Drinking The Kool-Aid
Episode 9 of 22 within Season One. Item 9 of 65 overall.
Production number 2T5708.
Rob Thomas (II) - Story
Russell Smith - Teleplay
Marcos Siega - Director
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The wealthy parents of a Neptune High senior hire Keith and Veronica to investigate a cult-like group and its charismatic leader after their son Casey moves out to live on the collective farm.

Meanwhile, Veronica attempts to get to the bottom of Abel Koontz' claim that her real father is Jake Kane.

original airdate--November 30,2004    rating--2.40 million

network: UPN

songs--Theme --"We Used To Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols

  1. "When the Angels Sing" by Social Distortion
  2. "Make a Deal with the City" by East River Pipe
  3. "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back" by Peter Tosh
  4. "Have a Nice Day" by Stereophonics
  5. "Famous Lover" by The Fire Marshals of Bethlehem
  6. "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" by The Velvet Underground


Goofs--When Veronica first determines Clarence Wiedman was the person who took the surveillance photos of her, she follows him from his house, he leaves driving a sixth generation 2004-2008 Silver Chevy Malibu. However upon arriving at work (Kane Ind.) he is driving a fifth generation 1997-2003 Silver Malibu.

Trivia--The episode title is a nod to the widely-used phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid," which refers generally to the act of buying wholeheartedly into a belief, preference, or idea, and specifically to the 1978 Jonestown cult suicides in Guyana, in which cult leader Jim Jones (IV) poisoned (or convinced to self-poison) over 900 of his followers with a mixture of grape Flavor Aid, Valium, chloral hydrate, and probably cyanide.


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008 Like A Virgin
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regional titles

Drinking The Kool-Aid
Drinking The Kool-Aid