Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 20

M.A.D.

3
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2005 on UPN
9.4
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  • (RE-)VISITING HOURS HAVE BEGUN

    The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 17-22

    Veronica Mars' stellar first season draws to a close in a slightly troubling yet ultimately satisfying way.

  • Episode Summary

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    Veronica helps her friend Carmen plot revenge on her clingy boyfriend, after he threatens to release a Paris Hilton-esque sex tape of her over the internet if she breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Keith decides to track down the missing Duncan in exchange for the huge Kane reward.moreless

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    • Veronica helps Carmen plot revenge on her boyfriend, after he threatens to release a Paris Hilton-esque sex tape of her over the internet if she breaks up with him. Keith decides to track down the missing Duncan in exchange for the huge Kane reward.moreless

      8.1
      Veronica helps her friend Carmen plot revenge on her clingy boyfriend, after he threatens to release a Paris Hilton-esque sex tape of her over the internet if she breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Keith decides to track down the missing Duncan in exchange for the huge Kane reward.

      Logan: What, like will we ever hang at the mall and hold hands and buy each other teddy bears with hearts that say "I wuv you bear-y much"?

      Veronica: Exactly that, only I want my bear won in some sort of demonstration of ring toss ability.moreless
    • The stage is set for the final 2

      8.8
      To be honest the weekly mystery didn't cut it for me this week... for the most anyway.



      I thought this subject has been done earlier and the two misc characters that were involved in it just couldn't interest me one bit.



      However... that's until the end when there's a twist that literally blew me away. Okay, maybe it wasn't *that* shocking, but definitely great because it, to a degree justified the blah mystery of the week. Good to see the writers are aware of what they are doing. It appears that Veronica may finally have some lead on who raped her a year ago while she was under the influence of GHB. Carmen was also given GHB from her boyfriend whos got it from... Logan Echolls. Definitelay an interesting turn of events, rather "well" timed. Seeing their relationship unfold was pretty nice. And I was really surprised how well Aaron took it when he caught them making out on the couch. It actually seems he really is trying to change and that's great. I liked the talk him and Veronica had in the car.



      I also like the awkwardness of... well, pretty much their relationship. They are trying to keep it secret from everyone else. Keith and Alicia are still dating all fine, however the events take an interesting turn when Clarence Wiedman tells Alicia to stay away from the Mars family. It appears he found the bug Veronica planted in Kane Software.



      The episode wasn't really eventful, mostly set up for the next two episodes. There wasn't much on Lilly Kane's murder either, but that's the case since Duncan left Neptune. Although now that Keith is close tracking him down and will most likely be caught in the next episode, what will happen? I tell you what. The two best episodes of the series. Decent set up episode with a cool twist, but otherwise not on par with the last couple of episodes.moreless
    • Review

      9.5
      Coming down the final episodes of Season one has been a real joy. Its been almost a half a dozen episodes since my last episode which I would have called "bad". No episode has yet to stand out (which may change considering the next two episodes are powerhouses) but this show is very consistant. I think part of the reason that is the case is because of Kristan Bells acting. If you have a weak actor who cannot carry an episode you are in big trouble with this show. These little cases that she goes on seems like nothing I would be interested in if I heard about them, but the way Bell is able to portray Veronica Mars just solitifies how important she is to the show. Again - Logan and Veronica get a little closer and you know the writers did there job when I was begging for it not to be Logan who gave the kid the drugs at the party. I actually didn't even think about it until seconds before the reveal and I just wanted os badly for it not to be him. It will be interesting to see where the show goes from here with this. I acutally had him pegged as the murderer of Lily Kane, but after seeing this episode Im going to trim him out of that equation. I feel that revealing he was the one with the drug will force him not to be the killer, because now he has his own problem to solve with Veronica. My suspect list is growing thin - there hasn't been anything that has clearly stood out to me for me to base anything off of but my time is running out if I don't act fast. If I had to take a blind guess - I would say Logan Echolls dad. Why? I haven't a clue in the world. But I have to guess someone out of the blue.moreless
    • One of the Best Episodes Ever.

      10
      This is one of my favourite episodes in the first season and it took me a good long time to really appreciate it. I love the mystery of the week and I thought the guest stars were incredibly good... the guy who played Tad succeeded in making me hate him (so well done!) I was sad that the girl was so anti-Veronica and decided to let Tad get away with releasing the video. I can't say I would've let him get away with that one! It was also really clever how Veronica used the song Tad recorded for his girl and used it on the site. The photoshop and audio editing was damn funny! One thing I didn't notice until re-watching lately was that the tattoo he had on this shoulder said a guys name rather than his girlfriends... that was darn funny. I guess his girlfriend has revenge in the end. Well until he has that tattoo removed. For shallow reasons I loved the LoVe in this episode. The make out session in the bathroom was hot! I think the chemistry between Logan and Veronica really is unrivaled. No other of her boyfriends have ever come close to this level of sparks. I liked that little skip Logan did as he went to leave the bathroom. The 'so wrong it's right' talk reminded me a lot of Joey and Pacey, who did something similar.

      I also enjoyed the little kissing scene when they were at Logan's house and Veronica gets shoved out because Dick and Beaver come to visit Logan. It was sweet to see her get jealous over him going away for the weekend, although the ending killed me! We all know Logan didn't rape Veronica but it's hard to watch all the same.moreless
    • Veronica helps Carmen with her boyfriend issues.

      9.6
      I thought that this was a ver good episode of Veronica Mars. Once again the writers did a wonderful job with the storylines. I thought that it was really nice of Veronica to help Carmen with braking up with her boyfriend and not having the video released evan though it was. I thought that it was nice of Logan to plan a dinner for Veronica on his dad's boat but I felt bad that veronica did not show because of what Tad told her about the night she was raped. I thought that it was wrong that Clarence Wiedman would treaten to have Alica fired if she did not stop seeing Keith.moreless
    Jeff D'Agostino

    Jeff D'Agostino

    Tad Wilson

    Guest Star

    Natalia Baron

    Natalia Baron

    Carmen Ruiz

    Guest Star

    Kyle Gallner

    Kyle Gallner

    Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas

    Guest Star

    Daran Norris

    Daran Norris

    Cliff McCormack

    Recurring Role

    Tina Majorino

    Tina Majorino

    Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie

    Recurring Role

    Christopher B. Duncan

    Christopher B. Duncan

    Clarence Wiedman, Jr.

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (10)

      • In the scene when Veronica is hiding in Logan's house from Dick and Beaver we can see Aaron Echolls behind her back, although when camera switches from her to Dick and again to Veronica, we can see Aaron behind her again.

      • Carmen mentions Paris Hilton's downloadable sex video. Hilton guest-starred in the second episode of this show.

      • After being caught by Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin), Veronica mentions that he's the star of the 1989 film Breaking Point, which also featured Corbin Bernsen, Hamlin's co-star on L.A. Law.

      • At the end of the episode Tad tells Veronica that Logan gave him GHB on the night that she was raped. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, commonly abbreviated to GHB, is a sedative used to treat narcolepsy and insomnia. It is sometimes abused at rave parties, and is also used as a date rape drug.

      • When Veronica calls Cliff to ask him about the newspaper add, he is with his client Loretta Cancun. This is the same client mentioned in the pilot episode that Veronica helps by exposing the shady way the strip joint keeps their liquor license.

      • The names (Eckwood Solomon III & Aaron Garrison), below Duncan on the Missing Persons Link website, are the names of people from the series art department.

      • After Carmen smashes the phone in the Mars Investigations office, Veronica gets an Instant Message. However, her email program (Mail) indicates that she is working offline which would be kind of strange if she's connected to the internet and signed in to an IMing program. Before the IM, she is writing an email message to Wallace entitled "History Project Due" that says, "Hey Dude! Have you pieced your portion of the presentation together yet? I'm off digging up stuff on the colonization of Africa, but have it all ready by Thursday." She also has her Safari web browser open to the PI search engine which makes it very strange for her email to be offline (probably the show just doesn't have her email connected to any real server).

      • When Carmen and Veronica are making the phone call so Tad can 'tie his own noose', Veronica hands Carmen the phone with no connection to her laptop. When the scene cuts to Carmen on the phone with Tad, the phone clearly has a cable connecting it to Veronica's computer.

      • When Veronica goes to the boardwalk to take incriminating photos of Tad, she is in her car. But she had already dropped off her car at Weevil's uncle's, and later in the episode Logan shows up with her car that his dad's driver had picked up.

      • In the scene where Logan and Veronica are kissing in the bathroom, the camera passes by a paper towel dispenser. You can clearly see the dolly (a device on which cameras maneuver) in it's reflective surface. Also, you can see the dolly in the mirror for a fraction of a second.

    • QUOTES (14)

      • Logan: Ah, mass transit. But why take the bus when you can drive your very own rustbucket? I had my dad's driver pick it up. Full of fresh stolen parts, ready to go.
        Veronica: Wow, I'll just try to keep this little gesture in mind this weekend when you and Dick and the Beaver are off getting blasted and scamming cheerleaders.
        Logan: Yeah... yeah. Actually, I had to tell Dick I'm not available, 'cause I have other plans.
        Veronica: There are cheerleaders with low self-esteem available domestically?

      • Logan: I am beyond tardy for my physics class. If I remember right, time travel is not yet possible.
        Veronica: So try petty corruption.

      • Veronica: What? I blockaded the door. I hung an 'Out of Order' sign.
        Logan: This is wrong. I mean, a boy in a girls' bathroom. It's just...
        Veronica: So wrong, it's right?
        Logan: Yes.

      • Mac: I'll get started on it as soon as I'm done reading about how Mr. Heinrick's interests include horseback riding on the beach, hot tubbing with special friends, and (gestures air quotes) 'sensual charades.'
        Veronica: Ugh. Thanks Mac. That's a mental image I'll carry with me to the grave.

      • Veronica: No offense, but you look... odd.
        Wallace: I just watched our parents cuddle on the couch last night. My eyes, they burn.

      • Mac: So... the bounty on Duncan. What's my share? Eight? Ten?
        Veronica: Ten! (holds out a $10 bill) But you drive a hard bargain.
        Mac: I mean percent.

      • Seth: Isn't just joining the Navy alone gay enough to get you thrown out of the Navy?

      • Veronica: How long does it take you to create a highly incriminating, thoroughly libelous, sexually explicit website?
        Mac: Uh...forty-five minutes, give or take?

      • Veronica: Hi. I'm here to get my phone back.
        Mr. Wu: Consider this a warning. Next time, I'm keeping it, and you'll just have to gossip with your friends with two cans and a string.

      • Logan: So the place is ours. Dad's at class. And Trina's at an extremely important purse store opening in Beverly Hills.

      • Veronica: It's all fun and games until you get my foot up your ass.

      • Veronica: Come on, Dad. With your expertise and my can-do spirit, we can do it. Family project!

      • Mac: I just found Mr. Heinrich's posting on the Neptune Swingles site.
        Veronica: Ooo, Larry, bowm-chicka-bow-bow.

      • Logan: What, like, will we ever hang at the mall and hold hands... and buy each other teddy bears with hearts that say, 'I wuv you bear-y much'?
        Veronica: Yes. Exactly that. Except I want my bear won through some sort of demonstration of ring-tossing ability.

    • NOTES (6)

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Logan: So tennish, Albacore Club, slip five.

        According to Logan, his father's boat is parked at slip five of the Albacore Club, a reference to Roman Polanski's 1974 thriller Chinatown. Misheard by one of PI Jake Gittes' minions as apple core rather than albacore, much questionable behavior happens at the Albacore Club, a meeting place of the film's villains.

      • Carmen: I'm gonna end up a downloadable national joke. You know, right up there with Paris Hilton or that Star Wars kid.

        Canadian teenager Ghyslain Raza has the sad distinction of being the star of a video showing a fake lightsaber training session with a golf-ball retriever, along with accompanying noises. After the video was posted on the Internet without his knowledge, creative cyber geeks edited in real lightsaber sound effects and graphics, leading to this video being downloaded millions of times.

      • Keith: Money for nothing.

        Keith thinks that tracking down Duncan will be "Money for Nothing", the title of a 1985 Dire Straits song notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting.

      • Veronica: Okeley dokely.

        Reference to the favorite saying of The Simpsons character Ned Flanders.

      • Seth Rafter: The Navy. Cover my back Wingman.

        Another reference to the film Top Gun in which one of the naval aviators makes a similar comment to the Tom Cruise character. This is the second episode with a Tom Cruise reference, the other being "Ruskie Business".

      • Veronica: It's a message from Top Gun.

        Reference to the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun.

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