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I have a confession. Until very recently, Kristen Bell was just the voice of Anna from Frozen and some actress who cried at seeing sloths. I also thought a marshmallow was just a confectionery treat. Then I watched the first episode of Veronica Mars, a show that has been repeatedly recommended to me for years. I began to finally understand why fans were so enthusiastic to fund the Kickstarter for a movie to this show last year. I’m over 11 years late to the game. So, longtime fans, be jealous as I get to experience the show for the very first time.

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Credit Where Credit’s Due” | Originally aired Sept 28, 2004

Wallace gives Veronica a flier for a party and asks her about it, as it’s written in code. She explains that’s a party for the 09ers: those who live in the prestigious 09090 zip code. It’s written that way so that undesirables don’t show up. The beach party is in full swing when Duncan arrives with a new guy, Troy Vandergraff (Aaron Ashmore), whom he introduces to Logan and his girlfriend, Caitlin Ford. Oh, gosh, it’s Paris Hilton. I have to remember that back in 2004, this was the height of her popularity. But she’s not going to be winning any Emmys for her acting.

Weevil and his gang arrive, irritated that the 09ers are using their beach. Logan reveals that Weevil’s grandmother is the Echolls family housekeeper, and a fight is about to break out. Before things get too out of hand, the sheriff’s department comes and breaks it up. The next day, Weevil and his cousin Chardo (Wilmer Calderon) are at their grandmother’s house when Sheriff Lamb comes to arrest their grandmother. He says it’s due to credit-card fraud, and that someone took credit-card offers in the Echolls’ family name and ran up several charges. Based on what the charges were, all fingers point towards Weevil. Veronica is hesitant to accept this because he previously helped her.

Veronica and her dad are enjoying a father/daughter breakfast when Lamb ruins the mood by showing up and trading barbs with Keith. The conversation turns back to the Kane murder case, where Keith points out that despite someone calling in an anonymous tip about clues leading to the houseboat, no one claimed the reward. Lamb, however, reminds him that all the Kanes were accounted for during the time of the murder.

Back in school, Veronica is thrilled to find Wallace is now an office aide. This means that he can get her copies of Weevil’s attendance records. They find out that Weevil couldn’t have done it because all the credit-card purchases had taken place during fourth period, where he didn’t have Internet access. This discovery is pointless, though, as Grandma has been released because Weevil confessed. However, Veronica learns that Logan and Caitlin have computer lab during fourth period. Going through Logan’s computer history, she discovers that he visited the Neptune Grand Hotel’s website, one of the charges that appeared on the card.

Veronica joins the newspaper staff and gets her first assignment—covering a surfing competition with Duncan. The drive is all sorts of awkward because the two don’t know what to say to each other. It triggers a flashback where Lilly warns Veronica that their mother will try to break up her and Duncan because she’s jealous of him liking anyone more than her. Beach time goes well, but on the way back, Duncan gets pulled over. It turns out that the car is being impounded due to several tickets and violations from Lilly.

Both of their dads arrive, and the awkward levels increase even more because the last time they were together was in the interrogation room, where Keith was convinced that Jake Kane was guilty of the murder. On the way home, Veronica and Keith stop by the Neptune Grand Hotel. Doing some role-play as a pregnant teen who can’t remember who she slept with and her angry dad, the two are able to get a detailed bill summary from that night, and find out that Caitlin was the one who signed for room service. Veronica mentions this to Logan, who tries to play it off. Still, you can see the concern in his face at this news.

Veronica starts calling the numbers called from the room, while Logan goes through the recently called numbers on Cailtin’s form. This is how you can tell the show is over 10 years old: He completely skips past her text messages. There’s a number that he doesn’t recognize that she called at 1 a.m. He calls it and finds out it’s Chardo.

Veronica confronts Chardo, saying he was the one who used the cards to take out Cailtin, and allowed Weevil to take the blame. He says that he would have gotten Weevil off later, after he and Caitlin ran away together. Their grandmother is at first no help, saying that Chardo would be sent to prison; since Weevil is only 17, it’s better this way. It’s only after Veronica tells her about Caitlin that she knows she needs to get Weevil free.

Chardo still thinks there’s a future for him and Caitlin as he rides out to her house. Unfortunately for him, Logan and the 09ers arrive, and he’s thrown down to the ground. Things are just about to get ugly until Weevil and his gang arrive on the scene. Weevil is able to negotiate, making Logan leave. Chardo thinks he’s in the clear, but Weevil is done with him and lets the gang beat him up. Caitlin’s standing is gone, as she is now ostracized from the 09ers.

Veronica does some weekend sleuthing and finds out that there is a traffic-camera picture of Lilly running a red light two hours AFTER the supposed time of her murder. This means that now NONE of the Kanes have an alibi. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Paris Hilton REALLY stood out in this episode, and not in a good way. I could not stop staring at those obvious hair extensions. The scene where she rides out in her pink Vespa with her entirely pink outfit was just too much for me.

Paris Hilton Veronica Mars

Troy seems like he’s a good guy, but I’m not sure if I’m going to get attached to him just yet. He did help out with the flat tire and invite her and Wallace to the party. It seems like he’s genuinely interested in her. But just like Veronica, I’m being cautious.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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