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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’ 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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Riverdale Review The Pincushion Man Season 5 Episode 10

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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