Pushing Daisies: Bad Habits
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 15th 2008 11:25PM
(S02E03) "Is a matter of heaven and hell." - Olive
Olive thought the case of the week was a matter of heaven and hell. Personally, I think it was more a case of secrets and lies for both the nunnery members and the lead characters. The investigation unearthed one nun's secrets as the reunion of Olive and the other main characters allowed her to deal with two of the secrets she has been hiding and move on.
Even if Olive hasn't been away from the Pie Hole for that long, I'm glad she came to terms with the secrets and decided to head back home. I could have probably accepted two or three more episodes of Olive at the nunnery trying to keep the secrets but let's face it, Pushing Daisies is much better when all four lead characters are reunited. Everything is too easy for the investigative trio when Olive isn't around because they don't have to hide Ned's powers or be hush hush about their plans. So having her back in the mix will bring back that snooping around that I enjoy. Also, since Olive is a friend of the aunts, it will probably mean more of them too which is a nice thing for the series.
After watching this week's episode, I'm left with a few questions:
- Will Olive and Chuck now be roommates? Chuck could easily go back to Ned's place if she hadn't taken over Olive's apartment like she has. There are things belonging to Chuck everywhere in that apartment now. Let's imagine that they do end up being roommates, what will happen if the aunts visit Olive (while Chuck is away of course) and notice all of Chuck's belongings? How will Olive explain that?
- What will Chuck do next now that she knows Lily is her mother? Will this reveal make her want to stay undead now or will she still ponder having Ned touch her again? If she decides to live, will she reveal herself to Lily? Will she try to get to know why Lily didn't say she was her mother? What? Who? When? Where? So many questions. No answers right now. I guess with November Sweeps approaching that we will get another big reveal about Chuck's family.
- Will Ned really reach out to his father? I hope he does. Except for Chuck's aunts and the flashbacks, we've never met relatives of the lead characters. It's about time the show delves into the families. It would be interesting to see Ned seek his father, find out why he left him, and maybe even see Ned reveal his power to his father.
- Will Olive pray for Emerson's daughter? I may have missed it in one of the previous episodes, but did Emerson ever tell the gang that he has a daughter? If not, then I guess he revealed it to Olive sometime in this week's episode (off screen) so that she could direct her prayers in the right direction? If so, then Olive has yet another secret to keep. Then again, maybe the "investigation for prayers" trade was just for general prayers.
- How long will Olive be able to keep the secret that Chuck is alive? Olive was relieved after her heart to heart with Ned and showing him the picture of a very pregnant Lily so he discovers she is Chuck's mother. Keeping those secrets was eating her inside. So what about keeping the "Chuck is alive" one? I guess it's just a matter of time (maybe February or May Sweeps) before she deals with that secret too.
"Bad Habit" was an entertaining episode that offered a case of the week that had a few twists and turns and allowed Chuck, Olive and Ned to grow a little bit more. What the episode was missing was an appearance by at least one of the aunts and a song from Olive. When Chuck was talking with Mother Superior and a nun passed behind them in the corridor, I was sure that it would turn out to be Lily. Turns out that it wasn't her... just some extra. Oh well, I guess I'm just too eager for Lily to start thinking that Chuck may be alive! Patience, I know!