Pushing Daisies: Season 2, Episode 4

Frescorts (22 Oct. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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Emerson's mom comes to town just in time to help the team investigate the murder of an employee at a professional friendship service business. Chuck and Olive move in together after Olive comes back, but how long will it last?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Young Ned (credit only)
Vivian Charles (credit only)
Lily Charles (credit only)
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Emerson's mom comes to town just in time to help the team investigate the murder of an employee at a professional friendship service business. Chuck and Olive move in together after Olive comes back, but how long will it last?

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The CEO of My Best Friend is called "Buddy Amicus." Both words are used as synonyms for "friend". See more »


(at around 16 mins) When the gang is discussing Randy at the Pie Hole, Ned means to say "grill a brat with Randy", but it comes out as "grill a brat with Brandy". See more »


Veronica Villanueva: Joe was a frescort.
Dr. Eugene Halifax: It's short for "friend/escort," basically a friend for hire. You pick from the catalog. They become anyone you want them to be.
Emerson Cod: What's wrong with picking somebody the old-fashioned way - walking up to them and saying, "Hi, my name is Blah-Dee-Blah. Do you like bloo-dee-blooin'? Me too! Let's be friends"?
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27 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rather than starting with a flashback to Ned's unfortunate childhood this episode begins with a view of Emerson's early days; showing how he and his mother worked together as private detectives. This set things up for the appearance of a mystery woman at The Pie Hole which turns out to be his mother. While they are getting reacquainted a woman comes in wanting help to find the person responsible for killing her best friend. This is the second person that day with such a request and both had the same best friend. It turns out this wasn't a normal friend but a 'freascort' or friend-escorts hired from 'My Best Friend Inc.', a company run buy former high school sports star who saw that not everybody could get friends as easily as him. Chuck and Olive get jobs at the company to learn what is happening but end up learning a little too much about each other.

While not the best episode to date this was still fun to watch; the case was suitably strange but not as strange as suspect and taxidermist Randy Mann; actor David Arquette managed to make the character both creepy and slightly sympathetic. It is good to see Olive back at The Pie Hole although it looked as if things wouldn't go to well with Chuck after their conversation when trapped in a locker. When the killer and motive are revealed things are fairly entertaining if a little creepy for reasons I won't spoil here. I was a bit surprised that more wasn't made of Emerson's mother; perhaps it was intended to bring her back at a later date but were unable to because of the show's premature cancellation.

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