Veronica Mars Investigations

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Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman investigate every episode of Veronica Mars, from the beginning.

Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; the show’s official home is VMIpod.com.

FYI: there will be spoilers for the episode being discussed, but not for events that happen later in the series.

This show is supported by the good people at PRX.org.


Episode Date
1.09: Drinking the Kool-Aid
01:05:27

A LONG TIME AGO, ON VERONICA MARS:

  • Veronica sends off a DNA test to find out who’s her daddy.

  • A rich white boy of Neptune has supposedly joined a cult - and become much nicer as a result?

  • Veronica infiltrates the supposed cult - and starts getting sucked in herself?

  • And what’s happened to darling Keith’s poor precious face???

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 9: Drinking the Kool-Aid, and get stuck into such mysteries as: can the Mooncalf Collective cult/commune be so bad if it has de-douchified a rich BroNiner? Whatever happened to waterbeds? Should people kool it with the Kool-Aid jokes? And why anyone would be so cagy about a load of poinsettias??

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-09.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

What would you do if you were woken up at 6am by Keith Mars barking in your face? Let us know @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This month, VMI is sponsored by:

  • Care/Of, personalised vitamin packs. For 25% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the code VERONICAMARS.

  • Hello Fresh, simple and delicious meal kits delivered to your door. For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/VERONICAMARS80 and enter the code VERONICAMARS80.

  • Lola, 100% cotton menstrual care products available by customisable subscription. For 30% off your first month’s subscription, visit mylola.com and enter the code VERONICA when you subscribe.

Oct 15, 2019
1.08: Like a Virgin
01:10:05

A LONG TIME AGO, ON VERONICA MARS:

  • A purity test has caused chaos at Neptune High, as students are shamed for their sexual behaviour (if they're female - they’re lauded for it if they're male).

  • We meet Wallace's mom! And Wallace mom's shitty lodger, who won't leave!

  • That is, until Keith Mars goes full Papa Bear on him.

  • And Veronica comes face to face with Lilly's convicted killer.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 8: Like a Virgin, and consider such mysteries as what it would be like to get the birds and the bees talk from Keith Mars, why lovely Meg Manning has such a vile boyfriend, whether barking like a dog is truly the best tactic to achieve an eviction, and why Veronica keeps on committing offences that would land her on the sex offender register.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-08.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

What would you do if you were woken up at 6am by Keith Mars barking in your face? Let us know @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This month, VMI is sponsored by:

  • Care/Of, personalised vitamin packs. For 25% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the code VERONICAMARS.

  • Hello Fresh, simple and delicious meal kits delivered to your door. For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/VERONICAMARS80 and enter the code VERONICAMARS80.

Oct 08, 2019
1.07: The Girl Next Door
01:01:37

A LONG TIME AGO, ON VERONICA MARS:

  • Logan and Weevil are stuck in detention together - and honestly, that’s all we need for this episode.

  • But there is more - Veronica’s (beautiful) pregnant neighbour Jessica Chastain disappears.

  • And her (scraggly) boyfriend doesn’t seem upset about it…

  • Veronica discovers some shocking information about her mom.

  • And the school flagpole is back causing trouble.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 7: The Girl Next Door, and probe such mysteries as whether to book ourselves in for a stay at the motel that plays the Mars apartment, how many crimes it is to impale a teacher’s car on a flagpole, and why hot teens might be compelled to wear garments in a shade we can only describe as ‘light liver’.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-07.

Content note: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning rape, family abuse and violence.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

Send your slashfic about Weevil and Logan in detention to @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This month, VMI is sponsored by:

  • Care/Of, personalised vitamin packs. For 25% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the code VERONICAMARS.

  • Hello Fresh, simple and delicious meal kits delivered to your door. For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/VERONICAMARS80 and enter the code VERONICAMARS80.

Oct 01, 2019
1.06: Return of the Kane
01:08:15

A Long Time Ago on Veronica Mars:

  • We meet Logan’s dad - and swiftly wish we hadn’t.

  • Duncan’s dad makes him run for class president.

  • Also running for president: rebellious Wanda! A new friend for Veronica - or is she?

  • Logan’s got a new hobby: running amateur boxing tournaments.

  • Veronica finds out something majorly dodgy in Lilly’s murder files.

  • And: Jane Lynch in alpha mode! Our favourite flavour of Jane Lynch.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 6: Return of the Kane, and consider such mysteries as why legs are not universally known as ‘getaway sticks’, why Neptune High’s pirate points merit system seems relevant only to the sportif and/or the rich, and whether we actually LOVE and ADMIRE Duncan in this episode?!?!?

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-06.

CONTENT NOTE: Veronica Mars contains heavy themes, and this episode includes storylines concerning violence and family abuse.

What’s the least appropriate thing you could write on your boyfriend’s sibling’s shoe? Let us know at @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

Keith! Keith! We’ll go to the zoo with you! Keith!!

Sep 24, 2019
1.05: You Think You Know Somebody
57:40

A Long Time Ago on Veronica Mars:

  • Smuggling steroids from Mexico doesn’t go according to plan;

  • Keith’s happy to be dating again;

  • Veronica is NOT happy Keith is dating again;

  • Logan is the least jerky jerk, for once in his precious life!

  • And Jenny’s visceral hatred for Troy at last proves to be justified.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 5: You Think You Know Somebody, and consider such mysteries as whether there are really snoopers’ websites like privateeyez.com, why Veronica is scuppering Keith’s dating life, what Malibu the American Gladiator is - OH WHO CARES WHEN ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT, AT LAST, JENNY’S NEMESIS SMUGFACE McSMUG IS BANISHED FROM NEPTUNE!

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-05.

What would you least like to find in a piñata? Let us know at @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

Bye Troy! BYE!!

Sep 17, 2019
1.04: The Wrath of Con
01:06:23

A Long Time Ago on Veronica Mars:

  • Wallace is living his best life: crushing on a girl who just *happens* to need the services of a private detective, pretending to be a math nerd, and AT LONG LAST getting to go to a party.

  • Gamer guys are running a massive scam from their college dorm room, with a complex front of dudes wearing baggy rumpled beige clothes.

  • Veronica dug into her huge wardrobe of disguises! And a lot of those disguises are ‘hot girl’.

  • Flashback limo party, present-day college party: which is cooler? A: any party with Lilly Kane at it would be way cooler than a culturally appropriative hat party.

  • And Veronica swam amongst the memories of homecoming dances past before finally going skinnydipping IRL, in the present.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 4: The Wrath of Con, and delve into such mysteries as why you would let Veronica Mars anywhere near your big drawer of keys, whether Duncan’s denim blazer is formal or informal, how to pronounce ‘wrath’, and where on earth the Marses store their huge range of disguises and gadgets.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-04.

Are you a yellow cotton dress or strapless red satin? Tell @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

[Your spine runs cold as Keith Mars’s insincere laughter bounds around the room]

Sep 10, 2019
1.03: Meet John Smith
01:09:56

A Long Time Ago on Veronica Mars:

  • A squeaky little freshman hired Veronica to help find his missing father;

  • Duncan threw his medication down the drain, with hallucinatory results;

  • Keith developed a crush on Veronica’s guidance counsellor;

  • and things heated up between Veronica and the supposedly sexy and charming Troy, but still aren’t as hot as her hot’n’heavy Duncan flashbacks.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 3: Meet John Smith, and ponder such mysteries as whether or not it’s creepy that Keith used his PI Powers to track down his crush to her regular coffee shop; how Veronica can even pretend to enjoy Troy’s prank tales; and whether the writers knew what they were doing with Duncan, or just threw dice at the beginning of each of his scenes to decide whether to go with ⚁ silent but helpful Duncan, ⚂ milky Duncan, ⚄ sardonically-toasting-the-former-family-dog Duncan, or ⚅ one-man production of Grease Duncan.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-03.

Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

This week’s challenge: burn someone a mix CD with the new 311 on there.

Sep 03, 2019
1.02: Credit Where Credit's Due
50:20

A LONG TIME AGO ON VERONICA MARS:

  • Weevil & his grandma were both framed for credit card fraud;

  • Logan was cheated on by Paris Hilton, but we are glad because he said some heinously classist & racist stuff in this episode;

  • Some guy named Troy shows up and appears to be nice but says some rather douchey things;

  • Keith singlehandedly caught an escaped felon;

  • And Wallace just really wants to go to a party. Please let him go to a party, Veronica - any party!

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman to investigate Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 2: Credit Where Credit's Due, and ponder such mysteries as whether Paris Hilton has ever ridden a scooter before, why Sheriff Lamb’s zingers are SO bad, and where do the other students relieve themselves when Veronica is using the school bathroom as her office.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-02.

Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

This week’s challenge: roll an apple across someone’s car as if it means something.

Aug 27, 2019
1.01: Pilot
01:11:04

A LONG TIME AGO, ON VERONICA MARS:

Wallace got duct taped to the school flagpole by Weevil; Keith inquired about the identity of your daddy; Logan smashed Veronica’s headlights with a crowbar; and Veronica tried to cram three episodes-worth of backstory about her murdered best friend, her missing mom and her social ostracism into forty minutes - in between staking out the Camelot Motel, framing Logan for having a bong on school grounds, colluding with the fire chief to swap out police evidence, and cutting Wallace down from that flagpole. She’s a busy kid.

Also, Duncan… existed. Barely.

Join Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman as they investigate Veronica Mars** Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot*, and ponder such mysteries as how to get duct tape off your bathing suit region, what happened to the original Backup, and how long it would *really take to get a bespoke ceramic bong made.

See more about this episode, and a transcript, at the podcast’s official site VMIpod.com/1-01.

Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

This episode was edited and mixed by Zach McNees; the music is by Martin Austwick and Jenny Owen Youngs; the logo is by Hrishikesh Hirway; Lo Dodds gives us the LoDown. Distributed by PRX.org.

This week’s inspirational line to put on a fridge magnet: “The thing that keeps us powering through life's defeats is our faith in a better life to come.”

Aug 20, 2019
Veronica Mars Investigations trailer
01:42

Coming soon: a new podcast with Jenny Owen Youngs and Helen Zaltzman investigating every episode of Veronica Mars from the beginning.

Website: VMIpod.com
Find @VMIpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Distributed by PRX.org

Aug 02, 2019