Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 3: “The Real Game Is Just Beginning”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 3, Hiram Lodge reminded us, “Don’t make enemies of the people trying to help you,” but it’s difficult to determine who is a friend and who is a foe in Riverdale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Eight:  As Above, So Below,” Jughead begins his first game of “Griffins and Gargoyles.”  Meanwhile, Betty tries to talk to Evelyn, Veronica opens her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” and Archie becomes a star.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 3 are:

5

“I couldn’t have done it without my favorite power couple.”

I think it’s safe to say that Cheryl and Toni, otherwise known as Choni, may be everyone’s favorite power couple.  At least they are definitely mine.  Veronica approaches Cheryl and Toni, initially looking for Jughead, and Cheryl hilariously says, “You mean True Detective?  He’s busy canoodling Nancy Drew no doubt.”  Seriously Cheryl is laugh out loud funny.  Veronica is looking for some material to blackmail her father and Toni has an in on where one of the Jingle Jangle drug labs are.  My favorite trio is back, reminding me of when Toni and Veronica teamed up to rescue Cheryl last season, as the three put their own sleuth skills to the test, capturing the drug lab on camera while looking absolutely fabulous.  It was nice to see some more air time for Cheryl and Toni, who definitely know how to make an entrance together.

4

“I’m shaking you down.”

Betty gives Veronica some really great advice when she tells her to focus on herself for a change.  Veronica has been so worried about Archie, but she does have a business to run.  Veronica decides to open up her club, “La Bonne Nuit,” but things get complicated when she gets a visit from Penny, a delivery of Jingle Jangle, and her father snooping around.  Veronica is not threatened; however, and she tries to get some leverage over her father, only he pretty much anticipates her every move.  Either way, Veronica’s opening night is a success, as Josie performs and Kevin gets his moment in the spotlight as the MC.  Congrats Veronica!

3

“That kid is a star.”

Archie initially turns down the warden’s request to be the next “mad dog,” but changes his mind when the warden initially uses Joaquin.  Archie is always trying to do the right thing and agrees to take his place, which involves some kind of fighting pit for entertainment.  Archie starts winning fights, but the warden reminds him that he wants him to put on more of a show.  Archie ultimately decides to take several punches before ending the fight, giving the warden the entertainment he is looking for without beating his opponent badly.  The warden approves and recognizes Archie’s star potential, but Archie realizes that he needs to get out of there before things escalate further.  Archie has clearly been watching one too many episodes of Prison Break, as he decides that they will need to plan their escape from jail.  Good luck Archie.

2

“We know all each other’s secrets.”

Betty decides to approach Evelyn, even though she gives off a major creepy vibe, to find out more information about the farm and its possible connection to the game.  Betty is surprised when Evelyn and some members of the farm show up at her house, ready to find out all of Betty’s secrets.  Although I’m not sure there is much left to tell since they already know about the body in the kitchen and Betty’s “webcamming” past.  Alice has disclosed all of their family secrets, but does she know what she is doing?  Betty requests an audience with Edgar, but is turned down.  She tries to make a connection to the seizures, but no one seems willing to open up to her.  Alice even tells her daughter that she trusts the farm more than her, which is heartbreaking to hear.  Betty recognizes that the farm is a threat, but will she be able to find out what is really going on there before it’s too late?

1

“Welcome to your first game.”

After approaching Ethel again after her seizure, she determines that Jughead is worthy to play the game.  Ethel agrees to hand over the rule book or the “scripture” only after he completes his first test.  You would think possibly drinking poison would be punishment enough, but Ethel tells Jughead that he also needs to kiss her in order to obtain the rule book.  Poor Jughead.  For some reason, Ethel decides to drink from the other cup and winds up in the hospital again, but is OK for now.  However, she is having conversations with “The Gargoyle King” and explains that she found him someone truly worthy to play, meaning Jughead.  Later on, FP and Alice discover the rule book and burn it, not wanting their children anywhere near it.  Betty and Jughead quickly realize that their parents know something about the game, but we still don’t get any concrete answers here.  Later on, everyone gets their very own copy of the rule book placed in their school lockers, revealing that “the real game is just beginning.”  New episodes return November 7thStay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 7: “Power Is Often Not What It Seems”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 last night, I realized that everyone has their part to play.  Whether they are the next potential Supreme or a “human weight watcher,” you should never underestimate any of Cordelia’s extraordinary girls.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Traitor,” Cordelia enlists the help of Dinah to summon the “Voodoo Devil,” but is not quite prepared for the deal he is offering.  Meanwhile, Coco’s powers begin to grow, Zoe takes notice of Mallory’s abilities, and the warlocks continue to plot the demise of the witches.  We also continue to get some fun Easter eggs along the way.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 7 are:

5

“So the bitch reads minds.”

In the beginning of the episode, Joan Collins is back, revealing that she was an actress named Bubbles in the slasher film, “A Christmas to Dismember.”  While the clip of the film provides us with some fun campy horror, it is important to note that Joan Collins played a similar character in real life in the Tales From The Crypt anthology back in 1972.  I have to say that Joan Collins is as fabulous as ever and this also reminds us that she was also a witch in the present day apocalypse, but was killed before she got the chance to rise with her sister witches.  So why not bring her back too?  It’s also important to note that Bubbles encounters a killer Santa, reminding us of Ian McShane’s character back in season 2.  Madison and Myrtle go to recruit Bubbles and tell her that it’s “all hands on deck.”  After going into elaborate detail about her powers in ostentatious fashion, Madison dryly points out, “So the bitch reads minds.”  This power comes in handy; however, as Bubbles sits in on a dinner with the warlocks and fills the witches in on their intentions.

4

“The Voodoo Queen can fix any problem.”

Dinah finally gets some quality air time in this episode and we learn that she became the Voodoo Queen after Marie Laveau died.  While I am disappointed to not see the return of Marie Laveau, Dinah does a fantastic job and reminds husbands everywhere that they better behave.  Cordelia seeks out Dinah’s help and asks her to summon Papa Legba, played by the wonderful Lance Reddick.  Dinah’s help doesn’t come cheap; however, as she asks for $100,000 in return.  Papa seems fully aware of Cordelia’s dilemma and is interested in striking up a deal.  Cordelia is looking to trap Michael in the underworld, but this will be no easy task and I’m not sure Cordelia is ready to make a deal just yet.  Papa reveals that Fiona Goode made a deal that provided him with the soul of Nan, a witch we all remember from season 3.  Nan seems to be having a good time in hell, but Cordelia is still shocked by this revelation.  Papa wants the souls of all of her girls, but Cordelia is not prepared to do this and offers up her own soul instead.  Papa and Nan laugh at Cordelia when she says that she is the most powerful witch of all, implying that they know that Cordelia’s powers are fading and a new Supreme is ready to rise.  Cordelia is feeling lost and confused and summons Myrtle, finally revealing how one of our favorite witches returned to us.

3

“I’m kind of like a human Weight Watchers.”

Coco continues to deliver on fun, as she is excited to tell her sister witches that her powers are growing.  We learn that Coco can now detect how many calories are in each item of food.  The girls begin testing it out and Coco hilariously makes the groaning noise and rolls her eyes back, as she delivers the right answer each time.  Later on, Cordelia approaches Coco and asks for her help.  Coco is initially confused as to why Cordelia wants her help, but Cordelia reminds her that everyone has an important part to play.  Coco lures out Ms. Mead, who was busy ordering some meat for her beef stew.  It looks like she has always had a fondness for stew or “Stu.”  Sorry it’s still just as funny to me.  Ms. Mead detects Coco following her and shoots her with a tranquilizer gun, but Cordelia’s followers are ready for her and successfully capture Ms. Mead.  “Mission accomplished” Coco!  Now about this pumpkin donut I’m about to eat…

2

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

After Coco accidentally chokes on a snowball, Mallory is able to magically make an incision into her throat and remove the food, saving Coco’s life.  Zoe comments that she has never seen anything like it and approaches Cordelia, suggesting that Mallory might actually be the next Supreme, which is something many fans have been suggesting for weeks.  Mallory is a good person and she is hesitant about potentially becoming the next Supreme because she knows that she will only rise if Cordelia falls.  Cordelia tells her, “Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are.”  This is the way it has always been with the rise and fall of a Supreme and I’m sure that Cordelia would much rather turn the title over to Mallory than to the Antichrist himself.  Is Mallory truly ready for this?  Is there someone else worthy of being the Supreme?  We’ll have to wait and see, but Mallory puts her powers to good use when she brings back John Henry from the dead at the gas station.  I was thrilled to see John Henry again and he proves to be incredibly useful, as he fills the witches in on who killed him after he went to find out his own answers about Michael Langdon.

1

“Power is often not what it seems.”

Cordelia definitely has a point here, but everyone wants power all the same.  At the end of the episode, the warlocks have created a poison that will only harm female witches, reminding us that the rivalry between witches and warlocks and men and women is nowhere near over.  Cordelia knows everything; however, and spoils their plan, making a grand entrance like a boss.  Ariel and Baldwin are determined to be traitors and are tied to the stake along with Ms. Mead.  They are sentenced to death by fire, but it is revealed that only a fellow warlock can actually light the flame.  John Henry is ready to have his revenge and happily lights the fire.  Ms. Mead’s manic laughing among the flames is definitely creepy, but this threat is over for now.  Now on to Michael Langdon.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Cordelia points out that the poison powder the warlocks created was a form of “plagiarism.”  She tells them that a witch named Agnes Sampson first created it back in 1590.  Sampson is a real figure from history who was burned at the stake and accused of witchcraft back in 1591.  The year is also significant because this is around the time that the Roanoke settlers disappeared, connecting us to season 6.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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