The team investigates an unusual car manufacturer after a murder victim claims that he was killed by a crash test dummy.



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Vivian Charles (credit only)
Lily Charles (credit only)
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Chuck doesn't like the fact that Ned won't talk about himself, while Emerson doesn't like the fact that Chuck's part of the team. Olive also isn't happy with Chuck because she's secretly in love with Ned. When Emerson gets a case, he, Ned and Chuck go to the morgue where corpse Bernard Slaybeck tells them he loved Jeanine from promotions and that he was killed by a crash test dummy. At the company Bernard used to work, Dandy Lion Worldwide, Ned and Chuck find Jeanine and, during a tour hosted by CEO Mark Chase, Chuck finds a crash test dummy with neither clothes nor face. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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10 October 2007 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Olive (Kristin Chenoweth) sings Hopelessly Devoted To You from Grease. Chenoweth also starred in Glee, in which the same song was performed in Season 6 by Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). See more »


While singing "Hopelessly Devoted to You", Olive puts a chair up on a table. Later, when she sits down, that chair is back on the floor. See more »


Narrator: As Olive considered how much she loved Digby for paying attention to her when the pie-maker would not, Digby considered how much he loved salt.
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Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »


Hopelessly Devoted to You
Written by John Farrar
Arranged by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth
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"Dead people don't talk...usually"
17 December 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After introducing its wacky yet endearing premise in the pilot, Pushing Daisies moves into even zanier territory with Dummy, which also marks the true beginning of the show's bizarre whodunit formula.

Actually, there's another element, too: the beginning is always devoted to the misadventures of young Ned (Field Cate) as he learns to master his abilities. In this case, we get to see him experiment with frogs in the science lab to determine the one-minute rule about reviving dead people. After that, it's straight to the newest case: a corpse who claims he was killed by a crash test dummy at the car factory he used to work for. While the gang investigates the downsides of the "cars of the future", Emerson is unhappy about Chuck joining the team, Ned is unhappy because he can't touch his sweetheart and Olive pines over her unrequited love for the pie-maker.

Okay, so the concept of killer dummies might come off as a bad parody of the Child's Play movies, but thanks to great wit and excellent acting it all holds up. Highlights include Emerson's deadpan remarks (not to mention his knitting hobby) and Olive's musical number (no wonder Kristin Chenoweth was nominated for an Emmy), and that's just when they're apart - the real treat comes when they're sharing scenes ("Do they touch much?" "I wish they did").

And, in keeping with the show's oddball central romance, the epilogue, while sentimental, manages to be sincerely touching. As a doomed love story, it beats the hell out of Titanic.

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