Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 7

Robbing Hood

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A lawyer for the late Gustav Hoffer suspects his client's death was not part of a robbery gone wrong as was reported, but rather murder. He hires Emerson Cod and Ned to find out who killed Hoffer.

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  • Not the best of the season

    With the cancellation announced, watching "Pushing Daisies" is already an exercise in wondering what might have been. Bryan Fuller has already admitted that the show will now end on a cliffhanger, so the fans won't even get a fulfilling conclusion to the story (unless that film version miraculously happens or the proposed comics prove worthwhile). Perhaps it makes sense for a show about resurrection of the dead to end with what feels like a wake.

    That seems to be a trend for Bryan Fuller shows. The writing is often brilliant and the concepts are simple but unique. Yet the execution is frustrating: it's excellent enough to gather devoted fans, but just far enough left of center to make the devoted throng a ripple in the ratings pool. Bryan Fuller is not unlike Joss Whedon in that respect.

    This episode is another strong entry for the second season, which has matched along despite losing a bit of the magical luster that came with its original premiere. The character through-lines are certainly ambitious, as secrets long kept threaten to blossom into the light of day. It's devastating to realize that there will be little to no resolution in the end.

    In the case of the episode's central mystery, however, it wasn't all that engaging. Maybe it was too easy to see where the story was going to go, but I was far more interested in the subplots involving Chuck's family matters. I suppose that's part of my problem with the current state of "Pushing Daisies"; the things that brought me to the table are the very things that will be left hanging.moreless
  • Another excellent episode.

    Here we have another example of just why Pushing Daisies is one of the best TV series around right now. All the members of the cast were excellent, the writing was superb and the show is even beginning to parody itself like when the robber said 'the facts were these'. Emerson was brilliant as ever and the mystery of the watch still continues. Ned, Chuck, Olive, Lily and Vivian were also eccellent. The trophy wife, Elise and James-Andrew her lover were really well done too. The huge shame is that the show has been cancelled now so there is very little more of this to see.moreless
  • This episode will definitely go down as one of the series best.

    This episode will definitely go down as one of the series best. A series that will soon be at it's end however. I'm very upset at it's cancellation, but that's how it goes. It's a shame that we will not be able to see just how far the show and it's character's could have expanded. I have high hopes for the entire cast though, Lee Pace especially. This show really helped it's stars show incredible acting rage and I'm sure it will help them land good roles in the future.

    Okay let's talk about this episode. As I said, this was one of the best episodes of the series. The performances from all the regulars were, of course great. Kristin Chenoweth's imitation of Lisa Douglas from Green Acres was the highlight of the episode for me.

    I love how they are connecting Chuck and Ned, emotionally, deeper and deeper, with just about every episode. Showing us that they really are good together. The conversation they had while digging up Chuck's father's grave was very heart warming.

    To add to all the great performances from the regulars we also got great performances from the guest stars as well. Danny Comden, Jennifer Elise Cox, and Ethan Phillips all complimented the leads very well and were very funny.

    I'm sad to see this show go, we'll just have to savor it while it lasts.moreless
  • Great!

    Maybe its nostalgia now that the show is canceled, but I really think every episode is getting better. This makes the cancellation hurt even more, but now back to the review. This was a well written episode that managed to balance the crime solving with the deeper mystery of who is Dwight and what does he want. Vivian is now dating Dwight who is clearly up to no good, apparently that is her type and Lily is trying to put an end to it. This does come off as jealously, but I think it works. I really hope this arch finishes before we run out of episodes as I think its a good mystery. Overall, another great episode!moreless
  • Its Breathtaking!!!!!

    Aww crap another GREATT Daisie night over...! I think the show just keeps getting better and better. This episode had moments that gave me the goosebumps like when Dwait left Charlotte's article on the counter -- woww owww!!! What a moment that was huh?! A second WOW moment was Lilly at Charlotte's grave. The murder mystery was fun. I liked the gold-digging wife. Funny! One of my favorite part was when the robber said "The facts were these..."

    Hehe its the first time that someone other than Jim Dale has ever said that line. The ending....OH justt woww...I dont know what to say. For the past 2 weeks PD's endings makes you want moreee and moree.

    Next week's ad looks AWESOME! Cant wait.moreless
Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Emerson Cod

Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Jim Dale

Jim Dale


Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Vivian Charles

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Lillian "Lily" Charles

Danny Comden

Danny Comden

Rob Wright

Guest Star

Jennifer Elise Cox

Jennifer Elise Cox

Elise Hoffer

Guest Star

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Daniel Hill

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dwight Dixon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Elise: There is no way I could pull the trigger on a gun. I'm too blinged out.

    • Elise: Besides, I couldn't kill anybody with these hands. Since I grew these puppies out, my manicure means I'm a mani-can't for manual labor.

    • Emerson: You two backing up each others' alibis means bupkiss. You're canoodling and cahooting and you're cahooting to kill.

    • Lily: (to Dwight) It's time to nip you in the budding romance.

    • Chuck: The only thing I could smell was a swashbuckling do-gooder who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
      Emerson: Smells like puppy crap to me.

    • Narrator: Alone in a room that was once hers, Chuck felt, for a moment, like a little girl again. Thinking of the momentos in the box, among them the birthday presents she was never able to give her father, Chuck thanked her 8-year-old self.
      Chuck: Thank you, 8-year-old self.

    • Chuck: We could use my aunts' house.
      Olive: Oh. Is there a sting? I wanna sting. Can I sting?

    • Chuck: Ring for Right. Orbis pro vox.
      Emerson: Which means your ass is busted in PI lingo.

    • Emerson: (to Ned) You know, you need to peel back that pie crust you're working under and turn on the news some time. Rich people are getting robbed left and right by some happy hooligan who leaves the same Latin calling card at every scene.

    • Daniel: Gustav, was a... he was more than a client. He was a cantankerous bombast with a violent temper and a lust for power and wealth. in lawyer speak, I was in love with him.

    • Emerson: He doesn't look like the richest man in town.
      Chuck: They say he had the Midas touch. Did you ever stop to think you're a little bit like King Midas, except substitute "life" for gold." and obviously you don't have donkey ears.
      Ned: Midas was a miser like Scrooge, but hungrier. I'm a philanthropist.
      Emerson: Just touch the sucker.

    • Emerson: Hello, motive. Nice to see you again.

    • Chuck: You're a lying liar and a murderer. Both of which are bad.

    • Chuck: Why'd you do it, Elise?
      Elise: I didn't do anything... except James Andrew.

    • Daniel Hill: Gustav was robbed the night he died. I mean, it happens when you have a fortune like his.
      Emerson: What kind of fortune we talkin' about?
      Daniel Hill: The kind built upon your tight balls.

    • Chuck: Well, this is a very, um, nice… castle that you have, Mrs. Hoffer.
      Elise: Thanks. It's a wreck right now, getting it all set up for the wake. You should totally come. Everybody who's anybody is gonna be here celebrating Gustav's death.
      Chuck: You mean, "life."
      Elise: Sure, whatever.

    • Chuck: To be fair, I should tell you that I have a gun in my pocket.
      Rob Wright: To be fair, I don't really believe you.
      Chuck: To be even more fair, all I have to do is scream and a whole cadre of big, strong men and sweet middle-aged ladies with shotguns will come running.
      Rob Wright: Fair enough, and yet you haven't. Perhaps because you believe that society has a moral obligation to protect the least fortunate of it's ranks. And where society fails…
      Chuck: You pick up the slack. Which sounds incredibly noble, until you kill someone.

    • Rob Wright: From one gentleman to another, allow me to apologize for our current situation.
      Emerson: Well, I'd be a lot more receptive to that apology if there wasn't a knife pointed at my gullet.

    • Daniel Hill: He deserves the Crème de la Crème, not some sugar-stuffed pop-tart with a helium voice and hooker heels.

    • Ned: Stakeouts are only fun when there are binoculars for everyone.

    • Lily: You must be out of your damn minds! There is no way in Tinkerbell's tiny butt cheeks that you are gonna roll out the welcome mat on my front porch for a bunch of thieves!
      Ned: We know it's an imposition...
      Lily: An imposition is ordering clams at a kosher deli. Robbers nowadays are multi-hyphenate hoodlums. They don't just rob. Oh no. They strip you naked, lather you in lard and slide you into the walls and leave you there. Then they rob you.
      Ned: When you put it that way...
      Lily: Why don't I just get a shovel and start digging my shallow grave now?

    • Chuck: The world would be a better place if everybody dabbed calamine on welts of bad news.

    • Narrator: In his search for a brass pocket watch, Dwight Dixon found a heart of gold.

    • Emerson: There's a comfort in knowing that telemarketers are just as horrible in real life.

    • Ned: What is a key party, anyway?
      Chuck: Oooh. I love that you don't know that. It's a kind of a raffle.
      Emerson: Of the porno variety.
      Ned: Oh. (understanding) Oooh.

    • Gustav: Do you know who I am, Elmer?
      Emerson: You're about to be the first man ever to be murdered twice.

    • Lily: I don't trust him further than I can spit. And I can spit. Look at the way he drapes himself all over her. Ugh. Makes me want to stick a fork in my eye. I need a drink.
      Olive: You're holding one.
      Lily: I need a stronger one. And a fork.

    • Vivian: Lily is naturally suspicious of new liaisons, but I felt compelled to come clean about our relationship. Sneaking around is for politicians in bathroom stalls.
      Dwight: Not for a brisk and bucolic autumn cum winter afternoon on the park.

    • Olive: Counterintelligence via pie delivery. Like gossiping with a purpose. My specialty.

    • Olive: Does your Aunt Vivian's nice smelling new boy-toy have something to do with you faking your death?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: February 18, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 16, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: November 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: February 13, 2011 on Sub


    • Emerson: Anger leads to hate.
      Referencing the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) in which Jedi master Yoda states that "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

    • Olive: Missed it by that much.
      Referencing Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 from the TV series Get Smart. One of the most popular comedy series of the mid-60's, the program starred Don Adams and Barbara Feldon and was notable for its many catchphrases. Max would often use this one after some disastrous (and often fatal) occurrence.

    • Rob Wright: With nowhere to house these animals, dogcatchers are calling it "The Big Sleep."
      The Big Sleep is a celebrated 1939 detective novel by Raymond Chandler and is considered one of the seminal works in American mystery fiction. Featuring his iconic detective character Philip Marlowe, the book has been twice adapted into movies.

    • Olive's disguise
      Referencing Eva Gabor's performance as Lisa Douglas on the TV series Green Acres (1965-1971), which starred Eddie Albert as Oliver Wendell Douglas and Gabor as his wife. The city couple move to a farm despite being completely inept at farming and chores. Specific references to Lisa Douglas include the Hungarian accent, the 60s haute couture and a pig being used as a pet.

    • Olive: Maybe he's the old priest and the young priest is coming.
      Referencing The Exorcist (1973), one of the most celebrated horror movies of all time. It is based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty. In the story an older priest is assisted by a younger priest in battling the supernatural by attempting to free a girl of demonic possession.

    • Episode Title
      The title of this episode is a play on the legendary figure of English folklore, Robin Hood, an outlaw whose motive was robbing the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood was portrayed in many versions all in writing, stage, screen, and film. Some of the most famous film versions include the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, the 1973 animated Disney film which placed animals in the human roles, the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, and the 1993 Mel Brooks spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights.