'Dirty John': Does Veronica Newell really care about her mother or is it just her inheritance?
While we don't tend to focus on it as much, the last four episodes have left us wondering if Veronica Newell, Debra Newell's eldest daughter has more than love on her mind.
You can't deny it - Bravo's 'Dirty John' is only getting better with each episode with its characters toeing the line between good and evil. Clearly, there is a victim and a perpetrator but, there is also a family member who seems to have ulterior motives in lending a helping hand. While we don't tend to focus on it as much, the last four episodes have left us wondering if Veronica Newell, Debra Newell's eldest daughter has more than love on her mind.
Veronica "Ronnie" Newell is an absolute delight to watch on screen. She's nobody's fool, she refuses to waste her time faking smiles or pleasantries and is so sure of herself, that it is sometimes shocking to think that she's Debra's daughter. Played by Juno Temple, it leaves you wondering if she picked up a thing or two from Emma Roberts when they starred together in the coming of age chick flick 'Wild Child'. Roberts played a similar character named Poppy Moore in the film while Temple was the nerdier and bushy-haired Drippy, who cared only about Wagon Wheels. However, there's one thing that's pretty suspicious about Veronica and it hides in plain sight - she likes her mother's money way too much.
In the first episode of the show, when both Meehan and Veronica are introduced to us, you instantly know that Ronnie isn't someone who will smile at you for the heck of it. As Meehan shows up at the door in medical scrubs looking like he's barely showered Ronnie is super quick to point that out. A striking difference between the mother and daughter is established here. Unlike the daughter, Debra doesn't really pick on it, even though she secretly does care. Ronnie has no qualms about telling him exactly what she thinks of him while touching up her lipgloss.
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She doesn't believe that anyone deserves her, especially not John. Veronica truly believes that John is vermin (and we don't blame her) at first glance as he is checking out her place and mumbling about how great her place is. "Mmmhmm. It's like that on purpose," Veronica snaps. Later, she tells her mum that she felt like he was trying to put a price tag on every item in the house and that he was scanning it constantly. She is also financially dependent on Debra - and that makes me wonder - does she actually love Debra or is she just trying to protect her inheritance?
There's too much talk about money with Veronica. Her character arc too isn't ever complete without a shot of her in expensive clothes or designerwear - her face always a resting b**** face. It's clear that she does care about her mother's money, which would, of course, be a natural thing but there's little warmth from the daughter for a suffering mother in Veronica. She swings by to her dingy corporate suite to get her a chai latte but won't hug as daughters normally would, especially at a time when her mum's married to a con man.
Mood for the rest of 2018: Juno Temple’s character in ‘Dirty John’ pic.twitter.com/xK42DzcCez— Normani Fucking Rockwell (@Sanniel) November 20, 2018
Veronica is on the surface is smart, hard and daring - a daughter every Debra Newell deserves, but when you take a deeper look you wonder why is it that all you see is how much she cares about her mother's will, her cash, and her prenup? There's a fair chance that Veronica truly believes that her mother's hard work is not to be messed with or wasted but there's also a chance that she sees Debra's wealth as her own future bank balance. Imagine for a second that John steals all of Debra's money - who would be most affected by it after her? Veronica. She doesn't have a job, she doesn't look like she can hold one and neither does she look like someone who can live off a meager salary. It definitely makes a lot of sense for her to be worried about her mother's massive wealth now, doesn't it?
Irrespective of her motives, Veronica's character is strong as hell. She oozes confidence, she won't let losers bring her down and is calm and collected in the worst of situations. She refuses to even acknowledge men like Meehan, let alone date them and she keeps us coming back for more.
Based on Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard's hit podcast by the same name, the show is based on the life of conman John Meehan and how his relationship with interior designer Debra Newell spelled his doom.
'Dirty John' airs every Sunday at 10pm on Bravo.