We dive right into the drama in this episode, starting with Betty Cooper. When we last left our heroine, she was on the phone with the dreaded Black Hood. Lili Reinhart shines in this episode, after hearing the Black Hood threaten everyone she loves — including Polly and her unborn twins — Betty goes through an emotional roller coaster, which has her fearing for her life and pushing her friends away for their safety.
We see Betty being dragged under, and it's rough. Her relationship with Jughead is also being strained. The two lovebirds are keeping some dark secrets from each other, and this is the beginning of the end. As Jughead dives deeper into the world of the Serpents, he won't be able to juggle life with his Riverdale friends and life with the Serpents. Will Jughead truly become an outcast, or will he figure out a way to bring the two together? It's hard to say, but at least Jughead and Hot Dog are together now.
Archie himself is still coming to grips with the Black Hood madness. When Betty confides in him that she has been talking to the Black Hood, Archie jumps right in. His devotion and willingness to help Betty is admirable, and even adds fuel to his own fire. While Archie and Veronica appear to be fine romantically, getting close to Betty in this way could ignite that famous love triangle so many have wanted.
On top of that, Nick St. Clair (yes, the bad boy from the New Look series) is in town, and Veronica has to placate him so his rich parents buy into her father's new investment (which would tear down the Southside Serpents stomping grounds). Nick's affections for Veronica are obvious, and at one point he does in fact cross a line. Of course, after being denied by Veronica, he turns to Cheryl. Needless to say, Nick is a terrible person in the comics, and that has been translated perfectly on the show. Thankfully, this creep gets what's coming to him, thanks to Veronica and Josie and the Pussycats.
Also, it needs to be said, but Mädchen Amick absolutely steals a scene in tonight's episode. No spoilers, but you know which one. Things are getting extremely sticky in Riverdale, and it's anyone's guess as to who's going to make it out alive.