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?
Grey’s Anatomy – The Winner Takes It All (15×11)
Parent-child relationships have always been the second most dramatic type of relationship on Grey’s, and this episode beautifully intertwined two of those storylines into a powerful and heartwrenching episode.
What a change of pace! These types of personal episodes are sprinkled lightly throughout the history of Grey’s, and oh boy do we eat them up! Sometimes we need to take a step back and revel in how complex and incredible the characters are beyond their amazing surgical abilities.
Meredith and Jackson stem from similar backgrounds. What with having to brand themselves beyond the family crest and all, oh and the fact that Richard has slept and fallen in love with both of their mothers. It was perfectly fitting that each relationship was developed further simultaneously.
Catherine’s strong mothering personality contrasted against Thatcher’s neglecting one was hard-hitting. Although, in the end, we still saw the same effect. No matter how damaged a relationship can be between a parent and child, there’s still an overwhelming sense of loyalty and love a child will feel toward their parent. Meredith definitely received the short end of the stick with her parental figures, but the intense and abundant love she has for her three children is amazing. Witnessing the special moments she has with her kids only makes our hearts ache more for Derek.
Meredith needed closure with Thatcher, and she finally got it, something she never truly received with Ellis. His yearning to be a father to Meredith, specifically after Derek’s death, was such a turnaround for his character and their relationship. It was during those few hours when he was completely vulnerable and honest that he and Meredith finally built the bond they had lost so many years ago.
There were many times I thought for sure Catherine was going to die. Shonda has created this impeccable presence — she can kill off whoever, whenever. Although I guess it wasn’t quite time for Catherine’s storyline to be over. Having a death so close to so many important characters midseason doesn’t seem very reasonable, so at the very least we’ll have many more seasons of Catherine’s fun and feistiness.
Jackson’s breakdown after attempting to imagine life without his mother was one of the most real moments of the episode. Maggie’s support for Jackson during this trying time will bring them closer together and I can’t wait to see the rest of their storyline, because we all know they are end game.
I love the small bits of Teddy and Tom we’re exposed to. I’m enjoying Tom’s regularity on the show and I really look forward to the developing relationship between the two. His character is slowly being revealed and I think the church scene was an important piece to his character. Despite the cocky facade he displays, he’s truly a genuine guy at heart, which seems like a trend with the men of Grey Sloan, or perhaps a general trend among all men.
Catherine’s bout with cancer isn’t over, but as she continually states, she’s alive and that’s the important part. Who’s to say what “winning” and “losing” is when it comes to cancer?
It’s been ingrained into our minds season after season that each surgery is a fight against death. Our culture has become so obsessed with finding ways to reverse the inevitability of death, that we’ve lost ourselves and the meaning of the journey of life. Thatcher did everything right in his treatment with cancer, but he still died. He didn’t lose, there’s nothing he could’ve done differently. It was his time, and he had the opportunity to leave peacefully in the presence of his daughter. I would say that is a win for sure.
- Every time Lexi was mentioned, I just imagined Chyler Leigh kicking ass over on Supergirl
- That pinky promise made between Catherine and Jackson was downright pure bait for the waterworks
- The perspective about using the words “fight” and “lose” in regards to living with cancer was mindblowing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think of cancer the same way
Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)
So many tears, so many almost kisses, so many emotions all packed into one episode. What a wonderful start to the second half of the season, especially after being left off on an epic cliffhanger!
The love triangle between DeLuca, Link, and Meredith seemed to be skewing to one side as Meredith and Andrew were stuck in an elevator most of the episode. And as stated by Addison seasons ago, elevators seem to be a sort of aphrodisiac at Grey Sloan Memorial.
Meredith has a strong will if she’s able to hold off DeLuca’s sexy Italian whispers and dazzling eyes. Unless she’s right and she won’t find love ever again. Derek was her great love, and there is no arguing that fact.
Teddy, Amelia, and Owen’s elevator scene could’ve been so much more cringe-worthy, but thanks to the added humor it was primarily comedic. Teddy has been and will always be Owen’s soulmate, and I hope he chooses her, sorry Amelia!
Watching Jackson be truly vulnerable when he found out about his mom’s cancer was so heart-wrenching. I hope he and Maggie work through their rough patch, but as teased by Maggie’s final moments with Cece, it seems they’ll be in the clear. Going through the most tragic moments in life with someone by your side, bonds you in such an unbelievable way.
The budding relationship between Nico and Schmidt is cute to watch, and the way Schmidt gets so giddy and childishly happy even at the slightest finger graze from Nico is the perfect depiction. They better get some more screen time and advancement in their storyline.
Shonda sure knows how to create incredible familial relationships between the characters. Seeing Alex be so gentle and caring for Bailey was truly the sweetest interaction this entire episode. Dare I say tears were certainly shed!
It was powerful watching Bailey experience some residual OCD PTSD but watching Alex care and comfort her seemed like the first step to stopping it in its tracks. Alex’s character development is one that needs to go down in all of TV history.
It was sad to see Cece’s fight end, but that’s what makes Grey’s Anatomy so incredible. Each character doesn’t always have a seemingly happy ending. It keeps you on your toes, and that’s exactly how life is.
Having Richard be the one to find Betty scouring the hospital looking for drugs was such a calculating choice. One that could not have been more perfect, and I was all for it. Betty has gone through so many tearful moments of regret, but it doesn’t seem like she’s really making an effort to turn her life around.
I hope Amelia’s choice to send her to a rehab facility pays off. Maybe we’ll see her again in sobered up at the end of the season. If not, I’m not too concerned. The Betty storyline is kind of just wasted time.
Watching Amelia bow out so gracefully portrays just how much she loves him. I guess it’s true that if you love someone the best thing to do is let them go. But, perhaps Amelia, Teddy, and Owen can create some sort of modern family.
There’s so much to be unpacked in this half of the season. Catherine will not be happy that Jackson and Richard found out about her diagnosis from Maggie. It seems like a precarious situation that’s about to go south quite soon.
If this episode is setting the precedence for the final episodes of the season, this is going to be a nail biter for sure! Although, it wouldn’t be the Grey’s we all know and love if that weren’t the case. Thank goodness it’s renewed for a 16th season.
What do you think of the love triangles? Where do you think Owen’s loyalty stands?
- It’s truly impressive how the actor’s age with the show. Jackson is finally getting some baby whites!
- Bailey’s sassy comments are always golden, “Don’t hyperventilate the patient!”
- The dramatized trash blowing in the wind is such a sad reality
- Cece has taught us all so much about love … R.I.P.
- Meredith speaking Italian?! How has this never come up before?
- Helm’s growing crush on Meredith is so bitter-sweet, yet so relatable. If you’re gay and have never crushed on a straight girl or women are you really gay?
- Who else had to look away as Jet’s legs proceeded to get crushed by the elevator? I definitely thought he lost them right then and there
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)
In this episode, we were provided a deep dive into Rebecca’s childhood through the eyes of her half-brother Tucker. Honestly, only the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfans might vaguely recall she has a brother. Anyway, Tucker chooses to put on the shoes Rebecca previously gifted him for his 13th birthday and makes a trip to visit her. Rebecca’s surprised by his appearance, but ultimately happy to try and make things right with the last person in her life she holds unfinished business with.
Soon after she’s surprised with another grand gesture, this time by Nathaniel. He tells her that he’s still in love with her and wants her back, but she refuses to accept his proposal. This is a huge step-up from what she would’ve done in the past, and it truly speaks to her changing for the better.
There’s definitely something slightly off about Tucker and we are given a sneak peek of him deceptively responding to Rebecca’s text meant for his mom and snooping through her childhood diary. No wonder he continues to steal the words right out of her mouth! Of course, there’s no way an early aged teen boy is going to be as perfect as he led on to be.
As Nathaniel is feeling the burn of his latest “rebection” he takes it out on Sunil and Mrs. Hernandez who are fighting over the most recent case. It’s obvious that Mrs. Hernandez is much more qualified for the case, but Sunil sets out to win the case by promising Nathaniel that he’ll win him back Rebecca.
Rebecca invites Paula and her boys over to hang out with her and Tucker, but it’s obvious that Tucker isn’t a typical teenage boy, nothing like Paula’s seemingly lumps-on-a-log sons, so Paula takes them to the escape room alone. I guess being stuck in a room together offers unique insight into a relationship, and Paula realizes she’s been so caught up in Rebecca’s troubles for the past few years that she knows nothing of what’s going on in her son’s lives.
Meanwhile, Rebecca takes Tucker on a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they happen to “stumble” upon the location of an audition for Peter Pan, of course, Tucker’s plan all along. Rebecca’s overtaken by the connection Tucker makes with her and her love for the musical Slumbered, so she takes him in for an audition.
Sunil stalks Rebecca and Tucker who have stalked the director of Peter Pan –dang is there a lot of stalking and sneaking around in this show. Sunil sees Tucker with Rebecca’s diary and reports back to Nathaniel, offering him the option of getting the diary so that he can finally understand the inner depths of Rebecca’s mind.
Nathaniel approaches Tucker and offers to get him the role of Peter Pan in return for Rebecca’s diary. This is some top-notch elementary-level drama!
Rebecca receives a call from the director of Peter Pan congratulating her that Tucker has received the part, and Tucker calculatingly suggests that they celebrate with some Rebetzels. As Nathaniel is on his way out he stops by and pulls out another “I love you” speech word for word from Slumbered. He’s a lawyer, he should know all about plagiarism! Tsk tsk, I would’ve expected better from you Nathaniel. Rebecca realizes that the only way he would’ve known that highly classified personal information was if he somehow had gotten ahold of her diary. She rightfully yells at him, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to winning her back.
Tucker and Rebecca have a real and heartfelt sibling bonding moment when Rebecca learns that although he may have been initially faking some of the similarities, they both came from the same deadbeat dad and Tucker too needs therapy. Additionally, she promises that she’ll pay for him to go to theater camp so that he doesn’t have to go through the long process of flying out and manipulating her just to start an acting career.
This episode really gave Rebecca a taste of what she’s been dishing out to others for the past few years. The manipulation, stalking, and overcompensation for insecurities. I can really see that this season is highly focused on her coming to terms with her past doings and making major adjustments to fix them and change. High praise for Rebecca and all that she’s been working through!
What’s next for Rebecca? I can’t imagine this being the last of Tucker we’ll see. And I wonder what Nathaniel will attempt to convince Rebecca that their mutual love for each other is the only thing that matters despite their difficulty and confusing history.
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