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October 18th, 2006


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12:07 am - So He's Not Even a Very Good Murderer
You know, I barely paid attention to Gilmore Girls tonight, and I was sort of okay with that. Except that in a sad way, I was wondering why I ever watched the show at all.

This is my favorite episode so far, I think. Klembom delivered once again! So many great lines. Hell, just a teaser had a plethora of one-liners.

How much do I love that the very first time we see the Dean of Hearst College, he threatens to expel Veronica? This is going to be fun. He's no Clemmons, but who is, really? I think someone pointed out that Veronica learned about the botany professor after Nish had seemingly written the article, but I have no trouble believing that she would add that information in after Veronica called to retract the article.

Shit, shit, shit, I LOVE KLEMBOM. Because I just reailzed it's fucking impossible to talk about really good VM episodes because they have about four different plots going on that are all interwoven in some way by the end. I...think this one had more than four going on. MOTW, okay. Piz and his radio gig. The Dean and the Lilith girls and the Lampoon and the car. Weevil looking for work. Logan and Veronica. The rapes at Hearst. And, God, they all occur at the same time and help each other out and share plot elements and characters and GAH. Where do you begin??

Let's do Piz and his radio gig, because that's easy. Black Licorice, hee! Also loved the "friend of a friend rate" continuity joke. And, so, I think some people were claiming that Piz was Rob's avatar, what with the musical background and being in a band and everything, and I totally see it now because of this one line:

"Dude, that game rocks!"

Because Rob LOVES Guitar Hero. The writers play it at the office to unwind. The blatant plug really amused me.

Oh, as an aside: I wish they'd been able to keep the original title of this episode: "Friday Night Sleights."

Moving on: damn those militant feminists! I mean, they're just so annoying, and I still hate Fern. Nish at least has a little more interesting depth to her. And Claire, well, Claire's lucky to have only gotten raped. She could have gotten a tree branch in her head to boot.

So we've apparently moved on from the Greeks and are now accusing the satirists at the Lampoon? Hm. I mean, obviously, they have nothing to do with it, but it appears that we do have a savvy rapist on our hands. The victim couldn't be coincidence, right? And, seriously, how long ago was Parker raped? How often are these rapes occurring? I'd expected them to be monthly, not weekly!

Regarding the Dean's car: I've seen the "culprit leaves incriminating CD in the car" trick on Entourage too. Heh. Sharp eye, Veronica. Loved that she remembered what the son was wearing in the picture she saw for, like, ten seconds. That's our girl. And that's our boys, Phil and John. I love when little throwaways come back to prove important.

And speaking of throwaways: WEEVIL!! Working at the car wash, which is not as the fun as the song makes it seem ahahahaha. Weevil, playing detective! Weevil, in a SHIRT AND TIE. SO WEIRD. Weevil, PUNCHING OUT ABUSIVE MEN. That's our Weevil.

I like the MOTW, if only because Lindsey McKeon is pretty! I knew I recognized her, and I looked her up to discover that, aha, of course, she was Tessa in the Supernatural premiere! Let's see her again, for my sake. Except all my pretty girls die. Dammit. But I also liked that Kurt had integrity. And I liked all the twists. I mean, the playbook was stolen twice. How awesome is that??

Slightly less awesome is Veronica's old trick of not only fingering the first suspect any evidence points to but outright accusing him to his face. That never works, Veronica. Come on. But, I will give you this: "Yeah, so was Hitler" is about the best closing line EVER. I loved that she was so WHATEVER about it. Just the right amount of flippancy, in addition to the sprinkle of "Um, fuck, I was wrong."

And holy crap! I didn't expect Veronica to get caught so damn hard in the office! I mean, how many times has she gotten into scrapes like that and left unharmed by sheer luck? Not this time! This time, yes, someone will notice the printer is on and be suspicious and almost nudge you underneath the desk, so you jump out prematurely...and then spend THREE HOURS thinking of an alibi. It was great; Veronica was totally off her game there. Getting caught had gotten her plum flustered.

Let me insert a leetle line in here about Tessa's good intentions. Once again: well-intended wrongdoing ends up hurting someone you care about. And, to be honest, I did not get the parallel to Logan/Veronica until the anvil hit Veronica in that scene, so.

I was worried that they were going to break them up this early and upset all the fangirls (and fanboy). And I'm still sort of confused about Logan's behavior. I mean, why is he doing this? Yeah, the honeymoon is over with these two, but it seems like an abrupt change. I do like, though, that Veronica is pushing him away as well. And the line about women not placing tracking devices on their significant others' cars because "I don't think they know how"? PRICELESS.

Random Realism Rock-on! Night class! So very college and not high school, the infamous 7-10 class! Loved that they had one because I don't think I've ever seen a college show do one before, and they totally exist. And while we're on that scene, let me clear up something that confused me as well. Madison Sinclair is not at Hearst. Logan was referring to Dick's five minutes versus one minute in relation to, you know, when Dick and Madison were together. HA. Sixty-second man, that Dick.

Random Unrealism WTF! Aisle 9? AISLE 9? VERONICA, YOU ARE WORKING AT THE LIBRARY, NOT THE FUCKING SAFEWAY.

And, at the end, Logan saves the day! Or maybe it's Regina Spektor who saves the day with "Fidelity," which suspiciously appeared on Veronica's MySpace page a couple days ago. I really like the music, and I think the plinky little piano worked well for the scene, because it sort of has that building feel to it, like Veronica and Logan need to build their relationship a little more. And it's quite hopeful-sounding, so it may be a few more episodes yet until these two inevitably break up.

But, really, Veronica. Totally unprofessional of you to ditch a customer like that and start making out in front of him. Maybe she'll get fired...and become a cheerleader!

Or Weevil's assistant.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Regina Spektor - Fidelity

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From:being_fulfilled
Date:October 18th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
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And Claire, well, Claire's lucky to have only gotten raped. She could have gotten a tree branch in her head to boot.

Heh. I thought the exact same thing.
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From:miss_katelynne
Date:October 18th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's not a good week to be named Claire (well, this week and last week).
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From:afrocurl
Date:October 18th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
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I need to watch this again to properly process the episode, but I just had to giggle at your thoughts.

The MySpace pages are good for subtle spoilers (I can think of anyone one on another characters page right now, but I'll be quiet about which one, unless proded with a rather large stick.)

I'm going to take the Aisle 9 comment as the stupidity of Veronica when faced with her boyfriend trying to be sweet and cute and apologizing for being a dick.

I shouldn't have laughed at the Madison jab, but I did. Twas funny, and so appropriate.
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From:beardoggx
Date:October 18th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
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Like I said at my LJ, I started calling the militant feminists the womynists(after their PCU counterparts). Nish is an Assclown more interested in pushing her agenda. Veronica wouldn't have been threatened with expulsion if she would have held the article until Veronica got her facts straight.

So, wonder if Rob pre-ordered Guitar Hero II yet? I'm waiting for Final Fantasy XII.

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From:harper47
Date:October 18th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
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Hee - I'm guilty of reading this before I write my impressions but I see we again had many of the same reactions. Honestly - this is the first episode this season that made me excited and happy when I watched it. Last week I was so meh but this week I felt that Veronica was there in the story - not Kristen playing Veronica.

Oh and word to your GG comment. I was all I'm going to hate this, I'm going to hate this and instead my only reaction was "is it over yet?" Sad, sad, sad.

Honestly, I was liking everyone this episode except the "play by the book, insert random stereotypical characteristic" fems and Lampooners. Doesn't anyone - you know - give any directing notes during filming? Because I would have said toning it down femms, add some layers to your one note portrayal. Same to the guys.

But other than that I really liked Weevil, Keith, Piz, guest stars, the one minute we had of Dick and Logan. I too thought that plinky piano music was a great choice and I liked Veronica actually being girly there.

Hee - Aisle 9. Hee, hee.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I was all I'm going to hate this, I'm going to hate this and instead my only reaction was "is it over yet?" Sad, sad, sad.
I know, it's just...is this it? Lorelai dates Christopher, blah blah blah? At least the stuff with Emily and jail was good.

Honestly, I was liking everyone this episode except the "play by the book, insert random stereotypical characteristic" fems and Lampooners. Doesn't anyone - you know - give any directing notes during filming? Because I would have said toning it down femms, add some layers to your one note portrayal. Same to the guys.
Yeah, they're pretty annoying.

I too thought that plinky piano music was a great choice and I liked Veronica actually being girly there.
The plinky piano is so nice! And thanks to Veronica's MySpace, I'm listening to it right now.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I really loved this episode. Definitley my favorite so far.

Seeing Weevil working at the Mars office was so priceless.

The whole Logan/Veronica bickering thing made me sad, because, well... they have an actual RELATIONSHIP now, with actual relationship problems, and things not fitting exactly right. And the ending made me happy because at least they're trying to work on it.

Because Rob LOVES Guitar Hero. The writers play it at the office to unwind. The blatant plug really amused me.
That bit of trivia made my morning. Don't know why, it just did. =D

This whole episode was just brilliance for me. I loved it. HERE'S my show. ♥
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
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they have an actual RELATIONSHIP now, with actual relationship problems, and things not fitting exactly right.
I think that's GOOD, though. I like that they...do, you know? I wasn't sure how they were going to handle the whole Logan/Veronica thing now that they were going to let it go for a few episodes.
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From:noradeirdre
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I *knew* Weevil would make everything better. Heh.

Good episode, I liked it lots. Also loved the tracking device line. Very tight, very entertaining episode, great writing, acting, and general fun-itude.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Meh.

All the V/L stuff just pissed me off. I don't mind them as a couple-- I just don't want the show to be about relationships. I want Veronica's big Revelation That These Two Cases Are Parallel to be about a brilliant breakthrough on the mystery, not her fricking (frakking?) relationship issues. I feel like all this relationship stuff is taking away from the mystery aspect, where in the past on this show, it's flowed naturally from it-- in S1, Duncan and Logan were so intimately connected to Lily, and in S2 there was the whole Duncan/Meg/guilt thing, which was connected to important stuff, and the '09ers vs. PCHers tension, which was intimately connected to both Logan and the bus crash, and Logan and Kendall and Beaver and-- it just all seemed to flow much more organically, and this season it doesn't seem like anything is connected. I really missed Mac and Parker, because Parker is the rape victim we actually have a personal investment in, and without that, the pileup of "she was raped! and now she was raped!" is just getting wearing.

I liked the Weevil stuff (though I'm sad he's not going to be working at Mars investigations) and I too liked that Veronica got caught so bad for once, but eh. I'm not feelin' it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I don't mind them as a couple-- I just don't want the show to be about relationships.
Neither do I, but I do think Veronica's relationships are important to the character, so we should see them because they tell us about her and how she...relates to people.

I want Veronica's big Revelation That These Two Cases Are Parallel to be about a brilliant breakthrough on the mystery, not her fricking (frakking?) relationship issues.
I think Veronica has had big Revelations About Parallelism regarding her own life throughout the course of the show, though.

it just all seemed to flow much more organically, and this season it doesn't seem like anything is connected
Yeah, Logan so far doesn't have any other reason to EXIST besides being Veronica's boyfriend, so that's annoying, but I liked that at least in this episode, he inadvertently led her to the final culprit.

I really missed Mac and Parker, because Parker is the rape victim we actually have a personal investment in, and without that, the pileup of "she was raped! and now she was raped!" is just getting wearing.
Yeah. But it's episode 3. There's time yet.
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
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So He's Not Even a Very Good Murderer
I think this was my favorite line of the night.

And speaking of throwaways: WEEVIL!! Working at the car wash, which is not as the fun as the song makes it seem ahahahaha. Weevil, playing detective! Weevil, in a SHIRT AND TIE. SO WEIRD. Weevil, PUNCHING OUT ABUSIVE MEN. That's our Weevil.
Yes, to all of it. And, yeah, it's a little convenient how the job worked out. But I don't really care because having Weevil a) on campus b) knowing that he can do detective work and LIKING it and being GOOD at it c) also being prone to somewhat jumping the gun and skirting ethical corners in his investigations d) having backstage access at the collge - all add up to making him a handy dandy sidekick and co-conspirator for Veronica in the future. And that makes ME very very happy.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I was so overjoyed by "Fidelity". I started [squeee!]ing. Loud. And then I called Kelly (who loves Regina Spektor more than oxygen) and left a babbly message.

Ditto Savannah's complaint about the lack of Mac and Parker.

But yaaaaaaaaaaay for Weevil! I missed Weevil. (And, damn, he got paroled fast! It's been, what, 4 months? 5? Whatever. Willing suspension of disbelief.) But - did anyone else think Francis Capra was looking kinda... puffy?

Anyway. [wanders off, humming "Fidelity"]
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From:brandiewine
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Okay so I know you don't know me, but I read this and while I throughly enjoyed it, and I just had to say I love the Heroes reference.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Hee. It had to be made.
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:October 18th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Dude, between Heroes and loving this episode, your TV credibility is falling so fast in my books...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, I was right about Avatar! Right?
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From:eirefaerie
Date:October 18th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Okay. Wanna know my S3 spec as to the identity of the rapists?

Wait for it . . .

It's the grrrls (I won't call them feminists, because they aren't, not really). Nish and the other, Sunshine or Daisy or whatever the fuck her goddamn hippie name is. Here's what I think:

1) they have an obvious agenda, i.e. to shut down the Greek system at Hearst, as well as any other organization that tehy percieve as mysogenistic.

2) So they target girls that they see as "selling out" - Parker and Maeby were both girls who enjoyed a good party. Not sluts, or anything, not by anyone normal's standards. But these grrls, they strike me as the type who'd believe that "all sex is rape" garbarge, etc. so anyway, they target these girls, who they've known have been at a frat party. Roofie them, bring them home. Shave their head. Maybe some insertion with a vibrator or something - I don't think the joke from last ep, Veronica's "I thought it was . . . something else" is perhaps as throwaway as we think. As far as we know, there's no physical evidence, right?

3) So the grrls get what they want on two levels- 1) teaching those "sluts" what happens when they go to parties and 2) ruining the Greek system at Hearst. Even if the "rapist" is never caught, the undeniable correlation between frat/sorority parties and date rape has been made, and the Panhellenic council takes over and shuts everyone down.

The only thing that stops me from embracing this theory wholeheartedly, is I'll be REALLY pissed if they retcon YET ANOTHER rape. However. I also think that there might actually BE a serial rapist, only not so serial as we thought. I wouldn't be surprised if the Hawaiian girl, maeby and Parker were raped. But I ALSO wouldn't be surprised if the Lilliths weren't upping the victim count by, as Lamb would say, "crying wolf."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I...sorta already made this spec last week. Heh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Yay! I await your e-mail! And, yeah, real-life problems with fighting and making up are cool.
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From:catatonia00
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I too liked the double-layered MotW and how it wasn't just driven by devious conniving fiends but an actual concerned girlfriend. Somewhat S1 reminiscent, no?

The juggling of the multiple plots was well handled and Klenbom did keep the ball rolling successfully. However it lacked a bit of emotional resonance or punch for me. I don't think VM (the show) has to be filled to the brim to show it's cleverness, y'know. The return of Weevil and his storyline was what won me over this episode though.

What's up with Piz scoring so much screentime and now his own set?? Where the fuck is Wallace? Not even a throwaway line about him... so boo.

Not to be such a Debbie Downer here, but I found the ending slightly off. The direction and angling was awkward. Even with the Regina Spektor tune in the background, I couldn't wrap myself around it and squee.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
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However it lacked a bit of emotional resonance or punch for me.
Yeah, I agree. It was fun, though.

What's up with Piz scoring so much screentime and now his own set??
Well, perhaps this radio show is important.

Where the fuck is Wallace?
Bird watching.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 18th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I was worried that they were going to break them up this early and upset all the fangirls (and fanboy). And I'm still sort of confused about Logan's behavior. I mean, why is he doing this?

I agree with all that. Sort of... You know, I enjoyed the 2nd episode so much I think because I'd let go of the worry I'd been holding onto about whether new viewers would like the show or not. I remember going into the premiere like, "What will new people think? Will they get this or that? Will we keep GG's audience? Will we get cancelled?!" and it stressed me out. I couldn't fully enjoy the episode because of it. But I made a conscious decision to forget all that before epi 2 and just enjoy the show. I think as a result, the 2nd epi was really, really good to me.

I went into lastnight's episode feeling pretty mellow again, but then Logan started acting a little distant, and I suddenly could NOT stop myself from going, "The shippers are going to HATE this! Ack..." so through most of the episode I was stressed out. I need to watch it again because I can't really say if Logan was acting all that distant after all since I was watching through this shipper haze of worry. I think he might have just wanted some guy time, which doesn't automatically spell DOOM, it just means he's a teenage boy who didn't want to go to an art show that weekend. It could be as simple as that and me letting Veronica's worry/the potential wrath of shippers get to me. So I'm not sure if he was all that off kilter.

But I was super happy to see Weevil. YAY! My favorite part of the whole episode was actually when he was talking on the phone at Mars Investigations. His "I gotta take a message!" cracked me up.

I liked the Regina Spektor song so much. It DID indeed have a hopeful sound to it, which fit with what they'd just said to one another, and seemed to be feeling for each other. Well done. I knew right then that scene would soothe many a shipper heart - Veronica actually talked about her FEELINGS WITH LOGAN, OMG THAT'S NEW.

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