Riverdale Season 3 Episode 18: ‘Jawbreaker’ Review

After a brief hiatus, Riverdale is back with more episodes for season three. This week there are three main things going on: Betty investigating the Farm, Jughead and FP investigating the death of Baby Teeth, and Archie fighting in an upcoming match against one of Elio’s fighters. This episode was actually really well laid out and it felt like we spent a good amount of time with each storyline. Considering the overall structure of the season has felt a little bit all over the place, it was nice that we got some structure during this episode.

We see that Betty still refuses to give up on looking into the Farm. She decides to try and break Alice out of her spell by proving that Charles is dead. I’m still curious about whether he is or not. The show hasn’t really given us much proof that he really is dead and with Betty struggling to find any evidence (opting to get a headstone instead), I’m wondering if they plan to bring him back at any point. That being said, her plans don’t work and in the end she seemingly gives up on trying to get Alice back. I did love their scenes together and the way Alice spoke and acted were even more impactful when you realise that she’s supposedly scared of Betty. I’m also so curious to see what happens when the Farm is finally exposed.

I also appreciated that scene where Betty threatens Evelyn. It was so good to see her finally snap and lash out like that. To be honest, it was a long time coming. And Betty wasn’t the only one who turned on Evelyn like that. We also see Toni square up to her in an attempt to keep Cheryl safe. She too is trying to breakthrough and convince Cheryl that the Farm is lying, even going so far as to show the video of Jason being shot by Clifford Blossom. Similarly to the Alice situation, it doesn’t work. In fact, by the end of the episode, Cheryl plans to choose the Farm forcing Toni to join them so they can continue to be together. So far – although this is only the start – Toni doesn’t seem to be as taken in as the rest of the members so perhaps her being on the inside could prove useful in discovering more about the Farm as well as taking them down.

[Zoé de Grand’Maison as Evelyn Evernever and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper | The CW]

With FP and Jughead, they’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on as more people are taking fizzle rocks and seemingly going rabid. Almost everyone they run into points to Kurtz as their dealer and by the end of the episode they do capture him. Honestly, the entire time I was wondering if FP was ever going to find out about Gladys being in the drug trade. With Kurtz originally being brought into the Serpents because of her, I have to suspect that it all leads back to her. At least in terms of the drugs.

It’s hard to tell with Gladys. I don’t think she cares if Jughead gets hurt with her schemes (even before he figured out what she was up to) but I do think she cares about Jellybean. If that’s true then I doubt she has anything to do with the G&G side of things. Especially when we see that Jellybean has being playing and is taken off to meet the Gargoyle King towards the end of the episode. The one saving grace about all of this is that Kurtz mentioned it’s one final quest for Jughead and his family so hopefully that means that this whole G&G thing is going to be over soon because that storyline has well and truly been played out at this point.

Something else to remember is that we still don’t know the identity of the Gargoyle King from when the Midnight Club were teenagers so maybe the King that Jellybean meets is the same one from back then.

[Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones | The CW]

Lastly, we have Archie and really not too much happens with him until right at the end. This week he sets up a boxing match with one of Elio’s fighters: Ronson. It’s seemingly all above board. We see Archie train and build up his muscle over time. There’s a ref and coaches (Archie’s still being Tom Keller) and even Fred is there to cheer on his son. However, we quickly discovers that Ronson is on some kind of drug to make himself stronger. It’s really no surprise that Archie manages to win the fight by getting in the last punch but after the match is called, he quickly realises that Ronson isn’t responding and Archie beings to try and wake him. I can’t tell for sure if he’s dead or not but if he is, I’m sure whatever Elio fed him didn’t help and somehow it’s all going to fall back onto Archie. We’ll have to see though. Drama always seems to follow Archie around so I’m sure there’s even more to come.

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