Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 18: “She’s her Father’s Daughter”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 18, the Invasion of the Body Snatchers drama continued, as some of our favorite characters dove deeper into trouble.  Whether they were looking for answers or comfort, darkness is never too far away in Riverdale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Three:  Jawbreaker,” Jughead works with FP to investigate the town’s latest murder.  Meanwhile, Betty tries to get through to Alice, Toni worries about Cheryl’s involvement in the Farm, and Archie is up for a rematch with Veronica’s full support.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 18 are:

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“I felt reborn.”

In the beginning of the episode, Betty continues her conversation with Edgar Evernever, who begins to reveal more about himself.  Edgar explains that he previously felt lost and found himself on a farm, which made him want to recreate that feeling of being reborn with his own farm.  Betty recognizes that it sounds like a nice story and all, but she is not buying it whatsoever.  Edgar does not reveal anything about how Cheryl and Alice are seeing their dead relatives, as he vaguely explains that they are discovering the best versions of themselves.  Betty refuses to let Edgar turn everything around on her and decides to get through to her mother once and for all.

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“I’m always in your corner…”

Archie feels very passionate about honoring Baby Teeth’s death and Veronica works with him to get their gym, the El Royale, in the spotlight.  Elio agrees to let Archie have a rematch against Randy, but decides to dose him with “G,” which is some kind of bad batch of fizzle rocks that apparently turns people into zombies.  Not really, but the foaming at the mouth and the extreme behavior sort of had me thinking along those lines.  I mean, they are only a town away from Sabrina and Greendale so anything is possible.

Archie is able to knock Randy out, but the drugs may have actually done a lot of damage, as Randy is not waking up yet.  Even though the fight was entertaining, I was more interested in the lingering stare between Archie and Veronica.  Is there hope for Varchie?  It looks that way and even Josie notices that Veronica certainly didn’t hold back when she purchased Archie some new attire for the fight.

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“You’re a daughter who wants her mother back just like I want my girlfriend back.”

Finally someone else notices what is going on with the Farm!  After Cheryl trades in her signature red for a white ensemble, Toni is beyond concerned about her.  Toni approaches Betty, who fills her in on what she knows so far.  Toni continues to try and get through to Cheryl, but Evelyn has other plans.  Evelyn confronts Toni and Toni tells her, “Bitch I love her and she loves me.”  Seriously Evelyn, you better watch out.  Evelyn proves to be manipulative and conniving, as she tells Cheryl that she needs to choose between Toni and Jason.  Toni says that there has to be another way and begins her own runway walk down the halls sporting some white attire.

I was a little worried that we had lost our girl Toni to the Farm as well, but she is undercover, still working with Betty.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the interactions between Betty and Toni in this episode.  We don’t typically see too much between these two, but they both have a common goal now and I’m interested to see them continue to work together to bring down the Farm for good.

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“I will kill you…”

After crossing Toni, Evelyn makes the mistake of confronting Betty.  Betty has had enough and slams Evelyn against a locker and threatens her.  Go Betty!  She tells her that she sees right through her and wants her to stop messing with her and her family.  Betty doesn’t want to give up on her mother and even resorts to kidnapping her and keeping her in Dilton’s bunker.  It seems a bit extreme, but Betty will do anything for her mother.  Betty tells Alice, “The past is part of who you are,” but Alice doesn’t seem to want to remember the pain.  Alice even begins burning the old photos that Betty shows her and Betty comes to the realization that she may need to let her mother go after all. 

After listening to one of the tapes, Betty hears her mother’s thoughts on her, recognizing the same darkness in Betty that she saw in Hal.  Betty continues to confide in her father about everything, but now he wants a favor in return.  He’s ready to return home, but I’m not really sure how that would work.  I mean, you don’t just get to leave prison and all.  Betty is continuously pushed again and again, but will this release the darkness within her or will she channel her love for her friends and family?

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“Save the little princess.”

After Jughead and FP catch Kurtz, Kurtz continues to be overly creepy and tells Jughead that “Baby Teeth was only the warm up to the ultimate quest.”  He further explains that there is still one final game for Jughead and his family and we cut to Jellybean being brought to the Gargoyle King.  I have so many questions here.  Now that we have been focusing on the Farm so much, the Gargoyle King has taken a back seat, but it looks like he or she is done hiding in the shadows.  However, why is the Gargoyle King so interested in the Jones family?  Is there a connection between the Gargoyle King and Gladys?  We know that she is controlling the drug trade, but is she somehow pulling the Gargoyle King’s strings as well.  I previously thought that Hermione could be the woman behind the mask, but I’m not really sure what she would get out of hurting the Jones family.

There are a lot more players now and it’s difficult to determine who is the true Gargoyle King.  Jughead also previously thought that perhaps Baby Teeth was murdered by a copy cat killer.  Baby Teeth clearly struggled and he had a matchbook stuck in his throat from the Maple Club, which also potentially incriminates Penelope Blossom.  We know that there is a connection between the Gargoyle King and the Midnight club from so many years ago, but what is the real motive here?  If the Jones family is at the center of it, we need to carefully look at all of their potential allies and enemies.  It looks like no one can really be cleared as innocent, but what is their end goal?  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 12: “Pretty by Day, Poison by Night”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 12, Choni fans finally got to witness some quality screen time for our girls, Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz.  And I have to say, it was worth the wait!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Seven:  Bizarrodale,” Tom and Sierra are ready to get married, but the Gargoyle King has some other plans for the Midnight Club.  Meanwhile, Archie continues to grow closer to Josie, Veronica comes face to face with Jughead’s mom, Kevin is tired of hiding in the shadows, and Cheryl and Toni have their first fight.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 12 are:

5

“And suddenly I’m in an episode of Ozark.”

I have to admit that Veronica drops some of the best references on the show and it is well appreciated.  We may not be in Ozark, Missouri, but Riverdale has its own set of problems to deal with.  After destroying the drugs last week, Veronica learns that her actions may have some very steep consequences.  After realizing that she does not have enough money to cover her debt, Veronica and Reggie come face to face with Gladys Jones, otherwise known as Jughead’s mom.  Gladys agrees to put Veronica on a payment plan of sorts while taking Reggie’s beloved car as collateral, but she reminds them not to tell Jughead about her involvement here.  Now that Gladys and Jellybean are back in town, something tells me that the drama will not stop here.  What else does Gladys have up her sleeve?  We’ll have to wait and find out, but I’m looking forward to exploring it further.

4

“So maybe I can help you feel a little less alone.”

Or maybe you are going to end up kissing Josie, but are you really ready for a new relationship, Archie?  During this episode, Josie and Archie continue to grow closer.  Archie agrees to take Josie to her music audition and truly listens to her about some of her hopes and doubts about life.  Their friendship has blossomed into something more, but what will happen when Veronica finds out?  We know that Veronica has moved on to Reggie, but is she truly over Archie?

3

“We finish the game we started.”

Tom and Sierra are excited to announce their wedding, but even the Gargoyle King wants to send his or her best wishes.  We quickly learn that the rest of the Midnight Club have received similar notes and are told that they must finish the game to protect their children.  Only we soon learn that it was a distraction, leaving all of their children in potential danger.  It seems like the adults in town need to take some much needed cues from their children.  Perhaps we needed more screen time for Betty Cooper in this episode so she could school the adults again.  Either way, we know that the Midnight Club is still very much involved here and we still have a lot of unanswered questions.

2

“You wanted to destroy what you couldn’t have.”

Kevin and Moose finally got some screen time in this episode as well, as Moose decides to finally come out to his father, which was no easy decision.  While Moose is under the impression that his father is supporting him, Mr. Mason decides to recruit some of the junior ROTC members and kidnaps both Kevin and Moose, while posing as the Gargoyle King.  Luckily, everyone arrives before anyone is hurt, but Mr. Mason explains that there was no poison in the chalices and he was never going to hurt the boys.  Later on, Mr. Mason reveals that he had once possessed romantic feelings for Tom Keller back in the day and was rejected.  Clearly Mr. Mason is not over this, but taking it out on your son is not the way to go.  Also, it seems like pretty much anyone can just find this Gargoyle King mask and try to get their dirty work done without being caught.  While it looks like this may be the end for Kevin and Moose, something tells me that Kevin has someone out there who is truly worthy. 

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“We know how to dominate too.”

The wait is finally over, as Choni fans got to witness some quality screen time for our favorite couple.  Although, it was not all happy moments for these two, which actually really helped elevate their couple status for me.  During the episode, Cheryl is upset to find out that her mother is trying to prevent her from being accepted into the college of her choice because of her alumni status.  After almost outing Moose in front of the entire school, Toni and Cheryl have an argument, as Toni sheds some light on what really matters in life.  Later on, Toni and Cheryl take on “operation fifty shades of blackmail” and Penelope eventually folds so that Cheryl has an in at her college of choice.  After all, she can’t have her Maple Club clients exposed.  Previously, Cheryl has always been known to be somewhat selfish, but her character has really transformed thanks to “TT.”  Cheryl gives her interview time to Toni, recognizing her girlfriend’s talent and potential, which is a beautiful moment.  She also takes things one step further, when she forms a new gang of sorts for Toni, realizing how much Toni loved being a Serpent.  The girls will be known as “The Pretty Poisons,” but I wonder how the Serpents will react to this new group?  Either way, Cheryl finally took a moment to put Toni’s needs above her own and truly expressed her love for her with her actions.

Overall, the episode provided us with some more setup without Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones, who only had about 30 seconds of screen time.  While I appreciated the screen time for Choni and Kevin, I feel like we can still move the plot forward without leaving characters out.  However, the episode still left us with a lot of questions about The Gargoyle King, The Midnight Club, and Gladys’s return to town, but still no mention of the farm.  Either way, I was very excited to see the growth of Cheryl and Toni’s relationship in this episode, as their love has become something more than passionate and beautiful.  It has now transcended into a selfless and unconditional love that is not to be taken for granted.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 11: “The Red Dahlia”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 11, I learned that “it’s not what things are, it’s what they appear to be.”  But when everyone in town is holding on to a secret, it’s hard to know who to trust.  After all, “no one’s innocent in crime town.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Six:  The Red Dahlia,” Riverdale embraces the noir genre, as Jughead Jones tries to uncover the secrets in town.  Meanwhile, Archie continues to spiral out of control, Veronica is determined to find out who tried to kill her father, and Hermione Lodge proves to be a femme fatale you do not want to mess with.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 11 are:

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“A safe place as long as you know the safe word.”

I wonder if the safe word is “syrup.”  Penelope Blossom has been trying to get her brothel up and running in Riverdale for quite some time, but it looks like she is starting off with her secret sex club, “The Maple Club.”  Betty and Jughead uncover it while they are looking for information on Hiram’s mistress and get a lot more than they bargained for when they witness what is going on here behind closed doors.  While I’m not too sure on the scenery here, it’s nice to see some screen time for our couple, Bughead, as they get back to their roots and try to get to the bottom of the mystery in front of them.

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“Well played, Miss Veronica.”

During the episode, Veronica embraces the noir genre and her fashion is on point, complete with an elegant hat, as she goes to hire Jughead Jones to find out who tried to have her father killed.  After confronting her mother, Veronica discovers her mother’s connection to the Fizzle Rocks drug fiasco and decides to have the drugs destroyed once and for all.  This may not have been the wisest decision, as Hermione is far from pleased, but Veronica reminds us that she is very capable and has been paying great attention to both her mother and father for quite some time.  At the end of the episode, Veronica no longer wants to find out the information, but is she perhaps a little bit too good at being a Lodge?  After all, manipulation seems to run in the family, but we’ll have to see what our girl Veronica does next.

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“I’m going to face and kill one more demon.”

Archie continues to abuse alcohol and Fred is not pleased, as he reminds him that “this does not solve your problems.”  Archie receives some unexpected advice from Josie, which is actually spot on.  Josie talks to him about dealing with his demons head on, but Archie decides that he needs to finally face Hiram Lodge after all this time.  After initially going to shoot Hiram, Archie ends up saving his life and the two make a deal to stay away from one another.  But can you really ever make a trustworthy deal with the devil?  Archie listens to Josie and decides that he wants to channel his anger into boxing and start playing music again, which seems to be a step in the right direction.  Thanks Josie!

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“You’re not so innocent, Betty.”

After talking with her father, Betty realizes that the murders around her have all been made to look like suicides by poison and that this trend definitely screams Blossom.  After some more detective work, Betty learns that Clifford Blossom was actually poisoned by the “black widow” or “Red Dahlia,” Penelope Blossom.  Cheryl and Toni have already warned Betty to back off, as Cheryl is mourning the death of her Uncle Claudius, although I’m not sure that there are that many tears here, but Betty continues to use all her resources to figure out the connection.  Penelope reveals that Claudius was responsible for the seizures, suggesting that the Fizzle Rocks run off in the river caused them.  However, Penelope Blossom is no medical doctor for sure, as we are still not able to understand why the seizures only impacted girls so far.  After Betty confronts Penelope about what she did, Penelope tries to explain that she only punishes men and that they are the “real poison.”  She also reminds Betty that she talks to Hal quite a bit and knows that she left Chic to die.  Secrets will get the best of you every time, but I’m sure our girl Betty will be able to figure out a plan.

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“We should agree to keep each other’s secrets.”

After confronting Hermione Lodge, she appears to have nothing to hide.  Hermione is great under pressure and it seems like she may be off the hook, but Jughead Jones knows better.  Hermione may not have pulled the trigger on her husband, but she is pulling all the strings.  Jughead quickly learns that Sheriff Minetta is alive and well and having an affair with Hermione.  Only FP was the one to actually take the shot at Hiram.  Jughead tries to warn his father that Hermione plans to finish the job and frame him, but FP uses his new connection to the media to keep her quiet.  It seems like we are witnessing a strategic game of chess here, but Hermione is not about to let any loose ends remain.  She warns Jughead not to reveal her secrets or she will bring his father down too and she shoots her lover, Sheriff Minetta, proving to be the ultimate femme fatale. 

Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed by the noir themed episode.  Shows like Supernatural and Charmed have pulled this off successfully in the past, using the genre as a filler episode.  However, I am still recovering from the filler episode 9 so I was hoping for something more concrete here.  I will say that the plot did continue to move forward, but I was slightly confused with all the twists and turns and almost felt like I had to take notes just to keep up.  While I love the mystery behind Riverdale, I almost felt like it didn’t even need the noir theme or perhaps it didn’t need it to be present for the entire episode.  Either way, it looks like everyone still remains a suspect in some capacity, but we’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens next!

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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