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  • Accidental Innuendo: "Are we weird now because I did it with your dad?” note 
  • Fridge Horror: Ned's touch, as long as it's skin to skin, brings back the dead. Which begs the question of whether or not Ned is even capable of dying.
    • Digby's longevity suggests anything he brings back is immortal unless he touches it again. What does that mean for Chuck's future?
      • It is specifically stated that it's possible to die again after being brought back (we see Chuck in danger a few times and we're obviously meant to take it seriously.) Digby's longevity more likely suggests that they don't age, and perhaps therefore can't die of old age or natural causes. Which opens up a whole new can of worms...
  • Fridge Logic: So, Digby is a loving pet, but a tad neurotic because Ned can't pet him. In "Bitches," it is specifically stated that Ned feels bad that he can't pet his loyal dog, either. So, why doesn't Ned just invest in a pair of gloves (or don that beekeeper suit) and pet Digby silly?
    • He actually DOES pet Digby quite a bit. He just doesn't pet him with his bare hands. Which may be the issue.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: All of the references to The Lord of the Rings, since Lee Pace was cast as Thranduil in The Hobbit.
  • Ho Yay: It’s not even subtext in “Robbing Hood” — Daniel Hill (the lawyer) was in love with Gustav Hofer (his client and the victim of the week). Gustav was married so Daniel held his tongue. Eventually it was revealed Gustav named Daniel the sole inheritor of his estate after overhearing Daniel defend Gustav against his gold-digging wife.
    • Buddy Amicus the murderer of the week in “Frescorts,” was motivated to start his friend rental business and kill people after being rejected by football star Ares in high school. Bonus points for keeping Ares’ body hidden in his office for years. Holy crap. Depraved Homosexual anyone?
    • Speaking of “Frescorts,” Emerson’s mother believes for a minute that Ned and Emerson are dating. (Her deduction wasn’t unfounded since Emerson answered “the pie maker” when she asked who was keeping him fed lately earlier in the episode.)
    • Chuck and Olive have quite a bit of Les Yay themselves, which is ironic since they're in love with the same man.
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    • Hedda from "The Norwegians" has no sense of personal space but definitely crosses some sort of line while checking Olive's pulse by rubbing the back of Olive's hand against her cheek. Olive tries to run with it, claiming her accelerated heart rate is "only because you're so near" when Hedda calls Olive out on her nervousness.
  • Moe:
    • Aunt Vivian has quite a few "huggable" traits, despite being a fifty/sixty-something year old lady.
    • And let's not even get started on every time Ned and Chuck are onscreen together.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Chuck allows someone to die in exchange for her father's resurrection at the same time her mother is planning to visit the graveyard. Instead of a plotline involving Chuck accidentally (but given the subject of the show, probably temporarily) killing her mother in an attempt to get her father back, the opportunity is instead used to give Arc Villain Dwight Dixon an anticlimactic death.
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  • Too Good to Last: A show this aggressively quirky with such high production values was likely doomed from the start, but it would still be nice to know how long it would have lasted without the writer's strike.
  • The Un Twist: If there is a Corrupt Corporate Executive involved in the case, they are the killer. See Mark Chase, Woolsey Nicholls, Dick Dicker, and Buddy Amicus. Subverted only once, with Ramsfeld Snuppy.


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