Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
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The Fun in Funeral 

Emerson asks Ned to bring the funeral director he killed back to life, knowing that it will expose the secret about why Chuck is still alive. Olive also learns about Ned and Chuck's secret while delivering a pie to Chuck's aunts.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


Bryan Fuller (created by), Bryan Fuller


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Ned
Anna Friel ... Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Chi McBride ... Emerson Cod
Jim Dale ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Greene ... Vivian Charles
Swoosie Kurtz ... Lily Charles
Kristin Chenoweth ... Olive Snook
Raúl Esparza ... Alfredo Aldarisio
Brad Grunberg ... Lawrence Schatz / Louis Schatz
Eddie Shin ... Wilfred Woodruff
Field Cate ... Young Ned
Victor Z. Isaac ... Delivery Boy
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Elderly Man
Leyna Nguyen Leyna Nguyen ... Newscaster
Kristin Dos Santos ... 30's Woman


Chuck holds true to the threat she made in the pilot by baking anti-depressants into her aunts' food--in the form of Ned's pies. Olive delivers one to them and stumbles onto Chuck's secret. Now that she has dirt on Chuck--that her aunts think she's dead--will Olive use it against her to get Ned? Written by Jason Breslin

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Release Date:

17 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Reubens was originally going to play the role of Alfredo Aldarisio. See more »


The Narrator gives the dead funeral director's age as "44 years, 17 months..." With twelve months in a year, his age is 45 years, 5 months. See more »


Olive Snook: Someone has made you the happy recipients of a pie from The Pie Hole. As in "shut your." Or, in this case, "open your," because it's really good!
Vivian Charles: [thoughtful] Pie Hole... I like it, it's provocative.
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References Seinfeld (1989) See more »


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Aside from a dopey choice for the 'killer', it's a very good episode.
25 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very good episode of "Pushing Daisies", though I thought the ending was a bit too forced--even for a show as bizarre as this one. It picks up with the end of the first episode--with the death of Chuck. You see, with Ned's power, when he revives someone permanently, someone else MUST die. And so, a nearby person died--a scum-bag mortician who delighted in stealing from the dead. His twin brother is approaching Emerson to take him as a client, as he wants to learn who killed his brother--so he can apparently learn where the loot is hidden. But it's not nearly as simple as this--many strange and funny twists follow. However, as I said at the beginning, the Civil War buff at the end seemed too strange even for this show and was a bit forced. But with such a delightful show apart from this, I can allow for this.

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