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"Dry Hard" is the forty-seventh episode of Darkwing Duck, and the forty-seventh episode to air on The Disney Afternoon.

Synopsis

St. Canard is experiencing a major heat wave and Drake tries to install a sprinkler system with funny results. It seems that Drake is missing a part and he goes inside to ask Launchpad about it. Launchpad is watching television and the program is about bad tasting water. It seems that a lot of water companies in town have terrible tasting water except Bud Flud's water. The reporter says that it seems that someone has been tampering with the water and Drake decides to investigate as Darkwing Duck. Darkwing and Launchpad stop to get something to drink and find that there are only two companies that have not been affected. They stake out one and find Bud Flud tampering with the water. Darkwing confronts Bud and Bud falls into the vat of water he just polluted. Darkwing rushes to save him, but it's too late and Darkwing thinks that Bud is no more.

A magazine reporter approaches Herb Muddlefoot and asks if he can photograph his sprinkler system. Drake is jealous and tries to turn on his system and winds up flooding the house. He is told that he needs a 3/4 Pinckney flange and he goes off in search of one as Darkwing Duck. As he and Launchpad are driving around searching for the part, Darkwing is grabbed off the motorcycle by a giant hand made of water and dragged down into the sewer. Darkwing is approached by a strange character in a long raincoat and hat disguising who he is. Darkwing learns that this mysterious figure was once Bud Flud and is now whe Liquidator and he is made completely of water. Darkwing tries to punch him, but his hand only goes through him. Liquidator changes form and throws Darkwing against the wall. Liquidator then surrounds Darkwing with walls of boiling water. Just then Launchpad comes in and hits Liquidator with the door. This causes Liquidator to lose his form and Darkwing is freed from the boiling walls of water. They chase Liquidator to the St. Canard Water Works, where Darkwing uses his newfound plumbing skills to block every attempt by Liquidator to escape the pipes. However, he misses one pipe and Liquidator escapes and pounds Darkwing in the head. Darkwing mentions how hard it is to stop water from leaking and gives Liquidator an idea. He turns all the water hard. He forms a giant hard water ball and uses it against Darkwing and Launchpad. They crash through the building wall and into the bay where the water is normal. Liquidator quickly changes it into hard water too and traps Darkwing and Launchpad. Liquidator tells them that he is going to sell his water for $5,000 a bottle since it's the only drinkable water in town. Darkwing and Launchpad are cut free, for a fee, and they go to a tall building and jump off to break the hard water block around their feet. They break free, though painfully, and go to Liquidator's bottling factory.

Darkwing has a plan and he bursts in on Liquidator with a giant sponge making Liquidator retreat down the drain. He is forced into a water heater and Launchpad turns up the heat. The liquidator escapes once again in the form of steam. Launchpad points out that the heater is building pressure and it explodes. Liquidator retreats into a room and accidentally walks into a freezer. Darkwing and Launchpad think they finally have him when all of a sudden the water bottles in the room start to pop open and small water creatures come out and set Liquidator free. Darkwing smashes the partially frozen Liquidator and threatens to turn him into snow cones unless he turns the hard water back into normal water. Liquidator does it and water starts to flood the room and Liquidator is once again free. Darkwing and Launchpad dive into the sewer to escape the flood of water. They find a part that Darkwing had lost for his sprinkler system and know where they are. Darkwing and Launchpad pop up from the sewer and try to stop the liquidator from getting to the surface to no avail. Gosalyn is glad to see the water until Liquidator appears with his little minions. He tells his minions to capture her. Darkwing sees some cement bags and gets an idea. He pours out the bag on Liquidator and turns him into a concrete statue. All the water now turns back to normal. Drake is approached by a reporter to take pictures of his water system witch now features the Liquidator statue as the centerpiece.

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Trivia

  • After Darkwing and Launchpad got trapped by the Liquidator's hard water spell, look carefully at the hard water level at their feet. After the commercial break, the hard water's level is now on Darkwing and Launchpad's stomach level.
  • In the scene, in the factory, where Mr. Flud is poisoning the water, his gloves disappear and reappear several times.
  • The Liquidator's origin is seen in this episode, that has Bud Flud falling into a vat of poisoned water that turns him into Liquidator and is similar to when Jack Napier fell into a vat of acid that turned him into Joker in the 1989 Batman movie.
  • Much of Liquidator's dialogue is based on advertising slogans.
  • The Liquidator was formally known as Bud Flud.
  • This is the Liquidator's first appearance (despite the fact that he appeared in the previously aired "Just Us Justice Ducks" and "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything").


v - e - d
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Media

Darkwing Duck | Walt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live! | NES game | Boom! Studios comic | Joe Books comic | Videography

Books

High Wave Robbery | The Silly Canine Caper | The Darkest Night

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Tank Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Mrs. Cavanaugh | Gizmoduck | Morgana McCawber | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Sara Bellum | Rhoda Dendron | Gloria Swansong | of Oilrabia | Goose Lee | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck/Negatron | Bushroot | Megavolt | Liquidator | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Tuskernini | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Bug Master | High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Splatter Phoenix | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Fluffy | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers

Episodes

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "Beauty and the Beet" | "Getting Antsy" | "Night of the Living Spud" | "Apes of Wrath" | "Dirty Money" | "Film Flam" | "Duck Blind" | "Comic Book Capers" | "Water Way to Go" | "Paraducks" | "Easy Come, Easy Grows" | "Negaduck" | "A Revolution in Home Appliances" | "Trading Faces" | "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" | "Can't Bayou Love" | "Bearskin Thug" | "Fungus Amongus" | "You Sweat Your Life" | "Days of Blunder" | "Just Us Justice Ducks" | "Double Darkwings" | "Slaves to Fashion" | "Aduckyphobia" | "When Aliens Collide" | "Jurassic Jumble" | "Something Fishy" | "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" | "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" | "Tiff of the Titans" | "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" | "Whiffle While You Work" | "Calm a Chameleon" | "Ghoul of My Dreams" | "Battle of the Brainteasers" | "Adopt-a-Con" | "Bad Tidings" | "Toys Czar Us" | "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" | "Up, Up and Awry" | "Going Nowhere Fast" | "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" | "Dry Hard" | "Heavy Mental" | "A Brush with Oblivion" | "Disguise the Limit" | "Planet of the Capes" | "The Merchant of Menace" | "Darkwing Doubloon" | "It's a Wonderful Leaf" | "Twitching Channels" | "Dances with Bigfoot" | "Twin Beaks" | "The Incredible Bulk" | "My Valentine Ghoul" | "Dead Duck" | "A Duck By Any Other Name" | "Let's Get Respectable" | "In Like Blunt" | "Quack of Ages" | "Time and Punishment" | "Stressed to Kill" | "The Darkwing Squad" | "Inside Binkie's Brain" | "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" | "Slime Okay, You're Okay" | "Whirled History" | "U.F.Foe" | "A Star is Scorned" | "The Quiverwing Quack" | "Jail Bird" | "Dirtysomething" | "Kung Fooled" | "Bad Luck Duck"
Season Two: "Monsters R Us" | "Inherit the Wimp" | "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" | "Star Crossed Circuits" | "Steerminator" | "The Frequency Fiends" | "Paint Misbehavin'" | "Hot Spells" | "Fraudcast News" | "Clash Reunion" | "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" | "Malice's Restaurant" | "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles/Gadgets

Ratcatcher | Thunderquack | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Ramrod | Super Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tector

Locations

St. Canard | Negaverse

Songs

Darkwing Duck Theme Song | Little Girl Blue | Kickin' in the Groove | I'm Darkwing Duck

See Also
DuckTales | The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Justice Ducks | Fearsome Five | F.O.W.L. | S.H.U.S.H.

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