**Warning: This post contains spoilers, so if you haven鈥檛 watched the latest episode of聽Riverdale, stop reading!**


Our Riverdale story this week begins with Jughead writing about Jason 鈥 remember, we found Jason鈥檚 body in the river at the end of last week鈥檚 pilot? Archie can鈥檛 sleep, because he can鈥檛 stop thinking about the fact that he heard gunshots the night of Jason鈥檚 death. So he texts Betty, who turns him down. Cold, Betty. Super cold.

#HotArchie (seriously, did you SEE those abs?) goes running, because what are gratuitous abs without showing them off? And where does he show up? Miss Grundy鈥檚 house. She doesn鈥檛 want anything to do with his guilt, and to make matters worse, Archie鈥檚 dad gets on his back for sneaking out the next morning.

In other news, Betty鈥檚 parents continue to be the definition of what kids today call 鈥渃ray.鈥 She tries to talk Betty out of seeing Archie again, and Betty promises she won鈥檛鈥ut then she goes and asks him to walk her to school. Yeah, mom doesn鈥檛 want her to speak to him. But she still wants to be BFF. Betty gets a gold star for talking about her feelings AND going against her mom.


Jughead talks to Archie about Jason, because he has Suspicions (with a capital S) about where Archie was the night Jason died. See, Jughead and Archie were supposed to go on a roadtrip 4th of July weekend, but Archie bailed at the last minute. To be fair, Jughead has a right to be a little wary, since he doesn鈥檛 know about his friend鈥檚 鈥渁ctivities.鈥 But let鈥檚 talk about the other BFFs for a second.聽Betty has flowers waiting for her 鈥 from Veronica. AND VERONICA HAS MAGNOLIA CUPCAKES because 鈥渢here鈥檚 no wrong the right cupcake can鈥檛 fix.鈥 She鈥檚 also booked them mani-pedis. I know Betty鈥檚 lukewarm about the girl, but can Veronica be MY BFF?

Veronica ends up partnering with Betty in chem class, while Archie partners with Cheryl. He wants to know if the police have any leads on Jason鈥檚 killer, and he鈥檚 worried how she鈥檚 going to be since they鈥檙e dissecting frogs and her brother鈥檚 body is being autopsied. No biggie. Cheryl鈥檚 fine. In fact, she鈥檚 amazing.

Veronica, Betty and Kevin find Archie at lunch. Veronica asks him to play a song, which is totally dreamy, except it鈥檚 the song from the dance and Betty just cannot handle it. She still wants them to be together, and it hurts, okay? She tells him she鈥檚 not okay and runs off, and Archie tries to run after her, but is stopped by Principal Weatherbee. Apparently even HE鈥橲 suspicious of Archie. This leads Jason back to Miss Grundy. He needs to know what he鈥檚 protecting, and that it (a.k.a 鈥渢his relationship鈥) is worth it. Their intimate moment is overseen by Jughead, and, well鈥ou know that鈥檚 not gonna end well.

At cheerleading practice, Cheryl is in prime Alpha mode. Veronica is still trying to be BFF with Betty, who lets loose that she鈥檚 still pissed at Veronica about what happened at Cheryl鈥檚 party. Archie and her were FINE before she came along (spoiler alert: they probably weren鈥檛). Cheryl interrupts them arguing and in a fit of spite, Betty invites Cheryl for pedicures instead. They end up back in Betty鈥檚 house playing with makeup, where Cheryl suddenly gets very interested in Polly鈥檚 relationship with Jason. Betty is confused at why she鈥檚 asking all these questions about her sister, until she realizes it鈥檚 because Cheryl believes Polly killed him. So Betty yells at her to get out of her house. GO BETTY.

Veronica ends up walking home with Archie, who stops at Pops to pick up dinner and finds Veronica there hanging out with her mom. Veronica laments about how her and Betty are supposed to be U + ME = US, and Archie ends up talking about his history with Betty and how they鈥檝e known each other practically forever. He tells her the story of how he was going to get held back in the second grade, and because Betty couldn鈥檛 stand the fact that they wouldn鈥檛 be in the same class, she tutored him every day. When he passed his test, he kissed her and asked her to marry him. Well, I don鈥檛 know about you, but I can鈥檛 blame Betty NOW for her feelings.


When Archie gets home, Jughead is waiting for him. He tells Archie that he saw him with Miss Grundy, and with that info out of the bag, Archie tells him what really happened on July 4th. While THAT tense conversation is happening, Betty asks her mom why she was so against Polly and Jason being together. She thinks it鈥檚 time to see Polly. Mom gives that idea a hard no.

Betty and Veronica kind of make up the next day, in that Betty admits that Veronica was right. Veronica tells Betty that Archie might not LOVE her, but he sure as hell loves her. Later, while the group is hanging out, Reggie gets high and mighty about Jason鈥檚 death. He starts picking on Jughead, and Archie rushes to his friend鈥檚 defense, which results in a nice black eye. (Don鈥檛 worry, he鈥檚 still pretty). Archie ends up talking vaguely about his situation with his dad when he gets home, who encourages him to do the right thing. Listen to Luke Perry, Archie!

Riverdale鈥檚 pep rally is happening in the rain, because rain or shine, the show must go on. It鈥檚 basically an excuse to show #HotArchie in his nice football uniform. Archie warns Miss Grundy he鈥檚 going to right his wrongs, and tells her it鈥檚 her choice if she wants in. He makes up with Jughead like the bros they are, and then the Riverdale Vixens do an absolutely awesome routine to 鈥淪ugar, Sugar鈥 by Josie and the Pussycats. I have no takeaway from this scene except for the fact that I would like an ENTIRE CD of their songs, please and thank you.

The night鈥檚 going pretty well聽until Cheryl sees Archie run out in her brother鈥檚 old uniform. For her, it鈥檚 the breaking point 鈥 the real breaking point. These aren鈥檛 fake emotions, y鈥檃ll. She runs away from the pep rally (a sure sign this is real, because Cheryl would never pass up an opportunity for attention) and Veronica ends up comforting her. Betty catches them and afterwards, she tells Veronica she realizes she鈥檚 genuine 鈥 not many girls would do what she did.

So鈥 milkshakes?

Veronica makes her vow that she鈥檒l never let a man come between them, so when Archie and Jughead show up at Pops for their bro burgers, the girls let them join and everything is happy and cute and wonderful. We know that can鈥檛 last, right?

Yeeeeeah. The next morning, Archie goes to Principal Weatherbee鈥檚 office to do his deed but he鈥檚 beaten to the punch by Weatherbee and the sheriff coming out of the office to interrupt chem class. They have a verdict on Jason鈥檚 body from the autopsy. Cheryl stands, ready to take the fall 鈥 literally, as she claims she鈥檚 guilty of killing her brother.

Too easy? Way too easy. Besides, the big news is that the autopsy showed that Jason was shot and died a WEEK later than when he disappeared with Cheryl. So yeah鈥 this town鈥檚 got some secrets. And I need to know them all.


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