And tonight’s installment sez:

My Big Fat Greek Rush Week. Veronica (Kristen Bell) is hired by the campus newspaper to do an undercover expose on the Zeta Theta sorority sisters during rush week to investigate Parker’s (Julie Gonzalo) rape. Throughout the investigation, Veronica realizes that everything is not exactly what as seems in the sorority house. Meanwhile, Logan (Jason Dohring) and Wallace (Percy Daggs III) participate in a prisoner/guard role-playing experiment for their Sociology class, which challenges them psychologically. Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Chris Lowell also star. John Kretchmer directed the episode.

Oh, sorority girl humor. I can’t wait. (Oh, and the description for next week’s episode is up too.)

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  1. A lot to like about this episode. Not taking the obvious route with the sorority and its members. I had pegged the “mother” as the sinister one, but I liked the reversal. Interesting how Veronica was set against her instincts here; her outsider vs. insider conflicts are showing again.
    The Keith storyline was pretty intense, but I hope there’s a lot more to it. It seems to have been pretty well tied up already.
    No Weevil. Darn it. But I liked the interplay between Mac and Parker.
    Interesting subplot with the prisoner dilemma, but I’m not sure I see its relevance to anything. And I sure don’t understand why Logan streaked the Soc class.

  2. I signed up for CW last week and watched Veronica Mars for the first time last night. I have no clue how the “school for public safety”(?) angle ties into Veronica’s doings, but I cringed in fascinated digust at the prisoner-guard storyline. Glad to see Enrico Colantoni has the range to do things other than snap magazine photos (JSM) and deliver alien lines as if he was cattle-prodded (his role in Galaxy Quest).

  3. Logan streaked because that was the bet he’d made with Wallace, and his team lost.
    I thought this was a terrific episode, though it’s just silly that Keith got away due to the gunman (I forget his name) not bothering to finish him off while they were a few yards apart. I’m also not entirely clear on how the Fitzgerald guy found the convict guy; it’s a big desert. Did the pen have a homing device? Anyway, I’m glad we finally found out what was in Kendall’s suitcase. It was a funny sort of reveal, though, wasn’t it? Letting us in on the mystery right at the point when its plotline ends (or at least seems to; who knows).
    Veronica screwed up hugely, and she’s blown her fresh start at the new school by making enemies, and this time she deserves them. In her righteousness, she’s ruined (and probably shortened) the life of someone who’d been kind to her. I hope there’s some way for her to make things right, though I can’t imagine how.
    The show did a neat thing, starting us off seeing things through V’s highschoolish perspective of nice kids (reporters) vs mean kids (sorority) and then letting the truth be more complex. I’d love to see her learn from this; learning to shed some teenage social categorizations is a big part of what college is good for. Echoed in the theme with Mac and her roommate. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.
    I continue to like the new credits!

  4. I continue to like the new credits!
    That’s because you are CRAZY.
    I’d totally forgotten about the bet. Duh on me.
    In the last episode Keith found the pen (with Vinnie’s name) in his bag (Vinnie planted it when he was admiring the bag early in the episode), and he figured out that there was a homing device planted in it so that Brother 2 could find Brother 1. Also I think Keith got away because Liam wasn’t sure where he was after he ran out of the house, and he figured that by waiting until morning he could a) wear Keith down and b) avoid losing the defensive advantage of having the house. Seeing as how Keith wasn’t going to be driving anywhere, at least.

  5. I really misunderstood the Keith storyline last week. I thought: Keith found the pen and knew Liam had tracked them. Liam took the gun from the glove compartment. Cormac (is that the right name?) killed Liam offscreen when Liam rushed the house and then came after Keith because he thought Keith had betrayed him to Liam. That’s how I understood the line about Kendall not being such a good judge of character after all.
    So now I know I had this all wrong. But I don’t understand why, if Cormac planned to kill Kendall and Keith and knew he had the only gun, he waited until Keith went outside and could conveniently get away. That just seems too stupid.
    I think maybe the Keith storyline suffered from too much compression. But maybe that’s just making excuses for myself.
    I thought a lot more could have been done with the prisoner/guard scenario although it was nice to see Wallace and Logan in a game of wits. I guess my overall reaction is that there is too much going on. The prisoner/guard game was worth a whole show and it would have been nice to have Veronica playing, too.
    And yay for Keith if he can recognize a pricey masterpiece the minute he glimpses it in a briefcase.
    Speaking of — are we ever going to learn what happened to Cliff’s briefcase? Did we already and I missed it?

  6. Nope, Karen, you’re right — as far as I can remember, anyway. The briefcase is unaccounted for.
    I like that Veronica now has an even _more_ emotional reason to pursue the rapist; this is a much more personal quest ala S1. I’m not sure that cancer sorority mother and the goings-on at that sorority are tied up yet; I think there may be more to come there. But perhaps that’s just me being cynical.
    I also am now discounting the “sensitive,” teamaking RA as a real candidate for the rapist; at least not all by his lonesome. It’s too early for him to be anything but a red herring. Seems like the prisoner experiment will somehow link up with the rapes and possibly that professor will be involved? Could be another red herring that will play itself out in the next few weeks and lead us back to the Other Professor.
    I really wanted someone to hit the bad prison guard kid.
    I sure hope that wasn’t it with Keith and the brothers storyline. If it was, he got a really crappy intro for new viewers. It feels like this storyline is the least integrated and was way too accelerated. It doesn’t quite add up yet, even though I can make sense of the pieces. Could just be a “tie up and move on” thing though.
    Still, good ep overall. And we get to meet the dean next week. Yay.

  7. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t medical marijuana for cancer patients legal in California? And wasn’t that a hell of a lot of pot for personal use?
    I really liked the Stanford prison experiment sub-plot (although someone on another board pointed out that there’s no way in hell that a professor would be allowed to recreate the experiment, especially not with freshmen). I’ve been saying for a while that Logan’s jackass-ery can be a great asset when properly channelled, and it’s good that the writers can find stuff for him to do even when his life isn’t falling apart around him. I really like his friendship with Wallace, and the fact that Wallace outsmarted him.

  8. Oh, I think Logan’s life is falling apart perpetually. Even when nothing’s attacking him from the outside, he doesn’t seem to know what to do to pull himself together and find a purpose. Every time we’ve seen him at college, he looks completely awkward, he’s blowing off school, he doesn’t have the motivation to do much of anything. Agree it was great to see him getting some good play in the prison scenario, and with Wallace.
    And Gwenda, I hope you’re right about there being more to the sorority/mom than is apparent, though for purely selfish reasons, i.e. I feel bad if we leave things at Veronica hurting the good guy. That really was an awful lot of pot for one woman.

  9. Some news that is making me feel better about VM’s chances…

    The CW’s Gilmore Girls earned its best numbers of the season so far, while Veronica Mars improved its ratings 4 percent in women 18-34. Veronica helped the CW come in ahead of NBC and Fox at 9 p.m. in the adults 18-34 demo.

    A CW Press Release:

    With “Gilmore Girls” as its lead-in, “Veronica Mars” scored impressive gains versus its year ago telecast on UPN (10/12/05) following “Top Model,” up 15% in adults 18-34 (1.5/4), 33% in women 18-34 (2.4/7), 12% in women 18-49 (1.9/5).
    Overall, The CW was second on the night in its target demo of women 18-34 (3.0/8-tie).
    The combination of “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars” represents a vast improvement over UPN’s Tuesday a year ago (10/11/05), with double digit gains of 73% in adults 18-34 (1.9/6), 76% in women 18-34, 70% in adults 18-49 (1.7/4), 56% in women 18-49 (2.5/6) and 72% in viewers (3.8million).

    And Ask Ausiello at TV Guide:

    CW execs were very pleased with those (the VM premiere) numbers, and that’s really all that matters.

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