Darkwing Duck episode
"Beauty and the Beet"
Season 1, Episode 3
Original air date May 5, 1991 (Disney Channel)
September 9, 1991 (syndication)
Production code 4308-018
Story by
Written by John Behnke
Rob Humphrey
Jim Peterson
Storyboards by
Directed by
First appearances Bushroot
Title reference Beauty and the Beast
Darkwing Duck Episodes
Previous Episode
"That Sinking Feeling"
Next Episode
"Getting Antsy"
"Beauty and the Beet" is the fourth episode of Darkwing Duck.


Darkwing Duck retells the tale of Dr. Bushroot's origin. Tormented and mocked by his colleagues one time too many, plant scientist Reginald Bushroot, now a half-plant and half-duck, vows revenge on his tormentors who bullied him.

Quotes Edit

Darkwing: There were six pairs of socks, some polka-dotted underwear and... Hey, wait a minute.
Launchpad: Heh. Sorry, DW. That's my laundry list.
Darkwing: You'll never get away with this, Dr Bushroot!

Bushroot: Oh, who's gonna stop me?

Darkwing: I am! The terror that flaps in the night! The termite that devours your floorboards! That is to say... Darkwing Duck!

"I was soon to discover that the only thing more dangerous than a half-plant, half-duck is a half-plant, half-duck in love."
—Darkwing's narration

"You feel 'so sorry' for that villainous vegetable? That, that.. flipped-out, felonious flora?!? I'M the one with the Swiss-cheese cape!"

Home video releasesEdit

  • Darkwing Duck: Volume 1


  • The title is a reference to the story Beauty and the Beast (which was adapted as a Disney film that was released just two months after this episode premiered).
  • Darkwing says the combination to the Darkwing Files Vault is 36R-42L, but when he looks on his foot, it says 15L-36R-62L.
  • Doctors Larson and Gary were named in tribute to Gary Larson's The Far Side and are designed to resemble the Pinheads, any of a number of unintelligent people with small pointy heads and thick glasses which appear frequently in The Far Side. This is the first of many Far Side call-outs and tributes through the show.
  • In maintaining the plant theme, Dr. Rhoda Dendron's name is a portmanteu of Rhododendron, a popular genus of beautiful flowering plants.

Gallery Edit

Darkwing Duck episodes
Syndication "Darkly Dawns the Duck" • "Beauty and the Beet" • "Getting Antsy" • "Night of the Living Spud" • "Apes of Wrath" • "Dirty Money" • "Duck Blind" • "Comic Book Capers" • "Water Way to Go" • "Paraducks" • "Easy Come, Easy Grows" • "A Revolution in Home Appliances" • "Trading Faces" • "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" • "Can't Bayou Love" • "Bearskin Thug" • "You Sweat Your Life" • "Days of Blunder" • "Just Us Justice Ducks" • "Double Darkwings" • "Aduckyphobia" • "When Aliens Collide" • "Jurassic Jumble" • "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" • "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" • "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" • "Whiffle While You Work" • "Ghoul of My Dreams" • "Adopt-a-Con" • "Toys Czar Us" • "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" • "Up, Up and Awry" • "Life, the Negaverse and Everything" • "Dry Hard" • "Heavy Mental" • "Disguise the Limit" • "Planet of the Capes" • "Darkwing Doubloon" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Twitching Channels" • "Dances with Bigfoot" • "Twin Beaks" • "The Incredible Bulk" • "My Valentine Ghoul" • "Dead Duck" • "A Duck By Any Other Name" • "Let's Get Respectable" • "In Like Blunt" • "Quack of Ages" • "Time and Punishment" • "Stressed to Kill" • "The Darkwing Squad" • "Inside Binkie's Brain" • "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" • "Slime OK, You're OK" • "Whirled History" • "U.F. Foe" • "A Star is Scorned" • "The Quiverwing Quack" • "Jail Bird" • "Dirtysomething" • "Kung Fooled" • "Bad Luck Duck"
ABC Season 1 "That Sinking Feeling" • "Film Flam" • "Negaduck" • "Fungus Amongus" • "Slaves to Fashion" • "Something Fishy" • "Tiff of the Titans" • "Calm a Chameleon" • "Battle of the Brainteasers" • "Bad Tidings" • "Going Nowhere Fast" • "A Brush With Oblivion" • "The Merchant of Menace"
ABC Season 2 "Monsters R Us" • "Inherit the Wimp" • "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" • "Star Crossed Circuits" • "Steerminator" • "The Frequency Fiends" • "Paint Misbehavin'" • "Hot Spells" • "Fraudcast News" • "Clash Reunion" • "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" • "Malice's Restaurant" • "Extinct Possibility"