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January 17, 2018 at 09:00 PM EST


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K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch
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We gave it a B

Welcome to 2018, Riverdale fans, where the Black Hood is a thing of the past (but not really), school closings are a thing of the present, and apparently, crazy brothers are a thing of the future. Who’s excited?!

We start this week by finding out that Cheryl and her mother are living in a bordello. Confused? Let me clear it up for you: Cheryl’s mother needed a job, so now she’s a prostitute. Oh, sorry, as she puts it, she provides “comfort and companionship” to the lonely men of Riverdale. It’s something she’s been doing for two weeks now, and you know what? She’s feeling pretty good about herself. So yeah.

Then there’s Veronica, who’s fully a Lodge now as she promises her parents to get her friends on board with the plan. The plan? The mayor is closing down Southside High School and sending the students elsewhere. Translation: Jughead, Toni, and a number of their fellow Serpents are now going to attend Riverdale High, and it’s all part of the Lodges’ plan to buy the land under Southside High. And in exchange for her help, the mayor will get a sizable donation to her reelection campaign. In other words, Riverdale is back to its super skeezy self after that whole Black Hood debacle.

Also back to her old self is Polly, who somehow had her twins and shrank back to her pre-baby body in no time! Betty finds her sister packing up some things at the house. Apparently, “the leaders of the farm” think it’s best if Polly severs all ties to her family. That’s why she didn’t so much as call her mother when she, you know, gave birth. (Although I probably wouldn’t call my mother either if it meant admitting that I named my children Juniper and Dagwood.)

Just like that, Polly is back out of Betty’s life, and precious Betty is left trying to find a way to tell her mother the truth. But before she does, she comes up with a plan to cheer up mommy dearest: She asks Jug for his social worker’s name so that she can track down her long lost brother. Jug helps her out, and because the mystery brother is 18, his files are public, so Betty’s able to find out that his name is Charles Smith — which is the second most generic name behind John Doe — and his last known address was in Centerville.

Betty then takes the news to her parents, but her father isn’t interested. Mom, on the other hand, tags along for the road trip. It seems Charles — sorry, Chic — has been staying at the appropriately named Last Resort Hostel, where he works in the “fantasy fulfillment” business, whatever that means. And not surprisingly, he’s not interested in getting to know his mother. But he might be more interested in getting to know his sister…

When Betty decides to pay Chic another visit, she ends up saving his life with her handy pink pepper spray can, because when she finds him, he’s being stabbed by some scary man. Betty then takes him home, where Hal and Alice patch him up and put him to bed with the world’s creepiest night light. But because this is Riverdale, Chic is even creepier than the night light and ends the episode standing over Betty’s bed. (Maybe he just doesn’t understand how to be a sibling? Yeah, no, he’s definitely a murderer.)

As for Archie, he spends the episode trying to decide where his allegiances lie. It seems the person taking pictures of Archie was Special Agent Adams with the FBI. He’s working a case to find out if Hiram Lodge is conducting criminal activity with ties to organized crime, and his first question has to do with Nick St. Clair’s “accident.” Of course, Archie knows nothing about it, but his first assignment involves finding out what happened to Nick, and when Archie discovers that his dad just got in even deeper with the Lodge family — he traded 20 percent of his construction company to pay them back for the hospital bill — he has no choice.

First, Archie attempts to get information out of the Lodges over a family dinner, but all he walks away with is some talk about Nick having an accident in Vail and how the St. Clairs are no longer investors in the Lodges’ business. (Next: Archie pays Nick a visit)

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