Some things we know:
" Ned is Chuck's boyfriend
" Emerson's ok with lying by omission (well, and outright lying)
" Ned cleans when he's upset
" Dilly really does stutter when she's upset
There was a lot going on in tonight's episode. We had the arrival of rival small business Balsam's Bittersweets Taffy & Sweet Emporium and not one but two murder cases. And, of course, Ned's confession to Chuck at the end of the episode. Let's start with the highly anticipated (at least by me) arrival of
Molly Shannon's Dilly Balsam. Well, I guess I should really start with the arrival of
Mike White's Some Guy. I loved how he came into what would shortly be known as The Pie Ho to talk about the arrival of the new candy shop. Ned, Olive, and Chuck do the neighborly thing and offer a welcome gift in the form of one of Ned's delicious and pungent pies. The only problem is that all the customers love the smell of the pie so much that they leave Dilly's store and head over to The Pie Hole. Dilly sees what they're doing and declares war, much to Ned's horror. He's happy to coexist peacefully and without confrontation but Dilly has other plans.
After health inspector Andrew Brown (
Steve Hytner) pays The Pie Ho a surprise visit and shuts the place down, Emerson, Olive, and Chuck want Ned to retaliate. Ned's against it but Chuck and Olive break into Dilly's place and liberate some rats in the shop. When Ned hears about it he goes to collect the rats and accidentally touches Billy, who met his untimely demise in the taffy vat. He doesn't have a chance to ask him about his murderer before Dilly shows up with the police and has Ned thrown in jail. Is it just me or does Ned look kind of cute in his orange jumpsuit? Things don't seem to be going too badly for him in the big house until he meets his new cellmate Burly Bruce (
Michael Cornacchia). Considering Ned's the one who got Bruce locked up he's not too pleased to see him at first.
Burly Bruce believes his girlfriend Sheila murdered his friend Tony DiNapoli. The only problem with that is Sheila's a doll. No, not that kind of doll. She's a
Lars and the Real Girl kind of doll. When Burly Bruce invites his friend Tony and his girlfriend Tina (
Abbe Meryl) over for a double date and Tony has the audacity to insinuate Sheila's not real things get violent. Bruce believes Sheila's guilty of Tony's murder but it's really Bruce who's the culprit. But after Ned gets to know a little more about Bruce's relationship with Sheila he doesn't think it's that horrible to be living in such a detailed dream world. Bruce is happy and he's created a pretty wonderful imaginary world. Ned can't fault Bruce for finding happiness with a fake woman. At least Chuck's real. A real pain.
Chuck cleverly goads Emerson into using his rusty detective skills to solve Billy Balsam's murder the old fashioned way. The coroner helps by telling them Billy bit off the finger of his killer. They can't get a print from it however, since it's been percolating in Billy's acid-filled stomach. Instead they get Olive to distract Dilly so they can go into the store and inspect the crime scene. They deduce that there was a struggle and get the handprints (instead of fingerprints) of the killer. Health inspector Andrew Brown did it. He'd been blackmailing the Balsams for the surprise inspection to The Pie Ho. When things got heated between Andrew and Billy, Andrew ended up with nine digits and Billy ended up in the vat. Ned is released from jail but Andrew remains at large. Dilly makes sure he'll never be found.
And what about the romantic relationships, you ask? How are those resolved? Ned, who had been acting strange and distant, blurts out that he killed Chuck's father. I understand that he was overcome with emotion but it probably wasn't the best time to confess to that particular crime. And Olive finally realizes Alfredo's in love with her. But it's too late. She was too distracted to hear him tell her earlier about going back out on the road to sale his wares. Who knows when he'll be back?
" The picture of the founder of Ned's school and his barking dog
" Young Ned jumping into the pile of dead leaves and turning them green again
" Tina's photo coming to life to ask for Emerson's help
" Burly Bruce using Sheila to kill Tony
" The scene right out of
The Birds with Dilly
Usually I quote a number of lines but tonight I thought I'd keep it short:
Narrator: "Happiness born out of passion is short lived."
Emerson: "Well that was a crime of passion."
Ned: "What? It was a minute. I'm having a bad day."
Dilly: "What I see I want. What I want I take."
Chuck: "Footloose and finger free."
Narrator: "The truth could knock all it wanted but Burly Bruce would never open the door."
Ned: "Yay to not telling the truth."
What did you think about tonight's developments? I'm glad Olive seems to be ready to move on. I do enjoy all the crazy things she does and says to get Ned's attention but I'd like her to have a requited relationship. To that end I hope we see more of Alfredo (
Raul Esparza) very soon. I'm also very pleased Ned and Chuck are officially dating. I'm even glad Ned confessed to killing Chuck's father. I think some build up to spilling the truth would have been better, but it's good that Chuck knows. I think they can recover from this. Now we've got to find someone for Emerson. She needs to have a frightening love of money and not be afraid of a man who knits. Do you have any suggestions as to which actress might make a good match? And on an entirely separate note I'd like see the Darling Mermaid Darlings next week.
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Some things we know: Ned is Chucks boyfriend Emersons ok with lying by omission (well, and outright lying) Ned cleans when hes upset Dilly really does stutter when shes upsetThere was a lot going on in tonights episode. We had the arrival of rival small business Balsams Bittersweets Taffy & Sweet Emporium and not one but two murder cases. And, of course, Neds confession to Chuck at the end of the episode. Lets start with the highly anticipated (at least by me) arrival of Molly Shannons Dilly Balsam. Well, I guess I should really start with the arrival of Mike Whites Some Guy. I loved how he came into what would shortly be known as The Pie Ho to talk about the arrival of the new candy shop. Ned, Olive, and Chuck do the neighborly thing and offer a welcome gift in the form of one of Neds delicious and pungent pies. The only problem is that all the customers love the smell of the pie so much t...