Chez Cora. Veronica is spinning a yarn about how she spilled coffee on herself in order to get a look in Cora's closet. An NVMVO is kind enough to limit itself to four words, and then Veronica opens a garment bag to reveal...an official chicken uniform from a restaurant called "Oh Boy Oh Pollo." Well, at least Veronica has a soft spot for mascots. Cora good-naturedly warns Veronica that her speedy death will ensue should she blab a word of this to anyone, and Veronica agrees that such a punishment would be entirely appropriate to the crime.
Sometime later, Veronica drops Cora back at her house with a comment that "outlet therapy is considerably better than retail therapy." I agree, even though that knowledge doesn't actually save me any money. But I take the philosophy of "spend more to save more" very seriously. Cora tells Veronica her dress is perfect. We'll judge that for ourselves, hon. Believe me. Once Cora's gone, Veronica calls Oh Boy Oh Pollo and poses as Neptune High's "Vocational Ed Coordinator" to get Cora's work schedule from the manager. Once done with that, she calls Jackie and says that Cora couldn't have stolen the card, so they're back to Square One. Nice try, Veronica, but I'm almost half done with this recap.
Neptune Grand. A staff member serves Veronica and Duncan dinner, so I guess Duncan's gotten over his aversion to room service. He thanks the staff member, "Carl," and I wonder if Carl's grunt of "Mm-hmm" is enough to earn him an SAG card. It seems like kind of a grey area. Veronica puts her arm around Duncan as she says it's weird he lives in the hotel, and she doesn't want him going all "Howard Hughes-y." Duncan jokes that his nails are trimmed, but that he has been bottling his own urine. Heh. He takes this opportunity to start nibbling on Veronica's neck, and his affection is sweet, if likely motivated by the fact that it looks like Veronica's taken to wearing an Aquabra. I don't know what position you guys favor, Duncan, but I'd pick one that doesn't put too much weight on her chest. Duncan suggests that they invite some people back to the hotel for an afterparty, and Veronica coyly asks, "After what?" Duncan duhs that it's after the dance, but eventually cottons on to her point, and says he's a dope. Arguments? He tells Veronica that she's his woman, and he wants her to accompany him, and they're both kind of sweet and adorable and, more importantly, believable as a couple in this scene. That is, until Veronica asks Duncan for some Kane Software stationery, which I can't believe he would give up when it might be used for something unethical or even illegal. He does ask what it's for, but Veronica breezes, "You're here for your looks. Why don't you leave the heavy thinking to me, sugarpants?" She tells him to go make himself pretty. He laughs, knowing that that's not really going to take long.