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"Pushing Daisies" Wednesday: Less of a Cutie-Pie

By admin Published: October 18, 2007

Pushing Daisies
Sometimes people have to stop talking fast and let themselves feel something.

Last night was one of those where I just ran out of steam, managing to get through only half of "Private Practice" before sailing away on Lethe. But before that I did get through "Pushing Daisies" and was not entirely displeased. ...

I've already expressed my reservations about "Pushing Daisies" being too cute for its own good, so it was nice that last night's episode let itself get serious for a bit. That Chuck finally learned that her new life came at a price, and that the others had to acknowledge their willingness to pay that price. It was a somber note, but it was one that the show needed to hit if we were ever going to accept the characters as something other than amusing little caricatures surrounded by bright colors.

Of course, the show soon enough went back to being cute, but I hope that last night's episode was a promise that, while it will never be realistic, it will at least recognize the need for real emotions -- and not just the wistfulness in which it has often trafficked.

On the other hand, did I miss it or was there a dead end to the plot about the happy drops in the aunt's pie? I don't remember a noticeable change in the characters, or in Olive for that matter.

This morning, having caught up on sleep, I took a few minutes to watch "Back to You" and saw a show that is really beginning to figure out what works. Part of that, naturally, is more Fred Willard. But it also gave Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton stronger business involving their characters, underscoring their flaws but doing it by putting them in fun situations. I don't buy Grammer's last good turn for his boss, but overall this was the best episode of the show so far.

And don't forget tonight's season finale of "Mad Men." I expect to have a post after it airs.

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