Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 8

Comfort Food

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Dec 03, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Ned brings back to life Colonel Likkin, who was mysteriously deep fried to death. His world-famous original recipe has gone missing and Likkin asks Ned to find who stole it.

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  • This episode is easily the best episode of the second season, if not the whole series.

    This episode is easily the best episode of the second season, if not the whole series. Two mysteries are played out in this episode to great effect. Ned and Olive try to solve a murder at a cook off while Emerson helps Chuck clean up the mess she created by tricking Ned by keeping her father alive after Ned brought him back to life.

    Like always the guest stars are put to great use in this episode. I love how Beth Grant recreates her role of Marianne Marie Beetle who previously appeared in the episode of Wonderfalls entitled "Muffin Buffalo" a show also created by Bryan Fuller.

    Olive gets a chance to show case her singing voice again in this episode. I was blown away by how much she was able to sound like Susanna Hoffs, the lead singer of the Bangles. The song was perfect used at the perfect time.

    With episodes like these it makes me even more upset that the show has been canceled. because who knows how much better the show could have gotten.moreless
  • The wonder falls on Pushing Daisies

    Bryan Fuller is best known for creating properties that develop a devoted cult following and critical acclaim, but somehow fail to reach a broader audience despite the accolades. Before "Pushing Daisies", Fuller attempted to launch "Wonderfalls" on the FOX network. Perhaps because it was the FOX network, the series aired a handful of episodes before shuffling off into the ether.

    Fuller manages to overlap the world of "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies" in this episode, and while none of the main cast of that gem crossed over into Ned's world, the connection is appreciated. In a perfect world, everything that Fuller has created would be part of the same universe, and they would eventually all play in the same sandbox.

    It might seem odd to bring all of this up when the crossover element was a minor facet of an episode overflowing with great moments. Who didn't want to see Chuck and Ned in the same bed, for example, just before she sneaks away her dead father, betraying Ned's trust? And resolving the Dixon threat in the process? Chuck and Emerson's antics were a lot of fun, particularly given that Emerson doesn't like Chuck all that much (or anyone else, for that matter).

    Ned and Olive's partnership at the baking competition was a bit more generic, but it did provide the basis for the Muffin Buffalo crossover and also gave the writers the excuse to revisit Olive's desire for Ned. Any episode that provides Olive with a musical number is a winner in my book!

    This season has been very uneven for me, but this episode hit all the right notes and gave me a nostalgic slice of "Wonderfalls" in the process. Hopefully, the rest of this final run will be equally enjoyable.moreless
  • Loads of fun at the cook-off and the cemetary.

    This was truly another amazing piece of television with one of the classic episodes of the season so far. Of course Chuck was going to try and keep her dad alive after Ned touched him. This allowed for some great interplay between her and Emerson later on. Naturally it was Dwight that had to die in place of Charles. Lily gets more and more manic here too. Ned and Olive were a great team at the comfort food competition and it seems that Olive still has feelings for Ned. It is a crying shame that the show is about to be axed.moreless
  • Chuck's father is still alive, Olive and Ned spent some time together and dwaight meets his match

    Am I the only one who realises that this episode justifies murder if you do it for love. I have always disliked stories that are character driven i have always liked those that are plot driven and this episode is character driven. In order to justfy what Chuck did the show is forced to kill a bad person so as not to highlight the fact that chuck has Just killed someone. The is a chance that her selfish desire to keep her father alive could have killed an innocent person who just came by to visit the grave of a lost loved one. I dont care that its dwight who dies here but chuck as Ned did in the first episode just decided that the life of her beloved is far more important than the life of who ever will die in thier stead.

    The Ned Olive story was a good one but given what chuck did i cant help but like olive more and more but since the show wants ned and chuck, ned will forgive chuck and they will find a way to justfy bad decisions because of lovemoreless
  • Another great show!

    This is another great episode of a sadly canceled show. We find some more conflict between Ned and Chuck, which is probably good for their relationship. Lily gets very violent and we see how serious she is about saving her sister from whatever she deems as bad. We also get some good Olive and Ned bonding. I like Chuck, but you have to cheer for Olive a bit. She is just so very cute. Overall, it really has all the bits of the show that are good. Quirky stuff, cute stuff, beautiful stuff, gross dead stuff, and lots of heart.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

Tim Bagley

Tim Bagley

Colonel Likkin

Guest Star

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler

The Waffle Nazi

Guest Star

Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Marianne Marie Beetle

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dwight Dixon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Chuck: If I hadn't kept my dad alive, I'd have been murdered twice.
      Emerson: Yeah. Once was enough.

    • Lily: Way I see this, we both got something you want.
      Dwight: What would that be, my spicy cocktail?
      Lily: I got my daughter's watch, and you got your insides where you want 'em.

    • Ned: Are we weird now because I did "it" with your dad?
      Chuck: No we're not weird. I've never been so in love with you. But, I'm also feeling a lot of other things--so many things that I want to tell you and I can't tell you and I'm afraid to tell you and I don't know how to tell you.
      Ned: You don't have to tell me if you don't want to. I mean… you do eventually.

    • Marianne: Ah, the sweet smell of victory!
      Olive: Not this year, turd-muffin.
      Marianne: I'll shut your pie hole good.
      Olive: Bring it, stale-cakes! We're gonna win!
      Marianne: Who's "we," sucka? I'm gonna win.

    • Chuck: I mean, how can anyone regret being reunited with someone that they love and they thought they'd never see again?
      Emerson: Point taken.
      Chuck: But the big problem, maybe the biggest problem, in an objective sense, is the dishonesty with Ned. That and the "making someone less alive" part.
      Emerson: "Less alive." (scoffs) Nice euphemism… killer.

    • Chuck: I know this doesn't take the sting out of the responsibility, but I brought some cash. I thought that when we find the body, we'll take it to the nearest funeral home, with the cash and a note that says "Every human body deserves dignity. Please bury this one." (Emerson grumbles) It'll be just like leaving a baby on a doorstep, only… the tail end of things.

    • Narrator: Ready to pull the trigger and reclaim his prize, Dwight paused, unbelieving the unbelievable sight he saw. Dwight's mind reeled at the sight of the pie maker and Chuck desecrating Charles Charles' grave. And, as is traditional, he decided to put an end to the thing he did not understand.

    • Marianne: Those are hot-oil burns. Did the Colonel spatter when you deep-fat-fried him, you sick son of a bitch?!
      Leo Burns: Pixie dust and lemonade! You have no proof! That story will never hold up in court.

    • Widow Likkin: The Colonel would be so proud. Now that I have the recipe, that nice doughnut man and I are gonna go into business together. "Finger Likkin Doughnut Holes."
      Ned: Sounds delicious… and filthy.
      Olive: America's favorite. You'll make a fortune.

    • Ned: I'm sorry to leave you with the mess.
      Olive: I'm used to the mess.

    • Ned: You can't do what you did last night and not be a little overwhelmed.
      Chuck: Well, believe me I feel plenty whelmed but, um, not overly.
      Ned: Overly is on its way, probably looking in the window right now.

    • Chuck: For the meantime, Olive is depending on you. She said two years ago she could taste that first-prize blue ribbon, and then that taste was replaced with the bitter tang of defeat.
      Ned: Bitter tang, bitter Olive. It's a story.

    • Marianne: And you remember, now--losing doesn't make you a loser. Oh wait--it does.

    • Charles Charles: I hate to look in the gift horse's mouth, but I'm not gonna start craving human flesh, am I?
      Chuck: No. Although everything does taste better.

    • Chuck: I need your help.
      Emerson: Friend help or pay help? (Chuck bends her head in shame) See that? That's the kind of body language you never hear with pay help.

    • Olive: I know it's a tragedy, obviously, but you know what they say, when God closes a door, he opens an oven.
      Ned: They don't say that, and if they do they don't have much compassion for a dead colonel.

    • Olive: Okay, how do we go about this… this whole P.I. thing? Do we just jam the gun in the suspect's mouth and say, "Sing, canary, or I'm gonna decorate this wallpaper with your guts"?
      Ned: Neither. Technically, I don't believe you can blow someone's guts out their mouth.
      Olive: Wuss.

    • Chuck: Why would he want us dead?
      Narrator: As is traditional, the "why " in this case was met with an equal and opposite "because."

    • Ned: We're not the saboteurs.
      Waffle Nazi: Oh, ja, ja. Mein waffle cord leaped into your arms like a puppy wanting love and then cut itself in two.

    • Waffle Nazi: I do not speak a word of German. I speak English with a German accent. Pageantry!

    • Chuck: Dwight might not have been the nicest man, but everybody deserves a burial with dignity.
      Emerson: Fine, I got buttloads of dignity to sprinkle on the ground. Come on. Get holy.
      Chuck: Thank you.
      Emerson: Here lies Dwight. Here lies his gun. He was bad. Now he's done. Let's go.

    • Emerson: What's with the shotgun?
      Lily: Military salute.
      Emerson: For Dwight Dixon?
      Lily: For Charles. But if I happen to miss and blow Dwight's head off, purely by accident, well, that's something my lawyers can pretty much sort out later.

    • Olive: I'm going to win that blue ribbon, wrap it around her neck, and strangle her with it.
      Ned: Olive. You're baking with hate.
      Olive: Ah. Rich, buttery, high-in-carbohydrate hate. You know what no one tells you about cooking with the dark side? The food is really good.
      Ned: Revenge is a dish best served cold. We're baking pie--warm, delicious, happy-making pie.
      Olive: Okay, help cook or get out of the kitchen, short-pants.

    • Chuck: You're not mad at me?
      Emerson: Hell yeah I'm mad! I'm steamed, furious, red-hot and don't think I ain't gonna yell at you later! But for now let's just put our heads together and try to figure out what to do.

    • Olive: (talking about Leo) Aw. He's a dreamboat. Well, tugboat, but still...

    • Olive: Sweet Lord in Heaven, how I hate the Buffalo.
      Leo Burns: When you say "buffalo," do you mean the noble breed of bison lost forever to settlers' greed or the upstate New York hamlet still thirsting for Super Bowl glory?

    • Olive: Hey! You know what I love about Vivian? Her imagination. She thought you and I were a couple now. It's crazy. It's like imagining us as hobbits. Or on jet packs. Or hobbits on jet packs.

    • Vivian: Forgive me. I'm... I'm so wrapped up in my man, I'm thoughtlessly keeping you from yours.
      Olive: Who? Ned? No. No, we're partners in a contest. Unromantic partners. Like a brother and a sister. Like an asexual, androgynous brother and a sister. My man? Ha ha ho. Ho ho hee hee. No, that's a laugh. (chuckles weakly)
      Vivian: When Dwight didn't show up for our date, I tried to laugh, too. Tried to tell myself that my feelings for him were silly. But lying to yourself about love never works.
      Olive: Damn.
      Vivian: I know. But still, I keep lying and looking all the same. If you see Dwight at the Pie Hole, will you tell him about the "looking" part? I'd like to see him.
      Olive: I understand. Boy, do I understand.

    • Olive: You've never solved a murder mystery alone before.
      Ned: I'm not alone.
      Olive: Me? Oh. I just got all tingly. And not just in the nether regions.

    • Emerson: (after Chuck gives him a kiss of thanks) Uh-uh. Don't be pecking me, woman. That's the peck of cahoots, which we are definitely not in.

    • Colonel Likkin: I hate to go, but at least I'm going delicious.

    • Ned: He's not just dead. He's extra-crispy.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Lily: The ninth circle of Hell if there's any justice.
      Lily is alluding to the epic poem Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri's masterwork The Divine Comedy. In Dante's vision Hell is divided into descending circular terraces, each one reserved for the punishment of a specific sin. The ninth circle is the last one and most horrific. It punishes traitors and betrayers.

    • Colonel Likkin
      Referencing public persona of Colonel Harland Sanders, the creator and corporate symbol of Kentucky Fried Chicken. An actual Kentucky colonel, Sanders built a fast food empire based on a secret fried chicken recipe using eleven herbs and spices sold under the slogan "finger lickin' good."

    • Olive: Two great tastes that taste great together.
      Referencing the advertising slogan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. In television ads an accidental collision between a person enjoying a chocolate bar and a person savoring an open jar of peanut butter would result in the mixing their snacks. After discovering the delicious synergy of their treats, the slogan would be be brightly proclaimed.

    • Leo Burns What in the name of Julia Child are you people doing?
      Julia Child was a renowned American chef and television personality. She wrote a number of cook books sharing French culinary techniques with the general public, but became famous through her PBS cooking show The French Chef (1963-1973).