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Veronica Mars: M.A.D.

Veronica: "The Navy's got that don't ask, don't tell thing? If we tell, they're going to ask. Mutually assured destruction."

Sleazoid boyfriends, romantic secrets, parental affairs and a possible divorce.

So we have this couple, Tad and Carmen. Carmen is a sweetheart. Tad is a major league jerk, and I do mean major. Blackmailing your girlfriend with a video of her doing something sexual while drugged? This is so despicable that I almost don't have words.

And this particular scenario was specifically intended to imply that Logan might not be what he seems. Who is Logan Echolls, really? Is he just a troubled, gallant youth? Does Veronica indeed bring out the best in him? Veronica doesn't really know Logan, and isn't sure why she's attracted to him. They have a tremendous amount of emotional baggage between them, which is a major reason why their relationship is so fascinating.

But Logan is the same guy who hangs out with Dick and the Beaver doing the surf and chickfest. (Dick and Beaver. I just noticed the sexual connotations of those names.) They reminded us of Logan's past persona deliberately so that they could hit us with that revelation at the end. Was Veronica about to get on a boat alone with the guy who deceived, drugged and raped her? I really, really hope there will be a reasonable explanation for Logan having the GHB.

That whole thing with Aaron was surreal. Has Lynn's death really changed him? All those classes, spending time with his family, and look at the way he covered for Logan and took care of Veronica like a nice, normal dad. He and Veronica had a lovely conversation about Logan to the tune of "Me and You and a Dog named Boo." Weird.

Bits and pieces:

— Veronica took Logan into "her" bathroom to make out with him. This was symbolic of her letting him into her life in a big way. I so don't want this to be over. I so don't want Logan to be guilty.

— The date of Shelly Pomroy's party was December 7, 2003. Pearl Harbor Day, appropriately enough.

— Duncan is still gone. The reward is $50,000, which would be enough to put Veronica back on track for college.

— Carmen is a better person than I am. I would have sent that email.

— Ballroom dancing. An activity that requires an overnight bag every Monday and Wednesday from six to ten.

— Keith is considering divorce. And now Clarence Wiedman is blackmailing Alicia Fennel into dropping Keith. Wallace delivering that plant for Veronica just came back to bite Alicia. What will Alicia do?

— Weevil duct-taped Tad to the flagpole in exactly the same way he taped Wallace in the pilot episode. So very richly deserved. I mean Tad, not Wallace.

— Seth is a pretty cool guy. He allowed Veronica to make it seem like he was in love with a jerk and a phobe like Tad in order to help Carmen. No small thing.

— Veronica can fix her own car. I'm starting to believe she can do anything.

— That glass urn Aaron made for Lynn was pretty phallic.

— Keith has been looking for an entertainment lawyer all year? I don't think that's been mentioned yet. Not prominently, anyway. I do remember that conversation in front of Duncan and Meg, though.


Wallace: "I watched our parents cuddle on the couch last night. My eyes, they burn."

Keith: "Hey, honey. How's school?"
Veronica: "You know. Mean kids, indifferent teachers, crumbling infrastructure..."

Seth: "I mean, isn't just joining the Navy alone gay enough to get you thrown out of the Navy?"

Veronica: "Do you think this thing will ever get more normal?"
Logan: "What? Like, will we hang at the mall and hold hands and buy each other teddy bears with hearts that say, 'I wuv you beary much'?"
Veronica: "Yes, exactly that. Except I want my bear won through some sort of demonstration of ring-tossing ability."

Logan: "Omigod. Did I just get caught by my dad making out on the couch?"
Veronica: "Yeah, you got caught by your dad. I got caught by the star of Breaking Point and Beyond the Breaking Point."

Veronica: "How long does it take you to create a highly incriminating, thoroughly libelous, sexually explicit web site?"
Mac: "Mmm, forty-five minutes, give or take."

Carmen: "I was waiting for the rest of school to leave so that I could sneak home without being assailed by any frozen desserts."

Veronica: "It's all fun and games until one of you gets my foot up your ass."

Three stars?

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


  1. Poor Carmen! Tad is really a jerk but I guess he´s screwed anyway because he was left in that pole with a tattoo saying Seth. That can´t be good for him.

  2. Joss Whedon would have NEVER allowed this story. I didn't care for it much, either. Being thought gay is a punishment on par with sexual subjugation and near-rape? It might be realistic in terms of high school, but it's not the sort of thing you necessarily want to propagate.

    I thought Aaron Echolls would drive a nicer car. Something flashier, perhaps.

    Logan can't have done it!!

  3. Hmmm. Not a complete surprise at who had the GHB considering what Logan was like at the beginning of the series. I hope there is some kind of explanation, simply because I don't want Veronica to regret breaking up with the good guy for the bad.

    I probably would have sent that email as well.

  4. Where is Duncan-san? :( Come back, don't listen to the fans who called you boring! There's still enough of us contrarian weirdoes to balance them out...


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