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Riverdale – Primary Colors (2×16)

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Riverdale finally revealed what we all already knew — Chic isn’t Hal’s son. Hence, Hal’s distaste for Chic was actually logical.

Another thing we already knew? Chic is creepy as all hell. And he’ll do anything to ruin Betty in whatever twisted plan he has for the Cooper family.

After Dark Betty threatened him, he went and told Alice all about it and even dug up Betty’s wig, which he told her mother she uses when she has sex with Jughead.

To echo Betty’s disgust, “how would you even know that?” That alone raised Chic’s creep factor to level 300.

Alice was less upset about her daughter having sex and more upset about the fact that it was with a Jones boy because “she knows how charming they can be.”

Yep, Alice admitted to having a relationship with FP but swore up and down that he isn’t Chic’s father. Yeah okay, Alice.

I’m willing to bet that Chic actually knows who his father is!

Things aren’t much calmer at the Lodge mansion where Hermione is doing everything in her power to secure her mayoral bid. It seems Hiram is making use of his purchase of The Register as Hal is conducting an interview with pre-written questions that paint Hermione is a nice light.

Hermione and Hiram ask Veronica to “keep her head down” and stay out of the spotlight until elections are over because, at this point, everyone hates her family. Being low key doesn’t come naturally to Roni though. First Ethel threw a milkshake in her face (dang, Ethel), then Veronica punched Chuck after he made a snide comment about her father being locked up in the prisons he was building, and then she decided to run for student council with Betty by her side.

Veronica convinced Josie to give her a “celebrity endorsement” much like Andy Cohen’s unnecessary one for Hermione Lodge (yay, you know famous people, we should totally vote for you!). And she happily obliged after Veronica promised to get her a guest-appearance on Watch What Happens Live (yah, ok!).

However, Veronica underestimated Josie. Why would she help her after everything her family has done to her and her mother?

So it definitely wasn’t a surprise when she ended up being the one that steered Ethel into handing out flyers with “facts” about Veronica and her corrupt family during the performance. Veronica really thought that she could just bribe Ethel with some whack promise of a job at the new prison. Yes, Roni, thank you for saving our defunct town. Everyone wants the Lodges to pay for what they’ve done and continue to do to this town, including Betty, who was Veronica’s strongest supporter until she was blindsided by all of her lies. V knew what her parents were planning all along.

Really, the only person Veronica has in her corner at this point is Archie and that might change if his mother has anything to do with it.

Mary returned to town to help Fred get out of his iron-clad contract with Hiram. Negotiations didn’t go well but Archie, who thinks he has some power over Hiram since they are blood brothers, asked him to release his father.

Hiram did but in turn, Archie had to go and thwart Jughead’s hunger strike (ha! he’s always eating) and protest of Southside High in front of everyone. Not only did Archie look like Hiram’s little puppet, he also kickstarted a war with his only friend.

“I want them to see you do it,” Jughead said establishing that Archie is on the wrong side of history. If everyone is against Hiram, why does he still think he’s doing the right thing?

I love that Jughead was called out for his sudden devotion to the Southside because I’ve been saying that for quite some time. Yet his reasoning really put his motives in perspective for me. He may have just transferred to the school, but he grew up on the Southside. That’s where all of his memories with his family as a whole are; it’s home. Sorry for ever doubting you, kid!

Even his mother knocks some sense into Archie when she tells him that Hiram may seem all-powerful but he shouldn’t be turning his back on those that have always been there, namely his father who has done everything to provide for his family.

And since Fred has decided to run for mayor on his own terms with Mary by his side, Archie will find himself in quite a bind. Which family does he support? He did make that blood-pact to stand by the Lodges no matter what.

Fred isn’t the only one trying to stand up for what he believes in. After his altercation with Archie and Betty’s fallout with Veronica, the two decide to run for student council together.

If they don’t stand up for something, they’ll fall for anything.

Let’s hope their platform is a winning one.

In addition to being running mates, Betty is also moving in because she can’t go home to her prison of a home anymore. A prison she created herself might I remind you.

How will Alice react to that? She’s obviously not a fan of Betty’s relationship with Juggy and she’s delusional because she thinks Chic’s intentions are actually pure.

Meanwhile, he’s basically untouchable and he made sure of it by allowing Alice and Betty to deal with the murder and get their prints all over the body while he stood by on the sidelines.

If they even try to take him down, he can go to the police and incriminate them. Oh boy, ladies, what have you done?

Remember when Penelope and Claudius talked about eliminating Nana Rose and Cheryl and Cheryl overheard them?

Well, she had every right to become paranoid about what they would do. It seems like not even a house full of girls for a sleepover could hinder their plans of taking the Blossom money for themselves.

As Cheryl talks about how her home is a prison, something Betty can definitely relate to, she tells the girls everything. And if you thought she was making it up, the fact that Nana Rose fell down a flight of stairs shortly after is proof enough. Or should I say pushed down the stairs?

At the hospital, the doctor tells Cheryl that there are traces of tannis root in her system. Rosemary’s Baby much?

Cheryl wants to tell the doctor that her mother is trying to eliminate her, but Penelope sweeps right in.

Their car ride is ominous, especially when Penelope tells Cheryl she leaves her no choice and “they’re going to make you all better.”

Turns out, Penelope is really homophobic and when she realized Cheryl was getting close to another girl, she used that as an excuse to send her daughter to “boarding school in Switzerland,” which is code for some asylum where Cheryl is sitting in pigtails and the nurse plans to “rid her of all the naughty demons and unnatural thoughts” with conversion therapy.

Alright, they’ve done it, that is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on The CW.

Do you think she’s been committed to Sisters of Quiet Mercy?

And don’t expect Toni to go gently into that dark night — she’s going to bring out the girls to look for Cheryl. She knows better than to underestimate Penelope.

It’s nice to see Cheryl have someone in her corner for once.

Other Thoughts

  • Do girls really have sleepovers where they braid each others hair in a line?
  • Cheryl referring to Betty as “cousin Betty” was hilarious.
  • Is Claudius really Clifford’s twin or did Clifford fake his own death and is now posing as his brother? Or is Penelope now sleeping with Claudius hence the “he’s wearing my father’s pajamas” comment?
  • I cannot believe Kevin sold Betty out about the catfishing. Is he so desperate for love he’s willing to trust Chic? Hoes before bros Kev!
  • Hiram still thinks he can just buy everyone’s love even FP and Jughead’s. Offering them the penthouse in his new low-income housing? What’s the catch?

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Riverdale – Fast Times at Riverdale High (4×02)

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Riverdale is back in its groove in the second installment of season 4.

The series is really embracing the high school vibe with everyone gearing up to go back to school for their senior year.

But for the viewers who have experienced the rollercoaster of G&G and The Farm, it all feels a little juvenile and boring.

The biggest foe in town right now is a man named Mr. Honey who is anything but sweet.

He’s the principal replacing Weatherbee and making it a mission to make Riverdale High a safe place to be.

Except that safe doesn’t exist in this town.

Mr. Honey’s biggest issue right now is with Cheryl Blossom, and when he calls the cops to file a noise complaint against her party, she realizes it’s going to be war.

The only way Mr. Honey can be redeemed is if he’s somehow tied into the mystery of this town.

Is he part of an urban legend? Is he working for The Farm? I’ve learned many moons ago not to trust anyone in Riverdale.

As Veronica dealt with the media fallout of her parent’s incarceration, she realized her Lodge reputation probably isn’t ideal for college applications and decided to change her name to Veronica Gomez.

No telling if the name change is going to affect her person, but if it means she won’t be performing pieces like “All That Jazz” anymore, we don’t want it.

Archie came to the defense of Reggie, who was still getting pushed around by his abusive father.

Reggie didn’t take gently to Archie defending him in front of his dad considering his father frowns upon weakness, but he definitely got his dad’s attention when he smashed up his expensive car.

Betty continued to work with her half-brother Charles, whom I don’t fully trust, to infiltrate The Farm somehow.

Their best bet to get in and check on their mother, who hasn’t responded in days, is Kevin, which should tell you everything you need to know about the operation their running.

Kevin came to apologize to Betty and call a truce, but she wasn’t over the fact that he tried to drag her by her ankles to a lobotomy.

Sorry, you don’t just bounce back from that Kev.

Betty and Charles didn’t fully trust him so they tested him and he failed with flying colors.

But eventually, Betty knew she had to tell him the truth if she wanted him to help, so she told him about his mother being undercover at the Farm.

When he told Fangs about the fake witness, he was able to see where Edgar and his minions are hiding out.

Let’s get mama Alice out of there.

Jughead’s storyline was probably the most interesting because he was recruited to a prestigious (and privileged) school titled Stonewall.

The teacher, Mr. Chipping, came to recruit him personally and despite initial hesitation, Jughead was loving that the school and students dedicated themselves to learning.

If I’m honest, though, the school looks like the kind of place where weird things happen and things go wrong.

When FP said his father went missing while attending the school, it was obvious that Jug’s time at Stonewall wouldn’t be spent discussing Moby Dick.

What are they up to in that school?

Betty’s support meant the world, even if we’re opposed to Jughead transferring. (We don’t mind his uniform one bit, however.)

We can’t have him looped out of the core four.

And lastly, Cheryl seems like she has it all together, but it’s growing increasingly alarming that she’s chatting up her corpse of a brother like it’s no big deal.

Cheryl hasn’t told Toni about it nor does she want anyone to know so at least we know that below the surface she knows it’s wrong.

What did you think of the second episode of Riverdale Season 4?

Are you intrigued yet or are they off to a slow start?

What do you think happens to Jughead?

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Riverdale – In Memoriam: A Prayer for Fred Andrews (4×01)

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale.”

Cue the ugly crying.

How do you write a goodbye episode to a beloved character and an even better actor portraying that character?

Somehow, Riverdale felt up to the task as the premiere paid a beautiful tribute to the late Luke Perry.

Expectedly, it hit us right in the feels.

Perry, best known for portraying Archie’s father, Fred Andrews passed away suddenly in March after suffering a major stroke.

Riverdale purposefully didnt address Perry’s death last season; since it was so sudden, it didn’t fit the story they were in the midst of telling nor did it allow them to pay homage properly.

But the premiere dedicated a whole hour to honor Perry. The outcome was a heartfelt and beautifully constructed episode that honored Perry’s beautiful soul, Fred, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Characters die all the time on TV shows but it’s usually because they’re getting written off of shows.

It’s sad and moving, but it’s not permanent. This circumstance was different. It was an untimely death of an incredible person who inspired millions.

At the kickstart of Riverdale’s fourth season, Jughead gives fans an update on where things are now in the small town.

The mayhem has sad settled, the events of the farm have all but been forgotten, and G&G was the stuff of (sub)urban legends.

In fact, the town was gearing up for their first 4th of July celebration in the nearly 3 years that Jason Blossom was murdered.

But celebrations aren’t a thing that Riverdale does well.

The event that rocked Riverdale this time cut far deeper than any derange cult leader, murderous black hood, or addictive brainwashing game ever could.

It was the death of one of their own – their hero – a bright light amongst the darkness.

A man who loved Riverdale through the good and the bad and helped build the city from the ground up with his bare hands.

In a town filled with corruptness and evil, Fred Andrews was one of the good guys; he was the heart and soul of Riverdale.

He even died a hero in a hit and run accident while helping a woman change her tire in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Now, if you weren’t in tears almost immediately after Riverdale began, you were when Shannon Doherty (Perry’s on-screen love interest on 90210, the show that made him an 80s hearthrob) graced the screen.

As a Catholic but not overly religious person, this was the first time I’ve ever seen someone pray on television and do so in such a simple, unifying way.

And on Riverdale of all shows — they had demonic monsters as part of their last season.

Yet, death brings people from all walks of life and beliefs together. Religious preferences or lack-there-of didn’t matter at this moment. All that mattered was the collective grieving over a man who spanned generations and equally earned the title of “heartthrob” and “dad.”

Archie’s grief presented a rollercoaster of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to the eventual breakdown that usually signifies acceptance of reality.

It was painful to watch Archie work through his grief, but it meant that KJ Apa was doing the role justice.

It probably helped that all the emotions he was portraying were real.

This episode hit home to all of them.

First Archie questioned whether it was really his dad who was killed and sent Veronica and Betty to double check.

Denial is a common emotion, but this is so very Riverdale of him.

Anything is possible in Riverdale, and Archie knows you always have to confirm a body.

When FP called and told Archie they caught the guy who did it, Archie was filled with rage and went to the house to get some revenge.

But that didn’t make him feel any better. In fact, he felt worse because he realized that it was a father protecting his son who pulled a classic Archie move and stole the car without having a license.

Archie remembered just how self-less his father’s love was and immediately felt like a bad son.

Eventually, Veronica convinced him that if anyone was half as good as Fred, it was him. He was his father’s son, after all.

So, Archie got it together and finished what he came to do.

As he drove Fred’s body home, he was led by a police escort from FP.

And much to his surprise, as he drove his dad through his hometown one last time, he was greeted by a unified town all gathered to pay their respects.

It was a moving scene and probably the 15th time I cried within the 45-minute span.

The parade, initiated by Cheryl, took place instead of the 4th of July celebration proving that Riverdale is a town that needs to show that they can continue to rise up from tragedies that seem to always fall on a long weekend.

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It also proved that despite her bitchiness and possible unstableness, Cheryl understood loss more than anyone else in town and never wanted the Andrews family to feel the pain and loneliness she felt.

As heartbreaking as that is, I find solace in her acknowledgment that Jay Jay is actually dead. One could get the wrong idea from that quick snippet of Cheryl reading the paper to Jason’s mummified corpse.

The show barely touched upon any last season leftovers, but it does need to be explored in the coming episodes. Maybe this is how we’ll get roped back into The Farm?

Fourth of July will now be a day of remembrance in Riverdale — to remember Jason Blossom and to remember Fred Andrews.

In some way, Fred reignited hope in a town that wanted to honor him and live up to his expectations.

Even villains and enemies like Hiram Lodge put aside their differences as he paid for Fred’s funeral in full.

This moment and Betty’s scene where she visited her disgraced father (his tombstone was covered in graffiti calling him a murderer) only highlighted Fred’s inherent goodness.

After the funeral, everyone came together to watch a beautiful fireworks display that Fred would’ve undoubtedly loved.

Riverdale makes it clear that it’s always necessary to find the light amongst the darkness.

At its core, that’s what Riverdale is —  under all the mystery and darkness its just a show about a small town of heroes and friends navigating this thing called life together.

They may have lost their bright light, but he will live on in the town’s buildings, their hearts and most importantly, our memories.

RIP Fred Andrews. RIP Luke Perry.

Riverdale will never be the same, and that’s thanks to you.

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Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing

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The Riverdale Season 4 Trailer is Here & Jughead is Missing

The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)

The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.

And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.

This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.

The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.

“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.

The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.

Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.

Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.

Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.

What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?

Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.

Yep, sounds like senior year!

Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.

Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!

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