So obviously I watched Veronica Mars last night.
BEST. SEASON FINALE. EVER.
There were so many moments during the episode where my jaw just dropped. It’s easy to shoot a couple of people in the last few minutes of an episode and get all of your viewers to gasp. It takes skill to pull that off for an entire hour. The writers of Veronica Mars have that skill, and it was on display last night. There were parts that seemed a little chopped together, but I think the writers realized that they might not be picked up next year. They had to tie up a lot of loose ends in order to bring closure for the fans, but I think they left us plenty of questions for the opening of the next season. Warner Bros produces the show and has a hand in the new network that it’s on, so let’s hope they let them continue with Veronica Mars and hold off an creating another Joey.You knew that Aaron Echolls’ acquittal was going to take a lot out of the Mars family. The Lilly Kane murder tore their family apart. Keith lost his job, his wife moved away, and his daughter became an outcast at school. It consumed so much of their lives, but it was all worth it when they eventually found the real killer. Having the killer go free might have torn their lives apart once again, but Keith was not going to let that happen. Besides, there is another monster out there that needs to be taken down in Woody Goodman, and Meg Manning’s dad is even offering a $20,000 reward for his capture. But even more important, Veronica will be graduating soon and there is no way that Keith is going to miss that.
However, if the investigation is taking place in Neptune, there is no reason not to spend some time trying to put that bastard in jail. Veronica and Keith are probably up to the task, but they do have a lot on their minds at the moment, so when Vincent Van Lowe calls Keith and offers a little bit of an assist, he decides that he will at least hear what the guy has to say. Vincent has a lot to offer Keith. He was doing research on Woody and got a lot of information on him. Of course this research involved breaking into Woody’s home to get these details, and the only reason why Vinny even called Keith was because he was caught doing it and needed to get out of jail, but Keith sees it as a good opportunity to avoid having to do some extra leg work, and he will still have time for Veronica’s graduation.
After receiving all of the information from Vinny, we start to get a little more information on Mr. Goodman. He has lots of credit cards, has his own pilot’s license, and has been treated twice for Chlamydia. Talk about an awkward moment. Think back to the first time you watched a movie with your parents and the movie cut to a steamy sex scene. There’s the awkward silence, the uncomfortable shot of boobs or bare ass, then the hope that the sex scene is not very long and that there isn’t too much screaming or slapping of body parts, followed by a courtesy pause and a “should I make some popcorn?” just to get out of the room. Veronica was feeling all of that and more, and I am pretty sure that she could have gone without her dad making jokes about Woody’s Chlamydia and his campaign posters.
Like many of us, Veronica has a dream before graduation. The dream I had about graduation didn’t happen until after graduation. I would dream that I was way behind in the last class I needed to graduate, and then I slept through the final and had to stay in school an extra year. Then I wake up all disoriented and realize I am in California and not New England and that I graduated five years ago. And if that isn’t enough to remind me I’ve already graduated, the college loan is always nearby.
Anyway, Veronica’s dream was a little more pleasant. She woke up, and it was her mother calling her name. She walks out and her mom has made pancakes and her dad is still the sheriff. Her parents are still in love, and she is going to San Diego State. At school, she is in love with…Logan. Even Lilly was alive, and happy. Very happy actually. She said that she broke up with that guy she had been keeping the big secret about (that would be Aaron Echolls) and they had an argument, but it was actually her fault. Lilly has always been alive and free, and was very promiscuous. She also doesn’t discriminate. Her and Aaron split because she was fooling around with his ex.
Unfortunately, the Lilly Kane memorial was still at the school, so you knew it had to be a dream. If this was 1992, I would call it whiggidy whiggidy whiggidy wack. Why? For the past two season we have learned to love Veronica because she was smart, seemed to care about the world around her, and while we always hoped she could find the right guy to make her feel special, we never thought she would be the type of girl that would be barefoot and in the kitchen. Is this really what Veronica wished her life was like? The cute girl in the flowery dress that Logan loved and was considered the most gullible girl in the school?
But then I started to think a little more. Dangerous proposition, I know and it takes a lot of energy for me, so bear with me here. In her dream, Logan called Veronica the most trusting girl that he knew. Was it that trust in people that took away her sassy edge? If that’s true, then I want my old, non-trusting, spunky, mystery-solving Veronica. Then I thought, well, to get that non-trusting, spunky, mystery-solving Veronica, her best friend had to be killed and she had to be raped. Quite obviously, I am not going to wish that on anybody.
Sorry kids, just a dream
What hurt the most though, was when Veronica met Wallace for the first time. She had the wrong cap and gown, and when she saw him, she said that she loved high school. It’s not bad that Veronica didn’t know Wallace, and she could have definitely enjoyed high school, but when Wallace sees her and hears her talk about high school, he says, “Oh, you’re one of those”. Wallace saw Veronica, her dress, and her friends, and realized that she was an 09er, perhaps not according to her parents’ checkbook, but all other signs pointed to yes.
Veronica woke up from her dream to the smell of bacon. Her father was making her breakfast, and when she realized where she was, it almost looked as if she really did wish she could have done it all as an 09er. To tell you the truth, I just can’t wrap my head around that. Fortunately, there is still plenty of mystery to be had in real life and Keith has Veronica working right up until her graduation ceremony. Woody is on heart medication, so Veronica pretends she is Gia and calls Woody’s lawyer and pretends that the doctor has new medication for him. The lawyer doesn’t give “Gia” the number, but he does call up Woody himself. Since he is using a wireless headset in his office, Keith can pick up whatever he hears, including the touch-tone noises when he dials. Thanks to his nifty, touch-tone to conversion device, Keith can pick up the phone number.
It turns out that Woody has registered himself at Quail Creek Lodge, where drunken businessmen go to shoot birds with clipped wings. Veronica says it is dangerous, but Keith [not Woody, of course, thanks readers]says that he isn’t going to Texas. Oh, I get it! Texas, quail, drunken businessmen. He’s talking about Jerry Jones again! You thought he was talking about Dick Cheney? Did you see the Cowboys’ draft? But to make a long story short, Keith is heading on a plane for Quail Creek, which is near Reno. First he has to see Veronica’s graduation.
As the their names are being called, Veronica gets a little tap on the shoulder from Mac. Apparently whatever was in that math book of Weevil’s got Beaver thinking about, well, beaver again, and he rented a hotel room for the two of them for the night. It’s going to be Mac’s first time, so she asks for some advice. Gotta admit, I am kind of happy for her, but does she really need that much advice? I am reminded of that scene from the 40 Year-Old Virgin, and I think a caption titled “Fifteen Seconds Later” is going to be in Mac’s future.
The graduation is going fine, but no episode of Veronica Mars would be complete without Sheriff Don Lamb acting like a complete asshole. He comes into the gymnasium and arrests Weevil. Weevil is begging Lamb to at least let him walk across and grab his diploma, and perhaps not embarrass him in front of his grandmother. No chance. This is Don Lamb we are talking about. He probably didn’t watch Crash, so he takes Weevil away during the ceremony.
Mac’s name is called, and Beaver and Dick are clapping for her. Cassidy because they are such a cute couple and Dick because he’s happy his brother won’t be a virgin by this time tomorrow. The biggest round of applause was saved for none other than Veronica Mars herself. I was a little surprised at the reaction. I didn’t think they would boo her, but I thought you would be able to hear Keith clapping and screaming and nobody else. When Veronica’s name was called and she heard all of her classmates cheer, it sort of surprised her. Even Clemmons had some nice words for her, and Veronica, for her part gave him some advice as well. If he was to ever get another girl like her in his high school, he shouldn’t leave his passwords taped to the bottom of his stapler. Ouch!
Oh the places you’ll go
After the ceremony, Keith surprised Veronica with a trip to New York and Dick surprises Veronica with a little goose to the ass. By the way, we don’t see Veronica in a dress very often, so I do have to give her props for that sleek lack number she wore underneath her gown. And if you were wondering if Dick went commando in real life, you will have to wait until next year. Remember he failed physics, so he has to go to summer school, and they wouldn’t let him walk. The biggest surprise however came from Wallace’s mom. Wallace had taken the way Jackie left him pretty hard, but he didn’t want an ocean to separate them. He left his mom a note that he was leaving for France!
Now here is when things get fast and furious folks. Like I said before, they were trying to tie up a lot of loose ends in cast there is no season three, so while a normal season finale would have left this as a cliffhanger, Veronica decides that she is going to fix this. Jackie was never going to Paris. She had a 3.1 GPA and for somebody who had lived all of her life on the upper west side with her modeling mother, she was just too good of a waitress. Veronica calls Jackie at her new job, which is a diner in Brooklyn, and lets her know that Wallace has chased her to France. Jackie insists that she might have lied about her rich mother, but never lied about how much she cared about Wallace. Veronica honestly doesn’t want an excuse and tells Jackie that Wallace has a four-hour layover at JFK, so there is still time to tell the truth.
So that’s a little random, but whatever. Logan had a little run in with his dad, who wants to know how nice the Neptune Grand is. As much as I think Logan shouldn’t use his father as an excuse for his behavior, I really do want him to be able to stand up on his own and not live in fear of his father. Perhaps after he is comfortable that way, Logan can remove his head from his ass and start treating the other people around him like human beings, if for no other reason than to avoid becoming just like his father, right? Aaron is right back to being his cocky, smug self. Logan wants nothing to do with him, but we’ll see how he responds to his father’s latest threat. Now out of jail, Aaron holds the purse strings, and if there was ever a good reason to cut your son off, testimony at a murder trial has got to be it.
I never imagined I would say it, but right now, I don’t know if Aaron is the most dangerous child abuser out there. After all, Woody is still at large and he abused more kids and we’re assuming he killed more as well. As soon as Keith had a location on him, you knew it was only a matter of time before Woody was in custody. Keith caught him with his pants down and while Woody tried to get away, Keith simply used the stun gun on him and it was all over. Probably the easiest money he is ever going to make unless Don Lamb goes missing for some reason.
I hope we have all figured out what was going on by now, but just in case, Keith laid it all out. Woody set up the thing with the girl in the motel. Woody wanted to make sure the incorporation got shot down because the person who sent all of those messages didn’t want incorporation, but wouldn’t didn’t want all of his secrets out. Then he set up the bus crash to shut those kids up. Like many child molesters, Woody is delusional as to the harm he has done to the child. He wasn’t hurting those kids he was just giving them the love that their families wouldn’t give them. I was desperately hoping that Keith would just punch him in the face, but alas, it never happened.
Are you quail hunting? Or just happy to see me?
Woody may have been delusional, but he insisted that he didn’t cause the bus to crash because he “loved” children so much. That’s OK thought because when he calls Veronica to tell her that he is flying home on Woody’s plane, Veronica says that she has almost finished finding the last person on the baseball team. She just needs to speak with him. She heads to the very first Woody’s burgers, where Woody used to hang pictures of his little league teams. There she found the photograph of the picture she was looking for, and underneath it was a list of all the names of people who aren’t pictured. But there is one more. Just as we thought! Cassidy Casablancas.
Most people have decided that the third boy was Cassidy, so it was no surprise for us when Veronica found out. What was a surprise was how she reacted. It seemed like a bunch of things just hit her at once. I say that because they used the generic zoom out on the background, zoom in on the face effect. Oh, and also because Veronica got sick in the bathroom. No matter what, Veronica rarely loses her composure. She crashed her own car last year to stop Aaron Echolls, so how hard can it be to stop one little Beaver?
Immediately Veronica calls Mac. She implores her to get away from Beaver because he’s dangerous. Beaver? Dangerous? This just doesn’t make sense. We cut to the party, and Beaver has sort of become the little brother Dick always wanted. He’s chugging beer and about to go have sex with an actual girl. Mac was also very happy that Beaver finally got the courage to be alone with her. Yes the courage came in the form of a cold frothy beverage in a cheap plastic cup, but it was courage nonetheless. I used to take a shot of Jack Daniels before Chem 5 tests in my freshman year, just to calm my nerves. In retrospect, this is probably why the next science class I took was in Earth Sciences. It was a little more difficult than Rocks for Jocks, but not much. I never really needed alcohol to hook up with a girl, but sometimes I thought a little peanut butter would have helped. I KEED! I KEED!
Where were we? Oh yes indeed. Cassidy. Cassidy takes Mac upstairs, and Veronica is still trying to call her. It looks like the two new lovebirds are having sex under the covers, but I couldn’t really tell. Veronica gets to the party and when he wonders where the two of them are, Dick suggests that they might be playing dungeons and dragons. Ah yes. Sometimes I don’t give Dick enough credit, because that would be a great explanation for what was going on. I know whenever I tell a girl I’m a paladin with a +7 lance, they go crazy. They usually promise to perform a level five prismatic orgasm. At this point, it becomes difficult to type, and I don’t want to work overtime to pay off the credit card bill, so things usually stop.
I am NOT going to dress up like Princess Leia!
Things also stopped for Cassidy Casablancas. The post-coital exchange involved a lot of words you don’t want to hear from the woman you’re with like “We’ve got all night”, “Don’t worry, I’m still enjoying myself” and “Were you just in the pool?”. Veronica decides that she will just e-mail Mac’s Blackberry. Well, you can imagine what happened next. Cassidy saw the message, and then he pulled out a gun? Wow, OK, I didn’t see that.
Veronica gets a message from Mac to meet her on the roof, but of course the message is really from Beaver and Veronica is heading straight for a trap. I am so scared at what is going to happen at this point, that I am totally not ready for Veronica to get in the elevator and meet up with Aaron Echolls. Aaron was acquitted, but that doesn’t seem to be enough; he has to rub the murder in Veronica’s face. He said the best part of smashing her head in with that ashtray was that she finally shut up.
Now, I know it may seem I glossed over that, but really, we all knew that Aaron was it. It’s just a matter of time before the producers give us justice; we probably just have to wait until next year. Right now, Veronica has a date on the roof, and quite honestly, I am trying to figure out how she came up with all of this. We knew that Cassidy had a reason to blackmail Woody against incorporation, but what would make him want to kill all of his friends? Well, we are supposed to believe that it is pure greed. We never really saw the Casablancas mean steak in Beaver, but it’s there. Veronica gets to the roof, and Beaver points the gun at her. Luckily, it is customary for the villain to monologue a little bit and then let his prisoner explain his whole nefarious plan for the readers, who are a tad confused.
This is how it goes. Beaver blew up the bus because he didn’t want Peter and Marcos to come forward with the allegations of abuse. He wanted to be left out of it, but they just wouldn’t learn. That recording he had where his voice was obscured was because Beaver happened to be nervously holding the mic of a computer he was using and it muffled his voice. How did Beaver blow up the bus? Curly Moran, his dad’s mechanic, knew about explosives from the movies. Hart Hansen, the person who made the war movie that caught Logan’s mom falling towards her death said that Beaver was in charge of blowing stuff up in those films, and Curly taught him everything he knew.
Curly had figured out what happened, and he was working with the Fitzpatricks. Beaver knew Cervando had been bragging about ripping off the Fitzpatricks, so it was easy to get Weevil pissed off enough to beat up Curly. All that was left for Cassidy was to clean up some of the missing pieces. He runs over Curly to kill him, writes “Veronica Mars” on his hand to throw the police off the scent, and then sends him off of a cliff to kill him a little more.
Is your head exploding yet? Mine was. In the end, the piece about Beaver knowing explosives was probably the only piece that we needed to figure out that it was him, but the bus and Curly Moran is not where Beaver stopped his dirty work. He hired Veronica because he knew exactly what his dad was doing. He used Veronica to catch his father, but that is not the worst way that he used her. Veronica’s Chlamydia came courtesy of Woody by way of Beaver. Sucks what happened to Beaver, but for Veronica to find out that closure she had with her rape is now too real almost tore her apart. Beaver raped her that night, even though he said he didn’t (and I guess he didn’t use that condom Sean Freedrik gave him). And I thought Logan was bad? Logan is a huge pussy compared to how ruthless Beaver is.
And it’s about to get worse. To save her life, Veronica said that she had told her dad everything, but Beaver was unfazed. He was the one that planted the bomb on the bus, he planted the bomb that they found on Woody’s car, and he planted a bomb on Woody’s plane. Now that he didn’t need Woody anymore, he was going to blow up the plane, but to show that he wasn’t completely heartless, he gave Veronica a chance to call her father.
Veronica thinks it’s all a joke, but Cassidy is so very serious. She tries to call her father, but there is no signal. Beaver hits dial and in the background, a plane explodes.
HOLY SHIT! NOT KEITH!
I would write down what my feelings were at this point, but this is a family website and I would have to wash my mouth out for a week.
Beaver has Veronica on the ground, but like any good villain who has let his captive explain his nefarious plan, he decides to torture Veronica a little bit with her own stun gun. She is going to make Veronica jump off of the building so there will be no evidence, or she can just take the pain of 300,000 volts. Veronica was able to send a message to Logan, who has conveniently left the party and runs up to save Veronica from a lunatic, although this time, he doesn’t have the gun. A struggle ensues, and Beaver is somehow able to knock off Logan, who was able to beat up a federal agent but not Cassidy, but by this time Veronica has the gun and she is pointing it at Beaver.
Would Veronica really shoot? Happy go lucky dreamland Veronica wouldn’t, but this is the jaded Veronica. The one who had so much taken away from her in the last two years, and five minutes ago watched everything she had left blow up in the sky. We have now reached the cheesy part of the episode. Logan tells Veronica “you are not a killer” and “don’t do this”. I was waiting for a “don’t become the monster he is”. I was actually thinking that Veronica would shoot, but Logan got her to drop the gun.
And then Beaver decided that there was nothing left for him to live for. Logan told him to stop, but when Cassidy asked “Why”, Logan had nothing. Shit. He blew up a bus, raped a girl that he cares about, just tried to kill her, and nearly got him killed with all of the shit with PCHers and Fitzpatricks. Logan’s delay was enough and Beaver jumped. I was kind of surprised they showed that, but Beaver was an asshole, who cares? It was more important that Mac was not hurt physically. She was left scarred emotionally, and not because Beaver wouldn’t let her see his “dice”, but she was otherwise OK. First sex with a killer? At least Veronica can relate, so maybe they’ll help each other (like at school next year???).
This was already enough action to get me through the week, but there was more to come. When we saw Aaron, he had a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses. He was there to enjoy his freedom with Kendall. Kendall said that if she had any more freedoming, she would need a wheelchair. I don’t know if that meant he was humping so hard that she would break her pelvis or head would hit the headboard and paralyze her, but she stopped to get a drink or whatever you girls do in the bathroom when it’s all finished. Aaron then got a chance at his second favorite pastime, watching himself on TV. Then we saw a silenced gun at the back of Aaron’s head. Then two shots. Then Aaron’s blood and brains on the television.
At least his last thoughts were happy thoughts
But who was it? None other than Clarence Widman, former head of Kane security. Did Jake Kane finally have enough of the charade of the trial of his daughter’s killer and get justice himself? Nope. It was Duncan Kane. Clarence called him after it was all done.
To tell you the truth, this was way more than enough for me, and I know this recap is already too long, but there is so much more to talk about and we won’t be able to do this for awhile, so bear with me.
Jackie met up with Wallace in NY. Long story short? She tells Wallace the truth. We also find out that she has a baby, which confirms what we thought about that birds and the bees talk she had with her dad a few weeks back. Wallace doesn’t care about her past, but Jackie says she can’t live her life as a hypocrite. She complained that her dad never spent time with her, but she was missing out on her son’s life as well. She told Wallace that his life was in Neptune and he has to go, but besides Wallace’s eyes getting red, we have no clue what is going to happen.
They got a little boring this episode
Poor Veronica, she fell asleep in Logan’s arms at night, crying herself to sleep I am sure. She dreams of her father when she is very young, and then she wakes up to the smell of bacon. Is it her father? She runs out, but its just Logan. So very, very cruel to do that. But you know what?
Keith is alive!
Keith never got on Woody’s plane. Lamb didn’t want Keith getting all of the press bringing Woody back home, so Keith rented a car and drove back to Neptune. OK, it’s sort of a cop out, but after all the shit we went through in the last five minutes, it’s fine. He was surprised to find Logan on the couch (still better than finding Logan in her pants) but everything is going to be OK.
Cassidy’s death? It’s most likely going to be ruled a suicide, at least according to his lawyer. The Phoenix land trust? $8 million dollars, and it’s all going to Kendall, because it’s her name on everything. It’s too bad that so many geniuses waste their lives doing evil (or writing television blogs. get it? heh heh).
I wouldn’t have even spent that time talking about Kendall, but it became important later. Just as Veronica and her father are about to leave for New York, Kendall stops by. There was nothing that could have stopped Keith from spending that time with Veronica, except, perhaps, a suitcase full of money.
Our final scene is with Veronica waiting at the airport, trying to call her dad. Kind of a strange way to end a season/series, don’t you think? But like I said, I really think they wanted to close up enough things to give the fans what they wanted. Most everybody got justice for what they did and you know the fans would be screaming if Aaron got away with it.
And yes, I am forgetting about perhaps the most obvious gift to the fans. Before Veronica left for the airport, Logan said that they should have a talk. They started the smoochy smooch in the hallway, and were talking about how everything is going to be fine. I personally think he is a huge douchebag, but if Veronica was my friend in real life and she was going out with a huge douchebag, I would mention that he has an abnormal penis head, but I would also say that if huge douchebag penis head made her happy, that is all that matters to me. I will extend Veronica and Logan the same courtesy.
This kids, is not a dream
There you have it. I think that there would have been a lot of changes if the writers knew they were going to have a third season when this was all filmed. Wallace leaving for Paris would have been a cliffhanger. I am pretty sure they wouldn’t have killed Aaron, and I know they would have given us a little suspense between Logan and Veronica. That being said, I think that it was still a great season finale. Talk about only needing the edge of your seat. This show has packed more entertainment in two years than some shows put in five or six. I just have to say, they better bring it back.
And for those of you who spent last summer in suspense, I’d be happy to know how you got through your first summer without Veronica Mars. Maybe I’ll start a support group.
What did you think of this episode? Did they try to do too much? What could Kendall possibly want Keith to do that would keep him away from Veronica? Is Logan finally going to stop being a douchebag and start treating Veronica well for the rest of their lives? Answer below, and remember that we also have discussion in the forums.
The end of Veronica Mars?