Driver Ed
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24 2x2 Two
Original Broadcast Date October 5, 2005
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"Driver Ed" was the second episode of the second season of Veronica Mars.

In this episode, Veronica is tasked with proving that the bus driver did not drive off the cliff in order to kill himself. Meanwhile, Wallace starts a relationship with new student Jackie



Veronica comforts Jessie at the crash site.

After the school bus crash, Veronica wonders what happened, learns that Meg is alive. Meanwhile, Jackie Cook comes up and angrily asks her for a coffee. The townspeople angrily question Sheriff Lamb, but he does not have any information. The bus driver's daughter, Jessie asks Veronica to help her prove that the bus driver, Ed Doyle, didn't kill himself so the family can get insurance benefits. After Jessie punches another girl, Veronica agrees to help her. Woody Goodman tells Keith that he should run for sheriff. That night, Veronica and Keith watch the news, on which a convenience store clerk says that the bus driver was acting weird. Jackie has conflicts with her strict father, who is the baseball player from the previous episode. Jackie walks into class, and she and Wallace start flirting with each other. Logan is carrying on his affair with Kendall. While they are having sex, Dick and Beaver walk in with their father, Dick Sr. However, they successfully cover the affair up, and Mr. Casablancas invites Logan to target practice. Jackie's car shows up with a mysterious scratch on it, and Wallace calls Veronica for help. Veronica talks to the convenience clerk who talked to the bus driver. Veronica asks for the last meal the bus driver had, which was a Slurpee and a bag of peanuts. Veronica notices a phone and thinks that the bus driver probably needed to get change to make a call.

Veronica goes to the Sheriff's department for access to the phone records. Wallace learns that a blonde driving a green car dented Jackie's car. Wallace investigates one of the suspects. Veronica talks to Jessie again, and she reveals that she learns that the bus driver made a call to someone named Cotter who lived in their apartment complex. Sheriff Lamb enters Jessie's house and says that he has a search warrant. Logan shoots at targets with Mr. Casablancas and Dick. Veronica talks to the Cotter family, but they say that it was a wrong number. Sheriff Lamb found a suicide note saved on Ed Doyle's computer.

Veronica comes back to the Cotter house and finds Mrs. Cotter. where Veronica voices her theory that Ed Doyle wasn't planning to kill himself, but he was actually going to leave his wife for Mrs. Cotter. Veronica is right, and Mrs. Cotter meets Jessie for the first time. Veronica reconciles with Duncan, and they have sex in a hotel room. When she is leaving, she notices Logan coming out of a room, which has Kendall in it. While picking up popcorn, Beaver finds a condom wrapper. Keith politely declines Woody's offer for the Sheriff run. Jessie tries to have Sheriff Lamb reopen the case to no avail, which Keith sees. Wallace successfully finds the person who dented Jackie's car. Keith tells Veronica that he is running for Sheriff after all. An unidentified dead body washes up on shore, and Sheriff Lamb and his assistants inspect the body. They find "Veronica Mars" written on his palm.

Arc significance

  • Meg Manning is only survivor of the bus crash, but she's in a coma.
  • Ed, the bus driver, had a history of depression and Sheriff Lamb finds what appears to be a suicide note. Veronica tries to prove that he was leaving his wife, however, but Lamb doesn't listen and closes the bus crash case.
  • Baseball team owner Woody Goodman is running for the position of Balboa County Supervisor—a position more commonly known as 'Mayor of Neptune' - and he wants Keith to run for Sheriff. After seeing Lamb refuse Jessie Doyle's pleas to reopen the bus crash case, Keith accepts.
  • A dead body washes up on the shore. Sheriff Lamb searches it and finds written on its hand is the name "Veronica Mars."

Cultural references

A variety of cultural references are made in the episode:

  • Veronica tells Jessie, "you must chill," referencing a line from Say Anything….
  • The episode references "Afternoon Delight".
  • Veronica references a scene in Good Will Hunting.
  • The clerk calls Veronica Marilyn Munster.
  • Veronica jokingly tells Wallace to go on The Oprah Winfrey Show if she dies unexpectedly.
  • Cervando, the PCH biker who was stabbed, allegedly cried when he saw Stand and Deliver for the first time.
  • Wallace references Drew Barrymore's character in Never Been Kissed.


  • "The Minor Waltz" - Asylum Street Spankers
  • "Magic Bus" - The Who
  • "On Your Porch" - The Format
  • "Little Miss Get Around" - Lukewarm Freeda
  • "Where Is My Mind?" - Pixies

Writing and acting

  • This episode guest stars noted Hollywood director Kevin Smith, who plays a convenience store clerk. Kevin Smith became famous for his 1994 film Clerks. He was also an outspoken fan of the series when it originally aired.
  • Tessa Thompson joins the cast as a series regular in this episode, though she was in the credits in the previous one.


Wallace: Whatcha doin'?
Veronica: Remembering why I'm a misanthrope.

Duane: Let me tell you something, if I was gonna do a kamikaze, you know, off a bridge with a bus full of kids and stuff, a convenience store would not be the site of my last meal. I'd wanna...I'd wanna eat something on the brink of extinction, you know, like the last emu. Or meerkat. I bet they'd go down smooth.

Lamb: What are you up to, Veronica?
Veronica: The last question, actually. "Why do you want this position?" Honestly, and really tell me the truth: how much of an ass-kiss would I be if I admit it's to be close to you? Seriously. Why do birds suddenly appear every time you're near?

Jackie]]: When you guys are done breaking up, can I get a macchiato?
Veronica: I'm actually just the hostess, but I c--
Jackie: Look, I don't care if you're the house magician. Can you just make me a macchiato?
[Veronica walks closer to the counter, staring at Jackie. She holds out her hands and makes a “Poof” gesture]
Veronica: Your macchiato.
Jackie: [to Duncan about Veronica] You know you could do better.

Jessie: You know who I am, right?
Veronica: I do.
Jessie: Just out of curiosity, did you know who I was last week?
Veronica: Nope.
Jessie: Your dad drives one bus off a cliff and your days of being under the radar are over.

Veronica: I just have all these conflicting emotions. Grief, for everyone who died and everyone who lost someone. Guilt, about Meg. The one that kills me, joy, because I'm alive. And by all rights, I shouldn't be.
Duncan: Veronica, it's not your fault.
Veronica: I'm afraid that line only works in "Good Will Hunting".

Logan: [to Veronica about Duncan and her] FYI if the cuddling is the best part, he didn’t do it right.


  • Jackie's father's grip on his car keys changes in every shot.
  • As Veronica walks away from Duane Anders at the convenience store the cup she is holding is full/empty/full between shots.
  • At 35:58 as Mr. Casablancas is sneaking up on Beaver, and again at 36:14 as Cassidy is cleaning up, you can see the boom microphone reflected in the window glass in the background.
  • As Terrence Cook enters her room at 9:44, you can see a crew member's head reflected in the mirror at the left edge of the frame.
  • In the opening shot of the episode, as the camera moves left and up to track Veronica, it can be seen reflected in the glass front of the display case.
  • This episode had an estimated audience size of 3.02 million US viewers on its first airing.[1]



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