Ranking the top Couples on Television for 2019: Ships that will warm your heart all year round!

As the New Year quickly approaches, it really got me thinking about some of my absolute favorite couples or ships on television.  Whether it was a moment of passion, a first kiss, or a love built on friendship, there were many ships that had my heart skipping a beat, as I gasped for air and fell in love along with them.

It was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite ships for 2019 and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes for their favorite ships of the year on TV.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

Round One featured the following ships/couples from 2019:

  • Cheryl & Toni from Riverdale (Ship name:  Choni) 
  • Charles & Liza from Younger (Ship name:  Charliza)
  • FP & Alice from Riverdale (Ship name:  Falice)
  • Ian & Mickey from Shameless (Ship name:  Gallavich)
  • Murphy & Emori from The 100 (Ship name:  Memori)
  • Villanelle & Eve from Killing Eve (Ship name:  Villaneve)
  • McKenna & Trey from Light as a Feather
  • Veronica & Archie from Riverdale (Ship name:  Varchie)
  • John Dorie & June from Fear the Walking Dead
  • Betty & Jughead from Riverdale (Ship name:  Bughead)
  • Alex & Piper from Orange Is the New Black (Ship name:  Vauseman)
  • Bellamy & Clarke from The 100 (Ship name:  Bellarke)

After your votes, the following ships/couples moved on to Round Two:

  • Villanelle & Eve
  • Cheryl & Toni
  • FP & Alice
  • Betty & Jughead
  • Ian & Mickey
  • Bellamy & Clarke

Loved seeing Bellarke & Gallavich make it to the second round this year!

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After your votes in Round Two, the following ships/couples moved on to the FINALS:

  • Betty & Jughead
  • Cheryl & Toni
  • Villanelle & Eve

Most Spirited Ship Fans:  FP & Alice (Falice) fans deserve some recognition here even though they didn’t make it to the final round.  For two years in a row, these fans have pulled out all the stops to show their support and I adore them for it!

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After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

3rd place:  Villanelle & Eve (Villaneve)

This ship screams passion and danger and we love them for it!

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2nd place:  Cheryl & Toni (Choni)

Last year’s winners still held strong. I loved seeing Choni explore more layers of their relationship this past year. Can’t wait to see what they do next!

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 Drum roll please…

1st place:  Betty & Jughead (Bughead)

We have a new favorite ship for 2019 and I couldn’t be more pleased!  Even though their relationship may take a dark turn in the new year, these two constantly show each other unconditional love and support.

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Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for the upcoming New Year!

View Final Poll Results Here!

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite ships on TV from 2019.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 8: “I’m One Elizabeth Away From Exploding”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 8, I learned that sometimes it’s easier to open up to a stranger about our problems, but when those problems include haunted ghosts, daddy issues, and a hero complex, Mrs. Burble certainly has a lot of work to do.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Five:  In Therapy,” The Watcher returns and continues to send creepy VHS tapes to the residents of Riverdale.  Meanwhile, our main characters take time to meet with the new counselor, Mrs. Burble, learning quite a bit about themselves in the process.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 8 are:

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“Someone needs to step up.”

When Archie meets with Mrs. Burble, he explains that he doesn’t have any interest in going to college, focusing all of his attention on cleaning up the town of Riverdale.  Mrs. Burble tries to get Archie to open up about his father and it’s clear that Archie is embracing this hero complex a little too much, as Mrs. Burble warns him about the dangers of becoming a vigilante.

Mrs. Burble suggests that Archie come up with an anonymous hotline so that he can help others without getting directly involved, but as soon as a call comes through, Archie grabs his mask once again, so it doesn’t look like he is ready to step down from his vigilante role anytime soon.

We know that Archie is desperate to fix things and has the tendency to carry the burden for everyone else, but he needs to watch out before he gets himself, or someone he loves, hurt.

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“I love you most too.”

The Cooper ladies are in desperate need of some therapy, although Alice is now embracing her maiden name.  Alice basically crashes Betty’s therapy session, as these two ladies try to air out their issues.  Alice says that Betty is a little girl, but once they keep talking, she blurts out that she loves Betty most of all and she doesn’t want to lose her.

At the end of the episode, Alice leaves a check for Betty to make up for taking her college fund and Betty tells her that she loves her most too, which was a sweet moment.

Betty and Alice have been through their fair share of trauma, but I hope this is enough to repair some of the damage between them.

Although next week’s episode looks really frightening with Alice holding a knife, so we’ll have to see how this plays out for Betty and Alice.

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“Pause…you’re taking my Vixens away?”

Mr. Honey continues to be Cheryl’s nemesis, explaining that she will need to be cleared through a therapy session before he will reconsider giving her back her duties on the cheerleading squad.  Cheryl starts out with a guard around her, but actually opens up to Mrs. Burble quite a bit, as we start to realize how much trauma poor Cheryl has actually gone through.

Mrs. Burble tells Cheryl that she is “remarkably resilient” and I have to agree, but Cheryl finally starts to open up about talking to dead Jason and her feelings on Julian, suddenly realizing how crazy this seems.

Mrs. Burble has Cheryl take a test that determines that she does not have shared DNA, which means she actually didn’t consume Julian in the womb.

Cheryl may not be haunted anymore, but she shares Mrs. Burble’s theory with Toni, explaining that perhaps someone is messing with her.

Toni is hilariously catching up on some reading with The Amityville Horror, which certainly seems fitting, but now we have to wonder who is messing with Cheryl?

I can’t imagine that Nana Rose or Toni would do this and Cheryl already chased her relatives out the door, so is it possible that Mr. Honey is up to no good here?  Polly?  Penelope Blossom?

We’ll have to see how this plays out, but they better watch out.  Cheryl Blossom is not someone you want to mess with!

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“You should try seeing him through your father’s eyes.”

Even though Jughead is at Stonewall Prep, he gets a session with Mrs. Burble when he is waiting for a transcript.  Jughead opens up about the mystery and scandal behind the Baxter Brothers, but Mrs. Burble suggests that perhaps he should focus more on his homework rather than this conspiracy theory.

Jughead is very guarded as well, but starts to think twice when Mrs. Burble explains that he should try to see things through FP’s eyes, reminding him how much FP has sacrificed for Jughead to try and do right by him.

This leads to a very nice moment between Jughead and his father, but will Jughead completely abandon his investigation?

Probably not, but at least he is getting back on track with his writing now.

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“Veronica Luna is no one’s Cordelia!”

A shining moment for Veronica (formerly known as Lodge) Luna, who is beyond excited when she finds out that she received early admission into Harvard, which is her dream school.  However, this dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she realizes that her father got involved, now not knowing if she received admission based on her own merit or not.

Veronica has always seen her family as rather Shakespearean, but Mrs. Burble explains that perhaps it really is more of a Greek Tragedy.  She talks about Veronica’s relationship with her father being somewhat obsessive, as perhaps Hiram sees a lot of himself in Veronica and Veronica’s drive for business and success stems from her father.

Mrs. Burble explains that the only way Veronica can be free is to “kill her father,” although not with actual murder.  Veronica turns down Harvard and stands up to her father, saying that she is going to win in terms of business, so I guess that means she will be making rum now? 

Either way, this was a very important moment for Veronica.  We have seen her stand up to her father again and again, but it looks like she is finally going to take a stand away from him to find her own purpose and identity.  Go V!

Overall, this episode felt slightly transitional, although I think these moments gave us a chance to reflect on each character and their development over the seasons.  However, we did get some plot advancing moments, as we still don’t know who The Watcher is and we later discover that in the future, Donna and Bret are the ones who claim that they saw Archie, Betty, and Veronica killing Jughead, so it looks like we still have more to uncover with this mystery.

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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 7: “I’m Not As Sweet As You Might Think”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 7, I learned that you don’t necessarily need a beach for the perfect getaway, as Bughead reminds us that “conspiracy theories and a murder mystery to solve” can be quite romantic.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Four:  The Ice Storm,” everyone prepares for Thanksgiving, but revenge is a dish best served cold, as many of our characters plot their next moves.  Meanwhile, Choni teams up with Nana Rose for an appetizing feast, Falice’s dinner plans are crashed, and Archie continues to pay tribute to Fred with his selfless actions.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 7 are:

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“A secret society?”

I was so incredibly thankful to get some well deserved screen time for Bughead, as Betty visits Jughead at Stonewall Prep for a romantic long weekend together.  Only we know that this weekend will absolutely include some sleuthing, as Betty and Jughead try to get to the bottom of Mr. Chipping’s suicide.

Jughead believes that there is more to the story and uncovers evidence that perhaps Mr. Chipping was in a Secret Society at Stonewall Prep that still exists today.  Members wear the mark of Quill and Skull on a tie pin, but does Jughead have enough proof to pursue this further?

Also, was Mr. Chipping blackmailed into suicide to protect the reputation of the Baxter book series or is there something else going on here?

Either way, I feel confident knowing that Betty and Jughead are on the case.

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“Now we’re the horrible parents…”

Finally!  Some amazing moments for Falice!  Ever since Alice returned, I was waiting to see some screen time for her and FP and we finally get it during the Thanksgiving episode.  Alice and FP are looking forward to a dinner alone at Pop’s, but things get interesting when Hiram and Hermione show up.

Alice invites them over and it seems like everyone is getting along just fine until Hiram brings up trying to close down Archie’s community center, which does not sit well with FP.  FP reminds Hiram that he is not his puppet and we get a little bit of a scuffle between these two, but it does spark something within FP.

Alice reminds FP that he doesn’t necessarily need to choose between being a Serpent and a Sheriff, especially since Hiram wants to be a kingpin and the mayor…

Watch out, Hiram.  FP is coming for you!

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“I love you. I’m so grateful to you.”

I’ve been absolutely loving the more developed story lines for Choni and they team up with Nana Rose once again to give us some hilarious entertainment.  We learn that Toni did kill Uncle Bedford and Aunt Cricket is still snooping around, which gives Cheryl an idea.

Cheryl invites her family over for Thanksgiving Dinner and asks Nana Rose to tell the story of the first Blossom Thanksgiving.  Seems harmless enough, but Nana Rose starts telling this dark and stomach-turning tale of how the Blossoms were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Cheryl hilariously asks her family how they are enjoying the meat pies she prepared for the occasion and Toni even rolls dead Jason in for dessert.  Cheryl tells Aunt Cricket that Uncle Bedford will never be found and that she will expose her crimes if she even thinks of saying anything.

I was relieved to find out that this was all an act, but I’m not sure that the trouble is over for Choni just yet, as we still have the creepy Julian doll lingering around.

Either way, Cheryl and Toni take a moment to say how thankful they are for one another, professing their love, which was a sweet and beautiful moment for my favorite couple on the show.

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“I think you’ve got a hero complex.”

I think Dodger’s mom might be on to something here, but Archie is not going to let anyone ruin his Thanksgiving.  Archie, Veronica, and Mad Dog plan a wonderful meal for the kids of Riverdale, but Hiram tries to shut them down.

With his mother’s support, Archie still goes through with the dinner, but Dodger’s mother shows up with some backup to confront Archie.  We see where Dodger gets his winning personality from, but Mrs. Andrews channels her own Dirty Harry to get them out of there.

After reminiscing about Fred, Archie decides to dedicate the center to him and puts up his picture, which was a beautiful gesture.  I think it’s safe to say that Fred is always watching over his family and he would be so proud of Archie.

It doesn’t look like this is the last of Dodger and his crazy family; however, as Dodger is now somehow missing from his hospital bed, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.

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“I’m not as sweet as you might think.”

Classic Betty!  After Jughead goes to get them some food from the vending machine, he crosses paths with someone in a creepy bunny mask, holding an axe.  Our girl Betty saves the day and hits the masked threat with a golf club, proving just how resourceful she can be.

Only we find out that the masked strangers are Bret and Donna, who apparently just wanted to scare Jughead because you know, that’s fun?

This leads to an interesting game of Never Have I Ever, as Jughead tries to get them to admit something about the Secret Society.  Betty decides to do some sleuthing of her own and discovers the Quill and Skull pin in Donna’s room.

Donna claims that she was having an affair with Mr. Chipping and says that he treated her terribly, but Betty thinks that she might be lying to stall.  I think that Betty is absolutely on to something and we even see her channeling her own Carrie Mathison from Homeland, trying to figure out what’s really going on here.

Donna may be good, but she’s no match for our girl Betty, but this will certainly be quite the challenge.

Overall, this was a fun, jam-packed Thanksgiving episode.  The mystery is only getting started and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 6: “No more Secrets, No more Lies”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 6, I learned that it is possible to save a town one kid at a time, but what happens when you decide to make a deal with the devil himself?  Will it be worth it in the end?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Three:  Hereditary,” Cheryl and Toni continue to be tormented by a “demon doll.”  Meanwhile, the Lodge family is reunited, Jughead uncovers a secret, and Betty visits an old enemy to get some answers about Charles.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 6 are:

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“Nothing’s that simple with you.”

Very true, Archie, so perhaps you should heed your own advice?  During the episode, Dodger continues to threaten Archie and the kids, which is making things more than difficult for him.  Hiram Lodge pays Archie a visit and actually has some genuine words about his father, reminding him that he would be proud of him.

I thought this was a nice gesture from Hiram, but you can never truly trust the devil. After shots are fired at Archie’s home, endangering his mother, Archie visits Hiram and asks him for his help. Hiram claims that he can’t help him, but Archie later discovers Dodger rolled up in a bloody carpet outside of the community center.

Dodger’s fate certainly doesn’t look too good here, but I’m more concerned about Archie making a deal with the devil.  I understand that he was trying to protect his mom, but being in Hiram’s debt is never a good thing…oh Archiekins!

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“I’m not giving an inch!”

Hiram is also stirring up trouble with his own family, as he claims that he wants to start a Rum business with Hermosa’s help.  Veronica is not exactly pleased and tells him to leave.  She offers her mother a job as a hostess, but Hermione has a change of heart when her husband seduces her.

Hermione is no stranger to past mistakes, but she clearly hasn’t learned her lesson either.  Temptation is a tricky thing, but it looks like Veronica is the only Lodge standing her ground here.

Go V!

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“Damn you demon doll!”

Cheryl and Toni continue to be tormented by the creepy Julian doll, which seems to be wreaking havoc in Cheryl’s home.  This is not the only thing she has to worry about; however, as her creepy Aunt Cricket and Uncle Bedford show up, asking Cheryl to consider selling the business and house.

Toni reminds Cheryl that this might be their chance to get a fresh start and she’s right, but Cheryl doesn’t want to hear anything else once her aunt and uncle want to go down to the chapel, anxious to protect Jason.

Later on, Uncle Bedford discovers Jason’s body and threatens to have her committed so that they can take over the business, but Cheryl is not about to go out quietly.  After he attacks Cheryl, Toni steps in once again to save her beloved and knocks Uncle Bedford out.

Did Toni just kill Uncle Bedford?  I’m not sure, but it looks like Choni may be in for some more trouble.  Perhaps Nana Rose can help out here…

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“The text doesn’t lie.”

After experiencing some writer’s block, Jughead uncovers that his grandfather actually wrote the first Baxter mystery book and Mr. DuPont took credit for it.  Mr. DuPont is not pleased with these accusations and threatens Jughead quite a bit.

Jughead doesn’t stay quiet; however, and asks Mr. Chipping for help, who seems more than willing to set the record straight.

During a seminar, Mr. Chipping tells Jughead that he’s sorry he wasn’t able to help him and jumps out the window.  As if this wasn’t strange enough, Jughead’s classmates just sit there staring like nothing is wrong.

What the hell is going on at Stonewall Prep?

Is Mr. Chipping dead?

Is Mr. DuPont Jughead’s potential killer?

I’m not sure, but he is certainly not going to make things easy for Jughead, especially now that he will be taking over the class.  It looks like Jughead may need some backup.  Don’t forget to kiss your wonderful girlfriend, Betty!  You need her!

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“Why would I lie at this point?”

Betty continues to try and get some answers about Charles and even goes to visit an old enemy…Chic.  Chic is in jail and is actually pretty forthcoming with Betty, telling her all about Charles’s darkness and how he apparently stabbed someone to death with scissors while on Jingle Jangle.

Betty confronts Charles and has him take a polygraph test, learning that he has been hiding that he is an addict.  After Chic threatens to incriminate Alice by revealing where the body of the Shady Man is, Charles helps FP and says that everything is OK now.

Charles has earned Betty’s trust, but we then see him visiting Chic at the end of the episode.  Charles and Chic seem to be romantically involved and it looks like Chic was working under Charles’s instruction here, but let’s hope that Betty can uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Now that we know that Charles absolutely has something to hide, what does he want from his new family?

Even though suspects are emerging in every episode in Jughead’s future potential murder, we can’t ignore the darkness in Charles.  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 4: When a Stranger Calls

Happy Halloween TV fans!  During the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 4, our characters are threatened on Halloween night, bringing real terrors to life.

Is it just a test or a warning?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-One:  Halloween,” Betty rocks it as Laurie Strode, but her prank caller decides to channel another horror movie.  Meanwhile, Mr. Honey shows what he is capable of, Choni has a séance, and Veronica ends up in a life threatening situation.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 4 are:

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“It’s literally six hours of our house…”

Well, we don’t have to wait that long to find out what’s on the mysterious VHS tape delivered.  Everyone watches it together and finds out that it’s just footage of their house from the street.  Everyone in town begins to receive a similar tape.  There is no note left and we don’t really understand what’s going on here, but everyone in Riverdale is being watched.  I’m intrigued!

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“The Family Man.”

Everyone seems to be having their own spooky adventure during this Halloween themed episode, which was actually a lot of fun!  Veronica is about to close up Pop’s, but a man comes in and asks her for a home cooked meal, revealing that he just wants to get home to his family.

He seems like a nice enough guy, but Veronica later sees a news report revealing that he is a serial killer nicknamed “The Family Man” and he enjoys getting a home cooked meal right before he kills his victim.

Our girl V doesn’t waste any time, as she is able to escape down to her club downstairs.  Luckily, V is aware of her surroundings and she ends up lighting The Family Man on fire before getting out of there.  Go V!

It’s definitely interesting that there are several mentions of Shady Grove during this episode, which is the asylum he escaped from.  Could another serial killer be pulling the strings from inside?

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“Who or what are the Stonewall 4?”

Well Jughead, apparently they are a group of students from Stonewall Prep who have mysteriously vanished over the years.  Even though it’s said to be an urban legend, I think that Jughead is really about to become the fifth member of this group, especially since we know that he goes missing during spring break in the future.

Jughead decides to do some research of his own, but his plans get put on hold when his fellow students decide to lock him in a box as some kind of twisted initiation because you know…being buried alive is totally harmless.

Luckily, Jughead is released in the morning and is all right, but it absolutely makes me suspicious of pretty much everyone at Stonewall Prep.

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“This is so messed up.”

Poor Toni!  Toni tells Cheryl that it’s time to say goodbye to Jason and Cheryl agrees to bury him again, but reminds Toni that he is not going to be happy about it.  After Jason’s body is gone, this really creepy doll begins to show up.

Cheryl thinks that perhaps it is Jason, but Nana Rose fills us in on Cheryl and Jason’s triplet brother, Julian, who died in the womb after Cheryl absorbed him.  Cheryl thinks that they should all have a séance and even Nana Rose participates.

Cheryl admits to pretending, but when Toni agrees to let Jason return, the doll comes back as well and Cheryl swears she has nothing to do with it.

This was really disturbing, but also a lot of fun and it gave Choni some quality screen time.  While we certainly enjoyed seeing them in their costumes, I thought that the spooky moments with Nana Rose were actually really entertaining.  I’d love to see more of these three and I have a feeling that Julian is not going anywhere just yet…

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“Who is this?”

Betty is ready to give out candy and watch some scary movies with Jughead, but she begins to worry when he doesn’t show up.  I absolutely loved Betty’s costume as Laurie Strode, but her prank caller decides to channel When a Stranger Calls instead.  The caller claims to be the Black Hood, but we know that Betty’s dad is dead…

Charles shows up and agrees to help Betty trace the call since it’s obviously not coming from inside the house.  He tells her that it is coming from Shady Grove, which is where Polly is staying, but is she really the one behind the call? 

After Betty puts her in her place on the phone, it seems like everything is back to normal.  She recaps her night with Jughead, but now Charles is listening in on their call.  There’s something definitely not right with Charles, but what is his end game here?

Also, we get another sneak peek into the future and see FP and Betty identifying Jughead’s body.  The face is partially revealed and it definitely looks like Jughead’s fate is sealed, but we will have to wait and see how this unfolds.

Overall, I thought this was a fun and spooky Halloween episode.  It really channeled a lot of old horror movies and presented us with some genuinely scary moments.  Plus, we got to see Archie and Mad Dog in those hilarious costumes courtesy of Katy Keene. Way to sneak that in guys and I’m not sure that the vigilante should wear tights, Archie!  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 3: Saved by the Bobby Pin!

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 3, I realized that change is not necessarily a bad thing.  But what happens when new threats emerge because of this change?  Is it truly possible to earn a clean slate with so many buried secrets?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty:  Dog Day Afternoon,” Jughead adjusts to life at Stonewall Prep, but a new rival doesn’t make it easy for him.  Meanwhile, Edgar calls Betty, but she’s ready for the final showdown.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 3 are:

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“I’ll take those odds.”

In this episode, Archie decides that he wants to turn the gym into a community center where kids can go, especially after Munroe’s (Mad Dog) little brother gets caught up with a gang down at the arcade.  I feel like they could have picked a more threatening spot, but I’ll go with it for now.  Veronica is willing to lend Archie the money he needs, but Archie wants to do things his way.

We get an enthusiastic car wash from the boys, but it doesn’t earn enough money.  After Archie tries out being a vigilante, he ends up taking the money from the drug dealers down at the arcade, but it’s not like they can use that either.

Archie’s mother wants him to get out of Riverdale, but Veronica reminds her that she is willing to invest in her son, explaining that he can do so much good in town and I think she’s right.  The community center is open and it looks like Mrs. Andrews will be sticking around for a while after all.

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“You will do as you’re told.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.”

Even though we get a brief intimate moment between Choni, Cheryl continues to have her chats with dead Jason, which just gets creepier and creepier.  After Nana Rose starts to have some trouble with reality as well, Toni decides to hire a night nurse, Darius.  Cheryl channels her best impression of Beauty and the Beast by telling him that he is forbidden from entering certain areas of the estate, desperate to keep Jason a secret.

Cheryl thinks that someone moved Jason and decides to fire Darius after she discovers that he was in the basement, claiming he heard rats.  It looks like Darius was on to something, as Cheryl finds one of the rats inside Jason’s stomach, which instantly made my skin crawl.

The cat, or the rat, is out of the bag, as Toni finally stumbles upon Jason.  Cheryl actually handles this surprisingly well, asking if Toni has ever met Jason before.

Will Toni be able to bring Cheryl back to reality?  Let’s hope so!

3

“Blood doesn’t wash out…”

Hiram somehow finds out that Veronica is thinking of changing her name and decides to pay her a visit.  He may be in jail, but he owns that jail, which apparently means he can come and go whenever he pleases?  I’ll leave that one alone, but Hiram decides to tell Veronica the story about how he created the Hiram Lodge name, explaining that his name used to be Luna.

Hiram tells Veronica that changing her name will not wash out her past sins, but Veronica decides to go through with it anyway.  Only she won’t be changing her name to Veronica Gomez, she will now be known as Veronica Luna, which clearly infuriates her father.

Will Veronica Luna be able to start fresh or will her Lodge past continue to get in her way?

2

“You need to buy us time!”

After Charles sends in an undercover agent to deliver pizza at the Farm, things go horribly wrong and Edgar decides to get on the phone.  Only he seems to be more interested in calling Betty directly with his list of demands.

Under Charles’s instruction, Betty asks Edgar to release some hostages and poor Polly shows up with a bomb.  Edgar has removed the pin on the dead man’s switch and the timer is counting down pretty quickly, but Betty’s bobby pin comes to the rescue, as she saves the day.  Go Betty!

Betty decides to get Edgar his list of demands since she knows people and shows up at his front door, ready to end this once and for all, but she is clearly outnumbered and is knocked unconscious before anything too major can happen.

1

“Edgar ascended…”

When Betty wakes up, she is held hostage with Alice in a motel room.  So good to see you Alice!  We get an impressive mother-daughter tag team, as these Cooper ladies show us what they are made of.  Betty works on trying to get the innocent Farmies on the bus, while her mother goes after Edgar.

Apparently Edgar wants to get on his recently built rocket, but Alice has other plans for him.  After a gunshot is heard, Betty panics, but Alice is able to eliminate Edgar once and for all.  At least I think so.  You never know on Riverdale!  It looks like this Farm cult story has wrapped itself up neatly, but I’m slightly confused on Edgar’s behavior in this episode.

Part of what made Edgar so intriguing was that he kept his cool and used manipulation to get what he wanted, but he almost seemed like a loose cannon in this episode.  I’m not sure if there are some holes in that plot or if the writers were just done with his story, but I was slightly disappointed with this outcome.

Either way, I’m glad to see that both Betty and Alice are all right.  So I guess it’s on to the next mystery, as Betty and Jughead get some kind of tape delivered to them at their doorstep.  Is this a warning or a threat?  I’m not sure, but we’ll have to see how this all links to Jughead’s future disappearance.  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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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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My performance of the week ending 5/18/19 on TV goes to…

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale. I have been waiting for Cheryl to snap out of this cult obsessed trance for a while now and it finally happened, revealing the Cheryl “Bombshell” that we all know and adore.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.  In the season 3 finale, Cheryl finally realizes that everything is now up to her.  She needs to save her friends from the Farm while also trying to help Betty before it is too late and she does not disappoint.  Cheryl provides us with humor, sassy attitude, and her trusty bow and arrow, reminding us that she never misses a target.  Watch out!

While I adore the relationship between Cheryl and Toni, I really wanted to see Cheryl break out of her shell and re-embrace her own identity.  She gets the chance to do that in the season 3 finale, as she reveals courage and strength, coming face-to-face with one of her greatest fears.  It’s amazing that Cheryl can be so incredibly traumatized, and rightfully so, but still push that aside to help her friends, which reminds us that she is extremely loyal. 

Cheryl is typically thought of as a supporting character outside of the core 4:  Jughead, Betty, Archie, and Veronica.  However, for me, she absolutely stole the show.  While there were plenty of intense moments for all of our characters, I was rooting for Cheryl the entire time, as she became the unlikely hero of the day for me.

What’s next for Cheryl?  It was unlikely that Cheryl would come out of everything completely unscathed, as we see her welcoming home her brother Jason at the end of the episode, keeping his corpse with her at home.  Cheryl has had to process so much and she just discovered that her mother is the true Gargoyle King, which is enough to drive anyone over the edge.  However, this combined with the drama she faced at the Farm, along with discovering her brother’s body, has clearly taken its toll.  I am sure that this will be explored more in season 4 and hopefully Toni or Nana Rose can snap her back to reality.  I personally can’t wait to see what she does next!

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