3, Episode 7
November 14, 2006 on The CW
Episode Regular Cast: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Francis Capra (Weevil), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Julie Gonzalo (Parker), Chris Lowell (Piz), Michael Muhney (Sheriff Lamb)
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Veronica, angry with Keith and Logan, escapes to the comforts of Wallaces dorm room, where Piz is happy to see her. Veronica helps a girl find her missing boyfriend, while also trying to clear Mercer of the rape charges. The rape mystery progresses when Veronica become the rapists next target.
Okay, consider my mind blown and then put back together and blown again.
The Opening - The episode begins with Veronica sneaking home to pack a bag. Keith catches her and is worried because neither he, nor Logan knows where Veronica spent the previous night. Veronica informs Keith that shes staying at Wallaces dorm while Wallace and Piz are studying at a motel. During the conversation, Veronica makes a few snide remarks about Keiths married girlfriend in a typically judgmental Veronica fashion, making it obvious that her disappointment in Keiths new affair is the catalyst for her recent departure from home (Keith didnt come home in episode 3.6 because he spent the night at the Neptune Grand with Harmony). Unfortunately for Veronica, Piz comes home early from his study trip after Wallace went all Shining psychotic on him and catches Veronica in her skivvies. However, Piz decides that Veronica can stay with him in the dorm room for the weekend.
The Missing Boyfriend - Moe (Piz and Wallaces resident advisor featured in episode 3.1 and episode 3.2) finds Meryl sitting outside her boyfriends room, which happens to be next door to Wallaces dorm room, waiting for him because he never showed up at the airport to pick her up. Moe brings Meryl tea and then enlists Veronicas help in finding Sully (Marleys boyfriend) after finding her in Pizs room. Moe uses his keys to get them all into Sullys room. Veronica finds a hot girl named Scarlett circled in a Freshman Facebook and immediately suspects Sully to be cheating. Veronica also finds a credit card receipt in the trash and takes it in order to track down Sullys purchases. Veronica finds no activity on Sullys credit card, so she decides to listen to Sullys voicemail. There is a message from Scarlett about a meeting at 8pm in the food court, which Veronica takes as an immediate sign of cheating.
Throughout the episode, Meryl repeatedly comes up with different theories as to what happened to Sully, refusing to believe that he is cheating on her. Veronica keeps trying to convince Meryl that Sullys actions seem more like a cowardly way of breaking up with her. Sullys roommate, Glen, shows up and hasnt seen Sully since the morning before when Sully went surfing, even though Meryl is sure that Sully doesnt surf. Glen also reveals that Sully and Meryl got into a big argument on the phone the night before. Next, the girls show up at the food court and find Scarlett. Veronica accuses Scarlett of stealing Meryls boyfriend or wanting to steal him. Veronica brings Meryl back to the dorm room, giving her Pizs bed, leaving Piz to sleep on the floor.
The next morning Meryl receives a drunken voice mail message Sully. Veronica uses a gizmo to track down Sullys cell phone at the River Styx (the Fitzpatricks bar where Veronica was almost killed and Logan pulled a gun in episode 2.8), while also discovering a bunch of liquor and other items were purchased on Sullys credit card. Much to Veronicas dismay, Meryl runs into the River Styx, forcing Veronica to follow after her. Meryl questions Danny Boyd about Sullys whereabouts, but Danny recognizes Veronica as Keith Mars daughter. Veronica finds the purchases and Sullys cell phone in the bar. Liam Fitzpatrick grabs Veronica, forcing her to dance, and preventing her from breathing, while revealing his displeasure at Keiths role in Kendalls disappearance. Vinnie (our favorite scummy PI last featured in episode 3.1) saves the day by pretending to be drunk and taking pictures of Veronica and Liam to send to Keith.
of the River Styx, Vinnie reveals that Sully was at the bar the night
before and was so drunk he couldnt remember his name. Danny Boyd
apparently offered to help take Sully home, but instead used his credit
card to go on a wild shopping spree and left Sully stranded. At the
police station, the girls find Sully in the drunk tank and Lamb reveals
that Sully must have been injured while surfing, because he has a knot
in the back of his neck and still doesnt remember his name. Veronica
apologizes to Meryl for jumping to the wrong conclusions; Meryl forgives
her because she knows if she hadnt been in love before, then she
wouldnt have believed it either.
After learning that Piz is covering for Mercers shift at the radio station, Veronica follows Piz to work in order to check the schedule. Veronica discovers that Mercer could not be responsible for either Stacey or Parkers rapes because he was working at the radio station. Veronica brings the information to Logan, but refuses to give it to him unless he tells her what happened on August 13th. Logan reveals that the boys were in Tijuana, Mercer set the motel room on fire, and the boys escaped without trying to help or making sure that everyone was okay. Veronica is disgusted by Logans behavior and the couple remains all angsty. Although the Sheriff receives the information from Logan, Lamb refuses to release Mercer because he wants to hold him as long as he can.
Affairs of Criminology - In criminology class, Professor Landry assigns a final term paper, which requires each student to plan the perfect murder. Professor Landry keeps Veronica after class to give her an FBI internship summer program application, which he wants her to fill out in lieu of the final term paper. Later in the food court, Veronica finds Professor Landry and passes on the internship application, declaring she will complete the term paper like everyone else because she doesnt want to be bought off. Professor Landry tells her to take the internship because he doesnt care what she says about his affair, she is his best student and she should be thinking about her future.
Keiths Adultery - On the adult front, Harmony shows up at Mars Investigations and declares that she will leave her loveless marriage. Harmony and Keith share their feelings for each other, but Keith obviously feels guilty for sleeping with a married woman. Harmony convinces Keith to go to Palm Springs with her for the weekend. Vinnie shows up at Mars Investigations to find out the whereabouts of Kendall (our favorite golddigging temptress last featured in episode 3.1) and her money, but Keith claims not to know the whereabouts of Kendall. Vinnie also tries to blackmail Keith with pictures of Keith and Harmonys affair after being hired by Harmonys husband.
Later in the episode, Veronica goes to Mars Investigations to get a gizmo and runs into Keith, who tries to explain his situation to her. Veronica treats Keith like every other cheating scumbag theyve dealt with in the PI business, even bringing up her mothers affair with Jake Kane and Keith responsibility in making her so jaded. As a result, when Harmony shows up, Keith ends things with her.
The Closing A desperate Logan calls Keith to find out Veronicas whereabouts and discovers that Veronica is staying in Wallaces dorm room. Later that night, Veronica stupidly leaves her open drink unattended in the food court while getting some food replaced. While checking a bunch of messages from Logan and Keith, Veronica begins to feel the effects of her drugged beverage. Logan shows up at the dorm room to find Piz, who reveals that Veronica is staying in the room with him while Wallace is out of town. A drugged Veronica goes to her car, which is located in an underground parking garage, and realizes that she has been drugged. Veronica notices a masked and gloved person wearing a robe, and realizes it is the rapist. She runs to her car, but falls over before she can safely escape inside the vehicle. Before passing out Veronica hits the panic button on her keys. Thankfully Logan is passing by as the alarm goes off and runs to the vehicle after realizing it is Veronicas. The rapist bends down and turns off the panic alarm with a gloved hand. Logan arrives to find the passed out Veronica with part of her head shaved. Logan takes her back to the apartment where Logan and Keith take care of her and Veronicas faith in Logan and Keith is renewed.
Subtler Side of Piz Im actually starting to really like Piz, despite his obvious puppy dog crush on Veronica and hyperactive bouncing ways. Although Im really not interested in seeing Veronica and Piz ever hook up, I thought Piz was adorable in his awkward discomfort in finding Veronica in his dorm room or watching Veronica while she was studying on Wallaces bed. Piz was also somewhat useful and sweet in this episode, letting Veronica stay in the dorm room, caring about what was wrong with her, helping her investigate both Sullys disappearance and Mercers alibi, and sleeping on the floor. Although the scene between Piz and Logan was awkward at the end, Piz properly stayed out of the fight between Veronica and Logan. Plus, you gotta love his Shining reference in relation to Wallaces studying and the fact that the moment he learned that Sully was missing he looked straight at Veronica.
Tying Up Lose Ends Ive been complaining for weeks that the Fitzpatricks and Kendall storyline has completely disappeared, almost as if Rob Thomas and company were pretending that the mystery was over. Thankfully, they dealt with my complaints in this episode, reminding us that the mystery is far from over Liam is still in search of the money, Cormac is still very much dead, and we still dont know if Kendall is dead or just cleverly hiding somewhere. Danny Boyd was as stupid as ever. Liam was as utterly creepy as ever; his dancing with Veronica while singing an Irish jig was just as terrifying as his behavior last season, making you almost expect Logan to walk in with a gun. Although Vinnie came to rescue at the River Styx this time, Logans rescue was just delayed to the end of the episode. On top of all that, Vinnie saves the day rescuing Veronica from the River Styx, after helping the Fitzpatricks and being such a jerk. I love when they make Vinnie do something noble, after being so despicable, much like his actions in helping Duncan escape (episode 2.11).
Much??? This episode marked the return of holier than thou,
judgmental Veronica, who rears her ugly head a few times a season. While
Im annoyed at Veronica for behaving like such a sanctimonious
ass, it definitely fit with the theme of the episode and with her character.
Veronica frustrates me because every time she begins to open up and
trust people, she suddenly flips around and becomes incredibly judgmental
and untrusting. While I dont condone Keiths affair with
a married woman, it is still Keiths choice and has very little
to do with Veronica. I can understand Veronica being disappointed in
Keith, but Veronica went beyond that and acted like a petulant child.
On top of that, Veronica behaved as if she has never done anything wrong
and is absolutely perfect. As for Logan, Veronica has put that poor
boy through the freaking ringer, so much so Im beginning to wonder
why he even puts up with her. Throughout season one and two, Veronica
repeatedly mistrusted Logan and blamed him for everything that went
wrong. Now, when shes finally committed to trusting him, she is
quick to become a jealous and untrusting wreck (episode
3.3) and think the absolute worst of him. While Logans actions
in Mexico were far from noble, Veronicas reaction seemed to be
along the vein of I told you so and utter disgust. Someone
should perhaps warn Veronica that when you constantly think the worst
of someone, you will find a way to make sure they live up to it.
Consistency One of the best things about this show is its commitment to consistency and the reward it gives to long-term fans. This episode featured lots of references to past seasons: the return of Danny Boyd, mention of Lianne Mars and Jake Kanes relationship, Veronicas reference to the last time she was drugged, discussion of the rape mystery from last season, Veronicas mention of the last time she was in the River Styx, etc.
Overall I finally feel like this season is working and like my favorite TV show is on the air. Welcome back Veronica Mars!!!
Veronica: What does a girl do when it seems every male in her life has let her down? She seeks sanctuary; a place where no one can find her; a place where
Veronica: How long have you been standing there Piz? I might expect a tip.
Youre supposed to be cramming in a motel like in the Paper Chase.
Not what it looks like.
Veronica: The man who would be my mentor, Mr. Popular. Just another on the list of men who disappoint.
Veronica: No term paper. A dream internship. And all I have to do is keep my mouth shut.
How do you propose to make things right? You gonna hypnotize me?
Maybe I dont want to know what you were up to.
You shouldnt worry, hes a solid guy. I mean, Id want
him to be my boyfriend if I swung that way.
Landry: Have a seat, share a rib.
Professor Landry: Take the internship. Theres no quid pro quo here. Im not worried about what you might say about what you saw at the Grand. This is about nothing more or less then the fact that you are by far my strongest student. Forget me, think about you Veronica.
Veronica: Okay, consider my mind blown and then put back together and blown again.
Can you leave it alone? Can you trust me?
Logan: I am your boyfriend Veronica, and you are treating me like a criminal.
Logan: Its because of the look on your face right now that I didnt want to tell you. I did what nine out of ten guys in my situation would have done, I ran.
Look Dad, do what you gotta do, Ive seen to much working here
to ever be surprised again.
Veronica: I know this feeling. I cant believe this is happening to me again.
Veronica: So what would Stan Marsh say in a situation like this? I think we all learned a valuable lesson about faith. You give it to the people you love, but the people who really deserve it are the ones that come through even when you dont love them enough.
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