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Season 2 | Episode 10 | “The Norwegians” | Aired Dec 17, 2008

In the wake of her dad’s sudden getaway, Chuck wants to believe that he stayed close to look out for her. She might want to ask Olive how it really feels to be protected all the time, because Olive is over it. There’s so much that Ned, Emerson, and Chuck don’t tell her. One week she’s a proud member of the P.I. team, and the next they’re shutting her out. They only keep her out of cases that involve Ned’s magic finger, but she doesn’t know that, and at this point, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t. Who would Olive tell? Who’s more important in her life than the Pie Hole team?

Lily and Vivian are the only other people Olive cares about, and it’s Vivian who brings them their latest case. Not realizing that Dwight Dixon is dead, she hires Emerson to find him. Emerson refuses, so Vivian takes her request to the Norwegians, a rival investigative team. Chuck asks Olive to convince Vivian to drop it, but Olive finds herself saying the same things to Vivian that everyone always says to her: She’s protecting her from the truth for her own good. Olive doesn’t want to be that person, and she starts to question who she’s really helping.

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The Norwegians inspect Dwight’s hotel room and find a note left by Lily, which they show to Vivian. Lily promises her sister that she didn’t kill Dwight—he never even showed up at the cemetery. She explains that Dwight stole the pocket watch from Chuck’s grave, but Vivian isn’t sure she can believe her. Worse, Emerson sees Olive in the Norwegians’ tricked out tech van, which they lovingly call MOTHER. The Norwegians welcome her to their team and bring her up to speed: They found a shovel under Dwight Dixon’s bed caked in dirt from the local cemetery, and the Charles family graves show signs of recent digging. They exhume the graves of both Chuck and her father, but they find them both empty.

Chuck’s grave should be empty, but she buried Dwight’s body in her father’s coffin. Where has it gone? She assumes that her father moved the body to protect her, but if he left behind any DNA, the Norwegians will find it. Ned breaks into MOTHER, planning to hot-wire the van, but Olive interrupts. He apologizes for shutting her out of his life, and Olive hands over the keys. She’s still on his side. She infiltrated the Norwegians not out of spite, but as a spy.

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As they speed out of town, Ned offers yes-and-no answers to Olive’s questions. He admits that Chuck’s dad is still alive, though Olive assumes that Charles faked his death. Ned also admits that he had a hand in Dwight’s disappearance, however accidentally. Olive worries that he might have killed Dwight, but there’s no time to answer before MOTHER veers off a cliff. They manage to jump out just in time. Clinging to a tree limb, Ned regrets dragging Olive into this, but her only regret is that he never looked at her the way he looks at Chuck. Ned admits that he has, once or twice. Before they can discuss it, a masked man calls Ned by name and pulls them both to safety.

The Norwegians confront Olive for betraying them and killing MOTHER, but they’re interrupted by Dwight Dixon’s credit card activity. He just checked back into the hotel, even though he never checked out. Dwight lies dead on the bed, surrounded by loot from his grave-robbing, with a can of accelerant under his nightstand. Someone set it up to look like he robbed the Charles family graves, burned their bodies, and died of natural causes. Chuck and Ned both assume that she was right; her father is protecting her.

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Too many people have died or almost died because of Ned’s ability lately, and he’s done with it. He swears off touching dead things. Even his fruit will be fresh now. Chuck worries that this is all her fault, but the way Ned sees it, she’s the best thing his magic finger will ever give him. He’d better hold onto that happiness, because as it turns out, Chuck’s dad wasn’t the one who cleaned up their mess—Ned’s dad was.

What does Ned’s dad want after all this time? How long will Ned be able to stay away from dead things? And is “Oh, hell no” Jim Dale’s single greatest moment as narrator? Maybe.

Best Lines

“Oh, look at that: A dumb idea just found a friend.” —Emerson

“But I don’t need protection! That’s what I have several long-standing restraining orders for.” —Olive

Nils: The DNA analysis that I performed on your hair told us everything we needed to know.
Olive: Oh, I was under the impression that penicillin would clear that up.

“I learned that from the greatest detective in the world. ‘Course I’m talking about Shaft. You can dig it.” —Emerson

“Thank God for my naturally clingy nature.” —Olive

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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