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YMMV / DuckTales (2017) S1E6 "The House of the Lucky Gander!"

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  • Fanfic Fuel: Just what was Launchpad doing in his own adventure in Macaw?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode was written long before the studio's re-ordering of the episodes left many viewers disappointed upon getting 2 episodes in a row without Scrooge, 3 episodes in a row without Donald, and 4 episodes in a row set entirely in Duckburg without traveling anywhere exciting like Atlantis. Thus, when this episode first aired, without the writers planning it in advance, it sounded to said viewers like Scrooge is Leaning on the Fourth Wall when he says, "Finally, a proper adventure!"
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Gladstone Gander is undoubtedly a selfish jerk, but his situation in the episode — being trapped in a casino by a lucky vampire — sucks.
  • Older Than They Think: Scrooge's strong aversion to gambling may never have come up in the 1987 series, but it's well rooted in the comics. Almost any story set during Scrooge's Gold Rush days mentions that one of the reasons Scrooge was able to bring a fortune out of the Klondike was because he never squandered it away on the gaming tables in the saloons of Dawson.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Winning all the time can be a burden. Gladstone may be lucky, but it got him held up in a life of servitude from an evil luck demon and he doesn’t have any actual talents because of it.
    • Louie’s pep talk towards Donald really makes the message of the episode more clear. Even if you do lose all the time, it doesn’t hurt to keep trying and not give up on your dreams.
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  • Values Resonance: Unsurprisingly, Scrooge's character has been softened considerably compared to his comic and 1987 animated counterparts. One trait he's retained, however, is his hatred for gambling — something considered evil regardless of era.
  • Win the Crowd: The previous episodes had its fans of course, but a few worried about the lack of Character Focus for Scrooge and Donald, both of whom come roaring back in this episode (in Donald's case literally) and likewise, many appreciated Gladstone Gander's inclusion as well. Plus, it introduced an interesting and cool original villain in the form of Liu Hai.
  • The Woobie: Donald in this episode in so many ways. Not only did he feel inferior to Gladstone, but he was pretty much belittled by his family throughout the episode. He could not catch a break even when his family depended on him, and was ready to finally admit "What's the Point?" and give up. By the end of the episode, only Louie reminding him he's The Determinator helped Donald convert his sufferings past and present involving Gladstone into an Unstoppable Rage eclipsing the one in "Daytrip of Doom!". Even so, the reward he gets was less than impressive.


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