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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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‘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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