Episode Info



The Great Dime Chase! is the third episode of Season 1 of DuckTales 2017. It aired on September 23, 2017 on Disney XD, alongside Daytrip of Doom!

Plot

Louie accidentally spends Scrooge’s Number One Dime and turns to mad inventor Gyro Gearloose for help to get it back, while Dewey and Webby become entangled in a conspiracy.

Summary

At McDuck Manor, Scrooge finds Louie sitting around watching TV and lazily refusing to do anything, and even throwing away a perfectly good phone rather than charging it because Louie believes they are "rich!", to which Scrooge retorts, "No, I'm Rich!" Scrooge then decides to take Louie to the Money Bin to teach him the value of a hard day's work. Meanwhile, Dewey sneaks into Webby's room and looks through one of her books, only to be caught by Webby. Confronted, he admits that he's looking for information on his mother, Della Duck, as he has only a photograph of her, and his Uncle Donald's only statement pertaining to her whereabouts is that "She's gone." Webby proves to be similarly bereft of information, as Scrooge appears to have actively eliminated all photographic and printed evidence of her existence.

Thinking of one possible source to which they may look, Webby drags Dewey along as they accompany Scrooge and Louie to the Money Bin, with Launchpad driving them. The two then excuse themselves and go to visit Scrooge's archives, where they are greeted by Mrs. Quackfaster. Scrooge takes Louie upstairs and shows him a display he claims to be his Number One Dime. He then takes Louie to the boardroom where the board of directors-led by Bentley Buzzard-have once again come to Scrooge insisting that he cut spending in some area.

While Dewey and Webby are given a set of "trials" to pass by Quackfaster - which suspiciously resemble ordinary library work-the board meeting is broken into by Gyro Gearloose, Scrooge's top inventor. Gyro presents his latest invention, Lil Bulb, which he claims will eliminate the need for anyone to do their own work. Louie is immediately enthralled, but the socially inept Gyro is quickly dismissed by the board, with Scrooge likewise disdaining the idea due to his own work ethic. Louie, feeling bored, tries to get a soda from a machine and finding himself a dime short, steals the dime from the display case. However, upon reentering the boardroom he hears Scrooge telling the story of how he earned his first dime and it's role in inspiring his move to America and subsequent fortune.

Desperate to recover the dime, Louie convinces Gyro that he's Scrooge's rich nephew so he can borrow Lil Bulb to get into the money sorting room, and then puts the aggressive robot to work looking for the dime. Meanwhile, in the archives, Dewey becomes fed up with Quackfaster's trials and attempts to leave, only to be attacked by Quackfaster herself wielding a sword. Lil Bulb, having converted the money sorting machine into a massive robot body for itself, begins obsessively attempting to collect any and all dimes, and Louie is forced to flee from it with the display dime. Gyro attempts to intervene as well, and inadvertently gives Scrooge a means of convincing the board of directors that they can't fire anyone from the money bin, as they would seek revenge.

Louie and the dime end up in the bin, and Gyro is eventually able to trace Lil Bulb's issues to an incorrect wattage and shuts down his giant robot form. Dewey and Webby, meanwhile, finally uncover a book mentioning Della after Quackfaster points it out to them, and after reorganizing a section of the library discover a secret room containing material about her. Upon finding a note that seems to indicate that Della betrayed Scrooge by stealing the Spear of Selene, Dewey decides that they need to find out more before he tells his brothers.

Louie successfully returns the dime to the display case, only to have Scrooge give it to him, revealing that the real Number One Dime is actually part of a pendant and that he always wears the dime around his neck. Louie inadvertently spends the dime, while Gyro begins contemplating Project Blatherskite.

Cast

Oddly, Danny Pudi (Huey) is mistakenly credited instead of Beck Bennett (Launchpad).

Allusions

  • The Ottoman Empire tv show hosts Johnny and Randy bare a strong resemblance to Buck Cluck is reference to Chicken Little.
  • Webby whilst scanning through the Library of Scrooge's money bin mentions the Greatest Treasure of all is reference to Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw is reference to Tooth and Claw.
  • Webby surprises Dewey upon catching him reading her journal in a similar way to how Ellie did so with Carl when they met for the first time as children is reference to movie Up.

Trivia

  • Main Cast Absences: Huey, Donald, and Mrs. Beakley.
  • Bradford Buzzard and Webby mention several locations connected to the "Duck Universe":
    • Plain Awful from "Lost in the Andes!"
    • Dawson, the site of Scrooge McDuck's success as a gold prospector and his earliest encounters with Goldie O'Gilt.
    • Lilihammer, a real-life city in Norway which served as the setting of an Olympics based comics story.
    • El Dorado, the legendary city of gold which Donald visited in one comic.
    • Culabra, a setting from a 2001 comic story by Don Rosa.
  • Gyro's list of "Evil" inventions includes:
  • The book The Life and Times of Della Duck is a nod to the Don Rosa comic collection, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
  • The theme song is shortened in this episode.
  • Bradford seems to have taken over as head from Bentley as head of the board for unknown reasons, Marc Evan Jackson also seems to have returned in this episode as Bradford instead of Bentley.

Goofs/Errors

An example of Dewey's sleeve missing.

A recurring mistake is how Dewey's sleeves disappear in a few scenes.

References

vedDuckTales (2017) episodes
Season 1
"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 2
"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 3
"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!"
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