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Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 3, "The Fun in Funeral"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 3, "The Fun in Funeral"


This was supposed to be the episode of Pushing Daisies where everything fell apart, minus big-time director Barry Sonnenfeld and his equally big-time budget. But I'm thoroughly reassured by this episode of Daisies, which kept plenty of visual whimsy while delivering some of the most quotable one-liners of this young TV season. To hear my thoughts and share your own, just

Remember how Ned is keeping one very big secret from Chuck — namely that he's responsible for her father's death? This week's episode brought us one step closer to the big reveal, as Emerson & co. were hired to investigate the death of the funeral director Ned killed when he decided to let Chuck stay alive. Clearly, Emerson and Ned already know why Lawrence died, so Emerson decides to use the minute to find out where Lawrence has hidden all of the loot he robbed from various caskets. In the process — and during the longest minute ever on television — Chuck finds out about the 60-second rule, while Lawrence gets accidentally locked inside the casket and Emerson runs fleeing from the building so he won't be in proximity, bitch.

Meanwhile, Lawrence reveals that his brother, Louis, was also in on the grave-robbing, but while the crew is trying to figure out their best course of action, Louis turns up in the pie-maker's deep freeze. Ned gets into a swordfight with a relative of a grave-robbee, Emerson gets stuck in a window, and the gang ultimately gets the goods back to their rightful owners. All is well and right with the world — except that Olive now knows Chuck's secret, thanks to a pie delivery to the aunts' house.

This was supposed to be the episode where the sheer adrenaline and studio money that powered the first two episodes would run out — but it wasn't nearly as obvious as I'd feared. A couple of the scenes — young Ned with the fireflies, Alfredo getting sucked out of the Pie Hole roof — seemed downright Sonnenfeld-esque. The only time I noticed a difference was in the swordfight scene, which seemed a little dank compared to the first two episodes; then again, it took place in the basement of a funeral home.

A bunch of other thoughts:

  • I love young Ned and his bowl haircut, but do you think they'll ever stop giving us the rundown on Ned's powers at the beginning of every episode? I know, it's early still, and new viewers might need the Cliffs Notes, but that's the only place where Jim Dale's narration is starting to drive me a little nuts.
  • Speaking of the narration — I thought it was used more lightly this time around. Then again, I might have just adjusted.
  • I realize it's a little silly that Chuck and Ned only require a piece of plastic wrap to kiss, but I can't protest when it's so darn cute.
  • A few favorite lines: "That wasn't the truth bus. That was the bitchy crosstown express" (Olive); "That's kinda how I feel - slash - exactly how I feel" (Ned); every word out of Swoosie Kurtz's mouth.
  • But can any of them really hold a candle to "I wanted to be a Jedi"?
  • Again, the little touches made this show: Chuck baking an antidepressant pie; the entire concept of sending a "looking forward to killing you" letter; Emerson sitting on a bench with pictures of Lawrence and Louis on either side.
  • Sight Gag O' the Night: Aunt Lily pulling up her eye patch to let the tears flow.

What were your favorite moments? Did you gasp aloud when Lawrence got trapped in the casket? And was there less narration, or did I make that up?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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jarfilledhead jarfilledhead 9 years
Best new show of the season! I love love love it.
airennlyn airennlyn 9 years
I adore this show!! Does anyone know if has been picked up for the entire season?
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i love love love love love this show so well written so cute and quirky im so hooked
tchan01 tchan01 9 years
Jinx you are too funny :ROTFL: (w/the plastic thing). Also, I remember that line Chuck said to Emerson, 'Kick Pooh' (Emerson kicks).
tchan01 tchan01 9 years
Emerson had some great lines in this one. :-)
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
I hope this show survives...I haven't loved a new show in a very long time.
Linny Linny 9 years
i love this show too lala0428- you're not the only one that doesn't like chuck. she needs to mellow out and stop yabbering
mabess mabess 9 years
"Kick, Pooh, Kick!" That whole scene I was laughing so hard. but my favorite line was "This is a pie shop, not an herbal crack den."
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I think it's getting better every week. I love all the characters so much. I can't wait for next week :D
fadedblue fadedblue 9 years
if this was supposed to be the episode where it all fell apart, then please, let it continue, because this was by far my favorite episode. not only did it have solid performances from all parties involved, it had an abundance of great moments and an engaging, almost suspenseful storyline with great callbacks to previous episodes and a hint of a bigger story arc. i didn't like last week's episode b/c it seemed too predictable, too formulaic, and a waste of the supporting cast (olive, the aunts) but this...this i like =D.
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I was annoyed by the narration at the beginning explaining everything, too. But then I thought about how Alias did that through most of the first season, and then stopped. So I'm hoping that will stop soon, once it's no longer a brand new show.
alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
I adore this show! It reminds me of a grown up Dr. Seuss book. It's cute but refreshing and different from anything else. I love that it's an hour long but unlike other hour-longs, I'm not looking at the clock wondering when it's going to wrap up! I'm wishing it will never end. I think the back story at the begining of what happened in other episodes is a little annoying. Hopefully it will stop! I love how fast it goes and the dialouge. It's funny and cute. The word I use to sum it up to my friends- whimisical!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Love the creativity of Pushing Daisies; the actors seem to be enjoying themselves and the fast paced action and dialog is just perfect. The back story at the start is annoying, but it saved me from explaining everything to my husband who watched for the first time last night and stuck with it 'cause it was "cute."
rebeccadawn rebeccadawn 9 years
so inLOVE with this show!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I love Lee Pace! He is perfect on this show. Pushing Daisies is now one of my fave shows!
Kellylicious Kellylicious 9 years
LOVE. THIS. SHOW. (still). I'm so glad I started watching it, and I sincerely hope it stays on the air!! Even my brother sat on the couch and watched the last 20 minutes, and he hates (girlie) TV shows. "Mind over matter makes Pooh less fatter" had me rolling on the floor.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I'm hoping that now that Chuck knows that keeping people alive more than a minute means someone else dies, she'll stop babbling through the minute! I like her character, but I could do without that!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
What I thought was funny about the Pooh thing, was that Emerson reacted to it! lol And at the end when the Pie Maker says he needs to see if he has some plastic wrap, aww. But if things keep progressing, they are going to need alot of plastic wrap! Talk about safe sex! ;)
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I love this show so much! the whole emerson = pooh thing was hilarious. although I have to say I'm very annoyed with chucks character and how petulant she is. seriously, if someone wants a private conversation, don't act like a 3 year old and let them have a private conversation. also, when they get back to work, stop wasting their entire minute with your silly questions. i realize she's supposed to be kind/quirky/silly but it's a bit too much at this point.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
One of my new favs. Am I only one who doesn't like Chuck?
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
"Mind over matter makes Pooh less fatter!" I love Chuck- she's so cute!!! And I use the word "slash" just like Ned did all the time, so that line cracked me up too. I couldn't help but "Awwww" and swoon when Chuck looked at Ned all wrapped in the red curtain and thought that he was her Prince Charming! How can someone not love this show?!?! I'll give it an episode or two more before I start to get annoyed by the recap narration at the beginning...there are still some crazy people out there that have yet to discover this fantastic show. :)
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
Luv the show and hey i luv the narration in the beginning with the flshback childhood memories of young Ned!
bushra bushra 9 years
this episode was the best one yet, i think! i have to agree the recap to Ned's powers is getting a bit annoying, but then this really isn't a show you can watch mid-season and 'get' it easily. was it me or was the narration rhyming at times?
kvitter kvitter 9 years
I love this show. it's gotten better every week, with the exception of the to-long-song last week. It's well written, well cast and beautiful. great storylin this week
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
the bitchy cross-town express....loved it. and this episode olive got on my nerves LOTS less than usual. but it kept throwing me off that alfonso was professor lasky from 'saved by the bell the college years." of course, i can't see him in ANYTHING and not think that. chi mcbride is my favorite....when he kept trying to push chuck out of the booth...so funny.
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