Pushing Daisies

Season 1 Episode 6

Bitches

3
Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 2007 on ABC
9.1
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Ned, Chuck, Emerson and Olive tackle a murder mystery involving a man who was murdered over a dog and claims to have been killed by his wife. Problem is, he's a polygamist with four wives.

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  • A man was killed by his wife - but which one?

    8.8
    Ned and the gang (plus Olive) investigate in the mystery of a man who drank poisoned coffee and then slipped on it and got stabbed several times. It turns out his wife did it, well one of the 4 wives. The gang investigate each wife with help from Digby as the wives jobs each have something to do with a dog. It turns out the main reason for the death is that a dog tycoon was gonna clone the wives beloved dog bubblegum. They give him fake ashes and someone kills him. (bubblegums alive). They find out the first wife was the murderer.moreless
  • Awesome

    9.5
    When a deceased man tells Ned that his wife killed him after giving him a cup of coffee, he fails to mention that he is a polygamist, making the case harder than it sounds. Another awesome episode. Pushing Daisies is awesome and exciting to wtach, I just love it. I love all the characters in Puching Daisies. My favourite is Ned. I Also love Chuck. I think they are so cute together, but it is sad at the same time. Pushing Daisies is getting better and better I think. And I can not wait until the next episode, bring on next Saturday now I say.moreless
  • Joel McHale makes an appearance playing a "damn polygamist."

    8.6
    First, I'd like to say that I'm a big fan of Joel McHale. He was great in Spiderman 2, though I didn't notice him till I watched the movie a second time, and hilarious on The Soup. So I was very excited after seeing his name in the credits.



    This time he plays a dog breeder with four wives who was murdered with an almond-flavored coffee and a stragetically placed knife. He does managed to tell that it was his wife that killed him, just not which one. So that leaves the team with four suspects. I love how this episode kept me guessing till the end. Plus the wives were so different. Their dialogue ranged from 'funny' to 'tears-rolling-down-my-cheek hilarious.'



    Naturally since the episode was all about love, Emerson falls for one of the wives, a tough as nails dog trainer who easily leashes him in. I loved his speech about gangster love. He always has the best lines.



    Ned was also dealing with love. He was still very confused on how he felt about Olive's kiss, since a naked Chuck from his dream suddenly turned into a naked Olive. But in the end, I think Ned really loves Chuck. She's the one that he always thinks about, even if Olive's touch makes him tingle. Maybe Chuck is right, she needs to hold somebody's hand just like he needs to kiss somebody else so that they could feel better.moreless
  • Perhaps the most whimsical, crazy, unpredictable episode of Pushing Daisies so far. A polygamist dog trainer is murdered, and four wives are the suspects in a case that will make your "doggone" head spin.moreless

    9.0
    I couldn't help but be amazed with this episode. Some of this amazement was good, and some was bad. From the very first episode where the clay figured come to life in young Ned's backstory up to the part where Emerson's subconscious mind puts together the murder, on through the end of the episode, this episode seemed to be the most straight-up strange one yet.



    However, all of the quirkyness seemed to work to the episode's advantage, by drawing attention away from what I felt was a much too complicated storyline. I didn't really have anything about this episode figured out until the narrator finally did the "The Facts Were These..." segment at the end.



    The chemistry between all of the characters and the interchanged dialogue seemed to be taken to new heights. Everyone, from the main characters to the wives, played off each other perfectly, and made for a large amalgamation of exchanges that were easy to miss, but immensely witty and clever if caught.



    This episode had everything that has made Pushing Daisies such a revolutionary television show. Every part of it was upped, and a very pleasant result was achieved.moreless
  • Pretty good episode

    8.8
    I thought this episode was pretty good. I dident think it was as funny or as quirky as the others, but this episode certanly was not bad. I liked the weird dog thing. Or mixed breed dog, is that a real type of dog, or was that computer animated? My brain isent working at all today. Olive is one of the quirkiest people on the show. But then again they all are. I just like Olive the best. Ned and Chuck are pretty good too. Emersen is good, but he doesnt have the same carisma as the rest of the people on the show do.moreless
Joel McHale

Joel McHale

Harold Hundin

Guest Star

Jenny Wade

Jenny Wade

Hallie Hundin

Guest Star

Jessica Lundy

Jessica Lundy

Hilary Hundin

Guest Star

Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Recurring Role

Sammi Hanratty

Sammi Hanratty

Young Chuck

Recurring Role

Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson

Coroner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: Harlod Hundin and his wives of dog-lovers are probably named after the German word "Hündin" ("Hund"), which translated means a female (male) dog.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Narrator: Emerson Cod had a very particular view on romantic relations.
      Emerson: Some women love like gangstas. They be like "Oooh baby you bleedin, how'd that happen?" While they hiding the razor in they weave.

    • Ned: Digby and I have been together for a very long time. We're intimate, but it's the appropriate level of canine-human intimacy.

    • Emerson: They were all breeders too.
      Olive: They make babies for their polygamy cult?
      Emerson: Dog breeders.
      Olive: They make dogs for their polygamy cult?
      Emerson: Ain't nobody making nothing for their polygamy cult.

    • Narrator: Wondering why her kiss with the pie maker went unmentioned, Olive attempted to mention the unmentionable.

    • Narrator: Where there was a reward, there was Emerson Cod.

    • Chuck: (to Ned) I'm going to hug Digby and pretend that he's you.

    • Olive: That's the most tragic story I've ever heard. Notwithstanding the big ticket items like genocide and famine, but tragic nonetheless.

    • Ned: I had a sexy dream about Olive last night, and I'm sure it was influenced by a reality-based kiss. By the road. You know...
      Emerson: There is no way for this conversation to be anything but awkward for me.

    • Narrator: Still, he wore hope on his head... what Young Ned didn't know was that very moment the girl he called Chuck was wearing hope on hers. They were together even if they were far apart.

    • Chuck: You're taking money from blind children?
      Emerson: I suppose I could pay my bills with blind kids' smiles, but their money is a lot easier.

    • Olive: I just want you to be happy.
      Narrator: And Olive did, though she was not yet ready to let go of the hope that her perfect pie maker's perfect happiness might lie with her.

    • Ned: You're the only one for me.
      Chuck: I know you feel that now, but there are things you want, there's things we both want.
      Ned: So? Everyone wants stuff. We wake up everyday with a list of wishes a mile long, and maybe we spend our lives trying to make those wishes come true, but just because we want them doesn't mean we need them to be happy.
      Chuck: What do you need to be happy?
      Ned: You.

    • Emerson: Might not be Simone.
      Ned: Simone was hiding Bubblegum, she chloroformed you, and she tied you up. I'm not even going to mention the ball gag. That's gangster love.
      Emerson: See that's what's rubbing me, if she was gangsta she'd have busted a cyanide cap in my ass the minute I sniffed out her dog, but she didn't.

    • Simone: If you'll excuse me, I have some leftover business to handle and a funeral to attend.
      Emerson: As long as it ain't mine, I'm cool.

    • Emerson: I'm gonna shake down Simone and find that dog.
      Ned: If you shake Simone and the dog falls out...
      Emerson: Then she's the killer.
      Narrator: Fearing being alone with the girl he kissed but did not love, and the girl he loved but could not kiss, the Pie Maker decided...
      Ned: I'll come with you.
      Emerson: This is a solo shaking.

    • Ned: The only reason I didn't tell you is because it didn't mean anything. Lots of stuff happens in the course of a day that I don't bother sharing. For instance, yesterday's four-berry pie was actually three and a half because I ran out of cranberries. I didn't tell you that.
      Chuck: Actually you did. You asked if orange counted as a berry and I said it didn't, but no one had to know but us.
      Ned: I like that you said "us."

    • (after a phone call)
      Emerson: Uh, we need to prove Hallie Hundin was innocent.
      Ned: Your conscience calls you on the telephone?

    • Emerson: Under, meaning "below." Cover, meaning "the radar," people. What is so hard about that to understand?

    • Emerson: No wonder the guy can handle four wives, the dude was caffeinated.

    • Chuck: Four wives? That's just greedy!
      Olive: And intriguing.
      Emerson: Some people like vanilla, some like chocolate, others like their Neapolitan.
      Ned: I like Neapolitan.
      Emerson: Then you'd do well as a polygamist: one woman to have, one woman to hold.
      Ned: Why? Why would you do that? For the record I'd make a horrible polygamist. I'm easily distracted, I wouldn't know where to focus...

    • Harold Hundin: I wish I could've said goodbye to Bubblegum.
      Ned: I have stick gum!

    • Harold Hundin: I tasted almonds in my coffee, real bitter, exceptionally bitter, with an intense charismatic flavor that could only be... cyanide.

    • Chuck: Are you watching me sleep?
      Ned: Uh, no sorta. But mainly I was waiting for you to wake up and in the process of waiting for you to wake up I was... yes, I was watching you sleep.
      Chuck: You do that a lot, don't you?
      Ned: It's like watching you come back to life.
      Chuck: Again.

    • Emerson: (about Olive) That girl dropped a bomb in your subconscious with her saliva.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 7, 2008 on SBS Net
      Latin America: May 15, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Israel: May 20, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      The Netherlands: September 16, 2008 on Net 5
      Belgium: November 12, 2008 on VT4
      Germany: November 26, 2008 on ProSieben
      Greece: December 13, 2008 on Star
      Finland: February 24, 2009 on Sub
      Australia: May 12, 2009 on W
      Sweden: July 26, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: February 7, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: August 2, 2010 on Markiza

    • The shot of Olive saying "Don't tell Chuck" is a different take than the one that was used in the promos. In that take, there was a pause between the words "Don't" and "tell."

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

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Olive: I used to have a horse named The Pie in another life. That's because I wanted to be like Elizabeth Taylor. She was so pretty. Then The Pie died.
      Referencing the movie National Velvet (1944), based on the novel by Enid Bagnold. Pie is the name of the horse belonging to Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor).

    • Harold's Death Scene:
      Referencing Marion Crane's shower murder in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In it, Marion takes a shower and the killer enters and stabs her victim repeatedly with an overhand strike while shrill music plays in the background repeatedly.

    • Emerson's Dream: Falling into a spiral
      Referencing Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo (1958).

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