Young Lily Charles watched as her mother gave birth to Vivian, who had a hole in her heart. As the sisters grew up, Vivian mimicked everything that her sister Lily did. As a result, they became expert synchronized swimmers and soon came to fame as the Darling Mermaids. However, the act ended when Lily lost her eye and had an affair with Vivian’s fiance, Charles Charles. She joined a nunnery to disguise her pregnancy, left soon after the birth of her daughter Charlotte, and stayed at home, depressed and dragging her sister and daughter/niece into depression with her...Read the full recap
Vivian: Dear me. The Aquacade is in town. Remember taking Charlotte there for her half-birthdays. It's as if an angel called the Papen County Picayune placed an ad on the back page.
Chuck: I can't believe you remembered my half-birthday.
Ned: How could we forget?
Emerson: With you never shutting up about it?
Chuck: Prepare to be amazed. There hasn't been this much talent around a body of water since Moses played the Red Sea.
Chuck: They're the Serena and Venus of water ballet, and no one's even looking.
Emerson: No one's even not looking the way you pretend not to look when you're actually looking.
Jimmy Neptune: Hoped to grab you after the show, but you were swept away by the... departing crowd.
Vivian: We small-boned persons are vulnerable to exoduses of the mass and panicked variety.
Galveston Gus: I know you can't prove Bubba didn't eat Ms. Ramora. He did. And what a crap last meal that must have been.
Emerson: In third grade, i did a report on Great Whites. Discovered we're a lot alike, seeing as how we're both misunderstood badasses.
Chuck: Now touch her! Touch her! Touch her before she talks back!
Olive: O-M-G! G-R-8!. T-T-F-N. No, B-R-B.
Emerson: She got a case of the dumb A-S-S.
Jimmy Neptune: Don't you think that's an act that'll put butts in seats?
Ned: Absolutely. And I've got another act that butts absolutely love.
Ned: Great news--Jimmy agreed to all of your demands.
Vivian: The fresh lilacs? The Egyptian-cotton towels?
Lily: The vodka fountain?
Chuck: Lily. Vivian.
Narrator: At that very moment, time stopped--as it is wont to do when present, past, and future collide. When one's existence ceases to be measured in days, hours and minutes, but instead in the immeasurable quantity of life events. For Lily and Vivian Charles, the reappearance of a daughter and niece was a life event that would eventually overshadow a thirty-year-old betrayal and result in a splash of water, the roar of the crowd, and a whirlwind tour around the world--twice. Private investigator Emerson Cod would experience a life event when life found him through the pages of a pop-up book and he was reunited with his own lil' gumshoe.
Penny: I'm looking for Emerson Cod...
Narrator: Jockey-cum-waitress-cum-private-investigator Olive Snook would experience two life events in quick succession. The first, opening her heart to a formerly friendless taxidermist, and the second by opening a culinary palace dedicated to the art of macaroni and cheese called "The Intrepid Cow." For the Pie Maker and a dead girl named Chuck, their shared life event began with a touch and became the promise of a new family brought about by the words...
Chuck: I'm alive.
Narrator: At that moment, in the town of Couer d'Couers, events occurred that are not, were not, and should never be considered an ending. For endings, as it is known, are where we begin.