VMI

Jenny Owen Youngs & Helen Zaltzman

Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman have investigated every episode of Veronica Mars. Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; the show’s official home is VMIpod.com. FYI: there were spoilers for the episode being discussed, but not for events that happen later in the series.

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VMI x Hot and Bothered: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
02-08-2022
VMI x Hot and Bothered: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
A LONG TIME AGO, IN THE 2005 MOVIE ADAPTATION OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: You’ve got no sons to inherit your estate, only five daughters, so what the hell are you going to do to ensure your family’s housing and security?Why, you send Jane, the oldest and prettiest to catch a cold in the rain so rich Mr Bingley will fall in love with her!You let your boring cousin take his pick of the flock, Lizzy; but when she’s not into it, he goes off and marries her best friend so your plan is again RUINED!You don’t take any of the rest of your daughters seriously, till the youngest one SCANDALOUSLY runs off with Mr Wickham. Luckily there’s a Mr Darcy around to fix the situation with money and marriage, because is there a problem that money and marriage can’t fix?In the end, neither pride nor prejudice can get in the way of Bennet sisters marrying for love plus, conveniently, carriage-loads of money. Join Jenny Owen Youngs, Helen Zaltzman and Vanessa Zoltan to investigate the 2005 movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and investigate such mysteries as whether this could be recut as a horror film, why is everyone so mean to Mary, whether rainstorms are sexy or just soggy, and why the hell are these wigs allowed. This episode is a joyous union between VMI and Vanessa's podcast Hot and Bothered, which is all about romance novels. Hear the current season Live from Pemberley, about Pride and Prejudice, in the pod places and at hotandbotheredrompod.com. A long time ago (well, a couple of years ago) we recapped the 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of P&P, which you can hear downfeed and at vmipod.com/prideandprejudice. Follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with any new VMI developments, we do miss you, and talking about tiny jackets.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI: Village Mostly Invisible, an investigation of Brigadoon
16-12-2021
VMI: Village Mostly Invisible, an investigation of Brigadoon
A LONG TIME AGO IN THE 1954 MGM MUSICAL BRIGADOON: New York City gents Gene Kelly and Van Johnson are lost in the Scottish Highlands! They want to shoot some birds, but instead stumble upon a village that’s not on the map… Brigadoon!Everyone’s dancing around the town and preparing for a wedding that evening; meanwhile, sister of the bride Cyd Charisse gets to fall in love with Gene Kelly on the heathery hillsides.But something’s weird, and it’s not just the fake Scottish accents, the very tight tartan trousers, the two-dimensional mountains and all the day-drinking: it’s that the village is under an enchantment whereby it only appears on one day every hundred years, and it will disappear forever if anyone tries to leave.Then someone tries to leave!Then Gene Kelly and Van Johnson have to leave before the village goes sleepy-byes for another hundred years. But Gene left his heart behind...Lucky for him, there’s a special wake-up-Brigadoon-early clause buried deep in the small print of the enchantment, because of course there is. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate the 1954 MGM musical Brigadoon and its many, many mysteries, such as why choose an enchantment with SO many downsides, how Logan Echolls might have seen this, seriously why such a self-owning enchantment, whether the village's crops and foods stay fresh during the 100-year sleeps, and COME ON THINK THIS ENCHANTMENT THROUGH BEFORE CONDEMNING YOUR WHOLE VILLAGE TO IT. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/brigadoon. VMI will now take a pause; to keep posted about what's coming up on the show, follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list at vmipod.com/vmimail. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. We have MERCH but only till the end of 2021! And it's currently on deep discount. So you have a very short time to get your beautiful Not Milk T-shirts and pins, and your long lens pins and Gay For Weevil mementoes, at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations. Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor episodes of the show, contact them at multitude.productions/ads. This episode is sponsored by Dipsea, the app full of sexy stories and somnolent soundscapes. Get an extended 30 day free trial at DipseaStories.com/veronica.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI: Vanquishing Malevolent Invaders, the crimes of Home Alone
11-11-2021
VMI: Vanquishing Malevolent Invaders, the crimes of Home Alone
A LONG TIME AGO IN HOME ALONE: In an enormous house in Chicago, the enormous McAllister family is preparing to leave for a Christmas trip to Paris.But, when designated naughty child Kevin causes a ruckus at dinner, he is sent to sleep in the attic as punishment.Then in the chaos of being such an enormous family with shitloads of kids, the McAllisters accidentally fly off to Paris without Kevin, leaving him Home Alone.Thus, an 8-year-old who has never even packed a suitcase before has to fend for himself in a hostile adult world.AND fend off two serial burglars who are determined to break into the enormous McAllister house! Even after Kevin subjects them to multiple kinds of potentially fatal harm.A grim cavalcade of child neglect and violence: ho ho ho Merrrry Christmas! Join Jenny Owen Youngs, Helen Zaltzman and resident legal expert Lo Dodds to investigate the crimes that take place in the harrowing cavalcade of ultraviolence that is Home Alone, and learn what the penalties would be for such misdeeds as hanging a child on a hook, stealing a toothbrush, leaving your 8-year-old unattended while you jet off to Paris, and shooting a burglar in the dick. Content note: Home Alone contains storylines concerning child neglect and violence.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/home-alone. And to keep posted about what's coming up on the show, follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list at vmipod.com/vmimail. Next episode, we will be recapping Logan Echolls's favourite film: BRIGADOON! A once-in-a-hundred-years occasion, so join us mid-December for that. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations. Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor episodes of the show, contact them at multitude.productions/ads. This episode is sponsored by: • Orphan Black: The Next Chapter: the official podcast sequel to the TV show Orphan Black! Season two has just begun, with fave characters returning, plus more clones than ever. Listen in the podplaces and at realm.fm. • Girlfriend Collective, sustainable, ethically made, size-inclusive activewear made from recycled trash. Get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more when you shop at girlfriend.com/veronica. • Dipsea, the app full of sexy stories and somnolent soundscapes. Get an extended 30 day free trial at DipseaStories.com/veronica.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI: Voluptuous Male Idiot (Play It Again Dick recap)
15-10-2021
VMI: Voluptuous Male Idiot (Play It Again Dick recap)
A LONG TIME AGO ON THE VERONICA MARS SPIN-OFF WEB SERIES PLAY IT AGAIN DICK: Ryan Hansen persuades the CW suits to let him make a pilot for a Dick Casablancas spin-off show.So then he has to persuade the Veronica Mars actors to come back to reprise their roles...And then they all film Private Dick! Wherein Dick Casablancas is a private detective investigating the murders of several beloved Veronica Mars characters.There are masks! Punchings! Sexytimes! Pull-ups! Ghost Cassidy Casablancas! And bikinis as funeral-wear!And a catchphrase that never really takes off?Oh and a big dance number. Twice. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate the official but non-canonical Veronica Mars spin-off web series Play It Again, Dick, and contemplate such mysteries as why Madison Sinclair is the MVP of the piece, how there is so much filler in such a short show, and why the CW didn't commission a Wallace'n'cookies-focused spin-off The Great Wallace Bake-Off. Content note: Play It Again, Dick contains racist jokes and references to rape and suicide. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/piad. And to keep posted about what's coming up on the show, follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list at vmipod.com/vmimail. Next episode, our resident legal expert Lo Dodds will be LoDowning all the crimes that take place in Home Alone, so join us back on the pod for that mid-November! This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations. Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor episodes of the show, contact them at multitude.productions/ads. This episode is sponsored by: • If I Go Missing, The Witches Did It, a new thriller podcast where true crime and witchcraft meet! Listen to it wherever you obtained this podcast and at realm.fm. • Girlfriend Collective, sustainable, ethically made, size-inclusive activewear made from recycled trash. Get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more when you shop at girlfriend.com/veronica. • Dipsea, the app full of sexy stories and somnolent soundscapes. Get an extended 30 day free trial at DipseaStories.com/veronica.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 1.01 Pilot: the RErecap
16-09-2021
VMI 1.01 Pilot: the RErecap
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS:  • We meet Veronica Mars! High school detective with tiny jackets and flowbee hair, plus a heartbreak, an absent mother, a murdered best friend and a rape to deal with. • We meet Logan Echolls, a rich boy with a rage problem. • We meet Duncan Kane, a human screensaver. • We meet Wallace Fennel, taped to a flagpole then recruited to do Veronica’s bidding for the next several years. Wallace, we have seen the future and you should run! Now! Run! • We meet Sheriff Lamb, local law enforcement with bad jokes and even worse morals. • And we meet Keith Mars, disgraced ex-sheriff, private investigator and dad of the century - but why’s he being so weird about Veronica surveilling beige billionaire Jake Kane? Join Jenny Owen Youngs, Helen Zaltzman and Sheriff Hrishikesh Hirway to reinvestigate Veronica Mars season 1 episode 1: Pilot, and to dive into such mysteries as why Sheriff Lamb sniffs Wallace, whether Veronica can learn from books by osmosis, what the hell Brits are doing making faces out of meat, why is Weevil wearing a polo shirt when IT COULD HAVE BEEN A HENLEY, and why wearing Speedos with a shirt is somehow more naked than just Speedos. You can hear our original recap, the first ever episode of VMI two years ago, at VMIpod.com/1-01. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, rape and violence.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-01rerecap. And to keep posted about what's coming up on the show, follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list at vmipod.com/vmimail. Next up, we'll be recapping the Dick Casablancas spin-off Play It Again, Dick - so watch that then join us back on the pod mid-October! This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations. Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor episodes of the show, contact them at multitude.productions/ads. This episode is sponsored by: • Dead Air, a new mystery podcast from Realm where podcasters have to investigate the murder of a horse heiress. Listen to it wherever you obtained this podcast and at realm.fm. • Girlfriend Collective, sustainable, ethically made, size-inclusive activewear made from recycled trash. Get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more when you shop at girlfriend.com/veronica. • Dipsea, the app full of sexy stories and somnolent soundscapes. Get an extended 30 day free trial at DipseaStories.com/veronica.  Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Q&A and LoDown Special
25-08-2021
Q&A and LoDown Special
Join Jenny Owen Youngs, Helen Zaltzman and our resident legal expert Lo Dodds to answer your questions, and find out all about why you shouldn't represent yourself in court, what you have to do to get a jury trial or a marriage license, whether Veronica has sadness-clothes, and whether showrunners could stop mining the traumas of young female characters for drama. Our next episode will be our rerecap of the pilot - join us to simulwatch one of the finest episodes of television of our lifetimes on 28 August 2021, at 10pm UK time, 5pm ET, 2pm PT - or breakfast-time on the 29 August for all you Australian heroes. We will be livetweeting at twitter.com/VMIpod, and using the hashtag #VMIwatch. After that, our Veronica Mars Investigating will be done, but the pod won't be! For updates about what we'll be recapping next, and to watch along with us, sign up to our mailing list at vmipod.com/vmimail, and follow @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/lodown-special.  This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs.  We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI second birthday celebrations!
18-08-2021
VMI second birthday celebrations!
Join Jenny Owen Youngs, Helen Zaltzman and our resident legal expert Lo Dodds to celebrate the completion of the second year of Veronica Mars Investigations, with a parade of outtakes - about what happens to police dogs when they retire, how old is too old to join the FBI, gambling with pasta, and the very real dangers of huffing petrol (especially at any point in time since the Great Depression). Also! We have news about what we’ll be doing for the grand finale of Veronica Mars Investigations! We will be ending at the beginning, with a rerecap of the pilot - and before we do, we want to watch it with YOU. Join us to simulwatch one of the finest episodes of television of our lifetimes on 28 August 2021, at 10pm UK time, 5pm ET, 2pm PT - or breakfast-time on the 29 August for all you Australian heroes. We will be livetweeting at twitter.com/VMIpod, and using the hashtag #VMIwatch. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/second-birthday.  This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs.  Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations. Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor one of the few remaining episodes of the show, contact them at multitude.productions/ads.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.08 Years, Continents, Bloodshed
28-07-2021
VMI 4.08 Years, Continents, Bloodshed
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS:  A thing happens that turned the Marshmallows into Burnt Marshmallows, turned Veronica into a widow, and turned our twitter mentions into a shitshow whenever we said anything even slightly critical of Logan. But before that: this season wraps up some plots!Dodie and Alonzo behead Richard Casablancas, with Matty looking on, and Clyde smiling the tiniest hint of a smile, even pauses on eating his sandwich for a moment.Matty sells the Maloof ring to fund the reopening of the Sea Sprite, the only bit left of the Old Neptune boardwalk, because Big Dick’s plans to gentrify the town still happened even with him gone.Keith’s medical problems are solved offscreen - just a bad combination of meds! He’s back to Keithing around! Although he has to dump Clyde as a friend, although we thought he already did that last episode? Is it our memory that is on the blink?Denouement time: Penn’s the bomber! Or is it murderhead Don? No, he’s a last minute red herring, albeit a herring that has been murdered in an abandoned power plant and made to look like a suicide, and the bomber is definitely Penn and the Marses are stuck in a remote location with him - wait, wasn’t that last episode? Seriously got to get the doctor to check our memory...Tick tick tick can the Marses find the limerick bomb in time? Yes! Keith is the town hero once more, after defusing the bomb Penn had planted at Kane high school. But oh no, that’s not Penn’s last limerick or his last bomb; and after a quick pitstop for a Loganica wedding, Chekhov’s “don’t forget to move your car for street cleaning” blows up and takes Logan with it.And Veronica, at last, goes to therapy, and leaves Neptune. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 8: Years, Continents, Bloodshed, and get stuck into such mysteries as why the show didn't choose Jenny's sexier alternative ending, or Lo's sexier abandoned power plant, or Helen's Big Dickier decor for Big Dick’s house. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, suicide and violence.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-08.  We have completed our recapping of Veronica Mars, but the pod isn't over yet! Go to vmipod.com/investigations to send us questions for Special Agent LaToya Ferguson to deal with in the impending end-of-season loose-ends-tying episode, as well as for Lo about legal stuff, and Jenny and Helen about any other business you are curious about. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.07 Gods of War
22-07-2021
VMI 4.07 Gods of War
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS:  Well after last episode where people told each other the plot, things are actually happening! Penn is, at last, the suspect for three of the bombings.Hot on his trail, the Marses interrupt his sexy minibreak with Carol to grab him and get that $250,000 reward - but Dodie and Alonzo show up to take out Veronica!But then, the PCHers turn up! and Weevil calls off the killing with a bat of his very powerful eyelashes. Richard Casablancas buys Matty a car to persuade her to sell him the Sea Sprite, but he might regret it because here she is breaking into his house.He also might regret fucking over Clyde, who made the mistake of taking a Casablancas’s word as a binding agreement. Never again!Heartbreak too for Veronica as she admits to Nicole that she bugged her office, and Nicole immediately ends their friendship.Heartbreak for us as Veronica has sexy sex with Leo but it’s all just a dream! With Wallace watching, weird.The shootout with Dodie and Alonzo prompts the Marses to make big changes. Keith wants out of the PI life before Veronica gets hurt. And Veronica accepts Logan’s proposal.  Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 7: Gods of War, and get stuck into such mysteries as how long Big Dick and Clyde been working together, what other careers Dodie and Alonzo could thrive in, and why they tell us about the nails So. Many. Times!!! Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder and violence.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-07.  The end of the season is looming, so go to vmipod.com/investigations to send us questions for Special Agent LaToya Ferguson to deal with in the impending end-of-season loose-ends-tying episode, as well as for Lo about legal stuff, and Jenny and Helen about any other business you are curious about. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.06 Entering a World of Pain
14-07-2021
VMI 4.06 Entering a World of Pain
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS:  OK, here’s what we know about the bombings now: Big Dick did the Sea Sprite one. Clyde did the Perry Walsh one.The rest are still unaccounted for - but there might be something in the FBI’s theory that a serial killer has been operating in Neptune for years, so the Marses investigate some deaths registered as accidental but maybe not.Big Dick and Clyde know that Keith knows that they’ve been buying up property with all those shell companies and leaving dead ducks in Penn’s bed.Places Veronica will go: the strip club, to see Vinnie; the Pi Sig house, to see some frats; Dodie and Alonzo’s room, to snoop; and Comrade Quacks, to get drunk and dance with her two sexiest friends Nicole and Leo.Places Veronica won’t go: couples therapy with Logan.Logan has been called back to active duty though in an undisclosed location for an undisclosed length of time, so their relationship will just have to fix itself in absentia.Before he left, though, Logan managed to track down Daniel Maloof’s hacker, a neo-Nazi teen who has noticed that Daniel transferred a large amount of Bitcoin to two Mexican assassins.Oh and in case you forgot, Veronica is into The Big Lebowski. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 6: Entering a World of Pain, and probe such mysteries as whether you can just show up and declare a restraining order on someone, why we are made to endure the Pi Sig frats again, whether it's ok to gift a taser to your teen protegee, and why this show is trying to shame Daniel Maloof for his kink rather than for keeping his computer password on a post-it. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning violence. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-06.  The end of the season is looming, so go to vmipod.com/investigations to send us questions for Special Agent LaToya Ferguson to deal with in the impending end-of-season loose-ends-tying episode, as well as for Lo about legal stuff, and Jenny and Helen about any other business you are curious about. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.05 Losing Streak
30-06-2021
VMI 4.05 Losing Streak
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: • Nicole and Veronica get high together, shoot guns together, and tell each other their secrets - except one, which is that Nicole sold Comrade Quack’s to a buyer who is Richard Casablancas wearing a plastic nose and false moustache, stacked on top of two other Richard Casablancases in a really big trenchcoat. • Keith also does some shooting, when Clyde takes him duck hunting and leaves his phone unattended near a Mars. But the text messages Keith snoops into put him off the theory that Clyde and Big Dick are behind the bombings. • Instead, Keith realises all the bombs killed people who were sex offenders. Cmon, that’s just Neptune, where everyone’s on the registry! But he decides it means Nicole is the bomber, taking revenge on rapists. • Other tenuous bombing suspect of the week: Weevil! He’s receiving money from Clyde to sabotage the town, according to Sea Sprite Shitter Juan when Veronica puts the pressure on. • Then for our weekly bomb: this one goes off in Comrade Quack’s! Don’t you dare take our precious Nicole from us, show!! • Someone claiming to be the bomber has sent a note to the police, which keeps the murderheads busy, and forces Mayor Dobbins to streak through town.• Murderhead Carol deduces that the note was written by Richard Casablancas, and to celebrate, she and Penn kiss! But their passion is interrupted by a gross discovery. • Here are some palate cleansers though: Vinnie gets a free jacket, Alonzo and Dodie get into lavender lattes, and Cliff gets a puppy! Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 5: Losing Streak, and probe such mysteries as why Veronica would not only therapy-shame Logan but also bike-shame him, why you would force-feed a stranger hummus, why everyone's wearing salmon-covered shirts, and why you'd keep your dead ducks and cold beers in the same cooler urghhhh. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, rape, bombings, and dead ducks. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-05. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.04 Heads You Lose
15-06-2021
VMI 4.04 Heads You Lose
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: • The themes of the season, bombs and beheadings, combine, as a spring breaker who’s been spiking women’s drinks gets a bomb strapped around his neck. • The Marses, Matty and the murderheads are still shuffling around their various theories about who the bomber is: Big Dick and Clyde trying to kill the Spring Break business for property prices; or the Maloofs, for reasons that nobody can really be arsed with any more. • Daniel Maloof is regretting ordering the hit on the Carrs, but too late! Dodie and Alonzo have video of them killing them… • ...but one has survived? What a twist! • Not enough jerks for you? This episode features the reappearances of Mercer, Lucky-in-a-wig and Toxic Max! • But in compensation we also see Vinnie, and... LEO! He’s now an FBI agent and divorcé with a jacket full of snacks, there to tempt Veronica as she struggles with domestic bliss with Logan.  Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 4: Heads You Lose, and delve into such mysteries as why Penn has a 6ft sub for a meeting with only three other people, why the Neptune Grand has been made over as a worse hotel, and the Optimus Prime of tiny jackets. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, bombing, suicide, violence and rape.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-04. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.03 Keep Calm and Party On
08-06-2021
VMI 4.03 Keep Calm and Party On
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: • Daniel Maloof’s having a shit one. He is being blackmailed because he was videoed masturbating to a cam girl. He’s still being accused of murder by Penn all over the TV. He is kidnapped, strung up, stoned and dickpunched by the Carrs. Then he is rescued by Alonzo and Dodie, who are going to kill him - but Daniel turns the tables! And the other side is also really shitty. • Sea Sprite Bombing Suspect of the Week is Matty’s pick: mole-having gum vending machine-filling Perry, who blows himself up when the police come for him. • But Veronica doesn’t buy that he’s a culprit, and with another bomb going off at the end of the episode, the mystery continues. Unsurprisingly. • More surprising is that Veronica actually has some fun! She gets to try on Nicole’s punching gloves, drop some E, dance dance dance - then puke puke puke the next morning. • Keith’s also having fun - he and Clyde bond over golf! • And Penn and his group of Murderheads are, unfortunately, still in our lives, dredging up Lilly Kane’s murder, advancing some wild theories about the Sea Sprite bomber - but one does give Veronica the link between the bombing and El Despiadado. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 3: Keep Calm and Party On, and probe such mysteries as how Alonzo and Dodie are delivering the heads to El Despiadado back in Mexico; if They Might Be Giants were around too late for Logan's cut-off date for culture; whether Logan’s jacket is available in Jenny-size; and whether the show is trying to coin an in-universe version of BDE. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, violence, bombing, torture, racism, and drug use.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-03. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also have MERCH - get your pins to show your love for Weevil or non-love for milk at hellomerch.com/collections/veronica-mars-investigations.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.02 Chino and the Man
18-05-2021
VMI 4.02 Chino and the Man
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: • Pizza delivery Penn is making the most of his post-bombing notoriety - he’s on TV accusing Congressman Daniel Maloof of murdering his brother’s girlfriend Tawny! • Matty from the motel is doing her own detectiving - maybe whoever refilled the vending machine put some exploding gum in there? Her investigation leads her to Liam Fitzpatrick urghhhh, but phew, Veronica rescues her. • And the Maloofs are rescued from Tawny’s violent family by Logan doing some professional punching. • He also punches his kitchen cabinet, as Veronica is hot for angry violent Logan, not reasonable calm Logan who is taking therapy seriously. • In other news, Big Dick has a 'Big Dick' tattoo, and a mysterious prison buddy and fixer Clyde. We don’t know what Clyde’s deal is, we just know that he definitely has one. •  And Dick Casablancas is an action movie star now! Sure, why not. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 2: Chino and the Man, and puzzle over such mysteries as how and when Dick Casablancas became a movie star, whether the show Travel Boobs could ever live up to its name, what Veronica would really be watching on Hulu, and what legally constitutes 'brandishing'. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, violence, sexual assault, and toxic relationships.  For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-02. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI 4.01 Spring Break Forever
11-05-2021
VMI 4.01 Spring Break Forever
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: • SPRING BREAK!! Neptune is full of douchey boys and drunk girls, what could possibly go wrong?? • What goes wrong? A bomb goes off at the party motel, that’s what’s wrong! Killing four people, one of whom is the nephew of El Despiadado, a MEXICAN CRIME LORD oh Rob Thomas, must we? • We must, and El Despiadado must send two guys to Neptune to chop off the head of whoever’s responsible for the bombing. • But they’re not the only family with a stake in this crime: the brother of congressman Daniel Maloof lost his hand and his fiancee, and the Maloofs hire the Marses to investigate. And Matty, the teenage daughter of the motel owner who died, is tugging at Veronica’s heartstrings. • We also meet some new characters: pizza delivery guy Patton Oswalt - er, Penn; Mr Hu, whose supermarket is being sabotaged with rats; and super cool bar owner Nicole, who sure can punch. • Plus we have the return of ambulance-chasing Cliff; a still-recovering Keith; and Big Dick Casablancas, who’s campaigning to Make Neptune Great Again. • Logan is also back, and he proposes to Veronica! What a prick! And he plays with Wallace’s baby! Ugh how dare he!  Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars season 4 episode 1: Spring Break Forever, and get stuck into such mysteries as why Wallace doesn't have his own adorable multi-camera sitcom already, whether Americans really do use cutesy swears like 'cockwaffle', and how come there's so much natural light in Neptune these days. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, violence and bombing. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/4-01. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI: Mr Kiss and Tell
29-04-2021
VMI: Mr Kiss and Tell
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: Mr Kiss and Tell, an original mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham: A young woman has been raped and beaten, and, once again, the Neptune Grand hires Veronica to investigate - only so they don’t get sued for hiring the undocumented worker who has been accused.But, having cleared him, Veronica keeps going with the case, to get justice for the victim, Grace Manning - that’s right, Meg’s little sister. A decade on from being locked in a closet by her parents, and still having a shit time.Grace is one of several sex workers who have been attacked by this man, a SPORTSBALL coach. I knew I was right not to trust sportsball!So Veronica and Leo team up, dress up and wig up to go to Vegas and bust this man. A golf course is involved - sports really come out of this novel badly.Meanwhile, the sheriff’s election looms into view, with a new candidate, Marcia - with whom Keith has history. Tense sad history, not sexy history. We assume Keith’s pelvis is still knitting itself back together.Keith and Cliff put together a civil case, Weevil vs the sheriff’s department and their evidence planting. But which does Weevil need more: justice, or to stop his family falling apart?And Logan is ashore! He and Veronica are having problems, with her overwork and his months-long absences - but, they do get a puppy! And the puppy’s called Pony! A satisfying conclusion to Veronica’s years-long pony joke. Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate the second Veronica Mars novel, Mr Kiss and Tell, and get stuck into such mysteries as how we can go on a shopping trip with Weevil and Keith; whether this novel features the Marsverse's very first portrayal of gay characters who aren't evil, fake-gay, or some kind of prop for the straights; and if Weevil would ever want to ride a Segway AS IF. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning rape, murder, violence and sex work. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/book2. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
VMI: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
14-04-2021
VMI: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, an original mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham: Two months have passed since the movie, and it’s SPRING BREAK! Neptune’s popping off! Until two young women disappear, first Hayley and then Aurora, presumed kidnapped.The spring breakers stay away and the Neptune Grand is losing business, so the glamorous owner hires Veronica to investigate the disappearances.This case means Veronica gets back into her sexy disguises to infiltrate house parties run by the heirs to a Mexican drug cartel. Lamb doesn’t care about the Mexican drug cartel heirs, and neither should you because - BIG TWIST - they have nothing to do with it! They’re just rich guys throwing parties. Turns out, Hayley went off to Bakersfield and was murdered by her jealous boyfriend :(And, BIG TWIST, Aurora is part of her own kidnapping plot with her scammer dad, who she’s also double-crossing to get the ransom money!Oh and BIG TWIST, Aurora’s stepmom is LIANNE MARS! Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate the first Veronica Mars novel, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, and get stuck into such mysteries as the benefits of starting a text message with “URGENT!”, where you buy sheets for round beds, and why you'd choose a maraca as a weapon. Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning murder, violence and alcoholism. For more about this episode, and to read the transcript, visit the podcast’s official site http://VMIpod.com/book1. This episode was edited and mixed by Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs. Lo Dodds brings us the LoDown. Find the show @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Support the show: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TWQYZDRGZUGH8&source=urlSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.