DuckTales Season 2 Episode 18 Review: Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!

A plot right out of a slasher movie highlights just how rock solid DuckTales' comedy is. Also, Glomgold is perfect as always.

This DuckTales review contains spoilers.

DuckTales Season 2 Episode 18

DuckTalesis the best comedy on TV. I don’t care what anyone says, I don’t care what all the “best of” lists have. DuckTales is the best. No other show on TV has me laughing this consistently at just how outlandish it is.

The A plot of this episode, on paper, is Goldie and Louie teaming up to con gift bags from Doofus Drake. Simple enough, but it just keeps escalating further and further. Fake kids, robot bird sons, and encasing Goldie in glass. It says something that the B plot of Huey and Della playing video games (which includes Huey flying into a flaming fury) is just the episodes way of ramping itself down for a moment before returning to the A story more bonkers than ever.

What makes this whole thing work so well? The jokes are well crafted to be sure but they’re all based in some level of character. It’s not just outlandish to be outlandish. Louie wanting to form some kind of a connection with Goldie to fulfill his dream is a solid motivation, which pushes him more and more to her level of conning. Of course Mark Beaks would create a robot son, IT’S FOR THE LIKES. And… Glomgold. Greatest character in any animated comedy ever? Probably! 

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Making a stuffed son named Sharkbomb is exactly the kind of effort Glomgold would put into a scheme… but then to argue with it? That says a lot about him, mostly that Glomgold has some serious inner conflicts, although considering his backstory that isn’t surprising.

We also can’t forget about Doofus. In an 80’s slasher movie Doofus would make the perfect villain. The creepy son who’s gained total control over his parents through sheer terror. He invites guests over for his birthday only to punish them if they step out of line. He’s just looking for a new parental figure and he’ll seal them in glass to do it. All creepy, all horrifying… but in DuckTales? It’s all that PLUS being hilarious! 

The characters all ring true and the crew of DuckTales just put them in outlandish situations that play up their characteristics. Deep into the second season this series has locked into what plots will work best for each character and uses them to full advantage. Huey being afraid of stepping outside even his video game comfort zone is pitch perfect for that character and a great chance for Della to do some parenting. She’s not perfect at it of course and he goes a little too far the other way, but that’s fine. It lets us learn more about them (and see Della still has a far to go in being a mom) in a way that also makes us laugh our asses off. 

DuckTales’ comedy cannot be beat. Especially when Glomgold has a part to play. Those photos with his “son” were so good I had to make them the featured image here. Never forget that for as strong as the writing is? The art takes it to a whole other level.

Also this episode had another A Goofy Movie reference (watch Mark Beaks’ photos closely) so yeah, DuckTales is incredible. 

DuckTales Quotes To Make Your Life Better

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– “How did this go so wrong so quickly?!”

– “I will have you know I’m the evil triplet!!!”

– “Your blank stare is soothing.”

– “Do you know how many evil robots I’ve faced? Too many.”

– “Do not peer behind the curtain of reality, bud!”

– “I’ve never hunted the most dangerous piñata. Man.”

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4.5 out of 5