What is most surprising about this episode is that these kids were just becoming Juniors in High School. Was the courtroom somewhere in the deep south in the 1950s? Because there is no A/C anywhere. Also, who would allow Archie’s own mother to be his defense attorney?
Welcome to Riverdale… and it is the weekend before Archie finds out if he will be convicted of murder. This little reprieve allows Archie to have one last perfect summer weekend with his love and his two best friends, but not before we get an update about what is going on in each household.
Veronica and Hiram are still butting heads, this time over the fate of Archie. She is even willing to go after jurors to throw her father under the bus in order to save Archie. However, Hermione confessed that she is no puppet to Hiram, just a prisoner. She will never leave Veronica alone in this world.
Alice is drinking the Kool-Aid that the Farm is doling out and she is driving Betty nuts with her attempts to bring her into the fold. However, we find out that Betty has been illegally forging a prescription for adderall and lying about seeing a therapist.
Fred is at a loss over Archie possibly being convicted. He and Mary blame themselves over everything that has happened. Yet, no matter what anyone says…Archie feels all alone in this because he feels guilty for leaving Cassidy with Andre. So, he spends the weekend prepping everyone for their new roles while he is away. Betty is to look after Fred, Reg is to look after the football team, etc…
Jughead is the King of the Serpents and thanks to Hotdog and Cheryl wanting to be Katniss Everdeen, a new war is brewing. The crown is heavy on his head, but he is committed to keeping his friends, family, and those that rely on him safe. Even if he is no longer a southsider.
The deliberations are heavy on everyone’s minds as the weekend comes to a close, but when the jury comes back in a deadlock of six to six, Archie agrees to take a plea deal that he believes would save everyone from another long and arduous trial. What he leaves behind are loved ones that are shocked and heartbroken over his decision.
But, the sexy Dads of Riverdale are working together to get back at Hiram and to get Archie out of jail. Veronica learns from Hiram that this whole thing is punishment for her turning her back on blood. This is when Veronica draws the line in the sand and declares that she is no longer his daughter. We then see Archie leaving the town with Pep as he heads to the hoosegow.
Now, this is when it gets really weird. Dilton Doyle is acting all kinds of weird, weirder than usual. Why? The Gargoyle King. He leaves behind this map for Jug and when Jug follows the map, he finds Dilton and Ben kneeling in front of a something that looks like a horned creature made out of bones. Ben and Dilton have ingested something that has them out and Jug is at a loss as he tries to help them. Think Slenderman meets D&D.
The weirdness level goes up a notch when Betty wakes up in the middle of the night and hears a noise in the yard and that is when she finds Alice and Polly in a ceremony where they hold the twins over a fire and let them go…the twins float in the air and this…well this is too much for Betty’s brain to handle, so she drops and convulses.
It is what happens in the last moments that grabbed me. While, the soap opera-like story arcs are entertaining…how much can these kids go through when they are just turning 16 and starting the whole process of preparing for SATs and thinking about what colleges they want to go to and what it will take to get into those colleges. Is there a Riverdale College?
The other cool thing about the episode is the nods to the comics, like Hot Dog, we saw the jalopy, and we heard the name of Edgar Evernever and with him…we will see Evelyn.