Veronica Mars

Season 2 Episode 11

Donut Run

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2006 on UPN
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  • Episode Summary

    When Duncan disappears with Meg's baby, Lamb must work with two FBI agents to extract as much information as possible from an uncooperative Veronica. Meanwhile, Wallace reveals the real reason he returned to Neptune, and Weevil and Logan make a breakthrough in their hunt for the rogue gang member.moreless

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      They're the new Bonny&Clyde! Seriously, I thought Logan and Veronica were great but Duncan and Veronica rock! Man I loved it how they met and kissed. I was like 'Aw! That's so cute and criminal!" I already saw the episode, but I totally forgot that Veronica and Duncan cooperated, it surprised me again! Unbelievable. You know, I L-O-V-E VM! Crazy me :) Hm I still hate Logan though (can anyone punch that guy please?) You gotta love the FBI. Well honestly they sucked because they couldn't find Duncan but they mocked Lamb and that was just aah magnifico (I'm kissing the fingertips right now) Anyhow,I have over 100 words so I'm happy.All I wanted to say really is that okay Duncan's still a wuss ('FYI, if the hugging was the best part, he didn't do it right') but I liked him better and it was good he got away with the baby. Viva justice is what I say! Great episode, really and if you missed it.. well I'm sorry but then you're just stupdid! Just kidding... but you should've recorded it :)moreless
    • Epic.

      This episode was simply fantastic. Probably not as good as S1E21/22/S2E1, but pretty darn close.

      One problem I had with the previous season was that the two conclusion episodes were following eachother and were placed at very end of the season. Now season 2 seems more cleverly constructed, and Donut Run can most definitely looked at as a mid way finale.

      This is the directorial debut of Rob Thomas and it was awesome. Awesome directing job he has done, not just the unusual camera angles were awesome , but the whole episode's pacing felt really different than usual. Veronica playing emo-music in the beginning for a day straight and Keith just not saying a word knowing whats up was pure gold, very nicely done.

      He also did the script himself, and oh boy, what a masterpiece. SO MANY... so many... so many hidden jokes and clever dialouges. I mean, that elevator scene in the beginning - Hey hoe - hilarious. Also Rob made sure we wouldn't be able to guess weather Veronica's helping Duncan or not - their brak up did sound very real but in the end, she was playing all along. Keith finding out about Veronica was excellent too, Loved Enrico Colentoni's acting there. As far as comical reliefs go, there weer so many. I already mentioned some, but.... the FBI agents(Lucy Lawless guest starring) and Lamb... haha... Lamb going all the way into the heart of Mexico chasing a false lead just to show what he's made of what just... LOL-worthy.

      Vinnie returns too for a small part, liked to see him turn out to be the savior(well, for $30k..) and his pen-scene was hilarious aswell.

      Though, there's this thing. The realization what just happened. Duncan's out of the picture with the baby which makes Veronica a single. Also, now that Meg's storyline is wrapped up, the bus crash can get more attention. Veronica nad Duncan saying goodbyes was really emotional and very well done , as it wasn't long or anything, it was kept to a minimum for the realism and dramatic effect. Loved it. And I also loved the fortune cookie message at the end, and, obviously the VM Crew loves Lost! No wonder!

      All in all, this episode was an epic wrap up to a storyline and a character - not rushed at all, happened just the right time, yet you couldn't see it coming AT ALL. VM S2 - I'm lovin' it.moreless
    • Hidden message?

      In the last scene where Duncan and the baby is in the truck driving in mexico, there is a sign at the back windshield that says:

      "True love stories never have endings."

      but the strange part is after this, it says:

      "4 8 15 16 23 42"!!!

      They are the same "mysterious" numbers that is in Lost!

    • Duncan Leaves

      When Duncan disappears with Meg's baby, Lamb must work with two FBI agents to extract as much information as possible from an uncooperative Veronica. Meanwhile, Wallace reveals the real reason he returned to Neptune, and Weevil and Logan make a breakthrough in their hunt for the rogue gang member.

      I did think that this entire episode was just kind of silly. Veronica gets in trouble with the police, again, but at the end of the episode she gets out of it - again. Duncan runs off with the baby that Veronica helped him kidnap. If this is truly the end for Duncan and Veronica - a fake break-up in front of everyone so that she could help Duncan run away - I personally think that's a dumb and a waste of a good character in Duncan. The rest of the episode was pretty chill. Seems that Wallace was in the middle of a good season over at his school in Chicago, but returned for another reason. Weevil and Logan conducting their own investigation is a dumb plot, but Weevil gets the low-down on who is working for the Fitz in this episode. Hoping the bus crash plot picks up again here sometime soon.moreless
    • After Duncan and Veronica break up, Duncan kidnaps his baby and runs. The FBI and the Sheriff's Department becomes involved and Veronica is in trouble when they think she had something to do with it.moreless

      Donut Run is such a good episode. It had me fooled, with the Veronica and Duncan fight. I really thought that they broke up and I was mad at Veronica for being so insensitive but thankfully that wasn't the case. This episode is also amazing for the appearance of Xena herself, Lucy Lawless. I saw her name in the opening credits and freaked out, I enjoyed her FBI agent character. I really liked that Lamb can speak "Mexican". As soon as he drove over the border I knew what was going to happen, and I was very impressed, it was a very clever plan.moreless
    Kevin Sheridan

    Kevin Sheridan

    Sean Friedrich

    Guest Star

    Marcello Thedford

    Marcello Thedford

    Super Huge Deputy

    Guest Star

    C.S. Keys

    C.S. Keys

    Agent Wills

    Guest Star

    Brandon Hillock

    Brandon Hillock

    Deputy Jerry Sacks

    Recurring Role

    Daran Norris

    Daran Norris

    Cliff McCormack

    Recurring Role

    Lisa Thornhill

    Lisa Thornhill

    Celeste Kane

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The fortune from the fortune cookie shown in the end is from the fortune cookie that Duncan gives Veronica in the first episode of the second season ("Normal is the Watchword"). It includes the numbers from the TV series Lost: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42.

      • When the FBI first visits Sheriff Lamb we see him hiding the peg game that was on his desk, later in the scene the peg game is back on his desk.

      • Duncan names the baby Lilly, after his sister and Veronica's best friend, who was murdered prior to Season One. The Mannings had named the baby, Faith.

    • QUOTES (16)

      • Keith: It's not just your life you're gambling with, Veronica. I would not survive without you. You understand what you've done?
        Veronica: We had to do it.
        Keith: I know you think you did.
        Veronica: We did.
        Keith: (raising his voice) You played me, Veronica!
        Veronica: I had to.
        Keith: I love you. I'll always love you. But I don't know how I'll ever trust you again.

      • Lamb: So... The FBI. I've thought about it, you know? But, uh, big fish, small town has its perks. Still, who knows? I still might apply.
        Morris: You go to college?
        Lamb: For a year. Blew out a knee at Southwest Texas playin' ball.
        Morris: Speak a foreign language?
        Lamb: A little Mexican. Enough to get by. Tell 'em to turn their music down.
        Morris: Any expertise in computer science, law, physics, chemistry, forensics, mathematics?
        Lamb: Expertise?
        Morris: Small town, big fish. You know, I'd ride with that.

      • Wallace: Oh, that's just pathetic. Up! Get up! I came over here to see Veronica Mars. Who's this... emo girl?
        Veronica: Leave me alone, I'm wallowing.
        Wallace: Not anymore. We're going out. We gotta go see a movie or get in a barfight or something.
        Veronica: I don't wanna get in a barfight.
        Wallace: Tough, 'cause you're goin' if I have to drag you. But, before we do, Veronica: shower. You smell bad.
        Veronica: You're not helping. You think you're helping, but you're not.

      • Logan: Hi, ho!
        Veronica: What did you say?
        Logan: Oh, your uniform. Hi, ho! It's off to work you go.
        Veronica: I guess that makes me Snow White.
        Logan: You must be on your way up to see Mopey.
        Veronica: How's he doing, Sleazy?

      • Logan: Hey, what's the word?
        Dick: Well, the one they call Bootsie told me 'no' and went on to suggest I perform sexual intercourse upon my own person.
        Logan: Doesn't he understand if you could do that, you'd never come to school?
        Dick: Boy, that's the truth.

      • Lamb: Duncan bookmarked a boat for sale. We tracked down the seller. Turns out, he sold it last week to a teenage boy who paid cash.
        Veronica: I assume that's a generous use of the term 'we'?

      • Wallace: I bleed the gold and green. I'm a Pirate born, a Pirate bred. And when me die...
        Veronica: A Pirate dead?

      • Veronica: I have no idea where he [Duncan] is, and if I did, you would be the... (counting fingers) last person I'd tell.
        Vinnie: Am I hearing you right? Because you'd tell Osama bin Laden before you tell me? Because back in my day, we had a little thing called patriotism.

      • Super Huge Deputy: I moonlight over at Club Thin.
        Veronica: Club Thin?
        Super Huge Deputy: I'm a bouncer.
        Veronica: Well, I didn't think you were a cage dancer.

      • Agent Morris: Now Sheriff, I think we should make it clear right from the get-go that we are here to get that baby back. And we are willing to combine our resources.
        Lamb: I'll share anything that you need.
        Agent Morris: Until such time as you piss us off. And when that time comes, and it usually comes quickly in Sleepy-burg, or World-Biggest-Ball-of-String's-ville, or where ever the hell we are this week. When that time comes, we will cut you out like you were a meter maid. You don't get the photo-op, and you don't get the fruit basket. So repeat after me. Team. Me.

      • Veronica: That's a lot of thinking for Lamb. He may tire himself out.

      • Wallace: And if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.

      • Logan: Lost?
        Kendall: Oh, quit standing there so smug! Tomorrow you just gonna call me at two in the morning saying you want some company. For your information: that really doesn't satisfy me, Logan!
        Logan: Really? You always come!

      • (before interrogating Veronica Mars)
        Agent Morris: Whoa, Agent Wills, call for backup!
        Agent Wills: Just a chopper?
        Agent Morris: Snipers!

      • Logan: You're not really complicated, are you Dick?
        Dick: I try not to be.

      • Celeste Kane: I find comfort in knowing the child isn't yours!
        Veronica: Let's hope she's got your smile!

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • When Logan and Veronica are in the elevator, They make several references to the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs including a play on words "Dopey to Mopey, Sneezy to Sleazy".

      • Veronica: Nick and Jessica, is nothing sacred?

        This is a reference to the marriage split of music and Newlyweds' stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson in 2006.

      • Episode title: Donut Run

        Donut was the nickname Lilly gave to Duncan, evidenced in the episode "Meet John Smith", when he hallucinates that she is there, and she says, "Clue in, Donut" about her murder. So it's the call on Duncan to run and the call not to (title also sounds like "do not run"). Also "Donut Run" refers to what Keith did in the first season to hide when he stayed the night from Wallace. So it refers to a fake out scheme.

      • When Veronica opens the surveillance van that Vanlowe is watching her from, she quips "Morning, Sam" to which he replies "Morning, Ralph". This is a reference to a series of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts featuring Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog. Every morning Sam and Ralph would arrive at a meadow, greet each other amicably, punch in at the time clock and begin their day of Sam thwarting Ralph's attempts at stealing some helpless sheep.

      • When Veronica is sad and listening to music, she plays the theme from Dawson's Creek. Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, was a writer for Dawson's Creek during its first season.

      • When Duncan called Veronica and she was standing in front of a wall of flyers, one of them had the acronym T.W.O.P. which actually stands for Television Without Pity, a website that reviews and supports Veronica Mars.

      • Virgin Suicides Soundtrack:

        Virgin Suicides is a 1999 movie starring Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and Kathleen Turner.

      • The numbers on the fortune cookie that Duncan gave to Veronica (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) are the same special numbers from the ABC show Lost. This is a shout out to Veronica Mars' competition on Wednesday nights.

        Incidentally, before Duncan's flight to Mexico, it is revealed that he is hiding in room 108 in Veronica's apartment complex, which is also a special number from Lost, being the sum total of the other given special numbers.