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Sheila's rantings, most likely of no interest, on TV, movies, books, music, etc.

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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Catch Up with The 4400

Never seen the show--but want to start watching? Or, like me, have you forgotten what happend last summer? Get caught up with the important characters and events of The 4400 by watching "The 4400 Special: Unlocking the Secrets." The special airs Sunday, June 4 on USA.

The (two-hour) season three premiere is Sunday, June 11.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Summer TV Shows

I'm glad there's not too much to watch this summer since my new addiction, World of Warcrack...er, craft, is going to take a lot of time! However, there are two shows that I'm looking forward to:
  1. Season 3 of The 4400. I've watched every episode, and enjoyed them. This is perfect viewing for the summer: not too complicated and usually fast-paced.
  2. Hex on BBC America. This show is advertised as a darker Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Can't wait to see the first episode, which starts June 8.
I am having Veronica withdrawl pangs, though. Come back soon, tiny blonde one!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

World of Warcraft

This is totally not TV related.

So...who here plays WoW? I'm going to do a trial subscription when we get our new 'puter (don't know when this will be...prolly sooner than later, since I doubt we can resist the allure of the Apple store). What server/character are you? What tips do you have for a noob?

I'm thinking of being a human warlock. My friend that plays is on a PvP server, so I'm going to try it there even though the thought scares me!

Edit to add:
Whoo! I'm a total Warcraft addict. If you play, say hi! (As long as you're Alliance. Die Horde scum! hehe.)
Name: Unseelie (human warlock, level 9 so far)
Server: Malorne

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Season Finale Round-Up

I said I wasn't going to update this week...but here I am! Updating, and telling you about my responses to the season finales I haven't written about yet.

1. Medium. I loved the grandma, hated Allison's dream husband more than I hate her "real" husband, and liked the cleverness of the hired twin-sister witness.

2. Cold Case. Seriously, Joseph didn't die? I soooo thought he was gonna die. Lilly can't be happy, can she?! It'll be interesting to see what they do with this relationship next season. Gotta love a guy with cats, though.

3. Without a Trace. Zzzzzz. Jack's girlfriend lived? Don't care. Jack got shot? Really don't care. (Unless he died. Then I'd be mildly happy because I wouldn't have to look at his LIPLESS FACE anymore.)

4. Desperate Housewives. I'm very close to quitting this show, except for one thing: Kyle MacLachlan. I'm interested in seeing how his character develops. (Though, a crazy guy running over someone then flirting with Bree? Haven't we already had that character?) Things that made me grind my teeth about the finale: Bree locked in a psych hospital (seriously, people, this isn't the 19th century). Tom's crazy baby-momma. Carlos having an affair. The whole stoopid Applewhite plot. To be fair, though, there were things I liked about the finale (seeing all previous characters, and learning more about their pasts).

5. House. OMG a guy's nuts exploded!!! Or, rather, one nut. My husband described this as an episode of The Prisoner set in a hospital, and yeah--that's what it was like. Didn't really work for me, but it was funny to see House eating tacos in his robe.

6. Supernatural. Good cliffhanger!

Let's count the number of major-character shootings I've seen in finales this season:
Veronica Mars--Harry Hamlin
House--House
Without a Trace--Jack
Grey's Anatomy--Burke
(Who am I forgetting?)

No wonder other countries think America is gun happy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

MIA This Week

Sorry, guys--I won't be updating this week since I have some personal stuff going on.

See ya next week!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Fall 2006 TV Schedule, Part II

I don't think I'll watch any of the new shows on the CW or Fox next fall.

I do think, though, that it's very funny that there are 3 shows next season that are almost the same. Missing people, conspiracies, the FBI, it's all here:
  1. Runaway (CW): Sex and the City creator Darren Star executive-produces this drama about a family on the run from the law because their father has been framed for murdering his coworker. Donnie Wahlberg and Leslie Hope are joined by a cast of newcomers.
  2. Vanished (Fox): Two FBI agents (Gale Harold and Ming-Na) and a reporter (Rebecca Gayheart) investigate the disappearance of a prominent senator’s wife and uncover clues to a larger conspiracy.
  3. Kidnapped (NBC): When the teenage son of a wealthy New York family is kidnapped, the police, the FBI and the family’s private negotiating team must play an elaborate game to find him. Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo, Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton, Mykelti Williamson, Linus Roache, Carmen Ejogo, Will Denton and Boris McGiver star.
Shows I'm glad are coming back next season (and God bless my dvr):

  • Sunday: Without a Trace, Cold Case, The Simpsons, Everybody Hates Chris, Desperate Housewives...well, not really glad about this last one since it's kind of a stinker. But it can't be worse than this season, right?
  • Monday: Medium
  • Tuesday: House, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls (I may be caught up on previous seasons of GG by next fall, so I can watch it live. I really love this show.)
  • Wednesday: Lost, ANTM, Bones (which has gotten so much better as the season's progressed--all the awkwardness of the first few episodes is gone.)
  • Thursday: Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural
  • Friday: BSG, Monk

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Last Night's Shows--Two Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy Number One: ANTM. Jade went home. That's right--the bitch is gone! I did a happy dance and squealed so loud that my cats left the room.

Moment of Joy Number Two: Lost. When Vincent brought Charlie the statue, I almost peed from laughing so hard. You've gotta be kidding me, indeed. I will forgive that show many things because of this one funny moment. Vincent is EVIL, people. Let's not forget.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Fall 2006 TV Schedule

Looks like there are a lot of paranoid, conspiracy-based shows coming out this fall. (Thank you, Prison Break and 24.) There are a lot of Lost wannabes, too, though not as Sci-Fi based as last year (alas). There's a great (but still incomplete) chart of next season's line-up here. Below are my thoughts on some of the new shows I'll be watching.

Title: Heroes
Network: NBC (Mondays at 9:00)
Description: Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Panattiere, Ali Larter, and Greg Grunberg star as ordinary people who discover they have superpowers and are tasked with saving the world.
My comments: Even though this could cross into 4400 territory, and even though Jess is in it, I like superheroes, so I'll give it a shot. (I call this as an early cancellation, though. But maybe it'll surprise us all and be good!)

Title: Jericho
Network: CBS (Wednesdays at 8:00)
Description: Chaos ensues when the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town see a nuclear mushroom cloud on the horizon. With no power or lines of communication to the outside world, isolation brings out the worst in some and forces others to become local heroes.
My comments: This sounds just like Invasion or Lost--but with a nuke instead of a hurricane or island. Still, I'll give it a chance. Plus, it's cute and funny when CBS does non-forensic/crime shows. It makes me want to ruffle the network's hair. (Aww! So cute!)

Title: Day Break
Network: ABC (Midseason, Wednesdays at 9:00)
Description: In a nightmarish twist on Groundhog Day, Detective Brett Harper (Taye Diggs) is forced to relive the same day over and over until he can discover who has framed him for the murder of ADA Alberto Garza.
My comments: The best thing about this show? Adam Baldwin's in it. I adore Groundhog Day, and for Adam's sake I hope this is good.

Title: The Nine
Network: ABC (Wednesdays at 10:00)
Description: After having been held hostage for 52 hours during a botched bank robbery, nine people discover their lives have changed forever. Each episode will begin with a 10-minute flashback to the hostage crisis, revealing how the experience has linked the characters to each other in the present. The cast includes Chi McBride, Tim Daly, Kim Raver, and Scott Wolf.
My comments: Huh, this show wants to be Lost. This could be good, or it could be a 24/Lost rip-off. This also seems similar to another ABC show (Six Degrees, below).

Title: Six Degrees
Network: ABC (Thursdays at 10:00)
Description: J.J. Abrams’ newest drama examines the theory that all strangers are connected to each other by at most six degrees of separation. Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott, Dorian Missick, and Erika Christensen star as six New Yorkers who discover their lives are intertwined.
My comments: Another show that reallllly wants to be Lost--brought to us by the creator of Lost, no less! But I like the concept, so I'll give it a shot.

More to come as the other networks announce their schedules.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Veronica Mars Season 3!

It's a done deal, as Clarence Weidman would say.

Grey's Matter Season 2 Finale

Well, that was exciting! My response:
  • Hooray for the cast of Veronica Mars! Vinnie! Jackie! Miss Dent! (And the red-headed girl from Flight 29 Down!)
  • Dear McDreamy (or McDouche, as I guess we're now calling you now): CHOOSE. Choose Meredith or your hot wife. I don't care which one you choose, but, dude--you gotta make that call. You're being very uncool.
  • I was hoping Alex would be leaving, but it looks like we're losing Izzy. Sigh.
  • Speaking of Izzy, I thought her manic emotional scenes were very well acted. She's definitely not surgeon material--but what a grand exit. (If that's what it is.)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Evil Beaver

Two thoughts on Cassidy Casablancas/Evil Beaver:

1. After reading TWOP yesterday, many people mentioned that, in "A Trip to the Dentist" from season one, after Veronica confronts Cassidy about raping her, he gives her retreating back a sinister look. I rewatched last night, and he does indeed give her a look. (Kyle Gallner is very good at evil looks! *shudder*) Is this proof that the writers, like they said, had Evil Beaver planned all along? (By the way, I was always disappointed with the resolution of the rape from last year, and I remember a lot of other people were too. I wonder, if the writers really had known that Cassidy was the rapist, if Rob had to really bite his tongue all year when he heard this criticism?)

2. Come to think of it, if evil looks are clues, we've been given one every week all year. In the opening credits there are two shots of Cassidy: one of him looking shy and sweet, and one of Evil Beaver. A hint? (If so, it's pretty blatant, and pretty funny that it was there. all. along.)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Vast Wasteland

I got this email yesterday:
I got a big kick out of the title of your blog, which
comes from a speech my dad gave 45 years ago today to the
National Association of Broadcasters. You can read the
entire text here.
To the author and her family, congratulations and best wishes!
And thanks for sharing the speech.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Leave It To Beaver--Again

All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros

Here is my response to and questions about Not Pictured, the season 2 Veronica Mars finale.

RESPONSE:
Well, I was wrong about who crashed the bus! (Though I kind of like my Mrs. Goodman theory better than the one the writers came up with! Hee.) I like Evil Beaver, but my one complaint is that this seems too similar to last year’s finale--where Cassidy is key. In fact, you could have titled this episode “Leave It To Beaver” also.

  • During Veronica’s confrontation with Beaver, I kept expecting Beaver to say, “Yeah, I’m a killer, and I killed someone/raped you/screwed a lot of people out of their property, but I didn’t crash the bus.” I really thought Veronica was gonna be wrong. But then I realized that there was only 15 minutes left, so it really must be the real resolution. Did anyone else think that Cassidy was a fake out?
  • What does this show have against fake deer, anyway? They get shot, thrown at people…
  • Veronica’s dream boyfriend is Logan! OMG, Veronica’s real-life boyfriend is Logan! Squee! (What an amazing acting job—again—by Jason Dohring. And Kristin Bell, for that matter. Actually, good acting all around. Harry Hamlin is so, so evil.)

All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros
  • Someone remind me why Dick didn’t graduate…he didn’t pass a class, right? Was it science?
  • Did anyone else think, when Logan took the gun away from Veronica, that he was going to say, “You’re not a killer—but I am” and blow Cassidy away? Both my husband and I thought that.
  • Everyone evil or icky on the show was wearing a tacky collarless jacket: Vinnie (it’s his trademark ‘80s jacket), Aaron Echolls (his was an upscale, leather one), and Cassidy. IT’S AN UGLY JACKET GANG! Hee.

All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros
  • I loved that Duncan and Clarence killed Aaron. Such a perfect resolution to Lilly's murder.
  • Dick’s "Dungeons and Dragons" speech was so funny—and perfectly delivered, as usual. I really hope that Ryan Hansen comes back again next year—he’s fabulous.
  • You gotta love when Cassidy was gonna jump. Logan says, “Cassidy, don’t!” Cassidy says, “Why not?” and Logan comes up blank. (Uhh...because...uh...dude, I got nothin’. OK, jump.) That made me smile during an otherwise dramatic scene.
  • They dealt with Veronica's rape! I was cranky that last year, by making V's rape a non-rape, that they kind of side-stepped the problem. Nice that they addressed it and didn't back down this time. (Veronica still hasn't dealt with Dick yet, though. After all, her rape was set up by him.)
  • It’s a little unsettling to me that all three of the boys that Curly abused ended up gay or at least gay-curious (except maybe Beaver? We’re not sure in his case). Does that seem a little odd to anyone else? (You don't "turn gay" by being molested, people--and I hope that's not the implication here.)
  • ETA: LAMB IS NOT DEAD! He was never in NV, never on the plane. Why do people think this?!

All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros


THE EVIL THINGS BEAVER DID:
Let me know if I’m forgetting anything!
  • Raped Veronica
  • Set up his dad (nice touch, by the way)
  • Killed Curly
  • Used Mac (why???)
  • Blew up the bus
  • Blew up Woody’s plane
  • Ran a property scam
All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros

REMAINING QUESTIONS:
There’s no “Spy Pen” this year, but there are quite a few things that are unresolved—in my mind, at least. If you can resolve any of these for me, please let me know!

  • Who is Sally, the person Beaver threatened Dick about in Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough? What kind of hold did Beaver have over Dick? (Hee.)
  • What’s up with G-G-G-Gia’s parents and little brother? Are her parents (especially mom) just weird neat freaks, or was something else going on?
  • Grace Manning: Is she still living in the house with her abusive father? Has Mr. Manning changed his ways? It’s implied that Lamb was watching over the house…but that doesn’t seem like a sufficient conclusion to me.
  • Was Lucky also abused by Woody? It doesn’t seem likely anymore. If not, why was he washing his feet with bleach? Why was he stalking Gia? If not Lucky, then who sent the email (of the two bush-crash victims’ voices) to Woody? Was it Beaver?
  • How did Beaver convince the PCHers that Curly blew up the bus?

All photos courtesy of UPN/Warner Bros
  • Why did the Mannings put up money for Woody’s capture? There’s gotta be something more here that we don’t know—right? Otherwise I think we have a total lack of clarity about the Mannings. They’re protective of their daughters—yet they encouraged a relationship between Meg and the obviously insane Lucky? How would catching Woody help them?
  • Who stole Cliff’s briefcase and why? I guess we can assume Aaron’s cellmate stole it, at Aaron’s request—but what info did he gain? How did it help his trial?
  • Why was Beaver dating Mac? Did he actually like her, or was he just using her? I understand why he might steal her money and cell phone—but why did he take her clothes? ETA: Duh, he stole her clothes so she wouldn't follow him! I've seen a lot of speculation on whether or not Beaver raped Mac. I'm not sure why people think this, frankly--I don't believe it. I think she's traumatized because someone she really loved was, in her mind, playing a joke on her. Left her alone without her clothes--and without her hopes of a perfect night, perfect relationship.
  • Why didn’t Veronica and her dad bring down Lamb? They have his bribery of Cook recorded—and now that Cook’s game throwing is out in the open, the Mars family should nail Lamb. Er, so to speak.
  • So, Jackie said she used to be on drugs…is she lying? Is she actually still an addict? We saw her taking something at least once this season. Or was that a writer's mistake? (Maybe it was aspirin because Jackie had a headache?)
  • Is there something wrong with the timeline of Jackie’s story? She says her son is two, and after he was born she was sent to California…but I thought, early in the season, it was implied that she just got to Neptune. That would mean only 10 months or so had passed. Where was she during the first year of her son's life? ETA: And why does she lie to her dad about going to Paris? Her dad knows her past. Or did she ask her dad to lie to Wallace? Ugh, muddy, muddy.
  • Will Veronica let Duncan know that he (and the baby!) need STD treatment? If V and D had sex right after Cassidy raped her (EWWW! That is so disgusting), then presumably Duncan could have caught it, and then Meg, and then the baby. ETA: Ugh, and if Woody had an STD twice...maybe he had it, gave it to Beaver, got cured...then recaught it from Beaver. How totally disgusting.
  • The biggest question of all: AUGH, we still don’t know where Veronica is going to college!!! (Well, we know...but the show didn't tell us!) Or Logan (if he’s going)! Or Mac! (Come one, Mac and V roommates!) Or what Dick’s doing next year (I’m assuming he’s going to summer school to get his degree, but not to college).
  • ETA: A question brought up at TWOP: How did Lilly's blood get on Aaron's oscar??? (This just may be this year's spy pen, folks!)
Regarding the mini-cliffhanger, I don't think Mr. Mars would bail on Veronica for money, so I don't think it was tons of cash that Kendall had in her briefcase. So what does she have? I can't wait to find out--and I love the implication that Charisma will be back next year! ETA: I've seen theories that she wants Keith to help her escape charges of murdering Aaron (she was in the room, after all)--but Keith would no way find that important enought to stand up Veronica for. I'm also hopeful that we'll get more resolution with Lucky and Weevil (who set him up? Or are those boys actually innocent witnesses?) next season.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

OhGodSoExcited


HOLLER IF YOU'RE AS EXCITED AS I AM!
(Photo courtesy UPN/Warner Bros)



Welcome Guests from Unfiction!

I noticed there are quite a few of you visiting here from Unfiction...welcome! Can you tell me, is there a link to this site from there? (If so, hopefully it doesn't say "Link to the Worst. Blog. Ever," hehe.)

Monday, May 08, 2006

More Veronica Mars Gossip!

Go here (Watch with Kristin) for some Veronica Mars gossip!
The highlights from the article are below. Contains some MINOR SPOILERS.

  • First, VM is most likely coming back for a third season.
  • Rob's going with the 3 mysteries next season instead of one big one. Should be interesting--I'm looking forward to it.
  • They're trying to get Mac full-time next season. Squee!
  • Regarding the season finale, Rob says: "We spent a ton of money on this episode, almost an extra half-million," Thomas tells me. "Normally our episodes shoot in seven or eight days. We shot this over 10 days, and there are scenes in foreign countries. We're in Australia. We're in New York." Furthermore, Rob reveals: "Veronica graduates. You find out for certain who sent the bus off the cliff. We see Lily Kane in this episode--we actually have an extended dream where Veronica dreams about graduation day had Lily been alive--and private detective Vinnie Vanlowe makes an appearance, as do Veronica's mom and Wallace's mom. We had a huge cast for it."
  • There's a "wha?" cliffhanger at the end of season 2. "Wha?" is a direct quote from Rob, hehe.

My OTHER Theory of Who Crashed the Bus

I can have two theories, right?

My second theory:

Terrence Cook.

And I think he killed Jackie, too. HAHAHA! (Well, maybe not the second part. But he definitely has a motive, and I keep thinking about that fight we witnessed between him and Woody in "Normal is the Watchword." Plus, he's dishonest (willing to throw games).

Still, I stand by Mrs. Goodman. This is just my "backup" theory. (Backup! Good dog.)

ETA: I also have a third theory involving Kendall/Beaver, but I hope it's not correct--it would seem too much like a "Leave it to Beaver" rehash.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My Theory of Who Crashed the Bus

Not a spoiler--just speculation.

Below is my best guess right now. It is not based on fact, or any advance notice. (I have a press release for "Not Pictured," but I'm not reading it until after next Tuesday!) I haven't been reading TWOP (or other VM sites) this week, so I have no idea if others think this way or not. But here it is: my theory (highlight to read).

Mrs. Goodman. (Woody's wife.)
My reasons: 1. She's crazy; and 2. To protect her husband from a molestation scandal.

So who's your best guess at this time? Let's compare theories!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Lost Characters: One-Verb Descriptions

I didn't see ANTM last night, so I'm avoiding blogs and TV-news sites today. I have no idea who they'd oust this week--I'm still reeling from Nnenna's dismissal last week.

However, I did watch Lost last night. Dull episode--until the final minute! What do you think is up with Michael? Was he sent back by the Others to: a) rescue NonHenry; b) stir up trouble in the camp; c) specifically to kill Ana Lucia; d) or did he just go nutters?

I also wonder if Ana Lucia was shot (and I'm assuming killed--hard to recover from a direct shot through the heart) due to fan pressure (there are a lot of AL haters out there, who I'm sure are celebrating today), because of her recent DUI, or were the writers planning it all along? Hard to say. I don't care if AL is dead or not, but I hope Libby survives. I love her.

You may have heard the theory that all the characters on the island are archetypes (or one-dimensional, if you're more critical). I kind of agree with this, and think the characters on the island keep doing the one thing they did back home. It's like they're stuck in a loop. (Maybe when they're "unstuck" and do something different/grow/change, they'll be saved?) This action can be summed up in one verb. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Want to add to/change my selected verbs?

Locke: trusts
Kate: runs
Jack: heals
Charlie: uses
Sawyer: cons
Sayid: tortures
Hurley: eats
Claire: ?
Shannon: ? (annoys people? hee)
Boone: follows
Mr. Eko: ponders? believes? converts?
Ana Lucia: gets revenge (yes, I know, that's actually two words)
Libby: goes crazy? stalks?
Sun: deceives? loves?
Jin: ?
Michael: searches?
Walt: waits?
Rose: ?
Bernard: ?


ETA: Oh yeah, and are we taking bets on who Jack's sister is? And who was the blond woman that Jack's dad was screaming at? Was she the woman in the photo with Desmond (that we saw in the hatch)?

ETAA: The full scoop on AL!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

AUGH!

AUGH! AUGH!!!!!!

OMGWTFBBQKITTENS!!!

AARON ECHOLLS! AUGH!


I'm so scared of him! HE IS EVIL!!!!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

TV Review: Sea of Souls, or Watching the BBC Makes You Smarter

Sea of Souls is like a British X-Files, though it also reminds me a bit of House: A professor and his two assistants research the paranormal at the fictional Clyde University in Scotland. The assistants are Justine, who's beginning to develop her own psychic powers, and Craig, a weasely, scruffy guy. (Hee.) The plots are usually complex and sometimes scary. They usually are open to interpretation, too--were the events really supernatural? What exactly happened?

We're on season 3 now, though the show's not overly reliant on past episodes, so you could start watching at any time. I'm not sure why the show's been cut down from 2 hours to 1 this season--does anyone know? I kind of miss the old 2-hour, movie-like format. Regardless, though, this is a great drama that should be watched by anyone interested in the supernatural--or gripping suspense shows.

With Apologies to Ducky: A Grey's Anatomy Rant

I hate you, Alex! Hate! You!

Die, Dr. Evil Spawn. Seriously. Go away. Leave my show.

/end teeth-grinding hate fest/

Monday, May 01, 2006

I Thought Our Story Was Epic: Musings on Veronica Mars

I've been gone for too long--many apologies. (I had some personal stuff to take care of.) But I have a few musings on Veronica Mars that I wanted to share--and I want your opinions, too!

1. I've watched and rewatched the AlternaProm scene from "Look Who's Stalking" four times. God, it's fabulous--maybe the best scene from Veronica Mars ever, both seasons. It's funny, and touching, and well acted. *dreamy sigh* Dick is absolutely priceless (Ryan Hansen's a brilliant comedian); Mac is adorable; Veronica is that perfect combination of tough and vulnerable; and drunk Logan is funny and sweet and touching and sad at the same time. Oh, and "On the Lam:" so funny! Great dialogue and great acting all around.

2. I can't believe there's only two more episodes to go this season! Some things that need resolution: Who crashed the bus and why, obviously; what's going on with Beaver (and his "hold" over Dick--hahah, that sounds dirty); what's the connection between Lucky and the Mannings; why was Lucky stalking Gia; how did Veronica (and presumably Duncan) get chlamydia; how will Aaron/Kendall frame Duncan; when will we see Duncan again (remember, Teddy Dunn still has one episode left in this season's contract); will we ever see BackUp ever again...and I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting. What are your unresolved Veronica Mars issues? We don't want any spy pens this year!

3. This is rampant speculation about the upcoming episode (not based on fact, just my opinion, but don't read if you don't want to know): I think Jackie's gonna die. Shot by Lucky.

4. Finally, here's the press release for tomorrow's episode, Happy Go Lucky (another great title). My comments are in purple.

AS AARON ECHOLLS' TRIAL COMES TO AN END, TENSIONS RISE AS A VERDICT IS ABOUT TO BE DELIVERED ON "VERONICA MARS," TUESDAY, MAY 2 ON UPN

"Happy Go Lucky" -- As Aaron Echolls' (guest star Harry Hamlin) trial is about to conclude, tensions rise as Veronica, Keith and Logan take the witness stand to testify against him, on VERONICA MARS, Tuesday, May 2 on UPN. Steve Gomer directed the episode from a script written by Diane Ruggiero. (Hooray, Diane is one of my favorite VM writers!)

Meanwhile, after Veronica finds a suspicious e-mail in Woody's (guest star Steve Guttenberg) computer, Keith turns to Sheriff Lamb with evidence to arrest Woody, but Lamb refuses, believing that Keith is trying to turn him into a laughing stock. (Is anyone surprised by this???) Also, to everyone's surprise, Neptune High's janitor Lucky brings a gun into school with the intent to find Gia.

Veronica Mars............................... Kristen Bell
Keith Mars............................. Enrico Colantoni
Wallace Fennel........................ Percy Daggs III
Logan Echolls............................ Jason Dohring
Eli "Weevil" Navarro.................. Francis Capra
Mac........................................... Tina Majorino

Jackie Cook.......................... Tessa Thompson
Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas...... Kyle Gallner

Aaron Echolls.............................. Harry Hamlin
Woody Goodman................. Steve Guttenberg
Terrance Cook............................. Jeffrey Sams

Sheriff Lamb.......................... Michael Muhney
Gia Goodman............................. Krysten Ritter

Leonard Lobo.......................... Gil Birmingham
Patrick Levoie.............................. John Prosky
Lucky......................................... James Jordan
Deputy Sacks......................... Brandon Hillock
Prosecution Lawyer........................
Gay Storm

Hart........................................ Michael Gaarde
Judge........................................... Annie Hinton
Judge Ferris.................................. Don Worley
Jurror (Foreman)........................ Shelley Wenk
Mrs. Goodman............................... Gigi Erneta

Older Boy........................ Jamen Nanthakumar
Reporter #1.............................. Lauren Krause
Reporter #2............................ Graham Sterling
Young Mother............................ Maria Valdez
Rodney Goodman ..................... Ian Brininstool (Ooooh, I'm assuming this is Gia's little brother?)

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