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Pushing Daisies: Pie-lette

As a child, Ned discovered he had a very unique ability -- he can bring someone back to life with a simple touch, but if the touches them again, they return to dead for good. His ability takes a complicated turn when his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, is murdered and Ned brings her back to life. Now that she knows his secret, Chuck agrees to help Ned and his partner, private eye Emerson Cod, solve murders by talking to the victims.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Wednesday October 03rd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) Apr 12, 2008
NL (Net 5) Aug 19, 2008

Guest Stars
Patrick BreenPatrick Breen
As Leo Gaswint

Co-Guest Stars
Terry AnzurTerry Anzur
As Newscaster #3
Ed BrigadierEd Brigadier
As Minister #1
Field CateField Cate
As Young Ned
Brad GrunbergBrad Grunberg
As Funeral Director
Tina GlossTina Gloss
As Ned's Mother
Sammi HanrattySammi Hanratty
As Young Chuck
Leyna NguyenLeyna Nguyen
As Newscaster #2
Sy RichardsonSy Richardson
As Coroner
Ted GarciaTed Garcia
As Newscaster #1
Murray GershenzMurray Gershenz
As The Rabbi
Geraud MoncuréGeraud Moncuré
As Newscaster #4
Greg SuddethGreg Suddeth
As Gravedigger #1
David TriceDavid Trice
As Martin Miltenberger
Julie WittnerJulie Wittner
As Deedee
Jeff WolfeJeff Wolfe
As Shiny Shoes Killer
Main Cast
Lee PaceLee Pace
As Ned
Anna FrielAnna Friel
As Charlotte "Chuck" Charles
Chi McBrideChi McBride
As Emerson Cod
Jim DaleJim Dale
voiced Narrator
Ellen GreeneEllen Greene
As Vivian Charles
Swoosie KurtzSwoosie Kurtz
As Lily Charles
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth
As Olive Snook


In the town of Coeur d’Coeur, 9-year-old Ned is playing with his dog Digby. Digby runs in front of a truck and is killed. When the curious Ned reaches out to touch his dog… it comes back to life. Happy and reunited, the two run off to continue playing... unaware that nearby a squirrel has fallen out of a tree, dead...

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Episode Notes
Bryan Fuller was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" for his work on this episode.

Episode Quotes
Ned: I asked you not to use the word "zombie." It's disrespectful. Stumbling around squawking for brains? It's not how they do. And "undead"? Nobody wants to be "un"-anything. Why begin a statement with a negative? It's like saying "I don't disagree." Just say you agree.
Emerson: Are you comfortable with "living dead"?
Ned: You're either living or your dead. When you're living, you're alive. When you're dead, that's what you are. But when you're dead and then you're not, you're alive again. Can't we say "alive again"?

Emerson: Sounds like you're a narcoleptic.
Ned: I suffer from sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep?
Emerson: What's the other one?
Ned: "Necrophiliac."
Emerson: Words that sound alike get mixed up in my head.
Olive: Me, too. I used to think "masturbation" meant chewing your food. (everyone stares) I don't think that anymore.

(preparing to view a mauled corpse)
Emerson: How’s he look?
Ned: He looks pretty good, but my threshold’s pretty high so you have to take that with a grain of salt.
Emerson: That ain’t a grain of salt, that’s one of them blocks they give cows to lick.

Ned: I hate to be a bad host, but I'm sort of exhausted from chasing your coffin.

Chuck: You said you wanted to know who killed me so that justice could be served. See, I don't think that "Justice" was on the menu. Maybe as a side dish, but not as an entrée.
Ned: It was most definitely an entrée. It was a Special of the Day. Could we drop the metaphor? I wouldn't have known you had died if it wasn't for the reward.
Chuck: When were you going to tell me?
Ned: In the morning or whenever it came up--whichever didn't come first.

Chuck: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Emerson: Hell no. The planet's falling apart. Right now, it's the children's problem. We reincarnate, it's our problem.

Emerson: I'm glad you did it. It makes the worst thing I ever did seem insignificant.
Ned: Listen to you, all judgy judge.
Emerson: "Judgy judge"?

Narrator: As he stared at her, he reached around his back and held his own hand, pretending he was holding hers. And at that very moment, she was pretending to be holding his.

Episode Goofs
The narrator explains that Aunt Lily didn't see Chuck because she only had one good eye and then the camera give us what is meant to be Lily's perspective. The problem is that her good eye is on the left but they distorted the camera to show the wall blocking her right eye, i.e. the bad eye. From the angle presented, Lily would have seen Chuck clearly with her good eye.

When Ned touches the dead strawberries, they come back to fully healed life. But when he touches the dead man, Lou, his face remains chewed away and doesn't heal. This continues in future episodes, so maybe Ned's power works differently on fruit then it does on humans, but this is never indicated on-screen.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Bryan Fuller
MusicJames Dooley
Costume DesignerRobert Blackman
Story EditorChad Gomez Creasey  |  Dara Resnik Creasey
Executive Story EditorKatherine Lingenfelter
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