This episode won me over so fast it was ridiculous: Digby's journey back to Ned was impossible for a dog lover like me to resist. And they textually addressed the business of Digby knowing not to touch Ned! This is a smaaaart doggy! :D I love that he stopped to save someone on his way (he and Shelby should have a superdog showdown some time). Made of win was the slo-mo reunion scene, with the two of them pulling up short--it totally made me grin. And it gave a real insight into the heightened awareness of intimate distance that Ned has lived with all his life.
It's really nice to get straightened out that animals' lives are traded for the lives of other animals, humans for humans and plants for plants. At least that's what seems to be heavily implied. I'm not a big fan of pigeons (I belong to that group of people that consider them rats with wings) so I spent a lot of the episode thinking 'ewww!' while people touched it. But I did enjoy the plot the pigeon provided.
I like the little details in this show so much. For instance the aunts' fears that Charlotte would bake anti-depressants into their food coming true with her using the homeopathic remedies in the pies. I also liked her 'boy, you miss one trip to the morgue...' line as it feeds into that obsession she's got with tagging along and being 'in' on everything.
Jealous!Ned is a new kind of awesome! :D He hides it so very badly. *hearts* Favourite Ned dialogue of this episode: 'Everyone's a little jealous, I mean if you're not jealous you're probably... ... can we not talk about this?!' I thought the idea of not being able to 'catch' Chuck was a really great way to explore his jealousy. And having Chuck borrow the hand of another man gave voice to the fact that she was finding the lack of physical intimacy hard to bear. I'm glad she wasn't that smitten with that man though (not just because he was a lying jewel thief!) because I don't think I could bear to watch a broken-hearted Ned. The image of him smooshed up against the window in shock was as much as I could take. And thankfully comedic enough to enjoy! ;)
I'm also in love with his little dorky 'hero' moments, like the slide under the counter in the kitchen. And his cardigans. Love a man in a cardigan! :)
I liked Chuck and Ned's romantic angst in this episode--especially when punctuated by Emerson's pained exclamations. Because, yes, being in a car with them during that conversation WOULD be annoying. Even though they're ever so sweet!
I'm finding Olive a lot more bearable now that she has a less selfish aspect. She won me over by genuinely bonding with the aunts (yup, I even found them singing 'a little birdhouse' rather cute).
Is it contracted that that red-headed girl gets a bit-part on every major series at the moment? Because I swear it's about the fourth time I've seen her! I like her and all, but can't she get her own show already? I did like that her character was so bored in a mill that she let an axe-murderer in and gave him lip for the way he tied her up. *g*
Small shoutout for the morgue guy. I love that guy! Such a great recurring character.
Bonus: alissabobissa has a cute post on why Ned is yummy.