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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.”


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


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)

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