Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Recap: The OG Ducks are back!
We’ve been waiting all season and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers has finally brought some of the original Ducks back for a special reunion.
In episode 6, Fulton (played by Elden Henson), Banks (Vincent LaRusso), Connie (Marguerite Moreau), Kenny (Justin Wong), Averman (Matt Doherty) and Guy (Garette Henson) returned to the ice cream and gave insights into the reasons why a certain captain (um, Charlie Conway) couldn’t attend.
The episode opens with Evan, who did an outstanding job on his last game and received an invitation from Trainer T to practice with the ducks. A tempting offer to rejoin the team that dumped him like a sack of bricks leaves him at odds and turns to his mother, Alex and Bombay for advice.
Meanwhile, Bombay is preoccupied with its own problems. A run-in with Fulton shows that the OG Ducks will be honored at this year’s Spirit of the Ducks gala – an event Bombay knows nothing about. Mighty Ducks fans will appreciate the recall on the movie where Fulton, now a construction worker, digs into the ground and accidentally flies a piece of concrete into Bombay’s window. Remember, he hits a hockey puck in Bombay’s window in the movie.
Over dinner, we learn about Bombay’s current strained relationship with the OG squad and where they ended up after those inspiring victories: Banks became a public defender (Bombay started out as a lawyer before moving to coaching), Averman drives a limo to meet everyone work day, and Connie and Guy are happily married with three children (one of whom was named after Bombay!). Also, Connie is now a Senator for the state of Minnesota.
The mood changes when Connie and Guy say they invited Bombay to the wedding, but he never replied. Bombay apologizes for moving around a lot and not handling his mail well because none of them have heard from him in years. When the Spirit of the Ducks gala shows up in the conversation, Bombay wipes it off and says he won’t leave. The truth is, he wasn’t invited because he “doesn’t represent the best of the ducks” – a fact he wants to hide from his old team.
Insulting Bombay’s dismissal of the event and their time together, the OG Ducks prompt Fulton to give us an update on Charlie Conway (played in the Joshua Jackson films): the former team captain refused to come to the gala because Bombay didn’t Has. I haven’t shown up for her in years. Bombay says they all have to move on and leave early to end their dinner on a sour note.
At the gala, Evan decides to turn down Coach T’s offer to rejoin the Ducks. Alex is relieved (and so are we!). The OG Ducks appear and discover that their beloved team has now become the cake eaters. When Evan finally meets his hockey heroes who believe Bombay no longer cares about them, he immediately sets the record straight.
Back at the Ice Palace, a lonely Bombay shoots on the ice rink as the ducks roll on the ice in a limousine – a callback to the mighty ducks when Bombay shows up for their first training session. Obviously, they’re there to make amends and to escort their former coach to the party he should have been invited to.
Just as Stephanie is about to announce Coach T as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Spirit of the Ducks gala, Fulton interrupts and says the award should go to Bombay. The other OG Ducks join in and tell how Bombay affected their lives and begin a Bombay chant.
Back at the Ice Palace, Alex and Bombay plan a special exercise for the Don’t Bothers with … the OG Ducks! The old gang return to the ice in their original Green District 5 jerseys to clap for the puck with the new generation. (Greetings to Wu, who can still do those figure skating jumps and spins.) It’s a happy time when Connie shows the girls how to opt for the solar plexus and Bombay decides to become the Don’t Bothers’ assistant coach become!
The mood changes, however, when Sofi discovers a video in which Evan is practicing with the ducks. When they feel betrayed that he has kept this secret from them, they run away, leaving Evan alone on the ice. The poor guy has some serious catching up to do.
Was seeing OG Ducks all that mattered?