In a sense, Ken Koonce and David Weimers make the same mistake here that they did in "Down and Out in Duckburg"; they're absolutely bound and determined to parody The Wizard of Oz (seasoned with a pinch of It's a Wonderful Life for good measure), as they were Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the earlier ep, and pretty much everything else gets shunted to the side in the drive to ram this through. The damage doesn't seem quite so egregious here, given that this was an original story (albeit one stitched together from a number of different thematic sources) as opposed to an adaptation of a Barks tale, and the script generally sticks to entertainment and eschews facile moralizing, at least until the very end. The result remains fairly watchable if you can find some way of compartmentalizing the dumbness. Good luck with that.
Send in the Clones," which DID get the logistics of the dime disposal correct. It could be that K&W simply transcribed Astrid Ryterband's story without fully picking up on the legitimacy of the dime-melting business, which was included there, but then floundered a bit when they decided to write Magica from scratch themselves. The DT Show Bible doesn't specifically reference Magica's desire to use the dime in an amulet, instead describing the coin as a "talisman," so it wouldn't necessarily have given K&W much assistance.
The middle game of the episode provides us with some of the ep's funniest and (on occasion) thought-provoking moments, mostly having to do with the future fates of other DT cast members. Gyro and Launchpad are pretty much as one would expect they would be, with the former desperately clutching his last few marbles and the latter using his "crash course" as an excuse to maunder on about his glorious (or not) past. (I wonder what sort of "homework" LP assigns in that course. It's probably best that we never do find out.) The Webby-Doofus pairing is anything but boring, I'd say. For one thing, Doofus deserves a fair amount of credit for sticking to the Junior Woodchuck last; he's probably an officer by this time, and on merit, unlike the younger Doofus whom Vic Lockman thought had to be a troop leader because he was bigger than the Nephews. I think it is safe to say that HD&L have not kept up their JW memberships as Doofus has. Then, too, Webby appears to have suddenly sprouted a glorious head of blond hair, and her boots are very chic, a definite improvement on standard female-Duck footwear. Mrs. Beakley and Duckworth don't appear; either they have moved away in despair or (sadly more likely) have passed away by this time.
Alan Young's imitation of an American accent to be particularly ingenious. We know from Mr. Ed (not to mention the second-season DT ep "Blue Collar Scrooge") that Young has a perfectly good American accent, but here, he voices the accent as though a Scot like Scrooge really were performing it. That's got to be considerably harder to do.
Custer's Last Stand bit). Still, it's positively artful compared to Scrooge's last little speech (the one after Magica has inexplicably given up the fight, turned tailfeathers, and poofed away). "Making money at the expense of others is no bargain" rings false even if you're a staunch believer in capitalism. Every business transaction involves "making money from others" to one extent or another. "Making money unfairly at the expense of others..." would have gotten the true point across with minimal damage to all parties.
(GeoX) And as far as dumb shit goes, how 'bout the idea that "payday's the day we turn our earnings back over to the bosses," due to the "Privilege-of-Working-for-Magica-McDuck-Enterprises Tax?" I mean, yeah, I know, you want to show how greedy and EEEE-vil Magica is, but surely there has to be a less nonsensical way to do this.
Especially since it doesn't address the question of how Magica-McDuck's employees could continue to live lives without income. Perhaps working for the company is like being in the ultimate welfare state -- everything is paid for but the effective "tax rate" is 100%.
(Greg) [T]he secretary tells him about turning earning over to the boss for the work of the Enterprises tax. Then her intercom buzzes and she goes over to the screen intercom and switches it on and there is an older Huey (slightly weird hairstyle, black suit, red tie; but same baseball cap.) as he addresses her as Miss Woods. Interesting this Chris Barat missed that one as Huey wants lunch.
Could this be a reference to Rose Mary Woods, Richard Nixon's secretary? After the "Ronnie" reference in "The Right Duck," it sure wouldn't surprise me.
(Greg) We go to the cockpit as Magica demands Scrooge give back his lucky [dime]. UH OH! Remember the nephews don't KNOW that is Scrooge? See if Scrooge had revealed himself earlier; the nephews might have considered what they did earlier. Louie is piloting of course as Huey asks if she said Scrooge. Don't answer him Magica.... Louie wonders how he disappeared 40 years ago and Magica reveals the time sands to force the point. More shooting from outside as Magica proclaims that she is going to use it again to make him disappear for good this time.
Of course, there's no guarantee that HD&L would have believed Scrooge's claim to be Scrooge earlier, especially given their warped state of mind by this time. They had to hear the truth straight from the sorceress' mouth, as it were.
Time for a Multicultural Moment! A compilation of the DT theme song pieced together from various languages.
Next: Episode 53, "Duckworth's Revolt."