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"Rat Saw God"
Veronica Mars episode
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After lying to Abel Koontz (Christian Clemenson) about his daughter's fate to spare his feelings, Veronica (Kristen Bell) sits with him on his deathbed.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 6
Directed by Kevin Bray
Written by John Enbom
Phil Klemmer
Production code 2T7206
Original air date November 9, 2005 (2005-11-09)
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"Rat Saw God" is the sixth episode of the second season of the American mystery television series Veronica Mars, and the twenty-eighth episode overall. Written by Phil Klemmer and John Enbom and directed by Kevin Bray, the episode premiered on UPN on November 9, 2005.

The series depicts the adventures of Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) as she deals with life as a high school student while moonlighting as a private detective. In this episode, Abel Koontz (Christian Clemenson) returns and requests Veronica's help in finding his daughter. Meanwhile, Logan (Jason Dohring) is arrested for his supposed stabbing of a PCH biker, and Keith (Enrico Colantoni) loses the Sheriff's election.

Synopsis[edit]

Veronica waits with Keith at a nervous election party, and the election is extremely close, with Sheriff Lamb (Michael Muhney) nosing ahead before a man walks up to Lamb and says that he made the anonymous call from the bridge where Felix Toombs was stabbed. Keith loses the election by a margin of 51% to 49%. Gia Goodman (Krysten Ritter) talks to Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen) at a party. Woody Goodman (Steve Guttenberg) has been elected mayor. Officers come in and arrest Logan for the murder of Felix Toombs. Veronica goes home and finds Abel Koontz, who is dying. He asks her to help him find his daughter, Amelia, who has disappeared. Veronica agrees to help him. Veronica talks to Amelia's old boyfriend, who has not seen her for a while. Amelia ditched the boyfriend in Europe. Cliff McCormack (Daran Norris) is appointed to be Logan's lawyer before Veronica asks Cliff to call the numbers on the phone cards that Amelia stole under an alias. Cliff tells Logan that he should get a different lawyer. Veronica finds out that Amelia called from Neptune the previous week. Logan is placed in a cell with his father, Aaron (Harry Hamlin). However, soon, Logan receives bail. Veronica breaks into Clarence Wiedman's (Christopher B. Duncan) office, but he denies any knowledge of the situation. Weevil and his friends are angry about Logan's bail and decide to take revenge on him in some way.

Veronica tracks down Amelia's cousin, Margot Schnell. On the way back to the Echolls estate, Don Lamb and Logan see that the house is burning. Veronica fakes being a distressed businesswoman in order to track the car that Amelia rented, which was in California about two days ago. Sheriff Lamb tells Keith about Veronica being taken in for questioning. Veronica tracks Amelia's previous location, which is in a small hotel. Keith confronts Veronica and Veronica tells him about David "Curly" Moran. Veronica notices that the signal from one of Amelia's devices is close to hers. However, Veronica finds Amelia dead in an ice box. Clarence Wiedman suddenly appears and says that Amelia showed up again before disappearing later. The man up front at the hotel tells Clarence and Veronica that she came in with a man, and Veronica says she knows who it is.

Keith interrogates Aaron and threatens him. Veronica and Clarence go into Amelia's boyfriend's room and Clarence dangles him off a window ledge, but he knows nothing. Weevil and Logan get into a fight at school when Logan buys Weevil's grandmother's house. Veronica is contacted by Amelia's friend, who says that the killer is actually a man named Carlos. Clarence decides to track down Carlos, despite the fact that he is a diplomat's son. Veronica lies to Abel Koontz about Amelia's fate. Keith goes inside the remains of the bus and finds the remains of a rat.

Cultural references[edit]

Many cultural references are made in the episode:[1]

Arc significance[edit]

  • Woody Goodman is elected to the Balboa County Board of Supervisors. The town of Neptune, being unincorporated, has no officers of its own; the Supervisor whose district includes Neptune is unofficially known as "mayor" of Neptune.
  • Keith loses the Sheriff's race to Don Lamb.
  • A witness turns up for Felix's murder, so Logan is arrested again.
  • Abel Koontz succumbs to stomach cancer.
  • Amelia DeLongpre was in Neptune, outside Kane Software, a week prior. Her boyfriend wanted her to get more money out of them and Clarence Wiedman complied. Veronica tracks Amelia to a motel in rural California, and finds her body in the ice machine, just as Wiedman shows up; they investigate together. Amelia's boyfriend starts using the (marked) money in Las Vegas, so Wiedman goes there, presumably to kill him.
  • Keith visits Aaron Echolls and threatens him not to hurt Veronica.

Music[edit]

Only one song is heard in the episode:[2]

  • "Girl on the Bus" by Kissinger

Production[edit]

Joss Whedon had a cameo appearance in the episode. Whedon had previously expressed his admiration for the show.[3]

The episode was written by John Enbom and Phil Klemmer and directed by Kevin Bray. "Rat Saw God" marks the fifth writing credit for Enbom,[4] Klemmer's seventh writing credit,[5] and Bray's first and only directing credit for the series.[6] The episode also features several notable guest appearances. Many recurring characters from the first season reappear in the episode, including Abel Koontz (Christian Clemenson), Clarence Wiedman (Christopher B. Duncan), and antagonist Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin). In addition, "Rat Saw God" features the second appearance by Gia (Krysten Ritter), who had been absent since "Normal Is the Watchword". The episode also features a cameo appearance by model Kim Stolz. Stolz was awarded the role for winning a small contest while competing on the fifth cycle of America's Next Top Model.[7]

Perhaps most notably, "Rat Saw God" features a short appearance by Joss Whedon, who created the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Veronica Mars has often been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with some even calling it the successor to the latter.[8] Whedon had previously praised the first season on his weblog Whedonesque, saying that Veronica Mars was the "Best. Show. Ever." and that "[he'd] never gotten more wrapped up in a show [he] wasn't making, and maybe even more than those."[3] Whedon also gave a glowing review of the first season for Entertainment Weekly, writing that "Season 1 works as mystery, comedy, and romantic drama, often simultaneously. But what elevates it is that in a TV-scape creepily obsessed with crime-solving, VM actually asks why."[9] On being asked about Whedon's praise, Jason Dohring, who plays Logan, said in an interview:

It was the buzz of the set: 'Did you hear what he said about us?,’ Stuff like that. [Director] Kevin Smith also did a nice write-up, and what was cool was that they really know their stuff;, their attention to detail [regarding 'Veronica Mars’] was so cool. You never know if your work will be seen, so to have it seen by someone great, someone you really respect, that’s so cool. Though if I’d known they were watching, I would have been a lot more nervous![10]

Series creator Rob Thomas contacted Whedon over the previous summer, and Whedon agreed to do a cameo.[11] The episode's title refers to Rats Saw God, a novel by series creator Rob Thomas.[12] Despite being credited, Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Jackie (Tessa Thompson), and Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas (Kyle Gallner) do not appear.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In its original broadcast, "Rat Saw God" received 3.07 million viewers, marking a decrease from "Blast from the Past.[13]

Reviews[edit]

Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club gave a positive review, praising the intersecting storylines and the references to the previous season. "More generally, [the plot lines] show that Veronica Mars has created a strong enough world that it can support much higher levels. I have been, and still somewhat am, dubious about the pace at which this season is moving. But this was a great episode, even with all its density and the fact that it was essentially all setup. And it was great because it was attached to the history of the show so far."[14] Television Without Pity gave the episode an "A".[12]

Price Peterson, writing for TV.com, wrote in his episode verdict that "This episode was great, if way more grim than usual. Between Abel's offscreen cancer death to Amelia's icy resting place…there was a real whiff of death in this episode."[15] Complex ranked Kim Stolz's cameo on its list of "the 25 worst cameos in TV history."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rat Saw God Cultural References". Mars Investigations: The (In)Complete Guide to Veronica Mars. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Music of Veronica Mars: Episode 2-6: Rat Saw God". Mars Investigations: The (In)Complete Guide to Veronica Mars. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Whedon, Joss (August 12, 2005). "Joss Luvs Veronica". Whedonesque.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Enbom". TV.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Phil Klemmer". TV.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Bray". TV.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Gallagher, Brenden (August 25, 2013). "The 25 Worst Cameos in TV History". Complex. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ O'Hare, Kate (October 2, 2005). "Back to the Fold". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Whedon, Joss (October 11, 2005). "No. 1 fan Joss Whedon on "Veronica Mars"". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Maureen (October 28, 2005). "A Chat with Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Maureen (September 28, 2005). "Don't Get Lost on Your Way to 'Mars'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Veronica Mars Rat Saw God Recap". Television Without Pity. November 8, 2005. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. November 15, 2005. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  14. ^ Kaiser, Rowan (December 2, 2011). "Review: Veronica Mars: "Rat Saw God" / "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ Peterson, Price (June 30, 2012). "The Veronica Mars Season 2 Dossier: Episodes 5-8". TV.com. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 

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