The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 9-16

If you're like me and you've been watching television for most of your waking life (and much of your asleep life), then two things might be true: (1) Your brain has turned into a warm orb of pink nonsense, and (2) nothing on TV is surprising anymore. You can tell how an episode will end by how it begins; you know what will happen between which commercial breaks; you know who will live or die by the placement of their credit in the opening title sequence; you're familiar with and regularly use phrases like "Chekhov's Gun" or "MacGuffin" or "Red Herring" or "Excitable Barbara." (I might've made that last one up). But still: Sometimes I know too much about how TV episodes work and it can be sort of annoying!

THAT is why Veronica Mars is so good: It's surprising! I'm 16 episodes in and the mythology is still pretty tough to pin down. Like any good mystery, most of the supporting characters had motive to kill Lilly Kane. And just when I think I've picked up on the show's clues, it's not long before I realize I fell for a misdirection and the show's still several steps ahead of me. Veronica Mars' week-to-week procedural elements are equally high-level; if there's a formula to them I definitely haven't figured it out yet, so the mysteries' explanations are surprising and well-written even for the most jaded viewer. The main difference between these eight episodes versus the first eight is that Veronica Mars has gotten more confident and heartfelt (and way less '90s!), so if I wasn't hooked before I definitely am now.

As many of you predicted, I've definitely come around on Logan Echolls. I mean, duh, his humanization has been a big element of this particular stretch of episodes. I'm still not sold on Keith Mars, though. My opinion of him ties in with the one criticism I have of the show so far: Keith's active disapproval of Veronica's burgeoning detective career. You know? Why is he constantly hassling her for solving tons of crimes all the time? She is great at it! It's getting to the point where Neptune might just fall into the ocean without Veronica's efforts. So relax, Keith Mars. And stop breaking up with foxy teachers so that you can spend more time with your daughter. We might start thinking the relationship is creepy! (Real time: I sort of think it's creepy still.)

All right, enough yammering. Let's talk about these hot, hot episodes:



Season 1, Episode 9: "Drinking the Kool-Aid"


Case of the week: A well-to-do couple enlisted Keith Mars to track down their '09er son who'd left behind his decadent lifestyle to go live with a cult up in the mountains. Keith had the audacity to ask Veronica for intel on the teen (he was a bully because one time he made fun of Weevil's fake poem?) but then forbade her from investigating on her own. Which, of course, she did. By JOINING the cult herself. But just when we feared Veronica was in over her head, we learned that the cult WAS indeed harmless and the Mars' efforts to separate the kid from it only resulted in a creepy forced-brainwashing back into '09er culture. Poignant twist!

The plot thickens: Two big mythology things: First, Veronica followed up on Abel Koontz's claim from the previous episode that Jake Kane was her father by tricking Keith into giving a blood sample for some kind of at-home paternity test. But then wouldn't you know it? She shredded the results (at 3am, at Keith's bedside) without ever finding out for sure. The second thing was, Veronica traced those spooky cross-hair photographs that she'd found in her mom's safety deposit box to the head of Kane Security.

Don't I know you from somewhere? While the first few episodes were remarkable in their prescient casting of future stars, it's really more fun to point out ALL of the recognizable faces that keep popping up. Starting with this guy:

Hey, Jonathan Bennett! He played Casey, the former jerk who'd joined the cult. He's still in a ton of stuff, but it'll be a while before anyone mentions something from his resume that isn't Mean Girls. But, you know, there are worse things to be remembered for.

UNCLE ZACH!! That's right, the leader of the Moon Calf Collective was played by Chris William Martin, perhaps best known to The Vampire Diaries obsessives as Season 1's ill-fated "Uncle" Zach.

Episode verdict: I'm not going to lie to you, Sirs and Madams, but I was pretty uncomfortable with this episode's unsettling pro-cult stance. Maybe I've just seen Martha Marcy May Marlene a little TOO recently and I've read Helter Skelter a few times too many for me to get on board with this supposedly harmless, poinsettia-farming commune. Sure, it STARTS with poinsettias and fireside singalongs, but we all know these people will be creepy-crawling mansions and pining for apocalyptic race wars by year's end. Still, though, I appreciated the unexpected twist. Uncomfortable yet refreshing.



Season 1, Episode 10: "An Echolls Family Christmas"


Case of the week: In this episode the series plunged neck-deep in Echolls territory, as most of the action revolved around the most Hollywood-esque family in Neptune. First Logan and three of his closest bros (and Weevil for whatever reason) experienced a holiday poker game gone bad when the cash prize up and disappeared. (Can someone explain why Duncan and Logan were wearing matching underwear during their forced strip search?) After frequent flashbacks, Veronica soon deduced that the thief was not, in fact, Logan, but one of his bros who'd been only posing as a rich kid. Meanwhile Keith was on the hunt for Mr. Echolls' stalker, who'd taken to leaving threatening pumpkins on his welcome mat and ended up being some jilted ex-mistress. She then had the audacity to stab him with an ice pick while the Christmas carolers were trying to sing. VERY rude.

The plot thickens: Not a ton of mythology action other than fleshing out the Echolls situation, but at their Christmas party Veronica DID confront Jake Kane about those cross-hair photos she'd traced to his head of security. Kane denied knowing anything about it, but then took his wife aside and basically implied that she'd done something crazy again, hadn't she? Whoops, now Mrs. Kane was the #1 suspect in my opinion!

Don't I know you from somewhere?

Logan's famous actor bro was played by Travis Schuldt, the original Ethan from Passions! Okay, I realize that's not exactly the highest-profile gig ever, but I'll take any opportunity I can to talk about Passions. Can you even believe that show was on the air? One character was played by an orangutan. AN ORANGUTAN.

Episode verdict: This episode WORKED. There are few things I like better than seeing a bad person get reformed, so the scene between Logan and Veronica in which he acknowledged her skills and accepted her help went a long way toward making him less reprehensible. Plus I just love me a Christmas episode, you know?



Season 1, Episode 11: "Silence of the Lamb"


Case of the week: After Veronica discovered that there was a demand amongst her student body to dig up blackmail-worthy dirt on their parents, she put that magical private-detective search engine to good use and uncovered a switched-at-birth scenario right in Neptune! The (unlucky) kids happened to be computer whiz Mac (hello again, Tina Majorino!) and the awful-seeming, platinum-blonde Madison. Over the course of a handful of really very compelling scenes, Mac struggled with whether to approach her birth mother or not, then finally opted to appreciate the mismatched family that raised her. (But not before having a truly touching, wordless exchange in her driveway with the suddenly aware woman. So good!) Meanwhile Keith Mars was temporarily reinstated as a sheriff's deputy to help solve a serial killer case he'd worked on back when he was sheriff. Someone had been strangling women with guitar strings! That someone ended up being the owner of a local guitar store. Whoops! Way to dig deep, guys.

The plot thickens: Veronica also turned her attention back to the trove of Lilly Kane evidence currently stored beyond her reach at the sheriff's station. But after flirting with a plucky young deputy, she finally obtained the phone recordings of whoever fingered Abel Koontz and it ended up being... the security dude who worked for Jake Kane! So yeah, more clues linking the Kanes to a cover-up. Nothing too shocking, really.

Don't I know you from somewhere?

Oh, Max Greenfield, I didn't know you were in this! The slightly schlubbier, lower-energy Deputy Leo D'Amato was a far cry from New Girl's Schmidt, but still plenty charming. I'm not trying to pat myself on the back for being so ignorant about Veronica Mars, but not knowing Greenfield would be here just made his introduction that much more fun. Oh, and check this out:

Aaron Paul! The future Breaking Bad star played a shifty, troubled dude here. So, you know. Why change what works, Aaron Paul? This Eddie LaRoche character was kind of a proto-Jesse Pinkman basically.

Episode verdict: That driveway scene between Mac and her birth mom was some great television, and the serial killer plotline was surprisingly intense for this show. While people HAD died before, this was the first time we edged into SVU territory. Fortunately both plotlines were balanced pretty well. Great episode.



Season 1, Episode 12: "Clash of the Tritons"


Case of the week: Veronica got framed for selling fake IDs and traced it back to a Neptune High secret society. You know, Skull & Crossbones type stuff, but in HIGH SCHOOL. (Ugh, this school.) But after infiltrating the group and absolutely nailing a Blondie song at a karaoke bar, she ended up unmasking the culprits on camera only to discover they they hadn't framed her after all. Instead, it was a disgruntled student whose father had been thrown in prison after a Keith Mars investigation.

The plot thickens: After a particularly crafty bit of espionage in which Veronica bugged her school psychologist's stapler, we confirmed a couple things about the Lilly Kane thing: (1) She and Logan had been broken up at the time of her death; (2) She'd dated Weevil at some point; and (3) Duncan was on medication and even blacked out in the days after her death. Meanwhile, in Echolls family drama, Aaron discovered that his wife (Lisa Rinna's lips) had been feeding info to the tabloids and threatened to divorce her. The episode ended with a pretty frightening final image of her abandoned Mercedes on a bridge, having been left there after her supposed suicide. Dang, Echolls family!

Episode verdict: Despite the increasingly weird behavior of this school's in-crowd, Veronica's fearless takedown of a very feared club was a thrill to watch. And again Logan ended up being downright likeable when he defended his mother to his awful father. Plus, it's hard to not like an episode with the title "Clash of the Tritons" when it guest-stars Harry Hamlin. I saw what you did there, Veronica Mars!



Season 1, Episode 13: "Lord of the Bling"


Case of the week: When a fearsome record producer—who was NOT Suge Knight, but was basically Suge Knight—discovered that his daughter was missing, he enlisted Keith Mars to find out who abducted her. After clearing a local gangsta rapper of the crime, Veronica traced the plot back to the missing girl's nerdy younger brother, who'd pretended to be the kidnapper in order to get his dad's attention. Or something? Anyway, it turned out the girl had run off to Mexico with her father's agent's son. Happy endings all around.

The plot thickens: Not a ton of movement on the Lilly Kane case, but we did learn that the missing girl was one of Veronica's friends back in the day and also the same girl Veronica had spotted Logan kissing at a party, which had caused Lilly to dump him. In other Logan news, he showed up at Veronica's apartment asking for help finding his mom, who he believed had staged her own death. Which, you know, actually seemed pretty plausible when it came to that family.

Don't I know you from somewhere?

Hey, Anthony Anderson! It was definitely weird seeing him playing a supposedly fearsome dude and not comic relief. And was he old enough to be playing a father of two teenagers? I don't know. Still pretty cool seeing him here, though!

Episode verdict: Okay, so the absolute BEST part of this episode should be obvious: Veronica, in the cold open, talking about the missing girl: "We used to be friends... a long time ago." CUT TO the theme song, "A long time ago... we used to be friends." I mean, come on, that's just comedy right there. MY kind of comedy. You guys are the super fans, so tell me, was this a classic Veronica Mars moment? It had to be. I don't know, it's all news to me. I definitely laughed out loud at that part. Anyway, the episode as a whole wasn't quite as compelling as some of the others. I'm not sure I cared a whole lot about the missing girl, but I DID really like the flashbacks about how Veronica had kind of spurned her back in the day. Those kinds of past-life regrets Veronica has to live with really make me like her so much more.



Season 1, Episode 14: "Mars vs. Mars"


Case of the week: In a scenario that felt slightly icky (in the same way that cult episode did), Veronica decided to defend her cool, hunky history teacher from allegations of statutory rape brought on by a loose-cannon outcast of a student. Meanwhile that student's parents hired Keith Mars to dig up the dirt on the teacher, ostensibly pitting Veronica against her own father. Fortunately Veronica discovered that the teacher was indeed a lecherous creep, and in a twist, the accuser WAS also lying, but only on behalf of her friend who'd been victimized and was too frightened to do anything about it.

The plot thickens: A couple of juicy tidbits were revealed in this episode. First Veronica uncovered a possible motive for Abel Koontz's false confession: He was dying! And during the same medical-records sting operation Veronica also discovered that Duncan suffered from epilepsy, thus the medication. (Although, wasn't it earlier implied that he was on anti-depressants instead? I don't know anything.) Meanwhile a videotape was discovered that SEEMED to show Logan's mom plummeting from the bridge, however when someone used her credit card after her disappearance, Mrs. Echolls' fate was again called into question.

Don't I know you from somewhere?

"Gossip Girl here..." Yup, that was Leighton Meester playing the scorned student! We all know she'd go on to re-team with Kristen Bell (sorta) as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl. But I loved Meester in the wonderful piece of filmmaking known as The Roommate, which of course featured both Bonnie AND Elena from The Vampire Diaries. Everything's connected, you guys.

Check another Party Down cast member off the list: Adam Scott played Mr. Rooks! In a scene that reminded me of the cool, goes-his-own-way English teacher from My So-Called Life, Mr. Rooks led a spirited, hands-on lesson about the fall of the Roman Empire. It looked super fun! Who WOULDN'T fall for this teacher? The black silk sheets were pretty gross, but that's life sometimes.

Episode verdict: This was just a good episode of Veronica Mars. Lots of different conflicts, reversals, and reveals. Also, am I crazy or was there a straight-up rim job joke at one point? Is that even allowed?



Season 1, Episode 15: "Ruskie Business"


Case of the week: The main plotline of this episode was surprisingly tense: A Russian-accented femme-fatale type hired Keith Mars (but really Veronica, acting on his behalf) to track down a former flame. Veronica personally took on the case mostly on the strength of this woman's emotional speech about how much she'd loved the guy. Except, WHOOPS! It turned out she was in league with the Russian mob and they were merely looking to murder a member of the witness protection program! Fortunately the Marses caught on to the scheme and prevented this. In a parallel story, Veronica's bud Meg had a secret admirer and Veronica agreed to help her discover who it was. After enlisting a sketch artist to identify the guy who'd purchased Meg flowers, Veronica made a discovery that promised to make her friendship with Meg a bit more awkward:

Oh, but taking SOME of the sting off was the fact that Leo showed up to Veronica's dance and they kissed! Take THAT, Duncan.

The plot thickens: Continuing the previous week's thread that Logan's mom's credit cards had been used after her disappearance, Veronica and Logan staked out the hotel where they'd been used only to discover that Logan's mean actress sister had them. Finally, Veronica traced her own mother's whereabouts to a dive bar in Barstow only to discover that Clarence, the Kane security dude, had followed her there.

Don't I know you from somewhere?

Logan's sister was played by this lady. No idea who she is. Just kidding, it's good ol' Alyson Hannigan, star of My Step-Mother Is An Alien, and other things!

And Home Improvement's Zachery Ty Bryan was Meg's Red Herring love interest!

Episode verdict: I really liked this episode, particularly everything to do with the '80s dance (Spandau Ballet AND Cyndi Lauper??). And I COULD NOT believe they busted out a replica of the Pretty In Pink dress for Meg and THEN had the outrageous good sense to dress Duncan up like Duckie. And obviously Veronica's "Lucky Star" get-up was really something special. See, I love when this show can balance its various mysteries and intrigue with some good, old-fashioned teenage romantic shenanigans, and this episode did just that.



Season 1, Episode 16: "Betty and Veronica"


Case of the week: This week's throwaway subplot was pretty silly: Neptune High's live animal mascot, Polly the Parrot, was stolen right around the time Wallace was poised to become a sensation on the basketball court (because sure). So after Veronica went undercover at the rival high school as Betty, a ditzy transfer student, she eventually learned that the entire parrot abduction had been masterminded by just some jealous kid on Wallace's basketball team. And in a slightly less shocking turn of events, Veronica admitted that she'd been secretly baking Wallace snicker doodles because she hadn't quite gotten over her cheerleading years yet. Or something. I don't know, I'm still distracted by the idea of a 5-foot 4-inch man being a basketball star out of the blue.

The plot thickens: In a plotline that, strangely enough, played out in flashback form, we learned what happened to Veronica in Barstow the previous night. After reuniting with her mother Lianne (a very-far-gone alcoholic), Veronica cashed in her college fund in order to send Lianne to rehab. Before that, though, we learned that not even Lianne knows who Veronica's true father is. We also learned that Lianne was chillin' with Jake on the night of Lilly's murder, and that Lilly's mom Celeste didn't quite have the alibi she'd claimed. ALSO, in a creepy turn, Veronica discovered that Clarence had BUGGED her bedroom. So Veronica bugged his office right back and discovered that the imprisoned Abel Koontz was not only dying, but he had a living heir: a daughter!

Episode verdict: Okay so I got slightly bored with all the mascot stuff. After plotlines involving the Russian mob and serial killers, this story felt like children's programming. Still though, the mythology reveals were pretty great, even if the discovery of Abel Koontz's daughter WAS slightly far-fetched. Nobody had figured this out during the original investigation? It never came up in Veronica's magical P.I. search engine? And nobody had known about his health issues either? For such a high-profile case, all the journalists were real lazy about it. So yeah, I realize Veronica Mars had to dole out its clues throughout 22 episodes, but this episode in particular really made it feel like the wheels were being spun a bit. I'm not mad, I'm just restless. I want to know who did it! Right now I'm guessing Lilly's mom, but I suspect that's TOO obvious.


Guys, I liked these episodes a whole lot. Even more than the first eight, these really seemed to fly by! Not only are the stories getting tighter and more interesting, but Veronica herself just gets funnier. Her voiceover during the cult episode was the most I've laughed yet (and I usually HATE voiceovers). So it's pretty nice watching a show evolve into this fully formed thing right before my eyes. I'm admittedly still in that exciting stage before I know what's going on, so I still don't have a lot of basis for casting too much judgment on the season overall. But I'm pretty thrilled about all that I don't yet know. All I really ask of a TV show is that it surprise me, and this one just can't stop doing that. My addled brain thanks you, Veronica Mars!



QUESTIONS:

... Have you ever thought about joining a poinsettia-farming cult?

... Leo D'Amato or Schmidt?

... Who is the worst member of the Echolls family?



PREVIOUSLY: The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier, Episodes 1-8

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Who else wished Madison lost everything. Seriously she's like the root of every bad thing that happens on VM.
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Leo D'Amato all the way! I like schmidt and all but lets loose the douvhey-ocd tendencies and go with the really good guy!
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Ok Price. Now is the time to finish up Season 1. I have loved VM for years. I watched seasons 2 and 3 live and now I own all three seasons on DVD. I find it quirky, intelligent, well-written and poignant. It has been great reliving it all through your eyes. I loved Marco Colanti ever since he was on a previous show with Laura San Giacomo. It was great when she guested in season 3. I am a LoVe fan butit is interesting to watch you succumb to the show, the relationships, the characters and the world of Veronica Mars. Thanks for reminding me of why I love ( no pun intended) this show. :-)
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Such great writing--thanks! ...and in the comments? So much LoVe for the dearly, unjustly departed VeronicaMars! :( I was behind the times with this show and came to love it via Netflix. I now own all three seasons and daily pine away for some resolution and a #VeronicaMarsMovie! And see? I'm not alone--if you are on Twitter, join @NeptuneRising with their tweetathons as we plead with the WB to come to their senses when it comes to this show! Bring it on, now, sugars!
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I wish they would bring this back with the original actors or do a movie they left it with so many unanswered questions. This was such an amazing show.
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I think Kristen's voiceovers as Veronica Mars are the best that I have ever seen (or heard)...they really seem like we're eavesdropping into Veronica's train of thought...quite special, I think.



I enjoyed your 2nd installment on VM and reliving the show through a newbies eyes, but I could not disagree with you more on a few of your comments Price, and feel I must take you to task. All in good fun :)



Veronica and Keith have been abandoned by their respective social circles, him by the town that had elected him as sherriff, and Veronica by her closest friends. Both of which pale to the ultimate betrayal; his wife and her mother. From the scene in the pilot where they're cooking steaks on a hibachi at night outside their apartment, i immediately sensed that it was Veronica and her father against the world, or against Neptune at least. They are both wounded, and where I see a father and daughter who are circling the wagons and have each others backs, you seem to see something creepy and improper...we'll have to agree to disagree I suppose....



In regards to your critiscism of Keith's disapproval of Veronica's immersion into the detective realm, suspend disbelief and put yourself in Keith's shoes...he was tasked with the job of keeping Neptune and its people safe, something he obviously took very seriously. On his watch his daughter's best friend was murdered, and he suspects the killer was someone they possibly knew!! Did I forget to mention that Neptune has its very own serial killer? . I can understand why he doesn't want her to pursue a career in private investigation...It's amazing he lets Veronica drive alone at night!!



Look forward to your next installment Price, where you will know all...

Cheers,

Kevin
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I'm late here so I'll just say hi, how you guys doing, weather's not great, is it?, I love you Price Peterson and doodle your name in hearts-

Haha, just kidding.

The weather is fine.
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I miss the glory days of Veronica Mars on TV, it truly was a great show even though it sunk in quality over the years it aired (season 1 will always be my favorite season)..
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Well, finally!!!



I loved Max Greenfield since I saw him in VM. He was the reason I started to watch New Girl and definitely Leo was the cute one, Schmidt is too jerky for me.



The worst member of Echolls family is of course Aaron. Stupid jerk.



I totally love VM, the best series ever :) And well, you are almost there, you'll find out pretty soon who killed Lilly Kane.
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i can understand the weird factor w/keith. i like him, but i grew up w/o a daddy, so maybe i just think there's something nice about a close father/daughter relationship. and i don't know enough to know that real father/daughter relationships don't look like that.



i am picking up this vibe that you're not loving weevil and/or wallace as much as you should. true/false?
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I'm the same with Keith and Veronica. Also I kinda have that weird type of closeness with my mother so I sort of get their relationship.



Huge Weevil fan...so I think everyone should love Weevil just because.
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Oh no, can't keep them alive for more than 5 days tops. Although I try every year...



Leo!!!!!!! I really liked the scene at the school when he came and rescued Veronica. I liked it even more though when Veronica referred to herself as Manilla-Whore Barbie :)



Harry Hamlin, for sure
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Hurray, more recaps! Thank you, Price! I decided to watch the show only because of your recapping, and now I'm so glad I did it! VM is one of the beat shows I've ever seen! I've watched 1 season yet, but I've already fallen in love with it!



My personal favourites are V (of course!) and Logan, and I'm very glad that you changed your opinion about him. But I don't understand (as other viewers, I see) why you hate Keith, he's one of the best fathers on TV! I don't see anything creepy in their relationships, just pure love b/w father and daughter.



And you haven't said anything about Duncan yet, but I think he's insufferable basically))



Looking forward to your recapping so much! Thank you!



P.S. And don't forget about Teen Wolf, pls. You promised!))
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Duncan is a tool.
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agree. but a very annoying tool. i thought he was rather boring beforehand, but yesterday i started watching the 2nd season, and now i take my words back - he isn't just boring, he's the most irritative character on the show. ugh...
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lol agreed
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Right on, Price. I was wondering when you'd be able to get back around to the awesomeness that is Veronica Mars. The best is yet to come!
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Betty and Veronica has always been a personal favorite of mine actually.
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... No, until I saw "Hot in Cleveland"'s "Jehovah Witness" episode.

....Leo D'Amato.............holy, that is SCHMIDT!! I knew there was a reason I loved him. [SPOILER/hope........the break-up is a red-herring...CEEMIDT fan all the way!]

...TRINA of course!! Her mother's suicide is publicly being broadcast thru-out the WORLD and her only thought is to run up her CCs? No concern regarding Lil'bro or ANYONE else in town? What a B.
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I know that you mean about shows being SOOO predictable, these days! I, too, watch a TON of TV, and I can, usually, pick out the "baddies" or the plot twist(s) early on...It makes me feel like a good (Veronica Mars-esc) detective, but can get rather banal.

You make a really good point about "Veronica Mars", and it's great to see someone just discovering the show, and its inherent charm!!! In my opinion, "Veronica Mars" is the best TV show of all time!...I wish that it had not been cancelled!!!

Although, in a certain light, the relationship between V and her dad might seem "creepy", I, actually, think that it's one of the greatest father-daughter relationships that I've ever seen portrayed. You may be convinced of that when you reach the final episode of season one. I hope you'll weigh in on it, then.

Season 1 is incredible, and when I watched it when it was new, I actually made case files up about Lilly's murder, before the season finale aired. Season 2 is, also, captivating!...I hope that you'll enjoy that, as well! Season 3 was less wonderful than the previous two, but that is mostly because the stupid indefiniteness of its on-going status as a show pushed them to stick mostly to small mysteries that were few-episode arcs. The cancellation of "Veronica Mars" was attrocious!...It should have gone on for several more years!...It could have with the same integrity, heart, and charm. (It bothers me, BTW that it's being considered a "soap opera", now...It's SO NOT!) I SO badly want them to make the movie...So does KB, and like all of the cast! We need to support it...It would be great to see it come to fruition, and get a little more Veronica to enjoy!!!

~*Kristin Star*
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I've been having a bad night, so I want to thank you for cheering me up (that was completely your intention, right?)
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THANK YOU for finally posting this second installment. I was waiting for this so I could read your comments! (even though I've watched the series, 3x over, at least). Your mind is gonna be blown in the finale, that's all I can say. Hell, I came across a summary of it by accident, and when I had watched it, I was STILL shocked. Yes, it's that good. God we need a VM movie!
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I was waiting for this second installment so much!! Your first dossier made me crave for a VMars fix, and I started re-watching the series for the gazillionth time. I have a girl crush on Kristen Bell, and it's all thanks to Veronica Mars. Her comedic timing is perfect, and she kills the dramatic scenes as well. Plus, she had a sloth-related breakdown that was awesome!



Let me warn you that for the next episodes of the season, you're in for a ride. You said that the show is always ahead of you, and you're absolutely right. There are plenty of twists and turns ahead, and you'll be blaming almost everyone on the show for killing Lilly and you'll never be right.

In "Lord of the Bling", it was definitely wonderfully meta to use the lines "We used to be friends. A long time ago", and it is definitely one of the lines I remember the most.

As regards Duncan's medication, he was both on antidepressants AND epilepsy-pills. In his counselling session, he makes it clear that he has dropped the antidepressants, not "the usual stand-byes" (the counsellor was aware of his condition, apparently).

Definitely "Betty and Veronica" is one of the weakest episodes of this season, at least when it comes to case-of-the-week scenario.

I'm glad you came around about Logan, it happened to us all! His character development was one of the greatest achievements of the series.

I'm still hoping you'll learn to love Keith Mars. I can totally understand why he worries so much about Veronica's sleuth nature, and it was pretty clear in "Silence of the Lamb" where we saw him as simply a worried parent: nevermind the case, he HAD to make sure Veronica was ok. Veronica's curious antics get her into really dangerous situations, and this will become a recurrent theme throughout the series.

1) I've never thought about joining a poinsettia-farming cult. Maybe if they were growing jazmins...

2) Now I'd have to say Schmidt. It's really weird for me because whereas everyone says "Look! It's Schmidt on Veronica Mars", I said: "Look! It's Leo!" when I started watching New Girl.

3) Definitely, Aaron Echolls is the worst. I mean, remember the scene with Logan choosing a belt for his father to beat him up? That was just heartbreaking.

Sorry for my rant! It's proportional to my love for this show!

Looking forward to the next dossier!
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one of the main reasons I even watched New Girl, believe it or not, was because of max greenfield on veronica mars. sooo my vote would go to Leo D'Amato. Ummm Aaron Echolls bar none.
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One of the best shows ever! Wish it had continued!!
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So glad to read your second installment of the VM dossier! Started watching the show after your first review and now am halfway through season 3. Honestly has become one if my favorite shows and I know I am going to be devastated when I get to the end. Also, I finally get the whole Kristin Bell obsession, girlfriend is the best
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Woohoo! I was really looking forward to reading this! :) Glad you're enjoying VM!



And I really need to thank you, Price, because after you posted the first part I went and did a full Veronica Mars rewatch (too much free time on my hands, I know) and I can't believe I had forgotten how awesome this show is! Will be waiting for part 3! ;)
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OMG its Schimdt!
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Did every future popular actor/actress have a guest role in this? .-.
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i kind of want to watch this show but it doesnt appear to be on netflix instant. lame.
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sad thing is it used to. I think Netflix lost the rights to it. :(

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1. not as of late..

2. i love them both but i have to go with Schmidty

3. Aaron for suree



i still havent brought my self to finish the third season because i cant accept the fact that its over :(
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- I totally would...but I'm told I'm not much of a people person. That whole cult thing leaves little room for me to pretend that I'm an individual.



-D'Amato...It's the Mediterrenean thing.



- Everyone who isn't Logan. Glad you're coming around to the Logan side of things...he's an ass but a lovable ass. I'm going with Papa Echolls. He's quite despicable.



That was a stronger batch and it was totally when things started speeding up and getting more interesting. Also I believe it had more Weevil and I frickin loved Weevil. Ahhh Weevil. Weevil love you long time... And Blue loves you Weevil...yes she does.



I loved that this show shoud have been boring because really? How many times could some random hs student who didn't give two craps about V come up and ask for help? It should have been boring but it never was. Not once. Never got tiresome. Not too many can pull off such a straightforward and simple format like that and make it interesting. I mean I watched this show in it's entirety when it was actually airing on that station that shan't be named...but I've been watching it all over again on Soapnet and it's like seeing it for the first time. The twists and turns still make me gasp. But buckle your seatbelt Price...because it only gets better and more complex and more WTF? than ever!



I love the revolving door of people who ended up in something else. It's literally in every single episode. Which is frickin awesome.



The cult thing was warped...because when is there ever a good cult? I mean if they aren't drinking the kool aid now they will be....but the teacher thing just creeped me out. We've all had that one cool teacher and...yeah that's just disturbing.
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D'Amato is a kickass name. I would marry someone just to obtain it. Mallory D'Amato has a nice ring to it. Now where is my own deputy Leo?!
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Tell me about it!
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Hahaha, I LOVED this show, way back when :D

It is great. The first season is almost definitely my favourite. Enjoy
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you totally skipped over half of the plot of "Betty and Veronica"

veronica goes undercover to infiltrate a rival high school!!

I feel like it was a great moment when she defended the school that had done so much to hurt her but was still her place
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Yes, now I remember...I thought it was so funny seeing her in a different school..
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Awww yay! Been waiting so long for this post. These recaps are really making me want to rewatch VM. Think I will in the summer when I'm unemployed and no longer a student. So glad you are starting to like the series more, and warming to Logan. He's the best!!
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Love this show so much. Season 1 episodes have been airing on soapnet and I've got em all recorded. LOVE IT!

1. I've thought more about a marijuana farming cult than poinsettia's. JK

2. hotness factor - Leo....humor factor -Schmidt.

3. TBA
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I did love Deputy Leo but now that Schmidt is in my life, it just feels right. :)



There are a few episodes here and there where the case of the week subplot can be a bit boring but the characterization and advancement that is in every episode makes up for it.



Things will pick up from here. So there isn't that feeling of the wheels spinning from here on out. My personal opinion on why it seems like certain things weren't investigated and all of that is because it is so easy to buy people off in that town. So you could easily make sure that certain things weren't looked at or people just looked the other way.
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you know it's strange because I remember thinking Deputy Leo was freaking gorgeous and I did not even connect that it was the same actor who plays Schmidt until re-watching old vm episodes. I do not find him hot at all on New Girl although I adore his character.
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Yes! I was waiting for this :)

- How are you still not sold on Keith?! He's my favorite TV father! He's proud of Veronica for being great at solving cases, but she's only a teenager, he doesn't want her to get hurt as sometimes the cases can turn out to be dangerous.

- For me Chris William is best known for playing Greg on Felicity :) (poor uncle Zach though)

- Of course Duncan and Logan wear matching underwear, their bromance requires it!

- I love hearing Kristen Bell sing, she has an incredible voice. If you want to see her sing some more (and do hilarious comedy) you should watch Reefer Madness, it's awesome.

- Short people can be great basketball players too (Allen Iverson)

- I loved Leo first but Schmidt is so awesome!

Can't wait for your next reviews! And to think, you haven't even seen the best yet!
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Ooooh, you're gonna be so surprised when it's finally revealed who did it, trust me! I'm like you, watching so many shows you usually already know the outcome. But Veronica Mars - if you haven't seen it yet or not recently - keeps you guessing, which is so refreshing! I like reading your recaps and absolutely love how into this show you are, because that's just completely justified: VM was really ass-kickin' good ;-)
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Apart from the worst member of Echolls family I think I have changed my mind a couple of times about every character in VM. For example as you can see Logan was really annoying and now is starting to be likeable, and someone else like Duncan started to be likeable and is becoming annoying...That's one of the many wonderful things about V: you cannot be sure about anyone...Except Veronica. She is the best!
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Even a hint of a spoiler is no fun.
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Every time I read your recap I have to restrain myself from watching VM over and over again. There are so many twist and unexpected turn....and they keep coming, and all of them are some way believable...So when you find out, you are totally shocked but you don't think that they made it up few minutes before shooting...I don't know if I can explain myself...by the way, I love Kristen Bell so much...and the karaoke scene in one of my favourite...

The cult episode still traumatize me. I found it so sad that that guy that was so nice ended up being brainwashed into a jerk. Sad.
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I agree especially with your opening paragraph. I hate not being surprised by tv anymore. The worst is watching cop shows or csi types and knowing who the killer is before I even know the plot because of a familiar name in the guest stars. Oh, Ray Wise or Currie Graham is in this episode. Well, now we all know whodunnit
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Schmidt is so much better than Leo even though I love him too. And pretty much the entire Echolls family is awful except for Logan that is as you are begining to see!
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also, dont give up on Logan
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Do you know that I'm rewatching this show because of you? When I read your first post about this, I got all nostalgic, a rewatch was mandatory.

Looking forward to your next post. The best is yet to come...
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Shhh, torque_smacky! Even that is too revealing... ;) I loved, and still love, Veronica Mars. So happy you're watching it Price!
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Man, that was an awesome show. One of a handfull of shows (mostly consisting of miniseries) I can enjoy rewatching.



Still hoping for that movie.
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-I am a member of 17 poinsettia-farming cults. I was inspired by this episode. Really, I was less nervous about the "pro-cult" views of the episode, because they did scare us enough, and it's not like it said that "all cults are awesome" but more "this one just happened to not be totally skeevy".

-Leo D'Amato baby. I just like him as the police deputy better. But Schmidt is pretty awesome, too.

-A leading question, so I'll just take this chance to say that I think it's awesome to see Hannigan playing a character that's kind of witchy because that is so not her usual take.



Man I keep forgetting how many awesome stars this show had. Forgot about Aaron Paul, too. And we get another Buffy alum in the 2nd season. As for the "we used to be friends, a long time ago" moment., that is CLASSIC VM. Part of what makes this show so great is the humour (and Bell's RIDICULOUS talent acting). I'm glad you're getting more behind Logan's character, but just wait, his character isn't done changing yet. More good stuff. As for Keith, I see it more as he wants more for his obviously intelligent daughter than living in this town. She is good at the detective stuff, but she's also a teenage girl, and this town has already proved that it's dangerous, and, while she seems to be able to handle herself, she IS his daughter, and a daddy will NEVER stop worrying about protecting his daughter. NEVER.



Glad that you're loving this show even more now, Price. You shall not be disappointed with the season 1 ending, and as great as this season is, season 2 is a rocket start to finish (the season 2 finale is probably one of my favourite episodes of TV ever).
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Hey...I thought that was you I seen! I was standing by the blue poinsettias! It's okay if you didn't see me...I'm kind of Kristen Bell tiny and I was looking for my guitar for a rousing kumbaya performance.



It was a classic VM moment...they had so many. I miss how risque this show was allowed to be. I mean they slipped in some pretty questionable lines and got away with it. That alone got my immense respect and gratitude. I loves my wit.
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Another show that had some pretty adult lines in a kids' show: "Animaniacs". Zany, hiliarious, and at times could get some really nice adult jokes in there.



And I shall definitely keep an eye out for you in the future. :)
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You're right! : )
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I know who the worst member is, but it's a big spoiler. So everybody shut up, for his sake.
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