Chuck gives Oscar (
Paul Reubens) a piece of her hair so he can find out the truth about her smell. Emerson tells Ned he has a daughter but later blames carbon monoxide poisoning as the culprit for his sharing mood (but we know the potato was inserted in the tailpipe
after he shared that information). High as a kite from a mood enhancer, Lily tells Olive Chuck's her daughter. Oh my! All sorts of secrets came out of hiding tonight.
On the run from Ned after he told her he's responsible for the death of her father, Chuck goes to the only other place she knows she's welcome: Olive's. And because it's the last place he thinks to look, Ned scours the city before knocking on Olive's door. But now that she and Chuck are friends, Olive's not about to give her up. I was happy Chuck got to tell someone the real story of how she died and was resurrected by Ned, even if Olive ending up not believing her. I may have mentioned it before but I'll mention it again: I am so glad these two are friends. Chuck does need someone other than Ned to talk to and Olive is usually there to scratch that itch. But since she can't be entirely honest with her, Chuck is feeling the need to confide in someone else. It's a good thing Oscar's there.
Oscar, whom we met a few weeks ago, is back and drawn more than ever to Chuck's smell of honey and death. He sought her out on her rooftop and admits to taking some hair from Digby's butt because, like her, Digby smells of death. Oscar wants a piece of Chuck's hair, too, but she doesn't allow him to have it at first. Oscar is more interested in having Chuck tell him her secrets than discovering them in her hair. When Oscar offers Chuck her hair back, she takes it and refrains from telling Oscar her story. I, for one, am glad Chuck kept her secret because telling anyone can really get Ned in trouble. I just hope this isn't the last we see of Oscar. I think his fascination with Chuck's smell is a little morbid but his presence brings a nice tension to the show.
Speaking of smelling dead, let me get to the case. Three dead insurance agents/adjustors keep Emerson and Ned occupied. Well, mostly Emerson since Ned's thoughts are on Chuck. The first corpsicle, Victor Narramore (
Jeff Marlow), is discovered by a snowplow operator. Victor isn't sure how he was killed but the last thing he remembers is seeing a baseball bat with the word "kindness" on it flying at his face. The second and third corpsicles, Bill Richter (Michael Merton) and Ken Vandenick, are discovered on the lawn of heart-transplant hopeful Abner Newsome (Colby Paul). He's been turned down numerous times as a bad insurance risk. He can't be the murderer because of his bum ticker and his shriveled little legs. But when Emerson and Ned realize Abner told Madeline McClaine from the Wisher Wish Foundation of his desire to see the insurance guys drop dead, she took matters into her own hands. Emerson and Ned make it to Uber-Life Insurance just as Madeline's about to send the latest insurance guy on the case, Steve Kaiser (
Grant Shaud), to his maker. Her bonobo Bobo accidentally puts her car in gear and helps Madeline make another one of Abner's wishes come true: He gets her heart. Was it just me or was that kid seriously caustic? Maybe all those years of wishing and hoping for his transplant made him sour. At least he was smiling on the operating table. And what kind of name is Abner? I don't know any person under 70 who has that name. It's like when
Matthew Perry's character was named Murray on
Scrubs. I'm sorry but it's definitely an old man's name.
But lets bring it back to this show. Olive takes over pie-baking duties for Chuck and puts the whole bottle of mood enhancer into her pie. When Lily eats the entire thing, she feels its affects, and boy is she happy; so happy she hallucinates. She's also a lot less guarded than usual. How fast do you think Olive will tell Chuck about the truth about her parentage? We know she can't keep a secret. And what about Emerson's bombshell? I'm so happy he's opening up a bit more because he's such an interesting character and I absolutely want to know more about him. I'll even take the tidbits we get when he's trying to get Ned to stop talking about Chuck. Speaking of which, I think she and Ned are going to be OK. Chuck needed to be mad so she could get over Ned's betrayal but I hope she doesn't stay mad at him for not bringing her father back, however briefly. For all of us who've lost our fathers, I can't imagine mine only being back for sixty seconds. I also can't imagine not hating the person who has to take him away again.
The great words:
Narrator: "Chuck would never see [Ned] again. Not for as long as she lived."
Vivian: "All this fuss about global warming."
Lily: "Can't happen soon enough if you ask me."
Olive: "I peeped my peeper out the peep hole"
Oscar: "Then I guess the dog's ass shavings will have to do."
Ned: "You don't need me to talk to the living."
Emerson: "Freezer burn. Go ahead."
Abner: "Actually I was wishing for a better knife so I could pop out its heart and use it as my own."
The fabulous images:
" A double-barrel shotgun poking it's way out of Vivian and Lily's mail slot at Ned
" Olive removing the mistletoe from above Ned's head as he stands in her doorway asking about Chuck
" Olive's pajamas matching her wallpaper
and her bedspread
" Emerson making a hole in the ice on the second corpsicle so Ned can get some skin-on-skin action
" Emerson removing Ned's hand from his neck and staring accusingly at his index finger after he's revived
" The frozen corpsicle breaking apart as the EMTs accidentally drop it on the ground
" Madeline pulling a ginormous gun on Emerson and Ned and Emerson dropping his much smaller gunquickly
" Olive's tell is answering questions with questions
I'm sure you've already heard that when the writer's strike is resolved there's a good chance
Molly Shannon's Dilly Balsam will become a regular. I'd love to see that happen. Any other stunt casting you'd like to see? I thought just for a moment Abner's mom was
Megan Mullally. I love that woman. I'd love to see her on this or any show.
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Chuck gives Oscar (Paul Reubens) a piece of her hair so he can find out the truth about her smell. Emerson tells Ned he has a daughter but later blames carbon monoxide poisoning as the culprit for his sharing mood (but we know the potato was inserted in the tailpipe after he shared that information). High as a kite from a mood enhancer, Lily tells Olive Chucks her daughter. Oh my! All sorts of secrets came out of hiding tonight.On the run from Ned after he told her hes responsible for the death of her father, Chuck goes to the only other place she knows shes welcome: Olives. And because its the last place he thinks to look, Ned scours the city before knocking on Olives door. But now that she and Chuck are friends, Olives not about to give her up. I was happy Chuck got to tell someone the real story of how she died and was resurrected by Ned, even if Olive ending up not believing her. I may have mentioned it before but Ill mention it ag...