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"I'd Rather Be Crying": Logan Mopes While Veronica Pokes Around on "Veronica Mars"

Just a brief post on Veronica today for a number of reasons, being (A) last night's episode was the first half of a two-parter, and (B) I'm as sick as a dog today. (And on Valentine's no less!)

Last night's episode of Veronica Mars ("Postgame Mortem") featured Veronica and Keith working on two separate cases at the same time, one involving the murder of the Svengali-like basketball coach at Hearst College and the other being Mindy O'Dell's investigation of the murder of her husband, much missed Dean Cyrus O'Dell. It also featured Logan hanging out for the better part of a weekend with a precocious tween and Dick Casablancas getting hitched in Vegas. (Ah, young love.) And Wallace even dropped by to grace us with his presence. Well, for two scenes, anyway.

Keith and Veronica continue to investigate O'Dell's murder, with Veronica learning from the ever-so-helpful Jeff Ratner at the Neptune Grand (last seen in "Hi, Infidelity") that two men were heard arguing in the room the night of the murder. The second man is obviously O'Dell, but so far Landry and Mindy haven't come clean that O'Dell was at the hotel that night. (Wondering why not.) Keith discovers that Mindy called Landry's mobile that night as well, a curious fact since they were supposedly in the room together all night. But it's quickly cleared up: Mindy claims she went to the lobby to buy toothpaste and called Landry to see what brand he wanted, a story that Landry backs up. (Darn!)

Veronica learns that they ordered a pay-per-view movie around the time of the murder. Fittingly it's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (heh), but while Landry seems familiar with the movie's plot (and ending), Mindy doesn't seem to know anything about it. Could she have slipped out at that point or did she, as she claims, fall asleep? All anyone knows, thanks to come meticulous valet record keeping, is that the Volvo was checked out of the Grand right before the murder and returned a half an hour later. (I still think young Master O'Dell was the one to take the car.)

Veronica cozies up with the murdered coach's son, Josh, who's apparently Prime Suspect Numero Uno as he was seen arguing with his father hours before the murder and one witness claims to have seen him fighting with him at the scene of the crime. Of course, that witness is Mason, who has his own grudge with the coach, after he yanked him off starting. And supposedly he has a gun, to boot.

This being Neptune, the obvious go-to suspects are the PCH'ers and the fact that the coach's car is missing seems to point to a carjacking gone bad, a theory quickly disproved when it's revealed that the coach was driving an el cheapo auto, which is recovered from the ocean underneath the shooting scene. (Did anyone else think it was a great twist to have Arturo now running the PCH bike gang? I love the way this show unexpectedly reuses minor characters like Arturo, reception desk employee Tina, and Jeff Ratner.)

Sheriff Lamb arrests Josh and holds him for the murder of his father, while Veronica tries to find a way to prove his innocence (or guilt) and baked him some peanut butter cookies concealed inside a hollowed-out copy of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. Nice. Josh somehow uses the cookies to escape (I'm still waiting for next week for an explanation on that front), leading Veronica to get arrested by Lamb right in the middle of her profiling class with Professor Landry. Ouch. Hopefully, V, that won't affect your chances of getting that internship with the FBI.

Meanwhile, Logan continues to brood amid the shambles that is the presidential suite at the Neptune Grand while Dick tries to talk him into joining him at the swim team's beach bash ("You can wear your shirt that says 'I'd rather be crying'."), only to stick Logan with his date Melinda's little sister Heather (Joan of Arcadia's Juliette Goglia) for the entire weekend while they run off and get a quickie wedding in Vegas (which, I'm sure, will be pretty quickly annulled).

How cute was Heather Button though? The adorable little pixie finally managed to get Logan out of his man-funk and got him to at least emerge from his lair long enough to play Mario Cart, and she even dedicated a song on the radio to Veronica in an attempt to patch things between Logan and V. Will these two ever patch things up?

Next week on Veronica Mars ("Mars, Bars"), it's part two of a two-part episode in which Sheriff Lamb is forced to release Veronica from jail, an on-the-lam Josh tries to convince Veronica that he's being framed for his father's murder (and kidnaps Mason), and Logan joins Mac and Parker for a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt.


Bill said…
When he opened the cookies, they inexplicably panned up to the guy in the top bunk. And this show is too awesome to do things at random, so I'm figuring (and this could be completely off, since I'm so spoiler paranoid that I don't even watch the promos for next week's episode):

Josh finished the cookies, and the guy in the top bunk broke him out. Then Lamb comes in and finds an empty cell and a hollowed out book, which is probably enough evidence to arrest Veronica.
rockauteur said…
Yeah Darren is definitely on to something. There had to be a reason they panned to the guy on the top bunk...

You caught a glimpse of Parker and Mac in next week's promos? I didn't notice them at all. Hmmm.
Maybe he traded the cookies for the other dude's clothes and snuck out dressed as him!

Loved last night's episode. Especially Logan getting put in his place by a tween and Dick running off to get married in Vegas. Can't wait to see how part two plays out.
Anonymous said…
IF this is you writing something short on Veronica Mars Im looking forward to a long post about it... :)
Anonymous said…
2 things -

Oh! That was the girl from Joan of Arcadia!!! No wonder she looked so familiar.

Couldn't the guy arguing with Landry be mister shifty whats-his-name donor? I don't know why, but considering he was in the previously on as having a scene with the dean, and he was in this ep for no real good reason.

Oh, three things...

Glad Logan emerged, but did he have to shave? He looked hot.
Unknown said…
This was one of the best episodes in a long long time. "Do you have any extra small clothes? I'm starting to smell like you." Bwahahaha! I know it's not all about the laughs, but this ep, especially Heather (<giggle> "It's her! It's her!"), was hilarious.

And what about the tremendous use of continuity. Does any other show bring back desk clerks, pizza boy muggers, and hotel staff so appropriately? Most can't seem to even figure out how long it takes to get across town on foot. (I'm looking at you, 24.)
Anonymous said…
Loved this episode! My guess on the cookies is that Josh is allergic to peanut butter and those cookies got him sick, forcing him to go to the hospital where it was much easier to escape. I'm sure I'm COMPLETELY wrong about that, but there it is. Heh.
Anonymous said…
That scene in the elevator was painfully funny. "Is that my shirt?" Fabulous. I keep worrying that the Veronica/Logan on and off thing is going to get old but the writers keep thinking of new ways to make it throwing a 10-year-old girl in the mix. Who would have thought?! I loved it.
The CineManiac said…
I loved the fact that this show could add a precocious 10 year old to the show (even if it's only for one episode) and have it work, unlike most television shows which add a kid towards the end of the run to bring in some new blood (Read Raven Simone)
But I am very intrigued on how Josh got out of jail and what the top bunk man has to do with it. Although as we all know Lamb isn't the most effective of policemen and it's just as likely he screwed up and is now trying to pin it on V.
(BTW if no one else has seen it yet the new issue of Geek Monthly has an interview with Kristen Bell, some of which you can check out at - it's like they made the magazine just for me!)

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