Another solid episode, if calmer on the surface. Meg is out of the ICU. Veronica goes to see her, and discovers that Duncan has been visiting the hospital every day. Meg's parents, however, are as thrilled to see Veronica as they are to see Duncan, which is not at all. Meg's sister Lizzie (remember her from last year?) tries to stick up for them, but gets nowhere. Veronica asks Duncan why he didn't tell her about the Meg visits, which denies her some sex. Which is just as well, because Lizzie shows up at Duncan's hotel with Meg's laptop, saying there's personal stuff on there that her nosy parents can never see. Veronica passes the computer to a jet-black-haired Mac for help. She also tempts herself with Meg's secret files, but doesn't end up looking at them. Yeah, you heard me. In A-plot-land, some blonde bimbo wants a Mars to check into what her potential fiancÃ© is doing in his spare time. Keith's too busy, so Veronica fills in for him without his knowledge. The bimbo claims to have tons of family money, and says her fiancÃ© is making suspicious phone calls and leaving the house with weird excuses. Veronica tracks the BF, who's supposed to be playing tennis, to some woman's house. The bimbo shows up there, all atwitter, but it turns out he's just studying to convert to Judaism for his honey. The bimbo's not appeased, and engages Veronica to execute a "temptation scenario." For this, he studies day and night? Veronica enlists Wallace's help, interrupting a makeout session with Jackie, who says she may have to have a talk with Veronica. Good luck with that, hon. Veronica tells Wallace about Jackie's Random Dude, but Wallace says it was no big deal at the time, although things have progressed since then. Okay, dude. Veronica gives herself a flat and tries to tempt the bimbo's Scottish boyfriend with pigtails and ditziness, which surprisingly doesn't work so well. She uses his computer to check his IM conversations and browser history, and concludes that he's been researching the bimbo's family money. The bimbo dumps the boyfriend, only to learn from Veronica that he's actually rich enough to buy and sell her at his leisure. Whoops. Keith tells Veronica off for taking the case, only to inform her that she can work at Mars Investigations a couple of days a week. Yay! Alicia sees Chicago Dude buzz her house, so she asks Keith to borrow a gun. She tells Keith that she dated the guy twenty years ago, and that he's crazy, so Keith volunteers to share her bed. The 'rents try to cover the fact that they're temporarily cohabitating, but the only one buying is Wallace's kid brother. Keith and Chicago Dude, whose name is "Carl Morgan," face off. Keith tells Morgan, who he thinks is an ex-con, to blow town, but Morgan says that Alicia took something of his. Keith tells Lamb about Morgan, but it turns out he is in fact a cop. Also, there's the little matter of his claiming to be Wallace's dad. And FINALLY, Weevil shows up, and he's lost his earring. Veronica asks him about it, and he tells her went to the Road Hog because he had gotten an anonymous phone call saying Curly was behind the bus crash, but was acting on behalf of Irish mobsters, and the intended victim was Cervando. But Weevil doesn't buy the story, which is good because it was kind of hard to follow. Veronica checks and discovers the call came from Casa de Killer on September 24th. Veronica confronts Logan, who realizes the call was on the night of his party mentioned in the second episode. Logan tells her that lots of people were there, including Weevil and his gang, and that Lamb and his deputies came to break it up. Veronica says the call came from a number she doesn't recognize. Logan doesn't bother to ask her why she knows all the other numbers in his house. I guess he does know her pretty well, huh?
Ahh, Mars Investigations, how I've missed you. The campaign posters littering the set that read "Keith Mars for Sheriff" only add to the warm feeling. Veronica is on the phone, learning that Meg has been released from ICU. She makes a note of the visiting hours and hangs up as a thirty-ish woman enters and says she needs to hire a detective. I think she might actually need to hire a lawyer to defend herself against doing a poor impression of Elle Woods. I mean, if you're going to wear that much pink, own it with a little dog and a pillbox hat. Veronica tells the woman Mars Investigations is not usually open on Sundays, but the woman (whose name we'll learn is Julie Bloch, which is a shout-out to yofietofie from the boards) says it's an emergency: she found an engagement ring in her boyfriend's gym bag, so she needs to have him investigated. Considering what she finds out later, she could have saved herself a lot of trouble by just having the ring appraised. Veronica offers to take down her information and relay it to Keith, so Julie says that her boyfriend's name is "Colin Nevin." Veronica says that the standard package includes a garden-variety background check, but that the premium package involves getting to know some of the bf's friends and "chat[ting] up an ex or two." So they charge more for the awkward. Julie says that she's afraid Colin is talking to an ex, since he lives off a trust fund and has a lot of free time. Considering Julie doesn't seem to have much to do other that sit around and obsess over her boyfriend's movements, I'd say that's the pot calling the kettle hot pink. Also, Julie's worrying that Colin doesn't have enough money for her when he's living the life of a trust-fund baby with no help from her makes little sense, so I'm guessing we're meant to think, from minute one, that Julie is totally irrational when it comes to her boyfriend. I can work with that. Veronica offers the "Silver Package," which is the premium package plus surveillance. Phone records, email monitoring -- "It's basically an all-access pass to what he's doing when you're not looking." Julie says she'll take it, and if that's the level of trust in her relationship, it's going to end badly one way or the other. I wonder if the "Gold Package" includes post-investigation therapy. Julie's phone rings, and she breezily tells Veronica that it's Colin, who thinks she's at yoga. Well, I can see where he thinks you could use one of the more meditative disciplines. Julie hands Veronica her card, and Veronica happily tells her that Keith will review her case.