donald was Felldrake the whole time.
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  • Costume-Test Montage: Xandra goes through one, trying to pick a dress for the New Quackmore gala.
  • Deflector Shields: Sheldgoose's manor has one. The Caballeros try to find their way around it.
  • Dirty Coward: Dapper Duck is quick to leave Daisy when a giant statue is about to fall on both of them.
  • Doppelgänger Dating: Daisy introduces Donald to her new date, Dapper, who is pretty much a perfect-looking Donald (emphasis on looking).
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: When he explains that he went to the moon with robots, one the judges claimed it was unbelievable, because there's no such thing as the moon.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin / Stealth Pun: The episode title. "More or less" means "to some extent" or "somewhat", which is exactly how relevant Mount Rushmore is in the episode.
  • Friendly Ghost: The four presidential ghosts.
  • Instant Costume Change: Xandra immediately changes back from her gala dress to her regular goddess outfit when she chases after the bear rug.
  • Mundane Utility: Ari pulls out a hand grenade from Hammerspace - to use it for making popcorn.
  • Mythology Gag: Humphrey initially starts off as a bear rug, a reference to "Rugged Bear" where he disguises himself as a rug in Donald's house. Both episodes have a scene where a piece of popcorn lands next to Humphrey and he eats it.
  • No Social Skills: Xandra, having spent hundreds of years trapped in a book, has no idea how to behave at a formal event.
  • Old Windbag: An elderly pelican named Commodore Windbag tells a long story to Xandra and the the triplets at the gala.
  • Reality Ensues: Sheldgoose is on the receiving end of this, taking off for months without warning when you have duties to perform as president of the New Quackmore Institute would be highly frowned upon. Similarly when he explains he was on the moon, and there were robots, nobody believes such an outrageous claim.
  • Skewed Priorities: Sheldgoose would rather write his speech rather than plot a plan against the Caballeros. Justified that he really wants to keep his presidency.
  • Wham Episode: Donald, José, Panchito and Xandra discover that Baron von Sheldgoose is in cahoots with Felldrake, and that Felldrake is still trapped in his staff.
  • Wham Shot: The Reveal after Donald has a tussle with Felldrake in the New Quackmore fountain, and rises up from the water wearing Felldrake's cloak.
    José: *gasp* Donald was Felldrake the whole time?!
    Panchito: I did not see that coming.
    Sheldgoose (after rising from the water): No, I am Felldrake!
    Panchito: *gasp* Angry neighbor guy and his stick have been Felldrake the whole time?!
    José: I did not see that coming!
    Felldrake: No, I am Felldrake!
    Xandra: Felldrake is still trapped in the staff?!
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The board of the New Quackmore Institute for some reason think that the moon does not exist.
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