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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.

Director:

Lawrence Trilling

Writers:

Bryan Fuller (created by), Chad Gomez Creasey | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Ned
Anna Friel ... Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Chi McBride ... Emerson Cod
Jim Dale ... Narrator (voice)
Field Cate ... Young Ned (credit only)
Ellen Greene ... Vivian Charles
Swoosie Kurtz ... Lily Charles
Kristin Chenoweth ... Olive Snook
Josh Randall ... Charles Charles
Perry Anzilotti ... Augustus Papen
Alexander Gould ... Elliot McQuoddy
Sammi Hanratty ... Young Chuck
David Koechner ... Merle McQuoddy
Mary Kay Place ... Annabelle Vandersloop
Jordan Feldman ... Willie Gerkin
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

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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Goofs

The hand with which Willie Gerkin holds the plate of cookies changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Emerson Cod: Well, hate to be a bitch, but ain't no way in the world I'm taking this case.
Olive Snook: You think Merle McQuoddy murdered Nora?
Emerson Cod: Merle McQuoddy's ship returned minus a few oars, making it a very easy leap from captain to killer. Nothing this kid had to say makes me think otherwise. Plus, I don't work in the rain.
Ned: Clearly, you don't hate being a bitch that much.
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »

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Written by James Dooley
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Candle On the Water
6 January 2009 | by beachboygrlSee all my reviews

OK, I love this show soooo much. Does anyone know if the cancellation rumors are true? If so then I'm going to be inconsolable. This show is whimsical and clever and currently my favorite. This episode is my particular favorite, mostly because of the adorable Pete's Dragon references and the sensationally chipper rendition of Candle on the Water. I really hope they put out a second season soundtrack with that on it because I loved it. I watched the episode about twenty times in a row I was so tickled. Kristen Chenoweth especially shines as Olive Snook and the musical references throughout (Grease, Sound of Music and a few others have cropped up as well as Pete's Dragon) leave me grinning every time. Here's hoping the show will rise from the dead...maybe Ned can spare a little of his magic touch.


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