Mother and daughter had lived in New York City since Veronica birth, with Hiram Lodge, Hermione's husband and Veronica's father. After Hiram was arrested for fraud and embezzlement and subsequently incarcerated, Hermione and Veronica left New York City and moved back to Hermione's home town of Riverdale.
They rolled into town a few days before the start of the school year and took up residence at The Pembrooke, which was the only piece of property Hermione owned solely in her name. While it was a small apartment, Hermione reminded her daughter that it was always about quality. Hermione then introduced Veronica to Smithers, their butler, and wondered if Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe was still open, as she had been craving one of Pop Tate's cheeseburgers all day. Confused, Veronica wondered what a 'chocolate shop' was and why it would sell cheeseburgers. She then went to pick up take-out at the diner where she met Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews.
Following Riverdale High School's back-to-school Semi-formal dance, Veronica arrived home early, surprising Hermione, who asked how it was. Veronica dismissively said it was fine, that she was super tired, and laid her head in her mother's lap. Concerned, Hermione brushed her daughter's hair back and asked if everything was okay but Veronica didn't answer. Early the next morning, Hermione and Veronica stood by with many other locals as Jason Blossom's body was pulled from Sweetwater River.
Taking a page from her mother's book, to make amends with Betty after kissing Archie after the semi-formal, despite knowing Betty had feelings for him, Veronica had cupcakes flown in from New York. Her mother always said, there wasn't a wrong that the right cupcake couldn't fix. However, while initially accepting of Veronica's apology, Betty ultimately couldn't get over what Veronica had done and broke off their burgeoning friendship. With a terrible start to the week unfolding before her, Veronica joined her mother as she waited tables at Pop's, the only place she could find employment, who told her that they were surviving by their wits as that what Lodge women did. She then wondered what Hiram would do if he could see them then and Veronica, in an attempt to cheer up her mother, replied that he would say she looked stunning in her new uniform. Hermione was going for a Joan Crawford-Mildred Pierce look and asked if it was working to which Veronica, amused, replied definitely. Archie then entered the diner with a pick up order for him and his father. Hermione recognized him as Fred's son, and volunteered Archie to walk Veronica home.
Following a date with Chuck Clayton, Veronica was slut-shamed by him and was reading mean spirited comments from several students online when her mother entered the room to ask how her date had gone as she had liked the look about Chuck. Veronica was less than forthcoming simply stating that Chuck was only handsome on the outside and not her type. The next night, at the Taste of Riverdale event Hermione was working, she was approached by Alice Cooper who derisively asked how Veronica was doing, and happily informing Hermione that Veronica was being slut-shamed at school.
After discovering what Veronica and Betty had resorted to in order to expose Chuck Clayton and the football team, Hermione managed to negotiate a lesser punishment for the two girls, and told her daughter to come to her first next time.
As she worked the night shift at the diner, Hermione was waiting on Cheryl Blossom, who, within earshot of Veronica a few booths down, nastily told Hermione to make to sure that all her money went into the register, since the Lodges were known for having sticky fingers. Veronica quickly went to her mother's defense, however, Hermione stopped her, and informed Cheryl that she went to school with her mother, Penelope, and that she didn't know the difference between having money, and having class either, much to Veronica's amusement. Later, Hermione was seen by Cheryl outside the diner, behind a dumpster, engaged in a heated argument with the leader of the Southside Serpents, which Cheryl happily informed Veronica of the next morning. When she confronted her mother, Hermione reminded Veronica that she grew up in Riverdale, Southside Serpents may be dangerous thugs, but she attended high school with some of them, she was just being polite. As Cheryl had told it had looked like they were arguing, Veronica wondered if Hermione was in some kind of trouble, however, Hermione dismissed the idea.
The next night, while attending closing night of the Twilight Drive-In, Veronica witnessed her mother sneaking off with the very same Serpent into an ally, behind the drive-in. She followed and saw her mother hand the Serpent a brown bag filled with cash. Immediately following her return home, Veronica one again confronted her mother and informed her she had witnessed the transaction that took place at the drive-in. Reluctantly, Hermione explained that she was handling business for Hiram, who had hired the serpents to decrease the value of the drive-ins land, so that he could purchase it at a cheaper price. Hermione had been paying the Serpents for a job well done. Saddened by the knowledge that her father really was a criminal, Hermione attempted to comfort her daughter, claiming that old Riverdale was dying out anyways, they were just helping it along. The only way for the Lodges to regain their wealth, was through business opportunities such as the drive-in.
Following Jason Blossom's memorial, Hermione disclosed to Veronica the antagonistic relationship between their family and the Blossoms. After a first hand look at the life Cheryl had to endure on a daily basis, Veronica told her mother how how lucky she was to have a mother like Hermione, who loved and protected her. Hermione then proceeded to tell Veronica about an incident from the prior night, when she was left a snake in a box at the diner, a message from the Serpents who believed Hiram owed them more money.
After Hermione was hired by Fred Andrews as bookkeeper for his company, Andrews Construction, Veronica visited the office on her mother's first day with flowers and was shocked to witness Hermione and Fred kissing. Upon her mother's return to their apartment that night, Veronica immediately asked if she was going to leave her father when he was released from prison, revealing what she had seen. Hermione was sorry that she had to see that, and Veronica wanted to know what would happen when her father came home, but Hermione didn't have an answer. It had just happened, and she didn't know what she could do to help Veronica through it. The next night, during a conversation with Josie McCoy, Josie persuaded Veronica to give her mother another chance.
The next morning, Hermione approached Veronica with a motion to award Fred the construction contract for development of the drive-in's land. When Hiram was arrested Veronica was made a legal officer of Lodge Industries and the contract needed two signatures. Veronica refused to sign, as she had just been about to apologize to her mother. She then wondered if her mother would stop seeing Fred if she did sign, but Hermione refused, so Veronica stormed out, claiming she didn't want anything to do with what was going on between her and Fred. Hermione then forged her daughter's signature on the contract. Later that night, Hermione attended Riverdale High School's annual Variety Show with Fred, and watched proudly as Veronica performed with Josie and the Pussycats. After the show, Veronica approach the two and Fred revealed that he had just been awarded the development contract, not knowing that it was owned by the Lodges. Understanding what her mother had done, Veronica proclaimed that her mother had won and walked away.
To retaliate against her mother, Veronica went on an online shopping spree, claiming that her purchases were to salve her emotional wounds. Hermione tried to explain that they couldn't afford to spend beyond their means but Veronica disagreed, since her mother had her cushy new job working for her boyfriend.
That night, Veronica prepared to go out clubbing, against her mother's wishes as it was a school night, claiming she had a get-out-of-jail-free card. Frustrated, Hermione told her daughter that that was enough and asked what Veronica wanted. She wanted her mother to tell the truth about forging her signature, as she didn't want her father to think she had betrayed him when he found out. Hermione claimed she would tell Hiram, just not right away, however, Veronica wasn't satisfied and went out anyways.
Out at the Roving Eye nightclub, Veronica shared with Kevin, Josie and Reggie that when her father was arrested, the courts had taken everything from them. To comfort her, her mother sat her down and explained that there was one thing no one could ever take from her: her name, which was the exact thing that she had taken from Veronica, like it meant nothing. Later, the club manager arrived with their bill, informing Veronica that her credit card had been declined and that it had been reported stolen. Veronica's mother had done it, and instead of being upset, Veronica was happy as it meant her mother was ready to negotiate.
Back at The Pembrooke, Hermione explained that she had feelings for Fred Andrews, but she couldn't say what it meant yet, as she didn't know herself yet. As for Hiram, he had made his own decisions, which distanced him from Hermione and she now had to make own decisions about moving forward with her life. She asked Veronica to accept her affair until they got more information. As well, she believed partnering with Andrews Construction was the right thing to do as Lodge Industries needed to work with legitimate business going forward. In return, Veronica demanded that whatever was happening between her and Fred couldn't happen at The Pembrooke, and that she'd have to tell Hiram about forging her signature. Hermione agreed to both as long as the clubbing and online shopping came to an end. The next day, with Veronica by her side, Hermione told Hiram the truth about the contract with Andrews Construction, as well as her forgery.
Later that night, after Betty's sister Polly found herself with nowhere to live, Veronica invited her to stay with her and her mother and Hermione welcomed her to stay as long as she needed.
At breakfast a few days later, Betty and Veronica proposed that they throw Polly a baby shower in an effort to get her and her parents talking again, which Hermione was all for until she realized that Polly wanted her mother and the Blossoms to attend. Hermione pulled Veronica to the side to inform her of just how deep the rivalry between the Coopers and the Blossoms went, that it would be a bloodbath. Plus, Hermione was trying to avoid the Blossoms as Clifford had made a play for the drive-in's land, and if he found out Hiram was the buyer, it would be open war. She and Fred were trying to keep things on track, but Hermione still had not told Fred that Hiram was the owner. The timing of the shower was not ideal, as well, Hermione found it hard to believe that Alice would even want to go to the shower. She didn't but Veronica hoped her mother could talk to Alice, mother-to-mother and convince her, as Polly really needed their help. Ultimately, Hermione was able to persuade Alice to attend the shower, and she and Veronica played host.
During breakfast one morning, Hermione informed her daughter that lawyers were coming over that week to take their statements for her father's hearing, and they both had to testify on his behalf. Veronica wondered what to do if they asked about what her father's embezzlement, would she have to lie? Hermione admitted that they might have to shade the truth a bit. She then told Veronica that Hiram had found out about her relationship with Fred Andrews, and that Fred still didn't know that Hiram owned the drive-in's land. Veronica tried to persuade her mother to tell Fred the truth before someone else did, but Hermione was reluctant as they had sunk all their money into the SoDale project and could not afford for Fred to walk off the project.
The next day, after learning that friend Ethel Muggs's family was having financial trouble, Veronica took it upon herself to cheer Ethel up by inviting her to lunch at The Pembrooke with her mother, Kevin and Betty. While there, Hermione pulled Veronica aside and informed her that Ethel's father had invested with Hiram, meaning he was responsible for the recent troubles that Ethel's family was facing and they would be testifying against Hiram. Disgusted, Veronica agreed that they should, as her father had ruined so many lives, however, that was merely the downside of investing with Hiram, Hermione explained. Veronica then asked if Fred could lose everything in doing business with her and Hiram, but Hermione was not sure.
A few nights later, Veronica returned home in tears. She had come from the hospital where Ethel's father was, after attempting to kill himself because of what Hiram had done, which for all Veronica knew, he continued to do. Veronica informed her mother she was done lying for her father.
After the incident with Ethel's father, Veronica met her father's attorney, Paul Sowerberry, who had come by The Pembrooke to prep Hermione and Veronica for their statements and help with Hiram's upcoming court hearing. However, Veronica reminded her mother that she still had no plans on helping her father on account of all the lives her father had ruined. He had made his bed, and now he had to sleep in it.
Later, in the student lounge, Veronica learned from Archie that when he attend the Blossom family banquet, he had overheard Cliff Blossom say that he was responsible for Veronica's father being sent to jail. Shocked, Veronica wondered why Clifford would have had anything to do with her father being in jail but Archie didn't have an answer. Curious, Veronica dug into her father's business files after school and discovered that Blossom Maple Farms had been paying Lodge Industries significant sums of money going back seventy-five years. The payments continued up until five months prior, when Hiram was arrested. She told her mother of what she found and wondered if Cliff Blossom had implicated her father to get out of paying the fee. Veronica thought they should tell Mr. Sowerberry, however, Hermione was worried that if people found out about the payments, they might think Hiram was responsible for Jason Blossom's murder. She reassured her daughter that she didn't think he had anything to do with his murder but advised her to let it go anyway, so as not to make things worse.
Disregarding her mothers wishes, Veronica presented what she'd found to her father's lawyer, who told her that he already knew and had the same concerns as her mother about revealing the information. Mr. Sowerberry then informed her that he had spoken to her father about her conflicted feelings, and produced a letter from Hiram to Veronica. In the letter, Hiram implied that Hermione was not as innocent as Veronica thought, and if Veronica didn't make a statement on his behalf, her mother would be drawn into the mess. He then threatened that she think carefully of what she would do next as both her and her mother's lives would depend on it. Later, after attending Jughead's 16th birthday party, Veronica commiserated with Archie, telling him that she really didn't want her mother to be guilty of anything, that she really hoped her father was lying.
The next day, she had a brief discussion with Smithers, in which he informed her that while her father may be a terrible man, her mother is an unequivocally good person. So, despite her current feelings towards her father, Veronica went to Mr. Sowerberry's office and decided to testify on her father's behalf, but she was doing it for her mother, who she believed in.
Days later, Hermione received a phone call from Mr. Sowerberry who revealed that their statements had made a big difference in Hiram's case and the judge was inclined to give him a break, which would amount to time served or just a few more months. Veronica wondered what would happen once he was released, if they would move back to New York. Hermione suggested that Hiram could move to Riverdale, however, Veronica was worried about the crimes he had committed, including, possibly, Jason Blossom's murder. Frustrated with her daughter, Hermione told her to stop as there was no proof Hiram had anything to do with his death and that she needed to be supportive of her father rather than demonize him.
Still incredibly uneasy about her father, Veronica convinced Archie to help her search FP Jones's trailer for any evidence linking him or her father to Jason Blossom. She believed that it was a definite possibility that Hiram had hired FP to have Jason killed while he was in jail, and her mother was in complete denial about everything, ready to welcome Hiram home with open arms. Veronica needed to know the truth.
After FP Jones was arrested for Jason Blossom's murder, Hermione was worried that he might reveal Hiram's dealings with the Serpents. Veronica, however, was satisfied that at least they would know the truth and if it turned out that Hiram was involved, Hermione assured her daughter that they would cut all ties with him. Worried, Veronica posited that they might not be able to walk away so easily and Hermione took her hand in comfort.