Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pushing Daisies - Recap & Review - "Comfort Food" (The Relationships)

Pushing Daisies
Comfort Food - The Relationships

Original Air Date: 3 Dec 2008

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Have you ever noticed that the last thing the narrator says at the end of the flashback is the theme for the entire show? Yep, just watch next week and see.

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  1. Have you ever noticed that the last thing the narrator says at the end of the flashback is the theme for the entire show? Yep, just watch next week and see.

    In “Comfort Food,” 9-year-old Ned’s comfort baking at the boarding school attracts other homesick and hungry boys, turning the school kitchen into a pie speak easy. That is – until the headmaster catches him in flagrante delicto.

    That’s when the narrator says: “And young Ned learned that even a forkful of immediate gratification can lead to a world of grave consequences.”

    The use of “grave” isn’t just a poetic choice because this episode begins with Ned and Chuck perched on the edge of Charles Charles’ grave, ready to “undead” Chuck’s dad. Is it me or were they painting a rather rosy picture of what someone who has been dead 20 years looks like? I mean, he still had skin!

    After Ned confirms that the snooping Dwight Dixon is a bad man, Chuck gets the rest of the minute to say hello and goodbye to her deceased papa—only to trick Ned into thinking he had “re-deaded” Charles by giving her father a glove to put on. And you know the rules — that means someone else has to die.

    For most of this adventure, Ned and Chuck are separated as Ned goes to compete in a comfort food cook-off with Olive. But their relationship is going through big upheaval, even if Ned isn’t aware of it yet. Because Chuck knows that deceiving Ned is wrong in more ways than one.

    First, she knows there’s a dead body out there and she needs to do something about it. So she turns to Emerson, who reluctantly agrees to help her. Granted, if Ned’s secret gets out, his business will go down the tubes. Still, I’m beginning to see a little friendship building between the private dick and “the dead girl.” She even gives him a thank you peck on the cheek and while his words say he didn’t like it, his eyes tell a different story.

    They find the dead body and it’s Dwight, who was about to shoot them dead. Talk about karma! But Chuck’s guilt is so overwhelming that she imagines the still-dead Dwight accusing her of betraying Ned (she shuts him up with a shovel full of dirt).

    Meanwhile Olive and Ned solve a murder mystery on their own and in the course of it, Ned tells Olive how much he appreciates her – but all she hears is that he “likes” her. That sets her hoping and singing. Hmm... poor Olive, always setting herself up for disappointment.

    Chuck finally does come clean with Ned, although we’ll have to wait a week for his full reaction. However, if anyone could understand how her “forkful of immediate gratification” led to a world of grave consequences, it’s Ned. Didn’t he do the same thing with her — an impulse so strong, that killing a stranger seemed not too bad?

    But one relationship in this episode ended worse than it started — that of the two aunts. After Dwight doesn’t show up for a date, Vivienne knows that it’s Lily who’s driven him away. In fact, Lily had been planning to kill Dwight, not knowing that Chuck beat her to it. Do you think the aunts can ever repair their now-fractured sisterhood?

    And even though Chuck wrapped her father in bandages, would you have dinner with him? (Best moment of the show in an “ewww” sort of way — Col. Likkin trying to eat his terminally-fried self! Now that’s brings new meaning to “comfort food.”)

    And did you get a look at that “contraption” of plastic that allowed Chuck and Ned to spoon? Ahh, the possibilities…

    Please remember that Pushing Daisies is not “officially” canceled yet. So continue to get people to watch. A big jump in numbers could help it come back for a third season. At least, we can hope…


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