But Olive's adventures in junior high mid-fucking are quickly done in when some plot development comes dropping out of the clear blue sky. Olive, Ned, and Chuck run outside to find a dead pigeon has crashed into one of the windows of the Pie Hole. Olive picks it up to find out if it is dead, asking Ned to feel whether or not there is a heartbeat. He recoils in horror, announcing, "I don't do heartbeats," and Olive grabs Ned's hand and informs him, "They feel like this" while pulling his hand to her chest. Just then, the not-actually-romantic-for-anybody moment is broken by Emerson, who tells Olive to get rid of the bird, as it is clearly swimming with disease. Olive levels a perfect, "Don't be such a drama queen," which is a line of dialogue I'm willing to believe has never once been lobbed at any of Chi McBride's characters. As the argument over whether or not this ex-pigeon is diseased continues, Emerson pushes the bird away, where it brushes against Ned's arm, and the bird lives again. A thrilled Olive exclaims, "It's swimming in miracles, not disease!" which would make an excellent marketing slogan for some kind of health clinic or hospital, especially in light of the fact that we recently learned everyone on the planet is about to die from staph. A little PR for hospitals would probably go a long way, and the catchy slogan "It's swimming in miracles, not disease!" could really help.
Emerson and Ned eye their watches nervously, Ned assuring Emerson that a nearby squirrel will probably be the unlucky victim of the bird's resurgent life. However, at the end of a tense minute, another bird falls from the sky, which causes the entire assemblage to look up to see why the skies have gone so weirdly Paul Thomas Anderson all of a sudden. At this exact moment, however, what they see up in the sky is a small plane flying into the window of a high-rise building. And because this show is filled with pretty colors, stylized images, and a general sense of purdy-osity, Pushing Daisies somehow manages to take the iconically horrifying image of a plane flying into the side of a building and make it almost...adorable. And anyway, it's a tiny plane, less "Run for your lives, people are dead" and more "Boy, has the Red Baron had an unfortunate day or what!"
Inside the apartment building, we meet one very dead Bradan Caden, a crop duster whose plane went out of control, catapulting him out of it when the plane flew into the apartment of one Conrad Fitch. A man who we are meant to assume (spoiler!) is Conrad stands in the apartment looking at the plane, and moments later Chuck, Ned, and Emerson walk through the apartment's open front door. Chuck wonders aloud if this little field trip qualifies as ambulance-chasing, and Emerson replies that it most assuredly does. Lest they feel bad about it, however, Chuck tells them that "a plane crashes into a building, could mean a civil suit, criminal suit, negligence, pain and suffering." And on she goes, until The Narratour clues us in that Chuck volunteered as a stay-at-home juror for a paraplegic judge, at which point we hit a flashback of Chuck delivering a guilty verdict over the phone. And, okay, I love this show, but that slightly unnecessary flashback could well have been one flashback too many. I'm engaged in the story. I don't need to be brought out of it with a meaningless, quirky flashback not much different than, say, "You think that's weird...what about the time I went deep sea diving with Hall and Oates!" And let that be, dear reader, the last time I ever compare anything that happens on Pushing Daisies to anything that happens on Family Guy.