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March 16th, 2006


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12:26 am - You're Like Rich Dude Kryptonite
harriettheelf and I had crepes. Mmm. This has been your obligatory text before the cut.

God, did I miss my show. Thank fucking God it was a good episode. WHEEEEE.

I mean, in the first sixty seconds, Corny gets tasered. Craziness! That's how you start an episode.

Okay, before I get into the episode, let me explain the A plot. Because I promise you I had trouble getting it as well.

The key is that the pizza muggings and the blackmail were not connected. It was either sheer coincidence, or, more likely, Kylie used the fact that Ryan's wallet was stolen to her advantage, knowing that the mugger would be the prime suspect. The mugger was just some dude trying to prove himself to the PCHers.

Kylie was the blackmailer. She wanted money; that was her primary motivation. She had the money sent to a fake address, thus landing it in the dead letter bin. Because her mother worked at the post office, she could retrieve it. Her secondary motivation was to out both herself and her girlfriend so that they could be a real couple, despite her girlfriend's reluctance to come out. The last part makes her a horrid bitch, and she admits it.

Kelly faked the mugging in order to get money from his rims (I missed some of the dialogue explaining this part, so I don't know whether it was insurance or replacement rims for him to sell). And that about covers it, I think.

All right. Episode.

You know, I don't really like Dick as much as many others do, but he was great tonight. Did you see his shirt? "There's a U in UGLY"? Ha. And his "rich dude Kryptonite" speech was a fun way of keeping Veronica estranged from the 09ers. Interesting parallel: Logan noting that he's just girl Kryptonite, period.

Now that I think about it, the whole Kryptonite reference isn't really appropriate at all. Come on, Klemmer!

Let's do Logan and Hannah. Logan has this random jackass line ("Excellent choice"), which is just so LOGAN, and then he has a secret tryst with Hannah, which, again, is just so LOGAN. The boy's devious, and his confrontation with Dr. Griffith was awesome. It at least made it clear that Logan very deliberately went after Hannah, and he's lying out his ass about not knowing who she was. Again, the show surprised me by tackling that the very next episode, just as I'd been surprised that Logan and Kendall were outed so quickly.

Do the Fitzpatricks have just one phone? How does Tom call "Fitzpatricks"? And he has the River Stix in there too, interesting.

You know the deliciously fucked-up thing about this Logan/Hannah thing? Logan is faking all the schmoopiness over this girl. But deep down, he likes it. Not that he has any real feelings for Hannah, but we saw how he was with Veronica. The boy digs the doting act. And I didn't see the resemblance in the last episode, but Hannah really does look like Veronica. I even mistook her for her at one point. I don't know what he's up to by the end of the episode, though. I can see him wanting to protect her from her dad, but he felt a little too...genuine.

Very nice reveal for Veronica. Loved the "Hannah something," and we're like, "No! Dammit! Give her the last name!" and Mac adds the plastic surgeon bit, and Veronica totally figures it out right then and there. Awesome.

Return to the A plot! I really liked following Veronica's investigation because she had to keep relying on other sources for information. She could put the pieces together, but she couldn't find the pieces herself.

Corny talks funny.

Kristin Cavallari does not have acting skillz. Honestly, Paris Hilton was better because she was basically playing herself, whereas Kristin kind of had a character that needed a little bit of subtlety because she was the villain. But instead, she just delivered all her lines as if she were sitting around on Laguna Beach chatting with her homegirls.

Rob had spoiled us for Carmen's appearance in Austin, but I'd forgotten. It was cool to see her, but I felt she was wasted. Well, not wasted, really. More that Rob had been all, "She's coming back in episode 14!" so I thought she'd play some sort of role. But instead, she was there to add some local color, and I do appreciate the fact that this show takes great pains to keep its world very rich, with so many tertiary characters making return appearances.

Couch Baron's shout-out cracked my shit up entirely. Rob called John Ramos a coconut on national television. How awesome is that?

KIZZNKUZNS is totally an Arrested Development shout-out. TOTALLY.

This town loves duct-taping people to poles. "CONFESSION INSIDE." Hee hee hee hee.

The funny thing is that I pegged Kelly as the mugger because he was using the oldest trick in the book: throw suspicion off yourself by making yourself a victim. And yet, I didn't notice that Kylie used that same trick. Although I did suspect Ryan, even though I really didn't think he'd do something like that.

The Veronica/Mac conversation was so awkward and funny. "I'm just curious." And who knows what the hell was going on in Mac's mind at that time?

Note: Peter Farrara. One more bus crash victim. Who was killed to save all the gays? Who knows?! (People have brought up the valid question, though: why doesn't Veronica know the names of everyone who died in the bus crash? Especially if she feels so guilty about all of their deaths?)

Erm...C plot? Is the bus mystery a C plot?

Nice little diversion (and ha to the O.J. reference), but I'm not going to be convinced that Terrence is behind the bus crash. I liked the pictures + lack of cell phone signal = not crazy suspicious part.

The Keith/Veronica scene? Adorable.

The Lamb scene was great. "That sounds like a lot of work" sums up so much of what Lamb is to me. He will take the easy way out, every time. I loved that Keith played the blackmail card, and I loved that Lamb was that fucking fearless and willing to call his bluff. Because he had a very valid point: Terrence is in a lose-lose situation. I think Lamb likes his $50K job more than he'll admit, but the man's got balls. And I fucking missed Michael slipping the finger through the censors, which he'd told us about in Austin.

I completely missed the reason for Veronica and Jackie hanging out together. Where was she taking her? Why were they joyriding in an expensive car? I like their relationship, though. Now that they've both got bad reps, they have a special bond. They're not BFF, but they tolerate each other quite well.

As we neared the end of the episode, I awaited the Incriminating Evidence Regarding the Bus Crash. And ooh, explosives material! In Woody's garage. That Terrence uses. Which implicates either one of them, although Terrence is on Keith and Veronica's minds at the moment. Although Keith should suspect Woody from Gia's testimony, which he has heard but Veronica has not.

It was a good, solid episode, and it made me happy. So yay. I await the remaining episodes with anticipa...tion.

In conclusion, the Fitzpatricks caused 9/11.
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From:snoopypez
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
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Logan noting that he's just girl Kryptonite, period.

Which is why he needs to stick with boys.

..I am so sorry.

I totally missed the Lamb-finger too! Which bugs me so much it's sad.

And Jackie and Veronica were going to Wallace's game. :P
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From:snoopypez
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
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Damn, and also?

In conclusion, the Fitzpatricks caused 9/11.

::dies laughing::
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
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HELL YES I AM NOW CAUGHT UP ON VERONICA MARS BEEYOTCH. And can therefore read your recaps instead of scrolling testily past them all "mehspoilers."

Dude, seriously. I think the Fitzpatricks also faked the moon landing and routinely mutilate cattle for kicks.

How many more episodes this season? Do you know?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
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Yay! You can even go back and read old recaps if you get bored!

I'm pretty sure the Fitzpatricks killed Lilly Kane. AND Laura Palmer. And shot J.R.

Eight more episodes this season.
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From:holly96
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
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My favorite recent episode is still R&W. This ep. was okay, but I was sort of bored by the MotW, with the exception of the Corny stuff. That did start out the ep quite well.

I picked up on the muggings and the blackmailings not being connected, but by the final reveal it felt anticlimactic.

Why doesn't Veronica know the names of everyone who died in the bus crash? Especially if she feels so guilty about all of their deaths?
I think this is definitely a write misstep. Even if Veronica didn't think she was responsible, she would know. Anyone who's had someone die at their high school knows that you know their name. Even if you didn't before. Especially if it's something tragic. There's just no way she wouldn't know, and I wish they wouldn't keep bringing up additional victims and have her act like she's never heard of them. In this case it wasn't even necessary. Ryan could have said the name, then Veronica could have made the connection for the audience when she realized why he couldn't be the blackmailer.

I completely missed the reason for Veronica and Jackie hanging out together. Where was she taking her?
They were going to one of Wallace's games, which was apparently quite a ways away, so they took a fun car.

I don't know what he's up to by the end of the episode, though. I can see him wanting to protect her from her dad, but he felt a little too...genuine.
I think he feels genuinely bad about using her and completely shattering her image of her dad, and he probably likes her as a person, but I think he's still using her. Obviously he's lying about not knowing who she was at the carnival (how the hell do you spell that word? I'm having the worst time with it tonight), and I think by taking her hand in front of everyone, he's just upping the ante. Because now he really has to convince her that he's sincere.

In conclusion, the Fitzpatricks caused 9/11.
Hee!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
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Obviously he's lying about not knowing who she was at the carnival (how the hell do you spell that word? I'm having the worst time with it tonight)

You spelled it right.
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From:colin_chaotic
Date:March 16th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
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Kelly was the one who sold his rims - he sold them, then claimed he was mugged and they were stolen, and used the insurance money to get new rims. And he wasn't the mugger, neither. (That was some random freshman PCHer-wannabe.)

In conclusion, the Fitzpatricks caused 9/11.

You. Rule.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, good! It seems like most people on my flist were a little meh on the episode, so I'm glad you had a nod-along.
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:March 16th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
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I like that the kid who sold his rims was the same kid whose rims Weevil threatened to steal.

And nice catch with the L/V dating disaster parallels.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I like that the kid who sold his rims was the same kid whose rims Weevil threatened to steal.

I didn't catch that until someone on TWoP pointed it out. That's definitely way cool.

And nice catch with the L/V dating disaster parallels.

This episode was very subtley pro-Logan/Veronica.
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From:kibarika
Date:March 16th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
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I really like to think Mac was thinking, "Damn! Why did I have to go and get myself hooked up with the Beav? If only I'd known Veronica was interested..."
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From:warden96
Date:March 16th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
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And ooh, explosives material! In Woody's garage. That Terrence uses. Which implicates either one of them, although Terrence is on Keith and Veronica's minds at the moment.

That's ludicrous! Mahoney would never blow up a bunch of kids. We already had a rich, white guy be the killer last year. My money is on the ballplayer...or Deputy Sacks...or Weevil's grandmother. I don't have a clue.
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From:duchessdogberry
Date:March 16th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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My money is on the ballplayer...or Deputy Sacks...or Weevil's grandmother. I don't have a clue.

Hah! I'd love it if it turned out to be Deputy Sacks behind it all. Especially if he got away with it, twirling his mustache all the while.

I'm betting that Woody and Terrence are both just connected to the person that actually caused the bus crash, and neither one is the actual mastermind behind it all. Because they seem to be very dumb men.

Maybe it's Woody's scary wife!
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From:harper47
Date:March 16th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Hee - see it used to be that Logan was responsible for all the evil in the world but now I see it more clearly, it was indeed the Fitzpatricks. Great line!

I'm kind of with Holly on this one. Again excellent use of background characters, Carmen, Cordy but Hannah is just so Godawful to watch acting wise that it's hard to pay attention to this doomed relationship. I did enjoy the parellels between the disastrous dating life of Logan and Veronica and the whole Rich Dude Krptonite speech is superb.

KC - soooooooooooooooooo horrible. Is it possible to be indifferent and yet truly dislike a character all at the same time. The MOTW reveal was so anticlimatic that I was all okay then, is that it?

With that said - it was still terrific to have a new Veronica Mars to look forward to all day and enjoy.
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From:carpedi7
Date:March 16th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
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As usual love your recap. Just wanted to let you know that you list Ryan as the one who faked his mugging to get new rims for his car, when it was actually Kelly, the baseball player, who faked the mugging. Not trying to be mean and correct you, just figured you would want to know.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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...no I don't.

The funny thing is that I pegged Kelly as the mugger because he was using the oldest trick in the book: throw suspicion off yourself by making yourself a victim.

I pegged him, but I was wrong.

And yet, I didn't notice that Kylie used that same trick.

She threw suspicion off herself as the blackmailer.

Although I did suspect Ryan, even though I really didn't think he'd do something like that.

And I suspected Ryan of being the blackmailer.
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:March 16th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Crepes... A-Go-Go?

I'm fairly sure it's not a spoiler to say this because it's totally random and has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, but they totally play "Modern Major General" in next week's opening scenes and I'm taking it as a shout out to you. Seriously, there is no possible reason it could be there. Maybe the people next door to me were just playing it softly and happened to stop it immediately as the clip changed scenes or something.

Seriously about the Jackie/Veronica thing... I thought Veronica was trying to get on the bus as part of solving the mystery. Why couldn't she go in th LeBaron? So confused.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Crepes... A-Go-Go?

No, actually. Ti Couz.

And oh my gosh! G&S + VM = crazy delicious!

Apparently, Wallace's game was hella far away, but I can't think of a reason Veronica couldn't take her own car. Maybe it was in the shop getting that paint job for that horrendous scratch.
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From:the_partyman
Date:March 16th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Really liked this episode. Some wonderfully cracking dialogue.

Need to rewatch so I can write down exactly what Logan's line was about "compentalization". Brilliant.
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From:sadiekate
Date:March 16th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Great analysis, pet. Now I don't have to write one, since you covered my bases.

QB didn't watch last night, but he made the mistake of asking me how it was when he drove me to the doctor this morning, and I went off an a 20-minute tangent over how much I loved the Logan/Hannah stuff. I think Jason Dohring is acting the shit out of it. I can utterly see how Hannah would find Logan sincere, but there's still this sneaky undercurrent for the viewers. When he sweet-talks his way into her house, and then makes that whole "I am so awesome" face behind her back? Pure gold. But as much as he is obviously totally using her, I don't totally buy his tough guy act with her dad. He's got this way of playing the false bravado beautifully. It sort of reminded me of how he was with Aaron last year, where he'd backtalk him, but there was always this sort of hint of him being afraid to get another ass-kicking. Even at the end, when he takes her hand, I see it as another manipulation on his part. I don't know if he'll really get the magnitude of what he's doing to her until it all crashes and burns.

Huh. Maybe I do need to write an entry of my own.
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From:upanashad
Date:March 16th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I love the Logan/Hannah stuff, too. I think she's doing a great job of coming across as really innocent and easy to manipulate, like you can just see her almost begging him to give her excuses. And I know this is horrible but I'm kind of enjoying the idea of him totally destroying her and breaking her heart, and what that will do to both of them. There is something romantic about the whole thing even though he's using her and she's so obviously prey.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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People are speculating that Logan planted the cocaine since he bought and Weevil had their little drug exchange, but that was X, right? And didn't Logan give it to Weevil? I'm so confused.

Yeah, that was E. Which doesn't look like cocaine. At all.

Also, no chat for me. Just pop me an e-mail.
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From:outoffashion
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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why doesn't Veronica know the names of everyone who died in the bus crash? Especially if she feels so guilty about all of their deaths?)

I thought Veronica didn't know who screen name that belong too. But I didn't tape last night to rewatch the episode to make sure.

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