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Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 4, "Pigeon"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 4, "Pigeon"

"What's a rooftop full of bees compared to someone who can catch her when she falls?" — Ned

Poor Ned. The man who's so afraid of intimacy solved some of his problems when he brought his childhood sweetheart back to life, but this episode of Pushing Daisies revealed the hard part of having Chuck back. Meanwhile, the team investigated why a crop duster crashed into a luxury apartment, and Olive pondered what to do about Chuck's secret. To read my take on the episode and add your thoughts, just

I love how this show works with themes: Everything in the story is tied together by a central thread — in this case, loneliness — but it's not overbearing or cheesy. The flashback at the beginning showed us an isolated Young Ned ultimately being rescued by Digby, who seemed to instinctively understand that Ned could never touch him. It tied in quite nicely to Chuck's story; she's seemed, till now, to be OK with the no-touching business, but she certainly didn't hesitate at the chance to hold someone else's hand. That's not surprising, really; after all, this is the girl who waxed poetic about the healing nature of hugs. But it was cause for Ned to get both jealous and worried about their future. What's life without a hand to hold?

The crew, meanwhile, tried to piece together what caused a plane to careen into an apartment building. The answer, in part, was a con man named Lemuel, who was off in search of diamonds his former cellmate had hidden. Olive and the aunts, meanwhile, were tending to an "alive again" carrier pigeon who had a message to deliver. Everything converged at a windmill, where it was revealed that the windmill's resident, Elsita, had been keeping up a carrier-pigeon correspondence with Lemuel that her mother had started with Lemuel's cellmate. Oh, and the diamonds? They were in her totally unexplained wooden leg.

Olive got the chance to be both villain and hero this time. She wanted to screw up Chuck's secret — but she's also become close to the aunts on their own (thanks to the pigeon plot and an awesome duet of "Birdhouse in Your Soul") and didn't want them to feel shocked or betrayed. I wasn't sure initially how Olive would fit into the show from week to week, but now I think she's going to be fun to have around.

Some other thoughts:

  • Jayma Mays was hysterical as Elsita in the hostage scene. "You take a hostage like you tie your sneakers?" I also loved the way she scooted out of the bows.
  • OK, who didn't say "awww!" during the beekeeper suit dance? In fact, the entire bee plotline was pretty great. "What happened to the bees that stung you? That's a suicide attack!"
  • This episode was definitely shot with a lower budget, and it seemed like the windmills and the city skyline in the rooftop shot were miniatures. Still, it doesn't seem to have hurt the show; if anything, it adds to the surreal, cartoony feeling.
  • A few favorite lines: "I don't ... do heartbeats," "Big daddy needs some new yarn," "We have hundreds of little problems that we've gotta sort out before we even get to the big problem, which means we're like everybody else in the world."
  • Sight Gag O' The Night: Lily's eyepatch having yet another use, this time holding the light while she fixed Pige's wing. Runner-up: Lily spotting Chuck for just a second in the windmill, but losing her when the blade swept past the door.

Did any other Six Feet Under fans crack up at the National Area of Retired Mills acronym being NARM? How did Chuck not realize Lemuel's hand was fake? And has beekeeping ever seemed so sexy? Weigh in with your thoughts.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
chuck was holding his left hand at the pie hole and it was his right arm that ned ripped off later
divinelight divinelight 8 years
Cute episode! When I was in fifth grade I wanted to be a beekeeper when I grew up, maybe now I'll think about that idea again. Haha
mrspiven mrspiven 8 years
i love this show! it relies on what a good tv should be built on: stories and characters and a theme. not sex scenes and ridiculous convenient plot lines. this is such a breath of fresh air among all the crap that is primetime tv.
MarikoJ MarikoJ 8 years
Wait! I just checked Jayma on IMDB and she HAS been on HIMYM and House in previous seasons! Girlfriend gets around!
MarikoJ MarikoJ 8 years
Jayma Mays shows up on all my favorite shows! First Heros, then Ugly Betty, now Pushing Daisies! Hopefully, How I Met Your Mother or House next! :)
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 8 years
Love it to death. I was a bit concerned since the first epi I saw was the dandelion car one and I thought it was too farfetched but now is PERFECT.
cleegiants cleegiants 8 years
i love this show! i didn't think i would, but the characters are great. i like the interplay between chuck and ned but emerson is my fave! "big daddy needs some yarn" ahh...i want to see more of the knitting! and olive singing again - priceless! it wasn't a long song either, so just right. i think the visuals have been toned down just a notch (their budget is less), but it's still whimsical and cartoony - love it!
newmiyamoto newmiyamoto 8 years
The thing that really sets this show apart for me is the way that both chuck and ned are completely open and honest with each other about their feelings and fears. No long winded/dithering speeches missing out the important points or lies to avoid or aggravate the situation. It really is a breath of fresh of air compared to just about every other tv show I can think of and it really gives it air of reality that makes the overall fantasy asthetic all the more delicious.
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 8 years
this show, to me, is complete happiness:) whimsical, sweet, witty, romantic....I love it all!! it makes me smile:)
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
Ok, so I didn't start watching this show because I thought my hubby would not be into it. What do you know, last night as we were searching for something to watch, he said "Let's watch Pushing Daisies. It's a cute show." I almost fell off the couch! So, we watched it & he had to explain each character to me & what was going on. That's a first for me. It's usually the other way around. I loved it! It's a keeper for us. It makes me sad that he can't touch his dog, though. I could care less about the girl! :)
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Am I the only one who wants Ned to touch Chuck? I cannot seem to like her character for the life of me.
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
cadet, i don't think the cellmate was elsita's father....they only kissed the once, and then they just wrote letters. i don't know if she was born or not though.... and did no one else love pige's totally different wing?? so cute!! and i love jayma....she needs to be on shows more often...poor charlie on heroes got whacked by silar too soon....
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
Best line of the season so far: Emerson: "Because Big Daddy needs some new yarn."
controlledspin controlledspin 8 years
I loved it. I just love this show. I can't really pinpoint exactly why, but I love that it's cute. It's not overbearing or draining. I love the funny parts about it, and I absolutely adore Swoozie Kurtz.
cherub1175 cherub1175 8 years
This show is such a breath of fresh air from everything else on tv right now! I love it!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Love the creativity of this show; the action is so well paced, the dialogue always fresh. Loved the order "hand up" when Lemuel was arrested.
Cadet Cadet 8 years
Also, this episode had so many good quotes and scenes I was heartbroken when it was over! I can't wait until next week!
Cadet Cadet 8 years
What I want to know is: If Elsita's mother was in love with Lefty's cellmate, is he Elsita's father? Or was Elsita already born when the diamond theif stumbled upon the windmill? I found that more irritating than the unexplained wooden leg! And that they could fall in love in what seemed like a matter of minutes.
MrDPember MrDPember 8 years
This show absolutely captivates me! I can't get enough of it. It is so different than everything else out there. LOVE IT!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Haha, Happsmjc, you're right — and it's right there in the picture I posted, too. Duh.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I love this show. I also thought those shots were poor budget looking but I figured it was on purpose! But I thought Chuck was holding his other hand?? I mean didn't they show close ups on the hand-holding??
woodycakes woodycakes 8 years
this show just keeps getting cuter every week. adorable.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
I seriously cannot get enough of this show. It is so well written and original. Perfect cast too!
jaywhycee jaywhycee 8 years
I love this show, especially how it's kind of musical, kind of a comedy, kind of serious, but mostly fun and whimsical.
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