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"The Money Vanishes" is the sixteenth episode of DuckTales.

Synopsis

One evening, Scrooge is pleasantly tending to his money at the Money Bin. Everything is going fine for him.

That night at the local jail, Beagle Boys Big Time, Burger, Bouncer and Baggy are in their cell, pulling their “We gotta get outta here!” stint. According to Big Time, the boys are expecting a cake from their mother any moment now. And it just so happens that at that moment, Officer Parolski brings the boys the cake, which contains a shovel that’s been poorly hidden within. Big Time is the only Beagle of the bunch who can comprehend what to do with the shovel, and declares that they will dig out of jail overnight. Of course, Big Time makes his brothers do all the digging. After digging out of the prison, the Beagle Boys get spotted by the police at two different points, and have to dig alternate paths. After coming out of another hole back in their own cell, they eventually dig a tunnel that leads them near Gyro's house.

In need of their own hideout, the Beagles witness a refrigerator materializing right in front of them. It turns out to be the result of Gyro’s newest invention, the Furniture Mover Ray, which is intended to teleport furniture so that people don’t have to strain themselves moving furniture anymore. Gyro demonstrates how it works to Little Bulb by first spraying a TV with a special preparation spray. Next, Gyro shoots the TV with the ray, which sends it into subspace. Then, Gyro programs the ray to make the TV reappear wherever he wants it to; outside, next to the Beagle Boys.

Big Time suggests that they ought to steal the ray, so that they can transport all of Scrooge’s money out of the Money Bin and into their pockets. The Beagles pose as Door-to-Door Doctors, and pretend to give Gyro a check-up. They manage to convince Gyro that he is suffering from "inventoritis", and that he needs exercise, so they send him jogging. With Gyro gone, the Beagles tie up Little Bulb and steal the ray and preparation spray. Big Time sprays Burger with the spray, then zaps him and transports him to a supermarket. Before Burger can eat a cake, Big Time sends him back to Gyro’s.

At McDuck Manor, Huey, Dewey and Louie are watching a horror flick while Scrooge is at work in his study. During a commercial break, Scrooge and the boys see an ad (really a cheap looking scam featuring Big Time as a salesman and Burger in a moth costume) about Money Moths, insects that eat money, and that they can be repelled by spraying money with a product called Cash Guard. Convinced that he needs Cash Guard, Scrooge calls the 555-number on the screen, and right away the doorbell rings. Duckworth lets in Big Time, still disguised as the salesman, who offers to sell the spray to Scrooge. Scrooge haggles with Big Time to drop the price from five dollars to one, and buys the spray. Scrooge gets ready to head for the money bin, but the nephews are rather suspicious about the salesman.

The nephews accompany Scrooge to the money bin, where Scrooge is hurriedly spraying all the money in the vault. Meanwhile, the Beagle Boys, who are at their hideout, a rundown old building, are biding their time. Big Time fires a continuous beam at the Money Bin, but Scrooge and the nephews are in for a shock when a good portion of money suddenly vanishes. Scrooge fears that money moths have already gotten to his money, so he sprays the rest of it, which disappears, save for a few odd coins and bills. Huey sprays a few coins, and they too disappear right before his eyes. Dewey then sprays Scrooge’s hat, which also disappears. Wanting to find out where the money actually went, Dewey sprays Huey, Louie and himself.

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Big Time, who figures that he’s zapped the Money Bin long enough, programs the money to reappear in the hideout, and it does, to their delight. But the Beagles are in for a surprise when Scrooge’s hat and the nephews, along with the spray, reappear with the money as well. Big Time threatens to use the ray to make the nephews disappear for good. Dewey drops the preparation spray, which Bouncer steps on, releasing a large, pink cloud of the spray. The cloud briefly blinds the Beagles, allowing the nephews to make their getaway. The Beagle Boys follow them outside, but so does the cloud.

As they run through the streets of Duckburg, Big Time attempts to zap the nephews to Australia, but he falls down an open manhole. He orders Burger to help him out, although the chubby Beagle gets stuck in the manhole, while Bouncer and Baggy take the ray and pursue the nephews. The nephews run past a pair of roller-skaters, which the cloud also passes. Not knowing how the ray works, Baggy misses the nephews, shoots the roller-skaters, and makes them reappear atop some telephone wires. The nephews head for the zoo, where there are more mishaps with the ray. A lion gets transported to a hair salon, an elephant gets sent to a hotel, while a gorilla gets sent to the middle seat of a car where two lovers unexpectedly kiss him.

The nephews flee from the zoo, and hide amongst the runners of the Duckburg Marathon. The cloud passes by Gyro, who’s entered the marathon and meets up with the nephews. Baggy ends up shooting Gyro, only to transport him right in front of the finish line. Gyro then wins the marathon, much to the announcer’s surprise. The nephews then pass by Burger again, who is still trying to get Big Time out of the manhole. Just as Burger gets himself and Big Time out of the hole, Baggy and Bouncer crash into him, causing the ray to go flying and into Dewey’s hands. Now the tides have turned, with Dewey threatening to zap the Beagle Boys. The Beagle Boys try to hide from the nephews, and pretend to pose as mannequins at a clothing store. The nephews spot them, and since the cloud passes through the clothing store, Dewey zaps them, transporting them (and the real mannequins) straight to jail, much to Officer Parolski’s delight.

After sending all the animals back to the zoo, the nephews head back to the Beagle Boys’ hideout, where Dewey zaps all the money, his brothers, and himself with the ray, and transports them back to the Money Bin. Scrooge is so very upset over the loss of his money, but is startled when all of his money and his nephews reappear back in the vault. Scrooge is grateful to the boys for recovering his money, and is interrupted by Gyro, who wants to show off his first place trophy from the marathon. The nephews tell Gyro what had happened with the ray, and how the Beagle Boys misused it. Gyro explains that it would be easier to move furniture with a Furniture-Flotation Ray, which he intends to build. This gives Scrooge a frightening vision of money bags floating out of his Money Bin and all over Duckburg, so Scrooge chases Gyro around the vault, demanding that Gyro never use his brain again for the rest of the year. The nephews comment about how Gyro is in good shape because of all the jogging he did, and how Scrooge won’t be able to catch him so easily.

Video releases

VHS

  • DuckTales: Daredevil Ducks

Laserdisc

  • DuckTales: Daredevil Ducks / High-Flying Hero

DVD

  • DuckTales: Volume 1

Gallery


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Media

DuckTales | 2017 series | Videography | Comic books | Magazine | Video game (HD remake | Soundtrack) | DuckTales 2 | The Quest for Gold | DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp | Raw Toonage | Scrooge's Loot

Books

Dinosaur Ducks | The Secret City Under the Sea | Dinosaur Valley | Launchpad's Daring Raid | Welcome to Duckburg | Sphinx for the Memories and Sir Gyro Gearloose | The Great Lost Treasure Hunt | Scrooge McDuck and the Big Surprise | Dinosaur Ducks and Jungle Duck | The Hunt for the Giant Pearl | Scrooge's Treasure Hunt | Christmas at the North Pole | Armstrong the Robot and Earthquack | Back to the Klondike and Superdoo! | Silver Dollars for Uncle Scrooge | Webby Saves the Day

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Betina Beakley | Duckworth | Gyro Gearloose | Little Helper | Doofus Drake | Fenton Crackshell | Donald Duck | Gladstone Gander | Bubba the Cave Duck | Tootsie the Triceratops | Skittles | Blackjack | Poupon | Gene the Genie | Glittering Goldie | Mad Dog McGurk | Feathers Galore | Burt Quackarach | Major Courage | Micro Ducks | Admiral Grimmitz | King Homer | Queen Ariel | Shawebizad | Gandra Dee | McPapa | McMama
Villains: Beagle Boys (Big Time, Burger, Bouncer, Baggy, Bankjob, Bugle, Babyface, and Megabyte) | Ma Beagle | Flintheart Glomgold | Dijon | Argus McSwine | Magica De Spell | Minima De Spell | Poe De Spell | El Capitan | Joaquin Slowly | Merlock the Magician | Cinnamon Teal | Dracula Duck | Dr. NoGood | Millionara Vanderbucks | Fritter O'Way | Lawrence Loudmouth | Bruno Von Beak | Armstrong | The Sirens | Circe | Harpies | Yuckalinda | Queen Griselda | Djinni | Terra-Firmie King | Overlord Bulovan | Solego

Episodes

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" | "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 Three: "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"

Locations

Duckburg | Atlantis | The Money Bin | McDuck Manor | Fountain of Youth | Scotland | Notre Duck

Organizations

Junior Woodchucks

Objects

Number One Dime | Junior Woodchucks Guidebook | Gizmosuit | Gene's Lamp | Merlock's Talisman | Sun Coin | Sun Chaser | Harp of Troy | Millennium Shortcut | Gyro's Helicopter | Molecular Manipulator | Golden Goose | Webby's Quacky Patch Doll | Hindentanic

Songs

DuckTales Theme | Three Cheers for Bubba Duck | Boogie Beagle Blues | Moon Stage Theme

See Also

Carl Barks | The Disney Afternoon | Darkwing Duck | Quack Pack | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Let's Go to Disneyland Paris

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