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"Death by scratch-and-sniff? What the hell happened to people shooting each other with guns?"
Emerson Cod

The Past

The Present

Olfactory self-help expert Napoleon LeNez's assistant is killed by a freak book explosion, one that the author suspects was intended for him. He suggests his Rival Turned Evil, Oscar Vibenus, as the murderer.

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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Not only are the sewers large enough for even Ned to walk around comfortably the walls are patterened in yellow tiles.
  • Decontamination Chamber: LeNez has one the clean off visitors so they don't bring any unpleasant-smelling particles into his office.
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  • Foreshadowing: Lily goes to "her dark place" when Olive starts asking about Chuck's mother.
  • Gainaxing: By Olive, since she has to hop around in that mermaid tail.
  • Genre Savvy: Chuck is cautious about Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.
  • Harmony Versus Discipline: Vibenius and LeNez's rivalry.
  • Meaningful Name: "Le nez" is French for "the nose".
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: LeNez can tell by smelling Ned that he and Chuck are in love.
  • Redemption in the Rain: Aunt Vivian's gorgeous rendition of Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken".
  • Rival Turned Evil
  • Rocky Roll Call:
    Chuck: Ned?!
    Ned: Chuck?!
    Napoleon LeNez: Oscar!
    Oscar Vibenius: Napoleon!
    Olive: Hi, Emerson.
    Emerson: Hey, Olive.
  • Sherlock Scan: LeNez and Vibenius both sniff our heroes and report back on what they find.
  • Technicolor Science: LeNez creates the scents for his scratch-and-sniff plates using brightly colored fluids.
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