Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 2, I thought about the quote: “It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son.” Riverdale is known for keeping dark secrets, but what happens when they resurface, threatening the children of those who swore to keep them in the first place? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” Archie has a rough time adjusting to life in jail, but tries to make a difference. Meanwhile, Jughead and Betty tackle a new mystery, Veronica gets some advice from Cheryl, and Kevin tries to fit into Moose’s life. My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 2 are:
“It was so real.”
After the cliffhanger last week, we find out that Betty is OK and that her seizure was triggered from stress. Betty still believes that she saw her mother and sister holding the twins up above the fire, but Polly explains, “You must have just had a hallucination when you had the seizure.” Betty is not entirely convinced; however, as it all seemed so real. Later on, Alice has a touching moment with Betty and tells her that she just wants her to be safe, but something tells me that the Cooper family may be in real danger again.
“A little food for thought.”
Veronica is initially upset with Cheryl when she finds out that she is petitioning to be the class president in Archie’s absence. A new rivalry stirs between them, but Cheryl suggests that Veronica should maybe “channel that rage into something more productive.” Cheryl informs Veronica about “The Innocence Project” and thinks that Veronica should spend her time trying to free Archie from jail. Later on, Veronica’s father puts her on a do not admit list so that she cannot visit Archie and Cheryl proves her worth again when she tells Veronica to use a fake name and ID. Cheryl is absolutely brilliant and earns Veronica’s trust and support. Perhaps everyone else should take a minute to listen to our favorite “Cheryl Bombshell.”
“You’re an animal in a cage.”
Archie tries to keep his head down in jail and meets his cell mate, Mad Dog, who tries to warn Archie about the danger all around him. Mad Dog reminds him that he’s an animal in a cage and explains that he needs to become one before they kill him like one. Archie tries to approach “The Serpents” with his fresh ink, but they are not too receptive of him when he refuses to attack a Ghoulie. Archie tries out his motivational football pep talk on his fellow inmates and convinces them to participate in a friendly game of football, taking a page from Orange Is The New Black’s book. Mad Dog even stands by Archie and supports him and it looks like Archie may make a difference after all. Veronica and the cheerleaders show up and give a spirited performance of “Jail House Rock” on the other side of the fence to get the boys motivated and it seems like the day will end well. That is until Hiram Lodge gets involved. The warden is in Hiram’s “pocket” and orders his guards to put a stop to the football game, suggesting it was a riot started by Archie. When Archie returns to his cell, he is told that Mad Dog was killed in the riot, but he was not even there. Things get even more complicated when the warden tells Archie that he will be his new “mad dog.” What exactly does this entail and what has Archie gotten himself into now? We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
“Have more romantic words ever been spoken?”
Our favorite duo is back in action, as Jughead and Betty team up to solve a brand new mystery. Yay Bughead! After coming across the ritual site, Dilton is pronounced dead and Ben is in a coma. There is also another boy missing, but Jughead and Betty are not about to just leave this up to the cops to figure out. After paying a visit to the morgue, Jughead and Betty are told that this is the work of the “true face of evil.” We learn that it’s darker than the murder of Jason Blossom and the crimes of the Black Hood, catching us Riverdale fans up to speed and reminding us that a new season means a new mystery. It looks like Jughead and Betty have a lot of work to do, but I feel much better knowing that they are on the case.
“We made a pact to never revisit that night.”
After finding out that Ethel is somehow involved, Jughead and Betty learn that Dilton had a secret bunker in Fox Forest. Jughead and Betty come face to face with “The Gargoyle King” and Betty realizes that she is not hallucinating anymore when Jughead tells her he sees the same thing. Who is the Gargoyle King? I’m not sure, but Evelyn Evernever’s first appearance in this episode cannot be a coincidence. When Jughead and Betty make it inside the secret bunker, they discover that the victims were playing some type of game called “Griffins and Gargoyles.” While it seems like some kind of version of “Dungeons and Dragons,” this role-playing game is clearly more dangerous than anyone realized. Jughead and Betty learn that cyanide was a part of the game, explaining the blue lips of Dilton and Ben. They quickly find the missing kid who was a kind of apprentice to Dilton, but the threat is nowhere near over. To make this mystery even more complicated, we witness a meeting of all the parents in Riverdale who seem to know what they are dealing with. Tom Keller reminds everyone that they made a pact to never revisit that night, which only leads to more unanswered questions. Hermione warns everyone that their children are in danger, but how are they all involved? At the end of the episode, Ethel also has a seizure and Ben decides to jump out the window, creating even more confusion and putting that much more on Jughead and Betty’s plate. Stay 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!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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