Never Mind the Buttocks
I always appreciate episode titles that pun album titles instead of books or sayings, even if it's a title as famous as Never Mind the Bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols. Punning album titles seems more intelligent to me, because it takes more thought. And in this case, as with most VM episodes, the title actually had a purpose. (My favourite title is still "Donut Run".)
"Buttocks" reminded me of the doll I got as a posthumous Christmas present from my grandma. This doll was a matryoshka doll, and even if you don't know the word, you'll probably have heard of them: they are also known as 'nesting dolls', since each one comes apart to reveal a smaller one, and they get smaller and smaller, until you find the tiniest in the centre. This episode was a matryoshka doll: you started with the outside, a dog run over by a mysterious green Barracuda (nice symbolism there, tiny fish, fearsome reputation). This shell separated to reveal that someone inside this car had mooned Gina Goodman on the day of the bus crash (sorry? bus crash? when did that happen? I totally forgot). Frankly, whoever it was, good for them. Gina annoys the heck out of me and I am still mourning the lack of a great moment when Veronica interrupted Logan from telling her exactly what he thought of her. (I mean, jeez, Veronica. A guy can't carry around Mace. Let Logan deal with Gina in the only way he can: by telling her to piss off. Oh well, we got them dancing instead and not sniping at each other, which was nice.) And then we find out that the Barracuda belongs to a blind old lady - and that Liam Fitzpatrick is using it freely. And that Kendall is involved somehow. And that Kendall isn't really Kendall - she's Priscilla. Now, it tells you what I think of the name 'Kendall' when I say that I think that 'Priscilla' is an improvement. I loved finding out about Kendall's extrememly murky past: manslaughter and fraud on top of gold digging and being a grade-A bitch. Having said that: murder? I just can't see Kendall bothering to do that. One doll opens up to reveal another and another and another...
Then we have Weevil turning up to rescue the PCHers (could someone please tell me what those initials stand for?) from the Fitzpatricks with that old plaque from way back. (If this was an English series, there would be a complaint about portraying Irish descendants.) And the old lady is Liam Fitzpatrick's grandmother. And the dog owner's little brother was a PCH gang member behind on his payments, so the dog got run over. I loved all the little interconnections in this episode. Even though I wanted to hit Wallace over the head a few times. And Jackie is going to the Sorbonne? Since when? Does she even speak French? (Something pretty important for a university that's among the best in the world.) How out of the blue is this? I loved the ending of this episode: brother begging for his brother's life. It definitely carried on the idea of family that had been prevalent throughout the episode: Weevil rescuing his old gang; Veronica rescuing her dad; Kendall choosing the Fitzpatricks over her old family. It was also interesting that Veronica had her expectations confounded, although I could see why the brother didn't exactly care about getting beaten up 'more' as opposed to his brother being in prison: she always expects people to be selfish, so when someone makes a sacrifice, she doesn't know how to handle it. The only way she can handle it is to reciprocate and let go of her desire to deliver the truth.
I'm glad we're finally beginning to discover more about the crash, considering it's three episodes until the end.