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Hit me today on season two - in the fifth episode, Lamb accuses Keith of having indirectly caused the bus crash by not investigating something the scapegoat/current suspect did properly (I think it was drink driving). A few weeks after seeing the finale, I think: "Wait, that was irony. Lamb's indirectly responsible for the crash; if he had investigated Veronica's rape properly, Cassidy could very well have been in prison before this ever happened." I think I was kinda slow. - emmaliza
The solution to Dean O'Dell's murder bugged me. Sure, it did ruin Landry like it was meant to, but it seemed over-complex and unnecessary for his revenge, Tim could have just killed Landry. Then it hit me - Landry accused Tim of being a "linear thinker" & "uncreative"... the plan was overcomplicated because he didn't just want to get revenge on Landry, he wanted to prove him wrong. - emmaliza
It always seemed a bit coincidental that Veronica would have started hanging around Cassidy Casablancas more and more towards the end of the second season (in which you find out it was him who raped her, especially since logically he would have tried to avoid her as much as possible and was only around her because of Mac), but then it clicked that the reason he was around so much was that, by pairing him with Mac, the writers were demonstrating how not even the smartest person in the show (Veronica's logical, but let's face it, Mac's a genius) realized he was capable of anything like that. Took months to realise that wasn't a coincidence and that the writers were making a point.
Actually, it makes the most sense that he would want to spend as much time as possible around Veronica, especially as she closed in on the truth. His closeness to her would not raise any suspicion, especially once he paired himself with Mac, but suddenly he has a way to keep an eye on her, know how close she is getting, know what leads to give her, and keep manipulating as much as it was possible for him to do. And he was smart, he would have recognized that being close to her and being close to her second closest friend was the best thing he could do to keep himself safe from her for as long as possible.
Actually, he's one of the few to be really on par intelligence wise with Veronica, which was even demonstrated in the episode with the stock markets where they point out that VM was winning but then Cassidy took the lead. He's one of the smartest characters.
Although the thing he's worried about is her figuring out is probably the bus crash, not the rape. As far as he knows, he got away with the rape completely.
A minor one, but only occurred to me on re-watch; in "An Echolls' Family Christmas", when Veronica comes to see Weevil early on in the episode, Weevil calls her on the fact that she tilts her head when she's about to ask for a favor (which is an Actor Allusion; see the episode recap). Cut to the second season, and the episode "Driver Ed"; Wallace calls up Veronica to ask her to help him figure out who bumped into Jackie's car, and he does the same head tilt.
As if that wasn't enough, part of the plot of "An Echolls' Family Christmas" involves a poker game Weevil was involved in, so basically, he's spotted Veronica's "tell".
An important arc in the second season is discovering Felix's murderer. Logan was framed for Felix's murder, and nearly killed because of it. Ironically, the true murderer, Thumper, is framed by Weevil and killed (albeit indirectly) by Logan.
In the second season, Duncan learns that a Meg was trying to contact social services about a child who was being abused and works with Veronica to track down the kid. It had been implied in the first season finale that Duncan knew Aaron was abusing Logan, but had never said anything. If he had, Aaron likely would've been arrested and Lilly never would've been murdered. He's learned his lesson about "standing idly by."
From the film: There's a scene where Dick mentions having pot brownies, claiming that it's medicinal for his depression. He says it like he's joking, but considering that the last time we saw him in season 3 he was having a breakdown over all the bad stuff he did to his brother it's not the much of a stretch to believe he really does have depression.
Also in the film, Weevil returns to his old ways as a biker. However, maybe it's to help reform the PC Hers, who, as seen in the film, are clearly as out of control as the 09ers and the police. He may even be working with Veronica.
Probably a bit of a reach, but Logan arrives at the airport in his Navy dress whites, having caught the plane right after a meeting with some members of the JAG Corps (Navy lawyers). This could be a Shout-Out to JAG, which introduced the main characters, a pair of Navy JAG lawyers, as they arrived aboard a carrier in their dress whites (in their case, because they had to leave to catch a plane on short notice while attending an embassy party). Veronica's feelings on the matter mirror a claim Harm makes about "Dress Whites and Gold Wings".
In the season 1 finale, "Leave It To Beaver", the bad guy's appearance in the back seat of Veronica's car is not only creepy/terrifying in its own right, but add in the fact that the man killed Lilly, who he had been having a sexual relationship with, without batting an eyelid, and the fact Veronica is not only about to ruin his life by turning him in but that she is a LOT like Lilly both in appearance and the situation (about to ruin him), and you realize that, alone and miles from anyone, he could have done anything to her in the dark and got away with it. ANYTHING. Also, when he has trapped her in the fridge the audience's first reaction is that he's trying to scare her and doing a very good job of it - the reality is that he could have buried her alive or let her die of asphyxiation, and honestly, he wouldn't have let her out even if she had told him where all the tapes were.
Another example from Veronica Mars occurs in the Season 2 Episode "Ain't no Magic Mountain High Enough" when Veronica gets Ms. Hauser fired for stealing money from the school. Only later do you realize that Veronica has just gotten a single mother fired and, even if she doesn't face criminal charges, she is unlikely to ever be able to get another.
Not to sound callous, but she only has herself to blame for stealing money and blaming it on the unpopular black girl.
The motel scene in "Weapons of Class Destruction." Just think about what must be going through Veronica's mind when an armed man kidnaps Veronica and takes her to a motel to "show her something."
Logan's revenge for Veronica putting the bong in his locker wasn't because he's upset about his car being taken away, it was because Logan was beaten by Aaron for something he didn't do. In Universe, Veronica would've likely had a similar Fridge Horror reaction.
In season 1, episode 21 Veronica asks Cassidy about that night, he says "I swear on my life I didn't touch you" and a season later, around the same episode number, we find out the truth and Cassidy dies
Almost all of Sheriff Don Lamb's decisions, but specifically when he turned away Veronica, who told him that she'd just been drugged and raped, and when she starts crying, he tells her to "get a backbone."
Throughout the first season, Veronica sees visions of her dead best friend Lily. In the second season, she has visions of the dead bus kids speaking to her. Whether she's actually seeing visions or just hallucinating out of trauma, the fact that she's seeing dead people whenever she closes her eyes is pretty horrific.
Rodney Goodman is likely also an abuse victim. In the season 2 episode, "Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner", Veronica is investigating to see which boy Meg babysat for was being abused, based on information from emails she had sent to Child Protective Services. The parents Veronica encounters seem overly strict or otherwise a bit off, and she states that they are all unsettling enough to be suspects, but does not see or find proof of abuse. When it is revealed that it was not a boy, but Meg's little sister, Grace who Meg was talking about in her emails to CPS as the abuse victim, the other children are not mentioned again. Veronica and the viewer assume that while the parents were very strict about schedules and spilled water, there is not actual abuse going on in those households. However, at the end of the season, when it is revealed that Woody Goodman had molested Cassidy Casablancas and other boys, you realize that Woody may have also abused his own son in the same way. Rodney is starkly different from Gia. Where Gia is bubbly and outgoing, almost ditzy, Rodney is shy and withdrawn. Gia says that he is "sweet but kind of weird." Rodney's panic and nervousness over spilling water are similar to Grace's behavior, when Veronica and Duncan find her in the closet. It is not until later that you realize Rodney is not afraid of his mother but of Woody.