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"Pushing Daisies" Smell of Success (2007)

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Smell of Success is another hilarious episode of "Pushing Daises"

Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA
30 November 2007

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This is the funniest episode of "Pushing Daises" yet! I'll just mention what this show has: murder by scratch-n-sniff, rival authors, rival colleagues, Paul Reubens, "Follow the yellow hose", Olive in a mermaid outfit, Olive's cleavage, and Chuck's aunt Vivian singing, "Morning Has Broken". There's plenty more I haven't mentioned but one more thing I have to say is: Thanks, ABC, for giving this whimsically funny series a full-season pickup! Also glad to know the ratings have gone up. Every week this show just keeps getting better. Now if only the writers' strike ends soon (with the writers getting what they want) so we can get that full season in bloom ASAP!

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The smell of death

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
19 February 2012

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This episode is one of the best yet; containing a surreal mystery, good character development and Olive in a rather revealing mermaid costume. This week's case involves the death of a young woman who was killed when a scratch 'n' sniff book exploded! It seems the intended target was the creator of the book, Napoleon LeNez. There are two obvious suspects; the author of a pop-up book whose title got dropped in favour of LeNez's and LeNez's one time friend now mortal enemy, the sewer dweller Oscar Vibenius. The clues point to the latter especially after he is seen working on a bomb just before a second attempt on LeNez's life. Away from the case Chuck has had a great idea; The Pie Hole should start selling cup pies for those who don't want a whole slice but Ned isn't so sure; he believes in tradition and Olive is trying to help Chuck's aunts get over their loss.

This episode was a lot of fun; the story was delightfully mad and guest stars Christopher Sieber and Paul Reubens were entertaining as LeNez and Vibenius; I wouldn't be surprised if the latter appeared again; the ending certainly suggested it was likely. The subplot with Olive and the aunts was pretty good too; it was fairly downbeat but had a cheerful ending; Ellen Greene, Aunt Vivian's rendition of 'Morning Has Broken' was rather sweet.

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The first appearance of Paul Rubens on this show...

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
25 May 2011

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Paul Rubens, know to practically everyone as Pee-Wee Herman (or that guy that did THAT in Sarasota) makes his first guest appearance on this show.

The show begins with the team going to revive and talk with yet another corpse. This one, however, is a bit unsightly than usual, as she was blown up by a booby-trapped scratch 'n sniff book!! It seems she was taking a sneak peek (and sniff) of her boss' new book--a book about smells by the famous Napoleon LeNez. However, reviving her didn't give them a clue as to WHO did this to the lady and so they, once again, must investigate. The trail leads to one of LeNez's revivals, Oscar (Rubens) but as they are about to talk with him, there is another explosion. Who is the crazy with a penchant for destruction? A kooky plot that is quite original make this one worth seeing.

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