Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 11

Window Dressed to Kill

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM May 30, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The team take on the case of a famed window dresser Erin Embry, who may or may not have been done in by her partner. However, Ned insists he's s unable to help when he refuses to use his restoring ability. Meanwhile, Lily and Vivian receive visitors.moreless

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  • Remind me again why a show so perfect has been canceled?

    It's painful watching this show knowing only two episodes left to this magical ride. It really hurts more given how this shifted things up. Emerson and Chuck working together was quite fun, the two really playing off each other wonderfully with great lines and dynamic. The mystery itself was good with a few twists and enjoyed Constance Zimmer as the one designer. Better was the main plot of Ned, Olive and the kidnappers. Again, much of Olive is explained by that incident of her parents not even knowing she was gone for two days and her desire to be with Ned pushing her lies on. Arquette was fun as the tag-along and getting the aunts involved in the antics was fun to see too. Of course the key was Ned embracing his true nature, that he was meant to be Superman, not Clark Kent and his joy showing that was infectous. Add in fun stuff like the witty dialouge of d-words and the intriguing end of Ned feeling jealousy and it makes you miss this show all the more.moreless
  • Ned decides not to use his magic finger anymore, so Emmerson must solve the case all on his own.

    This is such an amazing series. I have been waiting three months to see this episode. Thanks to the person who put these final three episodes on youtube.

    I must now comment on the episode itself.I really did like the episode. Ned decided to do something different, that adds a spin to the story line, that has been developing right from the premiere episode.

    I liked that Olive and Ned shared an intimate moment, and that it was for that moment real to both of them. I liked that Ned finally realized that he was sort of in love with Olive, but he was also hurting her at the same time.

    I liked that Emmerson sort of opened his heart up to the possibility of getting to know Chuck. I like how Chuck was being as outgoing as possible instead of hding away and doing nothing.

    I found that after a three month abscense this was what I really need to see today. I loved this episode and the return of Randy Mann was awesome.moreless
  • Yeah Finally after months we get to see the last episodes!

    I was really surprised when Pushing Daisies was cancelled. The show is funny and diffrent i love the way it is written and filmed. I am equally surprised when i find that UK showing the last three episodes before they are broadcast in the USA, however i am just excited that i have finally seen the first of the last three episodes and what an episode it was!

    I love how Olive finally got to have a good snog with her beloved pie maker! After weeks of trying to find out what he meant at the cliff edge she finally gets her moment with ned and he seemed to enjoy himself as well!! It would be fantastic to see where this relationship goes in the next two episodes. I'm just gutted that it will be the last tho! However ned and chuck finally looked 'normal couple' as they walked down the street holding 'gloved' hands, (besides walking a pig)it was good to see them enjoying this time together altho i am intrigued to see where the love triangle will go next. All in all it was a great episode i loved the superman refrences, ned can be my clark Kent any day!

    Brill overall cant wait till next weeks episode!moreless
  • Do not read this if you have not seen this episode! Unless you want spoilers!

    I did a dance, an actual dance, just before this episode started on TV. Like most I was devastated when Pushing Daisies was cancelled last year and then ABC refusing to show the last three episodes was like driving the knife in.

    So seeing this new episode after so many months was simply a delight. ITV1 here in the UK decided to do the decent thing and air the last three episodes after the fiasco over them refusing to show the second episode of season 1 last year.

    The opening to this episode like all Pushing Daisies episode starts back in time. Young Olive Snook was apparently neglected by her parents and ends up being kidnapped by two crooks for a couple of days. Years later they bust out of prison and are after Olive it seems.

    The case in this episode didn't seem all that interesting at first (by Pushing Daisies standards) but gets more intriguing as the episode goes on.

    Ned's decision to stop touching dead things in episode means that Emerson has to solve the case of the window dresser found frozen in a fountain the old fashioned way and Chuck volunteers herself to assist.

    One of the best things about this episode is the expansion of the Daisyverse, it's great when Ned and Chuck take a walk along the high street hand in hand (with gloves) with Pigby and Digby. The costuming and set design in the show is simply gorgeous. Chuck notices that the window display in the department store is exactly the same as the crime scene and she and Emerson begin their investigation.

    The main story between Olive and Ned however holds the most weight for me. Olive is still not over Ned and is totally hung up on what he said when they were they nearly fell over the cliff in the previous episode. He said he didn't not ever look at her in "that way". This prompts Olive to being reading books about double negatives and try some out double meanings out on Ned which is really funny. Ned is totally perplexed when Olive launches herself from the Pie-Hole counter and hangs from one of the cherry shaped ceilings lights trying to recreate his cliff side confessional.

    This is when the two crooks that kidnapped Olive when she was a kid turn up. But all is not what it seems. Due to the fact that Olive was ignored by her parents as a child she stool herself away into the crooks get away car and they did not kidnap her at all she refused to go home. Whilst in prison she maintained her friendship with them and wrote to them, but it seems she has been telling a few porkies. Olive has told them that she and Ned are a couple!

    I love that Randy Mann made a reappearance in this episode and he also goes along with Olive's lie which just gets bigger and bigger. Randy agrees to help get the crooks across the border in his taxidermy van to try and avoid the law. For some reason I can't remember they end up and Lilly and Vivian Charles house.

    Ned and Randy have a chat and Ned says he just wants to be Clark Kent not Superman. Randy says that if he had super powers he would totally use them who wouldn't? The police are waiting outside the house and Ned does something totally un-Nedlike he creeps outside to Randy's van and touches the dead animal in there which is a rhinoceros! The rhino goes on the rampage and the police scarper which gives the crooks time to escape.

    Chuck is dismayed to learn that Ned "tried on" a relationship with Olive (which involved touching and kissing) but Ned says he his fine about it and Olive seems to be over Ned. But Ned sees the now close Olive and Randy holding hands and he his totally jealous! What a shocker!

    Mystery, delight, drama, Olive singing, this is true Pushing Daisies mastery.

    "Obtain" this episode as soon as you can!moreless
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

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Olive Snook

Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin

Jerry Holmes

Guest Star

George Segal

George Segal

Roy 'Buster' Bustamante

Guest Star

David Arquette

David Arquette

Randy Mann

Guest Star

Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Ned: I don't like giving funny names to the pies. Does it not seem disrespectful?

    • Ned: You know, now that I'm out of dead-waking and back to just pie-baking and no longer touching dead fruit, I can eat my own pie! I'm gonna get fat, aren't I?

    • Chuck: Are you sure you don't want to untie those apron strings and lace up those chasin' laces?
      Ned: My apron is staying on, with its strings securely tied in a double-figure-eight follow-through knot.

    • Ned: I want to lead a normal life, a guy who just makes pies. Who wants to be Superman? Not me. I say no to super and yes to man. I'm Clark Kent.
      Emerson: Well that's just downright crap-tastic, Clark. I now have an abnormally large amount of work to do on account of no one here wants to touch a dead lady so I can ask who killed her.

    • Chuck: Emerson, Emerson! What about me?
      Emerson: No conversation I ever want to have begins with those three words.

    • Chuck: I mean, I may not be Superman, but I'm smart, and I'm helpful. I mean.. maybe I could be your sidekick. I could be the Alive-Again Avenger, who comes back from the dead to solve her own murder and stayed back from the dead to bring justice to murder victims everywhere, with the help of a crusty, unflappable, streetwise unflappable gumshoe.
      Emerson: That'd make me the sidekick.
      Chuck: I'm good either way.

    • Buster: What do we always say about the past?
      Olive: It makes an ass out of you and me.

    • Emerson: Loaning pie-boyfriend to your bestie who's in love with him, in order to to pull the wool over fake papas' peepers, is the the kind of idea that gives a bad idea the will to live.

    • Chuck: Maybe Coco's gone loco and she killed Erin so she could have her first solo window.
      Emerson: Yeah, we need to be at that unveiling tonight just in case Coco did go loco. Fo-sho... co.

    • Lily: The only thing that smokes in this house is the Gouda. You want a cancer-stick, you stick it outside on the porch.

    • Coroner: Exact time will take me a little conducting... and another $20.
      Emerson: Thirty minutes will do, thank you.
      Coroner: Oh, that's how it is. Well, then, I'll make a... mental note on that.
      Emerson: Don't be making no mental notes on me.
      Coroner: At a crime scene I make mental notes on whatever I feel needs note-makin'... mentally.

    • Chuck: His honesty tilts a little toward the "I don't care that they died" territory.
      Emerson: "Tilts"? His honesty falls right into the "I killed both of them skanks" side of things.

    • Vivian: You've given me something to believe in, like the likeness of the Virgin Mary found ingrained in the center of a potato, or tortilla. Right now, you and Ned are my tortilla.

    • Emerson: People who need people to do every damn thing for them aren't always the luckiest people in the world. Sometimes those peeps get pissed off and start resenting their lazy-ass bosses. Erin and Coco's peep done gone postal and killed both of 'em.
      Chuck: Peep this, playa.
      Emerson: Don't do that.
      Chuck: Sorry.

    • Olive: Ned, I never thought I'd say this, but we need to back off on the PDA, 'cause Vivian's P's and Q's have gone AWOL and I can't take much more of what I just took before I'm DOA.
      Ned: Olive... use your words.

    • Olive: "Try on"? You try on a sweater at the mall. You try on your best friend's bra and you smile on the inside 'cause yours are bigger and better.

    • Buster: I'm not mad at you.
      Jerry: Take "mad" and multiply that by a power of "pissed."
      Ned: Don't be mad--and certainly not to a power of that degree.

    • Randy: Nobody gave a crap about Clark Kent. He could disappear off the face of the Daily Planet and nobody would even notice. But I bet he'd spit spandex to find someone special.
      Narrator: The Pie Maker looked at Olive, the person who cared for the man and knew nothing about the cape, and silently wished for spandex saliva.

    • Ned: I'm Superman. I've got a finger faster than a speeding bullet. Come on. Who can I touch?

  • NOTES (7)


    • Ned: Who wants to be Superman? Not me. I say no to super and yes to man. I'm Clark Kent.
      This and other comments referencing the comic book character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics #1 (June 30, 1938). Arguably the most recognized comic book character in the world, Baby Kal-El was rocketed from the doomed planet Krypton, landed on Earth, and gains superpowers under the yellow sun. Assuming the identity of mild-manner Clark Kent, Superman fights a neverending battle for Truth, Justice, and the American way, and has appeared on radio, television, cinema, video games, and novels among other media.

    • Ned: Olive... use your words.
      Referencing Michael Crichton's 1987 novel Sphere, subsequently made into a movie in 1998. The novel chronicles a team of scientists in an underwater habitat who make contact with an alien life form, which they name "Jerry." When Jerry has trouble communicating with them (via a computer monitor and keyboard), psychologist Norman Johnson (Goodman in the movie) says "Jerry, use your words."

    • Emerson: Woman still in the holiday spirit guzzles too many spirits, does a Gene Kelly-round-the-rosy...
      This is a reference to Gene Kelly's famous dance to the title song of the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain.

    • Ned: Pearway to Heaven, it's new.
      Referencing the 1971 song Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, released on the band's untitled fourth album. The song runs 8:02, meaning that it was never released as a single because the band refused to cut it down to fit.

    • Ned: ... but more unfulfilling than Rock Me Amade-Quince
      Referencing the 1985 song Rock Me Amadeus by Austrian pop musician Falco.

    • Title
      References the 1980 movie Dressed to Kill directed by Brian De Palma. The movie features a prostitute who witnesses the murder of a psychiatrist's patient and the killer's subsequent attempts to eliminate the person who can put them away.