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Pushing Daisies Recap: Episode 11, "Window Dressed to Kill"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 11, "Window Dressed to Kill"

Welcome back, Pushing Daisies fans! It's been a long time since this beloved show went off the air, and while it's sad that the final episodes are airing in what may be the worst time slot on television, I'm just relieved that they're airing at all.

This episode picks up with Ned holding fast to his promise from the last episode to stop using his powers — not for good, not for evil, not even to un-rot the fruit for his pies. But can he hold out when there's a whole world in need of his powers? Meanwhile, we get a glimpse of young Olive and her daddy issues (go figure), and that helps to bring the Chuck-Olive-Ned love triangle to some delightfully awkward new heights. Ready to chat about it? Just


There's no denying that Ned and Chuck have a magical romance. But what if what Ned really wants is a hand to hold (without a glove)? He gets a taste of what that might be like in this episode, as he pretends to be Olive's fiance in an effort to please her childhood kidnappers/surrogate fathers. (Only in the world of Pushing Daisies would such characters even exist!) Apparently she's been writing them letters about the man she loves for years; she just neglected to mention that he doesn't love her back. And now, not far removed from Ned's confusing "I wouldn't say never" moment, the two of them are acting like lovers. Ned takes pains to point out it's temporary, once again breaking Olive's heart (but opening up the opportunity for her to make a real connection with Randy Mann). But maybe he enjoyed "trying on" this relationship more than he thought? Even after assuring Chuck that he only wants to be with her, he glances out at Olive and Randy effortlessly clasping hands and feels a pang of jealousy. Maybe Ned could be swayed by the chance to kiss someone without a layer of plastic wrap between them.

Then again, maybe not. Because Ned's the kind of guy who does the right thing, even when "the right thing" is waking up Randy Mann's dead rhino. Ned has a power, and while keeping it under wraps is an interesting experiment, it's destined to be temporary. As Randy says, who wants to be a "super-tall, clumsy guy" like Clark Kent when Superman is only a quick change in a phone booth away? By the end of the episode, Ned's back to the status quo of waking the dead and saving rotten fruit.

But before that, it's fun to watch Emerson and Chuck try to solve a crime the good, old-fashioned way. Chuck's not a half-bad detective, and in the end, Ned's abilities only confirm their hunch about who's killing off the Dicker's window dressers. Dick Dicker seemed a little off from the start, but as usual, the resolution of the case is beside the point; it's just fun to see all the twists and turns Daisies takes to get there.

Some other thoughts:

  • Who would neglect a child as adorable as Olive Snook? Her inadvertent kidnappers were right to tell Olive's parents what they were missing — even if it did land them in jail.
  • Speaking of Olive, love her reenacting the water tower moment on a Pie Hole cherry light and reading Double Negative: What You Shouldn't Not Know in an effort to suss out Ned's true feelings.
  • How sweet is the kiss that transfers Chuck's lipstick to her glove and then to Ned's cheek?
  • On Olive's list of things you try on: "You try on your best friend's bra and you smile on the inside cause yours are bigger and better."
  • I could really go for a slice of Pearway to Heaven.

Did it feel good to be back in the world of Daisies? And what would you like to see resolved in the next couple of episodes?

Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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RachLA RachLA 8 years
I love Ned and "Daisies"! The episode was great and the end made me curious about a Ned/Olive romance. Do we have yet to see what happens with the walking dead Charles Charles?
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
Also as much as I would like to see Ned and Olive end up together I think the jealousy they were hinting at in the last scene was just jealousy at being free to have a regular relationship not so much Ned being jealous that someone else had Olive.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
kmckay Savannah smiles was my favorite movie as a kid too. i even net flixed it and made my husband watch it a few months ago. We were both thrilled at all the similarities in this episode, as well as the MAnnequin references... it was like heaven. I wish ABC would just keep makign the show and showing it Saturday nights at 10 if that's what they have to do. this show is so wonderful so warm hearted and well acted that it deserves a place in everyone's living room. I agree that reality TV is going to be the downfall of entertainment if not civilization. What are those TV execs thinking?
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
Watched it 5 times already... very sad that they decided to cancel such a wonderful work instead decide to show things like: - Wife Swap :\ - The Bachelor/Bachelorett - Dating in the Dark???? - here comes the newlyweds???? Someone needs to tell ABC that people watch TV to escape from the reality of everyday life, not sit at home and watch other people's miserable lives. There I said it, I am that bummed about the cancellation of Pushing Daisies :(
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
I wish they would've given this show another chance. It was truly a hidden gem. I loved the latest ep. I'll probably end up buying both seasons on DVD. They're too good not to rewatch!!
TeaCakeLover TeaCakeLover 8 years
I really miss this show. It was so smart and Lee Pace even got an Emmy nomination! I just do not understand how it could be cancelled. I really wish there were more than 2 episodes left no matter what time they aired!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
it was so cute. i love olive & i kind of would be happy if she ended up with Ned, how can you be with someone forever and not be able to touch them when you have someone delightful as Olive right in front of you.
FrogsOblivious FrogsOblivious 8 years
I loved this one, but it's sad cause there's only two left after :( why do they keep the crappy shows on, are they trying to ruin tv?
kmckay kmckay 8 years
love love LOVE the savannah smiles references! it was my favorite movie as a kid. young olive even had on the same coat :) will miss this show after these few episodes
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Thank you! I didn't know it was to be on. It's a little bitter sweet, beingthe final episodes, but I'll take whatever I can get! :)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Jinx — the final 3 episodes are airing Saturdays at 10 pm on ABC. They also should be on
Jinx Jinx 8 years
WHEN WAS THIS ON?! I am devastated I missed it! :cries:
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