Riverdale may soon have a new Mayor.
And it isn’t going to be Fred Andrews as the Lodge’s had hoped.
Jughead has been trying to figure out Hiram’s plan for quite some time now but after the Lodge’s put Hermione on the Mayor’s ticket, it became pretty obvious — they want control of Riverdale.
Initially, Hiram had hoped he could convince Fred, who dreamt of running for Mayor since he was a young boy. (Did anyone else find it funny that Fred’s vision for Riverdale 2020 was so futuristic and yet in 2018, the only major happenings involve murder and a corrupt man?)
The Lodge’s were pressuring Veronica to make it happen, which only infuriated Archie. It’s one thing if he’s involved with them but it’s another when they try to use his dad.
And that’s what they were doing; using someone that’s well-liked and respected in town to do their dirty work.
At first I thought Veronica’s dedication to her family was going to put a strain on her relationship with Archie. He did tell her to lay off when it came to his father and she told her family she wasn’t going to be “handling” him anymore.
Knowing Jughead and his father were closing in on the truth — you know this town’s journalistic integrity doesn’t exist when the person exposing the shadiest businessman is a high school gang member — Hiram decided to tell Fred his plans: he was going to turn Riverdale into a prison.
More specifically a private prison with housing for those working in the private prison.
Fred refused to run for Mayor than but Archie let his dad go and stuck around to hear Mr. Lodge out.
Honestly Archie, where do your loyalties lie?
Well, the answer is with the Lodges because soonafter saving his dad he made a blood pact with Mr. Lodge.
Once again, the fact that a middle-aged man is making blood pacts (see also: gross) with a highschool kid is kind of ridiculuos.
“Now Archie, we come first,” Hiram told him. Great, there’s no getting out of this one. What happens if he and Ronnie broke up? What are the rules in terms of blood pact then?
And poor Juggy couldn’t expose any of this. Realistically, Hiram has been scooping up properties for a while now but no one has cared because they are all on the South side. But buying Pop’s shop? That’s something that would rile people up.
Unfortunately, Pop’s asked him to keep it hush-hush because knowing he broke family tradition and sold the business would break his mother’s heart. Messy right?
Elsewhere in Riverdale, all the Blossoms were gathering for Clifford Blossom’s will reading. I say all the Blossoms because aside from Toni Topaz, everyone there had something to gain.
Including Hal, Cheryl and Polly (of course she’d come back into town when word of money got around!), who as you recall are half Blossom.
Of course, nothing is ever drama-free in this town and Alice crashed the party after realizing Hal wanted a divorce so he didn’t have to give her any of the money. Honestly, the LEAST she could do is set him free after siding with creepy-ass Chic. Plus, if she’s divorced it finally gives her the opportunity to hook it up with FP and before you say that’s awkward because Betty and Jug are dating, may I remind you that this family is used to the inbreeding. Small town problems.
Once Alice is removed from the premises, the will reading commences. Nana Blossom keeps Thistle House, Penelope keeps Thornhill, Cheryl and Jason (RIP) keep half of his fortune.
The other half is to be split between anyone who provides medical authentication that Blossom blood flows through their veins meaning all the above-mentioned folks have their hand in the pot.
But the most dramatic moment of the episode? Clifford interrupting the meeting right after the will is read.
Cheryl fainted, my mouth dropped open but it all made more sense when they revealed it was actually Claudius, Clifford’s twin brother.
Twins do run in the Blossom family!
Claudius tells some sob story about the Blossom curse in which one of the twins dies at the hands of the other twin and how he’s been trying to outrun it. I guess now that Clifford is dead, he’s basically the victor.
But what brings him into town? Cheryl overhears that he’s actually in cahoots to take her and Nana out.
Finally, Cheryl gets some kind of promising story. How will she outsmart her uncle and mother?
I’ll also point out that since clicking with Cheryl at the movies, Toni has come by the house and even borrowed Cheryl’s clothes, which means they are for sure dating. And Cheryl’s mother? Once again cannot stand Cheryl’s indiscretions.
Back at the other Blossom, er, Cooper household, Polly suggests they all get their blood test and then split the money amongst the five of them — her, Betty, Chic, and the twins babies, which he was creepily holding.
To their surprise, Chic doesn’t want “blood money” from strangers. “Their your cousins,” Polly retorts but something about the way she says that makes our theories of him not being Hal’s son even more plausible.
Betty, who has been so suspicious of her darling brother, she’s been forcing Kevin to webcam with him and get answer, realizes she needs to know what he’s hiding. Why would a poor dude refuse money that’s owed to him?
First, she forces Kevin to ask him about it during their “nightly” sessions but when Chic realizes he is talking to someone else simultaneously, Kevin freaks out and tells Betty he’s done. “He seems nice,” he admits which definitely makes us question Kevin’s judgment of people.
Desperate, Betty sneaks into Chic’s bathroom and pulls a strand of his dental floss. When the results come in they confirm her speculations — Chic isn’t who he says he is.
CHIC IS FP’S SON. Can they just spit it out already? Because I need to see the showdown between Betty and her mother, Alice and FP, and then Betty and Jughead. Golden!
And unlike her daughters, Alice is so naive when it comes to Chic. She let him take the twins for a stroll by Sweetwater River, which is so questionable considering how many people die in that river!
The town of Riverdale is about to be torn upside down as are the lives of the Blossoms, Coopers and Jones’.
Do you think Hal will get his divorce? Will he get back with Penelope? Will FP and Alice start dating? Will Archie get in too deep with the Lodge’s? Will Hermione win the election? Will we find out Chic’s big secret?
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
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.
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.”
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.
Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
Riverdale Season Finale – Killing Mr. Honey (4×19)
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.
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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