Poor Jughead (Cole Sprouse). The entire world seems to be against him. His dad is facing jail time (up to 40 years if he doesn't take a plea deal of only 20), and Pop's is branded as a "Death Diner" after the attempted murder of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). If Pop's doesn't turn business around soon, the famous chokolite shoppe could go under.
Archie (KJ Apa) is OK with this, but Betty (Lili Reinhart) is not. The heart of Riverdale decides to try and save everyone on her own. She enlists the help of both Veronica (Camilla Mendes) and Kevin (Casey Cott), which is similar to a plot line in the most recent Betty and Veronica comic series.
Archie, meanwhile, is possibly suffering from PTSD. He's been staying up all night watching the doors of his house, waiting. He's seeing visions of the Black Hood everywhere, and after finding out that his former flame Ms. Grundy was murdered in her home (with the cello bow Archie gave her), Archie freaks out. He knows it's Black Hood, so he goes to Alice Cooper to see if she can get any info on her death. Watching Archie descend slowly into madness is as upsetting as it sounds, but I sincerely think he will solve this case before the cops do.
As I said before, Betty is on a one-woman crusade to save everyone. She's attempting to save both Pop's and FP, and will go to any length to do so — including blackmail. We're only two episodes in, but I'm really hoping dark Betty comes out this season in full force. But this would undoubtedly come at a price. Will she lose her kind heart in lieu of getting what she wants? I hope not. But despite all that, Betty comes out on top this episode — or did she?
Veronica is battling demons of her own. Her father is now back, and he's just as evil as we all figured he would be. I won't give it away, but he is building up to be a series big bad. And no, Archie has not wrecked havoc through the Lodge place. He managed to manipulate her at the end of the episode, which will likely blow up in his face sooner rather than later.
There was a lot that happened this episode. We finally saw Midge and Moose together. Dilton supplies Archie with a gun. Black Hood takes out two predominate side characters. So many things happened, and it's no wonder this show is as popular as it is. If you blink, you'll miss something. Riverdale is one of the best teen dramas on television today, and it looks like there's no slowing it down.