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 »


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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References C.H.U.D. (1984) See more »


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The first appearance of Paul Rubens on this show...
25 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Paul Rubens, know to practically everyone as Pee-Wee Herman (or that guy that did THAT in Sarasota) makes his first guest appearance on this show.

The show begins with the team going to revive and talk with yet another corpse. This one, however, is a bit unsightly than usual, as she was blown up by a booby-trapped scratch 'n sniff book!! It seems she was taking a sneak peek (and sniff) of her boss' new book--a book about smells by the famous Napoleon LeNez. However, reviving her didn't give them a clue as to WHO did this to the lady and so they, once again, must investigate. The trail leads to one of LeNez's revivals, Oscar (Rubens) but as they are about to talk with him, there is another explosion. Who is the crazy with a penchant for destruction? A kooky plot that is quite original make this one worth seeing.

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