Wow, that was maybe the most jam-packed Pushing Daisies episode yet. Molly Shannon turned up as the owner of a taffy business that's trying to steal the Pie Hole's customers, Ned solved a murder and ended up framed for another, and Olive had a new romantic opportunity — if only she could have recognized it. But my favorite thing about the episode was how much we learned about Ned, so to read the rest of my take and add your thoughts, just read more
This week's Young Ned flashback taught us that Ned doesn't retaliate against bullies — and reminded us that he has serious intimacy issues. The first came into play in the story with Dilly Balsam; the second put Ned's relationship with Chuck on the rocks when he had to decide whether to finally tell her the truth about her dad's death. I like this emotional, brooding Ned; the show doesn't have to be all silliness and fluff.
The show got its first murder mystery of the night out of the way quickly (the Real Doll did it!), leaving more time to focus on the goings-on between the Pie Hole and Dilly Balsam's Bittersweets Taffy and Sweets Emporium. These were some of my favorite scenes from the show yet: Ned's sign getting changed to "Pie Ho," the health inspector discovering Ned's pantry of rotten fruit, and Chuck and Olive going all cat burglar on Bittersweets, sneaking in to deposit some rats in the taffy kitchen. "Don't mess with the pie hos," indeed.
Except their little stunt was what got Ned framed for Billy's murder. When Ned stuck his hand in the taffy vat, I cringed because I figured he'd be pulling out an alive-again, taffy-covered rat; I didn't expect an alive-again, taffy-covered person. With Ned in jail, Emerson actually had to do some real detective work to find the nine-fingered killer; I loved the way we were led to believe it was Dilly because of the big, goofy gloves she wore, as well as the shot of the drowning, fingerless hand.
Ned's stint in jail gave him ample time to resolve not to tell Chuck the truth about her father, but then he blurted it out anyway. I wonder what that does to Chuck's assurances that Ned was her boyfriend; I'm guessing she's not going to take this well.
Some other thoughts:
- Oh, Olive. Alfredo loves you! Go with it!
- There were a couple of moments this week when a cheesy line made me roll my eyes — but then a great follow-up made me regret the eyeroll. Case in point: "The Piemaker considered how not telling Chuck the truth about her father was a lot like being locked in a prison. Then he considered that being locked in a prison was actually much worse than some silly metaphor about truth."
- Sight Gag O' the Week: Ned turning the leaves in the leaf pile from brown to green to brown again. Brilliant! The carpool doll packaging was pretty great, too.
- Chuck's description of "Hello": "That says, 'I'm here! Your turn to talk! That's kind of selfish."
- My favorite Emerson line: "The truth ain't like puppies, a bunch of them running around and you pick your favorite."
- Aw, Ned: "Pie is home. People always come home."
- I always like Chuck's wardrobe, but her looks this episode were particularly covetable, especially the brown dress with the dots. Fab, help me!
Will Chuck be able to forgive Ned? Will Dilly continue to terrorize the Pie Hole? Two more weeks till we find out.
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