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Pushing Daisies Recap: Episode 8, "Bitter Sweets"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 8, "Bitter Sweets"

Wow, that was maybe the most jam-packed Pushing Daisies episode yet. Molly Shannon turned up as the owner of a taffy business that's trying to steal the Pie Hole's customers, Ned solved a murder and ended up framed for another, and Olive had a new romantic opportunity — if only she could have recognized it. But my favorite thing about the episode was how much we learned about Ned, so to read the rest of my take and add your thoughts, just

This week's Young Ned flashback taught us that Ned doesn't retaliate against bullies — and reminded us that he has serious intimacy issues. The first came into play in the story with Dilly Balsam; the second put Ned's relationship with Chuck on the rocks when he had to decide whether to finally tell her the truth about her dad's death. I like this emotional, brooding Ned; the show doesn't have to be all silliness and fluff.

The show got its first murder mystery of the night out of the way quickly (the Real Doll did it!), leaving more time to focus on the goings-on between the Pie Hole and Dilly Balsam's Bittersweets Taffy and Sweets Emporium. These were some of my favorite scenes from the show yet: Ned's sign getting changed to "Pie Ho," the health inspector discovering Ned's pantry of rotten fruit, and Chuck and Olive going all cat burglar on Bittersweets, sneaking in to deposit some rats in the taffy kitchen. "Don't mess with the pie hos," indeed.

Except their little stunt was what got Ned framed for Billy's murder. When Ned stuck his hand in the taffy vat, I cringed because I figured he'd be pulling out an alive-again, taffy-covered rat; I didn't expect an alive-again, taffy-covered person. With Ned in jail, Emerson actually had to do some real detective work to find the nine-fingered killer; I loved the way we were led to believe it was Dilly because of the big, goofy gloves she wore, as well as the shot of the drowning, fingerless hand.

Ned's stint in jail gave him ample time to resolve not to tell Chuck the truth about her father, but then he blurted it out anyway. I wonder what that does to Chuck's assurances that Ned was her boyfriend; I'm guessing she's not going to take this well.

Some other thoughts:

  • Oh, Olive. Alfredo loves you! Go with it!
  • There were a couple of moments this week when a cheesy line made me roll my eyes — but then a great follow-up made me regret the eyeroll. Case in point: "The Piemaker considered how not telling Chuck the truth about her father was a lot like being locked in a prison. Then he considered that being locked in a prison was actually much worse than some silly metaphor about truth."
  • Sight Gag O' the Week: Ned turning the leaves in the leaf pile from brown to green to brown again. Brilliant! The carpool doll packaging was pretty great, too.
  • Chuck's description of "Hello": "That says, 'I'm here! Your turn to talk! That's kind of selfish."
  • My favorite Emerson line: "The truth ain't like puppies, a bunch of them running around and you pick your favorite."
  • Aw, Ned: "Pie is home. People always come home."
  • I always like Chuck's wardrobe, but her looks this episode were particularly covetable, especially the brown dress with the dots. Fab, help me!

Will Chuck be able to forgive Ned? Will Dilly continue to terrorize the Pie Hole? Two more weeks till we find out.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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jojo2210 jojo2210 9 years
Oh My God! I sooo love this show I think it is adorable!
binkyob binkyob 9 years
No! Don't say there is only one more episode left! Darn strike! I love this show. That and Gossip Girl are my favs of the season.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
only 1 more episode!!!! I don't knwo what i'm going to do! This show fills my "lost" void ... ugh i hate this writer's strike! great episode! i'm nervous about how chuck will handle the information about her father. emerson is hysterical! i agree with everyone else, love love love this show :)
Hautie Hautie 9 years
This is really a unique fun show. With a great pace of telling a story. I am not a fan of voice-overs... but I find with this show it really does help move the story along without being annoying. And the episode with the flower cars is still my favorite.
bbmahal637 bbmahal637 9 years
I just love how this show is so visually appealing. And for all the "other thoughts"... it's just so thoughtful!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of people who love this show. It brightens my week.
boosh-bitch boosh-bitch 9 years
BEST EPISODE EVERRRRR!!! Mike White was amazing as Molly Shannon's brother. I loved Emerson's line about how Ned's idea makes a stupid idea feel better about itself. Such a great show. I hope it survives the writer's strike.
AMOP AMOP 9 years
I can't wait until the next episode! I love what's happening with Chuck's Aunts and with Olives love life. I'm also glad that they're not keeping Chuck and Ned's relationship sugar coated and fluffy. I'm anxious to see what happens with Chuck and the 'smelly' guy (can't remember his name...the one that was in the sewers)!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I was getting a little tired of the sugar coated fluff all the time and this week made me fall in love with the show again. The loved the prison/truth quote. Dale's delivery of sardonic lines are the best!! I really hope Alfredo comes back soon. I loved his character.
elizabelle elizabelle 9 years
Ned had another great line I'm going to blank on now, but it was something like: "Go lying! Or, at least, go not telling the truth."
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
hoosier, ned can eat the pie if it's made from regular fruit....but he keeps the rotten fruit to make more pies. and omg, the puppies was the funniest line....i do adore me some emerson =)
hoosiergirl98 hoosiergirl98 9 years
I thought we determined last week that Ned couldn't eat his pie...but at the end of this episode the narrator said he had a piece after he got home from prison?? I love reading everyone else's comments here! Great show!
MrDPember MrDPember 9 years
I love this show. Brightens my week! I love Alfredo! I wish Olive realized him sooner. From the upcoming episode preview I saw that they are bringing Pee-Wee Herman back (I'm sorry I can't remember his name or the character he plays on the show). I loved his character from the "B*tches" episode so I am really happy about that. Overall an amazing show and I am hooked but sometimes they talk to quickly and I get a little lost! Anyone else have that problem?
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I loved the line "The piemaker considered how not telling Chuck the truth about her father was a lot like being locked in prison. Then he considered how being locked in a prison was actually much worse than some silly metaphor about truth." HAHAHA!The dead fruit pies bothers me though...if he brings the fruit back, doesn't some poor innocent fruit nearby die? Also, apparently the writers of this week's episode watched Lars and the Girl...
JLMac JLMac 9 years
AHH! Only 9 left?! Atleast I'll have Project Runway to last me through...
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
gab6784 — would you believe there's only one new episode left? They were only able to complete nine before the strike started.
carijudy carijudy 9 years
I just converted two of my friends to lovers of Pushing Daisies thanks to this episode.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I love this show so much, I can't believe Ned blurted his confession out to Chuck, whats going to happen now?? I wish Olive would have noticed her love opportunity in time too :-\ How many episodes do we have left??? I am going to be sad when there are no more new ones.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
Oh, also! Second Hitchcock reference! In "B*itches" it was Vertigo, "Bittersweets" had "The Birds."
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
In the scene where Alfredo is talking to Olive over coffee, I was really hoping that they would both burst into song, as Raul Esparza, like Kristen Chenowith, is a broadway star. Alas, I will have wait to hear Raul Esparza sing. Maybe when Olive finally admits she loves him they'll have a nice little duet? Also, brilliant bit of costuming with the cat burglar outfits. I loved how the headgear of each outfit referred to something special in Olive and Chuck's lives. Olive had a helmet and riding goggles because she used to be a jockey, and Chuck's looks like a swim cap because she grew up with synchronized swimmers. Costumes on this show amaze me every week.
beansandsyke beansandsyke 9 years
i just watched this show online for the first time yesterday i always wanted to see it but ya know busy anyway i love it and yeah i love chucks wardrobe
anniemation anniemation 9 years
Any Broadway fans probably noticed that Olive's possible paramour Alfredo is Raul Esparza of 'tick, tick...BOOM,' 'Taboo,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' and the recent revival of 'Company.' Here's hoping he makes many, many more appearances on the show... and he and Kristin need to sing a duet! There's enough daydream sequences to fit in a musical number, right? ^_^
jeijei81 jeijei81 9 years
I absolutely love this show so much! I can't wait to see how everything unfolds.
Lisara Lisara 9 years
I have to say this was the first episode I caught (kids make tv viewing difficult at times). I knew the premise and read the recaps here so I kind of knew what was going on with the whole chuck thing. But I have say I adored the show. It was really cute and quirky and witty and unique. I will definitely be putting it on my DVR list!
cassandry cassandry 9 years
One of the best episodes yet! I laughed out loud so many times, I lost count. :-D
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