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Pushing Daisies Recap: Episode Nine, "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode Nine, "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy"

On this week's Pushing Daisies, Charles Charles is still alive and well-ish thanks to Ned's powers and Chuck's reckless decisions — but let's just say gratitude isn't exactly the first emotion he's showing. Meanwhile, Shane Botwin (er, Alexander Gould) turns up as the son of a lighthouse operator who's been fried to death on her own spotlight. It may have been one of my favorite Daisies episodes of all time — was anyone else loving it? To talk about it, just


Chuck thinks that watching Ned and Charles fight is kind of cute — like she's any other girl whose boyfriend and dad don't get along. She says they can pretend to be the teenagers they never were, the star quarterback and the head cheerleader deep in puppy love, fighting against a dad who's protective and overbearing. But Ned? Ned's not so interested in going toe-to-toe with Charles Charles. Looming over their whole relationship is one uncomfortable little fact: Ned killed Charles (albeit inadvertently). And Charles doesn't seem at all interested in forgiving Ned's adolescent mistakes, dropping little reminders into every interaction (like putting "the last 20 years of my life back" on the grocery list).

This could be bad for Ned, very bad: Word could get out about what he does, and he figures it's not a big leap from there to angry mobs with pitchforks. But Charles has no interest whatsoever in obeying Ned's guide to the "alive-again lifestyle" (which involves things like announcing when you're moving around and, you know, not driving around in public with mummy bandages on your face — or, worse in the case of Charles, without mummy bandages on your face). He can't believe Chuck would choose such a small and restricted life and instead asks her to run away with him, to "choose cake over pie" and go on grand adventures like he promised her as a child. Ultimately, Chuck chooses Ned, but when they head upstairs for the apology they believe is coming from Charles, there's just an ominous note on his empty chair: "I chose, too."

Meanwhile, Olive and Emerson take on the lighthouse case together, which is quirky even by Daisies standards, involving a singing barbershop quartet of raincoat-clad sailors, a castaway rescued by a gay family cruise, and a murderer whose idea of a good time is making dioramas of her dead "notable husband" with glitter everywhere. Frankly, I didn't even bother to follow all its twists and turns — I was just in it for the spectacle. And, ultimately, there's a sweet ending: Olive cracks the case (!) by admitting her still-burning love for Ned, and Emerson tells her that if the Pie Hole ever gets too unpleasant as her crush cavorts with someone else, he has a PI job waiting for her.

Some other thoughts:

  • Olive's coordinated crime-fighting raincoats are genius! Olives for Olive, cod for Emerson, pies for Ned.
  • "Sometimes I just think to myself: Life. You can't make this crap up." — Annabelle
  • Also, "Such a depressing word, diorama." And "'Tis better to have loved and lost than to be you." And "Shut the a-capel up." What a great episode for one-liners.
  • So many adorable Ned/Chuck plastic wrap kisses in this episode! I think my favorite, though, is the giant bear hug with the tarp after Ned tells Chuck he understands why she kept Charles alive.
  • I love Ned's aghast reaction to Charles saying he's not one for chocolate: "Everyone at least tolerates it!"

Will Charles Charles spill Ned's secrets? Are Chuck and Ned (especially Chuck) being too naive in believing that somehow, maybe they'll all be a big, happy family? And why am I not at all surprised that Lily hates clowns?

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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chancleta chancleta 8 years
I'm heartbroken. I missed this one. AND Just found out about the canceling. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :( This is my third favorite show to get canceled! First Jericho. Then Moonlight. Now Pushing Daisies?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This show just gets better and better! It's heartbreaking. Madison I LOVED pete's dragon when I was growing up and did catch most of those references. You outdid yourself though.
lmf8899 lmf8899 8 years
This episode was so good and like sleekeasy it really does break my heart ABC is shutting it down. The raincoats were PURE genius! And the more Kristin Chenoweth sings... the better! I've decided I truly HATE Charles Charles for being "rebellious" in such a fragile situation AND trying to keep Chuck and Ned apart! How could he!? Although I'm hoping with him we'll learn what happens to something Ned brings back to life if it gets killed again. I know it's harsh. But Ned and Chuck were DESTINED to be together!
sleekeasy sleekeasy 8 years
with each episode, my heart breaks a little more. ABC better produce a kickass box set for daisies, it's the least they can do for disappointing us!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
Loveddd this episode! It really does keep getting better and better :( I'll miss it.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
The raincoats were awesome! Oh Olive. I'm going to miss this show so very much. How hysterical was the "tap that" stuff?
patchouli patchouli 8 years
So they are cancelling it? This is sad sad news for me, no longer can I watch Lee Pace in such a romantic position. (;^_^) sniffle sniffle
stephley stephley 8 years
On the off-chance anyone from ABC passes by: the show is getting better, I know at least two viewers it's picked up in the past couple of weeks and I hope they reconsider. Why waste those great sets at a time when every penny counts?
bellacu bellacu 8 years
Thanks Buzz, hopefully they'll get it fixed!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
bellacu — it seems like a lot of people (including me!) are having trouble getting the ABC video player to work right these days. I haven't heard anything official about why, though.
Bolly Bolly 8 years
Chuck was being waaay too naive this episode. She was bordering on annoying the whole time. But I did all the whole episode though. Ned and Chuck's kiss, Emerson calling Olive "Itty Bitty", and the "Pete's Dragon" references! Come one! Who can't love this show? It all made my heart melt. And I'm glad Chuck choose pie.
bellacu bellacu 8 years
I couldn't watch the episode last night, and I went to the ABC website to watch online, but neither Pushing Daisies or Private Practice is up this week...anyone know why? Buzz, have you heard anything??
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap, Buzz. Pushing Daisies seems to get better with each new episode. It was a great night for one liners, for sure!
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
I LOVE this show. ABC should reconsider!! =(
MrDPember MrDPember 8 years
Bransugar, I have been wondering the same thing as well. Although I LOVED this week's episode (and all the others), last week was by far my favorite.
fifafifa fifafifa 8 years
BIG boo to ABC! My heart breaks a bit with every new episode. Bransugar, I have wondered the same thing!
ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
this episode was adorable and hilarious! boo to abc for canceling!!
Madisonian Madisonian 8 years
Did anyone else catch all the "Pete's Dragon" references? The town in the movie was Passamaquoddy, as in Maquoddy, the last name of the murder victim in this episode. And her first name was Nora, which was Helen Reddy's character name in the movie, who was also a lighthouse keeper! Elliott, the son, was the name of the dragon, and the barbershop quartet even sang "Candle on the Water," which was a song from the movie. I think there was even a line from the movie slipped into the episode: "Elliott knows those caves like the back of his hand!" "Pete's Dragon" was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I'm kind of a superdork about it, even though I haven't seen it in years. Anyone else catch any references I missed?
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
Loved last night's episode. the raincoats were my fave and Emerson's offer to Olive at the end. I think I smell a spin off. Here's something both my husband and I have been wondering for a while now. How the heck does the Charles family tree work? I know that lilly is Chuck's mother and Vivian was Charles' girlfriend. So I'm always wondering who Vivian thinks Chuck's mother is since Lily kept the whole pregnancy a secret. Was this explained in an episode I missed early on or is it just the pink elephant in the room?
jasmint jasmint 8 years
I've been saying this every week, but the same still rings true: this show is getting better and better and it's such a shame there are only a few episodes left!! :(
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I liked this episode...the coordinating raincoats were cute and the story was interesting. Charles Charles scares me to death though! He is so creepy. I wonder where he went at the end of the episode...
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