Duncan has a nightmare about Meg and Veronica. He wakes up to find Veronica helping Logan, making the nightmare seem tame by comparison. Also, the paper Duncan found in Meg's vent is a letter from someone named "Chris Talley." Duncan opens the letter at the end of the episode, and almost has a heart attack. Well, nice of him to catch up to the rest of us. Logan urges Veronica to check out the plastic surgeon from last week. She discovers that some dude named Danny Boyd once pressed a complaint against the doctor. Veronica goes to see the beefy, bawdy Boyd, and he quickly introduces her to the charming Fitzpatrick family, who you'll remember had a grudge against the dead biker Cervando. A hanger-on outs Veronica to the Fitzpatricks, causing Veronica actually to get into some real physical peril until Logan comes to her rescue, pulling a gun on Veronica's assailant. Veronica chews him out for the gun, and then chews out Weevil, whom she believes is in bed with the Fitzpatricks. However, some kid tells Weevil he ordered coke from a biker, and between that and Veronica's accusation, Weevil realizes he's lost control of the PCHers. Well, it only took him seven episodes more than Veronica to figure that out. Weevil confronts his gang, but no one's talking, except for one dude, who wasn't actually there when Felix died even though he told the cops he was. Meanwhile, the parents of a kid named Marcos who was killed in the crash (how many kids were on that bus, exactly?) come to Keith and claim they're being harassed as a result of their lawsuit against the school, and Keith initially finds evidence to back up that claim. Keith asks Veronica to check into Marcos, but all she digs up is an anonymous email. Until, that is, Mac tells her that Marcos had a pirate-radio identity, "Captain Crunk," who talked a lot of smack about Neptune High students on his show, Ahoy Mateys. Veronica and Mac track down the new broadcaster of the show, and it's Butters, Clemmons's son, who shockingly doesn't give up any useful information. Elsewhere, though, Veronica deduces that Marcos was gay. Butters denies that, but Veronica's pretty much right, of course, and it was Marcos's sort-of-boyfriend behind the email and the harassment. Logan gets abducted, at first presumably by the Fitzpatricks, and is asked questions about Felix's death under pain of being shot in a place that will ensure the end of the Echolls line. Given his family history, that might not be the worst thing. Logan gives up no information, but doesn't get plugged, and in the end he figures out that it wasn't the Fitzpatricks who grabbed him but the PCHers, so Logan gives Weevil a menacing phone call. At this rate, will those two crazy kids EVER get it together?
Also, this is my hundredth recap for TWoP. I assume I can expect some sort of ceremony to mark the occasion...oh, hi, Wing. Wow, nice branding iron. It looks pretty hot, though. Wait, what do you mean it's "convenient" that I'm wearing a sleeveless shirt? This (ow) may (ow) take (ow) a (ow) while. And I really should have seen that coming, having just watched Jarhead. ["There are many branding irons, but this one is mine." -- Wing Chun]
One other thing, though: I don't think I've ever said what a great job everyone involved with this show does, be they writers, editors, crew, or any of the other myriad jobs it takes to produce a show of this consistent quality on a tight budget. So I'm saying it now. And you know I mean the mushy feelings if I can express them with blisters all over my triceps.
Okay. We open on Meg's face. She's bathed in soft, white, angelic light, and if this isn't an effort to get me to reprise the "Saint Blonde" nickname from last season, I don't know what else it could be. Meg asks someone offscreen, presumably Duncan, if he loves her, or ever did. She goes on to say that, on the bus, all the good moments they had together flashed before her eyes. Considering how quickly gravity works, it's a good thing she picked such a short memory. A bitchy Veronica comes into frame and scoffs as Meg, turning desperate, says that Duncan made promises to her on the beach, and that he can save her: "All you have to do is want to!" Veronica snots to the camera that she's heard enough, but Alona Tal is still working on her reel, so she asks what Veronica has that she doesn't. Veronica then gags Meg. Leave it to her to find a particularly stylistic way of answering that question. Veronica then snots that she's conscious, for a start, and it seems a little unfair to say something that cold when your victim can't even answer. If coma patients can, in fact, hear what people say to them, they must be a more frustrated group even than Republican environmentalists. In other news, Veronica is wearing black leather pants, a studded belt and choker, and a sheer top with a black bra underneath. So this wasn't an effort to bring back "Saint Blonde" -- it's just Duncan's little Megonna/whore fantasy. On the one hand, the idea behind this dream is both terribly sexist and hopelessly prosaic, so it doesn't do Duncan any favors. On the plus side, though, Duncan's unconscious did at least dress Veronica awfully well. Veronica approaches the camera and asks if this is what Duncan really wants: "Teddy bears and mash notes?" Oh, Veronica. I appreciate your bitchy point, but you don't want to step on it by confusing this particular actor by using the word "Teddy." She tells Duncan to grow up, and backhands him...