Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 13: “I Was Reborn”

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:

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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! 

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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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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:

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“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.

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“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?

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“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.

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“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!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post some of your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  I would love to hear from you!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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