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Veronica Mars: Betty and Veronica

Wallace: "Unlike you, I have some school pride."
Veronica: "And a goat crapping apples in the back of your buddy's van."

Hell must have frozen over. Vice principal Clemmons asked Veronica for help finding their missing mascot. And she did it. Of course she did.

I feel a rant coming on.

Lianne doesn't even know who Veronica's father is, and that just makes me want to slap her. For Lianne's sake, Veronica gave up four years at San Diego State, a year at Stanford, and a semester at the Sorbonne. Gone. I'm sorry, but no parent worthy of the name would let their child give up a college education so they could have twelve weeks in rehab. Can you picture Keith doing such a thing? Yes, Lianne loves Veronica and ran away to protect her and her heart is probably in the right place, but Lianne is also selfish and weak. She doesn't deserve a daughter like Veronica. Or a husband like Keith, for that matter.

Abel Koontz has a daughter: Amelia deLongpre. He is giving up his last few months of life in order to give Amelia financial security. While Veronica's mother is depriving Veronica of a college education. I'm not getting over this any time soon, am I?

Lianne was with Jake at the time of the murder. Fine. I never thought Jake did it, anyway. I assume Jake lied in order to cover for Celeste. (And maybe he just didn't want Sheriff Keith Mars to beat the crap out of him.) At least now we know that Celeste doesn't have a solid alibi for the time of Lilly's death.

I thought Wallace was exaggerating in an earlier episode when he said he was the basketball team, but no. Wallace was enjoying new fame as a basketball star, and it was fun watching him have such a good time. But his ascension in the ranks of Neptune High popularity has to some extent taken him away from Veronica. Add this to the situation with Meg, Veronica's only former friend who is still her friend. Meg and Duncan are a couple now, which just makes a Meg/Veronica friendship unspeakably awkward. Much less time with Wallace and Meg increases Veronica's already extensive isolation, and that's not good.

Veronica and Deputy Leo finally went on a real date and of course, they ran into the Kanes, wouldn't you know it? The whole thing with the tapes made me wonder. I'm sure Veronica likes Leo for himself – I don't think she's capable of dating someone she doesn't like. But could she also be dating him because she can get inside info and stolen evidence from him?

Bits and pieces:

— Loved the reciprocal bugging-the-bugger scene with Clarence Wiedman. I also loved the way Veronica negotiated compensation with Vice Principal Clemmons. ("My own parking space, and a different locker, preferably in the east hall.")

— Pan High School? This show is big on the mythological characters. Pan the goat thing was definitely a much lesser entity than the god Neptune. Pan High, fifteen miles inland, was also lower in status than Neptune High.

— Rest Stop Fifteen was a hoot. "A cross between Inspiration Point and Tijuana."

— Veronica baking those secret snickerdoodles for Wallace was incredibly sweet. Pun intended.

— Logan was not in this episode.


Wallace: "On the streets, we call those 'dimes'."
Veronica: "Streets. You live on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Marigold."

Veronica: "At my old school, I was Horny. We were the Rhinos and I was the mascot." Veronica tends to come up with sexually provocative shockers like this. I think she does it on purpose to catch people off guard. Especially male people. It makes them underestimate her, too.

Weevil: "That's this close to taking a hot cousin to the prom."

Leo: "I hate to bribe you, but I'm fairly certain that aiding and abetting qualifies me for a dinner date."
Veronica: "Actually, it qualifies you for dinner and a movie, but you undershot, so..."

Duncan: (reading) "Polly's kidnapping is more than a juvenile school prank. It is an act of terrorism."
Veronica: "Wow. Polly wanna payback."

Veronica: "Can you do me a weird favor without asking any questions?"
Wallace: "Isn't that the bedrock upon which our friendship was founded?"

Keith: "Grab your lip gloss and your pepper spray, sweetheart. Your date's here." What funny is, he really wasn't kidding. Even though Veronica was about to go out with a deputy who saved Keith's life.

From the absurd to the tragic. Polly the parrot, Billy the goat, Betty and Veronica, alcoholism, paternity suits, murder. This show rocks. But you all know that, or you wouldn't be reading this episode review,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. Another great one and once again, they worked the episode pretty well. It was funny when it needed to be and serious when it needed to be too.

  2. Billie, I am so with you on your feelings about Lianne. Veronica and her dad deserve so much better but I also know that alcoholism can take a person down roads they never imagined so I'm not surprised. It is funny how connected you get to the characters in this show.

  3. I, too, agree with you that Lianne is selfish and weak. The problem is that these traits are compounded by the fact that she is an alcoholic. What bothered me about that scene was that Veronica spent every penny she had (and then some as she is overdrawn), and the rehab probably won't take.

    I dealt with an alcoholic for years. Getting them into rehab by telling them you want them to do it for you doesn't work. They need to hit rock bottom and they need to go in for themselves. Unfortunately, Lianne is nowhere near rock bottom.

    The interrogation scene between Keith and Jake also upset me. It seems clear to me that Keith knew who was in that hotel room with Jake. He was pushing for details that, while they did trip up Celeste, obviously upset him a great deal.


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