Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 7

The Girl Next Door

2
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2004 on UPN
8.8
out of 10
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618 votes
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  • Episode Summary

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    Veronica becomes suspicious when a young pregnant woman who lives in their apartment complex with her volatile boyfriend suddenly disappears; fearing the worst, Keith steps in to help his daughter investigate this case for the girl's estranged parents. Meanwhile, Logan and Weevil get thrown into detention together after arguing with a teacher, leading the rivals to discover some surprising things in common. Later, while working on an alumni photo project in her journalism class, Veronica is shocked to discover that her mother and Jake Kane were high-school sweethearts.moreless

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    • Logan and Weevil have some bro-time while Veronica looks into a missing neighbor.

      8.0
      This episode of "Veronica Mars" doesn't necessarily have anything wrong with it. I just didn't feel as invested in the main plot as I normally do. We also had no Wallace. That's not cool. But either way, regardless of the lack of Wallace, the story itself gets sort of shoved underneath the table when compared to the awesome plot involving Logan and Weevil and the small, subtle revelations or potential revelations about Veronica Mars and her mother's involvement with Jake Kane. It was nice to see Jessica Chastain, the star of "The Tree of Life," in a role before she got famous, but I didn't feel as invested in this one as I was in, say, the case in "The Wrath of Con."



      Veronica lives underneath a couple who fight a lot, so when the pregnant woman goes missing, she immediately assumes that the boyfriend is responsible. Most of the episode is dedicated to Veronica tracking her down. And to be honest, despite the exciting ending, it wasn't much of a surprise since we already knew it was coming due to the "in medias res" beginning… plus, it just felt slow-moving compared to other cases.



      I mentioned it before, but I'll mention it again: we had a great Logan and Weevil plot this week. Francis Capra hasn't had much to do so far, with all the focus on Veronica Mars, the Kane family and even Logan's family. I was glad to see Logan vs. Weevil together, because despite their differences and irritations towards each other. As it turns out, they probably have more in common personality wise than they would care to admit. There's also the big reveal that Weevil was in a relationship with Lilly while Lilly was seeing Logan. Weevil covers it up well, but it should be pretty interesting to see how in the world this all plays out. The Lilly Kane case has slowly built up, and I'm sure we'll get some big reveal.



      There were also hints that Veronica could have a different father other than Keith Mars. This would annoy me, mostly because I like the dynamic they have right now. They seem like they should be together as daughter and father. It'd be a huge twist to have Jake Kane or someone else be the father, although it appears that's the direction we're being lead right now. Why else would Duncan just randomly dump her? It'd make sense if she were related to him.



      So besides the main case, I thought the episode worked. So far, the show has been much better than I expected it to be.moreless
    • Logan and Weevil get thrown into detention together after arguing with a teacher, leading the rivals to discover some surprising things in common. Veronica is shocked to discover that her mother and Jake Kane were high-school sweethearts.moreless

      7.0
      Veronica becomes suspicious when a young pregnant woman who lives in their apartment complex with her volatile boyfriend suddenly disappears; fearing the worst, Keith steps in to help his daughter investigate this case for the girl's estranged parents. Meanwhile, Logan and Weevil get thrown into detention together after arguing with a teacher, leading the rivals to discover some surprising things in common. Later, while working on an alumni photo project in her journalism class, Veronica is shocked to discover that her mother and Jake Kane were high-school sweethearts. I'm gonna write more except for the fact that yeey logan and weevil!moreless
    • Review

      8.4
      Worst episode (still solid) of the young series to this point and time. Let me start off by saying that beginning any episode in media res is amazing so long as the writers don't mess up the writing. I loved Media Res starts in Alias and I love them in this show as well. It adds a new layer of mystery, even though you would think that it actually answers more questions. The fact that we knew someone died opened up for us to get more emotionally attached to the pregnant woman because obviously she is the one we figured would be the one to be killed. While the thought that it has to be someone else came to a distinct realisation during the first scene after the media res start, you always feel in the back of your mind the "what if". Starting in media res basically makes you pay attention because you all ready know your getting to the conclusion. I guess is what im trying to say. All that being said - the case was really good at times and really bad at times. I also thought the scenes between Weevil and Logan felt a little out of character considering everything we learned about Logan in the last episode. It just didnt feel like the right time in the storyline for those two to interact.moreless
    • Hmm

      7.2
      So when I came on here last night I was surprised to see this episode was one of the lower rated episode I remember it being pretty good and it is pretty good it just dose not blow you away. The clichéd, slightly boring and slow moving story about a young girl that runs away to hide from a deep dark personal secret fails to offer up much excitement. Much of my frustration with this episode is it fails to deliver a Veronica Mars twist in the story. There is also the fact that you think you know ending from the start. So one of the more interesting aspects of this episode is that the girl is not going to make it. Then at the end it is not her. I guess it was my fault for assuming but why would Veronica be so upset when a rapist got shot in the arm after trying to smash his victims face in. The Logan and Weevil parts work well but could have been better and Veronica does not really seem herself the whole way through, well actually the scene with the bickers in the shop was a total Veronica moment but for the rest of the episode she seemed off. This episode is properly better then what was on TV at the same time but is one of the weakest Veronica Mars episodes.moreless
    • Veronica investigates her neighbors disappearance.

      8.8
      Veronica sticks her nose into somebody else's problem and a man ends up dead. I'm not the biggest fan of this episode, because I felt like Veronica should of left this situation alone. That being said there were a lot of parts of this episode that I did like. Weevil and Logan were great together in detention. Then when the PCHer's come to the store to help Veronica it is hilarious. Then at the end Logan is great when he saves Weevil from expulsion by giving the Vice Principal his father's boots. Then at the end when he sees Lily's name on Weevil, it is great.moreless
    Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain

    Sarah Williams

    Guest Star

    Adam Kaufman

    Adam Kaufman

    Andre

    Guest Star

    Steven Williams

    Steven Williams

    Tom Daniels

    Guest Star

    Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried

    Lilly Kane

    Recurring Role

    Brad Bufanda

    Brad Bufanda

    Felix

    Recurring Role

    Brandon Hillock

    Brandon Hillock

    Deputy Jerry Sacks

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Veronica is looking at her mother's photo in the '79 yearbook the photo on the right is a boy, however the name is shown as Victoria A. Riggleman.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Keith: Let's do something normal fathers and daughters do.
        Veronica: Buy me a pony?

      • (after Weevil just moved his desk closer to Logan's in detention room)
        Logan: Is this detention or hell?
        Weevil: How do you people not make yourselves sick? I mean, it's like you walk on water in this school. For what? It's nothing that you do. I mean, all that matters is who your parents are and the zip code your mom shot you out in.
        Logan: And if I donate to the United Latino Pain-in-the-Ass fund, will you shut the hell up?

      • Weevil: I think I've got your poetic justice.
        Logan: Meaning?
        Weevil: Meaning I've got a plan.
        Logan: Tick tick. Losing interest.
        Weevil: Well, if I thought you had the cojones to pull it off, I'd tell you, but...
        Logan: (with deliberation) Never underestimate the size of my cojones.

      • Weevil: You put your hands on me like that again, you'll lose one of 'em.
        Logan: Yeah, I think I just peed myself.

      • Veronica: Guys, remember no white after Labour Day.

      • Mr. Clemmons: Mr. Echolls. I was wondering if I could have a word?
        Logan: 'Anthropomorphic.' All yours, big guy.

      • Mr. Daniels: This is punishment, gentlemen, not party time.
        Logan: Well that would explain the absence of balloon animals.

      • Mr. Daniels: What is this, Reno or detention?
        Logan: Would you believe it? The best of both.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Logan: I mean, people are gonna be talking about that punking for years.

        Ashton Kutcher's TV-show Punk'd, where he plays tricks and pranks on celebrities, have given new meaning to the word "punking", and now Logan refers to his and Weevil's prank on Mr.Daniels car as such.

      • Weevil: I was thinking more like that scene in Casino. With the vice grip.

        Casino is a 1995 movie directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi and Larry Shandling. In the movie, mobsters stick someone's head in a vice grip to make him talk.

      • Clemmons: Your father has generously offered to donate a pair of boots for a school fundraising auction.
        Logan: Not the ones made for walking?

        "These Boots Are Made for Walking" was a big hit for Nancy Sinatra in 1966 when she released her Boots album. Jessica Simpson recorded a popular remake of the song in 2005.

      • Andre: That must have been when I cracked her head open with a candlestick and she crumpled to the ground. No, wait. That was Professor Plum with a candlestick in the study.

        Andre is referring to the classic Parker Brothers board game, Clue, that was made into a feature film in 1985. Players of the game and viewers of the movie were challenged to deduce which of six suspects (one was Professor Plum) committed a murder, with what weapon (one was a candlestick), and where in the house (one possibility was the study).

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