List of Veronica Mars Episodes - Episode List - Season 3 (2006–2007)

Season 3 (2006–2007)

The third season introduces two new series regulars, Parker Lee (Julie Gonzalo) and Stosh "Piz" Piznarski (Chris Lowell). Piz was created so that Veronica could have a male friend of middle-class status rather than of upper-class, and his campus radio show serves as a narrative device to capture the mood of the university. Don Lamb and Mac, recurring characters in the first two seasons, are upgraded to series regulars. The season begins with Veronica, Logan, Wallace, Mac and Dick as freshmen at Hearst College. Piz and Parker are introduced as the respective roommates of Wallace and Mac. The first mystery is established when Parker becomes the latest victim of the Hearst serial rapist, a storyline begun in a second season episode. Veronica sets out to catch the rapist, partially motivated by guilt from failing to help Parker. The next mystery, a murder, commences in the same episode the rapist is discovered. During the season, Keith begins an affair with a married client, Wallace struggles to balance academics and sports, Mac begins dating again after previous failed relationships, and Dick has a breakdown and appeals to Logan for help. The season also chronicles Veronica and Logan's failing attempts to maintain their relationship in the face of Veronica's mistrust. The couple breaks up several times throughout the season, and Logan begins dating Parker while Veronica goes out with Piz. Keith is challenged in the sheriff's election by longtime rival P.I. Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino), and faces charges after he destroys evidence incriminating Veronica.

The third season was initially planned to include three separate mysteries that would be introduced and resolved in a series of non-overlapping story arcs. Dawn Ostroff pointed out that the original format may confuse viewers, and the new format would allow new viewers to start watching at any point in the season. Inspired by the improvised thriller Bubble, Thomas started laying "subtle" motives for the second mystery during the first one, so that fans would have "a theory on whodunit" when it occurred. The first mystery took place over the first nine episodes. Originally, the second mystery was to be seven episodes long and the third mystery was to occur over the last six episodes of the season. When The CW ordered a 20-episode season instead of the usual 22 episodes, the second mystery arc was shortened from seven episodes to six, and the third mystery was changed from a six episode arc to a five-episode arc. After an eight-week hiatus for the series was announced, the final mystery was changed to five stand-alone episodes designed to be friendlier to new viewers. For the third mystery, Thomas had wanted to present a new situation where Wallace and Mac could be fully involved, "key players really interesting stuff to do". This was a departure from previous seasons where "nice characters" had always been absent from the big mystery because no one was going to believe them to be a suspect.

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
45 1 "Welcome Wagon" John Kretchmer Rob Thomas October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03) 3T5801 3.36
46 2 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week" John Kretchmer Diane Ruggiero October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10) 3T5802 2.96
47 3 "Wichita Linebacker" Harry Winer Phil Klemmer & John Enbom October 17, 2006 (2006-10-17) 3T5803 3.12
48 4 "Charlie Don't Surf" Jason Bloom Diane Ruggiero & Jason Elen October 24, 2006 (2006-10-24) 3T5804 3.33
49 5 "President Evil" Nick Marck Jonathan Moskin & David Mulei October 31, 2006 (2006-10-31) 3T5805 2.70
50 6 "Hi, Infidelity" Michael Fields John Enbom November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) 3T5806 2.75
51 7 "Of Vice and Men" Harry Winer Phil Klemmer November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) 3T5807 2.69
52 8 "Lord of the Pi's" Steve Gomer Diane Ruggiero November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21) 3T5808 2.57
53 9 "Spit & Eggs" Rob Thomas Rob Thomas November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) 3T5809 3.44
54 10 "Show Me the Monkey" Nick Marck Story by: John Enbom
Teleplay by: John Enbom & Robert Hull
January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23) 3T5810 3.23
55 11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves" John Kretchmer Diane Ruggiero January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30) 3T5811 2.69
56 12 "There's Got to Be a Morning After Pill" Tricia Brock Story by: Jonathan Moskin & David Mulei
Teleplay by: Jonathan Moskin & Phil Klemmer & John Enbom
February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) 3T5812 2.40
57 13 "Postgame Mortem" John Kretchmer Joe Voci February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13) 3T5813 2.37
58 14 "Mars, Bars" Harry Winer Story by: Phil Klemmer & John Enbom & Joe Voci
Teleplay by: Phil Klemmer & John Enbom
February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20) 3T5814 2.27
59 15 "Papa's Cabin" Michael Fields John Enbom February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27) 3T5815 2.66
60 16 "Un-American Graffiti" John Kretchmer Robert Hull May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01) 3T5816 2.35
61 17 "Debasement Tapes" Dan Etheridge John Enbom May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08) 3T5817 1.85
62 18 "I Know What You'll Do Next Summer" Nick Marck Jonathan Moskin & David Mulei May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15) 3T5818 2.10
63 19 "Weevils Wobble But They Don't Go Down" Jason Bloom Phil Klemmer May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22) 3T5819 1.78
64 20 "The Bitch Is Back" Michael Fields Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22) 3T5820 2.15

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