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Pushing Daisies Series Finale Recap: Episode 13, "Kerplunk"

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 13, "Kerplunk"

I think I need a hug. The last episode of Pushing Daisies is about as solid a finale as possible, considering that nobody knew it was a finale at the time. It has a story that brings most of the major characters together and a massive reveal at the end — and even the last-minute bit of closure seemed to fit. "For endings, as it is known, are where we begin," we'll chat about this episode when you


I wrote last week about my mixed feelings about the return of Pushing Daisies, especially knowing there wouldn't be much wrapped up at the end. But "Kerplunk" makes it all worthwhile. Not only is it a solid episode, it ends on a note of hope. While I knew it was unlikely — especially with a comic book on the way — I feared the show would end with a rushed Chuck/Ned kiss. But what we get in this episode is so much better. Chuck makes herself known to the aunts, and while we don't get to see the reaction, that final sweep through Coeur d'Coeurs shows that it's ultimately happy. It's "the promise of a new family, brought about by the words 'I'm alive.'" And while I so wish we could have seen that family thrive, I'm surprisingly satisfied just knowing it exists.

Even better, the moment of Chuck's big reveal is completely earned. We see young Lily and Vivian — Lily by turns annoyed with and protective of her little sister, born with a hole in her heart — and their journey to becoming the Darling Mermaid Darlings. And at the hands of a vindictive former (well, apparently current) swimming rival, Vivian learns the truth about Chuck, Lily, and Charles Charles at long last. It's impressive to see Vivian — normally so gentle, she wants fresh lilacs in their swimming contract — hurl something against a wall, and even more impressive for her to seriously consider living without her sister. Well, for a second anyway, since the moment of her breakdown is also exactly the moment Chuck turns up at their door.

Chuck's story in this episode is fascinating — and not one I saw coming. The whole time she's been alive again, she's gone to great lengths to make sure the aunts are happy. But it turns out a full-blown European tour isn't the kind of happy she wants them to be, because she'd miss them too much if they weren't nearby. She nearly sabotages their return performance — something, it should be noted, that would certainly not make them happy — when Ned makes his confession: Ned fears he'd be less important if Chuck and her aunts could reunite. But that's selfish; if he truly loves Chuck, he should let her love the ones she loves (presumably under close supervision, of course).

Some other thoughts:

  • Great Lily quote, and one that could only ever be uttered on this show: "Don't sign my name to that 'Sorry a shark ate your b*tch of a sister' letter."
  • Emerson and Olive's matching sweatsuits are amazing, as is Olive's crime moll voice in the interrogation scene.
  • Wilson Cruz! As a synchronized swimmer! That's inspired.
  • Amazing that Ned has a picture of Chuck and her aunts still sitting on his old instamatic camera. Actually, just amazing that Ned still has his instamatic camera.

So let's talk about the final moments. Penny comes back to Emerson! The aunts go to Europe! Olive embraces Randy and his sack of pasta and opens a mac-and-cheese shop called The Intrepid Cow! It's all so happy and bouncy and sweet, complete with Digby bounding through yellow fields. It's unfortunate the show couldn't wrap up the stories with Chuck's father and Ned's father on TV — I'm especially curious to learn more about Ned's dad, because I have some theories — but I suppose that's what the comic is for. And with an ending like this, I can wait. What about you?

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

Additional reporting by Kate Emswiler and Kimra McPherson

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briggs313 briggs313 8 years
I just watched it last night - I was saving it on my DVR - I will miss PD so so much!!!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
AWWWWW Buzz, what a wonderful rundown. You put into words so much about what was great about the show as a whole and the finale. And I agree with all the above posters--it was truly one of a kind!! :( PS: I had thought ABC would start airing the rest of the Dirty, Sexy, Moneys on Saturday but see that Eli Stone is on this week--do you know when those will air?
Lindira Lindira 8 years
Anonymous, they couldn't tie up the ending because when it was written, they didn't know it would be the end. "Kerplunk" was filmed before it was canceled, and the last minute or so of the episode was the only part that was refilmed to provide a little closure to the show. They didn't have time for anything more. So, no, it wasn't lazily written. It was just prematurely canceled.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
The ending wasn't even sad but I was still crying when it ended just knowing that was the last new minute of the show ever. I have loved a lot of shows, but that one was just too painful :(.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
So sad. This is a goodbye to one of the most interesting relationships ever, the kookiest detective duo, the best looking pie diner, the funnest singing waitress, and the sweetest show that was. i will miss it terribly. keep us informed about that comic buzz.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I will miss this show very much; Pushing Daisies was heart-felt, random and overall quirky goodness. Truly a breath of fresh air. The finale was well done and contained all the elements that made the show so loved; it also brought a close (or a new beginning?) to certain story lines. The ending of Lily & Vivian fighting, just to open to door and see Chuck standing with Ned was brilliant and about time. Love the camera sweep through town to bring fans some extra closure. While I won't be reading the comic(s) since those aren't something I enjoy, I feel relief the show ended on a beautiful note.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't buy comics so I might have to depend on someone else to find out what happens in them, but at least the ending of the show provided more closure than I expected. A comic isn't the same as an actual movie though.
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
This is going down as one of my favorite shows, ever. I heard they had considered making a movie but that it went to comic book instead. Could you imagine?!! I would've loved seeing it on the big screen!! I guess I'll have to settle for comic instead...
bleached bleached 8 years
*HUG* My heart broke knowing that this show would never grace my screen again. I really loved Pushing Daisies and am sort of glad we got a small bit of closure. Looking forward to complete resolution in the comic
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