Friday, November 28, 2008

Pushing Daisies, "Robbing Hood": Open thread

Made the mistake of trying to watch this week's "Pushing Daisies" last night, after a long drive home from seeing the in-laws, just as the tryptophan was starting to kick in. In my semi-conscious state, I was aware that the episode was on, but only just. Still, I did technically watch it, and wanted to give those of you who did an opportunity to talk about it. What did you think?

18 comments:

Tim Windsor said...

Question for the eagle-eyed among you: my Set-Reuse Radar went off in the later scene inside the Robin Hood phoneroom. When the camera tilted up to the second-story railing, I got a bit of Deja Vu.

Then it hit me. The exterior of the Andy Richter shortlived private eye show, where his office was over a restaurant in some strip mall/office park.

Or is it just the after-effects of my own turkey coma?

der Hundepo said...

I really enjoyed this one, although the cliff hanger just killed me. It makes me worry how things will be wrapped up. Loved Olive's channeling of ZsaZsa.

Anonymous said...

Let's say that I now call the people who ring the bells for the Salvation Army "Bellmen"

I also really loved how instead of a typical chase scene,when the villian ran up, Emerson just pointed and shooted. Classic.

Bobman said...

I thought the effect of the lights "exploding" when the old man was brought back to life was one of the cooler effects like that the show has done.

It really is a shame that such an original, clever show can't get an audience.

LA said...

Anything that combines Shelly Berman and Emerson Cod's love of knitting into one episode is aces in my book. Sorry you slept through this one, Alan.

Jay said...

Loved the guest stars: Shelley Berman and Ethan Phillips (Neelix from DS9 and Voyager). Great episode. This show doesn't deserve to go so soon.

Magic Pants Jones said...

der Hundepo, you're close...it was Eva Gabor on Green Acres, and that bit was one of the highlights in the episode for me, too.

Jennifer J. said...

I loved Olive with the 6 empty pie tins all around. Ned stress bakes pies. Olive stress eats pies! ;)

The aunts and Chuck did some really lovely acting in this episode. Sorry you missed it, too, Alan.

Anonymous said...

Ned's face after he confesses to what he thinks will happen if people found out his powers was heartbreaking. And his two separate reactions to trying to figure out what a key party was was hilarious.

I love me some Lee Pace...

dez said...

Does anyone else get nervous with how physically close Ned and Chuck tend to stand together (or do other things together) in every ep? I spend half the eps wondering how they don't touch each other accidentally :-)

Loved that the Robin Hood Bellman thought he could just go back to robbing after making his confession. It was an accidental death, no worries, now I'm off to steal from the rich again, ta!

Jeff W. said...

Does anyone else get nervous with how physically close Ned and Chuck tend to stand together (or do other things together) in every ep? I spend half the eps wondering how they don't touch each other accidentally :-)

Every time. I still think they need to accidentally touch and discover that the second-touch thing wears off. Especially now that it's coming to an end, but they've probably already shot the last episode. Maybe in the comics, then...

By the way, in the endless stream of this show's subtle filthy jokes, I loved the Come and Sleep Hotel, as well as Chuck & Ned's weird "I'm glad you came" banter.

R.A. Porter said...

I was a little down (just a touch) on this week's episode, but I'd gotten bad news earlier on Wednesday that colored my review. Colored it so much, that I neglected to even mention Olive-as-Eva and Pigsby-as-Arnold!

Overall, I thought the character work and big mystery were really good and the MoW was more complicated than necessary. Though again, that might have just been my mood.

More of my thoughts here.

LA said...

I forgot to mention in my earlier comment how genius I thought the Green Acres/Eva Gabor/Lisa Douglas was. Damn, I wish this show wasn't canceled. Can't they dump Private Practice instead?

Tracey said...

I enjoyed this episode a lot, but there was one thing that was confusing me (perhaps also due to turkey coma, but I flipped back through my recording several times and couldn't figure it out):

How did Dwight get the pocket watch? I saw him pick it up from the line of stuff that was in Chuck's box, but I wasn't sure where the watch was when he picked it up, or how he got to where it was. And why hasn't Chuck expressed any concern about the fact that her father's watch is missing?

Tracey said...

Re "Orbis pro vox": In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, "I don't think that means what you think that means." The episode translated the phrase as "Ring for Right," which is the Bellman organization's motto in English. But that's not remotely right in Latin. "Orbis" can mean ring," but not in the sense of a bell ringing -- it means circle (think "orb"). And I have no idea where they got the idea that "vox" means right: it means voice.

Interestingly, however, while PD was airing on Wednesday night, the phrase "Orbis Pro Vox" was briefly the most popular search term in Google Trends. It makes me wonder if the ratings for this show are right, when a Latin error triggers that level of interest on the Internet.

Naturally, this trend inspired a bunch of marketing slimeballs to throw the phrase onto their pages without the slightest idea what it meant. See, for example, http://memetrics.wordpress.com/2008/11/27/orbis-pro-fox-is-latin-for-circle-for-cry/; http://www.simpy.com/user/bobweb/tag/orbis+pro+vox.

But be careful checking out those sites, because I followed one of the links and one of those slimeballs tried to install malware on my computer. (hint: when a website offers to install something on your computer, use Task Manager to end IEXPLORE.EXE. Do not click Cancel, because any clicks may start the malware installation)

olucy said...

Does anyone else get nervous with how physically close Ned and Chuck tend to stand together (or do other things together) in every ep? I spend half the eps wondering how they don't touch each other accidentally :-)

Yes! And I could have sworn after a particularly funny line I saw Chuck nudge Ned. I even rewound it to try to determine if that was the case--almost as if the actress just gave the actor a little "that was funny" tap, thinking the camera wouldn't pick it up. Surely they wouldn't let that happen. But they do sit or stand so close together sometimes!

Jennifer said...

I wasn't terribly interested in the plot of the week, but oh, the Dixon/aunts plot! Holy crap!

Norgard said...

Lovely episode. I have one minor question, though: at one point, Vivian says: "I don't trust [Dixon] further than I can spit, and I can spit."

Eh... doesn't this imply that she can spit very far, and therefore trusts Dixon very much? I don't think that's what she meant to say.