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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Does Truman Capote Know?

Episode 2.10: One Angry Veronica. Original Airdate 12.07.05

"Veronica's day goes from bad to worse as she is called for jury duty over a case involving two 09ers and a Hispanic woman, but finds that Neptune is even more divided than she thought. Meanwhile, Keith helps Lamb track down the missing sex tapes, the key piece of evidence in the Aaron Echolls trial."

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Veronica is mad at Duncan on account of the whole Meg is preg and Duncan didn't tell her.
  • At least it turns out he only just found out from that letter he found, and hasn't been sitting on it for months.
  • How the garbage does Dick know Meg woke up before either Veronica or Duncan know
  • gulp the Aaron Echolls sex tape evidence got stolen
  • And Meg, after apologizing to Veronica for being out of proportion mean to V, asks V to not let the Mannings give her baby up for adoption, if anything happens to her. Given that the alternate ending of the last episode (on the DVD) is Meg's mother attempting to smother her with a pillow, is the show implying that the Mannings kinda maybe murdered their eldest daughter? It's not a far cry from their horrific treatment of Grace, which HOW ARE THEY NOT IN JAIL FOR THAT, FUCK YOU LAMB YOU INCOMPETENT SHIT, I THOUGHT YOU'D AT LEAST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT.
  • Jury Duty time! We don't get any of the fun voir dire or the trial, we just get the post-trial jury duty deliberations, a la Twelve Angry Men, from which the episode steals its title.
  • Sheriff Lamb, talking to Keith about the missing tapes while staring at himself in the mirror as he lifts weights. Very Patrick Bateman.
  • (we already quietly said hi to Todd from Scrubs)
  • This Jury room is a Who's Who of television shows
  • aw Deputy Sacks with his ridiculous mustache
  • these jurors being shitty about their civic duty sure is fun
  • "Is the racial stuff affecting your vote?" // "Is it affecting yours?"

  • oh hi Deputy Leo.
  • oh hi Thumper trying to intimidate Veronica about the trial. great. super. awesome.
  • Yeah seriously guys never leave Logan alone with something he can snoop through. Veronica learned that the hard way.
  • awwww it's all Christmassy at the Mars home. "I'm sorry, I was looking for my apartment, but I seem to have stumbled upon some sort of magical winter wonderland instead."
  • "I'm so impressed you fit a pony into my room!"
  • Aww Keith had Mac make V's laptop all fancypants and fast running ... and then planted info about one of the players in the trial
  • which is NOT OKAY. my sister recently served on a jury (every time I get called, they reject me but whatevs) and she was telling me that the jurors can't use any outside knowledge they might happen to have; they can only use the information brought into the trial. Keith is tampering and it's not cool.
  • dammit Logan, offering a reward for the sex tape. if it were to get it back into evidence to convict his father, I'd be okay with this. and I get that he doesn't want the tabloids to get their hands on it. but he's gonna destroy them. he's part of the reason Aaron gets away with it.
  • god this shitty alpha male who condescendingly decided Veronica is the jury foreman, then spends all his time trying to boss her around. can we just punch him repeatedly? is that cool?
  • Logan didn't destroy the evidence til he made himself watch all of it first. Christ. Keith: "For that experience, you paid fifty grand?"
  • and then Keith figures out that the only person at the sheriff's office kind enough to sell the tapes to Logan would have to be Deputy Leo. I'm disappointed you stole them in the first place, Leo. wtf.
  • "I'll never, ever send two boys from good families to jail on the word of that Mexican whore." Hey look, we found Rape Culture Man. Good families = they're white and from the wealthy side of town and also MALE and therefore unimpeachable. She's a woman of color. She must be lying.
  • god this guy is the fucking worst.
  • ooooh it's time for the television contrivance of the local university that luckily is a great school, affordable (at least with scholarships), and keeps our leads local!
  • thanks for recruiting Veronica, Michael Hyatt! at least they're calling it Hearst and not UCNeptune.
  • And our Leo D'Amato is no longer a Deputy, and Aaron will (as we know) get away with it.
  • And Meg is dead, due a to a "blood clot"
  • I guess since no one makes any noise, we're to assume it was a natural cause and not foul play, but seriously what was that alternate ending last episode.
  • RIP, Meg. Veronica will rescue your kid! She promised.

  • "Happy New Year!"
  • When the knock came at the door, I jokingly said Veronica's "I was hoping it would be you" but then it was WALLACE and it was very sweet. Besties!
  • Btw, Jackie hasn't been in ANY of the episodes where Wallace has been gone. I guess she's only relevant as a love interest for Wallace? Blargh. [Blargh - Alison Bechdel]

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • It’s Christmas time.  You can tell because the students are wearing light jackets. (and Santa hats.)
  • And this lovely cafeteria morsel:

  • Dick is such a 90s boy.
  • The news from last episode – Meg woke up – has hit Veronica and Duncan.
  • Can’t they leave Lilly alone?  Who would steal those tapes.
  • So they’re not discussing what Veronica discovered about Meg’s parents and the way the kids are treated – but the way Meg is vaguely talking about not wanting her parents to get custody of her kid – Veronica doesn’t need to say anything.  She knows. 
  • Jury duty?  So does that mean Veronica’s 18?  Can they do it so soon?  I didn’t get my first summons until I was out of college, I think.
  • So they’re skipping the part where jurors are picked.  Veronica is on the jury and I guess they’ve already heard the case?  It’s right to the jury room.  That was fast.
  • Lamb is kinda douche-hot.  Shut up.  You’re all thinking it.
  • I’m surprised he’s even helping Keith out.  Why’s he being so helpful?
  • Is it the endorphins?
  • If Veronica is Foreman, why is Patronizing Douche leading it?
  • Hey it’s Alba! Jane’s grandmother from Jane the Virgin! (Great show if you haven’t seen it.)
  • “Ned Flanders type”  of course brings up the “past criminal behavior” – as if that’s an automatic guilty plea.
  • Deputy Sachs – I guess we’ll never get to see how his date with Miss Hauser went.
  • Everyone is so patronizing.  
  • Yay, Alba is the hold out.
  • HEY DEPUTY LEO IS BACK!  Man, Veronica shoulda stayed with him.
  • I’m glad Veronica isn’t sequestered but it’s a little scary that Thumper found out she was on the jury duty – and sought her out.
  • Logan and Keith are playing niceish. 
  • Inga!
  • Wow, jury duty all day and Veronica still had time to decorate the apartment for Christmas.
  • Me:  Is she drinking wine?  Keith: Are you drinking wine now?
  • This jury duty plot as the mystery of the week is kinda dull – but at least it’s a way for Veronica to get some more real world experience.
  • But I’m also really bored by it.
  • Patronizing shitbag doesn’t want to vote for an acquittal even though the vote is against him now – so it has absolutely nothing to do with wanting to leave.  Which – Surprise, surprise.
  • And there it is – complete racial bias.
  • “Let me take this moment to thank you, for the lesson in civic responsibility.”
  • What a surprise, there’s a college in Neptune.  Like that college in Sunnydale.
  • So she’s 18, half way through her senior year…and she doesn’t know where she’s going to school yet? Especially someone as driven as Veronica?

Lynda's Thoughts

  • Let me start with some hard hitting facts – I want Veronica’s jacket.
  • So we’re just diving straight into The Talk.
  • Duncan already knew about the baby and a blindsided Veronica is the only one shocked by this revelation.
  • Duncan:

  • “This has nothing to do with us”.  Oh Duncan.  You are SUCH a doof.
  • And here’s what appears to be the comedic ice-breaker Dick but is actually bomb-dropper Dick.  Meg is awake!
  • Wow, Veronica is hurt and mad and STILL her immediate plan is to help Duncan.  She really IS amazing.
  • The Kane-Echolls sex-tapes are gone and here begins a storyline that should be one episode but again has far-reaching consequences that will keep coming back to haunt us for episodes (seasons) to come.
  • Surprise is right.
  • Ugh, Meg’s parents are EVIL.
  • Meg is too sweet.  Apologising to Veronica for being awful to her oh and also asking just a teeny tiny favour.  You can totally see how easily Veronica went with the plan that involved deceiving her own dad.  How could she refuse this heart breaking request?
  • Lasagna + ice cream = jury duty
  • I remember being excused from jury duty after my boss wrote a letter and feeling so relieved they needed me so badly.  It was for a six week murder trial and there is no way at 22 I would have coped with that.
  • Aww, it’s kinda cute that Keith doesn’t know what spotting is.
  • Oh hi there Lamb’s abs.  And biceps… and… ahem.  Sorry.
  • So we’ve got new security measures in place for Veronica to try to get around at some point.  That’ll be fun!
  • Oh it’s Abuela!  And she’s speaking English!

  • And it’s Dr Akopian!

  • Wow, sooo many douchebags in one jury.
  • Ooh Abuela’s got SASS.
  • Deputy Leo is back!  This usually means bad news for him.
  • Blinky?  Humpty?  Zorro?  Bahahaha
  • Oh no, Logan is in a good mood so that means he’s about to have his heart crushed again.
  • “My name’s not dude, it’s Mr Mars”.  [If you're nasty - Janet]
  • OMG that elf hat and the dress, it’s all too adorable!

  • “I’m so impressed you fit a pony into my room” hahaha never change, V.
  • Keith talking laptop is hilarious and adorable.
  • Ohhh Keith.  Adorable AND cunning.
  • What the heck is Abuela knitting anyway because that looks like one long-ass scarf.
  • Dammit, Logan, don’t do that to yourself!
  • Aaaand there goes their only evidence.  Dammit, Logan!
  • Kindness at the sheriff’s department.  Well that took about .25 seconds for Keith to work out.
  • Douchebag’s gonna douche…
  • Oooh Dr Akopian works at Hearst and wants Veronica to attend.  What a coincidence!
  • OMG even when they’re saying thank you the PCHers are dicks!
  • I feel so bad for Leo.  He’s SUCH a sweetheart.
  • At least Keith kept him out of serious trouble.
  • Ugh.  Keith telling Veronica about Meg makes me cry every single time.  KB always breaks me!
  • And a late night knock at the Mars’ apartment door means only one thing, and that’s a visitor who’s about to rock Veronica’s world.
  • WAAAALLAAAACE!!!  I legit forgot it was him.  After such a sad scene I love this ending.

Patronizing Shit: patronizes
D: Patronizing Shit
Z: That might be the character's name (seriously, the juror's names are all their tropes, not actual names)

Favorite Lines:
Zelda:  "I'm sorry, I was looking for my apartment, but I seem to have stumbled upon some sort of magical winter wonderland instead." - Keith
Daniel: “Let me take this moment to thank you for the lesson in civic responsibility.” - Veronica
Lynda: "I'm so impressed you fit a pony into my room" - Veronica

Neptune Roll Call: Wallace (Wallace!), Duncan, Logan, Dick (Absent: Weevil, Beaver, Jackie)
Recurring: Woody Goodman, Meg Manning, Sheriff Don Lamb, Deputy Jerry Sacks, Deputy Leo D'Amato, Lloyd Blankenship, Thumper, Veronica's other job, Inga
Generally Known TV Face: Michael Hyatt (Women's Studies Professor Juror), Robert Maschio (Sports Guy Juror), Ivonne Coll (Knitting Grandmother Juror)

Dead Humans - 1
Backup Sighting - 0
Veronica Breaks In - 0
Veronica Tases Someone - 0
Mac Hacks - 0
Who's Your Daddy? -
Wallace Does Veronica a Favor - DOES FINALLY COMING HOME COUNT
Veronica Wants a Pony - 1
Logan Punches Someone - 0
Dick's Single Entendres - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0

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