Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 4

The Wrath of Con

4
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2004 on UPN
9.1
out of 10
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682 votes
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  • Episode Summary

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    In an attempt to help out Wallace win over his potential girlfriend, Veronica takes on the case of tracking down an internet fraud ring, which leads her to an underground gaming community. Meanwhile, Logan agrees to assemble a video of Lilly to mark the one-year anniversary of her death, and Troy becomes closer to Veronica.moreless

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    • Veronica helps one of Wallace's friends get back at a con man.

      9.0
      From the clever title of the episode down to the ridiculous costume that Veronica dons midway through the episode, everything about the episode was fun. Even one of the darker moments, the Lily Kane memorial video, was imbued with a sense of fun that made the rest of the episode stand out.



      The "con" referenced in the episode comes from one of Wallace's friends, a girl who he likes and wants to help to get on her good side. It turns out she fell for one of those really lame attempts at conning people out of money, and the girl fell for it. Veronica looks into it and learns that a computer programmer named Grant is conning innocent people out of their money in order to pay for a new computer game he's producing.



      The fun of the episode comes from watching Veronica outwit a complete grade-A jerk. The use of "ownage!" throughout is good as well, and by the time we get to the end, it feels like the feel-good moments are well-earned.



      There's also a couple of side plots, one involving Lily Kane's memorial service and the other where Veronica gets asked to home-coming by Troy, and as a result, remembers when she went to homecoming with Duncan, Lily and Logan. This plot ties in well with the memorial service, and also with Veronica skinny dipping at the end, something she claimed she had never done before.



      I really enjoyed the episode and my only real complaint (and it really is minor) is that Weevil was brought in for a small scene at the end where he was found wiping his eyes after viewing the Lily Kane video. Is this important whatsoever or did they just do that so Weevil could have a role here? Either way, it felt tacked on.. but overall, I'd say that this was one of my favorite episodes of the show to date.moreless
    • in this episode Veronica helps Wallace maybe girlfriend to get her money back

      9.6
      this episode was good. it had allot for good parts and exciting ones too. it is cool to see people thrown down of there high horse. like the two guys in this episode taking people money with out a care in the world.it is fun to see people like this get thrown down.this episode was great Veronica gets a chance with guy she helps Wallace and in the end everything is good.it also had its dooring parts but not for long. I like she dresses to go in to the game place just to learn who is it. it was all good you should see this episode. you may like it more then i.moreless
    • The show just gets better and better.

      8.8
      The Wrath of Con is a very thrilling Veronica Mars episode. It sees Veronica investigate two college nerds who have been coning students out of large sums of money. This episode is a classic Veronica Mars, after a series of pretty good opening episodes the show reaches the quality of the pilot. The flash back is very fitting and makes for a very sweet ending. Veronica at the game party is a particularly memobbale scene. We see some hints of Logan's soft nature with the video tribute and all aspects of the episode are compelling. The Wrath of Con is when season one picks up a bit more speed and the series goes from being good to really, really good.moreless
    • It's an amazing Veronica Mars episode and the starts of the greatest episodes TV has ever seen!

      9.3
      I love the theme of the episode and especially the way evry single plot is connected with the theme.The acting is great.The directing is amazing.The writing is awesome.Kristen Bell is adorable.The epsiode is interesting because it has some development-they are not in Neptune High but in college which is very different and really interesting,Veronica becomes different and this is seen as she is with black hair and really sexy clothes.

      Veronica helps Wallace's new girlfriend, Georgia, when she is cheated out of $6,000 in a confidence scam by the "Silicon Mafia".It is very tense and this plot has some action-adventure like '24' and 'Prison Break'.

      The most compelling plot was the anniversary of homecoming and the dances.Veronica has so many flashbacks and that is because I adore this episode.Lilly and her personallity are at full glance and she is amazing.The memorial fountain was great and very very sad that it even makes me cry because it is so true and real story.The crying of Weevil was hilarious but so sad and heartwarming.And the end!That end!One of the greatest ones in TV's history.moreless
    • Review

      9.3
      Amazing flashbacks in this episode I thought. At times throughout the first four episodes I have felt like some of the flasbacks were a little forced - like they were simply putting them in there to put them in there. However, in this epsiode the flashbacks were without a doubt the best part of the episode. I love the wayt he writers are using the flashbacks as a way of showing what a character is feeling at a certain time. There are points in "Lost" where they just seem to want to tell the story, but in this show the flashbacks seem to be a "this is what Im thinking about right now." As far as the case goes in this episode - I thought it was comical and very much so a character devolopment episode from the perspective of Wallace. I like the way the writers made him get involved in this episode in a small way, but in a large way at the same time. If you know what Im talking about. Overall, great episode I think I would put this one behind the pilot four episodes into the show.moreless
    Alexander Scarlis

    Alexander Scarlis

    Jimmy Spain/Karl

    Guest Star

    Adam Wylie

    Adam Wylie

    Grant Winters

    Guest Star

    Nat McCormick

    Nat McCormick

    Ted

    Guest Star

    Kyle Secor

    Kyle Secor

    Jake Kane

    Recurring Role

    Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried

    Lilly Kane

    Recurring Role

    Lisa Thornhill

    Lisa Thornhill

    Celeste Kane

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Goof

        When Veronica said to Carl "It must be the hair... Blonde." there is shot showing Carl and Veronica's profile, you can clearly see her lips moving, but there is no sound.

      • The black and white image of Lilly that is shown before Logan's video is the actual audition head shot of Amanda Seyfried (who plays Lilly).

      • In the scene where Veronica infiltrates the video game place she joins is the first person shooter (FPS) game Unreal Championship for the Xbox, wherein one sees from one's character's point of view. It is impossible then for three people (her and the 2 other guys) to play a multiplayer FPS match on a single screen without the screen being divided (split screen).

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Veronica: Tonight, you lucky boy, I'm all nerd hag.

      • (after Georgia drops a pile of folders)
        Georgia: Okay, that was the pile you just got finished alphabetizing, wasn't it?
        Wallace: Actually, it was two piles.
        Georgia: Oh, could I be a bigger spaz? Seriously.
        Wallace: Yes. You could have knocked over three piles.

      • Wallace: It's not going to work. You can't take the cool out of me. Look, pocket protector and I'm still full of pimp juice.

      • Veronica: Oh, hey, did you run his license plate or did you get fingerprints?
        Keith: I'm sorry, honey, what?
        Veronica: You know you're not fooling me.
        Keith: Okay. Veronica, I have no idea what you're talking about. (Veronica scoffs and starts to go to her room) Oh, hey, I forgot to tell you. If he's gonna be kissing my daughter on my porch for eight-and-a-half minutes, I'll need to meet him. Sweet dreams, honey.
        Veronica: Is that really necessary?
        Keith: He's taking up a lot of daddy/daughter time.

      • Lilly: What did you think of Veronica the first time you saw her?
        Logan: I dunno, I thought she was hot.
        Veronica: I was twelve when you moved here!
        Logan: Oh, and like you weren't working it in your shorts and your knee socks.
        Veronica: That was my soccer uniform!
        Logan: Whatever, it totally worked.

      • Veronica: OWNAGE!
        Grant: Can we have our backup drives now?
        Veronica: You need to lay off the caffeine Grrrrrrrrrant, cause you are down right testy!

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Logan: It's very Wonder Years.

        The exceptionally wholesome TV show The Wonder Years was about the coming of age of a teenage boy growing up in America in the late 1960s/early 1970s. His childhood memories were depicted through home movie footage, similar to those Logan is using to make Lilly's memorial video.

      • Logan: Memories both misty and water-colored...

        "Misty water-color memories of the way we were" is a line from Barbra Streisand's 1973 Academy Award winning song from her popular movie The Way We Were.

      • Logan: I believe Keanu Reeves said it best when he said 'Whoa.'

        This refers to Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), in which Reeves' character constantly used 'Whoa' as a catchphrase. It could also be a reference to Reeves' role as Neo in the Matrix movies. In the original movie, Neo utters a very Bill and Ted-esque 'Whoa' when he sees Morpheus jump between two buildings.

      • Episode Title: The Wrath of Con

        The title of this episode is an intentional play on the title of the 1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

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