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my mother, the fiend (veronica mars 2.9)

Each week, I watch Veronica Mars at my house with my friends Allison and Lara. But last week I went to stay at my parents' house for Thanksgiving. My family was pre-warned about the need for VM time, and I had a TV all to myself, but no tivo. More than most shows, VM is especially suited for watching with tivo, whether to pause for discussion with the aforementioned Allison and Lara or to pause to let things sink in or just scream "WTF?" at the screen. Without that ability, I found myself unable to think clearly about the episode the next day, and I finally understood why a lot of people just don't watch, especially after my mom turned down my repeated invites to come watch with me. It's not an easy show to watch. It demands a lot from viewers. But that's why I love it so much!

So, last night's episode!

1. I love that Clemmons busted Veronica, even if it was to ultimately serve his own interests. I can't remember if he took all her keys away, but if so, doesn't he only have the right to take away the school keys? Veronica might need that Vespa key someday. With all this mention of the Kane scholarship, I'm thinking it's going to figure in at the end of this season--like maybe Veronica wins it and they refuse to give it to her?

2. I also love that this episode centered around Lianne without her ever appearing (I read on a gossip site that Corinne Bohrer wanted too much money to come back, but take that with a grain of salt.)

3. It was awesome to learn some more about the Jake-Celeste-Lianne history, but I still want to know more. How did Lianne end up with Keith? How did Lianne and Jake end up fooling around again, and how many times did it happen and for how long? When and why did she start drinking, if she was such a great person in high school? We never did find out whether Celeste was pregnant--if she had been faking it all along, why didn't Jake then dump her and get back together with Lianne? There's a lot more we can learn about this whole situation, and I hope we will.

4. Speaking of Celeste, there has to be another side to her. Yes, she's mean to her servant, but it is pretty nice that she would offer to send her to grad school afterwards. When Lianne's old friend mentioned that Celeste had to move away and attend Pan High, I thought maybe there was something there. Maybe she was really rich and her family lost all its money? Why does she hate Lianne so much, if she stole Jake from her to begin with? And one thing that has always, ALWAYS bothered me about Celeste is that we've never even been given a hint of why she hated Lilly, her own daughter. Obviously parents have favorites, but it seems like it was a little extreme. Why? No one on this show is all evil!

5. The prom baby storyline was nicely done, I thought. I had suspected it was Trina at first, but then I fell for the servant thing too. And it was nice that Veronica clued Trina in on what she was going to do--I think too often Veronica thinks that people (mostly her dad) will try and stop her when in reality they won't.

6. The meeting between Trina and Kendall (aka the Buffy reunion) was okay, but Logan had the best line with "Rode hard, meet put away wet."

7. I think it's still up in the air as to whether Kendall and Duncan did anything. She said she's been in his bed, but that doesn't mean anything.

8. Beaver and Mac! I love them both. Does anyone else think Beaver is just setting Kendall up?

9. Weevil and Logan teaming up is amazing. I wonder if they're going to include Veronica?

10. Ok, so Keith is tampering with evidence with that rat in the freezer. But I don't really think it matters, because Lamb never would have found it anyway.

11. And finally, Meg. I'd seen some message board speculation that Meg might be pregnant but written it off, so I was still surprised to see those two heart monitors. I said it before, but I love what they're doing with Meg, showing that it's not just the evil characters who have other sides to them. And I'm very happy to see she's awake. That's going to be good.

12. The alternate ending: First, it was really annoying that each ending was the same for the first ten minutes or so. Why not just start the clips with the hospital scene? Second, I did not at all expect Meg's mom to kill her, and it was very chilling. But I prefer the original. The alternate made Meg's family almost too fucked up, and it also would rob us of Alona Tal, who is really good as Meg. We're just starting to dig below the surface on Meg, and I would hate to see that end. Plus, it would be super boring and annoying if we knew that Veronica hadn't done it but everyone thought she did. This show is way, way above hijinks like that.

13. NEXT WEEK SOMEONE IN VERONICA'S WORLD WILL DIE. But before that, does anyone else think it's probably not Duncan's baby? It could be Meg's dad's (I would not be shocked at sexual abuse), Mr. Fuller's, the mysterious non-Duncan boyfriend she brought to the Fullers, Chris Talley, or any number of other people, because Meg is totally wild and fucked up, apparently. So Laura Palmer.

But yes, someone will die. We watched the part of the preview with all the squares of different people in slow motion, so I can tell you that most people on the show were on it. If it's a main character, I'm still going with Duncan, though that is a little disappointing since I feel like we're on the brink of having his character get way more interesting. If it's Weevil, I'll cry. (Speaking of crying, I teared up when Mary Mooney told Veronica her mother was nice.) The only people I was surprised to see were the Manning family members, but I can't decide if that's significant or a red herring.

One more episode until the winter break! Then no new eps until January 18.


  • At 2:53 PM, Anonymous allison said…

    re: #8, i am still squeeing HARD about beaver and mac. like, harder than logan telling veronica he loves her hard.

    i also suspect beaver of setting up kendall and hope we're right.

  • At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The show is definitely one where you feel the need to back up after you say, "WHAT!" I swear I replayed those last few seconds in Meg's hospital room a few times.

    Speaking of which, with her stomach that large, Meg had to have been a few months along at the time of the accident. How did the baby survive that fall? Heck, couldn't we at least get a couple of scars on Meg's face, Nip/Tuck style? No one, especially someone who's in a coma for two to three months comes out looking so unscathed. Her pregnancy also gives some clue as to the content of that secret letter Duncan has stashed away in his nightstand.

    Perhaps Celeste hated Lilly because she reminded her so much of herself...or Lianne. I'm not positing a "Lianne was Lilly's mom" theory but they do have similarities now that we're getting to learn about Veronica's mom's early life.

    I'm starting to suspect Hector from Weevil's gang. He has shifty eyes and you can never trust the dude with shifty eyes.

    And don't even get me started on the alternate ending thing. I kept waiting for there to be a difference and nothing happened! And that ending was so soap opera-ish and implausible for the show that it's pretty much impossible for the alternate to win over the original.

    As for who dies, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Dick Casablancas kills someone from the motorcycle gang or vice versa. They're going to get the class warfare up to a fever pitch before going on a long break to leave us hanging.

    - Brandawg

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Erica said…

    it just seemed too weird that he would make kendall his CEO. why not actually hire someone? yes, then he would have to share more of the money, but it seems like the business would do better.

    I too wondered how the baby survived a bus crash that killed a bunch of people. I bet we'll find out that somehow Meg experienced the crash differently from everyone else--like she was in the back and her part broke off or something. The lack of scars didn't bother me though, because I figured she had time to heal.

    I suspect Hector too. I'm pretty sure Felix was killed by one of the other bikers.

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Marc said…

    what a fun recap and question list to read! it's so good to live the jaw-dropping moments.

  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Cassidy figures that Kendall is easy to manipulate. He probably has some dirt on her that could be used to kick her to the curb once Big Dick comes back.



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