Step aside, "Gilmore Girls," there's an even more unique TV parent-child relationship in town. The long-canceled "Veronica Mars" was known for its snappy dialogue, crazy mysteries, outstanding and intriguing lead female character and more. Here's another to add to the list: most complicated father-daughter relationship...in a good way.
It could be said that Veronica (Kristen Bell) is the ultimate daddy's girl...but not in the way that it's usually meant. Keith (Enrico Colantoni) and Veronica are not only father and daughter, but also business partners, one another's sole family members and, quite possibly, best friends. The legitimately care about each other, but they don't always express it in the ways that we expect. For example, the repeated utterance of "who's your daddy," while factually correct, is, you know. That's not who that question is for, Keith.
In honor of this most unusual of paternal relationships, here's just a selection of the times that Keith and Veronica made us just the eensiest bit uncomfortable.
1. "Meet John Smith"
Keith: Have you been playing nice with the other children?
Veronica: You know Dad, I'm old school, an eye for an eye.
Keith: I think that's actually Old Testament.
2. "The Wrath of Con"
Veronica: So, what did you think of him?
Keith: Oh, hey, you're home early.
Veronica: Oh, hey, did you run his license plate or did you get fingerprints?
Keith: I'm sorry, honey, what?
Veronica: You know you're not fooling me.
Keith: Okay. Veronica, I have no idea what you're talking about. [Veronica scoffs and starts to go to her room] Oh, hey, I forgot to tell you. If he's gonna be kissing my daughter on my porch for eight-and-a-half minutes, I'll need to meet him. Sweet dreams, honey.
Veronica: Is that really necessary?
Keith: He's taking up a lot of daddy/daughter time.
3. "You Think You Know Somebody"
Veronica: I obviously know nothing about relationships.
Keith: But you can bake, and that's important.
4. "Return of the Kane"
Veronica: Tough day?
Keith: [imitating Phillip Marlowe] That ain't the half of it. See, this dame walks in, and you should've seen the getaway sticks on her. Says something's hinky with her old man.
Veronica: [imitating Marlowe] Did ya put the screws to him?
Keith: You ain't kiddin', he sang like a canary.
Veronica: [normal voice] You're in luck, Phillip Marlowe, because it's dessert for dinner night, and I've got a sundae thing set up here.
Keith: [normal voice] If child services finds out about this, they will take you away.
Veronica: Well, that's a risk I'm willing to take.
Keith: Honey, shouldn't we try something at the base of the food pyramid? You know - fruits and vegetables.
Veronica: [gasps] What is that? A maraschino cherry?
5. "The Girl Next Door"
Veronica: Think I've got a future in the biz?
Keith: I think you've got a future as a highly paid Ivy League-educated executive of some sort who never thinks about private investigation again in her perfect life. Now... let's do something normal fathers and daughters do.
Veronica: Buy me a pony?
Keith: I was thinking I'd watch TV and you'd rub my feet.
Veronica: Hmm. Yeah, that's normal.
6. "Weapons of Class Destruction"
Keith: Veronica, we need to talk.
Veronica: [in Southern accent] He's a fine gentleman, Pa. He'll come up with the dowry to marry me, just you wait.
7. "Normal is the Watchword"
Keith: So, senior year. How was your first day at school honey?
Veronica: Great! I beat up a freshman, stole his lunch money and then skipped out after lunch.
Keith: What, no pre-marital sex?
Veronica: Oh, yea... yes. But don't worry dad, I swear you're gonna like these guys.
Keith: That's my girl.
Veronica: I missed you.
Keith: [While they hug] I missed you too. Now, where is my turkey pot-pie, woman?
8. "Blast From the Past"
Veronica: It sounds like you don't need a photographer from the "Neptune Navigator" who knows how to shoot your good side.
Keith: I got nothing but good sides, baby.
9. "The Rapes of Graff"
Keith: You´re back early.
Veronica: Yeah, I ditched the goodbye hugging, can you believe it?
Keith: You? Miss Hug. So you must be tired. Why don´t you lie in your...[interrupted by knocking]
Prostitute: Is Keith here?
Veronica: Dad... your hooker's here.
Keith: Escort, honey... So why don´t you go to your room and do your... blog or whatever you kids do.