Like a Virgin (Veronica Mars)
|"Like a Virgin"|
|Veronica Mars episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Guy Bee|
|Written by||Aury Wallington|
|Original air date||November 23, 2004|
|List of Veronica Mars episodes|
"Like a Virgin" is episode 8 of season 1 of the television show Veronica Mars. The title references the 1984 song by Madonna from the album of the same name. This episode marks the first appearance of Tina Majorino as Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie and the first appearance of Wallace's mother, Alicia Fennel.
At school, Veronica Mars leaves the gym showers, only to find that someone has stolen her clothes and dropped them in a toilet. Meg Manning, a friendly 09er, lends Veronica her cheerleading outfit to wear. Later, Dick Casablancas and a group of 09ers fill out an online purity test, which determines how innocent the test-taker is by giving them a score from 1-100. Meg and her boyfriend, Cole, discuss their innocence and how they are waiting to have sex. Veronica finds out that a student can buy any other student's test results for $10. At school the next day, the halls are in chaos as kids have learned the results of everyone else's purity test. Someone has written "48" on Meg's locker, and she is distraught that everyone thinks she is promiscuous. She has a fight with Cole, who believes that Meg has been cheating on him while forcing him to be abstinent. Veronica tells Meg that she doesn't believe Meg actually took the test and pledges to clear her name.
Veronica goes to the computer lab and is referred to a student named Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie, who knows a lot about computers. Veronica finds Mac in the parking lot, where she helps Mac unlock her old car. Mac explains that only a student or Neptune High's IT professional would have access to passwords. Veronica asks Meg if anyone else knows her password, and Meg tells her that the only person with access is her younger sister, Lizzie. Veronica finds Lizzie, who is more promiscuous and frustrated that the Manning parents are constantly comparing her to Meg. However, she denies posting the false purity test results for Meg and later defends her sister when Cole starts to spread rumors about her. Veronica tries to get Renny Demouy, the IT person, to sell her another student's password, but he refuses. Meanwhile, Meg is clearly on edge because of the rumors about her test results. During an audition for the musical Cabaret, she is harassed so much that she flees the stage in tears. Later, Veronica finds that someone has also posted a false score of 14 on her locker. The next day, Meg is absent from school. Veronica visits Meg at home, gives her a pep talk, and encourages her to get tough and get even. With Mac's help, Veronica finds out that someone logged into her Neptune High email account and sent an unflattering email to Duncan Kane. She also figures out that Kimmy, a friend of Meg's, had been having an affair with Renny and got the passwords from him. She posted Meg's results because she was jealous of Meg's popularity and success. Pam, another mean 09er, posted Veronica's results and sent the email to Duncan because she believed that he still had feelings for Veronica and was jealous. Veronica captures Kimmy's confession on tape and slips it into the school morning news show, restoring Meg's reputation.
Dick, who has been harassing Veronica about her results, ends up with mysterious car trouble. Meanwhile, Mac drives by in a brand new Volkswagen Beetle, and Veronica realizes that Mac was the only student smart enough to be running the purity test website. Later, Meg tells Veronica that her advice to be tough was good, but that she should not be so concerned with getting revenge. Veronica appears to be considering Meg's words. She runs into Duncan, and the two establish that they do not have feelings for each other.
Wallace Fennel tells Veronica that he scored a 70 on the purity test, which he feels is too high to be considered cool. To lower his score, Veronica flashes Wallace her sports bra. Wallace's mom, Alicia Fennel, sees this, and tells Wallace that she does not want him to spend a lot of time with Veronica because of her bad reputation. Wallace tells Veronica that people at Kane Software, where Alicia works, have been spreading rumors about her. Though she does not normally pay attention to what is being said about her, Veronica is upset that these rumors have affected her friendship with Wallace.
At Wallace's house, Veronica notices that Alicia has a renter, Jeremy, who has not been paying his rent for the last two months. His behavior becomes more and more erratic. Veronica asks Keith to stop by and offer Alicia help with getting Jeremy to pay, but Alicia refuses Keith's help and tells him to worry about his own daughter. Later, Alicia, Wallace, and his little brother Darrell come home to find that Jeremy has turned on the gas in their home. They evacuate, and Alicia goes to the police to see if they can help her evict Jeremy. However, they tell her they cannot do anything. Wallace spends the night at Veronica's house, and when Keith realizes that Jeremy has a criminal record, he takes Wallace's keys and goes to his house to intimidate Jeremy into leaving the Fennels' property. Alicia apologizes to Keith for treating him coldly before and thanks him for his help.
Veronica has evidence that calls the guilt of Abel Koontz, the accused murderer of Lilly Kane, into question. Veronica asks Cliff McCormack, Abel's lawyer, to get her onto death row to talk to Abel. Cliff tells Veronica that only Abel can decide who he wants to see and that he has not accepted any visitors so far. Cliff says that if Veronica writes a letter, he will make sure that Abel gets it. Veronica writes a letter as a fictional student named Ellen White, who comes from Abel's hometown and wants to talk to Abel. She also alters a photograph to make it seem as if she is from his hometown, Stallingsburg, Virginia. Abel approves "Ellen" to visit him. When Veronica comes to the prison, she shows Abel the two pictures and tells him that the evidence could help prove his innocence or at least cause a mistrial. However, Abel reveals that he has known who Veronica was all along and tells her to stop trying to clear his name. He tells Veronica that he bashed Lilly's brains in. He also implies that Veronica's mother, Lianne, was having an affair with Jake Kane and that she is Jake's daughter, not Keith's. Veronica leaves the prison and cries in her car.
- Veronica becomes close with Meg, who is a recurring character.
- Veronica begins a friendship with Mac, who helps her many times later in the series.
- Abel Koontz tells Veronica that Lianne was having an affair with Jake Kane and that Veronica is Jake's daughter, not Keith's daughter.
- "Hands on the Money" - Kid Symphony
- "Don't Let It Get You Down" - Spoon
- "Don't Tell Mama" - sung by Alona Tal and Annie Abrams (from Cabaret)
- "Like a Virgin" at the Internet Movie Database
- "Like a Virgin" at TV.com
- "Like a Virgin" at Mars Investigations
- "Like a Virgin" at Television Without Pity