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March 23rd, 2006


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12:11 am - Exactly How Many Times Have You Had to Say That in Your Life?
Another episode already? Wow, I really got used to that whole hiatus thing.

LONGEST. PREVIOUSLIES. EVER. They were, like, three minutes long. I'm not kidding. And about a third of it didn't end up being wholly relevant. Curly Moran what? Gia what? Although I think the Gia clip was in there to cast suspicion on Woody despite no one in the actual episode directly suspecting Woody.

I must say there was a bit of nostalgia at the beginning there, with the shot of flashback-Veronica discovering Lilly's body, the shot that nearly every previously in the first season started with.

Another good episode, this was! Jane is pretty, and she got to talk and stuff. Good for her! And Heidi really did look like her sister, except how the hell old is she supposed to be? Her friends looked thirty. I get that she had to be much older than Jane, or else she wouldn't be all "You're 12" to Veronica.

Random note: I love the rising chord at the end of the teaser that takes us into the credits.

The MOTW was stronger this week (the lack of Kristin Cavallari sure helped), but I was mostly just following along for the ride. It was actually more confusing than last week's in that it was really hard to see any of the pieces until they were put together, whereas last week there were clear red herrings and clues. By the time you get to the end and realize it was all about the ring, you have to go, "DUH. They made a big fucking deal about the ring in her very first scene!"

Speaking of: OMG! "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General"! In a karaoke bar! That was great.

I'm liking Vinnie much more this season than I did in "Kanes and Abel's." He's turned into more of a character than a caricature, and he's proving his mettle. Very slick with the false text message and false fax (though I honestly didn't get any of the fax stuff and how it worked), and a sly parallel with Logan's false e-mail.

Heidi kicked ass at the wedding, I must say. Screw you, Paul Mann, and your old money. Heidi was also awesome before that, actually, as she pointed out that Veronica took a tiny step, and there conclusions were.

Wallace was kind of wasted. And he and Jane seem to have quickly settled into a comfortable stage in their relationship. Not as clingy as they were at the carnival.

So, Beaver and Kendall. What the frell are they up to, huh? Because Beaver's clearly setting Kendall up for a fall, which is why everything's in her name, but Kendall does seem to be smarter than she looks ("It makes my breasts smaller?" Hee.). And while I initially thought he'd taken the incorporation into account, on a rewatch of the FBLA scene (Mr. Pope! I love Mr. Pope), Beaver does look worried about the plummeting prices of the property he's purportedly been procuring. Pope's laudation of his business skillz is meant to be ironic. Maybe he's not the criminal mastermind we'd like him to be.

The Tinseltown Horror thing was AWESOME. They even worked in a Clash of the Titans still, haaaaa. And they brought back the bum fights! Yay! And how much of an asshole is Dick for making Logan watch it with him? And how clueless are Standards and Practices to let the "tossed salads" line through? I mean, could they not even tell it was dirty? Did they actually think Aaron lost weight because TOSSING LETTUCE AROUND IS SUCH A WORKOUT?

And hmm to the Aaron and Kendall business. What are they up to? How powerful is Kendall's cleavage? What could they do with a strand of Duncan's hair from his shower? And aww to the Veronica/Duncan picture in the bathroom. Well done, props.

Hannah is a nipple-stealer! That dirty harlot! And she uses the word "eschew"! I don't trust her. But oh God, the conversation between her and her mother was so great. She's totally the Loganites' surrogate:

"Bum fights!"
"That was SO LONG AGO OMG."
"Manslaughter!"
"You don't KNOW HIM. He's a WONDERFUL AND SWEET HUMAN BEING. HE HAS A SOOOOOOOUUUUUL NOW."

Logan's sending that e-mail is so devious. That kid is so evil. I wonder how "CONDOMS" is more damning than "birth control," though.

And sweet Jesus, Hannah. With the sex! And we don't know if they actually did it. What's great about this is that I don't think Logan wanted it to go that far. Fucking Logan doesn't want to have sex with this girl, but she wants it, and it's all so deliciously self-loathing.

I've been meaning to say this somewhere, but I am inexplicably loving Dr. Griffith, mostly due to his mere existence. Way back when, he was just this random informant, and then he was this random doctor, and he's grown into a central character, and that's one of the things I love about this show. You never know who or what will rise in importance.

Relatedly, as much as I don't like the Duncan-kidnapping thing (in that it's a result of the comababy and Meg's dying), I love how it's continually being used. Last week, it was a sign of Veronica's Kryptonite-like effect, and this week, it's both an effective ploy to cast suspicion on Duncan by Aaron and a cute inside joke from Vinnie. I like that the show doesn't forget things. Except the fact that Keith can never trust Veronica ever again.

I find it amusing that "Logan shows remorse" is an OMGWTF cliffhanger for this show. But what could this horrible thing be? Is it the fact that he's afraid the Fitzpatricks are going to go after the Griffiths? Because, well, you were only saving your own skin; I don't particularly blame you for that. It's your means, not the ends, that concern me.

Finally, there was a bus crash. I love that Keith is trying his best to work with Lamb because he needs his resources and that Lamb kind of humors him. And Keith is the one doing detective work, following up on possible leads. So at least he knows the evidence was planted, and nobody seems to be concerned with the fact that it's Woody's hangar. Very strange. I mean, there were planes there too, which means Woody must use it as well.

In conclusion, if Terrence broke into that house to get a fucking spy pen, I'm punching Rob in the face.
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From:beardoggx
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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Cross-posted from my LJ:
Well, then, where to begin...

-So the explosive devices were planted in the hangar within the last month. Hmmm, while it is Woody Goodman's hangar, I'm beginning to think that both Goodman and Cook are being set up.

-Logan manages to get Dr. Griffith to drop his testimony, keeping him out of a possible two years in a California "pound-me-in-the-ass" prison. But what about the end where Logan asks Veronica for help? And did Kendall stick a spy device in the shower drain before she left?

-So the groom got cold feet and with help from Vinnie, suckered Jane's sister into leaving town to go to her ex. Ironically, she ended up back with her ex after selling the ring.

-Speaking of Logan, the theme of the episode was Karma, not just as "what goes around, comes around" but also "the past comes back to bite you on the ass". As in the "E! True Hollywood Story"-equse show was a gravy train of continuity(showing us Trina's acting in MMTF, the Bumfight in RotK). I noticed they used a stillframe from "Clash of the Titans", but I wonder if they used real photos of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna?

-Weird that they showed Weevil a lot in the previouslies, yet he was nowhere to be found in the episode.

-Liked Jane in this episode. Also liked Keith finding out about the car detailing. It's a crying shame he has to go to Lamb and force the guy to get things done.

-Still liking Hannah, though it looks like she's gone next episode. ETA: Logan and Hannah really had sex? I think they left it open to interpretion. Maybe that's what Logan meant by, "I've done a horrible thing"?

Episode grade: 9.5/10

VM is intellectual intercourse!
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From:kissyboots13
Date:March 23rd, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
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And did Kendall stick a spy device in the shower drain before she left?

Dude, I totally thought that too. I was all, 'Man, that would be the nastiest spy-cam footage ever. Who wants to look at Logan's grundle all day long?

Don't answer that.
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From:warden96
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
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Who's Jane? Veronica's friend?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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Jane. Dude. Wallace's girlfriend. The one who asked for Veronica's help. How can you now know Jane?! Crutches girl! Sneezing girl!
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From:fmith
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
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"Bum fights!"
"That was SO LONG AGO OMG."
"Manslaughter!"
"You don't KNOW HIM. He's a WONDERFUL AND SWEET HUMAN BEING. HE HAS A SOOOOOOOUUUUUL NOW."


I kind of love you.
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From:shamoogity
Date:March 23rd, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
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Ditto.
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From:amberlynne
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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In conclusion, if Terrence broke into that house to get a fucking spy pen, I'm punching Rob in the face.

*giggle* I love you.
From:metabeta
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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Pastronica remix? I think you're making that up.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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That's how it was labelled on audiography! It's awesome.
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From:missdeviant
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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But what could this horrible thing be?

HE SEKRITLY LURVES HANNAH AND NOW MUST BETRAY HER after making SWEET SWEET LOVE to her. Or else HE GOES TO JAIL and is forced to spend long days PICKING UP SOAP!

woes!

(That is the EXACT PLOT of a fanfic that eighty-four 15 year olds are writing as I TYPE.)
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From:kissyboots13
Date:March 23rd, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Wait, ew, are Logan/Hannah 'shippers the new Veronica/Logan shippers? Did I miss this? Nasty.
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From:mawombat
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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I read that as "You never know who or what will rise in impotence" and chortled for about ten minutes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
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Very few things rise in impotence. That's kind of the point.
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From:schnappycat
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
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Because I am dumb, please explain what the condom email was supposed to accomplish. Was it just to draw out the doctor to come after Logan and ask him to lay off of Hannah? Wouldn't he figure out the mother didn't send the email? That really confused me on first viewing. I am obviously missing something.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
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Well, as long as Tom didn't reply to it (and it doesn't sound like he and his ex-wife are on the greatest terms), he wouldn't find out. I think Logan wanted him to think the obvious, in order to escalate the stakes. And it worked. So I don't think you're missing anything.
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From:jenelope
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
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Aw, crap. I think I know what Kendall and Aaron wanted the hair for. Damned Tivo episode descriptions.

Hannah still looks like an eighth-grader to me. A horny, nipple-stealing, Logan-apologist eighth grader. Oh, and- who steals a nipple? Honestly!

Trina was so Photoshopped into that picture. It's so sad that I stared at the picture of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin for a good minute trying to figure out if it was their actual wedding photo. My gut says "yes," because they don't look like that anymore.

My favorite part of the Heidi wedding confrontation- she was near tears, but still had enough bravado to stick it to that asshole. She showed up with the best of intentions, thinking that her fiance had been an innocent party and prepared to marry him. Faced with his jack-assery, she didn't back down, but made him break up with her so she got to keep the ring. Go, Heidi!

And go Jane for being Wallace's coolest girlfriend. Also, go Charisma Carpenter's amazing body. Seriously, is that all real? Because I think it's the nicest on TV.
From:mangopickle
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
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I know. New Veronica! I had to bow out for a quick moment to see who was voted off AI, but then business was usual. You know, I'll kind of be happy when Aaron Echolls is gone from Veronica's life and by proxy, the viewer's life. I don't feel the kind of urgency like I did when I was watching season 1, but the episodes are tight and the MoTW was fabulous.

I love how some Veronica stars are doing double duty --- Lilly, Mac and the Beav all show up on HBO's "Big Love" -- which is hilars.

What are the odds that Teddy Dunn will not be asked back to the show for a third season? Someone tell me, insanely high because I'm bored with him. Or they can bring back Jake Kane since Commander-in-Chief's gone missing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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Teddy Dunn is gone. G-O-N-E gone. Except for the one episode he has left in his contract.
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From:violet4120
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
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"You don't KNOW HIM. He's a WONDERFUL AND SWEET HUMAN BEING. HE HAS A SOOOOOOOUUUUUL NOW."

Oh, that's awesome. Hee. And then later, Hannah's mom will basically kick Hannah out of the house and Hannah will have to kill Logan before escaping to L.A. and meeting Lily. Wait...
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From:iheartbridges
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
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Joran and I sat there being like, "Dude, these Previouslies are never-ending!" And all they did was confuse my roommate (who has only seen the last ep of season 1, and NitW).

Random note: I love the rising chord at the end of the teaser that takes us into the credits.
Me, too. Additionally: I love how well VM has transitioned into the new style of five acts, including one before the credits.

and a sly parallel with Logan's false e-mail.
Wait, what? Ohhhh, riiight.

("It makes my breasts smaller?" Hee.).
DIED!

Beaver does look worried about the plummeting prices of the property he's purportedly been procuring.
Hmm. I didn't pay enough attention to detail -- are his properties outside what would become incorporated? My guess on that story is that Beav is going to build it up, it'll crash, Kendall will take the fall, and somehow he'll walk out on top. I'm not sure how, yet.

Did they actually think Aaron lost weight because TOSSING LETTUCE AROUND IS SUCH A WORKOUT?
I was dying at that line; my roommate had no idea what it was talking about. And I don't think it's the activity of tossing a salad, but the idea that he is being served salad in prison. Right. Stupid S&P. "Master bait." Hee.

She's totally the Loganites' surrogate:
Woah, are you Joran? He was like, "She is an incarnation of all the LoVe fans on TWoP."

I wonder how "CONDOMS" is more damning than "birth control," though.
a) Condoms more often come from the guy, whereas birth control (in pill form) comes from the girl
b) The pill requires a prescription which requires a doctor's appointment, both of which are hard to hide in HS.

Except the fact that Keith can never trust Veronica ever again.
*cries*

I find it amusing that "Logan shows remorse" is an OMGWTF cliffhanger for this show.
I felt so bad for KB. I wonder how many takes (and thus, for how long) she had to stand there with the, "omg, Logan, something was just said about true love, now you have a problem, stress! and omg! and are you dying?! and you douche!"-look.

In conclusion, if Terrence broke into that house to get a fucking spy pen, I'm punching Rob in the face.
HA!

I think Lamb was an over-the-top ass tonight. I liked when they were snarky and smart. Now he's just a sarcastic, condescending ass.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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I love how well VM has transitioned into the new style of five acts, including one before the credits.

Wait, what? What new style? There's always a teaser before the credits, plus four acts. Or maybe three acts. But was it different before? When? I'm so confused.

And I don't think it's the activity of tossing a salad, but the idea that he is being served salad in prison.

Oooh. That makes more sense. In a way.

Woah, are you Joran? He was like, "She is an incarnation of all the LoVe fans on TWoP."

Heeee. What makes it funnier is how much the 'shippers hate her.

Condoms more often come from the guy, whereas birth control (in pill form) comes from the girl

Aaah, yeah, okay.

Now he's just a sarcastic, condescending ass.

I think he's like that a lot, though.
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From:spadada
Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
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Curly Moran what? Gia what?
Totally! They could have shaved off a solid minute with that plus bloody-mouthed Weevil accusing Thumper who prompty whips out his video phone like it is a banana popsicle. And the frozen rat? I didn't need to see that for tonight's ep. Nor did I need to hear the "It was meant for me" line. It hurt enough the first two times. I am trying to forget. Finally, I NEVER want to see Logan's Riverdance beatdown again. They need to re-shoot that scene so I can stop laughing.

(Our recaps are very similar. Only yours, of course, is funnier. Good to have you back in the timezone, if only temporarily.)
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From:cindywrites
Date:March 29th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Laughing so unexpectedly at "Riverdance beatdown" made me hurt my throat. Expect to hear from my lawyers.
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From:vonniek
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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What could they do with a strand of Duncan's hair from his shower?

Oooh. So THAT was what Kendall was doing in Duncan's shower! I thought she was planting something. *is dumb*

"You don't KNOW HIM. He's a WONDERFUL AND SWEET HUMAN BEING. HE HAS A SOOOOOOOUUUUUL NOW."

Heh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
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So THAT was what Kendall was doing in Duncan's shower! I thought she was planting something. *is dumb*

Oh, it's okay. I thought she was planting something at first too.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
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And about a third of it didn't end up being wholly relevant.
I have this theory that the mondo preiviouslies were there because last week they came back from hiatus, but not necessarily everyone was clear on that, but both because if they're back now and sure everyone knows it, or perhaps had lots of feedback last week about people feeling fuzzy and distant from the major storylines, and because we are now heading into the home stretch, as it were, now seemed like the best time to basically play the Here! Catch up! Do it now! Be reminded! game and get it all out of the way at once. So it wasn't so much a previously for this one episode, but as a setup (and attemped hypifcation device) for the remainder of the season.

The whole salad thing was lost on me. Still is.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:March 24th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
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They could have gone like the eand of Buffy s5, and Benny Hill'd through every single gorram thing that happened up to that point.
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From:truemyth
Date:March 23rd, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
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I wonder how "CONDOMS" is more damning than "birth control," though.

Well... both speak to consideration/intent of sex. But... condoms break or could be... not used by an EVIL boyfriend.
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From:cindywrites
Date:March 29th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
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I think, too, Logan may just have thought an asscapped "CONDOMS" read more as though it were written by an alarmed mother who probably hates her cokehead ex to death and is loath to contact him, than a more calm, "birth control."
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:March 23rd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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I've never watched, but I flipped through it during commercials a few times, and here was my problem: she's wearing a shirt with that stupid fucking naked lady silhouette on it? I'm sorry. I can't get behind any show that dresses its main character like that. Not only is it icky, it's also just so tired. So, you know, that's my completely uninformed gripe.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 23rd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Dude. Look closer. That was a naked man.
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From:harper47
Date:March 23rd, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Hee, hee - great review. I'll join your admirers with the "he has a soul now" line as absolutely fabulous. You completely rock!

I do agree the long previously were to bring everyone up to speed and I actually thought it was smart. Good recap of where we are at.

I didn't absolutely love the episode but I liked it a lot. A big improvement on last week's episode and I continue to love the Logan/Hannah story as it is playing out. Very well done. I was not happy about it at first but after a very cloying beginning - it has developed lots of lovely layers. I still think the casting department screwed up by casting an actress who looks soooooooo young but other than wanting to plop her down in front of Spongebob and give her a hello kitty notebook, it's moving along. I love the way they left the did they or didn't they have sex up in the air.

Vinnie.

Cliff.

Love, love, love them.

Vinnie has become as great as Cliff. Rob's writing staff excells at creating magnificent secondary characters.

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From:burntspaghetti
Date:March 23rd, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I wonder how "CONDOMS" is more damning than "birth control," though.
Well, I'm on the pill for non-birth control reasons, and Tom being a doctor would know that they're sometimes used like that. I'm just wondering if this was the intention, would Logan actually know that?
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:March 23rd, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Another episode already? Wow, I really got used to that whole hiatus thing. Me too!

Curly Moran what? Isn't the car detailing shop Curly worked at the same one that Terrance uses?

OMG! "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General"! In a karaoke bar! That was great. I know!

Heidi was also awesome before that, actually, - Yes, yes she was. More of Jane's family, please. They may prove that not EVERY BEING in Neptune is EEEEvil.

In conclusion, if Terrence broke into that house to get a fucking spy pen, I'm punching Rob in the face. What again? And yes.
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From:arby_m
Date:March 23rd, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
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I thought the condom vs. birth control thing was just to make it more realistic, because the mom would have been a) more upset than to just calmly say "birth control" (hence the ASSCAPS) and b) condoms sound much more damning and would appear less thought-out than BC, coming from one estranged parent to another.

Another line I loved that got past the censors was Veronica's thing about the "puppet master" and Vinnie's response, "Hey, what a man does in the privacy of his own home... and office... and car... is his own business." I ♥ Vinnie.
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From:catatonia00
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Wallace was kind of wasted.
So true and boo to that. I was looking forward to the dynamic duo getting in on the case. He was adorable drinking from Jane's drink. Never thought I'd say this, but I actually like Jane with Wallace now.

Hannah is a nipple-stealer! That dirty harlot!
It's the quiet wallflowers that people should look out for, huh. Two episodes ago, she was talking about waiting for her prince charming, and now... Whoa, as in whoa. The girl moves fast. I might have to pick up some skills from this pooch.

I liked this episode a lot, since it kept my eyes glued to the story the whole time. When I start picking up weird random stuff, it's a sign that I'm not as invested in the plot. Heidi was kickass, Vinnie I like anytime, sleazy Aaron in the flesh was so intriguing to watch and Kendall's boobs. Them girls, blew me away. Somehow, I don't think Beav is scheming to dupe Kendall though. Also, I don't really want to think of Logan sleeping with Hannah (who's so putting herself out there). I'm trying to stop myself from going on super spec mode, so I'm going all la-la-la with fingers in my ears.
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From:xxxaimsxxx
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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On the Condoms vs. Birth Control, birth control says, "I've thought about this and actually went to the doctor and filled a prescription and just because I have them doesn't mean I'm taking them and just because I'm taking them doesn't mean I'm having sex. But I'm ready to do it responsibly and safely." Condoms says, "Hey, I went to the store, wanna have sex?" It's so much more of an impulsive decision. And Hannah could take birth control anytime she wanted, but for a condom, she'd need a penis. Thought process being: Condom = penis = Logan. Also the email was sent to a male, who granted would be all, "Birth control? Not cool!", but for it to say condoms would make him think, "Condoms?! She's having sex?!?! I remember buying condoms in high school."

Ok, I have problems communicating what I mean, but I understand how CONDOMS is a better word choice than birth control.

One dislike about the eppy, Charisma being at Logan's when the good Doctor showed up. I completely loved how it played into Logan's bad boy corrupting your good daughter, but it was too planned considering he didn't know the Doc was coming over.

And the tossed salads line was implying he ate salad, not worked out with it.

I understand Lamb not putting the bus crash and Woody together or Veronica because she didn't hear Gia's statement, but it is showing Keith as dense for him to not even entertain the idea. I know he is a better detective than that.

Logan's terrible thing is keeping Weevil tied up in Duncan's old room because seriously, Weevil who?

Oh, and Logan and Hannah didn't do it.

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