!The Past
Ned is dropped off at boarding school, four weeks after his mother's death. Teased by the other boys, Ned concocts a revenge plan: he volunteers to help out in science class and secretly resurrects the frogs, causing mayhem. Though he quickly regrets his actions, he lies to the teachers about being responsible--having learned to lie from his father, who lied when he said he'd be back for Ned.

!The Present
Chuck has many questions about being back from the dead, not all of which Ned is willing to answer. To Emerson's dismay, Chuck tags along on their latest case: automotive engineer Bernard Slaybeck, dead in a hit-and-run. Or so they think until Ned wakes up Bernard, who claims that he was killed by a dummy. Intrigued, the detectives investigate Bernard's employer, the Dandy Lion car company, where they meet his grieving girlfriend, Janine, and poke around the Dandy Lion factory.

Janine points them to a large pit full of discarded crash test dummies, but they barely have time to investigate before someone dressed as a dummy knocks them unconscious and, back at the factory, imprisons them inside body bags inside a Dandy Lion prototype.

* TheAllegedCar: The plot hinges around [[spoiler: a safety flaw in the Dandy Lion design]], and not the obvious one [[note]]poor visibility due to all windows being perfectly circular[[/note]] either.
* BigEater: Janine. However, Chuck believes (and is proved right) that she's actually a laxative-assisted bulimic.
* [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors Boarding School of Unloved Children]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DontComeAKnockin: in a shot [[ShoutOut referencing]] ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.
* FreeTheFrogs
* HypocriticalHumor: The CEO of a company pushing eco-friendly cars having a Hummer for his personal vehicle comes across as this.
* IndirectKiss: The plastic of their body bags keeps Ned and Chuck from touching.
* [[IWantMyJetPack I Want My Flying Car]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Subverted; the villain isn't aware that Ned, Chuck, and Emerson can't hear his MotiveRant.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: The murderer does his work wearing a crash test dummy's mask.
* {{Omniglot}}: Chuck's Japanese.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Olive sings "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (from ''Film/{{Grease}}'')