- Betty: "Veronica Lodge, Kevin Keller.. Veronica's new here, Kevin is --"
- Veronica: "Gay. Thank god, let's be best friends."
- ―Veronica and Kevin meet for the first time[src]
Veronica and Kevin have no history prior to the start of the season due to the fact that they grew up in separate states.
After finding Moose and Midge at Lover's Lane following their attack at the hands of a hooded assailant, Kevin arrived at school the next day, where he recounted the moments leading up to his discovery. He told his friends that after hearing Midge's Banshee-like scream, he compared her appearance of being covered in Moose's blood to the 1976 American supernatural horror film, Carrie. Concerned with Kevin's well being, considering that he could've been shot as well, Archie questioned what Kevin was doing in the woods to begin with. Despite entering Fox Forest for a late night hook up, Kevin lied, telling his friends that he was on a late night jog. Archie now hoped that they could all agree that there was a killer on the loose, though everyone wasn't convinced. Veronica then interrupted to invite them all over to her place to officially meet her father.
Arrival of Nick St. Clair
In the student lounge, Veronica told Kevin that an old friend of hers, Nick St. Clair, was coming up from New York for her parents' open house. Veronica and Nick were the "will they or won't they?" of their jet set. While he was an outrageous flirt, they never dated. They'd used to hop from club to club, where they would go on these madcap adventures, and stay up all night. Archie and Betty entered the lounge, wondering who Veronica was referring to. Veronica insisted that Archie had no reason to worry, as Nick was just a ghost from her bad girl past.
After meeting Nick, both Veronica and Kevin were invited to the party he was having in his Five Seasons hotel room. Later that night, Veronica, Kevin, Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Josie, Reggie, Valerie, and Melody attended the party in Nick's hotel room, where after having drinks, Nick suggested they turn the party up with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. Nick looked at Veronica, hoping she would partake. Per her father's orders, she was supposed to be showing him a good time. With that in mind, Veronica agreed to join Nick. Every other night was burgers and milkshakes. For one night, she wanted to cut loose and pretend they were normal for once. Cheryl agreed to partake, then looking to Kevin, hoping that he would join, as he does. High off the Jingle Jangle, Kevin and Cheryl danced on the couch together while Veronica sensually danced with Archie in the middle of the room. Unfortunately, the party ended there for most of them after a fight between Betty and Veronica ensued, during which time, Betty said a number of awful things about Veronica, claiming that they were merely friends of circumstance and that she was a bad person. This confrontation ended with Veronica telling Betty to leave since she perceived her to be such a monster.
Veronica, Kevin, Archie, Betty, Josie, and Reggie were called to Betty's house with their parents by Mrs. Cooper after she learned of the Jingle Jangle use that took place at Nick's party, during which time Archie instructed Veronica to ease up on Betty because she had broken up with Jughead. After Reggie admitted that he supplied the party with Jingle Jangle, he revealed that he acquired it from a Southside teen that he believed to be a Southside Serpent as well as a student at Southside High. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Veronica pointed out that Nick asked Reggie to get it, and later pressured everyone to partake in the night's drug-fueled festivities. As far as Veronica was concerned, he deserved to be under interrogation. Furthermore, he roofied Cheryl and tried to assault her. However, as Sheriff Keller would come to explain, prosecuting Nick would be difficult given that they were all high due to the fact that Jingle Jangle stays in the user's system for up to three days. After Josie's mother learned that she took the Jingle Jangle as well, she announced as Mayor, that her number one priority was to take control of the Southside.
At school, Veronica told Kevin about Nick's sexual advances after the Penthouse party. Kevin wanted Veronica to tell someone, either his father or hers, but she was reluctant in doing so, as her father would put Nick's head in Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair's bed for coming at her in such a vile manner. Betty rounded the corner just as Veronica expressed that she didn't want Nick's blood on her or her father's hands. While Kevin was quick to resort to name calling, Veronica would rather avoid all confrontation, as she told Kevin that Betty wasn't worth it.
As consequence to his drug use at Nick's party, Kevin was sentenced to community service at Pickens Park, as were his friends. The park was filled with such filth that he told Veronica that he wouldn't even go cruising there.
Veronica and Kevin both attended the drag race being held near Herk Harvey bridge between Archie and Jughead and two members of a Southside gang called the Ghoulies. As Kevin and Veronica sat alongside Reggie, Cheryl, and Betty, he commented that while he wasn't at the kind of drag race he ever imagined himself going to, the guys were at least attractive. Believing that she was born for the moment, Cheryl took to the center of the road as flag girl, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race, which was later intercepted by Sheriff Keller and the police department. The race ended with the arrest of the Ghoulies and everyone else scattering.
Investigating Sheriff Keller
Kevin expressed his concern for his father to Veronica and Betty. Sheriff Keller had been affected by the Black Hood case; he wouldn't eat or sleep. Kevin would hear him rummaging around the house at late hours, talking to himself. He would also leave the house late at night, only to return at dawn. His late night rendezvous raised an alarm for Betty and Veronica; whilst Betty suspected him of being the Black Hood, Veronica's instincts told her he was having an affair. As they had conflicting theories about Sheriff Keller, they decided to investigate further to prove which of the theories were correct.
In the hallway, Veronica walked with Kevin as she invited herself over to the Keller house for an information-hunting sleepover with Kevin for means of gaining proof of Sheriff's affair.
At the sleepover, when Veronica received a call from Betty, she excused herself from a game she was playing with Kevin to snoop around the house. Finding the basement door unlocked, Veronica descended the stairs, as she heard man grunts coming from the bottom of the stairs. To her surprise, she only caught Keller in the middle of his work out session. Keller was also shocked by her appearance. Intrigued by the Sheriff's physique, Veronica teased that Archie'd better watch out, but he claimed that he only worked out for discipline and to exert his limits but not for vanity. Veronica's plan then came to action as she tried to gain information by appealing to his emotions, showing empathy towards how he must be coping with the mystery of the Black Hood consuming his thoughts, along with his wife's absence. The Sheriff revealed that his wife was stationed at a naval base in Bahrain. Unfortunately, before he could confide in Veronica, Kevin descended the stairs and was aghast to find Veronica in the basement with Tom. Later in the night, when Sheriff left the house and came back at 4 am, Veronica observed.
Kevin invitited Veronica to attend his $20 limit Secret Santa gift exchange. In the student lounge at school, Veronica, Kevin, Archie, Betty, Reggie, Cheryl, Jughead and Josie gathered for the exchange. Veronica opened her gift from Josie, which awkwardly enough was a gift certificate for a couples massage. Josie suggested that Veronica use the certificate to take someone other than Archie, given that they were no longer together, such as Betty or her mother. Thankfully, Betty was the last exchange for the evening, as the sudden awkwardness was too much to withstand. Based on the wrapping of her present, Betty instantly knew that it was Archie that picked her name. Veronica watched with a look of concern as Betty unwrapped the gift to find and old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were younger, entitled "The Swiss Family Robinson". Moose and Midge then entered the lounge to join them for the Holiday event.
- Jughead: "...I'd let it go."
- Veronica: "Yes, but you're you, and I'm me. You do you, girl, I'll be back."
- Kevin: "What was it like before she got here? I honestly cannot remember."
- ―Kevin to Jughead about Veronica[src]
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