Veronica Mars Rewatch – “You Think You Know Somebody”

VM S1E5 Veronica change

“You know those people who can predict when change is coming in their life? I’m not one of them. Change has a way of walking up and punching me in the face.”

While watching this episode, I can’t help but think of the Wizard’s First Rule from the Sword of Truth series:

“People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”

Secrets and deception take center stage this episode, a theme kicked off with the opening shot of a nervous teen sticking a bag of steroids into a pinata in Tijuana. The kid then hops into the backseat of a car with Troy and Logan.

The trio heads back to the U.S., stopping at a restaurant along the way. While inside, Troy’s dad’s car is stolen.

"Dude, where's your car?"

“Dude, where’s your car?”

Troy asks Veronica for her help to find the stolen car, before he gets shipped off to boarding school. Luke, the drug mule, also asks Veronica for her help — or he’ll be in hot water for losing the bag of steroids.

But, as Veronica learns, sometimes secrets are better left as secrets. Her dad is seeing her guidance counselor, and packing up the rest of her absent mother’s belongings.

"The best way to dull the pain of your best friend's murder is to have your mother abandon you as soon as possible."

“The best way to dull the pain of your best friend’s murder is to have your mother abandon you as soon as possible.”

Tucked away in the box of her mother’s things is a key to a safety deposit box. One altered death certificate later, and she’s able to access the box–complete with creepy stalker photos with her own face outlined in the crosshairs. Now, she’s second-guessing her mom’s motives for leaving. Could she have disappeared to protect her daughter? Veronica mails her mom’s closest friends untraceable burner phones, in the hopes that one of them will reach her mom.

VM S1E5 Veronica and Troy

Everything looks perfect from far away…

With the Postal Service playing in the background (“I dig this song!”), Veronica peppers Troy with questions about Tijuana to see if his car could have been purposefully stolen by someone who knew the drugs were there. Troy isn’t able to tell her anything, and Veronica isn’t able to convince the people at the security company to turn on the tracking device without officially reporting the car stolen.

With Weevil’s help, Veronica goes to the local chop shop to see if they’ve seen the car. They claim to have flipped it (with the paperwork in order) and one of the workers took the pinata home for his daughter’s birthday. Cue the awesome awkward scene as Veronica rushes in to stop the kids from breaking it open, only to find there’s candy inside.

VM S1E5 Veronica pinata

Running out of options, Veronica turns to the professional to find the car (“I need you to do some of that voodoo that you do so well.”). Keith works his private eye powers and gets the security company to turn on the tracking gizmo.

After getting into a tiff with another girl in journalism class (and her teacher offers pertinent wisdom: “Sometimes the lies we let ourselves believe are there for our own good.”), Veronica does a background search– on her guidance counselor.

"This is what we do, this is how we survive."

“This is what we do, this is how we survive.”

When she hands the print-out to her dad, we see one of the first big fights between Veronica and Keith. Finally, she breaks down to say what she’s been thinking since her mom left: Keith can find ANYONE, but he hasn’t bothered to look for her mom. He admits he doesn’t want to.

Veronica leaves to hunt for the car with Troy now that the GPS signal is turned on. But all they find is a dog with a tracking device on its collar. The next morning, Veronica gets a little payback from Keith: a file with everything on Troy.

VM S1E5 Veronica Troy fight

Veronica confronts him; he was kicked out of two schools with a girl name Shauna… for drug possession and trafficking. Troy turns it around on her, saying he was planning to tell her after he knew her better and accuses her of not always knowing everything.

Troy does get shipped off to boarding school by his father. On his way out of town he goes back to the restaurant where the car had been stolen, removes the steroids from their hiding place in the bathroom, and gets the car from where he stashed it. While on the phone with Shauna, he discovers that Veronica had called her. He frantically rips open the bag of steroids to find they’ve been replaced with candy and a note from V.

What still bothers me about this, did Troy just decide to take advantage of the steroid availability and slipped back into his old ways… or did he have a long-term plan to eventually reconnect with Shauna. In which case, why bother with Veronica? You think you know somebody…

What I Love:

  • Luke, the steroid user, trying to sell a Barry Bonds baseball online to make money to pay back the drug dealer. Oh, the irony.
  • “You look ready for a fight.”
    “I get that a lot. I guess it’s just my usual expression.”
  • Logan references Brigadoon. Doesn’t quite seem right, but I love it anyway

    One of these things is not like the other

    One of these things is not like the other

  • Some people may know Sam Huntington (Luke, the drug mule) from Being Human. I recognize him from Jungle 2 Jungle. Mimi-Siku!
    VM S1E5 Luke
  • And, the Postal Service.

One thought on “Veronica Mars Rewatch – “You Think You Know Somebody”

  1. The guy (he names escapes me) who use to recap VM on TWoP use to always talk about how fey Logan was, so the reference is very Logan. lol

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