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November 8th, 2006


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12:13 am - Is the Rest of the World Crazy or Just Stupid?


I actually liked Gilmore Girls tonight! I don't know what it was. Maybe because I was actually giving it my attention or something. But Lorelai was very entertaining, and I loved the a cappella references, and there was Sheila the attractive redhead, and Chris was all friendly and asking questions about dark matter energy (gymble's husband shout-out!), and Luke went on a stupid date, and Lulu was really cute, and April and Lane played board games, and...it was a good time, man. It was a good time.

Veronica Mars kinda rocked! Can we fucking fire the promo monkeys who designed a promo that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EPISODE?? I think we can call that the worst promo in the CW's short history. It got nobody excited about the show. Thankfully, this episode has got me excited about the show again. Twists! Turns! Surprises!

I'm going to keep saying it again and again: I love how this show is using the college setting. Look, the characters are actually taking classes! They go bowling! Professors take student out to lunch! Piz has a radio show! Hearst is coming into its own as an environment. It's no Neptune High, to be sure, but it's feeling more real as we go along.

Let's get Veronica's MOTW out of the way first because, while it was wonderfully done, there isn't a whole lot to say about it. Veronica having to clear herself is the stuff "Clash of the Tritons" is made of, so this was good stuff. I love that she did some good detective work, old-school and new-school, and her suspicions were pretty much the audience's suspicions. I never felt like she was way out of line in her accusations. Hell, I expected her to accuse Max the "tutor," but instead she just asked him for his help since Mac doesn't have enough episodes in her contract had a project. And I loved how she just tried to get it all out of the way with a shotgun accusation that wasn't really mean, just...understandable. I really loved Veronica in this episode. The dean's wife is still hot. I like that Tim came clean about how, yeah, he was obviously a little jealous and peeved at Veronica's existence, but he sent her on a fun little treasure hunt for her own good. I loved that he actually trusted her to be able to follow the clues. And while I was a little surprised that Veronica still thought Ratner had done it enough to get him fired, it was still amusing.

I liked how Wallace's cheating business led into the cheating theme of this episode. And while I did not believe Wallace ever cared about mechanical engineering, showing us the plane from the pilot sure fucking helped. If the writers are that determined to make Wallace a mechanical engineer, well, at least they're using what they've got properly. And bravo on Wallace for choosing his studies over athletics, although basketball has been his Thing for quite a while. Loved the Rocky reference that went over his head. At least we got a couple little BFF moments.

I love Piz. He's just so funny and cute and awkward. Parker is fairly entertaining as well. I don't think Piz has a real shot with Veronica, and I sort of wish they just stayed friends, but that's obviously not going to happen because what would a show be without love triangles? ALL SHOWS NEED LOVE TRIANGLES. IT IS A LAW, APPARENTLY.

OH KEITH. So, yeah. That was coming. The car crash shook me, and I was really worried for his damn life, and my heart was beating faster, and then he was taking the dame like he was a gumshoe, and, yeah, he knows it's wrong, but that doesn't stop people from doing things, right, sincerelysummer? Although it would have been nice for the romance to have developed over more than one episode (much like Wallace's Drive to Cheat), we've seen that this show sacrifices character for plot all the time, so whatever. Thematics, man! It can't all be perfect. It's good enough for me. Alicia's gone, and Veronica's off at college most of the time, and Harmony's not really happy in her marriage anyway. No one is going to be happy to see a chink in Keith's white suit of armor, but it would be naive to think him totally pristine. We all make mistakes. I think Keith made it clear how very conflicted he was, and sometimes all it takes is nearly dying to unconflict you for just the right amount of time. I don't think we can make any real judgments until we see how he deals with it afterward. If he keeps seeing her without remorse, then we're going to have a problem.

But, wait, I didn't mention the first scene of the episode! Where they're all, "Yeah, Claire lied about her rape, and...that's pretty much all we have to say about that." Er. I'm sort of confused about Claire's and Nish's reactions, though? I mean...what the fuck did they think would happen? They're mad at Veronica for exposing a fake rape? Disregarding the fact that faking a rape is really low? Fuck you, Claire, and fuck you, Nish. And props to you, Dean O'Dell, for calling Nish on her shit. So I guess Nish and Co. were behind Claire, then? If there's one thing (besides Keith's infidelity, which is impossible to like) that I really didn't like about this episode, it's that they just glossed over what seemed to be a pretty major plot point with interesting consequences. I mean, does VM suck at resolving awesome cliffhangers or what?

So, during the scene where Parker and Veronica crash Piz's radio show, I was basically writing that paragraph in my head, noting that while this episode was really damn good and it flowed well and was very entertaining, it was surprisingly light on any progress in the rape mystery, this close to the end. And, swear to God, seconds after I finished having those thoughts, Parker reacted to Mercer's cologne. Mercer, as we all know, was dressed as Alex from A Clockwork Orange last week, and this is where wee_warrior silently rejoices for picking up on that. I mean, we know it's not him because it's too early, but that was still a nice touch. The clippers are circumstantial. And boy, was it weird for Lamb to, like, sort of put together clues with Veronica. Although they didn't do anything after finding GHB in Mercer's stash? And Mercer kept GHB in his money box? Huh? ANYWAY. We've got a nicely complicated frame job going on here, which is always fun stuff, and it's even more when Logan can't specifically give Veronica his alibi. Plus, no DNA evidence! VERY FISHY! Which lends credence to the "They're going to really pull the rug out from under us because the rapist IS A WOMAN OMG" theory.

Oh, my show. Thank you for coming back to me. I missed you.

In conclusion, spadada was right.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:November 8th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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Is it bad that I wish Piz did have a chance with Veronica? Or maybe me? =D

Logan annoys me more and more these days. I mean, seriously... what is it that Logan CAN'T TELL VERONICA?!

And OMG I totally didn't catch the Clockwork Orange thing which I SHOULD have because my friend dressed up as Alex last year... but CREEPY.

I'd make more comments but I've been fucking called in to work 2 HOURS EARLY AND I HAVE A HEADACHE THE BASTARDS.
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From:vespae
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Logan annoys me more and more these days. I mean, seriously... what is it that Logan CAN'T TELL VERONICA?!

Well, if it involves GHB, even for recreational reasons...I can see why he'd be worried Veronica might flip.

/randomlurkerahoy!
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From:beardoggx
Date:November 8th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I left a recap/review at my LJ, if anyone's interested.

Cheating was the major theme last night, given the title of the episode, and it didn't matter if it was on tests, term papers, spouses, or criminal investigations.

-Claire and Nish, by faking Claire's rape, cheated the real victims of the Hearst rapes.

-Harmony cheats on her husband with Keith.

-Wallace cheats on an exam, then chooses to keep taking the class and take a zero on the test, but gives up basketball for the season as a result.

-Veronica is accused of plagarizing her term paper, but the TA did it to show her what the criminology professor is really like, and Veronica catches the professor cheating with the Dean's wife.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:November 8th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
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I guess we're supposed to throw Logan into the whole cheating theme because of his "cheating." Eh. I'm Miss Supercrazy when it comes to cheaters, but somehow what he did didn't bother me. Everyone writes 5 seconds after times up. Time's up means that's when you finish your sentence, or you deftly gather your things together with one hand and get out of your seat while still writing and only stop when you're completely standing.

The Keith thing is the big thing in the episode that I didn't like. I have zero tolerance for cheating and there's just no excuse in my book for what he did. None, zero, zilch. It's bad bad bad bad bad bad. Bad.
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From:daynr
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
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oooh, you're going to get in trouble.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 8th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
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For...voting?
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From:gingerwood
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Although they didn't do anything after finding GHB in Mercer's stash?

What could they have done? The box had been in somone elses posession from the time it was stolen until the time the police recovered it so it could easily have been tampered with. There's no way that it could be used as evidence.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. Seems Logan is a Snopes fan.

Also, I cannot believe how stupid and contrived and one-dimensional all the girls on this show are this season. I hope Mac's "project" means that she will be heavily featured in the next arc, because boy, do I miss me some actual female characters.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 8th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
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I cannot believe how stupid and contrived and one-dimensional all the girls on this show are this season.

SERIOUSLY. I must admit that I'm really worried about the "maybe the rapist is a woman" possibility; if it's handled badly, and coupled with Nish & Claire's Feminist Caricature Brigade, it'll pretty much destroy my enjoyment of VM as a feminist show. I'm trying to have faith, though. The writers have pulled through for me before.

In conclusion, where is Mac? WTF?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Oooh I loved this episode. I'll just give a big "ditto" to your whole post. So excited for next week.

I hate Nish and Claire so much I can taste it. Ugh. Please can someone chop their legs off, or something?
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From:maka2000
Date:November 8th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Good on you for voting! I didn't read the rest of your post though since I haven't seen VM yet. I wish Illinois still gave out "I voted" stickers. Cheapasses.
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From:paladin42
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I think it depends on the precinct and how many they have(if any). I live in Illinois as well and in 2004 I voted near the end of the day and didn't get a sticker. This year I voted in the middle of the afternoon and they gave me one.

It was a little too big to stick on my forehead, though.
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From:electricmonk
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Aw. The problem with voting absentee is that they don't give you any neat stickers.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 8th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Hey, you told me to write of you fondly.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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It's funny because the things you thought worked, I thought worked. And the things you thought did not work, I think did not work.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 8th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
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So, be happy! Feel the love!
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From:spadada
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Veronica having to clear herself is the stuff "Clash of the Tritons" is made of
Aww. I got chills there for a minute.

I really loved Veronica in this episode.
Me too. That was why I stopped reading the ep thread. People were still on her and to me, this is the Veronica I love. I felt for her on so many levels last night. And I believed her. I don't care what people say about Michael Fields, he calls KB to task. Tell Rob to hire him for as many eps of the back nine as he can if we get them.

Ditto on the Piz love and the hope for a V/Piz friendship. And shit, maybe a Logan/Parker friendship. The bowling scene rocked.

I don't know that the faked rape was dropped, Veronica was just busy elsewhere. But certainly we should have gotten a Parker/V conversation about it. "You invite me to go on a double date blah blah. What, do you think I faked my rape?" Or something.

I liked that scene because I liked Veronica in it and I think te girl who plays Nish is a good actress.

wee_warrior silently rejoices for picking up on that
People didn't pick up on that? I got that, it was The White Stripes I didn't get. I thought Logan was Bobby Lee from MadTV with his whole "wha' happened?" entrance.

And Mercer kept GHB in his money box? Huh?
He deals it. They give him the money, he opens the box, takes out the drugs and deposits the cash.

Oh, my show. Thank you for coming back to me. I missed you.
I refuse to say it. But yes. Yes! Like I said in the ep thread in my post on page 14 (after only reading up to page 3 by the way--shhhh!), I didn't feel this way about any S2 ep. This was S1 level love.

In conclusion, spadada was right.
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From:wee_warrior
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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got that, it was The White Stripes I didn't get.

Same here. I was astonished about the lack of gasping at Alex, too, I thought he was something like a pop cultural icon - I for one knew the look long before I'd seen the movie - but maybe people simply didn't know that the character is a rapist.
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Yay, democratic processes! (I'm jealous that you guys actually get stickers, the most we can hope for is, like, a glare. Election helpers in Germany are crabby people.)

Mercer, as we all know, was dressed as Alex from A Clockwork Orange last week, and this is where wee_warrior silently rejoices for picking up on that.

I did, but so did inigo, so I unfortunately can't hog all the glory for myself.
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 8th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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And seriously, I don't know what I hate more, Claire and Nish, or the fact that they are written the way they are (Hm, a Jessica Rabbit joke comes to mind here).
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From:beathen
Date:November 8th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Who is that sexy man in the pic?!?! What a hottie! It's good to "see" you (and that you voted).

Hugs!
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From:gymble
Date:November 8th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
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But Lorelai was very entertaining, and I loved the a cappella references, and there was Sheila the attractive redhead, and Chris was all friendly and asking questions about dark matter energy ([info]gymble's husband shout-out!), and Luke went on a stupid date, and Lulu was really cute, and April and Lane played board games, and...it was a good time, man. It was a good time.
It was decent if not fabulous. Clearly the entire episode was a shout-out to me because not only does my husband study dark matter (for the record, according to him the bits of the professor's lecture that he heard were scientifically accurate - yay!) but I taught swimming (children and adults) for several years. Also, I am familiar with the multitude of accappella groups at Yale (Harvard as well) and the inclusion of "Zombie Jamboree" made me laugh because the Din and Tonics at Harvard had that as one of their main songs. I'm not sure if I would have an adult swim class still practicing blowing bubbles in their second class and the deep breath thing was the purest of bullshit, but I'm willing to overlook that.

Can we fucking fire the promo monkeys who designed a promo that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EPISODE?? I think we can call that the worst promo in the CW's short history. It got nobody excited about the show.
PLEASE. They suck. A lot. Not only did they pull the L/V story out of their asses, but they made it seem really boring when the episode itself was actually quite exciting. I'm glad that they didn't spoil the car crash, but surely they could have shown something that wouldn't have made the episode seem like a snore-fest.

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