Pushing Daisies

Season 1 Episode 8

Bitter Sweets

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • Pies VS Sweets, who will win?

    There's competition for Ned, Chuck and Olive in the Pie Hole (Later named the Pie Ho) In the form of a sweet shop run by a brother and sister duo. Also, they find a man who was strangled to death by another guys Doll (he thinks its his girlfriend) and Olive and Chuck unleash rats in the sweet shop. Ned takes them back and finds the rother owner in a vat of taffy, dead. The police and the sister enter, thinking he killed him. Neds in jail. Chuck, Olive and Emerson find out who killed the brother, a fake health inspector hired to shut down the pie hole. The sister kills him and Ned tells Chuck he killed her dad.moreless
  • Pie vs. Sweet

    Another excellent episode of "Pushing Dasies." The only problem is ABC movie the show to 9 o'Clock, going up against "Bionic Woman." with respect to Michelle Ryan, I had no choice but to go over to "pushing Daises." this week's episode is more than a murder investigation. It's a war between the Pie Hole and a sweets shope who are out to put the Pie Hole out of business. There someone dies and Ned was to blame. But as usual, everything wok out okay. I like to say again that Anna Friels and Kristin Chenswoth are one of the best things that ever happened to the series.moreless
  • Alright still

    I thought this episode was ok. Nothing really special happend in it for me. I dident really like it for some reason. I think that Olive is the best character out of all of them. Her quirky personality really makes the show as good as it is. The other characters are good. But they're nowhere near as good as Olive is. She's like the queen of quirkines. Way to go OLIVE SNOOK!! Other than that...I thought it was an interesting plot. Intersting. Not good. I wasent a big fan of the competitive candy shop owner. But oh well. There's nothing I can do about that.moreless
  • 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.

    Ever since we learned that Ned killed Chuck's dad (inadvertently of course), the tension between Chuck and Ned has been building. Granted, the fairy tale nature of their romance has overshadowed much of the conflict, but that can be attributed to the writers. It's kind of strange, because you feel immensely bad for Chuck--she doesn't know what's going on or why Ned always seems to be so evasive when it comes to talking about their past, but she is still happy-go-lucky as ever and thankful to Ned for bringing her back.

    Ned on the other hand...well, you feel sorry for him too. Although it isn't really his fault, he feels responsible because he took away from Chuck something that she can never get back. He may not have known what he was doing at the time, but her father still died as a direct result of something that he did.

    Although it takes Ned the entire episode to finally come clean, the ending scene with him and Chuck in the bedroom is a major cliffhanger for December 12th's potential season finale. The audience is left in a major state of anticipation, wondering how Chuck is going to react and what this is going to mean for their highly improbable romance.

    The other, more tangible storyline in this episode is the fact that a new candy store has opened up across from The Pie Hole. Guest appearances include Molly Shannon (of SNL fame) and Mike White, who played Ned Shneebly on School Of Rock. Both of them do an excellent job playing the eccentric, power-hungry brother/sister owner team of the Bittersweet Emporium, and fit well into Pushing Daisies's whimsical world.

    Olive continues to struggle with her feelings for Ned as well, and even envisions herself with Alfred, the traveling salesman as an alternative. It is quite clear that her main focus is still on the pie-maker though...she won't be sidetracked that easily.

    Definitely one of the better episodes, and a perfect lead-in to a possible season finale on December 12th (due to the writers' strike).moreless
  • Funnier than expected!

    Really funny than expected as the show is just as cute as it could be. As the show keeps growing and growing more funnier and bizarre. The three amatuer sluths investigate a guy named Tony who was apparenty strangled by a bunch of women. As it might be over jealousy of some sorts. As also the pie business store is beginning to plummet over the new candy store. As it is a turf war for those two. But in a good kind of funny way. As the candy peole in the show were really funny. And that hopefully they can be more on more shows as they provide really funny competition between Ned & company.moreless
Raul Esparza

Raul Esparza

Alfredo Aldarisio

Guest Star

Nicholas Khayyat

Nicholas Khayyat


Guest Star

Reginald Veneziano

Reginald Veneziano

Tony DiNapoli

Guest Star

Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Recurring Role

Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson


Recurring Role

Leyna Nguyen

Leyna Nguyen

News Anchor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Chuck: Guess what day it is today.
      Ned: World Hello Day.
      Chuck: Oh, you finally put up my calendar of obscure holidays.
      Ned: Yes, and Hola!

    • Chuck: What's wrong?
      Ned: Nothing.
      Narrator: The meaning of "nothing" was "I never told you that I inadvertently killed your father."

    • Ned I can't keep lying to her.
      Emerson: You ain't lying. The only way you're lying is if she asks the question, (imitates Chuck) "Hey, did you kill my father when you brought your mother back, which I didn't know about because you never told me?" (normal voice) Don't tell her.

    • Emerson: Oh no, see, this is how it all ends. Some weird guy comes in saying stuff that don't make no sense. And by the time your head realizes "Hey, this weird guy makes no sense," your guts are all over the window.

    • Narrator: Olive found herself in a cloud of steamed milk and self-pity, unaware of the warm breath blowing out of the mouth of Alfredo Aldariso.

    • Emerson: The truth ain't like puppies, a bunch of them running around, you pick your favorite. One truth… and it has come a knockin'.

    • Olive: It's from the Pie Hole from across the street, as in "Shut your." But one sweet whiff and people usually want to "Open their."

    • Ned: What's freaking me out is the ruthless woman trying to shut down the Pie Hole.
      Narrator: This was true.
      Ned: It has nothing to do with us.
      Narrator: This was not.

    • Narrator: The expression "Like a rat in a candy store," though slightly less popular, is equally true.

    • Emerson: So whoever killed Billy is walking around with nine fingers thinking they got away with murder.
      Chuck: Mm-hmmm. Footloose and finger-free.

    • Narrator: Seventeen miles away, the search to finger the fingerless killer of Billy Balsam continued.

    • Alfredo: As any non-traditional remedy salesman knows; resistance to the novel and the unconventional is marbled through this country like gristle. If I'm not cutting that gristle, I'm not doing my job.

    • Narrator: The Pie Maker considered how not telling Chuck the truth about her father was a lot like being locked in a prison. Then he considered how being locked in a prison was actually much worse than some silly metaphor about Truth.

    • Emerson: I mean it's a broad generalization, but my guess is that an attractive man who makes pies for a living shouldn't even spend a short amount of time in prison.

    • (Olive and Chuck prepare to break into the Candy Shop.)
      Olive: There's no alarm system. Got a credit card?
      Chuck: Why? You know how to pick locks?
      Olive: No. You're gonna need to pay for the damages.
      (Olive runs head first through the glass front door)
      Chuck: Cool.

    • Ned: No. You let your anger win and you engage the crazy person, then you're no different than they are. People say "Hey! Look at those two crazy people fighting." I will not engage.
      Emerson: Yeah. But if you don't engage, pretty soon people will start saying "Hey, look at that crazy person eating that guy just sitting there doing nothing."

    • Olive: Wouldn't it just rock and roll if liking someone meant they had to like you back? Of course that'd be a different universe and something else would probably suck.

    • Ned: Candy might be sweet, but it's a traveling carnival blowing through town. Pie is home. People always come home.

    • Woman: Is what's in that box the amazing smell I'm smelling?

    • Olive: Can I ask you a question? If you loved me....
      Alfredo: Yes?
      Olive: And we could never, ever, ever touch. Wouldn't you eventually get over it and move on letting someone else have the slightest hope that you might move on to them?
      Alfredo: If I loved you?
      Olive: Yeah.
      Alfredo: Then I would love you in any way I could. And if we could not touch, then I would draw strength from your beauty. And if I went blind, then I would fill my soul with the sound of your voice and the contents of your thoughts until the last spark of my love for you lit the shabby darkness of my dying mind.
      Olive: Eh, forget it.

    • Emerson: Well, that idea might make a stupid idea feel better about itself.

    • Olive: Alfredo? When did you come in?
      Alfredo: Before. When you opened the door for me. And I asked how you were. And you said you were fine. And I asked for a macchiato. And you said "coming right up."
      Olive: So I guess you'll still want that?
      Alfredo: Yes, please.

    • Ned: Which is to say, "Go lying." Or at least, "Yay for not telling the truth."

    • Dilly: And take your trunk monkey with you!

    • Chuck and Olive: (singing) Don't mess with the Pie Hos, uh-huh!

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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

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


    • 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.

    • Ned: Chuck, don't go over to the dark side. Revenge never works.
      This is a reference to the Star Wars universe, where acting out of vengeance usually leads to a Jedi turning to the Dark Side.

    • Bodega Bay:
      Bodega Bay is the setting for the movie The Birds (1963), directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring birds that mysteriously turn violent and kill people. The shot of Dilly in the boat is a copy of a similar scene in the movie and she is dressed and made up to exactly resemble the movie's star Tippi Hedren.