Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
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Bitter Sweets 

The owners of a new candy store hope to put The Pie Hole out of business. And when one of the store's owners turns up dead, Ned is wrongfully charged with murder.


Allan Kroeker


Bryan Fuller (created by), Abby Gewanter


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Ned
Anna Friel ... Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Chi McBride ... Emerson Cod
Jim Dale ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Greene ... Vivian Charles (credit only)
Swoosie Kurtz ... Lily Charles (credit only)
Kristin Chenoweth ... Olive Snook
Molly Shannon ... Dilly Balsam
Field Cate ... Young Ned
Michael Cornacchia ... Burly Bruce Carter
Raúl Esparza ... Alfredo Aldarisio
Steve Hytner ... Andrew Brown
Mike White ... Billy Balsam
Tammy Dahlstrom ... Woman
Tara Donato Tara Donato ... Sheila


Tony DiNapoli is murdered and his girlfriend Tina Arongino is the suspect. She hires Emerson to prove her innocence. Emerson, Ned and Chuck - looking just like Janis Joplin in this scene - talk to Tony and he tells them he was murdered by Burly Bruce Carter, who killed him with the hands of his girlfriend, a real doll! Meanwhile, The Pie Hole gets competition from Bittersweets, a candy store that has opened across the street and whose owners make it very clear they'll do anything to put The Pie Hole out of business. To make matters even worse, Ned finds the dead body of one of the owners in the candy store at the exact moment the police enters the building... Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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28 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dilly's background story references Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds". She is dressed in the same outfit and has the same hairstyle as movie's heroine, played by Tippi Hedron. The movie takes place in Bodega Bay, and at the beginning, the heroine is attacked by seagulls on her way to the town via a speedboat. See more »


When young Ned jumps in the pile of dead leaves, the ones he touches become "alive" and green again. A leaf is dead the instant it detaches from the living tree it was once a part of, even if it is still green for a time, so touching a dead leaf would not bring it back to "life". Further, if this were cannon for Ned, everything that was ever part of a larger living organism that Ned touched would spring back to it's texture and state it bore when previously part of the whole: leather, meat in food items, literally anything that was once part of a living thing. See more »


Ned: It's my fault Chuck's father is dead. I should just tell her.
Emerson Cod: Well, that idea might make a stupid idea feel better about itself.
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Spoofs The Birds (1963) See more »


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