This week’s Pushing Daisies dug into the storybooks and presented the tale of a modern-day Robin Hood with a bit of a loose screw. If only ABC had a hero complex–perhaps PD wouldn’t have been canceled.
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Ned was never the popular kid. At school, he was forced to play with an even more unpopular kid with an unfortunate jaw line. So, when Eugene’s pet snake choked on his pet bunny, Ned felt compelled to bring Eugene’s pets back to life. In exchange, two innocent woodland creatures had to pass the buck, but Ned decided that the act of charity outweighed the consequences.
Back to present day, Ned is taking out his stress on the pies. He’s rightfully worried about Dwight Dixon. Dwight is now dating Vivian and is bound to see a picture of Chuck somewhere around the house. The problem? Chuck served him a cappuccino at the Pie Hole. He’ll know her secret, thus exposing Ned’s secret. They need to find out what he wants… and quick.
Meanwhile, Emerson has taken on a new case, and this one’s cha-ching with a capital C. The facts are these: Daniel Hill is a well-paid lawyer who only had one client– Gustav Holst, an immigrant entrepreneur who struck it rich by living the American dream. Sadly, Gustav was murdered in a tragic chandelier incident, and Daniel wants to find the killer. Why? Just your typical "unrequited love for a client as old as your grandfather" case. Hill thinks Gustav’s gold-digging wife is the true culprit.
Putting the Dwight situation on hold, Ned, Chuck, and Emerson head to the morgue to have a little chat with the deceased. When he wasn’t rambling about the damn kids on his lawn, Gustav told Ned to find his hidden safe in the trophy room. He wants to make sure his money-grubbing wife doesn’t get a penny, and says that the bellman murdered him. Mystery solved?
Next stop: big ass mansion. Elise is your stereotypical sugar baby who drapes herself in diamonds whilst begging for private tennis lessons. She’s also kind of dense. Ned sneaks away to hunt down the missing will while Emerson and Chuck ask her some questions about the night of the murder. She claims to have been at a charity function, while the house’s bellman/porter was at a key party. Will their alibis check out? Meanwhile, Ned’s search has come up empty. The safe was bare except a phrase "Orbis Pro Vox" written in chalk.
This case has just become bedunkadunk. It seems a local hooligan has been leaving the same cryptic messages at crime scenes lately. This is bigger than they thought. Back at the Pie Hole, the conversation turns back to Dwight. No one can find any information on him, like he just materialized out of thin air. He also has an unnatural preoccupation with Chuck’s father’s pocket watch. Ned wonders if maybe he’ll go away if they give him the watch, but Chuck has a better idea: wake her dad from the dead. Creepy.
Emerson has discovered more info on the case. The serial robber always makes a donation to charity the next day, like a modern day Robin Hood. They Latin phrase translates to "Ring for Right,’ the motto of a local charity called Bellman’s. Bingo. Rob Wright is the head bellman with an annoying chirpiness. He claims they have nothing to hide, but Emerson begs to differ. He seizes their telemarketing call list to see if there are any clues.
In a lovely park on a lovely day, Dwight and Vivian are bonding over their love of woodwind instruments. Dwight slyly wrung some information about the watch of an unsuspecting Vivian, but what intrigued him most of all was not the answers in which he sought, but the tug of his heartstrings he felt. Is Dwight actually falling for the hapless maiden? He doesn’t have time to think about that, especially once Vivian shows him Chuck’s obituary.
Meanwhile, Ned has developed a ploy to catch the Bellman in action. They’ll set up Rob to think that a rich lady will be out of town, so that when he goes to steal from her, he’ll be caught red handed. Unfortunately, the only plausible house they can think of is Vivian’s and Lily’s. While Ned and Olive try to work on the aunts, Chuck sneaks into her old bedroom to look for some old letters of her dad’s. While she doesn’t find any clues to Dwight’s intentions, she does get a nice surprise with the entrance of Rob through the window.
Instead of freaking out, Chuck has a nice discussion with him. It seems he’s merely trying to be noble. He’s taking money from those who don’t need the extravagance and donating it to needy causes, but he’s no killer. However, he did know Gustav. Gustav was impressed with Rob’s kind heart and the two developed a plan. Rob would break into Gustav’s safe and steal his fortune. If the gold-digging wife stuck by her husband, he’d know she was a keeper. Afterward, Rob would give back half and keep half for charity. On the night in question, however, Elise caught him in the act and the plan was foiled.
Now that the blame has shifted back to the wife, the three begin to stake out the mansion. What they discover is a love affair between the porter and Elise. Seems like a good motive. Elise’s alibi didn’t check out, but she confesses that she was actually at the key party with the porter. But she convinces them that she never saw the robber like Rob claimed she did, so the attention is once again focused on Rob. When he pulls a knife on Emerson, it’s pretty clear that he’s the culprit.
Dwight Dixon has figured out that Chuck is "alive" and tracks down the pocket watch from Chuck’s apartment. Lilian, meanwhile, was feeling sentimental and visits Chuck’s grave. When she sees it has been unearthed, she knows that Dwight is to blame. Lily’s got a lot of balls, so she decides to break into Dwight’s hotel room to steal it back. She does, along with his own pocket watch. Dwight thinks Chuck has stolen them back.
Daniel Hill now has peace of mind. As it turns out, Gustav had discovered his wife’s affair and had tried to stop the robbery scheme with Rob. Rob flipped out, not wanting to give back the money, and accidentally caused the chandelier to fall on Gustav’s head. Before he died, Gustav realized that the only person who ever truly loved him was his lawyer and decreed him the sole heir to the fortune.
Olive comes bearing bad news. Dwight stopped by and happened to leave a copy of Chuck’s obituary on the counter. The message is loud and clear: he’s onto them. Ned and Chuck have no choice but to dig up her father’s body. Ned is concerned that the emotional trauma will be too much for her to handle, but she insists that she can get through it as long as she has Ned’s love. That’s almost a fairy tale ending.
Odds and Ends from "Robbing Hood":
• The beginning snake/bunny scene reminded me of the Robin Hood: Men in Tights quote– "My goldfish, Goldie?" "Eaten by the cat." "My cat?" "Choked on the goldfish. "
• This show has a strange fixation on taxidermy.
• Loved Olive’s Zsa Zsa Gabor impression.
• Also had to laugh at Rob Wright’s hilarious attempt at escaping Emerson with a slick Robin Hood-type maneuver that failed miserably. At least he looked cool for a few seconds.
Now that the show is officially canceled, what would you like to see in the final six episodes? Should Vivian fall in love with Dwight? Should Emerson find his daughter? Does Lily need to get laid?