Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 11

Silence of the Lamb

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2005 on UPN
9.2
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  • Episode Summary

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    After setting up a new business helping classmates dig up dirt on their parents, Veronica uncovers a huge revelation about her friend "Mac" which leaves her wondering if some information is best left unknown. Meanwhile, Keith must team up with Sheriff Lamb to track down a serial killer.moreless

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    • After setting up a new business helping classmates dig up dirt on their parents, Veronica uncovers a huge revelation about her friend "Mac". Keith must team up with Sheriff Lamb to track down a serial killer.moreless

      7.5
      After setting up a new business helping classmates dig up dirt on their parents, Veronica uncovers a huge revelation about her friend "Mac" which leaves her wondering if some information is best left unknown.Meanwhile, Keith must team up with Sheriff Lamb to track down a serial killer.



      cute episode

      Veronica: You're teaming up with Lamb? Keith: It's a bitter pill, I know, but they're paying me my normal hourly. Veronica: And Lamb agreed to this? His head didn't explode? Keith: The mayor didn't give him a choice. I'm the closest thing they have to an E-String Strangler authority. And it's a big priority for the mayor. A killer preying on partying college girls tends to kill the spring break business. Veronica: So this is all about tourist revenue? God bless America.moreless
    • I\'d be lying if I said I liked this episode. There were some great points, but all in all - it was just a piece of junk with a great performance of Mac!moreless

      7.0
      First the storyline. OK, I get the copycat murders, but why team Keith up with Lamb? I mean, there were cases before, much more important in my opinion, and were left alone to Sheriff\'s Department to deal with, not to Keith. So this was a surprise, not a pleasant one. I expected more dirt out of Lamb mouth also.

      What also struck me as impossible was Veronica\'s sudden cash miracle - Get-A-Dirt-opalooza. I mean, after watching her I don\'t think she would go that far for anyone. Not even to crash an 09er spirit.

      And - what am I, a pep? I mean come one, \"girl falls for a boy?\" How cheesy is that, how not-Veronica to think? Leo was maybe a breeze of fresh air, but definitely the kind of air Veronica breathes. She couldn\'t simply fall for Leo so quickly, it took her a crashed spirit to hook up with Troy the last time, so forgive me if I\'m not buying this.

      Too little Wallace in the episode, and of course Weevil helping her out - gosh.

      Not enough good lines, although I have to give writers credit for Twilight Zone. Don\'t really see the Thomas Harris reference, sorry.

      What I liked about it was Mac. Interesting plot, although I didn’t really understand that part about money (I mean, if the shop went broke, why didn\'t her father buy it again with the switch money? unless he did and he was still working in it just for fun... yeah, good one!). Mac was a nice change and real friend to Veronica - not Lilly type. I like the character, I hope she will be back someday.

      However, the music compensated for at least part of the episode - it was well chosen to illustrate all situations Mac or Veronica were in.

      But I am waiting for episodes resembling the first 5 or 6 - gripping and emotional, unraveling the mystery bit by bit.moreless
    • How did I totally forget about this episode? It's really good.

      9.4
      Veronica starts digging up dirt for her classmate's on their parents. While doing this for Mac Veronica discovers she was switched at birth. Silence of the Lamb is a top rate Veronica Mars, all aspects of the episode are great. Mac's story is well paced nicely thought out and executed perfectly. Mac is a very sweet character and we can really get on board with her story. This episode has the introduction of love interest Leon, who is charming and very cute. The Keith and Sheriff Lamb parts builds quite a allot of tension as well as offering some great comedy at Lamb's expense. It's also nice to see the Lilly murder case re surface after being put on the back burner for the last few episodes. Silence of the Lamb is a special Veronica Mars episode full of the show dramatic charm.moreless
    • Review

      9.4
      Not one mention of the stabbing that happened in the last episode made me wonder what the writers were thinking. Then I saw that at the last minute this episode and the previous were switched in the season lineup to leave a better cliffhanger. Understandable I suppose, but not the course of action I would have taken. I thought the teen case in this one was really good. Similar to the Wallace case earlier in the year I feel that we really got to know a little bit more about Mac in this episode and I thought her story was really interesting and kind of sad. If the writers can write something to make you feel for a character, they did a very good job here. Keith Mars is the other lead of the show, but I just dont really like him in the scenes without Veronica. There were a few good scenes in this episode with him in it, but for the most part I tune into the show for all the teenage stuff. Perhaps I simply relate to them because I am one of them - but I simply am not feeling any storyline hes got going on. Lots of devolopment in the Lily Kane murder and I was actually surprised by the twist. Some may have seen it coming but I didnt think Clarience would have gotten back to back things fall onto him. I thought it was going to go to someone else. Either way - great episode, but a poor decision by the writers to put it behind Echolls Christmas lowered the grade for me.moreless
    • Diving deeper and deeper

      9.4
      It's clear that this episode was meant to be aired before Echolls Family Christmas. There's not even a single word on the stabbing from the previous episode. Although it's not much of a problem considering this episode was really strong.



      I like how eventually the show goes back to characters that were introduced a couple of episodes ago. So Mac hires Veronica to investigate her parents because she senses something's not right. And she's correct. It appears Mac and Madison were switched at birth. It's pretty emotional and very well concluded. I like how Mac and her biological mother had this kind of chemistry between them for the whole episode, but they never spoke the truth to eachother despite the fact they both knew.



      The main plot of the episode was really good too. We got a good sense of what Keith was like before the Kane murder. He worked with the sheriff department to track down a serial killer who targets college girls. It was a cool story, and not neccesserely because of the case itself. I liked the dynamics between Sheriff Lamb and Keith. It was great. Meanwhile Veronica takes use of this situation to hang around the Sheriff's office. She kinda seduces a young deputy to sneak in the evidence room to finally find out who called in the tip to arrest Abel Koontz.



      Well, it turned out to be Clarence Wiedman, the man who also made the photos with the crosshair. Not much of a surprise but this just verifies that the Kanes are really involved in the cover up.



      The ending with the music was really good. Mac and her mother making eye contact and Veronica taking revenge on Clarence by sending him similiar pictures to what he made of Veronica. The music was really fitting too.



      Very very good episode, I really enjoyed it.moreless
    David Kyl-Brown

    David Kyl-Brown

    Bass Player

    Guest Star

    Aaron Paul

    Aaron Paul

    Eddie "The Worm" LaRoche

    Guest Star

    Steve Monroe

    Steve Monroe

    Gabe

    Guest Star

    Tina Majorino

    Tina Majorino

    Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie

    Recurring Role

    Michael Muhney

    Michael Muhney

    Sheriff Don Lamb

    Recurring Role

    Max Greenfield

    Max Greenfield

    Deputy Leo D'Amato

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When Sheriff Lamb and the major come to Keith Mars office to ask him for help Veronica says "Deputy Lamb is here" not Sheriff.

      • Deputy Leo is at the police station when the women whose daughter was kidnapped shows up but moments later he is playing with his band and doesn't seem to know what is going on.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Veronica: So, what made you decide to be a cop?
        Leo: Uh, well, it's the same old tired story. I was sent here by the agency to do a strip-o-gram for Inga, an armed robbery call came in, I figured I was in uniform anyway, so what the hell.
        Veronica: So you're saying you just kind of stumbled into it.
        Leo: Oh, what I'm trying to say is, this uniform, it's a tear-away.

      • Mac: (to Veronica) With your sleuth prowess and my programming skills, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that we would rule the entire known universe.

      • Veronica: You're teaming up with Lamb?
        Keith: It's a bitter pill, I know, but they're paying me my normal hourly.
        Veronica: And Lamb agreed to this? His head didn't explode?
        Keith: The mayor didn't give him a choice. I'm the closest thing they have to an E-String Strangler authority. And it's a big priority for the mayor. A killer preying on partying college girls tends to kill the spring break business.
        Veronica: So this is all about tourist revenue? God bless America.

      • Jackson: I don't care what they say about you, Veronica Mars. You rock.
        Veronica: Yes, I do. I also take cash.

      • Keith: You don't go to the Oceanside bars that the college kids hang out at, do you?
        Veronica: I prefer the biker bar by the train station. I get more attention there.

      • Veronica: (voiceover) You send target photos of me to my mom. You call in the Abel Koontz tip. Two words for you, Clarence Wiedman: game on.

      • Veronica: A cop that rocks. What will they think of next?
        Leo: I'm trying to cover all fantasy bases.

      • Lamb: Strapping on a guitar. Does it get rid of feelings of inadequacy?
        Gabe: Does strapping on a gun?

      • Jackson: They grounded me for two months for smoking up in my room.
        Wallace: Apparently, you've never spent time in a black woman's house. Be glad you're still walking.

      • Veronica: (voice-over) Same old story. Girl uses boy. Girl falls for boy. Boy saves girl's dad's life. Girl gets what she deserves.

      • Vic: (about Veronica) Mmm mmm. Now that one, I would've noticed.
        Keith: That's my daughter.
        Vic: Wouldn't mind havin' her call me daddy.

      • Jackson: I hear you do detective stuff for people.
        Veronica: I do favors for friends.
        Jackson: I can pay.
        Veronica: Sit down, friend.

      • Sheriff Lamb: Is your Daddy here? Or is he busy peeking in people's windows?
        Veronica: You stop dressing up like Little Bo Peep, he'll stop peeking.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • Company name: Evermore Guitars
        The guitar store featured in this episode is likely named after heavy band, with their guitar driven sound, Led Zeppelin's 1971 release of the folk-rock song The Battle of Evermore on their untitled fourth album.

      • Mac: She wouldn't know Monet's Water Lilies unless Revlon named a nail polish after it.
        Claude Monet's series of Impressionist paintings of his pond and its water lilies are among the most recognisable images in art.

      • Mac: He so looks like Fievel.
        The cute little mouse from the 1986 animated movie An American Tail, Fievel Mousekewitz is not who any human would want to be compared to, however cute he is. The Russian Mousekewitz family immigrates to America but gets separated, and young Fievel must learn to survive on his own as he searches for his family.

      • Keith: You've never seen Spinal Tap?

        The 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, is a mockumentary of the fictional band Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap is modeled after the legendary rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, especially Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, and others known for their face-melting rock and borderline-illegal partying. It's a classic comedy about self-delusion and the importance of dials that go up to 11.

      • Veronica: A cop that rocks. What will they think of next?

        Refers to the failed 1990 musical/police drama series Cop Rock.

      • Mac's Father: Honey, got everything you need? Pocket knife? Headlamp? Latest works of staggering genius?

        Refers to the popular literary book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.

      • Lauren: 'The Westing Game'. It's really good.

        The Westing Game is a mystery book written by Ellen Raskin, which had been awarded a 1979 Newbery Medal. It's about sixteen people who were invited to Sunset Towers to figure out the murderer of Sam Westing and the winner would become an heir to his estate.

      • Episode Title: Silence of the Lamb

        Reference to the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, based on the novel by Thomas Harris.

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