Veronica Mars: Silence of the Lamb


Veronica: "When I had the opportunity to learn my paternity, I chose blissful ignorance with a side of gnawing doubt."

On the one hand, we had a particularly ugly serial killer situation. On the other, a switched-at-birth tale with an unhappy ending. Bleah. A good episode, but bleah.

I love Keith. He was wonderful as always, and made the self-important, moronic Sheriff Lamb look like Barney Fife. That whole thing with the E-string killer and the girl in the safe was just shuddery, though, and made my claustrophobia kick in. At least they got the guy, and Leo the grinning deputy saved Keith's life.

Veronica's inadvertent get-the-dirt-on-your-parents cottage industry was just hilarious at first. Interesting how nothing stays funny for long on this show, though. Poor little blue-haired Mac; life is definitely not a cabaret. The parallel to Veronica's own situation with Jake Kane was obvious. The comparisons were a bit too black and white, though, with Madison's real family as vapid and/or annoying blondes, and Mac's real family all intellectual brunettes.

At least Mac's accidental family obviously loved her, and she them; it would have been too much somehow if they were abusing her or something. And the door is even open now for Mac to develop some sort of clandestine relationship with her birth family. But it was still tragic to see Madison Sinclair taking for granted the opportunities that Mac would have killed for.

And I bet Mac's situation made Veronica rethink her decision to destroy that paternity test.

Bits and pieces:

-- No Logan. And no lowdown on Aaron Echolls and his new icepick wound. What happened?

-- Veronica is seventeen. We finally know.

-- If I had a bunch of windfall purity test money, I wouldn't spend it on a lime-green VW beetle. But at least it's better than a pink Vespa.

-- Loved the little scene where Weevil came into the cop shop and went on a tirade about his neighbors in order to cover Veronica raiding the evidence locker. Dan said that Weevil is becoming Veronica's bitch.

-- I'm not sure how I feel about Leo. He's certainly cute, but he's also boring and grins too much. I don't like him. But he appears to be Veronica's type. Veronica needs another type.

-- There were developments in the Lilly Kane case, although we didn't get dead Lilly or Lilly flashbacks. (I like Lilly.) The evil Clarence Wiedman not only took the gun sight photos of Veronica, he also turned in the innocent Abel Koontz.

Quotes:

Veronica: "Sure you can handle the truth? The 70s and 80s were not pretty decades for people. We've all seen the pictures."

Veronica: "Deputy Lamb is here. He's got the mayor with him."
Keith: "Show him in."
Veronica: "Yeah, sure. I'll just have Rod Serling wait out here on the couch."

I loved the back-handed way that Veronica called Lamb a monkey. "Can I get anybody anything? Water? Coffee? A banana?"

Jackson: "I don't care what they say about you, Veronica Mars. You rock."
Veronica: "Yes, I do. I also take cash."

Veronica: "According to the Internet Movie Database, she went on to play such roles as Trucker's girlfriend, Screaming maid, and Bi-curious roommate."

Mac: "She wouldn't know Monet's Water Lilies unless Revlon named a nail polish after it."

Veronica: "Same old story. Girl uses boy. Girl falls for boy. Boy saves girl's dad's life. Girl gets what she deserves." Don't worry, Veronica. I think he still likes you.

Three stars,

Billie

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That scene with Mac putting her hand in the window and her real mother putting her hand as well breaks my heart.

Mark said...

Ha! I came here just to post about the same scene. The song in the background ("The Way You Are" by 46bliss) added a haunting quality to the moment.

drnanamom said...

Must go to bed. Must stop watching. So love this show! Even the hackneyed plots are done well.

Billie Doux said...

Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad in a sleazy guest star spot! Wow.

ChrisB said...

Poor Mac. Both scenes with her mother just broke my heart. Interesting that her birth mother knew right away who she was while her adoptive mother couldn't sense that something was gravely upsetting her daughter. I wonder what would have happened if Madison met Mac's mom.

I smiled when Aaron Paul turned up. It's always fun to see regulars on other series in the guest roles that paid the rent before the big break.