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Riverdale Review – Quiz Show Fever (4×11)

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Quiz show fever was taking over Riverdale as Betty and Bretty geared up to face-off against each other.

Betty was determined to win and wipe that smug little grin off of his face.

She had everyone in her corner, which is essentially what backfired.

Alice wanted to help her daughter so badly that she jeopardized her by stealing the Q+A.

While Betty didn’t resort to using it and won on her own merits, it didn’t matter to those running the show because the optics painted her as a cheater.

Here’s a crazy idea — next time, maybe don’t leave behind the evidence in your green room trash can.

Brett thrives on winning so it wasn’t shocking that the first thing he did upon losing to Betty was to find proof that she cheated. She basically handed him the win on a golden platter.

Alice’s intentions were sweet, but she’s missed the lesson that Betty can take care of herself and is plenty capable.

The moment did mark a turning point for Betty and Alice though as she forgave her mother instead of pining all of her problems on her and accusing her of taking control of her life.

Sadly, the quiz show was the least of Betty’s worries as she also found out why she didn’t get into Yale.

The good news is that it had nothing to do with Betty’s grades, performance, or attendance, but the bad news is it had everything to do with Betty’s father, the Black Hood.

Even from beyond the grave, Hal still manages to ruins Betty’s life.

It was heartbreaking to hear that she was rejected because of something she couldn’t control, and even more harrowing that she probably deserved it more than pompous Brett.

Betty learned the reason for her rejection from her brother Charles, so we should probably take it with a grain of salt. After his alliance with Chic was revealed, Charles has happily contributed to Betty’s unraveling, and it’s no secret that the BH has been a bit of a touchy spot. Especially after Charles fond out that Jughead’s upcoming Baxter Brothers novel needed to draw inspiration from a serial killer.

The Yale reveal coincided with Jughead’s exploit of Betty’s family tragedy for his draft after the Brotherhood thought the “kid in the river” story was “too soft.”

Jason Blossom would be appalled.

Jughead was put on the spot and forced to pull something that didn’t sound forced from his personal life, but he was well aware that airing Betty’s heartache would land him in the dog house. At the very least, he could have changed some more details up so that it wasn’t an exact reflection of Betty’s life.

However, this draft may be the answer to the “is Jughead dead” question that Riverdale fans have been hoping for.

If Jughead is pulling from personal experiences and a serial killer storyline while also hoping to ditch the Black Hood narrative, it’s entirely possible that he’s pulling from Betty’s serial killer gene.

Maybe everything we’ve seen about Betty hitting him over the head, the trio covering up for the murder, and even Betty and Archie’s sparks at the diner are part of Jughead’s novel.

The ending may have tickled #Barchie fans, but there’s no way that Betty would pursue a relationship with Archie shortly after Jughead’s death. Unless Betty did a complete 180 in the short span of four weeks.

The ending teasers also seem disjointed as if we’re seeing different parts pulled from a whole. There are many pieces missing and plenty of fill in the blank moments, and my theory is that all of these teases will come together in one cohesive episode that possibly tells the story of the latest Baxter Brothers edition.

This would also explain why in the teasers, Betty is going to Yale when in reality, she didn’t get in and ruined the second chance that Jughead orchestrated.

Archie continues to be a naive teenager who so badly wants to believe he’s an adult.

Uncle Frank is bad news and despite warnings from multiple people including his mother and Mr. Keller, Archie blindly trusted him to run the company.

Part of it has to do with Archie wanting to fill the void left behind by his father. And who better than Fred’s brother to fill it?

But Archie is blatantly warning the red flags like stealing money without saying it, not paying out bonuses, and gambling.

Frank may be a changed man and be telling the truth when he explains that his intentions were to loan himself cash to win money to pay the bonuses and keep Andrews Construction afloat, but the likelihood that he’s just a skilled liar seems more likely.

Frank lacks integrity, hustle, and most importantly, the heart that Fred had and passed onto Archie.

Archie may have a handle on things at the boxing gym, but in the real world, he’s not experienced enough to run a company that’s responsible for the livelihood of a handful of employees.

Mr. Keller seemed to be doing a good job and yet, Archie bulldozed him to give the position to Frank.

Why couldn’t Archie give him a job alongside Keller and see how he’d handle the situation before giving him complete reign?

If Frank keeps this up, Archie will be out of employees.

His decision to deny the government contract at the gym had merit — business with Hiram Lodge is never without strings and at least Archie’s learned that lesson.

But if you want a successful business, you cannot pick and choose who you’ll work with, especially when there are employees that need to be paid. Archie didn’t take the gig, but someone else did.

Hopefully, Veronica’s new investments can provide Archie’s company with some work before he gets burned by his uncle.

For two high school seniors, Veronica and Cheryl are incredibly business savvy. It’s brilliant in terms of empowering young women to go after their passion projects and make that money, but it’s also a stretch even for Riverdale.

Not only are they the owners of a speakeasy-turned-dance club, but now they have an exclusive gentleman’s bar where they’re selling to those with the means to pay top dollar for a bottle of maple rum goodness.

V&C aren’t old enough to drink let alone old enough to serve alcohol.

They’re breaking dozens of rules and somehow getting away with it.

They make have outsmarted Hiram for now, but as word of their delicious rum spreads, Hiram will be knocking on their door in no time.

Another mistake Veronica made was letting Cheryl talk her into higher her deranged mother, Penelope, as manager.

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Yes, the same Penelope who killed the Black Hood for fun, tried to make her daughter believe she was crazy, and has been cooped up in a bunker.

Penelope has always done whatever it takes to protect herself, so when the opportunity strikes, it’s evident she’ll betray V&C and team up with Hiram. It’s only a matter of time.

They were better off enlisting Reggie as their help as he’s been devoted to every single Veronica scheme and continues to roll with the punches even now after their split.

Also, wouldn’t it make sense to branch out and sell the maple rum outside of Riverdale? Greendale, perhaps?

Veronica and Hiram’s competition is childish. They thrive on hurting each other and competing with each other that they’re never going to stop.

As an adult, Hiram shouldn’t have stooped so low and destroyed all of Veronica’s liquor. He’s setting a bad example and she’s feeding right into it.

At least the competition keeps them on their toes and in each other’s lives. The same cannot be said for Veronica’s mother who is pulling a Penelope and nowhere to be found.

And then, there’s the disaster of a storyline with Kevin.

Kevin’s been underutilized for a few seasons now, but his storyline keeps regressing, which is hard to believe is possible after what happened at The Farm.

Anytime we see him on the screen, it’s all about who Kevin will hook up with next. And now, he’s making yet another terrible decision with Terry, who has wrapped him into some weird fetish video scheme.

The story arc shows how easy it is to get in with the wrong people, be tempted by making money, and get taken advantage of, but it’s also awkward and weird.

Kevin agreed to get tickled on camera for money, which sounds innocent enough, but he also never got any more details.

Who is getting these videos? What are they doing with them? And why are people paying such big bucks for them?

After what happened at The Farm, it’s shocking that Kevin isn’t more skeptical.

Instead, he’s eagerly roping in Fangs because he believes it’ll make him more comfortable. Can’t these two just get back together without all this extra stuff?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Brett paid someone to take his PSATS for him so that he could get into Stonewall. Shocker.
  • Betty came in like a wrecking ball when she destroyed Hal’s grave. Alice should have let her get all of her frustrations out. It’s not like anyone is going to be upset that the tombstone was ruined.
  • Betty had a “Mean Girls” moment when she answered a quiz show question with “the limit does not exist.” So fetch.
  • Are we sure Frank got the 10 grand from gambling? Or is he messed up in something dangerous?
  • Brett and Jughead’s “duel” is cringeworthy. This isn’t Harry Potter, you guys. Though, sudden death doesn’t sound too comforting since we know there’s a chance Jughead dies very soon in the series.

What did you think of tonight’s Riverdale?

Does Jughead die? What’s uncle Frank really up to?


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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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