Pushing Daisies Episodes

2007, TV Show

Pushing Daisies Episode: "The Fun in Funeral"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Ned looks into a mysterious death at the Schatz Funeral Home. Meanwhile, Chuck concocts a plan to invigorate her aunts, Lily and Vivian.
Original Air Date: Oct 17, 2007
Guest Cast Sy Richardson: Coroner Raul Esparza: Alfredo Brad Grunberg: Louis Schatz/Lawrence Schatz Howard Mann: Elderly man Kristin Dos Santos: 30s woman Sam Pancake: Donald Funk Eddie Shin: Wilfred Woodruff Victor Z. Isaac: Delivery boy
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 42:31
Aired: 10/17/2007
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"The Fun in Funeral" Season 1, Episode 3

Chuck was bound to find out sooner or later that there's a price to be paid for reviving and keeping her alive. I'm glad she found out tonight, although the way Emerson sprung Lawrence's corpse on her and Ned wasn't that nice. And the Darling Mermaid Darlings made another appearance. I, too, missed them in last week's episode and was pleased to see them return. The funniest sight gag from tonight's episode is their mermaid-fish-tail-shaped garment bags. I TiVoed back (well, really DVRed back; I don't have TiVo) to make sure I wasn't imagining things. I'm still totally enamored of this show. Let's spend some time with the corpse, who we already met in the "Pie Lette." Lawrence Schatz ( Brad Grunberg) was the dirty funeral director who unwittingly gave his life to bring Chuck back from the dead permanently. Ned felt he could justify Lawrence's death because Lawrence was a grave-robber; he had been separating corpses from family heirlooms for years. Convinced his twin brother was murdered, Louis Schatz hires Emerson to discover the truth. Obviously Emerson already knows the truth but he's trying to protect Ned. Well, he's really trying to protect his income. He doesn't want anyone else to take the case and discover what Ned's capable of. Well, everyone except Chuck. When Chuck finds out the cost of letting her live - and after those sweet plastic-wrapped kisses they shared - she looks at Ned like he's no longer her knight in shining armor. To take her mind off Ned, she bakes her aunts (who she desperately misses) a pie with some of Alfredo's happy juice in it. Olive goes out of her way to deliver the pie - how hilarious was she at the gate and going to the front door? The Darling Mermaid Darlings let her in and through talking with them Olive assumes Chuck faked her own death. She doesn't know why, but Olive's going to keep this information in her arsenal until she can find the right time to use it. Whoops, back to the case. After Lawrence was exposed as a grave-robber, his twin, Louis, received 1,867 hate letters. Chuck, ever one to do a good deed for the dead, takes the time to catalog them. She wants to find all the missing family heirlooms and get them returned to the proper families. Ned reanimates Lawrence to apologize for killing him. Chuck thanks him, and just before time runs out, Emerson asks Lawrence about the heirlooms. Lawrence says grave-robbing is a family business and his brother knows exactly where the treasures are. When Ned finds Louis' body in his refrigerator, he determines (with Emerson's help) that he's been set up. With the cops pounding on his door, Ned reanimates Louis to get him out of there. Back at the funeral home the gang wants to put Louis back where he died so he can be discovered there by the police. Ned accidentally touches a few corpses (so, so funny), but the one person he can't put back to sleep is Wilfred Woodruff. Wilfred watched Louis choke on his tongue (the cow tongue, of course) before recovering his family heirloom. As always, there were many lines I enjoyed. Here are a few of my favorites: Olive: "Why can't sugar be enough?" Coroner: "I could write a book on hand moisturizer. Nobody wants the last thing they've been touched with to be ashy and dry." Alfredo: "It's homeopathic." Olive: "Meaning it deeply related to gay people." Alfredo: "Gay only in that they are bright and happy." I also am enjoying Chi McBride's comic turn in this series. We've seen him in a number of dramatic roles (remember him on House?) but I think his forte is comedy. He just keeps the funny going and it's especially nice to see considering how many dead people populate this show. There were other laugh-out-loud moments, namely Ned reanimating the two corpses at the funeral home. The funniest scene, though, was Ned trying to put Wilfred back to sleep. The way Ned kept touching his face and the way Wilfred reacted to it was really hilarious - I'm laughing just thinking about it. And Hurricane Olive met a kindred spirit in The Pie Hole (as in shut yours). She couldn't recognize Alfredo Aldarisio ( Raul Esparza) for what he is as she's hung up on Ned, but he fixed her espresso machine. Is it weird he sells happiness in a bottle? I don't think so. I also enjoyed Wilfred Woodruff's backstory. It's little touches like that that make this show so delightful. Questions: " Now that Chuck knows the price of Ned keeping her alive, how long do you think it will take for her to discover what really happened to her father? " When and how do you think Olive will use the knowledge she has about Chuck? " When are we going to see what else Emerson's been knitting? I'd love to hear your favorite lines and your thoughts about tonight's episode. If you need a second helping of Pushing Daises, check out our Online Video Guide and this Q&A. show less
Chuck was bound to find out sooner or later that there’s a price to be paid for reviving and keeping her alive. I’m glad she found out tonight, although the way Emerson sprung Lawrence’s corpse on her and Ned wasn’t that nice. And the Darling Mermaid Darlings made another appearance. I, too, missed them in last week’s episode and was pleased to see them return. The funniest sight gag from tonight’s episode is their mermaid-fish-tail-shaped garment bags. I TiVoed back (well, really DVRed back; I don’t have TiVo) to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. I’m still totally enamored of this show.Let’s spend some time with the corpse, who we already met in the "Pie Lette." Lawrence Schatz (Brad Grunberg) was the dirty funeral director who unwittingly gave his life to bring Chuck back from the dead permanently. Ned felt he could justify Lawrence’s death because Lawrence was a grave-robber; he had been separating corpses from family heir... read more

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Premiered: October 03, 2007, on ABC
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