Pushing Daisies: Bitter Sweets
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 28th 2007 11:26PM
(S01E08) "Am I your boyfriend?" - Ned
"Yes." - Chuck
It was announced about two months ago that Molly Shannon would guest star on ABC's Pushing Daisies and the day, err... evening, has come. I've read a lot of comments from fans saying that they were somewhat scared after hearing she would guest star mostly because they thought her acting wasn't good enough for the show. In retrospect, her acting wasn't that great but it wasn't that bad either since Daisies is over the top at times.
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Shannon's storyline line was an entertaining one because it not only involved murder but also a war between 'The Pie Ho(le)' and 'Balsam's Bittersweets Taffy and Sweet Emporium' (try to say that name with a mouthful of pink taffy!). The war showed new sides to all characters. We discovered that a past event (Ned throwing a book at a schoolmate and later paying for it) set Ned on a path of "no retaliation" and that pals Olive and Chuck were not afraid to go in Mission: Impossible mode to do what Ned was too afraid to do! It also put Emerson in an uneasy situation because Ned was put behind bars. Poor Emerson had to work more than usual! He had gotten way too comfortable lately since Ned's ability was helping Emerson cut corners and, in a way, he was also taking Ned for granted. That "thank you" sort of speech at the end was probably not an easy thing for Emerson to do but I'm glad he did it because not only will it help cement his (business) friendship with Ned but also because it's fun to watch Emerson be uncomfortable!
At first, I thought the case of the week (Tony's death) was resolved way too quickly; they found the killer about 10 minutes in the episode. I prefer episodes that have a one-hour case of the week and not two distinct storylines. To my surprise and enjoyment, the killer resurfaced in Ned's cell! Allowing him (Ned) to bond with Burly Bruce and decide that he would not tell Chuck the truth. The Bruce/doll storyline (which seems similar to the movie Lars and the Real Girl) was a mirror of what the Ned/Chuck relationship is: Bruce can never really be with his doll, nor can Ned and Chuck. How long can someone be in a romantic relationship with someone they can't fully interact with?
No matter, Chuck and Ned decided they were boyfriend and girlfriend. That decision, added to the fact it was Chuck's father's birthday, had a ripple effect over the entire episode! Olive's world made a few 360s, which made her be angry and in somewhat of a denial throughout the episode. Her chances with Ned were officially crushed. It's clear Alfredo has a thing for her and it would be great for Olive to have her dream (the one where Alfredo rushes in the Pie Hole and kisses her) come true. As for Ned, it put him in a "should I tell the truth or not path." Emerson was pushing for him to lie to Chuck but Ned wasn't so sure it was the right decision to make. After a few hours in a cell, Ned decided to not tell Chuck but the happiness he felt at the end of the episode made him blurt out the truth: "Chuck, I killed your father!" What a way to end the episode. Luckily, there is one episode left before PD goes into indefinite hiatus so we will know how Chuck reacts to this bombshell. If you have ideas, share them below!
Question of the week: My mind is blank so I'm asking you for help. Was it ever established how Ned can revive dead fruit and not touch them again (so going past the minute), yet no one (including other fruits, insects, etc.) dies?
Other tidbits of interest:
- Emerson faking sleep while Chuck talked was hilarious!...
- ... so was Alfredo speaking so quickly that it reminded me of Gilmore Girls. Olive's reply to Alfredo saying what he would do if he was in a relationship with someone he couldn't touch was so... Olive! "Forget it!"
- I loved the over-the-top and toy factory like feel of the Emporium.
- Chuck and Emerson were quite creative when lifting off the fingerprints so was Ned when using his petting hand to capture the rats.
- The gun-filled pie was cute. However, wouldn't the prison guards have checked what was inside Olive's box?
- Olive giving a double hug to Ned was refreshing.
- "How you doin'?" - Tony, using Joey Tribbiani's technique to flirt with Chuck
- "Yay to not telling the truth! - Ned
|great casting!||157 (39.2%)|
|terrible casting!||16 (4.0%)|
|was okay.||179 (44.6%)|
|I don't care.||49 (12.2%)|