Veronica Mars/One Angry Veronica
One Angry Veronica is the tenth episode of the second season of Veronica Mars, and the thirty-second episode overall.
Starring: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Teddy Dunn (Duncan Kane), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Francis Capra (Eli "Weevil" Navarro (credit only)), Ryan Hansen (Richard "Dick" Casablancas), Kyle Gallner (Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas (credit only)), Tessa Thompson (Jackie Cook (credit only))
Guest Starring: Alona Tal (Meg Manning), Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb), Max Greenfield (Deputy Leo D'Amato), Robert Curtis Brown (Captain of Industry), Ivonne Coll (Knitting Grandmother), Michael Hyatt (Woman's Studies Professor), Robert Maschio (Sports Guy), James Molina (Eduardo "Thumper" Orozco), Steve Rankin (Lloyd Blankenship)
Co-Starring: Wesley Mann (Ned Flanders Type), Brandon Hillock (Deputy Sacks), Beverly Bremers (Nurse), Ursula Whittaker (Single Mother Waitress), Seraina Jacqueline (Inga), Thomas Nelson Webb (Bailiff)
Veronica angrily confronts Duncan about the fact that Meg is pregnant; they are interrupted by news that Meg is in fact conscious, and she and Duncan decide to visit her. At the hospital, Meg reveals that her parents want to send her unborn child away to a questionable foster home; before they leave Meg begs Veronica to make sure that her baby neither be sent to that place or stay with her parents if something should happen to her.
Veronica comes home from the emotionally trying day to learn that she has jury duty during her Christmas break. While she works to dish out justice with 11 other Americans, Keith investigates the disappearance of the Aaron Echolls sex tapes from the evidence room.
At the end of the episode, Keith reveals to Veronica that Meg has died from a complication with her pregnancy, but that Meg's daughter is alive.
Mystery of the Week
- Presumed Innocent: Veronica comes home from dealing with the Meg situation to learn that she has been selected for jury duty. Thinking that the case is going to be extremely straight-foward, the jury elects Veronica as the jury foreman. The evidence seems to indicate that the two defendants are innocent, but one woman on the jury has noticed some discrepancies. Under Veronica's leadership, the jury fights through some obstacles to tease a new perspective from the evidence they have.
- The Aaron Echolls sex tapes turn up missing, and the mayor hires Keith to conduct an independent investigation into their disappearance. It turns out that Deputy Leo D'Amato stole the tapes in order to help pay for special education for his younger sister, who has Down's Syndrome. He sold them to Logan, who watches and destroys them just before Keith confronts him.
- The Letter: The letter which Duncan found was a request from Meg to move up to her Aunt's house and raise the baby there.
- Class War: The theme of the upper-class versus the lower-class appears again in this episode with the trial, particularly manifesting from the attitudes of the stand-out "Captain of Industry" juror and his assertion that even though the jury is returning with a guilty verdict, the two will appeal and win anyway.
- Where's Wallace?: Wallace returns to Neptune in time for New Years at the end of the episode.
- Meg: Meg makes up with Veronica and asks her to make sure her parents don't subject her child to any abuse. She dies later on in the episode.
- Veronica: After the jury deliberation is completed, Veronica is approached by a woman who represents Hearst, a university in Neptune.
- Wallace: Wallace returns to Neptune after leaving for an extended period of time in a previous episode.
- 2x05 - Blast from the Past: Wallace left Neptune with his father after being pulled between Veronica and Jackie.
- 2x06 - Rat Saw God: The time Logan spent with his father prior to the theft of the tapes was while he was in holding after a lead in Felix's murder came up. The two shared a cell.
- 2x07 - Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner: Duncan found the letter in Meg's vents while he and Veronica searched her house for the journals she kept.
- Music: The song that plays while Logan watches the tapes of his father is "Edge of the Ocean" by Ivy.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- 12 Angry Men: Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957) is a widely revered movie classic about a dissenting juror (Henry Fonda) at a murder trial who slowly convinces the others that the case is less clear-cut than it initially appeared. The name of this episode, One Angry Veronica, is a parody of that movie's title. The plot of the episode also mirrors the plot of the movie, in that in the movie 11 jurors were for guilty and 1 was innocent, yet in the episode the 11 jurors were for acquittal with one guilty vote.
- Truman Capote: The party of the century to which Veronica refers is Truman Capote's "Black & White Ball," a party hosted on November 28, 1966, in honor of publisher Katharine Graham. It was considered to be the social event of not only the season, but of several seasons following.
- Veronica: Of the century? Does Truman Capote know?
- A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the most recognizable Christmas novels ever written and is among the most often adapted. The story revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who has lost his spirit and is directed towards the path of righteousness by three ghosts of Christmas. The line that Veronica quotes is from Tiny Tim at the end of the movie after Scrooge has surprised the family of a man he kept late on Christmas Eve with a larget Christmas dinner.
- Veronica: God bless us, every one.
- Annie: Little Orphan Annie is a comic strip that was later adapted into a Broadway musical about a little girl who was adopted by Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, an affluent billionaire.
- Sports Guy: Give me a break, Daddy Warbucks.
- A Streetcar Named Desire: Tennessee Williams's famous play is the story of conflict between Blanche DuBois, a fading Southern belle, and her brother-in-law, the brutish Stanley Kowalski. Logan quotes a line originally spoken by Blanche.
- Logan: Why, sir, I've always depended upon the kindness of strangers
- Wallace surprises Veronica by returning, just as the New Year's ball is about to drop in New York.
- Keith: I'm sorry, I was looking for my apartment, but I seem to have stumbled upon some sort of Magical Winter Wonderland, instead. But perhaps this elf can help me.
- Keith: You know, elf, we might not be the richest family in town, but we can afford normal-sized birds once a year or so.
Veronica: Game hens. They were just so cute! Plus, this way we won't have to eat leftovers on New Year's.
Keith: C'mon, whadda they taste like?
Veronica: I dunno... dense little turkeys?
- Veronica: I'm so impressed, you fit a pony into my room! Presents, presents, presents!
- Veronica: Tax reports? Did you change careers without telling me? My Dad, the accountant: seriously less cool.
- Keith: It's not always easy doing the right thing.
Veronica: If that phrase is not on the Mars family crest, it should be.
Keith: What's with the janitorial supplies?
Veronica: Oh, just tidying up after a billion or so starlings. They seem to be the official courthouse mascot.
- Veronica: "New Year's Eve"—someone just needs to change the name to "Same Old Year's Eve". Because that "New", implying all that hope and promise, it's not fooling anyone.
Veronica: Okay, I'm a sucker; I'll give this "New Year" thing one last chance.