Pushing Daisies Summer Rewatch: Urban Honey Pioneers

Welcome back to the Pushing Daisies summer rewatch! In case you missed it, I’m recapping the show for the EW Community, and I want to watch with you. Check out my official write-ups every Friday at EW, and then check back here every few weeks for some extra thoughts on the episodes. Shall we?

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Season 1, Episode 3: “The Fun in Funeral”

For Chuck’s eighth birthday, Ned got her a t-shirt with a beaver holding a sign that said, “Be kind to animals. Kiss a beaver.” With most shows, you have to read fanfiction for gems like that.

I forgot that the plastic wrap kiss happened so early! Chuck wasted no time considering how best to get her lips as close to Ned’s as possible.

pushing daisies 103 plastic wrap

It’s possible that dying made Chuck morbid. How else is she different?

I like to think of Olive as a stand-in for the people of the internet.

"But only for a second; then you feel bad. But that second can be a lot of fun."

“But only for a second; then you feel bad. But that second could be a lot of fun!”

The coroner loves hand moisturizer because nobody wants the last thing that touches them to be dry. Oh help, I’m falling for the coroner.

Heyyy, Raul Esparza.

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“This is a pie house, not some herbal crack den.”

Shutting the lid of the funeral director’s casket while he’s still ‘alive again’ is a BRILLIANT MOVE, CHUCK.

emerson better be playing

“Do you want to be a delivery boy, or a delivery man?” “Boy. You be a man.” “But it’s my day off! And I’m a girl!”

“As she drew closer to the door, Olive considered the sheer number of crimes against delivery people and how they were on the rise.”

Lily and Vivian called Ned “beaver boy.”

ned nodding

“Looking forward to killing you. Best, Wilfred Woodruff, VI”

Ned keeps accidentally bumping into dead people’s feet, then rushing to pull back the sheet and touch them back to death on their faces, because he’s respectful and adorable.

“Some said it was the hand of destiny. Others felt it was heatstroke.”

Chuck, what does this even mean?

Chuck, what does this even mean?

“You framed someone for murder, you ass.”

The entire target demographic of this show swoons in unison.

The entire target audience of this show swoons in unison.

“Everything we do is a choice. Oatmeal or cereal, highways or side streets, kiss her or keep her. We make choices and we live with the consequences. If someone gets hurt along the way, we ask for forgiveness. It’s the best anyone can do.”

Season 1, Episode 4: “Pigeon”

Digby gives me life.

digby pigeon


Ned and Chuck are illegal urban honey pioneers now. They live on the edge.

ned awkward bees

Can we get Lee Pace and Matt Smith to do tall awkward giraffe things together?

Olive just wants what we all want, really, and she’s not going to apologize for that.

ned olive pigeon

“What is the rate of exchange on the life of a bird? Because if it’s equal to or greater than mine, I need to get back to my car.”

ned pigeon squirrel


All the gold stars for Lee Pace’s line delivery. “It’s raining dead birds!”

“Just because there’s a dead body, it doesn’t mean you’re gonna get paid.” “Just because there’s vodka in my freezer, it doesn’t mean I have to drink it. Wait. Yes it does.”

Chuck wants to be touched. I mean, we know Ned and Chuck want to touch each other, but Chuck also just wants to be touched, and nobody is giving her that. Someone needs to fix this.

“I could let it go, but like the cat, it will come back, which I wouldn’t call annoying, but there’s no really great way of saying half-annoying, which it is a little bit.”

ned table slide pigeon

Jayma Mays is a delight in this episode.

“Names are destiny. If you think Dwayne Cloggin ain’t gonna grow up to be a plumber, then you just think again.”

Elsita lives in windmill 314. #pi

I find I’m really attached to Pidge and the wing that Ellen Green and Swoosie Kurtz bedazzled onto him shortly before singing “Birdhouse in Your Soul” with Kristin Chenoweth on a drive through the countryside.

This is a cool show that we're watching.

This is a cool show that we’re watching.

I LOVE the depth Olive has already been given. She’s forceful with Ned, yes, but she doesn’t just wait around pining for him. She wants to help everyone, and when she’s given a chance to expose Chuck, she puts Lily and Vivian’s well-being before her desire to get with the Piemaker. Plus, her “tart apple” code word is subtle and effective as can be. Get this woman in on the crime-solving.

pushing daisies pigeon rearview mirror

When Chuck thinks she might be exposed to her aunts, she tells Ned to remember what he’s learned about her, in case something happens. What does she think could happen? If their secret gets out, I’ve always figured that Ned would be the one whose life would really change.

“Hand up.”

Well done.

Well done.

I want it known that they’re both wearing Converse sneakers. Chuck is in Chucks.

pushing daises beekeeper

This show is going to be the death of me.

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