Veronica is in true form from the moment she and boyfriend Logan, along with close friends Wallace and Mac, set foot on the campus of Hearst College. Wallace enlists Veronica's help when his new roommate, Piz, has all his belongings stolen. While working on Piz's case, Veronica learns that the campus serial rapist has struck again. Meanwhile, Keith runs into trouble while transporting a recently released convict across the country to reunite him with Kendall
Veronica goes undercover during a sorority rush for her first assignment at the college newspaper. She is hoping to follow some leads the newspaper has gotten to close in on the campus rapist. In true Veronica style while she is trying to get into the sorority to get a closer look she finds a few enemies and answers in places she didn't expect. Logan and Wallace are put to the test when they volunteer for a class project that if they succeed at, will get them out of the term paper due at the end of the class. To test the effects of torture half of the project volunteers are guards trying to extract information to where a fake bomb is from the other half of the students who are posing as prisoners. The guards have 48 hours and any means possible to try and get the information from the prisoners, while the prisoners have to put up with the guards without giving up the info to "win".
A campus football player hires Veronica to help him recover a stolen playbook before the next practice, or risk losing his scholarship. Veronica is threatened with expulsion when she won't reveal to Dean O'Dell one of her sources from the article Veronica wrote about the campus sorority. Logan tells Veronica his schedule is keeping them apart, but she realizes he has been spending time participating in illegal gambling. We get to see the first of Weevil this season when Veronica convinces Keith to hire him to assist with office work at Mars Investigations.
Logan becomes suspicious when he finds his inheritence is not what he thinks it should be, and asks Veronica to check it out. As Veronica is looking through Logans financial reports she uncovers that there are large sums of money that are missing and follows the trail to someone names Charlie Stone (played by Gilmore Girls
star (Matt Czuchry)
. Keith is hired by Harmony (Laura San Giacomo)
who is convinced that she is married to a cheating husband. Because of a Pre-nup agreement she has to prove she is leaving him because of an affair on his part or lose everything she has.
Songs: Space Needle -- Never Lonely Alone
A necklace given to Veronica by Lilly Kane is stolen from her when two thieves break into an underground campus casino on Halloween night, and Veronica suspects Weevil is one of the robbers. Also, Dean O'Dell asks Keith to find his dying stepson's biological father before the boy dies so the child can say good-bye to him; and Wallace considers cheating on an exam after he learns he's failing mechanical engineering.
Dean O'Dell expels Claire after Veronica exposes her
After Veronica does very well on a paper most of the class failed, Professor Landry offers to be her faculty advisor if she would change her major to Criminology. However, is accused by another student of plagiarizing her paper.
After getting caught cheating on a mechanical engineering exam, Wallace is given a choice of getting zero on his or dropping the course -- He chooses to take the zero and struggle to make the grade so he can stay in his major. To do so he asks the coach for the semester off to focus on his school work in turn giving up the chance to be a starter on the basketball team.
Keith and Harmony spend more time together.
Veronica is disappointed in Keith for his ongoing relationship with his client, Harmony (Laura San Giacomo
), who invites him on a romantic weekend getaway. When Veronica retreats to Wallace and Piz's dorm room for some quiet time, Logan seeks her help in clearing Mercer (Ryan Devlin
) of the rape charges, but refuses to give her his alibi.
Selma Rose (Patricia Hearst
), the wealthy grand-daughter 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 Greek system on campus. Keith , with Veronica's help, is hired by Dean O'Dell (Ed Begley, Jr.
) to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, Veronica has been rehired as a photographer at the Hearst Free Press, but she and Logan fight over her involvement in the rape case.
The campus rapists are revealed, and Dean O'Dell reinstates the Greek system on campus. Determined to solve the campus rape case, Veronica, along with Mac, Wallace and Piz, attend 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 his wife is cheating on him.
Attempting to keep her mind off Logan, Veronica takes a job helping animal researchers track down a monkey missing from their laboratory. In order to find the missing animal, Veronica and Mac go undercover as members of an on-campus animal rights group, believed to have freed the monkey. Meanwhile, Mindy O'Dell asks Keith to investigate Dean O'Dell's death because she believes he was murdered.
When Veronica is hired to track down a girl with whom Max shared an incredible one-night stand, she discovers the girl is not who she says she is. Meanwhile, Keith takes a closer look at Dean O'Dell's suicide and begins searching for clues that may point to a murder.
Songs: Leonard Cohen
-- A Thousand Kisses, Moonlight Towers -- Never the Same Again, Mark Lanegan -- Wheels, The Golden Dogs -- Yeah!
Veronica is hired by Bonnie, a promiscuous classmate, to find out who secretly slipped her the morning after pill, causing her to have a miscarriage. The investigation leads her to the office of Bonnie's boyfriend, Tim Foyle, and while searching his computer, Veronica discovers Tim has uncovered a witness to Dean O'Dell's death. Together, Keith and Veronica visit Bonnie's father, a well-known televangelist, Reverend Capistrano.
Veronica confronts Logan about sleeping with Madison Sinclair while they were broken up.
No sooner has Wallace rejoined the Hearst basketball team, when the basketball coach, Tom Barry (guest star Matt McKenzie), is found dead. The coach's widow, Kathleen Barry (guest star Tracey Needham), hires Keith to investigate the murder of her husband and to clear her son, Josh (guest star Jonathan Chase), who is Sheriff Lamb's prime suspect. Logan is wallowing in self-pity after his breakup with Veronica, so Dick invites two girls over to cheer Logan up, but Logan gets stuck entertaining Heather (guest star Juliette Goglia), who is only 13 years old. Keith and Veronica discover that the alibis given by Mindy O'Dell (guest star Jamie Ray Newman) and Professor Landry (guest star Patrick Fabian) do not match.
Songs: Nick Lachey
-- What's Left Of Me, Stephen Ashbrook -- White Balloons
Without any evidence to hold her, Sheriff Lamb releases Veronica from jail. Josh, makes contact with Veronica and insists that he is being framed for his father's murder and, though Veronica has sympathy for him, she doesn't know if she believes him. Keith learns that the coach's wife, Kathleen Barry, hired Vinnie Van Lowe to find out if her husband was having an affair. Meanwhile, Logan joins Mac and Parker on a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt.
Pela -- Lost to the Lonesome, The Little Ones -- Lovers Who Uncover, Broken Social Scene
-- Swimmers, Todd Deatherage -- Undone
Veronica catches Tim Foyle, breaking into Mars Investigations. Meanwhile, Keith questions Mindy O'Dell, finally making her believe that Hank Landry killed her husband, and Keith arrests Landry in the middle of a class. Later, Wallace notices Logan and Parker enjoying a nice lunch together.
Veronica is hired by a Middle Eastern restaurant owner to find out who has been vandalizing their business with ethnic slurs. While investigating the case, Veronica and the restaurant owner are attacked in a drive-by shooting. When a drunk teenager stumbles from a bar and gets hit by a car, Keith orders his deputies to conduct surprise ID checks in all the area bars. While doing his own surprise search, Keith catches Piz and Wallace using fake ID's provided by Veronica. Meanwhile, Logan decides to throw a birthday party for Parker.
Desmond Fellows (Paul Rudd
), a singer/musician from a 1990's pop band arrives on the Hearst campus to perform at a benefit concert to keep the station from going out of business. Piz gets the job of his dreams when he is put in charge of hosting Fellows around campus and on air. However his dreams start to dissolve as things don't go quite how he imagined, in more ways then one. Keith is excited about the upcoming Sheriff's race unopposed until he unwittingly helps promote an unlikely candidate who throws his hat into the ring.
Junk -- Life is Good, Idlewild -- No Emotion, Cotton Mather
-- Payday, Shapes of Race Cars -- Power
Veronica passes her exam to be an official Private Investigator, while Piz lands an interview with Apollo Bukenya, an African student at Hearst who wrote a book about his years as an orphan child-soldier in Uganda's rebel army. Veronica is hired by an African man, Kizza, 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 is faced with a crime spree in Neptune. Parker comes to Veronica for advice about Logan after learning he planned to spend the summer surfing with Dick.
Weevil is arrested for selling fake debit cards to Hearst students, but claims he is being framed because of his criminal background, and asks Veronica to clear his name. On Piz's radio show, Keith debates Vinnie about the upcoming election, while a tipsy Dick apologizes to Mac for the way he has treated her in the past. Veronica and Piz make up after their argument about spending their summer apart, and a mysterious sex tape of the two finds its way to the Internet.
Furious that Logan attacked Piz, Veronica tells Logan she wants nothing to do with him. Parker confronts Logan about still having feelings for Veronica, while Piz assures Veronica that he had nothing to do with the sex video. Veronica, with Weevil's help, investigates how the tape originated and discovers a person from her past is linked to The Castle and pays them a visit. With the re-election campaign nearing, Keith steps in to protect Veronica.
Albert Hammond -- It Never Rains in Southern California, Wolf Parade
-- It's a Curse, Neko Case & Her Boyfriends -- Set Out Running