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:
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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!
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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