Veronica walks into a classroom, continuing her ditzy teen talk into a phone. The fact that no one is responding on the other end doesn't deter her, temporarily making her a more typical teenager than we've ever seen. The Asian male teacher asks what she's doing and, after "hanging up" and confirming that it's study hall, tells him she was excused from gym for "personal reasons." The teacher manages not to make a face at that revelation, outdoing me by a long shot. He does, however, confiscate her cell phone, telling her she can pick it up after school.
Wallace is watching a film about symbiosis. Perhaps not wanting to think about how it applies to Alicia and Keith, he makes a call...
...and in the study hall, the planted phone in Tad's bag rings. He pulls out his actual phone and complains it's not even on, but the teacher is unimpressed, claiming that he's an "equal-opportunity confiscator." Hee. Tad gives up his phone.
In another science-looking classroom, Veronica approaches the teacher and asks, since she volunteered to separate the recycling from the cafeteria trash, if she could be excused early, The teacher simply smiles her permission, as she doesn't have her Smell A Great Big Lie card. ("SAGBL" just doesn't sound as good.)
Veronica runs to the study hall and asks for her phone back. The teacher opens a drawer, but Veronica grabs Tad's phone instead, which has a "Fly Navy" sticker on it. The requisite fairy joke is beneath even me. Veronica bumps into Tad on her way out, and makes herself scarce. Tad tries to retrieve his phone, but only sees a disposable one. He complains to the teacher, who's all, "Mm MM mm?" Hee. I wonder if I could subcontract my forums out to this guy. Tad breathes, "Veronica Mars." That's her name -- don't you forget it. Perhaps you should look into a tattoo, if you can spare a shoulder for a female name.
Mars Investigations. Veronica asks Keith why he's smiling, and Keith says he's savoring the irony, since the Kanes are offering a $50,000 reward for information on Duncan's whereabouts. Keith says that could be Veronica's first two years at an Ivy League school. As a graduate of an Ivy League school, I feel qualified to offer this reasoned and scholarly rebuttal: As if. Keith thinks it will be easy to find Duncan, but Veronica wonders if it might not actually be such a lark, since she gave Duncan some detailed information on how to disappear. Keith looks like he's wondering if San Diego State might be more appropriate for Veronica after all. Since things are getting a little awkward, you'd think an interruption would be welcome. Since the intruder is Alicia, who's humming and sashaying and carrying some sort of bag for a purpose Veronica doesn't want to consider, you might want to reconsider. Keith doesn't give up where they're going, and suggests that Veronica get started on the Duncan's passport thing. She'll get right on that, as soon as she feels comfortable ditching the fetal position.