Another Wednesday, another delightful episode.
Poor Ned. It looks like he's gone through most of his life being lonely. After he discovered his "gift," he kind of lost touch with people. Sensing something is amiss with Ned, Digby sets off to find him, but he somehow knows he and Ned aren't allowed to touch. The only reason I'm willing to go along with this little leap in logic is because this show is a fantasy. Well, that's not the only reason. I don't really have a problem with Digby being an extremely smart doggie who is able to infer "the rules" of Ned's gift, but I did think we'd get a little more on how Digby's managed to stay so youthful all these years. I know quite a few of you had questions about that as well.
OK, that's my only quibble. Ned, Chuck and Emerson go to investigate a plane crash after Emerson smells some money in the suspicious circumstances. In the apartment, Chuck and Ned have a near-miss touching incident that leads to Chuck being in another man's arms. Ned is none too pleased by this. He's so distracted, in fact, he asks Conrad Fitch to stop touching his girl. Much to Ned's chagrin, Chuck stays behind when he and Emerson go to the morgue to investigate the case. The coroner is suspicious but Ned does his thing and discovers the plane was hijacked. Fifty-three-year-old pilot Bradan Caden didn't commit suicide as his insurance company assumed.
While Ned, Chuck and Emerson follow their leads, Olive takes an injured bird and Chuck's pie to Aunts Lily and Vivian. And something happens to her while she's there: She starts to like them. Together they fix the carrier pigeon and when the bird makes its escape, Olive convinces them to give chase. They end up at N.A.R.M. Ned, Chuck and Emerson also end up there. But let me back up.
After Ned gets the information he needs from Bradan Caden, he and Emerson return to Conrad's apartment. They discover the real Conrad stuffed into his coffee-table trunk. That means the man they met earlier is the escaped convict who hijacked Bradan Caden's plane. Ned finds Chuck holding hands with said convict at the Pie Hole and is more than a little perturbed. He tries to stop the mystery man from getting away, only to be left with his detachable arm. They discover the escaped convict is Lefty Lem (
Dash Mihok), in jail for a white-collar crime at an energy company. His cell mate, Jackson Lucas, was in the clink for a diamond heist. Emerson sees an opportunity for an even bigger payday.
Ned reanimates Jackson to get the location of the diamonds. They also discover Lefty Lem also knows that information. In search of the mill that houses the diamond treasure, Ned, Chuck and Emerson go to a mill curator for information and that's how they end up at N.A.R.M.: the National Area of Retired Mills. Turns out Lefty Lem and Elsita (
Jayma Mays), the current resident of the mill, have been corresponding via the carrier pigeon. Just as Ned, Chuck and Emerson are about to break up this happy party, Olive does something curious. Realizing she doesn't want to see the Darling Mermaid Darlings in pain, she prevents Lily and Vivian from seeing Chuck. Olive might be jealous that Chuck has Ned's heart but she's not heartless. Emerson barges in on the party after Olive and the aunts have cleared out. He calls the police and counts his cash as the cops try to cuff Lefty Lem and take him back to jail. Elsita promises to keep corresponding with Lefty. Back on Ned's rooftop, he and Chuck dance in their bee suits.
Emerson: "Is that a dead bird? Why you touching a dead bird? Throw that away. It's swimming with disease and you serve food."
Olive: "Don't be such a drama queen."
Ned: "It's raining dead birds."
Emerson: "Because Big Daddy needs some new yarn."
Ned: "I can't catch her, Emerson."
Emerson: "You can't suck on her toes neither. [crickets] Some women like that."
Coroner: "Well then. Flies land on me they pay rent."
Lily: "Uh hum. It's a carrier pigeon."
Olive: "Diseases or messages?"
Vivian: "A bird with gossip. How exciting."
Ned: "Was this the hand you were holding?"
Chuck: "If you're referring to the touching thing, I see it as more of an obstacle than a problem."
Elsita: "Oh, no. You didn't use bows to tie me up did you? You take a hostage like you tie your sneakers."
Some funny visuals:
" Olive forcing Ned to put his hand on her chest and moving it to the rhythm of her heart. When Emerson happens upon them, Ned can't pull his hand away fast enough.
" Olive ripping off a taxidermied parrot's wing and giving it to Lily to bejewel on the wounded carrier pigeon.
" Emerson using Ned's hand to slap the windmill curator awake only to discover she's not actually dead, she's just got a bad case of narcolepsy.
" Elsita revealing the hiding place for the diamonds is her fake wooden leg.
" Chuck's been a stay-at-home juror
" Vivian giggles, something she apparently hasn't done in years.
" Looks like Lily has an eye-patch for every occasion.
Did you recognize Jayma Mays as Charlie from both
Did you see Chuck touch Ned in the graveyard? I don't know if she actually touched him but her hand got awfully close to him. I DVRed back a few times to see if I could make out whether or not there was contact in that dark cemetery. Thoughts?
I love it when
Kristin Chenowith's Olive sings, so I liked her duet with
Ellen Greene's Vivian. I also enjoyed Lily's surly attitude to their singing. I really enjoy
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Another Wednesday, another delightful episode.Poor Ned. It looks like hes gone through most of his life being lonely. After he discovered his "gift," he kind of lost touch with people. Sensing something is amiss with Ned, Digby sets off to find him, but he somehow knows he and Ned arent allowed to touch. The only reason Im willing to go along with this little leap in logic is because this show is a fantasy. Well, thats not the only reason. I dont really have a problem with Digby being an extremely smart doggie who is able to infer "the rules" of Neds gift, but I did think wed get a little more on how Digbys managed to stay so youthful all these years. I know quite a few of you had questions about that as well.OK, thats my only quibble. Ned, Chuck and Emerson go to investigate a plane crash after Emerson smells some money in the suspicious circumstances. In the apartment, Chuck and Ned have a near-miss touching incident that leads...