Interesting episode title and interesting episode. And by interesting I mean excellent, as usual.
I like that we spent some serious time with Olive this week. I know many of you love her, and tonight we got a little glimpse into Olive's past. Since she's so short - 4' 11" to be exact - it would make sense that she was a jockey in a former life. She's one of the sport's best and brightest until a tragic accident brings her career to an end. When Olive's jockey friends start going to that big racetrack in the sky, Olive knows she needs Emerson's help to discover what's really going on. She's afraid the ghost of John Joseph Jacobs (
Hamish Linklater) is returning to kill every jockey who crossed the finish line in the race that cost him his life. Turns out his witchy (with a b) mother (
Barbara Barrie) has been impersonating him - on a horse that breathes fire, no less - to revenge the earnings and glory her son lost in that race. And better yet, he's still alive and about 2 feet taller - his destroyed legs were surgically replaced with the legs of his beloved horse "All That Gold."
On the Ned and Chuck front, Chuck and then Emerson catch Ned in lies. Halloween is Ned's least favorite holiday - he doesn't decorate or celebrate - because he discovered his father's secret on that day many years ago: His father has a new family. Every year after that Ned revisits his old house to remember his happy childhood and instead of helping with the case, Ned returns to his childhood home again. But this year Ned discovers everyone in town thought his father was a jacka-- and they're glad Ned doesn't take after him in any way. Another important realization Ned has while he's home is that Chuck has been sending her aunts pies from his shop. For the first time, Ned really seems to understand what Chuck is giving up by pretending to be dead.
I know many of you still don't appreciate all the narrator has to offer but I loved that he started the episode with some rhyming voiceover. I'm still a fan. I also enjoyed the fire-breathing horse and loved the ghost angle - oh so appropriate for Halloween. At first I thought they might explain the horse away somehow but I'm pretty happy they didn't. It made me laugh and added to the overall drama.
I know some of you have been debating the family friendliness of this show but I think my favorite, favorite thing was the name of that ill-fated horse race: Jock Off 2000. Come on! It's genius. Not so genius? Ned's dad. How old do you think his new sons were? I think they're probably not Ned's biological brothers but for a moment I was thinking very dark, evil things should happen to Ned's father.
But on to happier things... how sweet was it that Ned thinks his gift is magic? I like that he thought about it and decided it was magic. I guess there aren't too many other things it could be though. And it was somewhat bittersweet at the end when Olive got what she's been craving from Ned for a while: a kiss. Unfortunately for her, he couldn't put her down fast enough to go to his injured Chuck.
Olive: "Yeah, I guess I know Ned better than you do and now I know you better than Ned does."
Emerson: "Check please. Or cash. Cash is good."
Olive: "I want to hire you. Technically I already have since you were so grabby with the cash."
Emerson: "Think of it in escrow between my thighs."
Emerson: "The money don't care. Touch him."
Chuck: "You go and do whatever private secret alone thing you need to go do by yourself. Alone."
Mrs. Jacobs: "You're a modest dresser as always."
Mrs. Jacobs to Chuck: "What did you say your name was? Brandon? Butch?"
Lily: "I don't know how we survived without it. It's like a sex addiction.... I would imagine."
Olive: "Don't you owe it to your horse to stand up on his two legs and get out there and live?"
Olive: "Tell Ned I love his pies."
" Olive jumping for joy on her bed. And falling off of it.
" Lily and Vivian's heads exploding
" Mud flying up in Olive's face on her fake horse during the race
" Emerson's conversation with Olive's money
" Ned petting Digby with Lem's arm
" Olive trying to open the casket and dangling off the ground
" Digby in his ghost costume next to 9-year-old Ned
" Mrs. Jacob's crazy wallpaper house with the lawn jockeys
" Olive digging around under her mattress for booze
" Olive's nose covered in ashes
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Interesting episode title and interesting episode. And by interesting I mean excellent, as usual.I like that we spent some serious time with Olive this week. I know many of you love her, and tonight we got a little glimpse into Olives past. Since shes so short 4' 11" to be exact it would make sense that she was a jockey in a former life. Shes one of the sports best and brightest until a tragic accident brings her career to an end. When Olives jockey friends start going to that big racetrack in the sky, Olive knows she needs Emersons help to discover whats really going on. Shes afraid the ghost of John Joseph Jacobs (Hamish Linklater) is returning to kill every jockey who crossed the finish line in the race that cost him his life. Turns out his witchy (with a b) mother (Barbara Barrie) has been impersonating him on a horse that breathes fire, no less to revenge the earnings and glory her son lost in that race...