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Oh, have I missed Chad Michael Murray’s sweet face on my TV screen.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the real shocker from tonight’s episode: The Farm brings back dead people.

After sending Cheryl undercover, which sadly backfired, Betty found out what The Farm’s hook is on all these impressionable and lost souls in Riverdale.

Cheryl went in with an agenda but came out completely enveloped with The Farm’s teachings much like Alice, Polly, and Kevin.

She told Betty that The Farm gave her back her brother, Jason. Betty, just as confused as we were, questioned this statement.

Did Cheryl hear Jason? See a picture of him? Nope. According to Cheryl she was reunited with her brother.

For a moment there, I truly believed that maybe The Farm had faked Jason’s death this whole time, but when Alice Cooper admitted to seeing her dead son Chic, it became evident that The Farm is manipulating their member’s thoughts and showing them what they want to see.

Are they being slipped some hallucinogenic drug to make them see their dead loved ones? Is it the Fizzle Rocks like the Sisters of Quiet Mercy used to have?

There’s a slight possibility that somehow, someway both Jason and Chic are alive and that they aren’t lying about everything. How crazy would it be for Betty to realize she’s been wrong this whole time?

Maybe the reason no one is seeing just how creepy The Farm is is because they aren’t and it’s all just in Betty’s head?

I can’ t wait to find out more about how they are accomplishing this, but it explains why they need to know everyone’s deepest and darkest secrets before accepting them into the Cult.

I have to point out that Betty and The Farm may not be all that different. Betty said The Farm preys on “emotionally vulnerable” people, but that’s exactly what she did with Cheryl. And to further parallel the Farm, she also got Cheryl on board by dangling Jason in front of her.

Is it a coincidence that Betty’s tactics are much like The Farm’s? Maybe that’s why she’s able to see through all their bullshit?

Cheryl’s dabbling with The Farm got us closer to the elusive Edgar Evernever, played by WB/CW heartthrob and the aforementioned Chad Michael Murray.

Edgar isn’t what I imagined him to be, but you have to admit there’s a charm about him that explains why all the ladies and gay guys are falling for The Farm’s agenda.

In what may be the most self-aware moment, Cheryl counts Edgar amongst the “Hot Dads of Riverdale.”

How old does it make you feel that CMM is considered a ‘dad’ of a high school student on a teenage show? Same.

Upon finding out that Farm members can see dead people, Betty asks her mother to set up a meeting between her and Edgar.

I half hoped she would have asked to meet her brother just to see what Alice and Cheryl were really referring to, but poking the belly of the beast seems just fine for now.

In her first sit down with Edgar,  he asks Betty what she wants to know and she responds with, “everything.”

Betty is one brave soul. She’s basically infiltrating a dangerous cult, one that has managed to get a hold of those she holds dearest, all by herself.

No one came with Betty to make sure Edgar didn’t try anything funny.

No one was there when Betty utilized hilariously outdated technology to tap into Cheryl’s conversation with Edgar.

She’s on her own here, which worries me because taking down a huge organization with a lot of reach isn’t going to be easy.

While we’re finally getting all the answers to our pressing Farm questions, there are a few other subplots happening in the background.

Jughead vowed to take down his mother’s drug operation and he’s not going to let anything stand in his way, including his father.

His relationship with his mother is strained because he tried to cross her, and he’s in a conflict with FP after he deemed the Serpent’s unprepared to hit the ground running in his operation.

Can we focus on this for just one second? The Serpents being police deputies is ridiculous and may be the most unrealistic thing to happen in Riverdale thus far. And I promise you, things have gotten weird.

Honestly, is FP even properly trained to be a Sheriff? Why doesn’t Sheriff Keller take over his job again?

Jughead isn’t one to follow rules so instead of taking a step back and letting his pops figure it out he rallies the Serpent’s to sniff out the spots from which the Gargoyle’s are dealing.

They’re able to clean up every corner except for the last one which botches FP’s plan to finding Kurtz, the drug cook.

FP is pissed that Jughead ignored him and orders him and the Serpent’s to stay away from all things related to drugs.

Why doesn’t Jughead just come clean to his father? He’s not doing him any favors by withholding who the drug dealer is and there isn’t much of a relationship to salvage with Gladys. Just pull the bandaid off, boy.

For a while now, Jughead has been leading the Serpent’s but the appeal of a badass gang that they had has been lost.

But when Archie’s friend Mad Dog figures out the drug lab is in his grandmother and baby brother’s building, the Serpents team with the freshly acquitted L&L prisoners to take down the Gargoyle’s.

Unfortunately, despite their massive team, the Gargoyle’s outnumbered them and came in guns a blazing.

Juggy may have gotten his hands on Kurtz, but he lost him after he “ascended” out the window using Jug as his landing pad.

After seeing just how messed up the Gargoyle’s are now, I have to ask why Gladys is still using them for her drug operation.

Gryphons and Gargoyle’s is still a popular game though now it represents the battle between the two gangs.

After their raid, the Serpents receive a Quest Card with Baby Teeth’s tooth inside. And sure enough, FP finds Baby Teeth as deep in the forest as a sacrifice to the Gargoyle King.

My biggest takeaway from all of this is that there are other cops and possibly agents in Riverdale aside from FP Jones. That’s comforting.

I’m ready to put this G&G/ Fizzle Rocks story to bed, Riverdale.

Archie gets a collect call from Mad Dog who is worried that they are all going to be transferred to Hiram Lodge’s new prison where they’ll be forced to fight again.

How is it that Hiram didn’t learn his lesson the first time?

Archie is always ready to stick up for his friends so he briefly reunites with Veronica to bribe Governor Dooley into signing their pardon or else they’ll take the story to the press.

At this point, I was just shocked they knew of towns outside of Riverdale that they could contact. It doesn’t seem like Alice Cooper and The Register would be willing to write the expose!

Archie brought all the guys who had nowhere to go to his gym, gifted to him by Hiram Lodge, and shooed away Elio who was looking for prospective fighters.

Sadly, Mad Dog fell into Elio’s trap and sold his soul for a nice home in the Northside for his family. Let’s see what he’ll be required to do to pay up.

After proving that exes can still work together, Veronica pulled all the strings to get her mother and father back together. She even went as far as sending her mother dead fish so Hiram would stay with his wife and protect her from the mafia.

Hiram didn’t give into Ronnie’s demands, but he did annul the marriage instead of going for a divorce which makes it less public and ensures Hermione will remain under his protection.

In another self-aware moment, Veronica finally admitted that her father tried to kill Archie and was the reason for their breakup.

Her outlook on ‘family’ would be sweet if her family cared about each other at all, but instead, she just looks like an idiot telling Hiram she mistakenly chose him and the family over Archie.

Hiram’s response when she called him out for attempted murder on the man she loved was “it’s water under the bridge.”

Seriously, who even says that?

Veronica has a lot of emotional baggage she needs to work out. For starters, she needs to stop romanticizing her toxic family environment and get her head on straight.

She’s holding onto beliefs she held in high regard when she was a child, but she’s no longer a child and she should see that some people just aren’t good for each other.

Reggie did the right thing by giving her space. I’d say she never even got over Archie she just accepted their Romeo and Juliet situation for what it was.

Overall, there are a lot of moving pieces in Riverdale and it’s difficult to dissect all the things the writers are throwing at us.

Heck, I’m struggling to figure out what’s real and what’s fake at this point.

The entertainment factor is there, but I’ll be damned if I know what Riverdale is doing or what their game plan is.

So, instead, I’ll go back to fawning over Chad Michael Murray.


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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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Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit

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How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit in February following season 4, the fandom began to worry.

Ulrich plays FP Jones, the father of Jughead Jones, a former Serpent gang leader who has managed to turn his life around, become a Sheriff, and snag the love of his life.

He’s become an instrumental part of the series as he helps Jughead and his friends navigate normalcy in the fictitious murderous town.

In an Instagram Live in May, Ulrich elaborated about his departure explaining that he was “bored creatively.”

“I’m leaving Riverdale because I got bored creatively,” Ulrich said. “How’s that? The most honest answer.” Brutal. Honest. It’s what we’ve come to expect from FP.

At first, fans thought FP’s exit might confirm Jughead’s death, however, now that we know Jughead survived staged “perfect murder” with his father’s help, it’s unclear how the show will tackle the departure.

We have some thoughts about how Riverdale can explain the exit of one of the show’s finest dads:

1.Kids go off to college

In the “most obvious” lane, the kids go off to college and the parents are no longer a focal point of the series. Jughead and his buds are currently in their senior year and will be going to college in just a few months, pending they actually graduate.

Expectedly, the role of the parents will dwindle as the teens leave town and begin their “adult” lives. If this is the avenue they take, Riverdale might not even have to explain FP’s exit because he’ll simply still be there just not as frequently as when Jughead was living at home. And if Ulrich agrees to some guest appearances, they can very easily break him out of his contract while keeping the character and his relationship with his son in tact.

It’s now been confirmed that season 5 will have a time jump when it returns in 2021, and thus, FP existing off-screen seems like the most obvious avenue for the series to pursue.

“Season five of Riverdale will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere,” The CW said in a release. “Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…”
 
How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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2. New Job Opportunity

After Jughead’s death, FP spiraled slightly (despite being in on the whole thing) and it led to a confrontation with Hiram Lodge. Hiram suggested that maybe FP was too close to the case, and FP straight up resigned as Sheriff.

With nothing tying him to this town any longer and Jughead gearing up to fly the coop, FP might look for job opportunities in other towns. FP deserves happiness and a fulfilling career, so we’re on board with this 100%.

3. Living It Up with Alice

Much like the teens of Riverdale, the parents have lived a life that could only be described as small-town hell. They were involved with the Gargoyle King since they were teenagers, Alice’s husband turned out to be the Black Hood, they’ve endured so much mayhem and suffering, and the one ray of hope has been that Alice and FP have found their way back to each other and allowed their romance to blossom.

How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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If anyone deserves a vacation, possibly even a permanent vacation, it’s these two love-birds. They need to leave Riverdale and never look back as they ride off into the sunset together.

4. Fed Up with Riverdale

For all the reasons listed above, FP might just be done putting up with Riverdale’s insanity. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was just fed up and done with Riverdale and using this opportunity now that his son is off to college and he doesn’t have a job to pursue a better life somewhere, anywhere else.

5. Death

I hate to say this, but if Ulrich never wants to return to Riverdale, there is a permanent solution. It would break fans’ hearts, but they don’t call it the murder capital of the world for nothing, right?

Turning it over to you, Cravers.

How do you think that Riverdale will write off FP? Will his exit be permanent?


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Riverdale Season Finale – Killing Mr. Honey (4×19)

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The rise and fall of Mr. Honey played out during the early season 4 finale of Riverdale.

Riverdale Season 4 Episode 19 was not supposed to be the finale, but alas, the coronavirus pandemic had different plans for all of us. 

Still, it was a fitting way to end leaving us on a head-scratching cliffhanger that brings the mystery of the videotapes to the forefront. 

The VHS tapes have been sprinkled in throughout much of the season but larger mysteries like the shenanigans at Stonewall Prep took precedence. 

The episode blurred the line between fact and fiction delivering two very different realities that slightly paralleled each other and offered up some beneath-the-surface commentary about the murderous and twisted town of Riverdale. 

Jughead, who was given a shot at attention the University of Iowa, had to submit yet another story and felt inspired by the group’s collective hatred for Mr. Honey, the principal who set out to ruin their senior year by cancelling the yearbook (gasp!) and senior prom (the horror!). 

I had to dig deep and put myself in the mindset of a senior to fully grasp the motivation here. Admittedly, senior prom is a big deal, but the yearbook, well, a year from now, none of them will even know they chucked the thing.

Prom, on the other hand, was the student body’s treat for enduring a twisted year ranging from psychopaths to murderers, so they weren’t going down without a fight; they deserved this. 

Mr Honey made a lot of enemies during his short-tenure and initially, it seemed almost justified since he’s never given the characters or the audience a reason to root for him. In fact, many of us were convinced he was the season’s villain and the man behind the tapes. 

Alas, Riverdale had other, bigger plans for him. 

Both storylines started off with an epic senior prank only in Jughead’s fictitious story, the prank was darker and involved kidnapping Honey dressed as Stonewall Preppies.

In reality, Honey retaliated to the sticky prank by cancelling prom completely, which is where the seniors brought in reinforcements: the hot moms and dads of Riverdale. The dads, aside from Hiram, were simply there for muscle. But the moms… oh, they meant business. 

They threatened to sue, they threatened to gather the PTA, it was nuts. 

Riverdale Killing Mr. Honey review Season Finale 4x19

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And they got their way until Honey made a copycat video pretending to be the Voyeur to get prom cancelled once again under the guise that it was too dangerous. 

In Jughead’s short story, Mr. Honey was kidnapped and got a good beating from Reggie. Veronica and Archie found him passed out and the group covered up his “accidental” murder by pretending to never speak of this moment again. Sound familiar? Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Archie have been down this road once before, so Jughead was definitely pulling from his own reality. 

In the story, Reggie’s guilty conscience got the best of him so they killed him too. Ruthless. 

In reality, once the group succeeded in firing Honey in reality and Jughead read the letter of recommendation that the principal wrote on his behalf did he realize that he needed to change the narrative of his story. 

Miss Bell informed them that Honey has been the best principal Riverdale High has ever seen (sure, I guess), and was only trying to protect them. 

At this point, Jughead realized he’s been reveling in the twisted narrative of the town and using it as an excuse. Mr. Honey may not have made a good impression on any of us, but he was right that the murder, mayhem, and manipulation was not normal and needed to be eliminated. 

However, it’s hard to accept that Mr. Honey was truly trying to steer the students towards a new and promising reality since there was never any explanation as to why Honey wanted to cancel prom. He explained he was trying to protect the students and prepare them for the real world, but what did prom have to do with that? Did he know who was behind the tapes?

It didn’t explain why Honey cancelled prom at every other school he worked at or why he was a frequent visitor of the Blue Velvet where all the Voyeur’s tapes were found prior to it getting shut down.

It almost felt like the writers needed to redeem him so they did it without offering up expanations to any of our other questions and we were just supposed to go along with it. 

And let’s say that we did just go along with it, the final moments in the episode were equal parts twisted and confusing.

Whoever is sending the tapes knows about the cabin where Veronica’s mom had an affair. They could’ve picked any place for Betty and Jughead to go, so what’s the significance of that cabin other than its the place Sheriff Minetta was murdered?

The Voyeur also seems to be interested in reminding Riverdale of all its sins while also trying to frame Betty, Jughead, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, and Reggie for murder as the cliffhanger featured six masked people dressed as them killing “Principal Honey” by stabbing him. 

This, again, paralleled Jughead’s story prior to his re-writing. 

It seems they’ve walked right into the Voyeur’s trap. 

Early on in the episode, Jughead gave away the point of the videotapes as being the rehearsal before the actual murder. 

Everything we were seeing was “the rehearsal” leading up to that final moment where Jughead and Betty were visibly shaken and disturbed by the videotape. 

It’s weird to say that I was glad to see them express such disturbance, but for a moment there, it seemed as though Betty and Jughead were normalizing murder as a way of life because they’ve been exposed to it for so long. The town turned them into monsters and they were okay with it. Thankfully, they diverged from that path rather quickly and their reactions to the tape of a man, a good man, possibly dying, prove it. 

Now, the fact that Honey accepted a job at Stonewall Prep in the first place after everything that happened during Jughead’s time there makes me think he’s not as “good” of a principal as they let on. 

It’s also unclear whether or not Mr. Honey was the man “murdered” in that final scene or if it was just a re-enactment as if the tapes were serving as a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reminder. 

And then, there’s the question of who is actually behind them.

Jughead focused on writing his story for much of the episode, and aside from his core group of friends, the only other person who knew about it was Charles. 

In my review of Riverdale Season 4 Episode 18, I argued that their half-brother is behind the videotapes because he has time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation, and could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet.

Think about it — what if Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Brett are all working together and the ones behind that final video to mess with #Bughead. 

However, with Jughead leaving pages of his short story around the school randomly, it’s possibly its someone else entirely.

The mystery and all the relationship drama (that was completely absent from the episode) would have likely been wrapped up in the final episodes of season 4, but with the current situation, everything is being pushed to season 5.

So, no worries, Riverdale fans, we’ll get our answers soon, we just have to wait a bit longer than expected. 

Other Sticky as Maple Syrup Moments

  • The classic prank of sticking Honey to a chair and phone was an oldie but a goodie. I thought maybe it would foreshadow that he got his hand stuck in the honey jar (aka — he’s the culprit behind the tapes), and I still think that would’ve been cute. 
  • It was fun to see the cast all together in the scenes including Cheryl and Reggie. It adds a new dynamic because their personalities are so distinct. 
  • RIP Midge Klump.
  • As of this episode, Cheryl is going to Highsmith College, Veronica is going to Barnard in New York, Betty is going to Yale in Connecticut, Archie is off to the Naval Academy, Jughead tentatively heading to University of Iowa, and Reggie is hopefully going to attend Riverdale Community College. 
  • I couldn’t help but laugh that they all have experience moving a dead body except for Reggie. Welcome to the team.


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