Veronica Mars/President Evil
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President Evil is the fifth episode of the third season of Veronica Mars, and the forty-ninth episode overall.
Starring: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Ryan Hansen (Richard "Dick" Casablancas) (credit only), Julie Gonzalo (Parker Lee) (credit only), Chris Lowell (Stosh "Piz" Piznarski) (credit only), Tina Majorino (Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie) (credit only), Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb), Francis Capra (Eli "Weevil" Navarro)
Guest Starring: Robert Ri'chard (Mason), Michael B. Silver (Prof. David Winkler), James Jordan (Tim Foyle), Ryan Devlin (Mercer Hayes), Daran Norris (Cliff McCormack), Blake Shields (Harrison), Ryan Pinkston (Danny Rossow), Krista Kalmus (Claire Nordhouse), Jaime Ray Newman (Mindy O'Dell)
Co-Starring: Brandon Hillock (Deputy Sacks), David J. Lee (Sasaki), Rachel Rogers (Bratty Little Girl), Adam Rose (Max), Josie Lopez (Chloe), Kimberly Barnett (Jessica), Dianna Agron (Preppy Girl), Todd Bosley (Meta), Matthew Barker (Restless Student), Ruben C. Gonzalez (Det. Sanchez), Tyler Poelle (Orgon), Jennifer Segal (Jenny / Elmire), Wyatt Fenner (Film Director), Joshua Arden (Ben)
In her criminology class, Veronica brings Weevil in as her audio-visual aid for a presentation on the teenage criminals and their socio-economic conditions. After the lecture, she tells Weevil about her Halloween plans but when he realizes that she'd dating Logan again, he ditches her.
At Mars Investigations, Veronica further investigates the mystery man in Claire's ATM photograph and discovers that the logo on his shirt is for Camp Waterloo, a summer camp for children between 8 and 16. She requests that the camp send her rosters for the past five years to her e-mail address and, meanwhile, is unwittingly enlisted into tracking down the dean's step-son's deadbeat father before he dies.
Later that night at the student-run casino, Veronica scopes out the tables looking for an easy mark but the games are interrupted by two men in Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon masks wielding guns. The two rob everyone in the room, including the cash box for the casino and the necklace Lily gave Veronica. The police arrive on the scene, but Veronica has no faith in them and is convinced that she knows who is really behind the robbery.
Meanwhile, Wallace attempts to study for his mechanical engineering class, which he is failing miserably, but is pulled into going out with friends. At Keith's office, he discovers that the father of the dean's stepson is living in California as a voice actor and has come up with a plan to arrange a meeting.
At Weevil's house, Veronica confronts him about the robbery at the casino but Weevil denies any involvement in the crime and kicks her out of his home. She leaves and goes back to the office to play a part in Keith's ruse. They set the office up to look like a promotional company looking for a voice over actor, when Steve Batando gets into the audition, he finds his ex-wife. She tells him that Jason, their son, needs a bone marrow transplant and he's a match. But the three get into an argument and scare him away.
Later that night at Hearst, Weevil sees Logan talking to an unknown girl and he attempts to defend Veronica's honor by questioning him. But before long, Lamb shows up and arrests Weevil when they find the stolen goods from the casino in his car. The police followed a tip from a stolen credit card used to order a pizza delivered to his apartment, which makes Veronica believe that it's a set-up.
At the pizza place that the order was made from, Veronica convinces a clerk who is enamored with her to call in a request to the internet service provider to find out the identity of whoever put in the order to Weevil's apartment. She finds that the order was placed from a computer terminal at Hearst near where new drywall is being put up, bringing her back to square one.
While she struggles with her case, Keith is tagged as the leading suspect in the disappearance of Steve Batando. The police don't charge him with anything, but Keith attempts to track down the O'Dells. The dean lets him know that his wife and stepson have taken off to Mexico where they plan to go forward with the operation. The dean demands that he tag along so they can track her cell phone.
Veronica discovers that the guns used in the robbery are fake, which leads her to the theater department who angrily point her towards the film department. At the short film festival, Veronica and Logan see a short in which the same two masks and guns are used to hold up a convenience store. The filmmaker tells them that their equipment was stolen, although most of it was recovered they still couldn't find the guns or the masks.
In Mexico, Keith discovers that the dean was manipulating him when Cliff tells him that Mindy and Jason are actually in San Diego. Meanwhile, Wallace continues to struggle with his mechanical engineering class and resorts to buying the exam and answers from an entrepreneur who is selling old tests. He turns in the exam quickly, which leads to suspicion from the professor.
Veronica discovers that the only people who could possibly have been the actual robbers are the security cops who appeared on the scene later. They're arrested, but Veronica's necklace is no where to be found. Luckily for her, the bratty daughter of the Jimmy Carter robber antagonizes her while wearing the stolen necklace. Veronica takes it back and drives away.
Finally, Wallace is called into the office of his professor when he's busted for cheating, Weevil is set free from prison and Jason is shown on life support. A week later, Keith brings Steven Batando into the sheriff's department and clears everything up with Lamb. Also, Veronica checks on her Camp Waterloo lead, only to find that the mystery Asian man is Claire's boyfriend.
Mystery of the Week
The Hearst Rapist
- Busted by Johnny Cash: The song that plays at the end of episode during the montage of Wallace being caught for cheating, Weevil being released from jail and Jason hooked up to life support systems is Busted by Johnny Cash. The song likely came from his Live at Folsom Prison album and is about a man who was riding high until he was caught for a crime he committed.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Resident Evil: The title of the episode is a play on the words "Resident Evil." Resident Evil is a survival horror video game series created by Capcom about a town whose population has been transformed into zombies.
- Scarface: The phony Cuban accent used by the robber wearing a Jimmy Carter mask is clearly inspired by Tony Montana, the main character is the 1983 gangster movie Scarface. In the film, Al Pacino plays a Cuban gangster who builds a drug empire in Miami. But, he meets his demise when he becomes greedy.