3, Episode 3
October 17, 2006 on The CW
Episode Regular Cast: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Tina Majorino (Mac), Chris Lowell (Piz), Julie Gonzalo (Parker), Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb)
Guest Stars: Ed Begley Jr. (Dean O'Dell), Lindsey McKeon, Ryan Devlin
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Veronica helps a football player and his girlfriend find a stolen football playbook, while dealing with her possible expulsion from Hearst College. The feminists continue to speak out against the Hearst serial rapist, while another girl is raped. Veronica lends a helping hand to Weevil to find employment to meet his parole requirements. Meanwhile, Veronicas untrusting ways lead to LoVe life troubles.
Football the systematic violation of the Geneva Convention made into a sport.
The episode opens with Veronica watching football practice while reading about the on-campus rapes and resulting protests my head is still aching from being hit over the head with the episodes A & B mysteries in the first few seconds.
Its the case of the missing playbook and Veronicas on the prowl. Piz, desperate to get publicity for his band and host his own radio talk show, asks Veronica to help Trish (his new potential radio mentor) and Kurt (her football boyfriend) find the missing playbook. Apparently Kurt was permanently injured, making him a less valuable player, and thus a waste of a good scholarship. First, Veronica tries to create a replacement playbook, but all goes wrong when shes caught in the act and forced to steal a jock strap. Second, Veronica accuses Larry, Trishs ex-boyfriend, who hates Kurt and tries to woo Trish back with his painting. However, Veronica changes her mind when she finds no paint marks in Kurts bag. Third, Veronica accuses Kurts best-friend, Pop, after discovering popcorn in Kurts bag, but it turns out that Pop was just stealing some homework. Fourth, Veronica accuses Trish, who stole the playback in order to get Kurt off the football team, but low and behold, someone has stolen the playbook from her. Fifth, Veronica correctly accuses Larry and his roommate, who gave the playbook to the opposing team in order to fix the sports gambling.
Meanwhile, Dean ODell threatens to expel Veronica from Hearst College unless she gives up the name of her source regarding the sorority expose from episode 3.2. However, the Dean is preoccupied dealing with the ongoing ramifications of the Hearst rapist, as well as his recently vandalized car. Veronica figures out that the Deans stepson crashed the car and then vandalized it in order to cover his own ass information she uses to prevent the Dean from expelling her and to get Weevil a job.
The Lampoons (publishers of a misogynistic rag) and the Militant Feminists (nude Lilith House protestors) burst into the Deans office to argue over a publication that jokingly indicates that they would like to rape the girl in the middle, Claire. The debate continues on air during Pizs first radio show, but it heats up when the girls get news that Claire was in fact raped.
There is trouble in the LoVe department as Logan and Veronica squabble over differing views of life in college. Things get worse when Veronica runs into Dick, finding out that Logans class was cancelled and he didnt call her. Veronica confronts Logan, but he dismisses it and they plan a G-rated booty call in the library. Logan never shows up at the library and Veronica, after using a GPS tracker, finds Logan engaged in some on-campus illegal gambling courtesy of jerky Mercer. Logan is upset by Veronicas surveillance of him and Veronica is upset by Logans brooding secrecy. Things get worse when Veronica mentions Logans surfing trip to Mercer, who knows nothing about the surfing prompting Veronica to install a tracking device in Logans car. However, Veronica removes the tracking device after talking to Trish and realizing how crazy shes been acting. Finally, Logan and Veronica make up with a little G-rated booty call in the library.
After a Weevil-free two episodes, it was a pleasant surprise to finally see his seething angry face. Apparently Weevil plea bargained down from murder to assault, leaving him forced to work in order to satisfy the requirements of his parole. Veronica encourages her Dad to hire Weevil as his new secretary. Weevil does really well on his first stakeout and the boys form a bit of a bond. However, Weevils temper gets the better of him on his next stakeout, forcing Keith to fire him. Veronica helps out Weevil by offering him two grand to fix the Deans car, which she in turn uses to get Weevil a maintenance job on campus.
Backseat Mysteries - this episode did a terrible job of keeping me compelled by the mysteries of this season. Im having a hard time caring about the rape because this episode does not show Veronica concerned about the rape, nor does it show Parker dealing with the rape. Parker and Veronica are the characters that connect the audience to the rape and if we dont see either of them reacting to the rape, then it is hard to feel invested in the rape as a major season mystery. Beyond that, the missing football playbook was not a terribly compelling mystery. Sure it tied into the whole LoVe squabble well, but as far as mysteries go it was rather lame. The whole episode was spent with Veronica accusing one person after another until she got the right one converting Veronica from an intelligent and skilled private investigator into a stupidly persistent wannabe.
Love Conquers All apparently love conquers all this season on Veronica Mars and Im not just talking about Veronica and Logan patching things up by the end of the episode. LoVe seems to be taking over season three of Veronica Mars Jason has moved up on the credits, Veronica and Logan are plastered all over the credits together, and now we have an episode where all the mysteries take a back burner to the LoVe squabbles. Dont get me wrong, Im a fan of LoVe, but I just wish that everything in the episode could have been as tight as the LoVe plotline.
Wheres Weevil Weevils back and angrier than ever. Weevil has miraculously plea bargained his murder charges down to assault, with no real explanation. As a result, hes stuck on parole and required to be employed. Im a little confused by the fact that Weevil is having a hard time finding a job why wouldnt he just work as a mechanic since he appears to be so good at it? But Im not going to complain because his lack of employment allowed Weevil to work at Mars Investigations. Although his employment at MI was brief, it was certainly memorable - Weevil answering the phones with little to no decorum; Weevils excitement over the prospect of a stakeout; Weevils pleased demeanor when Keith praised his work; and even Weevils talk with Veronica about how much he enjoyed working with Keith. All of this makes me hope that Weevil will be back at MI soon.
Overall although Im a little frustrated by the easy breezy tone of season three, Im still enjoying it. Veronica Mars still features clever writing, witty pop culture references, and talented actors. As long as it continues to do so, it will remain one of my favorite shows on the air. This episode will make a whole lot of LoVe fans happy with its huge focus on Logan and Veronica, but the episode was a disappointment to me. While the first two episodes of this season were light to attract a new audience, they still managed to have that Veronica Mars depth and feel, but this episode seemed to miss its mark.
Veronica: Football the systematic violation of the Geneva Convention made into a sport.
What is this? Jealous???
Veronica: Its college were supposed to expand our horizons past video games and binge drinking.
Veronica: Thats what a girl likes to here. Darling, do all the weird crap you like just dont be late for the booty call.
Kurt: Cheerleaders are clever that way.
Mars a modern college girl on the go.
Oh, I dont know, all those times I arrested him he never struck
me as great secretary material. Didnt he get busted for murder?
Dean ODell: You now have the most colorful disciplinary file in the freshman class.
Larry: Great theory. You are clearly a genius.
Larry: Look, whoever you are, Im not a criminal mastermind, Im a painter.
Logan: As adorable as it is when you do it to criminals, the surveillance thing is starting to bug.
And while I appreciate your interest Big Brother, I hope
Trish: I went momentarily crazy and its going to cost me the guy I love.
Is this the help desk? Cause I need a little help.
Veronica: Lets find you that guidebook. Which I think is on the dark, lonely top floor.
Pop Culture References:
Hero (Video Game)
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