Pushing Daisies: Frescorts
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 22nd 2008 9:43PM
(S02E04) "Where are you living anyway?" - Ned to Emerson
Did you realize that this week's Pushing Daisies episode is actually only the 13th installment of the refreshing series? I forgot about it for a second or two when I told myself "About time!" after realizing that "Frescorts" was going to offer us some Emerson backstory. I guess the almost-nine-months hiatus, thanks to the writers' strike, made us long for more details about the show's characters. In any case, let me say this: Yay for some Emerson backstory!
So Emerson's mother, played by Everwood's Debra Mooney, was a famous PI who was more a friend to Emerson than a mother. It explains why Emerson became a PI but doesn't give all clues as to why he is so secretive (the gang doesn't know where he lives). I know a PI is more than likely to try to protect his privacy but Ned, Olive and Chuck are Emerson's friends... one would expect that they would have least seen his place's front door, no?
My favorite scene of the episode is definitely when Emerson and Calista performed their interrogation routine. It was hilarious while being effective. I wouldn't have liked to be one of the persons being asked the questions as the mother and son duo was a bit frightening.
Calista's presence didn't offer us much to chew on (aka juicy details from Emerson's past) but what she did provide is the needed push for Emerson to find his daughter. It's more than likely that he will rewrite his book and that it'll get published just in time for his daughter to pop up during November Sweeps.
Yep, that was David Arquette playing weirdo Randy Mann. It was a good casting choice for such a character. It was nice to see Ned bond with someone outside of the Pie Hole circle. And, not spoiling too much here, we haven't seen the last of Randy but it'll be a few weeks/months before he resurfaces.
So far, I enjoy seeing Chuck and Olive be BFFs. It will be fun to see how they try to better themselves to make their friendship work and, as I've mentioned in my last review, see how they deal with the aunts if one of them stops by to visit Olive. The Chuck/Olive pairing also provides new conflicts and problems for Ned to deal with. Chuck has a new friend now... maybe it's time Ned gets a new friend too?