The evil Russian sorceress Magica De Spell plots to steal Scrooge's first dime. If it is melted into her amulet she will rule the world. She turns three of the Beagle Boys into clones of Scrooge's nephews to steal the dime.
Here's the way I review: (anything 5 or below is bad) 6.0 Average, 7.0 Above Average, 8.0 Great, 9.0 Amazing!! This episode introduced the main characters and several major villains. One of which who made her animated debut in this episode is the Carl Barks created Uncle Scrooge comic book villainess Magica De Spell. For those who didn't see the pilot movie (or more commonly known as a 5 parter) "Treasure of the Golden Suns" the Beagle Boys are shown again in this episode. These characters would play a big part in many other episodes of the series. The episode title is a play on words on the song "Send in the Clowns". It was well written with plenty of humorous lines and for the most part good delivery. This episode also gives a good, quick explanation to why Magica De Spell wants Scrooge's first dime so badly. I wish there was a little bit more explanation though. It is the first dime he ever earned and therefore it possesses enough magic to make Magica powerful enough to rule the world!!! This episode also reveals that her raven Poe is really her brother!!! The use of the Beagle Boys as three clones of Scrooge's nephews and later with Magica as a clone of Mrs. Beakley leads to many interesting situations. Also notice that Webra Walters (she's a dog not a duck though which is interesting since her name is Webra) is a Parody of famous U.S. ABC news reporter Barbara Walters. Webra came to Scrooge's Mansion during the clone craziness to do a story on he and his family's life for Duckweek Magazine. As you can imagine with the mixture of the good and bad nephews and good and bad Mrs. Beakley, Webra has quite a story on her hands! Her story only gets more interesting when two of the three real nephews tell her that they think Mrs. Beakley has been "Quacker Snatched"!! This assumption comes from the real nephews going to see the alien movie "Invasion of the Quacker Snatchers" (parody of the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" during the first part of the episode. The only problem that I saw was how complicated the plot was the first time I watched it. There is a lot going on between the real nephews and the clones, but it remains entertaining up until the end. After rewatching this episode I decided to give it a 7.0 because it is above average like many DuckTales episodes but because it has a complex storyline and I had to watch it a few times to really appreciate it I can't give it anything higher than a 7.0!! I also thought Webra Walters was a cool addition along with "Invasion of the Quacker Snatchers"! It defintiely can be watched multiple times though which is another reason I changed my score from the previous 6.5!!! In fact I highly reccommend rewatching it several times in order to see what all is going on!!!! Check out my other detailed reviews DuckTales fans!!!! Scrooge McNix
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