Pushing Daisies: Smell of Success
(S01E07) "The mere smell of it made him feel, if only for an hour, exactly like he wanted to feel: safe and warm and loved, which is why he became the pie maker." - Narrator
ABC lost a good and fun opportunity to offer Pushing Daisies viewers a chance to get up close and really personal with the show and maybe attract new people who would have been interested in a scratch 'n' sniff event! Yes, it would have been pretty much a copy of what NBC did last year with My Name Is Earl, but having a scratch 'n' sniff card to use throughout this olfactory episode would have been just as magical as the episode itself! Okay, maybe the smell of the sock and the sewer would have been terrible but it would have been interesting to smell Ned, Emerson, and "honey and death" (aka Chuck). Okay, maybe that would have been a bad idea. Let's move on to the episode instead.
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Ned, the traditional pie maker
As pretty much everyone expected, Ned became a pie maker because of his mother issues. As the narrator described it, Ned wanted a way to reconnect with his mother, feel safe, warm and loved. Ned must have made pies with his mother when she was alive because, for a 9-year-old, he sure made tasty-looking pies.
These "safe, warm, and loved" feelings resonated all through the end of the episode when Ned caved in and changed his traditional pie menu to include Chuck's cup pies. That was a big step of Ned because allowing non-traditional pies on the menu was also a way for Ned to move on. As he tried to explain to Emerson and Chuck, he never really made connections with anyone (no real girlfriends) before because things got in the way... he lived for his pies, his mother's memories. He is now at a point where he's ready to move on... allow cup pies to enter his life.
Olive and the aunts
The Powers That Be on the show must know fans enjoy Olive a lot because this week she was involved in both storylines. Most importantly, she agreed to help Chuck during Phase 2 of "Project: Aunts." If Olive was a smell, she would definitely be something refreshing (citrus?) because throughout the episode, that's what she was. She tried to put a little sunshine (or more precisely chlorinated water) in the aunts' lives to get them back to swimming. The plan, eventually worked and the Mermaids are back in the pool! (If they ever need a third member, Olive at least fits in the 4th of July outfit.) Even if Lily was a tough nut to crack, Olive tried her best to help the sisters move on. But it was Vivian who was eventually able to crack her sister thanks to her singing under the rain of "Morning Has Broken" and, surely, her speech about happiness. So now that Phase 2 is complete, what is Phase 3? Post your ideas below.
Paul Reubens was supposed to play Alfredo Aldarisio, the traveling homeopathic traveler we saw a few episodes ago, but the creators decided to reshoot the scenes with another actor and have Reubens play another character. This week was his first appearance of.... well, depending on how the writers' strike goes, the number of episodes he'll be in can change. But, as the final scene of "Smell of Success" hinted, expect him to turn up again before the end of the current streak of episodes.
The storyline involving Oscar was unlike anything else I've seen on TV. It was a little bit predictable (I started pointing the finger at Napoleon when we learned that the new publishing date was not that great) but I don't recall the last time I've seen scent experts be the focal point of an entire episode. The writers clearly exploited that unusual job to its fullest because the episode was filled with references to smell and olfactory (Napoleon's last name, Lenez, means "the nose" in French). Kudos to the props department for that really cool "Smell of Success" book, I would definitely buy one as long as it doesn't explode!
Napoleon told Ned, Emerson and Chuck that a smell tells much more than the speaking word. He was able to smell death on Chuck, lust for someone (Chuck) on Ned, and the fact that Emerson was a knitting detective. Now, Emerson is a pop-up book detective! No matter, smell is powerful and Oscar won't stop investigating until he finds out what Chuck really smells like.
Other tidbits of interest:
- It was fun to watch Chuck plan her honey harvesting expansion. I'm not sure other people would have liked to have bees flying all over their rooftops though!
- The show paid homage to the Wizard of Oz by having the characters "follow the yellow thick hose!"
- Olive and Chuck are growing closer and closer but, as Olive warned Chuck, they have not reached the stage where Chuck can cry yet. Oops! Too late. Chuck cried!
- "I was a surprise, you made room for me." - Chuck to Ned
- "A slice of pie can't save all their problems." - Olive to Chuck
- "I don't always say everything I think." - Lily
- "I'm canceling my pre-order." - Olive to Napoleon
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