Veronica Mars Season 1, Episode 13 – Lord of the Bling

This was a very interesting and heartbreaking episode of the show, one that might lead to an interlude if I can find the time and space to figure out the right words and write it. There are two very different plots happening at the same time, so hopefully I keep everything straight here.


Highlights

  • A very influential music producer’s daughter is missing. Her car was left with the doors all open, but she was nowhere in sight. Music producer dad has a lot of enemies, including a former lawyer who was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting and a client who he dangled outside a window. Mr. Mars and Veronica chase the truth of what happened to Yolanda – which ends up not being a mystery at all! She ran away with the lawyer’s son and got married! Whaaaaat?! But it gets even more complicated. Yolanda just ran away, but the whole crime scene thing was staged by her younger brother – ransom and all – to prove to their dad that he wasn’t soft. There was a lot going on there.
  • While V is helping her dad find Yolanda, there are a lot of flashbacks to when Yolanda was a new student and V took her under her wing. But then V caught Logan kissing Yolanda and told Lilly… and Lilly decided that Yolanda no longer existed. And that was the end of their friendship.
  • Lynn Echolls is presumed dead and a funeral is held. Her body was not found in the water, but Aaron is being very mournful and Logan hasn’t been back to school. But Logan seems to think the whole thing is a joke, which is off-putting, to say the least. Duncan is there for him at the funeral, and Logan finally reveals that he doesn’t think his mother is dead. He thinks she got away from his dad. And at the end of the episode, Logan shows up at V’s door asking her to help him find his mom.

Episode Mystery

While there were two competing plotlines in this episode, there was only one mystery – what happened to Yolanda? It was really interesting to see the past, with Lilly alive and being a very jealous person. The origin story of Yolanda in Neptune, so to speak. And then the present day, where everyone is looking for her, and her dad’s past continues to bite him in the ass. In the end, she ran away on her own, but she tried to get her dad to choose her over his cred, and he wouldn’t. ROUGH.


Overall Mystery

  • Who killed Lilly Kane?

No progress made in this episode. However, Lilly was IN this episode! That was nice to see. And everything is going to start circling back pretty quick here.

  • Who raped Veronica?

No progress made in this episode.

  • Where is Lianne Mars?

No mention of her at all in this episode.

  • Who is Veronica’s father?

So right now, V has completely put this behind her. Mr. Mars is her father. So while this is still a mystery for the audience, it’s not for her, so this won’t come back for a little bit yet.

  • Is Lynn Echolls dead?

Here’s where our progress came. A funeral was held for Lynn, and Aaron is grieving. But Logan is not. He fully believes that his mother is still alive, mostly based on a lighter that he found on her dresser that she always had with her. It was engraved with the phrase “Free at Last.” He thinks it’s a sign that she escaped Aaron and is now free, but Duncan isn’t so sure. In the end, Logan goes to Veronica to have her find his mom.


What Aged Like a Dairy Product

I actually think this episode aged pretty well. That is, depending on how you feel about the story of Suge Knight.

Yolanda’s dad was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT based on Suge Knight. I actually kind of hate even writing this, because Suge has C O N N E C T I O N S. Suge was a producer (or something, idk) at Death Row records during the 90s East Coast-West Coast rap battles. He’s central to the whole Biggie and Tupac thing, among other rap battles in that time. And now he’s 100% IN PRISON. So. If you don’t know who Suge Knight is, then this didn’t age super well! I’m into conspiracy theories and true crime, so I definitely know who Suge Knight is haha.


What Aged Like a Fine Wine

The storyline about Yolanda and Veronica’s falling out over a boy and loyalty to one’s best friend? That’s pretty timeless, even if it ended up being hurtful. V was a good friend to Lilly. And Lilly… wasn’t always a good person, honestly.


Rating

A reminder of the rating system:

  • Red = I couldn’t even get through this episode because it was so bad
  • Orange = Pushed through, hated everything
  • Yellow = Opposite of enjoyable, but had some bright spots
  • Green = This was mediocre!
  • Blue = A solid episode!
  • Purple = Television at it’s finest, 12/10, must watch repeatedly.

This was a good episode! I always like the ones with flashbacks. I’m giving Season 1, Episode 13 a BLUE rating. Very solid, very heartbreaking at times.

I’m so happy these recaps are back, I love writing them. Until next week!

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