Not being a big fan of Olive, the Olive-centric plot didn't do a lot for me. However I did find her teasing of Chuck rather amusing. I expected to be uncomfortable with them spending so much time together but since Olive seemed to play on Chuck's conscience about her aunts rather than make her jealousy about Chuck's relationship with Ned obvious, I was more comfortable with it. And once they were left alone together and confronted the 'ghost' I really enjoyed them. I especially loved their little 'you're alive: yay!!!' cheer on the rooftop.
And I found Olive smooshing Ned when he saved her surprisingly hot. I guess I'm now at the stage where ANYone smooshing Ned is hot, because I was also glad he reacted only with shock and returned to Chuck quick smart.
Ned's inner pain about Halloween was rather adorable. I'm not sure if it was intended but I liked that his hair was all mussed through much of it--as if it represented his inner turmoil. :) And they're retaining the eye-twitching when he lies--cuute! I really liked his visit to the aunts and especially his little exchange at the door where he asked 'why do I miss him?' Ah, absent fathers. They do suck.
I loved his 'your face went WHOOSH' line. I know that whoosh! I do that whoosh! Sometimes I wish I had a Ned who'd ask me why.
My favourite Emerson moments of this episode were 'don't try to act like that's a moment anybody knows' and his tease-y cheesy 'I missed you too' when Ned returned. Oh, and of course the moment with the shovel! Tee hee, I seem to be shipping everyone with shovels these days... Lana/shovel, Emerson/shovel. *amuses self*
ETA:Oh! Oh! and I must rec and squee. :D
talitha78's Cobrastyle is a great delight. It's Lex at his sexiest, funniest and most amoral. It's like a mash-up of all my favourite Lex moments ever and I play it every time I need to smile at the moment. Oh, Lex: unreliable minions notwithstanding, you really are my favourite villain ever.
Also I feel I need to add my squee formally to the Joss + Eliza = the greatest news EVA party. So glad someone took that man in line and marched him back to TV. Good work, Eliza!