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Riverdale – The Sweet Hereafter (1×13)

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Riverdale is just the gift that keeps on giving… murders.

As Betty Cooper delivered a profound speech encouraging the town’s residents to “do better,” yet another disastrous murder was just around the corner.

It didn’t take long for the show to reveal why Clifford Blossom killed Jason and then himself. Despite thinking that would be the core mystery and possibly cliffhanger leading us into an ever wilder season 2, it was just a blimp in the storyline. Nevertheless, an important blimp in the town’s history. Clifford’s maple syrup business was a front for his heroine business. He

Clifford’s maple syrup business was actually a front for his heroine business. Yep, papa was a drug dealer. When Jason found out about his father’s dealings, he threatened to expose him. He was kidnapped by Mustang (who he later killed) and then silenced once and for all by his father, in other words, the reason why his father didn’t believe he had the guts to do the work.  Clifford threated Jughead’s life unless FP took the fall for the murder, even though he only helped clean up the mess. To make matters worse, he tried to frame rival business owner Hiram Lodge as the mastermind behind the whole thing. As you can see, the white hair wasn’t the only thing he was covering up.

From there, things escalated quickly. Betty wanted Jughead to know she stood by him and his father so she wrote a piece clearing FP’s name which her parents refused to post in the paper since there was still an excess of heroin making its way onto Riverdale’s streets and the Mayor and Sheriff, as well as the whole town, believed it was due to the Serpents.

Not one to listen to her mother, Betty decided to run the story anyway, suffering the wrath of someone very angry in town who wrote “Serpent Slut” on her locker. Jughead was understandably worried about Betty’s safety, believing that anywhere he went, trouble followed. That’s why he didn’t dismiss the idea of living with a foster family on the Southside and transferring to the Serpent-run high school. FP warned Archie that there was a darkness in Jughead and fitting in with those classmates better than he did at Riverdale was just the beginning of it.

Also struggling with everything that happened was Cheryl. She’d gone through a few stages of grief, from anger at Jughead, to reconciliation to attempted suicide. Veronica knew something was up based on how nice Cheryl was being and when she got a text from her that she was going to be with Jason, they knew she was at Sweetwater.

In the dead of winter, where these kids clearly don’t wear jackets, our fearless gang found Cheryl in the middle of the frozen river, wearing the same white dress she wore the day her brother disappeared. Before they could convince her otherwise, the ice broke under her and into the freezing water she went. No one was concerned about cracking the ice further and drowning to death at that point – the heroes inside all of them forced them to the middle as Archie bloodily broke through the ice to pull Cheryl, who had been pulled by the current. Seriously, the scene was so dramatic I didn’t want to watch but couldn’t look away. I was certain Cheryl was done for.

Thankfully, she was alive but this wasn’t her last rodeo. Disgusted by her family’s legacy and possibly mentally ill (there’s something off with her right), Cheryl decided to CLEANSE the house before they could start a new beginning by dousing it in gasoline and setting it up in flames, much to Mrs. Blossom’s dismay. I guess that’s what you get for telling your daughter to go to school instead of grieve.

At the school’s Jubilee, Archie performed a Taylor Swift-inspired tune with the Pussycats and Veronica, who decided to just fifth wheel it like it was nobody’s business. It was Betty’s speech that really rallied the town and made the face the facts – they couldn’t continue thriving with all the secrets and lies. “Look how quick we were to banish FP,” she said to an auditorium that reacted like they’d just heard Voldemort’s name said out loud. Instead of keeping secrets and ignoring it, the only way to get past it was to embrace it.

Speaking of secrets, I’m going to assume the second season will heavily focus on Betty’s newfound baby bro, who Mama Cooper admitted to giving up for adoption after hiding out in the Sister’s convent. This baby announcement doesn’t sound promising to me considering we just found out there’s a bunch of incest going on in this family. Talk about family drama, right?

Jughead finally realized that he doesn’t have to keep to himself all the time because he has this super incredible girlfriend standing by his side and he dropped the L bomb. Betty was feeling it too until they were interrupted by a knock at the door. It was the Serpents coming to tell Jughead that they heard about FP not taking a plea deal in exchange for names. “We take care of our own,” the leader told Jughead as he offered him an official jacket. Juggy, with his black hair flying free in the wind adding to his badass factor, put the jacket on much to Betty’s dismay. When he realized she was still there and horrified by his inner darkness coming to light, it was already too late. Betty foreshadowed it earlier in the episode – her relationship with Jughead wouldn’t overcome the Serpent’s grasp. Not when it offered up a familial bond that he’s been searching for his whole life.

On the other side of town, Archie and Veronica were getting it on after finally confirming and reconfirming with Betty that she was totally cool with their relationship. After a blissful night, Archie leaves the Lodge household to meet his father for breakfast at Pop’s. Things take a nasty turn when a masked robber comes into the only place where everyone ever feels safe, pointing a gun at Pop. Both Archie and his dad try to save the day and the robber shoots what Jughead says is the innocence out of Riverdale. As Archie holds his dying father in his arms, season 1 comes to a shocking end.

I have to admit, when I first started watching the series, I didn’t know what to expect. What would this show be about other than Jason’s death? As we wrapped the season up, I couldn’t believe my eyes. How can so much happen in one hour-long episode?

My guess is that Hiram, who is expected to be released from prison any day now, ordered the kill on Fred. It would only make sense considering Hermione tried to remove him from their shady project multiple times, even offering a large sum of money because it was safer. If that’s the case, Hiram really is as bad as Veronica believes him to be. Could he have found out about their affair? Is this an old grudge?

What happens to Archie now? Will Fred survive? How will this impact everything that’s happening in Riverdale? As one mystery comes to an end, a few more are just beginning.

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Riverdale Review – Did Betty Really Kill Jughead? (4×13)

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It started out like any normal Riverdale episode, and none of us had any idea how it would end.

Except that we kind of did because we’ve seen brief flash-forward’s to this very moment and assumed there would be some explanation because there was no way the writers would kill off Forsythe Pendelton Jones III.

And then, they did. That’s it, Jughead is dead. Or is he?

I know we’re all still holding out hope that maybe Jughead’s just unconscious and Archie’s a bad pulse-checker (which means he’ll snag a job as a doctor in Riverdale for sure), but from the looks of it, Betty killed Jughead by clonking him over the head with a rock.

It all started when Betty and Jughead teamed up to pull one over on the Stone Wall Prep students but found they weren’t a match for them. Or were they?

Riverdale is a dark place, and though Betty, Jughead and the rest of the students have dark demons, they have morals and would never even think about killing or hurting anyone.

But these Stonewall Preppies are a whole different breed; they aren’t above or beneath any of it. Jughead said it best — the game was rigged and there was no chance that they’d ever win.

But it’s possible that Betty and Jughead outsmarted them using their shared love of murder mysteries.

Let’s channel our inner teen detectives to figure out what went down in the last moments of “March of Ides.”

While Jughead was writing a novel about the perfect murder, his Stonewall Prep classmates were planning his.

There’s still a chance that this is all still part of Jughead’s story for the Baxter Brothers that we’re seeing play out in realtime.

However, all signs are pointing at this being an elaborate part of Jughead’s plans to level with the Preppies and finally teach them a lesson after weeks of torment that concluded with framing Jughead for plagiarism of his own story, stealing his idea for a Baxter Brother’s novel without giving him credit, and threatening to out his and Betty’s sex tape. You know, that’s enough to get anybody pissed off.

Clue #1 is when Donna said the”magic word” given to her by Evelyn Evernever, which allegedly triggered Dark Betty right before Jughead’s murder. It was an uneven playing field because Betty didn’t even know there was a second trigger word in addition to “tangerine” that made her violent towards her loved ones.

We never saw what happened after that so it’s possible Donna didn’t say anything, it didn’t work, or that it put Betty in a trance instead while someone else like Donna or Brett clobbered Jughead over the head and made it look like she did it. See, so many possibilities in just this one moment.

Betty’s face seemed genuinely concerned when she realized what happened in the forest, but Betty is a good actress and the only person who could help him sell this one. She’s the daughter of the Black Hood, of course. She took on the Farm. She’s a badass!

Clue #2 is when Jughead asked Betty if she “trusts him” right before hatching his devious plan which placed heavy emphasis on Jughead putting on his Southside Serpent jacket and his signature beanie. Seeing him putting on his jacket was a moment in itself and yes, I cheered because it meant he was putting to bed Stonewall and embracing his Serpent lifestyle again, but there’s also something to be said for Jughead wearing clothing that would make his identification unmistakable.

It’s like he wanted people to know who he was. Was he even wearing the jacket when Archie checked his pulse or did he give it to someone else when he followed Brett into the woods?

Clue #3 includes the plan Jughead tells Betty he has. Jughead, a man capable of whipping up a murder mystery novel in a few short days, would never concoct a plan that simply found him wearing a bunny mask and wielding a knife.

It’s also very un-Jughead like. He can serve up some punches, but Jughead leads with his brain. He’d never murder anyone, so I’m convinced there had to be more to the story we aren’t seeing. He also told Betty he was going to get back the leverage they had on him and retrieving a sex tape means he has to find where it’s hidden first, which could mean Jughead faked his own death as part of a surprise ambush. Maybe this is a waiting game.

Clue #4 is that we never see the murder happen, and that means anything could have happened in the meantime. There is a lot of missing time and therefore, plenty of opportunities for Jughead to switch places with someone else. We also don’t know what transpired between Jughead of Brett before the “murder,” what went down between Betty and Donna, or how Betty and Jughead found each other.

The biggest giveaway in all of this might possibly be that Jughead was voicing over his own murder. How is that possible if he’s dead? This isn’t Greendale for Satan’s sake.

Does this mean we’re watching Jughead’s story pan out?

There’s also a lot of evidence that could support Jughead’s death including Betty’s terrified expression, Archie confirming that Jughead is dead (unless he’s in on it too), and some of the flash-forward moments we’ve seen including the trio burning Jughead’s beanie, FP arresting them for murder, Betty and Archie mourning his death at Pop’s, and Betty getting into Harvard.

Jughead could have pulled off the perfect murder of himself and not informed anyone even Betty so it would be believable.

Or maybe he really is dead and all of this is just out attempt at avoiding reality and hoping for a re-write.

Personally, I wish they just ditched the party, washed their hands of this demented and psychotic school, and moved on with their lives.

The fans of Riverdale aren’t interested in dealing with a storyline that found Betty unconsciously killing her boyfriend and then covering it up! We didn’t ask for this.

In fact, before all of this, it seemed like Riverdale was finding its way back to become a level-headed and enjoyable series.

Back in Riverdale, Archie and Veronica were having a lot of sex. Like so much. I know teenage hormones are all over the place, but come on!

They had sex in a forest, in his room, and even in the music room, which has a window looking into the hallway of the school! Y’all crazy.

Veronica was also caught with a flash of rum in her locker — which Archie took the blame for — and was all about “having fun” after finding out about her father’s diagnosis.

She’s acting out because she feels scared of losing her father and betrayed that he didn’t confide in her.

Veronica may claim to despise Hiram, but the cat-and-mouse game is how they show each other their love.

The thought of not having that competition scares her.

Despite most of our doubts, it seems Hiram Lodge didn’t lie about his illness.

In fact, he seems to be feeling his mortality and turning over a new leaf as he uses Archie’s center as his new training facility.

There were some solid moments between the former-arch enemy’s with Hiram even having some “good” and fatherlike moments with Archie.

Then again, he could have been trying to influence Archie into selling Andrews Construction for his own personal gain.

One can never be too trusting of Mr. Lodge.

Hiram’s other daughter, Hermosa, tried to infiltrate the Maple Club and get information on Veronica’s whiskey by seducing Toni and Cheryl. It seemed as though both of the girls were actually into whatever she was selling but thankfully, they didn’t fall prey to her trap and allowed Ronnie to shut it down.

Even when Hiram is ill, he still has his minions doing his dirty work.

Archie bailed on the sale last minute because it just didn’t feel right, and I agree. Despite the center bearing Fred’s name, selling the company his family built was like turning his back on a legacy.

Having Mr. Keller take over as foreman allows Archie to focus on things that matter to him and hopefully, school because at the rate he’s going, he’s not going to graduate with his friends. That is if any of them get to graduation before getting arrested for murder.

Principal Weatherbee probably should cut Archie some slack. His father died, his mother is barely around, he’s raising and supporting himself, running a business, and opened up a center for kids to stay safe and get off the streets. That has to count for something.

Other Maple Syrup Musings

  • Jughead’s prep school mystery nicknames were hilarious: Jardhead instead of Jughead, Byson instead of Moose, why even try to cover up anyone’s real identity?
  • Why couldn’t the Stonewall Preppies just accept that Jughead conceded and let him leave? Did they hate him so much that they needed to kill him?
  • Why couldn’t Jughead just tell the tribunal that Brett threatened him with a sex tape? That way, if the tape got leaked, you would know who did it.
  • Is Mr. DuPont the villain that Betty thinks he is?
  • What was Betty’s goal with her milkshake meeting with Donna? Does she know why Donna is lying about Mr. Chipping?

What did you think of the episode?

Is Jughead really dead?

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Riverdale Review – Katy Keene and Veronica Lodge Take NY (4×12)

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Sometimes I wonder: does Riverdale know what it’s doing anymore?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the storylines it throws our way, or is it just throwing whatever and seeing what sticks?

Do they want to see how far they can push the fandom before the “oddities” of the series stop being a draw? I don’t have answers to any of those questions, so, if you do, please reach out and let me know.

Veronica Lodge visited New York to chat with Bradford University and to meet up with her old-pal, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), the star of The CW’s upcoming show (premiering tomorrow, February 6).

The episode served as an unofficial backdoor pilot, as it gave us a lot of detail about Katy. For starters, she loves fashion just as much as Ronnie and works at Lacy’s, she takes V to a drag bar, she’s dating ___, and her mother is sick and the prognosis is not looking good.

These were the first scenes between Veronica and Katy (but hopefully, not the last) so they were a little stiff as Camila Mendes and Hale struggled to capitalize on that “old friends” vibe.

Hopefully, they’ll have plenty of time to get it right, especially since Veronica is officially going to Bradford in the city. That is if the whole getting accused of Jughead’s murder situation subsides. Does this mean plenty of crossovers in store?

But before Veronica heads off to college, she needs to make amends with her ailing father, Hiram.

At first, when Hiram and Hermione said they were going to New York also, I thought it was to sabotage Veronica’s chances of getting into Bradford. Hiram made it clear that Veronica needed to go to Harvard and no other school would be good enough, so it was very up his alley.

But the news of his illness caught me off guard and considering all we’ve been through with Hiram, no one can blame me for being skeptical.

If this is Hiram’s attempt at getting his daughter to throw the competition and gain back her trust, it’s a petty attempt.

And yet, Veronica didn’t question what her mother said at all. She took it at face-value and welcomed her parents back into her life.

Will she also have a change of heart about the company she’s running alongside Cheryl and Toni? That would be so disappointing.

We’ve never even seen any indication from Hiram that he was suffering from a disease that would affect his motor skills, so the announcement comes out of nowhere.

Toni held down the fort while Veronica was away and even dealt with Nick St. Clair properly, though, his reappearance was not welcome in the slightest.

After Archie was done with him, I thought we’d seen the last of him, but he still stepped foot into Riverdale to check out the new, exclusive club.

Toni was able to channel her inner badass, which sounded a lot like Cheryl’s badass, and fought her girlfriend’s demons.

Normally, I wouldn’t encourage blackmail as a way to solve problems, but when it comes to someone like Nick, he will only be stopped with the proper blackmail.

The tickle video was a nice way to bring Kevin and Fangs into the storyline, but it’s slightly concerning how nonchalant Toni and Cheryl were about the two of them making fetish videos on the side.

Then again, this is Riverdale, where a teen is accused of recording sex tapes without consent on VHS tapes and hoarding them in a secret wall compartment and none of the adults bat an eye.

Also, I know Riverdale is behind on the times — Betty and Alice were using a flashlight for goodness sakes — but there was a subplot involving VHS tapes of people’s homes being recorded and left on their doorstep. Is this a sign that Brett is to blame?

Betty and Alice’s team-up though unlikely was sweet and shows how much they’ve grown and progressed since season 1. How funny was Alice’s reaction when Betty mentioned her sex tape with Jughead. I don’t know what was better that moment or Betty telling her mom to “calm down.”

If there’s anyone that can crack this murder case, it’s the Cooper ladies with an assist from Jug, however, I can’t say I was impressed with their decision-making throughout the episode.

They severely underestimated Brett, they got caught on multiple occasions, and Betty allowed him to convince her that the tape labeled “Forsythe” was his confession during the Quill and Skull initiation.

I would have made him play the video.

Betty did manage to snatch up a tape labeled “Donna,” which revealed that she was lying about her affair with Mr. Chipping. The tape found her spewing the same exact sob story about someone named Mr. Kotter, a teacher completely erased from the school’s history.

Is Donna the real mastermind? Is she the one we should be afraid of instead of Brett who seems to thrive solely on the competition between him and Jughead.

Jughead and Brett dueled in a kickboxing match that would’ve made Archie proud and a fencing tournament a la The Parent Trap.

But at the last minute, Jughead threw the chess game giving Brett the “win” because he realized he didn’t want to be part of this secret society, Stonewall Prep, or the Baxter Brother’s.

Jughead is finally beginning to realize how toxic this school is. The competition showed him that despite being the better champion, he would never earn the respect from the other student’s at Stonewall Prep. They all worshipped the ground Brett walked on probably because he had dirt on all of them in the form of VHSextapes.

But conceding the game meant that Jughead never gave Brett the satisfaction of winning or “being better,” and the fact that it’ll torture him for eternity is enough to bring me joy.

Jughead walked away with what was important — his girl and his sanity.

There weren’t any flash-forwards to what happened to Jughead or how Betty was involved, which is a change of pace and might indicate that they were all moments from a Baxter Brothers novel that doesn’t exist anymore.

While Stonewall Prep has its insane moments, Archie was being hunted by a real-life Terminator down the halls of Riverdale High.

Kevin’s right — this school is insane.

Archie has to be more careful about whom he invites into his home. Since Fred’s passing, it’s him, his uncle Frank that he barely knew, and Frank’s friend Ted Bishop, who came to town pretending to inform him about the passing of a late friend only to switch gears and reveal himself as a hitman from the mercenary.

Seriously, what the hell, Riverdale?

You can’t just go around making up storylines that don’t make any logical sense.

Frank was never a “great guy,” but his arc alluded more to him embezzling money from Archie and the construction company, and not getting targeted by a killer… again.

Also, what is it about the Andrews house that attracts all the bad juju?

Frank left town almost as fast as he came, and hopefully, we’re done with that storyline.

What did you think of the episode? Is Riverdale losing it to outlandish plots or is it another week, another episode that doesn’t follow the rules and is great in its own way?

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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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