Pushing Daisies: Girth
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 31st 2007 9:02PM
(S01E05) "Tell Ned I love... his pies." - Olive
This Halloween-themed Pushing Daisies episode has been one of my favorites so far this season. We learned more about Ned's past and we discovered who Olive used to be while being entertained by a magical and mysterious storyline that was reminiscent of stories and movies such as Sleepy Hollow.
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This week's Young Ned scenes were heartbreaking and clearly explained one of the main reasons why Ned doesn't have many friends and why we don't see his family members much. I felt sad for him when he got no letters and packages and even sadder when he got that highly impersonal pre-printed postcard saying his father moved. The most pivotal Young Ned scene was definitely when he dressed up as a ghost and dropped by his father's new house only to discover that the latter was now happily remarried with two kids. Young Ned's heart was crushed forever. I can barely imagine the distress and sadness the kid went through when he saw that his father did love kids... just not him.
Each year on Halloween, Ned goes back to his old house and lies where his bed used to be. Aww... I hope Ned buys back that home one day especially since it meant a lot to him. Thanks to his scenes with the aunts, we saw how the two are really opposites that attract (one thinks Ned's father was a good man when the other says that he was a jacka**). Vivian had really nice words to say to Ned, words that helped mend old wounds.
Ned may not have told the whole truth as to why he hates Halloween, but this ordeal helped him think of a way for Charlotte to see her aunts. I don't know if it was because of Vivian's joy while giving candies at 2 a.m., but Lily seemed rather quick at lowering her gun. Could it be that she felt that the ghost was no stranger?
After seeing this episode, I think Olive is definitely my favorite Pushing Daisies character. I love her spark and smile. "Girth" was definitely an Olive-centric episode where we learned a lot about her, including that she used to be a professional horse jockey! What an unusual job for a woman like her. Then again, I shouldn't be surprised at the jobs people have in the dream-like Pushing Daisies. I couldn't help but smile and even laugh a bit when Olive jumped on the bed after winning one round against Chuck. Olive and Chuck finally faced off and shared some screen time, during which they had to bond. They could probably be tagged as frenemies.
The case of the week not only hit home (Olive was in danger) but was also kept us a bit on our toes. I wasn't expecting her to die but I wondered if the other jockeys would die before they caught the killer and I also changed my theory on who the killer was a few times (JJJ, one of the jockeys, the mother, etc.). It could even have been a ghost! As Chuck said, if Ned is able to revive the dead, one could think that ghosts are real.
Other tidbits of interest:
- Where does Chuck get the money to pay for these fashionable clothes she wears? She can't use her credit cards and a pie marker assistant may not provide enough to wear that type of clothing!
- Olive kissed Ned after he rescued her and got a slap in the face when he put her down and rushed to find Chuck.
- Ned learning about the pies by seeing one of the strawberries turned bad as it touched his tongue.
- "We see what we want to see." - Vivian
- "Things change. I grew up." - Ned to Chuck and vice versa
- Emerson "calling" the money to ask it if it cared.
- Ned kept the wooden arm from last week's episode.
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