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11:32 pm - In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, or Blackmail
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Tonight, I learned that whores are icky.

I thought that the MOTW was very twisty and kept me on my toes, and I thought Wendy was pretty, and Wendy and Max were very sweet together, but the whole thing felt a little ludicrous, especially because how does this guy have ten thousand dollars? Is his cheating ring that profitable? Or is he just rich as hell? Because I don't think that was established. I liked the guy, I liked that they brought him back, I liked how nice and idealistic he was, but I wasn't ever sure I really got him. I, too, would be charmed by a girl who told me that Cylon Raiders looked like the flying Batmobile. (Which: Diane really loves BSG, huh?) Still, the actors sold the storyline, so good on them.

But isn't this the same tired thing we've seen a thousand times before? It doesn't matter that the hooker has a heart of gold; she's still a hooker, and you can't get past that. (At least Sports Night varied it up by using a porn star.) And what in the hell was the point of Weevil's scene about the red dragon tattoo? So, what, it actually makes it worse that she's a stripper in addition to being a hooker? I don't understand. And Max is out ten grand.

And they blackmailed a judge? I mean, I went along with Veronica for the ride, but I really didn't get how extorting a thousand bucks from the judge solved the Wendy problem. I mean, it got Max his money back, but it also blackmailed a judge. Who could still easily trace the call to MAX and then to her. Maybe I missed the reasoning. But it was amusing to see a female pimp agent who looked surprisingly like Mindy O'Dell. (And Mr. Happy asked Veronica about the voltage! Hee.)

One thing that struck me was that Veronica was really nice and empathetic this episode. Hell, she was apologizing half the time. I liked her like that.

I did not like her, however, making pelvic thrusts at her dad. You just...I don't care how close they are, that's just inappropriate! Kristen and Enrico were weirdly over-the-top in their scenes; it was like the episode stopped for them to have at it and then picked back up again. Although "Amuse me, dammit! Amuse me now!" was funny.

Keith Mars invetigates! I loved his smackdown of Lamb and the fact that it took Lamb a second to realize he'd been smacked down. And his reaction upon seeing Keith in the car was amusing too, but, er, wouldn't he also be able to arrest him? For impersonating an officer? As he has done once before? Nish had a very valid point, and that is why I like Nish. I like her calm and collected confidence. I do love that the egging came back as a plot point, but I find it weird that it only makes the Lampoon SIX WEEKS LATER. Okay, maybe it only comes out once a month. But the O'Dell murder mystery thickens! So it's likely that the "What are you doing here?" scene is probably Mindy, but maybe the actual murderer stopped by afterward.

Weevil's face seems to have cleared up. But he should be beating up more people. Poor little janitor.

So I know I said I was so over Logan and Veronica last week, but they suddenly got better again. The scene with them on the bed was great. Loved seeing them just laying it all out there in the open, attempting to break down those trust issues they know cause such problems for—

We interrupt this post to muck about in the previous mystery, which was incredibly well constructed and did not require that much suspension of disbelief: Breaking News! Mercer Hayes is The Flash! Able to speed from Mexico to Neptune, commit a rape, and speed back within ONE NIGHT!

—actually was okay with it, so thanks, promo, for being a whore like Wendy. But what the hell happened to Madison? I didn't even recognize her. I swear, she looks like a totally different person every season. And her initial scene made no sense at all, which was just confusing. "Knock, knock. Hey! I'd better be going since I'm too cool to be here." But the thing is that Logan sleeping with Madison Sinclair is totally something Veronica couldn't get past, just like Max couldn't get past Wendy's checkered past. Which I guess is what this episode is about: lying is bad! Don't do it! It ruins relationships!

This episode could have used about twenty-five percent more monkey.
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From:afrocurl
Date:January 31st, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
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But the thing is that Logan sleeping with Madison Sinclair is totally something Veronica couldn't get past, just like Max couldn't get past Wendy's checkered past. Which I guess is what this episode is about: lying is bad! Don't do it! It ruins relationships!

But I don't really think Logan lied about it. He put it out there that he slept with someone he regretted, and while he didn't mention the person by name, it was still admitting to it.

Of course, I'm not thinking so well right now, so that could all change when I've had more time to sleep.

I'm with you on the jokes with Kieth and Veronica, though. I just didn't get the point of those moments at all.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
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He put it out there that he slept with someone he regretted, and while he didn't mention the person by name, it was still admitting to it.
Aaah yes. At the time, I thought he was talking about the thing before.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
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If only Studio 60 wasn't being so insanely slow to download - I'd have Heroes and it up, but instead I will do all 3 at once.
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From:caitie
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
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(Cruising over again, deliberately this time, since my f'list doesn't do meta anymore *tear*)

Breaking News! Mercer Hayes is The Flash! Able to speed from Mexico to Neptune, commit a rape, and speed back within ONE NIGHT!

Logan's answer to Veronica's (somewhat late!) question about this was so pathetic ("I guess I passed out?") that I'm inclined to think he lied about Mercer's alibi, probably from the beginning. I could definitely see that as being the thing Veronica can never get past. (It makes more sense than her being that angry about Logan sleeping with Madison while they were broken up, anyway.)

I really want to be be right about this. It's perfect! If Logan lied for Mercer, then fandom can't hate Veronica for breaking Logan's woobie heart, and I don't want to believe Rob Thomas & Co. would mess around with such great misdirection to no end. Unfortunately, I can't think how to justify Logan's self-incriminating story about catching the hotel on fire. Why lie and make himself look so bad? Probably I'm wrong. Dammit.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I have no idea what to think about Mercer's alibi, except that it is continuing evidence that alibis don't mean SHIT on this show.
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From:holly96
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
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One thing that struck me was that Veronica was really nice and empathetic this episode. Hell, she was apologizing half the time. I liked her like that.
I loved her this episode. Even when she was thinking the worst of Wendy, she was still really worried about Max, and she was so compassionate toward him, especially at the end. I loved that.

I did not like her, however, making pelvic thrusts at her dad. You just...I don't care how close they are, that's just inappropriate! Kristen and Enrico were weirdly over-the-top in their scenes; it was like the episode stopped for them to have at it and then picked back up again.
Oh, man. I don't know how their relationship has gone so wrong for me, but I'm so over their constant jokey-jokey over-the-top banter. It's like their incapable of having a normal conversation. They barely even talk about anything real other than the Dean's case. I'm really sad about this. I used to love their relationship, but now it's almost always like they're just two walking punch lines, or improv artists, or something. It needs to stop.

But what the hell happened to Madison? I didn't even recognize her. I swear, she looks like a totally different person every season. And her initial scene made no sense at all, which was just confusing. "Knock, knock. Hey! I'd better be going since I'm too cool to be here."
I thought she looked awful. That is one of the worst haircuts I've ever seen. I think in her first scene, she came looking for Logan to hookup again, but that obviously wasn't going to happen, so she left. She just futzed around a bit first.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
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I used to love their relationship, but now it's almost always like they're just two walking punch lines, or improv artists, or something.
Seriously! I mean, I love the occasional bonding moment, but you're right, it's like it's all they do. That and sometimes mention the Dean's case.
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From:latropita
Date:January 31st, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
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I did not like her, however, making pelvic thrusts at her dad.
OMG, for real. That really raised the bar for inappropriate father/daughter scenes. I wish they actually interacted instead of just being freaks at each other in this episode, but oh well.

And her initial scene made no sense at all, which was just confusing. "Knock, knock. Hey! I'd better be going since I'm too cool to be here."
I really, really thought that the twist was going to be that Madison is now a hooker. It would have made no sense, but that's totally where I thought it was going.

I think I liked this episode, but there were so many WTF moments that kept taking me out of it, like the whole Max has 10 grand as you mentioned, and Keith's "plan" (though I do like how everyone recognizes him now), and the over-emphasis of Wendy and her dragons. It would have made more sense if Max said they couldn't be together because he loves BSG, but Wendy was an Eragon fan or something.
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From:the_partyman
Date:January 31st, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
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I swear Veronica is looking hotter and HOTTER in each new episode!

As far as Cheat!Guy having so much cash, I just figured that yeah, his cheating ring is that profitable. :/
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From:harper47
Date:January 31st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
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"This episode could have used about twenty-five percent more monkey."

Exactly what I was thinking when I was trying to determine my rating for the episode. We needed a monkey damn it!

Great reaction - hee on Mercer being the flash. A very WTF moment and if this is a clunkily dropped clue - ala the hey what's his name is cheating for what's his name clue - someone on the writing staff needs an American Idol type of smackdown. Talk about out of nowhere.

I join the slightly skeeved, hey you guys you're taking me out of the acting and breaking the fourth wall group ala Keith/Veronica. No one talks to their father like that. I'm still having ick flashbacks to the day I saw that movie with Michael Caine where he was a cross dressing killer and sliced up Angie Dickenson but not until she had sex. I was watching with my Dad. I wanted to melt under the theatre seat. So when Keith and Veronica have these types of scenes - it just becomes Bell and Enrico acting to me. But I did appreciate the jazz hands.

I want Weevil to embrace his dark side too. He just seems such a sad little Weevil wobble toy now. Where's the dangerous gang leader? Get that boy a motorcycle.

As for the Logan/Veronica/we were on a break sex with Madison - whatever. I love them but I know Rob will break them up so I can't quite enjoy them when they're together because I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Still cuddling was nice. I would have preferred ripping off of clothes passion too but I'll take what I can get.
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From:raelee
Date:January 31st, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
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But isn't this the same tired thing we've seen a thousand times before? It doesn't matter that the hooker has a heart of gold; she's still a hooker, and you can't get past that.

See, but I think that's not actually the same thing we see a thousand times. We usually see the idealized version of the story, a la Pretty Woman, where the guy does get past it eventually. One of my other shows is currently doing this storyline and it's taking the guy longer to get past it (which is more realistic than thinking he'd be cool with it in one weekend) but he does keep getting past it.

I think someone already answered this but I thought the point of Weevil and the dragon tattoo scene, as well as the later dorm scene with his friends, was to show that even if they could put what she did behind them it was still going to keep coming up so it's not something you have to get over once. You have to be able to forgive it again and again and again (also parallel to the Veronica/Logan story currently developing).

I agree about the stuff with Kristen and Enrico. All of their scenes were off. Makes me wonder if they filmed all of their scenes on the same day and seperate from the rest of the story or what. I have liked their interaction last episode but they balanced the joking with actual talking and this time it was all, as you said, over-the-top joking.

Breaking News! Mercer Hayes is The Flash! Able to speed from Mexico to Neptune, commit a rape, and speed back within ONE NIGHT!

Ehh, I didn't like this because I felt like it was screwing with something we already knew. Wasn't it established that the girl who was raped that night was one of the Lilth House girls? What's her name... Not Claire, the other one. I thought Veronica had already implied that they faked more than one rape so why would she be asking about this?

But the thing is that Logan sleeping with Madison Sinclair is totally something Veronica couldn't get past, just like Max couldn't get past Wendy's checkered past.

I can't agree here and I have to call the writers on this. If Veronica can joke with and stand to have Dick around, it is the height of hypocrisy that she wouldn't be able to get over Logan sleeping with Madison after they were broken up. Now, if they actually have Logan point this out to Veronica, I'll be ok with it all because it is human nature for someone to be hypocrtical in that way but if he just lies down and takes it I'll be annoyed. (I suspect that's more likely to happen because no one on the staff seems to recall Dick's part in Veronica's rape and yet Madison takes the full blame.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I think someone already answered this but I thought the point of Weevil and the dragon tattoo scene, as well as the later dorm scene with his friends, was to show that even if they could put what she did behind them it was still going to keep coming up so it's not something you have to get over once. You have to be able to forgive it again and again and again (also parallel to the Veronica/Logan story currently developing).
Ah, good point.

I thought Veronica had already implied that they faked more than one rape so why would she be asking about this?
Well, she had asked how many rapes were faked, and the Lilith girls didn't answer, which implied there was more than Claire. Or maybe, as we saw last night, Nish just doesn't feel like answering questions, ever.

(I suspect that's more likely to happen because no one on the staff seems to recall Dick's part in Veronica's rape and yet Madison takes the full blame.)
Yeah, I feel like they're just sort of glossing over that because they love Dick/Ryan Hansen so much.
From:wee_warrior
Date:January 31st, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
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"Breaking News! Mercer Hayes is The Flash! Able to speed from Mexico to Neptune, commit a rape, and speed back within ONE NIGHT!"

And you know that this is even more hilarious because of Kyle Gallner's recurring Smallville stint as The Flash... it's always the Beavers who do it. Mercer is an honorary Beaver. Or a FauxBeaver.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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To be accurate, he is Impulse, not Flash. But I thought of that too.
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From:catatonia00
Date:January 31st, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Weevil's face seems to have cleared up. But he should be beating up more people. Poor little janitor.

So he's a repairman/janitor? The state he's been reduced to... oh man. *tears*

I don't like Nish but she does act with reason and for that I do think she plays a requisite role in our show. I like that the writers don't dumb her down and make her a one-note character like Fern. It was awesome when she slammed Claire and Fern for not recognizing Keith. Last week it was Landry, this week Nish. This makes Neptune as a tricky town to deal in more real and less OC. Looove that.

And what in the hell was the point of Weevil's scene about the red dragon tattoo?

The point is that there are some things in the past that you can't erase, even when you want to start anew. Max didn't get turned off by Wendy being a stripper too. It's because people around him will always be ragging on him about it and that the reality of a romantic relationship is never just 'you and me against the world'. That's why he deemed the relationship not feasible and unrealistic.

Veronica's pelvic thrust was painful to watch indeed.
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From:catatonia00
Date:January 31st, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
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And I'm an idiot because it was Wendy who left and not Max dumping her as my comment may suggest. But I'm sure that's the vibe that Wendy picked up anyway.

I agree with raelee on not just being able to forgive once but trying to forgive over and over again because the past never fully leaves you. It's funny how the dreadful past sneaks up and assaults you when you're on the cusp of bliss.
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From:amberlynne
Date:January 31st, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
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So, what, it actually makes it worse that she's a stripper in addition to being a hooker?

I think it was more like Chinese Water "Your Girlfriend was a Whore" Torture. Not only do his friends know, random guys on campus even know.

And technically, Logan didn't lie. He did tell Veronica he slept with someone and regretted it more than anything every and it was gross and he wanted to dip himself in bleach. Um. I might be paraphrasing. But, no lie. Just sleeping with his true love's mortal enemy. FUN!
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From:sneaker328
Date:January 31st, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Wendy reminded me so much of Julie Benz.

SO MUCH.
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From:magnolia888
Date:January 31st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking Joey Lauren Adams, with that baby voice. But you're right, Julie Benz works also.
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From:miniglik
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
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The BSG mentions were a bit overkill. But whatever.

I did not like her, however, making pelvic thrusts at her dad. You just...I don't care how close they are, that's just inappropriate!

I thought it was funny.

And his reaction upon seeing Keith in the car was amusing too, but, er, wouldn't he also be able to arrest him? For impersonating an officer?

That's what I thought!

We interrupt this post to muck about in the previous mystery, which was incredibly well constructed and did not require that much suspension of disbelief: Breaking News! Mercer Hayes is The Flash! Able to speed from Mexico to Neptune, commit a rape, and speed back within ONE NIGHT!

Dude. They do live on the border. It can't be that much of a drive. And it's a good alibi, if only Mercer hadn't gone and burned down the hotel.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, if it "can't be that much of a drive," how would it have been a strong alibi in the first place?
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From:shpyum
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Hee. FauxBeaver. Mercer wishes he were as creep, disturbed, and perfectly type-castable as Kyle Gallner.

I agree that Wendy being really believable was what made this whole ep work. I group this with the Mac/ Madicson swtiched-at-birth ep in the "Look what VM can rock out that no one else would get away with 'cause it's too cliched" group.

Always kind of grossed out by Keith and V, not getting any less so. Am excited about Nish maybe being a worthy adversary. Giggled hysterically at Lamb's reaction in the car.

Look at me, having nothing new or exciting to add to the conversation. Woohoo!
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From:gymble
Date:January 31st, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I do love that the egging came back as a plot point, but I find it weird that it only makes the Lampoon SIX WEEKS LATER. Okay, maybe it only comes out once a month.
Our Lampoon in college only came out once a month. And it wasn't funny.

I wasn't thrown by Max having 10 grand either. It's very possible that his parents put money in his name for college (as mine and many others did), he's rich, or his test cheating service does very well. Spending it like that is stupid, however.

I'm really hoping that the Mercer mention wasn't just to tie up a loose thread. If we're lucky, this will be the thing with big consequences, not Madison. Or we find out that the girl that night was also lying and that will play into the Dean's murder somehow.

I like raelee's read on the hooker situation. You have to constantly forgive and it will never really go away. This, to me, is more realistic than the standard Pretty Woman fairy tale.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:January 31st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm really hoping that the Mercer mention wasn't just to tie up a loose thread. If we're lucky, this will be the thing with big consequences, not Madison.

My hopes exactly.

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