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Why hasn’t anyone come up with the idea to just move away from Riverdale?

The episode kicked off on a rather grim note; Midge’s funeral was gutted everyone in town and also made it clear that the Black Hood was back.

At least, that’s what Archie thought. Sheriff Keller was convinced that they “got” the original Black Hood when they captured Svenson because all the evidence stacked up against him — he was wearing the ski mask!

If that’s the kind of logic Keller has been operating with this whole time, I’m not surprised that there have been so many bodies and that Cheryl herself, manipulated by Hermione, wrote a scathing op-ed calling for Keller to step down. You had one job, Keller. One job. I can’t say I even feel bad for him at this point because maybe bringing a fresh set of eyes will help this town become less murderous.

However, if we’re thinking what Betty is thinking, maybe finding out the identity of the Black Hood isn’t such a bad idea.

I’ll cut to the chase here: all signs point to Hal Cooper being the Black Hood.

Now, I’m not saying that’s disappointing, but it also is too easy. We’ve all speculated it was Betty’s dad from the beginning since they shared the same eyes. How did Archie not make the connection? For a man who keeps saying “it’s in the eyes,” he should have done better.

Betty’s facial expression when she realized her father was actually the mastermind this whole time while they thought they were being so slick was priceless.

It’s entirely possible that Hal really did go look for her and the Black Hood is someone else but tell me, why has the Black Hood forged such a camaraderie with her? How does he know SO much about her? How would he have known about the murder that happened in the Cooper household and about how they covered it up? It makes sense.

We’ve always thought of Hal as the quiet one but he went and had an extramarital affair with someone as evil as Penelope Blossom. Of course, he’s capable of killing those he believes to be committing sins and ruining the town, a town he’s so intertwined with.

I cannot wait to explore this storyline further and find out what’s been fueling his fire. And most importantly, why did he target Archie’s father? Will he deny it if Betty brings it up?

It’s definitely odd that the Black Hood is advocating for a sin-free Riverdale and yet the man behind the mask was committing adultery and sleeping with a courtesan. Talk about morality, huh?

And even creepier is the fact that an adult man is targeting teens!

Did anyone catch the moment when Betty was on the phont with the Black Hood and Jughead asked her if it was her mother and she replied, “no it’s my dad.” Like, literally.

Then we have the second major reveal that actually made me breathe a sigh of relief — Chic is not Betty’s brother! Whew. But if he isn’t Betty’s bro, who the hell is he?

He was friends with the real Charles Smith, however, when he “lost control” one night, he accidentally killed him. Betty selling him out to the Black Hood to make him pay for deceiving the family, killing her brother and to keep their murderous secret, was what the writers really meany by Dark Betty coming out to play. That was ruthless but well deserved. Will her decision to basically lead a man to his death haunt her? Does it make her no better than the Black Hood?

And if Hal really is BH then that means he knew Chic was an imposter this whole time and just let it play out.

I’m a bit disappointed that we’ll never get to meet the real Charles but at least we’re done seeing Chic’s creepy face at every turn.

Another reveal that we already knew but still rejoiced in hearing Alice say it — Charles was her love child with FP! It’s a little tiresome to see her run to FP with every single problem and when she found out her child had reached out to her twice and ran right to FP’s trailer, it was a little pathetic.

Feeling guilty is a normal human reaction but why did he have to know all of a sudden? I’m glad FP marched in there to tell Jughead this was not his battle. Look, the Cooper ladies can handle this all on their own and sometimes, they need to clean up their own messes.

Plus, he has to prep for that awkward conversation that will surely follow all of this. With Hal being BH and FP being the original baby daddy, are we finally making room for a Serpent reunion? Are there any rules in the book that you cannot date the father of your son’s boyfriend?

So many storylines and reveals that had you in a tizzy and we didn’t even touch what went down with Archie and the Lodges.

Archie was on high-alert following the Black Hood’s return and he kept spotting the killer at every turn. I’m not sure who is worse at this point, the Black Hood or Nick St. Claire. He just can’t stay away from Riverdale, can he?

Nick brought a few of his boys with him for a payback mission;  they tied up Archie and called Ronnie for a million dollar ransom. In case you don’t remember, Archie paid Nick a little visit following his stint of roofing girls and trying to rape them and broke his legs leaving Nick with a permanent limp and a bad rep in the family business.

Veronica turned to her father for help but given that the St. Claire’s were also in the mob business, he couldn’t do much without setting a precedent. Not that Veronica needed his help, she’s a Lodge after all and perfectly equipped to handle an extortion.

She scrambled together some money for Nick and arranged a meeting. but when that wasn’t enough, he propositioned that she pay up by finishing what they started, in other words, finally sleeping with him.

Ronnie agreed and he rented out a suite which had a live-stream for Archie to watch while he was beaten and tied up.

However, Archie was able to set himself free and arrived at the suite to find Veronica had played Nick’s own game against him — she roofied him and then used him to get ransom money from his own family.

Hiram was upset but it wasn’t like he was going to do anything to save Archie because “he wasn’t blood,” which is complete bullshit considering they made a blood pact that put the Lodges first in Archie’s life.

You can make a blood pact with your girlfriend’s boyfriend, but you won’t treat him like family when it hurts your personal interests or becomes a liability.

Archie should have run far from Hiram after this but instead, he wanted to prove his loyalty further by getting his bones and promising to kill the Black Hood.

Seriously, can the teens in Riverdale just be teens? They should not be in cahoots with mafias and making deals about murders.

Also, can Archie really kill someone? Especially if that someone is Betty’s father?

Riverdale is full of monsters… some scarier than others.


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‘Riverdale’ Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially A Couple Again

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Riverdale Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially Back Together

By LINDSAY WEINBERG 

Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are officially giving it another go.

The Riverdale co-stars, who broke up in the fall of 2019, are dating once again, a source close to the TV show exclusively tells E! News. 

“The break was nice for them and they reconnected on set of Riverdale,” the source reveals.

How did their makeup come to be? According to the insider, “Being around all of their mutual friends and hanging out together often made them realize they still have a strong connection and chemistry.”

The source adds, “They care a lot about each other and have a bond from filming together for so many hours each day.”  

They’re in no rush to get serious, with the source saying, “It’s going well and they aren’t putting too much stress on the relationship.”

The cast of Riverdale reunited in Canada in the fall to resume filming after the pandemic. At the time, Camila was dating Grayson Vaughan (even kissing him goodbye on the tarmac before taking off).

However, she split with the photographer about four months ago, with a separate source noting that the travel ban did not make their long distance relationship “easy.” The second insider shared, “There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course.” 

That breakup seems to have made room for a take two with Charles, who plays the Reggie to her Veronica. 

Last week, Camila, 26, and Charles, 30, were spotted on a night out with their co-star Cole Sprouse, his brother Dylan Sprouseand model Stella Maxwell. On June 4, the group was seen dining at the French restaurant La Poubelle Bistro in L.A., where Charles had his arm around Cami. The couple left together in his car, clueing fans in to their new romance.

Cami and Charles originally started dating back in 2018, but took a break the next year. At the time, a separate source explained, “Their relationship escalated very quickly and they are taking time now to focus on their work and themselves.”

She later acted in Palm SpringsDangerous Lies and Daby Day, while he appeared in Bad Boys For LifeMainstream and, soon, American Horror Stories.

Their busy work schedules put “pressure” on the relationship, with lots of “ups and downs,” per the third insider.

Now, it seems, they’re older, wiser and ready to dive back in.

E! News has reached out to their reps for comment.

Watch a brand new episode of Nightly Pop Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m., only on E!

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‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Clara Berry

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KJ Apa is going to be a father. 

The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit TV series Riverdale, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clara Berry.

The 23-year-old made the announcement on Instagram with a photo showing the 27-year-old’s baby bump.

Berry then confirmed the pregnancy by sharing several maternity photos

Apa commented: “she’s pregnant btw,” to which Berry responded, “We are ❤️.”

Apa’s co-star, Vanessa Morgan, who recently welcomed son River, commented: “Rivers soon to be bestie ♥️”

Congrats to the parents-to-be. 


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Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)

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Riverdale Review The Pincushion Man Season 5 Episode 10

I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale

Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.

Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town. 

Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead. 

It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty. 

Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.

Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.

Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General. 

In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go. 

At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold. 

Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.

Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.

Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point. 

The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot! 

I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that. 

And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy. 

I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something. 

I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?

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They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway. 

This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation! 

I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.

Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?

As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt. 

Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner. 

Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily. 

Ladies, get it together!

Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.

And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.

Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.

However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time. 

Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.

He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.

That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.

It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.

Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?

Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.

Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees. 

Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”

So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again. 

Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves. 

Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways! 

Other Midseason Musings

  • Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her. 
  • Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look. 
  • Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break. 
  • Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?

What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!


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