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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

‘Pushing Daisies’ blogging: “The Norwegians”

(previous: Episode 9: “The Legend of Merle McQuoddy”)

Do you smell tiny little meatballs? I smell tiny little meatballs. Mmmmm, tiny little meatballs…

[spoilers after the jump!]
Strictly speaking, the tiny little meatballs Olive mentions are Swedish, not Norwegian, but we’ll let that slide…

I never believed Olive was a traitor! Never!

But I never expected that both coffins would be empty, either. I actually yelled “What?!” at the TV. I love when a show surprises me like that.

Though, of course, since this particular show is so good at surprising us on a regular basis, I kinda wasn’t sure about that not-believing-Olive-could-be-a-traitor thing, either. Because what with Chuck realizing how unfair they’ve been to Olive, keeping secrets from her, and Olive getting real vocal about how upset she is in being left out, well… this is going to be a thing, isn’t it? A problem kind of thing. All the sown seeds of mistrust coming home to roost in this episode — Vivian and Lily, Olive and everyone else — are going to continue to be a problem kind of thing. For the few remaining episodes we have to enjoy, at least.

Hey, there was no dead body to investigate in this episode, unless we count the dead hunter in the flashback. Which I guess we should count that, because clearly Ned’s new resolve to use only fresh fruit from now on and to refrain from touching dead people anymore connects to that childhood experience of learning that awakening and redeading dead people has consequences, though the consequences now are much worse. That’s a wild departure from, you know, the entire premise of the series, and now we’re never going to find out where that could have taken the show. Damn.

Random thoughts:

• the drawing of Dwight with the watch, like the Titanic drawing of Rose with the necklace! *snort*

•“Skubbe du?” on the Norwegians’ billboard! *snort*

• oh dear: Mobile Investigative Lab Facility? *snort* (It is a pretty Scooby-Doo-ish van, though, isn’t it?)

• “Allow me to soap up those hard to reach places.” –Olive to Ned *snort*

• Ned hadn’t not ever looked at Olive the way he looks at Chuck? aww

• “It would be difficult to rape and pillage with the subtlety of a humanist.” –Vivian on the Norwegians *snort*

• the Piemaker’s father! horrors!

Why Pushing Daisies failed:

I was afraid, after last week’s episode featured no coming attractions at the end, that that meant there would be no new episode this week. Of course, we got an episode this week, this one. Clearly, ABC doesn’t care if no one watches the remaining few episodes of Pushing Daisies, and prefers to use that valuable airtime to promote other shows that it would like us to watch. Like the show it was promoting where there would normally have been coming attractions for next week’s episode (and I assume there will be an episode next week, on Christmas Eve, when no one will be watching TV, because ABC doesn’t care if no one is watching this show). True Beauty looks, to all measures, like it will be utterly disgusting, a game show on which contestants who are physically gorgeous — for very small values of gorgeous — and obviously chosen for their extreme vapidity and self-involvement will be judgment on their “inner beauty.” ABC believes this exercise will “re-define the concept of beauty”:

The gorgeous contestants assume they’re being judged solely on their outer appearance. They’re only half right; outer beauty is one component the judges are looking for, but contestants are also being evaluated — unbeknownst to them — for their INNER beauty as well when they’re put through scenarios and situations that require them to make moral decisions.

If audiences truly do prefer to watch this revolting excuse for profundity — and they probably will — over Pushing Daisies, then there’s no way in hell Pushing Daisies could ever have survived this toxic entertainment environment.

Three episodes to go…

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

(next: Episode 11: “Window Dressed to Kill”)


MPAA: rated TVPG-LV

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