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Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 6, "B*tches"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 6, "B*tches"

Dear Pushing Daisies: I already spend most Wednesdays in sugar shock over your preciousness, so did you really need to amp it up this week by bringing in puppies? If there's such a thing as a cuteness heart attack (a cute-attack?), I was definitely having one.

But the Coll-A-Dor-Russell-A-Poo wasn't the only thing making me swoon during this episode. There were also some truly adorable moments between Ned and Chuck, a whole new side to Emerson Cod, Claymation dreams, and a potentially fatal dose of "almond-flavored coffee cream creamer." It's really saying something when the closest thing your show has to a villain is a wisp of a woman named Olive Snook. To read the rest of my take on this episode, just

If there's one image from this episode that will be irrevocably burned into my brain, it's the moment in Ned's dream when Olive stripped off her Chuck suit. Wow. I knew the whole being-apart-together situation was wearing on Ned and Chuck (as evidenced by Ned's Halloween kiss of Olive) but that was a pretty vivid representation of where the two of them are right now. Emerson's description of polygamy — one woman to have, one to hold — certainly hit home for Ned, despite his protests that he'd make a terrible polygamist ("I'm easily distracted; I wouldn't know where to focus"). Trouble is, Ned doesn't even want to hold the woman he can hold. His schmoopy "You're the only one for me" certainly prompted a chorus of "awwwww"s in my living room.

As compelling as their romance is, though, I got more of a kick out of Emerson's love-goggles when it came to Harry's stern ex-wife, Simone. Clearly, there was no love lost between Simone and Harry, who had themselves quite the business arrangement. Emerson, though, somehow got charmed by Simone despite her freakishly sterile dog-training room and her tendency to chloroform others to get her way. Hey, love knows no logic.

The case itself was a typical knot of twists and turns and satisfying resolutions, albeit one with more fabulous fashions (and more Joel McHale) than normal. This show will never be about the cases for me; instead, it's about the perfect dialogue and the visual confections. So on that note, here were some of the other things that stood out to me this time:

  • Olive on Ned and Chuck not touching: "That's the most tragic story I've ever heard, notwithstanding the big-ticket items like genocide and famine."
  • The alive-again part of things got a new dimension this week, as Ned and co. brought Snuppy back to life during the funeral to see which of the wives would freak out. Loved the shot of the re-dead Snuppy crumpling to the ground, then Ned asking Emerson to "take care of that."
  • Best moment of Jim Dale narration, possibly of the whole series: "Harold Hundin was, indeed, a damn polygamist."
  • My favorite Emerson quip: "I suppose I could pay my bills with blind kids' smiles, but taking their money seems a lot easier." Speaking of the blind kids, nice throwback to the aunts with Chuck's story of how she became blind from kitty litter in the eye.
  • How perfect that Simone had apparently taught Bubblegum the command "go hide!"
  • Sight Gag O'The Week: Digby covering his eyes during Ned's sexy dream, with the pew of mourning dogs and Emerson's drug-induced dream close runners-up.

What did you think of the episode? Deliciously sweet — or too saccharine for you? And weren't the wives' outfits to die for?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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isahrangme isahrangme 9 years
what IS gangsta love? i totally did not get that reference...
megw06 megw06 9 years
I was really excited to see the Talk Soup guy! haha
ThatsBloo2You ThatsBloo2You 9 years
I don't love this show as much as I did in the beginning.. it's getting kind of boring.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I noticed that the set with the gazebo was from Gilmore Girls! I miss that show... I thought that the episode was pretty good. I love Joel McHale and the puppies were so cute! I have to say though that sometimes the show gets a little too corny.
ricarocks ricarocks 9 years
i just love this show. it's by far my favourite of the new season. i needed more of joel mchale too!!!! and i am completely in love with lee pace. he's a cutie!!!
samida18 samida18 9 years
LOVE this show! I am so glad that I decided to take a chance on this show and I want a Pie Hole here in Memphis. The quick, semi-satirical, and intellectual dialogue is just what a girl needs in the middle of the week! By the way, the person who does the make-up and/or creates the deadly and traumatic visuals of the dead victims deserves some MAJOR props!!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I missed the Stars Hollow sets so I had to go back to my tivo after your posts. This wasn't my favorite case either, but I still like the show.
MarikoJ MarikoJ 9 years
Yes! I thought it looked like Stars Hallow too!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 9 years
Did anyone notice the set they used for the church and surrounding areas was the same as Gilmore Girls? I would recognize that gazebo anywhere! It made me sad!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
This was such a good episode! And how about that saucy opening dream scene? Talk about freudian. I also liked how Chuck and Olive like each other but the underlying tension says they would still tear the other apart to keep Ned for themselves. :dog:
amybdk amybdk 9 years
all week, every week i look forward to this show! This episode did NOT disappoint!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
for some reason, this wasn't my favorite pushing dasies... i just didn't love the 4 wives story. and i'm thinking the writers are sort of stuck as to where to go with chuck (and i didn't mean for that to rhyme). i mean, what else can you do with it? don't you think it's a dead end plot? I keep wondering. But, nevertheless, this and gossip girl are my two new favorites! ;)
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Great recap Buzz. I love the term "visual confections", is perfect. Its never about the cases for me either, especially when the victim repeatedly stabs himself! :rotfl: Like wtf?! I invited a friend over to watch this great new show with me last night, and we talked through most of it, so I really enjoyed the recap this week. :)
alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
I love this show! And just like you there was a chorus of "Awww"s from my living room at the end. I agree- cases don't really matter to me. It's the dialogue, the whimiscal, Dr.Seuss-ness of the sets and the adorableness that is Ned and Chuck that keeps me watching!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
LOVE this show....all the "gangster love" references were hilarious....and i'm glad olive is not just an annoying girl anymore, i like her a lot...on occasion, more than chuck. but emerson is the best =)
demeter demeter 9 years
That's gangster love.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz! I love the rhythm of this show: the dialogue is perfect, the interactions between and among the actors is always well timed. It's such a joy to watch, no matter what the case of the day is.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I freakin' love this show! And you are right Buzzsugar, it is never about the cases. The sparkling dialogue and the quixotic phantasmagoria make the show so wonderful.
jeijei81 jeijei81 9 years
This show is my favorite, ever! It so good on so many levels!
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
I was waiting for this all day! I love love loved last nights ep! Chuck and Ned are about the cutest thing ever and my heart truly hoped that there was a temporary break to the curse when they kissed in bed! I am really interested in how this will develop because for me some of the best parts of tv is when the two characters who are perfect for eachother are kept apart! But once they get together the show crumbles ... and there is no lying to the audience with this one since we all know for sure it can't ever happen all while still hoping that it can! All in all i loved the episode ... but i could have used a little more Joel McHale, i just love him!
alltherage alltherage 9 years
This is the best new show this season - i heart ned.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
I loved Emerson's dream sequence. It was such a nice visual throwback to Vertigo.
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