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Riverdale – The Midnight Club (3×04)

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This is how our parents came to be.

It all goes back to a dangerous and unexpected game that has weaseled its way back into the halls of Riverdale high and forced Alice, FP, Ciara, Hermione, Fred, Hiram and Tommy to re-live what was known as the age of “The Midnight Club.”

Understanding the origins of Griffins and Gargoyles simultaneously answered many questions we had about the parents’ past.

For starters, Alice was already pregnant with FP’s baby when they all landed in detention, FP was a jock with a promising future but his father was abusive, and much like Archie, Fred carried the burden of the world on his shoulders since his father was gravely ill.

However, the most surprising revelation was that Penelope isn’t actually a Blossom. As the teens were all sharing secrets, she revealed that she grew up at The Sisters of Quiet Mercy before getting adopted by a couple who groomed her to go from being Clifford’s sister to his life companion.

Gross, right? I never thought I’d say this but you actually have to feel bad for Penelope.

As for Hermione, we’re more understanding of her decision to spend the rest of her life with Hiram Lodge because she didn’t want to clean toilets like her mother. She thought Hiram had it all figured out, but little did she know, she’d have to give up her freedom for this life of luxury.

I had my expectation set pretty low for this episode, but I’ll gladly admit that it exceeded them all and then some!

Everyone did such a phenomenal job getting into the roles of the parents. Yes, there were moments where I had to remind myself that I was watching Alice Smith and not some dark version of Betty again, but otherwise, it was great fun seeing them in these reimagined roles.

Biggest props go to Cole Sprouse for really nailing FP’mannerisms and swag. Also, the wardrobe department definitely knew what they were doing!

As G&G spreads through the halls of present-day Riverdale High, Betty becomes increasingly curious about what her mother knows about it. Especially since she and FP were so triggered by Jughead having the rule book.

It’s going to take a lot more than Hermione making a plea for everyone not to play the game to stop them from playing the game.

Doesn’t she know that telling someone they can’t do something only makes them want to do it more? That’s like psych 101.

Therefore, Hermione just ensured that all the kids were going to be playing it.

After a call from the morgue, Betty finally had concrete proof that someone died with blue lips when her mother was in high school and so Alice has no choice but to fess up to what really happened during a year that “smelled like teen spirit.”

Cue the flashbacks.

The game was found in a teacher’s secret drawer and served as their escape from a grim reality.

What started out as innocent fun soon turned into a full-on addiction. Before they knew it, they had ditched the board and began role-playing characters and quests, even joining forces with an opposing team which included Hiram and Tommy. Who knew those two would ever be on the same team?

Eventually, they received mysterious invites to an ascension party which turned into a Fizzle Rocks induced party.

It’s important to note that none of them fessed up to organizing the event nor did any of them know ascension meant “dying for the cause.”

Alice was the only sober one the whole night because, you know, she was pregnant.

Therefore, she’s the only one who saw the chalices filled to the brim with blue liquid, which they later found out killed Principal Featherhead, and she was the only one who saw the terrifying Gargoyle King in the flesh.

Fearing that someone would blame them for the crime if they knew they were doped up and trespassing, they made a pact never to talk about what happened.

Those of you that guessed the parents’ secret would be a darker take on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” you were pretty accurate.

That night is also what changed them and formed them into the people — the strangers — they are today.

Fred gave up music after his father died to work at the fam business, the Catholic school girl went against her mother’s wishes and began a lifetime of compromises with petty criminal Hiram Lodge, Romeo and Juliet aka Tom and Ciara took their curtain call because they were too “different,” game master Penelope became a pawn and grew a liking to Thornhill and Clifford (hey, Jason!), high school MVP FP became a greaser gang member, and Alice traded in her Serpent jacket for a Betty pink blazer and a jock named Hal Cooper.

Ah, so many decisions they were going to regret one day! Don’t you wish you could go back and try to stop them?

While the G&G backstory is illuminating, it still doesn’t tell us who is responsible for resurrecting the game in the present day nor does it reveal who tried to poison one of their own when Featherhead became an unintentional victim.

Based on Betty’s assumptions, someone from the Midnight Club had to be responsible then and could very well be responsible now.

This brings us to our latest mystery — who is the Gargoyle King?

I have to point out that in the flashbacks, I didn’t see much of FP Jones running amok in the halls. However, given how terrified he was of the game returning, I don’t think he’s responsible.

However, Hiram Lodge was a petty criminal then and he’s certainly only gotten worse. Not to mention, he was the one who brought the drugs in the first place.

For someone who is constantly trying to keep his reign on Riverdale and incite fear, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was behind the resurrection of a game that preys on impressionable minds and induces paranoia, delusions and violence.

How is any of that different than what he did to Archie last season?

Not only are we trying to figure out who is behind the game, but as we see, Betty now has a problem with Jughead being addicted to the game.

If the scene we saw towards the end was real and not a hallucination on her part then Jughead is a goner.

The deranged look in his eyes paired with talk of getting to the third level, ascending and beating “him” shows us that he’s in too deep.

Will Betty be able to save him?

And let’s not forget that The Farm is still in Riverdale and could very well have played some part the spreading of the game.

Other Thoughts

  • Fibes instead of Forbes. Riverdale’s twists on everyday objects and places is always hilarious.
  • I need adult FP and Fred to recreate that streaking scene. Pretty please.
  • I really love that what’s old is new again. I didn’t know Ciara and Tommy dated back in the day but the revelation makes their relationship so much more logical now.
  • FP tries to hook up with Hermione! Weird.
  • Fred and Alice hooked up while she was pregnant! Scandalous!
  • The old school version of the game allowed the cast to become versions of their comic book characters! Did you see Juggie’s crown?

What did you think of the flashback episode?

Did it give you some insight and a better understanding of the parents? Were you hoping for more? Are you a fan of the G&G storyline? Were the parents always monsters? Did the game turn them into monsters?

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Riverdale – No Exit (3×09)

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Riverdale/ No Exit

You can breathe a sigh of relief because Riverdale’s hiatus is finally over.

And, to my surprise, so is the quarantine. Given the great lengths Hiram Lodge went to in order to put a quarantine in place, I didn’t expect it to be lifted so quickly. But while Riverdale was once “free,” they residents weren’t necessarily free from the devious Hiram Lodge.

The goal was, and it still is, to eliminate him at any costs.

Post-quarantine Riverdale effects are still plaguing the small town, which now operates more as a police-state. No public displays of affection are allowed in the halls of Riverdale High, and that includes hand holding of any sorts. Since when did Kevin become such a stickler for the law?

As you can imagine, that didn’t sit well with our rebellious group of (mostly) Serpents who have detested Hiram Lodge and everything he stands for since the very beginning of his reign.

Cheryl and Toni were great as standalone characters, but as forces joined together, they are exceptional. I’m digging their “catnapping” actions as a means of survival, even if it did get them kicked out of the gang.

Jughead continues to establish dominance as the leader of the Serpents. Sending off Cheryl and Toni may have seemed like an extreme measure since Toni was a member by birth, but it’s the only way he’ll be able to maintain control in these chaotic times.

Fangs threw himself under the bus by telling Sweet Pea that Jughead gave him a pass for dealing Fizzle Rocks. However, seeing as Juggie gave Fangs a third chance by sending him undercover with the Gargoyle Gang, it’s only a matter of time before Cheryl and Toni rejoin the ranks.

Jughead’s got his smarts about him; I don’t think he’d ever want a situation where Cheryl would become his enemy.

As leaders go, Jughead is on top having the Serpents’ back. He did everything in his power to secure their financial stability so they didn’t have to go do rogue jobs to supply their income.

Working security for Veronica isn’t a bad gig, but at the end of the day, he’s still under the thumb of a Lodge.

And thus, he’s further igniting the feud he already has with Hiram Lodge.

Mr. Lodge is just basking in the glory of having his henchman run things around town.

He’s always been controlling to Veronica but demanding that she pay him 10% of what she makes at Le Bonne Nuit simply to stay open is overexerting his force.

What’s even more twisted is that he’s sending his own gang to threaten her and her employees if she doesn’t pay up.

But while Hiram is really good at manipulating, Veronica can hold her own and doesn’t seem phased by her daddy.

Instead of giving in to his demands, she pushes back, each time harder and harder.

I wonder when she’ll finally cross the point of no return. Hiram has to have some threshold.

No one in town is able to stop him, not even the people that seem to have incriminating evidence against him.

Betty and Sierra McCoy have the nuns, who would be able to testify against him in court, but they are so terrified of disobeying him, they’ve taken a vow of silence.

When Betty finds out the nuns haven’t technically been practicing nuns for some plus years, they miraculously vanish, and Betty finds them silenced forever after sipping on some fresh-aid and ascending to be with the Gargoyle King.

Ah, there it is. When the quarantine went into effect, Hiram cheersed the Gargoyle King, which could have been the person he’s taking orders from, or it could have been his costume.

Regardless, the Gargoyle King is still the one they should fear most as he’s the one that’s running the show in this town.

It’s what all the saved teens from Sisters of Quiet Mercy are fearing as they hide out in Betty’s home.

Taking in that many orphaned children is a huge undertaking, and it was only a matter of time before Edgar, the leader of the Farm, a presumed cult, would get his hands on them.

Polly is aggravating with her self-righteousness, but Alice takes the cake when it comes to repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results. That’s the definition of insanity, and I’m this close to saying Alice may be insane.

At certain times, it seems like she’s got her head screwed on straight and understands the gravitas of everything that’s happening in Riverdale, at the SOQM, and with the Gargoyle King, but at other times, it seems like all reason just goes out the door.

Betty was furious that her mother sent away all her brainwashed teens to yet another damaging place, but she was also upset that she’d missed the infamous Edgar by a few short minutes.

Since seeing Edgar is a rare sight if you’re not high-up the cultish totem pole, it raises concern that he personally came to get these teens to “safety.”

And I’m betting it’s no coincidence that Edgar’s Farm operates in a similar fashion to G&G. Is there some connection we’re missing?

Archie is hiding out in a Canadian forest and scouting the trail for bears. You know, as much as I think I’ve grasped this show, they always throw in some storyline that just completely derails me.

This is one of those storylines.

It’s unclear what we’re supposed to make of the scene, but the key question we’re all asking ourselves at the end… is Archie DEAD?

After Archie was warned about said bears, he went out to scope out the trail and got attacked by one.

Somehow, he survived the attack, but he didn’t come out unscathed. As he waited for help, Archie began drifting away into hallucination-land where he first imagined Cassidy Bullock and the other boys, then of Warden Norton, and lastly, of his three best friends.

Each round of the G&G game called for him to go back to a time and do something he was meant to get done. The first round – kill the black hood. The second – kill Hiram. The third – kill the “weak” part of himself that allowed all of this to transpire.

It was a deeply confusing scene, which ultimately blamed Archie for this whole mess instead of everyone else. He’s always been sort of a martyr, but this hallucination outdid itself in terms of guilt trips.

As Archie killed himself in the dream-state, the rangers arrived at his cabin and found him unresponsive.

The rangers seemed to give off the impression that Archie was dead, but it doesn’t seem likely that Riverdale would kill off their Red Paladin. Despite his flaws, he’s the core of Riverdale; the one believing in the goodness of people even when they show you their true colors.

If he is alive, though, will he be completely different because of what he went through in his dream-state? Will the part that we love so much about Archie be gone?

And while Archie is lying on his deathbed, Veronica is seeing Reggie in a new light. I know KJ Apa, who plays Archie on the show, shared his excitement about the relationship shake-up, but I can’t help but feel a bit betrayed that the writers gave up on Varchie simply because Camila Mendes is dating Charles Melton, Reggie, in real life.

For someone who was so in love with Archie and distraught when he left, she moved on rather quickly. I can’t deny the chemistry between them is palpable.

Although, in a police state where everything is uncertain and your father is out to get everyone, maybe you make the best of what you have in that very moment.

All I know is, Reggie really does not want to get involved with Ronnie and find himself in a similar mess to Archie. Let’s face it, Hiram will never approve of anyone dating his “mija.”

Lastly, the writers really need to find a use for Josie that extends beyond her residency at Veronica’s club. I enjoy her seductive performances, but Ashley Murray is capable of way more artistically.

What did you think of the premiere? Things in Riverdale are looking pretty grim, but I have no doubt that these teens will find a way to restore order and find their way back to “Eldervair,” unless the pressure gets to them.

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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.

Riverdale No Exit

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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 – The Man in Black (3×07)

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Riverdale continues upping the ante when it comes to Hiram Lodge’s control and obsession with Gryphon’s and Gargoyles.

Let’s just say, more and more signs pointing to them being synonymous.

On “The Man in Black,” which is not a Men in Black move reference, Riverdale tried something new and split up the episode into three separate but cohesive parts.

Each one added something to the overall picture and illuminated a new reality.

Now, the thing that distinguishes Riverdale from other shows that may be a bit more predictable is that Riverdale doesn’t follow a formula.

They’ve told us about the dangers lurking inside and under their maple-syrup town, but everything is fair game.

Basically, they can introduce any narrative or plot-twist and we’ll never see it coming which is why we can’t crack this mystery just yet.

Sometimes, I sit there after an episode for a few minutes just analyzing what I watched. Most of the time, I’m mystified, but still so intrigued.

With all that laid out, let’s address each part on its own.

 

Jughead and Archie

Hiram Lodge is everywhere. Despite their best efforts to escape his grasp by going crosstown, Archie came to the most sensible conclusion — Hiram will continue hunting him down until he gets what he wants. And the worst part is, Hiram has the resources to buy out towns and have spies.

There’s a reason Jughead is assisting Archie on this trip. As he pointed out, Betty has done fine taking care of herself against multiple threats, though I’m not sure that’s true for this season, however, Archie is consistently getting wrapped up in something. His flaw? He’s naive.

The moment Jughead went into town to investigate, I knew Archie was going to slip up. All it took was Laurie planting a kiss on him to make him fess up to who he really was. Oh, Paladin. You cannot be this trustworthy. As I said before, Hiram preys on Archie’s honesty and relies on his predictability. I’m sure he anticipated that they’d flee town before it even happened.

It’s a good thing Jughead convinced Archie to skeddadle instead of staying behind to fight Hiram. Why does he believe he’ll overpower Hiram when obviously he has more people working for him than we could have imagined?

Jughead was also accurate in assessing how empty the town was. If it wasn’t for his journalistic bone, we would have never put together the pieces that the town was so bare because all the men were rallied and working in a prison/ Fizzle rock manufacturing company owned by none other than Mr. Lodge. In fact, Fizzle Rock, which as you may recall, made an appearance when the parents first played Gryphons and Gargoyles back in high school, was brought to the party by Hiram.

All signs point to him having a hand at making people addicted to the game.

We previously assumed that the game only existed within the town of Riverdale, but given the Gargoyle King symbols spraypainted on the buildings and the kids playing in town, it seems Hiram has bigger plans in store. Why does he want everyone addicted to the game?

Jughead said their next stop is his mother’s house in Ohio. We’ve been waiting a minute to meet his mother, played by Gina Gershon, and his little mini-me, JellyBean. Will they know how to defeat Hiram, or at the very least, keep Archie safe?

 

Veronica

Veronica finally did something she should have done a long time ago — she moved out. Granted, living in your bar probably isn’t the best idea, but it will do for now as she tries to figure out her next steps. Unfortunately, being cut-off from daddy’s money has its repercussions and seeing as La Bonne Nuit only caters to teens, she isn’t racking in a whole lot of dough.

With a push from Reggie, she reaches out to Elio about hosting a poker night. However, Ronnie should know better than to get into business deals with corrupt families just like hers. Hiram stops by Pops’ to convince Ronnie to come home to her “family” aka the people who don’t abandon her. Yes, he’s really trying to spin all of this as Archie left her behind out of his own free will. Hiram has no shame.

When poker night begins, Reggie realizes that “the house always wins” isn’t necessarily true since Elio is wiping out the tables. Ronnie steps in swinging big — one play, winner takes all. It’s risky, but the risk works out in her favor much to Elio’s surprise.

Eventually, Veronica reveals that her father got some intel about Elio coming to poker night with bad intentions because he believed she was “weak” without his protection. With his help, she hired a dealer who would help skew the game in her favor thus winning a whole chunk of side-cash and proving that the Lodge’s always come out on top.

However, this also proved that Veronica is her father’s daughter and the apple, though less rotten, doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite how morally corrupt and twisted her father is, she will never be free of him or how he operates because that’s all she knows.

She’s bringing that gangster hustle to Pop’s already tainting a family-friendly place the moment the going gets tough.

Furthermore, she always tries to give her dad the benefit of the doubt even though the evidence always stacks up against him. She really tried to pretend that her father helping her win a poker game somehow made him less of an evil person, but alas, they found Minetta’s body in the river and it was decapitated. Still think Hiram isn’t “all that bad,” Ronnie? That’s basically what he wanted to do to Archie when he found him on the outskirts of town!

 

Betty

If you thought Veronica, Jughead and Archie’s stories were crazy, you clearly underestimated the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Y’all, what is going on in there?

I don’t even know how to sum up the insanity that progressed as Betty delved further and further into the secrets hiding in the “home for troubled youths.”

Some notable things: they give all the youth “candy” instead of pills in the form of Fizzle Rocks so they basically want to induce your hallucinations, they allow the youth to play Gargoyles and Gryphons, the Gargoyle King apparently resides there, and Hiram Lodge is doing some shady business with Woodhouse and Claudius Blossom.

Yes, I said Blossom. Are they the ones responsible for bringing the game and the drugs to Riverdale and its neighboring towns? What is their ultimate game plan?

And is Hiram’s goal to plan an attack on all of Veronica’s friends and disarm them from going after him?

His initials are even listed on Betty’s chart to up her dosage of Fizzle Rocks!

Betty’s roommate is Ethel who needs to get help from an actual institution ASAP. She loves her one-on-ones with the Gargoyle King and believes that she and Jughead are meant to be together.

She’s also running on a Mean Girls high. Instead of being the loser like she was at Riverdale High, she’s now a Queen B and ready to stick it to Betty.

Everything about Ethel is a warning sign including her devotion to the SOQM and the GK, but she’s also Betty’s only hope at getting answers.

However, Ethel was brought in to make sure Betty stays in line because as well all know, she has a tendency of rebelling.

If she had just taken her time trying to gather intel and escape, she wouldn’t have made the careless mistake of assuming the underground tunnels would still be open after Cheryl Blossom’s escape.

Of course, they closed those down!

Whatever Betty saw after in the Gargoyle King’s lair after they stuffed her with Fizzle Rocks remains to be seen, but it scared her straight.

Now, no one will believe her when she tells them the truth about what is going on inside of the SOQM because she’s going to be so messed up.

I’m rooting for Betty to overcome this because they need her to stop Hiram Lodge once and for all. But man, it’s not looking too good.

Jughead has been concerned with the lack of response from Betty, but how about Veronica? Why hasn’t she caught onto the fact that her best friend has gone missing?

 

So there ya have it? What’s your takeaway? Who else is involved with Hiram’s G&G scheme? What’s the overarching plan? Why does Hiram have all this control over everyone? And what else don’t we know about him still?

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