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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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 Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947) See more »


Morning Has Broken
Written by Eleanor Farjeon
Arranged by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
Performed by Ellen Greene
Piano performed by Christian Klikovits
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Smell of Success is another hilarious episode of "Pushing Daises"
30 November 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the funniest episode of "Pushing Daises" yet! I'll just mention what this show has: murder by scratch-n-sniff, rival authors, rival colleagues, Paul Reubens, "Follow the yellow hose", Olive in a mermaid outfit, Olive's cleavage, and Chuck's aunt Vivian singing, "Morning Has Broken". There's plenty more I haven't mentioned but one more thing I have to say is: Thanks, ABC, for giving this whimsically funny series a full-season pickup! Also glad to know the ratings have gone up. Every week this show just keeps getting better. Now if only the writers' strike ends soon (with the writers getting what they want) so we can get that full season in bloom ASAP!

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