Pushing Daisies

Season 2 Episode 11

Window Dressed to Kill

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • One of the window designers was named Coco, which is the name of David Arquette's daughter.

    • Music: Hello (Lionel Richie, performed here by Kristin Chenoweth)

    • The cartoon that Young Olive watches on television with Jerry and Buster is the 1956 Bugs Bunny cartoon, A Star is Bored.

    • One of the window dressers is named Denny Downs. He shares the name of Kristin Chenoweth's (Olive Snook) best friend.

    • Field Cate is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Richard Benjamin and George Segal are billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: March 4, 2009 on ProSieben
      Turkey: April 7, 2009 on CNBC-e
      UK: April 17, 2009 on ITV1
      Australia: August 18, 2009 on the W Channel
      Slovakia: August 20, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: December 8, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: March 13, 2011 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • 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.