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Veronica Mars

Snark Squad founders Lorraine and Sweeney both place season 1 of Veronica Mars at the top of their Best TV of All Time lists, and love the entire (sadly abbreviated) series to pieces. If you need proof, just check out the many, many times Veronica was mentioned even before the show was added to our line-up.

Join us as we revisit Neptune and detect the shit out of things with everyone’s favorite (sorry Nancy Drew) girl detective.

Sweeney has watched the series through 5-6 times. Lorraine has seen it all once. Democracy Diva is our resident Snow, meaning this is her first watch and she knows nothing. As always, NO SPOILERS in an effort to keep the Snow pure.

Veronica Mars S01 E01 – Flailtroductions

by Sweeney December 4, 2013 Season 1
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IT’S NEW SERIES TIME! New series and a new recapper. We’ve wanted to add Veronica Mars to our repertoire for a while, but we also needed a Snow (and like 19 more hours in the week, but we settled for having half of our demands met).  Much like our Buffy recaps we have three different experiences. I haven’t marathoned any other show half as many times as I’ve seen this one. (Which is to say that I’ve seen it all-the-way-through 5 or 6 times. I really don’t repeat-marathon most shows.) Lor has only seen it once, though we share the belief that the first season of this show is one of the best seasons of TV ever. (We’ll see how blogging changes things.) Meanwhile, a dear friend of the blog (and also my lifeself), The Democracy Diva will be joining us as the resident Snow. Diva Snow, if you please.

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Veronica Mars S01 E02 – 1 Episode in Paris

by Marines December 11, 2013 Season 1
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Wallace asks Veronica what her big Friday night plans are. All she’s got so far are taking Backup for a run and possibly renting a PG-13 movie. If you take away the “going for a run” part you have a good representative of most of my Friday nights. No shame, V.

Wallace isn’t on board with these plans, though, and aspires to a live a life inspired by a Nelly rap video. LOL. Nelly.

Sweeney: “Step back, wild child,” is a favorite phrase of mine in life. It’s another one of those, “TV informs how I engage with the other humans,” moments.

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Veronica Mars S01 E03 – Are you my daddy?

by DemocracyDiva December 18, 2013 Season 1
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We open to a trio of nerds (not THAT Trio, thank goodness), rating their female classmates based on hotness. Apparently, Veronica’s detective skills up her from an 8.5 to a 9, according to Dweeb #1. How empowering! Troy and Veronica do a walk-and-talk, which hilariously features V assuming T’s weekend plans revolve around autoeroticism. He’s actually just got a boner for boats, like apparently all wealthy southern California boys on television in the early aughts.

They exchange something like eight hundred thousand flirty glances as Troy departs.

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Veronica Mars S01 E04 – Effort

by Sweeney January 22, 2014 Season 1
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Sweeney: Veronica welcomes us back to Neptune by face nomming Troy outside her door at the end of a date. Before leaving he nonchalantly mentions homecoming, but in a we’re-too-cool-for-homecoming kind of way. Veronica goes inside and asks Keith what he thought of Troy – asking if he ran Troy’s license plates. Keith plays it cool, insisting that he has no idea what is inspiring this line of questioning, waiting until she’s almost in her room to drop the, “It’s time for me to meet this boy,” bomb. Veronica resists, but loses this battle.

Lorraine: I love that his sticking point is that that Troy is cutting into daddy-daughter time, and they don’t do things together anymore. A PARENT! WHO WANTS TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS CHILD!

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Veronica Mars S01 E05 – One fucked-up cumpleaños

by Marines January 29, 2014 Season 1
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A title card tells us we’re in Tijuana, Mexico. And in case you missed the title card there is also some generic, Mariachi-type music playing as we look out a little bar. In a back alley, a young, nervous looking boy is fiddling with a piñata and what looks like a small, bubble wrap envelope. He drops one envelope into a dumpster and grabs something out of it. Once he has that all settled, he walks to a nearby car and knocks on the window. Inside, are Troy and Logan.

Democracy Diva: In a nearby alley, Marissa Cooper is almost dying of a pills-and-tequila overdose. #headcanon

Sweeney: Accepted.

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Veronica Mars S01 E06 – Class corruption

by DemocracyDiva February 5, 2014 Season 1
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We begin in a ridiculously fancy-shmancy driveway. I start to worry that everything on this show will make me think about Marissa Cooper, because all I can see is the sun setting behind her dead-eyed, expressionless face. Anyway, the driveway belongs to Logan, and he’s yelling at some tourists who are trying to catch a glimpse of his apparently super-famous dad. #richpeopleproblems

At Neptune High, Duncan and Jake Kane are being boring. Dad wants son to run for student council; son has no fucks to give. Jake mentions a “Reign of Kane” and I laugh forever because he’s the worst.

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Veronica Mars S01 E07 – That Guy

by Sweeney March 5, 2014 Season 1
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Night time. Police and ambulance surround Veronica’s apartment building. I know our schedule hasn’t been super consistent, but you may remember that we were just discussing the way that this show is self-aware of and addresses Veronica’s meddling. She begins this episode by asking that very question. Would tonight have been another dull night in the apartment complex if she hadn’t met this girl and gotten involved? Her reverie is interrupted by paramedics trying to wheel a body past her. “Is it my fault a horrible crime played out its final chapter here, or is what happened inevitable?” She looks across the courtyard at Papa Mars.

COME ON NOW, SUGAR!

A title screen tells us that we’re jumping back a week. Veronica’s carrying clothes down to the apartment complex laundry room. The place has a nice ocean view, which it makes it seem like it’s maybe not that Poor Kid Central.

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Veronica Mars S01 E08 – Ho Suspension High

by Marines March 12, 2014 Season 1
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Veronica is examining the photos of Lilly’s shoes in her bedroom and then Lilly’s shoes in the evidence bag. She voice-overs that only one person can help her make sense of them, and only one person can help her get to that one person. In walks Cliff McCormack, who Veronica immediately starts schmoozing. Cliff asks if she’s trying to sell him a raffle ticket. I suddenly remember loving Cliff. That’s right, right? Cliff is awesome?

Democracy Diva: Cliff is awesome. He mentions that he failed criminal law, so there’s hope for me as a lawyer yet!

Sweeney: A lawyer with tawdry clients like Loretta Cancun!

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Veronica Mars S01 E09 – United Colors of Benneton cult

by DemocracyDiva March 19, 2014 Season 1
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We open at the close of the previous episode, with Veronica sobbing in her car. She’s trying to deal with the news that Jake Kane is her real father, and worse, that Duncan is her – – *pause for an out-the-car-door puke* — half-brother.

Sweeney: I love that they split this. Dealing with the emotional blow of the news at the close of the one episode and freeing Veronica up for the internal game of twenty questions and pull over vomit at the open of the second, giving each set of reactions the distinct weight they deserve.

Diva: Amen. Veronica decides she wants to take down Jake Kane, hard.

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Veronica Mars S01 E10 – The butler did it!

by Sweeney March 27, 2014 Season 1
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While this blog changes my opinions of everything and also I find it challenging to rank episodes because I love every episode in this season, I flailed a little when I first realized this one was mine and I’ve gotten pumped about it every time since. Fingers crossed that it’s as glorious as I remember.

We open on Veronica and Keith decorating the tree. Veronica laments that as an only child she knows all the scary handmade ornaments are hers. She singles out a popsicle stick reindeer as particularly concerning. My little brother made one just like that in preschool and we have made fun of it while decorating for the last five or six years.

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Veronica Mars S01 E11 – Are you my mommy?

by Marines April 9, 2014 Season 1
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Veronica wishes Keith a good morning and gets a, “you don’t hang out at the Oceanside bars, do you?” in response. So, probably not a great morning for him. She jokes about preferring biker bars, though Keith is not in a joking mood as a 20-year-old co-ed was recently found murdered. Keith shows Veronica the newspaper, which has a big “The E-String Strangler Strikes Again” headline. I read e-string, and my mind immediately went to the Internet. This murderer is probably not strangling people with a string he bought online, though. Just to clarify.

Democracy Diva: At least it’s not a g-string strangler.

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Veronica Mars S01 E12 – Inappropriate Spying

by DemocracyDiva April 15, 2014 Season 1
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Veronica Mars S01 E13 – Only the guilty smize.

by Sweeney May 7, 2014 Season 1
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The episode begins with a wealthy black man (*gasp*!) yelling at someone on the phone as he lounges by the pool. His wife comes over and he grumbles how it’s always nice there. She has stuff for him to sign, like permission slips for their kids who live a wonderful cushy life which is far removed from the life that he had growing up on the streets. (L: First generation rich, natch.) His wife teases him about his discomfort with this: “And the street was tough and you lost a lot of homies. But this is Neptune.” As he’s wondering how he ended up with “National Black Velvet and Urkel” for children, Urkel walks up. (Probably wondering how such a smart kid ended up with a dad who didn’t see how awesome that is.) Unfortunately, Urkel’s got bad news: National Black Velvet is missing.

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Veronica Mars S01 E14 – Sexual harassment chess

by Marines May 21, 2014 Season 1
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The previouslies, the last five seconds of the last episode and the beginning of this episode bleed together, so that Veronica opens the door to find Logan, he asks her to find his mother, and then Veronica, with some genuine concern in her voice invites him into the Plush Poor People Apartment.

Democracy Diva: I like this show’s habit of picking up from where we left off when the episodes end on particularly cliffhanger-y notes.

Lor: Inside, Logan insists that his mother isn’t dead, and can’t understand why everyone is assuming she is, since there is no body. Veronica asks about the lady who’s all over the news, claiming to have seen Lisa Rinna jump.

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Veronica Mars S01 E15 – WILLOW!!!

by DemocracyDiva May 28, 2014 Season 1
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We begin at Neptune High, where a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” banner is hung up to notify us that there’s a dance a-coming. (L: Another one!) Veronica and Logan are discussing Lisa Rinna’s credit card statement – she used her maiden name for this card. And rented a red Benz convertible, which I think is the same car she allegedly crashed on the bridge. Maybe get a yellow one next time, just to go a little more incognito? Anyway, Logan sincerely thanks Veronica for helping him.

Duncan is helping plan the 80s dance and wants to know if anyone has asked Veronica to the dance; she snarks that she’s just waiting by the phone for that special boy to call.

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