Ned refuses to help Chuck and Emerson solve the murder of a department store window display artist, and is forced to pose as Olive's fiancé when Olive's childhood "kidnappers" arrive after they escape from prison.



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Ned refuses to help Chuck and Emerson solve the murder of a department store window display artist, and is forced to pose as Olive's fiancé when Olive's childhood "kidnappers" arrive after they escape from prison.

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30 May 2009 (USA)  »

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Partially based on the accidental kidnapping movie Savannah Smiles See more »


Olive Snook: Listen up! Because I'm only gonna say this once. First and foremost, I'm sorry. Both for what I'm about to tell you and the hysteria with which I'm about to tell it, which is in no way directed at any of you, nor is it related to a female issue of any kind!
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Written by Lionel Richie
Arranged by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
Performed by Kristin Chenoweth
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Emerson and Chuck solve a case without Ned
5 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The flashback at the beginning of this episode features an incident from Olive's past; one day, fed up of being ignored by her parents, she decided to run away and hopped into the back seat of a car that was being stolen at the time. When the two thieves returned Olive to her parents they found themselves accused of kidnap and jailed. Back in the present day they escape from prison and head to The Pie Hole to pay a visit to Olive Snook. They aren't seeking revenge though; Olive had written to then during their long stay in prison and they consider her a friend. There are some complications though; Olive had claimed to be in a relationship with Ned and can't bring herself to tell them she had lied. The situation escalates when they have to seek the help of Lily and Vivian and they believe the story about Olive and Ned's engagement! While this is going on Emerson is investigating the death of one of the window dressers from the local department store; the police believe it was an accident but Emerson and Chuck aren't so sure. When they see her latest window display they are certain it was foul play; it looks just like her murder scene. Her murder won't be the last and as is often the case there are plenty of suspects and they can't just ask the victim as Ned is retired from the resurrection business... for the time being.

The series is sadly approaching its conclusion but the episodes remain a lot of fun; guest stars Richard Benjamin and George Segal did a fine job as the two 'kidnappers' and it was nice to see David Arquette return as the taxidermist with a soft spot for Olive, Randy Mann. The story of the kidnappers escape was a lot of fun; it even involved a rampaged rhinoceros! The murder was of the type I've come to expect in 'Pushing Daisies' but the investigation was somewhat different as Emerson had to rely on his old detective skills rather than Ned's abilities. Fans of Olive's singing will be happy to hear Kristin Chenoweth's rendition of Lionel Richie's 'Hello' (is it me you're looking for); she does a great job. The episode does have a romantic conclusion but if you want to know who it involves you will just have to watch it as I'm not going to spoil it!

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