Pushing Daisies: Season 1, Episode 2

Dummy (10 Oct. 2007)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Vivian Charles (credit only)
Lily Charles (credit only)
Taji Coleman ...
Lab Technician


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 <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Field Cate, who plays Young Ned and appears in all 22 episodes, only had one line of dialogue. See more »


The narrator states that Emerson Cod "finished purling the row," Emerson is actually knitting it. See more »


Emerson Cod: Dead people don't talk... usually.
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References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) See more »


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Written by John Farrar
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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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