We're almost to the end of the first season and it's still anyone's guess as to who killed Jason Blossom. Everyone is still a suspect, and Cheryl is latching onto anything to try and get a lead on the killer. While Betty and the gang are talking about how to help Polly, once of Cheryl's groupies overhears Betty and texts Cheryl immediately. This leads our resident hashtag queen to jump to a wild conclusion about Polly being the murderer, causing the Blossoms to go on another witch hunt. Madelaine Petsch is nothing short of terrific. Once the Blossom's learn that Polly is pregnant with Jason's child, Cheryl does what any loving aunt would do; protect that baby from the crazy that is almost every parent in Riverdale. Especially the Coopers and Blossoms. Cheryl is still more of an outsider to our core group, but she's teetering the fine line between villain and hero. She knows she has to do the right thing, but will she?
This episode also gives us some much needed focus on Jughead. Since his former home at the drive in was shut down (and demolished), he's been living in a closet under the stairs, like a less magical Harry Potter. When Archie discovers this he does what any good person would do and offer him a place at his house. Jughead declines as he still holds a minor grudge against Fred Andrews firing his father, FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich). We already know FP is the leader of the Soutside Serpents and is probably not the best person. When Archie confronts his dad about firing FP, Fred agrees to give FP a second chance, which is as rocky and awkward as you can imagine. Especially since Hermione Lodge works for Fred and FP did threaten her a few episodes back. Ulrich's portrayal of FP Jones is heartbreaking, especially given that FP is an alcoholic with a slight narcissistic personality. FP may want what's best for his son, but doesn't have a clear idea of what that is. Jughead meanwhile is torn between beyond loyal to his dad and taking care of himself, something no 16 year old should have to deal with. I really want to know why all the parents (save for Fred and to some extent Hermione) are actually terrible people. Is that the in thing for teen drama shows? The only good thing Jughead seems to have is his friends, especially Betty.
Betty meanwhile is really showing her courage and strength through the ordeal that is her life. She organizes a large search party for Polly, where shockingly Alice and Hal join in. Even though the two of them are pretty terrible parents, it's clear they do somewhat care about the safety of their oldest daughter. I'd like to believe this would scare the crazy out of them, but it probably didn't. I've gushed about Lili Reinhart in the past so I won't bore you with that, but I can't stress enough how great Betty has been in this series. Meanwhile Veronica is having mommy issues of her own. During last weeks episode Hermione forged her daughters signature in order to allow Andrews Construction Company to build over drive in theater which rightfully sent Veronica into a tizzy. This story line seemed weaker in comparison to what's going on around them, but it's refreshing to see Veronica act like the spoiled socialite she is.
This episode was a little draining for me, which is really just me being emotionally invested in Jughead. Don't judge me.We're one step closer to finding out who killed Jason, and I can't wait to find out who it was.