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Eli "Weevil" Navarro
Sheriff Don Lamb
Veronica's Le Baron plates are 6BLA504.
Mars Investigation's phone number are 555-0137.
Veronica's dog in this pilot is different from the one seen in the series. This one is a brown and white American Bulldog, while the later one is a brown American Pit Bull Terrier. When the show got picked up, they decided to recast Backup. This was done to avoid dealing with Backup One's dog trainer, as their lack of preparation for the pilot shoots delayed production a lot.
Text of the note from Veronica's mother:
I have to leave for awhile.
I'll be back for you someday.
When Keith is bending over Lily's body, you see Veronica's arm appear on the right side of the screen and then fly up to her face. The next shot is of Veronica running and coming to a stop, seeing Lily's body, and covering her face with her hands in shock.
The laptop used by Veronica in this episode changes from scene to scene and even between shots within a single scene. In the scene where Veronica zooms into the photo of her mother's car, it's a Dell computer as the lid or the sides of the laptop are visible. However, as the keyboard and the screen is shown, it's clearly an Apple PowerBook.
The Dell is also used in the scene where Celeste Kane visits Mars Investigations and the Apple can be seen when Veronica first downloads the photos taken at the Camelot motel from her camera.
The word "snitch" written on the duct tape on Wallace's chest was actually misspelled--it read "snich." According to the pilot script posted on creator Rob Thomas' website, this mistake is intentional.
The Mars' apartment was different in the pilot to how it would appear subsequently. The front door, size and layout of the apartment change. In the pilot, the kitchen has a wall partition between it and the lounge area which disappears later.
Keith: And Veronica, when you go after Jake Kane, you take Backup.
Cliff: One of my clients, Loretta Cancun, dances at the Seventh Veil.
Cliff: These are my people, V. She was busted for vandalism, taking a baseball bat to the washing machine that stole her quarters at Suds 'n' Duds.
Veronica: And Johnnie Cochran was booked?
Cliff: I make no apologies. I like this case. It's tawdry.
Veronica: (voiceover) The only reason I was allowed past the velvet ropes was Duncan Kane, son of software billionaire Jake Kane. He used to be my boyfriend. (long pause) Then one day, with no warning, he ended things.
Logan: (to Veronica) So does your, uh, does your dad still think that Lilly's father did this? That's my girlfriend. Your friend. Duncan's sister. Your dad is destroying the Kane family. What's the matter with you people, huh? What's the matter with you?
Veronica: Did you take the case?
Keith: Well, we need the money, Veronica.
Veronica: Good, I would have been pissed if you hadn't.
Keith: Well, I wouldn't have cared if you were.
Veronica: (to Wallace) Congratulations, Sport. In your short time here, you already managed to piss off the motorcycle gang and the local sheriff.
Cliff: I heard your dad's out tracking down bail jumpers half the time and yet somehow all the cases that come in here still get handled. How is that?
Veronica: We're efficient.
Veronica: (voiceover) Quite a reputation I've got, huh? You wanna know how I lost my virginity? So do I.
Keith: I nailed our bail jumper one hundred yards from Mexico... Twenty five hundred bucks. No sack dinners tonight. Tonight we eat, like the lower middle class to which we aspire. Fire up the 'bachie.
(Veronica Mars reports a crime to Sheriff Lamb)
Lamb: I've got not a shred of evidence to work with here but that really doesn't matter to your family, now does it? Look at this. She cries. I'll tell you what, Veronica Mars, why don't you go see the wizard? Ask for a little backbone.
Logan: Hey, Veronica Mars. Do you know what your little joke cost me?
Veronica: Well, I'm pretty sure you won't be getting your bong back.
Logan: (breaks right headlight of Veronica's car) Wrong answer. Would you care to guess again?
Veronica: Clearly your sense of humor.
Logan: (breaks left headlight of Veronica's car) Nope. You're usually so good at pop quizzes. No, the correct answer is my car. That's right. My daddy took my T-Bird away. And you know what I won't be having? Fun, fun, fun.
Weevil: Sister, the only time I care what a woman has to say is when she's riding my big old hog, but even then it's not so much words, just a bunch of 'oohs' and 'aahs,' you know?
Veronica: So it's big, huh?
Veronica: Well, let's see it. I mean, if it's as big as you say, I'll be your girlfriend. We could go to prom together. What? What seems to be the problem? I'm on a schedule here, vato.
Felix: Dude, Weevil, don't let Blondie talk to you like that!
Veronica: Sounds like your buddy here wants to see it too.
Wallace: That might play with the masses, but underneath that angry young woman shell, there's a slightly less angry young woman who's just dying to bake me something. You're a marshmallow, Veronica Mars. A twinkie!
Clemmons: Veronica, why does trouble follow you around?
Veronica: (Voiceover) And let's not forget Logan Echolls. His dad makes twenty million a picture. You probably own his action figure. Every school has an obligatory psychotic jackass. He's ours.
Wallace: Girl, you should hear what people say about you.
Veronica: So then what are you doing sitting here?
Wallace: You sat next to me.
Veronica: This is my table.
Wallace: And what a fine table it is. What do you suppose this is made of? (knocks on table) Oak?
Veronica: (voiceover) This is my school. If you go here, your parents are either millionaires, or work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without the middle class. If you're in the second group, you get a job. Fast food, movie theaters, mini marts. Or you could be me. My after school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims.
Logan: Hey, Ronnie. Hey, we've decided that we'd rather surf than study today. You wanna come with? Duncan will promise to take his shirt off. Does that sweeten the pot? Does that make you horny? Hey, D.K., flex for your ex.
Duncan: Shut up, Logan.
Felix: Hey, yo. Is this O-Town any good? I mean my little sister likes it, but you know; she likes ponies and juice boxes too.
Mrs. Murphy: (to a sleeping Veronica) Congratulations, you're my volunteer. Pope. An Essay on Man. Epistle I.
Veronica: 'Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Man never is, but always to be blest: the soul, uneasy and confined from home, rests and expatiates in a life to come.'
Mrs. Murphy: And what do you suppose Pope meant by that?
Veronica: Life's a bitch until you die.
Veronica: I used to think I knew what tore our family apart. Now I'm sure I don't. But I promise this: I will find out what really happened, and I will bring this family back together again. I'm sorry, is that mushy? Well, you know what they say. Veronica Mars, she's a marshmallow.
Veronica: God, Lilly, I see the Prozac's working.
Lilly: High on life, Veronica Mars. I've got a secret. A good one.
Wallace: I suddenly feel like I'm in a scene from The Outsiders.
Veronica: Be cool, Sodapop.
Keith: Who's your daddy?
Veronica: I hate it when you say that.
Keith: (eating Mac & Cheese) Say what you want about real cheese, but I am a fan of the orange powder packet stuff.
Lamb: (to Wallace) You need to go see the Wizard. Ask him for some guts.
Veronica: (Cutting Wallace down from the flagpole) You're new here, huh? Welcome to Neptune High. Go Pirates!
Although Amanda Seyfried originally auditioned for the role of Veronica, she ended up reading for the role of Lilly Kane. Rob Thomas called her "the biggest surprise of the year," saying she was 100 times better than anyone else who read for the role. He was so impressed that he wrote her character into the show more than he had originally planned.
In the original pilot script, there were some name changes:
Lilly's name was Samantha
Lianne's name was Rebecca, then Abbie
Wallace's last name was Collier
Logan's last name was Hewitt
The Kanes' last name was Cain, then Caine.
When Veronica develops the pictures she took of Jake Kane at the Camelot, she prints one off. In the picture, the actor playing Jake is not Kyle Secor. Kyle Secor wasn't originally in the pilot because of the expenses, but when the show was picked up they re-shot most of the scenes with Mr. Secor for the aired version.
The theme song to Veronica Mars is "We Used To Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols, which can be found on their album Welcome to the Monkey House.
The pilot originally had a different opening (which can be seen in the Season 1 DVDs), which Rob Thomas much preferred but the network found too dark. The network asked Thomas to write an opening the way they wanted, so they could screen test both. He tried to sabotage it by filling it with intentionally cheesy lines like "and that's when my private detective senses got the better of me." The plan backfired when the cheesy version tested better and that script was sent to the L.A. Times for review, where one writer praised the show but singled out the opening voice-over for criticism.
The offending lines were removed before the episode was actually shot.
The bong that was planted in Logan's locker was originally going to be a penis-shaped one. Kristen Bell has said that her favorite line in the original pilot script was:
Logan: You know what your little stunt cost me?
Veronica: Well, I'm pretty sure you won't be getting your cock bong back.
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
"Sittin' On Top Of The World" by Botany Boyz
"Bathroom Stall" by Dame Lee
"Butterflies" by David Garza
"Girls" by Death in Vegas
"White Lines (Don't Do It)" by Grandmaster Flash
"Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba
"Just Another" by Pete Yorn
"Give You More" by Taxi Doll
"Insincere Because I" by The Dandy Warhols
"Weak Become Heroes" by The Streets
"What You Want" by The Wayouts
"Atomic Girl" by Wannabes
"All You Need Is Love" music box instrumental, originally performed by The Beatles
Special premiere on a Wednesday night. Aired at 9pm ET.
Company name: The Seventh Veil
The creative keeper of liquor license is named after the origin of the modern striptease, the 'Dance of the Seven Veils'. Depending on whom you believe, it might origin from the biblical tale of John the Baptist's execution, or from the Assyrian and Babylonian myth about Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, war and sex whom removed one veil for each of the seven gates she passed through to get to the underworld, until she arrived naked. There's several other counterparts to the latter as well. In western culture the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' was popularized in Oscar Wilde's 1893 play Salome.
Keith: It's up and at'em, Atom Ant.
A reference to the Hanna-Barbera character 'Atom Ant', who was a cartoon ant and a superhero, often helping the police with their work. He first appeared in The Atom Ant Show in 1965.
Weevil: Weevil love you long time.
Allusion to Full Metal Jacket where the Vietnamese hookers tell the American men "me love you, long time".
Company name: The Camelot Motel
Camelot is the legendary court and castle of Arthurian Legend, from which King Arthur and Queen Guinevere ruled England. It was also the home of the Knights of the Round Table.
Character names: Kane & Abel Koontz
The surname went from 'Cain' in creator Rob Thomas' original project notes, to 'Caine' in the original script, and ended up as 'Kane' when the show was picked up because there were real people who had those pitched surnames and first names. The name 'Kane' is indelibly associated with the Orson Welles masterpiece, Citizen Kane. 'Charles Foster Kane' happened to be just as rich as 'Jake Kane', and William Randolph Hearst, the real life person Citizen Kane was based on, lived on the seaside estate San Simeon. In the Hebrew Bible, Cain and Abel are two sons of Adam and Eve. All three variants of the surname Thomas' used, are variations on the one from the Bibles. While the Jewish traditions and Greek New Testament have somewhat different interpretations, they all have in common the story of Cain and Abel. It should be noted the 'Abel Koontz' character appear from the beginning with that name in Rob Thomas' notes. The surname Koontz might be a homage to influential writer Dean Koontz.
School name: Neptune High School
Neptune was the Roman god of sea and water. His weapon of choice was the trident which appears on Neptune High's school seal.
Fireman: Well, if it isn't Smokey the barely legal.
Reference to Smokey the Bear, an animated brown bear who has been the spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service's campaign against forest fires since 1944.
Weevil: All right, one week. After that, we come for you, your boy, and your little dog too.
'Weevil' might have spent a little too much time being questioned by 'Sheriff Lamb', as his "and your dog too" ending is channeled from his referral favorite, The Wizard of Oz. Specifically the 1939 MGM movie classic starring Judy Garland, where 'The Wicked Witch of the West' tells 'Dorothy', "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too.".
Logan: My daddy took my T-bird away, and you know what I won't be having? Fun, fun, fun.
This is a reference to the popular Beach Boys song, "Fun, Fun, Fun."
Veronica: Be cool, Sodapop.
It's a reference to the S.E. Hinton book The Outsiders. Sodapop was one of the main characters along with his also oddly named brother Ponyboy. Sodapop was played by Rob Lowe in the movie version of The Outsiders.
Sheriff Lamb: You need to go see the Wizard. Ask for some guts.
Referring to 'The Wizard of Oz', who gave the 'Lion' courage, the 'Tin Man' heart, the 'Scarecrow' brains, and sent 'Dorothy' home. 'Wallace' is recommended guts, but also 'Veronica' got the same reference from 'Sheriff Lamb' during the episode, when she reports rape and he responds; "Why don't you go see the Wizard. Ask for some backbone.".
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