Pushing Daisies: Season 1, Episode 8

Bitter Sweets (28 Nov. 2007)

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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)
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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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Bitter Sweets is another enjoyable episode of "Pushing Daises"
1 December 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

All right, here is this episode in a nutshell: The murder of a man named Tony is blamed on his girlfriend Tina, Tina gets out of jail when Tony's friend Alfredo is fingered by Tony after Ned revives him for a minute, Alfredo blames it on his girlfriend who is an inflatable doll but takes the rap for her anyway, Billy and Dilly Balsam (Mike White and Molly Shannon, director and star of Year of the Dog from earlier this year) have opened a candy shop called Bitter Sweets across from The Pie Hole (which now reads "The Pie Ho" after the lights of the last two letters fritz out) meaning rivalry between the shops though Ned doesn't believe in competition, Billy later turns up dead in a candy vat that Ned discovers as Dilly catches him thinking he's the culprit and has him arrested, Chuck and Emerson resolve to solve the crime without Ned's help, Ned ends up in jail with Alfredo who's happy knowing his "girlfriend" is waiting for him, and after the case is closed and Ned's free, he finally confesses to Chuck that he killed her father which stuns her as the episode ends...I've skipped through some plot points but if you've already seen "Bitter Sweets" you know what happened between the lines. Another enjoyable episode of "Pushing Daises" and it's nice to see Olive think of someone other than Ned, specifically that salesman who likes her who's now gone to other places. Here's hoping he returns soon. Next week's preview shows that Chuck leaves after knowing Ned's truth about her father. Hope she doesn't go too far away. Knowing that the next episode that comes two weeks from now was the last before the writer's strike, I hope that gets resolved (to the writers' favor) in time for some new ones at least next spring. "Pushing Daises" is just too good a show to just disappear. Fingers crossed! P.S. Loved seeing Molly Shannon again.

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