Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 16

Un-American Graffiti

3
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 01, 2007 on UPN
9.2
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With Keith acting-sheriff, Veronica goes solo on a case involving a local restaurant whose owners are the targets of hate crimes.

Meanwhile, Keith is disturbed by the lack of professionalism in his deputies when he orders them to fine bars serving alcohol to underage patrons.

Logan throws a birthday party for Parker, and Piz decides to finally confront Veronica about his feelings.moreless

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  • Veronica is hired to investigate what seems to be a hate crime. Logan invites Veronica to a party he's throwing for Parker's birthday, and Wallace encourages Pizz to "go all in" and reveal his feelings to Veronica once and for all.moreless

    9.5
    This episode by far made the season. Just how Piz showed his feeling to Veronica by kissing her like that and how he finished her sentence right after was amazing. The music scheme for that moment was perfect. even when wallace asked what happened and piz just said "i went all in" plus how veronica chased after him and when Veronica kisses piz in front of the elevator and at that moment the elevator door opens and logan sees them you can see that logan's heart broke and veronica felt bad. The rest of the episode was just nothing compared to the ending.moreless
  • It was an ok episode, but they can do better.

    8.8
    I usually enjoy the cases in this show. But this one was an exception. Some redneck vandalizing a restaurant isn't something I would call interesting. As the case wasn't that fulfilling, I concentrated on the relationship drama instead. Mac and Max were so cute together that I forgot Bronson even existed. Did the writers forget too? You'd think that there would be some sign of him, because Mac was there. The situation will probably lead to Mac having to make a decision between the two guys. Then there was the couple with the least chemistry ever: Logan and Parker. They somehow mysteriously got together and suddenly Logan is throwing her a birthday party? Excuse me, did I miss something? Ok, maybe that happened when we weren't looking but when did Logan turn into such a goody-boy? The cake thing was incredibly cheesy in my opinion. I thought that I wouldn't like Parker/Logan and I was right. Veronica and Piz weren't so bad (I was surprised about that). I have nothing against Piz, he's a nice guy and all but I really didn't see anything between him and V before. But their kiss was actually quite sweet. Too bad that Piz is going to get hurt anyway, because he's just a rebound for Veronica. I don't mind Logan and Veronica having a little fun on the side, as long as they realize that in the end they are 'meant to be' (sorry for the cheesy line). So overall, this episode wasn't the best but it was worth watching.moreless
  • excellent! so funny when she hit the boys with the paint balls

    9.1
    i loved it! the boys were so funny when she hit them. when piz kissed her it was sweet! but the kiss near the elevator looked weird as if they were pullin each other to tight or somethin. it was so cheesy when logan had his face and parkers on the cake. my fave part is when the boy goes knailing clemmins was sweet and then she hits him.
  • The third season comes back from the long hiatus - the long anticipated launch into the last few episodes - and nothing really happens.

    6.1
    The long break is over, Veronica Mars finally comes back, this time with self-contained episodes. And is the first one a big, witty, intelligent nail-biter? Hardly.

    Veronica investigates a hate crime that she solves in about 25 minutes featuring a lot of politcal correctness, true American values and a quite some ethical behaviour. Come on, this has nothing to do with "thought-provoking", but with hammering home cliché morals.

    Keith is on the second case of the evening, letting his unmotivated deputies check local bars for minors. When Keith finds that Veronica faked some IDs to get her friends into said bars, there was a lot of potential for some strong scenes between Keith and Veronica, but the one and a half scenes covering that aspect were very weak indeed, a slap on the fingers from Keith, and Veronica is good to go.

    Which left the party, which was the only part worth watching in this episode. It covered the last 10 minutes, had nothing to do with the rest of the episode and needed a bit of backstory on the characters to really enjoy - meaning, if the idea was to bring in new viewers with the stand alone approach - this episode failed.moreless
  • This episode was mediocre until the party scene. At which point, I was reminded just how wonderful Veronica Mars is. I didn't think the writers would be able to get me to root for Piz but as usual I underestimated the just how good the writers are.moreless

    9.9
    So, the terrorism mystery was mediocre although decent, the Keith scenes were charming and funny, but the ending turns this merely average episode into a great one.



    Before the party scene, I was a devote Logan. Veronica fan. I hated the idea of Veronica and Piz and thought that it was a going to a major mistake. Now I see how wrong I was.



    The way that the scene was played was just perfect -- from Wallace telling Veronica to be nice, to Veronica's rejection of Piz, to Logan catching them at the elevator. I loved how Piz stopped Veronica by kissing her -- the poker metaphor of "all in" was great. After all, it made a lot of sense -- what did he have to lose by just kissing her instead? The acting was just great -- Veronica moving from shocked to realizing that maybe she shouldn't have been so hasty about rejecting Piz. The way it ended with Logan seeing them at the end was a bit cheesey but so well acted -- Logan's facial expressions perfectly replace all need for words -- that you felt like it was okay for Veronica to move on with Piz.



    I'm just so amazed by how great those last few minutes of the episode are. After being to treated to such a perfect performance, I don't think I'll have any trouble seeing Piz and Veronica together.moreless
Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Rashad Krimani

Guest Star

Carole Davis

Carole Davis

Sabirah Krimani

Guest Star

Tracey Needham

Tracey Needham

Kathleen Barry

Guest Star

Brandon Hillock

Brandon Hillock

Deputy Jerry Sacks

Recurring Role

Duane Daniels

Duane Daniels

Van Clemmons

Recurring Role

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Max

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The video game the four boys are playing before Veronica shoots their TV with a paintball gun is "Gears of War" for the Xbox 360, a third-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic future.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Mac has just seen Veronica and Dick arriving together at Logan's party)
      Veronica: Why are you looking at me like that?
      Mac: Sorry. I was afraid you were trying to get back at Logan somehow by coming as Dick's date.
      Veronica: Ew. Yeah, nothing says 'I'm over you' like dating down.

    • Veronica: You and Logan seem chummy.
      Mac: Guess I never thought much of the guy when you two were dating. Surly thing, you know. But since he's been around so much lately, I've seen his sweet side. Probably the side you saw all the time.
      Veronica: Oh, yeah. That side.

    • Veronica: Your fly's open.
      Dick: I know. Party ritual.

    • Veronica: (voiceover) Things I'd rather do than attend this party solo. Seven minutes of heaven with Scott Peterson...
      Dick: Hold the door!
      Veronica: (voiceover) Ride the space elevator with Dick...

    • Veronica: I'm considering pursuing a career at the FBI.
      Ronald: You're a girl.
      Veronica: Actually, Ronald, did you know that on average, girls develop faster than boys and have higher levels of cognitive functioning, including math calculation, written language, and verbal fluency?
      Ronald: So?
      Veronica: Well put, Ronald. We need firemen, too.

    • (after Piz kisses Veronica)
      Veronica: You're leaving?
      Piz: Yeah, well I'm a fan of the dramatic exit.

    • Logan: I guarded myself for seeing you with a date tonight, you know, proof you weren't pining away.
      Veronica: All the periodically good ones were taken and I pine for no man.
      Logan: Well maybe you should try branching out. I mean, who knows, maybe there's a consistently good one here tonight.

    • Veronica: How is it you have so many friends? You don't even like people.
      Logan: And yet they adore me.

    • Logan: We went to the same high school?
      Mac: Uh, yeah. We ran over that fisherman and promised to take the secret to our graves.
      Logan: I remember the fisherman.
      Mac: Remember? You bet your friends you could turn me into a super hot prom date as a joke, but you ended up falling in love with me?
      Logan: Nope. Lost it.

    • Veronica: What do you say I swing by your place early, and you hit me on the head with a hammer a couple times before we go.
      Mac: Not that I wouldn't love to finally cross that off my to-do list, I promised Parker and Logan that I'd help them set up.

    • Piz: (throws $20 on the pool table in front of a hot girl) I got 20 bucks that says you can whip my ass and make me like it.

    • Logan: You don't know where I can get a dozen eunuchs, do you?
      Veronica: Not offhand, but I could make some calls.

    • Keith: Hello, Stosh. What do you say we head out, have a few beers?
      Piz: That's one of those trick questions isn't it?
      Keith: I got some new ID's for you. Wallace. (hands Wallace and Piz their new IDs)
      Piz: This picture is Jon Bon Jovi.
      Keith: Yes, it is.
      Wallace: Biggie Smalls? We don't really all look alike, Mr. Mars.
      Keith: I know that Wallace. Now let's go out and get our drink on.

    • Veronica: Hello, Mac? Sneed?
      Mac: Sorry, Bronson and I went on a hike this morning. I'm wiped.
      Veronica: Hike? You?
      Mac: Yes.
      Veronica: Morning? You?
      Mac: I wanted to see what it was like.
      Veronica: And?
      Mac: It's sunny.

    • Brett: Self hate? What?
      Veronica: Spray-painting the front of Babylon Gardens... ringing any bells?
      Brett: What?
      Veronica: Say 'what' again I dare ya, I double dare ya.
      Brett: What? Ouch, God! Someone wrote 'terrorist' at Babylon Gardens?
      Veronica: Check out the big brain on Brett! I'll give you a hint -- it was you!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Veronica: Okay, a Peeping Tom in a tree takes off on a bike. I feel like I stumbled into a Benny Hill sketch.

      Benny Hill was a British comedian who made TV shows in the 1960's and 70's which were famous for sketches in which he performed slapstick, double entendres, and sight gags.

    • Dick: What's that line about the beginning of some sort of friendship?

      "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." is the famous line of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in the 1942 romantic film Casablanca.

    • Veronica: ...he did that whole 'banana fanna fo fanna' thing.

      It's a line from "The Name Game" (aka "The Banana Song") written and recorded by Shirley Ellis. The song, initially released in 1964, was subsequently covered by several artists and popularized by Laura Branigan in the late '80s.

    • Max: I think, therefore I am.

      It's a direct quote of the translation of René Descartes' famous statement, "Cogito, ergo sum" ("Je pense, donc je suis") found in his book Discourse on the Method. Descartes (1596-1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician and physicist.

    • Mac: You bet your friends could turn me into a super hot prom date as a joke, but you ended up falling in love with me?

      This is an allusion to the 1999 movie She's All That starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. The premise of the movie is a high school jock (Prinze) makes a bet with his friends that he can turn a less than beautiful girl (Cook) into the school's prom queen.

    • Lisa: I loved the quote you have up on your MySpace page. What was that again?
      Dick: "The Dude abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that."
      This quote is from the movie The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers.

    • Mac: We ran over that fisherman and promised to take the secret to our graves.
      This is an allusion to the 1997 movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. Four teenagers are involved in a hit and run accident, killing a fisherman. They panic and decided to dump the body, making a pact to take the secret to their graves.

    • Logan: I had this whole 'My Super Sweet 19' thing planned for tonight, but it turns out the hotel has a policy on Bengal tiger rides.

      This is referring to the MTV show My Super Sweet 16, which features teens having over-the-top 16th birthday parties.

    • Dick: Doublemint baby.
      Logan: Like they're becoming twins?
      Wrigley's Doublemint gum is known for it's advertising campaign which uses twins as spokespersons.

    • Logan: Eh, just pay it forward.
      The saying pay it forward, made most famous by the movie of the same title, refers to repaying the good deeds you receive by doing good things for other people.

    • Veronica: Say what again, I dare you, I double dare you!
      Kid: What?
      (Veronica shoots him in the shoulder)
      Veronica: (a la Jules) Check out the big brain on Brett!

      This is an allusion to the 1994 Quentin Tarantino-movie Pulp Fiction. Samuel L. Jackson's character Jules says about the same thing, when the other guy says "What" again, he shoots him in the shoulder too. The "What" character in Pulp Fiction was named Brett.

    • Veronica: Keep up, Towlie.

      This is a reference to the South Park character Towlie, the always stoned towel.

    • Episode Title: Un-American Graffiti

      Is from the 1973 movie American Graffiti directed by George Lucas.

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