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REVIEW ARCHIVES

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yankee Doodle Damn Dandy

Episode 3.16: Un-American Graffiti. Original Airdate 5.01.07

“Veronica is hired to investigate what seems to be a hate crime. Meanwhile, Keith investigates local bars serving alcohol to students under 21, and faces corruption inside the police department. Logan invites Veronica to a party he’s throwing for Parker’s birthday, and Wallace encourages Piz to ‘go all in’ and reveal his feelings to Veronica once and for all.”

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Aw Logan grabs Veronica a coffee. I like that this time they’re successfully achieving friendship shaped banter.
  • Oh but also he invites her to a party he’s throwing for Parker.
  • Oh right, if Keith is Acting Sheriff, I guess Mars Investigations would be shut down, at least for now (it’s fun to know the future)
  • Oh shit rando drunk boy got hit by a car, and I guess we should care? I forget where this is going.
  • Oh, I see, this is about his getting smashed while underage.
  • Welp, that van full of dingdongs may have paintballed the Babylon Gardens restaurant, but more importantly, they got paint on Veronica’s jacket. Now she’s pissed.
*Now* it's personal.


  • Veronica’s ruse of talking to middle school students about gun awareness goes out the window when she asks whose family has a yellow pickup truck. But it was clever while it lasted, and it got her what she wanted to know. And hey, she didn’t even have to make up an alias this time.
  • My God, Mac is not only in this episode, she’s in a scene with Veronica! By the way, as you know we track absences, and Mac has barely been in this season. Like I swear she was in more episodes before they upgraded her to regular, and it’s pissing me off.
  • At least she and V are all cuddly bantery bffing this ep.
  • Gasp then V finds Piz and Wallace and I guess with a new arc comes the reminder that she has friends who aren’t Logan.
  • (Logan, for the record, hasn’t missed an episode yet this season, and he’s the only one besides Keith and Veronica who can boast that)
  • I wanted to give Amira the benefit of the doubt after her first scene where she’s just rude to Veronica; but she’s a godawful actor in this scene where she’s supposed to suddenly be sympathetic and have a heart.
  • Oh good, the bar owner is offering to bribe Keith/the Sheriff’s department in order to stop raids on bars filled with underage kids with fake IDs
  • Welp, and when Keith busts Wallace and Piz and asks for their IDs, he says resignedly “I guess I don’t have to ask where you got these.”
  • “You may not want to believe this, but there are mistakes you can't take back. What if [Piz and Wallace had] gotten drunk and stumbled into the street like Jim Wilson. Would you want to explain that to their parents?"
  • BOOM Keith fires the deputies who weren’t actually trying to enforce his policies
  • Aaaaaaand Nasir gets deported on the excuse that his visa is expired
  • This whole plot was weird and uncomfortable, trying to wrangle with the anti-Muslim movement without quite offending either side – look at the nice Arabic people, look at the not-nice ones who celebrate dead Americans, look at the permanently disabled white soldier, look at that soldier’s racist brother. What a tidy microcosm.
  • Oh right Max. He’s gonna be a thing now.
  • And Veronica, bless her, is turning off her snark, turning off her run-away instinct, and trying to be supportive of Logan and Parker, who are really quite sweet together.
  • *snort* and because Max is having nice banter with Mac, he asks if his friends hired her
  • Oh lordy Veronica, completely cockblocking Piz flirting with a girl why why why
  • And it takes Wallace to make Veronica realize Piz has a crush on her
  • Oh hey, Piz Veronica kiss. But then he says “Just friends. I get it.”
  • And I gotta say, his hair looked its messiest pretty just now.


  • Oh Veronica, learn you nothing? Make out with someone in front of an elevator, get witnessed by your ex. THAT’S HOW TELEVISION WORKS.


Daniel's Thoughts:

  •  Logan and Veronica are getting along.  At least they’re acting like they’re getting along.
  • Apparently his and Parker’s relationship is going well enough that he’s throwing a birthday party for her.  And he’s confident enough in his and Veronica’s friendship to invite her.  That’s very presumptuous of him thinking that Veronica is OK with this.
  • New case: A Middle Eastern restaurant is getting graffiti attacks where someone wrote “terrorist” on their wall.  This was in 2007.
  • Even though Mars Investigations is shut down for a bit, while Keith is acting Sheriff, Veronica takes the case.  Apparently, Amira, the owners’ daughter went to HS with Veronica, though I can’t remember if we’ve seen her yet.  (IMDB says we haven’t.)
  • Meanwhile Sheriff Mars is taking the case of a 19 year old boy who was served so much alcohol at a bar that he stumbled out of the bar and got hit by a car.
  • Back at the restaurant, Amira’s dad doesn’t want Veronica to be on the case.  He says they don’t need her – but more importantly she’s the sheriff’s daughter AND she’s just a girl. Clearly he doesn’t watch the show.
Reminds us of someone else we know.

  • "I make Yankee Doodle Damn Dandy!"
  • Deputy Sacks seems to have his new boss’s back which is cool. We always liked Deputy Sacks, despite him having a dick boss.
  • Veronica gets into the middle school to give a presentation/Q&A to investigate who’s parent has that yellow pick-up truck.  I wonder how she was able to do that, though?  Did she just find a teacher and be like: do your kids wanna learn about criminology?
  • Another person telling Veronica she’s “just a girl.”  What the heck.
  • So the paint-ballers aren’t the culprits, but I love how she made them clean up the paint at the restaurant anyway.
  • Dick is talking about MYSPACE!  He’s also being a sexist douche but that’s par for the course.
Remember myspace, kids?


  • Meanwhile Keith’s new initiative busting bars for allowing underage drinking has hit a snag. His deputies don’t seem to want to help.  And they’re not  taking Sack’s advice about not testing Keith. Big mistake.  HUGE.
  • Hey, it’s Mac!  Things seem to be going well with her and Bronson though Veronica has questions about Mac doing things outside comfort zone.
  • And it’s Logan & Parker.  Mac’s into it because Parker’s her new best friend.
  • Veronica, however, makes an obvious excuse to leave.
  • Hey it’s Wallace!  And Piz!  The gang’s all here!  I wonder if Wallace feels bad about the last thing he said to Sheriff Douche. Probably not.
  • He instead gives Piz man-to-man advice about flirting with girls who actually know he’s alive.
  • Veronica finds the man skulking around the Middle Eastern Restaurant and finds where he lives: The Jewish frat.  Veronica: “Curious.” Me: “Oh shit.  Please don’t let this be that.”
  • But then I quickly remembered what the deal here is and it’s sweet. V finds out shortly after.  Amira and Jason are in love!  Awww.
  • But if her dad finds out, she’ll be disowned!  She seems more annoyed by this than scared…
  • V Alias: Nasir’s girlfriend
  • Oh man, Wallace and Piz get caught by Keith with fake ideas – and he knows who did the handy work.
  • He reads Veronica the riot act and Veronica looks rightfully ashamed.
  • So the guy who’s been vandalizing the restaurant is doing it because his brother who was shot up in Iraq. And because Nasir’s been handling out Un-American pamphlets.   Did we really need that last part?
  • And Keith uses Wallace & Piz as bait for his own deputies.
  • UGH, this show is using that set up that if racists meet the people they’re racist against they won’t be racists anymore.  It doesn’t work, of course.
  • Wait, did the Krimanis just call INS against Nasir?
  • Veronica very maturely comes to Parker’s party.
  • “Couch opening!”  Oh man, that’s so me at a party.
  • Max meets Mac.  And I guess a beau more her speed?
  • Wait. So.  Let me get this straight. Veronica is clearly telling Piz, let’s be friends.  He kisses her.  And then says, I gets it.  So no matter how vague Veronica is being, Piz still says he knows what she’s saying – before and after he kisses her.
  • But, hey, it works.  Because she chases after him and kisses him back.  Hey young men watching this: don’t get in that friend-zone – just kiss the girl without her permission and she’ll fall for you!
  • And of course Logan sees this.


Favorite Lines:

Zelda: "Just friends. I get it." - Piz
Daniel: "I make Yankee Doodle Damn Dandy!" - Rashad


Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call:  Logan, Wallace, Dick, Parker, Piz, Mac (Absent: Lamb, Weevil)
First Appearance: Deputy Gills
Recurring:  Max, Deputy Jerry Sacks, Principal Van Clemmons
Generally Known TV Face: Anthony Azizi, Cole Williams, Eric Ladin, Fred Stoller 
Veronica's Alias: Nasir's girlfriend.

Stats:

Dead Humans - 0
Backup Sighting - 0 
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 1 ("Doublemint, baby!")
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG – 1 (just because Brett paintballed Babylon Gardens, doesn’t mean he spray painted "terrorist" on the restaurant)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Just Trying to Figure Out Which Gilmore Girl You Are



Episode 3.15: Papa's Cabin. Original Airdate 2.27.07



"Keith, as Acting Sheriff, investigates Dean O'Dell's death more aggressively. Veronica teams with Tim to confirm Landry's alibi -- and then to track down him and Mrs. O'Dell when they both disappear."



Daniel's Thoughts:

  • So Veronica knows it’s awkward continuing to take Landry’s class. (Which apparently is a two-semester class). But Landry makes it sorta okay.
  • SHERIFF KEITH still suspects Mindy O’Dell.  He lays it all out, basically recapping the last few episodes.
  • Flash back, perhaps fake or not, shows Dean O’Dell arguing with Landry.  
  • And at least having that fake-or-not scene employed Ed Begley, Jr. for one more shot.  BTW, he's on a new show called Bless This Mess.  It's got its problems, but not due to the cast.  They're gold, especially Begley.
  • Mindy is now telling a completely different story – still showing her to be innocent.
  • But now Keith has enough to arrest Landry…of course it happens during the class that Veronica is in.
  • Tim visits Landry who is kind of a dick about but quickly asks him to do a favor.
  • But Tim is bad at breaking into things. Veronica catches him of course.
  • Tim begrudgingly asks Veronica for her help.  He says he’s not good in the field.  Duh.
  • Ah, so Mindy wanted to make sure it wasn’t considered a suicide so she could get the insurance money.
  • “I’m just trying to figure out which Gilmore girl you are.”   I feel like she’s used this insult before to perpetuate male toxicity but maybe it was just something similar.
  • It’s such an amazing coincidence that they found the woman from two months ago who bummed a cigarette from Landry.   And that she recognized him.  TOO EASY.
  • Parker: “Having a friend like Veronica is important to me.”  You mean one you never see?  Like ever?
  • I love when they get to the end of a mystery.  Everything comes out at once.
  • So much is happening here and the clues are being connected.
  • So I really thought Mindy and Landry were in it together but Mindy did it. And then Landry killed Mindy.  ARC SOLVED.
  • And Logan officially asks Veronica’s permission to date Parker.  She’s cool about it. Or she seems it, anyway.
  • Tim is enjoying his new acting-professorship...FOR NOW.
  • Oh shit, it was Tim.  Tim did it! Now…ARC SOLVED.
  • Veronica sure knows a lot of murderers.  Like Jessica Fletcher.



  • “You know I don’t like to expose you to all this crime and violence, it’ll warp your mind.”  Oh, Keith.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Landry’s being a remarkable nonshit to V about Keith investigating him (and his suspicion that V bugged his phone, and hey we haven’t sorted who did that yet have we)
  • And Mindy finally comes clean that Cyrus came to the hotel room.
  • But the flashback has that flare lens to it that, like V’s various theories for Lilly’s murder, indicate that this isn’t necessarily a reliable narrator. I don’t remember Cyrus having a gun, do you?
  • But she does know that Cyrus’s window got egged. And she provides context for a scene we saw, an answer to “What are you doing here?” BUT DO WE TRUST IT.
  • Honestly, neither Daniel nor I remember who killed the Dean. I think I remember who didn’t kill the Dean, but not who did.
  • And now we have Landry’s lens flare recollection. The gun is still there, so maybe that was real. And Cyrus threatened her with a divorce (where she gets nothing due to a prenup) and Landry with losing his job.
  • Is it that Tim Foyle set him up? Is it as simple as that? I remember that Landry got framed, and we know Foyle is fixated on Landry (remember how he sicced V on Landry’s trail so she’d know about his affair with Mindy?), on knocking him off his pedestal, on punishing him.
  • So what about the investigative files V found on Tim’s computer? Was that just him covering his own tracks?
  • Landry asks Tim to find out who planted the bug, to “find a needle in a haystack.”
  • So probably it was Tim. Okay.
  • Tim who’s doing such a bad job breaking into Mars Investigation.
  • “What the hell are you doing?” // “ack” // “Formulating a lie, realizing it's futile, begrudgingly telling the truth?”
  • But why would Foyle kill the Dean? I get (well sorta) his wanting to ruin Landry, but why the Dean? Also. Also. Why would he kill the Dean, and then stage it as a suicide? How the hell does that incriminate Landry? It's just ... it's a lot of steps, and it's counting on Veronica being smart enough to follow the breadcrumbs but not smart enough to follow them to Tim's doorstep, and I'm having trouble buying it. If his goal was to frame Landry, the fake suicide note doesn't make enough sense. Especially with Neptune's deeply stupid former Sheriff in charge.
  • “Do we look like we smoke?” // “Yes.” Possibly Tim Foyle’s finest comic moment.
  • Wow, life insurance is willing to pay out while it’s still an open investigation? And Mindy’s buying a boat with it.
  • Aw Wallace is looking out for V, letting her know that Logan and Parker are in cute flirting lunch zone
  • And, probably because she noticed it before he did, she’s pretty okay with it
  • Did Mindy scarper off in her new boat? I totally have a memory of Landry on the run in a boat. So that’s happening at some point.
  • “If you’re wondering where I am, I'm hanging out outside a convenience store, eating corn nuts and watching strippers.” // “Are you doing drugs?” // “No.” // “Good.” I love our Marses
  • So um. What about Mindy’s son? The one who had cancer? Did he get to disappear with her? Because Steve Botando certainly isn’t looking after him. Also there’s the other O’Dell kid. Why are we ignoring their existence? Okay, fine, they’ve been shipped off to “relatives in England,” fine, whatever.
  • Landry’s also scarpered! To the boat!
  • So much for light and easy for Logan and Parker. She doesn’t want to lose V as a friend.
  • Gasp the woman who gave Landry his alibi lied for him gasp!
  • Haha after all of V’s and Tim’s trivia sparring, Keith knows that Papa  = Ernest Hemingway. Thanks Keith!
  • Oh hey we got to the one scene I remember from this arc: finding Landry on the boat. Ah so he wasn’t framed, but he tried to cover up for Mindy. Sucks for the kids. And … he did kill Mindy.
  • But what about Tim Foyle?
  • Well, he wants V to be his TA.
  • Here’s a good clue. The idea for the Dean’s murder was stolen from one of the perfect murder papers. And that tapped phone call we overheard had Landry saying Foyle had no imagination. So of course he would steal someone else’s idea. We already saw him "steal" Veronica's paper and frame her for plagiarism, just to make her stop heroworshipping Landry, and god this boy is a mess. “Once a perpetrator starts improvising, the sloppier his work becomes” says Tim Foyle, improvising/gloating, but he really shouldn’t be doing that in front of Veronica. She’s smarter than you, Foyle, and we all know it.
  • “When did he have the time to make the blackmail call to fake his alibi?”
  • And V finds a bug in her own phone. Because Foyle gives away that he knew, because V knew.
  • So we’ve wrapped up the Dean’s murder and it felt faster than the rape arc, but maybe that’s just because of how much I hate how the show handled the rape arc. Time for arc three?
  • Guys, what is arc three?
  • Oh fuck, it’s the secret society and the sex tape, isn’t it.



Favorite Lines:

Daniel: V: What the hell are you doing? Tim: I, uh, I'm- V: Formulating a lie, realizing it's futile, begrudgingly telling the truth?
Zelda: V:“If you’re wondering where I am, I'm hanging out outside a convenience store, eating corn nuts and watching strippers.” Keith:  “Are you doing drugs?” V: “No.” Keith: “Good.”

Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call: Logan, Wallace, Parker (Absent: Dick, Piz, Mac, Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil)
Recurring: Professor Hank Landry, Tim Foyle, Mindy O'Dell, Cyrus O'Dell, Deputy Jerry Sacks, Jenny Budosh,
Veronica's Alias: Landry’s daughter, Anna from K-RAC, Ms. Crockett
Tim Foyle’s Alias: Mr. Tubbs


Stats:

Dead Humans - 1
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In – 1
Tim Foyle Breaks In - 1
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 1 (Tim did it)
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0


Monday, May 13, 2019

Murder in the 28th Degree

Spoilers
Episode 3.14: Mars, Bars. Original Airdate 2.20.07

"Veronica is let out of jail, while Mac, Parker, Logan, and Bronson go on Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt. Josh decides to flee the country after learning the truth about his dad, and Lamb goes after Steve at Mindy's house."





 Zelda's Thoughts:

  • “Where is he, Veronica? Where’s Josh?” / “Think back, Sheriff. Where did you have him last?”
  • Oh damn, he was allergic to the peanut butter cookies V brought! We didn’t know he was allergic, but did she?
  • Gasp, Coach’s wife has a bill from Vinnie Van Lowe!
  • V drew a tattoo on her arm, does push ups, and braided part of her hair, then asks her dad for a couple cartons of smokes. She’s so damn cute. 


  • “You think he did it?” // “I don't know. If he didn’t, he sure panicked quickly.”
  • But Cliff thinks Josh didn’t do it. Then what’s the story?
  • Keith smiles. V: What? K: Just … I thought this sight would be more traumatic for me.
  • Gasp, Coach’s wife thought her husband was cheating on her. But no definitive proof.
  • And Landry found a bug in his cell. Keith assures him neither he nor V planted it.
  • Landry’s also not mentioning that Cyrus showed up at his hotel room the night of the murder, even though he’s claiming total transparency and innocence.
  • It’s always so weird when Lamb actually listens to Keith.
  • Hmm, neither Mars bugged Landry’s phone. Dooooo we think it was Tim Foyle?
  • Aw and Logan comes to visit V and offer to run her errands … and take a cell phone picture of her behind bars. Fair.
  • And now Mindy’s calling the Dean’s death a suicide … but that could be because Lamb is questioning her as a suspect.
  • Mac! And Mac’s boyfriend! And Parker!
  • “Who wants out of jail?” // “I do! I do!”


  • Wow WHAT THE FUCK with Wallace’s homophobic joke. Fuck Wallace, fuck the writers, what the fucking hell was that garbage. I was about to compliment the writers on the continuity of Lamb vaguely recognizing Wallace and Wallace reminding him what he said to him in the pilot but THE FUCK.
  • This show has NOT had a good track record with the queer politics.
  • And speaking of the-fuck decisions, Josh may not be a murderer, but now in additional to be a jail-breaker, he’s an abductor, with Mason duct taped in the trunk of his car.
  • V, don’t help this idiot flee the country. Duncan was one thing, but this is definitely wrong.
  • Ah, Logan’s been drafted to join Parker and Mac and Mac’s bf on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. That sounds kinda fun.
  • Okay, good, V isn’t actually gonna help Josh run away, she’s just reeling him in.
  • Okay so we’ve worked out that Mindy was back at the hotel by the time the Dean was murdered … but she claims to have been asleep while Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was on the TV. Which opens up Hank Landry as a suspect, especially suspicious when he, like Mindy, is lying about Cyrus showing up.
  • As far as cute bonding for Parker and Logan, this works fine enough. They both need something lighthearted to heal from their baggage.
  • Gasp! Steve Botando showed up at the Dean’s office?
  • And we’ve got the dramatic irony fun of knowing that Cyrus was in the room but the Marses are still speculating who it could be.
  • Are … are they still pretending Parker is wearing a wig? No way would she have run into the ocean with it. At least Claire Nordhouse has the short hair. Unless they’re implying Parker has short hair but has extensions? Maybe? I'd be willing to accept extensions.
  • Aw, I’m glad Mac has a nice relationship.
  • Hahaha Cliff gets Steve off on a technicality and he’s just so adorable doing it, I forget if this is a good thing or not (I mean, it’s always fun to thwart Lamb)
  • Ohhhh is this when Lamb dies? Why else have the moment with Keith offering to come along to the B&E at the O’Dell house? Like, why make a point of that?
  • It’s a conflicted feeling, definitely. Lamb was an absolute shit, but also I’m not gonna go “yay someone died,” but it’s also not like I’m gonna mourn. It’s just crappy. And Sack shot a probably-high-on-meth Botando, and it’s all crappy.
  • Random scene with Weevil in the bowels of campus. THAT MEANS IT’S NEW CLUE TIME.
  • Naw, this resolve on the Coach’s death is annoying. And insurance fraud. And annoying. Did we learn nothing from Willy Loman?
  • And Keith is acting sheriff now. Farewell, Lamb. Hello, competent Sheriff’s office.
  • Man, they made Lamb a series regular only to kill him off? (actually I suspect the actor was threatening that he couldn’t make himself as on-call available if he remained only a recurring, but maybe I’m just cynical. It is odd that with the exception of the Mars family, every series regular on this show is more recurring than regular. Whereas if you look at Buffy, the rarer trivia is the episodes where one of the regulars doesn’t appear, versus our sad excitement here when the show remembers that Mac or Wallace or Weevil exist)
  • Anydead


Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Oh wow, so we find out Josh escaped because he was allergic to the cookies that Veronica gave him and then he overpowered the ambulance driver.
  • Veronica is being weird behind bars, doing pushups and acting all tough….even though she’s by herself.  She has a pen-drawn tattoo – which, how did she get the pen in a cell, but whatever.  She’s got nothing to do: no cases, no cookie-making, no homework- and that’s probably Veronica’s biggest fear.
  • Keith brought Cliff, attorney-at-law.
  • Vinnie Van Lowe is here as well!
  • They’re just taking Dean O’Dell’s name off his office?  It’s been like three months.
  • So Veronica didn’t bug Landry. Who did?
  • Logan visits Veronica and it’s weird that it’s not weird.
  • Jamie Ray Newman looks like Veronica Lake while she’s being interrogated.  Or just like a really glamorous old-timey movie star.



  • Wallace makes a really ridiculously awful gay joke at the expense of sheriff douche and Zelda and I are kinda both over it.  It’s gross and beneath this show. And it kinda makes me not want to pay attention to the rest of this episode.
  • Ok, so Veronica’s out of jail now and Josh has kidnapped Mason and now has Veronica by gunpoint.  Josh says it’s Mason’s gun and that Mason was the one who killed his dad.
  • Mason’s innocent but still wondering why he falsely ID’d Josh.
  • Ok so Mac’s back and she still has her cute enviro-boyfriend.  And Logan walks in at the right time.  They (including Parker) need a fourth to do a VDAY scavenger hunt.  Sure, Logan needs some fun-time.
  • I think Veronica should be jealous.  I think Parker is Mac’s new bestie. [It's not like Veronica and Mac hang out EVER. - Z]
  • And of course Parker and Logan are getting close.
  • Hey Veronica does watch prime time tv!  And she’s annoyed, like the rest of us, that her show is being pre-empted by sports ball.  But this gives her a clue! 
  • Meanwhile, it’s early morning and this scavenger hunt has lasted all night.  I guess they won?
  • Nope, they got third.
  • So I guess Mac & cutie-envrio boy haven’t had sex yet.  Oh except, now they have.  Mac lost her v-card. 


  • I’m not really paying attention to the main story but Richard Greico is back and I guess his fingerprints were on Dean O’Dell’s keyboard.  He’s convinced he was set up by Mindy.  Did they not take fingerprints earlier?  I guess not, since they thought it was a suicide.
  • Veronica is really good at getting troubled boys out of the country.  It’s a very lopsided show.  Sure, it has a Strong Female Lead – but most of the other women on this show are portrayed as flakey or bitchy or femi-naziish.  They’re never as complex as the male characters.  Mac & Parker are two good characters, I guess, but never really get their due.  Plus Veronica was very dismissive of Parker at first.  I don’t think they ever became close.  Not as close as she and Mac, anyway.
  • Oh man, I totally forgot.  Sheriff douche was literally just made a contract character and they kill him off half way through the season?  Cray.
  • Sachs is totally shaken.  He, too, has a number on him.  Ten years?  SPOILERS.
  • So it’s interesting that they’re investigating Dean O’Dell as murder, even though it was a suspected suicide.  And this week’s (two week) mystery is a murder that turned out to be a planned suicide.
  • And to top off the episode, Veronica sees Parker & Logan together.  Because Logan can just go from being full on depressed to getting a new girlfriend.  Hate guys like that.
  • And Keith’s the acting-sheriff! 
  • RIP SHERIFF DOUCHE.


  
Crossfire!

D: That’s what that look was about. With the cookie.
Z: He was deciding to take something he knew he was allergic to.
D: Did he know they were peanut butter?
Z: Yeah, I think he specifically asked for peanut butter cookies.
D: I hope he’s not deathly allergic to peanuts. That’s risky.
Z: Yeah, peanut allergy’s no joke. That’s why we can’t get peanuts on airplanes. I miss airplane peanuts.
D: Me too.
Z: Honey roasted.
D & Z: *share a wistful look*
D: *pointed look at Z's keyboard*
Z: That’s not crossfire!


Favorite Lines:

Zelda: “Who wants out of jail?” // “I do! I do!” - Cliff/Veronica
Daniel:  Logan:  Will this require Math?  // Parker: I hope not // Logan: 'cause I'm bad at math. // Mac: I'll do the math.  You just be male and drive.

Arc/Continuity:

Neptune Roll Call:  Logan, Wallace, Parker, Mac, Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil (Absent: Dick, Piz)
Recurring: Josh Barry, Tom Barry, Kathleen Barry, Mason, Professor Hank Landry, Mindy O'Dell, Vinnie Van Lowe, Bronson Pope, Cliff McCormack, Steve Botando, Deputy Jerry Sacks, Cora


Stats:
Dead Humans - 2
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Just Your Brother-in-Law



Episode 3.13: Postgame Mortem. Original Airdate 2.13.07

"The basketball coach is found dead after an argument with his son, Josh. The Coach's wife goes to Keith's office looking for help. Veronica becomes involved in the investigation while her father continues the Dean O'Dell murder investigation. Josh escapes from jail, and Veronica is arrested for complicity in his escape."

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • So where’s Wallace been?  He’s been playing basketball!  He could have his own Friday Night Lights spin-off.  Maybe he’d appear more than he does on this show.
  • Mason with the cool eyes is here too.
  • And the coach’s son – who quits because he’s sick of his dad yelling at him in front of everyone.  I get it.
  • Oh man, I just noticed there’s a place in the food court called “Spaghetti Western” and that’s awesome.
  • None of my professors in college ever cared if I didn’t come to one class – unless it was a theater class, actually.  But I mean, half your grade is presentation, so.
  • Aww, Dick was actually helpful.  He’s not only helped the hotel staff get into the room, thereby making sure Logan isn’t evicted – but he also actually forwards the note that he might be kicked out of class.  
  • So that coach-dad? Dead now.  That’s the mystery of the week that it looks like Keith & Veronica will be working together.  (And Cliff!) They suspect Josh, the coach’s son.
  • “Don’t worry about the Sheriff.  He has a long and proud history of being wrong.” – Keith
  • “You’re lucky you’re rich, otherwise this would be disgusting.” – Ugh – that’s privilege right there.
  • This little girl looks so familiar.  Both Zelda and I think so.  Like she grew up into someone we know.  Turns out we don’t. That was a rollercoaster.
  • Weevil’s back!  Two episodes in a row.
  • Oh Logan.  He’s still depressed.  And yeah, I get depression – but again, Logan can afford being depressed so I don’t fully feel sorry for him. If I'm depressed, I still have to go to work, because I need money.
  • This is like that episode of Friends when Joey breaks the dog.
  • Arturo the pizzaboy mugger is now in charge of Weevil’s old gang.
  • Heather, “If I had [Super Mario Kart], I’d play it every second.” – Yeah…I once hung out with friends and we played it until dawn. It’s very addicting.  When we went to Denny’s the next morning, I think I hallucinated cars throwing turtle shells at me.
  • Mason With the Pretty Eyes comes forward with a tip about seeing Josh.
  • Aww, Veronica is Logan’s computer wallpaper.
  • Dick is married.   This is getting weird.
  • Wow, so Dean O’Dell’s hot wife and Landry have their stories very straight, even down to the 1:30am cell phone call when they should have been together.
  • And Veronica still has time to make cookies.  When does she watch all the shows on her DVR?
  • The helpful concierge girl is back!
  • So Heather got a request on the air from Logan to Veronica – and Veronica hears it….just as she walks by a radio turned to that exact station.  *total eyeroll*  I'm not going to call shenanigans on this but can I call contrivance?
  • This Heather girl is adorable – she’s so psyched that they bumped into Veronica and she’s trying to get them back together.  And it’s just too cute.  Logan is not as amused.
  • Also too cute?  Dean O’Dell’s letter recommending Veronica Mars, read of course, post-mortem.
  • I don’t think it was Mrs. O’Dell. She might be hiding something, but why would she hire Keith if she killed the Dean.
  • Veronica hid cookies in a book for Josh.  They look professionally made.  Is there nothing she can’t do?
  • And Logan is cured!
  • Was there something else in the book?  Cause Josh escaped and Veronica is being arrested for it!

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • It’s interesting that for this arc of the season, V isn’t the driving force behind the arc-long investigation, like she was with Lilly or with the rapes. Here, Keith is the one on the Dean’s case, and V is dealing with case of the week.
  • Wallace still exists!
  • I LOVE THE MARSES. V finds a plate of toast, takes a bite, reads Keith’s attached note ("If you've eaten any of this breakfast, you now owe me. Invoices have to go out today. See you at the office."), crumples it, says “and I always fall for it.”
  • This is Dick’s like ONE redeeming moment all season: Logan’s completely spiraled out and holed up in his room, and Dick forces him to get some fresh air (by locking him on the balcony) and letting housekeeping clean up the sty (and also reminding him he’s about to fail if he keeps skipping class)
  • Oh right this is where Logan bonds with the little girl who is the voice of optimistic romance.
  • CLIFF IS HERE OH HAPPY DAY.
  • Well, the case of the week is actually brought to Keith, not V. But it'll become her case.
  • Josh’s mom is right, why is Sheriff Don Lamb going after Josh for his dad’s murder instead of the more in-character racist alternative of blaming the PCHers just cuz they can?
  • Oh right, the dude who was threatening Dean O’Dell just before he was murdered (though that was just about reinstating the frats)
  • The show’s writers are still acting like Dick had an emotional attachment to Madison. YOU CAN’T RETCON HIM INTO HAVING FEELS. We saw him have feels over his brother and collapsed family, and I bought that. The rest is nahhh.
  • Aw man, baby Arturo is running the PCH gang now? Good continuity of character bench, show, but it is disappointing to see.
  • Aw Logan manages a small smile at tiny girl’s enthusiasm for playing Mario Kart.
  • Dick got married in Vegas. Of course he did.
  • “Dad, do me a favor." // "Anything." // "Don’t get murdered.” “Honey.” Aw man, #Marsfeels. These two have had too many close calls with losing each other. And the film won’t help with that trauma.
  • IT’S TINA THE FRONT DESK LADY WE LOVE HER.
She should get her own spinoff.

  • It’s kinda amazing (Daniel’s word is contrived) that V, after turning off Logan’s voicemail, that she does manage to hear the radio dedication young Heather places on his behalf.
  • Of course, she turns off the stereo when she hears it.
  • Omg so when Heather asked Logan if he had any "extra small" clothing for her to change into, he gave her one of V’s shirts. Because V is tiny. That is amazing.

  • Also this tiny girl ships them and it’s adorable.
  • Not that it fixes anything.
  • Oh right the FBI internship thing. The “please don’t cancel us” hail mary.
  • I should rewatch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I remember finding it delightful.
  • Aw, Keith’s proud papa face when he reads the Dean’s recommendation letter about Veronica.
  • “You know a good lawyer?” “I know *a* lawyer.” Aw, the number of times that’s been used to cue Cliff.
  • Also I am shocked that Dick needs a divorce.
  • Why is Mindy lying about Cyrus showing up at their hotel room the night of the murder? *intrigue face*
  • Aww Heather and Logan are gonna play Mario Kart online … it woulda been cool if they kept that aspect somehow (maybe she’ll show up in the new series! … she won’t)
  • And Logan’s going back to class! All he needed was a dose of eleven year old optimism.
  • Um. Lamb is arresting V for aiding and abetting Josh’s escape? The what?


Favorite Lines:
Daniel: "Don’t worry about the sheriff, he has a long and proud history of being wrong." - Keith
Zelda: "I would have settled for 'I find her nosiness charming.'" - Veronica

Arc/Continuity:
Neptune Roll Call:  Logan, Wallace, Dick, Sheriff Don Lamb, Weevil (Absent: Parker, Piz, Mac)
First Appearance: Josh Barry, Kathleen Barry, Professor Corrigan
Recurring: Tom Barry, Mindy O'Dell, Mason, Cliff McCormack, Professor Hank Landry, Mel 
Generally Known TV Face: Juliette Goglia


Stats:
Dead Humans - 1
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? - 0
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - 0
Veronica Wants a Pony - 0
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 1 ("I might have to use an oven mitt to feel her up")
Shenanigans Called - 0
VERONICA WAS RIGHT - 0
VERONICA WAS WRONG - 0