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Pushing Daisies: Water and Power

Emerson is approached by an old flame who wants him to investigate her ex-husband's murder... while he rekindles his relationship with Simone. Meanwhile, Olive takes an interest in Randy Mann.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 3T7061
Airdate: Saturday June 06th, 2009

Director: Dean White
Story: Lisa Joy, Jim Danger Gray
Teleplay: Peter Ocko

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) Apr 24, 2009

Guest Stars
Christine AdamsChristine Adams
As Simone Hundin
David ArquetteDavid Arquette
As Randy Mann
Robert PicardoRobert Picardo
As Detective Puget
Francesca P. RobertsFrancesca P. Roberts
As Amelia Stingwell
Gina TorresGina Torres
As Lila Robinson
Fred WilliamsonFred Williamson
As Roland Stingwell
Matt WinstonMatt Winston
As Michael Brunt

Co-Guest Stars
Melinda BennettMelinda Bennett
As Principal Eleanor Swindle
Stephen DeCordovaStephen DeCordova
As Specialist #1
Nick EndresNick Endres
As Tour Guide
Andy ForrestAndy Forrest
As Mr. Booker
Sam IngraffiaSam Ingraffia
As Specialist #2
Stefan MarksStefan Marks
As Mr. Abner
Byrne OffuttByrne Offutt
As Mr. Cray
Yolanda SnowballYolanda Snowball
As Female Teacher
Craig TsuyumineCraig Tsuyumine
As Red Faced Teacher
Stevie Wash, Jr.Stevie Wash, Jr.
As Young Emerson

Sean LakeSean Lake
As Pie Hole Patron
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


In the past, 11-year-old Emerson Cod gets in to trouble at school and is taken to the principal’s office repeatedly. The specialists try to figure out why a boy with a respect for rules and regulations is getting into trouble. What they never discover is that Emerson is in love with Principal Eleanor Swindle. And he learns that loves makes you stupid...

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Episode Quotes
Ned: What better place to nurture romance than the Pie Hole? Warmth, pie, snuggly booths.

Olive: So what you're saying is, I shouldn't run away from Randy.
Ned: Yes.
Olive: That Randy might be just what I need right now.
Ned: Yes.
Olive: A quick fling to heal the scars and and rub ointment on the burns from us, and then rip off and toss away like a used square of gauze.
Ned: Not yes.
Olive: He's Randy Rebound.
Ned: No he's not.

Amelia Stingwell: Forgive me, but your door was ajar.
Emerson: Well, just because it was ajar doesn't change the fact that it was a door before it was ajar, which would indicate to most people to a-knock before a-entering.

Chuck: How can yo not tell me that you have a daughter? We buried bodies together.

Narrator: With each passing thermos, the private investigator grew more blind to the fact that he was fast approaching the thin line between "stake out" and "make out."

Detective Puget: Never known you to share, Cod. What's your angle?
Emerson: Maybe I wouldn't mind a little help bringing down the hammer of justice on whatever lowlife did this. Doesn't matter to me if the hammer is public or private, long as the nail gets hit on the head. You catch my drift?
Detective Puget: I do not.
Emerson: Catch the bitch.

Olive: Well, signals are like nuts--mixed are better. And who wants all the same kind, right?

Olive: Some things are so absurd that I can't even hear them. Like you just blew a dog whistle full of crazy, and I'm not a dog.

Michael Brunt: Now, when is your birthday, precious?
Chuck: December.
Michael Brunt: Hmmm. Funny, I would have bet you were an autumn birthday. See, the deep orange of orchid embers and Asiatic lilies make your skin tone glow.
Chuck: Well, actually, I have two birthdays, and my second one's in the fall, so actually you're right.
Michael Brunt: Your gibberish is sweet, honey. Keep the flowers.

Narrator: As he considered the power of the hydroelectric plant he had designed, Stingwell was struck by the irony, then by the water.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Peter Ocko  |  Dan Jinks  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Bruce Cohen
Co-Executive ProducerAaron Harberts  |  Gretchen J. Berg  |  Lawrence Trilling
ProducerDylan K. Massin  |  Davey Holmes  |  Scott Nimerfro
Co-ProducerLivia Hanich
Consulting ProducerDouglas Petrie
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
EditorScott James Wallace
CastingJennifer Lare  |  Camille H. Patton
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
Make-upTodd McIntosh
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
Property MasterJeffrey Paul Johnson
Post Production SupervisorGarfield Whitman
Supervising Sound EditorChristopher Harvengt
Re-Recording MixerB. Tennyson Sebastian III  |  Michael C. Casper
OtherAndrea Morgan (Ms. Friel's Dialect Coach)
Director of PhotographyDavid Klein
Story EditorDara Resnik Creasey  |  Chad Gomez Creasey
Sound MixerEdward L. Moskowitz
Executive Story EditorKatherine Lingenfelter
Costume SupervisorCarol Kunz
Visual Effects SupervisorWilliam Powloski
Visual Effects ProducerElizabeth Castro
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