Riverdale Recap: Drive-In, Drive Out

Need to catch up? Check out our previous Riverdale recap here.

This week on Riverdale, the gang enjoys an old-school night at the drive-in… while an important piece of the Jason Blossom puzzle packs up and leaves town.

Betty is still stewing over the revelation last week that Dilton spotted Miss Grundy’s car at the river on the Fourth of July. She remembers that Archie was “taking” “lessons” (ahem) from Grundy at the time, and starts to suspect them of having an affair. She confronts Archie about it in the Pop’s parking lot, and he blurts out, “Did Jughead tell you?” No, but you just did, genius.

Now Betty’s on the warpath, and she Googles… um, sorry, “Sleuthsters” Miss Grundy and interviews her for the school paper to dig up some dirt. Grundy tells Betty this is her first permanent teaching gig… and what do you know, she also did an independent study with Jason Blossom last year! (She’s got a thing for teen redheads, doesn’t she?) Betty can’t find any trace of Grundy online before a year ago, but Archie says she’s just “cyber-stalking” and asks her to cut it out. Which she agrees to do… for about five seconds.

With Veronica in tow, Betty breaks into Grundy’s car — yeah, Dark Betty! — and finds a lockbox in the backseat. Inside it: a Minnesota ID with Grundy’s photo and the name “Jennifer Gibson”… and a handgun. Betty tells Archie it’s proof Grundy is a liar, and maybe even had something to do with Jason’s death. It’s enough to send Archie to Miss Grundy looking for answers. Grundy reveals when she was “Jennifer Gibson,” she was married to a drunk who put her in the hospital. She got divorced and came to Riverdale to start fresh. She cries on Archie’s shoulder, and of course, he totally caves.

Archie actually does the mature thing and, after giving Miss Grundy a new cello bow as a thank-you, says they should stop their music lessons. She’s sad, but agrees — and then all hell breaks loose. Betty’s mom Alice barges in with Betty and Fred; she found Grundy’s gun in Betty’s drawer, and discovered the affair thanks to Betty’s diary. Alice calls Grundy a “sexual predator” and threatens to go to the cops. Betty fights back, but Grundy gives in, offering to quit her job. Alice says that’s not enough: She has to leave Riverdale, too.

The last we see of Miss Grundy, she’s packing her stuff into her VW Beetle… and leering at some muscle-bound teens walking down the street. So is she just some sex-crazed cougar after all? Do we believe her “Jennifer Gibson” story? And was she somehow involved in Jason Blossom’s death? She may be leaving town, but I’m thinking Grundy’s story is far from over.

Let’s take a look at what else went down in “The Last Picture Show”:

Season 1, Episode 4SKEEZ LODGE | Veronica’s mom Hermione is still slinging milkshakes as a waitress at Pop’s, and Cheryl doesn’t want to hand her cash, sniffing that “Lodges are known to have sticky fingers.” To be fair, Hermione pretty much proves her right by having a shady meeting behind the Pop’s dumpster with a member of the local biker gang, the Southside Serpents. Hermione tells Veronica he’s just an old friend… but then we see Mom plopping down that bag of cash she received from Hiram on the mayor’s desk, in exchange for Lodge Realty getting the land the town’s old drive-in movie theater is on.

On the drive-in theater’s last night, Veronica spots her mom sneaking off and follows. She sees Hermione talking again with that Serpent — and hey, he’s played by ’90s heartthrob Skeet Ulrich! — handing him cash and telling him, “As long as Hiram’s in jail, you’ll be dealing with me.” Veronica demands an explanation, and Hermione admits Hiram paid off the Serpents to drive down the value of the drive-in so he could buy the land cheaper. And she reminds Veronica that unethical business practices like that are what pay for her handbags and shoes. Ouch.

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Season 1, Episode 4MR. JONES AND ME | We don’t know much about Jughead’s family situation — he seems to have been raised in a booth at Pop’s — but we learn more this week as he campaigns to keep the local drive-in theater open. He’ll lose his job there if it closes, and he appeals to the mayor, telling her stories about him sneaking in as a kid. Then he turns to Fred, whose construction company is set to tear the theater down. When Fred says he can’t help him, Jughead says that’s two Jones boys he’s put out of work. Apparently, Fred fired Jughead’s dad for stealing stuff from work sites. File that one away for later.

He can’t keep the drive-in from closing, but Jughead does arrange one last screening, playing Rebel Without a Cause to a packed house. The next day, he packs up his stuff in the theater’s office, including a photo of him and what must be his sister as kids. Plus, we see a cot, so we know he’s been sleeping there. Jughead spray-paints his name on the building, and then has a quick chat with the Serpent played by Skeet Ulrich, who asks where he’ll be staying now. “I’ll figure it out, Dad,” Jughead replies. Well, well, well… nice to meet you, Mr. Jones!

Yearbook Notes:

* Did anyone else think, when Fred went with Archie to Miss Grundy’s string quartet recital, that Fred might try to start dating her? Because that would’ve been amazing.

* Couldn’t help giggling when Veronica referred to Miss Grundy as Archie’s “booty tutor.” If that’s not a term already, it should be.

Riverdale Episode 4 Old Miss Grundy * Archie comics inside-joke alert: Betty warns Archie that the only Geraldine Grundy she could find online was this old woman who died years ago, and shows him this photo (at right). That lady’s a dead ringer for the much older, much less sexy version of Miss Grundy we see in the classic comics.

* I’m liking the new romance Kevin struck up with a Serpent named Joaquin. He’s a gang member, Kevin’s dad is the town sheriff… it’s totally like Romeo and Juliet, you guys!

* Got another good laugh when Kevin teased his dad, “Nice murder wall, True Detective.” But who then broke into the Keller home and tore down that murder wall? The Serpents… or someone who doesn’t want to get caught?

Is Miss Grundy really gone for good? And what did you think of Skeet Ulrich’s surprise appearance? Hit the comments with your post-Riverdale thoughts.

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20 Comments
  1. Jennifer?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Really loving this show – I barely recognized Skeet though!

  2. A. D.?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Love this show!

  3. jrex?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Wonder if we’ll find out what’s going on with Jughead’s sister? Fred and Hermione at least know who Jughead’s Dad is so why set it up as if its a mystery that no one else seems to clue in on?

  4. Lynne?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    I knew when the other ID was pulled out, that the backstory would be an abusive ex. Thats always the reason given when a woman doesnt have a past.
    I have to go back and see the scene with Jughead and his dad again because I definitely didn’t realize it was Skeet. I just barely caught his name in the opening credits. I wonder how long he is going to stay around.

  5. Erick Voshel?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    This show keeps getting better and better.

  6. datdudemurphy?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    I really shouldn’t enjoy this show as much as I do….but it is addictive.

  7. westwingwolf?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    From the pilot I thought for sure they were going to go with Archie’s dad dates Miss Grundy, so I’m actually glad they didn’t. The reveal is much better for pacing, and nice to avoid an awkward love triangle.

  8. Susette?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Madelaine Pescht is the saving grace of this turgid wankfest.

  9. Agent 86?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    For such a smart person, Betty makes such really poor decisions! Stealing the gun and hiding it where she knows her mum will find it! Writing about everything in her diary, even though she must know that her mum will read it and, when found out, simply starting a new diary for her mum to read!

    I’m glad that the Grundy storyline is taking a backseat, at least for now. Archie has been the least interesting character on the show, so maybe he’ll be free to do something better now. Or just to hang with Jughead some more in the hopes that Jug’s charisma will wear off on him.

  10. Leo?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Loving the series so far. Don’t pull out with the surprise and twists. For the main character, Archie is kinda blah at the moment. Hope he got some juicy storylines soon.
    Btw I’m loving dark Betty and her mother. They play against each other so nice.
    So Grundy really is a teenage predator? *eek*

  11. Jen?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    With Archie being a little on the dull side, I could not understand why Betty’s mum was so desperate to stop their friendship. Betty’s line about her not being Polly and Archie not being Jason made that much clearer!

  12. Gerald?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Enjoying the show.
    However, 2 things.
    1. How do they let a prime suspect just drive off. Isn’t she the most likely suspect at the moment and with Betty in possession of the gun, surely it will need to be tested to see if it is the murder weapon. Sheriff should have been notified at the very least before allowing her to take off.
    2. Really had hoped when it was revealed she stole her identity that the real Ms. Grundy would come to replace her. But I can’t believe they killed her. So sad.

  13. chuckiechk?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Riverdale has become a guilty pleasure show, I didn’t think id like it but I really do

  14. Sarah?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    As an, ahem, old(er) lady who loves her teen soaps despite her advanced age, can I just say I am appreciating all the hot dads in Riverdale? Whoever is doing the casting has clearly gotten a hold of my teenage diary.

    • Fernanda?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

      yes! I’m loving seen my teen idols on this show. They should bring Doug Savant or Rob Estes and Courtney Thorne-Smith to the game

  15. jj.?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    I’m very interested in the Grundy storyline, especially with that last scene with the college (?) kids. Hoping this isn’t the last we see of her. Once again I do appreciate that the show hasn’t romanticized the predator – student relationship unlike many other shows/films

  16. Josh?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    That last scene with Veronica and her criminal mother is why I’m a little ticked. How dare Veronica be mad hers mom a criminal. The gall of her mother. I’m hoping Heromine joins Hiram in jail for being stupid. Honest people out there struggling and she’s helping a criminal be a criminal . veronica can go to jail too if she sits on it just cause she gets nice things

  17. Yoko?iframe=true&theme_preview=true says:

    Good show, I’m hooked