Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 20

The Bitch is Back

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 22, 2007 on UPN
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As the end of the first year at Hearst College draws to an end, the election for sheriff in Neptune comes to a close and Veronica and Piz discuss the effect a summer apart will have on their relationship.

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  • Consistently great show from beginning to end

    10
    Consistently great show from the pilot to the series finale.



    Unlike many series that "jump the shark," Veronica Mars finishes on a high note.



    So sad however to see it come to a premature end, like so many other great or at least above average series, such as "Firefly" "Jericho" "Terra Nova"



    Thank god "Veronica Mars, the Movie" is in pre-production!
  • Why do all the good ones have to come to an end?

    10
    Why do all the good ones have to come to an end? I loved both Veronica Mars and Cupid (both CW shows). I love the idea of watching her grow up then head off to the FBI. I love relating to her. Found this on Netflix and have been addicted ever since. They should have hulu, NBC, or ABC pick this up and finish it. Or even Marvel or DC. Someone should just pay for it and finish filming it. The crime noir feminine lead here rocks. I can't wait until Netflix and hulu (ie the fans) are the ones who get to choose what airs and what gets cut. That's how Chuck got saved, the fans (and Facebook/Twitter).moreless
  • The perfect ending for a perfect show.

    10
    Here it is. The end of Veronica Mars. After 3 awesome years of too many emotions one can handle, the inevitable happens and this little show I came to love so much ends.



    I can see why most people thought this episode was disappointing but I beg to differ. Life goes on and that's what 'The B*tch is Back' shows us. It all begins from where the previous episode left off. Logan tells Veronica about her sex tape, now very popular among her classmates and she has one last mystery on her hands. After the reappearance of some familiar faces like Jake Kane and Clarence Wiedman, and a secret society (you can't go wrong with them), the mystery is solved but not without some serious consequences. Keith is charged for erasing evidence and this reflects on his race for sheriff. Veronica votes for him, and moves on, walking in the rain.



    It's hard to explain but life goes on and so does Veronica. She still has problems to solve and people to help and that's what makes this episode so good. Yeah, it's not a happy ending, but how often in life do we really have them? 'The B*tch is Back' (awesome title, by the way) marks the end of a very short era with everything I love about Veronica Mars. Funny quotes? Check. Mystery to solve? Check. Veronica, Keith and the whole gang? Check, check, check. A heart-breaking ending with a noir feel to it? Check. The writing is Veronica as we know it and the acting doesn't let you down. Most importantly, it gives you hope that Veronica isn't over just because the show is.



    Maybe this won't make sense, but in my opinion this is what the show represents and any other ending wouldn't do justice to it.moreless
  • An excellent ending to an excellent show. Not as an ending of the story about Veronica, but as an episode catching the very essence of both Veronica and the tv-show Veronica Mars in one single episode and as a season finale.moreless

    10
    The final episode of Veronica Mars, as I don't count the season 4 FBI pitched one, and what a great episode it is. I love the way they used Veronica's reputation and determination for everything in this one. And while the show never should have ended this early, it went out with a bang.



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    Spoiler alert. Review only intended for those who has seen this episode!

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    Memorable instant classic scenes:



    Veronica and Dick in Logan's suite.



    Just the expression in Dick's face when Veronica tell him to stay put as they are gonna talk after she's talked to Logan, is so telling of his respect for Veronica.



    Then when she calls for him, and the way he asks "What's up V?" with alot softer voice than usual, it's pure magic. It's then quickly followed by the brilliant Veronica qoute "After all these years, do you not instinctively fear me?"



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    Veronica and Weevil at Hearst, outside.



    This scene might not be great on its own, but it gives such a great inside into their mutual friendship and adds to the great dialogue of this episode with:



    Veronica: "Can you please shiv me?"

    Weevil: "I didn't see the whole thing, all right?"

    Veronica: "Seriously, just bash me in the head with your boot or something"

    Weevil: "I don't know what you plan on doing, but I'm offering my help. Whatever you need, I'm in"

    Veronica: "There's a good chance I'm going to take you up on that"



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    Veronica and Chip food court at Hearst:



    I love this scene. The way Chip starts out all cool and trying to be funny, but knowing Veronica a while now he ends up running after her giving up where he got the e-mail after her treat of revenge "You don't care now. But holy crap, are you gonna care when I start to get my revenge on. You'll be doing all sorts of caring."



    And the scene ending is so great. Veronica walking away, while Chip begging to know they are ok, and praying she will not come after him. Veronica starts smiling. Excellence.



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    Unlike Dick and Chip, Domonick still don't know who he's dealing with. Veronica pays him a visit looking to know where he got the e-mail, but he blows her off.



    Then we fast forward 30 seconds to get the scene:



    Veronica singing at Domonick's room after his credit card is rejected at resturant date and his car on blocks without tires outside:



    "Because you had a bad day You're taking one down

    You sing a sad"



    Taser freezing Domonick movement towards her, and then she's quite casually asks



    "Anxious to find out how far I'll go? Or are you ready to give me that name?"



    It's so typically Veronica-played, it's impossible to dislike.



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    Logan and Veronica in food court at Hearst, interupted by Gory.



    This entire scene is amazing.

    Logan apologising to Veronica, who tells him to go away as she's meeting Piz and it's btw him Logan should apologise to.

    Gory comes over delivering mic and mouths off insulting her.

    Veronica holding back because of what she knows about Gory's confessions and connections.

    Logan about to go after him, Veronica recognising the look on Logan and stops him explaining he's connected connected and Logan understands as it didn't seem like her to shrug it off.

    Logan once again apologising to Veronica for his fists against Piz, while Veronica says "it's a noble gesture, but it will take some time this time."

    Logan still beats up Gory, despite his newfound knowledge about connection.

    Then the last Veronica Mars-episode reference to the pilot, as Logan asks if Veronica would like to hear Gory apologise, like Weevil in the pilot wanted Logan to apologise.

    The Gory death treat, and Logan smilingly admitting he'll die. Some day.

    The first Veronica look.

    Piz has arrived and Logan apologising to him.



    Then those looks, speaking louder than a thousand words. Veronica looking at Logan. Piz looking at Veronica. Veronica hardly looking at Piz. My interpretation of the scene ending is this: Both Piz and Veronica now knows there's no chance in hell they'll make it. They both know despite what Logan did to Piz, Logan and Veronica has something Piz can't compete with.

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    Then add to this episode those early Logan and Veronica moments both at Mars Investigation and Logan's room at the suite. Add Parker with Logan and with Veronica. Add the father-daughter scenes between Keith and Veronica, especially the very last one. Add those Wallace-Veronica scenes and how Wallace goes undercover into The Castle for her. Add the new big The Castle angle, including the return of Jake Kane. Add Mac and Veronica managing to get into the harddrive, getting all sorts of disturbing info. Add the evidence tempering, and the leak of that into to the press on election day.



    This episode is so filled with Veronica Mars excellence. Sassy comments, great dialogue, classic scenes, revenge-seeking Veronica, investigating, excellent use of Veronica's reputation among those who knows her revenges, the build-up of a new main story possibility with The Castle, friendship favours, the usual Veronica Mars allusions, fury fists and so on and so forth.



    This was the 2nd half of a last day double episode airing, but as a episode this one stands out as one of the greatest ever for me. It was also the very last episode of Veronica Mars as they didn't get renewed for a new season. A huge mistake in my book. The result is we never got to take part in how the story went for Veronica, but I love the fact the staff didn't make an easy ending to the story despite knowing very well this could be it for Veronica Mars as a show. It was never supposed to end here, and it's a shame it did.



    There has been heavy romours of a Veronica Mars movie coming to make an end to the story, much like Dawson's Creek did. I'm not sure it's possible to make an appropiate end for Veronica Mars with just a movie, but if they decide to do so I just prey they make it with Veronica still at Hearst and forget about the FBI angle they pitched for season 4. There's still just to much Veronica has to do in college to wrap up the story in a credible way.



    When it comes to the TV show, Veronica walking alone away from the polling station in the rain is the final scene of an excellent show. Somehow it just seems fitting for the outcast girl we once got to know, but we still got robbed by those deciding to cut the show.



    At least they went out with so much on screen magic, so true to the characters and so true to the heart of the show. Veronica Mars, you are truly missed.moreless
  • 'Tis the end.

    10
    As I'm writing this, I'm overcome with sadness about the ending of the series. Sure, it's been years since it ended, but only now I've gotten to watch it all the way through. It gives me great sadness to see a show with so much to give already snuffed out. It joins the ranks of several other short-running shows that were better than 75% of shows ever made in the USA.



    First of all, I'd like to note that I've enjoyed the entire run of the series and I have never thought it went down in quality. The idea of splitting mysteries during a season was great for me, so this season worked just fine.



    Moving on to the actual episode, I couldn't wait to find out who was the person that taped Veronica and Piz having sex. Of course, it wasn't just one person. I think I even saw a little potential in this episode for a season or at least half-season mystery... wouldn't it be great? Anyway, I loved each part of the episode... the tough as nails Veronica that we always knew didn't care who she would stomp on to get to the truth, and I loved that. They don't know who they're playing with?



    It was sweet to see Wallace go on that torture trip just to help out Veronica, it really shows how far a friendship can go. As for the end of the relationship between Logan and Parker, I didn't really care. I thought I'd be okay with the breakup between Veronica and Logan, but for some reason I will always like them. Even at the end I didn't care for the sweet Piz and instead would have loved to see Veronica back with Logan. But that's fairytales.



    Veronica's adventure at the Kane mansion was thrilling to watch because I was afraid she'd get caught. The pictures of Lily and Duncan just added a little flashback to the wonderful two seasons, and it was great to see Jake Kane back, even though I never liked him. It was bittersweet to see how Keith protected his daughter at the risk of losing his position as a sheriff. Also, if the show had gone on, I would have loved to see him back at the private investigator spot and carrying on with Veronica's second year of college, or at least the FBI thing that the writer kept hinting on.



    It is truly sad to see such an amazing show end. I can only hope one day a revival happens.moreless
Matthew Alan

Matthew Alan

Goyra "Gory" Sorokin

Guest Star

Joaquin Perez Campbell

Joaquin Perez Campbell

Domonick Desante

Guest Star

KC Clyde

KC Clyde

Deputy Gills

Guest Star

Christopher B. Duncan

Christopher B. Duncan

Clarence Wiedman, Jr.

Recurring Role

Kyle Secor

Kyle Secor

Jake Kane

Recurring Role

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield

Deputy Leo D'Amato

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After Logan beats up Gory pretty bad for insulting Veronica, he asks her if she wants to "hear her friend apologize" and she says "I'm not interested in his apology".

      A similar exchange took place in the pilot episode. When Weevil tries to get Logan to apologize to Veronica for breaking one of her car headlights, she says "I don't want his apology".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Logan: Hey.
      Veronica: You need to walk away.
      Logan: Just... I need to apologize.
      Veronica: Great. Apology accepted. Now go. I'm meeting Piz, who, by the way, is the one you should be apologizing to.
      Logan: I am sorry, Veronica. I thought... well, you know what I thought.

    • (Logan suspects Piz of taping himself and Veronica having sex)
      Logan: Aren't we trying to be friends? As your friend, I was angry at what happened to you. Someone's always supposed to pay, right? Isn't that the rule we live by?
      Veronica: We tried to be friends, and it didn't work. This is the moment, Logan, right now, where it's just done. You're out of my life forever. (she leaves his room)

    • Parker: Just so you know. The best way to show that you're still in love with your ex-girlfriend is to beat up her new boyfriend.
      Logan: Parker, you're--
      Parker: You're an idiot.
      Logan: What?
      Parker: 'Parker, you're an idiot'.
      Logan: No, that's not what I was gonna say.
      Parker: I know. You were going for something nice. The truth is that I am an idiot.
      Logan: You're not. There's just a lot to this that you don't understand.
      Parker: Like why I kept thinking that I mean something to you when it's always been Veronica? (Logan remains silent) Wow. You should have seen that expression. It totally sold you out.
      Logan: Are you gonna listen to me at all--
      Parker: No! I look at you, and I know you love her.

    • Dick: (about Logan wrongfully beating up Piz) Sometimes a random ass-kicking's a good thing. Keeps everyone else in line.

    • Chip: What do you want?
      Veronica: Who sent you that video?
      Chip: Don't know, don't care.
      Veronica: You don't care now. But holy crap! Are you gonna care when I start to get my revenge on. You'll be doing all sorts of carin'.

    • Mac: Let me explain something, Veronica. I own the most powerful personal computer on campus. There is no personal computer faster or better than mine at Hearst. And using this incredible computer of mine, it will take twenty years to crack Jake Kane's password on this hard drive.
      Veronica: So how do we do it?
      Mac: You're like Kirk in Wrath of Khan. You refuse to believe in the no-win scenario.
      Veronica: You're like one of the nerds from Revenge of the Nerds with your Star Trek references.

    • Logan: Veronica, there's something you should know. There's a video of you. Dick got a hold of it somehow.
      Veronica: Am I singing karaoke?
      Logan: No, it's you and Piz having sex.
      Veronica: Unless it's a video from the future, that's not possible.

    • Keith: Prepare for gumbo. How do I find the time to make gumbo you ask? I make time.
      Veronica: You know I love you right? More than anything.
      Keith: Of course, honey. I never doubted. Eat.

    • Gory: If you have proof that I'm involved in some way, maybe you should get a lawyer. If you don't, maybe you should just stay and have a drink.
      Veronica: Yeah. I'm definitely gonna need a drink. Perhaps twelve. I don't know, how many does it usually take for a girl to find you not gross?

    • Veronica: Where did you get the video of me?
      Domonick: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Veronica: Your pubescent snickering tells me differently.
      Domonick: Someone sent it to me.
      Veronica: You should tell me who. Or I can assume that it originated from you.
      Domonick: You can assume whatever position you'd like.
      Veronica: I'm thinking choke hold, you gasping for your last breath.
      Domonick: Shh, shh, shh, sweetheart, sweetheart. You are so much hotter with the sound off.
      Veronica: You'll really be better off giving me that name.
      Domonick: Yeah. Well, I guess I need to go quiver in fear now, so. See ya.
      Veronica: Okay, then.

    • Veronica: Hey, Nish. I've got a present for you.
      Nish: You're transferring?
      Veronica: A list. The names of every member of the Castle. All men. You think this will help with that lawsuit?
      Nish: Oh, my God. Politicians. Tycoons. Celebrities. This is gold. You're gonna make some very powerful men very unhappy.
      Veronica: Won't be the first time.

    • Veronica: (to Keith) And you thought a photo of you in your boxers would hurt your lead in the polls?

    • Piz: You know, you're adorable when you surveil.

    • Veronica: You forwarded it to your whole address book?
      Dick: It was instinct. I always forward porn when it's good.
      Veronica: You are going to be so popular in Hell.

    • Piz: I promise you, karma is going to take care of that guy for you.
      Veronica: I know. I'll run him over with my karma.

    • Veronica: (to Dick) After all these years, do you not instinctively fear me? Maybe you should write yourself a note.

    • Veronica: (to Dick) It's like you're this giant jackass piñata begging for someone to beat the candy out of you.

    • Veronica: (to Wallace) If you ever need a kidney, I've got one with your name on it. No questions asked.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Hearst Castle:
      The secret society at Hearst College is called "the Castle." This is based on William Randolph Hearst's famous estate that was called Hearst's Castle.

    • Episode Title: The Bitch is Back
      "The Bitch Is Back" is a song by Elton John, written with Bernie Taupin. It was the second single released from his 1974 album Caribou.

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