Today's Fictional Fancy comes to us from Tish, who blogs about baking, movies and more at TishChambers.com. I'm so glad she offered to write an FF on Ned ... I mean, how can anyone resist the allure of the Pie Maker?
I started watching Pushing Daisies in the same way I'm sure a lot of people did. I saw the promos for a colorful, cute, quirky show by Bryan Fuller (whose Dead Like Me I had already been introduced to) and started to watch it every week. I, and my friends, enjoyed it for its two seasons until, like Fuller's previous series Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, it was abruptly cancelled. There's one big reason why I've been re-watching this series in the years since it went off air; Pushing Daisies' main character, Ned (aka The Pie Maker).
Portrayed by the delightfully charming and deliciously handsome Lee Pace, Ned has the special gift of being able to bring the dead back to life with just one touch. The catch? One touch: Alive again. Second touch: Dead forever. This becomes an issue when first, PI Emerson Cod sees Ned's "gift" in action and convinces Ned to become partners in solving murders in order to collect the reward money, and then, when that job leads him to the dead body of his beloved childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles. Ned can't bear to touch Chuck a second time, letting her die again, so he lets her live. And thus begins one of the greatest love stories of our generation (or maybe just of my television viewing.)
Aside from navigating a world as an "alive-again" and hiding her resurrection from her Aunts who raised her, Chuck is now under the care of her childhood sweetheart, Ned, who she cannot touch, lest she die. But, hey—every relationship has its obstacles, right? Ned and Chuck navigate this relationship obstacle by being the cutest couple ever. They announce "coming" or "going" as they walk around corners in Ned's small apartment. They fall asleep in separate beds staring into each others' eyes. They hold hands "by proxy" (each holding one of Emerson's hands, much to his dismay). They even on occasion kiss through plastic wrap. Are we swooning at the cuteness, yet? Despite never being able to hold his beloved, he finds many creative ways to show Chuck how much he loves her. The biggest way is helping Chuck's grieving aunts by bringing them pies and, with Chuck's guidance, encouraging them to get back in the water (literally—they are a retired synchronized swimming act). Ned also installs a divider with a glove into the front seat of his car, so that they can both sit in the front seat together, and even hold hands! He builds a bee hive community on his building's roof so Chuck can have her beloved bees that, among many other things, she had to give up when she started her new life. Ned does all this sweetness for his love while sporting just-tight-enough t-shirts, sexy suits and the occasional costume, grinning out the side of his mouth, and generally making every girl watching fall in love with his adorableness.
Watching Pushing Daisies can be heart-wrenching, as I end up clasping my hands together up to my chest and "Awwww!!!"-ing at nearly everything Ned does. Is this not every girl's perfect man? He's a perfect mix of cute-hot-handsome. He's sweet and innocent but not naive. He never stops showing Chuck how much she means to him, even without being able to ever touch her. And let's not forget—he's The Pie Maker; he is the owner of The Pie Hole, the cutest pie shop in the world. I imagine being his girlfriend would consist of a lot of delicious pie, stolen kisses in the storeroom, loving glances from across the counter, and ... well, you don't want to know what I would do with him if I had him alone ...
Now, if you'll excuse me, I think it's time to watch Pushing Daisies for the umpteenth time ... *Swoon*
Thanks so much to Tish for writing this up! If you're interested in sharing a Fictional Fancy of your own, email me!