Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 5

Dim Sum Lose Some

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The wife of a murdered chef, Bao Di, hires Emerson to investigate the death of her husband. So Ned, Emerson, Chuck, and Olive all go undercover at the Chinese restaurant where the murder took place. Meanwhile, Ned encounters a mysterious man who claims to have ties to his past, and Emerson is reunited with polygamist widow Simone Hundin.moreless

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  • About this episode

    It was excellence. This had wonderful art direction and makeup.
  • In one word: brilliant!!

    Get the picture: Emmerson's favourite resturaunt becomes a crime scene when the chef and another worker are killed. The PI is reunited with strict dog-trainer Simoen and a bit of romance is shared between them. In one of the most brilliant piecies of Pushing Daisies - no, TV - The Pie Hole crew go undercover: Chuck and Olive as waitresses, Ned as a Southern USA cowboy and Emmerson as a gangster. This episode is very well written and the gambling was confusing at first but got funny as the episode went along. Ned's relatives are back (or are they introduced? I forgot)and Ned reveals his feelings about them. Overall, I loved this episode and I love Pushing Daisies and I can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • It made me hungry

    Probably my favorite episode of this season. I loved everything of this. I'm in to chinese culture and adored the concept. Chuck's and Olive's costumes were so cool, I wish I had one. Ned as a cowboy was so funny and Emerson was also a catch. The concept of food poker was brilliant and it made me hungry for some chinese food. The revelation of the end made the show even more interesting. I hope next Ned gets to find his father to finally tell him what he did was wrong and that he should be punished beause abandonning twice your kids, it's just low...and bad.moreless
  • Ned meets his half brothers!

    Another great episode of Pushing Daisies here! This just has to be one of the most well written and colourful shows around. The use of the Chinese red in the scenes at the restaurant really looked great. The mystery in the Dim Sum restaurant was brilliantly executed and the sub-plot revealing that Ned has 2 half brothers who were also abandoned by their father was just genius. The whole thing with playing poker with food was simply inspired and really made me laugh out loud.

    I, for one, am really looking forward to the next episode. I can't wait to see what will be revealed next.moreless
  • Ned finally finds out about his past!

    I think that if ABC cancels this show, it will be a bad move. And that they need to move it away from other powerhouse shows. Because this is a well-acted show and really well written. Just move it to another night. Anyway, we get to see Ned finally learning a thing about his past. And how his brothers had "special kind of powers." That seem to run in the family. Also a polygamist widow that once caught Emerson's eye returns. Nice to see some tension in the Chuck and Ned romance thing. It is kind of like a will or won't they get together thing.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Chuck: I can't believe you didn't tell me you have brothers.
      Ned: Half brothers.
      Chuck: Two half brothers, which is like one whole one.

    • Ned: Do you ever shiver when you pee? That's how I felt when he spoke.

    • Emerson: Your mother had a hunch. I could gold-leaf my bathroom with what I made off my hunches.

    • Chuck: Yeah, imagine if we'd dragged Ned here and found out that his dad's still an emotional disaster.
      Olive: And it turns out he's older and crankier and drinks $6 bottles of sour mash. Oh, Ned would have a trump card of an I-told-you-so.

    • Ned: "Maurice" and "Ralston"?
      Chuck: You didn't even know their names?
      Ned: I'm glad Dad got so fun and creative with naming after I left. "Goodbye, Ned. Hello, Mercutio and Ribald."
      Chuck: Maurice and Ralston!

    • Olive: (banging a gong) Keep walkin' I love gongs! Nothing wrong with that.

    • Simone: From now on you will not speak to me.
      Emerson: But I…
      Simone: Or call me.
      Emerson: But I….
      Simone: Or come within twenty feet.
      Emerson: But I…
      Simone: And stop calling me "But I."

    • Ned: Those folks are playing poker with food.

    • Olive: Hey, Crab Cake. You help him, you're an accessory. And I'm not talking Gucci handbag. I'm talking hard time in the pen, the joint, the hoosegow, the forbidden city.

    • Chuck: Everyone needs family.
      Ned: You're my family. (to Olive) And you. To a slightly lesser degree.
      Olive: Thanks to a slightly lesser degree.

    • Emerson: Who shrieked?
      Ned: I might have shrieked.

    • Emerson: You think just 'cause you're dead you ain't going to tell us what you was up to, but you are so wrong...

    • Narrator: This was the first time the private investigator had ever been ordered to...
      Simone: Come!

    • Emerson: Did you know Bao Ting?
      Simone: His steamed buns blurred the line between eating and sex.

    • Chuck: Hey! Isn't that...
      Ned: Simone? The dog lady you dated? Is that why we're hiding?
      Emerson: We ain't hiding and we didn't date.
      Chuck: You wanted to.
      Emerson: Yeah. And then I didn't.
      Ned: Why you didn't?
      Chuck: No kidding. She's gorgeous.
      Emerson: There are complicated issues in this situation that you don't need to know nothing about. Except that their complexities are so complex that they make this shallow conversation absurd.
      Ned: Strange...
      Emerson: You calling my romantic life strange?

    • Chuck: My mom's been lying to me for three decades about who she is. We have a whole pile of stink to work out. And I would if I could but I can't, but you can if you could and you should.

    • (Bao's corpse has been revived)
      Ned: Who were you gambling with?
      Bao: I tell you that and I'm a dead man.
      Emerson: See, what we need now is a mirror...

    • Narrator: As Chuck marveled at the Piemaker's refusal to help search for his only parent, Emerson Cod marveled at the digestive coma produced by beef balls and curried cuttlefish from the Dim Sum restaurant downstairs. His phone silenced, Emerson knew the world of clients and murders would soon be lost in the cloud of a power nap.

    • Ned: When a stranger says a strange thing in passing, chances are I misheard him or misunderstood. Maybe when he said "your mother's pie" he didn't mean my mother, he meant everyone's mother. The iconic All-American mother created by advertisers and politicians as a shorthand for family values and a longing for baked goods.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode won two Emmy Awards: for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series and Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-prosthetic).

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: February 11, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 12, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 27, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: January 30, 2011 on Sub

    • Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene are credited but don't appear.


    • Emerson: Damn, woman, you got the kung fu grip.
      Referencing the G.I. Joe Action Figures. Cashing in on the Chinese martial art movie craze and the popularity of actors such as Bruce Lee, Hasbro introduced the "kung fu grip" to the G.I. Joe action figures in the late 70s. The kung fu grip was essentially a soft rubber hand allowing the figure to "grasp" objects.