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November 14th, 2006


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11:55 pm - Consider My Mind Blown...and Then Put Back Together and Blown Again
Comment for charity! Seriously, just go and leave a comment. Easiest ten pence you ever made someone give. Thanks to ashfae for the link.

Good episode this week, though not as good as last week's. Largely because Meryl, though cute, was deeply stupid. Annoyingly so. A space laser? Really? (Although I did just send off for confirmation of schnappycat's valid assertion that it's a Real Genius reference.)

Oddly, I find that episodes without three thousand punchlines seem to end up being better episodes overall. I do love the witty dialogue, but VM is a drama, not a comedy. And it delivered on the drama this week.

So we've got thematics again, and funnily enough, I felt like this week, it was way more heavy-handed. Here are all the men who've let Veronica down! See how they suck! In this crazy, upside-down world, Veronica needs male role models to keep her from becoming jaded! And, well...I guess I can't blame her, really. I like that we're seeing the motivations behind Veronica's behavior, the way she does shape her world based on the actions of other people. "Sooner or later, the people you love let you down." This goes all the way back to season one.

Veronica should walk around in boxers and a T-shirt EVERY EPISODE. I'm just saying. Also, I am very surprised that Piz didn't make any sort of move on her at all, but...good for him, then?

Oh, Keith and Harmony. Oh...Harmony. Harmony. Leave your husband first. Or whatever. Then invite Keith to Palm Springs. This way is just mean. And, look, they addressed everything! The kid! Jake and Lianne! The history of investigating cheating spouses! So...there you go! Keith and Veronica knows what's what.

OMG KEITH GOT OFFERED THE VINNIE SPECIAL.

Since we're on the subject of Vinnie, nice job at the River Stix! Although, sadly, I was disappointed in Liam. I sort of cheered when I saw Rod Rowland's name in the credits because I love Liam, but he wasn't really that creepy and I couldn't make out what the hell he was saying.

So, clearing Mercer. Let me just say that the Club Flush thing? Is fucking awesome. Because you could hear Club Flush when Parker was being raped, although Veronica apparently doesn't remember that little detail. And then props to beppergirl for catching that Piz indirectly told us Club Flush was Mercer's show last week. So to find out that yes, Virginia, it was all deliberate was pretty sweet. That is how you fucking drop clues, man.

Now, Mercer's alibi was pretty unexpected. I mean, of course they were in Mexico, but, er, I guess they never explained why Logan knew Mercer before he came to Hearst. But a couple of flaming donkey punches led to a flaming motel? Damn. And, honestly, I think Logan is exactly right: 9 out of 10 men (or women, for that matter) would have just run. But, see, Logan, Veronica's dad WALKED THROUGH FIRE to save her. So. Er. She has high standards.

Landry! Is...still a good guy who honestly sees potential in Veronica and wants her to succeed?

Random prop comment: they're reusing band posters. Jet, The Vandals, The Rakes...we've seen them already! In other people's rooms!

It makes sense that Veronica, Professional Conclusion Jumper, lives by Occam's Razor.

Also, Chip Diller and Dean O'Dell just went to the top of the rapist suspect list, right? And it can't be Chip because he's too easy and was already under suspicion last year. Which means...damn, Dean.

Finally, at the end...hey, this looks familiar! OH. THANK YOU, PROMO MONKEYS. The drugged effects were pretty freaky. And even VMVO was sort of out of it (and, hells yeah, "I can't believe this is happening to me again"). One wonders, though, what she was doing getting to her CAR, as if she was in any condition to drive. But she was still smart enough to set off the car alarm, which, ROCK.

The latex gloves are freaky. Okay, that whole entire scene was megafreaky. And then the hair. And, like, he didn't even cut off a big chunk. And he cut off the bottom layer. He lifted up Veronica's hair and cut close to the scalp. The brilliantly fucked-up thing? You can't tell. No one can tell. It's not noticeable to anyone but her. It's a message for her.

...or he was starting to shave her head and only got that far. *headTARDIS*

The hand in the glove was white, so it's not Nish.

As anvilicious as the final VMVO is, I still rather love it. "But the people who really deserve [faith] are the ones who are there for you even when you don't love them enough."

Group hug?
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:November 15th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
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Veronica should walk around in boxers and a T-shirt EVERY EPISODE.
UH HUH.

Also, I thought she was going to her car because it was a place (semi)nearby she could lock herself in, and thus no one could abscond with her.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:November 15th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
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And then props to beppergirl for catching that Piz indirectly told us Club Flush was Mercer's show last week.

Success!

Veronica should walk around in boxers and a T-shirt EVERY EPISODE. I'm just saying.

And I'm just saying I agree.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:November 15th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)

not to spew on your parade, but...

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Look. I was literally biting my nails over Veronica stumbling roofied to her car and managing with the last shreds of her mind and strength to hit the panic button on her car as the attacker approached. And I was filled to the brim with the warm fuzzies when Logan and Keith were taking care of her there at the end. I'm easy, really. You wind me up enough and then let me go, I'm ready to bask in the relief, ready to forgive a lot of things that have grated this season. Really.

And then the FUCKING voiceover has to ruin it all.

VMVO: "What a valuable lesson I've learned today about how very, very wrong I was to get angry and resentful towards these two wonderful men over little things like fucking a married woman and burning down a hotel in Tijuana! I so didn't deserve for these men, who are respectively my BOYFRIEND and my FATHER, to take such good care of me after I was ROOFIED AND NEARLY RAPED IN A PARKING LOT, but I'm grateful that they overlooked my obvious shortcomings, as a female with suspicious and, shame to speak it, investigative tendencies! In the future, I resolve to embrace any hypothesis, up to and including space lasers, that casts the best light possible on the men in my life, so that one day I may deserve love as surely as the MORON whose IDIOCY nearly got me KILLED earlier in the episode! UNEARNED TRUST 4 EVA YEY (except in rape victims, who are quite likely to be gimongous liars, especially if they're feminists and not nice ditzy sorority girls)!"

I wonder what's going on on House this season.
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From:sisterjune
Date:November 15th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)

Re: not to spew on your parade, but...

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Not to argue with you lonesomepioneer but I'm not sure I see what you mean. I never got the impression that the show was hinting at veronice being undeserving of logan or keith. The show was also pretty hard keith about the affair through veronica, keith never once yelled at veronica about her being unfair because he knew she was right and that's why he ended the affair. I think that says alot about keith and how the show views affairs. anyway regarding logan, he may not have done the right thing but I don't think he did the wrong thing. and well I don't what I would have done so I can't judge but I don't think veronica was completely wrong to feel the way she did because that's just a facet of her personality it makes sense she would be dissapointed in logan and it also makes sense she would want him to be honest with her always. When the voice over at the end comes on it isn't talking about keith and logan, it's just talking about logan. She still doesn't not trust him and now once again he came through for her. and when I say that I mean that instead of taking her back to his hotel room to watch over her, he instead takes her back to her own home and has her father take care of her. this to me shows that he is truly looking out for her well-being above all things.

actually I think your comment would probably be better directed to the people at TWoP, who have been posting left and right about how much of a bitch veronica was this episode, like there is serious hate there. which I just don't understand but anyway that's my 2 cents.
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From:pidgehuss
Date:November 15th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
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Woo! What an episode! And let us get on down to it:

Veronica should walk around in boxers and a T-shirt EVERY EPISODE.
Ha. And while I, as a woman with only a slight girl-crush on KB that's pretty much limited to "KB so pretty! Pretty, pretty hair!", thought she looked adorable and also considered picking up a few more pairs of sleep-shorts, because I only have one and they are, in fact, cute, I couldn't help but wonder if it was some annoying Aerie crossover promotion. Because the show is practically sponsored by the new line of sleepwear and intimates from American Eagle and to have her in their stuff once will fly under the radar, but twice? Now that's blatant product placement.

Harmony. Leave your husband first.
As soon as they brought him back up this episode, I realized that they were going to be busted but good, and possibly by Vinnie. Just, argh, she was suspicious enough of her husband to hire an investigator, so why wouldn't she think he'd do the same? And that could affect her divorce settlement but good, including a possible custody thing. I like LSG and find her kind of unconventionally adorable and was trhilled that they were doing a Just Shoot Me reunion of sorts, but Harmony is just so deeply stupid about the whole thing and not acting like a grown woman at all that her storyline was less about natural development and more about plot. Which, grrr.

on the subject of Vinnie, nice job at the River Stix! Although, sadly, I was disappointed in Liam.
I loved Vinnie there. I think he's great and am excited whenever he guests. I loved that he stepped in and saved Veronica, though, frankly, I'm not entirely sure what he saved her from. Harm, to be sure. But...while I expected Liam (...this was the brother that picked her up, no? I get them crazy-confused) to be really fucking scary, I was more confused at the picking-up-my-terrified-victim-and-crushing-her-slowly-as-I-weirdly-dance-with-her scene. And...it lasted for a really long time and was vaguely menacing, but only due to the look on Veronica's face. The involuntary tatooing? WAY FUCKING SCARIER. Also, wasn't the River Stix behind some guy's house before? This did not look like it was plopped in a residential district, or even a mixed-use district. Everything looked pretty (shady, but) commercial. That distracted me a bit.

That is how you fucking drop clues, man.
And I've missed all of that, so I'm glad to read a review from someone who pointed it out for me. (I need to catch back up with the TWoP recaps, they always catch things that I totally miss.) I'm still not 100% sure how that'd clear him, since Piz pretty easily covered his show and it wasn't established that they kept tapes of the shows that Lamb could review to make sure he was actually there the nights he was scheduled, but we already know that Mercer didn't rape Parker, because hotel fire, so I'm willing to go with it. Also, does ANYONE actually wipe the samples on their own skin? I thought you just opened and sniffed them to see what it smells like, not actually put it on.
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From:pidgehuss
Date:November 15th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
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(I am too talky, had to split the comment!)

Mercer's alibi was pretty unexpected.
I was definitely expecting more of a hit-and-run type situation, though this is similar. And...I'll buy that Logan wouldn't tell Veronica right away due to her disappointment, since we've already seen that from Wallace. And I'll also buy that Logan knew Mercer before, since he used to, like, organize bumfights and would probably be slightly in with the local gambling rings.

Which means...damn, Dean.
I'm interested in seeing where this is going. We've learned a lot about the dean in the first seven episodes, which has to be leading somewhere. And I'm pleased as punch to just let the show take me there.

One wonders, though, what she was doing getting to her CAR
I...was thinking the same thing at first, but figured she was probably going to lock herself in and either sleep it off or call her dad. But...I mean, I'd seen the promos, sure, so I knew the guy would be there waiting for her. But if it were me, I think I'd probably call my dad (since Keith had basically just left a message kind of mending everything) and find the least likely attacker to come sit with me until he got there. Like, seriously, ask someone from the next table to keep an eye on you, what are the chances that you've just asked the attacker? Go stumble up to one of the food workers to call security and stand in their kitchen. DON'T go walking off alone. ACK! I get that she wanted to lock herself up, but I don't get that she didn't ask a group of people to walk her to her car. Or Safe Rides, which may not be safe anyway.

or he was starting to shave her head and only got that far.
That was what I thought. I mean, Logan showed up pretty quickly after she hit the button and I thought he scared the guy off. Presumably we're talking about someone unarmed, I think. But then I got to thinking about whether the attacker rapes you first or shaves you first. For some reason, I'd always assumed the rape happened first, but I don't know why. We haven't had any evidence to that and either act doesn't necessarily take long enough for Veronica to look at the Safe Ride records (if they keep any timed records) to see when Parker was dropped off vs. when she came in to get the tickets and heard buzzing. So I don't know if a) the attacker intended to rape Veronica at all or b) was actually just going to shave her head as a warning or something. The thing that freaked ME out was how closely her skin was shaved. When we saw that V's head was a bit bloody, that's the part that got to me. Parker's head had been shaved closely but carefully, whereas V's was a little violently. The other thing is that Logan might have startled the attacker and they might have cut V because of that. I'm also a little distracted that they didn't start to move her somewhere else, in case people came down for their cars (the garage looked reasonably full). Again, either act probably doesn't take that long, but if you're planning to commit either of them, you probably are not doing it where you'd be easily discovered.

Bring on more! I want this mystery solved! Though I hate that Veronica is always in physical danger in connection to the mystery! Whatever!
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From:catatonia00
Date:November 15th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
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Oddly, I find that episodes without three thousand punchlines seem to end up being better episodes overall. I do love the witty dialogue, but VM is a drama, not a comedy. And it delivered on the drama this week.

Exactamente, my friend. That's what I mean about toning down the zingers. The quips are awesome in interspersed unpredictable doses and not when it occupies the whole freaking dialogue.

I fucking squeeled at the sight of the guest stars' names. C'mon, Liam, Danny and Vinnie! What a motherload. True, Liam wasn't as creepy but he was drunk as a skunk. I'm just ecstatic that they brought the Fitzpatricks back. I lurve them. What is Neptune without a badass soul singing gang?

Now it makes sense why Logan was ditching classes at the start of the school year. It's because he was driving down and partying it up with Mercer & sleazy co.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 15th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I love the Fitzpatricks too! They so crazy!
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From:teapot37
Date:November 15th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
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One wonders, though, what she was doing getting to her CAR, as if she was in any condition to drive.

My thought was she was going to try to lock herself in her car. Probably the closest safe place.
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From:harper47
Date:November 15th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. This was a little bit "see our theme, watch us show it" but that's okay because it was very true to everyone's character.

Which I need to take a minute and say this episode made me officially loathe Piz. I was willing to give him a break last week but his swarmy smug look at Logan when he came to the door has broke the tiny amount of leeway I was willing to give him. Go away Piz. I want Wallace.

And yes Veronica has high standards for her men. Walk through fire, ride a white horse - Veronica reminded me of Betty (Rosemary Clooney's character) in White Christmas. Once she was sure Bing had done something she was all I'm out of here, whatever. And that's Veronica, looking for the first chance to retreat to her I'm a tough, hard cookie whose men let me down mode.

Logan - insecure, Veronica - not trusting - this is actually why they should be fighting so I don't mind. Just keep Piz out of the mix and this works for me much as I want the smoochies.

Dean does look pretty suspicious doesn't he? And I like him. But then I liked Aaron too initially.

Hey - I'm in for the group hug.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 15th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I was willing to give him a break last week but his swarmy smug look at Logan when he came to the door has broke the tiny amount of leeway I was willing to give him.
See, I didn't see this smug look everyone's seeing! I saw the complete opposite, really. He didn't rub it in Logan's face at all, which I liked.

*group hug*
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:November 15th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Your post title is one of the lines I IMd you about last night! The second was "NO TOUCHING!"

And, honestly, I think Logan is exactly right: 9 out of 10 men (or women, for that matter) would have just run.

Really? You think so? That's depressing. When he said that line, I actually said aloud, "Um, no. Maybe...4 out of 10."

I now regret never getting around to posting something I'd thought about after we saw the scene where Veronica went into the room while Parker was being raped: I immediately wondered what the relevance of what was playing on the radio was. The fact that the sound of the radio was so prominent, along with the fact that it was a guy talking, make me rewind to listen to it again for a clue. And I STILL didn't remember it and put two-and-two together on my own.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 15th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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When he said that line, I actually said aloud, "Um, no. Maybe...4 out of 10."
If there is a motel burning down, I think the first reaction is to get the hell out so you don't die. And then farther away so things don't fall on you.

I now regret never getting around to posting something I'd thought about after we saw the scene where Veronica went into the room while Parker was being raped: I immediately wondered what the relevance of what was playing on the radio was.
Yeah, whatever. Like you noticed it back then. There's no record! I DON'T BELIIIIIIIIIIIIEVE YOU!

(Hee.)
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From:raelee
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I'll be severely disappointed if it's NOT a Real Genius reference.

I suspect it was a message for her. Why else would you do it there, in the garage where anyone could walk up at any minute? If the person was really intending to do her whole head, I think she would have been taken somewhere else.

Also, I thought she hadn't quite realized what was happening to her until she was already on the way to her car. In which case 1) she was already a little loopy and not thinking correctly and 2) you'd just want to get to the car and lock yourself in because at least that's safer than sitting out in the dark on the campus.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 15th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I'll be severely disappointed if it's NOT a Real Genius reference.
It is!
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
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That is how you fucking drop clues, man.

Even better, if you listen to the voice of the DJ in Welcome Wagon? That's totally Ryan Devlin. I just dig the show when they are doing this well.

I... don't have much to say otherwise, except that I have a certain theory about Occam's razor and something that was said on the show tonight, but I have to well, see it first, to make sure. *eyes dl warily*
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Also, yay group hug!
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From:beardoggx
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
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http://beardoggx.livejournal.com/71902.html

I left my recap/review of the episode on my LJ, if anyone's interested. I also vent a little on the promotion of the show and something else I heard.

OMG KEITH GOT OFFERED THE VINNIE SPECIAL.

Oh Snap. That was wild. Harmony's husband hiring Vinnie to see if Harmony was cheating on him after Harmony hired Keith. I'm sure Vinnie was stunned(then excited) to see it was Keith she was cheating with. I think he said that much, anyway.

I think Professor Landry also just jumped to the top of the list of suspects, if he wasn't already.
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From:iheartbridges
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
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WHY DIDN'T SHE CALL SOMEONE FROM THE FOOD COURT?! Stupid Veronica.

I mean, I heart you Veronica.
From:babsonite
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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He lifted up Veronica's hair and cut close to the scalp. The brilliantly fucked-up thing? You can't tell. No one can tell. It's not noticeable to anyone but her. It's a message for her.
I likes this theory...

Because you could hear Club Flush when Parker was being raped
I thought so! OMG I LOVE THE CONTINUITY IN THIS SHOW!

How cool would it be if it was Chip. Considering she has suspected him and cleared him not once, but twice! And then she'd be all "I could have prevented some of the rapes" angsty!

And I loved the t-shirt and boxers look too!
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From:kammgirl
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I am in love with last night's episode. It had the noir I love and V being wrong and owning it and wonderful Keith, V, Logan interaction. I also really liked the MOTW. I have loved all of the season, but last night just blew me away,
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
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One wonders, though, what she was doing getting to her CAR

Like thetheatremouse and pidgehuss and teapot37 and probably everyone else, I assumed she was heading to her car because she wanted to lock herself in until she was more compos mentis.

The drugged effects were pretty freaky. And even VMVO was sort of out of it (and, hells yeah, "I can't believe this is happening to me again").

I loved the hell out of the camera work in that scene, and the editing little fragments of seconds out of the shots; but the VMVO irritated me. I thought "I know what this feels like," - or something to that effect, whatever she said first - was good, and I thought it was enough. I didn't think we needed all the "I can't believe this is happening to me again" and successive lines. I'd have preferred to just see her fumbling toward her car in silence.

I can't believe you didn't mention this: "He's a well-armed moron" - joining 18... She's legal! at the top of the Potential Lamb Campaign Slogans List. Hee. Also, Lamb keeping Mercer for the extra 24 hours just because he wants to be a bastard? I will admit to cackling with evil (and loud) appreciation at that moment.

Also, Chip Diller and Dean O'Dell just went to the top of the rapist suspect list, right?

I love when you've watched this show enough to get a feel for how the clues are seeded into episodes, and you start to pick up on little clues like that and can be very pleased with yourself.

Yay, Vinnie!

STILL NO MAC. WTF?

And now I must listen to Awesome Boss's voicemails. Woo.

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