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Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 7, "Smell of Success"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 7, "Smell of Success"


This week's episode of Pushing Daisies gave us our first whiff of something new for the show: a plot thread not involving our core characters that could continue for more than one episode. Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens, who was initially supposed to appear on the show earlier this season, finally turned up as a scent expert who sniffed something peculiar on Chuck, and I'm not sure we've seen the last of him. Elsewhere, Olive and Chuck's cheer-up mission with the aunts reached a new level, and we learned how Ned found himself making pies in the first place. For my thoughts on the episode and to add your own, just

Overall, this wasn't my favorite Daisies episode; all the usual elements were there, but it just didn't feel quite sharp enough to me. We're solidly into another phase with the aunts' story, and the rest of the show seems to need an injection of something new as well. It could be Molly Shannon's upcoming appearances, but it could also be Reubens; the end certainly made it seem like Oscar Vibenius isn't done with the girl who smells like honey and death.

The case this time around focused on a "nose" who had written a book on making odors work for you (title: Smell of Success) and who turned out to be staging near-death experiences for himself in order to get more publicity. That led to some particularly vivid descriptions of scents ("pungent like fried chicken grilled on a bed of hair"), and it also provided the chance for Olive to coax the aunts back into the pool, thanks to the rejuvenating scent of chlorine. Since Pushing Daisies has established itself as a show where people just might burst into song, I'm curious to know what everyone thought of Aunt Vivian's "Morning Has Broken." I loved the way that scene was put together, from the shadow of the rain hitting Aunt Lily's face to the moment they dove into the pool together.

Meanwhile, in one of the sweetest Young Ned segments yet, we learned that Ned became The Piemaker to stay close to his mother after her death. Not a groundbreaking revelation, but it explained why Ned would reject Chuck's cup-pie idea; he wants to stay true to his mom's memory. But he's also madly in love with Chuck, and so in the end, the cup-pies won their spot on the Pie Hole's menu. He and Chuck were so cute hugging each other by hugging themselves; that may be as "together" as they ever get, but in a moment like that, it's enough.

Some other thoughts:

  • Emerson usually rules the one-liners, but this episode belonged to Olive. From the "is that a rolling pin in your apron" crack to her take on the stages of grief — "something, something, something, acceptance!" — she presided over many of the night's funniest moments. In between, she had a sweet scene with Chuck when she handed over her mom's sweater and asked her not to cry because they didn't have that kind of relationship yet.
  • Though it was an off week for Emerson, his "your book was a bomb" bit was great.
  • Until that opening scene with Young Ned, it hadn't ever occurred to me that Ned can't even eat his own pies. Poor guy!
  • Sight Gag O' The Night: Chuck wearing a "Jews for Cheeses" T-shirt. Runner-up: Olive sniffing her own wrist after being told she smelled like dog.

Your thoughts? Will Vibenius return? And does the show need something new to keep it going, or is it fine as-is?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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j9nd2000 j9nd2000 8 years
i thought last week's episode was just as good as the others! :) i usually end up watching them by myself later in the evening and i always laugh out loud! last week was no exception so that's kind of my guide to whether it was "just as good". i don't know - maybe it's just me :)
alltherage alltherage 8 years
isnt ned using dead fruit in conneciton with his mother -- like bringing the fruit back to life - like his mother .... maybe
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
The episode was great! I love this show :) Olive is growing on me ... but I think I'll be a Chuck and Ned girl forever!
RioAravwyn RioAravwyn 8 years
This one, I thought, was quite funny, but Olive's cleavage was the real star! I mean, wow! could she have been any closer to popping out without actually doing it??
ktacce ktacce 8 years
i'm really ready for a new something.... not sure what. i was so enchanted by the show in the beginning and i fear it is running dry, or running without much place to run to. you're so right buzz!
demeter demeter 8 years
This episode was totally adorable. Olive & Ned FTW!
renascencern renascencern 8 years
I love the quirkiness of the show and how the gags fly right by you at break-neck pace. While I can always accept development within shows, this one is quite splendid as is and I wouldn't want any major re-tooling. I hope they always keep the narrator and the young Ned flashbacks, and please don't ever get rid of Digby.
er593395 er593395 8 years
he could just make a pie using fresh fruit
Arclight Arclight 8 years
Wow! Everybody is ignoring the 300 pound gorilla in the room. No mention of Kristen in the mermaid costume hopping around?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Lizzle, I agree, why does Ned use rotten fruit? Its not like he would "kill" fresh fruit if he touched it, is it? And if this was true, then wouldn't it happen with other foods? Its all getting confusing. I agree Buzz, imagine smelling those pies and not being able to have a nibble. :(
Lizzle Lizzle 8 years
I guess it just wouldn't be as interesting, but why can't Ned just make pies with ripe fruit to begin with? Then he could eat all he wanted...
elizabelle elizabelle 8 years
I love that Emerson branched out from his knitting to try pop-up books...
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Yes, I remember the pie-spitting scene, but this episode just really made me think about what it would be like for Ned to spend all day baking delicious pies he can't eat. I hope someone bakes the poor guy a pie every now and then.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap, Buzz. Loved Olive's stages of grief and Chuck's cup-pies! Even in an "off" night, the show continues to amaze me with its creative dialog and pacing.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Yes, when ned was eating the pie at the Aunts before, they made it clear he couldn't eat the pies he used dead fruit that was brought back to life. I liked last nights episdoe alot. I loved seeing Paul Reubens.
er593395 er593395 8 years
last week Ned ate one of his pies at Chuck's aunts and it turned bad in his mouth......
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