While Lily fixes them with a boozy stare, Vivian receives them politely. "We haven't had this many visitors," she says, "since our most recent home invasion!" Olive tells the aunts that the team could really use their help. "And your taxidermy kit," Randy adds, saying he had to leave his behind to make room for the passengers. He's going to use some pelts he has to fashion Jerry and Buster some muttonchops and sideburns. Vivian offers Charles Charles's old clothes to wear for disguises but Lily remains suspicious. And rude, of course. "This ain't quite the engagement party we had in mind for you and the worry wart," Jerry jokes, and the aunts go on high alert. "Engagement? Ned? And Olive?" Vivian trills, but Lily ain't buying it. "Since when?" she asks. Ned: "Since... we love each other... so much." Olive: "Yeah. What he said?" And to seal the deal, they give each other a mutual eyebrow shrug and go in for a little smooch. Moments later, Olive sighs her way out onto the front porch and, as the snow falls around her, breaks into song. Oh, not just any song. Hello, by Lionel Fricking Richie. WHO is the genius who picks songs for this show? Man, what an inspired choice. I absolutely love it, and Kristin Chenoweth simply kills it. She gets about halfway through the first chorus -- to the luscious "you know just what to say, you know just what to do" part -- when she is interrupted by Ned, who bounces out the door. "Do you know just what you're doing?" Olive asks, sort of sadly. Ned: "Not really. I just asked myself 'What would Olive want me to do?' and this seemed like the answer." Olive says, yeah, he did exactly what she would want him to do. "Only I would want you to mean it when you said you loved me," she sighs. "Not that I'm ungrateful." Without hesitation, and without being hurtful, Ned says he does mean it. "In a friend way," he says. "And I'm kind of having fun. I get to help you in a way that doesn't require being super, it just requires being normal and a little dishonest." He smiles, adding that he knows she had her reasons for writing all that stuff to Buster and Jerry, and he supports those reasons, because he supports her. "That's what friends do."
Episode Report CardAl Lowe: B+ | 1891 USERS: B-
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