(Apologies for the delay in posting this. I’ve had internet problems and clients breathing down my neck so it was hard to type this out secretly.)
Since today is EARTH DAY, I think this was a very appropriate episode to watch. I know what you’re thinking…"Huh?" Well. this episode was about RECYCLING! After all, someone threw away those credit card applications and someone else picked them out of the trash and re-used them.
So the moral of this episode, folks, is please recycle.
Wait…what? You thought this episode was about avoiding credit card fraud? I guess that may have been part of it.
-Also, I’m sure we can all agree that this is our favorite episode thanks to the wonderful acting by clearly underused Paris Hilton. It’s such a shame she wasn’t in anymore episodes. Kidding, kidding. I do think this episode mystery is a bit weak, partly because it doesn’t make sense to me why Veronica would immediately question Weevil yet completely ignore Chardo when Chardo had the exact same ties to the grandmother that Weevil did. Veronica’s smarter than that, the writers are better than that, so this mystery is slightly forced to me.
-That being said, I do like the steps that Veronica takes to solve the mystery and I LOVE the scene where she pretends to be pregnant by an unknown hook-up and her dad pretends to be angry. They have such a wonderful relationship and the fact that they can joke around like this for a job is great to watch.
-I also think the mystery does a great job of establishing that sometimes a confessed criminal is innocent and may have their own reason for confessing. So even though this isn’t actually a clue to the main mystery, it works to move it forward.
-But aside from the mystery, this episode helps to further establish our characters. It mostly delves into the subplot about Veronica losing all her friends and getting picked on because she chose her dad over popularity. I don’t think this was shown well enough in episode 1 because of time so I’m glad we got to see the repercussions of Veronica’s decision and also a bit more of her former-cheerleader self.
-I still found Logan really unlikable in this episode. However, I love the part where he makes Veronica think he had the hotel room and then attempts to investigate the truth on his own, using Veronica’s question as his info tip.
-I always think it’s funny that they make the newspaper teacher a series regular and then forget about her and eventually drop her. Wasn’t as necessary as they originally thought, huh?
-Speaking of series regulars, I also thought about how Madison Sinclair basically replaces Caitlin Ford in later episodes. They are almost the same character, except one was a marketing ploy and the other can act.
-I’m glad they had Lamb show up at the end when Veronica went to the police with Lilly’s parking tickets because Veronica had first mentioned that most of the weekend workers were knew and wouldn’t recognize her. But my mind immediately flashed to the post-rape scene with Lamb laughing at her. I figured that most likely occurred on a weekend after a non-school-night party. I was thinking, "continuity error!" but then the writers proved me wrong and made Veronica’s comment believable.
I’ll leave it here for now because I want to hear YOUR thoughts!