If reports are true that, should his show return next season, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas will tweak the series a little to include two or three shorter-arc mysteries, I'm all for it. Because a half-hour or so after Tuesday's finale, I'm still trying to get my head around all that happened.
Where to start? With the revelation of the person who caused the bus crash? With Woody Goodman's mad dash to, uh, Reno? With the highly emotional payoff regarding Veronica's STD, which a couple weeks back seemed like just a random, and rather clumsy, plot point?
Let's go with the last first, because it ties into the others. Two episodes back, Veronica (Kristen Bell, great once again at playing both the snappy heroine and the anguished little girl), and the audience, learned she had chlamydia. My co-workers and I came into the office the next day puzzling what the heck that was about. Last week, we came in upset that the information was used for what we thought a cheap courtroom scene during the trial of Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin).
And then came Tuesday's finale, and hoo boy. After Woody (Steve Guttenberg) high-tails it to Reno (that was as far as a multimillionaire could make it? he quibbled), Keith (Enrico Colantoni) goes into bounty-hunter mode and, in tracking him down, discovers that one of the medications the erstwhile mayor of Neptune was taking was for the clap (which is actually, gonorrhea, but we won't split hairs). Cue Veronica's furrowed brow.
And cue a deeper furrow when Veronica discovers that Beaver -- excuse me, Cassidy -- Casablancas (Kyle Gallner) was also on Woody's little league team, and suddenly things clicked into place. She didn't say "I know what happened" like she did last year, but suddenly she knew who the killer was -- and, smartly, Thomas and co-writer John Enbom allowed us to know too.
At first, though, the reaction was something like: Beaver? Sweet, ineffectual little Beaver? But as we got into the why, it started to make sense. And then, Thomas and Enbom drop a bomb. Two, actually, including a literal one on Woody's plane that Beaver detonates, leading Veronica to think her dad was dead.
Veronica and Keith have just about the best father-daughter relationship on television, so you had to know Keith wasn't really dead. But for about 10 minutes there, Thomas and Enbom let us twist. No, Keith can't be dead. Right? Right?
Right. Which brings us back to that pesky STD. Knowing Woody had the disease, Veronica connects the dots back to Beaver -- and, in turn, back to that party two years ago where she believed she was raped. To her, and our, utter shock, it turns out she was (note to "O.C." writers and others seeking pilot-based symmetry: This is how you recall a show's beginnings). Beaver, I guess, is not so much a dorky little sap so much as a sociopath.
That's just the big stuff. Thomas and Enbom also managed to wrap up the Wallace-Jackie relationship, give Teflon stepmom Kendall a windfall and give Aaron what he so richly deserved. If "Veronica Mars" doesn't return next season, we're in a good place.
But then again, maybe Thomas and Enbom know something we don't yet. After the menacing Clarence Weidman, whom we haven't seen since November, capped Aaron at Duncan's (Teddy Dunn) behest, he placed a call to the fugitive father.
Duncan answered, "CW?" The reply: "It's a done deal."
We'll know in about a week if that's true, but here's hoping we get to see Veronica go to college in the fall.