Back in the present, Lamb deduces from her facial expression that Veronica has, in fact, seen the guy before. He presses his moment of triumph and asks if she's missing an earring, as he holds up an ugly piece of bling in an evidence bag. It's a square silver job with some diamonds set in, and Veronica sarcastically says she's not a diamonds kind of girl. Lamb says it was found outside the "Road Hog," a biker bar up the PCH, which is the last place "Curly" was seen. As many posters pointed out, the earring looks suspiciously like the one Weevil was wearing on his right earlobe, in his one (sigh) scene of any import so far this season. We don't know, though, if he was wearing only one earring as a style choice and lost it later, or if he was wearing one because he'd already lost the companion. Getting back to the scene, Veronica still doesn't understand what all this has to do with her, but Lamb shows her a different photograph of her name on the guy's palm, and informs her that the guy was beaten to death. Well, I don't know what he expected, wearing a Hawaiian shirt into a biker bar. Lamb stands up and leans forward to loom over Veronica: "Amusing, huh?" God, it's almost like he cares! Of course, as many forum posters pointed out, the name could have been written by the guy's killer, so it's not particularly meaningful without any other evidence. But with that excellent scene, we're in the credits.
Mmm, steak. Keith is slicing some up as Alicia (yay!) is learning that The Woodman was serious about wanting Keith to run for sheriff. Keith says that he's a good candidate, since he's been sheriff before, and what's more, he's "a local celebrity, with a book currently hovering at #97 on The New York Times bestseller list." Given the success of the book, I wonder if Keith turning around and running for sheriff means he's a believer in quitting while he's ahead. We certainly know from last season that he's not into quitting while he's behind. But since he didn't actually write the book, maybe he's taking the job in the hopes that he'll find some new material for a second effort. Keith and Alicia sip some red wine, and he tells her that he has a book signing in Chicago that weekend, and invites her along for a romantic getaway. I hope he's not going to drag her to the actual signing. I don't think Alicia needs to be there when a bunch of women ask Keith to autograph their handcuffs. Keith says he's being put up at a swanky hotel called the Rossmore, which has a jazz nightclub on the top. Alicia subtly goes a little quiet here, which is nice work from Erica Gimpel, and Keith says he thought she liked jazz: "Is it Kenny G? He ruined it for you?" Well, if you're looking for an excuse, Alicia, that's as plausible a one as any. But Alicia recovers to accept, and kisses Keith. Veronica chooses that moment to arrive home, and expresses the expected level of disgust at the parent mackage. Although given all the PDA she's been engaging in with Duncan, she might want to hold her tongue. So to speak. Keith invites Veronica to have dinner, but Veronica breezily says she ate something already. He then asks Veronica how she is, and Veronica, a little too sunnily, tells him she's fine. VMVO says she's not going to tell Keith, because she likes being able to leave the house "without an armed escort." I think Veronica's refusal to have dinner is due to her anxiety about the dead guy and nothing more, although that's open to interpretation. As she leaves the room, she announces that it's okay to make out now. You might want to check the volume on their lip-mics before you give that blessing, hon.