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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’ 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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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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