Veronica Mars: My Big Fat Greek Rush Week

Nish: "Welcome to the home of Theta Beta. What do you think?"
Veronica: "I think it's the gateway to Hell, and I don't want to keep looking directly at it."

Clever and funny, as well as topical. And how can you beat Veronica in a floral print channeling the Bush twins, and a masked Logan streaking through his sociology class?

The whole rules of the "Neptune Conventions" thing made its point without getting preachy or overly dramatic. We knew some of the student "prison guards" would immediately start channeling Nazis, and one did; his scapegoat was even Jewish, so let's make it a transparent comparison, why don't we.

Even though Wallace managed to "win" by deception, I was disappointed that he allowed the Nazi-channeling guard to get away with so much. But all this paled next to my favorite scene in this episode, which was Logan leading a prison break out the window and down a rope of knotted bedsheets in order to pig out at the food court.

Does this mean Logan has stopped skipping classes now?

I enjoyed Veronica investigating the Hearst rapist by going "behind the Greek curtain." I liked that the situation at Zeta Theta Beta had moral and ethical complexities, especially when it came to Veronica's pot plant expose. But were the Theta Betas as virtuous as they seemed in the end? Four other reports, after all. Did they close up their dirty shop as soon as Marjorie learned that Veronica accused the Pi Sigs of rape last year?

Meanwhile, back in the desert, I got even more confused about what was going on with Keith and the Fitzpatricks. Did Keith leave the pen and the bear trap for Cormac, or did Liam? Did Liam really kill his own brother, cause hey, we didn't see him dying.

And I'm still in doubt about Cormac killing Kendall, mostly because we saw Cormac shooting through a doorway, but no body was found. At least we now know what was in the suitcase: Van Gogh's "Two Lovers." (How apropo.) And the South Neptune Food Bank just got a windfall. Couldn't Keith have kept a little of that, though? Remember, Veronica wanted to go to Stanford.

Bits and pieces:

— Sheriff Lamb was, as usual, utterly despicable. He taunted Veronica about her rape. Again.

— I loved the masked, nude Logan stopping to salute Wallace. The two of them really did become friends last season.

— Oolong Moe was the one who drove Parker back to her room, but has been eliminated as a rape suspect.

— Parker was wearing a tee-shirt that said, "You can't even afford me." Consider the irony.

— When the prof asked who thought they were incapable of torture, Wallace raised his hand. Logan didn't raise his hand.

— Veronica ended up in the library, after all. Come on, Veronica, don't be bummed about it. Libraries are the seats of knowledge and power. Yes, I'm a librarian.

— Mac and Parker bonded, which I could see coming.

— Veronica continued to use the swear word "frak," from Battlestar Galactica. I know it's just a minor crossover, but I love it. My two favorite shows haven't crossed over since Buffy and Angel went off the air.

Quotes:

Mac: "I have 'There's got to be a morning after' stuck in my head."

Veronica: "Tasteful floral dresses? All my florals are trampy. Seriously, I don't have a thing with a flower that's not in a tube top or hot pant family."

Veronica: "You had me at 'secret room'."

Veronica: "What are you doing here?"
Dick: "Fulfilling my destiny. It's a sorority party. It's why I left the womb."

Veronica: "I think I'd sooner drink Mark McGrath's bathwater than drink anything here."

Logan: "Okay. I'll tell you what you want to know. C'mere. (pause) Yes, I like pina coladas. And getting caught in the rain."

Veronica: "The seventies had the Hustle. The eighties, the Moonwalk. We have the faux lesbian dance."

Veronica: "The best way to keep a guy at least ten feet away? Dry heave. Vomit is the new mace."

Veronica: "Do you want me to juggle? Back hand spring? A vagina monologue, perhaps?"

Veronica: "Knowledge is power."
Keith: "Nietzche?"
Veronica: "Schoolhouse Rock."

Really, really good. Four stars,

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

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Veronica as a dizzy rush girl is hilarious. Again, the moral complexities got in the way and that Nish character is very slippery.

sunbunny said...

This episode is going to give me nightmares. Partly because of Rider Strong being evil, which is never, ever cool, and partly because of the Greek week flashbacks (don't even ask).