Pushing Daisies: Season 2, Episode 9

The Legend of Merle McQuoddy (10 Dec. 2008)

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Emerson and Olive investigate the murder of an infamous lighthouse keeper's wife, while Chuck's father schemes to keep Ned and Chuck separated forever.

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Emerson and Olive investigate the murder of an infamous lighthouse keeper's wife, while Chuck's father schemes to keep Ned and Chuck separated forever.

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In this episode, many references to the Disney movie Pete's Dragon (1977) can be found.
  • A lighthouse keeper named Nora loses her lover to a storm at sea, and continues watching for him from her lighthouse.


  • Her son is named Elliot, her husband named Merle and their last name is McQuoddy.


  • At one point, two characters seek refuge in a cave by the sea.


  • At one point a vocal group comes to the lighthouse and sings Candle on the Water, a song from Pete's Dragon.


  • Also, the show has always been narrated by Jim Dale, who starred as Doc Terminus in Pete's Dragon.


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When Annabelle Vandersloop presses the red button on her diorama, the building explodes and part of the front wall falls off. A moment later, when she reaches inside the glass box with the diorama to replenish the glitter, the wall is back in place. See more »

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Emerson Cod: Shut the a capella up!
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OK, I love this show soooo much. Does anyone know if the cancellation rumors are true? If so then I'm going to be inconsolable. This show is whimsical and clever and currently my favorite. This episode is my particular favorite, mostly because of the adorable Pete's Dragon references and the sensationally chipper rendition of Candle on the Water. I really hope they put out a second season soundtrack with that on it because I loved it. I watched the episode about twenty times in a row I was so tickled. Kristen Chenoweth especially shines as Olive Snook and the musical references throughout (Grease, Sound of Music and a few others have cropped up as well as Pete's Dragon) leave me grinning every time. Here's hoping the show will rise from the dead...maybe Ned can spare a little of his magic touch.


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