The Mayor of Riverdale, Hermione Lodge, has banned the game pf Gryphons and Gargoyles (G&G) because she has connected the recent suicides to the game. This just makes the kids want to play the game ever more, but then Dr. Curdle calls Betty to tell her that the suicide of Dilton Doyle seemed familiar and Alice tells Betty about what happened back in the 90s to her and her friends.
For various reasons, Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, Sierra, and Hermione end up in Saturday detention a la The Breakfast Club with Anthony Michael Hall as the Principal.
We learn their secrets:
- Penelope is adopted and is being groomed to be her brother’s life partner.
- Alice refused to talk about her pregnancy but told everyone that FP lived in a double wide.
- FP was beaten by his Dad, but he had aspirations to go to college.
- Fred wanted to stay in Riverdale forever and eventually become mayor.
- Sierra was dating Tommy, but they were keeping it quiet because their parents did not approve.
- Hermione was dating Hiram because he was a self-starter.
After a few Saturday detentions, the kids come across the G&G game, when Hermione breaks into a teachers desk.
In that moment, these strangers eventually became friends and none of them could have guessed that their lives were about to change forever.
They start to play and they pick the following characters:
- Penelope is the Game Master
- Alice is a sorceress
- Hermione is a thief
- Sierra is a Siren
- FP is a Deadeye
- Fred is a Radiant Knight
And so the quest begins at Eldervair. They soon get wrapped up in the game and they decided to go off-board with the game.
Penelope pairs FP and Hermione together and Fred and Alice together. Eventually, they played the game all the time, but late at night and in the school…hence calling themselves the Midnight Club. They group got larger as they came across a smaller group that consisted of Hiram, Tommy, and more who were also playing the game late at night in the halls of Riverdale High.
Can I just say, this episode is based in the 90s…but they keep playing 80s music.
This group of kids were invited to an ascension party, but they did not know who was orchestrating the event.
Side note: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos kid looks just like his Dad.
Eventually their is a musical moment, where the funniest bit was Penelope getting all into the music.
That night, Alice leaves, but the next day she learns that Principal Feathestone is missing and Fred’s Dad died.
They do find the body of the missing Principal in the broom closet under the stairs and he had blue on his lips. The group turns on Alice as she was the only one that was sober that night and was the last to see the Principal. However, they decide to destroy the game and keep the events a secret.
The group changed afterwards:
- Fred gave up music and went into construction
- FP joined the Southside Serpents
- Penelope grew closer to Clifford
- Hermione and Hiram became a couple
- Sierra and Tommy broke up
- Alice gave up her old ways and started to court Hal.
The kids of the Midnight club became strangers again.
Alice tells her daughter that someone in the group is responsible for what happened and she begs Betty to not play the game. But, she is still on the case and when she goes to talk to Juggie, she sees that he has gone down the rabbit hole and his goal is to defeat the Gargoyle King.
Not good at all.
In the next episode, The Great Escape – Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break Archie out of juvie; When Jughead has taken the investigation into Griffins and Gargoyles a step too far, Betty finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.