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The Legend of Merle McQuoddy 

Emerson and Olive investigate the murder of an infamous lighthouse keeper's wife, while Chuck's father schemes to keep Ned and Chuck separated forever.

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Emerson and Olive investigate the murder of an infamous lighthouse keeper's wife, while Chuck's father schemes to keep Ned and Chuck separated forever.

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In this episode, many references to the Disney movie Pete's Dragon (1977) can be found.
  • A lighthouse keeper named Nora loses her lover to a storm at sea, and continues watching for him from her lighthouse.


  • Her son is named Elliot, her husband named Merle and their last name is McQuoddy.


  • At one point, two characters seek refuge in a cave by the sea.


  • At one point a vocal group comes to the lighthouse and sings Candle on the Water, a song from Pete's Dragon.


  • Also, the show has always been narrated by Jim Dale, who starred as Doc Terminus in Pete's Dragon.


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Augustus Papen: With her husband lost at sea, Nora couldn't afford the lighthouse upkeep. I used my family influence to declare it a protected historic monument. I appointed Nora the lighthouse steward and the McQuoddys its guardian until the family line dies out, or the sun swallows the earth in a solar flare, killing us all.
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Candle on the Water
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth and an unidentified a capella group
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The Pete's Dragon episode...
28 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the Pete's Dragon episode, as the writers deliberately put LOTS of references in the show. To see more about this, see the IMDb trivia.

In "Legend of Merle McQuoddy", the lighthouse keeper's wife is killed with a harpoon and most seem to think her somewhat crazy husband, Merle, is responsible. You see, Merle had been lost on a desert island for almost a decade and he just doesn't seem normal any more now that he's back. Naturally, Emerson investigates--but mostly with Olive's help. That's because Ned and Chuck are busy themselves, as Charles Charles (Chuck's recently undeceased dad) is making their relationship very difficult. To put it bluntly, the guy is a bit of a jerk.

How much you like this one will probably relate to if you saw and liked "Pete's Dragon". I saw it and hated it but still liked the episode. I am sure fans of the film would be thrilled. Interesting, though not among the best episodes of this wonderful series.


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