Episode: 213 "Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!" 5/14/19
Starring: Della Duck, Dewey Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and Flintheart Glomgold
Costarring: Ludwig Von Drake and Zan Owlson
Introducing: Corvus Von Drake, Anya Von Drake, and Klara Von Drake
Setting: Boarway (The Von Drake Doomsday Vault)
Della Duck is officially back in the fold and wasting no time in crashing (literally!) a classic McDuck family adventure… er, business venture. Della is piloting the Sunchaser while Dewey tags along on Scrooge’s latest money making opportunity in Boarway where he’s representing McDuck Bin Securities in vying to secure the contract to repair The Von Drake Doomsday Vault.
Della and Dewey quickly peel off from Scrooge’s presentation, determined to sneak a peek at the seeds from the Fabled Money Tree of Aurum Oros before they’re sealed up in the vault for good. Their impulsiveness to recklessly rush into adventuring leaves a trail of destruction in their wake. But even more devastating, it belies their frantic attempts to make up for ten years of lost time in one fell swoop. Because of this, they create a codependent relationship where Della’s need to be the cool mom directly allows for Dewey’s desperate and ridiculously dangerous attempts for her approval.
Although it may feel like it to them, Della’s and Dewey’s situation is not a doomsday scenario. Like a relationship, “carefully tended, a seed will sprout with promise.” Sometimes that promise will produce enough weldable gold to fix the damage caused by a permafrost leak or it can even mend the pain and anxiety caused by a ten year absence. Dewey isn’t going to become an adventurer worthy of his mother’s lofty reputation over the course of just one outing. And, to have the mother-son relationship that’s eluded her all these years, Della can’t be that “same headstrong kid jumping into danger” from before.
It’s implied that Huey’s and Louie’s absence is by their own choice. Why would they rebuff their first opportunity to go on an adventure with their long lost mother? It doesn’t make sense.
Along with seeds, the Doomsday Vault is equipped with everything necessary to survive the apocalypse including food, water, shelter, poison darts, and vampire antitoxin.
We learn before Della’s disappearance that the Sunchaser was known as the Cloudslayer. Also to that end, has Della officially replaced Launchpad as Scrooge’s pilot???
Ludwig Von Drake, who is now deceased, made his first appearance in “The Confidential Case of Agent 22!” (S1, E17) where, as Scrooge’s colleague, he was the director of S.H.U.S.H.
Ludwig’s children, Corvus, Anya, and Clara, all grew up to become scientists.
“Dingus” is revealed to be Dewey’s middle name.
Scrooge isn’t the only one offering his services to repair the vault. Flintheart Glomgold and Zan Owlson are also prepared to make their pitch on behalf of Glomgold Industries but Flinty immediately takes them out of the running by revealing his “cockamamie ploy” to steal the Money Tree.
Owlson’s patience with Glomgold is wearing increasingly thin. Her flying home on the company plane without Glomgold onboard is another strike across the bow to their already volatile business partnership.
After absconding with the Cloudslayer, Della and Dewey are singing along to Powerline’s hit single “Stand Out.” Both Powerline and the song first appeared in A Goofy Movie (1995). A Powerline CD case is also visible on the dashboard.
Ludwig Von Drake briefly uses the “Spectrum Song” as a pneumatic device in relaying the key to the colour code password. The song was first sung by Von Drake in “An Adventure in Color Land/Mathmagic” from Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1961).