Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 6

Oh Oh Oh...It's Magic

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Famed magician The Great Herrmann hires Emerson Cod to come to the Conjurer's Castle to track down the killer of his animal assistants. Meanwhile, Ned makes a discovery of his own at the Castle.

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  • Such a magical show!

    I have only just caught up with this show again and have to say I really loved this episode. There were so many humourous moments it's hard to know where to begin. As ever, Emerson was brilliantly sarcastic and funny. Ned had lots of great moments, particularly with his half brothers. Olive and Chuck also had a great part to play too. The mystery with Chuck's father's watch was interesting and I am looking forward to finding out just why Dwight wants it so much. Lily and Vivian also acted their socks off in their respective roles which was great to see.moreless
  • Ned investigates the death of the Great Herman a man who was like a father to his brothers

    This episode was probably the most insightful of all the episodes yet. It revealed a past to Neds father and Charles Charles. We finally see why it Dixon is in town. Dixon isnt looking to be anyones friend, it hasnt quite been revealed why he all of sudden wants to rob his best friends from battle. I loveed the ending, so magical and emotional. Dixon will figure out the secret of Chuck. This show gets better and better.

    Lee Pace shows once again he is a powerhouse tv actorm he plays emotion very well and makes quirky seem awesome. Great jobmoreless
  • Definitely magical

    It's been a while since I've been able to review "Pushing Daisies", thanks to some scheduling conflicts, but this was a good time to resume. Ned's encounter with his younger brothers' father figure, the Great Hermann, was a delight, between the inspired performance of Fred Willard and the endless array of sarcastic comments from Ned and Emerson.

    The writers have managed to introduce more of Ned's unexpected extended family without missing much of a beat, and one would expect their collective father to show up sooner rather than later. Parental issues are all the rage this season, what with Chuck's attempts to get validation from her mother, Ned's ongoing struggle to come to grips with his father's choices, and Emerson's yearning to find his daughter. With so many layers to the dysfunctional family cake, I'm a bit concerned that there will be little time or chance for resolution before the end of the season.

    Sadly, the series is not doing as well as it did in the first season, and most blessed with the skill of television divination predict the series will be lucky to get a 13-episode second season, never mind the back nine or a third season renewal. There's talk of continuing and finishing the story in comic book form, but I think I speak for all the fans of "Pushing Daisies" when I say it would be a pale reflection of the television series, and poor consolation. Much of the charm of the show is the near-perfect comic timing of the narration and dialogue, after all, and I just don't see how that would translate very well.

    For now, though, this episode was a magical episode that was less about magic and more about personal emotional issues. Leave it to Bryan Fuller and his minions to make it work as well as it did.moreless
  • An already magical show goes the extra mile in this ep.

    To cancel this show would be a crime against all that is good and decent as this episode showcased how it is truly brilliant. The main plot of the dead magician was well done with goofy lines and nice twists to things and Fred Willard was terrific in the role. Loved other things like Chuck's wild night dress with the feathers and the whacky assistant. And the curtains opening and closing in between scenes was a brilliant touch as well.

    But as ever, it's the emotion that grabs you like how Ned equates magic shows with the pain of his father leaving him so you felt for him watching it. You also felt when he had to finally tell his half-brothers the truth about what a scumbag their dad really was but that he was still their father so you can't help but love him. Linking it all with the "father figure" mentality just made the episode work all around and in a wonderful way.

    The stuff with the aunts was fun as well as Kurtz just did wonderful work with that final scene of her relating her feelings at last about being Chuck's mom while she listened in. As for Dwight, not sure what he wants with that watch but with him thinking Chuck faked her death as well, we might finally see the aunts finding out the truth. Once again, while the effects and mood grab you, it's the heart the show provides that makes it so damn loveable and we can hope ABC doesn't decide to make it disapear for good but continue to provide magic for a long time.moreless
  • A great episode

    May be its because I've been missing the show, but I found this to be a really fun and well done episode. I love Ned having to deal with his past now that he is confronted with this half-brothers. Also, the mystery about what Chuck and Ned's dads were up to is great. Why does Ned's Dad repeatedly leave his children. Its is all very mysterious and fun. This episode really reminded me of why I love this show. Its so dark and cutie at the same time and the characters are just so funny and different than standard tv characters. I hope we have many more episodes to look forward to.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

Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins

The Geek/Gunther Pinker

Guest Star

Alex Miller (III)

Alex Miller (III)


Guest Star

Graham Miller

Graham Miller


Guest Star

Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson


Recurring Role

Tina Gloss

Tina Gloss

Ned's Mother

Recurring Role

Jon Eric Price

Jon Eric Price

Ned's Father

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Emerson: The Geek ain't the killer, the Geek is dead. Black Magic Woman killed him. She took that dangling carrot and jammed it in that damn fool's head.

    • Chuck: It might not be the cement that killed him. We could chisel open that block and find a murder weapon like a Mojave rattlesnake or a hidden hypodermic needle that The Great Herrmann unknowingly injected himself with whilst contorting.
      Emerson: Or we could chisel open that block and find he drowned in cement.

    • Ned: I get anxiety-related acid reflux at the mere mention of magic. Ralston, you wet yourself. We're two grown men with dad-related body fluid issues.

    • Maurice: (to Ned) Did Herrmann tell you Ralston wet himself when Dad disappeared? It was years before we could perform a disappearing act without having to use a mop.

    • Ned: (to Maurice and Ralston about their father) In my defense, you badgered me a little and considerable time has passed. Probably sound like some horrible missionary showing up and telling the natives they're worshiping a false god, but you kind of are.

    • Ned: I'm sure he wouldn't have disappeared unless he had to. He's an important man. He probably had important man-matters to attend to.

    • The Geek: I eat glass and nails and regurgitate fish, frogs and mice. I'm working my way up to a kitten.

    • Narrator: Sadly, The Great Herrmann had failed to escape his great Escape. His untimely expiration was deemed by the authorities to be accidental death due to aggravated cemage.

    • Emerson: You can't just flash some jazz hands and then abracadabra, brotherly love.
      Ned: What he said. There should be a grace period, then a getting to know you period, then a dinner on a national holiday.

    • The Great Herrmann: I sense you're a great investigator of things unsolved … named after a poet and a fish.
      Emerson: Mm-hmm. I sense you better give me back my wallet 'fore I make my foot disappear up your…

    • The Great Herrmann: I'm curious, do pet detectives get paid more than the other kind?
      Emerson: Uh, pet detectives get paid a whole lot more, you need to get to… prestidigitating a little more green if you want to get serious.
      The Great Herrmann: Blow on my hands.
      Emerson: Man, give me my damn money.

    • Ned: The Great Herrmann is dead. He died from "Cementia" on stage with the rest of this scarf around his neck.
      Emerson: I knew I shouldn't have came in here. I knew it. I should have took my ass home, turned off my phone, and got up under the covers, but no-o-o.

    • Emerson: Here I was just about to tell you all to shut the hell up, and then you stopped talking so I didn't have to.

    • The Great Hermann: (to Ned) Hello! Excuse me, excuse me. I feel I should hug you. Can I give you a big hug? I'm already hugging you, and there's nothing you can do about it.
      Olive: I want a hug!
      The Great Hermann: I'm not made of hugs.
      Emerson: Heh.

    • The Great Herrmann: I live to amaze another day!
      Narrator: But not another day after that.

    • Olive: You turned your assistant into a bunny?
      The Great Herrmann: My assistant has always been a bunny.
      Olive: Oh, I… I just wanted to see if he knew that.

    • Emerson: While we can appreciate and sympathize with your predicament, Mr. Herrmann…
      The Great Herrmann: Please, call me Great.
      Emerson: No.

    • Narrator: Lily lived in fear that one day Vivian would discover her betrayal and settle her hash. And today that hash-settling day has come one day closer.

    • Vivian: Oh, I don't think we were ever mackerels.
      Dwight: Oh, you were always a mackerel. See, whenever I saw that picture, I would say…
      Lily: "Holy mackerel." Yeah, I heard that one coming from around the corner. It was wearing tap shoes.

    • Ned: It's all very confusing. There's murdered magic dads and the promise of taste pate with tuna sauce.
      Emerson: What do you think you were saying in your head? Cause that ain't what came out of your mouth.

    • Emerson: Honey, you been spurned, and next to the spurned lover, the spurned employee rides shotgun. On the homicide chuck wagon.

    • Vivian: Charles has been dead for 20 years.
      Dwight: I've been in prison for 22.
      Vivian: Emotional or Federal?
      Dwight: I'm going to say yes to both.
      Vivian: I can only say yes to one.

    • Ned: Have you been crank-calling Lily again.
      Chuck: Umm, not recently. Although that does depend on how you define "recently."

    • The Geek: I would have eaten anything for that man!

    • Emerson: The boo-hoo bosom done dried up.
      Chuck: Well, my boo-hoo bosom is plump and brimming with milk.
      Emerson: Yech.

    • Olive: Isn't it funny how easy it is to remain calm when everyone else is freaking out?

    • Narrator: While Lily was giving Dwight the stink-eye with the only eye she had, her sister Vivian had set her eyes on something much sweeter.

    • Lilly: Do you have a point to this visit? Or did you just stop by for snorts and giggles?
      Dwight: Snorts and giggles are the raisins in my oatmeal.

    • The Great Herrmann: What do you tell a couple of kids you've never met that their dad, who you've never met, has just dropped them like they were hot? You can't sugarcoat that turd.

    • Chuck: What do you got against a magic show? There's sequins and drama and the promise of bloodshed...
      Olive: Next to pageants, they're my favorite thing.
      Ned: They give me acid reflux.
      Olive: Oh, here, have a lozenge.
      Ned: A magic lozenge that'll make me forget they're putting on a magic show, which is the same kind of show my dad put on, so what they're pulling out of their magic hats isn't a rabbit, it's my childhood trauma. They're wearing it like a cape and taking it to the stage.

    • Emerson: A magic show? Where did I put that rat's ass I could give? Magic ain't nothing but a voodoo grift.

    • Ned: I love magic. As much as I love other forms of popular entertainment, like Boxarate tae-kill-do cage fighting or monster trucks on ice.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The Great Herrmann: I sense you are a great investigator of things unsolved, named after a poet and a fish.
      Referencing noted American man of letters Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Not only a poet but also a noted essayist and religious philosopher, Emerson's poems celebrated nature and history. He is considered to be one of America's seminal and most profound writers.

    • Olive: Magically delicious little devils.
      Referring the slogan from the Lucky Charms television commercials. Lucky Charms are a children's breakfast cereal produced by General Mills since 1963. The cartoon TV commercials feature Lucky the Leprechaun using his magic powers to protect his cereal from pursuing youngsters. His catch phrase in the commercial was: "They're magically delicious!"

    • Emerson: Eight years of carrot dangling, while the Bobbsey Twins passed you by?
      The Bobbsey Twins were the lead characters in a long running series of children's novels published from 1904 to 1979. Actually two sets of twins (Nan and Bert, Flossie and Freddie), they were inseparable companions for numerous adventures.

    • Emerson: What are you going to do? Use your Wonder Twins powers?
      The Wonder Twins were heroic characters who first appeared on The All New Super Friends Hour (1977) and one or two subsequent versions. The alien siblings Zan and Jayna had super powers that could only be activated by touching hands. Jayna could magically assume the shape of any animal, while Zan was limited to various forms of water. They typically activated their powers while saying "Wonder Twin powers, activate!"

    • Emerson: But, Shazam! I have a ticket.
      Shazam is the magic word that transforms boy reporter Billy Batson into Captain Marvel, the World's Mightiest Mortal. Shazam was also the name of the 1974-1977 Saturday morning live action TV series featuring Captain Marvel.

    • Title:
      References the refrain from the popular 1974 song Magic by Pilot. Incidentally, this song was used in one of the promo spots for the second season of Pushing Daisies.