Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 4

Charlie Don't Surf

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2006 on UPN
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Episode Summary

Logan gets a big surprise when he hires Veronica to find the source of his missing inheritance, which escalates from weird to worse. Meanwhile, Dick's fraternity asks Veronica to prove their innocence in the campus rapes, and Keith helps an old acquaintance prove her husband is cheating.moreless

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  • This eposides is about Logan discoverying that he has a half brother from his father.And this is the first time that Logan, Veronica,and Keith(VDad)have dinner together.Logan soon discovers that it was a reporter who is acting to be Logan's halfbrother.moreless

    This is a really good eposide because i think it's good that Logan has a half-brother. And i think that the show should go into that more. It also in a way goes into veronica and Logan relationship in another way that i liked to see. Actully I can't wait to see this up coming eposide. But I think Logan was happier just to have some guy around that wasn't beating him and not some girlie girl like Trina. But i thought it was more sad that he later found out that it wasn't really him. I think that logan took it really well. I think he got all the anger out with the one punch he did. But again i hope they go more into that. And i also hope that Logan and his real brother get to met.moreless
  • A nice chance to see another side of Logan. Keith makes a new friend, and Veronica loses some.

    I really liked this episode. I enjoyed seeing Logan ask Veronica for help and her dad pitching in too. It was interesting to see Logan opening up to Charlie and sharing some painful episodes about his family, trying to make Charlie realize he was probably lucky he wasn't raised in Aaron's home. And I felt genuinely upset to find out that surfer Charlie was a reporter trying to trick Logan into giving him juicy information for a story. For once, Logan tries to open up and this is what happens. I hope he and his real half-brother end up getting to know each other.

    I loved Harmony. She has such a fun personality, and such great chemistry with Keith. It's too bad her husband was not cheating on her! The potential of their relationship is too strong for it to have just finished by Keith finding out her husband was loyal. I hope we see her again, though I'm not sure how she'll fit into the story.

    As Veronica takes the case for the Pi Sigs, she upsets a lot of women on campus, since it looks like she is on the fraternity's side. Unfortunately, no one understands that she is objective and she was using this as an opportunity to snoop inside the fraternity house. Hopefully she'll get to the bottom of the rapes before there is another victim. I still cannot believe how clueless Dick is. I guess money does buy success, at least at Hearst College.moreless
  • Not one of the best but still pretty good.

    I really liked parts of this episode which were well written. For instance, the beginning with Logan coming to eat dinner with Veronica and her dad was very cute, and it was nice to see the bond between Veronica and her dad which Logan references later in the episode. I did not think that Parker/Nish/all the other women needed to be so mad at Veronica just for trying to uncover the truth. They were trying to blame someone without proof, but it was clear that Veronica was not on the frat guys' side. The deal with Logan's half brother was interesting, but I was disappointed that Veronica displayed her untrusting nature again when she didn't believe that Logan had really met his half brother. I was glad that Charlie Stone didn't really exploit Logan for a story.moreless
  • Logan gets a big surprise when he hires Veronica to find the source of his missing inheritance, which escalates from weird to worse. Dick's fraternity asks Veronica to prove their innocence in the campus rapes.moreless

    Logan gets a big surprise when he hires Veronica to find the source of his missing inheritance, which escalates from weird to worse.

    Meanwhile, Dick's fraternity asks Veronica to prove their innocence in the campus rapes, and Keith helps an old acquaintance prove her husband is cheating. another cute episode...
  • Surf Charlie, Surf!

    Not the best or one of the best episodes of the season so far, but it sure was entertaining! The case of the week was fairly interesting with Dick hiring Veronica to prove the innocence of his frat house, which Parker wasn't very happy with!

    Logan's part of the episode was probably the most interesting, I mean I never really liked him that much but he was great in this episode, mainly because he found out he had a half-brother, not to mention the fact that a reporter from Vanity Fair was pretending to be his half brother, but Veronica found him out in the end and his real half-brother was getting stalked by that paparazi.

    Lastly, I loved Keith's subplot, but that was probably only because his "Just Shoot Me!" co-star Laura San Giacomo was in this episode with him!moreless
Parry Shen

Parry Shen

Hsiang "Charleston" Chu

Guest Star

Laura San Giacomo

Laura San Giacomo

Harmony Chase

Guest Star

Lee Weaver

Lee Weaver


Guest Star

Chastity Dotson

Chastity Dotson

Nish Sweeney

Recurring Role

David Tom

David Tom

Chip Diller

Recurring Role

Krista Kalmus

Krista Kalmus

Claire Nordhouse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Veronica is telling Parker about her rape, she says "I've been understanding since Shelly Pomroy's end of the year party, Summer 2004" but in episode 20 of the first season, when Veronica realizes the video of Carmen was from the night she was raped, it says the party took place on December 7, 2003 ... Same parties, different nights.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (noticing Veronica's suit)
      Keith: You start going to church or you addressing the Junior League?
      Veronica: Bland is the new hot.

    • Nish: Veronica. It's good to see you.
      Veronica: And that's where we differ.

    • Veronica: Do you really think I came in here thinking 'hmm, Parker's getting raped. Now where are those movie tickets'.
      Parker: No. You just figured the whore was getting her freak on.
      Veronica: So, you're really mad because I thought you were a whore? Because lots of people think I'm a whore.
      Parker: Don't pretend for a second to understand how I'm feeling.
      Veronica: I understand exactly what you're feeling, Parker. I've been understanding since Shelly Pomroy's end-of-the-year party, summer of 2004. I'd give you the details, but they're a little fuzzy.
      Parker: Uh, I-I didn't... I had no idea.
      Veronica: Not something I open with. But now that I've got your attention... (she takes a step closer to Parker) I will find out who raped you. That's job one.

    • Dick: You're torturing me.
      Veronica: Without even trying? God, I'm good.
      Dick: My brothers are all sorts of pissed. They think you're coming after them, instead of trying to find the real raper.
      Veronica: Do you mean 'rapist'? Learn the terminology.

    • (Keith lets Dick into their house)
      Veronica: (to her dad) If you're not gonna shoo it out with a newspaper, I'm stepping on it.
      Dick: Hey, buddy. Hope it's not weird me just showing up. I can't believe I've known you forever and you've never had me over.
      Veronica: : You left a flaming bag of dog poo in front of our door one time. That was kind of a play date.

    • (Veronica opens door)
      Logan: You were expecting Sidney Poitier?

    • Veronica: This is a bad idea.
      Keith: No, it's not.
      Veronica: You only think it's not because you came up with it.
      Keith: Ergo, how could it be bad? Math, sweetie. Me plus idea equals good.

    • Veronica: Umm, did you trip and fall onto sandalwood, musk, and a hint of spicy citrus or is that cologne?
      Keith: It's aftershave. I'm going to traffic court.
      Veronica: Sexy traffic court?
      Keith: Hmm. Nice shoes. You change your major to Women's Studies?
      Veronica: Ha! Yuk it up, fancy pants.

    • Keith: Is it possible your boyfriend's financial problems are just his champagne wishes and caviar dreams biting him on the ass?
      Veronica: One solid-gold foosball table and a couple of man-servants and suddenly he's spendy.

    • Wallace: I liked the other place you worked better.
      Veronica: Think maybe that's because we had food there?

    • Veronica: No jokes. No innuendoes, no quips. Don't even think of alluding to having seen me naked or having touched any part of my body that does not have fingers.
      Logan: Can I mention that my eyes adored you? I got it. No calling you bobcat, no talk of milky thighs.
      Veronica: Go home.

    • Veronica: Here's a fun thing to say to your beau: 'Mind if I go put the screws to someone?'
      Logan: Go ahead, screw your brains out.

    • Veronica: (voiceover, referring to Dick) Who knew that when opportunity knocked it would look like a horny surfer.

    • Dick: It's a frat. Why rape the cow when you're swimming in free milk?

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode contains a few deleted scenes from an entire season plot they ended up cutting due to time constraints. Originally Mac was going to have a much harder time adjusting to life after Beaver's scuicide.

      The first deleted scene, entitled "boot camp for the brain," starts with Wallace receiving a bad test grade. He then enters a classroom where Mac calls him over to sit next to her. Mac acts as if she is trying to prevent the guy who entered in front of Wallace from having a chance to sit by her. The professor starts class announcing everyone, except one student, had failed the exam. He announces a makeup exam, so Mac and Wallace decide to form a "boot camp for the brain" to study.

      The second scene is entitled "nerd city is on the horizon." Wallace and Mac are studying in a dorm room. After Mac explains a concept to him, Wallace realizes Mac is the one who passed the exam and is actually tutoring him. Wallace thanks Mac, putting his arm around her, and she becomes noticeably uncomfortable. She tells Wallace "It's not you." Wallace replies "No sweat." Then Mac asks if they can just get back to studying.

      In the third deleted scene, "she used to be cool," the guy enters and tries to sit in the empty seat next to Mac. Mac says that she is saving it and waves Wallace over. Mac tells Wallace that the guy won't leave her alone and it's creepy. After class, Wallace catches up with the guy. He asks him to leave Mac alone. The guy asks if he's kidding. He says they went to computer camp together and she used to be cool.

      In the final deleted scene, "please tell me he's gone," Mac and Wallace are eating lunch in the food court. Mac tells Wallace that the professor is transferring her to an upper level class, so they won't be studying together any more. Suddenly Mac stiffens as an unknown guy enters the food court. She tells Wallace that psycho has been staring at her in one of her classes. The guy pays absolutely no attention to Mac, and instead runs to his girlfriend. Mac stares blankely ahead as she says "He's totally freaking me out. Please tell me he's gone." Wallace realizes everything has been in her head. He looks sadly at Mac as he assures her the guy is gone.

      Eventually the plot line further in the season was to have Mac lose her virginity to a professor that takes adventage of her in this emotionally disturbed state. After cutting this episodes scenes, Rob Thomas decided the plot line was too dark and Maybe Mac deserved a good guy.

    • There is a deleted scene on the season 3 DVD entitled "you're an important symbol" in which Nish confronts Parker in class. Rob Thomas said he originally imagined a large lecture hall. In this smaller setting, he just didn't think it was believable for other students to not notice their conversation. In the scene Nish tells Parker that she is an important symbol to the cause and needs to attend a Lilith House protest. She went on to say the second rape victim had left school and demands to know if she is in.

    • Francis Capra (Weevil), Michael Muhney (Sheriff Lamb), Tina Majorino (Mac) and Chris Lowell (Piz) don't appear in this episode despite being in the opening credits.

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: Sunday, September 30, 2007 on TVNorge

    • Laura San Giacomo (Harmony Chase) starred on the sitcom Just Shoot Me with Enrico Colantino.

    • Music:
      "Never Lonely Alone" by Space Needle

    • Matt Czuchry (Norman Phipps) is a series regular of the show's lead-in Gilmore Girls where his character is a journalist too.

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Keith: Is it possible your boyfriend's financial problems are just his champagne wishes and caviar dreams biting him on the ass?

      This is an allusion to the television show Life of the Rich and Famous. Hosted by Robin Leach, the show featured the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy and well known individuals. Leach ended each episode with the tagline "champagne wishes and caviar dreams".

    • Character Name: Harmony Chase

      This is the combination of two character names from the hit WB and, later on, UPN series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Harmony and Cordelia Chase. Also, Cordelia Chase was portrayed by Charisma Carpenter who plays Kendall Casablancas.

    • Veronica: Don't even think of alluding to having seen me naked or having touched any part of my body that does not have fingers.
      Logan: Can I mention that my eyes adored you?

      Logan is quoting the Frankie Valli No.1 hit from 1974, "My Eyes Adored You." The point of what he's telling Veronica is in the next, implied line of the song, which goes "Though I never laid a hand on you," which is what she'd like her father to believe.

    • (talking to Charleston Chu)
      Veronica: Nope, it just means you're the most likely suspect, Token.

      This is an allusion to Charleston being the only Asian member of the fraternity. Token, fully named Token Black is the only black kid on the popular TV series South Park.

    • Veronica: Your last name is Chu?
      Charleston: Yeah.
      Veronica: Charleston... Chu...?
      Charleston: My first name's really Hsiang.
      Charleston Chew is the name of an American candy bar.

    • Dick: You get to be the spy who loves me.

      This is a reference to the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach.

    • Veronica: I need to talk to you. I followed the trust money all the way down the rabbit hole. The payments are going to a person named Charlie Stone. Do you know who that is?
      This is a reference to Alice in Wonderland.

    • Veronica: So, Bubbles. You feel like doing me a solid? Hm?

      Bubbles is the name of Michael Jackson's chimp, frequently featured in pictures at the beginning and high peak of Jackson's career.

    • Veronica: You doin' okay?
      Logan: On top of the world looking down on creation.

      Logan is quoting the lyrics to the 1973 song "Top Of The World" by The Carpenters.

    • Logan: (to Veronica when he is greeted at the front door on a dinner date) You were expecting Sidney Poitier?

      A reference to the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner also starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn who play a white couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiance who is black. In this case, Logan represents the outsider.

    • Veronica: Hello Dick, Chip, Faceless Star Trek crew members.

      This refers to the Star Trek series. In these television shows and movies, generic crew members are often seen in the background while the featured and named crew members are at the forefront of the scenes. The rule of thumb from the original Star Trek series is that if the person is wearing a red shirt and has no name, they are more than likely going to die in some horrible fashion.

    • Veronica: Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!
      Another allusion to the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski.

    • Dick: (about the rape protestors) They're hee-eere.
      He is quoting a famous line from the movie Poltergeist.

    • Episode Title: Charlie Don't Surf
      "Charlie Don't Surf" is an oft quoted line from the 1979 feature Apocalypse Now.