one of my favorite shows is sadly no longer on air.
i first saw pushing daisies sophomore year of high school and immediately fell in love with the quirky surreal feel of the show. i love how the entire show is narrated by a tim burton-esque man and how the characters are referred to as “the pie maker” or “lonely tourist charlotte charles.” it gave the show an almost fairytale quality that i absolutely adore.
also, because the show featured kristin chenoweth and ellen greene, there were oftentimes moments of spontaneous song (another thing i absolutely adore).
i also love the relationship between chuck and ned. call me a romantic, but i love the idea that two people can still be madly in love without physical touch.
for those of you who don’t know the show’s plot, ned is a young boy when he discovers he has the ability to bring dead things back to life with a touch when his dog digby gets hit by a truck. he also revives his mother in the kitchen after she suffers a ruptured blood vessel in her brain. but if a dead thing is alive for longer than a minute, something else has to die to take its place. by resurrecting his mother, he accidently kills the father of charlotte charles (chuck) who lives next door. then, that night, he learns the third rule to his powers. the first touch is life, but the second touch is dead forever. when his mother kisses him goodnight, she dies. again. permanently.
years pass and ned becomes the pie maker who owns a shop called the pie hole. he works with emerson cod who is a private detective who knows ned’s secret. essentially, ned touches murder victims, asks who killed them, touches them again and then he and emerson split the reward.
this is how he meets chuck again.
she’s been murdered.
but, when ned touches her to bring her back to life, he can’t bear to see her die again and decides to keep her alive. the two fall in love, but because ned brought her to life again, he can never touch her.
but that’s alright, because the two are still madly in love. they find adorable ways around their…um…problem. liiiiiike dancing in bee suits
and seran wrap kisses
and holding hands.
well okay their own hands. but still adorable in every way.
unfortunately, the show was cancelled waaaay earlier than writers intended so the last episode wraps up ridiculously quickly.
but, the show will always hold a special place in my heart.
oh, and here’s some of my favorite quotes:
Emerson: You sound like one of them narcoleptics.
Ned: I suffer from sudden and frequent bouts of sleep?
Emerson: No no no what’s the other one?
Emerson: Yeah that’s it. Words that sound alike get mixed up in my head.
Olive: Me too. I used to think masturbation meant chewing your food.(pause) I don’t think that anymore.
Ned: You’re supposed to be dead. This is pushing your luck.
Chuck: Yeah, well, luck pushed me first.
Chuck: You can’t just touch someone’s life and be done with it.
Ned: Yes I can. That’s how I roll.
Chuck: You love secrets. You want to marry secrets and have little half-secret half-human babies.
Emerson: The truth ain’t like puppies, a bunch of them running around, you pick your favorite. One truth and it has come a knockin’.
Olive: Can I ask you a question?
Fredo: Of course.
Olive: If you loved me a nd we could never ever ever touch, wouldn’t you eventually get over it and move on, letting someone else have the slightest hope that you might move onto them?
Fredo: If I loved you then I would love you in any way I could. And if we could not touch, then I would draw strength from your beauty. And if I went blind then I would fill my soul with the sound of your voice and the contents of your thoughts until the last spark of my love for you lit the shabby darkness of my dying mind.
Vivian: It used to make you so happy the water. I think it’s brave to try to be happy. You’ve gotten so comfortable being unhappy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up in the morning and choose to be happy, to let the water wash everything away?
Ned: You’re the only one for me.
Chuck: I know you feel that now, but there are things you want. There are things we both want.
Ned: Everyone wants stuff. We wake up every day with a list of wishes a mile long and maybe we spend our lives trying to make those wishes come true. But just because we want them doesn’t mean we need them to be happy.
Chuck: What do you need to be happy?