Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
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Bitter Sweets 

The owners of a new candy store hope to put The Pie Hole out of business. And when one of the store's owners turns up dead, Ned is wrongfully charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Vivian Charles (credit only)
Lily Charles (credit only)
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Tony DiNapoli is murdered and his girlfriend Tina Arongino is the suspect. She hires Emerson to prove her innocence. Emerson, Ned and Chuck - looking just like Janis Joplin in this scene - talk to Tony and he tells them he was murdered by Burly Bruce Carter, who killed him with the hands of his girlfriend, a real doll! Meanwhile, The Pie Hole gets competition from Bittersweets, a candy store that has opened across the street and whose owners make it very clear they'll do anything to put The Pie Hole out of business. To make matters even worse, Ned finds the dead body of one of the owners in the candy store at the exact moment the police enters the building... Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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28 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Dilly's background story references Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds". She is dressed in the same outfit and has the same hairstyle as movie's heroine, played by Tippi Hedron. The movie takes place in Bodega Bay, and at the beginning, the heroine is attacked by seagulls on her way to the town via a speedboat. See more »


Eugene inflates a balloon in the science lab using a tap labeled VAC (vacuum). See more »


Olive SnookCharlotte 'Chuck' Charles: Don't mess with the Pie Hos!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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20 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode sees The Pie Hole getting some competition in the form of the 'Balsam's Bittersweets Taffy and Sweet Emporium' whose owner, Dilly Balsam, is going to do whatever it takes to see that her business comes out on top. That includes sending a health inspector round to shut The Pie Hole and sabotaging their sign so it reads 'The Pie Ho. Ned wants to play fair but Chuck and Olive want to fight fire with fire and release several rats in the Balsam's shop. When Ned learns about this he goes round to remove them but while trying to get one out of the taffy vat he touches the murdered body of Dilly's brother. The police arrive just as Ned administers the second touch and arrest him for murder... it looks like Emerson will have to solve this case the old fashioned way.

This episode was another good one; Molly Shannon did a great job as Dilly Balsam; the rival and potential murder suspect. Raúl Esparza was also good as Alfredo Aldarisio, the travelling homoeopathic remedy salesman, the scene between him and Olive was incredibly romantic without being twee. The case was as wacky as ever; in fact there were two wacky cases; the taffy vat killing and one involving a man 'murdered' my a doll! The doll-killing was wrapped up fairly quickly though. Once the mystery is over Ned tells Chuck something that should make the next episode rather interesting... I won't spoil that here though!

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