The Rapes of Graff

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"The Rapes of Graff"
Veronica Mars episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Directed by Michael Fields
Written by John Enbom
Production code 2T7216
Original air date March 29, 2006
Guest actors

Michael Muhney (Don Lamb)
Daran Norris (Cliff McCormack)
Jessy Schram (Hannah Griffith)
Rick Peters (Tom Griffith)
Aaron Ashmore (Troy Vandegraff)
Michael Cera (Dean Rudolph)
David Tom (Chip Diller)
Alia Shawkat (Stacy Wells)
Tayler Sheridan (Danny Boyd)

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"The Rapes of Graff" is episode 16 of season 2 of the television show Veronica Mars. It had an estimated audience size of 2.07 million U.S. viewers on its first airing.[1]

Plot[edit]

On a visit to Hearst College with Wallace, Veronica encounters her former boyfriend Troy Vandegraff (last seen in season 1 episode 5, "You Think You Know Somebody"). Though she initially does not want to talk to him, he swears to have changed his former bad boy ways. While at a party, Troy fights a guy after he keeps harassing Veronica, and then goes off to talk to a cute girl named Stacy (Alia Shawkat). The next day, Veronica is called into the sheriff's office by Troy. He explains that he has been accused of raping Stacy at the party, and then shaving her head afterwards. Veronica decides to help Troy prove his innocence. She visits Stacy at her dorm room, and they discover that someone left a shoe box filled with hair by the door. Stacy says it's not hers, causing them both to believe that there's another victim. Veronica uses the information from a local wig shop to locate another victim, who explains to both Stacy and the dean that she was raped about a month ago. This clears Troy's name since he had been on the other side of the country. Veronica also explains to Stacy that the hair came from a Pi Sig frat boy who hit on Stacy at the party, and gives the dean pictures of a hookup board found in the basement of the Pi Sig house. During the last day of the visit, Veronica and Wallace find out from their tour guide (played by Michael Cera) that the Pi Sigs were put on probation. Meanwhile, Keith follows up on the theft of Cliff McCormack's briefcase, which leads to Keith discovering that Sheriff Lamb is secretly dating Veronica's barely legal high school nemesis Madison Sinclair.

Arc significance[edit]

  • As part of his scheme to frame Duncan Kane for the death of Lilly Kane, Aaron arranges for an escort to be hired for the purpose of seducing Cliff and stealing his briefcase, which contained the Logan Echolls murder case files and keys to the storage locker containing Aaron Echolls' personal belongings, including an Oscar statue.
  • It is revealed that Madison's mystery "older boyfriend" is in fact Sheriff Lamb.
  • Logan goes back on his deal, and Dr. Griffith walks in on Logan and Hannah about to have sex. As a result, Hannah is sent away to boarding school.
  • Veronica and Troy reconcile after their rather bitter split early on in season 1 of the series.
  • Danny Boyd, Liam Fitzpatrick's cousin, works construction at Shark Stadium. He has access to the C4 explosives which will be used in the demolition.
  • This episode sets up the first major story arc of season 3. Although Troy is exonerated, it is yet to be known who really was responsible for the rapes; Veronica's pursuit of the real rapist will run until the episode "Spit & Eggs".

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Writing and acting[edit]

The episode also features guest stars Alia Shawkat and Michael Cera, who both starred in the Fox TV series Arrested Development as cousins. Cera's character, Dean, was originally intended to return in season 3. However, due to scheduling conflicts, another actor was hired and the character of Moe was created.[2]

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