Veronica Mars

Season 2 Episode 4

Green-Eyed Monster

3
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on UPN
9.1
out of 10
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557 votes
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  • Episode Summary

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    Veronica tries to get her mind off the bus crash by going undercover to help a wealthy woman who is determined to prove that her potential fiancé is cheating on her. Meanwhile, Keith asks Alicia about the mysterious man who recognized her at the restaurant, and Weevil gives Veronica new information about the accident.moreless

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    • Review

      9.0
      After back to back blockbuster episodes to open the second season, Veronica Mars has taken a big step backwards. The beginning of the season set up the seasonal story arch very well, but has progressed very little since then. I remember the first season doing this as well. The big overall mystery is what everyone wants to see. Veronica Mars helps a rich woman see if her husband is cheating on her. Another case ends poorly as the woman makes a false accusation and breaks up with the man before she knew all of the facts. I always wonder why all of these individual episode cases always seem to end so poorly for someone involved. Maybe Veronica is learning a lesson in them, I don't know. Wallace and Jackie are an average pair, she looks to be playing the new villian this season. Nothing is mentioned of Logan and the woman hes having an affair with. We don't even see Beaver / his family in this epsiode after all the crap it looks like they got in at the end of the last episode. Wallace has a new father in town, don't really see the big point of that twist at all. Decent, some cool parts, but simply on the average line for me (which is a 9.0)moreless
    • Fantastic episode, severely underrated in my opinion.

      9.5
      This episode really had everything an episode of Veronica Mars should have I thought.



      Loved the case of the episode with the link to Veronica's current relationship with Duncan.



      And hands down the funniest scene of the episode: Veronica trying to seduce that guy. Hilarious... especially Wallace making up an excuse to sell his half eaten candy bar. Many twists and turns with the case this time around and it really kept me interested and at the end I was extremely satisfied with the conclusion which was really clever.



      Now that people don't hate Veronica anymore the school enviorment / storyline is in the background, but that's not a problem, we get more emphasis on the actual relationships.



      Lets start with Veronica and Duncan: Wow, I didn't see the hospital twist coming. Duncan trying to visit Meg every day is definitely a deal breaker for Veronica, understandably. Meg's sister visiting in the middle of the night also surprising. This was a great set up for later episode actually, upon rewatches I love how everything makes much more sense.



      The scene where Veronica wants to look at Meg's secret files but then decides not to was a nice call back to the episodic case as I mentioned above. Wallace and Veronica - while it went down as usual, Jackie seems to be convinced that Veronica is bad influence for Wallace, which marks the moment half of the audience started hating her character. Haha. Still, I liked it.



      By the way - turns out that mystery man is Wallace's father. Shouldn't have waited until the end of the episode to reveal it as it was a bit predictable, but, of course, still interesting. Logan and Veronica - Apart from predicting the father twist, the lack of Logan this episode was probably the other issue. But the very little screentime he got was impressive. Lots of times, like in this episode, Jason Dohring's delivery is simply on par with Kristen Bell's which is impressive!



      Overall a rather overwhelming episode. The season arc is of course still the bus crash but now that it's not as personal as the previous season's, theres more time for the relationships, which actually, at this point, interests me more. A+ episode, a better ending and a few minutes more Logan would've made this a 10/10 easily.moreless
    • Veronica helps a women find out what her boyfriend is up to.

      10
      Once again another great episode from the creators of Veronica Mars. Once again I really liked the story lines for this episode. I tought that it was funny that the women was hiding the fact that she was wealthy from her boyfriend and got mad at the fact he found out on his own. It was evan funnier that her boyfriend turned out to be richer then her family. I found it strange that Duncan would go to the hospital to visit Meg on a daliy bases without telling Veronica. I found it funny that Meg was hiding something from her family.moreless
    • Veronica tries to get her mind off the bus crash by going undercover to help a wealthy woman who is determined to prove that her husband is cheating on her.

      7.5
      Veronica tries to get her mind off the bus crash by going undercover to help a wealthy woman who is determined to prove that her husband is cheating on her.

      Meanwhile, Keith asks Alicia about the mysterious man who recognized her at the restaurant, and Weevil gives Veronica new information about the accident. well another cute episode
    • Back on track.

      9.3
      Finally!!! The first episode of season 2 that I have actually considered as good as the average season 1 episode - I'm so releived that things look to be progressing for Veronica Mars.



      Although the episode detecting plot was meaningless and predictable, I found it enjoyable this episode as the actress playing Mrs. Rich was alright and it just seemed generally watcheable. I also enjoyed the general descriptions and raisings of the various 'packages' on offer.



      However, every episode that passes leaves me hating the Veronica/Duncan relationship more and more. That boy cannot act, either that or he has a reallt bad agent/director. We were always led to believe the two were soul-mates, a curious match of love and possible sibling closeness. I understand why he's visiting the ex, but why is he so totally uncomunicative with the girl he pined after for years? Veronica doesn't even seem that bothered about it either.



      The story-line with Alicia's mystery man looks interesting, though the fact that he was Wallace's father was kind of predictable - is it true, though? And what more is there to know? Plus, surely by now Alicia would know to tell Keith the whole truth - everyone knows that nothing can remain a secret from that man!



      I'm not quite understanding the Weevil's earring plot, but the whole phone-call at a party idea is interesting in that it could go as far as the Sheriff in who the anonymous tipster was.



      Overall, I really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to the next installment very much so.



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    Laura Bell Bundy

    Laura Bell Bundy

    Julie Bloch

    Guest Star

    Cress Williams

    Cress Williams

    Nathan Woods

    Guest Star

    Michael E. Rodgers

    Michael E. Rodgers

    Patrick Colin Nevin

    Guest Star

    Michael Muhney

    Michael Muhney

    Sheriff Don Lamb

    Recurring Role

    Erica Gimpel

    Erica Gimpel

    Alicia Fennel

    Recurring Role

    Tina Majorino

    Tina Majorino

    Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • When Veronica is folding clothes, she folds the handkerchief that Collin had given her. Unfortunately, it was already creased from being folded, which it wouldn't have been if it had just been washed and dried.

      • When Wallace is talking to Veronica on the phone, he is holding his phone upside down.

      • Logan is asked what he did on Saturday, September 24th. As proof, he holds up the flyer of his "Life's Short" party. But on that flyer one can read some other date: "Sept 20".

    • QUOTES (17)

      • Veronica: Wallace, if you're getting all that Jackie-love with two dollars in your pocket, imagine what you'd get with, say... two hundred?

      • Veronica: My dad spend the night at your place?
        Wallace: Yep.
        Veronica: He do the AM-donut-fake-out run?

      • Alicia: Do you have a spare gun that I could borrow?
        Keith: That depends. Who do you intend to shoot?

      • Keith: Tell me that's a ham and cheese sandwich.
        Alicia: And I almost went for the chicken salad.
        Keith: Ohh, you just fulfilled one of the top ten male fantasies. Oh, yeah, a guy dreams his whole life of a beautiful woman bringing him a sandwich.

      • Veronica: Hi, Lizzie. ...Okay, so apparently looks really can't kill.

      • Keith: Good morning! I was out early doing some surveillance, thought I'd stop by, say hi, and send the Fennel men to school with a belly full of sugar.
        Wallace: (taking a bite out of a donut) Keith Mars for sheriff.

      • Veronica: Can I ask you something first?
        Duncan: Yes to costumes, no to props. Does that cover it?

      • Darrell: Keith Mars: former Sheriff, Private Detective, author.
        Keith: Wow. Carl Morgan: three years Lompoc, assault and battery, cocaine possession, intent to sell. We should really give our publicists pats on the back.

      • Lizzie: We have to get her personal stuff off this computer, and put it back by morning.
        Duncan: OK, so...what do you want me to do?
        Lizzie: You're the son of a computer visionary. Can't you do something?
        Duncan: I can burn a CD.

      • Veronica: Oh, sorry. Should I hide in the bedroom, like a hooker?! Perfect!

      • Jackie: I may need to have a chat with Miss Pixy Stick.
        Wallace: I wouldn't do that. She's not somebody you want to piss off.
        Jackie: Neither am I.

      • Weevil: Look, should I be expecting a visit from Lamb? If I know I'm being brought in, I'll put on my good underwear, you know?
        Veronica: You should really do that anyway.

      • Veronica: Speaking of bling, what's up with the hoops? If I rub your head, do I get 3 wishes?
        Weevil: You rub my head and you might want to make seeing tomorrow your first wish.

      • Lamb: Who let you into my office?
        Keith: That's funny, I was wondering the same thing.

      • Wallace: (to Veronica) Do you own those clothes or did you just make a stop at Dirty Coeds 'R' Us?

      • Keith: The next time I shoot you, it won't be digitally. Unless I hit you in the finger and then we'll have a big laugh about it.

      • Veronica: (voiceover) The only way I'd ever make two grand in a week working at the Hut is if they installed a pole.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (10)

      • Dick Casablancas: They're here...

        "They're here" is one of the greatest movie quotes and was said by Carol-Anne Freeling (played by Heather O'Rourke) in the movie Poltergeist from 1982.

      • Weevil: So, did you flop for the cops or did the local Wapner hook you up with some ankle bling?

        Weevil refers to the retired Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Wapner, who went on to become the legendary Judge Wapner at The People's Court when it originally aired between 1981 and 1993. Since the show returned to syndicated TV in 1997, there's been several other Judges. Wapner on the other hand moved on to guest roles in movies and TV-shows, and also a while presiding at Judge Wapner's Animal Court on Animal Planet.

      • Veronica: Ruh-roh.

        Veronica channels 'Scooby-Doo', as her client surprises her by showing up where Veronica surveil. "Ruh-roh" is one of several catchphrases from this speech impediment dog. Many of them with a 'R' sound to begin with, and this particular one translates to "Uh-oh", as in trouble ahead. 'Scooby-Doo' first appeared in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, but have been seen in several spin-offs since that first appearance back in 1969.

      • Keith: She's not my old lady. She's my special lady friend.

        Another of the shows many tributes to the 1998 Coen brothers', Ethan and Joel, hit movie The Big Lebowski. Keith takes a slightly more polite spin on The Dude's famous quote; "She's not my special lady, she's my f***ing lady friend. I'm just helping her conceive, man!"

      • Veronica: Dad might be too busy for Miss Brightside, but I think I can pencil in some time to make a couple quick G's.

        Veronica sees her new client as a female version of the title song character 'Mr. Brightside', portrayed by The Killers on their 2004 debut album Hot Fuss. The song includes a love triangle and jealousy as theme. 'Mr. Brightside' became a hit single for the band, and amongst other accomplishments it was in April 2010 revealed as the most listened to track on Last.fm's since they launched their online music service in 2003.

      • Logan: My day is complete. Veronica Mars has accused me of evil! (twirls invisible villain moustache)
        Common in early silent motion pictures, this gesture is often used by the villain, twisting his long mustache into sharp points as he laughed or plotted his evil plan. The gesture originates during the time when mustache wax was used to achieve the popular style of twisting the ends of a mustache into a tight, "handlebar grip" shape. It was also believed that this style kept bugs out of the mustache and beard. The gesture is replicated in many movies and cartoons as well.

      • Jackie: Didn't Goldilocks say 'Jump'?

        Reference to the blonde heroine of the children's fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

      • Veronica: Speaking of bling, what up with the hoops? If I rub your head do I get three wishes?

        This generally refers to the fact that when you shine or rub the lamp of a genie he will appear to grant you three wishes as in Aladdin. Lamp-dwelling genies are often portrayed with little to no hair and wearing one or more hoop style earrings. More specifically though, this is a dig to Francis Capra for his starring role in the movie Kazaam (1996) which featured him as a funny-looking kid in the hood finding a genie played by Shaq.

      • Jackie: You really are a basketball star, aren't you, I mean I'm not just smacking the ass of some Dungeons and Dragons geek, right?

        Reference to the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Those who play the game are generally negatively stereotyped as social outcasts, geeks and/or nerds.

      • Episode Title: Green-Eyed Monster

        Alludes to jealousy and a quote from William Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice. "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on."

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