Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 17, Edgar Evernever reminded us that “memories are often painful, but they don’t have to be. They can be a path to revival.” But when one starts manipulating memories and playing on the weaknesses of others, toying with these memories can become extremely dangerous. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Two: The Master,” Jughead continues to try and stop his mother and the drug trade in his town with the help of Archie and some friends. Meanwhile, Veronica takes a page out of her father’s manipulation playbook and Betty recruits Cheryl to help her listen in on the Farm. My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 17 are:
“This ship has sailed.”
Hermione begins to panic when she realizes that she will lose Hiram’s protection if it is publicly known that they are getting a divorce. Hermione explains to Veronica that being a mob boss’s wife is extremely dangerous, but Veronica does remind her mother that she did try to kill her husband…twice. Veronica does not give up on her family and suggests therapy as an option, but Hiram tells her “this ship has sailed.” Meanwhile, Hermione receives some dead fish, implying a threat on her life. Veronica approaches her father for a compromise. Hiram agrees and has their marriage annulled, but keeps Hermione in the public’s eye to keep her safe. However, Hiram is no fool, as he recognizes that Veronica is the one who sent the fish to her mother. Veronica explains that she had to protect her, but no one said it would be easy to outplay the master manipulator, Hiram Lodge.
“I need your help.”
During the episode, Archie gets a phone call from Mad Dog, who lets him know that he is in danger of being transferred over to Hiram’s new private prison. Archie pulls out all the stops with Veronica’s help and approaches the Governor, asking for a pardon for his friends. The plan works successfully, as the Governor is not looking to have his reputation threatened and Archie gives Mad Dog and the others a place to stay at the gym. Whenever something is going right, Elio suddenly appears, however. Elio offers the guys a chance to fight for money for him and Mad Dog ends up deciding to take his business offer at the end of the episode. Archie warns his friend that he cannot trust Elio, but Mad Dog is determined to do whatever is necessary to help his family. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t wind up in too much trouble.
“This is between me and you.”
Jughead continues to clash with his mother, Gladys, in this episode and he tells her, “Oh I’m not gonna stop until you are out of Riverdale.” Gladys is up for the challenge and reminds Jughead not to cross her. Seriously Jughead, look out for Mommie Dearest, who doesn’t play by the rules. After Jughead tries to intervene more with the drug trade, he messes up his father’s drug bust, which angers FP, but Jughead is not ready to stop. Jughead goes after a major drug operation with the help of Archie and Mad Dog, but ends up getting thrown out a window by that nut job, Kurtz. Luckily, Jughead is all right, but is he in over his head? I’m not sure, but we know that Gladys is not one to be messed with. Will she really push her own son out of the way to further her business though? We’ll have to see how this plays out.
“I’m in, cousin.”
After taking a tour of the Farm, Betty realizes that she will not get too far. There are locked doors and Evelyn leading the interviews, which makes it difficult for Betty to get any real answers. Betty recognizes that Evelyn has some kind of interest in Cheryl and asks for Cheryl’s help. I love the tag team between Betty and Cheryl, as Cheryl goes undercover and puts her acting skills to the test. Edgar meets with Cheryl and talks about how she has already been baptized and reborn in fire based on some of her past experiences, but he takes advantage of her love and grief over her brother, Jason. Before long, Cheryl is done being Betty’s mole and even comments that Edgar is a “yummy snack,” which is absolutely hilarious, but it looks like Cheryl has just joined the Farm. Can Betty help her before it’s too late? Does Edgar have a special interest in Cheryl because of her connections?
“I was wondering when we’d finally meet.”
Betty recognizes that she is on her own and decides to break into the locked door with her trusty bobby pin while Cheryl is getting inducted into the Farm. Betty finds the tapes from her family and takes them to try and get some information, but Cheryl is the one to reveal the biggest mystery of all. Cheryl reveals to Betty that Edgar took her to a room and says that Jason was in the room with her. She explains that she talked to him in the flesh and that the Farm somehow gave her back her brother. Things start to add up for Betty, as she approaches her mother and realizes that Alice has been seeing her son, Charles, in this same way. Edgar finally agrees to meet Betty and the showdown we have all been waiting for has just begun. Betty is not afraid of Edgar; however, and is ready for the challenge. Edgar asks her what she would like to know and Betty simply says, “Everything.”
It looks like we have a lot more to find out, but what is the rational explanation behind Cheryl and Alice seeing their dead relatives? Is Edgar using mind control or is there something else going on here? At the end of the episode, we also get a new quest card that reads, “Defang a Wolf cub.” FP finds another sacrifice in the woods, which reminds us that the Gargoyle King is not finished at all. What does this new quest mean and is there any real connection between the Gargoyle King and the Farm? Also, Hiram’s new prison is now up and running so what does that mean for the town? New episodes return April 17th. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Riverdale below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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