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Riverdale Review – Katy Keene and Veronica Lodge Take NY (4×12)

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Sometimes I wonder: does Riverdale know what it’s doing anymore?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the storylines it throws our way, or is it just throwing whatever and seeing what sticks?

Do they want to see how far they can push the fandom before the “oddities” of the series stop being a draw? I don’t have answers to any of those questions, so, if you do, please reach out and let me know.

Veronica Lodge visited New York to chat with Bradford University and to meet up with her old-pal, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), the star of The CW’s upcoming show (premiering tomorrow, February 6).

The episode served as an unofficial backdoor pilot, as it gave us a lot of detail about Katy. For starters, she loves fashion just as much as Ronnie and works at Lacy’s, she takes V to a drag bar, she’s dating ___, and her mother is sick and the prognosis is not looking good.

These were the first scenes between Veronica and Katy (but hopefully, not the last) so they were a little stiff as Camila Mendes and Hale struggled to capitalize on that “old friends” vibe.

Hopefully, they’ll have plenty of time to get it right, especially since Veronica is officially going to Bradford in the city. That is if the whole getting accused of Jughead’s murder situation subsides. Does this mean plenty of crossovers in store?

But before Veronica heads off to college, she needs to make amends with her ailing father, Hiram.

At first, when Hiram and Hermione said they were going to New York also, I thought it was to sabotage Veronica’s chances of getting into Bradford. Hiram made it clear that Veronica needed to go to Harvard and no other school would be good enough, so it was very up his alley.

But the news of his illness caught me off guard and considering all we’ve been through with Hiram, no one can blame me for being skeptical.

If this is Hiram’s attempt at getting his daughter to throw the competition and gain back her trust, it’s a petty attempt.

And yet, Veronica didn’t question what her mother said at all. She took it at face-value and welcomed her parents back into her life.

Will she also have a change of heart about the company she’s running alongside Cheryl and Toni? That would be so disappointing.

We’ve never even seen any indication from Hiram that he was suffering from a disease that would affect his motor skills, so the announcement comes out of nowhere.

Toni held down the fort while Veronica was away and even dealt with Nick St. Clair properly, though, his reappearance was not welcome in the slightest.

After Archie was done with him, I thought we’d seen the last of him, but he still stepped foot into Riverdale to check out the new, exclusive club.

Toni was able to channel her inner badass, which sounded a lot like Cheryl’s badass, and fought her girlfriend’s demons.

Normally, I wouldn’t encourage blackmail as a way to solve problems, but when it comes to someone like Nick, he will only be stopped with the proper blackmail.

The tickle video was a nice way to bring Kevin and Fangs into the storyline, but it’s slightly concerning how nonchalant Toni and Cheryl were about the two of them making fetish videos on the side.

Then again, this is Riverdale, where a teen is accused of recording sex tapes without consent on VHS tapes and hoarding them in a secret wall compartment and none of the adults bat an eye.

Also, I know Riverdale is behind on the times — Betty and Alice were using a flashlight for goodness sakes — but there was a subplot involving VHS tapes of people’s homes being recorded and left on their doorstep. Is this a sign that Brett is to blame?

Betty and Alice’s team-up though unlikely was sweet and shows how much they’ve grown and progressed since season 1. How funny was Alice’s reaction when Betty mentioned her sex tape with Jughead. I don’t know what was better that moment or Betty telling her mom to “calm down.”

If there’s anyone that can crack this murder case, it’s the Cooper ladies with an assist from Jug, however, I can’t say I was impressed with their decision-making throughout the episode.

They severely underestimated Brett, they got caught on multiple occasions, and Betty allowed him to convince her that the tape labeled “Forsythe” was his confession during the Quill and Skull initiation.

I would have made him play the video.

Betty did manage to snatch up a tape labeled “Donna,” which revealed that she was lying about her affair with Mr. Chipping. The tape found her spewing the same exact sob story about someone named Mr. Kotter, a teacher completely erased from the school’s history.

Is Donna the real mastermind? Is she the one we should be afraid of instead of Brett who seems to thrive solely on the competition between him and Jughead.

Jughead and Brett dueled in a kickboxing match that would’ve made Archie proud and a fencing tournament a la The Parent Trap.

But at the last minute, Jughead threw the chess game giving Brett the “win” because he realized he didn’t want to be part of this secret society, Stonewall Prep, or the Baxter Brother’s.

Jughead is finally beginning to realize how toxic this school is. The competition showed him that despite being the better champion, he would never earn the respect from the other student’s at Stonewall Prep. They all worshipped the ground Brett walked on probably because he had dirt on all of them in the form of VHSextapes.

But conceding the game meant that Jughead never gave Brett the satisfaction of winning or “being better,” and the fact that it’ll torture him for eternity is enough to bring me joy.

Jughead walked away with what was important — his girl and his sanity.

There weren’t any flash-forwards to what happened to Jughead or how Betty was involved, which is a change of pace and might indicate that they were all moments from a Baxter Brothers novel that doesn’t exist anymore.

While Stonewall Prep has its insane moments, Archie was being hunted by a real-life Terminator down the halls of Riverdale High.

Kevin’s right — this school is insane.

Archie has to be more careful about whom he invites into his home. Since Fred’s passing, it’s him, his uncle Frank that he barely knew, and Frank’s friend Ted Bishop, who came to town pretending to inform him about the passing of a late friend only to switch gears and reveal himself as a hitman from the mercenary.

Seriously, what the hell, Riverdale?

You can’t just go around making up storylines that don’t make any logical sense.

Frank was never a “great guy,” but his arc alluded more to him embezzling money from Archie and the construction company, and not getting targeted by a killer… again.

Also, what is it about the Andrews house that attracts all the bad juju?

Frank left town almost as fast as he came, and hopefully, we’re done with that storyline.

What did you think of the episode? Is Riverdale losing it to outlandish plots or is it another week, another episode that doesn’t follow the rules and is great in its own way?


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Riverdale Review – Mothman (5×06)

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Riverdale Back to School Review Season 5 Episode 6

 

You never truly get over the first day of school jitters, even seven years after you’ve graduated. 

Veronica, Betty, Archie, and Jughead returned to Riverdale High on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 6, but this time, they weren’t students, they were teachers. 

Archie was spearheading the RROTC, Jughead was teaching English, Veronica tackled Economics, while Betty handled Shop Class, which personally, I found to be the most interesting. I would’ve never pegged our sweet FBI recruit for a car gal.

Everyone was there to restore Riverdale to the great town that it once was, well, aside from all the murder.

But in a weird way, it’s almost as though they’ve never really grown up. 

This criticism is specific to Cheryl, who still seems way overly invested and possessive over the Vixens.

It’s a bit strange that she would get upset and jealous over Toni reviving the cheerleading squad when she had seven years to manage the team and hid out in Thornhill. 

But it’s obvious that this is how the show aims to bring back Cheryl to some sense of reality, and it’s better that she’s at least involved in the school functions rather than hiding in her mansion afraid of some made-up Blossom curse. 

If everyone is going to get a gig at the high school, it only makes sense that Cheryl and Toni return as co-HBIC’s.

Riverdale’s success went against Hiram’s plans to destroy the small-town, so he sent his goons from the Stonewall Prep football team to start a fire at the school and send a little message. 

But since Archie is never one to back down without a fight, he decided to revive Riverdale’s football team, the Bulldogs. 

I’ll admit that it was sad to see that the team, which has brought so much pride to town, was a “thing of the past.” However, with the right coach, it could be the town’s pride and joy once again.

Hope can go a long way. Hiram knows that, which is why he’ll do anything to see Riverdale fail.

Interestingly, we’ve yet again returned to the Hiram versus Archie Andrews dynamic. Archie will forever remain a thorn in his side. 

It’s also upsetting to see Reggie side with Hiram; he’s lost sight of everything that’s important. 

Riverdale Back to School Review Season 5 Episode 6

Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-Two: Back To School” — Image Number: RVD506fg_0016r — Pictured (L-R): Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Chris Mason as Chad Gekko, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Archie runs into a bit of trouble securing funding for the football team. He tries to play to “dead brother” card to Cheryl, but it doesn’t go well. 

Why do they think Cheryl has the money to singlehandedly fund the town? Even if she is selling fake art and passing it off as the original, it’s not her responsibility to dole out mounds of cash for the local high school.

He eventually resorts to asking Veronica for help, and if you thought it was weird asking your ex for $20K (even though she was more than happy to contribute to her beloved Bulldogs), just imagine how weird it is to get pushback from her overly jealous husband.

There were some cute moments between Ronnie and Chadwick, but ultimately, he’s a snake that’s controlling and doesn’t have Veronica’s best interests at heart.

He brought up doing nice things for her like singing karaoke and being nice to her friends as if they were some kind of chore or like he was doing her a favor to keep her happy. In a normal relationship, those are acts of love. 

It was the final straw – well, that and finding out that he’s been secretly chatting with Hiram – that convinced Veronica that they needed to take a break. 

Veronica was living a fake life in New York, but by returning to Riverdale, she once again remembered who she was and what mattered to her. 

She and Chadwick simply aren’t on the same wavelength.

However, I don’t want her and Archie to get back together in the near future either. 

Archie’s relationship with Betty is really growing on me; it’s refreshing and fun to watch. (More of my thoughts on that here!)

Of course, sneaking around when you’re in your mid-twenties should be a lot easier, but I’m not going to complain about that Titanic re-enactment in the car either.

Things between them are steamy. 

And if we were just to revert to the previous couples, hitting reset on the show would all be for nothing. 

Plus, there are definitely some sparks flying between Jughead and Tabitha Tate.

While the show never established how old Tabitha was, the fact that she made six-figures in Chicago and could have taken a CEO job at any point alludes to her being around the same age as Jughead. 

Initially, Tabitha was a little weary of Jughead, but he seems to have grown on her as she’s even offering to help him work on his story!

Aside from his brief interactions with Archie, Jughead spent much of the episode secluded from his old friend group and getting more familiar with his new boss. 

He interviewed Tabitha for his small-town story, but she did him a solid and set him up with Dreyfus, a local who told him his story of the Mothman, who kidnapped his friends working the mines and took them abroad some kind of ship. 

Yes, it sounds like folklore, but may I remind you that the mines are near Greendale, and we know that supernatural entities are in abundance there. (It’s a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reference.)

Jughead’s investigation led him to the realization that all of Dreyfus’ friends that went on the ship passed away from cancer. Coincidence or is there something more awry at play?

He also mentioned that the ship was in the woods in a cave off the Lonely Highway… and you know what else was last seen on the Lonely Highway? Polly… three days ago. 

Is there a chance the mothman is connected to Polly’s (and Freaky’s) disappearance? My gut instinct tells me there is. 

Betty put her FBI training to use as she investigated what happened to Polly. She learned that Polly would frequent truck stops to sell Jingle Jangle and hook up with truckers (boy, did her life really take a turn!) using Nedlist (lol) to set up meetings. 

Betty tracked down the last trucker Polly arranged a meeting with (Truckerboy69… really?!), but he informed her that Polly ran off that night in a panic. 

Betty then turned to Alice for help and together, the sleuthing mom-and-daughter duo located a bunch of Polly’s things on the side of the road. She eventually decided to ping Polly’s phone, which likely should have been her first move. Betty, Kevin, and Alice then took look around the marsh area at night (because waiting till morning would have been too logical) and stumbled upon a corpse’s hand sticking out from the ground. Does it belong to Polly? We’ll have to wait to find out. 

In addition to that cliffhanger, Hiram also sent Archie yet another message by setting a fire all around the perimeter of his home. I guess the message was “don’t play with fire,” and look, I get that Hiram goes to extremes to get what he wants, but almost killing someone is a bit much, don’t you think?

Overall, it was an interesting episode that set up plenty of new mysteries for audiences while also taking a sentimental trip down memory lane by focusing most of its events around Riverdale High. 

Other Small Town Musings

  • Hiram loves Doritos… who knew?
  • It’s hard to do justice by “Shallow” but Veronica and Chadwick killed it!
  • Nana has really upped her fashion game! Also, how is she still alive?
  • There was a brief Chilling of Adventures crossover when Dorcas made an appearance as Cheryl’s art appraiser Minerva Marble.
  • Doris Bell is one little snitch! Keeping Cheryl informed about what happens at Riverdale High is one thing, but giving intel to Hiram? Not cute. 

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Riverdale? Are you enjoying the post-time jump reality?

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New Couple Alert: ‘Katy Keene’s Lucy Hale and ‘Riverdale’s Skeet Ulrich Spotted Kissing

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'Katy Keene's Lucy Hale and 'Riverdale's Skeet Ulrich Spotted Kissing

This is one couple you didn’t see coming! Who would’ve thought we’d ever see a liar dating a serpent?

Pretty Little Liars and Katy Keene alum Lucy Hale was spotted packing on the PDA with Riverdale star Skeet Ulrich on Sunday, February 21!

Photos of their romantic outing were captured by Page Six.

You can see the 31-year-old star leaning in for a kiss with the 51-year-old actor. 

The duo were also spotted holding hands at the table.

Once they finished their meal, they put on their masks and the “Scream” alum embraced the actress from behind. 

Ulrich previously dated Megan Blake Irwin and were criticized for their 20-year-age difference, which she defended. 

While Ulrich and Hale starred in sister-show’s on the CW, they never crossed paths. Ulrich recently wrapped up his five-season arc as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II (FP Jones) on Riverdale, while Hale starred in the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene as the titular character for one season before it got canceled.

Neither Ulrich or Hale have commented on the relationship.


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Let’s Talk About What #Barchie’s Steamy Shower Scene on ‘Riverdale’ Means for the Ship

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It finally happened, #Barchie fans!

If you’re a #Bughead fan, you might want to stop reading at this point because this is a full post dedicated to the Betty and Archie hook-up!

After several seasons, Riverdale finally gave fans the Betty and Archie moment they’ve been waiting for.

This moment has been a long time coming.

There were some close calls through the years, though mainly, fans were left disappointed and wondering if the pairing would ever see the light of day.

At the end of season 4, the duo shared a romantic kiss but ultimately decided to bury their feelings out of respect for their significant others. 

But you don’t just write a love ballad for someone and forget about them!

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated moment finally came via a steamy shower sex scene following a seven-year time-jump. It was so hot, I found myself wondering if this is even allowed on The CW. That steam wasn’t from the hot shower, that’s all I’m going to say! 

Archie, who survived a war, and Betty, who has been catching serial killers while training to be an FBI agent at Quantico, reunited and fell right back into their old feelings without even realizing it. 

Post hook-up, when Archie questioned what just happened between them, Betty informed  him that it’s something “we’ve been wanting to do since high school but never got around to it.” And you have to appreciate her honesty here. 

Since they’re both mature and single adults — Archie’s ex Veronica is “happily” married, while Betty hasn’t been with Jughead for years — they decided to keep the moment of passion under wraps. 

Riverdale can be a bit ridiculous at times, but this was the smartest decision these two ever made. They don’t owe anyone, including Veronica and Jughead, anything. 

This moment singlehandedly changed the Betty and Archie relationship forever. 

And when I tell you fans were thrilled, I mean they were straight geeking out on Twitter. 

But what does this mean for #Barchie moving forward? Was it a one-time thing that they needed to get out of their system?

Based on the glowing aftermath, methinks not. The chemistry and sexual tension is there, and they’re clearly into each other. And for the first time, they’re both in a place where they can pursue a relationship. 

Well, there is the small issue of Betty’s boyfriend, Glen, back in Virginia, but I doubt that will pose much of a problem since she seemed to forget all about him. She didn’t even call him to inform him she decided to stick around for a while and teach at her old high school, which tells you everything you need to know! 

And while Archie and Jughead’s new roomie situation may make things a bit more complicated and awkward, I think Archie and Betty owe it to each other to explore these longtime feelings. 

They’ve never been given the opportunity to figure what these feelings truly mean — is it love or is it just lust? — because they’ve always repressed them out of respect for others. 

There’s no better time like the present to put them to the test.

Though, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t see it lasting long. I’d love the idea of #Barchie babies, but with the core four back in each other’s orbits, they’re bound to fall into old habits. 

Jughead and Betty don’t seem like they’re going to get back together anytime soon, but based on their conversation, they never got closure following their abrupt breakup. With a new mystery in tow, I see their paths merging again, though, I am really digging that Betty and Archie have been working together on the “Polly mystery.”

As for Ronnie, she may be married, but it’s not going to last long. She and Chadwick are already having marital issues that stem mainly from his insecurities and jealousy. I wouldn’t rule out a post-divorce reunion for Archie and Veronica. 

She’s always wanted someone who can handle her Lodge independence, and Archie has always been that man. 

So, while Betty and Archie might not be able to keep their hands to themselves in the short-term, I don’t think that there’s potential for them in the long run. And that’s okay too.

Sometimes the best thing before settling down is the fling you’ve always fantasized about!

At the end of the day, I’m rooting for the ships that will bring each other happiness — whoever that may be!

Don’t forget to check out our full review of Riverdale Season 5 Episode 5 now!  


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