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‘Pushing Daisies’ blogging: “Frescorts”

(previous: Episode 3: “Bad Habits”)

Do you smell pie? I smell pie. Mmmmm, pie…

[spoilers after the jump!]
I was horrified to discover this morning that my DVR had not recorded last night’s episode of Pushing Daisies. I think I’ve fixed what I think was ailing the stupid machine (we’ll see if it records Life on Mars while I’m out tonight, or not), but, in the meantime: Ack! No Pushing Daisies? I was forced to resort to the full-streaming-episodes capability of the show’s official site, and I don’t want to come across as too ungrateful, because at least I was able to watch the episode, but: ugh. It was not the most fun I’ve ever had watching a show. The controls of ABC’s player were very slow to respond to my attempts to make them do, you know, the stuff they’re supposed to do, the playback was frequently jerky (and I’ve got a fast cable connection), and more than once I had to quit out of the player and start over because something inescapable and weird happened (like a promo for another ABC show was flashing in the background and trying to take over my browser).

But enough about that.

Funny, but just last week I was saying how clever it is how each episode has worked in the previously-on info that you need to know (like about Ned’s ability) as part of the narration, as a little tale about Ned’s past, or about the past of another character. And here it goes and contradicts me, and just jumps right into a standard previously-on recap. Which isn’t a bad thing in itself, of course — some things we really do need to be reminded of, and new viewers need to be caught up on — but still…

Best line of the episode: Ned’s “I’ll be your comforter. Consider me your king-sized duvet ready to wrap you in goose-down goodness, tonight.” Oh-kay! (And then Chuck’s non-duvet goodness right at the end? Oh my. And oh yes: this is the naughtiest nice show ever.)

All this disconnect among lonely people! The pretend-friends company, Ned’s jealousy over Olive and Chuck’s new friendship and new roommate-ness, Emerson and his mom (who, for all their talk about what great pals they are, clearly haven’t seen each other in a long while)… Oh, have you ever seen anything sadder than the hug machine, or Ned’s face when he hugged it? *blubber*

Eww, squirting dead guy! Eww, unexpected dead body! Eww, doesn’t offal pie sound, er, offal?

This I predict: Olive is going to have the learn the truth about Chuck and Ned eventually. Who would believe that two people in love can’t touch? Olive already doesn’t believe it. And also, because this show isn’t content to tread water but is constantly shifting the status quo of its characters, this seems like a logical development.

Speaking of Ned… people react really well to being dead and then not-dead again, don’t they?

(Watch full episodes at ABC’s official site for the show.)

(next: Episode 5: “Dim Sum, Lose Some”)


MPAA: rated TVPG-DLV

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  • Ide Cyan

    I loved this episode SO MUCH. And you did spot the “300” parody with the high school football team, right?

  • I loved this episode – best part: when Olive spits out her pie mid-chew when she here’s Ned’s definition of offal. Almost as good as when in a previous episode she was eating the porridge at the convent: I know, I threw up in my mouth a little bit and I couldn’t taste the difference

  • Mimi

    Ned’s face in that final duvet scene, sigh. Can you imagine?? All that in front of you, and what can you do — nothing! What a bizarrely contrived yet totally satisfyingly unsatisfying relationship quirk.

  • Speaking of Ned… people react really well to being dead and then not-dead again, don’t they?

    I was thinking this exact thing tonight while watching this episode — in the end I decided it’s just a time-saving device cooked up by the writers to avoid having the same damn conversation with the dead guy every single time Ned works his magic. So they just skip it.

    Kinda like how Stargate SG-1 decided to throw out the whole “language” thing and just have everyone speak English. It’s a cheat, yeah, but it makes the show simpler. Greases the wheels, so to speak, so the good stuff can happen.

    I don’t mean to compare the two shows — Stargate is no Pushing Daisies, but I think the analogy works.

    Oh! Or, like legal shows, where the whole case takes place in one episode. These cheats are everywhere, and they make shows better… for the most part.

  • Phil Urich

    Speaking of naughtiest nice, everyone caught the dental dam joke, right? I think I gasped when they made it, this show is really quite adept at making rather adult jokes yet keeping that upbeat and gleeful atmosphere, someone just tuning in casually probably would have thought that joke was accidental.

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