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Riverdale – The Man in Black (3×07)

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Riverdale continues upping the ante when it comes to Hiram Lodge’s control and obsession with Gryphon’s and Gargoyles.

Let’s just say, more and more signs pointing to them being synonymous.

On “The Man in Black,” which is not a Men in Black move reference, Riverdale tried something new and split up the episode into three separate but cohesive parts.

Each one added something to the overall picture and illuminated a new reality.

Now, the thing that distinguishes Riverdale from other shows that may be a bit more predictable is that Riverdale doesn’t follow a formula.

They’ve told us about the dangers lurking inside and under their maple-syrup town, but everything is fair game.

Basically, they can introduce any narrative or plot-twist and we’ll never see it coming which is why we can’t crack this mystery just yet.

Sometimes, I sit there after an episode for a few minutes just analyzing what I watched. Most of the time, I’m mystified, but still so intrigued.

With all that laid out, let’s address each part on its own.

 

Jughead and Archie

Hiram Lodge is everywhere. Despite their best efforts to escape his grasp by going crosstown, Archie came to the most sensible conclusion — Hiram will continue hunting him down until he gets what he wants. And the worst part is, Hiram has the resources to buy out towns and have spies.

There’s a reason Jughead is assisting Archie on this trip. As he pointed out, Betty has done fine taking care of herself against multiple threats, though I’m not sure that’s true for this season, however, Archie is consistently getting wrapped up in something. His flaw? He’s naive.

The moment Jughead went into town to investigate, I knew Archie was going to slip up. All it took was Laurie planting a kiss on him to make him fess up to who he really was. Oh, Paladin. You cannot be this trustworthy. As I said before, Hiram preys on Archie’s honesty and relies on his predictability. I’m sure he anticipated that they’d flee town before it even happened.

It’s a good thing Jughead convinced Archie to skeddadle instead of staying behind to fight Hiram. Why does he believe he’ll overpower Hiram when obviously he has more people working for him than we could have imagined?

Jughead was also accurate in assessing how empty the town was. If it wasn’t for his journalistic bone, we would have never put together the pieces that the town was so bare because all the men were rallied and working in a prison/ Fizzle rock manufacturing company owned by none other than Mr. Lodge. In fact, Fizzle Rock, which as you may recall, made an appearance when the parents first played Gryphons and Gargoyles back in high school, was brought to the party by Hiram.

All signs point to him having a hand at making people addicted to the game.

We previously assumed that the game only existed within the town of Riverdale, but given the Gargoyle King symbols spraypainted on the buildings and the kids playing in town, it seems Hiram has bigger plans in store. Why does he want everyone addicted to the game?

Jughead said their next stop is his mother’s house in Ohio. We’ve been waiting a minute to meet his mother, played by Gina Gershon, and his little mini-me, JellyBean. Will they know how to defeat Hiram, or at the very least, keep Archie safe?

 

Veronica

Veronica finally did something she should have done a long time ago — she moved out. Granted, living in your bar probably isn’t the best idea, but it will do for now as she tries to figure out her next steps. Unfortunately, being cut-off from daddy’s money has its repercussions and seeing as La Bonne Nuit only caters to teens, she isn’t racking in a whole lot of dough.

With a push from Reggie, she reaches out to Elio about hosting a poker night. However, Ronnie should know better than to get into business deals with corrupt families just like hers. Hiram stops by Pops’ to convince Ronnie to come home to her “family” aka the people who don’t abandon her. Yes, he’s really trying to spin all of this as Archie left her behind out of his own free will. Hiram has no shame.

When poker night begins, Reggie realizes that “the house always wins” isn’t necessarily true since Elio is wiping out the tables. Ronnie steps in swinging big — one play, winner takes all. It’s risky, but the risk works out in her favor much to Elio’s surprise.

Eventually, Veronica reveals that her father got some intel about Elio coming to poker night with bad intentions because he believed she was “weak” without his protection. With his help, she hired a dealer who would help skew the game in her favor thus winning a whole chunk of side-cash and proving that the Lodge’s always come out on top.

However, this also proved that Veronica is her father’s daughter and the apple, though less rotten, doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite how morally corrupt and twisted her father is, she will never be free of him or how he operates because that’s all she knows.

She’s bringing that gangster hustle to Pop’s already tainting a family-friendly place the moment the going gets tough.

Furthermore, she always tries to give her dad the benefit of the doubt even though the evidence always stacks up against him. She really tried to pretend that her father helping her win a poker game somehow made him less of an evil person, but alas, they found Minetta’s body in the river and it was decapitated. Still think Hiram isn’t “all that bad,” Ronnie? That’s basically what he wanted to do to Archie when he found him on the outskirts of town!

 

Betty

If you thought Veronica, Jughead and Archie’s stories were crazy, you clearly underestimated the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Y’all, what is going on in there?

I don’t even know how to sum up the insanity that progressed as Betty delved further and further into the secrets hiding in the “home for troubled youths.”

Some notable things: they give all the youth “candy” instead of pills in the form of Fizzle Rocks so they basically want to induce your hallucinations, they allow the youth to play Gargoyles and Gryphons, the Gargoyle King apparently resides there, and Hiram Lodge is doing some shady business with Woodhouse and Claudius Blossom.

Yes, I said Blossom. Are they the ones responsible for bringing the game and the drugs to Riverdale and its neighboring towns? What is their ultimate game plan?

And is Hiram’s goal to plan an attack on all of Veronica’s friends and disarm them from going after him?

His initials are even listed on Betty’s chart to up her dosage of Fizzle Rocks!

Betty’s roommate is Ethel who needs to get help from an actual institution ASAP. She loves her one-on-ones with the Gargoyle King and believes that she and Jughead are meant to be together.

She’s also running on a Mean Girls high. Instead of being the loser like she was at Riverdale High, she’s now a Queen B and ready to stick it to Betty.

Everything about Ethel is a warning sign including her devotion to the SOQM and the GK, but she’s also Betty’s only hope at getting answers.

However, Ethel was brought in to make sure Betty stays in line because as well all know, she has a tendency of rebelling.

If she had just taken her time trying to gather intel and escape, she wouldn’t have made the careless mistake of assuming the underground tunnels would still be open after Cheryl Blossom’s escape.

Of course, they closed those down!

Whatever Betty saw after in the Gargoyle King’s lair after they stuffed her with Fizzle Rocks remains to be seen, but it scared her straight.

Now, no one will believe her when she tells them the truth about what is going on inside of the SOQM because she’s going to be so messed up.

I’m rooting for Betty to overcome this because they need her to stop Hiram Lodge once and for all. But man, it’s not looking too good.

Jughead has been concerned with the lack of response from Betty, but how about Veronica? Why hasn’t she caught onto the fact that her best friend has gone missing?

 

So there ya have it? What’s your takeaway? Who else is involved with Hiram’s G&G scheme? What’s the overarching plan? Why does Hiram have all this control over everyone? And what else don’t we know about him still?


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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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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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