"3rd Rock From the Sun" & "Veronica Mars'I had a surprising meeting today. A new Daddy told me about some scene with a character called Logan Echolls from a 1990s TV show called "Veronica Mars." There was a surprising (and badly edited with terrible music, btw) that linked me to the belt-selection scene where Veronica Mars' friend Logan is sent to his father's closet to select the belt that will be used to beat his behind with.
It was a well shot scene. But the selection on YouTube was kinda lousy, so....I'll keep searching until I find something more sharable.
From this wiki on the Internet I learned, "his relationship with his abusive father Aaron is largely hostile. Intimations of Aaron's abuse begin to emerge partway through Season One, when he punishes Logan for embarrassing him by whipping him with a belt...."
Harry Hamlin is the Dad, and the snippet of the scene I caught randomly was quite good. I wish I could have heard the dialogue though, and not "Luka." It was a little confusing.
According to Mark Watches, the episode was on "Veronica Mars- Season One, Episode Six: "Return of the Kane"
Original Air Date: November 2, 2004
Directed by: Sarah Pia Anderson
Written by: Rob Thomas, story; Phil Klemmer, teleplay
"Logan looks so cowed and small here. I'm not feeling much sympathy over him getting in shit over this particular incident because what he was doing to those homeless guys was horrible, but the way he's shrinking here, I'm gonna say there's some history with his dad here. And his dad isn't mad at him for doing something awful... but for embarrassing him and for how it looks. Guy clearly has some shit role models at home.
"Huh. Looks like there's another layer to this Wanda business...
"Duncan seems like a really good guy. He's just lost.
"Logan's dad doesn't care in the slightest what he did. Just what he can do to fix the PR issue. I would have thought the moment where Logan donates half a million on his dad's behalf was just an "oh snap" moment of revenge, but he did it knowing what would happen. When the scene cuts to him selecting the belt that's going to be used to whip him, you know that he had made the choice in the last scene to take this punishment in exchange for standing up to his dad, even if only for a moment. And mom just sits there quietly drinking. No one is entirely what they seem on the surface in this town. "
Until I find the original clip, here's an exchange from "3rd Rock From the Sun" about spankings that made me chuckle. Hope you smile too. Used to love that show.
Bug: My father? Very strict. It didn't matter that I was the youngest, when I would act up, he gave me his belt.
Dick: You wore the same size?
Bug: No, as punishment he would put me over his knee and give me a whooping.
Dick: He gave a "whoopin" and a belt?
Bug: With a belt.
Dick: And then he gave you the belt?
Bug: Um... yeah.