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2007, TV Show

Pushing Daisies Episode: "Dummy"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Ned suspects foul play when an automotive expert dies in a mysterious traffic accident. Meanwhile, Chuck presses Ned about how he revived her.
Original Air Date: Oct 10, 2007
Guest Cast Patrick Fabian: Mark Chase Jonathan Mangum: Bernard Slaybaugh Riki Lindhome: Jeanine
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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 41:49
Aired: 10/10/2007
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"Dummy" Season 1, Episode 2

Color me charmed, again. If you don't like quirky this is definitely not the show for you. I think at least one, if not a few of you, expressed concerns about the procedural element of the show. If Ned can touch someone and ask who killed them, their cases are going to be pretty cut and dried. But as we saw in this episode, they were given what Chuck called a clue but Emerson called evidence to help them solve the case. New things we learned: " Emerson is a closet knitter. That knitting needle definitely came in handy when they were trapped in those body bags. And he makes a mean gun cozy. " Chuck knows Japanese. Living with her shut-in Aunts, Chuck developed a curiosity about the world. She learned quite a few languages before her untimely demise. " The narrator will never lie to us. I know some of you aren't big fans, but I still love how Jim Dale is the voice of reason. Even when every single person is spouting nothing but lies, Jim tells the truth. Let's get to the case. The corpse is Bernard Slaybaugh ( Jonathan Mangum). He's 35 and married, an engineer working on the Dandy Lion SX, a car of the future. When Ned reanimates him, Chuck does waste some of their time asking about any last requests but I think that she does that. She knows what it feels like to come back from the dead and I think she wants these people to be at peace. In the meantime, Emerson is only interested in getting enough information to get his monetary reward and Ned just wants to make sure to touch them again before the minute is up. I did, however, enjoy their whole back-and-forth about whether or not Emerson is God, especially since Bernard is Buddhist. Just before his time is up, Bernard tells them a crash test dummy killed him. I also have to say the presentation of the corpses wasn't that bad. Last week's dog-mauling victim wasn't too graphic and considering Bernard was run over by a car, he looked pretty normal. Thanks for not grossing me out. So Chuck, Ned, and Emerson go to the company in search of Bernard's true love - Jeanine from promotions. She's a bit of a binge-purge eater but she loved Bernard and knew something was up when he started working later and later with the imminent launch of the car. Her Dandy Lion SX also blows up as she leads them to more evidence. After Chuck, Ned, and Emerson discover one of the crash test dummies is missing its face they decide to go back that night. In place of the dummies, they find corpses. Ned brings two of them back and discovers they were all killed - naturally, from accidents - and they've agreed to become crash test dummies in death. They are discovered by a crash test dummy and stunned. Upon waking up they find they're all tied up in body bags. Ned and Chuck share a kiss while Emerson frees himself from them. The crash test dummy, revealed to be car inventor Mark Chase ( Patrick Fabian), pursues them as they escape. Mark Chase is sent to jail, Emerson puts his money in a sock he's knitted, Jeanine gets some nutritional help, and Ned reveals to Chuck the addition of a glass partition in his car. Now she can call shotgun. And he's added a hole with a glove, just the right size for Chuck's hand. He claims it's for driving emergencies but Chuck knows it's really so they can hold hands. Some favorite lines: Ned: "She said she didn't climb out of a coffin for me to keep her in a box." Emerson: "The fun part's counting my money in the bubble bath." Ned: "Nice image." Olive: "What's the pooppoop, the scoop, the haps, the dealio, the 411. P.I. lingo." Chuck: "Don't you have any hidden talents or hobbies? I mean regular ones." I'm really enjoying this show. I just find the characters' quirks more and more endearing. I like that they're unexpected and I love that we're getting to know them all better. Ned's so scared of sharing himself with anyone but Chuck finally seems to breaking through all his defenses. And what about Olive's rendition of "Hopelessly Devoted to You?" I know a few of you mentioned wanting Kristin Chenoweth to sing and you got your wish. So far, I'm a pretty big fan of Olive. Kristin's a great comic actress and although Olive's probably doomed to love Ned unrequitedly, there's probably only so long that whole "no-touching" thing is going to play for Chuck and Ned. I think someone mentioned options for getting around it, but I think I either read or heard Bryan Fuller say Chuck and Ned would never be allowed to touch. Ever. Ouch. Before I forget, I also liked the opening with Ned as a kid. It was funny seeing those reanimated frogs hop around and freak his classmates out. But then all those birds died. I definitely wouldn't want what Ned's got. Thanks for all your great comments so far. If you want more finger-linking good action on Pushing Daisies, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Color me charmed, again. If you don’t like quirky this is definitely not the show for you. I think at least one, if not a few of you, expressed concerns about the procedural element of the show. If Ned can touch someone and ask who killed them, their cases are going to be pretty cut and dried. But as we saw in this episode, they were given what Chuck called a clue but Emerson called evidence to help them solve the case. New things we learned:• Emerson is a closet knitter. That knitting needle definitely came in handy when they were trapped in those body bags. And he makes a mean gun cozy.• Chuck knows Japanese. Living with her shut-in Aunts, Chuck developed a curiosity about the world. She learned quite a few languages before her untimely demise.• The narrator will never lie to us. I know some of you aren’t big fans, but I still love how Jim Dale is the voice of reason. Even when every single person is spouting nothing but lies, Jim tells the truth.Let’... read more

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