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Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Clash of the Tritons” | Aired Jan 11, 2005

Veronica is (mostly) minding her own business when she gets a visit from Sheriff Lamb, accusing her of manufacturing fake IDs and supplying them to the students of Neptune High. She denies this (never mind that she has some fake IDs of her own), but upon a locker search, blank fake IDs come pouring out. Knowing that someone has set her up, she discovers that it’s a guy named Rick (J.D. Pardo) and demands to know why he gave out her name. Rick had been found out after he was caught on camera depositing off his drunk friend at the hospital following a pub crawl. He says he can’t tell her in public because he’ll get caught.

Suspended from school, Veronica hides out in her car and gets Rick to meet her inside. He tells her that there’s a secret society at the school, the Tritons: a group of senior guys who pick out the best to join. Rick’s father and brothers had been Tritons, so naturally he was primed for it as well. Rick says that the initiation involved doing a bunch of tasks—including the one where he found a fake ID in his locker and did a bar crawl. He says the Tritons were the ones who told him to blame Veronica and that Duncan is part of the group.

Wallace finds out that there’s a mystery locker where you insert your name and $250 to get a fake ID. Veronica sets up a camera to see who the locker belongs to. The two find Duncan at a club singing karaoke. She tries to get him to tell her about the Tritons, but he refuses to say anything, speaking to her in nonsense code. Frustrated, Veronica is about to give up when Duncan hands her a note saying that the leader will speak to her after she sings.

And sings she does!

Despite doing this, she gets no information from the Tritons. Later, however, she does find herself pulled out of her car by hooded figures, blindfolded, tied up, and locked in her trunk. Luckily for her, she manages to get herself free enough to call Wallace to come rescue her. She’s rather nonchalant about the whole incident, and they discover that the Tritons are meeting NOW.

She catches them in the middle of their initiation and snaps pictures before making a super-quick getaway. Going through the pics, she discovers that Rick wasn’t a part of it. The next day she goes to the sheriff’s office and makes a deal with Lamb: She’ll not only prove that she isn’t the fake ID maker, but she’ll bring them in that very day or she’ll gladly accept all the charges against her. Lamb gives in and puts the $250 in the locker as Veronica requests. She then calls Rick to tell him that they’ve caught the real culprit, and for him to come down to the sheriff’s office. Rick arrives later that day to see who it was, but …..you’ve been duped! It turns out it was actually Rick all along, as Lamb discovers that the money in his wallet is the same that Veronica gave to him earlier, using a false bottom in the locker above his to get the money.

Rick was never involved with the Tritons, but he wanted to bring them down for NOT picking him. The bar crawl was something he did on his own. He blamed Veronica because Keith investigated his family, causing them to lose money and get a divorce. It was his way of getting revenge on her—but unfortunately for him, it’s backfired horribly.


We finally get back to what happened to the Echolls family after the Christmas stabbing. Aaron Echolls survived, but his relationship with his family is hanging by a thread. Logan is feeling the heat at school of everyone knowing that his father has cheated on his mother; he even gets into a fight over it. He is not feeling any love toward his father—and after seeing how he still whips Logan with a belt, I’m not a fan of Aaron myself either. Aaron asks Keith to see who is leaking stories to the tabloids. Is it jealous exes, their husbands or boyfriends, staff, or someone else? All Aaron knows is that it is hurting his public image big-time. Keith finds out that it was Lynn Echolls who had been selling the stories. This eventually leads to a big fight before a meeting to discuss Logan at school; Lynn takes pills and drives off. It’s later implied that she committed suicide by jumping off a bridge.

Lilly Kane Murder

Ms. James, the guidance counselor, has received a grant to do a study about grief, and is talking with all the students who had been affected by Lilly’s murder. Veronica puts a bug in a stapler in Ms. James’ office, allowing her to hear all the other conversations. She’s completely surprised to hear that Weevil had anything to do with Lilly, much less being involved in a relationship with her and how much her death affected him. Logan blames her for Lilly’s death, because Veronica had told on him for kissing another girl. This cause him and Lilly to break up before she died. Logan reasons that if Veronica hadn’t done this, Lilly would not have been alone and would thus be alive. Duncan reveals that he’s still taking medicine and has episodes where he sees Lilly.

Veronica makes amends with Duncan, giving him the pictures and promising not to tell his secret. They’re so cute together that I’m almost ready to ship them back together. But I still have some issues with this episode. Why did the Tritons lock Veronica in her car? What if something had gone horribly wrong and she didn’t have her phone or there wasn’t enough air in the trunk? Yes, being teen guys, they probably weren’t thinking—but I’m slightly appalled that Duncan, her ex-boyfriend, was okay with this plan.

Until next time, 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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