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Riverdale fans we are here! It’s the mid-season finale and we’ve got many upset fans. It’s Riverdale, right! Some want Betty and Jughead back together. Well, I’m not sure where Bughead stands. Others want Archie with Betty (Barchie) but right now it looks to be Veronica and Archie (Varchie). I’m not really going to concentrate on that right now as we still have Chad and now Glenn back in the picture. I’m not a Chad fan and Glenn is a big question mark. He told Alice the truth. I understand why but with no body, I’d say “Back off dude.” He knew nothing of Alice’s problems.
And previews haven’t helped. A gun, really? Twitter had a post yesterday reminding us of how “Life with Archie” ended. With the show picked up for another season, I can’t see the franchise losing any of the core four. Do I think someone gets shot tonight? Yes and I’m guessing Betty. My reasoning is: “The Trash Can Killer,” the trucker, or Glenn. (Okay, I sure guessed that one wrong!) She does seem to attract serial killers! Plus we have already had Archie and the bear and Jughead’s death only last year. That leaves Betty or Veronica.
Jughead’s Cure for Writer’s Block
Tonight, again no opening narration but Tabitha and Jughead dancing in the diner. From that kiss, it looks like we may have a new couple – Tabhead? Later, while at school, Jughead’s agent calls and tells him that Popular Culture magazine wants an article and a little bit—let’s say – macabre than what he has been writing. (Well, at least I know the magazine isn’t part of the Popular Culture Conference! They only want scholarship.) Back at the diner, Jughead starts working on the project and he’s listening to tapes. Are they really of Betty?
Jughead and Tabitha talk about the almost-kiss that has happened. She apologizes and he tells her about the toxic relationship with Jessica. He’s got writer’s block again and wants her help. It seems the book was written while on some type of “mushroom” psychedelic drug. He wants Tabitha to watch over him after he takes a dose and starts the article. Tabitha is smart. She doesn’t want him on drugs and refuses his help. Jughead is determined and orders the drug to be sent to him in Riverdale.
Tabitha apologizes for kissing Jughead but he gives her the history. Jughead says he has had a toxic relationship. Jessica is a writer and Tabatha stops him and says, “Let’s be friends.” Jughead asks for her help with the Popular Culture book. Jughead tells her about how he wrote his book on Magic Mushrooms. Jughead hopes the maple will help him breakthrough and he asks Tabatha to watch him. She does not want him doing psychedelics.
Jughead calls and asks about the Mushroom drug. He’s going to get some sent to him in Riverdale. The delivery person is Jess. She issues a threat after Tabitha tells her she’s Jughead’s new girlfriend. Tabatha tells Jughead she is against the drug plan but she will help. After fixing him a burger, Jughead tells her she doesn’t have to stay all night and she promises to check on him. This is what we don’t need when the jailbreak happens.
As Jughead starts to write, the drugs kick in. When Tabitha comes to the bunker to check on him, he makes a play for her. She handcuffs him to the chair and tells him to write then leaves. In his drug-induced state, he hallucinates that first Jess shows up and throws herself at him, and then Betty comes. Let’s just say he is anticipating a good time (PG-13 version) and then sees a rat running across the bunker’s floor. As he looks around, he sees a light that appears to come towards him.
The next day, Jughead wakes up to find a manuscript on the table but then the door to the bomb shelter opens. Later when Tabitha arrives, she finds blood on the floor, the manuscript with blood on it, and the handcuffs covered in blood. Jughead is nowhere to be seen? Has he been abducted? Is this a new killer no one suspected? Has one of his old enemies found him from the jailbreak (wait for it)? Mystery one for the season return is here folks!
Betty and the Cooper’s Family Drama
Yes, I said drama. When we first see Betty, Glenn appears to have spent the night. She’s not happy with him especially when he hints that her father may have once been involved in the highway’s killings. The history goes far enough back to include her dad but would the Black Mask Killer be part of that plot? Hal is dead, isn’t he? With Hal, I never can be sure. When Betty says that Jughead will join them, Glenn won’t have it.
As Betty and Alice talk, they get a phone call about the twins. Something has happened at school! It seems Juniper and Dagwood pushed a classmate, Jared, down the steps. He broke his shoulder but could have died. The twins show no remorse which worried Betty and Alice.
Betty tells Glenn about the twins and their reactions. She’s worried that they are a bad seed. That doesn’t seem to surprise Glenn who is working on his dissertation about the Cooper Family and the serial killer. While Betty may not have the tendency, her father did kill people. She tells him she quits, and he tells her that she needs him to find Polly. Let’s take a vote, shall we? Who is more manipulative: Glenn or Chad (and you’ll have to wait on why I ask).
Later, Betty and Alice set up for the children’s birthday party. As they sit down to eat, the doorbell rings, and Juniper goes to open the door. In comes Charles and Evelyn who have escaped from prison. They want to be married at the family home. Betty says there is no minister there but Charles had Alice get ordained online so she could marry them in prison.
As if that isn’t enough, Glenn shows up. Three guess who has ties to Glenn. That’s right! Glenn trained with Charles at the academy and was his rival. They tie Glenn to a chair and play a family game called “The Pin Cushion Man.” The youngest member must stick a knife in the target, Glenn. That means that Juniper must do it. Betty pulls her back and tells Charles not to do this. Charles agrees but Betty must take her place.
Betty cuts Glenn but also throws the knife at Evelyn (apparently killing her). Alice rushes Charles and a shot goes off. Was it Betty or Alice? She gets up with a gun in her hand. Luckily, (I hope) the children were out of the room.
The next day we learn that Glenn had a flesh wound and will be okay. Charles is in ICU and looks to recover (yippee not). No mention of Evelyn so I take it she died. The Highway killer is being moved to the northern part of the state. Evidently, Betty isn’t going there. When we last see her tonight, she’s dressed like a trucker and hitting the highway. I guess she’s a vigilante now.
Archie, the General, Hiram Lodge, and Cheryl
Archie finds out about Parent’s Night from Mr. Weatherbee. On the heels of that, he finds out he’s up for a silver medal. The General tells Archie it is for his bravery at the mission. Archie doesn’t feel he deserves it and uses his class to point this out. It upsets a general when Archie questions when you don’t have to follow orders. Archie smells a rat (and it isn’t Hiram this time).
Wait, the rat Hiram is up to something. Hiram tells Slimy Reggie he needs to redeem himself. Hiram wants the Parent’s Night to be ruined because Archie has managed to bring the town back to life. Hiram plans to blow up the prison (remember the clock last week) and Reggie must get the maple grove. There is something (scrolls I think) buried there. I’ll go into my thoughts on this in the for next time section. Reggie must convince the Blossoms to sell the grove so they can dig.
While Cheryl and her new girlfriend are walking through the grove, they check the sap buckets. There is nothing in them. Nana tells Cheryl it is the Blossom curse and is happening due to the outsider (Cheryl’s girlfriend). Now, wait a minute? Why didn’t Toni cause this to happen?
When Nana gets a visit from Reggie, she signs a deed giving Hiram the grove. This upsets Cheryl to no one who visits Hiram and tells him that the document is illegal. Well, Hiram isn’t happy but has a plan to force their hand.
Archie visits uncle Frank in the prison (you know, Hiram’s). After pouring out the story to Frank, Archie asks for advice. Frank tells him to follow his thoughts. Frank also warns that a prison break is planned.
At Parent’s Night, Archie and Kevin seem to have the town under control. The General and Mr. Weatherbee are there. Meanwhile, Hiram watches the time clock down to zero when a bomb goes off at the jail. That’s why Charles, Evelyn, Frank, and Cheryl’s mom are loose in town. As the lights go out at the meeting, Archie goes downstairs to find a prisoner messing with the lights. This guy could make two of Archie! They fight and Archie ends up beating him only to find two more determined to make trouble. In the classroom, the parents have been robbed while a machete-wielding prisoner watches outside the door. When the one who killed the lights doesn’t show up, the prisoner goes to investigate, and Archie gets the upper hand. He takes him out and grabs the machete. Just as all looks lost for the townspeople who have a gun trained on them, Archie arrives and saves the day (of course he does).
Archie finds out that the prisoners are determined to close the school for good and Archie knows that Hiram is behind him. When he suggests leaving the general says the room would be safer. The general follows Archie to find the inmates storming the school but Frank is there. Archie gets him in and the general still wants to wait it out. Archie tells him they can go a back way to the sheriff’s office where they’ll be safe.
The next day, Fred and Archie at eating breakfast. Mary is going to use this to get Frank out of jail. Meanwhile, they learn that Riverdale sustained damage and must be left closed and that the maple grove fire had taken out buildings in town.
Oh and Archie and the medal? Archie has learned that the paper is writing a story about the mission and something suspicious with it. He refuses the medal and asks the general what is going on. The general tells him that if Archie won’t accept the medal, he’ll be the scapegoat.
And why did the maple grove fire hurt the town? As the fire rages outside and Nana says they must sacrifice the outside, Cheryl’s mom arrives. She tells them they must pray that the wind changes direction. This is what happened, and the town caught the worse of the fire. I think I see the direction this is going so wait for it.
In his little kingdom, Hiram is upset over the fire but doesn’t seem worried. He’s got the town disheartened again which means he can take it over and build his new development with no one to bother him.
Veronica’s Divorce Woes
Veronica loves Archie but has to get a divorce first. Smythers delivered a package to Veronica which she assumes were the divorce papers.
Instead, there was blackmail in the package. She calls Chad and blasts him but he asks her to come to New York to talk. While Archie is against it, Ronnie is going. She has a purpose for the trip. It seems the helicopter accident is behind it. She and Chad had fought on Martha’s Vineyard. They were heading back to New York when the helicopter malfunctioned. Ronnie blames herself for the accident because she wanted Chad dead. She has to face him to get closure.
At the apartment, Chad has a Chinese dinner set out with candlelight. After dinner, they look at pictures from their first date (in London) and listen to their wedding song. If I had been Veronica, I would have left and not eaten the dinner. Later she asks Chad about the accident. Did he do it on purpose to try and kill them so they could be together for eternity?
The next morning, Chad gets hit with the wrath of Veronica. She has the papers and sees no signature. The whole thing was a set-up. Seems Chad has been a crook. He has borrowed from investors (including the jewelry store) and lost money in the exchange. Veronica can heave their divorce after she helps clean up his mess. Otherwise, she will find that he testifies against her and turns this into her fault. He needs time and her help. Veronica calls Archie and tells him she’ll be in New York to settle business for a few more days.
Next Time after the break:
Hiram and Slimy Reggie want something from the maple grove. Will they successfully find it? Will Archie be the General’s scapegoat or the hero of the town? Will the Klines find a way to prove Hiram’s involvement? Can Veronica turn the tables on Chad (she’s smarter than he is)? What will Betty find on her “road trip” and as a trucker? More importantly, does Sabrina and company show up to do magic in the maple grove, and does Cheryl’s family have ties to magic? We’ve got three months to speculate on what Juggie is doing and if he’s in a flying saucer. So, stay tuned and hold onto your hats as we wait for July!
Riverdale has moved ahead in time but still is leaving us with questions left over from high school. In previews, tonight’s episode seems to revolve more around Betty than any of the other characters. Since they left the high school relation“ships” not to some fans liking, Twitter is already talking about whether this episode will bring Bughead (Betty and Jughead back). I’m uncertain it’s time for that reunion yet, but who am I to know the minds of the writers of Riverdale?
Jughead and His Visions
Really, he has no opening narration. Instead, he’s concentrating on his writing of the mystery that surrounds him and questioning what’s going on.
Jughead gets his class’s first writing assignment and one has an alien as a cover. He talks to Mr. Weatherbee about the situation. The student, Leman, has an alien on his cover. Mr. Weatherbee tells Jughead that the student is an average student (I hate that term) and has come to school with a black eye. While Jughead suspects family abuse, Mr. Weatherbee tells Jug that Leman’s parents would not be the type to abuse their son.
After the next class, Jughead talks to Lowman about trauma. Leman tells him that it was all fiction but ends up telling his parents about it. They show up and Mr. Weatherbee moves Leman to another class. Jughead also gets a warning to never have that type of talk with the student again.
Later, Leman disappears from his home and Mr. Weatherbee calls to see if he is with Jughead. He’s not but Jughead will get help looking for him. He calls Betty (who is into her own overboard situation) and she agrees to meet him to search for Leman. She finds Leman on the route where Polly disappears. When Jughead takes him home, he learns that Leman had left home one night and disappeared for a week. He couldn’t remember anything that had happened during that time after being found on the highway. (Start the X-File theme folks.)
Later, Mr. Weatherbee tells Jughead that Leman’s parents and have decided to leave Riverdale. They want a fresh start so Leman can get out of the situation.
Betty and the Search for (a possible) Dead Polly
Betty’s problems open with her mom, the alcoholic, denying that Polly could be dead. Evidently, they got enough blood from the phone booth for a cross-match. It could be Polly as the match proves to be the same as Polly’s. Glenn calls Betty with the news and she tells him off. And another relationship bites the dust.
After a discussion with Cheryl about Jason, Betty decides not to follow Cheryl’s advice to tell her mother the truth so Alice can get closure. Instead, she lies and tells Alice that the blood type wasn’t Polly’s. This makes Alice happy and gets her back into the support group (and acting like a Stepford wife switch has been turned). Betty goes by Pop’s to pick up a platter for the support group meeting and tells Jughead everything. Jughead takes her to meet the man in the swamp with the stories. Talk about unbelief! That’s Betty. Yet, as Jughead points out, this is Riverdale where the weird reigns. Later at home, Betty gets to thinking and decides she knows what to do.
Let’s call Betty the Riverdale Avenger. Dressed in black, she starts haunting the highway and stopping girls from hitchhiking. She even finds the driver from an earlier episode and demands to know what is going on. She ties him to a tree and almost kills him but is interrupted by Jughead. Could an alien be involved? Betty remembers that Polly described a place that could have been an alien spaceship. (Okay, let’s move to the Twin Peaks score.)
I hope that Betty has let that trucker go. We don’t know because the next thing we know is that Glenn has stuck his nose into Betty’s family. He has shown up and told Alice the blood type was a match. This sends Alice over the edge and she’s angry with Betty for lying. Glenn says he is taking over the case and Betty is upset. Cue the end of that scene.
Archie and Veronica and the Team
Well, are we surprised that no one shows up for the game? Let’s face it! Archie doesn’t have much to work for a squad but he’s giving it his all. Cheryl doesn’t want her group cheering for no one to hear them. Well, Veronica steps in. She interrupts Archie’s pep talk and promises $10,000 to the players if they can win. She also arranges with Tabitha a pancake supper at Pop Tate’s which gets Cheryl to agree to one more game.
Unfortunately, one mother doesn’t really want her son playing for the Bulldogs because of college recruiting. Just as that discussion starts, Slimy Reggie walks in. Veronica gets Archie and they basically tell Slimy to leave. Reggie tells them he’s there to get the Bulldogs to drop out of the league because their losing is hurting the league. Ronnie tells Reggie to forget it and takes matters into her own hands.
Veronica knows only one person could be behind this. Any guesses? That’s right! Hiram evidently owns the league and has the director in his back pocket. Veronica has a bet for Hiram. Now, we all know he won’t let that go. The bet is that if the team scores a point against the Stallions, Hiram must get the league’s director off the Bulldogs’ back. If the Bulldogs don’t score, they will drop the team. Hiram jumps on this and agrees.
Archie learns from the team that his star player has transferred to that Hiram’s Stallions school. So, they’re down a man and the team is despondent. During practice, Ronnie shows up. Not only does she have a pro that all the team knows (I think his name is T-Dog), but that pro gives the team a pep talk to end all pep talk. Ronnie also has a bunch of new players for Archie (and some are girls).
While the Bulldogs are getting their act together, Hiram and Slimy Reggie meet. Reggie assures Ronnie that he doesn’t have to worry. Reggie is going to lead the Stallions to victory. Hiram isn’t having it and he will coach the team. Slimy Reggie may not be a slimy as I thought. He tells Hiram that he will be sitting on the Bulldogs side supporting his old alma mater. Does Reggie has a good side after all. Only time will tell.
At the game, things look bleak for the Bulldogs and Hiram is happy. Cheryl and a team have a great cheer that helps the Riverdale town pull for the team. With a minute left, it looks like the Stallions are winning. But Archie tells them he’s proud of them, the town is proud of them. Britta, as quarterback, fakes a play and runs the ball in for a touchdown. While the Bulldogs didn’t win, they did score. Score one for the good guys.
Kevin has decided to move out of the apartment he shares with Toni and Fangs. After Cheryl has tried to bring Fangs and Kevin together again and apologizes for the key game, Kevin and Fangs fight again. Kevin storms out and he gets his dad to help him pack.
Kevin later visits a steam room and makes the moves on a guy who is in there. Problem for Kevin: The guy is not gay and proceeds to beat him up. Kevin evidently calls his dad who doctors him up. They talk and Sheriff Kline tells Kevin that he is worried about Kevin. Kevin tells dad that he’s not to blame. Dad has always supported him. Then Kevin reveals the real story. While dad accepted him, his mother did not. She made comments about him while shopping. Kevin ran into a guy who called him cute which made all the negative comments from mom disappear. Maybe healing has started as Kevin and dad have a heart-to-heart hug-fest.
Will someone die? Who sets a bomb or is the timer for something else? Has Slimy Reggie realized how bad Hiram is and turned to the good side? And what will be the mid-season cliffhanger?
Riverdale is heading to the mid-season cliffhanger. Will it end on the mystery that we’re promised or will it end with a serial killer taking Betty or Veronica? Only time will tell. Plus, now that I saw the episode, what does Reggie and Hiram know about the swamp and how can it delay the turnpike. Sorry, I should have saved that for the end but I’ll put my speculation there.
So the fire was put out and they survived. Archie now realizes that the unincorporated town needs a fire department. Jughead sees a picture Archie has of the department during its heyday and gives Archie the name of the former fire chief, Mr. Russell. Archie meets with Mr. Russell who is not interested in being associated with the fire department anymore. Veronica knows someone in New York and calls him (was that Jose?) to help. Veronica knows that this was done by her father and she’s not standing for his methods anymore. After work, Archie returns to the house and finds his Army buddy, Jackson, there who gets an invitation to stay.
Later, at the bar, Archie tries to recruit Kevin and Sweet Pea but they’re not interested.
The next day, Archie and Jackson meet the ROTC class who gets stories from Jackson. Archie mentions the fire department and the class wants to help. He reminds them that school and football come first but they will not be deterred. So the fire team is set for those 16 and with parents’ consent. At the meeting, they train. During the training, a homeless man, Earl comes in (I sincerely hope he’s not a Hiram set-up). Evidently, he’s not because almost immediately, Earl’s back reporting the pool hall is burning down. He tells them that one person is still inside and Archie goes in to save the victim. Archie does have to go to the hospital where Keller tells him it is arson but no trace of who started it. (Of course, Hiram didn’t do it. If Slimy Reggie is behind it, his “firebug” football team was involved.)
Archie goes home to find Jackson with his gun and ready to take Hiram out. Jackson didn’t get his slot at the rehab center that would ease him back into civilian life. Archie and he have a verbal exchange and Jackson wants to know why did they have to fight for people like Hiram. Archie calms him down and tells him not to go after Hiram. Archie tells Jackson he has the same feelings and asks Jackson to stay in Riverdale. Archie will help him because saving Riverdale is all that is keeping Archie sane. Jackson can help Archie and he will help Jackson.
Jackson and Archie are at the fire station later. Jackson is going to work there and now Sweet Pea and Kevin have agreed to help. Chief Russell shows up and says he wants to be a part of it because of Archie’s brave deed. To top it off, Ronnie arrives driving a new fire truck which she gives to the department to help Archie and hurt Hiram. She tells Archie “anything for you.”
Betty and the Swamp Mystery
Kevin, Alice, and Betty found a body but the question is: was it Polly? The answer is no but they’re not sure who it was. They can’t keep the body because it is in too bad of shape. It must be cremated. Betty does some checking in the sheriff’s records and finds another missing girl, Margaret, but the missing person’s description doesn’t fit her case either. So now we have three girls who have gone missing.
Betty meets with the missing girl’s mother who feels the problem was the truckers. No one has any idea what happened to Margaret. Sheriff Keller tried but the one who helped Margaret’s mom get through this was the social worker, Toni. That’s right! Toni is a social worker in addition to a teacher, pregnant mom-to-be, and cheer coach.
Betty goes home to find her mom has been back to the swamp and found evidence that Polly had been there. Betty talks to Toni about Margaret. Toni had a hard time reaching Margaret. Betty tells Toni about the body found in the swamp and asks for help which Toni gives. Betty, Alice, Sheriff Keller, and Kevin return to search only to be stopped by Hiram with Slimy Reggie who threatens to shoot them. It seems Reggie is Hiram’s enforcer. Should I change his new nickname – naw, not yet. Betty tries to continue the search by calling on her FBI identity but Hiram doesn’t buy it.
Betty calls the FBI for help but doesn’t get any due to the “trash bag killer’” being back. Of course, we get Betty’s flashback. Betty tells Glenn not to worry but work on that case while she tries to work on this one. She goes back to the swamp hunting for clues only to find Slimy Reggie is there with his gun. Reggie does admit that he’s found something – a body – but puts her in a “cone of silence” for telling her. Seems Hiram wouldn’t be happy about it. Okay, which side is Slimy Reggie coming down on? Would he really do this without Hiram’s permission? Could Hiram be involved (of course he could)? The body Reggie found was Margaret and it was pulverized.
Reggie talks to Hiram about the swamp. Hiram wants to know how they found that body in the swamp. Reggie doesn’t own up to his part but tells Hiram that the toll pike can wait because it’s not the end game in the swamp. So what is the end game? I’m betting the military. Betty talks to Margaret’s mom about the body and promises to find out what happened.
Betty holds a meeting with Toni, Sheriff Kline, and Alice. There have been many missing girls in neighboring towns. Toni’s scared of trafficking while Betty takes it further – a serial killer.
Veronica Still Can Outthink Dad!
Veronica knows that Hiram was behind the fire. After talking about the fire station, she knows something needs to be done. She also has a plan of what to do. Her idea is that her class is going to jump-start the economy. She will support the initial start-up expenses with $50,000. They will print Riverdale dollars and that will become the currency of the town. It helped a town in Oregon and should work with Riverdale.
It appears to be working but Hiram finds out about it and shows up at class. Later, Veronica finds out that there is something funny going on with her money. There’s more that was spent than what was supposed to be printed. She tells her class that the experiment looks to have failed and two students admit to printing $10,000 more of the currency. Ron decides to continue the experiment but makes them work off the extra money that they printed. Interestingly enough, they have to clean up what I will call “skid row.”
Jughead and Tabitha’s Mystery
Jughead shows Tabitha an article about a strange event in Riverdale’s past which was attributed to the Mothman. (Please don’t go there! That movie creeped me out!) The article talks about a mysterious light that appeared one night and it happened at Pop’s Tate. Yes, Pop witnessed it. So Jughead turns to Pop.
Pop tells Jughead that it happened when he was much younger one night at the diner. All of a sudden, the electricity went crazy. Everything began to shake. The lights went out and suddenly a bright yellow light appeared at the door. Both he and his customers went outside. And just as quickly as it came, it ended with the lights in the diner coming back on. When Jughead asks who caused it, Pop tells him that some think it was aliens but Pop thinks it was the military. Pop hopes the lights return one day then Pop drops a bombshell. One of the customers was Nana Blossom. Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me at all. Nana is a strange person!
Jughead and Tabitha talk to Nana and she tells her version of what happened. She found a misshapen body in the swamp and the aliens returned to get the body. Her story was that the body had been cremated but really she had put it in a barrel of maple syrup. Jughead and Tabitha get a delivery from Nana “straight from the Twilight Zone” (a barrel of maple syrup). Okay, my question: How did this barrel of syrup survive all the arguments of the Blossom family for this long. Inside, they find a misshapen body (like we have seen a thousand times before) that glowed green (or so it seemed to me).
While working the late shift, Jughead starts seeing strange things happen at Pop’s. The jukebox comes on, the building shakes, the lights go out. The strange light reappears outside and Jughead goes to see what is happening. Everything returns to normal except for the bright light from above shining down on Jughead. Are they getting ready to beam him up? I guess we’ll have to wait for the answer. All Jughead can tell Tabitha is that he remembers being outside but woke up in Pop’s restaurant with the alien gone.
Toni and Cheryl and Nana Blossom’s Troubles
Toni and the squad get a visit from Cheryl who wants her squad back. She challenges Toni to a cheer-off but a student steps in as Toni is pregnant. The cheer off starts and Cheryl still has it. Her competition has the moves too and it is close. The squad decides for their friend. Toni has won but it’s not over as far as Cheryl is concerned. She later visits Toni in the gym. Toni tells her that she needs to make a decision. Toni knows Cheryl is looking for revenge (okay, that’s a new theme) and she needs to get on the team as a good guy. Toni tells her to take a hard look at herself and make a decision.
Cheryl and Veronica run into each other in the lounge. Veronica wants to hire Cheryl to do some artwork. Guess who produces the artwork for Riverdale money. Cheryl! And her artwork hasn’t gone unnoticed elsewhere. At home, the art dealer is waiting with Nana. She realizes that the picture of Jason was a forgery and needs to have a long talk about the skillful counterfeit. I’m betting she wants more.
Summing Up This Big Episode:
So we have Archie and Jackson trying to maintain their sanity together while staying in Riverdale. Cheryl was caught as a forger. Veronica is teaching hard life lessons about the economy to students. Betty trying to find her sister while worrying about the trash can killer. Slimy Reggie who seems to have a good side (really). My guess with Reggie is that he is only out for himself. And Hiram? Just what does he know about the mystery of the swamp?
And Next Week:
Cheryl throws a party and the gang (plus more) shows up. It looks to be heating up between Archie and Chad.
Riverdale, I missed you last week but I was on a deadline. We now know that Hiram is, once again, a big bad. He wants to close down the town we know so he can put a swanky housing development in that will make the taxes higher and his (er — I mean) the county’s coffers more wealthy. To do this, we know that he must shut Riverdale down, get rid of the scum — the present residents — and make it just a ghost of what it had been. He just forgot about Archie and company. It also looks like his daughter is in on the scheme to make him fail. I thought Hiram was supposed to be in the Caymans? And will we learn what happened to the girl from the truck pick-up during the episode two weeks ago? Oh well, on with the show.
High School Anyone
Let’s get logistics down first. Jughead and Archie are sharing a house, Betty’s with her mom and the twins, Veronica at her family’s apartment, and Toni, Sweet Pea, and Kevin are in an apartment. The school has reopened much to Hiram’s disgust. As Hiram tells Reggie that could be problematic as people feel ties to the high school. Reggie figures there’s nothing to it, but we know there will be. Wait for it! So who are the teachers? Ronnie is teaching business, Archie — ROTC, Betty — auto-mechanics, Jughead — English, and each has a set of students who just don’t care. At the end of the day, Archie and Betty meet to discuss the day and instead have a hot steamy car date at the school. Well, their date didn’t last long as two students from the opposing high school Bulldogs try to set fire to Riverdale High (at Reggie’s urging, of course). By the way, I’m going on record now and say that Reggie is a bigger creep than Hiram. Hiram is, at least, somewhat out in the open with his dirty tricks. Reggie relies on others.
The next day, Archie meets with Weatherbee and Toni to report what is happening. They all figure out that the Bull Dogs were responsible for the fire but Mr. Kline says nothing can be done because Hiram owns the DA (so what else is new). As the day progresses, and Archie finds out that Reggie is coaching the Bull Dogs (convenient right), he arranges to set up a team. He recruits the players, including a girl named Britta, only to learn there is no money. The athletic money has gone to Toni to arrange a cheer team called – what else – the Vixens, with the goal of winning cheer competitions. When Archie approaches Cheryl for $20,000 and mentions Jason, Cheryl tells him to get out and cries. Well at least we know Cheryl still has emotions.
Oh, and I did not mention that there is a spy in Riverdale High? The principal’s secretary is giving information to both Cheryl and Hiram. Hiram will use anyone to close the school Archie has approached Veronica for money and she’s given it to him for the football team. Of course, the principal’s secretary calls Hiram and Reggie is with him when the call comes in. Looks like Reggie doesn’t teach, only coaches. He plans to send a message to Archie through a visit. More on that at the end.
And Cheryl and Her Money
Evidently, Cheryl’s plan didn’t go well. Remember, she’s turning the Blossom home into another Winchester mansion. Cheryl does have an interesting hobby though with her painting. She has decided to sell the portrait of Jason. Meeting with an art dealer, Cheryl and Nana learn that the picture is worth a quarter of a million dollars. Cheryl says she will let the dealer sell the portrait but she wants to keep it one more night. She’s going to finish the forgery and send that to the dealer to be sold. Cheryl is a very good forger.
Meanwhile, the snitch has called Cheryl and told her that Toni is setting up a cheer squad. Toni walks into her office to find Cheryl behind her desk, issuing threats. I can see Cheryl back cheering (as we see in previews). If Cheryl gets in this mix, daddy Hiram and evil Reggie will not stand a chance.
Jughead and His Writer’s Block
Jughead is teaching and working at Pop’s. His students find out and have a jar of tips on his desk which he takes as funny. He no longer has writer’s block but is working on a book about Riverdale. Tabitha, Pop’s granddaughter, offers to help and gives him a name of an old man living near the swamp. The man has a story to tell and Jughead goes to get it.
Jughead spends time with the man and learns about a mysterious ship (can we say oh no) from the past. It seems they were doing work and one man disappeared. They couldn’t find him but when he returns, he talks about a ship and that Raven will be taken. Sure enough, Raven disappears and returns two nights later missing an arm. No one knows where they have gone but the man hands Jughead a book. Jughead wonders why he never heard about it before but the man tells him that articles were written. Later, Tabitha asks about the meeting and Jughead tells her everything. He has also gone hunting for the men who worked with his source. They all died of cancer. Jughead says maybe from radioactive material like a spaceship. Tabitha doesn’t believe it and I don’t think Jughead does either but he ways it makes a good story. Somehow I think it will tie in with another mystery coming.
Ronnie Needs Some Space
Let’s just say that Chad gives me the creeps. He follows Ronnie to Riverdale and shows up during her class with the typical gift of candy and a gift. She tells him she is teaching and he sits in the back of the classroom. Later they go to Whyte Wurm to party, having survived two days of teaching, and Veronica is asked to sing. Chad, of course, has to join her for the duet. Archie doesn’t look happy but what should he care? He and Betty are getting it on!
Later at the apartment, Chad tries to convince Ronnie to leave. This will be the theme of their time together. Archie approaches Ronnie for a loan for the football equipment and she agrees. Chad sticks his nose in and says with interest. Then he decides that Archie can renovate the apartment for them. Ronnie has a talk with Chad who lets it slip he has been talking to Hiram and offered a job selling real estate (and wait for it) in Pembroke. If you have seen any of the Cheryl stories in the comics, you know Pembroke was her stomping grounds. She tells him that she needs some space. She has found that Riverdale is where she needs to be and Chad lays the blame on Archie. He agrees to return to New York and later at the school, the snitch tells Hiram that Ronnie is downstairs with the football team. Hiram tells Reggie that his money is sponsoring Archie’s team and Reggie plans a visit to Archie to get the message across. Yep, Reggie is dim.
Betty and Kevin and the Mystery of Polly
Betty teams up with Kevin to find out where Polly is. They have her email and finds out she met a man at the truck stop. Kevin and Betty set a trap and she is waiting instead of Polly. Arresting the poor guy, she takes him to jail only to learn that he did pick up Polly but she freaked out and left the truck. He gives her information on the highway and Betty and Alice start searching. They find her purse and identification but no phone. With Alice driving Betty crazy, she goes to Archie and they have another fling with the next morning the information on Polly coming in. Hmm! Wonder if Polly found her way back to Storybooke and is living there as Robin? (Oncer’s joke there folks.)
Betty has had Sheriff Kline and the FBI try and track the phone. The GPS results say that she was in the marsh/swamp. Betty, Kevin, and Polly go looking and find a hand protruding out of the mud. This will be part of the ongoing mystery and another serial killer (I figure). Could Jughead’s mysterious ship be tied to the things happening in the swamp? Of course, they can!
So where does that leave us as the show ends? Would you believe Archie’s house on fire and no way out! Let’s be honest. We all know that he and Jughead escape. We also all know that Reggie the slimy firebug was behind it but how long will it be before Reggie’s delight with fire backfires?
Next week: A body is found in the swamp. Newspaper headlines report the Mothman. (If you don’t know the reference, Google Richard Gere, West Virginia, and The Mothman Prophecy.) Another fire breaks out (at the gym I supposed) and Cheryl comes back to cheering.
And not confirmed: As I prepared to write this, Twitter was abuzz with a rumor that after the 13th episode, Riverdale will take its usual break. This season supposedly will end around July 13th.
Welcome back Riverdale fans! Technically tonight marks the beginning of Riverdale’s season five as COVID cut the season short last season. Tonight, we learn where the gang has been since high school. Yes, we know Archie went to war and Betty to the FBI. Jughead became a writer and Veronica seems to have made herself at home on Wall Street (I thought she and Hermarosa were running daddy’s business). But something evil is ruining Riverdale and it seems to come from Hiram. The good news is that Toni is going to have a key role this season. So let’s prepare for the relaunch of Riverdale – six years later and it is 2021.
What, no narrator? Oh, that’s right! We don’t know Jug’s future yet. Archie’s future is quickly revealed. Yes, he joined the army and became a sergeant. As we open (and I knew it was a dream), Archie is mixing up a football game and a battle. First, he is in his fatigues then his uniform. He thinks Reggie is there as he sees Cheryl off at the side cheering. Then the battle gets intense and they try to retrieve one of their comrades. People fall all around and, in his dream, he sees all around cheering him on. He falls (I thought he was hit) and gets up to see Hiram Lodge with a gun in his face. He shakes it off, retrieves his fellow soldier, and makes it off the field.
Archie wakes up to find out that he’s in the VA hospital in Yonkers, New York. He is being sent to Riverdale to be the ROTC teacher at a reactivated group at his old high school, Riverdale. The roommate at the hospital is the man he saved, Jackson. Archie apologizes and says he wishes he was the one in the bed. Jackson tells him that he wouldn’t have been alive if it wasn’t for Archie. Archie tells him he’s going to be in charge of an ROTC group in his hometown. Jackson says it sounds nice and Archie gives him his address. Jackson salutes but Archie wants a handshake.
Returning to Riverdale, he finds a quiet, strange town. At Pop Tate’s there is no Pop but he’s directed to the club downstairs. It is now a Serpent club called Whyte Wurm that Toni and her gang bought and she’s singing. And I do mean sing! Toni can sing! (She’s also in a great costume). Veronica’s club is now the biker’s club and Kevin and Sweet Pea are there also. After the song, Toni comes off stage to Archie’s table. He notices she is pregnant but she will not reveal the daddy. They talk and . . .
Betty, FBI Trainee
Betty is running the obstacle course. She has made it into the FBI and is a trainee. She is also is coming out of a traumatic case. Seems she was trying to catch a serial killer known as the “Trash Can Killer.” It takes us forever to even get a glimpse of why she’s seeing a therapist and riding the cold case desk. She had tracked the killer to a shack but the victim was dead. Evidently, she was trapped by the TCK (the nickname) because she went in alone and suffered “trauma.” She wants back in the field but no one thinks she’s ready except for Betty. Oh, and she likes to remind people she was solving serial killer cases in high school.
Later we meet her boyfriend/partner (think Mulder and Scully of X-Files). He doesn’t think she’s ready to return either. She does have a theory that the TCK is migrating. She also has a dream where the killer is in her house with his chain saw. In the dream, she hears her cat and goes outside the apartment door where she sees a dismembered body with her cat licking it. She turns around, sees the killer, and wakes up.
Betty’s life doesn’t seem to be what she wants when suddenly she gets a call from Archie. She packs up and tells her partner/lover goodbye and leaves him to care for the cat.
Veronica has married Chadwick (Chad for short). When we see them, they are celebrating their one-year anniversary and he asks when they will have children running around. Ronnie wants to return to trading and get out of Lacey’s. Chad doesn’t want her to be stressed because of the "accident." In true Veronica style, we get: “It’s 2021, haven’t you heard. A woman can have it all.” Apparently, she was a stock trader before said "accident."
The next day, we find that Ron’s not working at Lacey’s but a high price jewelry store where she can make any sale she attempts while foiling shoplifting. That night, Chad confronts her about her work location. He had been to Laceys and saw Katie (as in Keene, remember the show) and learned she no longer an employee. The next day, Ronnie visits Hermione who is now on the “Real Housewives” show and living with Andy in New York City. Instead of being the “she-wolf of Wall Street,” Veronica feels like no one understands her and her life is over because of fear of stress. Hermione points out that they were worried about her after the "accident."
Returning home, Chad is waiting to try a do-over on their anniversary celebration. He explains that he almost lost her in the helicopter crash while they were traveling to Martha’s Vineyard and he wants everything life has to offer them. Then she gets a call from . . . Archie.
Jughead (Forsyth) Jones
Jughead has had one bestseller book (The Outcast). He had it made, but now he can’t seem to get things together. He has a bad case of writer’s block and a toxic relationship with Jet. (I think that’s her name. She’s not there long enough to get to know her.) His agent/manager has heard he is looking for a newspaper job and tells him that the publisher may take his advance back because Jughead can’t produce. Jughead goes home and finds a note on his door and the old girlfriend leaving. And evidently, he’s about to be evicted as there was some type of note on his door.
Jughead goes to a bar where he can think about his life. Let’s say he gets set up by a girl who “loves his writing.” (He used to be smarter than that!) They go home and have a wild time. (Jughead what are you doing? You aren’t old enough for a mid-life crisis). Oh, she’s smart. She’s figured out a way to get her book read because she covers for Jughead when the bone crushers (I mean bill collectors show up). He will now read her book and give it to his agent. If he doesn’t, she’ll call the bone crushers and tell them where he is. Jughead gets a call from Archie!
Archie asks Toni about her and Cheryl. Toni got her college degree and is also teaching. She had worked at the club. After Toni revived the Serpents, they bought Veronica’s club out and opened it up as the Whyte Wurm. Sweet Pea and Kevin back her up. Kevin has a degree in drama and is teaching also at Riverdale High.
Archie asks about Cheryl and we learn that Toni has visited her twice. The first visit found Cheryl dressed primly in black. On the second visit, Hiram is there with his assistant, Reggie (well, at least he is back). Hiram wants Blossom’s property and Cheryl won’t put it on the market. Toni and Cheryl have a talk while Cheryl paints her portrait. As a recluse, Cheryl lives quietly and paints. Toni wants to know why she doesn’t come to town. Cheryl knows all about Toni finishing college (with a 3.9 average) and Toni’s life. Cheryl is glad that Toni’s grandmother will accept her now but will not get back with Toni because of the curse.
First an accident and now a curse. Cheryl tells Toni that she thinks the family is cursed because of the sudden deaths of her relatives (which her mother caused). She is seeing herself like the Winchester lady who built the Winchester House in California. She feels that the Blossoms are cursed like that family. Toni asks her if that is why she is building onto the Blossom home. Cheryl doesn’t deny it. After Toni leaves, she finishes the portrait and sends it to Toni. What Toni doesn’t know, is that Cheryl has copied it exactly. Nana is impressed and wonders if Cheryl could make a perfect copy of say – a Rembrandt. Oh, goodie – a fake art story.
Archie can’t move home because his mom has rented the house (which has been trashed). He’s living out of the gym. The town is a dump and Toni gives him a tour. Most of the town has moved on because there is no funding for things like a fire department due to – guess. That’s right! Hiram is running things now. Everyone is leaving, Toni explains, as they walk down what was known as Sketch Alley. Now it is Skid Row where the homeless live and dogs are rabid. (Maybe that’s what happened to Reggie. He got bit by a Hiram Lodge rabid dog.) As they tour, Toni comes to the old forest which smells of smoke. Something is burning there every night because Hiram is opening a new development nearby. He is shutting down Riverdale for a turnpike going to the new multi-million dollar home project.
And the Gang Reunites
After the tour, Archie wants to go to Pop Tate’s. Pop’s back and gets to tell Archie the rest have gathered. When Toni starts to leave the old gang of four alone, Archie tells her to stay. She’s a part of their group which now numbers five. As they talk, a young waitress goes up to the new waitress and quits. She’s leaving the restaurant (which doesn’t seem to have many customers thanks to Hiram).
And the New Mystery Starts
Well, it can’t be Riverdale without a mystery. That young waitress that left? She sets up the mystery when she gets in a tractor-trailer heading to San Francisco. Make a guess at what happens because she doesn’t make it! I think I know where the TCK is!
Veronica returns to her waitress job in her blonde wig
Archie decides they must take the town back.
Betty and Archie gets his house back
Hiram finds a new enemy.
Tonight’s episode of Riverdale is special. After four seasons, the Riverdale gang graduate. And on the heels of getting ready for caps and gowns, we learn today (February 3, 2021) that Riverdale has been picked up for season six. While I’d like to speculate on that, tonight should honor the fact that Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Kevin, Reggie, Cheryl, and Toni survived four years at Riverdale High without dying. Let’s face it! The mortality rate at Riverdale over the past four years has been high. Add to that, cults, mind control, deadly games, and Hiram Lodge and it is a miracle. But graduation is a time for celebration so let the party begin. By the way, would someone tell me the years this group has been in high school?
Last Day of School
Well, we open the night before the last day of school…Jughead does his usual narration and goes back through all the unique (I guess that’s a good word) for the craziness they have seen – cults, Gargoyle King, and on and on. Jughead is looking at Jellybean’s masks and wondering how things got so out of hand. Upstairs FP is talking to Jellybean and realizes that Riverdale isn’t the town for her. When he comes down he surprises everyone (especially Alice) with an announcement that he is taking Jellybean and moving to Ohio. (Another ship down as Ulrich is leaving the show). He also knows where Jelly’s crew is hanging out – Archie’s gym. FP and Jug go to Archie’s house and also collect Mr. Kline. Sure enough, they find Jelly’s gang under the boxing ring. Somehow it caused a visit to Hiram also. Later Jughead, Betty, and Jellybean are in the living room and Jelly is very quiet.
Later that night, Jughead and Betty talk and question how they survived the last few years. Meanwhile, Archie has a dream of the gang getting their picture made at his house by Mary and Fred. The memory of Luke Perry/Fred is another fitting tribute to his contribution to the show.
The next morning, Mary is laying out Archie’s suit. He reminds her that he may not graduate. Cheryl is remembering Jason as she puts a pin (his, I think) on her blouse. Veronica remembers a gift of her parents for her first day in high school – pearls of course. She puts them back in their box because she doesn’t need them now. Betty doesn’t get this type of memory. Instead, she and Alice are talking and Alice is worried about being alone. Betty assures her that she will always be there for her.
At the school, the seniors gather outside to open a time capsule. Did they say it was from 1945? Anyway, Mr. Weatherbee is there as items come out. The items included are a newspaper, a menu (with burgers costing 15 cents), a comic book, and photos of four boys who entered the military the day after graduation. As the gang gathers in their common room, Betty and Veronica bring in the yearbooks. Remember, Mr. Honeybee didn’t want these to be produced but they got them anyway. The memories are from the last year with pictures of all of them.
Later, in class, Jughead and Archie are called to Mr. Weatherbee’s office. Good news for Jughead! He gets to graduate but Archie must repeat the entire senior year. Doesn’t matter that Archie had suffered through the years, he still must repat his senior years. Mr. Weatherbee will allow him to walk with his class and perform the senior song (“Time of Your Life).” As the last class ticks down to three, they wait patiently and celebrate as the bell rings. Archie heads toward Veronica but Reggie interrupts. As the rest go down the hall, Archie returns to look at the military picture from the time capsule. (Yeah, we all know now the rumors are true. He’s going to enlist.)
Jughead, Betty, and Jellybean are in the living room talking. Jellybean is quiet. Veronica meanwhile returns some things to Archie. She also wants to be with Archie on the night before graduation. He can’t think of anything better. She drops the box and they kiss. The next morning Archie and Veronica discuss life after school. Ronnie is afraid he’s going to join the military but he says summer school. Later FP and Jughead are talking and FP says that Jughead is old enough to be on his own.
At school, all gather in their blue robes (except for Cheryl who has a designer red robe). Tina and her grandmother are at her locker. While her grandmother tells Tina how proud she is, Cheryl arrives but decides not to interrupt. Archie sees all the family and misses his dad. In the graduation address that Betty does, she remembers all the strange things that have happened to the gang. She also remembers that Riverdale was a quiet, sleepy town. She hopes it return to that. While they do not get their degree in alphabetic order. Surprisingly, Kevin and Sweet Pea walk across the stage together and Mr. Kline looks on proudly. All of this is bittersweet, especially for Archie. He looks at his empty folder. As all exit outside, he stops at the military table and signs up for service. A rumor is confirmed from the summer. Archie is going into service like the 1945 series of Archie comics.
Later outside pictures are made. As families start to disperse, Cheryl gets a visit from her mom. She’s turning herself in and feels that she will get off due to that. Mom wants to see Cheryl graduate in four years from college, but Cheryl has other plans. She plans to rebuild the family name. FP and Jellybean are heading out to Ohio. Alice asks if their story is over and FP says he doesn’t know (Falice is no more.) He rides out of town with Jellybean in a sidecar in his Serpent jacket with others following him. Ronnie takes a trip to see Pop Tate. She gives him full ownership of Pop Tate’s. While he’s surprised, he’s happy. She tells him that she never thought she could call Riverdale home but Pop Tate’s made it feel like home.
One Final Act
The time capsule needs to be reburied. Betty puts in papers. Ron puts in a menu from Pop Tate’s. , Reggie a football signed by the team. Kevin does a musical play. Cheryl gives her cheerleader suit while Toni puts in a Serpent’s jacket. Jughead makes the ultimate sacrifice and puts in his beanie and Archie guitar picks and his father’s hammer. The capsule is then buried and Betty, Jughead Veronica, and Archie sit and talk on the bleachers. Archie spills that he’s joined the army and leaves the next day. Ronnie gets upset. There’s a war going on and she’s scared for him. She leaves with Betty running after her.
Cheryl also has made a hard decision. She’s not going to college but staying behind. Toni tells her she’ll stay also but Cheryl tells her no. What Cheryl needs to do, she needs to do alone. She’s going to remake the Blossom name and fix things with the town of Riverdale. Toni does have some good news. Her grandmother is more accepting of Cheryl. They say they will always love each other and maybe be together after college.
Finally, we get Jughead and Betty. Betty admits to kissing Archie and Ron knows and is upset (duh – of course she is). She tells Jughead she only kissed Archie once. She then tries to make Jughead forget what she has told just told him. They kiss but the next morning there is a coldness between the two of them. They talk love but he doesn’t kiss her as he goes to meet Archie to go to the station.
Life After Graduation
The day after graduation, Jughead goes to Archie’s house to walk with him to catch the bus to basic training. They leave after Archie says goodbye to Vegas (his dog) and his mom. Ronnie is still in tears at her house when Betty shows up. They mend that fence and get the jalopy out to go see Archie off. They arrive as Jughead is leaving in the old car that Archie and Fred had restored. The bus has just picked Archie up and they decide to follow the bus for one last good-bye. (We do get Archie daydreaming while the bus leaves of the fun they had had in the past.) The gang catches up with the bus and Ronnie blows him a kiss. They pass the bus and Archie gets the bus to stop. Ronnie comes up and they talk, pledging their eternal love. He goes over and does the “dude” message with Jughead and hugs Betty. Ronnie walks with Archie back toward the bus but he goes up the steps alone. It’s all set like a flashback to what I saw of the 1945 Archie comic (even the cars and bus look old??? What year is this show set in?) Cheryl and her grandmother discuss the future as they go back through the gates to the old home place. Jughead and the girls go to Pop’s where Ronnie says she’s heading to New York with her mom. Betty and her mom leave on a trip. Jughead feels lonely in the Cooper’s home and goes to Archie’s place to stay until they turn the power off. Where does he go then? The bomb shelter until he leaves for college!!
The gang has made a pact to meet back every year but Jughead is the only one who shows up. In his end narration, he tells us that it will be six years before the gang gets together again with a new crisis and mystery in Riverdale.
Note to the producers from me. Yes, I know you wanted to do a salute to the 1945 series of Archie but if you are setting this up for a LOST style ending to the show, I will not be AMUSED. I sat through that series after predicting during the first season that they were in purgatory. Please don’t make this the same thing.
Next Year – A Move to Five or Six Years in the Future
Archie was in the war and had to come home due to injury. Ronnie is married and apparently happy. Betty looks to be in the FBI and investigating everything. And Jughead????? That’s a question to come