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A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity 

Fenton longs for the recognition of his heroic deeds as Gizmoduck. The situation really goes out of hand when people come to believe that Gizmoduck's secret identity is Launchpad.


Alan Burnett


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Episode cast overview:
Hamilton Camp ... Fenton Crackshell / Gizmoduck (voice)
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Crackshell (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Mrs. Bentina Beakley / Webwa Walters (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Oprah Webfeet (voice)
Chuck McCann ... Burger Beagle (voice)
Terence McGovern ... Launchpad McQuack (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Huey Duck / Dewey Duck / Louie Duck (voice)
Frank Welker ... Bigtime Beagle / Baggy Beagle / Geralduck Rivera (voice)
Alan Young ... Scrooge McDuck (voice)


Fenton longs for the recognition of his heroic deeds as Gizmoduck. The situation really goes out of hand when people come to believe that Gizmoduck's secret identity is Launchpad.

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8 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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Launchpad: [about setting people straight about Gizmoduck's Identity] I'm going to bare my soul.
Dewey: Jeepers! Can you do that on television?
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Spoofs Geraldo Rivera Reports (2003) See more »

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Mistaken alter egos
8 November 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A vast majority of 'Ducktales' first season was good to brilliant. The two five parter arcs, "Time is Money" and "Super Ducktales", making up Season 2 may not have been completely consistent, with both arcs having one part apiece that disappointed. Season 3, which saw more of Bubba and Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck, and Season 4 were more mixed, with few of the better episodes being as good as the best of Season 1.

"The Case of Mistaken Secret Identity" may not be a 'Ducktales' classic, but it is a long way from being a disgrace to it. Also consider it among the stronger-faring Fenton-centric episodes, which are variable. But not due to the character, who had a shaky start when introduced but although the last two seasons tended to overuse him he had a strong enough personality and much more compelling than Bubba (his episodes generally were better too).

It is not going to be said that "The Case of Mistaken Secret Identity" is perfect because it isn't. What didn't quite work for me may come over as nit-picks to others, so am not expecting for some to agree with me. Did think that Gandra once again, like in "Metal Attraction" for a different reason, seemed too accepting when Fenton apologised considering the trouble he caused which realistically he wouldn't be forgiven straight away for.

Uncharacteristically, there is a line/gag regarding homelessness that was not in particularly good taste, it's a serious situation that is getting worse all the time and isn't really anything to joke about. Sorry if that sounds nit-picky and snobbish, but it's just my thoughts. Was not a fan of the character design for the Oprah Winfrey caricature, which didn't seem to gel with the rest of the animation, or the character herself, somewhat hammy.

On the other hand, the rest of the animation is bright and colourful with nice attention to detail. The music never sounded cheap or recycled and added to the action and what was going on in the animation rather than at odds at it, which was good. The theme song is to this day still one of Disney's best, animation's perhaps as well. The script seldom fails to entertain and the smart wit and affectionate nostalgia haven't been lost either.

Found a good deal to like about the story, which may be predictable but it was energetically paced, the episode had fun with its concept and there was heart as well as humour. Some may find the Scrooge and Fenton office scene over the top, to me it was quite powerful and was just one example of how well Scrooge and Fenton interact with each other. Fenton is shown as a flawed characters but the flaws are not overdone to the point that he gets annoying. Huey, Duey and Louie are far more appealingly characterised than they are in the likes of "Bubba's Big Brainstorm" and "Yuppy Ducks". Great to see Launchpad again. The voice acting is as accomplished as ever, Hamilton Camp and Alan Young standing out.

Concluding, pretty good. 7/10

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