Drinking The Kool-Aid
Drinking the Kool-Aid
Episode No.   Season
9 1x09 One
Original Broadcast Date November 30, 2004
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"Drinking The Kool-Aid" is the ninth episode of the first season of Veronica Mars.

Plot Edit


Veronica milks a cow.

Veronica simultaneously investigates Clarence Wiedman, the head of Kane Security, who took surveillance photos of her and sent them to her mother and the Moon Calf Collective, a peace loving cult that 09er Casey Gant has joined.

Arc significance Edit

  • Clarence Wiedman, Head of Security at Kane Software, took the pictures of her.
  • Veronica has a DNA test done to find if Keith is actually her biological father but she shreds the results without looking at them.

Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Music Edit

  • "Make a Deal with the City" - East River Pipe
  • "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" - Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger
  • "Have a Nice Day" - Stereophonics
  • "Famous Lover" - The Fire Marshals of Bethlehem

Quotes Edit

Veronica: [to Keith] What is your deal? You're jacked up like some hillbilly kid who just stumbled into daddy's meth lab.

:[Veronica muses about going undercover as an Emo girl.]
Veronica: The attributes and style of crap teen poetry. Must be written in a funky color of ink. Must include dominant themes of alienation, sexual ambivalence, self-loathing, death, etcetera.

:[Veronica gets hugged by the leader of the Moon Calf Collective.]
Veronica: [voiceover] I knew I should have included a few discreet lesbian overtones in that poem.

:Veronica: [voiceover] Do not roll your eyes, Veronica, you're undercover.
:Josh: You gotta open up, let other people inside.
Veronica: [voiceover] Let other people inside.... Got anyone in particular in mind?

:[Keith is upset about Veronica disobeying his request that she stay away from the collective.]
Keith: What the hell were you thinking! That's got to be the worst decision I’ve ever seen by someone who wasn’t literally brain damaged.

:Wallace: You better recognize.
Veronica: Thank you for being my own personal Springer audience. Should I check myself before I wreck myself?


  • The episode title is a reference to the widely-used phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid," which refers generally to the act of buying wholeheartedly into a belief, preference, or idea, and specifically to the 1978 Jonestown cult suicides in Guyana, in which cult leader Jim Jones poisoned (or convinced to self-poison) over 900 of his followers with a mixture of grape Flavor Aid, Valium, chloral hydrate, and probably cyanide.[1]
  • Keith Mars' injuries are brushed off and attributed to him playing baseball. In real life, Enrico Colantoni's scars can be attributed to him playing ice hockey.[2]

Goofs Edit

  • At the end of the initial interview with Keith Mars, Mr. Gant's mouth is clearly moving, though he has finished speaking.
  • When Veronica is taking a shower and jolts at the sudden loss of hot water, her waist is briefly visible, and she is clearly wearing a black swimsuit or some other garment on her lower body.
  • At the funeral, Veronica is wearing a black coat that buttons right below the neck, but after hurrying back to her father's office, she's wearing a standard double breasted, black pea-coat. She would have had no time to change coats.
  • Throughout the early scenes of this episode, Veronica's nail color inexplicably changes between shots. In the street outside the prison gates, her hands rest on the steering wheel as she cries; her nails are painted a light white or heavy clear coat. In the next scene as she drives home from the prison, her nails are unchanged, but when she stops to vomit and later when she continues driving, her nails are suddenly dark red, brown or black. When she arrives home and her hands are seen in closeup, her nails are unpainted. In subsequent scenes, although she is wearing the same costume, her nails are black.
  • When Veronica see Casey being shoved into the car, from behind, we see her running quite fast and quite a distance down the road when she gets out of her car. From the front, she is barely walking fast and is still at the top of the road, very close to her car.
  • When Veronica walks into her apartment and sees the envelope containing the results of the paternity test, her clothes and hairstyle are those at the funeral scene. The scene in which she sorts through the mail and finds the envelope takes place after the funeral and after Casey's deprogramming.

References Edit

  1. Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Survivor Remembers Jim Jones

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