When we last left Riverdale, Betty looked like she was officially drinking the Kool-Aid, but we see that she is still the Betty that we all love, which allows her to keep the facade up, but still maintaining some semblance of sanity. Betty comes up with a plan to undermine Ethel and that is to make her think that Betty is the new Queen of the Gargoyle King. She locks up Ethel to start the withdrawal process and to make her the one person that can help her stop this scam that Hiram and Nuns have started to produce fizzle rocks. Their goal is Sister Woodhouse.
As this is happening, a massive seizure outbreak has overtaken the cheerleaders of Riverdale High, will no one do anything about it? Is it contagious. The worry over the stricken Toni, allows her to ask her petit amour to move in and she accepts the offer. Veronica realizes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and she knows that her Father is responsible for it. This nagging feeling is heightened when Reggie tells her that her Dad has pulled Jangle off the marker and replaced it with Fizzle Rocks. She is determined to stop them. In desperation to stem the seizure outbreak, men in hazmat outfits take the infected to Riverdale General. At the meeting in the school, Veronica and Cheryl confront the board and Hiram has an answer for everything, of course.
There is a point where Veronica mentions Narcos. The thing is, this whole scenario would make sense in Narcos, but this show…it is getting tiring. Can we have some Gossip Girl storylines?
This is just as Jughead and Archie reach their destination…Mrs. Gladys Jones and little Jellybean.
Possibly the only funny moment of the first half of this season happens when Gladys sees Archie and Jug and her first response is that she is thrilled that they are finally together romantically. The boys tell Gladys about what has happened in Riverdale and when she hears the name Penny Peabody she gets so annoyed, but she suspects (like Jug) that Hiram is the issue. Of course there are deep-seeded issues that are discussed, like Gladys abandoning her son.
Guess who popped up to take in Archie, Penny. Smh. Hiram is like a dog with a bone. Surprisingly, JB takes down Penny easily. However, it is Gladys that will get the info that spurs her son to thwart Hiram’s twisted game of Monopoly of making Riverdale his vice-ridden Kingdom.
This means that Jughead goes back to Riverdale with FP and Archie runs for the border with his Dad’s blessing and with Vegas by his side.
Betty is connecting the dots with Veronica and Cheryl. While Betty confronts the Nun, Cheryl and Veronica confront Cheryl’s gorgon-like Mother. Well, the Nun says that G&G was created by the kids in the asylum because they made the game to cope. The drugs that Hiram tests help with the patients and he is also donates quite a bit. Ethel and Betty take the keys and head to Riverdale as they lock up the Nun in the basement. But they need the Gryphon Queen to have all the patients leave the asylum and their plan works.
We also learn from the interrogation that Cheryl and Veronica conduct that Hiram’s empire would allow for prostitution and drugs to be run sans issue. However, they need help and they come in the form of the cadets.
It seems like everything is starting to fall into place for a massive battle between the kids and Hiram, but they were too late. Hiram got the town quarantined and no one can go in or get out. Hiram wins for now…
Where is the backbone Hermione?
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