Veronica Mars

Season 2 Episode 8

Ahoy, Mateys!

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2005 on UPN
9.2
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    The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 5-8

    This next batch of episodes fleshed out the bigger plots while integrating cases of the week much more organically than before. They were real good, basically.

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    Veronica helps Keith determine who is haunting a school bus crash victim's parents, currently embroiled in a suit against the school district for negligence. Meanwhile, after Logan asks for help fighting the murder charge against him, Veronica stumbles into a dangerous situation with the local Irish mob. Later, Weevil's leadership of the P.C.H. Bike Club Boyz is put into question.moreless

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    • Step Down From Previous Episodes

      9.0
      Veronica helps Keith determine who is haunting a school bus crash victim's parents, currently embroiled in a suit against the school district for negligence.

      Meanwhile, after Logan asks for help fighting the murder charge against him, Veronica stumbles into a dangerous situation with the local Irish mob. Later, Weevil's leadership of the P.C.H. Bike Club Boyz is put into question.



      Duncan is beginning to have nightmares about his now dead girlfriend, Meg. He opens the letter at the end of the episode but there is not indication on if we will discover what the letter says anytime soon or not. This episode was a step back from the past couple of episodes, but still a fun episode to watch nonetheless. The bus storyline is now coming into play in little pieces. Nothing as far as who caused the crash, but in this episode we deal with some family members who lost a son in the crash. It's not pointing us in the direction of who caused it, but it's still keeping the bus crash fresh in our memory - very un-season one like which is something that I am a fan of.



      Something I am not a fan of is the lack of following up on some storylines. At the end of the last episode we left Lamb outside of a house waiting for something - but no mention of him at all in this episode. Two episodes we got Veronica Mars paired up with the main man over at Kane Software, but nothing has been said about the dead girl or the boyfriend who he went to find in Las Vagas. It was an enjoyable episodes with usual Veronica Mars drama, but I think a step down from the two that came before it.moreless
    • Ahoy Mateys!

      8.5
      Okay -- this is probably the first time in season 2 that the episodic case wasn't really related to the overall storyline. But still, it had enough surprises to keep me entertained, but unlike most other S2 episodes, it didn't particularly make me care for it.



      However, there were many other nuggets in this episode that simply pumped up the score - and the excitement level.



      The screentime distrubition between Logan and Duncan turned around in this episode, Duncan only got 2 scenes - 2 dream sequences. They were fantastic though, the guilt Duncan's feeling is eating him up and thus neglecting Veronica.



      Now my favourite part: the beginning. Veronica finding her way into the Fitzpatrick nest was a brilliant scene with Logan coming to the rescue. The guy has style.. Eli's biker gang is definitely falling apart, as it seems he has some members doing their own business. Also - them kidnapping Logan... heh... Maybe wasn't the smartest move, Logan might have chickened out seeing the gun(Great performance by Jason Dohring, btw!) but surely he has some tricks up his sleeve.



      Okay, the whole pirate radio thing was rather funny, especially that the radio is broadcasting from the principal's basement. Veronica quickly setting up Mac as Vincent's lover -- priceless scene.



      The "meh" part was Keith and the family,I felt that other storylines might have deserved more screentime, but besides that, another excellent episode, just didn't have the depth of the previous few.moreless
    • Veronica and Keith investigate the bus crash further by solving the "case of the episode" where the Oliveras'family (who lost their son in the crash) is being tortured by someone. But that isn't all that happens in this episode...moreless

      9.1
      The Oliveras family, one of the many families who lost a child in the bus crash, is trying to find who has been torturing them by leaving tiny busses behind and other forms of reminding them about their sons death. Turns out it was an admirer of the son who was mad at the parents for making him reject his homosexuality. Weevil is also trying to solve his own case of Felix's death by kidnapping Logan and asking him questions, only to play Russian Roulette as Logan screams that he doesn't know anything. A very chilling scene I might add, everytime I watch this episode I cringe when the masked man pulls the trigger, even though nothing happens. Once the torturing is over, Logan is thrown down a small hill, only to reveal he is holding the phone used to call the man asking the questions of him, he hits redial, and discovers its Weevil, in which case he threatens him. Even this episode has its drama that the show is known for, the humor is there as well. As Veronica tries to find out more regarding Carlos Oliveras, her and Mac stumble upon Vice Principle Clemmons front porch only to discover that Carlos was on a Neptune Radio show that made fun of all the students with Clemmons' son Vincent "Butters." Duncan also dives in further into Meg's stuff and decides to open a letter left for him by her. The Episode ends with Duncan holding the letter saying "Oh MY GOD!" hmm i think I know what that says!moreless
    • Veronica helps Keith determine who is haunting a school bus crash victim's parents. Logan asks for help fighting the murder charge against him, Veronica stumbles into a dangerous situation with the local Irish mob.moreless

      8.4
      Veronica helps Keith determine who is haunting a school bus crash victim's parents, currently embroiled in a suit against the school district for negligence.



      Meanwhile, after Logan asks for help fighting the murder charge against him, Veronica stumbles into a dangerous situation with the local Irish mob. Later, Weevil's leadership of the P.C.H. Bike Club Boyz is put into question.
    • I can't get enough of that Logan and the weird sense of humor that he brings to every episode.

      9.6
      Logan's scene in the bar where he saves Veronica is classic. Not only does he save her but he does it in his usual comical way. He walks into the bar and jokes about his ankle bracelet and how the police could find the bar by tracing it. I know that his is supposed to be the jerk but it is his brave but stupid move in this episode that makes his character so lovable. Also Veronica's emotional outburst about Logan carrying a gun and how it was so stupid help to fortify that their definitely is still a strong connection between the two no matter how much she may or may not love Duncan.moreless
    David Barrera

    David Barrera

    Carlos Oliveres

    Guest Star

    John Bennett Perry

    John Bennett Perry

    Principal Alan Moorehead

    Guest Star

    Annie Campbell

    Annie Campbell

    Molly Fitzpatrick

    Guest Star

    Alona Tal

    Alona Tal

    Meg Manning

    Recurring Role

    Brad Bufanda

    Brad Bufanda

    Felix

    Recurring Role

    Duane Daniels

    Duane Daniels

    Van Clemmons

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When Keith is staking out the house and the neighbor comes in, he appears to turn off and then re-set the alarm. Note the green light, which usually signals a set alarm. However, when the neighbor leaves, the alarm doesn't sound.

      • When Veronica receives the e-mail, a previous e-mail from her father can be seen in her computer. This is what it says:
        From: Keith Mars
        Subject: Pick up food for Backup
        Date: November 19, 2005 3:26:32 pm
        To: Veronica Mars
        Hey sweetheart,
        I managed to forget some things at the store. Can you get Backup's food, some orange juice and call and let me know if you'll be home for some famous Mars-Mistery-Meatloaf, I promise not to use those onions you hate. Oh, and it won't be "well done", unless requested of course.
        Love,
        Dad

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Mac: You've got a plan, right?
        Veronica: Ish.

      • Veronica: A gun, Logan?! A GUN? What are you doing with a gun? You're gonna get yourself killed. Don't you understand that?
        Logan: Look, it's... look, it's not even loaded.
        Veronica: Oh, I feel so much better.

      • Veronica: Did Duncan go to bed?
        Logan: Yes. And he wanted me to tell you to give me your undivided attention. Pretend for a moment that your dog's life is at stake.

      • Veronica: Sometimes a cigar store is just a cigar store.
        Logan: I'll remember to be quippy when you're looking at twenty to life.
        Veronica: Oh, you're being a jackass. Must be an even-numbered day. I do so prefer the odd-numbered days when you're kissing my ass for a favor.
        Logan: You find out why this plastic surgeon is trying to get me sent away for killing Felix and I will make sure that all even-numbered days are removed from the calendar.

      • Logan: Hey, if you could exonerate me sometime soon that'd be great. I really don't want bottom bunk in Fisty McRapesalot's cell.
        Veronica: If you want a top, I'm sure it's negotiable.
        Logan: Help me Mars-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.

      • (After being bashed up, Logan grabs the phone from Thumper as they are dumping him, and Logan redials the 'Judge')
        Weevil: Is it done?
        Logan: Oh it's just getting started, Weevs. You have no idea the hell you have just brought on yourself.

      • Veronica: Excellent work as usual, Q.
        Mac: Right back at you, Mr Bond.

      • Clemmons: (knocks on door) Vincent?
        Butters: Um... private basement time, remember? (Veronica and Mac snicker)
        Clemmons: You have visitors. Veronica Mars and her friend are here to see you.
        Butters: Tell them I'm not home.
        Clemmons: They're right here, son.

      • Veronica: Camp Selfquest. Not to be mistaken for the elf-hunting camp of a similar name.

      • Veronica: (to Logan) Uh-uh, you're staying here. This takes a certain subtlety. But if I need anyone punched in the face, I'll whistle for ya.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (11)

      • Thumper: It's The People's Court, Junior. You're on trial for the murder of Felix Toombs.
        The People's Court was the first court reality show that didn't use actors. Nearly 2500 episodes were aired from 1981 to 1993.

      • Weevil: You know you should be nicer to me.

        Veronica: Or you'll huff and puff and burn my house down?

        Veronica is bastardizing a line from the well-known children's fable, Three Little Pigs, substituting "blow" for "burn" as that was what the PCH'ers did to Logan Echolls'house.

      • Captain Krunk: Rosemary's Baby, The Teen Years.

        Rosemary's Baby was a best-selling horror novel written by Ira Levin in 1967. It was turned into a very popular movie in 1968 by Roman Polanski.

      • Mac: I'm happy to be the "Q" to your Bond.

        "Q" was the head of the Research and Development Q Branch or Q Division of the British Secret Service in the James Bond novels created by Ian Fleming and the 20-odd films that followed the fictional character's exploits. Q was responsible for educating Bond on the gadgets that were available to him for a given mission.

      • Company name: River Stix
        In Greek mythology, the 'River Styx' is a river which formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, Hades. A fitting home base for the Fitzpatrick's, or as Veronica describes them; Neptune's first family of crime.

      • Veronica: Signal is strong here. Strong like bull.

        This is an allusion to the character Uncle Tonoose, played by Hans Conried, on the TV show Make Room For Daddy. Strong Like Bull was his catchphrase on the show.

      • Logan: (to Veronica) Hey, any news on nip/schmuck?

        This refers to the FX television series Nip/Tuck, which chronicles the lives of two Miami plastic surgeons.

      • Keith: There's something bothering me, and I can't for the life of me figure out what it is.

        This line was frequently quoted by Detective Columbo, in the 1970's series Columbo.

      • Veronica: Your dad made you a deal: he'd let you keep 'pumping up the volume'....

        This line references the 1990 Christian Slater movie Pump up the Volume in which Slater's character runs a pirate radio station.

      • Veronica: Glad we caught you at home, do you mind if we use your phone? We're both in a bit of a hurry...
        Mac: Right.
        This is almost a direct quote from the 1975 cult movie Rocky Horror Picture Show.

      • Logan: Help me Mars Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
        This is an allusion to the message from Leia that Luke finds when he's cleaning R2D2 in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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