Episode: 215 "The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee!" 5/16/19
Starring: Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck, Mark Beaks/Mega Beaks, Huey Duck, and Webby Vanderquack
Costarring: Officer Cabrera, Launchpad McQuack, Manny the Headless Man-Horse, Gyro Gearloose, Lil Bulb, and Roxanne Featherly
Featuring: Gandra Dee
Introducing: Dr. Atmoz Fear
Setting: Duckburg (Ray’s Electronics Store, Crackshell-Cabrera residence, Gyro’s Undersea Lab, and Waddle Headquarters)
Ever since Fenton/Gizmoduck’s entry to the series, he’s been inextricably tied to Mark Beaks. After Fenton first thwarts Beaks in “Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System” (S1, E11), the villainous technocrat steals the Gizmosuit and briefly dons the armour himself as the rebranded Waddle Duck in “Who is Gizmoduck?” (S1, E18). In this episode Beaks is at it again, using stolen Gizmotech and nanite serum to transform into a Hulk-like monster he calls Mega-Beaks who then destroys the Gizmosuit and kidnaps Huey and Webby as a means to “up his visibility” on social media.
Fenton has grown weary of hero-ing and is worn out from constantly saving the day as Gizmoduck. In his mind, he’s become “the tragic hero who cares for everyone, but himself.” He would much rather focus on science by “peeling back the veil of the unknown to make a discovery so revolutionary that he’ll be remembered as more…” If he had it his way, he’d be known as “the bad boy of science.”
But these grandiose ambitions are shelved after a chance “meet-cute” at Ray’s Electronics. Fenton suddenly shifts his attention towards chemistry... with a snarky, brunette chick named Gandra Dee who also fancies herself a scientist. While Sandra is seemingly unimpressed with Fenton’s corporate gig, deeming it “sell-out science,” she agrees to visit his lab (err, Gyro’s lab) for what would later be classified as a date. Thanks to Huey, Webby, and Launchpad, things go about as well as can be expected until the reveal that Sandra (as Agent D) has been working as a spy for Mark Beaks all along.
Sandra eventually turns on Beaks and aids Fenton in defeating Mega-Beaks. But the real story here is the how. Fenton does so without the aid of his destroyed Gizmoduck armour and instead by way of one of his own inventions (one that he could be remembered for) - Fentonium: a frictionless synthetic crystal that neutralizes Beaks and turns him back into “the same weak, ego filled dweeb” he’s always been.
Like most superheroes/villains, they are drawn together by similar ideals as if they are two sides of the same coin . Fenton and Mark Beaks are contemporaries and exceedingly brilliant but that’s where it ends. While Beaks is a narcissistic opportunist who puts success and internet clout above all else, Fenton can’t help but suppress his fleeting inclinations of ambition and notoriety in favour of what comes most naturally to him - helping others. For, “there is no Gizmoduck without the noble Fenton underneath.”
Although this is Dr. Atmoz Fear’s first appearance, it’s Gizmoduck’s third weather based villain this month.
From Fenton’s notebook:
People who knew I’m Gizmoduck
Gandra Dee’s first incarnation was in DuckTales ‘87 as the receptionist at Scrooge’s bean factory and Fenton’s eventual girlfriend. While still a chicken, this version was voluptuous with blonde hair but also studied advanced robotics in school which is similar to the modern Gandra.
When Fenton’s Ma’ma gives him the 80s style Miami Vice suit she says “this was your dad’s.” This seems to imply that Mr. Crackshell is deceased.
Launchpad’s lively dating history has been hinted at before but we get a few more hints to who his “special someones” have been when he alludes to “a deadly ninja (Ziyi from “The House of the Lucky Gander!” (S1, E6?), a forbidden mermaid (Oceanika from “The Depths of Cousin Fethry” (S2, E2)?), a were-duck, a clone of yourself, a viking shield maiden, a talking cloud of energy…”
A poppy version of the “It’s a date” song plays during Fenton and Sandra’s limo ride and then a techno version while Mark Beaks is dodging the Money Bin’s security system.
Huey’s and Webby’s plot to have Fenton and Sandra kiss while both trying to slurp an extra long noodle of spaghetti is inspired by Lady and the Tramp (1955).
This is the second time that Gyro’s underwater lab has been destroyed. The first time being during “The Shadow War” (S1, E23/24).
The ultimate irony is Mega-Beaks becoming too strong and powerful to use his Waddle phone.