The good news is it looks like Archie (KJ Apa) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) got out of the fire alright (last night’s episode ended with both Archie’s front and back porch in flames). The bad news is it looks like there’s going to be another fire, and this time at Archie’s gym when the show comes back on March 10th:
Also in the forecast: a dance-off between Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) for control of the Vixens. After another scene of someone showing up at Thornhill to guilt Cheryl out of money, Cheryl found a reason to leave the house, and that reason is cheerleading. Was this Toni’s plan all along or did she not realize Cheryl would react this way?
Then there’s Jughead. Miserable Jughead. Of all the returning alumni, Jughead teaching English was the least surprising (and Betty – played by Lili Reinhart – teaching shop the most thrilling), but if his students aren’t inspired, it’s no wonder. He’s not doing much to engage them, and why should he? Despite his attitude Jughead leaves the episode with a new girl Friday (Erinn Westbrook) and a new story. He doesn’t have to change anything.
Other thoughts on this week’s Riverdale:
- There has to be a reason we’re only learning about the Mothmen now, right?
- Chad (Chris Mason) is terrible, but he might be the best scene partner Archie’s ever had
- Kevin (Casey Cott), the go-to guy for anything sketchy who also cries at karaoke
- While things are still looking bad for Polly (Tiera Skovbye), that truck driver at least offered another explanation for why Polly was running away from that truck in episode five
Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.