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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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’ 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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