Year of the Duck is the 47th episode of The Looney Tunes Show.
In Bugs' car, Bugs, Daffy and Porky try to decide on what to eat for lunch, but they cannot decide. While Bugs wants Chinese food, Daffy wants to eat at The Sunset Room and Porky wants to eat at Pizzarriba, so Daffy and Porky play rock-paper-scissors, which ends up in a slap fight, when Daffy cheats. Bugs, fed up with their nonsense, decides to stop by a Chinese restaurant, where Porky finds out that the current year is the Year of the Pig in the Chinese astrological calendar. Daffy questions when the Year of the Duck is, but such a year does not exist, much to his surprise, thinking everyone hates ducks, and goes on about how ducks are hated, ignoring Porky and Bugs' suggestions that people just don't like Daffy. The waiter arrives at their table and hands them their check and fortune cookies, which Bugs and Porky check, and they have good fortunes. Daffy, however, eats his by mistake, causing him to think it tasted like paper.
Later at Bugs' House, Daffy thinks that the reason he never succeeded in life was because everyone hates ducks, but Bugs suggests that it is because he (Daffy) is hated, which is actually correct. Daffy then goes on the computer as Lola enters the house with their mail letters, one of which is Royal Oaks Glen Oaks Oakwood Oaks asking Bugs to host their beauty pageant. Bugs initially rejects the offer but soon accepts when Lola notes that the job is rather simple, with the only requirement being to announce the winner. While getting off the computer, Daffy becomes enraged after he surfs the Internet and does not find anything positive about ducks, much to Lola's confusion, thinking he was a beaver.
Daffy then goes to Foghorn's Mansion, where Foghorn asks Carol to send him the animal popularity index, which describes how popular an animal is. Daffy sees the list and is shocked to see that ducks are not popular, with lizards, snakes, ants and other animals outranking him on the popularity list. Foghorn explains to Daffy that ducks need more influence on public opinion, then comes up with the idea to be on Tit for Tat, the most popular news program in the country. Meanwhile at Pizzarriba, Lola inquires Bugs about his monologue, then explains that the job is much more in depth than she first said it was, which involves many parts, including several complicated choreographies, like dances with the last winner, a long speech and wardrobe changes. Porky enters the restaurant and is the millionth customer, and Speedy awards him with a year supply of free pizza, and half a year of dessert. Porky says it really is the year of the pig.
Daffy and Elmer prepare for the news broadcast, and Daffy prepares himself by writing some cue words on his hand. After eating a sandwich, he licks his hand, causing the words to smear, much to his horror. The news broadcast begins, and Elmer kicks off by introducing Daffy, who is to explain why people should care about ducks. When being interviewed, Daffy clumsily replies to the questions like, "Pass!" and "I'd like to phone a friend!" prompting Foghorn to abruptly end the interview by jumping out a window while holding on to Daffy, resulting in numerous injuries. Meanwhile, Bugs practices for his monologue for the pageant, but his lines are not appealing to Porky or Lola. Porky decides to say one of his monologue jokes, which has Lola laughing out loud, while an unamused Bugs walks away.
At Foghorn's mansion, Foghorn watches a replay of the failed news broadcast and announces that it caused ducks to be even less popular on the animal popularity index. Foghorn then turns the television back on and finds out about the beauty pageant being hosted by Royal Oaks Glen Oaks Oakwood Oaks, then gets an idea for a for duck to enter the pageant. Later at Copy Place, Daffy begs Tina to enter the pageant, but she is reluctant to enter, noting that she is not the beauty pageant type and does not care about how unpopular ducks are. Daffy then sobs at the thought that ducks will continue to remain unpopular, so Tina grudgingly agrees to be in the pageant. Daffy then says if she wins they'll both have a tiara, hinting that he has one.
Later that day, Bugs and another worker prepare for a stunt, which will involve Bugs being shot out of a cannon. Porky asks Bugs if he could host the show instead of Bugs, and Lola helps prepare Tina for the pageant. In the audience, Daffy questions when the pageant will start while Foghorn loads up the animal popularity index on his laptop. While Daffy shouts at the producers to start the show, the popularity for ducks decreases, much to his surprise. Behind the curtains, Porky begins to regret his decision to host the pageant, but Bugs reassures Porky that the audience will love his monologue.
When the show starts, Bugs finds out from one of the contestants that this year is not the Year of the Pig, but rather the Year of the Rabbit, and that he should be hosting the show, not Porky. Bugs insists that Porky will be fine, but when Porky tells the same joke he told to Bugs and Lola, no one in the audience laughs and the popularity index for pigs begins to decrease. Porky then turns the spotlight over to the contestants and complains to Bugs that no one likes him, but Bugs, in an attempt to spare Porky's feelings, insists he is doing fine and does not bring up the fact that it is actually the Year of the Rabbit. As Tina shows off in the pageant, the popularity for ducks begins to increase, but it decreases everytime Daffy hollers and shouts. As Porky continues to disgust the audience, the popularity for pigs continues to decrease.
After the pageant, Porky announces that the winner is a contestant named Michelle Chen, and everyone applauds, even the other contestants, as she crowned as Miss R.O.G.O.O.O. Daffy later congratulates Tina for making ducks more popular, even though Daffy's shouting made ducks' popularity worse off then they were before. Daffy then gives Tina his tiara, much to her surprise, while Porky is shot out of a cannon and into the ceiling as a stunt. Later at the hospital, Porky is in casts but is recovering quickly, and he proudly claims that it is due to it being the Year of the Pig, not knowing what year it truly is. Daffy is just about to note that it is actually the Year of the Rabbit, but Bugs kicks him in the shin, not wanting to spoil Porky's beliefs. Porky, while eating Chinese food, asks if they brought duck sauce, so Bugs hands him some, only for Daffy to quickly snatch and taste it. He is pleased with the fact that there is a good-tasting sauce named after ducks, and he begins to let it go to his head. When a nurse tells them that visiting hours are over, he denies leaving, and tells her to give him more respect by saying, "Ever head of duck sauce?"
|Jeff Bergman||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn|
|Kristen Wiig||Lola Bunny|
|Annie Mumolo||Tina Russo|
|Bob Bergen||Porky Pig|
|Fred Armisen||Speedy Gonzales|
|Billy West||Elmer Fudd|
|Grey DeLisle||Michelle Chen|
- Daffy: Rock-paper-scissors! (Daffy plays scissors while Porky plays rock.)
Porky: I win!
Daffy: What are you talking about? You have a rock, I have scissors. Scissors cut rock.
Porky: Scissors don't cut rock!
Daffy: Where do you think pebbles come from?
- Lola: Hey guys! I brought in your mail.
Bugs: It looks like you opened it, too.
Lola: Well, I got bored between the mailbox and the front door. It's mostly bills, but I think you're going to like this one. They want you to host this year's Royal Oaks Glen Oaks Oakwood Oaks' beauty pageant!
Bugs: Why me?
Lola: Well, it says here because you are charming and well-licked.
Bugs: That's "like."
Lola: Okay, well you don't have to brag.
- Daffy: Unbelievable! I've read the entire Internet and there's not one positive thing about ducks anywhere. Lola, what do you think about ducks?
Lola: I don't know. Why?
Daffy: Because I'm a duck.
Lola: What? I always thought you were a crow.....Are ya sure? Aren't ducks the ones with those big beaver teeth and that big beaver tail?
Daffy: Those are beavers.
Lola: So, you're a beaver?
Daffy: Uh... Forget it. (Daffy slams door shut)
Lola: Yo, that is one touchy beaver.
- Lola: Porky's a pig? I always thought he was a seal!
- This episode first aired on July 23rd, 2013, but was released early from iTunes on July 3rd.
- This episode features Elmer Fudd's most prominent role in the series.
- This is Foghorn Leghorn's last appearance.
- This is Carol's last appearance.
- Because this episode was in the Year of the Rabbit, it might have taken place sometime from February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012 which was the closest Year of the Rabbit to this episode.
- This is Michelle Chen's last appearance.