"Clash of the Tritons" was the twelfth episode of the first season of Veronica Mars.

In this episode, Veronica is framed for creating fake IDs, and she sets out to find out who the culprit is. Meanwhile, the school guidance counselor, Rebecca James, interviews the people who were most affected by Lilly Kane's murder, and Logan's family dramas continue.


lLogan taunts Veronica and Sheriff Lamb leads her away in handcuffs.

Guidance counselor Rebecca James, who used to date Keith, has gotten Veronica to come in for a grief therapy session because of a study she is doing. During the session, Veronica plants a stapler with a microphone on the desk. Meanwhile, Sheriff Lamb questions a student, Rick, on his fake IDs. When questioned further, Rick says that Veronica made the IDs, although she did not. During a locker check, Sheriff Lamb finds blank fake IDs spilling out of her locker, as well as four in her purse. Veronica is arrested and taken down to the station. At the station, Veronica confronts Rick. Rick says that an unspecified "they" forced him to blame Veronica. Later, Logan walks through the hallway and faces scorn and stares from the other students because of the incident with his father. Weevil talks to Rebecca while Veronica listens through her car radio. Rebecca shows proof that Weevil and Lilly were dating. Veronica wonders why Lilly didn't tell Veronica about her relationship with Weevil. Veronica meets with Rick in secret, and Rick tells her that a secret society called the Tritons decided to blame her. He is a recent inductee who was trying to get on their good side. Rick also tells Veronica that Duncan is part of the group.

Veronica puts a tracker on Duncan's car. Logan is suspended for a fight that broke out in school. Keith and Cliff tell Veronica that Rick's friend Tim's family is suing Veronica and Keith because they believe that Veronica created the fake IDs. Later, Wallace tells Veronica that he heard that a mystery locker at school dispenses fake IDs if the participant pays $250. Veronica positions a camera in order to watch the locker 24/7. Rebecca talks to Logan, and Veronica hears over the radio. Logan says that he blames Veronica for Lilly's death. Veronica and Wallace track Duncan to a mysterious location, which turns out to be a club. Veronica finds Duncan and asks him who the leader is, but he doesn't give anything up. Soon afterwords, Duncan brings Veronica a message from "The Great Triton," and she has to do karaoke onstage in order to elicit a response from the Triton leader. After the song, she meets with the supposed leader, but it is actually an impostor who reveals that a prank has been played on Veronica. Meanwhile, Rick has become targeted by the Tritons, who threaten him. Veronica hears Duncan's conversation with Rebecca. Duncan states that he has forgotten the days leading up to Lilly's murder.

Veronica is abducted and locked in her trunk. After being rescued by Wallace, she hears a Triton chant through her car radio. Veronica goes into the school and sees a ritualistic initiation meeting. She reveals herself and snaps a few photos. The Tritons give chase, but Veronica escapes before they can catch her. Veronica tries to match one of the Tritons to a person who operated the mystery locker, but finds nothing. Veronica visits Sheriff Lamb and makes him a deal—if she doesn't catch the thief by that day, she will plead guilty to any charges. She then asks Lamb to put a student's name into a locker and see what happens. Logan's parents have an argument that becomes increasingly heated before Logan blows up at his dad. Rick goes down to the station and Veronica explains the situation. Rick has been collecting the money from the locker through a hatch. He has been running his own fake IDs, and blamed the Tritons because he was angry at them for not asking him to join. When Veronica asks Rick why he blamed her, he states that it was because Keith's investigations made his family lose money and his parents get a divorce. Meanwhile, we hear a police report that Logan's mother, Lynn, has just committed suicide.

Arc significance

  • During Rebecca James' grief counseling sessions, Logan confesses that he and Lilly Kane were broken up when she died and it was because Veronica saw him kissing someone else.
  • Weevil also confesses, during a grief counseling session, that he had secretly dated Lilly, but she had gone back to Logan.
  • During Duncan's session, he says that he blacked out for three days after Lilly's murder and can't remember anything about it. He mentions his medication, leading Veronica to wonder about what is wrong with him.
  • After Aaron finds out his wife, Lynn, was the one giving him bad press, he threatens her with divorce. Later, her car shows up on a bridge and it is implied that she committed suicide.

Cultural references

A variety of cultural references are made in the episode:

  • The episode's title is a play on Clash of the Titans, a movie starring Harry Hamlin, the actor who portrays Aaron Echolls.
  • Veronica jokingly wonders whether the principal is looking for Al Capone or the Lindbergh baby in her locker.
  • Wallace calls Veronica "La Femme Veronica", which references the 1990 action-thriller film Nikita.
  • The episode references John Shaft.
  • Wallace compares his basketball skills to that of Michael Jordan.
  • Wallace talks to Veronica about Dave Chappelle.
  • Aaron complains to Logan that the press surrounding his personal life is making him look like Kevin Costner.


Main Cast

Guest Stars


  • "All They Ever Do Is Talk" - Earlimart
  • "Army of One" - Adam Hamilton
  • "Feel So Free" - Ivy


Wallace: This mission better involve me seducing the head cheerleader.
Veronica: I need you to poke around and see if you can get me a fake ID. If you must seduce the head cheerleader in order to accomplish your mission, so be it.
Wallace: No sweat. How do I do that?
Veronica: Play on her insecurity.

Veronica: Hi, Dad. Their case is fuzzy and circumstantial.
Keith: [to Cliff McCormack] You know the odd thing? Those were also her first words.

Veronica: This doesn't make sense. Someone had to open that locker. How else could they have gotten the money? How else could they have gotten Wallace's name?
Wallace: Veronica, I'm still here, you know?

Veronica: [about to take photos of the Tritons] Say repressed homosexuality!


  • Veronica is forced to perform at a karaoke bar, showcasing the singing ability that has landed Kristen Bell several roles in musicals over the years. She sings of Blondie's "One Way or Another," taunting the Tritons.


  • In the scene in Sheriff Lamb's office when Veronica calls Rick on her cell phone, the shadow of the camera appears on the back of the leather chair in which she is sitting as it dollies in for the close up.

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