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Pushing Daisies Recap: Season Two, Episode Three, "Bad Habits"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode Three, "Bad Habits"

Pushing Daisies started this season by piling secrets on top of secrets, and this week, many of them come tumbling out. A suspicious death at the nunnery forces Ned, Olive, and Chuck together again, which means Olive's faced with everything she'd "taken the veil" to avoid. The episode involves Night Ranger references, glitter paint family trees, and gourmet truffles, so to talk about it, just


It all starts with a family tree — Chuck's, from elementary school, mostly blank. Even the investigator she hires to look into her past comes up empty-handed. The explanation for that, of course, is that Lily is her mother and not her aunt (well, step-aunt; I'm glad we've got that sorted out). It's a big enough secret to drive Olive to a nunnery, where she's been living in seclusion — until the possible murder of Sister LaRue leads her to seek Emerson's help. It's sweet that Olive thinks he's just a great private eye; I wonder if she'd think less of him if she knew about the whole waking-the-dead bit.

So Ned and Chuck arrive in the place where Olive's gone to keep secrets, which of course means secrets can't be kept for too long. And boy, do they come out: Olive admits her crush on Ned (who brushes it off like "OK, good to know," much to Olive's dismay); Ned finds out about Lily through a guessing game (that ends when Olive finally covers up one eye in a photo of Lily); and we learn how deep Ned's issues with his father truly run. I was glad to see Ned tell Chuck the truth about her mother — and even happier to see Chuck take the news with a smile. She's been feeling trapped all season somewhere between life and death. Maybe this news will "un-stick" her — and maybe it will prompt Ned to start working through issues of his own.

All of this happens against the backdrop of the murder of a foul-mouthed nun, whose awakening would have been much funnier on cable — it just didn't quite work with all the dirty words removed. This might have been my favorite case of the season overall, though, involving contraband feminine hygiene products, specially engineered truffles, bat poo, and a murderous pig. In such a heavy episode, it was nice to have some comic relief (er, as comic as dying nuns can ever be).

Some other thoughts:

  • Hooray for our introduction to Young Olive, who brims with optimism and digs for buried treasure/secrets.
  • Emerson's reaction to Sister Olive is priceless: He delivers a booming belly laugh, makes a little finger frame around her face to block his view of her teal habit, and inquires, "What got thee to a nunnery?"
  • Apparently there's a new waitress at the Pie Hole: "Brandy, Candy, somebody named after booze or food."
  • Did anyone else find the music in this episode really distracting? Some scenes had so many bleeps and bloops I could barely focus on the dialogue.
  • The "by-proxy high five" is amazing, and by Emerson's reaction, I assume this is something Ned and Chuck have done before.
  • Ned simply salivates over the truffles. How perfect that the piemaker is a foodie!
  • Possibly my very favorite bit of dialogue from this show ever:

    "Sister Christian is nothing but a heavy-petting power ballad."
    "We're motorin'."

Are you glad (most of) the secrets are out? Happy to be getting Olive back at the Pie Hole? Have a craving for Georgia peach pie with cinnamon ice cream?

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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celeb-whore celeb-whore 8 years
Absolutely amazing episode. I just wish there were more Chuck/Ned physical interactions (not trying to be ironically funny). Maybe like a plastic wrap kiss perhaps?
sharshar sharshar 8 years
It was so fun to see Ned stuffing his face! Rarely see him enjoying his own pies so it was nice to see him eat for a change.
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 8 years
I LOVED this episode! I think I laughed the entire time, especially the scene with Emerson and Olive when she comes to him for help! Emerson just sitting there laughing had me rolling....
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
Love this show.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
This episode was my favorite so far this season! Ned was so damn cute as usual (especially dressed as a priest), loved the Sister Christian bit, and Mo Collins was hilarious as Sister LaRue. I don't think it was rude how Ned brushed off Olive - what was he supposed to say, that he loves her too even though he doesn't? I thought he handled it quite well and I'm glad that Olive is coming back to the Pie Hole.
Sugie Sugie 8 years
Best episode of the season- Olive is a scene stealer- definitely need to highlight her more!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
The one liners last night were hilarious! I loved them--esp. Olive's! But I agree Buzz about the Sister Christian one!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
My favorite part was the line from Sister LaRue at the beginning about the smell of the truffles, so funny!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Amazing as always!!! I actually enjoyed the awakening seen, I think it would have lost it's luster on cable tv.
fifafifa fifafifa 8 years
OMG, I have thought of and/or repeated that Sister Christian dialogue a dozen times today! This show is too perfect to go away (fingers tightly crossed here). Sigh. Looooove the Ned love of truffles. Love Ned, period. And all of them!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I think we ratings were up a million or so but I'm not sure
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
A craving for an "Olive" you say? They should name a pie after Olive, like, right now :) I loved that line too Buzz! What's your price for flight eh? I wonder how Digby and Pigby will get along.. so cute!
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
Drooly Lee Pace over truffles...sooo adorable!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Pushing Daisies is such a delight. Here's hoping the ratings are up. Now that the secret about Chuck's real mom is out, it will be fun to see how she relates to Lily. Ned and Emerson in clerical collars--just too cute!
lindar lindar 8 years
best episode yet! i hope people watched w/ the debate and everything because pushing daisies deserves a full season
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Good ratings! :fingerscossed: I adore this show. I adore Olive. She was great at the nunnery but I will be happy for her back at the Piehole. :)
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I loved this episode! Of course I love them all =] How can you resist Lee Pace in the slightest? I really hope the ratings went up! I couldn't bear it if this show went away!!! I loved the Hamlet reference =]
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