Pushing Daisies

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Dec 12, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Chuck learns the most shocking secret of her life and refuses to forgive Ned. In order to take the Pie Maker's mind off of Chuck, Emerson gets him to solve the mystery of a man killing health insurance agents and hiding them in snowmen. Oscar Vibenius returns to investigate why Chuck has an unique smell. Meanwhile, the aunts' antidepressant-laced pies begin to show some hallucinogenic effects.moreless

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  • Secrets come out

    Previously: Ned has finally told Chuck the truth, he killed her father. Chuck runs off into the snow with Ned running out to go find her. Meanwhile, dead bodies keep turning up as they were killed by Kindness "Thats the name of the bat used to kill them." They figure out who kileld them and stop a death from happeneing. Olive pours a whole bottle of that mood enhancer into the aunt's pie and Lily starts hallucinating. Chuck is found and Ned apoligizes. Chuck wants Ned to bring her father back to life, but he doesn't. Also, aunt Lily is Chucks mother.moreless
  • Someone is killing insurance agents, Chuck is mad at Ned, Aunt Lily has a secret

    We all know this episode was not supposed to be the finale-with that writer's strike serving as such an obstacle, the show did a great job of ending the great first season. The murder mystery was actually surprising (sometimes I guess right, this time I did not) and cleverly plotted. The humor in this episode was way high, not only from the usual funniest characters like Emerson or the aunts, but especially with the special guests-the young man in need of a heart was one of the most humorous guests the show has had so far.

    Of course the ending was great with the surprise that's revealed. I'm excited to see this twist be played out next season.

    As I said, this was a great end to the first season of one of TV's best shows.moreless
  • Crab cakes and Corpsicles, with pie for desert

    Firstly I'd like to contradict Emerson Cod and state that 'Ginormous' is a word! A relatively new one but it is official. Now onto the review - this is the last in the series of 8 (well it was supposed to be 9 but ITV1 cheated us out of episode 2 telling us to watch it online instead), it's been a short season but a very very good one and I'm looking forward to it's return. This episode may not have been the best overall but was still fantastic.

    Basic plot is that Chuck is disgusted by Ned after he told her that he'd killed her father at the end of last episode while Oscar Vibinius (Paul Reubens) is literally sniffing about wondering why Digby and Chuck have the same scent. On the case front the boys have to deal with a heartless (in 2 senses of the word) boy when his life insurance people keep on turning up as frozen stiffs.

    'Do I look like a damn ouija board to you!' The above line is Emerson Cod's response when asked by Ned whether he thinks Chuck will take him back. This is the sort of sharp dialogue you can expect. As is when the mother of Abnar the heartless boy comments about 'grant us a wish or give us free merchandise' - classic character dialogue.

    What I love about this show is the one liners and attention to detail is amazing, this however never distracts from the human drama. So while there are odd bits like Olive's pyjamas being the same pattern as everything in her room and a monkey (a Bonobo named Bobo) who is curious about the gear stick we get Chuck literally upset by Ned's confession and Emerson opening up and admitting to having a daughter. Not the only one to admit to having a daughter either but then that's the cliffhanger so I'll mention that at the end.

    I'd like to say that Paul Reubens is a little over the top with his pervert like obsession with Chuck's smell of death - he's a good character don't get me wrong but is also a little too extreme at times. However his comment about the 'the ancient Egyptians believed that Bee's were entwined with death' was a great line and gives even more gravitas to Chuck's love of Bee's and honey.

    The killer in the end turns out to be the person you'd expect (although it's only because we know the mechanics the show works on now) but it's the little details that get you. Killed by kindness was a pretty good give-away.

    Lastly I'd like to mention Lily's trip as provided by the homoeopathic drug mule Olive and her mistakenly overdosed pie. It was a joy to watch with the crab cake scuttling away and the beautiful mermaid, more importantly it revealed a heck of a cliffhanger going into the next season, Lily...is Chuck's mother!moreless
  • Season Finale of Pushing Daisies.

    Chuck and Ned are having difficult time in their relationship or friendship. Ned told Chuck that when he was a boy, he killed her father and now Chuck is too upset to see Ned around her and she hides. It was a good sesaon finale but this season was too short and Ned learns more about Emerson and We learn that Chuck's mother is her aunt. This will be good for season finale as Chuck may learn this. Also It was good to see Emerson's emotional side but it was a bit strange as he was always cold and never showed his emotions.moreless
  • ned tells chuck the truth!!! and so does chucks aunt.

    i just wanna say i LOVE this show. it is sooo original! havent seen anything like it before(please do correct me if im wrong)

    i love how ned is soooo 'john cusack' and also i LOVE ned. i love how he is so melancoly but so empathic but still reserved(does that make sense?) and the love story it's so sad how they cant touch, i feel for them everytime.and how olive is pineing for ned and emersons sarcasm(cant believe he has a kid somewhere)!! and oh Pee Wee is on to chuck!!! it's so crazy this show is fantastic love it!!!!!!!moreless
Lee Pace

Lee Pace


Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Emerson Cod

Jim Dale

Jim Dale


Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Vivian Charles

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Lillian "Lily" Charles

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Oscar Vibenius

Guest Star

Colby Paul

Colby Paul

Abner Newsome

Guest Star

Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell

Emma Newsome

Guest Star

Tina Gloss

Tina Gloss

Ned's Mother

Recurring Role

Sammi Hanratty

Sammi Hanratty

Young Chuck

Recurring Role

Jon Eric Price

Jon Eric Price

Ned's Father

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Madeline McLean: The bonobo is the gentlest of primates. They're great with sick children. That's why I'm giving him to Abner! Were you wishing for a cuddle?
      Abner Newsome: Actually, I was wishing for a butter knife, so I could pop out its heart and use it as my own.
      Madeline McLean: Oh, okay no monkey! Bobo! How about tickets to Medieval Times?
      Abner Newsome: On the list of things I'd like, cuddling a monkey and going to Medieval Times are right next to constipation and diphtheria.

    • Ned: I won't bring him back so you can watch me kill him again... I won't do that to you.

    • Emerson: Scratching an itch only makes it itchier. This is my itch, and I sure as hell don't want you scratching it understood?
      Ned: Understood. No more scratching. My itches or yours.

    • Ned: What if Steve Kaiser was right; life just adds up to one big calculation where you add up all the good you've ever done and subtract all the bad and… after what I've done… what if Chuck and I don't add up.
      Emerson: Oh you add up… to zero
      Ned: Zero?
      Emerson: As in zero interest in discussing it.

    • Ned: You don't have to do this, Madeleine. Please put the gun and the bat down. Or definitely the gun.

    • Emerson: The relationship between a father and his daughter is tenuous. It's very fragile. It could take a life time to sort out all the issues there. And what you think? You can just all "happily ever after" after just one minute? Man, you a dreamer.

    • Narrator: The facts were these: Abner Newsome was a happy child. For the first thirty-four seconds of his life.

    • Ned: Do you know you have a "tell" when you lie?
      Olive: Do I?
      Ned: You answer questions with questions.
      Olive: Maybe I know I have a tell and I know you know I have a tell and maybe I'm doing it now to confuse you because you don't know what tell I'm telling.

    • Narrator: Victor Narramore didn't see who killed him, but he did see how he was killed. And he was, in fact, killed with kindness.
      Ned: You were killed with kindness?
      Victor: Not the sentiment. Which would have been lovely...

    • Emerson: Why would somebody give somebody a Christmas sweater for Christmas? You can only wear it that day.
      Ned: He means should. Only wear it that day.
      Emerson: Yeah. Either you got to take off what you got on to put it on. Or you got wait another year for the next holiday season.
      Coroner: Why are you going toe-to-toe with me on fashion?

    • Emerson: Dead Girl could be out there all grudey grudge with a beef to pick. (making woman's voice) "Hello evening news! I'm Lonely Tourist Charlotte Charles. I just crawled out of my grave, and here's how. Hee-hee."

    • Narrator: Olive Snook had been delivering pies for weeks, not realizing she was a homeopathic drug mule.

    • Coroner: My niece gave me this sweater.
      Emerson: That thing's uglier then a chipmunk's ass.
      Ned: He means the sweater, not your niece.

    • Chuck: You can't have any of my hair.
      Oscar: Then I guess the dog's ass-shavings will have to do.

    • Olive: I just can't help myself, I'm a bosomoholic.

    • Ned: But do you hate me?
      Chuck: I have to hate you a little, just for a little while. But I can't do that if you stay
      Ned: I don't want you to hate me, I'll stay.
      Chuck: If you stay, I'll just end up hating you more. Just go.

    • Abner: Oh please, tell me I'm a suspect. Awesome. Cause, cause, you know what I did first? I took a magic potion that made the tissue-paper sack I call my heart work. Then I stepped on his neck with the soggy atrophied breadsticks that I used to call my legs.

    • Emerson: Oh lord, please don't tell me I ain't dead.
      Ned: You're not dead.
      Emerson: And I can be not dead for longer than a minute?
      Ned: There are no minutes involved. You will continue to be not dead, until you're dead. But I never undeaded you at any point.
      Emerson: Good.

    • Chuck: You sneak up on people, that could get you inadvertently bludgeoned with a rolling pin.
      Oscar: I find a bludgeoning to be a unique sensory experience. I taste pennies and smell burnt toast.

    • Emerson: The Wish-A-Wish lady.
      Ned: She's the kill-a-killer.

    • Emerson: We are giant, enormous idiots. And don't you say "gi-normous" because that ain't a word.

    • Emerson: I'm a father.
      Ned: As in a priest?
      Emerson: As in a man... with a daughter.

    • Emerson: Do I look like a damn Ouija board?

    • Emerson: Now you're covered in word vomit.

    • Olive: I'm pretending not to know a lot these days.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Colby Paul was nominated for the 2008 Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" for this episode.

    • Injoke: When Emerson returns to the Newsome's house with Ned we see a view down a road leading from the house. This is the exact same view that Bill Murray as Phil woke up to every morning in the film Groundhog Day.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 28, 2008 on SBS Net
      UK: May 31, 2008 on ITV1
      Latin America: June 5, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Israel: June 10, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      The Netherlands: October 7, 2008 on Net 5
      Belgium: December 3, 2008 on VT4
      Germany: December 10, 2008 on ProSieben
      Greece: January 3, 2009 on Star
      Finland: March 17, 2009 on Sub
      Australia: June 2, 2009 on W
      Sweden: August 16, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: February 28, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: August 5, 2010 on Markiza

    • This was the last episode script handed in before the WGA strike. Before the start of the strike, many rewrites were done so that this episode could function as a possible season finale.


    • Emerson: We're going to be outside to catch the iceman when he cometh.
      The Iceman Cometh is a 1939 tragic play by Eugene O'Neill and is considered one of his masterworks.

    • Olive: I also heard you walking the streets, moaning her name like something out of a Tennessee Williams.
      Thomas Langford "Tennessee" Williams is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. Many of his plays have themes of tragedy, lost loves including A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke and The Glass Menagerie.

    • Emerson: Maybe she has gone all blood simple.
      The term "blood simple" dates back to Dashell Hammett's novel Red Harvest. He coined the term to describe people who become stupid after being surrounded by violence. The Coen Brothers popularized the term in their 1985 movie of the same name.