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The Easter Eggs, Inside Jokes, and TV Show References in the Veronica Mars Movie

Mar 19 2014 - 7:00am

By now, you should have had the chance to watch the Veronica Mars movie, so it's time to talk spoilers! We already pointed out the cameos [1], so now let's start some dissecting. The movie is based on the TV show that went off the air seven years ago, and while there's a new mystery to solve, there are a lot of the original characters. But they're not the only holdovers from the series that pop up in the movie. We've pulled out the inside jokes and references to the show in the movie, so if you're a fan, see if you caught all these, and let us know what we missed! Spoilers ahead, obviously.

The Street Musician Singing "We Used to Be Friends"

The theme song for the show, The Dandy Warhols' "We Used to Be Friends," gets referenced when Veronica walks past a New York street musician who's performing it.

Veronica's Jacket and Bag

Grown-up Veronica has sophisticated jackets and handbags that befit a budding lawyer, but when she gets back to Neptune, she has to get more comfortable. She grabs the handbag she used throughout high school and a leather jacket she would have worn back in the day to really get her into crime-solving mode.

The Sex Tape

The sex tape that plays during the movie's high school reunion is the one that's made of Veronica and Piz at the end of the season three.

The "Bone Fragments"

Before the reunion, Piz mentions the bone fragments floating around in his head as a result of the beating Logan gives him at the end of season three, when Logan assumes Piz leaked the sex tape of him and Veronica.

Dan Lamb Being Don Lamb's Brother

Jerry O'Connell [2] plays a new character: Neptune's current sheriff, Dan Lamb. He is the brother of Don Lamb, the former sheriff who is killed in the line of duty (and one of Veronica's nemeses throughout the series).

Carrie Bishop/Bonnie DeVille

The movie's plot centers around the murder of Logan's pop star girlfriend, Bonnie DeVille, who was a high school classmate then known as Carrie Bishop. The character was originally played by Leighton Meester [3], but due to scheduling conflicts, she couldn't appear, and Andrea Estella (who really sings DeVille's songs in the film) stepped in. The movie's subplot includes Carrie having covered up the death of Susan Knight, the character who Carrie covers for in an episode on the show.

The Stun Gun

Veronica clocks Madison Sinclair just after the bully taunts her about her once-omnipresent weapon.


Not only does Max Greenfield's character Leo reference the pizza that Veronica once brought him on the show to butter him up, but he also gets to deliver a big Veronica Mars inside joke. He says he had heard she was working at the FBI, a reference to Rob Thomas's failed attempt at a fourth season, which featured Veronica in the FBI [4].

Gia Goodman

Krysten Ritter's character Gia has a bigger role in the movie than she does on the show, in which she's the daughter of Woody Goodman (Steve Guttenberg), the mayor and one of season two's villains.

Luke Haldeman

The son of a congressman who's engaged to Gia in the movie is seen in season one as a classmate of Veronica's who's selling steroids.

Kane Software

Computer-savvy Mac grows up to work at Kane Software, which we visited during the show, because it's owned by "the most powerful man in Neptune," Jake Kane (also the father of Veronica's ex-boyfriend Duncan and her murdered best friend, Lily).

Martina Vasquez

The scene where Veronica calls Sheriff Lamb and pretends to be "Channel 9's Martina Vasquez" is a callback to a scene in the show where she did the same thing to the former Sheriff Lamb (who didn't actually fall for it).

Celeste Kane Shooting Weevil

One of the most shocking moments of the movie is when someone shoots Weevil when he tries to help. That someone is Celeste Kane, the rich ex-wife of Jake and mother of Duncan and Lily.

The Love Speech

After Veronica and Logan get back together at the end of the movie, they both say parts of the drunken love speech Logan gives Veronica near the end of season two. Watch the original here.

Veronica Calling Herself a Marshmallow

Veronica introduces the movie with a brief overview of her life and the big players, and at the end, she refers to herself as a "marshmallow" — a wink to the series's fans who call themselves that. That itself is a reference to Wallace calling Veronica a marshmallow in season one.

Logan's Inspirational Voicemail

If you watch until the (bitter) end of the credits, you get to hear Logan delivering an inspirational voicemail. He loved doing these on the show, too.

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