The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 17-19

Has there ever been a TV high school that looked LESS fun to attend than Neptune High? Usually with teen shows there's a huge element of wish fulfillment: 90210, The O.C., Gossip Girl. Sure, those characters have led effed-up lives, but at least they live in cool houses and have fully catered lunch periods. Even teen thrillers tend to traffic in wish fulfillment: On The Vampire Diaries half the characters get super laid all the time and the other half are superheroes (basically). But at Neptune it's all just oppressive sunlight, class warfare, and the most brutal gossip mill since Victorian England. It's definitely something that sets Veronica Mars apart from your typical teen dramas: It's one of the few shows that makes us as antsy for the characters to graduate high school as WE were antsy to graduate in real life. There is a better world out there, everybody! (Theoretically. Probably not at Hearst College.)

Only six episodes left to go in Season 2. I watched three of them, so let's start this underwater waking dream!



Season 2, Episode 17: "Plan B"


Case of the week: Because the actual case of the week was directly related to the season-long mythology plotline, let's go with one of the smaller subplots: While helping out around Woody Goodman's office, Logan discovered an anonymously mailed DVD of camcorder footage filmed inside Goodman's home as he ate dinner. (Shades of Lost Highway!) Although the situation was just short of nightmarish, Goodman mysteriously swept it under the rug by suggesting a disgruntled gardener must've sent it. Keith, who Goodman had hired to clear Terrence Cook's name, was perplexed by Goodman's weird behavior. (Okay, I know this is leading to something major, but still. There were no actual cases of the week in this episode!)

The plot thickens: The primary story served to close out one of the season's most outstanding mysteries: Who killed Felix? Weevil already suspected Thumper was behind the murder somehow but needed Veronica to help him confirm it. First they cornered Molly, Felix's star-cross'd lover, and got her to wear a wire while confronting her sleazy Fitzpatrick family members. They heavily implied that they had been involved in Felix's murder mostly due to garden-variety hate-crimin'. But further confirmation arrived after Veronica convinced the original 911-caller's wife to pressure her husband to come forward and identify the assailant: None other than Thumper!

But after Sheriff Lamb decided not to pursue this lead (admittedly, some of Veronica's methods of ascertaining this information were less-than-legal), Weevil took it upon himself to deal with Thumper instead. During one of Thumper's routine confession-booth drug runs, Weevil stole his cash and then stashed it in Thumper's car, thus framing him for ripping off the Fitzgeralds. The last we saw of Thumper, he'd been tied up in the bathroom of Sharks Stadium just before essay-winner Logan demolished it with explosives. R.I.P. Thumper!

As for the bus crash plotline, the main thing we learned was that shortly after the crash, Weevil had received an anonymous tip that the mechanic dude (who later washed up on shore) had caused it, but Weevil "saved his life" by beating him within an inch of his life so that the rest of his gang wouldn't outright murder him. Very thoughtful!

Meanwhile things weren't exactly rosy in the Neptune High romance department. First Mac and Beaver split up after Mac kept wondering why Beaver hadn't put any moves on her. Then Wallace and his girlfriend split up after he'd mouth-attacked Jackie in the parking lot following Sadie Hawkins. But on the bright side, Jackie's redemption arc continued as she decided to take a developmentally disabled student to the dance AND THEN declined Wallace's advances. Maybe she wasn't as awful as she'd seemed!

Don't I know you from somewhere?

The parade of Top Model cameos continued when contestant Furonda Brasfield appeared as Woody Goodman's assistant.

Episode verdict: I don't know about you, but I was really ready to be finished with the Felix-stabbing plotline, so this episode was deeply satisfying. Not only was it tense and nicely paced, it also showed a much darker side of Weevil (in that he's capable of revenge-killing), and Thumper's ultimate cause of death was pretty epic. Also I was glad to see the Woody Woodman stuff coming back into play again. It might just be Felix/bus crash exhaustion, but I'm definitely ready for a fresh set of mysteries for Veronica to solve.



Season 2, Episode 18: "I Am God"


Case of the week: Again, the supposed 'case of the week' directly tied into the overarching season storylines, but a few seemingly unrelated tidbits did dribble through. The first was that Keith successfully uncovered a corrupt doctor who'd been diagnosing privileged students with "generalized anxiety disorder." The primary beneficiary of this bogus disability had been a goody-goody overachiever who'd overtaken Veronica in the GPA race toward that Kane Scholarship (which, oh yeah, would come in handy since Veronica GOT INTO STANFORD.) Meanwhile in a plotline that wasn't so much mysterious as it was charming: Logan and Wallace bonded! After being paired up in a physics project to create a protective egg drop mechanism, the two shared dialogue for possibly the first time since the pilot! Very momentous.

The plot thickens: The primary thrust of the episode was that suddenly Veronica was so deeply haunted by the bus crash that she began to have waking dreams about the victims, envisioning herself on an alternating airborne-or-underwater bus and openly discussing the case with their ghosts. It was a nice opportunity to see Meg again, but also it turned out that the victims were pretty good detectives! The gay student alluded to the fact that he was about to out a major player in Neptune (which Veronica erroneously assumed had been the sweater vest wearing physics teacher), and the student who'd left a series of voicemails for her friend DURING the crash was revealed to be a slightly crazy girl with a fixation on getting Dick Casablancas to knock her up. So, you know, more motives. But the most interesting tidbit was from the dead PCH-er who pointed out that the bus bomb would've had to have been detonated at exactly the right time for it to have plunged into the ocean and therefore whoever detonated the bomb must've had eyes on the bus when it happened.

But more disparate nuggets came to the fore: Apparently Meg had some kind of relationship with the school janitor, who in turn may or may not have been involved in burning down the community pool? Also the gabby cell phone victim's family was somehow paid off by the burger restaurant owned by Woody Goodman for the bogus-seeming reason of a tainted cheeseburger. Meanwhile the dead PCH-er had run aground of the Fitzpatricks. And the biggest reveal: Kendall Casablancas had been named the beneficiary of an insurance policy which would have awarded her a fortune if both Dick and Beaver ever died. So, you know, an AVALANCHE of motives were unveiled in this episode. It was almost as if actual detectives should've been looking into all of this rather than just a sassy teenage girl!

Don't I know you from somewhere?

Hey, it's Vicki from The Vampire Diaries! Kayla Ewell played Angie, Veronica's primary competition for the Kane Scholarship.

Episode verdict: Man, I just could not get enough of the dream-flashbacks in which Veronica talked to the dead students. So beautiful and well-done. On the other hand, my poor brain is starting to have a hard time keeping all the facts straight. Still though, I like where this is all headed; even though I was accidentally spoiled on WHO was behind the bus crash, I still don't know the WHY of it, so I'm getting way more excited about finding out.



Season 2, Episode 19: "Nevermind the Buttocks"


Case of the week: This case of the week was much more separate from the main storyline—at first. (I guess it's a little late in the season for complete one-offs.) When a student approached Veronica for help finding the green sports car that ran over his dog, she managed to find the only one in town; it was owned by a blind old woman. But! Not just any blind old woman: the grandmother of one of the Fitzpatricks. And oh yeah, someone else witnessed the same distinctive car on the road around the time of the bus crash. In the end, though Veronica did indeed uncover who was responsible for the death her classmate's dog (Liam Fitzpatrick—he did it to torment the guy's younger brother), she hid the information from him so that he wouldn't go out and cause any more problems with his bow and arrow:

The plot thickens: Speaking of the Fitzpatricks, they were front-and-center in this episode when Veronica and Keith uncovered a startling connection between the family and Kendall Casablancas. For one thing, Kendall had a MUCH shadier past than anyone thought. She was using the identity of a girl who'd died in a car crash Kendall had been a part of. Also Kendall had spent some time in prison, having taken the fall for a Fitzpatrick-related crime (which meant she was owed a favor.) AND she had a secret home in the '09 district. Meanwhile Logan confirmed that she'd been by herself at the time of the bus crash, which, when coupled with the insurance policy taken out on her step-sons, made Kendall the current #1 suspect in the bus crash massacre.

Elsewhere, we finally got the pay-off from that wooden paddle Veronica Xeroxed back at the Winter Carnival. It did indeed have carvings of the license plate numbers of customers that Thumper had been dealing drugs to, and Weevil used this information as leverage to get Liam Fitzpatrick to leave the PCH gang alone.

Most surprising of all, however, was the sudden resurrection of the Lily Kane murder case: The original murder weapon (a poolside ashtray) was suddenly in question after one of Aaron Echolls' Oscars was found buried in Duncan's back yard with some of Duncan's hair on it. Because what? Why would the killer's hair be on it? Anyway, it's probably the same hair that Aaron asked Kendall to retrieve from Duncan's shower. Who knows. But still: This plotline was back on!

Don't I know you from somewhere?

I recognized the hunter kid's younger brother: Matt Bush from Adventureland and Glory Daze. He was funny in those things, but somewhat less funny here when he was tied up and severely beaten by the Fitzpatricks. Oh well.

Episode verdict: I don't know how I feel about the Lily Kane case getting reopened like this, but I still really enjoyed all the Kendall stuff. Part of it is due to how appealing Charisma Carpenter is, but I really appreciate how the different Neptune factions have started to come together in an understandable way. Everything is related! Great episode.


All right, this is it: Only three episodes to go! I'm guessing a lot of answers are heading our way and I for one can't wait to gobble 'em up. Just gobble 'em right up!


QUESTIONS:

... Do we like Jackie now?

... Is it a little TOO obvious that Beaver is a series regular but hasn't really had an important-seeming storyline yet?

... How on earth does Veronica have the time to maintain a perfect GPA?

... Did YOUR egg break when you did the egg drop assignment in your school?


PREVIOUSLY:
The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 1-8
The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 9-16
The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 17-22
The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 1-4
The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 5-8
The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 9-12
The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 13-16

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Sorry the ending got spoiled for you I was really enjoying reading your dossier as you tried to put it together, it is still a great ending regardless and there's much for you to still work out so hurry on already :-).

1- I never warmed up to Jackie i'm a first impressions person so haven't gotten over the rudeness of her in Java the Hutt she just becomes slightly more bearable.

2- Dick doesn't exactly have much to do either he was a 09'r lackey for season 1 really and I never really thought of Jackie as a series regular either (that's the first impression talking). plus with the last episode of season 1 being called "Leave it to Beaver" pretty much made it clear he was going to be around a bit.

3- the girl can multitask...and with Duncan gone she has a bit more free time on her hands



The fact we are still discussing a three season show that ended in 2007 is a testament to how great it really was and leaves me as annoyed as i was 5 years ago when CW cancelled it.

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And avoid the comment area because some idiot might spoil you again!!
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SO excited for you to see the remaining episodes Price!

1. Yes, we like Jackie!

2. I don't think it is, as other series regulars haven't had major storylines (ie. Dick)

3. Veronica is f-ing superwoman, that's how.

4. Never did the egg assignment! Ha, Canadian high school physics!
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1. No. And I have a feeling that I never will. That mean biatch...

2. No, not really. Dick's also a series regular and he hasn't has an important storyline involving him yet.

3. I don't know. Maybe it's because she can mulittask and works well under pressure? But one thing I do know is that she's super smart. So that might be one of the factors.

4. No. It's funny that this came up since I did an experiment like this a few weeks ago in Science class.



You're nearly there, Price. Just a few more eps until you reach the end where I guarantee that you'll see one of the best eps of any show ever. And I'm saying this even though I'm much more of a bigger fan of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle (RIP) and Supernatural than Veronica Mars! It's just so good...

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You know Price, I also unknowingly spoiled this season's resolution for myself by researching the show, but I still enjoyed the last couple of episodes and you will too- it's such a ride!

1. This is about as much as you're going to like her, and if you're like me, the way they resolve her storyline will make you hate her and the people who wrote her character all over again.

2. Well.....sure. Same can be said of brother Dick.

3. She has superpowers. Or she cheats. And never sleeps.

4. We didn't do that at my school, but we did have to carry the egg around and be its "parent", so it's sort of a mash up of the creepy plastic baby episode and this one!

Next episode is EPIC! A whole new definition of that word that I will carry with me forever.
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Quick Question: What happened to Backup? Did I forget some subplot somewhere, or does Veronica just mysteriously not have a dog anymore??



Also, this bit of season 2 is SO GOOD. I really think that the first time I watched all three seasons of VM on a 54 hour caffeine bender, maybe I missed some of the finer details? Like I remember it being awesome, and I sorta remember the major players involved in the bus crash, but I have honestly forgotten the exact specifics of how things go down. That does make reading the comments weird, I am simultaneously in the "remember how cool this was" camp and the "OMG, what's going to happen?!?" camp.



Price, if you're reading comments (watch out for spoilers, dude), I completely understand the "Felix/bus crash exhaustion."
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Backup miraculously reappears late in season 3 i think Keith uses him as a reason to call over to mindy o'dells house otherwise he's such a well behaved dog in a tiny apartment that we never see him...
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Correction, Backup mysteriously reappears in 3x01. (Finished out my mini-marathon of the end of S02 and had to roll right into S03.) I still maintain that it's weird we only see him/it occasionally. You'd think he was a parent on a supernatural teen show, or something.
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I hate that you've been spoiled Price, but I think you're going to find the season finale to be one of the BEST episodes Veronica Mars has ever done. It was just that good!



Now watch them quickly before you get spoiled anymore. Actually, you should just avoid the comment areas when doing these things.
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1. No not now not ever.

2. He's not the only useless new addition to the cast.

3. She's super smart and she never sleeps.

4. I can't remember, I know I did it, but I don't remember how it went.
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1) Not ever, really.

2) That's unfair! You're cheating, my friend. You've only noticed this because you've been spoiled, but if you hadn't then you could probably say the same about Dick, who doesn't even get a girlfriend or any kind of personal stories, or Jackie.

3) I've heard that question before, I believe it's difficult but not impossible.

4) Never had such an assignment.

I'm glad to see you're enjoying the last episodes of the season greatly, even though you already know who the killer is (bummer!). About the reopening of the Lilly Kane case, please bear in mind that Aaron hasn't been tried yet.

You're already more than half through the entire show's run, and it makes me a little sad that there's no more of it. Here's to hoping that Netflix will follow the Arrested Development route and give us more Miss Mars!
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The Fitzpatricks you mean, not the Fitzgeralds. ;-)
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I never liked or hated Jackie. She was always just kind of there for me. In her nicer moments I probably appreciated her a bit more but for the most part, she was just kind of there.
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- She was more tolerable. Like is a whole other thing. She had such a strong first impression that couldn't be shaken off regardless of how sweet she may or may not have ended up being.

- Yeah, I'd say. At the time when I was watching it...I just couldn't wrap my head around him having this bump in his role w/o actually having much screentime or significance. I never was interested in the guy.

- When you're good, you're good. Those teens on supernatural shows need to take note of that. Ultimate badass teen...one who balances the crazy and the life threatening while still maintaining a perfect G.P.A and attending school regularly.

- Never had to.
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I think the reason you feel that Beaver is too obvious is because you've been spoiled. Which is really a shame, by the way.
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I thought I could re-watch VM & enjoy Price's recaps... But as we get close to the 3rd season I am again outraged at VM's cancellation that left everything unresolved... Even the 2nd season finale provided more closure... So annoying... Especially that VM would probably have deserved a final mini-season just like Chuck got and Fringe is getting...



Anyway as for the questions....

- Jackie was always too irritating in addition to mean so yeah a little bit less mean now but just as annoying...

- As for Beaver, yeah he's clearly a little weird... But this is high school... who wasn't a bit weird... I never suspected anything...

- Veronica is VERY smart... and most of the Neptune lot are pretty unintelligent and/or busy doing stupid things...
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I just finished a marathon of the three seasons, its a yearly thing and every single time it leaves my wanting to smack a few heads over at CW. The ending is so unresolved especially after 'that look' (you know the one) urgh so frustrating. I would have loved it to get even a half season a la Chuck (which was sad but satisfying) it deserved it after two amazing seasons and a third that by other tv standards was still pretty great but clearly suffered from not knowing its fate and the 2 eps less.
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I feel your pain. I keep thinking back to how it all ended and I just cannot understand the cancellation.
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I totally agree the last 2 episodes are the best of the season, both in the mystery department and the LoVe relationship department. Jackie is and will always be awful and Beaver was always a little off.
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-Yeah.... no we never like Jackie. She's just irritating. Sure, she has qualities that slightly redeem her, but we don't like her.

-Maybe, but I thought it was well done. A consistent character who doesn't overwhelm but who is present just enough for it to not occur to you.

-She's super smart? Also, she is shown as never having a second of free time, so I can forgive that.

-Nope. I did it up right, A on that one.
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Man best episodes are heading your way, season 2 finale is my favourite episode! I too loved the dream-like sequence episode where Veronica was talking to her dead classmates.



1. No we never like Jackie.

2. Hahahaha yeah well I didn't see the ending coming when I first watched it like it was spoilt for you, but I still sense you'll be very surprised despite whatever you know.

3. She is brilliant. Amazing. Sass & Smarts that girl!

4. I don't remember....I don't even remember if we had to drop an egg in class.....



3 episodes to go, maaan watch them now price!!! Then re-watch the finale cos it is JUST THAT GOOD.
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First off, PLEASE STOP SPOILING THINGS FOR PRICE OKAY.



1. She has good moments, but yeah, no.

2. I didn't think it would lead up to him being THAT important, but I was wondering why he hadn't been a key character until the end.

3. Idk, she must have an IQ of 200 and has managed to find a way to get 32 hours into a normal 24 hour day.

4. Nope. And it's not actually that hard, why this was a big high school project I have no idea.
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Ha, it was my own fault. I was looking up the character bios for Season 2 and for Kyle Gallner it said something like "Cassidy Casablancas, mass murderer..." and I was like, aw man.
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