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In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, Hearst College stands as a beacon of higher education. But within this idyllic and sun-drenched campus, higher education is not always what it appears. Between the beer-soaked dorm parties and the all-night cram sessions, the members of the student body are facing a terrifying threat. Luckily for them, freshman and part-time private investigator Veronica Mars is used to taking on a few extracurricular activities.
Considering the increasingly dangerous private investigator business run by Veronica's father, and her spreading reputation around campus as a girl who can fix the unfixable, it's clear that Hearst College has never encountered a student like Veronica Mars before.
01 - Welcome Wagon
Hoping to leave the ghosts of Neptune High behind her, Veronica is now a freshman at Hearst College, along with her boyfriend, Logan Echolls (series star JASON DOHRING), and best friends, Wallace Fennel (series star PERCY DAGGS III) and Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO - "Napoleon Dynamite"). But despite the students' efforts to soak up the college experience in their own way, it quickly becomes obvious that some ghosts are here to stay. Even their high school graduation was marred when Veronica's unlikely ally, Eli "Weevil" Navarro (series star FRANCIS CAPRA), was arrested and dragged out of the ceremony in handcuffs.
02 - My Big Fat Greek Rush Week
As part of her investigation into Parker's (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) rape, Veronica agrees to go undercover and write an exposé on the Zeta Theta sorority for the campus newsletter. As her research progresses, Veronica realizes that not everything is as it seems in the sorority house. Meanwhile, Logan and Wallace are psychologically challenged by a prisoner/guard role-playing experiment for their sociology class.
03 - Witchita Linebacker
A campus football player hires Veronica to help him find his stolen playbook. If he doesn't recover the book before the next practice, he might lose his scholarship. Meanwhile, as a result of Veronica's exposé about a campus sorority, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR. - "Arrested Development") threatens to expel her if she doesn't reveal one of her sources. Also, Logan tells Veronica that his schedule is keeping them apart, but she learns he has been spending time participating in illegal gambling. And Veronica convinces Keith to hire Weevil to assist with office work at Mars Investigations.
04 - Charlie Don't Surf
When Logan is informed that his inheritance is running low, he become suspicious and enlists Veronica's help to sort through his financial records. Veronica uncovers the fact that large sums of money have been going to a man named Charlie Stone (MATT CZUCHRY - "Gilmore Girls"). Meanwhile, Keith is hired by a woman, Harmony (recurring guest star LAURA SAN GIACOMO - "Just Shoot Me!"), to investigate her cheating husband.
05 - President Evil
It's Halloween at Hearst College, and while Veronica is looking for Logan at the underground campus casino, the place is robbed. The thieves take Veronica's necklace, which was given to her by her deceased friend Lilly. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) and his wife, Mindy (JAIME RAY NEWMAN - "E Ring"), seek Keith's help in tracking down Steve (RICHARD GRIECO - "21 Jump Street"), the biological father of Mindy's son, who is deathly ill. And distracted by a new group of friends, Wallace struggles to pass his Mechanical Engineering class.
06 - Hi, Infidelity
When Veronica is accused of plagiarizing her paper for Professor Landry's (recurring guest star PATRICK FABIAN - "Joan of Arcadia") criminology class and must clear her reputation, she discovers that her mentor is not whom she thought he was. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) pardons Wallace for cheating on an examination, but Wallace makes a decision that could affect his college career. And after Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) invites Veronica to a night of bowling, she decides to bring Logan and Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO), unaware that Piz wanted the evening to be more of a date.
07 - Of Vice and Men
Veronica is disappointed in Keith for his ongoing relationship with his client Harmony (recurring guest star LAURA SAN GIACOMO), who invites him on a romantic weekend getaway. While Veronica retreats to Wallace and Piz's (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) dormitory room for some quiet time, Logan seeks her help in clearing his friend of the rape charges but refuses to provide an alibi.
08 - Lord of the Pi's
Selma Rose (heiress and author PATRICIA HEARST), the wealthy granddaughter of the founder of Hearst College and a member of the Hearst College Board of Trustees, mysteriously disappears the night before she is to cast a swing vote that will determine the fate of the fraternity system on campus. With Veronica's help, Keith is hired by Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, Veronica is rehired as a photographer for the Hearst Free Press, but she and Logan fight over her involvement in the rape case.
09 - Spit & Eggs
After Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) reinstates the Greek system on campus, Veronica remains determined to solve the rape case. Along with Mac, Wallace and Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL), she attends a party armed with coasters designed to test for drugs in the drinks of her peers. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell hires Keith to investigate whether or not O'Dell's wife is cheating on him.
10 - Show Me the Monkey
Attempting to keep her mind off Logan, Veronica takes a job helping animal researchers track down a monkey that is missing from their laboratory. In order to find the fugitive animal, Veronica and Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) go undercover as members of a campus animal rights group that is believed to have freed the monkey. Meanwhile, Mindy O'Dell (recurring guest star JAIME RAY NEWMAN) asks Keith to investigate her husband's death, believing that he was murdered.
11 - Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves
When Veronica is hired to track down a girl with whom a classmate, Max (ADAM ROSE - "Malcolm in the Middle"), shared an incredible one-night stand, she discovers the girl is not who she says she is. Meanwhile, Keith takes a closer look at the dean's suicide and begins searching for clues that may point to murder.
12 - There's Got to Be a Morning After Pill
Veronica is hired by Bonnie (CARLEE AVERS - "Commander in Chief"), a promiscuous classmate, to find out who secretly slipped her a "morning after" pill, causing her to have a miscarriage. The investigation leads to the office of Bonnie's boyfriend, Tim Foyle (JAMES JORDAN - "Without a Trace"). While searching Tim's computer, Veronica discovers that Tim has uncovered a witness to the dean's death. Keith and Veronica visit Bonnie's father, a well-known televangelist, Reverend Capistrano (CHRIS ELLIS - "Ghost Whisperer"). Meanwhile, Veronica confronts Logan about sleeping with Madison Sinclair (recurring guest star AMANDA NORET - "7th Heaven") while he and Veronica were broken up.
13 - Postgame Mortem
No sooner has Wallace rejoined the Hearst basketball team than the coach, Tom Barry (MATT McKENZIE), is found dead. The coach's widow, Kathleen (recurring guest star TRACEY NEEDHAM), hires Keith to investigate the murder of her husband and to clear her son, Josh (recurring guest star JONATHAN CHASE), who is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Logan wallows in self-pity after his breakup with Veronica, so Dick (recurring guest star RYAN HANSEN) invites two girls over to cheer him up. Unfortunately, Logan is stuck entertaining Heather (JULIETTE GOGLIA), who is only 13 years old. Also, Keith and Veronica discover that the alibis given by Mindy O'Dell (recurring guest star JAMIE RAY NEWMAN) and Professor Landry (recurring guest star PATRICK FABIAN) do not match.
14 - Mars, Bars
Without any evidence to hold Veronica, Sheriff Lamb (recurring guest star MICHAEL MUHNEY) releases her from jail. Josh (recurring guest star JONATHAN CHASE) insists that he is being framed for his coach father's murder and, although Veronica sympathizes with him, she is not sure she believes him. Keith learns that the coach's wife, Kathleen (recurring guest star TRACEY NEEDHAM), hired another private investigator to find out if her husband was having an affair. Meanwhile, Logan joins Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) and Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) on a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt.
15 - Papa's Cabin
Veronica catches Tim Foyle (JAMES JORDAN - "Without A Trace") breaking into Mars Investigations. Meanwhile, Keith questions Mindy O'Dell (recurring guest star JAMIE RAY NEWMAN) and finally convinces her that Hank Landry (recurring guest star PATRICK FABIAN - "Joan of Arcadia") killed her husband. Keith then arrests Landry in the middle of a class. Later, Wallace notices Logan and Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) enjoying a nice lunch together.
16 - Un-American Graffiti
Veronica is hired by a Middle Eastern restaurant owner to find out who has been vandalizing the business with ethnic slurs. While investigating the case, Veronica and the woman's family are attacked in a drive-by paintball shooting. Meanwhile, after a drunken teenager stumbles from a bar and gets hit by a car, Keith orders his deputies to conduct surprise ID checks in all of the area bars. During a surprise search of his own, Keith catches Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) and Wallace using fake IDs--provided by Veronica. Meanwhile, Logan hosts a birthday party for Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO).
17 - Debasement Tapes
Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) is put in charge of escorting his idol, Desmond Fellows (PAUL RUDD - "Anchorman"), a singer/musician from a 1990s pop band, who arrives on the Hearst campus to perform at a benefit concert. When tapes of Fellows' backup vocals and tracks go missing, Piz recruits Veronica to help locate them. Meanwhile, Keith believes he will be running unopposed for sheriff--until an unlikely candidate announces his candidacy.
18 - I Know What You'll Do Next Summer
Veronica passes the examination to officially become a private investigator, while Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) lands an interview with Apollo Bukenya (NELSAN ELLIS - "The Inside"), an African student at Hearst who wrote a book about his years as an orphan child and soldier in Uganda's rebel army. Veronica is hired by an African man, Kizza (BABS OLUSANMOKUN - "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), to help prove that he is Apollo's father, but her investigation leads to information that might expose Apollo's story as a fake. Meanwhile, as the election for sheriff nears, Keith faces a crime spree in Neptune. And Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) comes to Veronica for advice about Logan after learning that he plans to spend the summer surfing with Dick (recurring guest star RYAN HANSEN).
19 - Weevils Wobble But They Don't Go Down
Weevil is arrested for selling fake debit cards to Hearst students, but he claims he is being framed because of his criminal background. He asks Veronica to clear his name. Meanwhile, on Piz's (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) radio show, Keith debates his opponent, Vinnie (recurring guest star KEN MARINO - "Reno 911"), about the upcoming election. A tipsy Dick (recurring guest star RYAN HANSEN) apologizes to Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) for the way he has treated her in the past. Veronica and Piz reconcile after their argument about spending the summer apart, and a mysterious sex tape of the two finds its way onto the Internet.
20 - The Bitch Is Back
Furious that Logan attacked Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL), Veronica rebuffs Logan. Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) confronts Logan about still having feelings for Veronica. Piz assures Veronica that he had nothing to do with the sex video. Meanwhile, with Weevil's help, Veronica investigates how the tape originated and discovers that a person from her past may be involved. And with the election nearing, Keith steps in to protect Veronica.