Back on the cliffside (for that is where we are now, Ned and Olive having somehow escaped the falling RV and to save themselves on the proverbial branch jutting from the doomed rock) the future literally hangs in the balance. Well, Ned hangs in the balance, and Olive hangs off him. "Thank God for my naturally clingy nature!" she says. Sensing the end, Ned apologizes to Olive for getting her into all this. "I'm sorry you felt you had to prove yourself," he tells her, meaningfully. "I'm sorry about... so many things." Olive says she's not sorry. "Well, maybe for one thing," she admits. "I'm sorry you never looked at me the same way you look at Chuck." Sniff! Wait, it gets even better. Check it. Ned: "I wouldn't say 'never.'" Y'all. So sweet. Jim Dale tells us that of all the secrets untold, this was the one Olive most wanted to hear. She is so full of bliss, it almost doesn't matter when the branch begins to break and they start their descent into the sea. But wait! What's this? A masked man comes to their rescue, grabbing Ned's arm at the last minute and hauling both of them to safety.
Back in his office, Emerson is having regrets. He's called Vivian to meet him there, against her better judgment she says, "considering the callous braggadocio with which you previously gave me the heave-ho." Emerson: "Well, if I did do any ho-heavin', it was for your own good." Hee. He says there is a time to for callous braggadocio, and a time for sensitivity, and to the Norwegians that second time is never. Vivian says she supposes it's a holdover from their Viking ancestry. "It would be difficult to rape and pillage," she says, "with the subtlety of a humanist." Er, yeah. I guess maybe we don't need to say "rape" on television for no reason? Just a suggestion. I mean, she could have used DoomDevil as an example, instead, is all I'm saying. Anyway, Emerson has called her there to do her the great courtesy of breaking the bad news: when the Norwegians opened the coffins of Charles and Charlotte, their coffins were empty. Vivian is devastated. "Our Charlotte?" she cries. "Dwight stole her?!" Emerson sweetly tells her that yes, Charlotte wasn't there, but the truth is that Charlotte is always with her, in her heart. "Thank you, Mr. Cod," Vivian says. "It seems my sister was right. Dwight was indeed a bad man. Oh, my sweet, sweet Charlotte. Knowing this will surely shatter Lily's heart."
In Chuck and Olive's apartment, Chuck bandages Ned's wounds while Olive gives her the scoop on their masked savior. "We think... it was your pops," Olive says, to Chuck's surprise. Ned quickly tells her that oh, yeah, he told Olive all about how Mr. Charles "faked" his death. "Oh!" Chuck smiles. Yeah, Olive says, the guy that saved them was covered head to toe. "He has a very, uh, delicate skin condition," Chuck says. Olive: "Like your allergy to Ned!" Yes, exactly like that. Ned apologizes to Chuck for doubting her -- in his reality, disappeared dads don't come back, but obviously, the guy that saved them must have been her dad. "Like a guardian angel," Chuck sighs. Olive: "What's he guarding you from?" Ned and Chuck resume the silent treatment. "Oh, Jimminy Jehosephat!" Olive yells. "I went out on a limb for you people! A tree limb! Jutting from a cliff! With my limbs dangling over certain death!" So don't, she says, leave her hanging on the whole Dwight thing, unless he was, you know, murdered or something. Ding! "Olive," Chuck says, seeing her notice their grimaces, "murder is a very big word." Olive: "Did he die of natural causes?" Ned and Chuck: "Yes!" Olive: "Are either of you referring to murder as a natural cause?" Ned declares that they are officially non-referential, starting now. What's stopping now, he says, are the questions. "So, that's how it is," Olive says. "You wanna roll Army-style. Don't ask, don't tell. Well, guess what works in the foxhole, works in the Pie Hole." Poor Olive.