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"The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" is the twenty-seventh episode of DuckTales. It premiered on November 3, 2018 and is the third episode in the second season.

Synopsis

After his disappearance, Glomgold resurfaces as anything but his ever-scheming self. As Webby and Louie try to uncover the truth behind who is Duke Baloney, an unlikely origin story unfolds.

Plot

In a flashback to the climax of "The Shadow War!", Flintheart Glomgold is trying to pull back his rogue shadow but is dragged out to Duckburg Harbor where he falls in and nearly drowns. After he is rescued by two fishers named Fisher and Mann, Glomgold finds he doesn't remember who he is.

Flash forward to the present, Glomgold Industries appoints Zan Owlson to replace the vacant CEO position. Owlson intends to reform the company to a more efficient structure by partnering up with Scrooge McDuck to start a charity called "Dimes for Ducklings." Meanwhile, Louie and Webby visit Duckburg Harbor for a boat trip when they hear a familiar voice. Entering the bait shop, they are greeted by an amnesiac Glomgold going by "Duke Baloney", a humble South African fisherman. Louie and Webby immediately become suspicious, albeit Louie is convinced that Glomgold is faking it while Webby sees Glomgold is suffering memory loss. Their investigation on Duke lead them nowhere, though they do observe Duke possessing a particular money clip.

At the docks, Duke witnesses the McDuck Enterprises fishing boat pass by. Although Duke faintly recognizes the name, Duke is instead threatened with the competition and proposes elaborate fishing plans to his peers, but Fisher and Mann turn the idea down for the approaching storm. Nearby, Webby proposes to Louie they try to find evidence to clear the matter. After spending hours consulting and researching for any connection between Glomgold and Duke, Webby uncovers nothing of Duke Baloney nor records of Flintheart Glomgold existing before arriving in Duckburg in the 1980s. The two then decide to ask Scrooge to identify Duke.

Meanwhile, Duke suffers a surreal nightmare in his sleep containing objects symbolic of his true identity, though he dismisses it after waking up. At the tavern, Duke becomes pleasantly surprised when Fisher and Mann announce they're making him their new boat partner. Scrooge then enters the tavern for a brief talk with Duke. Scrooge confirms to Webby and Louie that Duke is Glomgold but refrains from telling Duke, believing that having amnesia is better for Glomgold than a life of constantly injuring himself from his schemes. While pondering of his Glomgold persona, Duke sees Louie and Webby on their rowboat heading towards the storm. Duke sets out on his boat to rescue the kids but a crane hook swings around and strikes him in the back of the head, knocking him into the water.

As he succumbs, Glomgold's memories return to him: his life began in South Africa as Duke Baloney, a young shoeshiner wishing to become the richest duck in the world. His next customer happened to be Scrooge coming back from another adventure and Duke regales to Scrooge his wish. But as it turned out, Duke had overcomplicated schemes to achieve his goal. Scrooge, reminded of his start as a shoeshiner, decided to give Duke a dime to teach Duke about self-reliance. Instead of being inspired, Duke felt cheated and mocked by Scrooge. Scrooge leaves in a huff, not realizing that Duke swindled Scrooge's money clip. With his new fortune, Duke creates the persona of Flintheart Glomgold and begins his lifelong goal to outdo Scrooge.

Glomgold then regains consciousness and swims back toward Louie and Webby's boat. Webby gives Glomgold her hand to help him, but he pulls her overboard to steal the fish she and Louie have caught, shocking the onlookers at the docks. Glomgold reassumes his false persona and leaves to reclaim his company. There, Glomgold arrives in the middle of Scrooge and Owlson's negotiations to propose a competition: whoever makes the most money in one year becomes the richest duck in the world and receives the loser's company. Scrooge initially refuses until Glomgold pulls out the money clip he stole from Scrooge and taunts him with it. Enraged, Scrooge agrees to Glomgold's wager.

Cast

Trivia

  • As of this episode, four months have passed since the events of "The Shadow War!".
  • The name "Zan Owlson" is a reference to series producer Suzanna Olson.
  • The name "Duke Baloney" is a reference to the Carl Barks comic "Turkey with All the Schemings" (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #148) in which Donald has a doppelgänger named the Duke of Baloni, a Mediterranean duke who is the second richest duck in the world (this story was written before Barks created Glomgold).[1]
  • It's revealed that Glomgold is actually a Boer from South Africa like he is in the comics.
  • During the flashback scene, Glomgold imagines himself beating Scrooge while taking first the magic lamp from the original show's episode "Master of the Djinni".
  • This is the first episode of the reboot where Dewey is absent, ergo making all the main characters being absent in at least one episode.

Gallery

References

  1. Angones, Frank (November 5, 2018). "Where did you guys get the name Duke Baloney from?". Tumblr.


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Media
Shows/Movies: 1987 series2017 seriesRaw ToonageDuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampVideography

Video Games: Video game (HD remake/Soundtrack) • DuckTales 2The Quest for GoldScrooge's Loot
Comics: Comic Books (IDW)
Books: Dinosaur DucksThe Secret City Under the SeaDinosaur ValleyLaunchpad's Daring RaidWelcome to DuckburgSphinx for the Memories and Sir Gyro GearlooseThe Great Lost Treasure HuntScrooge McDuck and the Big SurpriseDinosaur Ducks and Jungle DuckThe Hunt for the Giant PearlScrooge's Treasure HuntChristmas at the North PoleArmstrong the Robot and EarthquackBack to the Klondike and Superdoo!Silver Dollars for Uncle ScroogeWebby Saves the Day

Characters
1987 series: Scrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey, and LouieLaunchpad McQuackWebby VanderquackBentina BeakleyDuckworthGyro GearlooseLittle HelperDoofus DrakeFenton CrackshellDonald DuckGladstone GanderBubba the Cave DuckTootsie the TriceratopsSkittlesBlackjackPouponGene the GenieGlittering GoldieMad Dog McGurkFeathers GaloreBurt QuackarachMajor CourageMicro DucksAdmiral GrimmitzKing HomerQueen ArielShawebizadGandra DeeMcPapaMcMamaRoboticaBeagle BoysMa BeagleFlintheart GlomgoldDijonArgus McSwineMagica De SpellMinima De SpellPoe De SpellEl CapitanJoaquin SlowlyMerlock the MagicianCinnamon TealDracula DuckDr. NoGoodMillionara VanderbucksFritter O'WayLawrence LoudmouthBruno Von BeakArmstrongThe SirensCirceHarpiesYuckalindaQueen GriseldaDjinniTerra-Firmie KingOverlord BulovanSolegoGICU-2Magica's ShadowThe Fear Demons

2017 series: Della DuckLenaCaptain PeghookManny the Headless Man-HorsePixiuGabby McStabbersonHack and Slash SmashnikovRoxanne FeatherlyToad Liu HaiMark BeaksFalcon GravesAmunetSabafToth-RaZeusSeleneStorkulesBriar and BrambleDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardMegavoltDon KarnageQuackerjackLiquidatorJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesFethry Duck

Episodes
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!"

Locations
DuckburgAtlantisThe Money BinMcDuck ManorCastle McDuckFountain of YouthScotlandNotre DuckValley of the Golden SunsSt. CanardCape Suzette
Organizations
Air PiratesF.O.W.L.Junior WoodchucksS.H.U.S.H.
Objects
Number One DimeJunior Woodchucks GuidebookGizmosuitGene's LampMerlock's TalismanSun CoinSun ChaserHarp of TroyMillennium ShortcutGyro's HelicopterMolecular ManipulatorGolden GooseWebby's Quacky Patch DollHindentanicMagic MedallionRatcatcherJewel of AtlantisGummiberry JuiceIron VulturePirate FightersSpear of Selene
Songs
DuckTales ThemeThree Cheers for Bubba DuckBoogie Beagle BluesMoon Stage ThemeSky PiratesThe Three Caballeros
See also
Carl BarksThe Disney AfternoonDarkwing DuckQuack PackDisney XD (Netherlands)Let's Go to Disneyland Paris