Oh, this is very exciting! This is my first day-after Veronica Mars post! So exciting in fact, that I'm going to lead with it today, even though Lost had the not-so-shocking-because-it-was-leaked-all-over-the-internet death last night. Speaking of Lost, I'd skip that part of this edition if you haven't seen it and don't want to be spoiled about who died. Anyway, on to Veronica Mars. This show is so consistently good that it blows my mind. Last night was no exception as Veronica tried to track down Abel Koontz's daughter, Amelia, and Keith learned that he won't be taking over the sheriff's office anytime soon. Veronica really missed Wallace and his help last night, but she pulled off the rental car scheme pretty well. I loved her scene at the cheap motel in the middle of nowhere. The clerk wouldn't even let her look in the room where Amelia stayed or the surrounding rooms without paying $30 a room! How funny was her "art gallery?" I just knew that Keith was going to demand some sort of proof that she was where she said she was, and her hotel paintings solution was hysterical! I still can't believe that Amelia was murdered. I kept thinking that it wasn't going to turn out to be her body in the ice machine (and it still might, I suppose), but Veronica's decision to tell Abel that his daughter was happy and trying to make her way back to see him was touching.
Logan provided plenty of comic relief last night, which really balanced out the heavier Amelia/Abel storyline. Loved his scenes with Sheriff Lamb, especially the one where Lamb was driving him home after his lawyer posted bail. Logan's comment about the best thing about spending two days in jail ("Two days of Ellen on the TiVo") as they approach his burning house, and Sheriff Lamb's response after seeing the fire ("Looks like you're TiVo's messed up") was really hysterical. Aaron Echols was back, and I liked the poetic sarcasm of having Logan and Aaron share a cell, especially after Logan's exchange with Lamb right after he put him in his cell (Logan: "When do I get my conjugal visits?" Lamb: "That's up to your cellmate"). I see Aaron is claiming that he's innocent, and Duncan is the real killer. I liked Keith's confrontation with Aaron about Veronica's name ending up on Curly Moran's dead hand. Keith's discovery on the bus left me puzzled. It was a dead rat taped underneath one of the bus seats. The plot thickens, and I'm reminded to never try to figure things out on a show that bucks the trend and manages to continue to throw surprises my way.
Throwing surprises my way used to be Lost's job, but last night's over-hyped death was anything but a surprise. I managed to stay away form sites that listed the character's name, but I definitely wasn't shocked when it turned out to be Shannon. I figured it was her leading up to last night's episode (it was Shannon-centric, she's more of an expendable character than some of the others, etc), but even if I hadn't, I would have figured it out in the first few minutes anyway. The writers were foreshadowing her death so much that I started to believe I was wrong because it was way too obvious. When Sayid finally believed her about seeing Walt, and Walt appeared to warn them to be quiet, I knew what was about to happen. When I heard the gunshot, my first thought was Ana Lucia, and sadly I was right. Bummer that she shot Shannon, but the tailies journey through the jungle seemed to be leading to that point. I enjoyed learning more about Shannon's past, and I was surprised to discover that she wasn't as spoiled or rich as I had imagined because of her father's death. We already knew that her father died in Jack's ER after Jack's future wife hit him in a terrible car accident, but it was interesting to see it from Shannon's perspective. I felt bad for her after hearing her step-mother refuse to give her any money. It was nice to see Boone again, if only in flashbacks. He always cared for Shannon, even if he didn't always believe in her. I have to be honest, I'm not so happy about the death of another character. I understand that it sets up a new storyline, but I'm just not a fan of the killing off characters storylines.
About Last Night... NBC started the night off on top with E-Ring, followed by CBS comedies Still Standing and Yes Dear and the ABC comedies George Lopez and Freddie. At 9, Lost won the hour for ABC, but CBS's Criminal Minds had a strong showing beating third place Trading Spouses on Fox. UPN's Veronica Mars landed in fifth. The final hour of the night went to CBS with the conclusion of its CSI crossover on CSI: NY, followed by Law & Order on NBC and Invasion on ABC. For more on last night's ratings, visit Zap2it.
@8 p.m. - New agent Rachel attempts her first solo mission with Syd as her guide, and Sloane is forced to make a decision that will betray his new status at A.P.O. on ABC's Alias. Over on UPN, Chris spends his Saturday with Drew and Tonya at the local Laundromat on Everybody Hates Chris. On Fox's The O.C., Taylor occupies Seth's night and keeps Summer at a distance during a Harbor School event. And finally, Ellen Degeneres guest stars as herself on NBC's Joey.
@9 p.m. - Hannah receives some tragic news, Ephram is forced to watch things turn more serious between Amy and Reid and Andy advises a kidney transplant patient on Everwood tonight on WB. Over on CBS, a Las Vegas police officer is killed after a shootout, and Grissom suspects it might have been a case of friendly fire on this two-part episode of CSI. Fox takes us back to 1990 as the murder victim is revealed on Reunion.
@10 p.m. - The team searches for a man who goes missing after dealing with his daughter's death, and uncovers some pornographic pictures featuring a missing girl on CBS's Without A Trace. Over on NBC, John Stamos begins a multi-episode stint on ER.
*Regis Philbin is returning to the primetime circuit with an update of the classic reality show This is Your Life. ABC is bringing the show back for a series of specials featuring Philbin in the role originated by Ralph Edwards in 1952. The show chronicles the lives of surprised guests through family and friends. Philbin last stint in primetime was also with ABC and the popular game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
*And finally, Nashawn Kearse is joining the cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives. He'll replace the recently dismissed Page Kennedy as Caleb, the man being held in the Applewhite's basement. The studio dismissed Kennedy last Friday after a "thorough investigation" according to the show's publicist. Kearse has had small roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Entourage.
That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Alias (how well will Rachel fill Syd's stilettos and mini skirts?), Everwood (how will Hannah react to the bad news, and will Bright be able to give her the support she's going to need?) and CSI (how will this show fill two episodes with the same case?). Plus all the latest television news!