An ode to the best show on television... until Heroes returns... and even then, it'll be pretty close.
Note: the spiel accompanying each picture is taken verbatim from the pilot episode and episode 04, Girth.
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“At the age of 9 years, 27 weeks, 6 days, and 3 minutes, young Ned realized he wasn’t like the other children, nor was he like anyone else for that matter. Young Ned could touch dead things…
…and someone else had to die.
But there was one more thing about touching dead things that Young Ned didn’t know.
First touch: life...
Second touch: dead, again...
It’s 19 years, 34 weeks, 1 day, and 59 minutes later, heretofore known as “now”. Young Ned has become the Piemaker.
This is where he makes his pies.
The dead fruit in his hands becomes ripe with everlasting flavor, as long as he only touches it once.”
Ned’s shop - The Pie Hole - is frequented by an eclectic cast of characters.
There’s Olive Snook, a waitress at the Pie Hole with a secret crush on the Piemaker.
There’s Emerson Cod. A private investigator, Mr. Cod met the Piemaker when his Pie Hole was on the verge of financial ruin. Upon learning of the Piemaker’s secret, he proposed a partnership. Murders are much easier to solve when you can ask the victim who killed them. The Piemaker reluctantly agreed.
Finally, there’s Chuck. The story of Charlotte “Chuck” Charles is much too long to be illustrated through Lego, and will be condensed as such: Chuck was Ned’s childhood sweetheart until the combination of her father’s death and Ned’s enrollment in a boarding school forced them apart. Ned knew nothing of what happened to Chuck during their separation until he saw the news announcement of her untimely murder nearly twenty years later. On a tropic cruise, Chuck had been strangled and thrown overboard by a mystery assassin. Ned and Emerson journeyed to the funeral home for their usual routine: touch the victim, ask who killed them, touch them again to kill them before a minute ran out. Ned touched Chuck, she came to life, but Ned could not bear to touch her again. Sixty seconds passed, and the greedy funeral director died in Chuck’s place, allowing Chuck to continue living, under one condition: she could never again touch the Piemaker, or drop dead on the spot.
At the present time, Ned, Emerson and Chuck were discussing yet another murder. The victim - a Mr. Shoemaker - was found trampled to death in a stable, despite his years of experience with horses. Relatives of the deceased cried foul play, and the trio took on the case.
The facts were these:
Lucas Shoemaker - a retired horseracing jockey and current blacksmith - had been working the graveyard shift in the stable.
The whinney of a horse startled Lucas.
Suddenly, a black steed leapt from the shadows, running full speed at poor Mr. Shoemaker, ridden by a dark figure in a black cloak.
Unable to run to safety, Lucas was caught under the horse’s legs, and at the age of 45 years, 3 weeks, 4 days, and 4 hours, Lucas Shoemaker retired again… permanently.
Ned, Chuck, and Emerson went to meet the late Mr. Shoemaker.
With one touch, Lucas came back to life.
Emerson questioned Lucas: Who was riding the horse?
Lucas knew exactly who had killed him, and gave the trio a name: John Joseph Jacobs. They had their murderer. There was only one problem:
John Joseph Jacobs was five years dead.
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And so forth.
The whole layout.
It was a set-heavy day.
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If you feel like catching an episode or two, check this out, and click Pushing Daisies in the left column. It's well worth a look-see, I promise.