Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 5 Episode 3: “Graduation”

Happy Friday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 5 episode 3, Betty and Jughead asked an important question: “are we just doomed to be haunted by this town for the rest of our lives?”

While graduation is a celebration, it is also a moment of change, but will our favorite characters keep to their word or go their separate ways?

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

In episode, “Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation,” everyone prepares for graduation, but not everyone is staying in town. Meanwhile, Archie makes an important decision that may forever change his life.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 5 episode 3 are:

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“What does that mean?”

FP announces in the beginning of the episode that he is going to move with Jellybean to get her some help and be there for her, but Alice is shocked by his decision.

We haven’t really been getting any real screen time for Falice which has been extremely disappointing and when Skeet Ulrich announced that he would be leaving the show last year, I was wondering how this would end.

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Well, it ends with FP riding off on his motorcycle in style, but we do get to witness one more passionate kiss between him and Alice.

The show has grown up a lot over the years and many of the parents don’t really have a place in Riverdale anymore, but hopefully they will stay in touch or pop in for a quick cameo here and there!

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“Stay young for as long as you can.”

Betty brought us a thought-provoking graduation speech and I thought these words were important because many of our favorite characters tend to take on too much at such a young age. Veronica and Cheryl own businesses, Betty and Jughead solve mysteries, and Archie has had to deal with way too much tragedy over the years.

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I loved the idea of the time capsule and even though we have seen this on other shows (Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills, 90210), I thought it was an important milestone for everyone.

But, how will Riverdale change? I’m interested to find out, but I think that leaving high school could be a very good thing for this show.

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“It’s not too late is it?”

We got several flashbacks thrown into the mix and Archie even had a dream where Fred was alive, witnessing him graduate, which brought some tears to my eyes. After learning about the time capsule, Archie makes the decision to join the army.

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While he seems confident in his answer, Veronica is outraged by it because she doesn’t want anything to happen to him, but perhaps this is exactly what Archie needs to find out who he is.

Archie has always been the hero of the town so I think that he is just trying to still embrace that while making his father proud.

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“I have to fix things here…”

Cheryl looked absolutely fabulous in her red gown and of course she has to stand out in the crowd. However, she makes the decision to stay in Riverdale and not go to school with Toni, which had me crying, but I sort of knew it was coming.

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I think that Cheryl has the potential to do some real good in town, but let’s hope that this isn’t the end of Choni for good. My heart can’t take that!

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“I should have told you right when it happened.”

Meanwhile, the breakups continue as Betty finally comes clean to Jughead and tells him that she kissed Archie. They seem to get over it pretty quickly, but there is a divide that forms between them and Betty goes off to college early.

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Jughead is left alone in town, but his friends make a pact to meet back at Pop’s in a year.

Only Jughead is the only one who returns, but what does this mean?

Are the others truly too busy? Have they really moved on?

Next week’s episode looks really confusing and presents us with a what-if extreme for each of our characters set seven years in the future, but I’m hoping that we get a new mystery in town to bring them all back together again. The trailer seemed really chaotic and almost ridiculous so I’m hoping that this is not the true direction of the show, but change could be a very good thing. Let’s just execute it properly!

Stay tuned Riverdale fans!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 5 Episode 2: “The Preppy Murders”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 5 episode 2, reveals were made and second chances were given…

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

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders,” someone is targeting the group from Stonewall Prep, dangling clues for Betty and Jughead. Meanwhile, Cheryl attempts to redeem her family’s reputation, the Lodge women attempt to bring Hiram down, and Archie has a breakdown.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 5 episode 2 are:

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“We’re shutting you down.”

After a close call with a group of Hiram’s enemies, Veronica is saved by…Hermosa. Yeah, apparently Hermosa carries a gun and knows how to use it. I’ll skip that and fast forward to the part where Veronica, Hermosa, and Hermione agree to team up to finally bring Hiram down.

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After several attempts, Hiram gives in and it looks like he is going to be taking a vacation for a while…only Hermione will not be joining him as she announces that she is divorcing him and becoming a Real Housewife of New York…talk about an exit!

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“I’ve got some work to do here in Riverdale.”

Even though it seems like Toni is still trying to work on things with her family so that she and Cheryl can live happily ever after, this has ignited a fire within Cheryl and she is determined to make things right once and for all.

Cheryl tries to convince her family to let her re-brand the business so that she can finally do some good, but they don’t agree. This forces Cheryl to turn to Penelope Blossom, who apparently poisons her entire family…yep, don’t get on her bad side.

Cheryl is in charge and maybe she can finally do some good. Even though things are a little rocky for Choni, they did take that mini vacation together, but I was happy to finally see Cheryl in her element.

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“You can’t just fight the pain away.”

Good point, Uncle Frank, but Archie is determined to. The video tape left for him has really brought all of his emotions and grief to the surface. Archie visits his father’s grave and struggles throughout the episode when his mother asks him if he would consider making a statement to help the kid who killed his dad.

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In the end, Uncle Frank comes to help out and lets Archie beat him up so that he can release all of the pain and it looks like Archie is finally coming out of this dark spot. He ends up writing a letter to help the kid as well, which was no easy task. He had me in tears a few times during the episode, but what comes next for Archie after graduation? Well, hopefully he can actually graduate…

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“You got sloppy…”

I really love it when Betty takes someone down. After getting a cryptic phone call from Bret, he is found dead in his cell the next day and his eyes were gouged out…yuck. Betty gets a call from Donna and learns that someone is targeting them. Later on, we finally get the reveal that many of us guessed from the start.

The serial killer is…Charles. Apparently, Charles thinks that he is Dexter and only kills bad people…

Either way, Betty is not buying it and we also finally hear about his accomplice, Chic, who was the one who killed Bret in jail.

Mystery solved…except he is not behind the video tapes.

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“Are you the one making those video tapes?”

So, we don’t have to wait too long to wrap up the other mystery as we discover that the person behind the creepy video tapes is…Jellybean Jones.

Yep, all of these weird appearances from Jellybean finally make sense and she is the one with access to pretty much everything.

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Jughead asks her why and apparently this was to keep him home. She thought that giving him a mystery would keep him close to her, but Jughead explains to his dad that he is not sure that she fully comprehends what she did and I’m a little worried about her well-being. Apparently, she was working with that weird kid Ricky we used to see her with.

Sure, she didn’t harm anyone, but those video tapes really hurt people. Look what they did to Cheryl and to Archie…there need to be some consequences…like, send her to a family member’s place for a while? I mean…something?

Either way, the mysteries are solved and we can finally move on to graduation. This episode was jam-packed with quite a lot once again and it still had that erratic feel. I’m feeling a little rushed with all of this and I am anxious to get to a new mystery so that we can get back to the Riverdale I love and enjoy.

Stay tuned Riverdale fans!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “13 Reasons Why” Season 4 on Netflix: High School is Over

**Major spoilers have been left out for your convenience so feel free to read on!**

“Life is a pretty spectacular thing.”

The final season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix on June 5th 2020 with 10 new episodes (Approximately 58 minutes in length) in season 4. It stars Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, and Miles Heizer.

The show is based on the novel written by Jay Asher. It follows a young high school student who suffers from depression after dealing with bullying and betrayal. The series allowed us to see things from Hannah Baker’s perspective in the first season, but the other seasons focused more on the lives of her friends and family members as they coped with grief and other significant changes.

If you are a fan of this show, then you know that it is like nothing else you have ever seen. It tackles a lot of important and sensitive issues without holding anything back. When the show first premiered, there was a lot of controversy surrounding it and there are several warnings that come up before each episode that should not be ignored.

Coming to the end of a brilliant series is not easily done, but does 13 Reasons Why give our beloved characters the proper farewell they deserve? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Moving performances by Dylan Minnette, Alisha Boe, and Brandon Flynn.

The entire cast is great, but this trio really gives us some heart-wrenching moments that will have you in tears. They are real, believable, and thought-provoking. You can truly empathize with them. You can easily imagine them as your own best friend or brother or sister. In a way, we have really watched them grow up on screen. 

When I first started the series, I had mixed thoughts on all of the characters and while Clay Jensen stole our hearts and compassion from the very start, Justin and Jessica really went through important character transformations throughout the series.

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Proper goodbyes.

A lot of series don’t really get the chance to give each and every one of their characters a proper send off. Some series are canceled too early and others drag things out too much. However, I thought that 13 Reasons Why did a really great job of allowing us to truly say farewell to each character.

High School can often feel like the end and unfortunately, it is the absolute end for some of our beloved characters. But for others, it is just the beginning of their journey and we can all relate to that.

While some characters discovered new relationships and passions, others went down dark roads of despair. But each one got enough screen time so that we could appreciate and understand their growth. Not just in high school, but in life.

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Episode 6

Each episode gave us some tropes about the end of high school. We got to witness a senior camping trip, college interviews, the prom, and graduation. However, I thought that episode 6 almost could have been a standalone for the series.

It was so intense and it really brought me back to that same feel I had while watching season 1, which I appreciated. Again, the warnings should not be ignored on this series and I strongly recommend watching it with someone else, but I thought the writing and direction for this particular episode was brilliant.

The Cons:

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Unsure of its plot.

A lot of season 4 focuses on Clay’s anxiety, especially after coping with what happened to Bryce and Monty. It is not easy to personify mental illness, but I could have done without the cheesy horror effects sprinkled in. They were kind of distracting and it took away from Clay’s actual issues. I thought it would have been better to stick with Clay’s revealing conversations with his therapist, which were extremely well done.

I’m still also not sure what the main plot was. Season 4 was kind of all over the place in certain aspects. In season 1, we focused on Hannah. In season 2, we looked at things from other eyes. In season 3, we watched things from a newcomer and also focused on a murder. However, season 4 didn’t really have much of a plot.

There were moments of pure brilliance and some really heartbreaking ones that still have me in tears, but I guess I was hoping for something to really captivate my attention like with the other seasons.

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Jessica Davis deserved more.

Jessica’s character transformation across the seasons has really been something spectacular. In season 3, she really embraced her strength and identity as a woman and became a leader. However, in season 4, she still talks a lot about these issues, but we spend too much time tangling her up in a love triangle that was unnecessary.

Jessica has been in toxic relationships, but she has also discovered her individuality. I just didn’t want that completely tainted and I thought that we could have moved away from the love triangle plot all together.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in because I have a lot of respect for this show. There are a lot of teen dramas around that skim over important issues and I really thought that this particular one dove right in without censors. There are some moments throughout the show that are extremely difficult to watch, but sometimes we need to watch them in order to process all of these important issues in our lives.

The world can be scary and overwhelming and 13 Reasons Why reminded us that through all of the grief and difficult moments, there are also really beautiful ones as well and that life is worth living. While I had some personal preferences and issues with the final season, I will forever be a fan of this show.

It’s one of a kind and something that will stand the test of time for me.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on 13 Reasons Why in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Mick” season 2 episode 20: “The Graduate”

Happy Wednesday!  After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 20 season finale last night, I think we have all learned a valuable lesson that showing the world you’re not afraid can lead to some unforeseen consequences.   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Graduate,” Mickey is extremely proud of Sabrina who is graduating from high school and off to Yale for college…well so she thought.  Meanwhile, Chip decides to throw a party and Alba gives college life a try.  My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 20 are:

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Mickey embraces parenthood.

Mickey is beyond proud of Sabrina and begins making as much noise as possible when she crosses the stage and they announce that she is off to Yale University.  She begins discussing how much of an impact she had on her life in order to get her here and Chip points out to her, “You’re not a parent.”  Mickey of course shows off these awesome parenting skills by saying, “Well you’re a bastard.”  Even though Mickey tells it like it is without apologizing, she is clearly very happy to see Sabrina take this important step in her life…that is until she finds out that Sabrina doesn’t plan on attending Yale in the fall.

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Mickey goes to see the Dean.

Mickey is very upset when she finds out that Sabrina lied and hasn’t gotten into Yale.  She is not about to let her continue to cramp her style at home, so she decides to take Alba to the campus to pay the Dean a visit and convince her to take Sabrina.  Mickey quickly realizes that getting an appointment with the Dean is almost impossible, as she is told that the next available one is in two months.  However, this does not stop Mickey.  She creates a very inventive and dangerous diversion, which causes a small fire, but works like a charm, as the receptionist goes running outside to put it out.  Mickey begins by telling the Dean how great Sabrina is, but when she sees this isn’t working, she simply tells her that “she’s the worst” and practically begs her to accept her.  After some more threats, the Dean looks up the information and tells her that Sabrina was already accepted.

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“I would have been so good at college.”

When Alba tags along with Mickey to the campus, she quickly realizes all of the benefits of going to college.  You know like “bong rips, hacky sacks, and hot guys.”  Alba is part of Mickey’s diversion plan and takes the Chang family around campus for a fake tour so that they don’t show up for their scheduled appointment with the Dean.  Alba is actually doing a pretty good job and responds to questions without any hesitation.  When asked how many libraries there are, she immediately says “53.”  Sounds like a high number, but after all “nerds love it here.”  After she abandons the Chang Family, Alba is not done with her college adventure just yet.  She takes the name tag of “Melanie” and goes in for an alumni reunion.  Alba is having a fantastic time, drinking alcohol and even striking up a conversation with another former classmate, which leads to a night filled with fun and passion.  The stranger begs to be able to contact “Melanie,” but Alba silences him and tells him that she’ll see him at the next one.

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Farble messes up Chip’s plan.

After Sabrina graduates, Chip decides that it’s the perfect time to throw a “rager.”  Jimmy notices that Emily or “Farble” is hanging around quite a bit and suggests that Chip and she enjoy a sort of friends with benefits relationship.  Chip seems OK with it for now, but explains that his real goal is to get a girl like Madison.  During the party, Madison has a huge fight with her boyfriend and Chip is there to console her and pick up the pieces.  It seems like Chip might actually have a shot here and Jimmy provides some advice by explaining that “sometimes you win a fight by getting your ass kicked.”  Chip stands up for Madison and just as things are escalating, Farble knocks Madison’s boyfriend out of the way.  Madison is beyond grateful and it seems like the plan has worked like a charm…that is until Farble states her claim on Chip and rudely tells her to back off.  Poor Chip.  You were so close!

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“That’s life.  You get wet and then you dry up.”

After Mickey discovers that Sabrina did get into Yale, she confronts her about it.  Sabrina caves in and admits that she’s just really scared about going to college and tackling the unknown.  Mickey decides to show her something and doesn’t really give Sabrina a choice when she yells, “Get in the car!”  Mickey takes her to a bar and explains that when she was around her age, her mother left she and Sabrina’s mother with a little bit of cash.  While Mickey’s sister went off to New York, she decided to buy a Samurai sword instead.  Mickey explains that her sister “took a big swing while she never left the dugout.”  Mickey points to the top of the bar and shows her the Samurai Sword.  Sabrina asks how much it will cost and the bartender explains only $40.  However, Mickey has already decided to put her diversion to good use again, only this time she sets the bar on fire in the process.  Sabrina convinces her to grab the sword which severely burns her hand and she then cuts Sabrina’s ear with it.  After this fiasco, Sabrina tells Mickey that she will try out Yale after all.  Mickey offers the sword up to Sabrina in the rain, as if she is passing on her new destiny in life.  Mickey tells her, “Show the world you’re not afraid,” which is actually quite a heart-warming moment between these two…that is until lightning strikes the sword and knocks poor Sabrina out cold.  The end of the finale reveals that Sabrina is in a coma, short one toe, and her fate yet to be determined.  Will Sabrina be OK?  Will Mickey be able to pick up the pieces?  We’ll have to wait for season 3 to find out!  I hope that Fox picks this show up for another season because it is truly hilarious and heart-warming at the same time.  Through all of Mickey’s antics, she truly loves this family and they love her in return.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on The Mick below. Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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