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'Veronica Mars' nostalgia recap: Dude, where's your car?

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “You Think You Know Someone” | Aired Oct 26, 2004

Marshmallows, I’m five episodes into this first season and I feel like my heart got ripped into two after this episode. I was afraid this was going to happen several episodes ago, and unfortunately, my worst fears came true. Veronica and I shared many feels while watching this one.

It’s guys’ night down in Tijuana for Logan, Troy, and Luke (Sam Huntington), where shots of tequila and piñatas are the name of the game. Logan is pretty drunk as they safely make their way back to the border check and stop for a bite to eat. Troy returns from the bathroom and the three amigos get ready to return to Neptune. Unfortunately for them, Troy’s dad’s car is missing. This is not good at all. Fortunately for them, Veronica arrives to bring them back home. It’s very nice to see Veronica and Logan to still be interacting mostly nicely with each other. Troy, on the other hand, is feeling like this is going to be the end of everything. He wasn’t supposed to take the car out and he can’t even activate the anti-homing device in the car without his dad finding out. This doesn’t matter because Veronica’s going to use her skills and help her man out.

It’s a good thing she has this to focus on because her dad is dating her guidance counselor, Rebecca James. Veronica tells her dad she’s okay with it, but after seeing him decide to get rid of the rest of her mom’s things that are left in the house, she’s not really so sure. As she goes through the items in the box, she discovers a safe-deposit key. This naturally leads to her creating a death certificate for her mom. Inside the box, she discovers many photos of herself.

Luke finds her to tell her that he really needs her to find Troy’s car because that piñata was really stuffed with steroids and he needs it. He had done the drug run so he could get pumped for baseball. Veronica is rather disgusted with him, but promises to help find it so that Luke doesn’t get killed. Also, pro tip: Steroids don’t help you climb over fences when you’re chasing someone.

Rebecca arrives and things feel super-awkward. It’s as if the adults are way eager to make Veronica like their relationship and are trying too hard. It triggers flashbacks of her mother, and since Veronica can’t handle this right now, she just leaves. Needing some closure on her mother, she sends prepaid disposible cell phones to her mom’s friends and family in hopes that she’ll contact her.

With all her attempts to find the car failing and time running out, Keith helps out Veronica again and shows up at the security office, forcing them to turn on the beacon. Before they go to track it down, Veronica asks Troy why he is so laid back about all this. If the car can’t be found, it’s the end of them, as he’ll be sent away. Troy tells her that he just wants to enjoy the time with her. He had better be savoring that time, because the beacon ends up showing up on a dog.

Still not comfortable with her dad’s relationship, Veronica runs an internal P.I. report on Rebecca and gives it to her father. I don’t know what good she thought this would bring but, it leads to an intense fight between the two of them. It’s the first time we’ve really seen Keith show emotion, and he’s MAD. You don’t do things like Veronica and expect everyone to be happy about it. It also shows that Keith has some reason for not wanting to associate with Veronica’s mom, but it’s still a mystery as to why. It’s so frustrating to be not be told, and that it’s “for the best.”

This plan also backfires on Veronica because the tables are turned when Keith hands HER an envelope filled with Troy’s background information. It’s actually surprising that Veronica wasn’t tempted to do this before herself. Either way, her actions cause Keith to break up with Rebecca simply because he knows Veronica isn’t ready yet. Way to go, girl, you ruined your dad’s happiness.

Unfortunately she ends up not being happy herself, because it turns out Troy isn’t such the golden boy we all thought he was. She confronts him that she knows that he’s been kicked out of two schools for drug possession and trafficking, along with his partner/girlfriend, Shauna. Rightfully, she’s absolutely furious that he didn’t tell her any of these things. But then Troy tells her that maybe he would have after more than a month of dating; he wanted to see if he could trust her before revealing his deep secrets. You can’t dump all your baggage right up front, you know?

Luke manages to get the money to pay off his dealer (selling Barry Bonds baseballs on Ebay, nice irony), and Veronica goes to the gym to make sure that he won’t be doing it again. Thanks to her cute charm, she is able to get pictures of Ziggy and make sure border patrol will always be on the lookout for the guy.

Troy’s dad sends him away and there’s no compassion at all between them. This is really sad watching this. I’m about to feel horrible for Troy, but then he does a complete 180. He pays off the taxi driver to bring him back to the border restaurant, and suddenly Dr. Jekyll disappears and Mr. Hyde shows up. It turns out Troy took the steroids, hid them in the bathroom of the restaurant, and masterminded this whole thing so he could run back to Shauna. He may have duped me, but he didn’t trick Veronica. She figured it all out, called Shauna, replaced the drugs with candy, and flushed the steroids down the toilet. Troy’s plans quickly disappear before he can even go anywhere. I was yelling along with Troy during this scene, though my disappointment was more about feeling like I’d been fooled.

Veronica’s mom ends up calling her, but as fate would have it, Veronica doesn’t hear the phone ring. The voicemail tells her that her mom loves her, and not to go looking for her, as things will be revealed in due time. There are still so many unanswered questions!

Until next week, Marshmallows!

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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