The PastNed 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 PresentChuck 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, Jeanine, and poke around the Dandy Lion factory.
Jeanine 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.
- The Alleged Car: The plot hinges around a safety flaw in the Dandy Lion design, and not the obvious one note either.
- Big Eater: Janine. However, Chuck believes (and is proved right) that she's actually a laxative-assisted bulimic.
- Boarding School of Unloved Children
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Don't Come A-Knockin': in a shot referencing Titanic (1997).
- Free the Frogs
- Hypocritical Humor: The CEO of a company pushing eco-friendly cars having a Hummer for his personal vehicle comes across as this.
- Indirect Kiss: The plastic of their body bags keeps Ned and Chuck from touching.
- I Want My Flying Car
- Just Between You and Me: Subverted; the villain isn't aware that Ned, Chuck, and Emerson can't hear his Motive Rant.
- Malevolent Masked Man: The murderer does his work wearing a crash test dummy's mask.
- Musicalis Interruptus: As Olive is performing her musical number in reality and not in her imagination, she is occasionally interrupted by brief disturbances, like would-be customers and a janitor.
- Omniglot: Chuck's Japanese.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Olive sings "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (from Grease)