But let's move on and assume that Veronica and Duncan felt this was the only option open to them. They devise this plan and put it in motion. (And yes, that's a generous use of the word "they.") Telling as few people as possible their real plan seems like a no-brainer, for everyone's protection. The Kendall thing made perfect sense to me: she'd already demonstrated that she'd jump at the chance to sleep with Duncan. Not telling Logan made sense to me: they needed someone to start spreading the news around the high school. The "breakup" worked as well. A lot of people were bothered that Veronica was so mopey when only we could see her, but it makes perfect sense to me. I mean, it's true that Duncan didn't dump her, but she knew he was leaving and she was never going to see him again; I could see her thinking that was even worse. Maybe she didn't have to go quite so far with the pictures and stuff to snow Keith, but she really needed him to suspect nothing with Duncan mere yards away, and I'm sure Veronica felt horrible about deceiving him. All this seems fine to me.
What I'm not clear on is the other players' involvement. I'm thinking Vinnie was in the kids' pocket before Celeste hired him, because he played such a big part in the scheme: with the ATM card and getting the baby across the border, I don't know how they could have pulled this off without him, and it was complicated enough that they would have wanted to have some time to plan everything. But if that's the case, I'm not sure how they knew they could trust Vinnie not to double-cross them, especially since the last time Duncan ran off, Celeste's reward was fifty grand. Also, I don't understand Astrid's involvement at all. Did they pay her too, with the limited funds they have? These things needed to be explained clearly for the audience to be satisfied with the misdirection. I mean, opinion was pretty evenly divided on the boards as to whether Celeste was in on the plan. I can see reasons for both views. I mean, on the one hand, if she wasn't, what's to stop her from prosecuting Veronica now? But on the other (and this is what I think), if she was, I think Duncan would have fought in court even in this fictional world where paternity tests don't exist. The point is, whether Celeste was involved should not be in question, because the viewers have to be able to look back and clearly understand what happened. This is a failing. Other than that, I'm okay.