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February 20th, 2007


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10:43 pm - I Got My Onomatopoeias Mixed
Who knew that In-N-Out only served BURGERS, period?

Well, er, holy crap. My original opening line was going to involve joy at Wallace and Mac and Parker all being in one episode again. And then they offed Lamb. As soon as he made the quip about calling for backup if he needed it, I feared as much because A) frickin' EW said that someone was going to die and B) I knew Michael was auditioning for pilots (he posted in ROL about potential "new things" for next year). I just didn't expect him to get out this early! Maybe Rob wanted to give him some time off for the auditions? In any case, it makes Keith sheriff again, which is neat. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Wallace and Mac and Parker! Wallace smacked Lamb the hell DOWN. Mac got some LOVIN'. Parker took her SHIRT OFF. And hit on Logan. And it was cute. Oh, Parker. I really enjoyed that whole subplot, despite how completely and utterly disconnected it was from everything else, which is rare for a Klembom script (overall, the episode wasn't as cohesive as usual). I think the jealousy thing is dumb but understandable, I suppose, but whose bright idea was it to follow "Sheriff Lamb's dead" with "Veronica is sad to see Logan and Parker talking omg"? See what I mean, with the cohesive?

I mean, I can actually discuss the coach's murder almost completely separately because it didn't end up connecting with anything at all. I wonder what the purpose in having this big murder mystery was, then. I thought the resolution was an interesting twist. I guess his dad never stopped to think that the man he was trying to make a man would end up a suspect in his own murder. It's...really a big mess! Sure, if it had gone smoothly, I suppose it would have been deemed a carjacking, and Josh would have been sad, for a couple years, and then he would, what, be "ready" to Learn the Truth? I guess Coach Barry needed to make sure the insurance payout came through. Man, what craziness. Also, Veronica sure likes helping suspected felons escape to Mexico. It's like a hobby!

So speaking of hobbies, I will say that I liked the Keith/Veronica interaction in this episode quite a bit. It was alternately lighthearted and serious with appropriate measures of both. And Veronica might as well exhaust all the prison jokes she can get out of her situation.

This episode is where we can obviously see the effects of having to lose an episode because the Dean O'Dell clues were FLYING. And I think they made it work pretty well, considering that I didn't actually make that observation until now; it felt fine when watching the episode. My head is spinning, though!

So: someone bugged Landry's phone. I'm betting that's the red herring that never gets tied up because of the cut episode. There's our spy pen. But I loved Landry in that scene. He's so awesome! I hope he's not the killer.

Now, it looks like Veronica GOT THE TIME OF DEATH WRONG. So they pulled a Lilly Kane on us again, but this time, it's not as elegant because the time of death was established BY the investigating team, not the coroner. Which...speaking of, er, why couldn't a coroner do that? Isn't that what they do? Anyway, I do like the old "Ack, the time of death is wrong, which means all the alibis are either fucked up or on the up and up again." You know, maybe this Clippers clue is a meta jab at all the basketball pre-emptions. But back to the case. This means that the murder took place AFTER the Volvo ride. So the question remains, who the hell took out the Volvo and why? Did the scene we saw in "Spit and Eggs" actually have nothing to do with the murder?

Plus, there's the Xanax. Which pegs Mindy. But really goes nowhere because there's no proof or connection.

And then there's the BIZARRE fingerprints by Steve Batando. What the HELL does he have to do with all this? He's dead now and can't tell us! Also, why would Cliff (Cliff! Who was awesome in this episode) try to set him free through a technicality? That just seemed...dangerous and unwise. If you think about it, he's basically responsible for Lamb's death! Batando may have been in custody if he'd let him talk and all.

Would Mindy be setting him up? I love Mindy! She knows what perjury is! And she's hot! But why would you fake a suicide if you were setting someone up for MURDER? It seems to slow down the process. Maybe she expected more of the law enforcement.

Hank's bloody clothes! They're just his clothes, though; did they test the blood yet?

Thing is, there are WAY too many fingers pointing at Mindy and Hank for either one of them to have actually killed Dean O'Dell. But there are also WAY too many sketchy things about them for it to be all coincidence. I mean, maybe one of them did go to the dean's office that night but not to kill him, and they just fear that it will make them look suspicious. Which it would. But they're just digging themselves deeper and deeper here.

I may be on the Tim train myself. Veronica hasn't suspected him yet, and his "investigation" may be a way of keeping tabs on how he's doing. This may be a way of "proving" himself to Landry by getting rid of a potential threat AND staging the perfect murder.

Or it's Cervando again.

So here's where I come clean. I am currently in L.A. Tomorrow, backup10, spacecitymarc, spadada, and I will be visiting the writers' offices, which, since they're done writing the season, will mostly consist of playing Call of Duty and Resistance: Fall of Man. Kelley will be making googly eyes at John, and I'll be making googly eyes at Diane. And Phil. On Thursday, we'll head down to San Diego to visit the set for a couple days (alliterator will join us on Friday). Kelley will be making googly eyes at Jason, and I'll be making googly eyes at Kristen. And Chris. I will return with stories and pictures! And possibly chlamydia.
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From:sterope
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
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I am sad about dead Lamb because he was funny and hot. Parker's hair is totally not a wig, and that still bothers me since she totally had her head shaved a few months ago. I'm willing to suspend reality when I watch things, but that is a serious lack of attention to detail considering how intricate this show can be at times.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:February 21st, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
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That bothered me too! Glad I'm not the only one.
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From:sinca
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
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Who knew that In-N-Out only served BURGERS, period?

UH, L.A. NATIVES.

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From:catatonia00
Date:February 21st, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
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They have In-N-Out in Frisco too. I don't remember where exactly but I've been to one.
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From:snoopypez
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
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Ok, HOW on earth are all of you lucky enough to visit both the writers and the set? No, seriously. How? ;P I hang out with all the wrong people. And tell Chris hi! :D I miss Piz so much it's kind of sad.

I'm also extremly glad to read your post, because it seems like everyone is only focusing on Lamb, which isn't a surprise, but it's still sad. So much of this was goodness, and I didn't even THINK about how whatshisname is now also dead so he can't talk about his fingerprints and junk. GAH.

..Seriously, how are you guys so lucky? ::cough::
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From:fmith
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
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Now, it looks like Veronica GOT THE TIME OF DEATH WRONG. So they pulled a Lilly Kane on us again, but this time, it's not as elegant because the time of death was established BY the investigating team, not the coroner. Which...speaking of, er, why couldn't a coroner do that? Isn't that what they do?

IIRC -- I don't have any books with me right now -- there's always a window of uncertainty depending on the body. It's definitely possible that they both would have fit in the time period.

But it could be dumb writing. Some of the stuff they were saying about the ballistics sounded off to me, so... yeah.
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From:tarfrimmer
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
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Also, Veronica sure likes helping suspected felons escape to Mexico. It's like a hobby!

Well, a girl's gotta have a hobby. Taking pictures of philandering spouses is soooo Season 1.

My head is spinning, though!

Mine, too. But I LOVE that feeling after an episode.

So: someone bugged Landry's phone.

My money's on Dick Tracy. Or Tim Foyle. He took out the Volvo, too. I can't nail down a motive beyond wanting to set up Landry so he can feel superior and all that, but he totally did it! He also was responsible for "destroying" Hank's bloody clothes. In an attempt to frame Landry. Or possibly protect him. Damn, I'm confused again. But I'm positive Tim did it!

Cliff! Who was awesome in this episode.

Way to state the obvious. :)

Also, why would Cliff try to set him free through a technicality? That just seemed...dangerous and unwise.

It's his job. He's paid to represent, whether they're guilty or not.

I may be on the Tim train myself.

All aboard!

Or it's Cervando again.

Or it could be him. Take out the scavenger hunt stuff and it would have been a near perfect episode for me. I felt pulled out of the mood every time that story came up. It felt like a different show during those scenes. Although, it was cute and nice to see Mac and Bronson having some nice relationship time. (He better not be EVIL!) I'll hold my tongue on the Parker stuff with Logan because ... well, just, no.

Have fun in L.A.! I totally feel like I'm crashing your journal, but I'm always lurking here since you tend to like the same shows I do and aren't all Negative!Nancy about everything. Would you mind if I friended you so I don't have to be unlazy and actually type your LJ address in to see if you updated? (Honestly, don't feel obligated to say yes. I'll still be hanging around. Although that sounds kind of weird, doesn't it? I'll never get the hang of LJ etiquette.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
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I don't mind at all! I am a safe haven when fandom is freaking the fuck out about everything.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
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I am really really jealous of you, wyk, Marc, Spads, and 'lit. Have fun!
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From:athenacqd
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
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I'll be honest, I can't even remember much else about the episode other than the end. And Keith in the uniform just looks so off to me. And I really didn't like the scavenger hunt subplot. Not because of Parker & Logan, but because it just seemed...out of place? I have never been invested in Mac as a character outside of helping Veronica so maybe that's it. The mystery stuff was good. I don't know. This is the first time I've ever been in a really bad mental place after an episode. I need to get some distance from it I think. Not just beause Lamb died, but because he died with seemingly no purpose. It seems like an enormous waste and it makes me resent the new characters. I don't know. I"m just still in shock I think.

I hope you have a blast this week! I'm insanely jealous, but also kind of want to give the writers a sharp kick in the kneecaps so it's all for the best :)

Give Kelley a hug from me and tell Chris Lowell his future wife is just waiting for him!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
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Heh to the icon.

I'm not sure why I'm not floored or anything by Lamb's death. He did die with seemingly no purpose, but he died in the line of duty. And, really, his character was going nowhere, as much as I enjoyed him. And I'm really interested to see Keith as the sheriff.

I'm more emotionally affected by the fandom implosion, honestly. I just really fucking hate, honestly, that we're having our fun little jaunt at a time when there's so much hatred and animosity and disappointment directed toward the show. I know I shouldn't let it get to me, but it's annoying.
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From:caitie
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
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If you think about it, he's basically responsible for Lamb's death! Batando may have been in custody if he'd let him talk and all.

I thought this was particularly ironic. The fans have bitched and moaned over a lot of legal inaccuracies on the show, and when we finally get some of what we thought we wanted, it ends up killing off a huge fan-favorite. Woe!

As far as the murder-mystery goes, I still think the Dean's step-son might have something to do with all of this. We've seen him "borrow" the car before, and I'm suspicious that Veronica and Keith haven't even seemed to consider the kid yet. But I can't fit that bloody shirt into my theory. I'm stumped.

Have fun in L.A.! *is so insanely jealous*
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From:miniglik
Date:February 21st, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
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I did not speak the truth. I have One. More. Thing!

Your trip sounds awesome[/Lucky] May you enjoy the hell out of it.
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From:80sfiend
Date:February 21st, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
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Nice job discussing the episode as usual! :D I agree with a lot of what you said. I'm starting to think it's Tim as well. Mindy and/or Landry are waay too obvious now...although I think Mindy THINKS Landry did it and is covering up for him and thus is why she's coming across as so shady. Also, I'm so jealous that you get to go to the set!! Have fun! Feel free to package up Jason and/or Francis and send them to me. ;P
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From:aprilbegins
Date:February 21st, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)

"Damn my residual Catholic guilt, and my Italian need to feed."

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I must say I'm envious that you get to meet Diane! She's the one involved with the show that I haven't met who I'd most like to meet. The end.
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From:the_partyman
Date:February 21st, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
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No seen the ep yet, but DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE! Sounds like an awesome couple of days you have planned! Have fun! Godd luck with the googly-eyeing! ;D
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From:the_partyman
Date:February 21st, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
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Okay, just watched the episode.

HOLY SHIT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

:(

Nice writeup of the Dean O'Dell clues. :)
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From:wyo_lynn
Date:February 21st, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
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Hi. I hope it's okay I lurk (well not in a dirty seedy way) and read your posts, because I find myself agreeing with your opinions on Heroes and especially VM (it would take forever to explain how I found your lj via the VM on-line fandom).

It's just really nice reading a post about the show tonight that does not begin with "I'm never watching again". Granted I'm probably very easy on VM because it was something to look forward to each week during a very stressful year, but I do have some high tv viewing standards and don't get the fandom implosion that seems to be occuring. Its not even that I think viewers are expecting too much, I think they just have this vision of what the show should be and because it's not their vision they're getting ticked. I don't get that attitude, but then again I'm still enjoying the show.

Anyways, on another note, am I the only person that thinks Cliff worked so hard to get Steve out of jail, because he didn't want Steve to put two and two together and remember Cliff was part of the set up to kidnap him for the bone-marrow earlier in the season? Not to say Cliff wouldn't do his job, just extra motivation to do it well.

Too bad it lead to Lamb's death.

Thanks for still being positive about the show (that and putting into words a lot of my opinions about this ep) and I so envy you getting to hang with the writers (because I always geek out for a chance to talk to writers) and I envy you getting to go down to visit the set. Have fun!

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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 22nd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Its not even that I think viewers are expecting too much, I think they just have this vision of what the show should be and because it's not their vision they're getting ticked.
I think this is the main problem here.

I didn't think about that Cliff thing! Heh.

Also, I want you to explain how you found my LJ. Because the story sure sounds interesting!
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From:upanashad
Date:February 21st, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
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Also, Veronica sure likes helping suspected felons escape to Mexico. It's like a hobby!

Ha! She should help them escape to Canada instead sometime. They have better healthcare.

So the question remains, who the hell took out the Volvo and why?

Doesn't it just mean that Mindy or Hank probably visited Dean O'Dell just before he died, but didn't actually kill him? I mean, the Volvo was there for sure because of the eggshell. Maybe Hank visited him and someone saw and then decided to frame him for the murder. Except they were framing Batando. Man!

Are we sure Batando is dead? He got shot in the stomach, so he could live. Unless they specifically said he was dead and I missed it.

My head is spinning, too.

But you're in LA, and that's cool! I can't wait to read all about your adventures.
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From:spadada
Date:February 21st, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
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I will return with stories and pictures! And possibly chlamydia.
LOFL. I can not wait to see you tomorrow. And I totally just got spoiled for Lamb dying, by glancing at the first comment in your journal and I am not even annoyed. But now I totally have to watch the episode before I go to bed. Hopefully I will not have black circles under my eyes in the AM.

SEE YOU SOON!
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From:afrocurl
Date:February 21st, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
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That sticks, Spads.

Good luck watching tonight.

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