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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]

The friendship between Veronica Lodge and Kevin Keller began on Veronica's very first day at Riverdale High School, as Betty was guiding her through the school, the two of them instantly hit it off.

History

Veronica and Kevin have no history prior to the start of the season due to the fact that they grew up in separate states.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

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Kevin and Veronica at the Semi-formal.

As Betty Cooper was giving Veronica a tour around the school, Kevin, a good friend of Betty's, showed up just as Veronica was wondering what the social scene was like in Riverdale. Kevin cut in and informed Veronica of the limited offerings in Riverdale before introducing himself to Veronica, who immediately stated that she wanted to have him as her 'gay best friend'. Kevin then stuck his foot in his mouth and asked if the rumors going around about her dad were true. Veronica was dismayed to learn everyone knew about the scandal involving her family. As the tour continued, Kevin told Veronica of Betty's intentions towards Archie and they both agreed they Betty should ask Archie to the Semi-formal dance. Later that day, Veronica joined Kevin for lunch alongside Betty and Archie, before Cheryl Blossom interrupted and invited Veronica to join her cheerleading team, the River Vixens. That night, at the semi-formal, Kevin and Veronica danced together and prompted Betty to finally reveal her feelings to Archie.[1]

After Cheryl Blossom's semi-formal dance after-party, during which Veronica kissed Archie during a game of seven minutes in heaven, despite knowing of Betty's feelings, Veronica attempted to make amends by sending Betty yellow roses, in friendship along with cupcakes she'd had flown in from New York. Kevin was left unimpressed and shocked that Betty accepted her apology. Veronica joined Betty and Kevin at lunch, where she addressed the secret relationship between Kevin and Moose Mason, saying that she shipped it.[2]

Succeeding Archie's confession that he was at Sweetwater River on July 4th, and that he had heard a gun shot, Veronica wondered if he was currently a suspect, to which Kevin replied that they all were. However, Veronica was the least likely suspect as she was new to Riverdale. All the talk about death led Kevin to suggest binge watching "Making a Murderer" on Netflix. Unfortunately, Veronica had to pass as she had a date. Kevin was shocked to discover that she was going out with Chuck Clayton. He was one of the hottest students in school, captain of the Riverdale Bulldogs and the varsity footbal coach's son. In Riverdale, that was the equivalent of dating a Kennedy.

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Veronica gives Kevin his phone back after being slut-shamed by Chuck Clayton.

The morning after Veronica's date, Kevin could hardly withstand asking her how it went, then almost immediately received a notification on his phone: a post of Veronica and Chuck. Chuck claimed to have given her a Sticky Maple, which Kevin told her was a Riverdale thing. Veronica angrily told him that, no, it was a slut-shaming thing. She then thrust his phone back at him, pushing him into a wall of lockers and stalked off to confront Chuck.

With the help of informant Trev Brown, a former player on the football team, Kevin, Veronica, Betty, Ethel Muggs, and Cheryl managed to sneak into the school after hours and find the team's 'playbook', which they used to record their 'conquests' and accumulate points with one another. Betty then used the book to write an exposé in the The Blue and Gold.[3]

At the Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe , Kevin, Betty and Veronica sat quietly as Jughead angrily ranted about the demolition of his workplace, the Twilight Drive-In. It seemed Jughead could go on for hours, so Kevin stopped him, demanding that he desists with the Quentin Tarantino references. Veronica thought it was overdue as she didn't believe that anyone still went to drive-ins, when there are more efficient ways of seeing movies in this day and age. Kevin then pointed out the oddity of Archie, Fred Andrews, and Ms. Grundy as they entered the diner together. Betty quickly went over and pulled Archie outside for an intense conversation. Veronica wondered what they were talking about and if it was about her before boldly saying she was going to find out. As she left, Kevin wondered what it was like before Veronica came to town as he honestly couldn't remember.

The following day, in the student lounge, Kevin was notably depressed as he didn't have a date for the last showing at the drive-in. Making out with your boy or girlfriend at the movies was in some way, a right of passage. Even though she couldn't promise him any action, Veronica offered to go to with him, maybe she'd bring him good luck.

As planned, Veronica attended the drive-in that night with Kevin, they snuggled up under a blanket in the back of his father's pick up truck. To their surprise Cheryl arrived shortly after and joined them. While they attempted to enjoy the film, the Southside Serpents, a local biker gang, became loud and disruptive, bothering them. After a failed attempt by Kevin to quiet them, Veronica threatened to stomp on each of them with a Louboutin heel if they didn't shut the hell up.[4]

At school, Veronica, Kevin, Betty and Jughead joined Archie on the bleachers for lunch and Veronica and Kevin inquired about Betty going on a date with Trev Brown. Shorly after, Cheryl interrupted to invite them all to her brother's memorial service which they all attended.[5]

Every fall, Riverdale High School put on a Variety Show to show case the talent of it's students, and this year, Kevin was selected as the host. Each student had to audition for a spot in the show and during Archie's, stage fright got the better of him and he rushed off the stage without singing a word. After a few choice words with Veronica who reminded him that he had heard Archie sing on numerous occasions, and even though it compromised Kevin's artistic integrity, Kevin left a slot open for Archie if he still wanted it.[6]

From Betty, Kevin learned that her sister, Polly had escaped from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home where her parents had sent her to conceal her pregnancy by the late Jason Blossom. Her parents didn't want anyone to know of her 'shameful condition' and refused to go to the authorities. However, it wasn't long before the news of Polly's escape spread, thanks to Cheryl who had taken to twitter, which Kevin alerted Betty and Veronica of. In an effort to find Polly before the Blossoms did, Kevin joined in on the search party throughout Eversgreen Forest. He split off with Veronica, and the two talked about her on-going feud with her mother, over the incident with Fred Andrews, and her signature being forged. He then agreed to join Veronica on her partying bender, which would also come to include Josie and Reggie.

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Veronica, Kevin, Reggie and Josie's night out.

The four of them spent the night out at a club called the Roving Eye, in which they danced the night away. After finding a booth to cool down in, Kevin asked if the partying was helping with her current dilemma, Veronica explained that everything was taken from them when her father was arrested, but her mother sat her down, and told her there was one thing that no one could ever take from her, which was her name, yet that's exactly what her mother did, as if it meant nothing.[7]

After Ethel Muggs read out a worrying poem in English class, Veronica invited her over to her house for lunch and pampering to cheer her up and invited Kevin to come along as well. Later, Kevin asked her what that was about and she explained that she used to terrorize classmates at her old school, going so far as to make one girl transfer schools and need therapy. Veronica wanted to be a better person and help Ethel, even if it was just spending an afternoon together. Later in the student lounge, Veronica and Kevin were celebrating with Archie, as he had a chance to attend an exclusive music program the next summer. After he revealed that it had come about due to a favor he was doing for the Blossoms, Veronica was worried while Kevin thought it was an amazing opportunity.

As planned, the next day, Kevin, Veronica, Ethel, Betty, and Hermione had lunch together, however, Ethel wasn't hungry as her home life hadn't wasn't good; her parents were fighting due some financial trouble her father was having. Later, Hermione revealed that Ethel's father had been one of Veronica's father's investers and the reason Ethel's family was in trouble.

At school, Kevin informed Veronica that Ethel's father unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide. Extremely upset at the news, Veronica raced to the washroom to cry because she knew her father had caused this to happen.[8]

Season 2

At Betty's request, Veronica and Kevin joined forces along with the River Vixens in cleaning the vandalism off of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe in preparation for Retro Night.[9]

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Kevin telling his friends about the shooting

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.[10]

Arrival of Nick St. Clair

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Veronica telling Kevin about Nick

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.

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Nick's party

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.[11]

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Kevin, Josie, Veronica, Archie, and Betty at the gather

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.

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Veronica telling Kevin about Nick

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.

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Cheryl, Reggie, Veronica, Kevin, and Betty at the drag race

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.[12]

Investigating Sheriff Keller

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Veronica, Betty and Kevin discuss their concern for Kevin's father

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.

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Veronica and Sheriff Keller in the basement of the Keller house

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.[13]

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Jughead, Cheryl, Kevin, and Veronica at the secret Santa exchange

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.[14]

Quotes

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]

Gallery

Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps

References

  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  3. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  4. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
  5. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Warn, Jesse (director) (February 23, 2017). "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
  6. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
  7. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  8. DeWille, James (writer) & Rose, Lee (director) (April 6, 2017). "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 9. The CW.
  9. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  10. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 25, 2017). "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 3. The CW.
  11. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Pressman, Ellen (director) (November 8, 2017). "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 5. The CW.
  12. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Anderson, Arabella (writers) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (November 15, 2017). "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 6. The CW.
  13. DeWille, James (writer) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (November 29, 2017). "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 7. The CW.
  14. Boucher, Shepard (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (December 13, 2017). "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 9. The CW.

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