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Samantha Highfill
December 06, 2017 AT 09:00 PM EST

Riverdale

type
TV Show
genre
Drama
run date
01/26/17
performer
K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Luke Perry, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols
broadcaster
The CW
seasons
2
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

Let’s get this out of the way: This episode has a scene that made me the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been watching this show. And it also had a scene that possibly made me the happiest I’ve ever been watching this show. And then the rest of it was perfectly fine. Can I stop there or do you want to know more? FINE. But I’m not singing, and all my clothes are staying on.

We kick things off by learning that Jughead has way too much knowledge of Veronica and Archie’s sex life, to the point that he knows the many locations where they’ve “made it,” as V says, which leads me to believe that Jug has cameras everywhere and probably is also the Black Hood. (I’m kidding…about the second thing.)

Apparently, the way Archie and Veronica have decided to rebel against the Black Hood is “through carnal defiance.” Because according to Jughead, being a horny teenager is how you become “the opposite of death.” Why though? Because if you’re not careful you might accidentally create a life?

Long story short, Archie and Veronica are having lots of sex, and after one particularly intense time, Archie lets the L word slip, after which things get very awkward and he makes a quick exit. Thankfully, he and Veronica have something new to talk about when FP’s release means Betty and Jughead ask them to take over their investigation into the Riverdale Reaper. The latest update: The house where the murder happened is the same house where the Black Hood once sent Betty. And just like that, Veronica and Archie have plenty to discuss that has nothing to do with love.

Meanwhile, Cheryl is turning into a full-on stalker in the locker room when she pretends like she can SEE the knots in Josie’s back and proceeds to pull out the lavender-scented essential oil that she JUST SO HAPPENED to have in her locker and give her a massage. And then she yells at Janitor Svenson for barging in without knocking. But let’s be honest Cheryl, he’s not the only creep here.

After school, Veronica arrives home to find out that someone — possibly the Black Hood — sent her parents a threatening letter. Considering a dozen households got the same letter, the Lodges aren’t too worried, but just in case, Hermione tells Veronica to keep Archie close because “he’s brawny and devoted to you.” In other words, Hermione is totes fine with Archie dying for her daughter. And I guess so is Veronica, because she wastes no time in inviting him over and dodging the L-word conversation by saying they should focus on the investigation. And the sex. Always the sex.

However, that doesn’t stop both the teens from looking for guidance from their parents, and shockingly, it’s Hermione who gives her daughter the best piece of advice: Perhaps she’s just not ready to hear the “L word” yet.

While all of this is going on, Alice takes Betty and Jug to pick up FP from prison and seemingly tags along solely so she can scar her daughter with her inappropriate question to FP about whether it’s true that men just released from prison are “incredibly sexually frustrated.” (I’m not sure about FP, but I’d say it’s true women married to Hal are incredibly sexually frustrated.)

At Pop’s, FP reveals that he’s now in AA and is done with the Serpent life. He even asks Pop if he can get a job (and he does). This time, FP is on the straight and narrow. And he wants the same for Jug. Although now that Jug has survived the gauntlet, he seems determined to remain a part of the Serpents. But he promises his dad he’ll never stop writing (or creeping on everyone in Riverdale through his secret cameras).

With that, FP starts his new job at Pop’s, and Jughead hates it immediately. His dad used to be a king, and now Cheryl has every opportunity to throw her milkshake on the ground and force him to clean it up. So, never missing a chance to throw a party, Betty suggests they put together a retirement party for FP, which she’s going to use as an opportunity to become “Serpent adjacent.” During her party planning, she asks Toni how to be a part of Jug’s world, and apparently the female equivalent of the gauntlet is a striptease BECAUSE WHY WOULDN’T IT BE?! And this is where things start to go truly wrong…but we’re not there yet.

Just as Jug sits down to have dinner with his dad, Penny calls and claims she needs his help. But he tells her he’s done…even though she threatens Betty.

While all of this is going on, Veronica and Archie are on the case of the Riverdale Reaper, which is to say that they’re on the case of something that happened many years ago. First, they go to Sheriff Keller to ask for the case files, but it seems the sheriff at the time, Sheriff Howard, took them home. And then he died.

That leads to them calling Sheriff Howard’s daughter and finding out that her father spent his entire life obsessed with the Conway murders, and he constantly revisited the house where it happened. He called it the devil’s house, and now Archie and Veronica have to pay it a visit. (Next: A striptease)

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