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Following the death of a polygamist dog breeder, Emerson, Ned, and Chuck try to figure out which wife poisoned his coffee. It is when they find out that his death is the result of marketing a new breed of dog that they find out each wife had her own motive for killing Harold that they are able to solve the mystery.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Wednesday November 14th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) May 10, 2008
NL (Net 5) Aug 16, 2008

Guest Stars
Christine AdamsChristine Adams
As Simone Hundin
Mark HarelikMark Harelik
As Ramsfeld Snuppy
Lydia LookLydia Look
As Heather Hundin
Jessica LundyJessica Lundy
As Hilary Hundin
Joel McHaleJoel McHale
As Harold Hundin
Jenny WadeJenny Wade
As Hallie Hundin

Co-Guest Stars
Ed BrigadierEd Brigadier
As Minister
Field CateField Cate
As Young Ned
Sammi HanrattySammi Hanratty
As Young Chuck
Sy RichardsonSy Richardson
As Coroner
Main Cast
Lee PaceLee Pace
As Ned
Anna FrielAnna Friel
As Charlotte "Chuck" Charles
Chi McBrideChi McBride
As Emerson Cod
Jim DaleJim Dale
voiced Narrator
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth
As Olive Snook


In the past, Young Ned tries to use his imagination to create a model life for himself but his imagination fails him. Wearing his dinosaur play suit, he looks up at the moon. At the same time, Chuck looks up at the moon wearing her dinosaur playsuit...

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Episode Notes
Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene are credited but don't appear.

Episode Quotes
Ned: I had a sexy dream about Olive last night and I'm sure it was influenced by a reality-based kiss. By the road. You know...
Emerson: There is no way for this conversation to be anything but awkward for me.

Olive: That's the most tragic story I've ever heard. Notwithstanding the big ticket items like genocide and famine, but tragic nonetheless.

Ned: Digby and I have been together for a very long time. We’re intimate, but it’s the appropriate level of canine-human intimacy.

Narrator: Where there was a reward, there was Emerson Cod.

Emerson: Under, meaning "below." Cover, meaning "the radar," people. What is so hard about that to understand?

Emerson: (after taking a call) Uh, we need to prove Hallie Hundin was innocent.
Ned: Your conscience calls you on the telephone?

Charlotte: You're taking money from blind children?
Emerson: I suppose I could pay my bills with blind kids' smiles, but their money is a lot easier.

Ned: The only reason I didn't tell you is because it didn't mean anything. Lots of stuff happens in the course of a day that I don't bother sharing. For instance, yesterday's four-berry pie was actually three and a half because I ran out of cranberries. I didn't tell you that.
Charlotte: Actually you did. You asked if orange counted as a berry and I said it didn't, but no one had to know but us.
Ned: I like that you said "us."

Simone: If you'll excuse me, I have some leftover business to handle, and a funeral to attend.
Emerson: As long as it ain't mine, I'm cool.

Cultural References
The director references two Alfred Hitchcock movies. Harold's flashback death sequence is filmed the same way as Marion Crane's death in Psycho (1960). And Emerson's dream is similar to the vertigo sequences in Vertigo (1958) that plague Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart).

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Bruce Cohen  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Dan Jinks  |  Brooke Kennedy
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Ocko  |  Rina Mimoun
Co-ProducerScott Nimerfro  |  Livia Hanich
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
CastingJennifer Lare  |  Camille H. Patton
MusicJames Dooley
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerRobert Blackman
HairstylistDaniel Curet
Make-upTodd McIntosh
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
Property MasterJeffrey Paul Johnson
Post Production SupervisorClaudia Alves
Director of PhotographyMichael Weaver (2)
Story EditorDara Resnik Creasey  |  Chad Gomez Creasey
Sound MixerEdward L. Moskowitz
Executive Story EditorKatherine Lingenfelter
Costume SupervisorCarol Kunz
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