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Riverdale Review – Hereditary (4×06)

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Riverdale loves messing with our minds.

Everyone fought to get their power back on “Hereditary,” but not everyone was successful. Actually, most of them weren’t successful.

Archie made a deal with the devil, again. You’d think that by now he would know what happens when he trusts Hiram Lodge. Nothing is ever free with him. He took care of Archie’s Dodger problem rather drastically, although, it was nothing compared to Dodger’s goons shooting up Archie’s house. Dodger had it coming, sure, but what does this mean for Archie? Is he working with Hiram now? He may have taken care of one loose cannon by indebting himself to another. As always, Archie’s intentions were in the right place but his solutions were downright questionable. Hiram proved he’s no less of a bully than Dodger.

Veronica was also having a Hiram Lodge problem, but it was Hermione who fell for his old ways. Veronica thought she was hitting Hiram and Hermosa where it hurt them by aligning with her mom and helping her score a job to become independent, but that all went to hell when Hermione let Hiram right back into her life, her bed, and her house. Honestly, Hermione, do you have no backbone? Hermione proved that she’s never wanted to do any of the heavy lifting because she’s comfortable lying for her husband.

After all the crap that Hiram pulled and how he tried to destroy her and make her rot in prison, all it took was a graze on the shoulder and a whisper in her ear to convince Hermione to take him back.

She not only took Hiram back, but she agreed to renew her vows immediately. If I knew Hiram at all, he’s plotting something where he either needs Hermione to support him or to be his scapegoat. Either way, she doesn’t deserve Veronica’s mercy anymore. It almost seemed like Hermione was drugged into being obedient when Veronica confront her.

Hermosa cannot be trusted either. She claims there’s good in Hiram, and that may be true since he has always protected his family, but that doesn’t give him a free pass or erase the truly terrible things he’s done. Hermosa is up to something, I just cannot figure out her plan yet.

Betty made a move in an attempt to figure out who Charles really was. Mainly, she wanted to see if she was right about him being a serial killer. Sadly, her whole plan backfired. Why? Because she never stood a chance. Charles is a complete psychopath as we all suspected.

Betty questioned Chic who told her that Charles killed a man during their threesome. When Betty confronted Charles and made him do a lie detector, he blamed Chic for the murder explaining that it forced them to break up. But obviously Charles knows how to rig a lie detector test, he’s the FBI for crying out loud.

Shortly after, Charles claimed Chic reported the murder of the shady man at Alice’s house, which seemed suspicious. If he reported it, why weren’t there other FBI agents at the house? Because Charles lied to his family so that he could locate the body, move it, and then get into everyone’s good grace. And it worked. Betty felt indebted to her brother and ignored her gut feel, which has been right all along.

Charles and Chic are still in love and have some kind of plan for the Cooper family. If you weren’t interested in yet another fake brother, the fact that they’re both working together and in love makes this juicy even by Riverdale standards.

Things at Thistlehouse are getting a wee bit out of hand.

Cheryl still won’t bury Jason’s rotting corpse, she believes she’s being haunted by Julian’s unsettled spirit and attempts to drown him in a tub, oh, and she and Toni killed her Uncle Bedford after he snuck into the chapel and saw Jason’s body.

Normally, I would argue that Cheryl’s family is money-hungry and trying to undermine her to sell the not-profitable maple syrup business, but there’s some truth in Bedford pointing out that Cheryl is deranged and should seek treatment.

At this point, we have to stop hoping that Toni will be the beacon of hope because she’s just as messed up in all of this craziness as Cheryl. Though, she did have a valid point about selling Thistlehouse and all the bad luck it brings to start over somewhere fresh. Preferably somewhere where Penelope doesn’t have access. She has to be behind the torment being caused by Julian, right?

I don’t know how the ladies covered up the murder, but Aunt Crickett isn’t going to go down without a fight.

Jughead definitely had it the worst out of everyone, but maybe that’s just because I know his endgame finds him in a morgue.

There’s either two ways this plays out: either Jughead fakes his death to write the “perfect murder” for the Baxter Brothers series or someone at Stonewall Prep kills him.

Both options are looking pretty possible at this point.

Jughead completed an analysis of the Baxter Brothers text (this is why we love him) and realized that the first book had a significantly different tone than the remaining five. Therefore, he doubted that Mr. DuPont was the ghostwriter for all of them.

Needing some proof before he made his findings public, Jughead did some digging and found a very similar story in a Riverdale newsletter written by Frosty Pajamas, his grandfather’s pen name, a few years before he transferred to Stonewall Prep.

The findings were impressive and proved that Jughead was superior to everyone else in the class.

However, Mr. DuPont was not having any of it and threatened Jughead, which definitely proved he had something to hide like the fact that he’s not the actual ghostwriter of the first book.

Jughead took up his concerns with Mr. Chipping, who agreed that the situation needed to be remedied.

And then, the wildest thing to ever happen on Riverdale happened. And yes, I do remember that Edgar Everner wore an Evel Knievel suit and attempted to escape on a self-built helicopter.

Mr. Chipping walked into glass normal as can be, took a deep breath, told Jughead he tried to help and JUMPED OUT OF THE FRICKING WINDOW.

Just like that. And what’s worse is that no one in the class even flinched.

Brett later made a comment about Mr. Chipping’s “fall from grace,” as if everyone is in on something except for Jughead.

Now, this has me convinced that something truly awful happens to Jughead. He clearly hasn’t made a good name for himself at the school and Mr. DuPont, who is taking over Chipping’s class, doesn’t even think Jughead belongs there.

There’s a longstanding hatred for the Jones men and it’s unclear why, but I don’t think Jughead was brought to the school on accident.

What I cannot figure out is why the Baxter Brother’s novels are so important to Stonewall Prep. And why is keeping the secret of the first ghostwriter a life or death matter?

What is DuPont hiding?

What do you think happens to Jughead?

What’s Hiram Lodge’s next big plan?

And what are Chic and Charles plotting against the Cooper-Jones’?

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12 Crazy Moments from the Riverdale Season 4 Fall Finale

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Craziest Moments from the Riverdale Season 4 Finale

Riverdale is known from its crazy plot twists, and given that this was the midseason finale, we were expecting the cream of the crop.

We were not disappointed.

Take a look back at the wildest moments of the night.

Caution: spoilers ahead. 

You can read the full review of Riverdale Season 4 Episode 9 right here!

1. Polly Clawed off a Nurse’s Face

We haven’t seen Polly for a hot minute. If I’m being exact, I think the last time we saw her was when she tried to drown Alice as part of some Farm “rebirth” ritual. And now when we saw her, she was tied up to a bed after disfiguring a nurse at Shady Grove named Betty. Yes, disfiguring.

2. Alice Tries to Attack her Daughter with a Butcher Knife

Honestly, the headline says it all. Both Alice and Polly went full psycho after picking up a phone call that hypnotized them into attempting to kill Betty. Somehow, there’s a logical explanation.

3. Tangerine, Tangerine, Tangerine

Anyone else wondering if there’s some unrevealed backstory to the word tangerine? Does Betty hate tangerines? Did she give them to a student that was allergic? Or is the word innocent enough to hide the fact that it hypnotizes people into turning into Betty and attempting to kill her dark side aka her?

In Betty’s case, that means she’d have to kill herself, which was all part of The Farm, Edgar, and Evelyn’s plan. Seriously, how is she still getting phone privileges?

4. Cheryl Gassing Thistlehouse

While gassing the house up maybe have been a bonkers idea, it worked to snuff out the darkness hiding within the brick walls of Thistlehouse: Penelope. Cheryl figured out it was her mother who was gaslighting her in hopes that she’d lose her mind because of the Julian doll. Who knew a little roach gas was all she need to see clearly?

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Riverdale Fall Finale Review – Who Killed Jughead? (4×09)

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Riverdale Tangerine Review

Riverdale took a sharp turn for its midseason finale bringing the Jughead death into clear, well, clearer, view.

SPOILERS AHEAD

There were clues leading up to the killer’s identity throughout much of the episode.

Betty has always lived with Dark Betty’s shadow looming over her, and she’s been terrified of her serial killer gene ever since taking the FBI for kids (or whatever it was called) class, so her desire to eliminate this part of her wasn’t random, but the way the storyline was carried out was.

Evelyn was able to make two calls from Shankshaw Prison to Polly and Alice and hypnotized them via a trigger word that made them kill “Betty” aka the person in the vicinity that they believed was Betty.

Oh, and the trigger word was “tangerine” because apparently, Riverdale has a thing against sweet, orange, fruit.

At this point, I just shrug my shoulders and roll with it.

Betty was afraid that she’d be affected by the trigger word, though, it’s unlikely since she was never brainwashed by the Farm, right?

Then again, we don’t know what happened while she was briefly holed up inside those walls.

However, Betty tested it in front of Charles, which, knowing what we know, was a terrible idea, but Charles has made himself trustworthy so Betty figured this was fine.

She wasn’t phased by the trigger word immediately, but she was taken back to her youth, specifically, the moment Dark Betty was born. I cannot watch poor Caramel get crushed to death by a rock over and over, guys.

Betty’s logical was that if she could go back in time and prevent Dark Betty from being born, she’d fix the dark part of herself that she hated.

Again, sure. I’d be more inclined to think that was a good solution if it came from a therapist and not from Charles, who we know has ulterior motives.

But Betty did it and went to sleep thinking she was safe despite breaking her mirror with her fist and being completely unphased. Oh boy.

So, when the series flashed forward to Betty standing over Jughead holding a rock and presumably killing him the same way she’d killed Caramel before, it wasn’t surprising in the context of plot development.

However, looking at it as fans of the series and Betty and Jughead solo as well as a couple, it was outrageous.

The series would never allow Betty to kill her boyfriend unless they wanted to enrage fandoms and ensure the end of the series as we know it.

Which means that a. that isn’t Jughead, it’s an evil twin brother, b. Archie assumed he was dead when he was just knocked out, c. it’s a sequel to Jughead’s Baxter Brothers novel since the one that got him the contract drew inspiration from the murder of Jason Blossom, or d. I don’t know, and I’m packing.

What do you think the final scene means for Jughead going forward? Is he dead?

After scoring the contract to become the next Baxter Brothers ghost-writer, Jughead attempted to locate his grandfather.

And, he found him. Or someone who claimed to be Forsythe. He looked more like Santa than what I’d imagine FP’s abusive father would look like but whatever.

It was surprisingly easy for Jughead to locate a man who went missing years ago and didn’t want to be found. The fact that Charles helped him find Forsythe also doesn’t sit well with me. If Charles and Chip are working together to destroy Betty then chances are, they’d want to destroy Jughead too.

What are the odds this is an actor who was paid to tell Jughead what he wanted to hear about the Baxter Brothers novel so he would sign the contract?

Based on Jughead’s first words to the man, he didn’t know what his grandfather looked like, and FP never saw him since the man cleared out the trailer before Jughead could reunite them.

It’s too fishy.

Charles has been trusted by both Betty and Jughead so he knows everything and thus, can manipulate them with their weaknesses.

Another day, another terrible Archie idea.

Archie refuses to give up his vigilante life because he thinks he’s making a difference. He wants to follow in his father’s footsteps but really, his father would be disappointed in him handling everything with his fists and not his brain, though, he’d probably understand since thinking logically was never Archie’s strong suit.

Somehow, FP managed to get roped into Archie’s crusade, which would be fine if FP was solely a Serpent, but he’s also the damn Sheriff and shouldn’t be encouraging violence.

Nothing has ever truly been solved with a fistfight.

Archie didn’t just put himself in danger, but he caused FP to get shot at Pops again! How many times can a masked criminal shoot someone Archie cares about? This town, honestly.

FP fared better than Fred did when he took a bullet last time, but this triggered Archie to make another rash decision — beating up Dodger one last time.

He couldn’t let it go. Dodger and Darla were on their way out of town and yet, Archie had to go and pound him into the ground.

I’m sure there was satisfaction in that, but Archie’s grief anger brought him too close to killing a man.

And now, he’s going to have to make it up to the kids in the center who look up to him as a role model but saw him standing over a bloodied man and threatening to murder him. He’s no better than Dodger.

Veronica’s beef with Hiram is getting unbelievable. She tattled on him to his mom and he attempted to sabotage her chances of getting into an Ivy League college.

How old are they?

Veronica should have known that her father would have a patent on the rum. He’s a brilliant businessman!

And she also needs to just cut herself off from him completely, which means giving up this rum competition and focusing on what brings her joy outside of taking down her father.

Also, there’s no way any admissions interviewer would be impressed with that show Ronnie put on. Everything about it was so terrible.

And then there’s Cheryl who seems to be regaining some sanity despite locking her mother up in a bunker as a hostage. Look, Penelope had it coming.

After her productive chat with the therapist on the former Riverdale episode, Cheryl realized someone was gaslighting her and making her believe she was crazy.

The only logical person would be Penelope, so Cheryl snuffed her out by gassing Thistlehouse.

She then put her on trial so that Penelope would face all the horrendous things she’s done, and Penelope admitted she was fueled by jealousy over Cheryl’s relationship with dead Jason. Again, what?

The positive outcome was that Cheryl acknowledged it was time to let Jason rest even if the way she sent him away was by re-enacting his death down Sweetwater River.

You know, I’m going to let this one slide for Cheryl’s sanity.

Other Riverdale Thoughts

  • Is the Farm responsible for those stalker-ish VHS tapes too? Isn’t it time to wrap up the Farm storyline? It keeps rearing its ugly head when it should have been left behind in Season 3.
  • Why didn’t anyone question why Cheryl had a mummified corpse of Jason?
  • Jughead was initiated into the secret society, but he should have just rejected the offer.

What did you think of the Riverdale midseason finale?

Are things getting too insane even by Riverdale standards?

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Riverdale Review – You’re Just a High School Senior from Riverdale (4×08)

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Riverdale In Treatment Review

There were so many instrumental moments on tonight’s Riverdale, and we all owe a great deal to Mrs. Burble (guest star Gina Torres).

This episode was our response to us asking: “why aren’t these teens in therapy?”

Therapy in Riverdale is long overdue, and I didn’t realize just how overdue until all these teens were forced to sit down and talk about their emotional trauma.

Boy, that was a handful. And these are just the core 5 students. We haven’t even graced the surface of what Kevin, Toni, and friends are feeling.

Their introspective breakthroughs alone made this episode one of the best, strongest, and most mature in the vault.

Betty’s been scarred for life by a half-present mother who could only muster up the excuse that “she loved her too much.” Yes, there’s such a thing as smothering someone with love and overparenting.

Alice didn’t want to come to terms that she was losing her baby, but there’s no denying that Betty’s been a fully functioning adult for quite some time now.

Is Alice that naive that she didn’t know her daughter was having sex with Jughead? They sleep in the same bed.

But more importantly, the sex part is what she’s overly concerned with?

I thought I was going to have to go off at the television listing all the other situations that have probably “distracted” Betty more than having sex, but thankfully, I didn’t have to because Betty handled it herself.

Everything Betty went off about on Mrs. Burble’s couch echoed the audiences’ sentiments.

Murdering the Shady Man, saving her mother from a cult, getting locked away at the Sister’s of Quiet Mercy and drugged up to hallucinate the Gargoyle King… half of those things, Alice was responsible for. And here she is thinking sex was going to destroy Betty’s life.

Girl, please.

Archie’s diagnosis was pretty straightforward: grief-induced anger.

The worst part is that he’s aware of why he is the way that he is, but he still allows his “addiction” of helping people and blindly and stupidly putting himself at risk to take over. He cannot help his hero-complex.

Mrs. Burble mentioned that she doesn’t expect everyone to change after one session and one realization, and we should have listened because even after Archie acknowledged the problem, he went back to his old ways of handling them.

The good news is that Cheryl did NOT consume her fraternal brother in the womb, which means someone is definitely messing with her to convince her that she’s going crazy.

I can’t say I agree with Burble’s lenient take on talking to taxidermy. Maybe Cheryl wasn’t clear enough when she explained her coping mechanisms, but she’s literally talking to a mummified Jason that was dug up from the grave.

That’s not nearly the same thing as chatting with someone’s urn or their gravestone. Not in the slightest.

Personally, Cheryl should continue therapy and properly bury her brother so he can rest in peace and she can move on.

But also, who is screwing with her?

I’m inclined to believe that Toni’s responsible simply because she’s still living at Thistlehouse when every other sane human being would move far, far away.

However, that would require destroying the Choni relationship, and Riverdale doesn’t seem to be interested in messing with it. Therefore, it’s probably Cheryl’s MIA mother. There has to be some benefit to Penelope convincing her daughter that she’s lost it.

Veronica finally acknowledged her obsessive relationship with Hiram Lodge. It’s more than daddy issues at this point because the two of them love to hate each other.

Burble did a great job of highlighting the most pressing issue: Veronica has never actually wanted to walk away.

She says one thing but does another.

Despite her disgust, Veronica still respects Hiram, calls his “daddy,” and willingly lives at the house.

It’s a toxic relationship that’ll only stop once she completely severs ties with him and sticks to her guns.

Is she capable of that? Time will tell. Rejecting Harvard to go to the competition “Yale” is one thing, but it’s another to completely rid your life of the man that gave you life.

And lastly, Jughead was called out for taking the easy way out and feeding into Stonewall Prep’s beliefs about him.

They say he’s not good enough, so why should he prove them otherwise. That’s been his take on it mostly because he’s been procrastinating his writing and college applications due to his Mr. Chipping conspiracies.

But here, again, I didn’t exactly agree with Burble.

She made some valid points about Jughead getting too obsessed with the wrong thing, sabotaging himself, and idolizing a man who caused his father so much pain while ignoring his father’s self-success at becoming a better person.

All that was 100% on point.

However, Jughead’s not delusional about what’s going on at Stonewall Prep. They are hiding some secret that was responsible for Mr. Chipping’s public suicide and is also apparently now responsible for the deaths of other notorious children novelist’s from Stonewall.

In short, someone is committing murder! And the only two people still alive are DuPont and Forsythe, who we know is MIA.

But what if he isn’t?

What if Forsythe is pulling the strings on this secret society? Maybe he doesn’t want to be found and the death, DuPont’s stand-offish attitude towards Jughead, and the rest of the classmates are all protecting that.

In Riverdale, anything is possible.

His murder conspiracy also leads into his Baxter Brothers’ “perfect murder” novel, which Betty said was “really good” and “put his own spin on it.”

Is that a clue that the final scene that’s playing out is a scene from Jughead’s book.

Maybe I’m looking too much into it, but the lighting in the scene, the vibe, and the music was all off.

There’s also no way Archie, Betty, and Veronica would casually walk into a lineup like that as they were accused of killing their best friend unless it was to fool everyone into believing that was really the case.

You can read all my theories about what’s going on with Jughead right here!

Another wonderful thing about this episode was how Riverdale normalized therapy.

There is so much stigma surrounding mental health and getting help that an episode showing teens doing just that without shame goes a long way.

As does the fact that Mrs. Burble dissected every single ridiculous thing about the show psychologically that explained the madness behind the series in a sensical way.

I could almost get into the minds of the writers and how they craft story-arcs. It’s a way I’ve never looked at the narrative of this show.

But while we were all distracted with the self-reflective progress the teens were making, it was easy to gloss over the oddities about Burble.

She was great at her job, at identifying problems, and at helping them all work through them.

But how did she know everything about them? School’s don’t usually have files about everything that happens in a specific student’s life.

She knew some of their deepest and darkest secrets, and she knew exactly where to put pressure to make them talk.

All of this, paired with a very fleeting and casual mention of the VCR tapes, which the beginning of the episode emphasized again, makes me think there’s something much more sinister to the psychologist than meets the eye.

Has she been spying on everyone?

Does she want people to know they’re being watched so they attempt to be better people?

Lastly, how will Riverdale continue when they all go to college? If we’re to consider that the flashforwards are simply part of Jughead’s novel then all of them will be attending school somewhere else in the fall.

Betty didn’t get into Yale, but that’s where Veronica is going. Archie plans to stay in Riverdale and who knows where Jug applied or if he’ll even go considering his predicament.

Riverdale won’t be Riverdale if half of them aren’t in town anymore and the small town mysteries aren’t dominating their lives.

How do you think the show will carry on?

What’s happening with Jughead?

Will Veronica ever be free of her dad?

Is Archie self-destructive?

How wild is Betty and Alice’s relationship?

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