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In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, the rich and powerful make the rules. They own the town and the high school, and they desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that... secret. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries.
During the day, high school senior Veronica negotiates the halls of Neptune High like any average teenage girl. By night, she helps with her father Keith's private investigator business, sneaking through back alleys and scoping out no-tell motels with a telescopic-lens camera--while studying her math book--in an attempt to uncover the California beach town's darkest secrets.
01 - Normal Is the Watchword
After the summer "fireworks" caused by a dangerous confrontation with Lilly Kane's murderer and a surprising visitor at her door, high school sleuth Veronica Mars (series star KRISTEN BELL) attempts to settle into "normal" life, complete with a new after-school job and a return to the popular crowd at Neptune High. But she gets pulled back into the investigation business when her good friend Wallace (series star PERCY DAGGS III) is kicked off the basketball team for testing positive for drugs.
02 - Driver Ed
After tragedy strikes the town of Neptune, and the local sheriff rushes to judgment, an emotional Veronica attempts to help a grieving family member rule out suicide as a contributing cause in the calamity. Meanwhile, Wallace offers to help new transfer student Jackie Cook, the fiery, flirty daughter of professional baseball player Terrance Cook (recurring guest star JEFFERY SAMS), track down the person who damaged her car in the school parking lot. Later, mayoral candidate Woody Goodman (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) asks Keith to consider running for sheriff. Recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER appears as frisky trophy wife Kendall Casablancas, and director/actor KEVIN SMITH ("Clerks") guest stars as convenience store clerk Duane Anders.
03 - Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang
Beaver believes that his sexy stepmother, Kendall (recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER), is cheating on his father, so he hires Veronica to investigate the situation--but neither is prepared for what they find. While Keith and Alicia (recurring guest star ERICA GIMPEL) vacation in Chicago, Wallace begins to date Jackie, although Veronica isn't a big fan of Wallace's new girlfriend. Later, at Logan's house, Veronica learns something that changes everything she thinks she knows about the town's recent tragedy.
04 - Green-Eyed Monster
While dealing with her own feelings of jealousy regarding Duncan, Veronica helps a young woman, who believes that her new fiancé is secretly after her fortune, by sifting through his background and even posing as a sexy, available coed to entrap the guy. Meanwhile, Alicia (recurring guest star ERICA GIMPEL) asks Keith for help after being spooked by a mysterious stranger. Later, under pressure, Weevil tells Veronica that he received an anonymous call regarding the bus crash.
05 - Blast From the Past
Veronica appears on a cable-access show hosted by a psychic as part of the investigation into who stole, used and returned Jackie's credit card. Meanwhile, Wallace confronts his mother about his father; Veronica places a surveillance device in the sheriff's office; and Veronica discovers a voice-mail message left by one of the bus passengers just as the crash was occurring.
06 - Rat Saw God
Veronica comes to the aid of Abel Koontz (recurring guest star CHRISTIAN CLEMENSON), the man originally convicted of Lilly Kane's murder, who is now looking for his missing daughter. Guest star JOSS WHEDON ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") makes his acting debut, and recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN ("L.A. Law") returns as Aaron Echolls.
07 - Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
Veronica and Duncan discover that Duncan's ex-girlfriend, Meg Manning (recurring guest star ALONA TAL), who is comatose, had been baby-sitting an abused child, leading Veronica to take on an unfamiliar role as a baby-sitter to determine the kid's identity. Meanwhile, Kendall (recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER) continues her affair with Logan as her stepsons, Dick and Beaver, learn the details of their trust fund. Later, Woody Goodman (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) makes Keith another intriguing offer.
08 - Ahoy Mateys!
Veronica helps Keith determine who is haunting a school bus crash victim's parents, as the student's parents are embroiled in a lawsuit against the school district for negligence. Meanwhile, after Logan asks for help fighting the murder charge against him, Veronica stumbles into a dangerous situation with the local Irish mob. Later, Weevil's leadership of the P.C.H. Bike Club Boyz is questioned.
09 - My Mother, the Fiend
Veronica gets busted for breaking into the school office. In detention, she's ordered to reorganize the school's files and stumbles on her mother's permanent record. Veronica learns that her mother was suspended for reasons that cause Veronica to further question everything she knows about her mom. Meanwhile, with production of her "Aaron Echolls Story" TV movie underway, Trina Echolls (recurring guest star ALYSON HANNIGAN) returns to direct a Neptune High play and immediately dislikes Logan's new girlfriend, Kendall Casablancas (recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER). Later, Weevil confronts Logan about Felix's murder.
10 - One Angry Veronica
Called to jury duty over Christmas break, Veronica must sit on a difficult, polarizing case against a pair of affluent defendants accused of assaulting a young Hispanic woman. Meanwhile, Keith helps Mayor Woody Goodman (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) determine who stole the Aaron Echolls/Lilly Kane sex tapes from the police station. Later, a familiar face makes a surprise return to Neptune while another one of Veronica's friends meets a tragic end.
11 - Donut Run
An FBI team, headed up by tough, seasoned Agent Morris (LUCY LAWLESS - "Xena: Warrior Princess"), is called in to pursue Duncan after he breaks up with Veronica and flees with Meg's baby. Meanwhile, Wallace reveals the tragic reason for his return to Neptune. Later, Logan asks his buddy Dick to help in a scheme to weed out which one of Weevil's P.C.H. Biker Boyz framed him for murder. Recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER appears as Kendall Casablancas and recurring guest star LISA THORNHILL appears as Celeste Kane.
13 - Rashard and Wallace Go To White Castle
After trying to come clean on what drove him back to Neptune, Wallace is forced to turn to Veronica for help when a former basketball teammate from Chicago frames him for a tragic accident. Meanwhile, while wrapping up another case, Veronica and Keith stumble on evidence that links a bus crash victim and their new client, Jackie's father. Later, armed with proof tying his gang to the Fighting Fitzpatricks mob, Weevil confronts a classmate who is involved and makes a disturbing discovery.
13 - Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough
When all of the proceeds for the senior class trip disappear while in her possession during the Neptune High Winter Carnival, Veronica must identify the clever thief--and surprisingly, she finds herself defending Jackie as the accusations fly. Meanwhile, Keith confronts Terrance Cook (recurring guest star JEFFERY SAMS), his baseball idol and client, with questions about Terrance's past and the bus crash. Later, Dick tries to humiliate Beaver in front of his date to the carnival, and Logan sets his sights on a sophomore.
14 - Versatile Toppings
Neptune High's closeted gay teens, including cheerleader Kylie (KRISTIN CAVALLARI - "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County"), turn to Veronica for help when a blackmailer cracks into a private online bulletin board and threatens to publicly expose everyone associated with the site unless they pay $5,000 apiece. Meanwhile, Keith continues to work on a case for Jackie's dad, Terrance Cook (recurring guest star JEFFERY SAMS), and look into bus crash leads. Later, Logan romantically pursues a sophomore, much to her father's distress.
15 - The Quick and the Wed
Wallace's new girlfriend, Jane (recurring guest star VALORIE CURRY), enlists Veronica's help when her older sister appears to be a "runaway bride"--but the clues suggest something more disturbing may have happened to her on the way to the altar. Meanwhile, Keith and Veronica decide that they have no choice but to go to Sheriff Lamb (recurring guest star MICHAEL MUHNEY) with the evidence they've uncovered about the bus crash. Later, Kendall (recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER) makes a tempting offer to Logan's imprisoned father, Aaron (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN).
16 - The Rapes of Graff
While touring Hearst College with Wallace, Veronica is stunned to run into her shady ex-boyfriend Troy Vandergraff (recurring guest star AARON ASHMORE). But the real surprise comes when Troy is accused of date rape on campus and calls Veronica for help. Meanwhile, Logan's legal troubles and his relationship with Hannah (recurring guest star JESSY SCHRAM) both reach important turning points. Later, after receiving a call for help, Keith arrives at a hotel and finds his attorney buddy Cliff (DARAN NORRIS) in a compromising position. MICHAEL CERA and ALIA SHAWKAT (both of "Arrested Development") guest star as Hearst College students Dean and Stacy.
17 - Plan B
Weevil enlists Veronica's help in finally proving who killed Felix and bringing that person to justice. Meanwhile, Logan wins an essay contest and gets to serve an internship with Mayor Woody Goodman (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) as his honorary deputy. Also, love is in the air at the Sadie Hawkins dance as sparks fly between former couples.
18 - I Am God
A restless Veronica is plagued by dreams in which the students killed in the bus crash confront her. Meanwhile, when Logan and Weevil work on a physics project together, neither is enthusiastic until they discover that their success might help Veronica receive a scholarship. Later, when a large number of students are diagnosed with a medical ailment that gives them the right to postpone school tests and projects, the concerned principal hires Keith to investigate the validity of the disorder.
19 - Nevermind the Buttocks
When Veronica takes the apparently easy case of finding the person who maliciously ran over a senior's dog, she uncovers some startling facts. Meanwhile, she is so desperate for a geek's help breaking into the principal's office that she persuades Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) to go to the prom with him. Also, Jackie catches Veronica off guard when she asks for her help getting a job at the coffee place.
20 - Look Who's Stalking
Despite Keith's orders, Veronica takes the case of a classmate who thinks she's being stalked. Keith believes Woody (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) might be involved. What Veronica discovers not only shocks both girls but leads to further questions. Meanwhile, Woody enlists Keith's help in trying to avoid a scandal when he ends up with an unconscious woman in his motel room. Also, after the principal cancels the prom because of drinking violations on the senior trip, Logan takes it upon himself to throw an "alterna-prom" in his suite.
21 - Happy Go Lucky
With Aaron Echolls' (recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN) trial concluding, tensions rise as Veronica, Keith and Logan take the witness stand to testify against him. Meanwhile, after Veronica finds a suspicious e-mail in Woody's (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG) computer, Keith turns to the sheriff with evidence to arrest Woody. But Lamb refuses, believing that Keith is trying to turn him into a laughingstock. Also, to everyone's surprise, Neptune High's janitor brings a gun into school with the intent of finding Gia Goodman (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER), Woody's daughter.
22 - Not Pictured
In the season finale, after learning the identity of the person who is responsible for the bus crash, Veronica hurries to warn others but ends up putting herself in an extremely perilous situation. Meanwhile, Keith enlists Veronica's help in his ongoing investigation of Woody (recurring guest star STEVE GUTTENBERG), asking her to go undercover and get some vital information from Woody's lawyer. Later, when graduation day finally comes around, Neptune seniors celebrate with a huge party at the Neptune Grand. Recurring guest star HARRY HAMLIN appears as Aaron Echolls; recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO appears as Mac; and recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER appears as Kendall.