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Riverdale Review – Operation Save Riverdale (5×05)

Riverdale -- “Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming” -- Image Number: RVD505fg_0041r -- Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Marion Eisman as Doris Bell, Peter Bryant as Mr. Weatherbee, Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty and Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea -- Photo: The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



Operation save Riverdale High (and Riverdale) is officially in motion!

On Riverdale Season 5 Episode 5, Toni Topaz and Archie Andrews led the charge to save their small-town from Hiram Lodge’s grasp. 

With Archie, some things never change. With Toni, thankfully many things did. 

While they couldn’t do much about Hiram’s desire to un-incorporate the town, thanks to Cheryl’s donation, they successfully launched a plan to privatize the high school and make it a place where parents would want to send their kids. 

Or, as Toni put it, a place where kids were no longer “at the mercy of Hiram’s destructive whims,” which, admittedly, has been a long time coming. 

Hiram destroys everything he touches, and he’s messed with too many Riverdale teens to count. This is a good first step to regaining control of the town. 

Incorporating Toni into the central storyline has been very beneficial for Riverdale. Her character was sorely underutilized in previous seasons, but coming out from Cheryl’s shadow and into her own as the town’s champion and Serpent Queen fits with her personality so well. 

Riverdale Review The Homecoming Season 5 Episode 5

Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming” — Image Number: RVD505b_0448r — Pictured (L-R): Mӓdchen Amick as Alice Cooper and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

She’s always been a caretaker, mainly to Cheryl, but now it extends to everyone she cares about.

It’s also great to see others getting extra screentime including Sweet Pea, Fangs, and Kevin. It’s about time they were more involved with all the shenanigans! 

Admittedly, I’m not a fan of what’s going on with Cheryl and how little interaction she’s having with the rest of the characters. Can she put this whole “I’m cursed” thing behind her already?

Since Riverdale High became a private institution, Weatherbee was able to hire personnel without education degrees — Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. 

Who would have thought that the foursome would reunite several years down the line to work as faculty at their Alma Mater?

Though, I can’t think of anyone better to teach the youth of Riverdale. They may technically be “unqualified” because they lack teaching degrees, but if you think back to some of your best teachers (especially in college), many of them had degrees outside of teaching and yet, added value to the classroom through real-life experiences. 

For the core four, their biggest asset is that they’re all passionate about helping students and serving as mentors in a town all too eager to swallow them up.

The positions are only supposed to be for a few months as they look for qualified replacements, but something tells me many of them are going to want to stay. 

I guess you can go home again after all. 

And somehow, it seems like this is what they all need to restore their souls and find themselves again. When we first met them post-time jump, everyone seemed to be looking for a sense of purpose and direction. 

In a twisted way, the town that once drove them away might be the one that brings them back and reminds them who they were and what they stood for. 

In terms of relationships, I’m sorry to say, but it doesn’t seem like Bughead fans are going to get their way anytime soon.

Betty and Jughead’s post-break-up talk at the beginning of the episode indicated that while there are no hard feelings between them, they’re both on different pages at the moment. 

Jughead, especially, needs to get his life back on track, which includes paying off his debt. He’s a prime example of why credit cards are dangerous!

However, I’m glad that Jughead wasn’t “above” taking a job at Pop’s to make some extra cash while he worked on his novel. 

He may be a published writer, but he’s not letting his ego get the best of him.

And somehow, Pop’s seems like the perfect place for our burger-lovin’ friend. There’s no better inspiration for writing a novel based on Pops’ life and a dying small town than being right in the thick of things. Not to mention he’s always done his best writing at the diner.

Riverdale Review The Homecoming Season 5 Episode 5

Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming” — Image Number: RVD505fg_0001r — Pictured (L-R): Mӓdchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Marion Eisman as Doris Bell, Peter Bryant as Mr. Weatherbee, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

But considering the backlash he got for his first novel, which “loosely” referenced the Serpents, it might not sit well with his friends and acquaintances in town.

Do you think Tabitha Tate will have a problem with Jughead’s upcoming literary work?

I would hope Jughead would do it justice considering Pop’s was always a “safe haven” for them whenever they needed it.

That steamy hook-up between Betty and Archie is also not working in Bughead’s favor. Yes, the hook-up Barchie fans have been waiting for finally happened. And IT. WAS. HOT.

It’s been a long time coming, yes, but I also don’t think it was the only time Barchie will hook up this season. The chemistry and sparks were there!

The fact that Archie and Jughead are now roommates might make things a bit more complicated, but I think Archie and Betty owe it to each other to explore those feelings that started in high school and clearly exist in the present. 

Plus, they’re adults so they don’t owe anyone an explanation. 

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Betty was so into it that she forgot she had a boyfriend. Even when she decided to stay in town, she didn’t let her beau know! 

In her defense, she did have a lot on her plate. She made amends with her ex, finally hooked up with the boy next door, helped him get his house back from the Ghoulies’ grasp, and had a lot going on at home with her sister, Polly. 

Riverdale has not been kind to Polly, and it looks like she may be at the center of the new mystery that also involves Lynette Fields aka Squeaky. 

When we saw Squeaky last, she was hitching a ride with a truck bearing a glowing skeleton as Jughead’s narration warned that “she would never make it to California.”

It was a little strange that her disappearance would be the mystery that would keep the foursome in Riverdale, but the fact that Polly was being chased down by the same truck and may now be one of the missing girls definitely changes things. 

Betty will do anything to save her sister, especially if this new mystery is connected to the Trash Bag Killer!

Betty may have been a little out of line by judging Polly’s lifestyle when she hasn’t been around, but she was simply trying to help as she noticed her sister was going down a destructive path.

I’ve never understood why family members get upset and blame those who are trying to create a better life for themselves. 

Why make Betty feel guilty for pursuing a career with the FBI? Polly could have just as easily left Riverdale and made a better life for herself and the twins. And even if she couldn’t, she didn’t have to get wrapped up in the wrong crowd. Toni has managed just fine.

Riverdale Review The Homecoming Season 5 Episode 5

Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming” — Image Number: RVD505fg_0013r — Pictured: Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Riverdale will only destroy you if you let it. Then again, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Polly get swooped up in a questionable lifestyle. We all remember what happened at The Farm!

Veronica decided to stay put in Riverdale for the time-being because she felt like she owed it to everyone considering her father was the one responsible for singlehandedly destroying the whole town. 

That’s fair. 

But what I can’t seem to understand is why Veronica keeps running back to Hiram to fix her problems when she’s quite capable of standing up for herself and getting the job done on her own?

She’s a grown woman who doesn’t have to play daddy’s game anymore. If she never told him about her marriage to Chadwick, why would she want him meddling in her relationship now that he’s become possessive? 

If she truly is the “She-Wolf of Wall Street,” she should have no problem handling Chadwick and telling him to fall in line, which she eventually did.

Why couldn’t she take that approach to begin with? Nobody puts Ronnie in the corner!

The fact that Chadwick froze their assets and had some goons spying on her means that there’s absolutely no trust in their relationship, but Veronica’s reaction means that she’s not surprised by his insecurity in the slightest. At this point, she seems more fed up, and I don’t see Veronica putting up with it for much longer, especially cause she doesn’t need him. 

Just like Hermione and Hiram’s relationship, this one isn’t rooted in love, but it’s not even a solid business arrangement.

There’s nothing about this marriage working in Veronica’s favor. She’s capable of taking care of herself and making her own money — she’s got that Lodge independence.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she does run back to Archie sooner rather than later!

Other Thoughts

  • Can someone knock some sense into Reggie? There’s no reason he needs to be playing lackey to Hiram Lodge. And that hair, honey, no.
  • Poor Sheriff Keller. Riverdale never had a great police force, but now he’s the only one running the show? How is that even allowed?
  • Jingle Jangle still exists… ahh, just like the old days. 
  • I hope we find out more about Tabitha because she’s a little firecracker! I snorted when she called the debt collectors “pumpkin.”
  • Why is there no mention of FP? Is he still with Gladys and Jelly Bean? Does that mean he’s been separated from Alice for several years?

While I wasn’t a fan of the time-jump on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 4, this episode really changed things around for me. Seeing these characters as adults is refreshing; it’s reinvigorated the show in a way that’s fun and surprising again. 

Everyone is being challenged and pushed in new directions, and while they’re still the characters we love, it allows them to play with new emotions, relationships, and experiences. 

And let’s be honest, the fight to save the town and Riverdale High may be the most realistic and normal thing to happen on the series in quite some time. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Riverdale Review – Mothman (5×06)



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. 

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



'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



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

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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