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Season 1 | Episode 18 | “Weapons of Class Destruction” | Aired April 12, 2005

I have a feeling all you die-hard Veronica Mars fans have been waiting for me to reach this episode. Why? BECAUSE THEY KISSED!!!!

We’ll return to that in a bit. “Weapons of Class Destrcution” focuses on Veronica’s life at Neptune and away from the Lilly Kane murder. Ms. Stafford (Joey Lauren Adams), the new journalism teacher that replaced Ms. Dent (with a nice throwaway line about why we haven’t seen her anymore) wants Veronica to write up about all the fire drills that have been happening lately.

Veronica finds out that the school is performing way over the normal recommended number of drills for the year. Not being able to get straight answers from the principal, she disguises her voice as one of the school officials and finds out that the drills are actually a result of bomb threats that the administration wants to keep on the down low. This makes front page headlines on the school paper but the principal is furious at Veronica and Ms. Stafford for allowing it to happen and still refuses to give out more information.

Veronica runs into Mac (who is highly underused in this episode) and is told by Pete, the guy she’s with (Michael McMillian), that he saw two students throw exploding tennis balls at a cat. Norris (Theo Rossi) and Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) are the stereotypical high school loners who seem to be focused on death and seem highly suspect. However Wallace’s connections with the student office turns up a clean record for Norris and absolutely nothing on Ben. Plus Veronica remembers when Norris stood up for her after her breakup with Duncan.

She decides to follow Ben after he has a fight with Norris. He’s staying at the seedy Camelot hotel and then she sees him buying fertilizer and has an assault rifle in his car. CALL THE COPS NOW! Nope, instead Veronica takes pictures with her camera while calmly taking a call from Logan. Naturally both her and I scream when Ben gets into the car and basically hijacks her back to his hotel room. But before I can start freaking out that my childhood crush is now a would be killer with a horrible mullet, Logan swoops in to the rescue and starts beating up Ben. His wallet falls out and it’s revealed that he’s actually an undercover ATF agent sent in to check on Norris. He needs Veronica’s help because Norris likes her.

Ah poor Norris. Other than being portrayed as a stereotypical loner, he actually seemed like a nice guy. He really geeks out his about ancient weapon collection. Let’s face it swords are just cool. He’s also really into Veronica and even makes an attempt to ask her out on a date. She realizes he has nothing to do with the bomb threats. Unfortunately the next day at school, Ben plants evidence in Norris’s car to have him arrested. Knowing he’s not the real culprit, Veronica find out that his next door neighbor is Pete, and, doing more digging, realizes Norris had bullied him in middle school. He used the wireless connection to frame Norris and call in the threats to get back at him for all those years of torture. The ending, though anticlimactic, leads to Ms. Stafford’s firing for allowing Veronica to print the truth in the paper.

The only talk we really get about Lilly’s murder is that Duncan knows (thanks to Logan) that Veronica has a file on him and knows about his medical issues. He has every right to be angry with her and I honestly don’t blame him for being furious for invading his privacy. He lashes out at her especially when he thinks she still considers him a suspect, and ends up running away from home.

Also Keith and Wallace’s mom have now become a thing. I’m trying to figure out when this happened, as we’ve only seen the characters interact in one episode. Veronica and Wallace are both equally weirded out by this, and Veronica is hoping for a reunion between Keith and her mom when the latter is out of rehab. Which reminds me, are Keith and Lianne even officially divorced? I’m curious as to how long this relationship will actually last.

OK, now: LOGAN AND VERONICA KISSED! This happens after she leaves Ben at the hotel. Because Logan basically rescued her, it seemed initially like a thank you gesture. But then he kissed her back! As someone who still has no idea what is going to happen next (no spoilers please!), can I just say I squealed with delight when this happened? Logan’s becoming progressively nicer as the show continues. Their chemistry has been growing so when he came to defend her, can we all just say “swoon?”

But what about Leo? He’s featured in the beginning of the episode when they’ve come back from a date. We learn his age so I feel slightly better about the age difference. He also seems to be a genuinely nice and hot guy who’s really into Veronica. Yet she doesn’t think about him at all after that kiss with Logan. Are they going to make Leo into a Troy so I stop liking him? What’s going to happen with Logan and Veronica? Where did Duncan go? Did JTT’s and Zachary Ty Bryan’s characters on the show ever meet up? Who was watching Wallace’s little brother on that family date? So many 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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