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"Much Ado About Scrooge" is the twenty-third episode of DuckTales.


The residents of Duckburg are on full alert, as the super-duper door-to-door salesman Filler Brushbill is doing his rounds. Filler shows up at McDuck Manor, and Scrooge won’t let him in, because the last time Filler came, he sold Scrooge a ton of useless junk. Scrooge uses his secret salesman repellent system to try and get Filler to leave, but his attempts fail. Finally, when Filler offers Babe Duck’s baseball bat does Huey disable the system, letting Filler enter the house.

Once in the house, Filler persuades everyone, including Scrooge, to buy his junk, as he claims that they’re bargains. $444,444.04 worth of junk plus a pair of four dollar glow-in-the-dark socks later, Filler finally leaves. One of Scrooge’s purchases turns out to be the complete works of William Drakespeare. In one of the books, Scrooge discovers an old note, written by Drakespeare himself, which reveals that Drakespeare had finished writing a lost play. Drakespeare had hidden the script in his castle for his mother to find, as he felt that it was his worst work ever, and that no one should ever know about it.

On their way down to the docks, Scrooge explains that despite the play’s supposed poor quality, the play will be worth millions just because Drakespeare wrote it. When they pass by Filler on the street, Scrooge stops Louie from telling him about the lost play, but they don’t realize that the note goes flying out the window and into Filler’s hand. When Scrooge and the boys take off on a boat, Filler stows away, bringing his valise of merchandise with him.

Scrooge tells the Captain to head for Great Written, which the Captain claims is haunted. But Scrooge doesn’t care, and they head there anyway. Scrooge and the boys arrive at the island of Great Written at night, and Filler follows them without their knowledge. Before they get a chance to dock in their rowboat, Louie gets separated from his brothers and Scrooge, who get washed ashore, and meet up with Filler. Scrooge and Dewey go one way to search for Louie, while Huey and Filler go the other.

Meanwhile, Louie, who had been washed ashore elsewhere on the beach, is startled by three witches with a cauldron who claim they going to drown him. Just then, Filler shows up, and sells the witches products that would interest them (cauldrons, brooms, etc…). Afterwards, Filler leaves, and Louie is astounded at how he managed to sell so much stuff to the witches. Scrooge and Dewey run into a nobleman and two guards, who manage to toss the two ducks back into the sea.

Later on, Scrooge, the boys, and Filler meet up on the beach. Scrooge wants to repay Filler for saving them, and reluctantly agrees to give him fifty percent of the profits made from the lost play. In the morning, Scrooge, the boys, and Filler run into a satyr named Pluck, who welcomes them to A Midsummer Duck's Dream. Scrooge asks Pluck for directions, and manages to get them. The path leads them into the woods, where they encounter living trees. The trees try to surround them, but Filler scares them off with chainsaws, which Scrooge ends up ordering two dozen of for his lumber company.

Once they get to the castle, Filler decides to split up to look for the play, but Scrooge insists on sending one of his nephews along with him, if not to keep an eye on Filler, then to carry his valise. Louie agrees to go, explaining that he might become a door-to-door salesman himself one day. The two groups search around the castle for the play, but come up empty-handed. Scrooge, Huey, and Dewey enter the castle’s theatre, where they discover a raised statue of Drakespeare, and Scrooge recalls that the note mentioned that shaking Drakespeare’s hand was the key to finding the lost play, just as Filler and Louie arrive.

Since the statue is high up, Filler has to use suction cups to climb the walls and hang down from the ceiling in order to reach it. When Filler shakes the statues hand, it opens up a panel in the floor, which does indeed contain the lost play. Meanwhile, the characters from Drakespeare’s plays show up, claiming that the play belongs to them, as they are really actors, and descendants of Drakespeare’s original acting troupe.

Scrooge explains that everyone can share profits from the lost play, which is titled McDuck. Scrooge concludes that the play might even be about his ancestors, and has the actors perform the play for him. It turns out that the play is a disgrace to the McDuck family name, portraying the main character as a greedy miser. When neither the actors nor Scrooge want anything to do with the play, they almost put it away, but Filler steals it, hoping to sell it all for himself.

Filler tries to escape the castle, but everyone else manages to chase him into a tower over the sea. Filler highly considers jumping out of the tower with the play, but Louie reminds Filler that his reputation could be ruined if he sells a lousy play to everyone. Filler reconsiders, and gives the play back.

Afterwards, Scrooge agrees to turn Great Written into a tourist attraction, where the actors can perform Drakespeare’s plays (excluding McDuck) for profit. Filler, who will sell tickets to the plays, thanks Louie for convincing him to not sell McDuck. When Louie asks if he has what it takes to become a super salesman, Filler explains that if Louie doesn’t have what it takes, he can always sell it to him.



  • The title is a pun on the Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing, this episode contains many references to the works of William Shakespeare.

Video releases


  • DuckTales: Volume 1

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1987 series

Season One: "The Treasure of the Golden Suns" • "Send in the Clones" • "Sphinx for the Memories" • "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" • "Armstrong" • "Robot Robbers" • "Magica's Shadow War" • "Master of the Djinni" • "Hotel Strangeduck" • "Lost Crown of Genghis Khan" • "Duckman of Aquatraz" • "The Money Vanishes" • "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" • "Dinosaur Ducks" • "Hero for Hire" • "Superdoo!" • "Maid of the Myth" • "Down and Out in Duckburg" • "Much Ado About Scrooge" • "Top Duck" • "Pearl of Wisdom" • "The Curse of Castle McDuck" • "Launchpad's Civil War" • "Sweet Duck of Youth" • "Earth Quack" • "Home Sweet Homer" • "Bermuda Triangle Tangle" • "Micro Ducks from Outer Space" • "Back to the Klondike" • "Horse Scents" • "Scrooge's Pet" • "Catch as Cash Can" • "Merit-Time Adventure" • "The Golden Fleecing" • "Ducks of the West" • "Time Teasers" • "Back Out in the Outback" • "Raiders of the Lost Harp" • "The Right Duck" • "Scroogerello" • "Double-O-Duck" • "Luck o' the Ducks" • "Duckworth's Revolt" • "Magica's Magic Mirror"/"Take Me Out of the Ballgame" • "Duck to the Future" • "Jungle Duck" • "Launchpad's First Crash" • "Dime Enough for Luck" • "Duck in the Iron Mask" • "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" • "The Status Seekers" • "Nothing to Fear" • "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. McDuck" • "Once Upon a Dime" • "Spies in Their Eyes" • "All Ducks on Deck" • "Ducky Horror Picture Show" • "Till Nephews Do Us Part"
Season Two: "Time is Money" • "Super DuckTales"
Season Three: "The Land of Trala La" • "Allowance Day" • "Bubbeo & Juliet" • "The Good Muddahs" • "My Mother the Psychic" • "Metal Attraction" • "Dough Ray Me" • "Bubba's Big Brainstorm" • "The Big Flub" • "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity" • "Blue Collar Scrooge" • "Beaglemania" • "Yuppy Ducks" • "The Bride Wore Stripes" • "The Unbreakable Bin" • "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Webby" • "The Masked Mallard" • "A DuckTales Valentine"
Season Four: "Ducky Mountain High" • "Attack of the Metal Mites" • "The Duck Who Knew Too Much" • "New Gizmo-Kids on the Block" • "Scrooge's Last Adventure" • "The Golden Goose"

2017 series
Season One: "Woo-oo!" • "Daytrip of Doom!" • "The Great Dime Chase!" • "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" • "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" • "The House of the Lucky Gander!" • "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" • "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" • "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!" • "The Spear of Selene!" • "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!" • "The Missing Links of Moorshire!" • "McMystery at McDuck McManor!" • "JAW$!" • "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!" • "Day of the Only Child!" • "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!" • "Who is Gizmoduck?!" • "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!" • "Sky Pirates...in the Sky!" • "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!" • "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" • "The Shadow War!"
Season Two: "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" • "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!" • "The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" • "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!" • "Storkules in Duckburg!" • "Last Christmas!" • "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!" • "Treasure of the Found Lamp!" • "The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck!" • "The 87 Cent Solution!" • "The Golden Spear!" • "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!" • "Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!" • "Friendship Hates Magic!" • "The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee!" • "The Duck Knight Returns!" • "What Ever Happened to Donald Duck?!" • "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!" • "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!" • "The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!" • "Timephoon!" • "GlomTales!" • "The Richest Duck in the World!" • "Moonvasion!"
Season Three "Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" • "Quack Pack!" • "Double-O-Duck in You Only Crash Twice!" • "The Lost Harp of Mervana!" • "Louie's Eleven!" • "Astro B.O.Y.D.!" • "The Rumble for Ragnarok!" • "The Phantom and the Sorceress!" • "They Put a Moonlander on the Earth!" • "The Trickening!" • "The Forbidden Fountain of the Foreverglades!" • "Let's Get Dangerous!" • "Escape from the ImpossiBin!" • "The Split Sword of Swanstantine!" • "New Gods on the Block!" • "The First Adventure!" • "The Fight for Castle McDuck!" • "How Santa Stole Christmas!" • "Beaks in the Shell!" • "The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker!" • "The Life And Crimes of Scrooge McDuck!" • "The Last Adventure!"

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See also
Carl BarksThe Disney AfternoonDarkwing DuckQuack PackDisney XD (Netherlands)Let's Go to Disneyland Paris