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Pushing Daisies: Corpsicle

After Ned reveals a dark secret to Chuck, she runs out into the night. Emerson isn't happy with the situation, since it's interfering with the investigation of a murdered insurance adjuster found frozen solid. Meanwhile, Olive delivers another pie to the aunts, and scent expert Oscar Vibenius returns to determine what's so intriguing about Chuck's scent.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Wednesday December 12th, 2007

Director: Brian Dannelly
Writer: Lisa Joy

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) May 31, 2008

Guest Stars
Paul ReubensPaul Reubens
As Oscar Vibenius
Field CateField Cate
As Young Ned
Grant ShaudGrant Shaud
As Steve Kaiser
Julia CampbellJulia Campbell
As Emma Newsome
Colby PaulColby Paul
As Abner Newsome
Audrey WasilewskiAudrey Wasilewski
As Madeline McLean

Co-Guest Stars
Tina GlossTina Gloss
As Ned's Mother
Sammi HanrattySammi Hanratty
As Young Chuck
Jon Eric PriceJon Eric Price
As Ned's Father
Sy RichardsonSy Richardson
As Coroner
David Alan GrafDavid Alan Graf
As Angry Neighbor (as Alan Graf)
Jeff MarlowJeff Marlow
As Victor Narramore
Michael MertonMichael Merton
As Bill Richter
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


After the death of Chuck’s father, young Ned and his mother have Chuck at their house to wait for her aunts to pick her up. Lily and Vivian arrive but Lily doesn’t embrace her niece. However, later that night Ned comes over after his mother dies, and Lily embraces him. Later after the funeral, Ned’s father takes Ned to boarding school… as a distraught Chuck calls out Ned’s name...

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Episode Notes
When Emerson and Ned are in the house of the sick boy, there is a shot of the snowy intersection outside. It is the exact same shot of the intersection outside the bed and breakfast in the movie Groundhog Day. You can even see the sign for the bed and breakfast.

Episode Quotes
Ned: Do you know you have a "tell" when you lie?
Olive: Do I?
Ned: You answer questions with questions.
Olive: Maybe I know I have a tell and I know you know I have a tell and maybe I'm doing it now to confuse you because you don't know what tell I'm telling.

Narrator: Olive Snook had been delivering pies for weeks, not realizing she was a homeopathic drug mule.

Emerson: Why would somebody give somebody a Christmas sweater for Christmas? You can only wear it that day.
Ned: He means should. Only wear it that day.
Emerson: Yeah. Either you got to take off what you got on to put it on. Or you got wait another year for the next holiday season.
Coroner; Why are you going toe-to-toe with me on fashion?

Coroner: My niece gave me this sweater.
Emerson: That thing’s uglier then a chipmunk’s ass.
Ned: He means the sweater, not your niece.

Narrator: Victor Narramore didn't see who killed him, but he did see how he was killed. And he was, in fact, killed with kindness.
Ned: You were killed with kindness?
Victor Narramore: Not the sentiment. Which would have been lovely...

Chuck: You can’t have any of my hair.
Oscar: Then I guess the dog’s ass-shavings will have to do.

Olive: I just can’t help myself, I’m a bosomoholic.

Ned: But do you hate me?
Charlotte: I have to hate you a little, just for a little while. But I can’t do that if you stay
Ned: I don’t want you to hate me, I’ll stay.
Charlotte: If you stay, I’ll just end up hating you more. Just go.

Abner Newsome: Oh please, tell me I’m a suspect. Awesome. Cause, cause, you know what I did first? I took a magic potion that made the tissue-paper sack I call my heart work. Then I stepped on his neck with the soggy atrophied breadsticks that I used to call my legs.

Emerson: I'm a father.
Ned: As in a priest?
Emerson: As in a man... with a daughter.

Emerson: Oh lord, please don’t tell me I ain’t dead.
Ned: You’re not dead.
Emerson: And I can be not dead for longer than a minute?
Ned: There are no minutes involve. You will continue to be not dead, until you’re dead. But I never undeaded you at any point.
Emerson: Good.

Emerson: We are giant, enormous idiots. And don't you say "gi-normous" because that ain't a word.

Charlotte: You sneak up on people, that could get you inadvertently bludgeoned with a rolling pin.
Oscar Vibenius: I find a bludgeoning to be a unique sensory experience. I taste pennies and smell burnt toast.

Emerson: The Wish-A-Wish lady.
Ned: She's the kill-a-killer.

Ned: What if Steve Kaiser was right; life just adds up to one big calculation where you add up all the good you’ve ever done and subtract all the bad and… after what I’ve done… what if Chuck and I don’t add up.
Emerson: Oh you add up… to zero
Ned: Zero?
Emerson: As in zero interest in discussing it.

Ned: You don't have to do this, Madeleine. Please put the gun and the bat down. Or definitely the gun.

Episode References
According to his tombstone, Chuck's father's name was Charles Charles.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Bruce Cohen  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Dan Jinks  |  Brooke Kennedy
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Ocko  |  Rina Mimoun
Co-ProducerLivia Hanich  |  Scott Nimerfro
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
CastingJennifer Lare  |  Camille H. Patton
MusicJames Dooley
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerRobert Blackman
HairstylistDaniel Curet
Make-upTodd McIntosh  |  David Deleon
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
Property MasterJeffrey Paul Johnson
Post Production SupervisorClaudia Alves
Director of PhotographyMichael Weaver (2)
Story EditorDara Resnik Creasey  |  Chad Gomez Creasey
Sound MixerEdward L. Moskowitz
Executive Story EditorKatherine Lingenfelter
Costume SupervisorCarol Kunz
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