Lai Di relates that recently, after working a 16-hour shift, Bao came home and could not sleep. In their tiny bed, Lai Di asked what was wrong. "Bao chose to reply in English," Jim Dale says, and I have to stop and laugh for a very long time. Bao simply and nervously answers with one word: "Pressure." Strangely enough, this is what I was saying right before I had my appendix out last month... Anyway, Lai Di would remember his reply as ironic, considering that he was subsequently killed when his pressure-cooker exploded and he was impaled on a pipe. "Let's be delicate," we see Ned say later at the morgue moments before giving Bao the touch. "He may not speak English." And, he adds, with the pipe the way it is -- THROUGH HIS HEAD -- they don't know if he'll speak at all. What follows is a few minutes of physical comedy so great it is hard to put into words. Ned touches Bao's chin, and a pause occurs in which it is revealed that Chuck speaks Chinese! Cute, cute. "Bao, ni hao," she starts, surprising Ned. "You speak Chinese?" he asks, and can't even comment the cuteness of that before Bao screams, sits straight up and starts turning this way and that, causing them all to duck and flail as the pipe sweeps the room. "Please do not hurt me!" he shouts. "I sorry I lose the bet!" What bet, Ned asks as dodges the pipe. "Gambling at the dim sum!" Bao screams. "Now someone's going to kill me!" Ned squeaks out a Going to kill you?" before Bao moves his head slightly and knocks Ned's temple with the pipe. It makes a clanging noise that caused me to openly guffaw. Is Bao their first Dead Guy of the Week not to understand that he's dead? I think he may be... Anyway, Bao wails on, saying he doesn't know how they're going to kill him, but that they're going to do it for sure. He cannot, however, reveal who it is that is "going" to kill him. "If I tell you that," he says spookily, "I'm a dead man!" Emerson, as an aside: "See, what we need now is a mirror." But, no, there's no time to convince him -- Bao is hot to escape. Thing is, he's uh, got a six foot pipe through his head, and his attempt to run out the door only leads to a clanging quick-stop. Ned: "Ouch."
Back in Chinatown, Emerson has returned to the dim sum to chat with Bao's daughter, Mei about her father's untimely demise. She, however, is not forthcoming and dismissively says she doesn't know why her mother bothered hiring Emerson as her father's death was an accident. "Your mother had a hunch," Emerson says. "I could gold-leaf my bathroom with what I made off Mother--Hunches." My love for Emerson honestly knows no limits. Mei introduces Emerson to her fiancé, the dim sum owner, Rubbie Wu. "I'm sorry about your loss," Emerson says sincerely, savoring a dumpling, "both in the human and the gastronomical sense." He cuts to the chase. "And speaking of the genius that was your father," he asks, smoothly. "Was it also possible he was a degenerate gambler?" He says he heard Bao was maybe in trouble over a bet he made at the restaurant. "He didn't have time for anything but work," Mei tells him, flatly. "My father and I weren't very close." The cherubic Rubbie goes on to say that they're just a dim sum restaurant, and that if Bao was in trouble because of gambling, it didn't happen there. Roughly denied any further free buns, Emerson heads to the Pie Hole. He tells Chuck and Ned that he couldn't see how the restaurant could have gambling going on; he didn't even see any place they could be hiding a secret card room. Ned wonders if maybe Bao meant something else when he said he lost a bet. "Maybe Bao had a pipe through his head," Emerson shoots back, "and we're chasing smoke!" Disgruntled, Emerson huffs out, getting into a sidestep dance with the miniscule Olive, made to look even more tiny next to Emerson, with whose waist she barely reaches navel-gazing level. Olive is not to be deterred, however, on her guilt mission to Ned. "Dwight stopped by again," she says. He had that kind, warmhearted look in his eyes that said: "Oh, I wish I could find my old friend, Ned's Dad, before I die alone." With that, she stomps off, leaving Chuck to pick up the gauntlet.