[KJ Apa as Archie Andrews | The CW/Netflix]
We start the episode with Archie being processed at the juvenile detention center and almost immediately afterward, he is called in to speak to the Warden who informs Archie that there is a music room that he’s welcome to use but the Warden also warns him about his behaviour while he’s inside.
We then see Fred, FP, Tom, and Veronica at Pop’s (the latter is working) and Fred informs the group that Archie has been processed and that he’s okay. While the men work together, Veronica assures that she’s going to make sure everyone knows that Archie will be coming home. Although we didn’t really see the Hot Dads of Riverdale working together this episode, I’m still hyped to see this trio work towards bringing Hiram down.
[Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Martin Cummins as Tom Keller, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews | The CW/Netflix]
After her seizure, Betty is okay and the doctor suspects that it was probably stress that caused it. When Betty asks about the twins, Alice tells her they were just with some friends and Polly suggests that it was most likely a hallucination. Betty remarks that it felt so real but she’s interrupted by her phone before the conversation can continue. I do agree that seeing the twins was most likely a hallucination, but I’m still hyper-suspicious about the Farm.
The interruption turns out to be Jughead who tells her all about Dilton, Ben, and what he saw in the woods. Together they decide to investigate, something I always love watching, and they go to the coroner to get more information. He reveals that there were lethal levels of cyanide in Dilton’s blood, and he also mentions that the body showed signs of stress before revealing the marks on Dilton’s back. In regards to whether it’s murder or suicide, he says he doesn’t know but whichever it is, it’s much darker than what happened to Jason Blossom and what the Black Hood did. Speaking of, I’m curious if there’s going to be a larger connection. Jason Blossom’s murderer ended up being his dad and the Black Hood ended up being Hal. Could this Gargoyle King be close to home too?
I actually didn’t look too deeply into season 3 before it started airing so I’m genuinely curious as to what might happen this season with the Gargoyle King and everything else that’s already happening. I’m really looking forward to going into this with only a very basic idea of what to expect throughout.
[Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper | The CW/Netflix]
At the Blue and Gold office, Betty is making a phone call to check in on Ben who is out of the ICU. After she hangs up the phone, a girl, Evelyn, appears in the doorway. She reveals that she is Edgar’s daughter (the man who runs the Farm) and that she was there when Betty had her seizure, but she assures that she won’t tell anyone about it. Wanting to avoid talking about it altogether, Betty makes excuses and leaves. Already I’m hyper-curious and suspicious about Evelyn. She is definitely a part of the Farm and it’s not just by association but also from the way she was introduced, it appears as if she’s going to pop up everywhere.
While visiting Ben, his mother reveals that after becoming friends with Dilton, he changed. He became secretive, snuck out a lot, and had horrible nightmares. Jughead interrupts her when he sees a talisman hanging on the door. It’s mentioned that someone else from school came to visit and must have left it there. Jughead and Betty know right away that it’s Ethel and when they approach her, she reveals that she made the talisman to protect Ben, that they had started dating over the summer and they used to hang out at a secret bunker in the woods that belonged to Dilton. They convince her to take them there and she reluctantly agrees so long as they keep it secret.
Dilton is clearly the leader of this whole thing so most likely the Gargoyle King is going to have a bigger connection to him. It seems that the King must have found Dilton first and got him to recruit the others. It would make sense because once that’s done he wouldn’t need Dilton, so him dying wouldn’t be an issue.
[Zoé de Grand’Maison as Evelyn Evernever | The CW/Netflix]
I adore that from the moment he finds out, Jughead is clearly concerned about her seizures and Betty takes the time to reassure him. It simply reaffirms how much they care for each other and that Jughead would always put her first. As they go further through the woods, they come across the Gargoyle King. Its face is covered in blood and after Jughead says he can see it too, they both run away.
After the incident, they find the bunker marked on Dilton’s map and together, they go to it. There are various things relating to the Gargoyle King and they also discover that there was a challenge to drink from the right cup along with bottles of cyanide.
Under one of the beds, they find the missing kid who was mentioned during their visit to see Ben. Let’s take a second to talk about how that moment scared the life out of me! The whole thing was creepy as hell and it didn’t help when the kid was strangely calm and seemed completely unphased by Dilton’s death.
[Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones | The CW/Netflix]
Out in the yard, Archie makes a speech about how he wants to live and that they’re all going to be there for a long time. I love that he convinced them that killing each other only benefits the Warden, the officers, and everyone outside that doubts them. It was even better that this was backed up by his cellmate, Mad Dog. To prove those people wrong Archie suggests a football game where they mix teams to make it fair.
As the game is about to properly start Veronica shows up with Cheryl and the Vixens. Even though it took promising the presidency, last week we saw that Cheryl wanted to do something to help Archie and although this isn’t going to set him free, it might make him smile and keep him feeling positive. While they cheer and sing, and the boys play their game, Hiram shows up. The Warden told him about the game and it’s no coincidence that not long after he shows up, guards in riot gear come out to break up the game.
At one point he reveals that Veronica won’t be visiting Archie anymore and we later find out that it’s because her name has been banned and she’s can’t get in. Thanks to Cheryl she gets the idea to use a fake name and ID to get into juvie instead. I love that almost immediately after getting her hands on the ID Veronica goes straight to see Archie in disguise and assures him she’s going to get him out.
Earlier in the episode, there was a lot of mystery around who Mad Dog is. Archie points out that he’s not a Serpent or a Ghoulie, that no one messes with him, and he has stuff that no one else has but Mad Dog refuses to explain why. Later, he does finally say that he had a family and a girlfriend but two years ago the Warden said they can’t visit him. In a year he’ll be going to prison for twenty years but that doesn’t have to happen to Archie.
However, after the football game, Archie finds that Mad Dog and his things are missing. He’s told that Mad Dog died in the “riot” and the Warden later tells Archie that he’s been tagged, that he’s the new Mad Dog. Clearly, they’re trying to make Archie look like a bad inmate: starting a riot, getting his cellmate killed, etc. so I’m curious as to what Archie is going to have to do. But at the same time, I still think there’s more to Mad Dog. Is he really dead? And when he spoke in the yard to back Archie up both the Serpents and the Ghoulies seemed to listen.
At first, I thought he was feeding intel to the Warden and every stayed away from him so he wouldn’t have any information to give, but if that’s the case surely a Ghoulie or a Serpent would have killed him?
[Eli Goree as Mad Dog | The CW/Netflix]
At school, when Jughead and Betty decide to confront Ethel about everything that’s happened and threaten to get the Sherrif involved, Ethel warns that they can’t talk to adults, suggesting that asking for help got Dilton killed. Before the conversation can go too far, Ethel begins to have a seizure.
She ends up being okay, but Betty says that both of them having seizures can’t be a coincidence. She suspects that there could be a connection between the seizures and what happened to Ben and Dilton. I’m also thinking it’s all connected to the Farm. When Betty had a seizure, Evelyn was there, and when Ethel had one, Evelyn was also there. Perhaps the last was simply because she’s following Betty around but I’m curious if the Farm is connected to the Gargoyle King.
While they’re at the hospital, Betty and Jughead decide to check in on Ben. When they walk into his room, Ben is sat on the windowsill. They try to reassure him but he seems strangely calm. He reveals that Dilton was afraid to ascend but he’s not. Betty asks him to stick around for Ethel but Ben says that they’ll all be reunited in the Kingdom, that’s the plan. Before they can stop him, he deliberately falls out and seemingly crashes into vehicles below.
There is definitely some cult thing going on which again is why I think it could be connected to the Farm. They’re both so similar and it would make sense to combine the two so they can have one big plot line throughout the season (or at least the first half of the season) while also dealing with the whole Archie and Hiram thing.
[Moses Thiessen as Ben Button | The CW/Netflix]
Some other things:
- 5 Seconds of Summer last week? Twenty One Pilots this week? I’m hoping this selection of good music continues.
- Kevin and Moose had quite a few scenes together but in each one Moose was reluctant to show any affection towards Kevin. He’s clearly battling something and after joining the RROTC club, I wonder how things will go.
- Alice and FP practically co-parenting? Iconic.
- Joaquin is one of my all-time favourite characters and it was a nice surprise when he showed up. I always wondered what happened to him and I’m curious to see how often he’ll show up this season.
- It was nice to see that Alice didn’t mean to tell Jughead, that she was only concerned and expected him to already know.
- Speaking of, from FP’s expression it seems that either he didn’t know about the seizure or he’s surprised that Jughead hadn’t been told.
- The parents meeting up is clearly connected to the flashback episode we’re getting but I’m intrigued to see how the current events with the Gargoyle King connect to their history.