Pushing Daisies

Season 1 Episode 8

Bitter Sweets

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

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  • 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).