At the Pie Hole, Olive looks at a flyer for the P.C.H.S. The folks who run it turn out to be the first family of Papen County. Emerson says they are a bunch of "blonde over blue Children of the Corn." He's on fire this week. Olive wants to know who is up first. It's Gus. He's the Rosemary Kennedy of the clan, stuck doing the historical society stuff, while brothers one through four are real estate moguls. They share a chuckle, when Gus walks in. She greets him and asks about her application to turn the Pie Hole into a historical monument (as it should be.) He says there is no way in hell because of how they ruined the perfect architectural specimen with the stucco crust overhang. Whoops! Emerson starts to put the squeeze on Gus, as he does, with his questions about Nora's murder. While Merle was lost at sea, Gus helped Nora out by using his family name to get the lighthouse made a historical monument, and the McQuoddy clan declared its lifelong guardians, or until the sun destroys the earth thanks to solar flares. Whichever comes first. Emerson's interest has been piqued to discover that Elliot is now in charge of lighthouse upkeep. Gus directs the dynamic detective duo to Annabelle Vandersloop. Both she and Nora volunteered in the diorama exhibit. Gus declares that to be a depressing word. When he says it is because it has the word die in it, thunder rumbles in the background. Gus does like Rama, for the record.
At Ned's apartment, where some sort of agreement must have been reached, Chuck is handing her dad a walkie talkie, so they can keep in touch, and her box of mementos. He sees the picture of himself during his days in the United Nations Peace Keepers, and thanks her. Ned sets down a ginormous chocolate cake on the table. Oh, he's just trying so hard. Sweet. I don't eat cake, but this masterpiece looks delicious. Chuck looks surprised, and then heads off so Charles Charles can settle in. Ned sits down next to his girlfriend's father, looking hopeful. He says he's got plenty of milk to go with the cake. But Charles Charles doesn't think he should have gone through so much trouble. Ned wants to make things go as smoothly as possible, and whips out the playbook that he crafted. It's everything that pertains to the Alive Again lifestyle. Charles Charles wants to know if this means his corpse face. Yes. Among other things. Ned's rules include, but aren't limited to, staying inside with the curtains drawn, no contact with the outside world, unless via telephone and then only with the approved list of aliases (they can be found on page 13), and constantly wearing latex gloves. At which point Charles Charles informs him that he's already wearing gloves. Ned adorably says there is no harm in double bagging it. Oh show. How you get away with such things. But this leads to an uncomfortable corpse glare (if there is such a thing) and Ned insisting that he's really trying. Charles Charles wants to get to the point, which is that Ned killed him. Uh oh. Seems like Frere Piemaker didn't count on him putting that one together so quickly. He wants an apology, and forgiveness isn't going to come easy. Then Charles Charles takes Ned's Alive Again book and heads off to do some reading, leaving our poor piemaker looking worse for wear on his couch.