Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 10

The Norwegians

2
Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Dec 17, 2008 on ABC
9.4
out of 10
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216 votes
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Ned, Chuck, and Emerson finally meet their match when three rival Norwegian detectives start to get in their way.

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  • Perhaps the best of the season

    9.0
    My enjoyment of "Pushing Daisies" has largely been dependent on an episode's concentration of amusement. In other words, if an episode delivers great material at a brisk pace, keeping me laughing and smiling the entire time, then it's likely to earn high marks. If those moments are a little less frequent, then the marks aren't so high.



    I can happily say that this was one of my favorite episodes of the season. Nearly every scene was a laugh riot, with nearly every line of dialogue contributing to the beautiful madness. It reminded me very much of the pilot episode in that respect. Unlike some episodes this season, where the plot elements seemed to overpower the comedic and absurd underpinnings of the show, this was a near-perfect balance.



    My only caveat would be the examples of overbearing exposition and recapping at the beginning of the episode. Granted, there are some viewers who might have missed an episode here and there, and the plot has been accelerated lately, but given the ratings, I would think most of the current viewers are devoted fans who have been there since day one. So is it really necessary to recap the same information, over and over again? (I had similar quibbles with the season premiere, as some might recall.)



    Kudos to the entire cast, including Orlando Jones and the rest of the Norwegians, for pulling off some very impressive comedy. I'd love to see some of the outtakes from this episode, because I'm sure there were tons of moments where the cast lost their composure! It all seemed to come together more seamlessly than some of the other episodes this season, and for that reason alone, I found it notable.



    As of the writing of this review, ABC has yet to announce its intentions for the final three episodes of the series. It would be a shame if those episodes never saw broadcast and the fans were forced to wait for the DVD. For a show that gained so many accolades after the first season, it deserves at least that much consideration.moreless
  • Another brilliantly funny episode.

    10
    Well this is the last episode before Christmas and if the final 3 episodes aren't aired then it could be the last episode ever. It was ever bit as funny, witty and charming as the rest of the series. The excellent cast acted wonderfully and the plot simply rattled along at a funny fast pace - just as we come to expect from pushing Daisies. Emerson's one-liners were brilliant throughout and Olive was perfect. The final twist when Ned's dad turned up was so good, I didn't actually see that one coming. I hope those last 3 episodes get aired as soon as possible!moreless
  • A team of PI's are hired to find out what happened to Dwight Dixion, and panic ensues as the investigation brings the team closer to uncovering the truth.

    10
    This episode was amazing it reminds me how amazing this show really is! The plot-lines are exciting funny and enthralling to watch. You never know what is going to happen and right up until the end I was on the end of my seat. The Norwegians were quite a funny accent to the already quirky cast but it made things that much more fun to watch. The shocking conclusion of the episode with Ned's father had me shaking with anticipation for more, which is the only bad thing I can say about the episode it wasn't long enough! Plus I loved what Olive did I never saw that coming I cannot wait till the next episode!moreless
  • 3 weeks left and It's keep getting BETTER! This makes me depressed. :(

    10
    Ahhh that was a fantasticccccccc and a yet again a breath-taking episode. Seriously I'm gonna go crazy with my growing love for this show. Its still getting better and better. :)

    So sad that it's the last one for the year. I wanted to cry.

    But enough boo-hoo, lets get to reviewing. :D

    The first scenes were great. I cried of laughter when Ned & Chuck touched Emersons hand -- haha! The Norwegians made me laugh because all 3 of them looked just like Ned, Chuck and Emerson. I liked that they did this. Quite humurous! :D



    Loved Olive's story line the most in this episode. I was so sad for her. She does all sorts of things for them and they keep secrets, it's not fair to her. :(

    But teaming up with the Norwegians -- Wow she is def. becoming a good P.I. LOL! :D



    Btw, Emerson's "That itty-bitty traitor" line about Olive craked me up completely. :D



    Ned & Olive in the "Mother RV" was exciting. She finally got some answers she's been wondering. Even though they weren't exactly correct. :P



    The last scene was yet another cliffhanger, dammit! :(

    Where did Ned's father come from? Holy wow! Theres 3 weeks left. Some things are still not solved but we're getting there. :S



    HOW on earth are we going to wait for LONG weeks for the remaning 3? Ughh no sleeping tight at nights for us Daisie fans til the show comes back. :(

    Lets hope the ratings comes around 5 mil. so that ABC will air them all. They have tooooo!!! :(moreless
Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Emerson Cod

Jim Dale

Jim Dale

Narrator

Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Vivian Charles

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Lillian "Lily" Charles

Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver

Nils Nilsen

Guest Star

Ivana Milicevic

Ivana Milicevic

Hedda Lillihammer

Guest Star

Nicholas Khayyat

Nicholas Khayyat

Eugene Mulchandani

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Dwight Dixon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Ned and Olive: (at the same time) You!
      Ned: It isn't what it looks like.
      Olive: You're not trying to hotwire MOTHER so you can drive away with a truckload of evidence that they have on you?
      Ned: Okay. It is what it looks like.

    • Narrator: Unfortunately for Olive Snook, what worked in the Pie Hole did not work for the Norwegians, who adhered to a strict do ask, do tell, policy.

    • Emerson: This is one of the need-to-know cases. And you do not need, therefore you shall not know.

    • Emerson: Well, then allow me to put this to you delicately. You see, men are dogs. They come, you know, sniffin' around, barking up your tree. But if they don't see a kitty cat up in that tree, pretty soon they stop barking. Dwight aint missing. He's barking up somebody else's tree.

    • Nils: You and Dwight hobnobbed in the same circles.
      Emerson: The Hell I did. We didn't nob no hobs. And certainly not in no damned circle.

    • Olive: But I don't need protection. That's what I have several longstanding restraining orders for.

    • Vivian: They came highly recommended. In their home county, they're the most decorated figures since Thor Bjorklund--inventor of the hand-held cheese slicer.

    • Vivian: There may have been involvement with a criminal element in his past, but that's behind him now.
      Lily: It ain't behind him. It's right on top of him, if not inside him.

    • Nils: The DNA analysis that I performed on your hair told us everything we needed to know.
      Olive: Oh. I was under the impression that penicillin would clear that up.

    • Emerson: Detective work is a lot like money. It don't really come with instructions.

    • Emerson: Let me tell you everything I know.
      Nils: There's nothing you can tell us that MOTHER can't once she finishes her analysis.
      Hedda: Although we don't wish to look a gift whore in the mouth, Mr. Cod.

    • Emerson: There's a time for callous braggadocio and a time for sensitivity. To the Norwegians, that time is never.
      Vivian: I suppose it's a holdover from their Viking ancestry. It would be difficult to rape and pillage with the subtlety of a humanist.

    • Olive: Then they beat me with a blue-and-yellow stock as they got high on Abba and tiny little meatballs.
      Magnus and Nils: Swedes!

    • Narrator: The details in the case did speak loud and clear. But the story they told was a lie for the facts were not these.

    • Emerson: Oh look at that: a dumb idea just found a friend.

    • Olive: This gives me pause.
      Vivian: A manicure might help.
      Olive: No, "pause," like one step past "play" and not quite to "stop."

    • Emerson: Listen, we're all professionals, people. This doesn't have to get ugly.
      Nils Nilsen: Your shirt suggests otherwise.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: March 4, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 19, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: December 1, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: March 6, 2011 on Sub

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Emerson: Her missing Mr. Goodbar.
      Referencing the 1975 novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner and the subsequent 1977 movie adaptation starring Diane Keaton. Keaton plays Dunn, a repressed school teacher swept up into sexual deviancy and a dangerous affair.

    • Nils: Big MOTHER is watching.
      Referencing Big Brother, a character in George Orwell's novel 1984. Big Brother is the Stalin-like figure who is the figurehead of rulership in Oceania and whose power extends to every corner of the nation. The common phrase from the novel is "Big Brother is watching you."

    • Vivian's Sketch:
      Referencing Titanic (1997), starring Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet. In it, DeCaprio's character Jack sketches Rose (Winslet) reclining nude on a lounge with a necklace around her neck. Perhaps thankfully, Dwight Dixon is not drawn nude here.

    • Emerson: Of course, I'm talking about Shaft. You can dig it.
      Referencing the famed blaxplotiation detective created by Ernest Tidyman in his 1971 novel Shaft and turned into a movie later that year. The movie features Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, New York private detective, and won an Oscar for Best Original Song for Isaac Hayes' Theme From Shaft.

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