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More than any other show on TV, I can count on Pushing Daisies to give me a reason to smile every week. That’s because Daisies has yet to truly let me down, even in its roughest weeks, and “Bad Habits” sticks to the very good habit of crafting an hour long escape that leaves my cheeks feeling the slightest bit tingly and my heart a little warmer.
Olive and Ned are both dealing with abandonment issues this week: Olive feeling abandoned emotionally by Ned, and Ned still not over being dropped to the curb by his father. Their separate but related issues collide when one of Olive’s sisters falls from a bell tower and she brings Emmerson, Ned and Chuck in to help solve the case. So these dilemmas are nothing new, but their finally coming face with them and with each other. Olive’s run away to keep her guard up and her secrets inside it, but she gets the chance to spill it all to Ned in the nunnery and can instantly feel a heavy burden pulled off her like a plastic bag from the head.
This season has demonstrated in more than one way its insistence on these characters to move forward, out of the past and into the future. The problem is that they’re scared of both their pasts, with all its dark corners, and their futures, clouded by uncertainties that point back to the past. Olive’s admissions to Ned and his subsequent apology to her, for not being the slightest bit sensitive to her feelings in his whirlwind romance with Chuck, allows her to finally move out of the past and toward that future.
After pining for its return for months, the premiere of Pushing Daisies came and went like a dream that you wake up smiling from, only to realize you’re back in reality and it was, after all, only a dream. The word charming should have Pushing Daisies as one of its dictionary definitions, because this world, these characters and their stories are so delightful it’s hard to find any faults, and easy to look past the ones there are.
I can’t recall a show that puts a grin on my face several times every episode; a grin so big I can feel my face stretching to an almost uncomfortable degree. Chuck spilling out dead bees onto a shirtless Ned to revive them, Emmerson Cod and his pop-up detective book Lil’ Gumshoe (with a light up street lamp!), and Olive’s homage to the Sound of Music were all moments this hour that had my face hurting and feeling strangely warm. Fuzzy, tingly moments aside, there’s a lot going down in the first episode back after a painfully long hiatus, and it’s not all good. Case in point: The grotesque image of a dead woman covered in bee stings and harboring a colony of them inside her mouth.
This episode is all about bees, in case the title didn’t give it away. Chuck’s bees are dying for some reason and millions of girls around the world are given reason to “squee” at her plan of action: To get Ned in his boxers and pour a beehive full of bees onto his pale shoulders so they will come buzzing back to life. Meanwhile, a woman has been killed by a swarm of bees, which makes for the ugliest death on the show yet, and the lover she left behind comes to Emmerson for help. Turns out the girl, Kentucky Fitz, worked for a company called Betty’s Bees, A Burt’s Bees-esque company, but with a much cooler headquarters. She was trying to sabotage the company before she died, but someone caught on and set loose a swarm of unhappy bees on her. When Ned uses his powers on her and Asks how she planned to sabotage the company, she says something that sounds like “With might”.