As I continue the adventure that is the many episodes of Rob Thomas “Veronica Mars” we begin at episode two, which show how class and race make a difference but in various social situations through out this episode. This all begins rather innocently with Wallace finding a flyer about a 09 er party while Veronica explains that the flyer is in code so that “undesirables, which by the way is you and me, don’t show up.” (1.2)
This party that Wallace and Veronica do not show up to is key because here we see Troy the new kid and Duncan (Veronica’s old boyfriend) talking in the car about the party. One thing I noticed was the language of the these upper class gentleman given that Troy starts the conversation and asks Duncan are “You ready to get this party started? You ready to burn this mother down. Up, jump… the boogie.”(1.2). Now, I am sorry to stereotype by this language sounds ghetto to me, albeit old school ghetto in this day and age. Also, it sounds like that for young privileged white men that they are trying to sound like the same peers who despise them for being so wealthy ironically. This is further enhanced by the fact that the rich boys of Neptune are throwing a kegger in a dog park, filled with cheap booze and make out sessions. I don’t know about anyone else but you would think as being part of a wealthy family of Neptune that the location and drinks at an underage party would be better, also their parents live in mansions so they have prime location spots just waiting to be used.
On the other side of the coin to this episode we have Weevil’s cousin Chardo was using the Echolls credit card so he could buy Logan’s new girlfriend Catlin who I guess he is her mister by treating her in the manner in which she has been accustomed. This manner being buying her a pink vespa, “limo rides, magic mountain tickets”, etc(1.2). This action to me reveals that Chardo is literally trying to buy his way into the rich class through buying a rich girl toys and well sleeping with her. He is pimping himself to gain access to another class and to their wealth in a way.
Chardo, pays for this decision as the gang of upper class white boys proceeds to beat up him up for stealing Logan’s girlfriend from since he is the designated jerk and leader of the pack. This beat up stops when the PCH brigade shows up in the good part of Neptune standing out like a sore thumb to stop the fight. The white boys of the rich side of the town then leave so the PCH gang can than proceed to continue to hurt Chardo for making Weavill pay for this mistakes of stealing the credit cards and pursuing a white rich girl. He was literally punished for his bad decisions, and he lost the girl in the process to add insult to injury.
This episode to me stood out because we had rich teenagers trying to act like poor teenagers like each other and vice versa. I also found in funny that the whole time throughout this whole debacle Veronica Mars is trying to not take sides and even trying to defend people from the “wrong side of the tracks” such as Weevil. However Weevil seems to believe that Veronica “You think you’re this big outsider, but, push comes to shove, you’re still one of them. You still think like one of them.(1.2). I think the issue with this statement is that Weevil has official put Veronica in the box of the upper class people of the 09er zip code when really she is just trying to survive at Neptune High. I think in this scene she does not want to think the Weevil stole credit cards to improve his motorcycle, etc while trying to get his grandma out of jail. I think her intentions are good, even if her approach needs work. For me she is the everywoman, she is not defined by her class or sex but more by her actions and trying to do good in the Neptune community as we see through out this whole season. However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and I will further delve into the complexity of these characters in the next blog post.
Disclaimer all quotes from the show were received from http://vmtranscripts.com/ so I owe all the credit for these awesome quotes to them