Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Emerson is hired by Dusty Fitz, whose wife Kentucky died in a tragic bee-related incident. She was involved with another man who Dusty claims she was preparing to leave, and Dusty suspects murder. Meanwhile, Lily helps Olive move to a nunnery.

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  • About this episode

    It was Excellence. This had wonderful costumes.
  • Where do I even start to talk about how amazing this show is.

    Where do I even start to talk about how amazing this show is. This show sets the standard for set design, costumes and make up. I've studied film and theater and I know how difficult it can be to make everything on screen work together. But this show does it wonderfully, it's so bright and colorful yet dark and gothic at the same time. This show is right up my alley.

    Lets talk about the second season premier in particular here. The show is slowly increasing the depths of it's character's story lines making the show more and more interesting. It definitely increased the number of questions that the season finale brought up. This episode also hinted at the fact that Ned's father will come into the picture sometime.

    Another part of what makes this show so fun to watch is it's incredible casting. Particularly it's casting of the guest stars. I am not a fan of French Stewart at all, but even I can't deny that he was a real scene stealer in this episode. It was a perfect role for him. I've looked a head at future episodes and it looks like the great guest stars will keep coming with such people as: Fred Willard, Stephen Root, David Arquette and Debra Mooney.

    This was a good episode to start out the season and I'm excited to find out where the story lines will go.

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  • Not quite back on track

    The pilot for "Pushing Daisies" was one of the best episodes of the entire strike-ridden 2007-2008 season, and the short but sweet first season did its best to maintain that initial quality. That struggle was mostly won, but the rough patches were frequent enough to make me wonder if the series would always be a matter of diminishing returns.

    I'm not sure the second season premiere does much to mitigate those fears. For one thing, this is the first episode I've watched in true HD, and while the color palette is wonderful, the budget concessions are glaring. To be fair, the production is so fairy-tale in nature that the rough edges are just as often a clever way to turn relative thrift into intentional style. But this wasn't the tour de force that the pilot represented by any means.

    Perhaps it was the need to stuff the episode with enough background information to bring the audience back up to speed, or how long it took the series to return relative to the rest of the shows on the schedule. Whatever it is, I felt like it took a little too long to get back into the Pie Hole groove. And that's even with the opening with Chuck in a cute bustier, and the fact that this country could use a weekly dose of the whimsical these days.

    There were plenty of funny moments, and the show hasn't lost its charm. There's the usual Bryan Fuller injection of loose subplots afoot and plenty of character moments to enjoy. But it just may be that the magical qualities of the first season will be harder to rekindle than I had suspected.moreless
  • ???

    I can't deny it. The concept of Pushing Daisies is utterly original. The settings, the storylines, the personalities... everything is completely out of character. Because it is so vivid and different I try to keep watching and wait until I will finally be passionated. It's been a year now...

    I found the second season premiere quite boring. First I didn't understand how come Chuck and Ned are friends again since she found out at the end of the first season that he was "responsible" for her father's death. That would have been a good thing to follow. I don't find the crazy investigations amusing anymore, not to mention the exentricity of the characters.

    What I like is the special bond between Ned and Chuck, so close and yet they can't show it.

    But that's not enough. I'll give it another go with the second episode because it deserves it but I might like a lot of American people who gave up given the audience results.moreless
  • Review

    Not good. I can't get into the case by case stories anymore. Olive's storyline is simply awful and I hate watching her interaction with the two old women. There was a lot of attention paid to the two women almost discovering Chuck. I thought it was pretty much bad storyteling. The narrarator dissapered for the entire middle portion of this epsiode, which is what makes the show so great. I simply don't think that this show is going on a good track. I haven't watched the next two episodes yet, but after 2x01 I'm not sure I want to. I thought that the bee storyline was among on of the worst that they have ever done. Not a fan of the "Betty Bee" and the "Betty Bee Key"moreless
Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Emerson Cod

Jim Dale

Jim Dale


Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Vivian Charles

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Lillian "Lily" Charles

French Stewart

French Stewart

Woolsey Nicholls

Guest Star

Peter Cambor

Peter Cambor

Dusty Fitz

Guest Star

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser

Kentucky Fitz

Guest Star

Sammi Hanratty

Sammi Hanratty

Young Chuck

Recurring Role

Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Dusty: If I was more comfortable with you people, I would cry.
      Chuck: Oh, you can cry, that's okay.
      Emerson: It is not okay for a grown-ass man to weep in public with a bunch of happy families enjoying pie. If you can't hold it, you take your ass to the men's room and cry in private on the toilet… like a man!
      Dusty: I need to use the men's room.

    • Olive: I spent so much time praying, I've run out of things to say. I'm having awkward silences with God!

    • Olive: These nuns aren't my people. Unless you're telling me "flibbertigibbet" is a title of respect.

    • Lily: This place knows things about me nobody knows.
      Olive: Like that you holidayed here thirty years ago and found a baby in a cabbage patch. And by "cabbage patch," I mean your lady parts.

    • Ned: Could that have happened to me, on the roof? Could I have been swarmed, in my underwear too? I could have been swarmed in my underwear.
      Emerson: Hey! You don't just get to put them pictures in my head. That's an assault on my imagination.

    • Chuck: Poor Kentucky. What a horrible way to die. Thousands of little stingers stinging you.
      Olive: Like little stinging secrets that don't just sting you once. They keep stinging you until you're bloated and filled with pus. Who wanted a la mode?

    • Chuck: What if he was made entirely out of bees and that's why she couldn't see his face, because he didn't even have one? What if there's a whole beefolk society who walk around shaped like people?
      Ned: You're thinking about how you can train your bees to walk around in people shapes, aren't you?
      Chuck: Yeah.

    • Narrator: Kentucky's affairs were clearly a bee in Betty Bee's bonnet.

    • Ned: What if someone from Betty's Bees finds out you're a spy?. Spying is a lot like sabotage in that they kill you for it. That's what you do with spies and saboteurs-you kill them. And you don't feel bad, because they're spying and sabotaging.

    • Emerson: I'm goin' dose the both of you with a dose of shut-the-fudge-up.

    • Betty: The colony collapsed. Mites might have caused it. In fact, we know they did. Took over every hive not long after Woolsey took over Betty's Bees. Might almost be poetic, if it didn't suck so much.

    • Betty: Mother was a Methodist and Daddy was a pragmatist, so… God put those bees there for a reason.

    • Emerson: (surveying the bee-filled house) You know suddenly the crazy cat lady don't seem so crazy any more.

    • Vivian: (talking about Chuck) Her room is how she left it. Clothes in the closet. Her books on the shelves. Her special pillow still at the head of the bed.
      Ned: I didn't know she had a special pillow.
      Vivian: It was her father's. I'm sure it's teeming with fungus and microscopic bugs that feed on flakes of human skin, but she was fond of it.

    • Ned: What's gotten into you?
      Olive: I am a sawed-off shotgun full of secrets!
      Vivian: Did she say she was armed?
      Olive: No, I don't have a gun. I am a gun. At any moment truth buckshot could come spewing out of my muzzle. Look out!
      Ned & Lily: That's enough.
      Olive: Truer words were never spoken. This rifle is going to go away in a little satin-lined case with the trigger locked and the safety on. I quit!

    • Woolsey: You know, I find that the most amazing creatures have furry behinds.

    • Emerson: Let me just say I'm sorry about your loss. And I do accept credit cards.

    • Dusty Fitz: (talking about his murdered wife) She was having an affair. Said she was going to leave me or him. I'm not sure which. She wasn't using proper nouns.

    • Olive: Whoa. Hold that pregnant pause. I'm not with child. Unless it's immaculate conception or I wore a strange man's underwear.

    • Olive: But I like my belongings. That's why they belong to me.

    • Ned: If I could breathe I would vomit.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: January 14, 2009 on ProSieben
      U.K: January 30, 2009 on ITV1
      Thailand: March 19, 2009 on True Series
      Australia: June 9, 2009 on W
      Slovakia: August 6, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: September 29, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: January 2, 2011 on Sub

    • Diana Scarwid, who plays Mother Superior, previously worked with Lee Pace on a show called Wonderfalls; they played mother and son. Brian Fuller, who created Pushing Daises, also created Wonderfalls.

    • Injoke: Ned mentions the Happy Time Temp Agency. The agency featured in Dead Like Me, created by Bryan Fuller, the episode's writer.

    • Field Cate is now credited as a Star for the series in the opening credits, fifth after Jim Dale.


    • Olive: Unless you're telling me "flibbertigibbet" is a title of respect.
      Referencing the lyrics to Maria from The Sound of Music, which note "How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!"

    • Olive's Introduction
      The mountaintop introduction of Olive the nun is a parody of Julie Andrews' first scene in the movie version of The Sound of Music (1965).