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Pushing Daisies Episode: "Smell of Success"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: When the assistant to scent expert Napoleon LeNez is killed in a scratch-and-sniff-book explosion, Ned, Chuck and Emerson detect the aroma of foul play. Oscar Vibenius: Paul Reubens.
Original Air Date: Nov 21, 2007
Guest Cast Paul Reubens: Oscar Vibenius Tim Conlon: Chas Spielman Christopher Sieber: Napoleon LeNez
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Season 1, Episode 7
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Length: 43:10
Aired: 11/21/2007
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"Smell of Success" Season 1, Episode 7

Tonight we finally learned why Ned decided to become a pie maker and how he became so set in his ways. The smell of pies reminded 9 year-old Ned of his mother and feeling safe, loved, and warm. He knows he can't eat the pies but he derives pleasure from making them nonetheless. Years later when Chuck buys cupcake pans and suggests offering cup-pies on the menu, we get a glimpse of how averse Ned is to change. Can you really blame him? I can't even imagine the trauma of having a bearskin rug come alive beneath me. I really enjoyed Chuck enlisting Olive in her scheme to get the Darling Mermaid Darlings (DMD) back in the water. Hard nut Lily really likes torturing Olive and I like seeing just how far her invective will go. Olive does her best to put Phase 2 in motion but Lily passes her fleeting smile off as gas. Our mystery death of the week involves apprentice Anita Gray. She works for olfactory genius Napoleon LeNez ( Chistopher Sieber), who is publishing a book on smell. When she's killed in LeNez's lab Chuck, Ned, and Emerson visit LeNez but not before being subjected to his decontamination chamber. His nose is so delicate he has to cleanse people before they're allowed to be in his air space. LeNez's sense of smell is so good that he smells death on Chuck. He explains it away as the components of her perfume but Chuck almost exposes her secret by saying she doesn't wear a scent. Since LeNez's book is being pushed up, Emerson figures there's an angry author out there blaming LeNez for the cancellation of his book. His theory takes them to a pop-up bookstore where author Chas Spielman ( Tim Conlon) is working on a pop-up for adults. Ned mistakes it as a book for perverts but Emerson confiscates it and a few other books as part of the investigation. Back at The Pie Hole a drain clogged with a sewer sock leads the team to LeNez's ex-lab partner Oscar Vibenius ( Paul Reubens). LeNez and Vibenius parted ways when Oscar thought they should appreciate both the good and the bad smells together. LeNez stayed in the world aboveground while Vibenius retreated to the world below. Chuck, Ned, and Emerson descend to the sewers and stumble upon Oscar, who it appears they've caught in the act of trying to blow up LeNez's car. Chuck is forced to stay home when Ned and Emerson go to be interviewed for a piece on LeNez. Chuck visits Olive who is decked out in all her DMD finery. Olive also gives Chuck one of her sweaters, given to Olive by Chuck's aunts. There is some crying. And While Emerson gives his interview, and can't help but shill for himself, Ned does a little snooping. He finds evidence that LeNez is behind Anita's death and his incinerated car. With all the publicity LeNez is getting pre-sales on his book have skyrocketed. He traps Ned and Emerson in his decontamination chamber and plans to kill them but Oscar saves the day and helps knock LeNez off his pedestal. The only problem is that Oscar is now obsessed with Chuck. He smells something on her he's never smelled before and he's got to find out what it is. There is so much great dialogue to appreciate. Here's some good stuff: Olive: "unless that's not a rolling pin under your apron." Chuck: "Pungent." Emerson: "Pungent like friend chicken grilled on a bed of hair." Emerson: "Death by scratch-n-sniff. What the hell happened to people shooting each other with guns?" LeNez: "Don't speak. A smell tells so much more." Emerson: "Your book was a bomb." LeNez: "Who are you to criticize my life's work?" Emerson: "I'm getting me some cash potpourri." Emerson: "I love pop-up books. And if the secret cash cow I worship is mooing down on us our killer likes pop-ups too." Emerson: "I ain't your paps. Paps has a lady connotation." Olive: "Look carefully ladies. This is your future." Lily: "Is it Vodka? Olive: "Water." Lily: "As in Russian for water?" Chuck: "I may be clean but my mind's in the gutter." Ned: "Dirty thoughts? Lascivious pinings?" Chuck: "He's not a very good killer. He keeps blowing things up but never who he wants to blow up." Olive: "Do me. Do me. What do I smell like?" LeNez: "When I suggested you leave I didn't mean the penthouse. I meant this mortal coil." The look of the show is always arresting, but I wanted to highlight a few fun visuals: " Ned struggling with flowers for Chuck's bees " Anita's grandmother and smoking neck hole " LeNez sniffing Emerson, Ned, and then Chuck " Chuck pretending to be a bear and making bear-claw hands " Ned catching the zip-locked sock " Chuck, Ned, and Emerson following the yellow thick hose " Olive hopping around in her DMD outfit and posing " Vivian singing in the rain and the DMDs performing Random fun facts: " Emerson reads Knit Wit Magazine and loves pop-up books " Chuck fears CHUDs Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers " Lily thinks chlorine tablets are like bottled sunshine I wanted to send a special thank you to Katie for blogging for me last week while I was on vacation. I really enjoyed her comments. And it looks like Oscar is recurring so I'm looking foward to seeing what kind of trouble he stirs up for Chuck and Ned. I'm also very excited about Molly Shannon and Mike White being in next week's episode. Is it just me or does this confection just get sweeter and sweeter? How about you? What did you think of tonight's episode? If you need a little Pushing Daisies cup-pie to brighten your day check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Tonight we finally learned why Ned decided to become a pie maker and how he became so set in his ways. The smell of pies reminded 9 year-old Ned of his mother and feeling safe, loved, and warm. He knows he can’t eat the pies but he derives pleasure from making them nonetheless. Years later when Chuck buys cupcake pans and suggests offering cup-pies on the menu, we get a glimpse of how averse Ned is to change. Can you really blame him? I can’t even imagine the trauma of having a bearskin rug come alive beneath me.I really enjoyed Chuck enlisting Olive in her scheme to get the Darling Mermaid Darlings (DMD) back in the water. Hard nut Lily really likes torturing Olive and I like seeing just how far her invective will go. Olive does her best to put Phase 2 in motion but Lily passes her fleeting smile off as gas. Our mystery death of the week involves apprentice Anita Gray. She works for olfactory genius Napoleon LeNez (Chistopher Sieber), who is publishing a book on smell. Wh... read more

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