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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10 December 2008 (USA)  »

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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 Annablle Vandersloop is leaving, she puts her hand accidentally on Emerson's chest. The palm of her hand lands flat on his plastic raincoat. In the next shot there's a close-up, and you can see that now the hand is positioned half on the raincoat, half on Emerson's lapel, leaving a white stain. In this close-up, the stain is positioned so that the fingers start above Emerson's pocket, and just the index finger and thumb on his lapel, but after Annabelle leaves, the stain is now positioned lower, with the tips of the fingers barely reaching the bottom of his pocket, and no stain on the lapel. When we see Emerson behind the desk, the stain is now showing not a half, but a fully impressed hand, with the whole thumb, index and middle finger on the lapel, and positioned higher, back again to above his pocket. See more »


Emerson Cod: [to Olive Snook] Itty-bitty, you got me to love a rainy day again.
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References Pete's Dragon (1977) See more »


Candle on the Water
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth and an unidentified a capella group
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The Pete's Dragon episode...
28 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the Pete's Dragon episode, as the writers deliberately put LOTS of references in the show. To see more about this, see the IMDb trivia.

In "Legend of Merle McQuoddy", the lighthouse keeper's wife is killed with a harpoon and most seem to think her somewhat crazy husband, Merle, is responsible. You see, Merle had been lost on a desert island for almost a decade and he just doesn't seem normal any more now that he's back. Naturally, Emerson investigates--but mostly with Olive's help. That's because Ned and Chuck are busy themselves, as Charles Charles (Chuck's recently undeceased dad) is making their relationship very difficult. To put it bluntly, the guy is a bit of a jerk.

How much you like this one will probably relate to if you saw and liked "Pete's Dragon". I saw it and hated it but still liked the episode. I am sure fans of the film would be thrilled. Interesting, though not among the best episodes of this wonderful series.

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