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Pushing Daisies: Circus Circus

A woman hires Emerson to find her missing daughter, and the trail leads to a circus. Meanwhile, Chuck moves out of Ned's apartment, and her aunts visit the Pie Hole.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Airdate: Wednesday October 08th, 2008

Director: Lawrence Trilling
Writer: Peter Ocko

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) Feb 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Diana ScarwidDiana Scarwid
As Mother Superior
Rachael HarrisRachael Harris
As Georgeann Heaps
Lee ArenbergLee Arenberg
As Arnaud Bailey
Googy GressGoogy Gress
As Bryce Von Deenis

Co-Guest Stars
Sy RichardsonSy Richardson
As Coroner
Michael C. AlexanderMichael C. Alexander
As Customer #1
Artie OArtie O'Daly
As Rocky Milano
Nicole GreenwoodNicole Greenwood
As Miss Moss
Loren LazerineLoren Lazerine
As Jackie Johnny
Hayley McFarlandHayley McFarland
As Nikki Heaps
Mark PovinelliMark Povinelli
As Small Person
Casey WeiantCasey Weiant
As Randi Jean

Jackie HarrisJackie Harris
As Miss Dijon
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
Field CateField Cate
As Young Nate


The Past..

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: The Pie Maker had grown accustomed to the feeling his heart made when it looked out his eyes and saw her sleeping in the next bed.

Emerson: You know how to knock?
Georgeann Heaps: I did knock. I came in, I said to myself, “I hope this good man can help me, knock wood,” and then I knocked.

Chuck: You didn’t sleep well.
Ned: It was deep and perfect, like a nap in the backseat of a car after a day at the beach.

Emerson: That thing should have said, “If this van’s a-rockin’, I’m being murdered.”

Ned: Emerson needs me.
Chuck: Why? There’s no dead body to wake up.
Emerson: Nice. Anyone not hear that?

Pierre: But remember, there are two things clowns make around here. Balloon animals and enemies.

Olive: Oh, hey, sister! Want a chapel buddy?

Ned: I promise I’ll let you come next time.
Chuck: Thank you for your permission.
Ned: You don’t need my permission.
Chuck: Thank you for the permission not to need your permission.

Ned: Where can we find these clowns?
Bailey: Drunk in a ditch would be my guess. They usually stumble in just before showtime, and they always travel in a pack.
Ned: Like wolves.
Bailey: More like cigarettes.

Narrator: In less than 16 seconds, the dead girl who was not dead would be involved in the smallest of ironic coincidences. For just as she said to herself…
Chuck: I wish I were where the action were at.
Narrator: …she was where it were at.

Ned: It’s hard enough being in a relationship where we can’t touch. But… we improvise, figured out ways around that. I’ve even built contraptions.
Emerson: Do you understand how a head works? Do you? Because very time you say something I got to think it. You say “Monkey in a bellhop suit driving a car,” I think “Monkey in a bellhop suit driving a car.” Don’t tell me what you all do together.
Ned: There’s a weird mask.
Emerson: Please, now I’m begging you to stop this.
Ned: No, there’s a weird clown mask back there in the bushes.

Ned: Why the change of heart about Nikki?
Emerson: I guess my glass is half full on this one.
Ned: Generally speaking, I would say you don’t even have a glass. You just have a wet ring on the coffee table where the glass used to be.

Narrator: Olive and Lily ate the morning porridge and wondered if the truffle-hunting pig might be retrained to hunt for a packet of sugar.

Ned: How do we make it work? I knew the caterpillar, but maybe it’s time for you to become the butterfly.
Emerson: You did not just say that.
Ned: Did not know you were there.

Chuck:(reading sticker on van) "Mimes do it with imagination". That's cute.
(Emerson finds a dead mime)
Emerson: That thing should of said: "If this van's a rocking, I'm being murdered."

Ned: My name is Ned. I live a simple life. I wake pies and make the dead. That was creepy. I make pies and wake the dead.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Bruce Cohen  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Dan Jinks  |  Peter Ocko
Co-Executive ProducerLawrence Trilling  |  Aaron Harberts  |  Gretchen J. Berg
ProducerDylan K. Massin  |  Scott Nimerfro  |  Davey Holmes
Co-ProducerMark S. Glick  |  Livia Hanich
Consulting ProducerDouglas Petrie
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
EditorStuart Bass
CastingJennifer Lare  |  Camille H. Patton
Unit Production ManagerMark S. Glick
First Assistant DirectorMelissa V. Barnes
Second Assistant DirectorSean D. Whitler
MusicJames Dooley
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerRobert Blackman
HairstylistDaniel Curet
Make-upTodd McIntosh
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
Property MasterMichael E. Johnson
Post Production SupervisorClaudia Alves
Supervising Sound EditorChristopher Harvengt
Re-Recording MixerB. Tennyson Sebastian III
OtherFrancie Brown (Ms. Friel's Dialect Coach)
Director of PhotographyDavid Klein
Story EditorChad Gomez Creasey  |  Dara Resnik Creasey
Sound MixerEdward L. Moskowitz
Executive Story EditorKatherine Lingenfelter
Costume SupervisorCarol Kunz
Visual Effects SupervisorWilliam Powloski
Visual Effects ProducerElizabeth Castro
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