Season 5, Episode 15: “Two Can’t Play” 6/8/19
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck
Setting: Tennis Courts
Plot: A friendly game of mixed-doubles tennis turns ugly when each team turns to performance-enhancing bracelets.
This is the series’ fourth episode featuring a Mickey/Minnie-Donald/Daisy double date:
“No Service” (S1, E1)
“The Adorable Couple” (S1, E18)
“Donald’s Boat” (S2, E7)
This is the series’ eighth sports themed episode:
“Tapped Out” (wrestling) (S1, E16)
“O Futebol Classico” (soccer) (S2, E4)
“Bottle Shocked” (Formula One racing) (S2, E17)
“Bronco Busted” (bull riding) (S2, E19)
“Good Sports” (various sports) (S3, E20)
“Touchdown and Out” (football) (S4, E3)
“Three-Legged Race” (three-legged race) (S4, E7)
Donald and Daisy’s teal and purple outfits, along with the poppy rock music playing during the montage, give this short a decidedly, early-90s feel.
With his headband, spiky mullet, loud outfit, and brash demeanor; Donald is clearly channeling the look and personality of Andre Agassi who won eight Grand Slam tournaments from 1992 to 2003.
Once Donald and Daisy’s outfits short circuit, their tattered state looks like the Light Suits worn in TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010).
Final Grade: A-
Double date and sports themed episodes are always a favourite of mine. Then, when you combine the two, the results are as you would expect: a delightful disaster! Donald and Daisy’s trademark blend of surly and sassy carry the short but it’s the final scene where the two couples decide to play on, fair and square that leave you with a warm feeling in your cockles.