Riverdale Recap: Friday Night Frights

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This week on Riverdale, Archie finally gets back on the football field, and Jason Blossom finally gets laid to rest in a truly creepy memorial service.

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The Blossoms are apparently Riverdale’s answer to the Addams Family, because they live in a creaky old haunted house known as Thorn Hill — with its very own graveyard! Cheryl wants to give the eulogy at Jason’s upcoming memorial service, but her mom Penelope tells her she’d just humiliate the family. (Gee, thanks, Mom.) Cheryl invites the whole Riverdale gang to the memorial, and Veronica offers her a truce. Cheryl agrees… and even invites Veronica to a sleepover the night of the memorial. Sounds like fun!

Meanwhile, Betty is still on the Jason Blossom case, and goes out on a date with his water-polo teammate Trevor to pry information out of him. He tells her Jason was acting weird by the end, selling all his possessions and dealing drugs; Trevor chalked it up to his messed-up relationship with Polly. (Plus, Betty’s dad Hal reveals they sent Polly away because she “tried to hurt herself.”) Betty reports back to Jughead, who wonders, “Why does a rich kid sell drugs?” So they decide to use the memorial as an excuse to dig around Thorn Hill for clues.

Ronnie’s visit to Thorn Hill is, as you might expect, a living nightmare, with a painfully awkward dinner attended by Cheryl’s parents and her spooky old Aunt Rose, who sports a glass eye. Cheryl leaves the table after Penelope blames her for rowing Jason “to his death,” and retreats to her bedroom with Veronica. Cheryl just wants to tell the truth about what happened to her brother at the memorial, and Veronica encourages her to. But Cheryl says her parents would “kill me” — and the look on her face tells us she’s not exaggerating.

Season 1, Episode 5At the memorial, Cheryl stuns everyone by coming out dressed in white — the same white dress she wore on the Fourth of July with Jason — and taking the podium. She says Jason always protected her: “I wish that day at the river, I protected him.” She bursts into tears and apologizes to him, and Veronica hugs her, before Cheryl’s mom steps in to abruptly end the service.

But that’s not even the weirdest part! While snooping around Jason’s old bedroom, Betty and Jughead are confronted by Aunt Rose, and the old bat mistakes Betty for her sister Polly. She notices that “Polly” isn’t wearing the ring Jason gave her — the one that’s been in the Blossom family for generations. If Penelope saw her wearing it, Rose says, she’d “snip it off your finger.” First of all: Yikes. And secondly: Jason and Polly were engaged?!

Betty asks her dad about it, and he admits he knew about the engagement. He also tells her about a century-old blood feud between the Coopers and the Blossoms; Cheryl’s great-grandfather murdered Betty’s great-grandfather to seize control of their maple-syrup business. When Betty tells Jughead her parents lied to her, he wonders what else they’re lying about. And Betty notes whoever destroyed Sheriff Keller’s murder board wasn’t at the drive-in… and her dad wasn’t at the drive-in.

And so Betty solemnly adds an index card reading “The Coopers” to their brand-new Jason Blossom murder board — and nods when Jughead says she needs to talk to Polly.

Season 1, Episode 5ARCHIE GETS SOME BALLS | Archie is boxing a heavy bag in his room — yes, shirtless — to get into shape for football. He wants to be captain this year and get a scholarship. (Yeah, Arch, you really need to work out more; you look terrible.) But he gets shown up by Reggie at practice, and the coach tells them they’re now competing head-to-head to be captain, and for Jason’s number. Alright, guys, compete to wear your dead friend’s jersey!

Archie’s also working with a new music mentor, now that Miss Grundy’s gone. The guy tells Archie he needs to write his songs down as sheet music, and make music his priority. He works with Val of the Pussycats to put his songs in writing, and they seem to have a bit of a spark together. (Is there a woman on this show who’s not in love with Archie?) But he hurts his hand during football practice, and then his new mentor tells him his songs are “juvenile” and “repetitive.” Ouch, and double ouch.

After Archie gives Penelope Jason’s jersey at the memorial, the coach makes him captain and gives him a new number, saying that retiring Jason’s number was “the right call.” (So why didn’t you make that call, coach?) But Archie declines, saying that the team deserves a captain who’s dedicated to football. So Reggie becomes captain — and Archie goes back to working on his juvenile, repetitive songs.

Yearbook Notes:

* We also saw Fred and Hermione inch their way closer to a relationship this week, with her calling him for help after getting a threatening message — a snake in a box — from the Southside Serpents, and him offering her a job. But as she noted, they’re both technically still married. Which reminds me: When are we going to find out anything about Archie’s mom?

Season 1, Episode 6* Did anyone else sense a little romance in the air when Betty saw Jughead dressed up for the memorial? Let the record show I am fully on board with this. They’re both too smart for everyone else in Riverdale, anyway. Also, have you seen this photo from next week’s episode?! Team BettHead!

* Sorry, I can’t take Hal Cooper seriously, because I can only see the actor Lochlyn Munro as Cliff, the frat-boy doofus he played in the seminal ’90s college flick Dead Man on Campus. You haven’t seen it? Oh, you’re missing out.

* In a week filled with creepy moments, the creepiest might have been Penelope brushing Archie’s hair back at Jason’s memorial and saying, “You’re so much like him.” Did she sense a cougar vacancy, with Miss Grundy gone? And seriously, who isn’t in love Archie at this point?

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28 Comments
  1. analog says:

    Why do i have a feeling that this show is going to move towards a supernatural theme soon (with Sabrina by next season)?

  2. Michelle says:

    #FreePollyCooper

    Go find her Betty and Jughead!

  3. cathy says:

    man two weeks in row no supernatural recap but riverdale? happy for riverdale fans.

  4. Debbie says:

    I am all for Jughead & Betty. I will never understand why Betty & Veronica fight over Archie in the comics lol. On the show he has nice vibe w/ Valerie & Veronica.

  5. Matthew Lawler says:

    Not in love with Archie Betty’s mom and Josie of Josie and the pussycats

    takes change between Sharyl’s mom Veronica’s mom does that mean that Sharyl’s family was the other potential buyer for the drive-in theater

    Since I think it would be way too easy for Betty’s father to be the murderer why do you think he stole all of the police files on the Jason bloom murder

    so first we were told Paulie one away because she had a mental break down and tonight we were told she attempted suicide but something tells me after the revelation that Polly and Jason were engaged that the real reason Polly was sent away was because she was pregnant

    • Dave says:

      Have you been introduce to punctuation? I don’t mean to be rude, but next to nothing you posted makes a lick of sense and is nearly impossible to read.

  6. Matthew Lawler says:

    The one thing I remember most about Jack had from the comics throwing up besides the hat was that he had an insatiable appetite was always eating and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jughead touch food once so far Also while I did dig Jughead in the suit given the fact that we know he was living in the drive-in theater where in the hell would he have gotten a suit from

  7. Erick Voshel says:

    Loved tonight’s episode. Can’t wait for the next episode.

  8. Lynne says:

    I’m slowly solidify my guess that Betty’s mom killed Jason, either directly or indirectly, she had something to do with it. She just hates him and the Blossoms so much. She is just crazy enough to do something drastic to possibly save Polly from them, especially knowing now that she and Jason were apparently engaged. And hubby stealing all of the stuff from Sheriff Keller’s murder board was probably to protect her.
    I’m also loving the idea of Betty and Jughead. The two of them just have amazing fire. Cole was the main reason that got me to give this show a shot and he hasn’t let me down yet.

  9. Pedro says:

    Pauline is pregnant. I’m telling you.

  10. westwingwolf says:

    Why did Archie wear his letterman’s jacket to a memorial service? At least Jughead’s beanie is black so it kind of works, but the jacket just seemed random. Not like we needed to see him wearing the jacket to remember he is on the football team and had Jason’s jersey. It pulled my focus from when Cheryl wore her white dress for the service.
    So Jason and Polly had a Romeo and Juliet thing going that has ended just as tragically.
    Oddly enough I think of Lochlyn’s stint on Charmed before I think of Dead Man on Campus though DMOC is the role I prefer for him.
    Archie’s storylines seem to be the most boring for me. I don’t care about his music interests or his played out, typical romance stories. I’m much more interested in everyone else’s stories. Maybe this new thing with Val might be interesting, but since it is tied to the music storyline I don’t care about, I doubt it.

  11. C.V. says:

    Betty and Jughead are too smart for everyone else in Riverdale? Please.

  12. Hoping they work in the story that Archie’s mom is bat-xxxt crazier than anyone else on the show, and that his scar between his eyebrows was the result of her abusing him during one of her psychotic episodes. I miss Moose, and when are we going to meet his beard, Midge? Jughead and Betty are not only the smartest kids–their characters are more fully drawn and acted. Each week the writers script a different Cheryl–is she a manipulative narcissist or a victim, perhaps both. Some goes for Hermione.

  13. RichieS says:

    Does anyone else think Archie and Ronnie should be end game? Those two sure have the romchem going. Although it might be kinda awkward if their parents start dating.

  14. CurlyGurly says:

    So my theory is that Polly became pregnant and that is why her parents sent her away (bet she will be “cured of her illness” in…hmmm….9 months). Jason and Polly were engaged, and he was leaving to go find her so they could run away together and get married. That is why he needed the money and why he was running away.

  15. I am really enjoying this show.

  16. Bella says:

    Agree 100% about everything. One note: Betty/Jughead’s ship name is Bughead. Just thought you might want to know :0

  17. jj. says:

    100% with you on hal cooper, he seemed crazed but it felt more forced compared to cheryl’s parents or betty’s mother. Though at this point it seems like Betty doesn’t really know anyone in her family. I’m also left wondering how close she and polly must have been if polly kept so much from betty

  18. Holly says:

    I have a question, how old is Polly? Cheryl and Jason were twins and in Betty’s grade. Was that Explained?