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"Top Duck" is the twenty-fourth episode of DuckTales.


Launchpad is flying his biplane in Scrooge's yard, practicing his newest airplane stunt; the Triple Decker Treetop Bebop Tuck ‘n Roll, when he hits some telephone wires and goes flying out of the plane. Huey, Dewey, and Louie try to cheer up Launchpad, who is afraid that he won’t have a stunt ready for when his family arrives for the upcoming airshow. Launchpad explains to the boys that his family used to partake in many airshows as the Flying McQuacks. But, after crashing horribly during one performance, Launchpad felt that he couldn’t live up to his parents’ expectations and set out on his own.

Scrooge shows up, asking if the McX, a new prototype jet plane from McDuck Industries, has arrived yet. Having crashed his own plane, Launchpad begs Scrooge to let him fly the McX, who agrees once Launchpad offers to do it for free.

Meanwhile, in jail, the Beagle Boys are aware about the new McX, which they plan to use for crime-related purposes. Just then, their brother Bomber, a pilot, shows up in his airplane, and frees Burger and Bouncer, leaving Big Time behind.

At the airshow, Scrooge and his nephews are waiting for Launchpad to show up in the McX, when Italian pilot Benzino Gasolini shows up in his plane. The Beagle Boys show up, but they keep a low profile, just as Launchpad’s family; father Ripcord, mother Loopie, and sister Loopey arrive. The McQuacks meet up with Scrooge and the boys, and they tell them about how Launchpad has gotten into crashes since he was a baby. But Scrooge is confident that even an idiot could fly the McX.

Launchpad gives off a demonstration of the McX’s features, including an ultra-sonic digger, which instantly bores a hole in the ground. Scrooge explains that the plane will revolutionize the mining industry. Meanwhile, the Beagle Boys fire some marshmallow goo from a Hot Air Balloon at the McX, gumming up an engine and causing Launchpad to crash it. When Launchpad meets up with his parents, Bomber offers to fix up the McX for free. Scrooge, not knowing any better, accepts. Launchpad is ashamed of crashing, but his family still loves him anyway.

After the Beagle Boys clean out the engine, Bomber tests out the digger on the hangar wall, with his eyes set on Scrooge’s Money Bin. After fixing up the plane, Bomber convinces Scrooge to make him the new pilot because Launchpad crashed, and even ends up paying Scrooge five-hundred and fifty dollars to do so.

Launchpad is still depressed about how he crashed the McX in front of his family, and how he ruined his biplane. Huey, Dewey, and Louie remind Launchpad that he can still ride his biplane in the airshow if he can fix it up in time. The nephews then go to check out the McX while no one’s around, just when the Beagle Boys return to install vacuum bags in the plane. Though Huey and Louie manage to hide, Dewey, who was in the cockpit, gets trapped. Huey and Louie distract Burger and Bouncer by spraying them with a fire hose, while Bomber discovers Dewey. Bomber lets go of Dewey after being sprayed, but he then vacuums up the nephews, and has Burger lock them in a cage while he goes off with Bouncer.

Launchpad finishes up on fixing his plane with some help from Loopey, and is soon ready to fly again, much to his dismay. Meanwhile, the nephews are locked in a cage, while Bomber and Bouncer are in the McX, on their way to rob the Money Bin.

Back at the airshow, Benzino flies around in his plane while tossing a fresh pizza. After landing, he enters the hangar that Burger and the nephews are in, and offers Burger a slice. Burger gets so excited that he drops the key to the cage, and fails to notice Benzino using it to free the boys. Benzino then gives the boys the rest of the pizza and leaves. The boys place the pizza in the cage, and use it to lure Burger inside before locking him in. The boys then run off to find Scrooge.

Bomber and Bouncer arrive at the Money Bin, and they use the digger to blow open the roof. Launchpad flies by in his biplane just as the Beagle Boys proceed with vacuuming money out of the bin, and is determined to stop them. Bomber sets the vacuum in reverse and uses some of the stolen money as ammunition to shoot Launchpad with. At that moment, Benzino shows up in his biplane with Scrooge, while the rest of the McQuacks show up in their planes, each with a nephew. Launchpad uses his plane to knock Bouncer out of his harness, causing him to parachute to the ground.

Scrooge wants revenge on Bouncer, and grabs onto him, only to tangle the parachute, causing them both to fall. Launchpad performs his Triple Decker Treetop Bebop Tuck ‘n Roll move to rescue Scrooge and Bouncer from falling. Huey then shoots some axle grease at the McX’s windshield, blinding Bomber’s view. When all the biplanes surround the McX, they escort Bomber and Bouncer back to jail, where Big Time is still hanging around.

After landing, Scrooge apologizes for doubting Launchpad, while Ripcord explains that he’s always been incredibly proud of him, and that he’s always felt this way. After Birdie and Loopey agree with Ripcord, Launchpad sheds tears of joy, as he couldn’t be any prouder.


Video releases


  • DuckTales: Volume 1

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2017 series: Della DuckLenaBradford BuzzardBentley and Buford BuzzardCaptain PeghookManny the Headless Man-HorsePixiuGabby McStabbersonHack and Slash SmashnikovRoxanne FeatherlyToad Liu HaiMark BeaksFalcon GravesAmunetSabafToth-RaZeusSeleneStorkulesCharybdisBriar and BrambleDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardMegavoltDon KarnageQuackerjackLiquidatorBlack HeronZan OwlsonFisherMannDrosera occidendumJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesFethry DuckJohn D. RockerduckJeevesGavinGrandpappy BeagleViolet SabrewingUnicornPercival P. PeppingtonNightmare BeastPaddywhackBushrootNegaduckDaisy DuckGoofyChip and Dale Monterey JackZipperGadget HackwrenchKit CloudkickerTaurus BulbaMolly CunninghamLieutenant PenumbraGeneral LunarisGilded ManNeighbor JonesSteelbeakIsabella FinchIndy and Ty SabrewingTri-Crested TittertwillAletheiaVeroKing HonestusEmma GlamourInspector TezukaAkitaStrongbeardHeckaJormungandrPonce de LeonMatilda McDuckEmutilda

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