Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising. Written by
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Bryan Fuller told gay-interest website AfterElton.com that the Coroner was gay and that he had planned to slowly reveal the character's crush on Emerson Cod had the series continued. See more
Throughout the series, the way Ned's gift works contradicts itself. Most notably, his entire business is based around touching dead fruit to make it ripe again for use in his pies. When he touches the fruit, it is restored to its pristine physical shape. However when he touches a sentient creature that has died, the broken/harmed/rotted body remains that way. Additionally, all vegetation is technically dead once it is removed from the root regardless of if it has begun to rot. See more
You're supposed to be dead. You're pushing your luck.
Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Yeah, well, luck pushed me first.
Referenced in Séries express: Episode #1.2