Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 19

Hot Dogs

3
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2005 on UPN
9.2
out of 10
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  • Episode Summary

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    When awkward classmate Mandy asks Veronica to help her find her missing dog, a much larger scheme is exposed as they follow the trail. Meanwhile, Logan's sister Trina begs her father to play a role in her new boyfriend's movie, while Logan suspects that something is wrong.moreless

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Veronica help a girl locate her missing dog.

      8.8
      I thought that this episode had a good storyline to it but i wish that they would have gotten a girl who was less annoying to play the girl with the missing dog. My she was annoying I just wanted to hit the TV screen everytime she appeared on it. I liked that Veronica did not believe that the girl's dog was really dead. I was happy that she was able to have the doggy nappers arrested. I was really happy to see Logan's dad defended Trina against her abusive boyfriend. I do not think Trina seen that one coming.moreless
    • Review

      9.7
      I thought this episode was really good. The dog case kind of distracted from the larger plot at times, but I really enjoyed almost every minute of this episode. After taking an episode off we are back to the Lily Kane murder case, with a lot of gains being made in this episode. Logan and Veronica share another kiss, which again didn't feel forced at all. Sometimes I think shows put things like that in there just so that they can have something, but these kisses feel important to the overall story somehow. The fact that Veronica says that she still "hates" Logan to Leo really made me turn my head. I thought she might have been warming up to him, interesting that she says that she still hates him after the two moments that they have had together. I thought the Echolls storyline was another interesting one, with the dad having a turnaround to his character when he takes out the boyfriend - much to the liking of Logan. I didnt find the Echolls storyline too interesting the first time around when they had a couple of episodes back to back in the middle of the season, but with Logans character now calmed down toward Veronica - I can better connect with the family which is why I think I'm liking their family scenes more and more whereas before I just couldn't stand them. I think this might be the best episode of the season to this point, I really liked it. Again though - the only think keeping this show away from a perfect 10 is every episode seems to have just 1-2-3 scenes of a case that just makes something feel "not so perfect" about it. Three episodes to go - can't wait.moreless
    • A girl's dog goes missing and Trina tries to help her boyfriend.

      9.0
      The parts of this episode with Mandy are stupid, and for that reason this is probably one of my least favorite episodes of the season. The whole dog thing is meaningless, but the character of Mandy is slightly amusing, but grates on my nerves after the first half of the episode. After the drama of last episode this kind of disappoints, but I love the interactions between Logan and Veronica.

      The parts of this episode that I really like are with Trina, Aaron and Logan. They have such an interesting family dynamic and the scene where Aaron beats up Dillon is classic and show off a different side of Aaron.moreless
    • Superb

      9.3
      There was only one thing that could've been done better... Mandy... and her character. In fact, the actress did a piss poor job too. But the character was really over the top and corny. Luckily she didn't get much attention.



      The case of the episode was surprisingly good. If someone told me before the episode that Veronica's going to search for missing dogs I would've said "okay, that's going to be the worst mystery of the week". But it's not. It's actually really enjoyable because it's relatively short and unpredictable. Also, an episode can never go wrong if it focuses on the Echolls family. Lynn leaves basically her whole fortune to her son, Logan, completetly leaving out Trina and Aaron. Trina is trying to convince Aaron to take part in her boyfriend's movie. I really liked this storyline. It showed how dysfunctional the family is, but at the same that they still care for eachother.

      I think Aaron already found out that Trina's boyfriend is beating her when she was doing her makeup. The scene where Aaron beat up Dylan was so well done... it was really entertaining, I was laughing the whole time. The music was very fitting too. I loved Aaron's "Hey son, how was school?" line. There's still no word on Duncan in this episode. There's also a foggy storyline involving Weevil- he broke into the Kane house to steal a mysterious pen from Lilly's room, but he got caught. However he was let go after Veronica made a deal with Celeste that she'll help locate Duncan if Weevil's set free. Now... what's up with Weevil? What's up with the pen? Hmm...moreless
    • in this episode some girls dog gets kidnapped and veronica then goes of on the case

      9.5
      The main plot of this episode was so-so, geeky girl, lost dog and all that. It was pretty humorous though. The best parts of this episode were between veronica and logan. My absolute favorite part is when Logan and his father beat up Trina's boyfriend. It shows the complete psychoness of Logan's father and it was nice to see the two of them doing something together. And the way he acts so normal after he did it was excellent forboding of his eventual crime. This episode was a nice transition to the last episodes which were all super action packedmoreless
    Alyson Hannigan

    Alyson Hannigan

    Trina Echolls

    Guest Star

    Matthew Carey

    Matthew Carey

    Hans

    Guest Star

    Jeffrey Vincent Parise

    Jeffrey Vincent Parise

    Dylan Goran

    Guest Star

    Lisa Thornhill

    Lisa Thornhill

    Celeste Kane

    Recurring Role

    Harry Hamlin

    Harry Hamlin

    Aaron Echolls

    Recurring Role

    Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried

    Lilly Kane

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (8)

      • When angry Veronica is shaking hands with one of the guys naming him "the biggest cockroach" he took his hand off of Veronica's hand, but in the next shot we can see that they are still shaking hands.

      • Two of the kidnapped dogs, Shakes and Lola, are Kristen Bell's real-life dogs.

      • In the scene where Mandy's dog goes missing, you can clearly see her reading, Forever by Judy Blume.

      • In the first scene with Aaron, Trina and Logan, you can see that Aaron is reading, "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse.

      • The dot you see on Veronica's computer saying where the "dog stealer" is, is the same one you see in the "Kane and Abel's" episode when she says that Caz's car is still by the garage.

      • In the 5th episode, "You Think You Know Somebody", Veronica knows enough Spanish to follow the conversation between Weevil and his uncle (that he gave the stolen car a paint job, won't say the name of the client, and that Mario has the piñata), but in this episode she doesn't understand enough to know they are telling her that the dog-napper has a bronco on his white van and girlie mud flaps.

      • Logan says now he doesn't have to feel guilty for moving on but he was dating somebody in the second episode of the season.


        Edit:The idea here is that Logan has real feelings for Veronica and he meant moving on in the emotional sense, whereas when he was dating Caitlin, he was technically 'moving on' but he didn't really care about her and still loved Lilly.

      • In the scene where Aaron is beating up Dylan, Logan has clearly walked outside, but when they cut to the shot of Logan, he is only just coming through the door.

    • QUOTES (17)

      • (after Veronica and Logan just kissed)
        Veronica: What are we doing?
        Logan: No idea.
        (they kiss again before breaking it)
        Veronica: We need to talk about this.
        Logan: I know. I kn--
        Veronica: Maybe we should just keep it to ourselves for a while and see what happens.
        Logan: Meet in mop closets? Pass each other secret notes in the hallway?

      • Weevil: How many get-out-of-jail-free cards do you have up your sleeve, anyway?
        Veronica: Pretty sure that was my last, so you might keep your felonies to a bare minimum.
        Weevil: I am what I am, V. Leopard's spots, you know what they say.

      • Trina: You've made it clear that you have no interest in my problems, Logan. Don't be wishy-washy. It's so unattractive in a guy.

      • Logan: Dad, hey, I need Trina. It's important.
        Aaron: Oh, hey son. She's in the shower. Her boyfriend's coming over later to pitch me a part in his movie.
        Logan: Aren't you retired? I thought you were reconnecting with your family.
        Aaron: Trina is family, I'm helping her out. It's what dads do.

      • Veronica: I'll be at home with the only sane member of the Mars family.
        Keith: The one who eats from the garbage and keeps bringing me dead birds?
        Veronica: That's the one.

      • Veronica: (voiceover) All righty, Logan. We'll just skip over the two minutes in heaven we had. You wanna pretend it never happened? No argument here. My lips, for all intents and purposes, are sealed.

      • Trina: Good morning bro. Poptart?
        Logan: Hmm, a tart from a tart.
        Trina: Ye of the sickle wit. Can I ask you something?
        Logan: Would you look at that, there was a string attached to my Poptart.

      • Keith: Honey, do I need to recap my Concerned Dad lectures? No running with scissors, no candy from strangers, no smartening up the local criminal element.

      • Logan: So, what do you think?
        Veronica: Like, in general? Or is there a specific arena on which you'd like my opinion?

      • Veronica: Trust me, you don't want to date me. I'm a train wreck. Seriously. The-the first guy I ever loved just dropped off the face of the earth, probably because of something I said, and the last guy I dated turned out to be a drug dealer, and I just made out with my dead best friend's boyfriend, who, incidentally, I hate. So. Train wreck.

      • Logan: Hey Trin, if you take your top off before you you get on the mechanical bull, you won't fall off.

      • Veronica: Can I ask you kind of a weird question?
        Leo: Do you ask any other kind of questions?

      • Wallace: Breaking news. Record this day in history: the first time Wallace Fennel got the 411 before the little birdie got it to you.
        Veronica: Do I have to tip you over or are you going to spill it on your own?

      • Veronica: I'm actually here to see Weevil. Do you think I could get a minute with him?
        Leo: What is it about bad boys?
        Veronica: Umm... tattoos, leather, parole violations, total good girl bait.
        Leo: I'm doomed!

      • Lilly: It's a spy pen.
        Veronica: What's a spy pen? (sees pen) How covert ops of you.
        Lilly: I'm going to use it to pass secret messages to all of my lovers.
        Veronica: This is going to be a very busy little pen.

      • Trina: I can't get him off my back.
        Logan: Did you try standing up?

      • Logan: I need your help.
        Veronica: Would it be weird for me to start my own drinking game? Like, I have to do a shot every time someone asks for my help?

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (7)

      • Weevil: I am what I am, Vee. Leopard, spots, you know what they say.
        Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil"? Whilst nobody in this day and age would allege that Ethiopians are evil, nevertheless the adage holds true for leopards and, according to Weevil, to PCH bikers — their innate nature is unchangeable.

      • Logan: Meet in mop closets? Pass each other secret notes in the hallway?

        The characters played by Adrian Grenier and Ali Larter meet in a mop closet in high school in the 1999 film flop Drive Me Crazy. A film that just happened to be penned by a screenwriter called Rob Thomas.

      • Weevil: Yeah. How many get-out-of-jail-free cards do you have up your sleeve, anyway?
        Monopoly has a long and storied history as the most popular board game of all time, involving progressing around a board, buying property, and building upon it, but all you really need to know is this — as you make your way around the board, you may occasionally land in jail during which time you languish, unable to make money. It can be something of an effort to get out, thus it is very useful to have a get-out-of-jail-free card.

      • Logan: Important your family is. Hmm, hmm.
        Logan can't help but imitate the high-voiced, wizened puppet Jedi master of the Star Wars films as he sarcastically belittles his father's effort to impart wisdom to his children.

      • Logan: Father knows best.

        Refers to the classic late 50's sitcom Father Knows Best in which Robert Young and Jane Wyatt head the ideal American family.

      • Trina: This is a career defining moment you're passing up ... Hello. Travolta. Pulp Fiction.

        Refers to John Travolta's career-reviving appearance in Quentin Tarantino's neo-noir film.

      • Hans: Actually, I rounded up a 101 of them. Some crazy lady is making a coat.
        Refers to Cruella De Vil, villainess of Walt Disney's animation classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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