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Old wounds are made new again on Riverdale and I cannot tell who is racking up the most uncool points: Jughead or Archie.

Back in season one, it seemed like everything Archie touched turned to gold. Now, it seems like he’s simply losing it.

He signed up to be a federal snitch in a case being made against Hiram Lodge but when he failed to deliver anything of value, his excuse was simply “I was playing basketball.”

Archie consistently teeters between wanting to play in the world with the adults do and wanting to be a teen. Even this week, he tries to one-up Hiram, but also tries out for the wrestling team. Veronica leads him to believe that it’ll impress his father, but it only drives a bigger wedge between them, with Hiram driving it home that Archie isn’t good enough for his daughter.

It may have been comforting to know that Archie isn’t good at everything… but it quickly became evident that he’s really not good at much.

At some point, it stopped being about Archie getting close to Hiram for the case and became about Archie wanting to impress Hiram. When he offers him a sort of “internship” with the business, I can’t tell if Archie is interested because he wants to take him down or because he’s been accepted to sit at the table with the adults, something Ronnie has been doing for some time now.

Between music, basketball, wrestling, his internship and his agreement with the FBI, I don’t Archie even knows where his priorities lie.

Is the fed even real?  Because the only thing that I’m saying is a dude who claims to be a federal agent and we’re supposed to believe it because of the ominous office lighting. Give me a break. There’s enough surrealness happening in Riverdale that we don’t just believe things at face value.

Now, onto Jughead, who is also starting up the worst civil war that Riverdale’s ever seen between the North Side and the South Side. It’s literally like Westside Story only with Serpents. This week’s episode focused on Pickens Day, an annual celebration in town where people are all hurrah about Riverdale. Why? I have no idea… the town still mystifies me.

However, Jughead, the truth-wielding journalist, rains on everyone’s parade when he uncovers that General Picks, under the orders of Cheryl’s Blossom’s ancestors, actually slaughtered the Utenka tribe (the pre-Serpents, the OG Southside) to gain control of some land, the river that eventually carried the dead Jason Blossom, and some land.

While there’s much fallout, it’s also cool to actually get some backstory to the hated gang and find out why it was formed. It’s definitely more about family and blood than it is about causing trouble. I can respect it.

After chatting with Toni’s grandfather, and the eldest living Serpent, he decides to write an expose in Riverdale’s newspaper. It backfires because obviously, it isn’t his story to tell. So instead, the Serpent’s rally a silent protest during the Picken’s Day celebrations, which the Lodge’s are using as a promotion for their SoDale project and a symbol of unity for both sides.

Hiram is peeved by the intrusion but plays off of it nicely, encouraging a community where everyone feels like they can speak up. Bla bla bla is all I heard and apparently, all Jughead heard. He’s really taken a disliking to the North Side, which is understandable to some extent. But why create so many enemies? Once again, way over his head.

The most enjoyable part of all of this was seeing some humanity instilled in Cheryl Blossom, who was utterly disgusted to find out that her whole family history, her wealth and her stature all stood on the graves of the slaughtered men, women and children. Who would have thunk to see Cheryl standing in solidarity with Jughead when it was just last week that she couldn’t stand the mere sight of a Serpent in her hallways.

Really, it seems like most of the students in this town are in way over their heads.

We mentioned that Veronica was dabbling in the family business and actually enjoying it. Some adults, cough Mayor McCoy, didn’t seem to pleased with how the Lodge’s were using their daughter however and that trickled down to some of Ronnie’s friendships, mainly with Josie. Initially, Veronica was upset that Josie turned her back on her, but she’s a Lodge and instead of crying about it, she seized the opportunity. At the festivities, she appeared on stage as “Veronica and the Pussycats,” completely riding Josie out of her own band. Ice. Cold.

Even sweet innocent Betty is getting mixed up in all the wrong things. She finally admits that she brought Chic into her life to see if he could help her deal with the darkness inside. You knew the return of Dark Betty was coming and Chic is here to help her assimilate it seems.

Betty seemed more fascinated than disgusted to find out that Chic was a webcam guy. Props to her for not judging, but I think the old Betty would definitely not be as accepting. Chic finally admitted that he too felt the darkness inside and used webcamming as a way to escape and become different people. He even offers to show her a thing or two, which honestly, is the best form sibling bonding, right?

Can I really sit here and say I’m okay with Betty doing webcam sex? Nope, I really cannot. I also want some clarification as to where this darkness stems from. Yet, it explains why she’s been so attracted to Jughead, who is a metaphorical representation of the darkness in town.

In the end, someone declared major war and by someone, we mean the Serpents because that’s who Hiram is blaming the beheading of the Picken’s statute. My money is on Penny Peabody because Livewire died on Supergirl, she need something to do, you feel me?

Elsewhere, Cheryl’s mother has taken her job of providing comfort to the men of Riverdale way too seriously. And comfort is code for sex if you didn’t catch on by all of Cheryl’s dirty looks. It’s bad enough that the Cooper’s and the Blossom’s already have a messy history, especially with those cousin babies, but now Hal and Penelope are going to be fwb’s? As Cheryl would say, “gross.”

I’m befuddled by Hal’s resentment towards Chic. Anyone would be pissed to welcome a stranger into their home, especially one with such a peculiar career, but this is supposed to be his son. Wouldn’t he feel some remorse for forcing Alice to give him up all those years ago? Why does he keep trying to kick him to the curb? Something isn’t right here.

Look, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Riverdale has been losing touch with reality and losing grip on what little sanity it had left. How did we go from getting milkshakes at Pop’s and trying to figure out who the Black Hood is, to this?

Why are so many storylines left hanging so that it almost doesn’t feel like the same show? Why is it okay for a grown man to launch a public rivalry with a teenager and no one bats an eye?


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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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