Veronica Mars: High Infidelity

Keith: "It's great talking to someone for whom Bogart isn't a verb."

When I first saw the title "Hi, Infidelity" a few weeks ago, I thought it would be about Logan. But Keith? Who knew?

Unhappy wife, illicit affair with a handsome private investigator, The Maltese Falcon. And that love scene was very Body Heat. Is this going to turn into a murder mystery? Will Harmony kill her husband? Will Keith "send her over," like Bogart did with Mary Astor? When Keith's car was hit, I actually shrieked out loud; I always worry that they'll kill Keith off simply because he's the person that Veronica loves most.

The plagiarism plot was complex, and certainly added layers of characterization to both Tim "Lucky" Foyle, the distasteful Professor Landry, and Dean O'Dell's unfaithful trophy wife. (And yet more infidelity.) Was Tim actually trying to help Veronica, or was he hoping she wouldn't figure it out? The fact that Tim had a Wall of Weird devoted to the Hearst rapist was extremely interesting. He's too obvious a suspect to be the perp. Will he and Veronica end up working the case together?

Wallace just made a serious life choice: scholarship over sports. Good for him. Not that I'd expect anything less from our Wallace. I liked the scene with the toy airplane; it was a callback to the pilot episode. And I loved the shock on Veronica's face when she saw Wallace going into the Dean's office.

In the "new characters I don't really care about" department, did Piz blow Parker off because she was raped, or because he already has a huge thing for Veronica? Claire the victim was expelled for lying, but we didn't hear her side of the story. I want to hear her side. I bet it's interesting as well as clue-worthy. Nish, who was fired from the school paper, threatened both Veronica and O'Dell. ("You'll regret this.") We've been getting hints (no fluids or fibers) that the rapist could be a woman and that it's Nish, doing it for political reasons. But just like the sexist Tim Foyle, I think it's too obvious a twist for this show.

The episode ended with Mercer Hayes getting arrested. But even though Mercer had the cologne, the clippers, and the roofie, Logan swore Mercer was with him at the time of one of the rapes. Logan and Mercer were doing something that Logan doesn't want to tell Veronica about. This can't be good.

Bits and pieces:

— I absolutely loved Logan's "Do you have any idea who I am" ploy. Logan is a smart guy.

— Not a surprise that Veronica is doing exceptional work in her criminology class. She's not making friends, though. Loved how she confronted the entire class. She doesn't lack for nerve, which is one of the reasons I love her.

— Veronica is already eating lunch with Dean O'Dell. It took years to get to this point with Vice Principal Clemmons. Of course, O'Dell didn't realize she was going through his files.

— The Nazi-channeling guard and his victim from "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week" were both caught cheating. It's practically an epidemic.

— Tina the Neptune Grand desk clerk was obviously hot for Logan.

— Veronica wears a size six shoe. So do I. I don't know why I felt compelled to reveal that.

— Where is Mac? She's been gone for several episodes.

— More rats. This time, a character named Jeff Ratner, who as it happens, really did believe Veronica cheated.

— Let me mention again that Parker's hair is obviously not a wig. Bad producers, no biscuit. It can't be a clue, because Veronica would notice something that obvious.

— The previews for this episode showed a critical Veronica/Logan scene we didn't actually see. I'm confused.

Quotes:

Max: "This must be a real Kafka-esque experience for you."

Veronica: "You want to go bowling tomorrow night?"
Logan: "Sure. Unless it's a critical analysis of bowling seminar."

Logan: "How very Emma."
Veronica: "Did you just make a Jane Austen reference? It's official. The end of days are upon us."

Veronica: "You know, hatchet burying, et cetera. Plus, Nixon found it soothing. Look, if you don't want to go because you'd rather see me fed to bears, fine."
Did Nixon really find bowling soothing?

Veronica: "Okay. You're Rocky. Mechanical engineering is Mr. T. 'Eye of the Tiger' is playing."

Veronica: "I'm sorry. I'm having a traumatic stress flashback to the sixth grade."

Veronica: "That boy doesn't know it yet, but he's the living dead."

I liked this one much better than last week's. Three out of four stars,

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

9 comments:

Mike said...

No more comment on the hair thing, because i did just that in comment section of episode 4.

This time I just wanted to point some interesting thing out. In this episode we've learned that Piz's surname is Piznarski. I cought this information, because it's a Polish surname, and I'm from Poland, so... :)
Plus it's a name of the director of the first two Veronica Mars episodes Mark Piznarski and this was like a tribute to him. :)

Yeah - I'm in the sharing mood today! ;)
Thank you for your attention! ;)

Billie Doux said...

Mike, feel free to post comments on anything, truly. We love comments, and we see all of them.

I probably didn't give Piz a fair shake because I was too into Logan. Ah, well. 20/20 hindsight.

Anonymous said...

I´m torn. On the one hand, Harmony is unhapply married and she and Keith just go well together but on the other, she is still married and Keith should know better.
And I agree with you, this episode was better than the last one.

sunbunny said...

It's so funny you mentioned your shoe size Billie, because I was about to complain that women on TV have highly unrealistic shoe sizes. I've met one ONE other adult woman in my entire life who has feet that small. I consider myself to have small feet and I'm a 7.5. Kristen Bell being a 6 I could buy (she's itsy bitsy) but Parker seems to built on an actual person scale and not an elf scale.

When I saw the title of the ep, I was scared to death Logan would cheat on Veronica. Nope. It was Keith. What is he thinking man?

Good for Wallace! I liked that his coach was proud enough of him to not take away his scholarship. He loves basketball, but he's thinking ahead. :) I just wish he were more involved this season.

Also! Attention teachers! Pointing out how one student ruined the curve for the rest of the class and how only they are doing things correctly might seem like an inspirational thing to do, but it sucks. SUCKS. So quit it.

sunbunny said...

I also wanted to say that I'm not nuts about the way the feminists are being portrayed on the show. They're these stereotypical shrill harpies bent on the destruction of all fraternities, despite their actual guilt. A girl FAKED HER OWN RAPE to indict them. That's a fucking sleazy thing to do. They vilify Veronica for not blindly following them and they're just not nice people. It sucks. The school's separated into two factions: those who don't care about the rapes and those who care about them so much they stoop to ridiculous lows. Ugh. Not all feminists are like that and it's an offensive implication. Rant concluded.

Billie Doux said...

I agree, Sunbunny (about the portrayal of feminists). It's one of the things I dislike most about season three.

I have a very close friend who wears a size five shoe. :)

drnanamom said...

@sunbunny "elf scale" - loved it. The cheating and plagiarism is rampant at universities so it was interesting that they dealt with it and especially that they showed why someone, even as nice as Wallace could get sucked into cheating.

ChrisB said...

I came on to post a long comment written about the fake rape and how much it infuriated me. sunbunny already covered it beautifully, so I will just echo her sentiments.

I shrieked when Keith was hit by the car as well. I don't want anything to happen to him, but I don't want him involved with a married woman. Bad, bad idea.

Chris said...

Am I the only one who actually quite likes both Parker and Piz? I think they were fun additions to the cast; the bowling scene was one of my favorites of this episode and it was mostly due to them. Piz looking completely annoyed in particular was a hoot. To be honest, the actor is also doing a much better job imbuing the character with life than Teddy Dunn ever did with Duncan.