Pushing Daisies, the quirky ABC comedy which looks like it is well-loved but nonetheless canceled after two incomplete seasons, will finally say goodbye on Saturday with the episode that star Kristin Chenoweth admitted will not give the series proper closure. According to published reports, the cliffhanger ending in the episode upset many fans so it was altogether deleted.
On "Kerplunk," the show's unintentional series finale, one-half of the Darling Mermaid Darlings' arch rivals The Aquadolls is killed. In an effort to find the culprit, the Darling Mermaid Darlings come out of retirement, with the help of Ned (Lee Pace) as manager and Olive (Chenoweth) as stylist. Since they still don't know that Chuck (Anna Friel) is still alive, she cannot participate in the case. On the episode, Olive also gets close to Sid, with whom she shares her experiences in gender discrimination, since he was a male synchronized swimmer and she attended Vassar on a jockey scholarship.
It is also revealed on this episode that when Chuck was a girl, her aunts Lily and Vivian would celebrate her half-birthdays by taking her to a sea-themed spectacle. Wanting to honor Chuck's memory, they try to continue the tradition unaware that Chuck is there, thanks to surprise tickets courtesy of Ned. This is when Blanche, one-half of the Aqua Dolls, was killed. During the probe, the discover a love triangle similar to the one that destroyed the Darling Mermaid Darling some 30 years ago. Secrets were revealed in the process.
"Forensic fairy tale" Pushing Daisies, one of the many victims of the writers' strike, saw dwindling ratings, which had ABC canceling its original full season pickup for a second season and opting to just go with the initial 13.
In 2008, Pushing Daisies received 12 Emmy nods, including the Outstanding Lead Actor category for Pace, Supporting Lead Actress for Chenoweth, and Outstanding Writing for Bryan Fuller.