Runtime Extended version : 41:05 min. (excl. end credits)
Runtime TV version : 39:28 min. (excl. end credits)
Extended version longer in total: 97 sec.
Alternative footage and a changed dialogue passage: No runtime difference
The TV station UPN, which was responsible for broadcasting the series in the US television, claimed to cut the opening scene. But this scene was really important to Rob Thomas, inventor of this series, for emphasizing his intention to integrate elements from film noir into the series and also for getting a much smoother introduction to the main character Veronica and her job as a private investigator. The scene has been included again in the pilot episode for the American DVD release.
Runtime is based on the longer DVD.
00:00 - 01:37
You can see Veronica observing a shady motel and its guests.
"I'm never getting married. You want an absolute? Well, there it is. Veronica Mars, spinster. I mean, what's the point?
Sure, there is the initial primal drive. Ride it out. Better yet, ignore it. Sooner or later, the people you love let you down.
And here's where it ends up: Sleazy men, cocktail waitresses, cheap motels on the wrong side of town and a soon-to-be
ex-spouse wanting a bigger piece of the settlement pie. That's where I come in. Fourty Dollars an hour is cheap compared
to the long-term financial security sordid photography can secure for you, your offspring, your next lover.
But do us a favour if it's you in there, dispense with the cuddling. This motel trist, it is what it is. Make it quick.
The person sitting in the car across the street might have a calculus exam in five...make that four hours, and she can't leave
until she gets the money shot."
A biker gang approaches the motel.
Veronica: "Well, this can't be good."
The gang leader, Weevil, takes off his motorcycle helmet and gives Veronica a sign to crank down the window.
Weevil: "Car trouble, miss?"
The opening credits begin. The cut TV version starts here.
Difference: 97 sec.
02:12 - 02:18
Now, there is the on-screen display 20 Hours earlier in the Extended version, which is of course missing in the TV version.
No runtime difference
02:22 - 02:32
The dialogue in the TV version has been slightly altered, Veronica illustrates her job as private investigator.
Veronica: "If you're in the second group, you get a job. Fast food, movie theaters, mini marts. Or you could be me.
My after school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims."
Since Veronica has extensively commented on her job in the opening scene of the Extended version, there is now an explanation for the time shift.
Veronica: "So how does a girl end up surrounded by a motorcycle gang at 4 in the morning on the wrong side of town?
For that answer, we'll have to rewind to yesterday."
No runtime difference