Vivian: Dear me. The Aquacade is in town. Remember taking Charlotte there for her half-birthdays. It's as if an angel called the Papen County Picayune placed an ad on the back page.
Chuck: I can't believe you remembered my half-birthday.
Ned: How could we forget?
Emerson: With you never shutting up about it?
Chuck: Prepare to be amazed. There hasn't been this much talent around a body of water since Moses played the Red Sea.
Chuck: They're the Serena and Venus of water ballet, and no one's even looking.
Emerson: No one's even not looking the way you pretend not to look when you're actually looking.
Jimmy Neptune: Hoped to grab you after the show, but you were swept away by the... departing crowd.
Vivian: We small-boned persons are vulnerable to exoduses of the mass and panicked variety.
Galveston Gus: I know you can't prove Bubba didn't eat Ms. Ramora. He did. And what a crap last meal that must have been.
Emerson: In third grade, i did a report on Great Whites. Discovered we're a lot alike, seeing as how we're both misunderstood badasses.
Chuck: (to Ned) Now touch her! Touch her! Touch her before she talks back!
Olive: O-M-G! G-R-8!. T-T-F-N. No, B-R-B.
Emerson: She got a case of the dumb A-S-S.
Jimmy Neptune: Don't you think that's an act that'll put butts in seats?
Ned: Absolutely. And I've got another act that butts absolutely love.
Ned: Great news--Jimmy agreed to all of your demands.
Vivian: The fresh lilacs? The Egyptian-cotton towels?
Lily: The vodka fountain?
Chuck: Lily. Vivian.
Narrator: At that very moment, time stopped--as it is wont to do when present, past, and future collide. When one's existence ceases to be measured in days, hours and minutes, but instead in the immeasurable quantity of life events. For Lily and Vivian Charles, the reappearance of a daughter and niece was a life event that would eventually overshadow a thirty-year-old betrayal and result in a splash of water, the roar of the crowd, and a whirlwind tour around the world--twice. Private investigator Emerson Cod would experience a life event when life found him through the pages of a pop-up book and he was reunited with his own lil' gumshoe.
Penny: I'm looking for Emerson Cod...
Narrator: Jockey-cum-waitress-cum-private-investigator Olive Snook would experience two life events in quick succession. The first, opening her heart to a formerly friendless taxidermist, and the second by opening a culinary palace dedicated to the art of macaroni and cheese called "The Intrepid Cow." For the Pie Maker and a dead girl named Chuck, their shared life event began with a touch and became the promise of a new family brought about by the words...
Chuck: I'm alive.
Narrator: At that moment, in the town of Couer d'Couers, events occurred that are not, were not, and should never be considered an ending. For endings, as it is known, are where we begin.
Music: Waltz of the Flowers (Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
Sy Richardson (Coroner) is briefly seen at the morgue, but is uncredited and has no dialogue. David Aquette (Randy Mann) is also uncredited and has no dialogue during his brief appearance with Olive. During the final camera sweep of Papen County, a figure in the sewers that is Oscar Vibenius is seen, but is presumably not played by Paul Reubens.
Injoke: When Emerson cuts open Bubba the Great White, a Louisiana license plate with the number 007981 falls out. This references the scene in Jaws (1975) when they cut open a lesser Great White and a Louisiana license plate with the number 007981 falls out.
Field Cate is credited but doesn't appear.
Germany: March 11, 2009 on ProSieben
Turkey: April 21, 2009 on CNBC-e
UK: May 1, 2009 on ITV 1
Poland: May 28, 2009 on Canal +
Australia: September 1, 2009 on the W Channel
Slovakia: August 24, 2010 on Markiza
Czech Republic: December 22, 2010 on Prima COOL
Finland: March 27, 2011 on Sub
Emerson: You put the "evil" in Knievel, lady.
Referencing Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, famed stunt motorcyclist who made his reputation by a series of daredevil jumps from the 1960s to the 1980s. During his career he jumped multiples buses, trucks, from one skyscraper to another, and the Snake River Canyon, before retiring in 1981. In 1976 he attempted to jump over a tank of sharks. His nickname is often mispronounces and misspelled "Evil," although he was very insistent it be billed as "Evel" to rhyme with the spelling of his last name. He inspired a roller coaster and a rock opera before his death in 2007.
Jimmy Neptune: You know what she tried to pitch? A one-woman tribute to A Chorus Line!
Referencing the 1975 musical by James Kirkwood Jr., Nicholas Dante, Edward Kleban, and Marvin Hamlisch. The musical is set on a stage during the tryouts for a musical, and each of the dancers ("gypsies") is forced to tell the director something about themselves. The musical features such enduring numbers as One and What I Did for Love.
Referencing the board game where straws are inserted halfway up a plastic tube. Marbles are placed on top of them and the players alternate removing the straws one at a time. The player who drops the least marbles wins.