The Lucky Duck
Season 1, Episode 23
Air date May 3, 2000
Episode guide
Episode 22: Red Hat, Green Hat
Episode 24: The Old Man
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Plot[edit | edit source]

A cute duck comes out of his book and wants to be bad. So he sings a song but it did not work because his author wrote him cute. So Lionel writes a book called "The Yucky Duck" (which sounds similar to his original title "The Lucky Duck"). But Leona wants him in his own book (because there's no cute duck in the original book).

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Segments[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • "The Lucky Duck" is available as a book by the same name, written by Sarah Durkee.
  • This is the second time Lionel's shirt has orange stripes instead of green. The first was in Touching the Moon.
  • This is the first time Leona's hair on her head and Cleo's eyes are different.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The Big Bad Duck is an allusion to "The Big Bad Wolf" from "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Three Little Pigs" which will be read in a season 3 episode that features the same vowel.
  • At one point of "The Big Bad Duck", he impersonates the late Chuck Berry's famous "duck walk".

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Busterfield: All right, that's enough. I don't want a cute little duck on my mind, anymore. Good-bye, duck.
  • Duck: 'Not as cute' is good enough. Thanks, Lionel.
  • Duck: Good-bye, three-dimensional world!
  • Gawain: And this is Gawain saying 'don't you get stuck.'
  • Duck: Oh, I am doomed to be cute forever.
  • Leona: Don't be sad, little duck. I'm really glad you're still cute.
  • Duck: (singing) I was a cream puff / Now I've got power.
  • Duck: (singing) Instead of nice, I'm being rude / And look who's back, the duck in black / And you'd better watch out / I'm in a 'fowl' mood.
  • Lionel: You've heard of the big, bad wolf. Well, stand back and get ready for the big, bad duck.
  • Boy: Mom, there's a statue with a duck coming out of the top of his head.
  • Mom: Why a duck?
  • Busterfield: (wearing Groucho Marx mustache and glasses) Why not! Ha ha ha ha. Come on, look it up. This is classic comedy!
  • Duck: I want power. I want respect.
  • Lionel: It's over! It's over! The cuteness is over!
  • Duck: It's over, all right. I am sick and tired of being nothing but cute. Cute all the time, cute!
  • Leona: I like cute duck books!
  • Leona: Shh. I'm sneaking up on my brother, Lionel. I'm gonna jump on him, and he doesn't even know it.

Video[edit | edit source]


Between the Lions episode 23 The Lucky Duck

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