A talent show, an insane asylum and more secrets and lies on this weeks Riverdale.
Sometimes the monsters never go away and sometimes, the monster is your own mother.
That’s the case for Betty Cooper, who just can’t shake the thought that her mother and father had something to do with Jason Blossom’s murder. Her suspicions aren’t unwarranted – if you met Alice, you’d totally understand. Even with a full blown “I wish I’d killed him” fit, I still think she’s responsible. It don’t get crazier than this lady. I mean, how vile do you have to be to make everyone around you believe your daughter is insane so you can commit her to some kind of Catholic institution.
It seems like that’s exactly what Polly’s parents did to her when her “romance” with Jason came to a climax. Thanks to some super sleuthing from Betty and Jughead, they were able to track down Polly’s whereabouts. Seriously, who still uses checkbooks?
Polly and Betty’s reunion was filled with bliss and a shock – Polly was PREGNANT with Jason’s baby. See, she wasn’t doing drugs and trying to kill herself like Alice said… or at least that’s what Polly wants us to believe. Her side of the story is that she was going to run away with Jason on July 4th. The plan was in motion but as she arrived downstairs, she was met with two guards dressed in white who whisked her away to the institution where she was committed for being crazy.
Polly enthusiastically asks Betty to give Jason a message – after all, he’s probably confused on why she left him hanging. This is the moment that Betty realizes everything her parents ever said to her was a lie. They told her straight to her face that she couldn’t see Polly because she wasn’t handling Jason’s death well that clearly wasn’t the case because she didn’t even know about it. When she broke the news to her sister, she had a little bit of a meltdown and it was all interrupted by the “headmistress” of this home, who already made a call to Alice, who was less than pleased.
Despite their best efforts, Betty’s parents did little to nothing to convince her that they weren’t responsible for Jason’s murder. She knew that they would try to make her seem insane if they couldn’t control her so she had to beat them to the punch – out them to the town. After a brief rendezvous with Jughead, which I hope they’ll discuss in later episodes, their first step was to verify Polly’s story. When they find the runaway car with all of Jason’s things, and drugs, inside, they take a few pics (thank god) and head to warn the Sheriff.
Unfortunately, it seems like Jughead hasn’t seen to many movies because neither of them anticipated that the crazy parents would probably stalk them. When they returned to the scene again, the whole car with all the evidence had been set ablaze. Here’s the good part – no one can discredit Betty or what she’d seen because the car they’d mentioned did in fact exist… with or without the evidence.
The duo rushed back to the institution to help Polly but they were too late – she’d jumped out of the window, fresh blood on the broken glass. Was she okay? Where was she headed? Was she in a healthy state of mind? I don’t believe for one second Polly was ever crazy but being locked up in a mental asylum when you’re pregnant and then finding out the love of your life has been killed, might take a toll on her.
While Betty and Jughead were getting their Scooby-Doo on, the rest of the clan was busy honing in their musical talents for the school’s variety show.
Archie was preparing for his big debut, only to realize that he had crippling stage fright. He asked Valerie to perform with him and help him overcome it but she was under a strict contract from Josie, never to perform without the Pussycats. Thankfully, Veronica was also gifted in the music department and offered to perform with Archie.
That is until she found out that her mother was cheating on her in-prison father with Archie’s dad Fred. She was furious and that was only amplified when she found out he’d given her singing part to Valerie, who quit the band because of Josie’s terrible attitude.
Things hit a breaking point during dinner at the Mayor’s house. Fred was over to pitch an offer to land the drive-in theater deal, not knowing Hermione was actually the buyer. When Veronica refused to sign off on giving Fred the contract, he mother went behind her back and forged her signature. Parents still run this town kids… and all to help her “boyfriend.” The ultimate betrayal.
It was at this same dinner that Archie realized Josie’s father was a complete tool, treating his daughter’s band like Destiny’s Child…. even though they were playing a school show. That’s when I realized home boy needed to get a clue.
He told Valerie to return to Josie and the Pussycats and help them perform. Josie was more than happy to offer her longtime friend the spot back and instead of 3 kitties, 4 performed. Yep, Veronica got to keep her spot on the squad because she’s “hot.”
As for Archie – he crushed his singing debut and made his friends and father proud. Then he even got the girl. Seriously, Valerie has made him completely forget about Ms. Grundy… although I have a feeling she’ll be back eventually. But for now, nothing can go wrong for this jock.
When it comes to the series though, Archie’s character is lackluster, serving no real purpose to the overall mystery, even though he’s technically supposed to be the main character. Unless they’re hiding that he’s secretly the psycho who killed Jason, which I doubt, he’s really just the dumb jock who was at the creek the night Jason died.
And yes, I said dumb because Archie proved without any doubt this week that that’s exactly what he is. He didn’t know Josie was short for Josephine, he didn’t know who Josephine Baker was, he’s constantly bailing on his friends and well, even Jughead realized Betty was a girl you want to lock down.
Simply put, Archie’s useless unless we’re talking eye candy.. for now. Prove me wrong Archie…. is that short for Archibald?
Famous in Love – The Players & La La Locked
Famous in Love wasted no time addressing season one’s cliffhanger. Which guy did Paige choose? In my opinion, the wrong guy. Actually, both Jake and Rainer would have been the wrong guy because she really should have chosen herself and focused on this career she was generously handed.
Instead, Paige picked Jake, her longtime friend, and all the action picked up on the beach on the set of the flick he’s directing, and she’s starring in. I’m just going to flat out say it, Stealing Georgia looks terrible and very un-Sundance-worthy.
I’m willing to overlook a lot in this pseudo-Hollywood show but there were so many loopholes and non-believable moments, I found myself questioning if this was really spearheaded by the same woman who graced us with the maniacally Pretty Little Liars. Maybe if this was supposed to be satire, a joke about Hollywood, I would get it but how does someone in Hollywood make Hollywood look faker than and cheesier than it actually is?
Paige was living the dream but the minute she decided to share her romance with Jake with all of her lovely social media followers, everything began unraveling.
Nina immediately called her to point out that she was violating her contract which strained Paige’s relationship with Jake. And it only got worse when production on Locked picked back up and he had to recast her part. Jake spiraled, unnecessarily, blaming Paige for screwing up his timeline.
Now, I understand getting angry when things don’t go your way but he knew what he was getting into. He knew she was still signed onto a major movie. In fact, that major movie is the one that shot her to superstardom, allowed them all to move out of that little dingy apartment, and is paying her enough to buy that damn house he’s so comfortable staying in. So really, get it together dude because your little Indie isn’t pulling in the big bucks yet.
It was also evident Jake would replace Paige with the diner waitress and I’m surprised it took him as long as it did to conjure up the plan. I really don’t think he was this bad last season.
But before all of this happened, Locked was production purgatory for two-months as leading honcho Rainer bopped around rehab. Mind you this rehab is where the rich people go so there’s hot chicks, a pool and nighttime yoga. Yeah, I’d take my time there also.
In fact, his only incentive for leaving was that rehab bae Harper (hey, The Originals’ Davina) was signing out. Ah, rehab, where all romances in Hollywood start.
Considering he wasn’t genuinely better and ready to go back to the real world, it was again evident that at the first sign of pressure, he’d go back to his old ways. Thankfully, this time, Jordan was there to pull him back.
But Jordan seemingly won’t be around much longer now that his affair with Nina is about to be exposed. Finding out that the two people you trusted most in the world were betraying you probably isn’t going to do Rainer’s addiction any favors. And I bet this is what’s going to drive him and Paige back together because obviously, she didn’t really pick Jake.
When Paige and Rainer eventually reunited on the set of Locked, the tension was palpable. They still care about each other; it was evident from the way Rainer talked up his relationship with Harper. And Paige was hurt because she cares more than she’s letting on. Just wait till they’re forced into those romantic scenes.
But back to Nina and Jordan, Alexis is the force that’s going to ruin them. In her defense, she probably would have done anything to prevent the leak. She even made a deal with Tangey’s mom (her new manager) to bring the camera crew of her reality show onto the Locked set so she could get something juicier to sell the network instead.
However, when Nina called her show trash and refused to let her on the set, Alexis was not pleased and retaliated by insisting Nina go to jail for coercing and sleeping with a minor.
Look, I don’t hate Nina, but I have to agree with Alexis, she did prey on him and should be punished. It’s Rainer and Tangey that I feel for the most. Rainer for obvious reasons and Tangey because she unwantedly got caught up in this mess when she told Alexis thinking she could trust her and that there weren’t cameras.
And of course, this will likely put a damper on Jordan’s Oscar bid although I don’t think anyone actually believes he’s on the same level as Matt Damon.
Also, we finally found out who killed Barrett Hopper although the reveal was rather uneventful. Nina’s assistant? Have we ever even seen her? What would her motive be? I’m willing to bet there’s more to the story since Nina had a lot to gain from silencing that entertainment reporter. Maybe it’ll come up when she’s on trial for sex with a minor. It doesn’t matter if she’s in bed with the head honcho of the studio at that point, no one will want anything to do with her. And that’s a pretty wicked reversal on the #MeToo movement. Women aren’t always innocent.
- Cassandra really can do better than vaginal itch relief commercials.
- I think Cassandra and Jake will eventually hook up causing a rift between the three best friends.
- Why is Rainer’s dad complete scum?
- Tangey’s song with Lil Romeo aka Pablo was terrible. I’m going to have to pass.
Once Upon a Time – The Girl in the Tower (7×14)
In an effort to stop the witch killer, Rogers agrees to a sit-down interview with Eloise Gardner, who we know is actually mother Gothel and probably responsible for all of this in the first place.
Weaver warns Rogers not to let her get into his head but then stands by idly as he tries to make him remember who he really is.
We know Weaver aka Rumpel is awake so why not just wake up Rogers as well? I can’t figure out what Rumpel is doing or what he gets out of keeping Rogers “asleep.”
And why does Gothel want Rogers awake?
First, she tells him to bring her his very first painting, which turns out to be a ship.
Then, she tells him to follow his heart and he’ll find the killer.
His “heart” leads him to the hospital where they find Tilly behind the baker’s murder. She’s in a manic state because she repeatedly tried to warn them that “something bad was going to happen,” yet they wrote her off and ignored her.
Well, Rogers did. It seems that Weaver knew or suspected that she was responsible.
Tilly seems to be mentally disturbed but I’m going to guess that Gothel is in her heard just like she was when “Alice” was a little girl trapped in the tower.
Rogers’ story arc in Hyperion Heights mimics Hook’s back in the Enchanted Forest. We know that he was tricked into sleeping with Gothel under the guise that she was actually Rapunzel.
Together, they had a baby named Alice, which allowed her to finally leave the tower and trapped her daughter instead.
Hook stayed behind with his daughter but when she began having reoccurring dreams about Goethel coming and throwing Hook off the tower, he decided to finally break her free once and for all.
He left the tower in search of Rumpel. Interestingly enough, both times, Hook and Rumpel’s paths have crossed. They’ve always leaned on each other for help.
Hook promised to let go of his need for revenge if Rumpel could help him break the spell and rescue Alice.
Since he was locked up as well, Rumpel had nothing to lose and told him to get find a Maui’s Fishhook.
The fishhook belonged to a man named Captain Ahab, who repeatedly took jabs at Hook for no longer being a pirate and losing sight of what was important.
Hook played a game of roll dice and won the fishhook fair and square, but that didn’t stop Ahab from following him back where he realized Hook was really making dealings with his enemy.
In order to defend his honor, Hook agreed to a pistol match at dawn and obviously won.
However, the moment he got back to the tower and hugged Alice, they were thrust to two separate sides of the castle.
Just like in her nightmares, Gothel appeared and told Alice that her papa failed the test. He promised he would come right back to the tower but allowed himself to get sidetracked to defend his name.
Apparently, in the witches eyes that meant Hook was an incompetent father. Realistically, she was a terrible mother who never stood by her daughter’s side and then purposefully prevented her father from breaking her free. But I digress.
We don’t know how Hook eventually freed Alice but we know he did.
Sadly though, they’ve been kept apart ever since, even in this cursed world. They are closer than ever but have no idea how much they really mean to each other.
Now the question is — why does Gothel want Tilly to kill witches? Where is Anastasia? Why won’t Weaver wake Hook?
Henry caught Regina doing the walk of shame, which may have been my favorite moment in this episode. If a Queen cannot avoid the shame of a 6 am walk home, no one can.
When he told her that Lucy tried everything to keep him away from her mother, Regina became suspicious.
Lucy eventually told her mother that she was shaken by her hospital experience and the death of her grandmother and didn’t want her mom to see “some guy” again.
Of course, it broke her heart to say that because she knows her parents are meant to be yet if they kiss, Henry will die.
She decides to tell “Roni” her concerns but is certain that she won’t believe her. But Roni does. She reveals that she’s actually Regina, Henry is, in fact, her father and she her grandmother and that she knows all about the curse, which together, they will stop.
The best part of this is that Regina and Lucy’s new relationship mirrors Emma and Henry’s back in season one, especially because they’ve kickstarted Operation Hyacinth together. I never knew I’d miss Operation Cobra this much!
Will Regina and Lucy find a way to break the curse? How will Regina’s relationship with Facilier work for or against them?
Will Jacinda stop seeing Henry because of her daughter?
Henry may be on the outs with Jacinda but he’s the only person Ivy can really count on. She’s conflicted about how to feel after her mother’s death as she always believed her mother hated her.
And she’s lost her identity — her whole purpose was to get revenge on her mother. She never really thought of a life after the curse. What does she do now?
Eventually, it dawns on her that she has to finish what her mother started and that means, getting Anastasia back. In order to do that, she needs the help of the truest believer. But given that Gothel is holding Ana, this mission is going to be dangerous.
Henry is floored when he hears there’s another sister. Of course, Jacinda believes Anastasia is dead so I’m not sure how they’re going to explain that.
Thoughts on Once Upon a Time?
The Resident – The Elopement (1×07)
If you ever get a doctor like Lane Hunter, I encourage you to elope!
The Resident continues down its path of making money-hungry oncologist’s the enemy and it seems like more and more people are picking up on Dr. Hunter’s tactics.
It’s truly disgusting to see that only the low-level doctors actually care what the patient’s want and have their best interests in mind. Surely this isn’t the case for every hospital in reality, but I can bet you there’s some truth to it.
Dr. Hunter realizes people are onto her, as well, and she’s tightening the ropes on her patients.
Nic isn’t allowed to deal with her patient’s anymore, Conrad isn’t allowed to give any recommendations and she cock-blocked Pravesh from writing a research paper to dive deeper into her treatments.
Without more information, Nic can’t report her to the state board, so Pravesh takes it into his own hands and slips the story to his journalist fiancee.
It’s risky because if she begins exposing Hunter and connects it to Pravesh, she could surely bring him down.
But, it’s worth it if you can save several hundred patients who are already almost out of hope.
Even though they knew the backlash would be terrible, Conrad and Nic couldn’t stand by and watch Daryl go through unnecessary treatments that would simply benefit the hospital and ruin a patients quality of life.
It was exhilarating to watch them encourage him to simply leave the hospital; they were like Bey and Jay-Z, on the run!
Conrad is partly motivated by ethics and partly by his love for Nic.
Everything he does is to for her or to defend her honor and yes, sometimes he takes it slightly overboard. Nic is a strong-willed woman who can save herself!
Although, I can’t knock a man for scolding another man about sending junk pictures. We need more men like Conrad out here in the streets.
Of course, money reigns supreme so everyone was furious at Conrad with Bell even placing blame on Nic for giving her number out in the first place.
Yeah, these guys have clearly been cooped up in the hospital for way too long and clearly missed the whole #MeToo movement that’s happening.
Conrad refused to feel bad for doing what’s right, so they took him off the case. Nothing new really, just another day at Chastain. It’s all accumulating until he finally gets pushed so far, he accepts his father’s offer from The Resident Season 1 Episode 6 .
Eventually, Nic handled Bobby Singer herself and threatened to send his pics to every gossip site the next time. He had it comin’.
Bobby went from living the good life with half-naked models hanging around his neck and aspiring to pitch at the World Series to finding out that his dreams have been shattered.
And poor Pravesh had to tell Singer the bad news himself because Dr. Smooth, as they call him, didn’t have the cojones to.
I don’t even think it’s acceptable to put all that pressure on an intern, but given the lead surgeon decided to go home for the weekend on a Thursday and they removed Conrad from the case, Pravesh didn’t really have a choice.
And this hospital wonders why it’s fall off the Top 50 hospitals in America list.
Bell is the complete opposite of Conrad — he does everything wrong and never gets in trouble for it.
Not only did he challenge Claire during the investor meeting, he took private and sensitive information and used it to blackmail Mina.
When she accidentally took out the wrong organ from a patient because she was overwhelmed, Bell never covered for her. In fact, he placed the blame on her.
But now that he’s being tasked with performing such a major surgery, he knows he can’t do it without her so he’ll do anything to get her back, even pressure her into it.
Thankfully, Mina has is just as witty as she is talented and approached the board, along with Claire, to thank them for giving her another chance.
Claire is furious and informs Bell the only an attending can preside over the surgery of a VIP, much to his dismay.
How long will he be able to keep his debilitating disease a secret? He’s running out of time faster than some of those cancer patients they milk.
I’m not sure how word gets around at this hospital, but everyone knows that Conrad is sleeping with Noni, even Nic.
Yet she’s not nearly as jealous of her as Conrad is of Jude.
The reason he’s so harsh on his “army brother” is because he believes he’s stealing his girl.
Nic cleared it up by the end, right after Daryl and his wife said they make a cute couple, but there’s still no progression on the relationship front.
Like Jude said, Conrad’s still in love with her and she needs to figure out if she loves him.
And quickly people, my patience is wearing thin!
At least their talking about what’s really important and that is Nic’s skepticism of Hunter. Pravesh and Nic may not have anything to say about it but when Conrad is convinced, he’ll go to war with her.
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