1.01 "Pilot"

Aired Sep 22, 2004

Cultural References

The Wizard of Oz (Characters)

"You need to go see the wizard. Ask him for some guts."
"I'll tell you what, Veronica Mars, why don't you go see the wizard? Ask for a little backbone."

From a children's book and the movie that followed, the titular character was a small man who used trickery to appear awesome and in a position to grant supplicants what they most desired. Sheriff Lamb is a small man who uses bullying tactics to appear awesome and is in a position to be a right ass. Lamb snidely infers that Wallace is the coward when Wallace baulks at identifying a couple of thieving bikers in front of the whole gang. Lamb gives the just-raped Veronica the same advice on her reaction to his refusal to investigate the crime. If ever, if ever a dick there was, the sheriff of Neptune is one because, because, because, because...because of the miserable things he does.

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Cain and Abel (Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)

"…has apprehended Abel Koontz, a disgruntled former Kane Software employee."

In the Bible, Cain killed his brother Abel because he was jealous of him. The man arrested for murdering Lilly Kane is named Abel Koontz. Coincidence? Hubris? Just our desperate attempt to avoid the conclusion that Rob Thomas is a fan of Jeffrey Archer?

Who's Who bio: Abel Koontz
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The Wizard of Oz (Literature, Movies)

"All right, one week. After that, we come for you, your boy, and your little dog, too."

In the book and film of the same name, the heroine, Dorothy, and her small dog, Toto, are stranded in the wonderous land of Oz after a tornado. They were transported there in the house in which they were sheltering, which, to the delight of most of the local population, landed right on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. This incurs the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West who threatens Dorothy: "I'll get you, my pretty! And your little dog too!" Perhaps Lamb's obvious references have made us sensitive, but Weevil does seem to be channelling the same source material when he allows Veronica a little time to get Wallace off the hook.

Full Metal Jacket (Movies)
"Me So Horny" (Music)

"Weevil love you long time."

What's more likely? That Weevil is a fan of 2 Live Crew's rap hit "Me So Horny" or that he's seen Kubrick's 1987 indictment on Marine training methods during the war in Vietnam? It's a reference within a reference within a reference, kids, as Weevil quotes the rappers sampling the Saigon hooker in the movie who looks for love cash with "Hey, you got girlfriend Vietnam? Me so horny. Me love you long time." Both the film and the song, on the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, attracted the sort of controversy that would appeal to a literate thug.

Florence Griffith Joyner (People)

"Hey, Flo Jo, slow your ass down."

Flo Jo is the nickname of Florence Griffith Joyner, a triple gold medalist in track and field at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In 1988, Wallace was a year old. What the hell does he remember about her ass? Well, enough to be able to comment on its similarity to Veronica's as he struggles to follow his new friend.

Smokey Bear (Characters)

"Well, if it isn't Smokey the Barely Legal."

So Bill the fire chief welcomes 17-year-old Veronica to the fire house after she caused the bong she placed in Logan's locker to smoke in the sheriff's evidence room. Bill went to put out the "fire" and switched packages for her. Smokey Bear is a mascot for the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, often mis-named Smokey the Bear. "Barely legal" is an expression used to describe persons, usually of the female variety, only just over the age of consent, which can be anywhere from 14-18, depending on locale. That Bill thinks this way is unsurprising, given Veronica's short skirt, but is a little...disturbing.

"Fun, Fun, Fun" (Music)

"My daddy took my T-Bird away. And you know what I won't be having? Fun, fun, fun."

And we'll have fun, fun, fun, 'til your daddy takes your T-Bird away.

Logan borrows from the Beach Boys hit "Fun, Fun, Fun" when he complains to Veronica about the cost of her little joke with the bong. Actually, he doesn't so much borrow as steal — lock, stock and two smolderin' eyes.

The Outsiders (Literature, Movies)

"I suddenly feel like I'm in a scene from The Outsiders."
"Be cool, Sodapop."

The Outsiders is a young adult novel by S.E. Hinton. It was made into a film in 1983 and kick-started the careers of a number of young Hollywood actors, including Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, and Patrick Swayze. The story centers around violent conflict between gangs of poor teenage hoodlums and their rich, privileged rivals. As Wallace watches the bikers taunt the outnumbered 09ers, he is reminded of the carnage. Things are so tense that Wallace doesn't even get the chance to object to being equated to Rob Lowe.

Who's Who bio: Sodapop
Atom Ant (Characters)

"Let's up and at 'em, Atom Ant."

Atom Ant was a superhero ant in a cartoon from the '60s. Veronica Mars is a super hero in a Neptune in the '00s. Keith is a man who knows how to call a spade a diamond.

Who's Who bio: Atom Ant

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