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.
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?
Is Moose the TBK on ‘Riverdale’?
Riverdale Review – Venomous (6×14)
I have no idea where Riverdale’s crazy train express is heading, but I do know that I’m fully on board.
Honestly, once you embrace that mess that Riverdale is, you start enjoying the episodes for every sliver of ridiculousness.
There were some grade-A moments on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 14 as the sad superhero squad attempted to wield their powers against Percival. A battle for Riverdale’s soul is imminent, and while they’ve all been graced with superpowers, none of them have been able to see them as a true blessing. Until now.
The episode also reunited some old couples — and yes, there’s definitely some nostalgia about those OG romances, even if you are a present-day Barchie fan.
Archie’s attempt at eliminating palladium as his weakness wasn’t working at first. In fact, it was killing him. He turned to Cheryl for some help in making himself immune to the palladium, but micro-dosing was actually killing him even quicker.
Eventually, Cheryl turned to the ancient alchemists for a solution and decided that the best option was to forge Archie. I didn’t really catch onto what the plan entailed, but basically, it boiled down to Archie chanting a Latin alchemical spell while Cheryl used her powers of pyrokinesis for the foraging.
It was — dramatic, to say the least, but it seemed to do the trick.
Archie was forged, and he became the most powerful being in Riverdale. And hopefully, more impervious to anything that Percival could conjure up on his end.
The decision to pan from a fiery-red, potentially deathly spell over to a product placement for Smartfood popcorn was quite hilarious.
It was yet another subtle reminder that Riverdale can get away with anything and none of us will even question it.
There seems to be a lot of product placement going on this season — don’t worry, Canva, we see you! — and I wonder if that’s how the series was able to secure another season at The CW amid mass cancellations. I’m not complaining in the slightest.
Also turning to Cheryl for some wisdom was Veronica, whose “power” was the kiss of death. It definitely didn’t present as a power at first, but once she got a handle on her abilities and knew that if she kept her chill, she wouldn’t accidentally kill anyone with her venom, she was able to turn it into her power.
The Kiss of the Spiderwoman — any Katy Keene fans here?
The raven-haired goddess — as Cheryl referred to her — rocked those goth looks, and as someone who despises musicals, I quite enjoyed her dark rendition of “Toxic.” Hopefully, Britney Spears enjoyed it as much as Archie did. When have we ever seen him let loose like that? Immortality looks good on him.
Archie’s new power was also able to help Veronica get back to her main character energy. If I’m understanding correctly, he sucked the venom out of her when he kissed her? Betty’s quip was also a subtle way of acknowledging fans who have been slightly peeved that Veronica, a former main character, was sidelined this season. They see you, they feel you.
Since Archie and Veronica fell back into old ways, so did Betty and Jughead as they teamed up once again to solve a mystery.
Seeing them back in action reminded me of how much I missed these two working cases together. I love Tabitha, don’t get me wrong, but Jughead and Betty are the OG’s.
Anyway, Betty wanted Jughead to use his powers to get into her subconscious and help her answer any lingering questions about her father.
Jughead sifting through Betty’s mind was cleverly presented as him looking through the Betty comics — it’s always sweet to see the show acknowledge its roots.
Upon entering the darkest abyss of her mind, he unearthed that Hal Cooper was grooming Betty to be a killer since birth. He also found out that Alice has the serial killer gene and knew all about her husband’s penchant for killing. In one specific instance, he threatened to kill her if she didn’t help him bury the body of a deputy who came to investigate his crimes.
Admittedly, I’m not really interested in exploring Betty’s darkness anymore. I feel like most of the characters have moved on from their previous storylines, but they keep pushing this aspect of Betty down our throats. I’d love for her to fully grow into who she is now because honestly, it almost feels like two different characters and personalities sometimes. The Betty we see grabbing drinks with Vee and having a romantic night with Archie is not the same woman we see exploring this darkness. They have to pick one and stick to it.
Throughout the episode, particularly with Jughead and Betty, flashes of previous memories kept flickering through what seemed to be the fabric of the universe. Is this proof that the memories of the characters in an alternate reality are blending with the characters of this reality?
Even Archie experienced somewhat of deja vu when Jughead said “I contain multitudes” in reference to his comics. Was the multitudes a slight nod to multiverses?
And finally, Cheryl reconnected with Heather, who blew into town in spectacular fashion. She’s a librarian in Greendale now, and from the promo, seems to be dabbling in magic of her own, which isn’t surprising considering our dear friend Sabrina Spellman also resides in Greendale.
I know the consensus among fans is that Cheryl and Toni have to get back together, but I’m not opposed to exploring Cheryl’s past if it allows us to make a full circle and reunite the soulmates down the line.
- Cheryl has the power of pyrokinesis and yet she trusts a Magic 8 Ball to make decisions about her love life.
- I love the shade Cheryl and Nana continuously throw at each other. There’s love there somewhere.
- Betty telling Jughead that he “banged around” in her subconscious had to be a bone that the writers threw Bughead fans.
- It almost seemed like the cast had fun with this episode and just basked in the insanity of their characters.
What did you think of the episode? And where do you think we’re heading this season? Does the Riverdale four (+ friends) have what it takes to stop Percival now that they are fully in control of their powers?
Riverdale Review – Is a Barchie Baby on the Way? (6×12)
The fog is coming, and while that line should probably be reserved for horror movies, it allowed Percival to make some key advancements on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 12.
Before I dive into this review, I have to point out that I think the creators and writers overly enjoy teasing with fan emotions, and likely got so much pleasure by leaving us all hanging when it came to the result of Barchie’s pregnancy test.
With how things are shaping up in the series, it’s unclear which way the series will go with this storyline. However, it’s also kind of tracking along with the events of Rivervale, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Betty and Archie were holding a positive pregnancy test in the end.
It’s one of the more positive linings of the series as the imminent next event on everyone’s radar is the apocalypse; a showdown between the good guys of Riverdale and Percival Pickens, who is now the Mayor.
If it walks like Hiram Lodge, and it acts like Hiram Lodge…
Percival got word from Alice that the group was planning to stage a coup, so he used a weather disaster to distract everyone and keep them locked inside while he pulled some strings, manipulated some minds, and poof — became the town’s new Mayor.
But while he was able to pull one over on them, I think Percival sorely underestimates the town and the people in it, especially those he can’t manipulate and who exhibit some serious powers.
By forcing everyone to stay inside, he not only brought relationships closer but also allowed for some characters to gain some much-needed clarity.
Archie and Betty discussed their future and possible child. They both established that they were “ride or die” for Riverdale even with all the bonkers developments lately. And Betty finally opened up about her experience escaping TBK. I couldn’t shake the feeling that she was lying somehow because if TBK really set her free because he felt as though she was a kindred spirit, why does he continue to torment her and stalk her? It doesn’t make any sense.
Veronica and Reggie fell into some old feelings — courtesy of a strip poker match — and the whole scene was an emotional rollercoaster. One moment they were talking about getting back together, the next minute they realized they had to break this toxic cycle and parted ways for good. It’s definitely for the best because there wasn’t any more love left between Ronnie and Reggie. She treated him like her lackey and, well, like second best. And it’s clear she’s not over losing Archie, though, I don’t really know what that means for the series.
There was a lot of talk about looping in Veronica, Reggie, Toni, Fangs, Cheryl, and even Kevin into the fight against Percival, and I can’t wait for everyone to be clued in once and for all. It’s been difficult seeing Veronica pushed aside and away from the core four just because she’s no longer dating Archie.
Tabitha and Jughead worked together to power up Pops so that it could remain a beacon of hope and light for all those that needed it.
There were some key moments from their scenes that are definitely going to play a major role in what’s to come.
For starters, Tabitha was using an old radio to try to gain any info on the fog/get a message out. She briefly connected with someone, and though the message was staticky, the person on the other end was definitely talking about a bomb under the bed. It sounded like a warning… from the other Jughead. This continues to lend itself to the belief that they are all stuck in yet another alternate reality.
Later, Tabitha confessed that she attempted to use her time travel abilities to stop the bomb from going off, but the outcome would’ve had dire consequences for everyone in Riverdale. When she ran all the scenarios, without Jughead’s mind-hearing powers, they never defeat Percival. The powers are crucial to the war, particularly Jughead’s as they are the most similar to Percival’s manipulation abilities.
The other takeaway was that they have a slim chance of winning, but in every scenario, Jughead dies. It’s a pretty bleak outlook, but again, may I remind you, he’s not the only Jughead, and my guess is that whole alternate reality situation with Jughead as the writer is going to come into play here at some point.
Though Jughead took the news of his looming death pretty well, all things considered.
If Tabitha can see into the past and the future, why wasn’t she able to figure out that Percival was going to beat them at their own game by becoming Mayor? It seems like that should’ve been something she picked up on!
Cheryl’s storyline continues to be absolutely ridiculous, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it.
Penelope returned to make amends for all the cruel things she’s done to her daughter in the past, which is fine and dandy, but she also found redemption within the Catholic church as a nun. Cheryl was hesitant about trusting anything her mother said, and when she assumed that she was going to release Abigail, she flipped a switch and showed her mother her pyrokinesis powers.
They finally saw eye-to-eye when Penelope informed Cheryl about the letters that her old friend and lover Heather wrote her in junior high.
She handed over all the letters she intercepted as a peace offering and promise that she had actually changed. The moment pretty much destroyed Cheryl emotionally as she’d wondered all these years why Heather abandoned her and why her mother was so cruel to her.
I hope that after this, Cheryl is free to finally find some peace and move forward with her life. She deserves it after all the abuse she suffered because of Penelope.
Can someone tell me why all the parents on Riverdale are so batty?
Penelope has reinvented herself several times throughout the course of the season, so it’s hard to take anything she says seriously.
Alice is conspiring with Percival and singlehandedly acting as though her life is fine and dandy when she’s suffered so much heartache and loss in life.
I know the show loves to embellish the characters, but they don’t even seem like real people anymore.
And it’s shocking that the kids aren’t any loopier because of the parents. All things considered, Veronica, Archie, Betty, and Jughead all have a pretty good head on their shoulders.
And finally, Kevin and Moose reunited in a moment that definitely seemed sus. Almost immediately after reconnecting with Kevin in the high school, Moose made a move on him that caused Kevin to miss his custody agreement talks with Toni and Fangs.
The whole scene moved rather quickly, and it was definitely strange that Kevin saw the devil in his slumber, which made it harder for him to distinguish reality from the dream world.
Did Percival send Moose here to keep Kevin busy?
As for Toni and Fangs, they aren’t on the same page about what’s best for baby Anthony or how to raise him, so it’s not entirely fair that they make demands of Kevin or shame him for his lifestyle.
Honestly, Kevin’s willingness to have a lawyer-less talk about how to raise the child with Fangs and Toni was likely the best option on the board, but Fangs had to go and squash any potential of having a working relationship when he told Kevin he didn’t think he had the integrity to raise his son. Why is Fangs so hot-headed lately?
At this point, I think it would be best if Toni got sole custody and both Fangs and Kevin got visitation rights. There are too many cooks in the kitchen, and while they all love baby Anthony, it’s not going to end well for him when there’s so much coming at him from every direction,
Again, I’m really nervous for Kevin because of the whole Percival connection along with Moose’s return, so it’s possible that Toni and Fangs might have to come to his rescue sometime soon anyway.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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