Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
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Smell of Success 

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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21 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When walking through the sewers looking for Oscar Vibinius, they find a yellow thick hose. Chuck starts chanting " Follow the Yellow Thick Hose", in the same way Dorothy says "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" in the Wizard of Oz. The walls the hose is attached to are made out of yellow bricks. See more »


Olive Snook: Look carefully, ladies; this is your future.
Lily Charles: Is it vodka?
Olive Snook: Water.
Lily Charles: As in Russian for vodka?
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References Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947) 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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