OPEN CASE: Veronica Mars
Plan B: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! ... And we wanna get loaded!
--The Wild Angels
Freedom. That’s what it’s all about. But talking about it, and being it, that’s two different things.
Everybody’s got a plan. Woody plans to incorporate
Molly fondles a truck implanted with a listening device;
what’s overheard might eventually free her from her family’s control. We see
Curly in a flashback; the stunt coordinator on “The Long Haul” is nearing the
end of his line. Jackie tells Wallace she came to
Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!
Well, well, well. Things are definitely coming to a head in
Everyone is on the clock or counting costs as we count down
to the stadium’s destruction. Veronica tells Weevil that it would cost him $50
for her to listen to him; Weevil “banks” on her curiosity. Cassidy tells Mac
he’s in the “bloom” of youth and she is aging fast. Mac counts the length of her
and Cassidy’s relationship (4 months) and finds their progress (to the big
boom?) to be lacking. Since the “night is still young,” Cassidy and Mac plan to
hit 8 pizza places after the dance.
“When I’ve imagined this moment, ‘I Had the Time of My Life’
is always playing.” That would be the second Dirty Dancing reference so far this season, for those who are
counting. In this context,
What’s In a Name?
The words “Plan B” have been getting a lot of attention
lately, as it is the name of the emergency contraception that some pharmacists
refuse to provide. For Weevil, Logan, Veronica, and Jackie, the first line of
defense didn’t work. A pill was forgotten, the condom broke, the sheriff
refused to run with the information provided. Each needs
to approach their problems in a different way: Weevil sets up Thumper, Veronica
With all this shifting and changing, it only makes sense that names and nicknames are referenced and emphasized. Logan wears a t-shirt that reads “Slacker,” tells Gia he’s an “underachiever,” cribs at least part of his essay from “Easy Rider” (a term that means someone who lives off the earnings of a prostitute), is christened Honorary Deputy County Commissioner Echolls, and claims not to care about finding the truth of what happened at the bridge. (At the same time, he brings the video to Keith and Woody’s attention as he sorts the mail and goes on stakeout with Veronica, undermining his nonchalance. He also finds Woody’s rubber signature stamp; a clue that perhaps Woody himself is a “rubber stamp” for more powerful interests.) Veronica tells him that he is officially a “bad boy,” Luis calls him the “rich white son of a movie star.” Thumper’s real name is used by Weevil and Lamb, but Danny calls him “bunny,” something weak and fluffy. Liam is furious about Felix’s supposed loose talk about the “Good Ship Mollypop.” Both Weevil and Luis take issue with how their actions are perceived: Logan accuses Luis of hanging him out to dry by not coming forward and Veronica sees only Weevil beating Curly to death; Luis and Weevil both claim their actions saved Logan’s and Curly’s lives. Weevil Jackie tells Wallace that his actions confirm everyone’s impression of her as a “man-eating bitch.” Cassidy tells Mac that no amount of crepe paper can make the gym a “garden paradise.”
The Closet Opens
When Veronica and Duncan opened Meg’s closet door, they
found Grace, abused and terrified. Now, closet doors are opening all over
Who’s Still In
“St. Jude can’t save you” is sung as the foreman finds Thumper’s bike. St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes. Nothing big can stay secret for long; someone is always watching. Weevil seems to think he’s unnoticed by anyone when he chloroforms Thumper, but there is a witness in the van. Liam doesn’t believe Thumper’s story of being jumped because there are no visible marks on him. Thumper films Weevil with his camera phone as Weevil beats Curly (which in and of itself was Plan B; the rest of the gang wanted to drive him over a cliff). None of the PCH-ers realize that they too are being watched by the mysterious car in the distance. Jane’s friend spies Wallace and Jackie kissing, but her perception of it is wrong. Someone films Woody talking to his daughter at the dining room table; neither are aware they are being watched. Weevil and Veronica plant a bug in the toy truck they give Molly so they can audiospy on the Fitzpatricks. Woody won’t authorize removal of the motorcycle in the stadium because the crowds and cameras are waiting for a big explosion. Not to mention that Aaron Echolls was brought down by his own obsession with taping himself. The only secret that is kept is Thumper’s presence inside, where no one can see him, where he can’t make a sound.
Woody claims to judge people not on their actions, but on the “quality of their character,” but the importance of taking action is emphasized over and over. Weevil tells Molly that he loved Felix more than she did because he’s taking action to bring Felix’s killer to justice. Veronica tries to steer Lamb in the right direction by bringing him the Fitzpatrick wiretaps. However, Lamb responds to her assertion that “finding admissible evidence is the least you can do” with “There’s less I could do; trust me.”
So, all the cargo has been loaded into the truck: Felix’s
murder, the bus crash, the real witness, the Fitzpatricks,
Thumper’s death, Woody’s and Cassidy’s secrets, and whatever
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