Pushing Daisies: Season 1, Episode 7

Smell of Success (21 Nov. 2007)

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A woman dies in a scratch-and-sniff book explosion. Was the scientist who wrote the book the target of the explosion, or was this part of an intentional publicity stunt gone horribly wrong?

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Napoleon LeNez is a smell expert who's about to publish a self-help book on how smells can stir up beloved memories. A few days before the release of the book, one of his students, Anita Grey, tragically dies in a mysterious explosion. Her mother calls Emerson and Emerson, Ned and Chuck talk to Anita who tells them she died while scratching a scratch-and-sniff patch of the self-help book. Emerson concludes someone was trying to kill Napoleon LeNez instead of Anita. Meanwhile, Ned and Olive still don't fully know how to react to each other because of their kiss and, to Ned's dislike, Chuck wants The Pie Hole to start serving cup-pies. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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The title is based upon the movie Sweet Smell of Success (1957). See more »

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Anchorwoman: Here with us now is an eyewitness to Oscar Vibenius' attempt on your life earlier today. Sir, tell us what you saw.
Emerson Cod: Good evening, Carol. Let me preface my statement by saying that my name is Emerson Cod, I'm a private investigator: if you need to reach me, my telephone number is Klondike 5-0-1-5-5. I've been investigating the Anita Gray murder. She was taken much too soon...
Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles: [watching the interview on TV] Get a load of Muggy McHambone.
Olive Snook: Hocking his wares... He just gave out his phone number on ...
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Morning Has Broken
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The smell of death
19 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is one of the best yet; containing a surreal mystery, good character development and Olive in a rather revealing mermaid costume. This week's case involves the death of a young woman who was killed when a scratch 'n' sniff book exploded! It seems the intended target was the creator of the book, Napoleon LeNez. There are two obvious suspects; the author of a pop-up book whose title got dropped in favour of LeNez's and LeNez's one time friend now mortal enemy, the sewer dweller Oscar Vibenius. The clues point to the latter especially after he is seen working on a bomb just before a second attempt on LeNez's life. Away from the case Chuck has had a great idea; The Pie Hole should start selling cup pies for those who don't want a whole slice but Ned isn't so sure; he believes in tradition and Olive is trying to help Chuck's aunts get over their loss.

This episode was a lot of fun; the story was delightfully mad and guest stars Christopher Sieber and Paul Reubens were entertaining as LeNez and Vibenius; I wouldn't be surprised if the latter appeared again; the ending certainly suggested it was likely. The subplot with Olive and the aunts was pretty good too; it was fairly downbeat but had a cheerful ending; Ellen Greene, Aunt Vivian's rendition of 'Morning Has Broken' was rather sweet.


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