Veronica Mars

Season 3 Episode 16

Un-American Graffiti

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 01, 2007 on UPN



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.