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"Twitching Channels" is the fifty-fifth episode from the first season of Darkwing Duck.

Synopsis

Megavolt invents a device called the Electrolizer and is able to travel through electrical wires to different appliances until he gets to a television set. He realizes that by adjusting the frequency of his device, he can travel through the airwaves and move from television to television. He uses this to commit several robberies and steals money and items by popping out of the sets and then popping back in to get away. Drake is helping Herb bring a large box to the Muddlefoots' house and finds out that Herb got a fancy remote control that controls all the electrical items. Herb turns on the TV and Drake sees Megavolt. They change the channel and Megavolt is on everyone of them. Megavolt comes out of the TV and steals Herb's new remote control and then disappears.

Darkwing uses a tracking device and tracks down where Megavolt's transmission coming from. He appears just in time to confront Megavolt. Darkwing pulls out a rubber plunger and Megavolt fires an electrical bolt at him. Darkwing knocks the bolt back at Megavolt with the plunger and shocks him. Megavolt tries to escape and Darkwing grabs his feet and they are both sucked into the TV set. They go through a couple of programs until they come on a science program and Megavolt tries to use a device to trap Darkwing but it winds up overloading and exploding. They appear in the human world and Megavolt runs off when they see people coming.

Darkwing learns from some kids that he is on a popular cartoon show and he also finds out that he is on a lot of merchandise. Darkwing wonders where all the merchandising money is going and finds out that E. Thaddeus Rockwell created the cartoon. Darkwing goes to meet Rockwell and asks him how he came up with the idea. Rockwell tells him that he was a struggling writer and he sent off for a helmet device that was supposed to improve his creativity. Something happened and he somehow tuned into Darkwing's world and started writing his adventures based off of that. Darkwing asks to be compensated and what does he do to get home. Rockwell doesn't have any idea how to get Darkwing home. As they are talking, a breaking news story appears on TV and it seems that Megavolt is terrorizing the city.

Darkwing confronts Megavolt and Megavolt begs him to help him return home. Megavolt tells Darkwing that he was trying to use the antenna to transmit himself home, but cannot find the right frequency. Rockwell offers them a way to go to St. Canard. It turns out that he is putting Darkwing and Megavolt in a play based on their adventures in a mock up St. Canard. They start to do the play and mayhem breaks out and the set is wrecked. The audience loves it and Rockwell figures that now he doesn't need to do the series any more and that he can have them do the same act every night. Darkwing realizes that he can use the helmet with Megavolt's antenna to find the frequency and get them home. They go to the antenna with the helmet and Rockwell pleads with Darkwing. Darkwing tells him that he should be original and write the show based on his ideas and not use the helmet to get material for the cartoon show.

Darkwing hooks up Megavolt and Megavolt tries to double cross him and kicks him off the antenna. Just then lightning hits and Darkwing launches the plunger and attaches to Megavolt at the last second and they disappear. Rockwell cries and realizes that he can't tune into their world anymore and as he walks off, his writer hears Monterey Jack and Chip from "Rescue Rangers" that would be a good show. Herb is watching his TV when it explodes and Darkwing and Megavolt appear. Megavolt tries to get away by using his device and hops into the electrical wiring. Darkwing traps him in a light bulb. He holds up the doll he brought from the human world and says he needs to find a toy factory to start producing them.

Trivia

  • This episode contradicts "A Star is Scorned", which depicts the characters as actors on a set rather than people from another universe.
  • At the end of the episode, Rockwell's helmet malfunctions and beams another universe, that of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • The Overlanders ask Darkwing several relevant questions: Does Launchpad ever change his clothes or do they all just look the same? What is Drake Mallard's job?
  • Darkwing when confronted by Overlanders (apparently unknown in his universe) refers to them as hideous beakless mutants. He made a similar references to Comet Guy (who seems to be human, but is from a different planet than Darkwing) in Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet.

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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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