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Pushing Daisies: Dim Sum Lose Some

A Chinese restaurant owner, Mr. Bao Di, is killed in a seeming accident. His wife hires Emerson to investigate what she believes was murder, and the team discovers that Bao owed gambling debts and used his daughter's hand in marriage as collateral.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Airdate: Wednesday October 29th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) Feb 27, 2009

Guest Stars
Stephen RootStephen Root
As Dwight Dixon
Christine AdamsChristine Adams
As Simone Hundin
Alex MillerAlex Miller
As Maurice
Graham MillerGraham Miller
As Ralston
Blake KushiBlake Kushi
As Rubbie Wu
Andrea LuiAndrea Lui
As Mei Ting
Ping WuPing Wu
As Bao Di Ting
Ron YuanRon Yuan
As Shrimpboy

Co-Guest Stars
Daeg FaerchDaeg Faerch
As Ingmar
Chao-Li ChiChao-Li Chi
As Hua Jaing
Mae HiMae Hi
As Lai Di Ting
Allen C. LiuAllen C. Liu
As Perry the Busboy
Jolene KimJolene Kim
As Waitress/Dealer
Charles ShenCharles Shen
As Bodyguard #2
Atticus ToddAtticus Todd
As Bodyguard #1
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
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth
As Olive Snook
Field CateField Cate
As Young Nate


In the past, Ned is at the boy’s school for the holidays with the few others who have nowhere to go. Ingmar, another student, has a certified roulette wheel and runs games. Young Ned bets his chocolates but discovers as Ingmar spins the wheel that the chocolates were a gift from his mother. Ned loses them...

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Episode Quotes
Ned: Do you ever shiver when you pee? That's how I felt when he spoke.

Ned: When a stranger says a strange thing in passing, chances are I misheard him or misunderstood. Maybe when he said "your mother's pie" he didn't mean my mother, he meant everyone's mother. The iconic All-American mother created by advertisers and politicians as a shorthand for family values and a longing for baked goods.

Narrator: As Chuck marveled at the Piemaker's refusal to help search for his only parent, Emerson Cod marveled at the digestive coma produced by beef balls and curried cuttlefish from the Dim Sum restaurant downstairs. His phone silenced, Emerson knew the world of clients and murders would soon be lost in the cloud of a power nap.

(Ned brings Bao back to life)
Ned: Who were you gambling with?
Bao Ting: I tell you that and I'm a dead man.
Emerson: See, what we need now is a mirror...

Emerson: Your mother had a hunch. I could gold-leaf my bathroom with what I made off my hunches.

Chuck: My mom's been lying to me for three decades about who she is. We have a whole pile of stink to work out. And I would if I could but I can't, but you can if you could and you should.

Chuck: Hey! Isn't that...
Ned: Simone? The dog lady you dated? Is that why we're hiding?
Emerson: We ain't hiding and we didn't date.
Chuck: You wanted to.
Emerson: Yeah. And then I didn't.
Ned: Why you didn't?
Chuck: No kidding. She's gorgeous.
Emerson: There are complicated issues in this situation that you don't need to know nothing about. Except that their complexities are so complex that they make this shallow conversation absurd.
Ned: Strange...
Emerson: You calling my romantic life strange?

Ned: Those folks are playing poker with food.

Emerson: Did you know Bao Ting?
Simone Hundin: His steamed buns blurred the line between eating and sex.

Narrator: This was the first time the private investigator had ever been ordered to...
Simone Hundin: Come!

Chuck: Yeah, imagine if we’d dragged Ned here and found out that his dad’s still an emotional disaster.
Olive: And it turns out he’s older and crankier and drinks $6 bottles of sour mash. Oh, Ned would have a trump card of an I-told-you-so.

Ned: “Maurice” and “Rolston”?
Chuck: You didn’t even know their names?
Ned: I’m glad Dad got so fun and creative with naming after <em>I</em> left. “Goodbye, Ned. Hello, Mercutio and Ribald.”
Chuck: Maurice and Rolston!

Emerson: Who shrieked?
Ned: I might have shrieked.

Chuck: Everyone needs family.
Ned: You're my family. (to Olive) And you. To a slightly lesser degree.
Olive: Thanks to a slightly lesser degree.

Olive: Hey, Crab Cake. You help him, you're an accessory. And I'm not talking Gucci handbag. I'm talking hard time in the pen, the joint, the hoosegow, the forbidden city.

Simone: From now on you will not speak to me.
Emerson: But I…
Simone: Or call me.
Emerson: But I….
Simone: Or come within twenty feet.
Emerson: But I…
Simone: And stop calling me “But I.”

Cultural References
Emerson: Damn, woman, you got the kung fu grip.

Some of the GI Joe action figures of the 1970s came with a soft rubber hand that could be clamped around objects.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Peter Ocko  |  Dan Jinks  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Bruce Cohen
Co-Executive ProducerGretchen J. Berg  |  Lawrence Trilling  |  Aaron Harberts
ProducerDavey Holmes  |  Dylan K. Massin  |  Scott Nimerfro
Co-ProducerLivia Hanich
Consulting ProducerDouglas Petrie
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
EditorScott James Wallace
CastingCamille H. Patton  |  Jennifer Lare
Unit Production ManagerDouglas S. Ornstein
First Assistant DirectorMelissa V. Barnes
Second Assistant DirectorSean D. Whitler
MusicJames Dooley
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerRobert Blackman
HairstylistDaniel Curet  |  Yuko T. Koach
Make-upTodd McIntosh
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
Property MasterJeffrey Paul Johnson
Post Production SupervisorGarfield Whitman
Supervising Sound EditorChristopher Harvengt
Re-Recording MixerMichael C. Casper  |  B. Tennyson Sebastian III
Director of PhotographyMichael Weaver (2)
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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