Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 15

Papa's Cabin

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2007 on UPN
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Veronica discovers Timothy Foyle breaking into Mars Investigations, she uses his help to track down Dean O'Dell's true killer.

Meanwhile, Logan and Parker's relationship takes an unexpected turn, and acting Sheriff Mars brings another murderer to justice.

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  • We finally learn who killed the Dean!

    This is the second conclusion episode of this season (first being finding the rapist). This season isnt as good as the previous two, still good none the less. Pulling together all the pieces of the night the dean was murdered was a little forced due to the lack of time and trying to add in a bunch of new details in to one episode. It seems as the writers werent sure how they wanted this mystery to end and when it was finally time to make a conclusion they quickly threw together a new storyline that we would never expect. The episode ends as it was suppose to almost as a season finale that way new veiwers could join in once the show returned from a hiatus. However, it also makes you wonder how well the series finale was going to be with only 5 episodes left to air.moreless
  • Still a good show, but not at the top of its game.

    So another mystery has been solved by everyone's favorite teenage detective (eat it, other teenage detectives). This was a decent episode. This show rarely falters too badly, but I still can't help but feel like its never been AS great since the end of the first season. The Lilly Kane murder was just so important to Veronica and played out so perfectly that its tough for them to recapture that magic. I do think the third season, despite the potential awkwardness of transfering Veronica and crew to the college setting, has been better than season 2 though. Anyway, now on to the specifics of this episode.

    And the killer of Dean O'Dell is revealed to be.....Tim, the weirdo TA in Veronica's criminology class (if you didn't want to know, you probably shouldn't be reading reviews before you watch the episode). While the episode was entertaining all the way through, I couldn't help but feel disappointed because I was able to figure out that it was Tim way too early. Professor Landry and his wife were both just too obvious to be the real killers. That's how television works. They try to get you to look at the obvious and all the while hide the real killer just underneath your nose. The problem is eventually you catch on. Tim was the only other character prominent enough to be the potential killer on the show and since all the suspicion was being leveled at Landry and Mindy, it just had to be Tim. His motive was a little weak though. ALl right, that's all I've got to say about this one. Overall, I liked it but it gets docked some points because I know this show can do better.moreless
  • So Predicable...

    Season's one and two of Veronica Mars were great. So far the third season has been rather predicable. As soon as the Dean died it was, more then obvious who had killed him. This episode didn't do anything but prove what we knew from the start. It was boring and very predicable and how am I supposed to make this review 100 words long? I just did my whole review in 50 words or less so what else can I add on here to make it 100 words long? Aside from the sentence I just added to make the review longer.moreless
  • It was a good episode with a revelation.

    Well, I honestly didn't imagine that in this episode the Dean's killer would be revealed. All I can say is that the revelation wasn't a shock to me. The first time I saw Tim (Professor Landry's assistant) I didn't like him. He always seemed to be a little suspicious. He had something... Something wrong. I thought he would do something bad to Veronica. I thought he was one of the rapists. Then, this case was solved. Anyway, this episode was very good. Finally the mistery was solved. I only don't understand how Veronica and Keith didn't suspect about Tim before. About Logan and Parker... This is unacceptable. I want LoVe.moreless
  • Not the greatest end of a mystery, veronica has done better.

    with the end of the murder case, my thoughts are that it could have been done way better, there was more of a climax when they thought the killer was someone else. At the end of the episode when the true killer is revealed, it is was well anti-climatic, does not compare to spilt and eggs and leave it to beaver. I did not like this ending very much, they could have done it sooo much better. I wonder what the next case will be, i think as a viewer it is gettiong harder to watch this show because how many cases can one first year university student involve themselves in?moreless
Robert Bastron

Robert Bastron

Student #1

Guest Star

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron

Student #3

Guest Star

Tamika Katon-Donegal

Tamika Katon-Donegal

Anchor Woman

Guest Star

Brandon Hillock

Brandon Hillock

Deputy Jerry Sacks

Recurring Role

Patrick Fabian

Patrick Fabian

Professor Hank Landry

Recurring Role

James Jordan

James Jordan

Timothy Foyle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the last scene when Veronica and Keith are having dinner, you see Veronica holding onto the side of the pot she's scooping the meat and potatoes out of. Having come off the stove, where it would have been at least keeping warm, it should have burned her hand.

    • When Veronica is using the disposable cell phone and pretending to be calling from a radio station she has her phone to her right ear. A few seconds later the phone is to her left ear for just a split second, and then switches back to the right.

    • Sacks mentions hearing from the LAX (Los Angeles International airport) and waiting to hear from John Wayne, another Los Angeles area airport. There are other major airports in the area. Burbank and Ontario airports are nearby. And, given the estimated amount of time elapsed, Long Beach airport would also be another possibility.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Veronica: (answers phone) If you're wondering where I am, I'm hanging out outside a convenience store eating corn nuts and watching strippers.
      Keith: Are you doing drugs?
      Veronica: No.
      Keith: Good.

    • Logan: I wanted to... ask you about something. You know, it's kind of weird, but... you know, I was thinking of asking Parker out, and I wanted to make sure it was cool with you.
      (Tim peeks out of his office)
      Tim: Veronica, are you coming in?
      Veronica: Yeah, uh, one second (turns back to Logan) Of course. Thank you for asking.
      Logan: Sure. I know we're friends.
      Veronica: Yeah. (walks away) See ya. And good luck.

    • Wallace: I saw Logan and Parker having lunch.
      Veronica: Here?
      Wallace: Yeah.
      Veronica: (making fun of him) In the cafeteria? At lunchtime? God, why doesn't he just run me over with a truck?
      Wallace: Man, I'm just telling you this because it looked like it was something, like they were connecting, you know? (she stares at him) What?!
      Veronica: I'm just trying to figure out which Gilmore Girl you are.

    • Veronica: You got a confession?
      Keith: I am that good.
      Veronica: So it's true what they say. There's a new sheriff in town?
      Keith: Until the special election, anyway.

    • Keith: Whatcha making?
      Veronica: Meat and potatoes. I read somewhere that's what real men eat.
      Keith: Ah, is there a real man coming over?

    • Logan: Mars!
      Veronica: We're on a last name basis now? We skipped right over androgynous nicknames?
      Logan: I tried calling you 'Chuckles,' but it didn't stick.

    • Veronica: (voiceover) So, here's something the freshman guidebook failed to address: your dad is acting sheriff, he thinks your favorite professor may have murdered your favorite dean. So where do you sit in class? Up front now seems awkward. But isn't a seat in the back like hanging an 'I think you're guilty' sign?

    • Keith: Do you have anything to confess?
      Veronica: Yes, you embarrass me.

    • Wallace: I'm a guy, and I don't know or care about this stuff but I feel like I'm supposed to tell you this.
      Veronica: I'm starting to get a mustache?
      Wallace: No.
      Veronica: Then why are you staring at my lip?
      Wallace: Because you just made me.
      Veronica: (covering her lip) Stop!

    • Keith: You've known three men in your life, Mrs. O'Dell. Two are dead. The great state of California may see to the third.
      Mindy: How am I supposed to react to that?
      Keith: Reflexively.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Veronica: Nice gloves. You headed to the parlor to strangle Colonel Mustard after this?
      This is an allusion to the board game Clue, in which Colonel Mustard is one of the characters. In Clue, one of the characters commits murder while the rest try to figure out who did it, in which room, and with what weapon. Though many rooms are in the mansion, 'The Parlor' isn't one of them.

    • Sacks: LAX, yeah, but I'm still waiting to hear from John Wayne.
      Veronica: (doing an imitation) And you're not gonna, pilgrim, 'cause what I am, is dead.

      John Wayne was was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor who was a major star from the 1940s to the 1970s. He is famous for his distinctive voice and walk.

    • Veronica: I'm just trying to figure out which Gilmore Girl you are.

      Gilmore Girls is another CW show about a mother and a daughter and their tight-knit bond. It actually came on right before Veronica Mars.

    • Veronica: I'm Miss Crockett. This is my partner... Mr. Tubbs
      Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs are the police detectives from Miami Vice.