Spoilers for the "Pushing Daisies" season two premiere coming up just as soon as I shoot some truth buckshot out of my muzzle...
I don't know that I have a lot to add to what I had to say in this morning's column -- click through and read it, I'll wait -- and so I'm just going to bullet point some of the things that made me smile especially broadly and then open it up for you to twist your tongues around all that talk about sabotaging Betty's Bees:
• Chuck dumping the dead bees onto Ned to bring them back to life (while simultaneously solving the water bug infestation problem) looked as nifty as I'm sure they hoped it would be.
• The gag about Emerson's self-authored pop-up book, "Lil' Gum Shoe," started off as a cute call-back to his interest in both pop-up books and knitting from last year, and turned poignant at the end with the reference to his missing daughter. Nice.
• I had no idea that was Autumn Reeser (formerly The Woman Who Saved "The O.C.," soon to be one of the stars of the CW's low-budget "Valentine") under all that bee sting make-up, which, combined with the bees shooting out of her mouth, made for one of the grosser corpse effects they've ever done.
• "Ain't no bees walking around in people shapes. Kentucky was wiggity wiggity whacked!"
• Olive's scream reaching dog octaves, leading into her rant about being a sawed-off shotgun full of secrets, which in turn led to the brief "Sound of Music" spoof on the mountain top.
• "If you can't hold it, you take your ass to the men's room and cry in private at the toilet -- like a man!"
• Pigby the Pig!
• I really liked the way Lee Pace carried himself in the scene where Chuck first starts talking about moving into Olive's apartment, and not just in the moment where they suggest Chuck caught him failing to be the master of his domain. The whole business with him stuffing his hands in his pockets and swirling his feet on the floor reminded me of something Neil Patrick Harris would do (which is among the higher compliments I can pay someone on this blog).
My only real objection -- other than to suggest that a show this proudly weird probably could have saved Missi Pyle for an episode where she'd have more to do -- is that Aunt Lily's story about being Chuck's mom confuses me. So Chuck believes her mother (whom she's apparently never seen pictures of) died in childbirth; are Lily and Vivia supposed to be her sisters? Sisters to Chuck's late father? And if Vivian doesn't know Lily is Chuck's mom, why does she think that either of them are Chuck's aunts? If Vivian knew the truth, it'd make slightly more sense, but I haven't had this much trouble diagramming a family tree since Julie Cooper and Caleb Nichol got hitched on "The O.C." while Ryan and Marissa were still dating.
And before I make a third "O.C." reference, it's time for me to ask: what did everybody else think?