Keith is running unopposed in the special election following Lamb's death. Ex-Deputy Leo (yay!) shows up, telling Keith that Danny Boyd, of the Fitzpatrick clan, has been around his job site, and he suspects that something is up. Piz wins the opportunity to shepherd a washed-up douchebag of a rocker, played by PAUL RUDD! He's in town to play for a fundraiser for the college radio station, but the show is threatened when his backup tapes disappear from his bag at the Neptune Grand. Piz tries to bring the good out of PAUL RUDD! with his overwhelming earnestness, but all he gets for his trouble is PAUL RUDD! going skinny-dipping drunk and getting arrested by Sacks. Veronica is being all dodgy toward Piz in the wake of their kiss, while Mac is also confused by the fact that Max keeps calling her. Veronica sucks it up and tells Piz she just wants to be friends, but then she runs into Logan, who has the wrong idea about her and Piz, not that it's much of his business, as Mac thankfully tells him. Speaking of which, Logan has to present a business plan for a class, so he comes up with an idea for a website called "Grade My Ass," and gets Mac to design it. Max gets involved, and Logan doesn't fail to notice their chemistry. Meanwhile, Veronica has been helping Piz with the mystery, and she discovers that PAUL RUDD!'s bag was switched with someone else's at the airport. Piz and Veronica travel to LA to get the bag back, and they use the drive back to break the tension between them. Piz also hatches a plan to show PAUL RUDD! that he isn't as washed-up as he seems to be, causing Veronica to see Piz in a new light. Keith and Leo team up to catch the bad guys, only to discover that Vinnie Van Lowe has beaten them to the punch. In the end, Mac dumps Bronson rather capriciously, Keith makes Leo an ex-ex-Deputy, and Vinnie decides to run for Sheriff. Even Lamb's spinning in his grave at that one.
Many, many thanks to Joe R for hilariously subbing in for me on last week's dreadful episode, while I got to steal Jon Bon Jovi away from him. Sometimes life just isn't fair, but that's when we have to remember that America is the land of opportunity. Or something.
Chez Mars. Wallace and Veronica are watching The Women (and I just spent five minutes researching that based on the three seconds of footage we saw to tentatively come up with that answer, only to have Wallace say the name of the movie twenty seconds later, which means this recap is off to a rollicking start) for Wallace's Film Studies class, and Veronica "casually" asks Wallace if Piz has said anything to him. Wallace: "Like how you two made out in the hall and then you took off?" His gleeful tone demonstrates that while being in the middle when your friends date can be awkward, it does generally afford you the best chances to give them shit. Veronica asks after Piz's mood, and Wallace, with respect to the passing-notes-in-class feel of the conversation, asks if he's a twelve-year-old girl. Veronica: "No. But you're drinking Fresca and watching Joan Crawford movies." Heh. Wallace thinks Piz's mood has been normal, and then Keith puts an end to the girl talk by arriving home with a weirdly hangdog look. He brightens up as he reports that the deadline to register for the special election is Monday (whenever that is), so he expects to be running unopposed. Why, oh why, do characters on TV jinx themselves like that? No one I know would let that sentence pass his lips without at least knocking on the nearest wood. Or his forehead, at least in my case.
At the campus radio station, Piz's boss is conducting a trivia-off between Piz and some idiot named Arnold. There are posters advertising a "Desmond Fellows" show all over the place, and the questions she's asking have to do with Fellows, his former bandmate "Johnny Scopes," and their band, "My Pretty Pony." They go back and forth with a super-dorky level of knowledge of the band until Piz steals a question from Arnold, and his boss tells him that the job is his. He gives Arnold a no-look "slap my hand, bitch" palm before his boss tells him there's a lot riding on whatever his job is, and not to blow it. Honey, given what's coming, I don't think Piz is the wild card in this situation.