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You’d think I’d be used to Riverdale going off the rails by now, but it still manages to surprise me.

Nestled deeply within what seemed like a normal episode, by Riverdale standards that is, was the conclusion of an already outrageous storyline… The Farm.

Now, everything about The Farm has been downright ridiculous, but there was always some believability to it.

Cults exist just as harvesting organs exists.

Maybe not to the degree presented on the series, but it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility.

But how they wrapped up the storyline of The Farm was, well, it was a lot.

After seeing that her FBI brother Charles wouldn’t be much help, Betty rounded up the objects that Edgar requested: 250K dollars (thank god they have V Lodge who a limitless supply of funds), food, water, and a school bus.

It’s a shame they didn’t show us how Betty acquired the school bus, but we’re just left believing that she can do anything she sets her mind too. Especially when her mother’s life is on the line.

Betty, the girl who was smart enough to figure out how to disarm a bomb and stopped it in the knick of time with a hairpin, foolishly drove into the deserted motel where the Farmies were shackled up without any backup.

Let me just stop there for a second. An office full of FBI agents allowed Betty, a high school teen, to diffuse a bomb. And when they thought all hope was lost, she was the only one quick enough to figure something out.

Come on, Riverdale.

Surely, Polly was freaked out about the situation, but Betty could have coaxed her while a professional dealt with it.

Anyways, Betty went in rogue.

She had a whole school bus worth of room and took absolutely none of her friends along for the ride. Not even her brother Charles who could have been on stand-by with the rest of the FBI.

Betty’s known to venture into something without backup, but she needs to be wiser. It’s never worked out well for her.

As always, she ended up paying the price for her mistake when Edgar welcomed her with open arms and Evelyn bashed her upside the head.

Hey, at least she found her mother.

If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, everything that transpired after surely was.

Alice revealed Edgar’s delusional plan for the Farmies: Evelyn was to drive the bus off of a cliff in mass suicide, the two of them were to be strapped to the front of the bus as shields (what?!), while Edgar took off in his self-built rocket.

A ROCKET.

And if you thought the idea was funny, the execution of the rocket was everything.

Honestly, Riverdale writers have lost it. Betty was on an entirely different episode than everyone else.

Naturally, Betty weaseled her way out of being tied up and returned the favor by knocking Evelyn out.

As she rounded up the Farmies — including Mr. Weatherbee, who regained clarity but lost a few fingers — Alice followed Edgar, dressed like Evel Knieval, to the rooftop where he, as I mentioned before, planned to take off in some self-built rocket.

It was his plan to ascend like a god, and he ascended alright when Alice took him out with two shots.

That’s how the scariest storyline of Riverdale ended… with the big bad wearing a costume, getting shot by one of his followers as he gets into his toy rocket.

This is the same man who harvested organs and had an entire FBI division dedicated to stopping him. I mean, what?!

Edgar, it’s been a blast… no pun intended, but Riverdale is a smidge saner without this psychopath running around.

The next time we saw Betty she was back at home wrapped up in Jug’s arms as if her whole Farmie rescue mission was some bad dream. I wish.

Also going on a rogue solo mission without any backup was Archie, who wanted to prove Riverdale’s worth to his mother.

Honestly, none of them ever learn any lessons.

Archie doesn’t know how to keep himself out of trouble. He’s had this vigilante outlook on life that’s really going to get him killed one of these days.

But Mary wasn’t super supportive either.

After Fred’s death, she really tried to convince her son that uprooting his life and moving to Chicago was a better option than just sticking out senior year and hopefully getting a football scholarship.

What’s most frustrating of all is that she didn’t believe in his vision for turning the ring into a rec center for children.

Archie’s dream was noble, and instilled good in a self-destructive town, and yet she tried to tell him his dreams weren’t good or big enough.

A dream that looked after Riverdale just like his father used to. A dream that honored his father’s legacy.

How dare she?

If this generation doesn’t care about the kids, who will?

Archie eventually got the money for another bathroom from Ronnie, although I’m sure that isn’t the end of that “dirty money” storyline, while his mother came around to the idea.

She even offered to help him get a non-profit status, which would help with upkeep costs.

She also planned to leave for Chicago before coming around to the idea of sticking around as if she had some other choice.

She’s his legal guardian — who would take care of him?

Veronica was struggling with separating her identity from her disgraced last name.

Being a Lodge may have had its perks before, but it’s also a curse that doesn’t define who she is or what she believes in.

When Hiram skipped jail and tried to convince her that she’ll always be a Lodge, Veronica became more motivated not to be one.

And as a dig to her father, she changed her name to Veronica Luna, the surname belonging to Hiram’s family, and one he was so ashamed of growing up.

Despite seeing how powerful and capable her father is, Veronica never seizes to stop pushing his buttons.

How far can she push before Hiram cracks? She’s always been shown mercy because she’s his daughter, but something tells me that won’t always be the case.

The most intriguing storyline of this season stems from Jughead’s new school, Constance Billard, er, Stonewall Prep.

The prestigious school is filled with more secrets than Riverdale. 

Bret is a formidable foe for Jughead as his form of fighting is psychological warfare rather than the physical type that Jug is used to.

Jug’s a writer and he’s smart, so it’s exciting to see him flex this part of himself. It’s a change from how he’s handled the Ghoulies or the G&G followers and allows for plenty of character development.

Bret’s also a pompous douchebag who needs to be put in his place, and Jughead’s the perfect person to do it.

Sadly, we know that *something* happens to our beloved Juggie since a flash-forward revealed he goes missing at some point this season and his friends + his police chief dad are wandering the woods looking for him.

I’ll bet all my money on it being Bret. There’s something off about him — he knew Jug, or Forsythe’s, entire history and focused only on the negative aspects to bring him down rather than acknowledging how much of a glow-up his family has been through.

There’s also something off about this school, which recruited Jughead most likely under the pretenses that he’s an incredible writer for some larger purpose. It cannot be a coincidence that his FP’s father attended the university and also disappeared never to be seen again.

Maybe the OG Forsythe and Bret’s family have a feud?

Donna did warn that Bret played dirty.  We all saw a glimpse of that when Bret outed Moose.

The guy has never deserved any of what happened to him and he cannot catch a break.

I also don’t think we can rule out Donna, who gave the warning about Bret and was sleeping with Moose.

Jughead needs to watch his back around everyone.

Every time Cheryl pops up on the screen telling someone not to go downstairs because she’s scared they’re going to find her mummified dead brother, I get nervous.

Just as nervous as Cheryl did when she thought Doug, the night nurse, snuck in and saw Jason.

Her mental state is confusing because Cheryl is cognizant enough to realize that Jason is dead and that no one can see him in this state, and yet, she continues to keep and visit a corpse.

Seriously, Cheryl, we’re worried. She’s losing it fast.

After she found a mouse crawling through Jason’s body (I might throw up), she threw caution to the wind and didn’t even care that Toni saw him.

“Have you met my brother,” she asked her visibly disturbed girlfriend.

Toni loves Cheryl, but if she can’t snap her back into reality, I don’t know how they’re going to overcome this.

Riverdale is celebrating Halloween week with a spooky episode, well, spookier than usual, and it’s possible that not everyone will make it out alive.

It’s one thing when shows do a Halloween episode, it’s another thing when Riverdale, a show with absolutely no boundaries, allows themselves to be even more influenced by supernatural and horror elements.

Riverdale has had its fair share of serial killers, but will All Hallow’s Eve bring forth another one?

Will Jason come back to life?

Amidst all of the jam-packed storylines was the quintessential high school storyline — a shirtless car wash.

There was also a mention of “triplets” as Nana Rose gazed into the fire. Cheryl clarified that the “twins” Dagwood and Juniper were sleeping in the nursery, but I don’t think those are the twins she’s referring to. Could there be a third Blossom sibling in our midst that Cheryl wasn’t aware of? Oh, the possibilities.

Riverdale is batshit crazy, and we love it.

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‘Riverdale’ Time Jump: Meet Veronica’s Husband (Nope, It’s Not Archiekins)

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'Riverdale' Time Jump Casting: Meet Veronica's Husband (Nope, It's Not Archiekins)

Changes are underway for our favorite Riverdale residents when season 5 premieres and this casting news is not going to sit well with “Varchie” fans.

The CW series cast The Perfectionists Chris Mason to play Veronica Lodge’s husband, Deadline reports.

Now, you might be wondering why Veronica has a husband in high school, but the series is planning to time jump several years once it wraps up the remaining episodes from season 4 that were delayed by the COVID pandemic, which include senior prom and graduation.

This all means that in those few years, Veronica and Archie called it quits. Maybe it had something to do with his feelings for Betty Cooper?

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

The casting also reveals that Ronnie will be making her way to the Big Apple following high school as Mason, who will play a Chad Gekko, is described as a Wall Street banker. 

And you know how Archie is all easy-going and artistic? Well, that’s not Chad at all. Veronica’s husband is described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” Hmmm, sounds like Hiram Lodge, right?

“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description notes.

With Chad and Veronica’s relationship already on the outs before it even had a chance to thrive, does that mean there’s a chance Veronica and Archie reconcile eventually? 

While it’s unclear what the future holds, we also know that Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy is being written into the show. Is it a Choni baby? Or has Riverdale’s other favorite couple also broken up?

Mason is set to appear in the fourth episode of the series, which returns on Wednesday, January 20, and while we’re excited to see how senior year pans out and to finally solve the mystery of those VHS tapes, we also can’t wait to see what post-college life looks for everyone!

What do you think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments! 


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Is a #Choni Baby on the Way? Vanessa Morgan Says Her Pregnancy Will Be Written Into ‘Riverdale’

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Vanessa Morgan says her pregnancy will be written into Riverdale. Is a #Choni Baby on the Way?

Toni Topaz is having a baby! 

Vanessa Morgan announced that Riverdale is incorporating her real-life pregnancy into the storyline. 

Officially on maternity leave!!!! Ahh!! Feeling grateful to my showrunner & producers for being so accommodating & writing my pregnancy into the show!🤰🏽Also proud of my body for allowing me to still work almost 9 months preggo. Now time to have a baby,” she captioned an Instagram photo behind-the-scenes of The CW show. 

It seems that Toni’s pregnancy will become part of the five-year flash-forward story arc, which has many fans wondering if she’s still dating Cheryl Blossom. 

Is a Choni baby on the way?

Riverdale Season 5 was supposed to kick off with a time-jump. However, since Riverdale Season 4 was cut short by the COVID pandemic, the time-jump has been slightly pushed back. 

Not much has been revealed about the time-jump as the upcoming season 5 trailer focuses mostly on the VHS tape mystery and senior prom, however, show creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa gave fans a glimpse at “future Kevin Keller.”

Well, here’s one spoiler for what happened during #Riverdale’s time-jump: Kevin Keller got hella swole. Both Kevin–and @caseycott–are KILLING IT this season. The world is not ready for Episode 8…,” he captioned a photo of Casey Cott’s character in nothing but a towel! 
 

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Morgan’s Riverdale castmates helped her celebrate her baby boy with a Halloween-themed baby shower! 

The actress dressed up with Camila Mendes (Veronica), Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl). She was a skeleton while the trio dressed as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls.


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Who Is Behind Riverdale’s Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

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Who Is Behind Riverdale's Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

The Riverdale season 5 trailer reveals that we’ll finally be getting to the bottom of the VHS tape mystery… and more specifically, the voyeur behind the increasingly violent and disturbing tapes.

Aside from the prom, the tapes — many of which have featured hours of footage of the exterior of residents’ homes — seem to be the crux of the upcoming season as the writers wrap up all the storylines that were intended for season 4 before it was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Season 5 was initially supposed to kick-off with a five-year time-jump, which fans are hoping will happen sooner rather than later.

Let’s take a look at some potential suspects who may be responsible for the tapes: 

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

Charles (and Chic)

Charles has the time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation since he’s so close to Jughead, Betty, and the inner-circle and eavesdrops on their conversations. He could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet, plus he’s able to distribute the videos as many keep popping up at his workplace. Charles has been helping the duo investigate the videos and yet, they aren’t any closer to figuring out the truth, which could be his play all along. Maybe he’s manipulating them as part of a larger agenda.

Fans have suspected him from day one since he hasn’t been truly honest about who he is and what his motivations are. And then there’s the fact that he has a secret relationship with Chic, the disturbed man who pretended to be him in previous seasons and also wants revenge on the Cooper/Jones fmailies. He’s a prime-suspect… and for good reason!

 

Bret

We know Bret was using outdated technology — ahem, VHS tapes — for blackmail purposes, but would they be that obvious? Maybe Bret and the Stonies are playing some long game because we know that they truly despised Jughead and Betty. 

They’d obviously want revenge for getting thrown in jail, but if Bret is behind bars, who is doing his dirty work? In the trailer, he also warns Jughead and Betty of what’s coming next, which paints him as a suspect. How else would he possibly know anything unless he’s responsible/in cahoots with someone that’s behind the tapes? There’s only so much he can do behind bars. 

 

Mr Honey

There’s always a chance that Mr. Honey is still alive. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time this show has faked a character death, possibly to further his plans. He took the job at Stonewall Prep (plagued with its own issues) rather quickly!

The Riverdale season 4 finale attempted to redeem him, but Mr. Honey was pegged at the season’s villain when he made it clear he had a vendetta against the students for no reason. And he always had a weird obsession with Riverdale and its residents and was even caught trying to make his own movie, which he explained as an attempt at protecting the students. The person behind the videos is re-enacting Riverdale’s darkest mysteries and moments as to punish and teach those involved a lesson, and who better than someone who has been getting to know the town on a personal level?

 

Evelyn Evernever

It’s wishful thinking to have run Evelyn out of town. She’s crazy enough to be able to pull off anything, as we’ve seen with her dealings with the Farm. She’s also never shied away from her desire to torture Betty and the rest of her friends even while behind bars! Maybe she’s still in cahoots with Donna? The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all. Evelyn has plenty of reasons to want revenge for the murder of her husband, Edgar. Or maybe Edgar is still alive? And they’re both pulling the strings to torture the town!

There were a lot of “Farmies” that were brainwashed, so she could even be getting help from anyone including the likes of Mr. Weatherbee or poor Kevin.

And let’s be honest, she’s never actually cared about the residents of Riverdale — she’s always enjoyed messing with them.

 

Hiram Lodge

I’ll be surprised when there’s a day that Hiram Lodge isn’t behind the creepy happenings in Riverdale. Whoever is making the videos knows personal details about specific incidents such as Jason and Clifford Blossom’s deaths. Hiram knows everything; he has people and eyes everywhere, and he’s not above an evil scheme if it works in his favor. Over the past seasons, he’s become less and less villainous (though, he’s tried), so maybe this is his way of redeeming himself in a final hurrah. 

Jelly Bean would have been a strong contender in this category. Her arrival was under false pretenses and coincided with the arrival of the tapes. She hasn’t had an easy upbringing, it was upended, and then her mother was sent away, so maybe she’s bored and lashing out. However, all of that seems to be discredited by the clip in the trailer which shows her getting a knife dragged across her face as she sleeps peacefully.

Other possibilities include Betty in a compelled trance, Jason Blossom from beyond the grave, or Polly, who was also easily pulled in by The Farmies. 

I’d like it best if all the “villains” — Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Bret — were all working together to mess with the rest of the town. 
 

Why do you think the voyeur is doing this? Is it another situation like the Black Hood trying to “wipe out” the sin in town? Is there a darker reason behind the tapes? Or is this just an amateur stalker hoping to get a rise out of the small town residents?


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