Death arrives on the Greyhound in the small town of Shuckton, Ontario at the same time that the townsfolk and their Mayor are waiting for news on their bid for the next Olympics. We meet the townsfolk of Shuckton: Crim, the Purell-sniffing town ne'er-do-well; Doc Porterhouse, the friendly town abortionist; Marnie, the loveable pizza delivery lady with Alzheimer's; Mayor Larry Bowman and his wife Marilyn, a "secret drinker"; Shuckton's Action News team; and Ricky, a 600-pound ex-hockey star. Mayor Bowman has an ominous visit from his past.
The town bustles with activity when one of its citizens is found murdered and the police are called in to begin their investigation. Action News anchor Corrinda is awoken by her producer, Levon, from a drunken one-night stand and called into action. Dusty, the town coroner, attends to the crime scene and bags his evidence. Crim is discovered at the crime scene passed out in his chip truck...with blood on his hands.
As the town of Shuckton mourns, Dusty begins his autopsy and ends up taking his work home with him. Meanwhile, the cops review Crim's rap sheet, and Ricky and Marnie begin their own investigation. Corrinda realizes her one-night stand has had consequences, Marilyn is named the new Mayor of Shuckton, and Death goes a-lookin' for some redheads.
A Big-City prosecutor arrives in town for the start of the trial and the public defender, Sam Murray, struggles to deal with his cat Buttonhole's double coma while simultaneously preparing for the defense. Heather Weather conspires to take advantage of Corrinda's predicament and steal her job and Shaye's affections, and Mayor Marilyn discovers some ugly truths about her husband.
As the trial gets underway, housebound Ricky sends Marnie into the field to continue his investigation. Corrinda wrestles with a tough decision. Death gets the call and kicks his ladies out of the No-Tell. Dusty hides a love that dare not speak its name, and young Rampop witnesses another murder in the town, between the two butterflies...?
When another murder occurs in Shuckton, Sam requests a mistrial, while Big-City uses the shape-shifting defense. Dusty is called to testify, revealing that his autopsy was never completed and the judge orders the body exhumed. Death gets a visit from the Shuckton 5-0. Ricky and Marnie's investigation surpasses the police, as they discover both the murder weapon...and something even more shocking.
Dusty is caught with his pants down and Larry's corpse in his grave. Ricky awakens to find Marny missing and ventures out into the world. The trial begins closing arguements, with Big City showing how various objects could be the missing murder weapon, resulting in the Judge getting his gavel back, and wooing the crowd with promises of vengeance. Ricky finds Marny, who accidentally reveals herself to be Ricky's mom and that Larry, who was a US draft dodger, had pressured her into getting him aborted, but he had survived and was raised by Dr. Porterhouse until he was old enough to live at an orphanage.
Mayor Marilyn is in top form hosting her first public execution. Ricky and Marnie show up at the execution, in the nick of time, and Marnie makes the most shocking revelation of all. Death finally gets to face off against Ricky.