Pushing Daisies: Corpsicle
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 12th 2007 11:02PM
(S01E09) "There is an unpleasant chill in the air." - The Narrator
And we have arrived: this week's episode was the last completed-before-the-strike episode of ABC's Pushing Daisies. The quote I put under the picture may not have been the most important one said in the episode (the bombshell quote is a tad too shocking to put up front) but it does highlight the mood and tone of the episode: chilly. "Corpsicle" is not my favorite Pushing Daisies episode but it offered good reveals, some fantastic lines from Emerson and Olive, and it finally gave the aunts (at least one of them) a real purpose in the series.
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Angels of Justice
The investigating trio was a duo this week (aka "The Angels of Justice"), and a not as productive as usual because Ned was feeling depressed. Anyhow, Emerson and Ned were able to catch that cold killer who perfected the art of making snowmen before she killed Steve "People are expandable" Kaiser (Murphy Brown's Grant Shaud back on TV!).
The case of the week was interesting because of the where the bodies turned up. I must admit I suspected Abner, then his mother, but never Madeline, the "Wish a Wish" wish-maker/giver. Fate fell upon her when she ended up being killed by the monkey and her heart was given to Abner. In the end, she did grant him his wish.
Chuck and Oscar
This was a dark episode for usually-lively Charlotte. The impact of Ned's revelation in the last episode put everything under a different light for her. After some reflecting, moping, thinking, telling the truth to a non-believing Olive, walking around, and hating Ned for a little while, Chuck let Ned back in her world. If I had been in her shoes during that cemetery scene, I would have probably made the same request to Ned. She was speaking with her heart and not her mind at that point. If Ned were to revive her father, a corpse would be coming back to life and not a full body like they have in the morgue. Plus, as Ned told her, she would have to watch him kill her father again, using his fickle finger of fate. If he had agreed to it, it would have opened a giant grave of worms literally and figuratively!
Chuck may have been right when she told Oscar that her hair didn't know anything. I suspect that he wasn't able to extract anything from the lock Chuck gave him. Animal and human hair must be telling different stories. He stalked her and Digby for a while and if he had found the answers himself, I'm pretty sure he would have been gloating and wouldn't have spilled the beans before Chuck had time to say hello. It was an interesting turn of events when Chuck decided to not reveal her secret to Oscar. I expected her to do so, especially since Oscar was set to stay for a long while on the show before the writers' strike happened (the words "series regular" were even mentioned at one point). What a better way to create a permanent spot for Oscar on the show then by telling him that Chuck is "alive again"? For sure, Oscar won't let the matter rest.
Emerson Cox Cod
Emerson had some very cool lines and speeches this week, including the "word vomit" one. The most surprising one was that he has a daughter! The stakeout reveal showed us a softer side of Emerson. It is a touchy subject and it looks like things between him and his daughter aren't stellar. It'll be interesting to see where this goes! Maybe the daughter could be involved in a case of the week? Maybe even as the deceased one so Emerson has to juggle with the idea of asking Ned to keep her alive even if it means someone else dying? Emerson wasn't fond of the idea of Chuck being undead and knows the problems it can cause, but would he change his tune if it meant a chance to make things right with his daughter?
Aunt Mother Lily
As you know if you have read my reviews so far, I was wondering what the aunts' purpose was within the show, especially as series regulars. Well, that jaw-dropping revelation at the end of this week's episode gave a new spin on the aunts and definitely gave them purpose. I would have never expected Lily to be Chuck's mother. Then again, maybe it was the mood-enhanced pie talking and not the truth coming out. Maybe Lily elected herself "Chuck's mother" when the latter went away/died/whatever? Or maybe she is indeed Chuck's real mother. I wonder if the writers thought of this twist when writing "Corpsicle" or if it was always planned because I don't recall Lily acting much as a mother. Even if she was fond of Chuck, we never really saw Lily show true love, or have a mother-loving stare, etc. Nonetheless, it's a nice cliffhanger for a (mid-)season finale.
Other tidbits of interest:
- How cute was Olive when she was trying lie to Ned and then cover her lies when he told her that she uses questions to answer questions when she lies?
- Tuques for the beehives!
- "Happy Holidays. Here's your rent." - Emerson to the coroner
- "I suspect you know a lot about death." - Oscar to Chuck
- "There must be some Wish a Wish wish you wish for?" - Madeline
- "Do I look like a damn Ouija board to you?" - Emerson
- "We are giant enormous idiots." - Emerson
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