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"The Life and Crimes of Scrooge McDuck!" is the seventy-first episode of DuckTales. It premiered on March 8, 2021 and is the twenty-first episode of the third season and the final half-hour episode before the three-part series finale.


Plot

Having bought a Gribble which quickly multiplied and grew out of control, Louie attempts to talk his way out of the situation, but Scrooge is quick to tell him that he needs to own up to his actions and accept responsibility for once in his life. They suddenly answer the door to find a dog in a bailiff uniform telling Scrooge that he has been summoned. All three are whisked away to Karmic Court, a courtroom that takes place in another dimension with a giant Lady Justice carrying a giant beam balance. The Bailiff, also acting as a judge, reveals that Scrooge, and to a certain extent Louie, are on trial for ruining the lives of others. The prosecutor turns out to be Doofus Drake who is primarily after Louie for having him share his wealth with his family. Louie promises Scrooge to be his attorney.

Doofus calls in the first witness, Flintheart Glomgold who proceeds to regale how Scrooge ruined his life. Glomgold was attempting to secure a shark tooth diamond while being filmed by news reporter Webra Walters with him claiming that he was trying to be charitable. Scrooge showed up to give him competition. However, Glomgold immediately reveals his sinister side and abandons the camera crew to the various traps in the shark cave. Scrooge manages to secure the diamond, but sees the news crew in trouble and rescues them. Scrooge decides to be more philanthropic after hearing Webra's kind words, while she outs Glomgold for being a coward. Despite Doofus claiming that Scrooge turned him into a monster, Louie is able to convince the Bailiff that Glomgold was always a monster, and he is placed in the innocent side of the balance.

Doofus calls the second witness, Ma Beagle who has had a long history with Scrooge. When she was a little girl, Ma Beagle and her family lived in a community that belonged to Scrooge's family, Fort Duckburg. Scrooge arrives asking for the deed back from the family who agree through an arm wrestling competition. While it seems that Scrooge is losing, he discovers that the family is cheating and Scrooge outs them; winning the competition and getting his land back. Doofus tries to make it look like that he threw the Beagles out to the cold, but Louie is quick to point out that following Scrooge leaving with the deed, Ma Beagle showed her ugly side by booting her father and taking over the Beagle Family affairs. Ma Beagle is also placed on the innocent side of the balance.

Finally, Doofus calls in Magica De Spell, which actually seems to bother Scrooge. In the past, Magica and her brother Poe tormented a village by transforming them into goats and taking their gold. One day, they did not receive any offerings and Scrooge arrived with spirits attempting to take his Number One Dime. Scrooge criticizes the De Spells for not earning their wealth and mocks Magica by telling her that her family was holding her back. A fight breaks out with Magica taking Poe's gem and starts tossing bolts at Scrooge. When he deflects a spell back at Magica with his dime, Poe jumps in the way and is turned into a mindless raven. Magica, who does not know how to turn people back due to her abrasiveness (Poe was the more thoughtful of the two), begs Scrooge for help, but he abandons her. Poe flies away and Magica spent the next several years looking for him, but could not find him.

Louie admits that he is not sure if he can defend Scrooge from that, especially when he admits that he took all their gold and took the townspeople, who had all turned into goats by then, and started using them for labor; he just made the best of a bad situation. Affected by the events, Louie confronts Doofus and apologizes for what he has done to him. He in turn forgives Louie and leaves. Scrooge also apologizes to Magica for what he has done to her, but this results in all three being placed on the guilty side of the balance (despite the fact Scrooge is 2/3 innocent) and the Bailiff announces that his enemies are entitled to everything he owns.

However, Louie points out that their actions also made Scrooge as all of the events have had a positive effect on him including this one. Feeling justified, the Bailiff places the villains back to the innocent side as Scrooge and Louie are declared innocent of any wrongdoing and are sent home. Having learned to accept responsibility, Louie once again tries to convince Scrooge to take responsibility for the Gribbles. Scrooge only grumbles in exhasperation.

Cast

Trivia

  • The title is a take on the classic Don Rosa story The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
  • This episode marks the last episode of many things:
    • The last normal episode of series.
    • The last half-hour episode of the series.
    • The last episode to use the theme song.
    • The last episode aired before the triple-length series finale.
  • Webra Walters (a parody of Barbara Walters) was a recurring character on the original DuckTales who was voiced by Joan Gerber.
    • The year she is reporting in, 1987, is also a reference to the aforementioned series.
  • Magica's amulet is actually a fusion of her own pendant and Poe's.
  • The episode features the first and only appearance of Poe De Spell in his original form.
  • Similar to Magica, Poe is voiced by a British actor, Martin Freeman, most famously known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, John Watson in Sherlock, and Everett Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Glomgold and Ma Beagle had no chance of winning their cases against Scrooge; only Magica had a legitimate case of being tricked by Scrooge, and ended up harming her own brother as a result.
  • The Gribbles are a parody mix of Tribbles from Star Trek, Fizzgigs from The Dark Crystal, as well as and Mogwai/Gremlins from Gremlins (in that they need to be taken care of in a very specific way in order to not dangerously multiply).
  • Poe was mentioned as the level-headed one who kept Magica from getting "too carried away". This personality trait of Magica was previously referenced in "Send in the Clones" from the original series and DuckTales Remastered.
  • When Doofus Drake is brought into court, he is in a straight jacket and wearing a mask because he thought it looked cool. He is referencing Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.
  • F.O.W.L. is not mentioned in this episode.
  • This is Doofus Drake’s final main appearance in the show, as well as Poe's only appearance.

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References



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Media
Shows/Movies: 1987 series2017 seriesWalt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live!Raw ToonageDuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampVideographyChibi Tiny TalesThis Duckburg Life

Video Games: Video game (HD remake/Soundtrack) • DuckTales 2The Quest for GoldScrooge's LootDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney All-Star Racers
Comics: Comic Books (IDW)
Books: Dinosaur DucksThe Secret City Under the SeaDinosaur ValleyLaunchpad's Daring RaidWelcome to DuckburgSphinx for the Memories and Sir Gyro GearlooseThe Great Lost Treasure HuntScrooge McDuck and the Big SurpriseDinosaur Ducks and Jungle DuckThe Hunt for the Giant PearlScrooge's Treasure HuntChristmas at the North PoleArmstrong the Robot and EarthquackSilver Dollars for Uncle ScroogeWebby Saves the Day

Disney Parks
DuckTales World Showcase AdventurePLAY!
Characters
1987 series: Scrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey, and LouieLaunchpad McQuackWebby VanderquackBentina BeakleyDuckworthChief O'HaraShedlock JonesGyro GearlooseLittle HelperYardarmDoofus DrakeFenton CrackshellDonald DuckLudwig Von DrakeGladstone GanderBubba the Cave DuckAbominable SnowwomanTootsie the TriceratopsSkittlesBlackjackPouponGene the GenieGlittering GoldieMad Dog McGurkFeathers GaloreBurt QuackarachMajor CourageMicro DucksAdmiral GrimmitzKing HomerQueen ArielShawebizadGandra DeeMcPapaMcMamaRoboticaBeagle BoysMa BeaglePeteFlintheart GlomgoldPhantom BlotDijonArgus McSwineMagica De SpellMinima De SpellPoe De SpellEl CapitanJoaquin SlowlyMerlock the MagicianCinnamon TealDracula DuckDr. NoGoodMillionara VanderbucksFritter O'WayLawrence LoudmouthBruno Von BeakArmstrongThe SirensCirceHarpiesYuckalindaQueen GriseldaDjinniTerra-Firmie KingOverlord BulovanSolegoGICU-2Magica's ShadowThe Fear Demons

2017 series: Della DuckLenaBradford BuzzardCaptain PeghookManny the Headless Man-HorsePixiuGabby McStabbersonHack and Slash SmashnikovRoxanne FeatherlyToad Liu HaiMark BeaksFalcon GravesAmunetSabafToth-RaZeusSeleneStorkulesBriar and BrambleDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardMegavoltDon KarnageQuackerjackLiquidatorBlack HeronZan OwlsonFisherMannDrosera occidendumJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesFethry DuckJohn D. RockerduckJeevesGavinGrandpappy BeagleViolet SabrewingUnicornPercival P. PeppingtonPaddywhackBushrootNegaduckDaisy DuckGoofyChip and Dale Monterey JackZipperGadget HackwrenchKit CloudkickerTaurus BulbaMolly CunninghamLieutenant PenumbraGeneral LunarisNeighbor JonesSteelbeakIndy and Ty SabrewingAletheiaVeroKing HonestusEmma GlamourInspector TezukaAkitaStrongbeardHeckaJormungandrPonce De LeonMatilda McDuckEmutilda

Episodes
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!"

Locations
DuckburgAtlantisThe Money BinMcDuck ManorCastle McDuckFountain of YouthScotlandNotre DuckValley of the Golden SunsSt. CanardCape Suzette
Organizations
Air PiratesF.O.W.L.Junior WoodchucksS.H.U.S.H.
Objects
Number One DimeJunior Woodchucks GuidebookGizmosuitGene's LampMerlock's TalismanSun CoinSun ChaserHarp of TroyMillennium ShortcutGyro's HelicopterMolecular ManipulatorGolden GooseWebby's Quacky Patch DollHindentanicMagic MedallionRatcatcherJewel of AtlantisPep!Gummiberry JuiceIron VulturePirate FightersSpear of SeleneSea DuckRanger Plane
Songs
DuckTales ThemeThree Cheers for Bubba DuckBoogie Beagle BluesMoon Stage ThemeSky PiratesThe Three CaballerosHear My Voice
See also
Carl BarksThe Disney AfternoonDarkwing DuckQuack PackDisney XD (Netherlands)Let's Go to Disneyland Paris
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