We've made it through the end of Season 2, and the finale was nothing short of impressive.
Eli "Weevil" Navarro
Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas
Clarence Wiedman, Jr.
When Keith hands Veronica an envelope as her graduation present, which encloses tickets for a trip to New York, she asks if it's a pony. That's a recurrent theme on the show, at least in Veronica's mouth.
In Season 2 Episode 10 ("One Angry Veronica"), she asks her father if there is a pony among her Christmas presents. In Season 1 Episode 7 ("The Girl Next Door"), when Keith proposes to do what normal fathers and daughters do, she says: "Buy me a pony?"
Both the season 1 and 2 finales' titles are references to Cassidy Casablancas.
When Veronica texts Logan to meet her on the roof, his cell phone shows the message as coming from a "No Name" number. In other words, Veronica is not one of his contacts. However, in an earlier episode in the season, when Kendall and Logan are sleeping together, Veronica calls Logan and his caller I.D. displays VERONICA MARS.
Explanation: all Logan would have to do was just delete her from his contacts, and he most likely could have if he'd gotten upset or annoyed with her.
When Veronica and Cassidy are up on the roof and the situation with Curly was revealed, we can see Beaver writing "VERONICA MARS" on Curly's hand. But Beaver does not completely close the loop in the 'R'in Veronica, and in the beginning of the season, the R loop is closed on Curly's hand.
When Kendall walks in on Logan and Veronica kissing, she says, "Aw...young love." This is exactly the same thing Logan says in the first episode of season two, the first time we see him in the present, when he sees Duncan and Veronica together.
If you look at the top right corner of Veronica's sidekick, it is dated June 6.
When Logan holds Veronica while she lies over him on the couch after the incident with Beaver, it is parallel to the first episode of the season, "Normal is the Watchword", when Veronica holds Logan as he lies over her on the couch after he is beat up by the PCH Bikers.
Duncan is supposedly in Mollymook, Australia. So why does everyone around him have an American accent?
When Veronica looks at her phone at the airport it says "No Signal", but if you pause the screen her sidekick shows 1 bar AND "No Signal" is listed as a task.
When Clarence Wiedman calls Duncan, Duncan refers to him by his initials "CW" which is also the name of the newly merged WB & UPN networks. Clarence Wiedman then replies "It's a done deal", which many fans took to mean Veronica Mars was renewed for a third season.
In the scene where Logan is holding a sleeping Veronica in his lap, their positions resemble that of Michelangelo's Pieta (Mary holding the body of Jesus in her lap).
Keith: I was a little surprised to find, you know, Logan on the couch... but it was better than finding him elsewhere, right?
Dick: Put on your dancing shoes, Mars, 'cause tonight we're gonna up-chuck the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie to beat.
Veronica: Up... chuck?
Dick: You heard me.
Logan: Aw sweetie, I love you, but you have to be the most gullible girl I've ever met.
Veronica: I'm trusting. Sue me.
(after Aaron got out of prison)
Aaron: Hello, Logan.
Logan: What are you doing here?
Aaron: Well, I need a place to stay. How are the suites?
Logan: Well, probably an improvement over your previous digs. Might be a little weird, though. I don't think any of the other guests killed anyone.
(Logan hugs and kisses Veronica)
Veronica: What are you doing?
Logan: I'm not gonna see you for a whole week, that's, like, a month.
Veronica: Yeah, but, then I'll be back and everything will be fine.
Logan: Well you say that, but I don't know...
Veronica: I know, I can feel it.
Logan: And you're never wrong? (Veronica shakes her head) No?
Kendall: (catches Veronica and Logan making out) Aw, young love. No, no, hold that position. Norman Rockwell wants to come in and paint you two. Did he pin on his pin, or was he too shy?
Veronica: Why are you here?
Logan: Yeah, I didn't know you could come out during daylight hours.
Kendall: I have a business proposition for your father.
Veronica: Okay, but I'm warning you: he doesn't carry much cash.
Dick: Admit it, man. You're way happier in the limo than sitting on the bus getting eye daggers in the back from Meg.
Duncan: I'd have been happier if you hadn't had that chili dog.
Aaron: Hello, Veronica. Well, don't look so surprised. It's a small town. Now that I'm no longer in jail, we might just run into each other from time to time.
Veronica: I'll have to pay better attention to where I'm going, then.
Aaron: Well, it's a free country. Those Founding Fathers were really onto something. Freedom - ah! It's pretty damn sweet. I like it.
Veronica: So did Lilly. Bummer you murdered her.
Veronica: Where's your brother?
Dick: I think he took Ghost World up to his room. They're probably up there making love. Or playing Dungeons and Dragons. Or both, at the same time. They're both, like, 12th level dorks. I'm just sayin'.
Keith: (presenting an envelope) For you, on this momentous occasion.
Veronica: (feels, shakes, then sniffs it) A pony?!
Mac: Guess what?
Mac: Beaver got us a room at the Neptune Grand for tonight.
Mac: Any advice?
Veronica: Close your eyes and think of England?
Dick: Guess who's going commando?
Duncan: Must we?
Veronica: So how's the sheriff business?
Keith: Pretty sweet. We got Otis sleeping it off in cell one, and Lamb has to wear the Clete the Crime-Fighting Canine costume to all the elementary schools this week.
Veronica: I don't know if I like the idea of you running around a place full of armed drunk business men.
Keith: That's why I rarely go to Texas.
Veronica: (voiceover) So this is how it is -- the innocent suffer, the guilty go free, and truth and fiction are pretty much interchangeable. There is neither a Santa Claus nor an Easter Bunny, and there are no angels watching over us. Things just happen for no reason. And nothing makes any sense.
Mac: It's liquid, it's courage..It's liquid courage!
Clemmons: I can't decide if my life is gonna be easier or more difficult with you gone. Anything I should know in case I get another one like you someday?
Veronica: Don't keep all your passwords taped on the bottom of your stapler. And stay cool, Mr. C.
"Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar
"Virtual Booty Machine" by Lovewhip
"Sparks" by The Waking Hours
"G.L.S." by Salme Dahlstrom
"Strangehold" by Ted Nugent
"See My Friends" by Gravenhurst
"Time Flies Tomorrow" by Paul Westerberg
Logan (to Kendall): I didn't know you could come out during daylight hours.
Charisma Carpenter's (Kendall) last major role was on Angel as 'Cordelia Chase' who helped the title character in his detective agency. 'Angel', a vampire, was indeed forced to work on most of his cases after the sun went down.
Veronica:I don't know if I like the idea of you running around a place full of armed, drunk businessmen.
Keith:That's why I rarely go to Texas.
Another dig at Vice President Dick Cheney, who accidentally shot one of his hunting companions while hunting on Dubya's Texas ranch.
When Dick Casablancas says to Veronica to "put on your dancing shoes, Mars, 'cause tonight we're gonna upchuck the boogie to the rhythm of the boogity beat," he uses a line from Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".
Kendall: No, no, hold that position. Norman Rockwell wants to come in and paint you two.
A popular 20th century American painter most famous for his work on cover illustrations, Norman Rockwell was also commissioned to paint the portraits of several U.S. Presidents and other dignitaries.
Veronica: And pepper spray. For if we run into that Trump character.
Donald Trump is a billionaire business executive who primarily deals with real estate. He has gained notoriety with his reality series, The Apprentice, where he acts as the main judge deciding who will get a job in his firm. Incidentally, Big Dick Casablancas and (to an extent) Cassidy were also real estate moguls.
Dick: I think he took Ghost World up to his room.
Ghost World is a set of comics stories by Daniel Clowes, usually presented as a graphic novel. It centers around the day-to-day life of Enid and Rebecca, two cynical, intelligent teenage girls who have recently graduated high school and spent their days wandering around their unnamed city criticizing pop culture and the people they encounter while wondering what they're going to do with the rest of their lives.
Veronica: Vagabond shoes and all.
"These vagabond shoes" is part of a line from the song "New York, New York", first sung by Liza Minnelli for the 1977 eponymous film by Martin Scorsese but made famous by Frank Sinatra in his 1979 recording.
Veronica: Calls himself Little Orphan Annie.
Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie is a comic strip that first appeared on August 5, 1924. The title, suggested by an editor at the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, is inspired by James Whitcomb Riley's 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie". The strip went on to inspire radio plays, a Broadway musical and at least three motion pictures.
When Mac asks Veronica if she has any advice for her on her first night in a hotel with Cassidy, Veronica tells her "close your eyes and think of England."
That's reputedly the advice given by Queen Victoria to her daughter on the event of her nuptials. This phrase is also believed to originate from the 1912 journal of Lady Hillingdon when speaking of having relations with her husband. It is commonly used as advice given to women when confronted with the inevitability of sexual intercourse.
Woody is watching a TV show from the '80s called The Dukes of Hazzard. This show was about a couple of 'good old boy' cousins who got into campy adventures driving a souped up Dodge Charger called the General Lee. They were constantly the targets of silly and unsuccessful schemes by the crooked sheriff in town, Boss Hogg.
When Veronica walks across the stage, she tells her principal "Stay cool, Mr. C." This is a reference to Fonzie from Happy Days who used to call Howard Cunningham Mr. C. and was, of course, eternally concerned with all things "cool".
Keith says that he checked Google Earth to find where Woody is staying. Google Earth is a feature of the Google search engine that combines satellite imagery, maps and Google Search to allow users to view virtually any point on earth.
Woody Goodman is using the alias 'Mr. Underhill' at the lodge where he's hiding out. Underhill is the name Frodo Baggins used in the book The Fellowship of the Ring when he was first beginning his long journey to dispose of the one ring. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In Veronica's dream, Keith tells her that Otis is locked up in a cell. This is a comment from The Andy Griffith Show. Otis was a local drunk that would lock himself up to sober up before going home to his wife.
Kendall: Did he pin on his pin? Or was he too shy?
This is a line from the song "The Telephone Hour" from the musical Bye Bye Birdie.
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