Veronica Mars

Season 1 Episode 18

Weapons of Class Destruction

5
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2005 on UPN
9.5
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  • (RE-)VISITING HOURS HAVE BEGUN

    The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 17-22

    Veronica Mars' stellar first season draws to a close in a slightly troubling yet ultimately satisfying way.

  • Episode Summary

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    After several fire drills and bomb threats rock Neptune High, Veronica looks to new student Ben as a possible suspect. Meanwhile, Veronica and Wallace are shocked to discover that their parents have been secretly dating, and Duncan finds out that Veronica has been spying on him.

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    • Nice expose of BATF malfeasance

      8.0
      Nice expose of BATF malfeasance.



      This was of course fiction. But in fact the ATF and other alphabet soup agencies pull crap like this all the time.
    • Constantly entertaining and surprising.

      10
      This is arguably one of the best episodes of Veronica Mars. The episode is surprising and at the same time is exactly what you (as a viewer) have been waiting for. The episode makes you feel a wide variety of emotions, and always leaves you in suspense of what is to come. The moment with Veronica and Logan begins their tumultuous relationship in the one of the most amazing scenes of the series. The rest of the story line does not disappoint either. The suspense brought upon by the bomb threats at school and the danger Veronica finds herself in constantly keep you guessing and unsure of what is to come. It is one of the prime examples of why this series was so spectacular because it gave its viewers a little bit of everything.moreless
    • Review

      9.6
      If you had told me before the episode that very little attention would be paid to the Lily Kane murder case then I would have told you that this epsiode was going to be placed in the wrong section of the season. I really felt that taking time off from a storyline which was getting so much steam would have been a huge mistake on apart of the writers.



      I was wrong. This episode is a stand out episode of Season one for me, though nothing this season has given me the "perfect" satisfaction at the end of the episode just yet. Duncan and Veronica arguing and then Duncan leaving was the only real attention paid to the Lily Kane murder case in this episode. And while it was a small scene, it does make you wonder why Duncan did what he did. With only four episodes left in the season this episode really sets the tone for the remaining episodes down the stretch. The kiss between Logan and Veronica was very unexpected. I didnt think that there relationship was ever going to get to this level. Reading some of the reviews it seemed like everyone kind of saw it coming. Maybe because I took a two month break in between 15 and 16 I just forgot about all of there devolopment in the season to that point. Very interesting because I didnt see Veronica making out with Logan (Duncans best friend) while she was dating the cop guy. Im not sure if they are like official boyfriend and girlfriend, but thats the way it certainly comes off.



      The case in this one was more serious then in episodes past and I think they wrote it very well to bring in the Logan / Veronica payoff in the middle of the episode. Very interested to see where everything goes from here.moreless
    • Bomb threats at the school lead Veronica towards danger.

      10
      I love this episode! The primary story line is good and who doesn't love bomb threat to a school to bring out a little crazy in everyone. Jonathan Taylor Thomas is amazing and it's good to see him on TV again, his character is conniving and will do whatever it takes to succeed, but he should of known not to mess with Veronica Mars. The part where she is investigating Pete is hilarious and the Busty Blonds magazine is hilarious. He's perfect as the gentle giant who tried to protect Veronica last year. Then when it is revealed that Keith and Alicia are dating it is hilarious and they make a good couple.

      But the reason that I really love this episode is the first kiss between Logan and Veronica. They've been hinting at it all season, but when it happened I was still shocked and the moment is so sweet and great, that you really want them to end up together. A great episode.moreless
    • It took 18 episodes to happen...

      9.3
      A very good episode that sets up the stage for new storylines.

      The episode had 2 key scenes for me. First Duncan and Veronica arguing. I liked how Duncan suddenly got angry over Veronica's really subtle hint that he's one of the possible killers. Even he realized I think that he may have done something because he doesn't remember a thing.



      The actors were really great there, I was especially surprised at Teddy Dunn's performance. He was really giving his A - game there. Duncan's storyline was pretty short(he ran away after the arguement leaving Meg and V and his whole family wondering where is he) but it was efficient. The main mystery of the episode was really cool, and had a very satisfied ending. I thought the whole school bombing thing would be cheesy but to my surprise there wasn't any bomb actually, just a smart con. When Veronica's "abducted" by the FBI agent, and Logan came to the rescue I was really sensing that suddenly the relationship between Veronica and Logan is going to be taken to a whole new level and I was right. They kissed. This was the second key scene for me.



      In the first half of the season ,they were mostly seperately developed expect for the flashbacks. Then when Logan asked Veronica to help him to find his mother they bonded a bit. And now they kissed. I'm not a kind of person who's into shipping but oh man that was a perfect moment. Despite them being REALLY different, they do really fit together. Awesome chemistry and... it just felt right.



      Now this love rombus though is very unsettling. Leo+Duncan+Logan-Veronica.. oh and I almost forgot Meg. Luckily these writers are smart enough to handle it in an unsoap-ish manner. Only after watching this episode for the second time I did realize there was hardly any Keith scenes. I kinda missed them but the episode worked well without him. Him hooking up with Wallace's mom is interesting. But right now it only adds more layers to the friendship between Wallace and Veronica. Which is awesome. One thing I loved about the episode is the ending. I liked the teacher standing up for what she believed was right. She got fired but definitely felt good about it.



      Overall, really cool episode! No progress on the murder case apart from Duncan's runaway, but it worked just fine without any further developments.moreless
    Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    Ben

    Guest Star

    Theo Rossi

    Theo Rossi

    Norris Clayton

    Guest Star

    Michael McMillian

    Michael McMillian

    Pete Kaminski

    Guest Star

    Tina Majorino

    Tina Majorino

    Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie

    Recurring Role

    Alona Tal

    Alona Tal

    Meg Manning

    Recurring Role

    Max Greenfield

    Max Greenfield

    Deputy Leo D'Amato

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (6)

      • The whereabouts of journalism teacher Mallory Dent are finally revealed. She is on maternity leave.

      • When Veronica first visits KillEmAll.net, the countdown reads 46 hours 16 minutes and 27 seconds, but an instant later it reads 46 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds.

      • When the camera pulls away from Logan and Veronica while they are kissing at the Camelot, to the left of them you can see someone sitting in the corner of the shot.

      • When Veronica calls Norris from her room, the panda pencil sharpener from "Betty and Veronica" is visible on her desk. She tore the thing apart to get to a bug Clarence Wiedman had planted so it is very bizarre to see it back in one piece on her desk.

      • Why isn't his computer network more secure if his father works at Kane Software? You think that they would have a secured wireless network so that none can use it freely without them knowing it.

      • When Veronica and Norris are in the garage and Veronica is using the throwing stars, the camera shows a star in the left hand of the target after she throws the star. They cut away to Veronica and Norris and when they show the target again the star is gone.

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Veronica: On the bright side, if our parents get hitched, we could have bunk beds and stay up all night talking.
        Wallace: You're truly sick.
        Veroinca: I've always wanted a little brother I could dress up like a little doll.

      • Wallace: You won't believe how insane the administration office is! Phones ringing off the hook, parents going off on Clemmons. He wants to see you in his office, by the way.
        Veronica: He does? I'm beginning to think he has a crush on me!

      • Veronica: Ah, the pretend-to-be-digging-in-the-fridge-rather-than-spying-on-your-daughter ploy. Bravo.
        Keith: Veronica, we need to talk.
        Veronica: (In southern drawl) He's a fine gentleman, pa. He'll come up with the dowry to marry me, just you wait.

      • Norris: So, this is my weapon collection.
        Veronica: You must feel really safe at night, when the dragons come.

      • Veronica: (Voiceover) A girl must prioritise. Wallowing in the grief of betraying an ex-boyfriend or following the guy most likely to blow up Neptune High. Hell, give me a stick of gum to chew and I'll do all three at once.

      • Mac: Veronica. Earth to Mars. Dude where'd you go?

      • Veronica: Hey, last night you said something. Am I really your best friend?
        Wallace: Who else do you see in the running?
        (Veronica smiles)
        Wallace: Quit smiling at me.

      • Veronica: They will have to really speak sharply to me before I reveal my sources.

      • Veronica: Mac, if you were planning the Apocalypse on Friday, would you ask someone out on a date for that weekend?
        Mac: Me? That's the only way I'd ask someone out.

      • Mac: What did you ever do before you met me?
        Veronica: Ever see the first 10 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was a lot like that. (short awkward silence) Monkeys clubbing each other?
        Mac: No, I-- I got it.

      • (talking about their parents dating)
        Wallace: He's not gropin' her or anything, is he?
        Veronica: No, but earlier I saw him cutting a hole in the bottom of the popcorn bucket.

      • Veronica: (voiceover as Duncan walks into the room) Dear Seventeen Magazine, how can I tell if the super cute boy in my class likes me? No, scratch that. Dear Seventeen, how can I tell if the super cute boy in my class killed his own sister?

    • NOTES (5)

    • ALLUSIONS (14)

      • Veronica: Exxxxcellent.

        Veronica channels the weasel-faced, amoral megalomaniac Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, as she hacks into Norris' Wi-Fi computer with just the right inflection and gesture of that character's favorite expression. Of course, what's excellent for Mr. Burns is never excellent for anyone else and hence his place in popular culture as the epitome of corporate America.

      • Veronica: Ever see the first ten minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey? It was a lot like that.

        In 1968, Stanley Kubrick's version of Arthur C. Clarke's short story hit cinema screens to the praise of critics and the confusion of much of the public. Visually stunning and innovative, it was the story that one might both start and end with a "Huh?" At the start, rival bands of monkeys, under the watch of a strange black monolith, learn how to use bones as weapons and kill each other more efficiently. Veronica is telling Mac that before they met, she was clueless when it came to computers.

      • Ben: Failure's not an option.
        Apollo 13 was the space mission that went wrong in pretty much every way possible, as the words of astronaut Jim Lovell on April 13, 1970 orbited the globe, "Houston, we have a problem." Flight Director for NASA Mission Control, Gene Kranz, was reassuring: "Failure is not an option."

      • Veronica: A fire drill story! Someone alert the Pulitzer Committee.
        The holy grail of journalists, the Pulitzer is an annual prize administered by Columbia University and awarded for the best in journalism and fiction. There's cash on the table, courtesy of a bequest from a Mr. Pulitzer (Hungarian-American newspaper man) in 1911, but really, it's the kudos that are valued.

      • Ms. Stafford: We're burning daylight.

        The journalism teacher's pet saying comes from the 1972 John Wayne movie The Cowboys in which Wayne's character had to lead a group of children in the very adult task of driving cattle to market. He'd begin each leg of the trip with "Let's go, we're burning daylight."

      • Veronica: Dear Seventeen,...

        This refers to Seventeen, a U.S. young women's magazine targeted at the 12 to 24 age group. It was first published in 1944 and is today considered by many to be the most popular magazine for teenage girls although it faces growing competition.

      • Veronica: That Maltese Falcon is still eluding us.

        Refers to the classic film noir that starred Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, the quintessential American detective and was based on the Dashiell Hammett novel.

      • Corny: Go to White Castle?
        Veronica: There's no White Castle in Neptune.
        Refers to White Castle Hamburgers, a chain in the Midwest and East that specializes in little bite-sized greasy burgers called slyders. This is also a reference to the movie Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle where Harold and Kumar get stoned and go on a mission to eat at White Castle.

      • Norris: Kurosawa retrospective at the Paragon

        Refers to master Japanese director Akira Kurosawa whose works include Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Hidden Fortress.

      • Veronica: This one's very Braveheart.

        Refers to the Mel Gibson film bio of Scottish rebel William Wallace.

      • Episode Title: Weapons of Class Destruction

        Clearly a reference to George Bush's holy grail, the "weapons of mass destruction" that were not found in Iraq. "Destruction" also refers to the warfare between the 09ers and the social misfits with whom Veronica now identifies and of course literally to blowing up the school ala Heathers.

      • Veronica: No, but earlier I saw him cutting a hole in the bottom of the popcorn bucket.
        This is a reference to a scene in the 1982 movie Diner in which one character makes a hole in the bottom of his popcorn box during a movie to play a trick on his date.
        The Diner scene is itself a copy of the French 1980 movie La Boum, in which a character does the exact same trick.

      • Logan: Dream on, Jump Street. I'm not leaving you alone with her.

        21 Jump Street was a TV series from the late 1980s about a group of under-age looking cops who went undercover in high schools to bust young criminals.

      • Ben's shirt: Kill them all. Let God sort them out.
        The above phrase was supposedly uttered by a fanatical crusader, Simon de Montfort, when ordering the massacre of a village in the early 1200s.

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