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Pushing Daisies: Kerplunk

When one of Lily and Vivian's old synchronized swimming rivals is murdered, the aunts must come out of retirement to solve the case.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 3T7063
Airdate: Saturday June 13th, 2009


Alternate Airdates:

Germany Mar 11, 2009
Turkey Apr 21, 2009
UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) May 01, 2009
Poland May 28, 2009

  • Currently 7.6/10
7.6/10 (7 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Wendie Malick
As Coral Remora
Nora Dunn
As Blanche Remora
Wilson Cruz
As Sid Tango
Michael McDonald (1)
As Galveston Gus (as Michael James McDonald)
Joey Slotnick
As Jimmy Neptune
Josh Hopkins
As Shane Trickle

Co-Guest Stars
Scott Director
As He Lobster
Lisa M. Haskins
As She Lobster (as Lisa Hoskins)
Giselle Gail Gaines
As Young Vivian (10 yrs)
Mackenzie Brooke Smith
As Young Lily Charles (5 yrs) (as Mackenzie Smith)
Avery Stevens
As Young Lily (11 yrs)
Katie Haider
As Synchronized Swim Double
Angela Schaub
As Synchronized Swim Double
Marita Schaub
As Synchronized Swim Double
Jaclyn Thomas
As Synchronized Swim Double

Uncredited
David Arquette
As Randy Mann
Recurring
Sean Lake
As Pie Hole Patron
Recurring
Sy Richardson
As Coroner
Recurring
Bob Ross (4)
As Aquacade Goer
Main Cast
Lee Pace
As Ned
Anna Friel
As Charlotte "Chuck" Charles
Chi McBride
As Emerson Cod
Jim Dale
voiced Narrator
Ellen Greene
As Vivian Charles
Swoosie Kurtz
As Lily Charles
Kristin Chenoweth
As Olive Snook

Recap

Young Lily Charles watched as her mother gave birth to Vivian, who had a hole in her heart. As the sisters grew up, Vivian mimicked everything that her sister Lily did. As a result, they became expert synchronized swimmers and soon came to fame as the Darling Mermaids. However, the act ended when Lily lost her eye and had an affair with Vivian’s fiance, Charles Charles. She joined a nunnery to disguise her pregnancy, left soon after the birth of her daughter Charlotte, and stayed at home, depressed and dragging her sister and daughter/niece into depression with her...

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Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Pyotr TchaikovskyWaltz of the Flowersduring Lily and Vivian's performance


Episode Quotes
Vivian: Dear me. The Aquacade is in town. Remember taking Charlotte there for her half-birthdays. It's as if an angel called the Papen County Picayune placed an ad on the back page.

Chuck: I can't believe you remembered my half-birthday.
Ned: How could we forget?
Emerson: With you never shutting up about it?

Chuck: Prepare to be amazed. There hasn't been this much talent around a body of water since Moses played the Red Sea.

Chuck: They're the Serena and Venus of water ballet, and no one's even looking.
Emerson: No one's even not looking the way you pretend not to look when you're actually looking.

Jimmy Neptune: Hoped to grab you after the show, but you were swept away by the... departing crowd.
Vivian: We small-boned persons are vulnerable to exoduses of the mass and panicked variety.

Galveston Gus: I know you can't prove Bubba didn't eat Ms. Ramora. He did. And what a crap last meal that must have been.

Emerson: In third grade, i did a report on Great Whites. Discovered we're a lot alike, seeing as how we're both misunderstood badasses.

Chuck: Now touch her! Touch her! Touch her before she talks back!

Olive: O-M-G! G-R-8!. T-T-F-N. No, B-R-B.
Emerson: She got a case of the dumb A-S-S.

Jimmy Neptune: Don't you think that's an act that'll put butts in seats?
Ned: Absolutely. And I've got another act that butts absolutely love.

Ned: Great news--Jimmy agreed to all of your demands.
Vivian: The fresh lilacs? The Egyptian-cotton towels?
Lily: The vodka fountain?

Chuck: Lily. Vivian.
Narrator: At that very moment, time stopped--as it is wont to do when present, past, and future collide. When one's existence ceases to be measured in days, hours and minutes, but instead in the immeasurable quantity of life events. For Lily and Vivian Charles, the reappearance of a daughter and niece was a life event that would eventually overshadow a thirty-year-old betrayal and result in a splash of water, the roar of the crowd, and a whirlwind tour around the world--twice. Private investigator Emerson Cod would experience a life event when life found him through the pages of a pop-up book and he was reunited with his own lil' gumshoe.
Penny: I'm looking for Emerson Cod...
Narrator: Jockey-cum-waitress-cum-private-investigator Olive Snook would experience two life events in quick succession. The first, opening her heart to a formerly friendless taxidermist, and the second by opening a culinary palace dedicated to the art of macaroni and cheese called "The Intrepid Cow." For the Pie Maker and a dead girl named Chuck, their shared life event began with a touch and became the promise of a new family brought about by the words...
Chuck: I'm alive.
Narrator: At that moment, in the town of Couer d'Couers, events occurred that are not, were not, and should never be considered an ending. For endings, as it is known, are where we begin.



Episode Goofs
Ned touches Blanche Remora at the 12:28 mark to bring her back to life, but he doesn't touch her again until the 14:00 minute mark, a full 92 seconds after his initial touch.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBryan Fuller
Executive ProducerBarry Sonnenfeld  |  Bruce Cohen  |  Bryan Fuller  |  Dan Jinks  |  Peter Ocko
Co-Executive ProducerAaron Harberts  |  Gretchen J. Berg  |  Lawrence Trilling
ProducerScott Nimerfro  |  Davey Holmes  |  Dylan K. Massin
Co-ProducerLivia Hanich
Consulting ProducerDouglas Petrie
Production DesignerMichael Wylie
EditorStuart Bass
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
Make-upTodd McIntosh
Set DecoratorHalina Siwolop
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
Synchronized Swimming ChoreographerAngela Schaub
 
Warning: Pushing Daisies season 2 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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