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'Veronica Mars' nostalgia recap: It's election time

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Return of the Kane” | Aired Nov 2, 2004

Six episodes into watching Veronica Mars and it appears that EVERYONE guest starred on this show. Week after week, numerous celebrities keep showing up as characters. This week, it’s Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, and Jane Lynch who turn up as supporting characters in the world of Neptune.

It is time to find out more about Logan. He has been an interesting character, but as Veronica says, he comes off as “a psychotic jackass” in the first few episodes. But then he also shows his emotional side when reminiscing about Lilly. His dad is a famous actor (Harry Hamlin), which explains how Logan fits into the 09ers. Based on their interactions, it’s pretty clear that dad and son don’t get along too well. Even Logan’s interactions with his mom (Lisa Rinna) don’t indicate a loving relationship. This seems to explain why he acts the way he does around everyone else in school.

Speaking of school, it’s election time. As we all know, student council is the prime way to show who runs the high school. Currently, the 09ers use their popularity and privilege to rack up Pirate Points so they can do things like order delivery for lunch. But folks like Wanda Varner (Rachel Roth), a former pep squader who is now a punk girl with an attitude, decides it’s time to end this. After getting tattled on by one of the cheerleaders, she decides to run for student council president and end the points program. This is after she jumps on a table and stomps on the cheerleaders’ pizza. After all, everyone loves a passionate candidate.

Veronica is assigned to write up the story. She interviews Wanda, who says it’s not fair that the rich kids, who are in the minority, rule the school. Now that Veronica is no longer in that clique she’s intrigued by Wanda’s point of view and is hopeful that she will win.

Right before the election is about to take place, one more candidate video appears, and it’s for Duncan. Apparently, Logan made a campaign video and used his dad to help endorse Duncan—who had no intention of running and had no idea Logan was doing this. How was this allowed to happen without Duncan’s consent? It’s not like prom elections, when anyone can be nominated. Shouldn’t candidates be announced at least days in advance and not literally RIGHT before such an important election?

The initial results come back and everyone is shocked that Duncan is the winner. Veronica believes there’s been tampering and goes to the teacher in charge of the election (a wonderful Jane Lynch) to demand a recount. Despite protests that nothing wrong has happened, it’s discovered that the student aide, the same cheerleader who tattled on Wanda, changed the ballot instructions to help Duncan win. There’s going to be a run-off election between the two now.

Someone else is not happy about this, and posters of Wanda are defaced with “narc” scribbled across them. Veronica blames Logan first but learns that it’s not him.

Logan Return of the Kane

She also asks Duncan if he’s just pulling his usual shtick of not initiating trouble but just standing idly by.

To be honest, this part starts getting a little confusing for me. Veronica begins to have doubts about Wanda, and Duncan ends up winning the election. Veronica is called in by the sheriff’s office for a locker check, but they don’t find anything. She confronts Wanda and finds out that she had a drug charge from last year that she needed to get rid of to clear her record.

I’m assuming this means that she told on Veronica to help out with this. This basically ends their friendship, but it turns out Veronica ended up voting for Duncan anyway. Unless I’m missing something, this storyline feels like it fizzled out when Wanda actually had a good campaign going. Duncan accepts his new position and will change things for the school by expanding the Pirates Points so more people can earn them. Veronica seems a bit starry-eyed after this, possibly because now Troy is out of the picture?

Meanwhile, Logan’s being Logan and recruits homeless men to join his illegal boxing night. Unfortunately, this ends up getting taped and uploaded to the Smoking Gun website, where it’s labeled with his dad’s name. His dad is not pleased that Logan has humiliated him. He arranges for Logan to volunteer at a food bank, where they will make public statements to clear his name. On the way to the food bank, his dad gets a call about a new movie contract. Even though the movie will suck, he’ll get a huge paycheck. A homeless vet who refused to join the boxing night stops by and asks Logan, “You find some sucker who’s willing to make a bitch out of himself for cash?”

This makes Logan decide to follow through with his dad’s plan. He then blurts out that his dad will donate half a million to the food bank. Everyone is pleased … except his dad. Aaron Echolls can put on a great face in public, but back at home he demands a belt so that he can whip his teenage son. I feel sorry for Logan, but at the same time this is bad discipline and I don’t think he’s learned anything.

Regarding the Lilly Kane case, Veronica discovers that the shoes that allegedly proved Abel Koontz murdered Lilly were actually in her room AFTER the murder. She finally reveals this to her dad; now they are both on the same page about the murder.

The takeaway in this episode is that your relationship with your dad is really important. Veronica and her dad seem to close the rift between them. Duncan and his dad are able to see eye to eye with what each wants for Duncan. Logan and his dad do not have a good relationship. And poor Wallace’s dad is dead.

See you 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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