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"Pushing Daisies" Rundown: Episode 2, "Dummy"

"Pushing Daisies" Rundown: Episode 2, "Dummy"

If you thought "Pushing Daisies" couldn't get any cuter than last week's pie-lette, think again. This week's episode brought us a singing Kristin Chenoweth, knitted gun cozies, and a car that runs on dandelions. I thought it was perfect, but was it too twee for you? To see my thoughts and add your own, just

Like this week's "Chuck," I think this second episode of "Daisies" gave us a pretty good sense of what the format is going to be. Ned, Emerson and Chuck head out to solve a case, suffering through many twists and turns but ultimately coming out victorious in their search for justice. Meanwhile, Chuck and Ned do some adorable things. Hey, I can live with that.

The case itself wasn't too hard to crack: Either Janine or the dandelion car salesguy was going to be the killer, and when the crew got Janine talking (thanks to pie), it became pretty clear that it wasn't her. But it still led to an amusing enough hour, with funny twists ("No. There are skeletons in the closet.") and creative camerawork. Reportedly, this was director Barry Sonnenfeld's last episode before the studio clamped down on the show's last budget; I'm hoping they can find a way to create perfectly staged moments like the scene with Emerson, Chuck and Ned in body bags in the dandelion car without spending a fortune.

Ned and Chuck still aren't being completely honest with each other. Chuck keeps hinting there's more to her sheltered life with her aunts; Ned keeps avoiding the fact that he killed Chuck's father. Chuck wants to know everything about Ned, and I don't think it's going to be long before she figures out that he's keeping something big from her. I can't imagine the show will keep them angry with each other for long, though — how cute was the body bag kiss? They're meant to be.

A few other thoughts:

  • The flashbacks with Young Ned are quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the show. The scene with all the dissection frogs coming back to life was hilarious. Plus, Young Ned's haircut makes me giggle.
  • If there was a moment in the episode that went too far, Olive's singing was it. But I liked it — and not just because Kristin Chenoweth has an amazing voice. I loved the choreography with Digby and the floor cleaner, and I chuckled every time she had to interrupt her flow to turn more customers away. On the other hand, I don't want it to become a regular thing.
  • Best narrator fun fact of the evening: "Young Chuck did not refer to a refrigerator as anything but a cheesebox until she was 17."
  • I loved pretty much everything about the dandelion car factory, from the salesman who talked too fast, to the reveal that Chuck spoke Japanese, to the flashback with the dandelion girls in their Dr. Seuss-y dresses being taught to present and shimmy. Could have done without the Titanic-referencing makeout scene, but I can forgive it.
  • The entire idea of Chi McBride knitting is hysterical. Also, favorite Emerson quip of the night: "Do they touch much?" "Wish they would." (Runner-up: "It's a dead end. And not the kind of dead end that you can un-dead and re-dead again like you're supposed to.")
  • Best sight gag: Janine wrapped in bandages with lipstick over the gauze. Runner-up: dandelion high-five!

What did you think? Still singing the praises of "Daisies"? Or is it all so sweet your teeth hurt?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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RachB424 RachB424 9 years
I adore this show! one of my fav's for fall! Hopefully it sticks around and doesn;t get cancelled!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
I love this show! the dandelion girl was hilarious...
amybdk amybdk 9 years
i'm yet another lovah of PUSHING DAISIES! i kind of want olive and ned to end up together too... but kind of not. will wait and see what happens!
nurdburd13 nurdburd13 9 years
love this show. it's pure awesome. singing was a bit lengthy but other than it was super!
outofhere outofhere 9 years
Oh ya, forgot to say that I think Ned is downright dreamy!
outofhere outofhere 9 years
Yup - love it! It's great to see something that's so different and quirky. My only complaint and I realize that it's a writing style and one that I quite like but sometimes they're all talking too fast. Doing the run off talking can be fun but I think they abuse it just a tad.
Linny Linny 9 years
i also heart this show and ned. i don't love chuck because she distracts me by how much she looks like my aunt. i could so do without the singing.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
"Ned is adorable...he can make you melt with his eyes." LOL JMAST :rotfl: MELT WITH HIS EYES :LOVE: HAHAH i think he's pretty cute, i missed this episode last night tho.. Thank goodness for reruns :D
demeter demeter 9 years
Definitely the best new show on television. It's so original and cute! All the characters are likable!
elsun76 elsun76 9 years
I love, love, love it! It's quirky and fun!
CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Continuing my love affair with PD. Loved the car...which seems to be a hybrid of a PINTO/A GREMLIN and a YUGO...either way not a great ride. Loved the song sequence...prefect song for such a melancholy situation...which in mind can only get even more mopey for Olive since Chuck & Ned are bonded beyond reason...and finally I am a big music fan so if they want to use more musical segements like they did with Olive well that's fine by me...I do understand that I am in the minority on that idea :-)
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I love this show. I love how it is visuals- and dialogue-driven. Yeah, the plot is great, but I love how they talk. (While Olive was contemplating how much she loved Digby for giving her attention when the Piemaker wouldn't, Digby was contemplating how much he loved salt.) I went to the official website to read the actor bios. Almost all of them have serious stage acting experience, which explains why they seem to be so comfortable with the quirky conversations. (You need to feed it [Chuck's brain] some warm milk and a turkey sandwich and sit it in a warm spot to take a nap.)The staredown between Janine and the PI over his half-eaten pie was also pretty funny.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
itchyworm — do you want to marry the show and have little half-human, half-show babies? :) that was one of my favorite lines last night!
Mokona Mokona 9 years
Still lovin' this show! The song bit was a little too long though.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
I told my husband all about this show after I saw the premiere, and he was really skeptical. After I showed him the pilot ("pie-lette" hee hee) online and we watched last night's episode, he's just as hooked as I am. All night, he kept saying, "B*itch, I was in proximity!" and laughing hysterically. I love this show!!!
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
this show is now a can't miss for me, i'm glad i have something to watch wednesday nights!!
itchyworm itchyworm 9 years
im in love with this show!! Chuck and Ned<-----probably the cutest "couple" on tv(!) =] =] =]
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
I missed the 2nd episode but i saw the first one. Thanks for keeping me posted.
rinoakes rinoakes 9 years
I love this show and ned is HOT, but I absolutely CANNOT STAND Chuck. Can she get any more annoying???
glynislily glynislily 9 years
I'm totally in love with Ned! He is the most adorable thing ever.
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
♥ Luv this show!!
sherbear5 sherbear5 9 years
hahaha...the cleavage obviously didn't distract me. i didn't even notice all the cleave you guys are talking about. thanks! now next time i'll be too distracted by that to see what's going on. what's this stuff about the budget cut? what does that mean for the show?
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I missed last nights but I loved the first one!!
karempot karempot 9 years
lalalalalove it!
kate0306 kate0306 9 years
i think i really love this new show, but something is holding me back from saying i love it just yet, i'll just have to keep on watching!
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