Posts Tagged ‘pushing daisies’

Why I _love_ “Pushing Daisies”: reason #4

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Pushing DaisiesIn tonights episode of ‘Pushing Daisies‘, “Bitter Sweets”, we discover that a candy store opened across the street from the Pie Hole. The new owners of the candy store, brother and sister Billy and Dilly, are ruthless small business owners who stop at nothing in the name of competition. The candy owners do all sorts of nasty things to the Pie Hole and Ned. Ned doesn’t want to retaliate though. But Chuck and Olive do; and they do (retaliate, that is). Chuck and Olive break into the candy store (Olive puts on her riding helmet, she used to be a jockey, and runs head first through a glass door) and let rats loose. When Ned finds out, he goes over to the candy store to clean up the mess. He unfortunately finds one of the candy store owners, Billy, dead. Ned gets caught holding the Billy’s body and sent to jail for the murder. Chuck, Olive, and Emerson investigate to find the real killer and prove Ned’s innocence. Olive tries to distract the living candy store owner, Dilly, so that Chuck and Emerson can sneak into the candy store and look for clues. Dilly sees Emerson sneaking around in the candy store though, and tricks Olive into becoming a hostage and pushes her into a trunk of the car. Eventually Dilly confronts Chuck and Emerson in the candy store. Chuck and Emerson talk to Dilly and convince her that they are trying to help find the real killer of Billy. Dilly is convinced to let Chuck and Emerson go. She also says as she let’s Chuck and Emerson go, “And take your trunk monkey with you!”

Did I hear this right? Yep, she said “trunk monkey”. Awesome. Haven’t heard about trunk monkey? Trunk monkey was featured in a series of commercials for Suburban Auto Group. The commercials are pretty funny and were an Internet viral video.

Back to ‘Pushing Daisies’. Everything turns out all right and Ned is freed from jail.

Back to the trunk monkey. Here is the first “Trunk Monkey” video, “Road Rage“.

[Updated 11/29/2007]: Here is another perspective on the Pushing Daisies episode “Bitter Sweets”.

Why I _love_ “Pushing Daisies”: reason #3

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Pushing DaisiesIn tonights episode of ‘Pushing Daisies‘, “Girth”, we discover that Olive used to be a jockey. Yep, a horse jockey. Ride on the back of a horse in a race jockey. We discover that she was a pretty good jockey. The episode was about a jockey that “died” in a race in which Olive’s horse ran him over. But the dead jockey is back after 7 years in the form of ghost to extract revenge from the four people who knew the truth about his death. (Olive is one of the four.)

Ned has to visit a ghost of his own; the memories of the father that left him when he was young. Ned goes back to his childhood home, which is right next door to Lily and Vivian’s house (Chuck’s aunts). Ned visit’s Chuck’s aunts, and while eating a strawberry pie, discovers that he had a part in making the pie that the aunts had. When he takes a bite, the strawberry reverts to its shriveled, dried form. This means that Ned had touched it before. He realizes that Chuck has been making pies for her aunts.

After Ned and crew discover that the dead jockey isn’t really dead (he was revived and had some bones replaced so now he is really tall, the antithesis of a jockey) and the now-alive jockey’s mom was the revenge seeker, Ned understands that Chuck misses her aunts. But Halloween provides a perfect opportunity.

Ned and Chuck drive to Chuck’s aunts’ house. Here is the good part. (Reason #3 for why I love ‘Pushing Daisies’. Here was reason #2.) Chuck dons a sheet with two eye holes cut into it and walks up to the door. She rings the aunts’ doorbell. You then hear the aunts’ say something to the effect of “who is trick or treating at 2:00am?”. Lily says, “I’ll get the shot gun.” Vivian says, “I’ll get the candy bowl.” When they open the door, Chuck holds up her plastic pumpkin and says, “Trick or Treat.” Both of the aunts smile upon seeing the “ghost”. (Chuck is dressed as a ghost, and she IS a REAL ghost: someone back from the dead.)

This show could be gory, with all of the death and such, but it turns out to be quite touching. 🙂

[Updated 11/1/2007]: Here is another perspective on the Pushing Daisies episode “Girth”.

Why I _love_ “Pushing Daisies”: reason #2

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Pushing DaisiesTonights episode, “Pigeon”, had another “moment” that I will label “reason #2” for “Why I lovePushing Daisies‘”. (Here was reason #1.)

Olive, the waitress at the Pie Hole, has delivered a pie to Chuck’s aunts, Lily and Vivian. Olive is speaking with Vivian, the brunette and cheerier of the two aunts. During the conversation, Olive works in the phrase “birdhouse in your soul”. Ooh, ooh! This is the name of the song by They Might Be Giants from the album “Flood“. I love this song!

The show does to commercial right after this conversation.

After commercial, the show starts with Olive and Vivan singing the song “Birdhouse in Your Soul”! Awesome!!!

Honorable mention goes to the plot elements in the show: a pilot. Yeah, the pilot dies in a crash and all, but still, this was an aviation reference. Being a pilot (with no time nor money to fly right now though) I always enjoy an aviation reference.

[Updated 10/25/2007]: Here is another perspective on the Pushing Daisies episode “Pigeon”.

Why I _love_ “Pushing Daisies”: reason #1

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Pushing DaisiesI just finished watching tonight’s episode of the ABC show “Pushing Daisies“. In it, the pie maker found himself in a sword fight. Being a pie maker, so far in the series, we haven’t seen any indication that Ned knows how to sword fight. Yet, after his foe spouts off all of the reasons why he is a good sword fighter, in order to strike fear in the pie maker’s heart, Ned the pie maker retorts, “I wanted to be a Jedi!” And then the Star Wars opening orchestral swell starts playing, and the pie maker starts to gain the advantage in the fight.

The reference to being a Jedi was so unexpected. But to this geek, when the pie maker said it, I jumped out of my chair and said, “Yes!” This makes perfect sense as to why he should be able to sword fight. This type of comment was very reminiscent of a comment that could be heard on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, one of my all-time favorite TV shows that “were”.

Honorable mention goes to the moment when Lily Charles, feeling a sense of loss about losing Chuck, lifted her eye patch and a couple of tablespoons of water, “tears”, run out from under it.

This show is definitely earning its “must watch” status on my weekly television rotation.