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April 6th, 2006

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01:19 am - Okay. Dirty Sanchez?
I came up with a new band name today: Error 404 File Not Found.

Let me just say, I loved the ending. It hit me viscerally in an awesome way, the kind of way where even though you know what's going to happen, it still affects you differently to actually see it happen. I understand why John Kretchmer is Rob's go-to director.

I think the episode as a whole was a bit...weird. For one, the MOTW wasn't really a MOTW but part of the arc, which was fine, but it makes everything else seem far less important. Like, there seemed to be absolutely no reason for it to have been Logan who won the contest but for the convenience of having the camera around a main character and Woody Goodman for easy access to Keith/Woody scenes. And there was all this relationship angst that seemed so Dawson's Creek-ish, but it wasn't that bad. I mean, it still gets a thumbs up from me, but it wasn't perfect.

So, like I said...Logan wins the contest? Certainly didn't call that. Apparently, he copied it from Easy Rider (continuity!), but I don't even see why the fuck he would even bother entering. That whole plotline made no sense to me.

All right, oh my God: I loved the Felix flashback. John Kretchmer, you are SO. FUCKING. HOT. He matched those goddamn tableaux exactly. Oh, blue flashbacks, how I've missed you!! And Felix! Had dreams of being a trucker! Awww!! Felix is no Lilly Kane, but, still, aww. I mean, maybe this sort of thing would have been better earlier on in the season so that the audience would care more about Felix's death, but I'll take it now since it's here and all. (Also: Ms. James!!)

Veronica's loss in her fight against curiosity was a little too sitcom-ish. I guess I could maybe see Veronica doing that, but my first impression was that Kristen overplayed it. Also, it's sort of cute that Veronica can't do the Shocker properly, and Weevil's response was funny, but I felt it was a distracting in-joke.

I haven't really analyzed it so much, but...why the hell didn't Veronica ask Logan what he remembered about the witness, like, months and months ago? And why does she have so much drive to solve Felix's murder whenever Weevil asks her, but not so much when Logan wants to clear his name? Is it because Weevil actually gives her someone to go after? This Felix murder mystery has been an interesting saga. It's gone from Veronica and Logan to Logan and Weevil to Weevil and Veronica. So Logan doesn't care about the murder as long as it doesn't affect him, which I suppose is in-character, but I think Jason overplayed this whole business too. I think he laid on the asshole a little too thick the entire episode, kind of like Michael in the last episode. None of the "wanting to be a better person" subtext. For that, we have to go to Jackie. Jackie, of all people! But that's later.

Actually, let's go to that now, because I need to save the Felix plot for the end anyway. I'm liking Jackie more these days, and, really, how can you not, when she pulls a Lindsay Weir? I like that she's trying to unbitchify herself, that she's aware of the social perception and she takes it into consideration when bettering herself. It makes her interesting.

But I must say: what the fuck, Wallace. Jane is nice and cute and, apparently, way too good for you, what the hell. Making eyes at Jackie the whole time? Not cool. Randomly kissing Jackie? WAY NOT COOL. Why you playing Jane like that, man? Don't you know it's hard to find San Diego actors who can actually act? Good for Jackie for not just taking him back.

What the fuck, Beaver? Mac is totally adorable. Surely, you want to take a step past first base. Unless you're gay. Or sexually abused. Big Dick and little Beaver can make for some painful times. (Credit for the sexual abuse angle goes to sneaker328.)

I thought Rob was going to get lynched when "Sway" began as a Mac/Beaver song, but then the scene changed. And I still thought he was in trouble when it became a Logan/Gia song. But then, hey, look! Veronica and Logan are both on the screen at the same time during the song! That counts, right? But then...it became a full-fledged Logan/Veronica song what with the dancing, and it was very strange. I didn't expect them to get so close again so soon. I don't know what to make of it. I wonder if the fandom is happy, finally.

(I love Gia. She's such a twit.)

Oh, Woody, Woody, Woody. Why are you so concerned with getting Terrence Cook off the hook? Don't you see that he's taking all the suspicion off you?! Are you a total idiot? And why are you squeezing Logan's bicep?! SQUICKY.

Of course, the only reason we had all this Woody business was to introduce this nifty little DVD. What's awesome about this is that at first, Woody is like, "Keith! Figure this shit out!" And then he clearly took a closer look at it and noticed something totally incriminating, at which point he's like, "Keith! I figured it out! All better! Give me the DVD back! Hope you didn't save the file on your computer or anything, because you totally can't do that with computer files, right?!?!?!" I wonder what's on this DVD and what Keith will find it and who sent it and oooh.

All right, back to the A plot, which was pretty much awesome. Flashback to the Curly beatdown, and we learn that Curly did not rig the bus but he knew who did. Because he was blabbing about his old The Long Haul stunt to people? (Credit for that goes to inigo.) Then we get a good Weevil/Molly scene, with such an "I loved him!" that even the extras in the background react (good job, guys!). And I did not call the truck being a bug, so I loved that little act-out.

"It's the least you could do."/"Oh, I could do less." Hee, clever. And at least Lamb did have a point about the evidence being inadmissible, but in typical Lamb form, it's not enough to make him get off his lazy ass.

I cannot believe they got "Dirty Sanchez?" through the censors. I mean, I totally can, but for God's sake! You'd think they'd be paying a bit more attention by now! It's like a game for the writers, you know! So perfectly done, though. How can they make something so wrong sound so right?

Mmm, plan B. Oh, Weevil. Vengeance shall be yours. This is the kind of wily deviousness I like to see: don't do the deed, have someone else do the deed for you.

The witness? Saw a PCHer kill Felix. IT'S TOTALLY FUCKING CERVANDO. AND HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO "IDENTIFY" HIM BECAUSE HIS BODY IS FLOATING IN THE FUCKING OCEAN. The fact that he got away on Thumper's bike is circumstantial, and come on, it's obviously not Thumper anyway because there's still no proof. There was no "Aha! We've solved the mystery!" moment.

I hope I didn't miss something. Nobody else saw this episode as confirming that Thumper killed Felix, did they? This isn't just "Cervando killed Felix" clouding my perception? Rob wouldn't wrap up the Felix mystery this early, would he? And he'd make it more obvious, right?

Now, the ending. When Liam tied Thumper up and left him, I was initially confused. Like, they're just going to leave him there? And of course I immediately realized that it was a bathroom in the stadium, which I LOVE THIS SHOW.

And, randomly, Thumper's bike. Who put it there? Who would want to destroy the fucking evidence? DID CERVANDO COME BACK FROM THE DEAD TO KEEP HIS NAME FROM BEING SULLIED?! Why did Woody seem a little gung-ho on destroying the motorcycle? Wait, am I overthinking this? Was it just there because the Fitzpatricks put it there when they took Thumper? But...they took him to the stadium; he didn't drive there on his bike. Why destroy his bike? They made a big deal about this bike, dude. It's a clue, right? It was destroyed for a reason, right? Not just some happy accident?

This, this is why Logan won the essay contest. Granted, they should have done a much better job making it seem worthwhile for the rest of the episode, but they had to have Logan pressing the plunger. They had to have the boy accused of killing Felix sealing the fate of the other boy accused of killing Felix, all because of a plan set in motion by the one person in Neptune who loved Felix the most. There is so much lovely intertwining in that one moment of Logan pushing that plunger down, of Shark stadium going kaboom. Of Thumper hearing explosions and realizing he's done for. It's brutal, and it's cruel, and that is the world of noir, my friend. It is a world that don't take no shit from no one. It is a world where people die, and they die hard.

Weevil confesses his sins, and God, what an ending. Kudos to you, Kretchmer. That's one we'll always remember.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, as soon as the stadium went down, I said, "Well then, clearly Thumper didn't really kill Felix." It can't be all simple and wrapped up like that.
Date:April 6th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Well, why would Cervando do it? And why would the other bikers cover for him? (I'm not saying I don't at all believe that he did, because it is a definite possibility, I'm just trying to figure out the motivations behind it.) And there is always Hector. Any way he could have done it?

Jackie was on tonight! She definitely is the most transformed character from the beginning of the season.

I second the RT would have been lynched if he didn't use Sway for Logan/Veronica. In fact, in the chat room when I heard it starting up, I started screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, because I was so pissed off. But then the scene progressed to the dancing, and it was an awesome scene.

I think last week's was funnier, but this week's was more OMFG!! And given that it's late in the season, we need more of the OMFG variety. (It actually is a lot like last season, with 16 sort of being outside Neptune, and funny, then 17 bringing the focus back to the big picture)
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh, man. When I realized Thumper was in the stadium bathroom (yes, as soon as he started to hear the explosions, I really am that slow), I knew this was an awesome episode.

I don't know about Cervando killing Felix, but Cervando has to be important considering all the time people are saying his name. If Cervando did kill Felix, that could mean he was the target of the bus crash and the anonymous person that called Weevil was right, but for the wrong reasons. Though maybe not. And of course there's the question of Thumper's bike - Cervando was called in to drive Weevil's bike back, but Thumper might have done that (considering that he was planning a coup all the way back then) and Cervando could have killed Felix for the Fitzpatricks. But then were there two PCHers working for the Fitzpatricks? Or did Cervando kill Felix for another reason?
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
And of course there's the question of Thumper's bike - Cervando was called in to drive Weevil's bike back

Bzzzt! If you recall, Thumper was the one who said that Cervando was driving Weevil's bike back, and we know he's a lying whore.

My thing with Cervando is I have no evidence to support it, per se, but there has been absolutely nothing that would seriously disprove it.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
There was a good bit of stuff taht felt over-played tonight, which made everything feel odd, and kinda ritualistic.

I do think there's some *thing* that we're being set up to be told about the Beav. It makes me feel bad for both him and Mac, which is a credit to the actor, I think.

Bicep-squeeze was sooooo squicky. It feels like we've now got pretty much anything we need to put Woody firmly in the "bad guy" column. The Woody/Logan scenes were among those on my "overplayed" list

I lovelovelove that Logan's first act was going to be firing Lamb.

You think they have a hall fo fame for things they got passt S&P?

Destroying the bike makes it look like he ran, maybe?

Gods, that ending.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
I am taking the explination of the Shocker as a shout-out to me for asking about it at Marsathon and you can't tell me any different! ;)

I think Logan had other reasons to win that contest. We just don't know what they are yet.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
*works jaw*

*nothing comes out*

*decides to melt and swoon instead*

♥ Plan B. ♥
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
There was no "Aha! We've solved the mystery!" moment.

I hope I didn't miss something. Nobody else saw this episode as confirming that Thumper killed Felix, did they? This isn't just "Cervando killed Felix" clouding my perception? Rob wouldn't wrap up the Felix mystery this early, would he? And he'd make it more obvious, right?

Right there with you, dude.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm still processing, but Logan didn't want the witness to be found because he didn't know what the witness saw. If he only came to the scene after Felix was dead, then that wouldn't be terribly helpful to Logan. I can't tell if the mystery is solved or not, but the ending had a nice OMFG to it. And destroying the bike is symbolic - remember that Weevil's bike was destroyed too.

Logan had to enter the contest. All of the students did. I am a bit disappointed that neither the teacher nor the mayor recognized Easy Rider. It's fairly famous.

At this point, if Woody is behind the bus crash, then RT is getting a beat down.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
And destroying the bike is symbolic - remember that Weevil's bike was destroyed too.

Oh, nice. But the Fitzpatricks don't know that. There has to be some reason it was in there. They took up almost ninety seconds adding suspense as to whether the motorcycle would survive the episode.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
The censors are a bunch of boring dead fucks. That's my theory at least. And it's a good thing.

And I'm not sure why Veronica and Logan didn't think to track down the original witness since it took like what? two hours? maybe three?

I LOVED Jackie. I've loved her from the very beginning and Im so glad people are finally forgetting the whole "P&P hating bitch" crap.

As for 'Sway' and the L/V dance... OMG!!!! The shipper in me has returned! Finally! It died in ep 8 of this season but OMG, it's back. Hopefully to stay. Yay!
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Date:April 6th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
I liked her as a P&P hating bitch. I don't know who this nice girl is.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
This may be one of my favourite VM episode posts ever. I really didn't like a lot of this episode and then I went to TWoP where everybody loved it, which frustrated me and made me like it even less. But then I came here and you gave such a balanced account of it, pointing out the good and the bad, and you made me retroactively appreciate the episode. So thank you.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw the shift in the Logan/Veronica relationship as a little abrupt.

I am a bad person for finding the Big Dick/Little Beaver line as funny as I did.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! It means a lot to me that my post helped you appreciate the episode more. Yeah, I really liked the episode, mostly, but there were all these little things that were strange and off. I feel like last week's was a more solid episode, though this one has a kickass ending on its side.

I'm a worse person for making the Big Dick/Little Beaver line.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
Woody's wife made the bus crash! Or something equally evil! I'm telling you!

She's the criminal mastermind behind it all. Woody's just the puppet, he's terrified of the woman.

Other than that, I'm with you on everything else you said.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
I understand why John Kretchmer is Rob's go-to director.
Didn't Rob say somewhere that he's going to be directing the finale? If so, yay!

He matched those goddamn tableaux exactly.
That was freaking awesome! More of that, please.

The ending with Weevil was great, but what the heck was up with the children laughing? That was just weird and creepy.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
Didn't Rob say somewhere that he's going to be directing the finale? If so, yay!

I think the children laughing was part of the song, and it was creepy cool.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
I admit to enjoying the episode. A great deal, even. I missed a bunch of stuff, because I watch with a toddler in the house. She's lovely and darling, but she doesn't necessarily make the best tv watching child ever. So, in retrospect, I recognise that the episode was flawed. But still, I enjoyed it.

I agree that Veronica's curiosity moment was overplayed, but it didn't bother me that much. However, I did love that moment of impasse.

I agree that it's entirely possible that Cassidy was sexually abused as a child. Which might be why Cassidy had such a visceral reaction to Dick's plan of using an unconscious Veronica to lose his virginity. Even if that wasn't the original intent, it certainly works in their favour.

The ending, yes. Logan being the one to kill the boy that Weevil believes responsible of killing Felix. And then, Weevil confessing. That? Was something. A great ending.

Lastly, I was a fan of the dance. I may have squeeed. I am a fangirl.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
Apparently, he copied it from Easy Rider (continuity!), but I don't even see why the fuck he would even bother entering. That whole plotline made no sense to me.
He entered cause it was a class assignment. If he was copying, he didn't put a whole lot of effort into it.

And on the witness... Logan didn't want the witness found. So he was stupid, but he wasn't looking at finding the guy cause he couldn't trust what the guy would say.

And Beaver is totally evil and was involved with Woody and totally killed his rival in his affections. Or Woody manipulated him into doing the killing all Nicole Kidman in "To Die For" - but he's so involved in it now.

And Weevil is so so dead.
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Date:April 6th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
And Weevil is so so dead.

This is my fear
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Date:April 6th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
I loved it. The curiosity convo in the beginning to me was hilarious. Weevil knew she coudln't resist. Logan and Veronica being nice to each other again, don't care why. I am just glad it is not full out venom anymore. Must have happened at the Expresso machine, but it's high school. Things do calm down after break ups. I adored them working together, The V/Lamb snark and V helping Weevil who she really didn't want taking the law into his own hands. It was just an all aroud great epsisode.

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