Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15: ‘American Dreams’ Review

[Header: Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones | The CW]

As we saw in the previous episode, Archie is still marked for sacrifice and more people are coming after him. We soon discover that there are several “kill the red paladin” cards out there and the only reason that people haven’t come after him is because it’s a harder quest that needs to be worked up to. It was so great to see Archie, Jughead, and Betty work together to try and figure out the problem. I’ve missed seeing the three of them interacting and it honestly felt like the early episodes of Riverdale.

It takes some time but they decide to put out a new quest from the Gargoyle King. It gives those with a “kill the red paladin” card a chance to come and fight Archie. There are no weapons and if they don’t take him down in three minutes, their quest is over. Everyone seems to show up and, although there are some close calls, Archie wins every fight. Only time will tell if Archie is truly safe from G&G.

I will say, we have skipped over everything that happened between Hiram and Archie rather quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy they have a truce because their feud was getting boring and Archie going to Hiram for help this episode does make sense, but still, it sometimes comes across like nothing happened. He literally tried to kill Archie so many times, I don’t think they should be so at ease right now. I’m definitely still suspicious of Hiram so we’ll have to see how things continues. That being said, I am interested to see what Archie does with the new gym.

[KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge | The CW]

While Jughead and Betty do help with this, they have other things on their minds as well. We quickly discover that Gladys was the one who bought the Cooper house as a gift for the family. There’s some hesitation about actually moving in but it ends up going ahead. Betty refuses to move in with them for now, citing how awkward it would be considering she doesn’t know Gladys or Jellybean very well, and she decides to stay with Veronica for a bit. It’s there that she finds out about Gladys’ dealings with Fizzle Rocks and how that was the true reason she came to Riverdale.

By this point Jughead has already had his suspicions. He questions Gladys on her plans and intentions and for the most part he does believe her but you can see that a part of him is still on guard. When Betty first tells him about her suspicions, keeping Veronica’s name out of it, he decides to investigate himself. When he sends the Serpents out to spread the world about the new red paladin quest, he gets them to discreetly find out what’s happening with the Fizzle Rock situation. He doesn’t tell them what he’s heard about Gladys and makes sure that any information comes directly back to him. It’s Sweet Pea and Fangs that confirm the suspicions which leads to Jughead confronting Gladys. We as an audience knew that she had ulterior motives but I think this episode made it crystal clear that she doesn’t really care about Jughead. I’m sure she does love him in some way but I don’t think she would be upset if he got hurt along the way.

That being said, she did make a good point. If FP found out the truth it would destroy him. He’s already broken things off with Alice and he had that talk with Jughead where he said it’s taken him 50 years to get somewhere decent in life. If he found out that Gladys was involved in the drug trade it would make him feel like he failed again. I appreciate that Jughead didn’t reveal all, especially knowing that he and Betty are going to work together to protect FP, save Jellybean, and run Gladys out of town. It’s going to be a tricky road but I’m excited to see Jughead and Betty working together again, it feels like it’s been forever.

[Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper | The CW]

Those were really the two major things to happen this episode. However, below are some other things that happened that are still of note:

  • Toni and Cheryl are still at odds and things finally come to a head this week. It turns out that Toni doesn’t feel right being cooped up in the house and she also doesn’t see it as her place. By the end of the episode she moves out with seemingly no sign of reconciliation between the two. Honestly, I don’t get the point in all of this. It feels like Cheryl’s character development has taken several steps back and she’s not the only character that this has happened to during season 3.
  • Cheryl has put into motion the idea of doing the Heathers musical which is going to be the second musical episode of Riverdale.
  • After all of the work he’s put in, Reggie wants to be business partners with Veronica. While I get her side of things, especially when Reggie becomes so reckless, I do agree that he has given a lot for very little in return.
  • Don’t get me wrong, the break-up scene between Alice and FP did hit me right in the gut but it would have been 10 times more powerful if they actually interacted more this season. There was a lot of build up to them getting together and there really wasn’t much once it actually happened. Also, while I hate seeing FP pick Gladys, we all know that Alice would drop him for the Farm in a heartbeat. Although, maybe he would have been the thing that made her say no to the Farm.
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3 thoughts on “Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15: ‘American Dreams’ Review

  1. I totally agree about Cheryl. Her character had so much potential and there hasn’t been a single development in her personality.
    Also, I’m 100% with you in the whole Falice situation: they almost never interacted! Aside from the bedroom scene and many another one. It was still so painful to watch but I agree that it would have hurt so much more, had we actually seen them together a little bit more.
    Great review as always!

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    1. Yeah, when she first got with Toni we could see her changing and growing and developing but it’s like the writers got bored and decided to revert back and it’s so bad 😦

      Hopefully with the Farm coming into focus more and Bughead working together to take down Gladys, we might see Alice and FP interact some more :’)

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      1. Cheryl’s development drives me crazy. I don’t care about the crazy cults or bear attacks… they’re hilarious. But please, better character development please!

        I need more bughead investigating together! And I truly hope Gladys will leave soon.

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