Moments later it is Chuck in the booth with Randy, having an equally intense, but less sad conversation. He said that everything seemed to have been going fine, but then "suddenly, she said 'goodbye,' and shook my hand, which was... weird." Aw. Chuck assures him that Olive has just been through a sticky swamp of emotions and doesn't want to get stuck again. Randy says he understands all about her getting stuck on Ned, but that she said she was over it. Chuck tries a new analogy, having worn out the one about the blind fish. "It's like driving a car blindfolded," she says. "You just have to relax." Randy scrunches his nose. "Relax?"
"RELAX?" Olive says concurrently in the kitchen. Apparently Ned has been giving her similar advice -- though his was somehow about bullfighting --which he tops off with an unintentionally patronizing comment about how relationships are hard to make work. "You're telling me these things are hard to make work?" Olive asks, incredulous. "I know that, because you taught me!" Ned tries again, saying that maybe Randy scares her because she's not used to something being so easy. "Oh. My God," Olive gasps. "I'm that girl. I'm that girl in high school who's afraid of real relationships, so she's always attracted to guys in college. Or Canada. Or you." Oh, Olive. Those That Girls weren't afraid of real relationships -- they were gay. Now, if you want to finish this show off by spawning entire websites full of slash fan fiction about you and Aunt Vivian, go ahead... but please, don't email it to me. Or, wait a minute... Anyway, Ned says he just wants Olive to be happy. "So, what you're saying is, I shouldn't run away from Randy," Olive concludes. Ned says yes. In fact, she continues, Ned's saying Randy might be just what she needs right now. Ned says yes, again. "A quick fling, to heal the scars and rub ointment on the burns from us and then rip off and toss away like a used square of gauze," she says, delighted. Ned: "NOT YES!" Olive, excited, declares Randy to be "Randy Rebound" and marches away triumphantly, leaving Ned to doubt his plan to bring these lovers together.
Speaking of lovers, Simone has returned with the generally adored Bubblegum from a dog show and is clicking her way back into Emerson's heart. Simone, however, wants to be let in a bit more on Emerson's personal life. Let me put it on front street right now before I go any further: There are a lot of things going on in this episode. I mean, I know that is true of every one of them, but this time it seems overwhelming. I initially rated it higher than last week's wonderful show, and now that I have seen it again, I am having second thoughts. Still, any episode that heavily features Emerson I am going to love, so I'm not knocking it overall. The thing is, though, I only have the two hands, and my wrists are not made of titanium. Also, as much as I have loved Simone in the past, her accent is starting to grate. And there's not enough Bubblegum going on here. And I am cranky. And Simone is making a lot of animal training references, which is nice continuity, but we get it. Anyway, she is saying that she is intensely optimistic about their future, but doesn't like surprises when through the door strolls a surprise in the form of a new client. Ah, but though she may be a new client, she is not new to Emerson. She is the sister of Roland "Rollie" Stingwell, owner of the Papen County Dam. "I'd tell you more about it," he says, "except for, due to various reasons, we haven't spoken in nine years." Miss Stingwell says dramatically that those reasons are dead now, i.e. Rollie's dead. And, as she knows Emerson is the best in town, she is there to hire him to find Stingwell's killer, as well as "the Dam Ruby" which is missing. "After everything that happened all those years ago, Emerson," she adds, much to his lip-curling chagrin, "I'd say it was the least you could do." Simone is immediately on the scent. (See? I can make dog jokes, too.) "What happened between you and Rollie?" she asks. Emerson jovially tries to say that it was nothin', but Jimmy D gives us the facts. Which are these: