Pushing Daisies

Bitter Sweets

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/28/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Emerson, Ned and Chuck investigate the death of Tony DiNapoli, who appears to have been strangled by a woman. Meanwhile, business at the Pie Hole plummets when a new candy store opens in town. Alfredo Aldarisio returns and continues to pursue an oblivious Olive who, herself, still pines for affection from the Pie Maker.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Pace


  • Anna Friel

    Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

  • Chi McBride

    Emerson Cod

  • Jim Dale


  • Kristin Chenoweth

    Olive Snook

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Pies VS Sweets, who will win?

    By exterminator25, May 31, 2008

  • Pie vs. Sweet

    By GeorgeJobson, Dec 03, 2007

  • Alright still

    By crazedsovergein, Dec 02, 2007

  • An interesting and original plot (even for Pushing Daisies) and an all-star guest cast make this one of the best episodes of the season.

    By Exile29, Nov 30, 2007

  • Funnier than expected!

    By JPPT1974, Nov 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Chuck: Why are you doing this to us? Dilly: What I see, I want. What I want I take. Nothing scares me. I've looked death in the eyes and I've opened a successful candy franchise. Can you say that?

    • Narrator: Sometimes a crime of passion is not realizing the passion in time, while other times the crime is not seeing the world as it is. But most crimes of passion are, actually, a crime.

    • Ned: Am I your boyfriend? And I realize boyfriend and girlfriend are familiar trite labels, but we never actually said it, and not that we need to define the relationship but… it may be helpful in a familiar trite way, the way on a holiday created to sell greeting cards it’s still kinda nice to get a card, and are you gonna cut me off with a "yes" any time soon? Chuck: Yes.

    • Narrator: Young Ned felt a gnawing pity growing in his stomach. As was tradition.

    • Narrator: Eugene Mulchandani fled in a flurry of saliva and fear.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Airdates: Denmark: March 21, 2008 on SBS Net UK: May 24, 2008 on ITV Latin America: May 29, 2008 on Warner Channel. Israel: June 3, 2008 on YES Stars 1 The Netherlands: September 30, 2008 on Net 5 Belgium: November 26, 2008 on VT4 Germany: December 10, 2008 on ProSieben Greece: December 27, 2008 on Star Finland: March 10, 2009 on Sub Australia: May 26, 2009 on W Sweden: August 9, 2009 on TV3 Czech Republic: February 21, 2010 on Prima Slovakia: August 4, 2010 on Markiza

    • Molly Shannon is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Trivia: The popcorn print hanging on the wall in the Pie Maker's bedroom is called "Successive Nows" and is by artist Rodney White.

    Allusions (7)

    • Olive: Fredo. I knew it was you. This echoes Michael's line in The Godfather: Part II, "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!"

    • Chuck: He's Lord of the Pies. Chuck bestows a title on Ned inspired by William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies (1954), about boys stranded on a desert island and forced to fend for themselves.

    • Emerson: Dead Girl walking. Referencing the phrase spoken on Death Row in prisons when a prisoner is being taken to his execution. Popularized in the 1995 movie Dead Man Walking starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.

    • Magazine Ad: My Doll is My Copilot. Referencing the book God is My Copilot by Robert Lee Scott. Scott wrote autobiographically of his own adventures during World War II as a fighter pilot in the Pacific.

    • Emerson: Me and Nancy Shrew will get you out. Referencing the girl detective Nancy Drew, first written by Mildred Benson in 1930. the series has been updated several times and been the subject of several movies and TV series, the most recent appearing in 2007 with Emma Roberts in the title role.

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