Scene One: She's Done ... Or Maybe He Is?
You know, I'm kinda with Heather on this one. I'm not really thinking that Logan tried hard enough. Which is rather telling in a way. I mean, "I poured my heart out on her voicemail?" That's it? He poured his heart out on her voicemail, oh yeah, and he also ragged on her ass before the heart-pouring came about. Now, I'm not saying that Logan wasn't right completely in what he said before the mushy stuff, but when trying to win a girl back ... do you really start out by basically starting a fight? No, you don't ... unless a part of you -- a part you don't even realize is there -- doesn't want to win her back. At least on those terms.
Look, I'm not saying that Logan doesn't love Veronica. At all. I'm not saying that he doesn't want to be with her. However, I said over and over and over again during their first round of dating this season that Logan was walking on eggshells. He literally subdued himself for her, in the hopes that it would be enough to keep her by his side. It didn't work. They broke up. Sure, she came back, but once they got back together that tinge of anxiety came back with it. Maybe he wasn't quite walking with the same care on the eggshells, but the fact that she was still questioning him and not just accepting had to have been a pain in the ass. I mean, SHE came to him this time ... and yet, he may have felt that he was still on trial. And that's gotta suck.
So when Veronica latched onto something else "bad" that Logan did and used it as justification to dump all over him and them again -- this time leaving her in the position of power -- maybe there was a part of himself, some measure of self-esteem that kicked in and said: Enough is enough! And I'm not sure he even realized it, but the fact that he considers a voicemail that began with him reaming her out before telling her he loves her is all he could do to get her back is, as I said above, telling. I don't want to believe that it's over between them, and I really don't ... I just believe that Logan has finally accepted that some major changes have to take place before he and Veronica will get back together. He may not realize it, but the fact that he didn't even remotely give it his all and yet he was ready to conclude that she's done means that maybe he's just tired of playing the game and needs a break himself.
I know that this sounds depressing and all that jazz, but honestly I don't think it is. If I look at this as a long-term situation and not likely only seven episodes left to get these two back on track, this is probably the best thing that could have happened to them. Will Logan and Veronica get back together before the end of this season ... which is possibly the series end? I don't know. But, looking at it more long-term, as if there were the two additional seasons definitively to come in the five-year arc that Rob Thomas mentions, this really does work. Logan (and Veronica) needs to realize that he is just as important as Veronica in this relationship and as of this point, that has not happened. He's always trying to catch up, make up, be enough and that's not healthy at all.
I do believe that Logan and Veronica are IT; they belong together in the long haul and are made for each other. However, neither one is ready to be together right now and this time apart -- although painful -- could be the best thing they need to realize what they both need to do to make this relationship work. Because it can ... they just need to figure out how to do it. And neither one has so done that figuring out yet.
Scene Two: A Sad Boy and a Special Girl
See?! Logan totally COULD get her back if he really tried. I was not happy with Kristen Bell's performance last week, but this (and the next) scene were beautifully played. Everything about it ... from how she stood stock-still when she heard her name, how her lips parted, her eyes widening as if considering (yes, considering) when the DJ said "he's sorry, girl, and he wants you back" to the slow turning and painful yearning as she listened to the lyrics:
- I'm broken, and I'm fadin'
I'm half the the man I thought I would be
But you can have what's left of me
Scene Three: It's Her
See!?!? The love is still there. The look on both of their faces when they first saw each other. Sigh. And here we see a play on the analysis I offered in the above two scenes. Veronica is the one to talk to him first, a soft anxiousness in her voice. She is also the one looking at him ... looking for a sign. And when Heather starts saying all of the things that Veronica is waiting for from Logan, you can see it on her face. Veronica is looking at him, expecting something, waiting for him to say everything this little girl is and all he does is cut Heather off and usher her out of the elevator.
And her final look ... man, that's it right there. Veronica wants him to come to her, she wants him to apologize and pledge eternal love so she can take him back. Not right away, but soon enough, dangle hope and then acquiesce which puts them back on the ground she's comfortable with -- she in the position of power, he as her willing supplicant. Now, I'm not saying that she specifically sees it that way, but that's how it's been and that is what she's used to and feels right for them. However, take a look at his final look.
He's done. He's not going to apologize for something wrong he didn't do; he's not going to prostrate himself and declare undying love and beg her to take him back. Dick didn't realize it, but the fact that Logan was holing himself up in his suite was his way of reclaiming his balls because he didn't want to see Veronica, he didn't want to get her back ... not like this, not under these circumstances. In other words, he finally discovered that he still has some pride. And if they're going to get back together, she's going to make the first move ... not him.
Rocky road, indeed. Ups and downs like a rollercoaster, oh boy, and if we knew for sure that we had a fourth season, I'd actually be thrilled about this turn of events, not expecting or wanting them back together at the end of the season. Heck, I'd even be fine with them even dating other people, because they need this now. They need to understand that they only belong with one another ... but as the people they were when they fell in love. A Logan, in all of his extravagant, over the top, a tad bit of a bad boy glory and a Veronica, wary, weary but with trust and faith in her feelings for him -- as they both sure seemed to be that brief first period of dating before accusations of rape and murder and revenge and ex-boyfriends came between them. They need to relearn to be those people with each other again and if it means staying apart, becoming strangers or friends, seeing other people to see how they are not right for them, so be it. Sadly, I don't think we have the time ... but if we did, oh if we did, I think it would be one helluva journey with an amazing pay-off.