Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 2

Credit Where Credit's Due

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2004 on UPN



  • Trivia

    • In the Pilot, the lockers, lunch tables, and hallways are different from the ones in this episode and the succeeding episodes. The whole layout of the school changes starting from this episode.

    • The Neptune Pirates sign at the beginning of the episode says "Oceanside Pirates." Oceanside High School is real high school in California near San Diego and their school team's name is the Pirates.

    • In the scene where Weevil visits his grandmother after being released from prison and talks to Veronica you can see the microphone above them for a moment.

    • While at the diner with her father, Veronica tells Sheriff Lamb "smell ya later." This leads her father to ask "smell ya later?" While the camera is on him we clearly see Veronica put her hat back on. Then when the camera is back on her the hat is nowhere to be seen.

    • In the final scene of this episode when Veronica is entering the sheriff's station by climbing some steps, you can see the shadow of the camera clearly on the ground.

  • Quotes

    • Ms. Dent: This is a 35mm camera. Now, my suggestion, as you're starting out, is to
      set it on auto...
      Veronica: I'd really be more comfortable if I could just use my own camera. Uhm, the swivel LCD really comes in handy when you're doing overhead shooting or ground-level macro shooting.
      Ms. Dent: Right.
      Veronica: The optical zoom actually goes up to 71.2 millimeters and it's good to have the raw-file option to mess with the images post-exposure without nearly the loss of image quality you'd get with a JPEG file.
      Ms. Dent: And when it's dark outside, you should use a flash.

    • Wallace: Another big Friday night. You got plans?
      Veronica: I don't know. I might take Backup for a run or rent a movie maybe.
      Wallace: Congratulations. You're officially Neptune High's most boring person.
      Veronica: Did I mention the movie might be PG-13?
      Wallace: Ow! Jump back, wild child!

    • Veronica: Confess, it's good for the soul.
      Chardo: What?
      Veronica: The moron says 'what'.
      Chardo: What?

    • Veronica: (voiceover) My friends jumped on the bandwagon as well. They gave me a choice. I could stand by my dad or stand by Duncan and my dead best friend's family. I chose dad. It's a decision I live with every day.

    • Lilly: Well you know what my mom says. You have to kiss a few toads. That's it. That's her entire philosophy.
      Veronica: All your mom ever says to me is, (imitates Lilly's mom) 'Veronica, shouldn't you be getting home soon?'

    • Veronica: Wallace, King Kong ain't got nothing on you.

    • Veronica: I gotta run. The counselor wants to see me before class.
      Keith: About what?
      Veronica: Uh, my schedule and my attitude, not necessarily in that order. Her words.

    • Veronica: Weevil, your grandma's in jail.
      Weevil: Oh, are you reminding me, 'cause I almost forgot.

    • Veronica: (voiceover) The trouble with befriending the leader of a motorcycle gang is that at the end of the day, he's still the leader of a motorcycle gang.

    • Troy: What do you say, dog? You ready to get this party started? You ready to burn this mother down? Up, jump... the boogie.

    • Troy: Are you always this persnickety?
      Veronica: Sometimes I'm even persnicketier.

    • Logan: Tell the truth, Veronica. Did you just sign up for newspaper so you could be around Duncan?
      Veronica: (sarcastically) No, I'm here so I could be closer to you.

    • Troy: Well a wise man once said that a 'No' is like a 'Yes' except with different letters and arranged in a different order and spoken out loud but, you know, it disappears on the wind.

    • Veronica: I printed out the entire browser history from Logan Echolls' computer in his fourth period computer lab class.
      Wallace: So is he guilty?
      Veronica: Well, of wanting desperately to see pictures of Alyssa Milano naked, yes.

    • Wallace: Yeah, you realize, don't you, that this guy you're trying to help out duct-taped me butt naked to a flagpole just last week?
      Veronica: Man, you really hold a grudge.
      Wallace: Yeah, I'm funny that way.

    • Ms. Dent: Duncan Kane, this is Veronica. Veronica's going to be taking pictures tomorrow, and I arranged for you to ride with Bodie's parents.
      Duncan: I'll drive.
      Ms Dent: Great, maybe Veronica can...
      Veronica: I can drive too.
      Ms Dent: Okay. Oil crisis be damned.

    • Duncan: Wanna go meet the locals or what?
      Troy: As long as they're humble, God-fearing, salt-of-the-earth types.
      Duncan: Every last one of them.

    • Veronica: I'm Veronica.
      Troy: Really? Veronica. Okay yeah that, that does make a lot more sense.
      Veronica: Makes more sense how?
      Troy: Ah, it's nothing. I just...I should never listen (glances at Logan and his friends) to those guys. I mean really, who names their daughter Trampy McBitch?

    • Troy: Flat?
      Veronica: Just as God made me.

    • Wallace: Do I look like James Bond to you?
      Veronica: Am I asking you to retrieve a nuclear warhead - no.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Veronica: I should have walked to Gold Coast. It's only thirty miles but with the awkward silence, it feels like 300. In five seconds, I'm just going to do the Charlie's Angel-roll right out of the moving car.

      Charlie's Angels was originally a TV show airing between 1976-1981, about three hazardous duty bound female detectives in Charles Townsend Detective Agency. The original angels were Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. At the beginning of this millennium the brand was renewed with two feature films starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz as Charlie's modern angels.

    • Duncan: You're the one who wanted to come down and get jiggy wit' it.

      Refers to the expression Will Smith made common with his 1998 single Gettin' Jiggy Wit It from his album Big Willie.

    • Troy: What do you say, dog? You ready to get this party started? You ready to burn this mother down? Up jump.. the boogie?

      Troy knows his music as he quickly goes through heavy metal, disco and hip-hop in his party references.
      "You ready to get this party started" directly quote from and is the title of the heavy metal band KoRn's song from the 1999 album Issues.
      His disco referring "..burn this mother down" is an almost direct quote from the title cut of The Trammps 1976 album Disco Inferno.
      And finally "Up jump.. the boogie" directly quote from and refers to The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 single Rapper's Delight, which is considered the song popularizing hip-hop in both US and the rest of the world.

    • Veronica: Wallace, King Kong ain't got nothing on you.

      King Kong is the enormous gorilla from the fictional Skull Island, who has appeared in several works, most of which bear his name, including the groundbreaking 1933 film, the film remakes of 1976 and 2005, and numerous sequels and paraphernalia. In actuality Veronica is complimenting Wallace by misquoting a line from the 2001 film Training Day

    • Weevil: Veronica Mars, I hear you're the one to thank for this kodak moment. Didn't you get the memo? The bad guy was already in jail. Gimme some love.
      Kodak Moments were used as an advertising campaign in the late 1980s. Commercials at the time took photos of "Kodak Moments" which were special events.

    • Veronica: Smell ya later.

      "Smell ya later" is the popular catchphrase of The Simpsons neighborhood bully Nelson. The farewell is an obvious adaptation of "see ya later."

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