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Riverdale Winter Finale – No Exit (3×09)

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Hiram Lodge’s plan, or should I say “the King’s” plan, has finally come to fruition.

Hiram’s scheming and plotting has been building up to this very moment for much of season 3.

And the culmination on the fall finale was jaw-dropping.

Multiple times throughout the episode, Veronica mentioned that her father was playing a “long game,” however, we didn’t know what the intended outcome for Hiram Lodge’s multi-layered plans, Fizzle Rocks, and Gryphons and Gargoyles truly was until there was no going back.

After the Vixens all had linked seizures, Veronica manned the ship utilizing Reggie to get to the bottom of her father’s plans. Meanwhile, Betty took matters into her own hands at the SOQM.

Honestly, I’m so glad that despite the attempt to drug her and scare her into submission with the Gargoyle King, Betty pulled through with a clear mind.

Instead of giving into the sisters’ version of normalcy, she manipulated Ethel into seeing the truth about the Gargoyle King — he isn’t real.

Once the “candy” wore off and eliminated the hallucinations, Ethel realized that the dungeon was home to a mini-stone Gargoyle statue. Nothing scary about that.

Ethel was broken by the realization that she’d been duped, and more so that Dilton and Ben’s deaths were for naught.

However, she understood the importance of confronting Sister Woodward and finding out why she’s in cahoots with Hiram Lodge and drugging the patients at SOQM.

Sister Woodward didn’t see Betty’s sneak attack coming, especially not with their pristine patient Ethel.

She also revealed what we already knew — Hiram is a major donor and testing out the effects of the drugs.

What did come as a shocker was that the game of G&G originated at the school as a way to help mentally unstable kids cope.

Therefore, in the hands of someone as power-stricken as Hiram, it more than just dangerous, it was deadly.

With her newfound intel, Betty was able to ring up Veronica and thankfully, the show offered up a logical explanation why Ronnie hadn’t yet formed a search party for her bestie — she thought Betty went off to The Farm with Alice.

Personally, Veronica should have questioned why Betty would go to The Farm in the first place. I blame all of this “bonding with Reggie.”

Reggie did come in handy by getting the dirt on Hiram, though, we already knew he was producing Fizzle Rocks at the prison just outside of town.

This, however, is enough for Ronnie to accuse her father of drugging the cheerleaders at the impromptu parent meeting in which he proposes to shut down Riverdale High much like he did Southside Hight to prevent contamination.

Um, can someone inform Hiram that seizures aren’t contagious?!

Thought Veronica was pretty blunt about letting everyone know dear old dad was running a drug empire, she, once again, failed to come up with any actual proof.

When will she learn that in order to bring Hiram down, you need concrete evidence?

After Betty let Veronica know Hiram was working with Clifford Blossom, Ronnie and Cheryl tag teamed to waterboard Penelope. Or should I say, maple syrup board her.

Let’s just dissect this for a brief moment.

This is a town where two high school students got away with waterboarding their own mother with maple syrup. A family specialty, nonetheless.

Penelope talks — mostly because Cheryl’s deranged mind threatens to leave her out to the ants — and admits that Hiram has great visions for bettering Riverdale. By that she means it will be a town that allows them to indulge in their vices, drugs and Penelope pimping out her hoo-ha to all the men.

It keeps getting weirder, doesn’t it?

As Veronica gathers up the troops, Betty and Ethel create the fictional Griffin Queen, which is just Betty with twigs in her hair.

Her purpose is simple — convince the girls of SOQM that she’d slayed the King and they are now free.

Though it was easy for them to create said character in the game, outside of the SOQM, the exact opposite was happening.

But, more on that in a bit.

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Over in Toledo, Juggie and Archie finally arrived at his mother’s shop.

Jellybean greeted them and boy, was I thrilled to finally meet this little gal! She’s the perfect mix of cute and badass as we’d imagined; almost a spitting image of Jughead.

His mother, Gladys, makes some odd comments about Archie and Jug finally becoming lovers, which is probably not how you’d ever greet a son you haven’t seen in a while. Why assume anything at all? A simple “I missed you” probably would have done the trick.

I’ll admit, Gladys’ persona didn’t rub me the right way at first, and I wasn’t sure if I could trust her completely, however, she proved to be pretty straight-edge when Penny Peabody showed up because of the bounty on Archie’s head.

You know how everyone struggled to deal with the Penny problem in Riverdale? Mama Jughead took care of it in a jiffy. She wasn’t just getting revenge for the scar Penny left on her son, she was getting revenge for her hit on Archie and even scored some answers to the G&G/Lodge problem in Riverdale.

Then, she illuminated Jughead to what was really going on — Hiram didn’t actually care about killing Archie. Sure, he’d do it given the chance but that wasn’t why he ran them out of town.

As per usual, Archie played right into his hand when he skipped town with Jughead. With them gone, Hiram successfully eliminated the two biggest adversaries swift and capable enough to undermine and destroy his grand plan.

And when the sirens began blaring, neither Archie, Jughead, Fred nor FP were in town.

Which also meant that they were no longer resident of Riverdale.

To Archie, that didn’t matter much as he’d decided to go off into the world in an effort to stop being a burden to anyone. Sorry, V. Honestly, maybe the rest of them should have followed suit.

Jughead and FP were out of luck when they returned to town and got turned away at the border.

The embrace between Gladys and FP before they left made it seem like the exes were on good-terms and there was so unfinished business.

Will they stay with Gladys and JB in the meantime? Will FP and Gladys reconnect romantically? What about Alice?

And how close is The Farm to Riverdale that she’s bouncing back and forth between her time there and taking care of Betty?

Do you think The Farm in also in cahoots with Hiram?

Naturally, Hiram thought he’d also taken care of Betty but underestimated how capable she was even without her friends and sleuthing boyfriend around.

As she told Sister Woodward, she couldn’t be scared into submission because she’d stared real darkness, a real monster in the face.

Veronica did eventually figure out her father’s plan, but unfortunately, she was too late in stopping her mother from making the order.

Riverdale became a quarantined state by the end of the hour, which meant no one was leaving and no one was coming in.

It seems if Hiram had his way, Riverdale would cease to exist to the outside world. Is his goal to just have a town of drugged up slave workers?

As he gloats in his success, Hiram looks up at the Gargoyle King revealing that he isn’t the King as we’ve previously believed.

But also, settling the score that he is playing the game.

We know the GK wasn’t a hallucination as Betty and Jughead previously saw the King without taking any drugs.

But who is he? If it isn’t Hiram, who is calling the shots?

It can’t be FP, Jug, Fred and Archie because they are out of town and accounted for. It can’t be Hermione because she was at the office with Veronica, though she would be my second guess. It can’t be Penelope cause something tells me maple syrup doesn’t come off that quickly, and Alice was with Betty and Ethel so she’s also out of the running.

That, however, leaves us with Sierra McCoy, Tom Keller, and Cladius Blossom.

My money is on the latter simply because he’s already been linked to Hiram at the SOQM.

What do you think is next for the series? How will Riverdale get back on its feet and come out from Hiram’s thumb? Is there a way for Jughead and FP to sneak in? And how safe is that?

And what does that mean for neighboring town Greendale? Surely, a quarantine in the next town over would be something worth mentioning next season on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Could it possible lead us into a crossover?

Let us know what you thought about the finale!

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Riverdale – BIG FUN (3×16)

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There are a few things you’ll walk away with following Riverdale’s second musical episode.

Number one, the realization that this cast is insanely, exceptionally, wildly talented. Every single one of them. Even Jughead who refused to sing for the first musical finally but caved in and belted out those high notes. A welcome surprise, I must admit.

But secondly, you’re not going to be able to get any of these catchy songs out of your head. As you’re reading this, you’re probably humming one right now.

With how deadly and gruesome the previous musical, Carrie, ended up being, I went into this one a little bit weary.

Would it live up to the expectations? Would someone else get murdered?

I’m sad to say, it didn’t. Now, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t ‘BIG FUN,’ it just means Riverdale achieved something unique and inimitable the first time around.

And that’s okay.

Maybe it’s because Carrie was our first voyage into the land of singing Serpents and River Vixens or maybe because The Farm, and Evelyn Evernever, simply isn’t as strong of an antagonist as the elusive Black Hood was.

In fact, crafting the musical around Evernever the cult’s vision gave way to some really peculiar moments some of which were probably written to match up with the songs.

Oftentimes, they didn’t even feel real. Were they real? I guess we’ll never know.

Carrie resonated with the characters thematically, but Heathers was a more fluid interpretation offering each cast member a chance to shine and building upon already established storylines and character arcs.

The whole push-and-shove between Toni and Cheryl fell a little flat but maybe it’s because the way they got together and their breakup were so rushed.

The whole impetus for Heather’s the musical stemmed from the breakup, and for Cheryl to shine and get some validation.

When Toni encroached on her sacred stage, Cheryl just about lost it.

But why and more importantly, how, did they go from being lovers to nuclear levels of hate?

Cheryl went from being inseparable with Toni to ordering her to switch schools cause there was only room for one woman wearing red at Riverdale High?

It’s possible that I was disappointed in this storyline simply because of how much progress has made since beginning her relationship with Toni.

She regressed hard and became more vicious than we’re used to. At one point, she even said she needed a chainsaw to end the misery!

Related: Riverdale – American Dreams (3×15)

Cheryl’s known for extremes, but waging a full on war against the woman she loved was slightly ridiculous, as all things are in this town.

But the musical stage gave way to an even higher barrier for ridiculous actions such as Toni’s attempt at insinuating a threesome and ordering Sweet Pea and one of her Pretty Poison members to strip down to their tighty-whiteys via sing-song. I found myself asking ‘what is going on’ way too often.

Most upsetting of all is that the turmoil in their relationship was completely pointless as by the end of the episode, Toni extended and olive branch to Cheryl who accepted it.

And just like that, they were back to being lovers.

All of this would have been aggravating had it not been for Cheryl’s acknowledgment that her take on relationships is so extreme because her upbringing was filled with either feeling adoration or pure hate; there was no in between.

In fact, this moment clears up a lot about Cheryl Blossom.

Usually, I suspend disbelief to embrace all the oddities the Riverdale writers are feeding me, but ‘BIG FUN’ pushed those limits.

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And that was especially true with the characters never fully accepting whatever happened in previous scenes. There were moments where the episode almost felt discombobulated because it didn’t flow gracefully.

The whole hour played out like a dream sequence of even a hallucination.

Are we sure Evelyn didn’t slip whatever she gave Kevin to the viewers? That would explain a lot.

The episode really amped up all the cult shenanigans when The Farm’s Evelyn inserted herself into the squad by co-directing the musical alongside Kevin.

Kevin said he couldn’t handle all the trauma of solely directing Carrie, but again, I think Evelyn’s drugs had a hand in that.

Evelyn used the musical as a way to recruitment tool for The Farm, and no one other than Betty seemed to be aware of her agenda. Not even Betty’s closest friends.

It’s odd that Betty is the only one gunning to bring this alleged cult down and even informing Jughead that even Principal Weatherbee is on it yet he doesn’t seem to care much at all.

Granted, they all have a lot of their plates with Jughead’s mother taking over the drug trade and Veronica’s parents separating, but how was no one suspicious of Evelyn’s relaxation techniques, her ‘in costume’ party, or Kevin and Fangs’ wedding-like initiation?

The real question is, are those two married now? Or what did I just witness?

The evidence against Evelyn has been stacking up against her and staring them all in the face. Betty tried to warn everyone, yet Evelyn’s manipulation tactics worked effortlessly on the broken souls of Riverdale. And there are a lot of broken souls.

Riverdale is filled with a lot of desperate people which is why it’s such a perfect breeding ground for the Farm. Look how quickly they were able to snatch up Polly, Alice, Kevin and even Fangs!

Throughout the whole musical, Evelyn was trying to come between all the friends and get them to tell her their deepest and darkest secrets.

That’s the oldest trick in the book when it comes to cults.

So if that final performance struck you as over-the-top and downright weird, that’s because it was supposed to.

It was supposed to be an emotional number and one that sent a message about the teens wanting to make the world a better place, but instead of gaining praise from the parents, it brought the members of The Farm to their feet.

Including cult leader Edgar Evernever who was beyond proud of his daughter.

I squealed when he stood up clapping in the audience not because I was excited to mee the elusive cult leader, but because I was thrilled to see Chad Michael Murray finally dig into this role.

It’s good to see him back on our TV screens and still looking scrumptious. I’m not surprised Alice is eating up everything he’s telling her.

Riverdale has been keeping Edgar purposefully off the radar, so I wonder what his arrival means for the town.

Will the Farm’s appeal heighten?

It’s incredible that Betty even found the time to spy on Evelyn and the Farm while helping Jughead burn down his childhood home and all of its memories.

It was deeply upsetting to see Jughead’s trailer burn; it felt like we were saying goodbye to that part of him as a character.

Though, I am concerned that their first instinct after torching a home-turned-drug-lab and all of its memories was to hook up.

Gladys needs to be handled.

Initially, Jug was going to let it all go for the sake of having his family together again, but when his father got injured on the job by some Fizzle Rocks junkie, he knew he had to put a stop to it.

Obviously, Gladys will know that her son destroyed her product and seeing how infuriated Hiram was when Ronnie pulled a similar stunt, it looks like he declared full on war.

But how is he going to keep a semblance of a normal life at home in front of his father?

He’s bound to tell FP the truth and personally, I think he should.

Gladys made Jughead believe that telling him would ruin his father and make him spiral, but finding out what was happening behind his back and facing the betrayal will do that to him.

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Seeing Gladys brush off FP’s injury knowing damn well she was contributing to it was frustrating.

Can she take her paws off of him already?

Both Veronica and Archie found themselves in awkward places in their relationship though only one of them has a happy ending in store. For now.

Sweet Pea outed Archie and Josie as a couple which didn’t pan out as he’d expected. Josie, who was very much against a relationship with Archie because their connection stemmed from a place on loneliness, opened up to the possibility of Jarchie!

Their love ballad was surface-level cute, but they really did Archie a disservice by having him sing alongside a vocal powerhouse like Josie.

Veronica and Reggie patched things up briefly — and by patched things up I mean they had sex again — but things took a sour turn when he assumed she only ran back to him because she found out Archie moved on.

The truth was, Veronica was feeling alone and lost after her parents announced their divorce.

Veronica’s dynamic with her parents is strange. Hiram and Hermione despise each other and only work together when it’s mutually beneficial from a business standpoint. They purposefully hurt each other on a daily basis, and Veronica has even encouraged her mother to screw over her father countless times yet somehow, she’s disheartened because they’re splitting.

Is she delusional? Maybe. I believe it’s more of a false sense of security.

Her family, unconventional as they might be, gave her hope that despite all the craziness, they’d weather any storm.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

Coming from such a broken family has set Veronica up for failure. She’s never going to be able to have a normal relationship if she puts Hiram and Hermione relationship on a pedestal.

We’re seeing the effects of that already.

And especially after Hiram admitted that the reason they’re splitting is because he found out Hermione tried to have him killed not once but twice.

Veronica didn’t even stop to think that there was something deeply wrong with that narrative.

However, she rocked “Lifeboat” and really gave us all the emotions in her rendition. Great job, Cami!

Other Observations

  • Hermione being concerned about Heather’s being violent and encouraging teen suicide was laughable. Does she know who she’s married to and how much worse Hiram is for the student body than a musical?
  • Even funnier was Hermione’s legitimate question: “are you all this miserable?” Again, is she not aware of what her husband has done to these teens with his Fizzle Rocks and his game of G&G?

Heathers may have been a strange choice because of its dark subject matter, but it embodied Riverdale at its core.

The movie turned musical, is described as a “high energy dark comedy” that addresses issues of bullying, teen suicide, and violence in schools.

If you didn’t know what I was describing, Riverdale would surely come to mind.

But these teen are strong and have proven time and time again that they’ll overcome whatever is thrown their way.

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Riverdale – American Dreams (3×15)

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Be still my heart. There was a total of three breakups on tonight’s episode.

We’ll start with the most devastating one: Choni.

Cheryl and Toni’s relationship was intense and fueled by passion from start to possible finish. Or at least I think it’s finished.

Things between the ladies have been tense ever since Toni assumed control of the Pretty Poisons.

Cheryl tried to smooth it over by doing what she does best, lavishing her loved one with gifts, or a spring break trip to Quebec to be more exact, but Toni once again chose her girl gang over her girlfriend.

Cheryl has been making an effort to patch up the weirdness between them, but when she saw Toni singing “Call Your Girlfriend” with Ronnie at the speakeasy — don’t you think it would have been better if they sang “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, Cause I’m Bored”? — she took extreme measures.

Toni caught onto her girlfriend’s attempt at getting her attention and fell for it.

But the making up seemed like the last hurrah before breaking up. After getting down, dirty and blindfolded on the pool table, Cheryl and Toni faced the issue at the core of their relationship: things were moving too fast.

Toni admitted that maybe they decided to move in together too quickly, and Cheryl agreed that Toni moving out may be the best solution.

That definitely seems like a break up to me.

I’m not surprised Toni is feeling like she doesn’t have her own space at Thistlehouse.

Cheryl is a very domineering person and though she doesn’t realize it, it’s very easy for someone to get gobbled up in her world. Almost instantaneously, the two became inseparable and almost meshed into one person.

At times, it was almost unhealthy which is why it became so toxic so quickly.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Choni, but I do think time apart will do them both some good.

Cheryl then funneled all her rage and frustration into the upcoming school musical.

Despite The Farm’s insistence that they do Godspeed, Cheryl was feeling Heather’s more, not to mention she was already playing croquet.

Considering how confrontational Kevin was with Betty on last week’s Riverdale, it was shocking to see him get bulldozed by Cheryl again.

I thought The Farm ran things around here, but it just goes to show how powerful Cheryl’s reach really is.

Up next in the breakup department: Ronnie and Reggie.

Reggie wanted his efforts at La Bonne Nuit recognized which is fair, but it also seems like it came out of left field.

I’ll agree that he’s sacrificed a lot for Ronnie and her business, but I don’t think she’s ever treated him unfairly or been ungrateful for his loyalty.

Wanting to be cut in as a business partner is a tall ask. He should have been content with simply getting way more than minimum wage because hello, you’re a high school student who didn’t have much going for him.

Also, didn’t it seem like Reggie was getting a thrill out of working alongside Ronnie?

She may have come off as the ultimate B, but I’m all here for a woman who isn’t interested in sharing a piece of her pie with a man just because his ego has been bruised slightly.

Reggie proved that he doesn’t have the savviness to be an equal partner when he attempted to steal his car back from Gladys.

Bruh, this is a small town. I’m pretty sure she would have figured it out at some point but alas, he was caught red-handed.

His little stunt only intensified the tension between Ronnie and Gladys.

In the end, Ronnie got Reggie his car back but cut ties with him professionally and personally.

“We don’t owe each other anything.” Boss move.

I really hope that car was worth it, Reggie.

And the third couple to go down the train was FP and Alice.

This one really stung because man, FP and Alice were the high school sweetheart who finally had their moment.

Alice’s mystery home buyer turned out to be Gladys Jones, who was trying to right her wrongs with the family.

Her approach was rather aggressive; she didn’t ease into the idea of having them all move in together and getting back together with FP, she just full on committed to it.

Jughead was weary, and he had every right to be because a woman who ditched her family and then came back pretending like nothing ever happened, should never be trusted.

FP’s guard wasn’t as high up though partly because he was feeling so blessed on his 50th (!) birthday.

Gladys is a mastermind. She knew the right moment to move back into FP’s life was when he was feeling sentimental.

Seeing his family back together and finally on the right side of town made FP break things off with Alice who was hurt by his decision.

“That’s the mother of my child,” FP told her as if that had anything to do with being a good and necessary parent.

Truthfully, I’m a little disappointed with FP for having his blinders on and being so trustworthy. He, of all people, should know his wife the best.

My gut tells me it won’t be long before Alice returns to the fold because he’ll figure out Glady’s true motives soon enough.

Jughead can’t keep them a secret from his dad forever. He may have played it cool during his touching (I cried) birthday speech, but their relationship is too close for Jughead to keep this from his pops.

It was unfair of Gladys to put Jughead in such a predicament. This only proves that she doesn’t care about her son nearly as much as she’s letting on.

It’s especially upsetting to watch because having his family back together is all Jughead has ever wanted though this isn’t really what he had in mind.

How can a mother make her son feel responsible for his father’s potential breakdown? If she hadn’t gotten involved in shady things after he’d finally righted his wrongs they wouldn’t be in this mess.

Related: Riverdale – Fire Walk With Me (3×14)

Jughead believes he can save his sister, protect his father and run his mother out of town all at once, but he’s really underestimating his mother’s grip on Jelly Bean. As we’ve seen, she’s her mother’s daughter and in on this whole plan.

I also worry what happen to Alice now that she’s lost possibly the only link to her sanity. Losing FP will likely cause her to get even deeper with The Farm, and we know nothing good can come of it.

The best part of FP’s 50th birthday party was Fred Andrews showing up to give him a warm hug and welcome him to the neighborhood.

But hearing Luke Perry say “as I live and breathe” just didn’t sit right on the day of his alleged funeral.

Somebody should have cut that moment because it was just too soon.

Jughead wasn’t just dealing with his mother becoming the new Fizzle Rocks kingpin and his father’s celebration, he and Betty also teamed up to help Archie outsmart the Gryphons and Gargoyle’s players with the quest to ‘Kill the Red Paladin.’

Surprisingly, we got our first ever confession from Hiram Lodge who admitted to Archie that he was the one who orchestrated the attack on him and printed dozen’s of cards that marked him for death.

Archie was way calmer than I would have been in that situation.

Hiram’s confession sort of indirectly answered the “who is the Gargoyle King” mystery, if anyone even still cares about that.

This nerdy game’s purpose has been kind of muddled in all the mysterious narratives plaguing Riverdale.

Jughead and Betty drew in those who wanted to kill him by ammending the quest and using Archie’s boxing triumphs to his advantage.

Archie’s no stranger to messing up that pretty face of his so he took the hits like a man and came out the reigning champ.

Now, can we please put this Red Paladin storyline to rest once and for all?

Archie and Hiram’s truce remained in tact and as an apology, Hiram gifted the hole-in-the-wall boxing ring to him.

He specified the gift was “no strings attached,” but when has that ever been the case with Hiram?

Archie’s never going to shake him!

What did you think of tonight’s Riverdale episode, Cravers? Are you excited for another musical installment? Do you think anything can top the previous one?

Will Betty move in with Jughead? Will FP find out the truth about Gladys?

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Riverdale – Fire Walk With Me (3×14)

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Seeing the In Memorium for Luke Perry shine across the screen almost felt surreal.

Watching his scenes with Archie and hearing his calm and comforting voice brought tears to my eyes even though I should have been terrified because young Ricky was running loose with a gun and a vendetta to kill Archie.

I don’t know how Riverdale is going to handle Perry’s death, but no matter what they do, it’ll be heartbreaking.

As for the episode itself, is anyone a little confused by this town’s obsession with Gryphons and Gargoyles? Only the weirdos seem to be playing it, and Hiram Lodge, yet it’s somehow creating problems for everyone.

And just when you thought it was all behind you, Kurtz joins the Serpents and tries to throw Fangs off of a staircase to make him ascend, and Ricky befriends Archie simply to kill him.

Seriously, is it okay if I say ask “what the actual hell?”

Ricky really caught me off guard —  I was not expecting that little boy to come after Archie with a knife let alone to have stalked Archie for weeks to figure out how to best get in his good graces.

He even carved in the ‘sacrifice’ symbol into his own wrist to make his story more believable!

Archie should never let his guard down in Riverdale again.

And Archie is the sweetest soul to have ever existed. He took care of this boy, took him under his wing, gave him food and shelter, and even tried to find him a good home.

He’s too sweet so anyone could take advantage of him.

The biggest twist came with the revelation that Ricky was Joaquin’s brother and finishing up his dirty work.

This isn’t over yet, but at least now Archie has the protection of the Serpents.

Jughead has been struggling as their Serpent King as of late and it’s not surprising; he has a handful of OG Serpents and a bunch of former Gargoyle Kings with absolutely no loyalty or purpose.

Kurtz was the worst of the lot and even tried using the fact that he and his friends were in the majority to disobey Jughead.

Jughead figured out how to restore order by giving the Serpents a new focus. From now on, they will be working for FP Jones and helping out the Riverdale police department while getting paid for it.

Now that’s what a leader does!

With gangs running rampant around this town, they might as well put these kids to good use. And what better use of gangs than for a non-existent police department.

I think the only person working for the police is the damn Sheriff.

The gangs aren’t the only ones running around town like madmen without any self-control.

Hiram Lodge and Gladys Jones took over Veronica’s speakeasy as if they owned the place doing as they pleased all because she owed them a little money.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than business-savvy Ronnie.

She may be indebted to these two fools, but that doesn’t mean she has to let them get their way in her club.

The Speakeasy wasn’t part of the deal. How nice it must be for her to finally own something that belongs to her.

It’s also dangerous because knowing her father, he’ll change the rules and demand the money be paid in full or else he’ll take her bar from her.

Realistically, Ronnie didn’t need the protection of the Pretty Poison’s to keep Hiram and Gladys out, but I won’t be upset that she’s employing young females!

Cheryl, on the other hand, might be a little peeved with Toni. Cheryl’s not comfortable not being in control and making the shots. She’s always been the leader when it came to the cheerleading squad, but now that Toni isn’t letting her have the upper hand, it’s causing a bit of a rift in their relationship.

If Cheryl doesn’t learn to play nice, she’s going to lose the best thing that ever happened to her and it will be a shame.

And then we have the mess that continues to be The Farm.

There’s no clear direction when it comes to the cultish establishment aside from the fact that they prey on young, vulnerable and impressionable minds.

Evelyn Evernever is clearly manipulative, but we learned just how much when she and Kevin threatened to expose Betty’s murderous ways while incriminating Alice, Jughead and FP Jones in order to silence her from writing an expose on The Farm.

How is Betty the only one suspicious of them if they have so many members in Riverdale?

And why is their M/O to have members put themselves in harm’s way?

Kevin’s behavior towards Betty was disappointing. That’s not the Kevin we know, but it’s definitely the Kevin that was hurt and allowed a cult to influence his decisions.

First they require him to walk on fire to cleanse himself of his sins and leave the past behind, but what’s next? How far will they go before someone is seriously hurt?

Betty may be against The Farm but something about them appealed to her when she considered burning her hand.

Instead, she burnt the house to the ground right after Alice sold it to an anonymous buyer.

Reckless? Definitely. But not any more reckless that Alice has been since joining The Farm.

Where is Betty supposed to go and live since she’s not part of the cult and doesn’t want to join? She doesn’t think about anyone aside from herself.

While the craziness of The Farm, Gryphons and Gargoyles and Fizzle Rocks is still affecting Riverdale, there was a moment of normalcy that we haven’t seen much of this season — Jughead, Archie, Betty and Veronica all hung out together as besties for a little bit.

I’ve missed the bond that these four have formed. It’s been a minute since the series just focused on friendship arguably it’s strongest angle.

When do you think we’ll finally meet Edgar Evernever? Is the old Kevin gone for good?

How will Archie protect himself from further Gryphons and Gargoyles attacks?

 

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