Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 2: “All That Jazz”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 2, I realized that life certainly goes by fast, so we should stop to truly savor it.  Sometimes it may be time for a fresh start, but are we really able to leave our past in the rear view mirror?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Nine:  Fast Times at Riverdale High,” Jughead receives an offer that could change his life forever.  Meanwhile, a new principal is making waves, but Cheryl is not going to let anyone stand in her way.  My top 5 moments from the Riverdale season 4 episode 2 are:

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“I stand only with and for myself.”

In this episode, Veronica has a lot of drama thrown her way, especially when the paparazzi want a statement regarding where she stands in terms of her mother and father.  Veronica does her best to avoid them, but when a story is leaked about her own actions, she decides to pay her father a visit.  Hiram reminds his daughter that she’s a “Lodge through and through,” but Veronica decides to make a statement with flair.

She puts on a show-stopping number of “All that Jazz” and explains that she is not supporting either one of her parents.  It looks like Veronica is ready to embrace her own fresh start, as she decides to legally change her name to Veronica Gomez, ready to strip away the Lodge family name.  Will she truly be able to leave her family drama behind though?

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“Bros for life.”

Reggie gets some well deserved screen time during the episode, as we dive more into his relationship with his father.  After several mentions of this in season 3, everything is now out in the open about Reggie’s dad abusing him.  Archie refuses to stand by and say nothing, and he and Reggie bond when Reggie decides to finally stand up for himself, damaging his father’s precious car in the process.

It seems like everything is getting better for now and Archie and Reggie claim to be “bros for life,” but I have a feeling that Reggie’s dad will not go away quietly.  Either way, I thought this was an important moment for both of them, bonding over the concept of family, especially when Archie just lost his own father.

In a lot of ways, Archie reminded me of Fred here, always trying to do what is right to help someone in need.  Your dad would be proud of you, Archie!

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“Your name may be Honey, but I will always be the Queen Bee!”

Cheryl is still keeping dead Jason a secret, but decides to focus her full attention on the Back To School Dance.  Only the new principal, Mr. Honey, has decided to cancel it.  Mr. Honey is played by the amazing Kerr Smith (Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, Final Destination) and I have to say that he is really making some waves at school.  Is he the new villain in town?  Will he and Chad Michael Murray have a showdown to see who is the ultimate 90’s teen icon?

We’ll have to wait and see what his plans are, but it’s clear that Cheryl is not going down without a fight.  After Mr. Honey calls the cops to break up her party, Cheryl decides to kick things up a notch, leaving an actual beehive on Mr. Honey’s desk.  Something tells me that this is only the beginning of a feud between these two, but Mr. Honey better watch his back!

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“I believe in you.”

Betty and Charles continue to work together to find out where Edgar is so they can get Alice out of there safely.  Kevin tries to make amends with Betty and he seems sincere, but Charles thinks that Kevin may still be working with the Farm.  After Kevin confides in Betty about just wanting to stay connected to Fangs, Betty tells him about her mother being undercover at the farm.

Is this the right move though?  Betty is typically smarter than this and she has just risked exposing her mother, but she tries to tell Charles that Kevin is on their side.  Toward the end of the episode, Kevin learns that Edgar has a lot of weapons, but what is he planning on doing next?  Is he looking to go to war?  Let’s hope that Alice will be OK!

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“It’s the chance of a lifetime.”

During the episode, we get some hot and steamy moments for both Varchie and Bughead, but Betty really proves just how supportive she can be when she encourages Jughead to go to Stonewall Prep.  We are introduced to another new character, Mr. Chipping, who sees a lot of potential in Jughead’s writing.

At first, Jughead just wants to finish out his senior year with his friends, but Betty reminds him that he should take this opportunity and promises that they can make it work no matter what. 

Betty is so incredibly supportive here and I have to say that this was an important moment for Bughead.  It seems like it is going to be the start of a good year, but we do flash-forward to spring break.  Everyone is looking through the woods for Jughead and so the mystery begins.  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

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My performance of the week ending 3/30/19 on TV goes to…

Chad Michael Murray as Edgar Evernever on Riverdale.  Edgar Evernever is the villain we have been waiting for.  The Farm has been creeping up for quite some time now in season 3, as we have all been anxiously waiting for Edgar Evernever to show his face.  The cult clearly has a lot of secrets, but a lot of the mystery has been surrounded by its leader.  Chad Michael Murray is absolutely brilliant as Edgar Evernever and he has just elevated the show to a new level.  He brings so much charisma to his character, but there is also a subtle danger lurking behind his eyes.  He is convincing and a “yummy snack,” as Cheryl hilariously pointed out, which is going to give Betty Cooper quite a challenge.

What’s next for Edgar Evernever?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but he has just agreed to a meeting with Betty and tells her that she can ask him any questions.  We know that Betty is always up for a challenge, but Edgar may be her most difficult opponent yet.  He is so calculating and strategic, but he also illuminates empathy and understanding, which is what his followers see in him.  We know that Edgar has a lot of secrets behind closed doors, but I am looking forward to seeing his character explored even further, as we submerge ourselves deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding The Farm. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 16: “BIG FUN”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 16, I remembered why I love Riverdale so much.  It’s not always easy to do a musical episode, even though some shows have done an amazing job in the past, but Riverdale continues to provide us with the “BIG FUN” for sure.  It doesn’t feel forced or out of place, it just works and it gives us some great entertainment along the way, while continuing to further the plot.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-One:  BIG FUN,” our characters participate in the Heathers musical, but are in for a surprise when Evelyn Evernever is announced as the co-director of the play.  Meanwhile, Veronica’s family begins to fall apart, Toni and Cheryl have a dance-off filled with attitude, and Jughead tries to follow up on a lead that could tie back to his mother.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 16 are:

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“Let’s fight for us.”

Even though we have a fabulous musical going on, the drama continues between some of our favorite couples.  The cat is out of the bag, thanks to Evelyn’s obnoxious share time circle, and everyone now knows about Archie and Josie.  Veronica takes the news surprisingly well, but she is distracted with her own issues at home.  Is Archosie just “two lonely souls filling a void” or is there something more here?  Archie suggests that they take that leap of faith together and find out who they are as a couple.  Even though Josie is hesitant at first, it looks like Archosie is still going strong for now.

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“You make me feel better.”

During the episode, Veronica finds out that her parents are separating and she is devastated by the news.  Even though the Lodge family is far from perfect, Veronica insists that they can all work together as a family, but Hiram coldly tells her that he knows about Hermione trying to have him killed and tells her that they are not a family anymore.  Veroncia requests that they show up one final time together at the musical so she can try and hold on to some kind of happy memory, which they agree to for their daughter’s sake, but Hiram is not someone you want to cross.  Now that he knows that his wife has betrayed him, what will be his next move?  Meanwhile, Veronica runs back into the arms of Reggie during all of this, desperately trying to feel something, but she realizes that Reggie has stronger feelings for her and that maybe this wasn’t the best decision, even though Veggie fans are rooting for them.  Are they end game?  I’m not so sure about that, but Reggie thinks that they should cool it for a while until Veronica can figure out what she wants.

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“You let it go.”

Jughead finds out that his old trailer could be potentially used to make drugs and he is beyond upset.  Jughead still clings to many memories here, but he also wants to stop his mother’s drug operation.  Betty gives him some advice and explains that he can just let it go, but it looks like Betty is starting a trend of burning things to the ground.  Even though burning the trailer brings Bughead closer, I am worried that Betty’s darkness has re-surfaced, but will she take this rage out on the Farm or on someone she loves?

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“Maybe it’s not too late for us.”

While everyone practices for the musical, Cheryl shows off that she is the ultimate HBIC or the “demon queen of high school,” as if she were made for the role of Heather Chandler.  However, Cheryl is less than thrilled when Kevin announces that Toni will be the choreographer.  Toni and Cheryl continue to clash during a dance-off and the tension escalates when Toni wears a red ensemble, as Cheryl reminds her that “I am red…here, I invented red.”  The bitch is back and I wasn’t really liking it, as Cheryl has come so far with the help of Toni.  Fear not Choni fans, Toni gives Cheryl an olive branch of sorts and the two finally talk about their fight, suggesting that it is not too late for them after all.  Cheryl is used to an “all or nothing” approach to love, but Toni tries to remind her that this is not always the way.  Our favorite couple is reunited and they even share a kiss, having Choni fans cheering everywhere. 

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“I knew my dad would like it.”

Evelyn has been announced as the co-director of the play, which Betty is not thrilled about at all, recognizing an ulterior motive here.  Betty puts her spy skills to the test and finds out that Evelyn has been inducting some of her classmates into the Farm, but Principal Weatherbee seems unconvinced by Betty’s evidence, suggesting that perhaps he is also caught up with the Farm.  At the end of the musical, a slow clap begins, as Edgar Evernever, played by One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray, stands up.  Others follow his lead, suggesting that the Farm is everywhere, but will Betty and Jughead be able to get to the bottom of this now that Edgar is out in the open?  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 13: “I Was Reborn”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 13, Gladys reminded us that “beggars can’t be choosers,” but what happens when you can’t be content with settling?  After all, there is always another negotiation waiting to be made in Riverdale, but are you prepared to deal with the consequences?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Eight:  Requiem for a Welterweight,” Archie pours his heart and soul into boxing, but winds up in a dangerous situation.  Meanwhile, Betty investigates the Farm further to protect her mother, Jughead has an eerie encounter, and Cheryl and Toni continue to clash.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 13 are:

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“You want me to spy on my father for you?”

Veronica typically has no issues with spying on her own family, but she has second thoughts about it when Gladys approaches her with this very same idea.  However, Gladys is smart and strategic and reminds Veronica that they both want the same thing.  Veronica desperately wants her family out of the drug game and is willing to let Gladys be in charge, but Gladys proves that she can easily turn on someone, which makes her a very dangerous opponent.  Something tells me that she should not underestimate our girl, Veronica, however.

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“You’re worth more than that.”

During the episode, Archie begins to channel all of his rage into boxing, but he becomes impatient when Coach Keller tells him that he is not ready for his first fight.  Elio is slithering around to make things interesting and agrees to let Archie participate in a fight, but only if he is willing to throw the match for money.  Archie initially seems willing to do so, but Josie reminds him that he is worth a lot more than that.  After Archie has second thoughts, Elio refuses to let him out of this agreement, reminding us that there are always consequences and I really wish Archie would think before he acts sometimes.  Archie trains with Coach Keller and actually puts up a valiant effort in the fight.  Even though it seems like he should have won, the fix is in and Archie is not determined the winner.  At least he has his dignity intact and his relationship with Josie progresses more.  Josie sees the good in Archie and seems to be a positive influence in his life, but I’m still wondering what Veronica will think about all of this.  You know, drama and all that.  Either way, it looks like this ship is here to stay for now.

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“Is this gang mine or yours?”

Jughead begins to realize that he is losing members of the Serpents, as the girls all head over to Toni and Cheryl’s gang, The Pretty Poisons.  Jughead has a sit down with Toni and asks her to come back, but she tells him, “You want me back in the Serpents…make me Queen.”  Jughead cannot honor this request because of Betty, but he also learns that Toni is looking for a real opportunity to lead and she explains that the gang is more of a sisterhood.  However, this sisterhood is learning some serious archery skills thanks to Cheryl and they are ready to kick some ass if needed.

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Cheryl is annoyed about Jughead’s comments to Toni and decides to show him “just how poisonous we pretties can be.”  Toni doesn’t want the group to be considered a “vanity project,” but she is not on board with Cheryl’s methods either.  Cheryl wants to  make an impression and remind everyone that they “are not to be dismissed or trifled with,” and the girls beat up some of the Serpents to further their point.  Toni confronts Cheryl about it later on and is very upset that she did this without talking to her first.  Cheryl tells Toni that the gang is still hers, but it looks like this group is driving a wedge between our favorite couple, Choni.  Toni is taking her new role very seriously, but Cheryl has to remember that she can’t always be the Queen Bee in every situation.  Let’s hope our girls can get back on track and reconcile.

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“I did what you couldn’t.”

After striking out with Toni, Gladys suggests that Jughead recruit some of the Ghoulies since they don’t really have a strong leader present anymore, now that Penny is gone.  Jughead goes to visit their acting leader, Kurtz, who is beyond creepy.  Kurtz tells Jughead that Griffins and Gargoyles is not just a game and reminds him that “only the worthy will ascend.”  It seems like the remaining Ghoulies are too into the game to recognize reality, but Gladys recruits them anyway, making her presence known in Riverdale rather quickly.  What is her end game here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but we definitely have a new player in town, as she also successfully gains control over the drug game and Hiram agrees to handle the prison.  That is, as long as FP can send him lots of new potential inmates.  Watch out, FP.

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“I was reborn.”

So, I was excited that we finally got to submerge ourselves into the Farm story a little bit more in this episode.  Alice tells Betty that she is being baptized into the Farm and even gets her old wedding dress altered for the occasion.  Jughead gives Betty some advice and tells her to embrace it or pretend so that she can see what is truly going on.  Betty puts her Nancy Drew skills to good use and begins investigating the Farm.  She can’t find a photo of Edgar Evernever anywhere, although I want to point her in the direction of a One Tree Hill rerun, but I’m sure we’ll get there soon enough.  Can’t wait to see you on the show, Chad Michael Murray! 

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Betty finally receives a tip from a woman named Martha who agrees to meet her.  Martha explains that members of the Farm are expected to get as close to death as possible to see the truth and even mentions “ascension,” which provides us with a link to Griffins and Gargoyles.  Does that mean that Edgar Evernever is the Gargoyle King?  Sounds a little too obvious to me, but there is definitely a connection here.  Betty finds out that Martha’s sister died by drowning when she was baptized and Betty rushes off to save her mother.  When she arrives, Polly has been holding Alice down under water, which is beyond disturbing.  I mean, I know you are in a cult here, but that’s your own mother.  Just saying.  Alice is initially not breathing, but Betty performs CPR and saves her.  Yay!  Later on, Betty talks to her mother and hopes that she will finally see the light, only Alice is under the impression that she was reborn and is now ready to give herself over to the Farm entirely and even plans on selling their house.  It looks like you have some more work to do, Betty.  We support you!  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!

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