Man, I post a paean to Pushing Daisies, and what do I get a week later? An episode that totally destroys my love for and faith in this show. One of the things that I really loved about this whole series was that even though food was a huge part of the show, prejudice about food and food issues were not. Hell, one of the main characters is fat, which I think is totally awesome, because he’s just there, and it just is, and I thought that was a pretty major step for fat acceptance. (Although the fat character is, of course, male, and men are generally more commonly allowed to be fat on television, and he’s black, so he’s kind of a male version of the mammy archetype in a lot of ways, which is sort of icky when I think about it, but I just realized that this very second, and that’s a whole separate post.)
At any rate, last week’s episode revolved around a cooking competition, and a series of acts of sabotage which culminated in a murder. It looked like it was going to play out like most episodes, with some romping and generally good times and a neat plot twist, and a cameo appearance by Beth Grant, whom I love.
Early on in the episode, we were introduced to a fat character in a scooter. Now, it genuinely did not occur to me that the implication was supposed to be that he was too fat to walk. I just kind of assumed…that he had some sort of condition which required a scooter, and I thought it was good to see a disabled character, because there aren’t many on network television.
Oh, no. No, it turns out that the fat character was a murderer. Because, you see, becoming fat had “ruined his life” (yes, it really was in the script), and so he took revenge by killing the owner of a fried chicken restaurant. And they made sure to have a ridiculous sequence in which we see the character buying container after container of fried chicken and getting fatter and fatter and then, hafuckingha, he gets into the car and the springs break.
Yeah, so the lesson there was: fat people have no self control, fat people only get fat because they eat so much, being thin is much better, you will be happier if you are thin, and becoming fat will ruin your life.
Thanks, Pushing Daisies, for making it so that I am no longer in the least bit sad that you were canceled.