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Riverdale – The Tell-Tale Heart (2×13)

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Riverdale has been all over the place as of late. It’s latest obsession? The mob movie genre. Just the right amount of noir elements mixed with the beloved teen drama tropes.

And these teens? They’re less worried about math class and more about whether or not someone will find the dead body they just helped their mom bury and if the FBI agent will dig up something to incriminate their parents.

In other words, it’s another day in this deliciously bad town.

The series thrives on unexpected, out of control, almost lunatic twists, which is one of the main reasons we love it so much.

Without dragging on the mystery of FBI agent Adams any longer, the series revealed that he wasn’t a government agent but rather a capo working for the Lodge’s to test Archie’s loyalty.

Finally, some sense to the out-of-place storyline. Archie’s still the dumbest of the group, but at least he acted accordingly and saved both his and his dads’ ass.

The reveal wasn’t entirely shocking, although my jaw did drop because THEY DID THAT. Let’s forget about it being a set-up for a minute though, the real question is what do they have planned for Archie now that he’s proven to be worthy?

More shocking than the obvious reveal that Adams is a fake-out was that Hiram wasn’t the mob boss in charge, it was actually Hermione.

All those looks and glances? It’s been her.

The call to take out Poppa Poutine? Probably also her. We’ve been vilifying the wrong person this whole time because Hiram is so outspoken and commanding. Instead, he’s her puppet. This is definitely not the same Hermione from season one.

We assumed it was because Hiram was back calling the shots, it seems like we never truly knew her to begin with.

There have been numerous, plausible theories that kept the viewers in the dark about the shady, now fake, agent; some thought he was a figment of Archie’s imagination (I blame his pale skin), some guessed he was working for the Lodges (close), still some thought he really was just trying to bring justice to the corruption by harassing a teen (unlikely).

The episode threw a wrench into that imaginary agent theory when Adams paid Fred a little visit to really motivate Archie into giving him something credible. If Fred can see him, he must be a real person. /

But a real agent? We were always skeptical. I’d assume the FBI had better ways of handling an informant, they probably wouldn’t go after a minor without his father’s consent and they’d never actually attempt to blackmail someone to get their way.

Seeing how the series revealed such a minor mystery further proves my theory that we have not found the actual Black Hood. Every other mystery personally affects multiple residents of Riverdale, yet the Black Hood was wrapped up into a tiny neat boy and the town never spoke of it again. I’m with Archie here — I’m not too sure we actually got the guy. Based on that promo for the next episode, the Black Hood finally strikes again. He laid low enough for the residents to feel safe again before coming back to finish what he started.

Except since his last attack, everyone has committed more sins and gotten themselves into way more trouble. Archie is no longer just running a retaliation gang at school, he’s been welcomed into the Lodge family and getting training under two of the biggest mob bosses in town. And he’s loyal. Veronica may have wanted to keep him out of the shady business dealings so he’ll remain her “light,” but that light is getting snuffed out.

Betty is a murderer, sort-of. We’ll get to that. Veronica is looped into the family business so she’s been manipulating nearly everyone in school, including Mayor McCoy. And Juggy? He’s pledged his allegiance to a gang that puts family over everything. And the Serpent’s, well, they fight until the last moment.

This group isn’t the same, cowardly and easily manipulated group of kids that the Black Hood first encountered. They’re a force to be reckoned with.

Bloody-murder. There is really no other name for what happened at Betty’s house, which is what the relatively unhinged, yet forcibly sweet blonde dealt with throughout the episode.

Betty will do anything to save her loved ones; her fiercely protective side is one of the things we love most about her. So when she stumbled upon Alice cleaning up blood in the kitchen, she didn’t think twice before getting her hands all dirty.

Should Alice have involved her in any of it? No. Should Betty have called the police right away? Of course. Should they be protecting someone named Chic that they know an scare amount about? Hell no!

But logical decisions have never made for good television you guys!

Before Hal arrives to pick up some “toiletries” because there’s clearly no 24-7 Walgreens in town, the ladies get down to cleaning. He’s suspicious of the bleach smell, but Alice chalks it up to some tomato paste she didn’t want to stain. Alice, girl, that makes no sense.

Betty may have a dark side, but she also has a conscience. The act of murder understandably haunted her dreams and invaded every crevice of her brain so she was barely able to function let alone eat a bowl of cereal without flinching.

Her inability to forget and move on actually saved them because it allowed her to find “shady dudes” phone, which led to the discovery that “shady dude” was Chic’s drug dealer, who he called that night.

Don’t judge me on this but I don’t trust Chic for one second. He’s become way too comfortable with becoming a Cooper and going from motel web-camming to nightly dinners with mommy just aren’t normal.

There was one moment where Chic seemed a little too pleased with the fact that Betty and Alice were so tortured by the murder and fighting. It’s almost as if this was his plan, part one of some epic takedown. Considering Alice gave him away and made his childhood hell, while deciding to keep Betty and give her a comfortable home, I can’t say I blame the guy. But trying to ruin someone who is making an effort? That’s deranged, even in Riverdale.

Betty crumbles under the pressure and tells Jughead now making him an accessory. She may have only told him because she felt bad for completely forgetting about their first time together and making him feel inadequate. Jughead’s reaction is of pure terror; he loves anything to do with serial killers but this is too close for comfort.

He’s adamant that Betty should tell the police, but quickly realizes just how easy it is to get caught up in all the illegalities.

Also — covering up a murder takes a lot of work. Just don’t kill people!

Jughead proves to be ride-or-die as he helps her dispose of the “shady dudes” car and phone.

By that point, everyone, including Alice, is cracking as they realize they’re in way over their heads and don’t actually know a damn thing about covering up a murder.

They turn to someone with a little more expertise in the field: F.P Jones.

He isn’t pleased with Alice bringing the kids in on all of this, but he won’t let them all make the same mistake he made with Jason Blossom. Let’s just allow that to sink in. This dude is helping people clean up a murder because he learned from his first go-around.

Maybe the Black Hood really was onto something when he came to rid this town of sins? Y’all a damn mess!

I’m not going to lie, I learned a thing or two from F.P. who covered the whole body in some sodium hydroxide. Enjoy your milkshake.

Riverdale is the only show that can get away with Pop’s being a place that people come for milkshakes, first dates, late night studying and murder scheming.

We all saw F.P grabbing Alice’s hand to comfort her right? They are totally getting back together. It won’t be long before Alice is sliding into her Serpent jacket again. And F.P will really put Chic into place — unless he’s his real father — unlike Hal.

Hal is such a hypocrite, who is most likely unsure of what he’s really doing with his life. He’s sleeping around with Penelope and not even being discreet. Cheryl figured it out and it wasn’t long before she told Betty who in-turn used it to get him off of Chic’s back.

I need him to give me a valid reason for constantly harassing Chic other than not trusting him. None of us trust him Hal, but you think leaving your wife and daughter with him alone in the house while you go sleep with Penelope (ew!) is going to keep them safe? Boy, bye.

Mayor McCoy found out the Lodge’s wanted to speed up their development on the Southside and since she was becoming an obstacle, threatened to expose her affair with Sheriff Keller to have her discredited.

Veronica has fully embraced her role of her parents secret weapon and warned McCoy beforehand so she could gracefully step down.

Seeing Veronica dig her way in deeper into the family business is concerning, but at least she’s doing everything to minimize the potential fallout.

This show is a delicious mess, right down to its core. There’s scandal, murder, mob dealings, a town feud, and that’s just a Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom

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Riverdale Back in Production as Creator Teases Prom Photo

Did someone say prom?

Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale

The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.

The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.  

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“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.

The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count. 

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Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.

While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.

Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021. 

All good things! 


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‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

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Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech Expecting First Child

Updated: July 27

Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce. 

Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.

No hearing has been scheduled.

Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement. 

Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.

The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating. 

It’s unclear what led to the split. 

 

 

Original post July 25:

Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.

The CW actress is expecting her first child! 

The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal. 

If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!

While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump. 

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“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”

She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”

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Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January. 


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‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home

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After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season. 

The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2. 

Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays. 

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Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”

Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”

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Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”

Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip. 

Despite all the fan-love, the series was not a rating’s hit garnering a 0.2 rating in the demo with delayed viewing accounted for, per Nielsen. 
 
However, Deadline reports that the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, plans to shop it around to potentially find the series a new home. There’s word that if the series does snag a second season, it will likely be on HBO Max as the streaming platform recently began airing the first season. 
 
We’re bummed about the news here at CraveYouTV as we truly thought Katy Keene was a fun, refreshing sidekick to Riverdale, but for now, we’re hopeful and optimistic that all is not lost. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to keep you posted! 


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