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Archie Comics are set in the fictional small town of Riverdale. The state or even the general location of the town is unspecified. The New York Times postulated that "the cartoonist Bob Montana inked the original likenesses of Archie and his pals and plopped them in an idyllic Midwestern community named Riverdale because Mr. Goldwater, a New Yorker, had fond memories of time spent in Hiawatha, Kansas. The CW renewed the series for a third season.
Archie Comic Publications, Inc. (or shortly known as Archie Comics) is an American comic book publisher headquartered in Pelham, New York. The company is known for its many titles featuring fictional teenagers like Archie Andrews, Sabrina Spellman, Josie and the Pussycats, Wilbur of Wilbur Comics, and Bingo Wilkin of That Wilkin Boy. The main Archie characters (Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, and Reggie Mantle) were created by Bob Montana.
Archie first appeared in Pep Comics #22 on December 22, 1941, drawn by Montana and written by Vic Bloom. With the creation of Archie, publisher John Goldwater hoped to appeal to fans of the Andy Hardy movies starring Mickey Rooney. Archie Comics was also the title of the company's longest-running publication, the first issue appearing with a cover date of Winter 1942. Starting with issue #114, the title was shortened to simply Archie. The flagship series was relaunched from issue #1 in July 2015 with a new look and design suited for a new generation of readers. Archie Comics characters and concepts have also appeared in numerous films, television programs, cartoons, and video games.
Riverdale TV Series
Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. It was ordered to series at The CW in May 2016, and the 13-episode first season premiered on January 26, 2017, and concluded on May 11, 2017. It was adapted for television by Archie Comics' chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and executive produced by Greg Berlanti. On March 7, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a second season.
The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews; Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series' narrator. The cast also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Other characters in the series include Fred Andrews, Alice Cooper, FP Jones, and Hermione Lodge, the parents of Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica respectively.
- KJ Apa as Archibald "Archie" Andrews: An intense and conflicted teen, Archie is a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working at his father's construction business. He is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music—against the wishes of his father and his football coach.
- Lili Reinhart as Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper: A sweet, smart, eager-to-please and beautiful girl with a longtime crush on her best friend, Archie. She is tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., so she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice—much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.
- Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge: A beautiful, sophisticated, confident, silver-tongued high school sophomore and former socialite. Veronica is the "new girl" in town and is eager for a fresh start. Veronica sees the move to Riverdale from New York as an opportunity to reinvent herself while making amends to redeem herself from the rich spoiled girl she once was. Humbled from her old ways in the past and from an embezzlement scandal involving her father, she and her mother have lost most of their status and wealth.
- Cole Sprouse as Forsythe "Jughead" Jones III: A philosophically inclined social outcast who was once the best friend of Archie, who is still dealing with the rift that came between them over the summer. His father is the leader of a local motorcycle gang called the Southside Serpents.
- Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge: Veronica's mother, who has returned to Riverdale with her daughter in order to continue a deal established by Lodge Industries and to start an affair with Fred Andrews, following the recent incarceration of her husband Hiram Lodge.
- Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom: A wealthy, entitled, and manipulative girl who recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.
- Ashleigh Murray as Josephine "Josie" McCoy: A striving, competitive, fierce, snooty, and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for the popular band Josie & the Pussycats.
- Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper: Polly and Betty's mother, who is the editor of the local paper. She is a controlling and demanding perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughters.
- Luke Perry as Frederick "Fred" Andrews: Archie's father, who owns a construction firm that he hopes his son will take over one day.
- Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge: Veronica's father, recently incarcerated for illegal activities.
- Casey Cott as Kevin Keller: A high school student who is friends with Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. He is the son of Riverdale's sheriff.
"Riverdale" Season 1 Episodes (2017)
Episode #1: "Chapter One: The River's Edge"
January 26, 2017
During an eventful summer, which includes the tragic death of quarterback Jason Blossom on the Fourth of July, Archie Andrews discovers his passion for music. He soon begins his sophomore year, and expresses his love for music to Betty Cooper, the sweet girl-next-door who is harboring her own secret—her feelings for Archie. Meanwhile, Veronica Lodge, the beautiful daughter of a millionaire facing embezzlement charges, arrives in town, instantly capturing Archie’s affections. Despite the fact that a love triangle is developing, Betty and Veronica become fast friends, united when Veronica stands up against the condescending captain of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom, who may be hiding a secret concerning her brother’s death. Archie’s former best friend, Jughead Jones, begins to write a novel retelling the events of the summer, including what happened between him and Archie. Kevin Keller and Moose Mason stumble across Jason's body by the lake.
#2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" - Feb. 2, 2017
Veronica's kiss with Archie strains his relationship with both girls, while Miss Grundy insists that he not reveal that the two of them heard the gunshot that may have killed Jason since it would also expose their secret affair. Kevin, disturbed by the discovery of Jason's body, refuses to acknowledge Moose's affections for him. Jughead, after accidentally discovering Archie and Grundy holding hands, deduces their secret and confronts Archie for refusing to go to the sheriff. Archie asks his father for advice, and decides to come clean. Cheryl strikes up a friendship with Betty, but it soon ends when it becomes clear that she blames Betty's sister, Polly, for Jason's death. At a pep rally in his honor, Cheryl runs away after imagining her brother on the field; in the locker room, where Veronica has followed to comfort her, Cheryl admits to her that Jason was supposed to "come back". Against her mother's wishes, Betty renews her friendship with both Archie and Veronica, while Archie also reconciles with Jughead. The next day, during science class, Cheryl is arrested due to evidence from Jason's autopsy, which revealed that he was actually murdered a week after the Fourth of July.
#3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" - Feb. 9, 2017
Cheryl is questioned by the sheriff about her role in Jason's death, but she gets bailed out by her parents. Betty, upset with how her mother is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, the Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is horrified to learn that her new boyfriend, Chuck Clayton, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school, and when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on July 4th was fired by the troop's Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes, and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Archie's dad builds him a studio to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence after agreeing to help each other find the truth about Jason and Polly. Dilton reveals that he saw Ms. Grundy's car by the river, and Jughead realizes Archie's secret is at risk.
#4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show"
February 16, 2017
Jughead despairs over the news that the local drive-in where he works is closing, comparing Riverdale to Salem. At the diner, Betty spots Archie and his father having dinner with Ms. Grundy, and she confronts him about their relationship. Under the guise of an interview, Betty questions Ms. Grundy about her life, while Veronica demands answers from her mother; Hermione insists that nothing shady happened. Betty and Veronica meet with Archie and inform him that there is no trace of Geraldine Grundy ever existing, aside from a woman who died seven years ago. They break into her car and find a gun and ID with the name "Jennifer Gibson". Grundy reveals that she was in an abusive relationship, and only wanted to escape. At the drive-in's final night, Veronica spots her mother meeting with the same man from before. Alice exposes Archie's affair and threatens to put Grundy on trial, but agrees not to so long as she leaves town. Sheriff Keller finds that all of his evidence pertaining to Jason's murder has been stolen. Jughead vandalizes the projectionist's booth/former temporary home in full view of the Serpents' leader, who turns out to be his father.
#5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness"
February 23, 2017
Cheryl's parents refuse to allow her to speak at Jason's funeral memorial, but she does so anyway, in the white dress she wore the last time she saw him, and breaks down during her address. Coach Clayton pits Archie and Reggie against each other for the coveted spot of team captain. Archie is introduced to a potential songwriting mentor, who ultimately does not agree to teach him. Trev informs Betty that Jason had become much more secretive in the weeks before his death, and was rumored to be selling drugs. Jughead suggests searching the Blossom family mansion for clues, during which he and Betty encounter Jason's grandmother, who mistakes Betty for Polly and tells her not to let Penelope know that she and Jason were engaged. While cleaning the diner, Hermoine finds a box with a snake inside it, a warning from the Serpents. Betty learns that her family has hated the Blossoms ever since their ancestor cheated the Coopers out of a fortune decades before. Archie is named captain, but turns it down to focus on his music. Jughead and Betty deduce that her father is responsible for stealing the murder evidence.
#6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!"
March 2, 2017
With Riverdale High's annual variety show approaching, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his debut performance leads to a major fallout with Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead's investigations into Jason's murder brings them face-to-face with Betty's sister Polly, who is revealed to be captive at a home for troubled youths, unaware of Jason's death, and seven months pregnant. As Veronica decides to rebuild her relationship with her mother, she learns that Hermione is using her for her own purposes. At the same time, Hermione's first day of work at Andrews Construction brings her closer to Archie's father, Fred. Josie deals with her own family pressures after her father visits for her performance at the variety show. Betty confronts her parents about Jason's death, to no avail, but grows closer to Jughead, eventually kissing him. After, they discover a car hidden in the woods containing drugs and Jason's belongings. However, an unknown perpetrator torches the car and destroys all incriminating evidence before the police arrive, and Polly escapes from the home.
#7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place"
March 9, 2017
Cheryl informs Sheriff Keller that Polly has escaped, and the town organizes a search party to find her. As tensions continue to grow between the Blossoms and the Coopers, Betty finds her sister hiding in the attic of their house. Cheryl offers to help Betty take care of Polly. F.P., after being offered a job by Fred, reveals that he and Fred founded Andrews Construction together, but that Fred kicked him out of the business after bailing him out of jail. Fred counters that F.P. was stealing money from him and abusing drugs and alcohol and that he had no choice. Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's murder, but Fred provides Keller with an alibi. Cheryl suspects that her parents have bad intentions with Polly, and so Polly moves in with the Lodges instead. F.P. is revealed to have Jason's jacket in his trailer.
#8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders"
March 30, 2017
Polly reveals to Sheriff Keller that Jason was supposed to make a drug delivery for "some biker gang", implied to be the Southside Serpents, in exchange for money before both of them ran away. Veronica suggests hosting a baby shower for Polly. Fred's workers leave because of payment by Clifford Blossom. Archie tries to help Fred by getting some friends to continue work on the construction project. After a confrontation with F.P. Jones in a Serpents' bar, Archie realizes Jughead's father is a Serpent. At the baby shower, Penelope and Alice fight over whom Polly should live with. Alice finds out that Hal had previously tried to take Polly to get an abortion and then kicks him out of the Cooper Household. F.P. recruits some of his Serpents to replace Fred's crew, and informs Hermione that Hiram is behind the attack on Fred's construction site. Polly chooses to live with the Blossoms.
#9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion"
April 6, 2017
As the Blossom family's annual maple tree-tapping ceremony approaches, Cheryl asks Archie to be her escort. When he refuses, Penelope offers to get him into an exclusive music school as a favor. Veronica grows close to Ethel, but when Hermione reveals that her father was one of Hiram's investors, she becomes distraught upon learning that he attempted suicide after losing his home. Alice prepares to publish a full-blown expose on the Blossoms, but Hal retaliates for being thrown out by firing her from the paper. Finding that everyone in his life disapproves of him mingling with Cheryl, including Val who believes Cheryl plans to steal Archie away from her, Archie asks Cliff to assist his father in return for him agreeing to help present Cheryl as a worthy successor. The two share a kiss, but a confused Archie leaves. While doing so, he overhears her parents discussing how they conspired to have Hiram arrested. Betty gets a call from Archie, learning that Polly moved in with the Blossoms to learn the truth about Jason's death. She and Jughead decide to write the tell-all expose in the Blue and Gold and ask Alice to join them. Finally realizing that the Blossoms' are using him, Archie attempts to reconcile with Val, but she breaks up with him. Cheryl plots to remove both Archie and Polly from her life.
#10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend"
April 13, 2017
Fred leaves for Chicago to finalize his divorce, leaving Archie alone. Betty learns that Jughead's birthday is coming up, and that he has never had an actual party. She and Veronica persuade Archie to let them throw it at his house. Veronica's father threatens to retaliate against her mother if Veronica refuses to testify on his behalf. The Vixens elect Veronica as their captain for Homecoming over Cheryl, and she retaliates by crashing the party with Chuck and his friends. F.P. also shows up, on Betty's advice. Jughead argues with Betty and tries to leave, but Cheryl forces him to stay for a "game" in which participants are forced to reveal their secrets. Jughead and Chuck get in a fight, and F.P. declares the party over. He urges his son to reconcile with Betty and confronts Alice, implying she was once a member of the Serpents. Archie and Veronica comfort each other and share a kiss. Veronica subsequently changes her mind and agrees to testify on her father's behalf. Fred returns home with, to Archie's surprise, his mother Mary.
#11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale & Back Again"
April 27, 2017
While Archie and his mother reconnect, Veronica learns that her father may soon be released from prison. F.P. questions the purpose of Jughead's novel, urging him to consider moving on. To learn the truth about Hiram, Veronica decides to investigate F.P. as a possible suspect in Jason's murder. The Blossoms, increasingly suspicious of Polly, forbid her to enter their master bedroom. Fred and Mary agree to attend Homecoming together. Polly and Cheryl discover the former's engagement ring in Penelope's jewelry collection, which she claims is because Jason threw it away in disgust after arguing with his father. At a contentious dinner, Alice tries to question F.P., but he shuts her down. Afterwards, he informs Jughead that they will be moving to Toledo to reunite with the rest of the Jones family. While Archie and Veronica perform "Kids in America" at Homecoming, the police execute a search warrant on F.P.'s trailer, find a gun, and arrest him for murder. Jughead disappears, and Archie and Veronica deduce that someone is framing F.P. for Jason's death.
#12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder"
May 4, 2017
Jughead calls his mother, but she refuses to let him move in with her. F.P. confesses to everything, including Jason's murder. Betty and Alice catch Hal trying to destroy evidence, and learn the family secret: the Coopers are, in fact, Blossoms by blood, and Jason and Polly's relationship was technically incest. The Coopers take Polly back to their home. Mary, posing as F.P.'s lawyer, advises Jughead to visit his father, who tells him never to come see him again. With Joaquin's help, the group tracks down one of F.P.'s associates, but find him dead of overdose. The police are summoned, and find a bag full of money with Hermione's initials on it. With both Hal and Hermione cleared as suspects, Jughead and Betty investigate a lead from Kevin, and find Jason's varsity jacket. Inside one of the pockets, they find a thumb drive and discover Clifford murdered Jason, before informing Cheryl. Nevertheless, Jughead learns that his father's other charges will not be dropped. Veronica learns that her father has been formally released, and Mary returns to Chicago. When the police go to arrest Clifford, Cheryl directs them to his corpse hanging in the syrup distillery, next to several open casks filled with drugs.
#13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter"
May 11, 2017
It is revealed that Clifford Blossom was in the drug business and that Jason found out, leading to his abduction and subsequent death at the hands of Clifford. F.P. is cleared of any charges relating to the murder but remains in police custody. Alice reveals to Betty that in high school, she found out that she was pregnant, but Hal sent her to the Sisters of Silent Mercy and made her give up the child, a baby boy, for adoption. Jughead is placed in the care of a foster family and transfers to Southside High. After receiving a text from Cheryl announcing she is going to commit suicide, Veronica, along with Archie, Betty, and Jughead, rush to Sweetwater River, where Archie manages to punch though the ice and save Cheryl. Cheryl later burns down her mansion, much to Penelope's dismay. Archie meets his father at Pop's where a masked man arrives with a gun and demands Pop show him the safe. He then tells Fred to turn over his wallet, pointing his gun at him. Archie tries to save his dad, but Fred is shot.
"Riverdale" Season 2 Episodes (2017-2018)
#1: "Chapter 14: A Kiss Before Dying"
October 11, 2017
After Fred Andrews was shot by a mysterious man in Pop's diner, Archie loads his father into his truck and takes him to the hospital. Archie is quickly joined by Jughead, Veronica and her mother, and Betty and her parents. Sheriff Keller gains a description of the shooter from Archie and calls him in for a lineup, but none of the men in the lineup are the shooter. Archie goes to his house with Veronica to shower, where they make out. At the house, Archie goes through his father's things and finds Fred's wallet missing. Betty and Jughead go to Pop's looking for the wallet, but find nothing. However, Jughead learns from Pop that the shooter didn't take any money from the register, meaning that it was not a robbery, and further's Jughead's suspicion that the shooting was a hit. Jughead asks a member of the Southside Serpents to investigate the shooting, and later finds two serpents in his trailer interrogating another Serpent, proving that the Serpents have Jughead's back. Veronica suspects that her mother Hermione was the one who placed the hit on Fred; Hermione vehemently denies this and tension develop between the mother and daughter. Cheryl Blossom arrives at the hospital, as her mother is being hospitalized for the burns she suffered after Cheryl burned down the Blossom estate. Cheryl tells many of the Riverdale students, who are there to support Archie, that her mother saved her from the fire. Archie talks to his father in his hospital room, who awakens. Veronica's father Hiram arrives in Riverdale, further escalating the tension in the Lodge family. In the nearby town of Greendale, Mrs. Grundy, Archie's former lover and music teacher is strangled and killed by Fred's shooter.
#2 "Chapter 15: Nighthawks"
October 18, 2017
After learning of Ms. Grundy's murder, an increasingly anxious Archie suspects that her death is connected with Fred's shooting, which pushes him to ask Dilton Doiley for a gun to further protect himself. Following the shooting, business at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe has sharply declined, leading Pop to consider selling the diner, but Betty convinces Pop not to sell and instead let her throw a retro fun night to drum up business. Jughead learns that F.P. is facing 20 years in prison and seeks help from Penny Peabody, a Serpent lawyer, who advises Jughead to ask the Blossoms to testify on F.P.'s behalf. Cheryl initially refuses, but relents when Betty extorts her with the video of Jason's murder. With Cheryl's testimony, the judge decides to revisit F.P's sentence, and when F.P finds out Jughead had been talking to Peabody, he warns him of what may come from their meeting. Hiram quietly buys the diner from Pop, but tells Veronica he made a "charitable donation". After the event, Hiram tells Veronica that the family butler, Smithers, has gone on leave to care for an ill relative, which has Veronica suspicious. In the woods, Moose Mason and Midge Klump take some jingle jangle, and as they do so, they are shot dead by Fred's shooter.
#3 "Chapter 16: The Watcher in the Woods"
October 25, 2017
Kevin, who was in the forest, hears the gunshots and rushes to find Midge crying. Moose, who shielded Midge from the gunfire, is hospitalized and survives. Following the incident, Archie founds a vigilante group called the Red Circle, inspired by a comic book he found, to protect Riverdale High students. Dilton Doiley joins, as well as Reggie and other football players. The Coopers receive a letter from "the Black Hood", taking responsibility for the shootings of Fred and Moose/Midge and the murder of Ms. Grundy, leaving Fred's wallet and Grundy's glasses as proof. Alice and Hal prepare to post the letter in the Riverdale Register, while Polly leaves town, fearing for her unborn children. While on patrol for the Red Circle, Archie and Reggie come to the aid of Ethel Muggs. Meanwhile, Jughead begins his tenure at Southside High, where he meets Toni Topaz, a Serpent, who tells him the best way to survive Southside is to ally with the Serpents, while Jughead wants to go his own way. Jughead refounds the school newspaper, the Red and Black, and brings in Toni as a photographer. One night, Jughead stays late, where he is ambushed by a ghoulie (a "thug" at Southside), and decides to make friends with the Serpents. Archie meets Hiram, and Hiram invites him to dinner, while tensions continue to grow between Hermione and Veronica. Kevin keeps going out late at night for runs, which causes Betty to grow concerned. Betty follows him on one of his runs, which leads to him lashing out at her. Hiram tells Archie that Archie should utilize the Black Hood's main weapons (fear and terror) for the Red Circle. Inspired by this, the Red Circle makes a video calling out the Black Hood; Hiram watches the video on YouTube and smiles, satisfied.
#4 "Chapter 17: The Town That Dreaded Sundown" - November 1, 2017
Archie's viral video results in negative repercussions, as Principal Waldo Weatherby demands he disband the Red Circle. Though Archie refuses, the Red Circle disbands regardless due to the football team being suspended but later reassembles when Archie runs afoul of the Serpents and assists him in a rumble, in which Dilton is injured. Veronica finds out that Archie intends to murder the Black Hood and convinces him to discard his gun. Betty receives a letter from the Black Hood, revealing that her speech from the jubilee ball inspired his actions and gives her a cipher that only she could solve. Mayor Sierra McCoy (Josie's mother) hosts a town meeting to discuss action against the Black Hood, in which Alice blames the Serpents, but Fred argues against letting fear rule them. Betty and Jughead figure out that the Black Hood intends to attack town hall and have the meeting evacuated, before showing the letter to her parents, Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy. Later, Betty receives a call from the Black Hood.
#5 "Chapter 18: When a Stranger Calls"
November 8, 2017
The Black Hood reveals to Betty that he knows where Polly is and threatens to kill her unless she publishes a mugshot of Alice, who at the time was a teen on the Southside, which she does. Hiram invites the St. Clair's, friends of the Lodges from New York. On the Southside, Jughead attempts to stop Sweet Pea and the Serpents from blowing up the Riverdale Register office and decides to join the gang to prevent unnecessary violence from happening. Betty's next call from the Black Hood forces her to cut ties with Veronica and Jughead, which she confides in Archie. At the Lodge's open house event, Nick St. Clair drugs Cheryl and takes her back to his hotel room to rape her, but is stopped and beaten by Veronica and the Pussycats. Betty receives a call from the Black Hood telling her to go to an abandoned house, where she'll find who the Black Hood is. Jughead and Toni sit in his trailer, where he tells her his relationship with Betty is over; they kiss. Back at Betty's house, the Black Hood tells her that by telling Archie, she has broken the rules and he will now kill Polly unless she gives him the name of a "sinner" to kill, to which Betty names Nick St. Clair for his rape attempt.
#6 "Chapter 19: Death Proof"
November 15, 2017
The Black Hood challenges Betty to find the identity of The Sugarman, who has been supplying the jingle jangle to Riverdale. Cheryl wants to press charges against Nick, whom the Black Hood did not attack, but Penelope agrees not to in exchange for money from the St. Clair's. Archie goes to Southside High, where he saves Jughead from a raid organized by McCoy and Sheriff Keller. Tall Boy, F.P.'s right hand man, reaches an agreement with the Ghoulies, the dealers of jingle jangle. Jughead and Archie visit F.P., who tells Jughead to challenge the Ghoulies to a race. During the race, Archie pulls the brake on Jughead's car, and reveals he called Sheriff Keller, who arrests the Ghoulie leader. Veronica convinces Hiram and Hermione to stop investing with the St. Clair's, while Cheryl does the same with Penelope. Later, the Lodges receive a call that the St. Clair's have been run off the road, but will recover in months. Penelope reveals to Cheryl that the Sugarman is Robert Philips; Cheryl later tells Betty, who exposes him in the Blue and Gold. Philips is subsequently arrested and shot by the Black Hood in jail.
#7 "Chapter 20: Tales From The Darkside"
November 29, 2017
After killing Phillips, the Black Hood leaves a letter at Pop's challenging Riverdale to go 48 hours without sinning, or he will kill again. Jughead is enlisted by Peabody to deliver a crate of drugs to repay her for her earlier help, which he does with Archie. She says this is a one-time thing, but Jughead later finds she was lying. Josie begins to receive weird messages from a secret admirer, implied to be Cheryl, including a box with a pig's heart. Mayor McCoy reprimands her for coming home late, revealing she has received death threats. Betty, realizing that Phillips was killed in the sheriff's office, believes Sheriff Keller might be the Black Hood. She investigates, but Keller is able to provide proof that he is not the Black Hood. However, Betty and Veronica discover that he is having an affair with Mayor McCoy. Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Josie, and Cheryl all at Pop's. After Jughead leaves to visit F.P., the Black Hood calls Pop to inform him Riverdale failed his challenge, and Pop grimly announces that "The reckoning is upon us".
#8 "Chapter 21: House of the Devil"
December 6, 2017
F.P. is released from jail and begins working at Pop's, intending to quit the Serpents. Jughead and Betty decide to throw F.P. a "retirement" party at the Whyte Worm, so they enlist Archie and Veronica to do the detective work. While Jughead reconnects with his dad, Betty goes to the Whyte Worm to organize the party. There, she meets Toni and tells her she wants to keep watch over Jughead. Archie and Veronica follow a lead on a past serial killer called the Riverdale Reaper, who murdered a family of four before being killed himself by a lynch mob. Their investigation leads them to discover there was a fifth member of the family, which they discover to be the school's janitor, Joseph Svenson. Archie and Veronica confront Svenson, but decide he isn't the Black Hood. At the party, F.P., who is upset that Jughead helped Peabody, decides to stay with the Serpents. Outside, Veronica breaks up with Archie following a discussion about love. Jughead, not wanting to bring Betty into the Serpents' business, also ends their relationship.
#9 "Chapter 22: Silent Night, Deadly Night"
December 13, 2017
Fred receives a hospital bill of $86,000. Failing to convince her parents to help Fred, Veronica sneaks into Hiram's study and finds out that he bought Pop's. She later convinces him and Hermione to stop hiding secrets from her and help Fred. Jughead rallies the younger Serpents, who kidnap Peabody and cut off her Serpent tattoo. Betty and Archie receive a box from the Black Hood, containing Svenson's finger. They then receive a call from the Black Hood, who challenges them to find Svenson. They are able to find Svenson's location, but instead find an empty coffin. The Black Hood then arrives and tries to force Betty into burying Archie alive, but flees when the police arrive. After a chase, Keller shoots and kills the Black Hood before he can escape. The Black Hood is then revealed to be Svenson himself.
#10 "Chapter 23: The Blackboard Jungle"
January 17, 2018
The Lodges strike a deal with Mayor McCoy for land which involves shutting down Southside High, causing Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea and the other Serpents to transfer to Riverdale High, putting them at odds with other students. Archie is approached by FBI Agent Adams, who wants his help on finding proof of Hiram's criminal dealings. Archie agrees to help in exchange for immunity for Veronica and Fred. Archie investigates Nick, who implies that Hiram was behind his car crash, which broke both of his legs. Despite Hal's objections, Betty and Alice track down Alice's son she gave up for adoption, Chic. Chic initially refuses to come with them, but later agrees. Jughead, following advice from FP, gets his fellow Serpents to lay low. Archie reveals to Adams that he secretly doubts Svenson was really the Black Hood. That night, Chic lurks in Betty's room while she sleeps.
#11 "Chapter 24: The Wrestler"
January 24, 2018
Pickens' Day, a day in remembrance of Riverdale's founder, nears. Archie tries out for the wrestling team in order to impress Hiram, a former wrestler. Betty learns that Chic is a webcam model, and attempts to reach out to him. Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather for a school project, learning that he is a member of a Native American tribe which was slaughtered by Pickens. Jughead publishes the story, escalting tensions with the two sides. At the Pickens Day fest, the Serpents protest the event, but Hiram spins their words positively. That night, Archie meets with Hiram, who offers him his business tutelage, which Archie accepts. The next morning, Mayor McCoy, Sheriff Keller, and the Lodges meet at the statue of Pickens, which has been decapitated.
#12 "Chapter 25: The Wicked and the Divine"
January 31, 2018
Veronica's confirmation nears, bringing many Lodge family members and business associates to Riverdale. While serving at a poker game with Hiram and his associates, Archie learns that Hiram is a mobster and his associates are planning his 'removal' after Veronica's confirmation. Archie alerts Hiram to this, and Hiram later arranges that mobster's death. Meanwhile, Mayor McCoy orchestrates the eviction of all Serpents from their trailer park. Jughead and Betty are alerted to the location of the Pickens head by a scrapyard owner, who gives them evidence that Tall Boy decapitated the statue. Jughead and FP put Tall Boy on trial, who reveals that Hiram assisted him launching a mutiny so that Tall Boy could remove FP and Jughead from the Serpents. A strange man comes to the Cooper house asking for Chic, and Betty later returns home to find Alice cleaning up the man's blood.
#13 "Chapter 26: The Tell-Tale Heart"
February 7, 2018
Betty and Alice clean up the man's body and dispose of it with help from Jughead and FP. Jughead sends the Pickens' head statue to the Lodges, which Hiram believes may be a declaration of war. Mayor McCoy attempts to take control of her deal with the Lodges, and the Lodges prepare to expose her affair with Sheriff Keller. Veronica, however, warns her of this, and McCoy resigns from office. Agent Adams attempts to strong-arm Archie into giving him the information, including blackmailing Archie in order for him to plant a bug in Hiram's office. Archie instead reveals this to Hiram. Hiram's driver takes Archie to a private location to meet with 'the boss', revealed to be Hermione. Hermione tells Archie that Adams is actually one of the Lodges' capos and was a test, which Archie has passed. Hermione welcomes him to the family.
#14 "Chapter 27: The Hills Have Eyes"
March 7, 2018
Hiram suggests Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead go to the Lodge's lake house for a romantic getaway. Cheryl, upset over not being invited, calls Jughead and informs him of Betty's kiss with Archie, which causes tension within the group. Veronica and Jughead kiss to "level the playing field". Later, the girls go into town while the guys have a discussion over the close mutual bonds between the four. Back in Riverdale, Josie informs Kevin of their parents affair. Cheryl reveals to Toni that she had a "friendship-turned-lesbian-relationship" broken up by Penelope. At the lake house, tensions arise again when Jughead and Betty learn that Hiram bought the trailer park and the Riverdale Register. A group of men that Veronica interacted with in town break into the house, but Veronica activates a silent alarm. One of Hiram's men arrive and kills one of the intruders, and the four return to Riverdale.
#15 "Chapter 28: There Will Be Blood"
March 14, 2018
Jughead keeps investigating the Lodges' plans, but he cannot use what he finds. Hiram and Hermione want Fred to run for mayor, including financing his run. Hal asks Alice for a divorce, and Polly comes back to Riverdale, while Betty is suspicions of Chic. Clifford's secret will is read, which distributes money to anyone of Blossom's blood, including the Coopers; at this reading, Clifford's twin brother Claudius returns. When Chic refuses the DNA test, Betty steals his dental floss to do her own test. Betty discovers that Chic is not who he says to be and confronts him. After Smithers points Jughead to Shankshaw Prison, F.P.'s inside contact allows them to learn the truth about the Lodge's plans, which forces the Lodges to tell Fred: they want to turn Southside High into a private prison and the housing Fred is building will be for the employees of the prison. Fred refuses to run for Mayor, so Hermione announces her run instead. Archie undergoes a blood ritual with Hiram, pledging loyalty. Meanwhile, Claudius and Penelope plot to get their house "in order", including Nana and Cheryl, who overhears the plan.
#16 "Chapter 29: Primary Colors"
March 21, 2018
Jughead learns Southside High will be turned into a prison, and goes on a hunger strike to protest. Upon hearing of this, Hiram accelerates the timeline for demolition, so the high school Serpents chain themselves to the school to protest. Fred attempts to end his contract with the Lodges, leading to a legal dispute. Hiram asks Archie to cut the Serpents' chains, which Archie does in exchange for Fred being released from his contract. Betty learns Chic's father is not Hal, and the two trade threats. Penelope and Claudius attempt to kill Nana Rose, but she survives. Veronica runs for student president, but her secrets cause her campaign to take a hit, and Betty tells her she can't trust her anymore. Following the protest, Jughead tells Betty he wants to run for student president, with Betty moving in with Jughead to avoid Chic. Cheryl tells Penelope she knows what she did, leading Penelope to get Cheryl committed. Free of his contract with the Lodges, Fred announces he is running for mayor against Hermione.
#17 "Chapter 30: The Noose Tightens"
March 28, 2018
Hermione's run for mayor is considered risky by fellow mobsters Kowalski and Martin, believing it may lead to unwanted investigation. They demand a 25% cut of the prison's profits, which Hiram refuses. Kowalski and Martin, however, turn Hiram's capo Adams into hospitalizing Andre, leaving the Lodges shorthanded on security. Archie scares the two into abandoning the deal with the help of Reggie and other Riverdale athletes. Meanwhile, the car belonging to the man Chic killed is found. The owner of the car demands $10,000 from the Coopers to prevent her from going to the police, but Jughead and the Serpents scare her away. Alice sends Chic away and apologizes the Serpents for her years of badmouthing them. Toni and Veronica discover that Cheryl has been admitted into conversion therapy, and with help from Nana Rose, find out she's at Sister of the Quiet Mercy. Toni, Veronica, and Kevin rescue Cheryl, and Toni and Cheryl kiss. Cheryl soon returns to Riverdale High, which she declares 'will burn'.
#18 "Chapter 31: A Night to Remember"
April 18, 2018
This episode is a musical event covering songs from Carrie: The Musical.
During a rehearsal of Riverdale High's musical production of Carrie, Cheryl calls out those who question her ability to play the lead role of Carrie White by demonstrating her singing ability. After rehearsal, Kevin confides in Jughead that he received several threats demanding that the role of Carrie be recast, supposedly from the Black Hood. Kevin gives in, and Midge replaces Cheryl as Carrie. Tensions arise between Archie and Fred after he finds out that Hiram bought Archie his first car, to which Archie warns Hiram not to get between him and his father. Cheryl, doused in blood, confronts her mother for her actions against the family and demands that she be emancipated. During the performance, a set wall is moved up to reveal Midge hung up to the wall with knives, murdered by the Black Hood who leaves a warning of his return.
#19 "Chapter 32: Prisoners"
April 25, 2018
Following Midge's funeral, her mother, Cheryl and the River Vixens blame Sheriff Keller for her death, causing him to consider resigning. Archie is abducted by Nick St. Clair, who demands a ransom from the Lodges. With her parents unwilling to pay and lacking the money herself, Veronica pretends to surrender herself to Nick but drugs him. Archie manages to escape and they hold Nick for ransom instead. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead investigate Chic and learn from the Sisters of the Quiet Mercy that he is an impostor, resulting in his imprisonment. Betty is secretly contacted by the Black Hood, who offers to get rid of Chic. Betty gets Chic to confess that he murdered her real brother, Charles, by accident and then hands him over to the Black Hood, leaving him to die. Betty lies to Alice that Chic left town before learning that Hal was absent at the time of the exchange, leading her to suspect him as the Black Hood.
#20 "Chapter 33: Shadow of a Doubt"
May 2, 2018
Betty tells Cheryl that she believes Hal is the Black Hood. Hiram restarts The Red Circle in hopes of causing unrest, and help Hermione's campaign. Moose reveals that Midge was having an affair with Fangs. A body, first thought to be Chic's, is found and Betty reveals she feels guilty for his presumed death. Fangs is arrested at school. Members of The Red Circle damage The Whyte Worm, and Reggie later reveals that Hiram is paying them. Betty and Cheryl visit a room being paid for by Hal and find the same book used as a cipher previously. After the Black Hood attacks the Mayoral debate, Veronica wants her mother to stop running but she insists on continuing. Betty confronts her father, and arranges a meeting with him later. The Black Hood then appears at Cheryl's door. Fangs is released from prison, but is accidentally shot amidst the protesters outside.
#21 "Chapter 34: Judgment Night"
May 9, 2018
The Black Hood attacks Cheryl, but she wounds him with a bow-and-arrow. Reggie is accused to be Fangs' shooter, but it is later revealed to be Midge's mother. Veronica searches Hiram's study, where she finds that Hiram planned to reveal Hermione's affair with Fred, but Hermione reveals her involvement, as it would destroy Fred's campaign. The son of the mobster whose death Hiram arranged attacks the Lodges, killing Andre, but Hermione shoots him dead. The Ghoulies are released from prison and attack Pop's. Meanwhile, Hal reveals himself as the Black Hood to Betty and Alice. After admitting he did not attack the debate, he is subdued by Betty and arrested. Fred, who is wearing a bullet proof vest, is shot by a man in a black hood, and Betty and Archie realize the man was not Hal. Penny Peabody resurfaces and holds Toni captive but Jughead and Cheryl help her escape. F.P. alerts the Serpents of Fangs' death, and the Serpents decide to fight the Ghoulies. Jughead turns himself over to avoid bloodshed, but Penny breaks her promise, and the Ghoulies attack Jughead. Learning of this, F.P. goes to save him. Later, Archie, Cheryl, Betty, and the Serpents find F.P. carrying Jughead's bloodied, unconscious body.
#22 "Chapter 35: Brave New World"
May 16, 2018
Jughead survives his assault and Fangs is revealed to be alive. Sheriff Minette reveals the second Black Hood to be Tall Boy, who was killed by one of his officers.Cheryl discovers Penelope and Claudius meeting with Hiram; Cheryl reveals this to Veronica, who reveals this to Hermione. Hermione, believing it to be conceivable that Hiram would have planned the attack at the debate, reveals to Veronica that Hiram attempts to consolidate the entire Southside, and is attempting to buy the Whyte Worm to set his plan fully into motion. Jughead, Archie, and Cheryl lead the Serpents to the Northside, where they are offered asylum. Veronica buys the Worm, and trades it to Hiram for Pop's. F.P. retires from the Serpents, naming Jughead the new King, asking Betty to be his queen. Cheryl joins the Serpents. Hermione wins the mayoral election. Hiram meets with several people from around Riverdale and they discuss plans for the new Southside. Archie is elected student body president, but during his inauguration, he is arrested by Minetta (on Hiram's orders) for a murder he did not commit: the murder of Cassidy Bullock, of one of the intruders from the lake house.
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