Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pushing Daisies - Recap & Review - Bad Habits (Relationships)

Pushing Daisies
Bad Habits
The Relationships

Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2008

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From a Dark Place

As colorful as the nun habits are in Olive’s nunnery, it’s still a dark place filled with secrets, family baggage and, oh yes, sadness.

Olive is doing the best she can, trying to find joy in the little things of life (such as Pigby digging up a particularly tasty truffle), and praying that God would give her a sign that she’ll get over her “habit” of loving Ned. That’s when Sister LaRue, her only friend at the nunnery, drops dead at Olive’s feet — apparently having jumped off the bell tower in a successful suicide attempt.

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  1. Pushing Daisies
    Bad Habits
    The Relationships

    Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2008

    PMB - TwoCents Reviewer
    pmb@thetwocentscorp.com

    From a Dark Place

    As colorful as the nun habits are in Olive’s nunnery, it’s still a dark place filled with secrets, family baggage and, oh yes, sadness.

    Olive is doing the best she can, trying to find joy in the little things of life (such as Pigby digging up a particularly tasty truffle), and praying that God would give her a sign that she’ll get over her “habit” of loving Ned. That’s when Sister LaRue, her only friend at the nunnery, drops dead at Olive’s feet — apparently having jumped off the bell tower in a successful suicide attempt.

    But Olive has spent too much time in the company of the Mod Squad (i.e. Emerson, Ned and Chuck) to believe that someone drops dead for no reason. So she hires Emerson to undercover the truth.

    Ah, the truth. There’s a fairly good argument to be had to for leaving the truth safely buried (six feet under – hint, hint). As Ned says of trying to uncover the truth, “After all that shoveling, you wake up in the same bed, go to the same job, live the same life, except now you’re grimy, with a kink in your back.”

    Yet in Bad Habits, each character feels that digging is exactly what they need to do. Yes, even Ned.

    In fact, the whole episode starts with young Olive literally digging — planning to pickaxe her way to Arabia to get a horse and finding dinosaur bones instead (which she trades for an Arabian horse). Now she starts digging for Sister LaRue’s killer, insisting that Emerson not bring Ned along, knowing all the while (and probably hoping) that’s exactly what will happen. And once he’s there, she can’t help digging into her relationship with the Pie Maker, finally telling him how he abandoned her as a friend when she needed him the most.

    In a twist for him, Ned agrees and in the process, he realizes some truths about himself (more on this later). Then Olive encourages him to do a different kind of digging — this time into Chuck’s past, finally sharing the secret that Lily is Chuck’s real mother. (Wasn’t it great to finally figure out how Chuck and her aunts are related? It seems that the father of Chuck’s dad married the mother of the aunts, which is why their last name is also Charles.)

    Poor Emerson is has some digging of his own to find his lost daughter, but puts that aside to dig up the facts in this case (which is why he accepts Olive’s payment in prayers — prayers that he hopes will help him in his search). So his role in this episode was confined to his detective work.

    Chuck, however, is doing some serious digging of her own. She hired a genealogy detective to uncover the mystery of her family. When her expert fails, she starts to question her very existence in a very un-Chuck-like way. Did you see the hurt expression on Ned’s face when Chuck hinted that perhaps she wanted him to touch her again, ending forever her presence in this world and his life? That’s how to put a boy is a downward spin of depression.

    However, it is Ned that does the most digging and uncovering this episode and it’s amazing to watch how Lee Pace express so many complex emotions. When in a confessional, Ned begins to realize that his “habit” of abandoning people comes from his father — the father who abandoned him and whom Ned despises. So our Pie Maker vows to turn over a new leaf, complete with a heartfelt apology to Olive, and perhaps a plan for some paternal digging of his own. You can visibly see Ned achieving a new maturity with this revelation.

    Meanwhile, he has the good sense to realize that Chuck needs to know the truth about her mother. And he is so right. Then they both take a step in their mental and emotional wellbeing as well as — and more importantly to Ned and Chuck shippers — a step toward each other. For while they can’t touch, the lovers acknowledge they have become family to each other.

    Then we come back to Olive, who after all this digging realizes her own profound truth — not only will she not be getting over Ned in the near future, but that she wants to come home anyway. So bye-bye nunnery, hello Pie Hole and Pigby (a gift from the nunnery and the real, yet unintentional killer).

    Doesn’t it seem ironic that Sister LaRue died by the hand (or hoof) of a professional digger? What does that tell us?

    What about you? Did you think this episode’s uncovered truths will bring our favorite characters together or drive them further apart? And where will Pigby live now that Olive no longer has an apartment as Chuck lives there now? On Pushing Daisies, there’s always more mysteries to dig into!

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