, although technically a procedural, has a number of ongoing storylines that exist outside of each week's case. Now that we're two episodes into season 2 of Pushing Daisies
, we have a pretty good idea what the overarching plot lines will be this season. Last night's clown-centric episode was another magical piece of TV candy, bright and dark, quirky, mime-heavy and involving an elephant diarrhetic, but it also furthered some important character issues. Pushing Daisies
is a fascinating piece of television, and let's all hope that the recent low ratings don't seal its fate. We need shows like Pushing Daisies
to thrive on network television. Imaginations like Bryan Fuller's should not be stifled for any reason. Nonetheless, let's take a look at the odds of whether some of this season's ongoing storylines will come to a head at some point during season 2 of Pushing Daisies
The Aunts Find Out Chuck is Still Alive - 3/1
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This is the next logical step in the non-relationship between Chuck and her aunts. Lily and Vivian can't stay in the dark forever, and I'm sure that the Pushing Daisies
writers can mine a lot of great material from one or both of the aunts seeing Chuck alive. I have a feeling that thoughts of a Chuck ghost will enter into Lily or Vivian's minds, and there will be denial and much confusion. I think there's a very good chance that, by the end of the season, Lily and Vivian learn that Chuck is alive, and I don't think this is a bad thing.
Emerson Finds His Daughter – 6/1
This is Emerson's big story this season. The story has accelerated at a faster clip than I had anticipated. After a mention of “My Lil' Gumshoe” in the season premiere, there was a much bigger follow-up last night. Hell, the episode's case was only taken because Emerson empathized with the mother of the missing daughter. If they keep up this pace, Emerson's search for his daughter will remain a focal point, with the very real possibility that she will be found by the end of the season.
Ned Finds a New Love – 8/1
As whimsical and touching as Ned and Chuck's touch-free romance is, Ned might get restless at some point. Same thing with Chuck. The new beginnings theme that was brought up last night might be fresh at first for both those characters, but there is a ceiling for how far they can go without touching. I think Chuck might very well leave and go travel the world at some point this season, which might open the door for Ned finding a new love. However, I think that this might be a storyline suited better for season three or four if Pushing Daisies
happens to make it that far.
Olive and Ned Get it On - 15/1
Olive has finally opened up to someone regarding her feelings for the pie maker. Is it possible that she'll finally verbalize these thoughts to Ned this season? I actually think that's likely, but Ned almost certainly won't share the same feelings. Maybe if Olive catches Ned in frail moment, perhaps after the departure of Chuck, then she can swoop in and give Ned something he needs. Unlikely, though – Olive is destined to be forever tortured by her love for Ned.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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