Like A Virgin
Like a Virgin
Episode No.   Season
8 1x08 One
Original Broadcast Date November 23, 2004
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"Like Virgin" was the eighth episode of the first season of Veronica Mars.

In this episode, when someone publicly releases the results of an online purity test and causes chaos at the school, Veronica goes on the case. Meanwhile, Veronica attempts to obtain information from the confessed killer of Lilly Kane, Abel Koontz.


Veronica looks at photos of Lilly Kane's murder site that she found earlier. Then, Cliff McCormack enters and Veronica asks him for entry into death row to see Abel Koontz. Cliff denies her advances. Later that day, after gym class, Veronica finds that her clothes are missing and that someone stuffed them in the toilet. A cheerleader, Meg Manning, gives her uniform to Veronica. Meg goes over to her friends, one of whom is Duncan Kane, and they talk about a popular purity test. Later, Veronica and Wallace are hanging out, and Wallace's mom, Alicia eventually barges in and berates him privately for being friends with Veronica. Veronica finds a website where she can look up the results of anyone's purity test. There is chaos at school the next day after someone makes the results of the test public. Veronica then tells Meg that she will find the person who made the test public. The next day, Veronica meets Mac when she needs help with a computer problem. They start to investigate who made the results public. Later, Veronica spies Alicia with a man at night. Later that day, Veronica meets Meg, who tells her that she is being harassed. It turns out that Meg's sister actually created and published a test specifically for her.

Veronica goes to an attractive IT faculty member, who refuses to give her a student's password. A few moments later, Meg fails her audition for Cabaret when other students harass her. Veronica emails Abel Koontz under a fake name in order to get access to his cell. Later, Keith fails to convince Mrs. Fennel to give her his help with the tenant (the man we saw earlier), who was being abusive towards her. In addition, Veronica receives a call which states that Koontz has accepted her visitation request. The next day, Veronica questions Meg's sister, but she says that Meg didn't come to school that day. It turns out that Meg received erotic letters from a crush when on vacation. Wallace decides to sleep over at Veronica's house after the tenant becomes more disruptive. Keith does some work on the Fennel case and eventually catches the thief attempting to steal some food. Keith attempts to force him to leave the house by 6:00 AM. He eventually succeeds. Veronica does some more research with Mac, and they eventually find that someone is logged onto Veronica's account. Veronica eventually finds an empty computer in the journalism room which contains an embarrassing untrue email.


Abel Koontz reveals that who knows who Veronica is.

Veronica eventually tracks down the suspect (the IT guy) while he is having sex in a car. She confronts Kimmy, the girl who was involved with the IT man, but she states that she was not involved with Veronica's purity test leak, only Meg's. She blames another student, Pam, for Veronica's cyberbullying. Later, Meg thanks Veronica. Veronica talks to Duncan and says that the email was fake. However, he jokingly responds, indicating a possible new emotional connection between the two. Mrs. Fennel visits Keith and thanks him, also indicating that they will allow their children to still be friends. Veronica visits Abel Koontz. The visit starts to go well, but Abel once again confesses to the murder and states that he recognizes her. He puts it in her mind that she is possibly not Keith's daughter and is in fact the daughter of Lianne and Jake Kane. Veronica gets into her car and breaks down sobbing.

Arc Significance

Cultural references

A variety of pop culture references are made in the episode:

  • The episode's title refers to Madonna's sophomore album Like a Virgin and its lead single of the same name.
  • Meg and Kimmy both audition for the lead role of Sally in Cabaret. In addition, the episode mentions the title song of the musical.
  • Meg was the lead role in Guys and Dolls.
  • Cole references the Lewinsky scandal when describing his relationship with Meg by using the phrase, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
  • Veronica refers to the science fiction comedy film Repo Man.


Main Cast

Guest Stars


  • "Hands on the Money" - Kid Symphony
  • "Don't Let It Get You Down" - Spoon


[ Veronica asks Cliff McCormack about visiting Abel Koontz.]
Cliff: You crazy kids! The stuff you're into. Hula hoops, cramming into phone booths, visiting death-row inmates… what's it gonna be next month?

[Veronica reads the results of Wallace's "purity" test.]
Veronica: Wow. You are thirty percent danger-loving, girl-touching rock star!

Wallace: Why are you holding your hands like that?
Veronica: So that one day in your memoirs, you'll describe me as "inscrutable".

Wallace: I just about merc'd my mom’s crazy, no-rent-paying tenant this afternoon.
Veronica: That guy's sleazy. So I hope merc'd means something bad. You know, my dad's still got that sheriff sheen. He's great at scaring people away.
Wallace: No, I got it covered.
Veronica: Seriously, you should talk to him.
Keith: (coming in) Am I giving you the birds and bees again, Wallace?

Alicia: The fact that you helped me… even though I was awful to you, you’re a very decent man.
Keith: I’d like to think that. But really I just like tossing people out, it's kinda a hobby.
Alicia: I dunno if you’ve heard some of the things they say about you.
Keith: Oh, I know, trust me, they barely let me socialize with myself, I’m a bad influence.

Meg: I, I didn't even do anything!
Veronica: I know.
Meg: You believe me?
Veronica: Meg, you're the last good person at this school. I'd believe cartoon birds braided your hair this morning. If you want, I can find who posted that test for you. We'll clear your name and make somebody pay.
Meg: Really?
Veronica: Unless there's a fairy godmother already on it.


  • "Like A Virgin", the episode's title, is a song by Madonna.
  • A sticker of a banana on a black background is shown on Veronica's locker. This picture is the cover of The Dandy Warhols single, "We Used To Be Friends." This is the same song for the shows opening credits.


  • When Meg is trying to erase the "48" on her locker, the traces of the deleted "8" change between shots.

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