Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 17: “Wicked Little Town”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 17, we were reminded that “Riverdale was and is a wicked little town.” The creepy VHS tapes are back, but they take a back seat to The Variety Show, as we sit back and enjoy another musical themed episode.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town,” Bughead and Varchie both hit a snag, but is it enough to bring another ship together? Meanwhile, Kevin stands up for his right to perform a song from “Hedwig,” but Mr. Honey is not exactly pleased.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 17 are:


“This is not your business.”

Archie has some concerns when he sees Hiram working out at his gym. Hiram pretends that he is perfectly fine and is clearly frustrated that Veronica told Archie about his condition, but Hiram is a proud man and is not about to show his weakness to anyone.

Later on, Veronica and Archie have a fight when she finds out that he didn’t say anything or take him to the doctor. Archie tries to tell Veronica that sometimes there is no reasoning with her father, but it looks like these two are heading in different directions…


“I think you should go rogue.”

Kevin is outraged when Mr. Honey informs him that he is not allowed to perform a song from the controversial “Hedwig” for the variety show. Kevin stands up for himself and reminds Mr. Honey that many students are “screaming on the inside” and that they are people, not numbers.

Luckily Kevin has the support of his friends and classmates, as he decides to “go rogue” and give a surprise performance during the day. The performance is out of this world, but Mr. Honey is far from amused.


“It is not a sleepover without greasy pizza.”

Well said, Betty! I don’t know about you, but I always love a Riverdale sleepover party and this one is certainly a lot of fun.

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Kev is unsure if a “makeover montage” can really help, but I think it’s safe to say that it does the trick and this was my favorite musical number of the episode. More please!


“We urge you to hear our plea.”

Cheryl promises Kevin that she will talk some sense into Mr. Honey, which leads to another fantastic musical number featuring the Vixens. Mr. Honey does not approve of Cheryl’s sugary sweet number and reminds her that he doesn’t want to promote “highly sexualized” performances and even has the audacity to hit Cheryl with her own catch phrase…“toodles!”

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Mr. Honey says that if anyone performs a song from “Hedwig,” they will be banned from prom, which ignites a peaceful protest. Of course, Mr. Honey counters with canceling the variety show. It’s clear he is not going down without a fight…


“The show must go on…”

The moment we have all been waiting for…a Barchie kiss?! I can’t say that I am really surprised since several hints have been thrown our way, but after the clash between both Varchie and Bughead in this episode, Betty and Archie confide in one another and end up sharing a secretive, passionate kiss.

Later on, Jughead and Veronica apologize, leaving Betty and Archie staring at each other from their bedroom windows, understanding that they can’t pursue their desires, but it’s only a matter of time before this potential romance can set all of their friendships on fire…

Either way, the show must go on and “The Archies” put on a fantastic performance at Pop’s for all of their friends and family.

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Even Mr. Honey makes it to the show, but Jughead brings us back to the plot, staring out at all of the cameras, wondering who is really sending the creepy tapes?

We are left with a disturbing tape of someone dressed as Betty and Jughead, as Betty cracks Jughead’s head open with a rock. This threat should be taken seriously, but it looks like we will have to wait until April 29th for another new episode.

So, who is sending the tapes? Could Charles or Chic be behind this, someone from The Farm or someone completely new? I can’t wait to find out!

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


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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