This was supposed to be the episode of Pushing Daisies where everything fell apart, minus big-time director Barry Sonnenfeld and his equally big-time budget. But I'm thoroughly reassured by this episode of Daisies, which kept plenty of visual whimsy while delivering some of the most quotable one-liners of this young TV season. To hear my thoughts and share your own, just
Remember how Ned is keeping one very big secret from Chuck — namely that he's responsible for her father's death? This week's episode brought us one step closer to the big reveal, as Emerson & co. were hired to investigate the death of the funeral director Ned killed when he decided to let Chuck stay alive. Clearly, Emerson and Ned already know why Lawrence died, so Emerson decides to use the minute to find out where Lawrence has hidden all of the loot he robbed from various caskets. In the process — and during the longest minute ever on television — Chuck finds out about the 60-second rule, while Lawrence gets accidentally locked inside the casket and Emerson runs fleeing from the building so he won't be in proximity, bitch.
Meanwhile, Lawrence reveals that his brother, Louis, was also in on the grave-robbing, but while the crew is trying to figure out their best course of action, Louis turns up in the pie-maker's deep freeze. Ned gets into a swordfight with a relative of a grave-robbee, Emerson gets stuck in a window, and the gang ultimately gets the goods back to their rightful owners. All is well and right with the world — except that Olive now knows Chuck's secret, thanks to a pie delivery to the aunts' house.
This was supposed to be the episode where the sheer adrenaline and studio money that powered the first two episodes would run out — but it wasn't nearly as obvious as I'd feared. A couple of the scenes — young Ned with the fireflies, Alfredo getting sucked out of the Pie Hole roof — seemed downright Sonnenfeld-esque. The only time I noticed a difference was in the swordfight scene, which seemed a little dank compared to the first two episodes; then again, it took place in the basement of a funeral home.
A bunch of other thoughts:
- I love young Ned and his bowl haircut, but do you think they'll ever stop giving us the rundown on Ned's powers at the beginning of every episode? I know, it's early still, and new viewers might need the Cliffs Notes, but that's the only place where Jim Dale's narration is starting to drive me a little nuts.
- Speaking of the narration — I thought it was used more lightly this time around. Then again, I might have just adjusted.
- I realize it's a little silly that Chuck and Ned only require a piece of plastic wrap to kiss, but I can't protest when it's so darn cute.
- A few favorite lines: "That wasn't the truth bus. That was the bitchy crosstown express" (Olive); "That's kinda how I feel - slash - exactly how I feel" (Ned); every word out of Swoosie Kurtz's mouth.
- But can any of them really hold a candle to "I wanted to be a Jedi"?
- Again, the little touches made this show: Chuck baking an antidepressant pie; the entire concept of sending a "looking forward to killing you" letter; Emerson sitting on a bench with pictures of Lawrence and Louis on either side.
- Sight Gag O' the Night: Aunt Lily pulling up her eye patch to let the tears flow.
What were your favorite moments? Did you gasp aloud when Lawrence got trapped in the casket? And was there less narration, or did I make that up?
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