Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 2

My Big Fat Greek Rush Week

3
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2006 on UPN
9.2
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The campus newspaper hires Veronica for an undercover expose on the Zeta Theta sorority sisters during rush week to investigate Parker’s rape. Veronica begins to realize though that not everything is as it appears in the sorority house. Logan and Wallace take part in a challenging Sociology class role-playing experiment as prisoner and prison guard, and Keith treks through the desert after escaping from the scene of a crime.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Veronica learns a lesson the hard way

    9.5
    While I still find it too convenient that everyone ended up at the same college, there's nothing I can do about that, except deal with it. I really liked this episode because for a change Veronica doesn't end up as the good guy. When she takes the newspaper assignment to cover the sorority's bad behavior, she feels she is going to do the right thing. When the truth comes out that her prying has actually hurt someone, she has to think twice about how to use her investigative talents. I liked that she quit the newspaper to do the boring job in the library.



    The sociology experiment was very scary. There was almost no supervision, and someone really could have gotten hurt. I expected Logan to be more involved in the game, but he really did not participate much. It was a nice twist that Wallace ended up the guard and that the guards won not by using force or coercion, but by outsmarting the prisoners. It's also nice that at the end Mac convinces her roommate to stay. It seems she also misjudged the situation, as Veronica did, and now has a genuine new friend, once she opened up her mind about the girl. Everyone is growing up!moreless
  • A pretty good episode

    9.5
    Wallace and Logan in the project was pretty funny. I loved Logan's leadership and the way that the guards ended up winning. Veronica's inspection of the soroitry was awsome because I love seeing her play out of character and undercover. I felt bad how it ended with Veronica not being able to take the article out of the paper.
  • This was the first episode I have ever seen of Veronica Mars, and overall I was extremely impressed. It was ingrossing throughout with exteremely good balance between the storylines.

    8.9
    Now, for coming into a show 3 seasons in, and the second episode of the season, nonetheless, I was surprisingly unconfused with two of the storylines, and actually intrigued enough to keep watching. Kristen Bell did a masterful job, along with the sorority house being both evil and good at the same time. I felt that the end was a little bit of a long shot, but it was very interesting. The sociology experiment, however, is where the episode really shined. It dominated the scenes with the four main members, and how it all worked out was impressive and amazing. It stole the show away from Kristen Bell, something I didn't believe was possible. The fathers storyline was confusing, but I won't rank the show poorly because of it, because I am a newcomer, and just was unable to pick up on it because of that.moreless
  • Veronica and her antics prove masterful once again as she dons a Louis Vuitton and a pink lipgloss as a Sorority Chick, embracing a not-so-Veronica side to herself. Meanwhile the boys get tough and rough for class.moreless

    9.0
    This episode was thrilling.

    Veronica's superb verbal plays against and as one of the Sorority bunch makes this episode one of the best of the season. Rider Strong as a scary butch manly-man? This, my friends, just adds to the pleasant-ness of the episode. Indeed, watching it, while laughing was fun, but the plot unfolding and twisting in the meantime? Jesus, it just makes me happy to watch the show! Fan-freaking-tastic episode, Veronica/Kristen Bell! Her acting was superb. Definitely a good one becuase of this amazing portrayal. As in many previous episodes, Veronica is not afraid to show us, she can go the extra mile to win the battle (or is it race?).moreless
  • Veronica begins to realize though that not everything is as it appears in the sorority house. Logan and Wallace take part in a challenging Sociology class role-playing experiment as prisoner and prison guard.moreless

    9.0
    The campus newspaper hires Veronica for an undercover expose on the Zeta Theta sorority sisters during rush week to investigate Parker’s rape. Veronica begins to realize though that not everything is as it appears in the sorority house.

    Logan and Wallace take part in a challenging Sociology class role-playing experiment as prisoner and prison guard, and Keith treks through the desert after escaping from the scene of a crime. Logan: (Veronica greets him) Ah, finally, my conjugal visit. Veronica: Let me guess, you're out on good behavior? Logan: (to others) You all know my girl, Veronica. (to Veronica) I have your picture hung in my cell. Gets me through the long, lonely nights. I lend it to my buddy, Horshack, sometimes. Hope you don't mind. Veronica: It's good to share.moreless
Andrew McClain

Andrew McClain

Moe Slater

Guest Star

Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe

Cormac Fitzpatrick

Guest Star

Samm Levine

Samm Levine

Samuel Horshack

Guest Star

David Tom

David Tom

Chip Diller

Recurring Role

Chastity Dotson

Chastity Dotson

Nish Sweeney

Recurring Role

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

Liam Fitzpatrick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Logan is entering the class by the end of the episode, supposedly naked, we can see that he is wearing shorts or boxers.

    • The Sheriff's office that Keith finds after wandering in the desert has a sign indicating it's for Kretchmer County. John T. Kretchmer is a director for the show, and directed this episode.

    • Dan Castellaneta plays the sociology professor in this episode. Dan is most famously known as the voice of Homer Simpson from The Simpsons. In the scene where the incorrect location is given, when the guards find out they were duped, someone says "D'Oh!", which is a classic Homer Simpson line.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Veronica: Tasteful floral dresses? All my florals are trampy. Seriously, I don't have a thing with a flower that's not in a tube top or hot pant family.

    • Nish: Welcome to the home of Theta Beta. What do you think?
      Veronica: I think it's the gateway to Hell, and I don't want to keep looking directly at it.

    • (Veronica is lying on Wallace's bed, with her eyes closed and her fingers on her temples)
      Wallace: What you up to?
      Veronica: Turning my unbearable guilt into steely resolve. I think it's working.
      Wallace: Well, you've had plenty of practice.

    • Veronica: (voiceover) The best way to keep a guy at least ten feet away? Dry heave. Vomit is the new mace.

    • Keith: Sup?
      Veronica: I'm not acknowledging that.

    • Logan: (Veronica greets him) Ah, finally, my conjugal visit.
      Veronica: Let me guess, you're out on good behavior?
      Logan: (to others) You all know my girl, Veronica. (to Veronica) I have your picture hung in my cell. Gets me through the long, lonely nights. I lend it to my buddy, Horshack, sometimes. Hope you don't mind.
      Veronica: It's good to share.
      Logan: Yep. Well, have a seat. We're waxing nostalgic over our time on the inside.
      Veronica: Mm, can't. You're breaking out, I'm breaking in. Star-crossed.

    • Mac: (to Parker) I'll have your back, from now on.

    • Veronica: I guess 'dress to impress' meant dress like your favorite Pussycat Doll.

    • Veronica: Oh my God! What are you doing here?
      Dick: Fulfilling my destiny. It's a sorority party. It's why I left the womb.

    • Veronica: The '70s had the hustle, the '80s the moonwalk. We have the faux-lesbian dance.

    • Veronica: (voice over) What's really worse: getting girls to undress in front of a two way mirror, or getting them to dress like a fifties vacuum ad first?

    • Veronica: (after seeing room full of marijuana) Holy smokes!

    • Veronica: (to safety driver at Hearst) Thanks Sunshine! Keep on keepin' on!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Wizard of Oz:

      Logan mentions that another way to get out of the experiment would be to click your heels three times. This is a reference to the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy needs to click the heels three times to get back home.

    • Veronica: Knowledge is power.
      Keith: Nietzsche?
      Veronica: Mm, Schoolhouse Rock!

      Nietzsche was a German-born philosopher who produced critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, and philosophy. His most known work is "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." Schoolhouse Rock! was a series of 46 short, educational films filled with songs about school topics such as grammar, science, economics, history, and politics.

    • Veronica: What do I think? I think I'd sooner drink Mark McGrath's bath water than drink anything here.

      Mark McGrath is the lead singer of the band Sugar Ray who is now doing very well on TV.

    • Rafe: What the hell do you think your doing?
      Logan: Um, getting a jump start on the freshman fifteen?
      The "freshman fifteen" is a general term used on college freshman students. It is based on the fact that college students gain about 15 pounds in their first year of college due to the numerous hours of studying and the unhealthy food that dining halls serve.

    • Veronica: (to Logan) You're breaking out, I'm breaking in. (turns and motions to her and Logan) Star-crossed.

      "Star-crossed" or "star-crossed lovers" is a reference to those who fight against (or cross) their fate, which is written in the stars. The phrase is first recorded by William Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet.

    • The guard/prisoner experiment conducted for Professor Kinny's class is similar in setup to that of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, as are some of the "punishments" used.

    • Character Name: One of the prisoners is named Samuel Horshack and a guard makes fun of him.

      Arnold Horshack was a character on the TV show Welcome Back, Kotter. He was a nerdy character that was always raising his hand and saying "Ooh, ooh, ooh!" like the guard does when Horshack is trying to use the restroom.

    • Veronica: You had me at 'secret room.'

      This is a parody of the famous and oft quoted line from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire: "You had me at 'hello.'"

    • Episode Title: My Big Fat Greek Rush Week
      A play on the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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