First of all, this episode had some great lines!
"This is the worst game of strip poke ever."
Logan to Weevil: "If you’re asking me to the prom, the answer’s still no."
Logan to Veronica: "This is why I suggested we get attack dogs, but no, my mother wanted an alpaca."
Veronica to Sean: "Well, that proves that you’re a liar and the background check I ran on you proves you have a bit of a shoplifting problem. You are really bad at it."
I remember really liking this episode back when it first aired. This time around I found a few flaws. I’ll get to those in a minute. Really, the best part of this episode is the Logan/Veronica interaction. Logan gets most of the best lines in this episode and I love the scene where she comes to his house to interrogate him, he makes fun of her, and just when he annoys her so much that she turns to leave, he calls out, "Wait!" Because he didn’t actually want her to leave! Cue the awwwws. One thing I like about this episode is how it softens Weevil just a bit more (Logan too) so we start to care more about them. I know in the beginning of the season, I found both hard to like, particularly in the first episode. I also like how neatly both season-long mysteries are brought into this episode, one in an obvious but well-done way and the other so seamlessly most people viewing for the first time won’t pick up on the major clue we get. I know I didn’t the first time around. (Though I admit I had less experience with mysteries back then. I didn’t figure out the culprit in season 1 but I had the culprit in season 2 figured out very very early.) That’s my favorite part about Rob Thomas’ mysteries. He hides the real clues in character personality and actions and all the clues Veronica actually finds are either red herrings to prove someone else innocent or implicate someone else. But anyway, we probably shouldn’t discuss that just yet and hold off until the end of the season.
I also like the look of jealousy Keith has when he catches Veronica talking to Jake. Another awww moment. Veronica and Keith are my favorite father/daughter pair ever!
Also, I’ve been finding it really interesting that Mac, Meg, Lamb, and Dick Casablanca have really only been in one episode each so far yet I consider them such major characters! And has Beaver even been in it at all? Wonder when he’s going to show up.
Some of the flaws that seemed to crop up:
-I found the part where Keith asks Veronica to bring papers over to the Echolls house a bit too convenient and contrived. And unnecessary, because I fully believe Veronica would have stomped over to Logan’s house anyway to question him and the papers weren’t necessary to get her there. Though maybe she would have questioned him at school and not seen the wrecked house. Still, I don’t really believe that Keith would ask her to bring those to Logan’s house when he knows the history between Veronica and Logan and Lilly.
-The sun tea. A well-done mystery, to me, needs to be something the reader/viewer can figure out with all the clues except maybe they are just missing one tiny piece of information that turns everything on its head. This was only a small mystery or a small part to a bigger mystery, but it was one we weren’t allowed to participate in. Until Veronica comes out of nowhere and mentions the sun tea, we don’t even know it exists. That’s a bit sloppy to me. And HOW does she even know it’s sun tea? It could just be good old Lipton for all we see on screen.
-Similarly, it’s not really shown to us how Sean smuggled the money out of the house until Veronica lays it out for us. So how did she figure it out?
-Maybe I missed it but if the carver was fired from the catering hall, how exactly was she there working as a waitress? It wasn’t like she changed her appearance. She even wore the same braid as last time.
So what did you think?