Veronica Mars: Season 3 (2006 - 2007)

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Season 3
Veronica Mars

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The third season of Veronica Mars continues to highlight the show's simple brilliance, offering more of the witty banter and quote-worthy dialogue the series is known for.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 220

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In the third season premiere, Veronica is in true form from the moment she, Logan, Wallace and Mac set foot on the campus of Hearst College. Wallace enlists Veronica's help when his new roommate, Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL), finds out that all of his belongings have been stolen. While working on Piz's case, Veronica learns that a campus serial rapist has struck again. Meanwhile, Keith gets into trouble while transporting a recently released convict across the country to reunite him with Kendall (recurring guest star CHARISMA CARPENTER).

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As part of her investigation into Parker's (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO) rape, Veronica agrees to go undercover and write an expose on the Zeta Theta sorority for the campus newsletter. As her research progresses, Veronica realizes that not everything is as it seems in the sorority house. Meanwhile, Logan and Wallace are psychologically challenged by a prisoner/guard role-playing experiment for their sociology class.

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A campus football player hires Veronica to help him find his stolen playbook. If he doesn't recover the book before the next practice, he might lose his scholarship. Meanwhile, as a result of Veronica's expose about a campus sorority, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR. - "Arrested Development") threatens to expel her if she doesn't reveal one of her sources. Also, Logan tells Veronica that his schedule is keeping them apart, but she learns he has been spending time participating in illegal gambling. And Veronica convinces Keith to hire Weevil to assist with office work at Mars Investigations.

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When Logan is informed that his inheritance is running low, he become suspicious and enlists Veronica's help to sort through his financial records. Veronica uncovers the fact that large sums of money have been going to a man named Charlie Stone (MATT CZUCHRY - "Gilmore Girls"). Meanwhile, Keith is hired by a woman, Harmony (recurring guest star LAURA SAN GIACOMO - "Just Shoot Me!"), to investigate her cheating husband.

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It's Halloween at Hearst College, and while Veronica is looking for Logan at the underground campus casino, the place is robbed. The thieves take Veronica's necklace, which was given to her by her deceased friend Lilly. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) and his wife, Mindy (JAIME RAY NEWMAN - "E Ring"), seek Keith's help in tracking down Steve (RICHARD GRIECO - "21 Jump Street"), the biological father of Mindy's son, who is deathly ill. And distracted by a new group of friends, Wallace struggles to pass his Mechanical Engineering class.

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When Veronica is accused of plagiarizing her paper for Professor Landry's (recurring guest star PATRICK FABIAN - "Joan of Arcadia") criminology class and must clear her reputation, she discovers that her mentor is not whom she thought he was. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) pardons Wallace for cheating on an examination, but Wallace makes a decision that could affect his college career. And after Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL) invites Veronica to a night of bowling, she decides to bring Logan and Parker (recurring guest star JULIE GONZALO), unaware that Piz wanted the evening to be more of a date.

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Veronica is disappointed in Keith for his ongoing relationship with his client Harmony, who invites him on a romantic weekend getaway. While Veronica retreats to Wallace and Piz's dormitory room for some quiet time, Logan seeks her help in clearing his friend of the rape charges but refuses to provide an alibi.

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Selma Rose, the wealthy granddaughter of the founder of Hearst College and a member of the Hearst College Board of Trustees, mysteriously disappears the night before she is to cast a swing vote that will determine the fate of the fraternity system on campus. With Veronica's help, Keith is hired by Dean O'Dell to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, Veronica is rehired as a photographer for the Hearst Free Press, but she and Logan fight over her involvement in the rape case.

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After Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star ED BEGLEY JR.) reinstates the Greek system on campus, Veronica remains determined to solve the rape case. Along with Mac, Wallace and Piz (recurring guest star CHRIS LOWELL), she attends a party armed with coasters designed to test for drugs in the drinks of her peers. Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell hires Keith to investigate whether or not O'Dell's wife is cheating on him.

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Attempting to keep her mind off Logan, Veronica takes a job helping animal researchers track down a monkey that is missing from their laboratory. In order to find the fugitive animal, Veronica and Mac (recurring guest star TINA MAJORINO) go undercover as members of a campus animal rights group that is believed to have freed the monkey. Meanwhile, Mindy O'Dell (recurring guest star JAIME RAY NEWMAN) asks Keith to investigate her husband's death, believing that he was murdered.

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Veronica Mars is now attending Hearst College, jewel of the Pacific citadel of higher education set amid rolling lawns and swaying palms. But since Veronica is among its incoming freshmen, it's also a noir netherworld of lies

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Critic Reviews for Veronica Mars Season 3

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

[Season 3] creates some interesting drama - following in "Mars" tradition.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

What Veronica Mars does better than almost any current series is give you a sense that it's building to something big.

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Perhaps this is the real mystery of Veronica Mars: The mystery of why a show as well written as this one needs to beg for an audience supposedly starved of quality entertainment. A mystery likely to remain unsolved.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For all of its wondrous charms and agreeable reasons for watching, the fact is that after Bell and a smattering of quote-worthy dialogue, Veronica Mars probably doesn't have enough dramatic heft to break out of its own cult status.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season 3 did set up the intriguing and perfectly realistic possibility that Veronica Mars could not only survive but continue to find ways to reinvigorate itself.

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

[It was a] troubled and unloved third season.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

In season 3 Veronica Mars remains enjoyable and engaging, with all of the characters and wit that we have grown to love, but I will not deny that this is the weakest of the seasons.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The series finale is still an excellent example of everything the show was so good at.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The Battlestar "cross-over" was just one of many highlights from this season's first two episodes

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

The show's virtues are intact: irony-laced banter, film noir-ish voice-overs with a twist and deliciously tortured triangles.

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

VM has had a good long run, and it's better to celebrate that we had three (very nearly) full seasons with Veronica rather than throw ourselves on her funeral pyre.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Like many of the best network shows, Veronica seemed just a little bit ahead of its time, the kind of DVD boxed set that will be passed around for years.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Veronica Mars: Season 3

  • Jun 20, 2014
    Veronica Mars struggles in its third season as it attempts to adjust to a new network and a post-high school setting. This season Veronica is off to Hearst College, where she's drawn back into her detective ways when her friend's roommate becomes the victim of a serial rapist. Unfortunately, the change in setting is accompanied by some major cast changes, and the new cast just isn't as good. This shakeup also effects the character dynamics, and not for the better. Still, the show continues to deliver smart and compelling mysteries of the week and multi-episode arcs. And, several notable guest stars, including Dan Castellaneta, Laura San Giacomo, and Paul Rudd, make appearances. Though it's entertaining and fun, Season 3 of Veronica Mars is uneven and lacks the clarity of vision that the previous seasons had.
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  • Jan 30, 2020
    Season 3, though it is still great, is not as good as the two previous season. Thankfully the movie and season 4 makes up for this less than awesome season.
  • Jan 06, 2020
    BEST SERIES EVER.Months later I'm still gutted about the ending of season 4. BRING HIM BACK!!! the creator says that we would stop watching if the show was based on romance and wants to focus on the crime solving. DONT THEY KNOW THE MAIN ATTRACTION TO THE SHOW IS VERONICAS ANS LOGANS LOVE STORY?? PLEASE UNDO THIS. we won't even be mad if he just magically walks back into the house. Just please bring him back or a lot of fans aren't going to watch anymore.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    Starting off this season I was not sure how I felt about Veronica and Logan's relationship; however, by the end it got me sobbing. The antagonist this season was quite unsuspecting and I wasn't only shocked but a bit disappointed in myself for dismissing them as innocent. I could not think of a better mystery to end the show, but maybe a happy ending for Veronica is too much to ask?
  • Apr 28, 2018
    Kristen Bell returns for the 3rd and final season of the super sleuth investigator Veronica is off to college hoping to start anew Logan and Veronica have gotten back together, Wallace and Mack follow, her father Keith is handling a case of his own and on top of that there's a rapist on campus shaving girls' heads that Veronica is pressured to solve along with the murder of a university staff member First she has to circle around thieves, plagiarizing, animal rights activists, hookers, murdered coaches etc Plus a new college buddy named Piz has a big interest in her, maybe romantically which could change things for her and Logan A girl named Parker becomes her friend too under the most unusual of circumstances Weevil is having employment problems as well Logan even finds out something his father has been keeping from him Sadly we lose a fun supporting character amidst all this secrecy this season actually gets back to the spirit of Season 1 with all the fun cases to solve and the surprising throwbacks the finale seems like it's a big finish but it will leave a lot of fans unsatisfied since it feels not properly wrapped up, it's a shame the show ended when it did considering it could have covered so much more ground 3 seasons done and so many ups and downs for Veronica have left her a changed person so what's next? another season or possibly a Hollywood production? time will tell.... glad to say I enjoyed Kristen Bell for the entire program's run
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Okay better late than never, but I had to post this review. Veronica Mars is an excellent TV Series, and of course I’m soon to put up the review on the Veronica Mars movie too. Veronica Mar TV-Series has all of the key elements to be a great show, and that it did become. The show has a constant growing cast which truly for the most part fit the bill of the show and they tend to fill the character they portray well too. The story starting out with it’s point of origin continued through most all of the series while each episode was bringing to light even more investigations for Veronica and her father to take care. What I liked most about the show is how it always kept true to each instance. In each episode we found out more on some cases as they progressed as well as it would calmly bring in a new one which always kept things interesting. I’ve became quite the fan of this series and have added it to my physical collection of movies.
  • Oct 23, 2014
    witty banter from believable characters dealing with real-world issues and dilemmas encapsulated in a high school microcosm. My only disappointment was that the ending is so open - but life is full of unfinished business, so it was probably the right approach.
  • Mar 20, 2014
    I love this show, love this season. Love it all!
  • Feb 13, 2014
    LoVe this show, I can rewatch it over and over again. CW was crazy to cancel it.
  • Jan 26, 2014
    One of the coolest and funniest tv shows I have seen. Veronica Mars dealt with all kinds of topics, more serious things like rape, murder and also the happier things in life like friendship, love and of course, solving crime. Both comedy and drama. It combines the detective/mystery aspect with a teenage setting.

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