first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Riverdale is officially back on track. It floundered for a while as it figured out what to do after bringing the Black Hood mystery to an underwhelming end last December, but that’s all over. Things in town may have taken a while to spin up, but now they’re completely out of control and I’m loving every minute of it. Last night’s episode was what I come to Riverdale for. It combined classic noir elements with teen drama tropes and legendarily bad decision-making. It was tense, shocking and just a little gross. It’s the Riverdale we’ve been waiting for since the show returned from its brief winter break.Not even one minute in, things in Riverdale are all kinds of messed up. Betty has the reaction most of us would if we came home and saw our mother cleaning a dead body all over the floor. Her first instinct is to call the police, but Alice convinces her not to. If the police come, they’ll take Chic away, and she’s not losing another kid. Knowing that her dad is on his way to pick up some toiletries, she helps her mother clean up the body just before her dad gets home. In any other teen drama, this would be the kids hiding evidence of a party. In Riverdale, covering up a murder is a family affair. This is why I love this show. They dump the body and wipe down everything, but bleaching gore off the floor isn’t something you just shrug off. The next morning, she can’t even make herself a bowl of cereal without picturing the body. Those scars aren’t going away anytime soon. It’s already putting a strain on Betty and Jughead’s relationship. Jughead calls to tell her he loves her, and she hangs up on him. And this isn’t the type of trouble you tell your high school boyfriend.Lili Reinhart as Betty (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Jughead has some troubles of his own though, so he’s not too hung up on it. He sent the head of Colonel Pickens to the Lodges as a message. He’s also figured out exactly what’s going on with the land on the south side suddenly disappearing. He accuses the mayor of accepting bribes in exchange for clearing land the Lodges want to buy which, you know, is exactly what’s happening. The pressure makes the Lodges move up their timetable, driving a wedge between them and Mayor McCoy. Because you know, announcing something with a terrible name like SoDale before the election could affect how people vote. (Although, who’s running against her? If her job were really in danger, you’d think we’d see a yard sign or something.) Veronica gets the mayor to cooperate by telling her the Lodges to know about her affair with Sheriff Keller. It doesn’t matter how concerned she sounds, that’s still a threat. It’s enough to make the Mayor resign. Maybe Veronica isn’t as different from her father as we’d like to believe.Meanwhile, Betty’s really not handling the whole dead body thing very well. She starts throwing up at the mere mention of a corpse. That makes things especially awkward, since they seem to be popping up in Riverdale more frequently. She decides to go make sure the body she dumped is still hidden, and she finds his phone still on and receiving calls. Man, unplugged all night and the battery still has juice? What kind of phone is that? I could use one. It turns out the guy they killed was Chic’s drug dealer. She confronts Chic about it, but he’s already got Alice wrapped around his finger. All it takes is a few tears and Betty’s the one in trouble. Teen relationship drama, murder cover-ups AND the worst parents on the planet? This is the Riverdale we know and love.Cole Spouse as Jughead and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As everything spirals out of control, she actually tells Jughead the truth about what’s been going on. To his credit, Jughead doesn’t freak out at all. He even helps her hotwire the dealer’s car so they can dump it in the river. I guess the couple that commits felonies together stays together. Jughead even enlists his dad to lend a helping hand. Remember, he’s the one that dumped Jason Blossom’s body in the river last season. So he’s an expert in what not to do. He covers the body with sodium hydroxide, which will dissolve the body, leaving nothing behind. Meanwhile, Chic is engaged in the completely normal activity of cutting Betty’s dad out of family pictures. This episode really cranked the f’ed up factor, huh?Archie’s still the dumbest rock, but his story finally puts an end to the FBI agent storyline. It felt so tacked on, so out of place with everything else that was going on. It turns out there was a reason for that. Completely suckered in by Hiram Lodge, he gives the FBI agent obvious misinformation. He gets found out immediately, and the agent threatens to bring Archie’s dad into all this. Unless Archie plants a bug in Hiram’s office. That doesn’t happen. Instead, he tells Hiram everything. That the FBI approached him, that he didn’t tell them anything and that he destroyed the bug with a hammer. Hiram gets the FBI agents name, and promises he’ll be dealt with. Whatever that means. It turns out, all that means is Hermione calls off the “Agent.” As Archie learns, she’s the real boss of the Lodge family’s operation. There was no FBI investigation. The “agent” was working for her. Now that Archie has proved where his loyalties lie, he’s part of the family. Oh Archie, you beautiful, stupid cinnamon roll. What have you gotten yourself into now?Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)So it would appear that Riverdale is 1oo percent back on its bullshit, and I couldn’t be happier. Last night’s episode took the story to some wild new places. Places it’ll be hard to come back from, not that I really want it to. We’re still waiting to see what exactly the Chic Cooper storyline turns out to be. I get the feeling there’s still a big reveal about him the show still has up its sleeve. For now, he’s got the family compromising itself, hiding evidence to cover up a murder he committed. Meanwhile, Hal is sleeping with Cheryl’s mom, leading to some of the grossest, most uncomfortable conversations we’ve seen yet from this show. I really hope this story with Cheryl is going somewhere though. Her role lately has just been to yell at her mom for becoming a prostitute. That’s boring now. The first part of the season promised some big developments for Cheryl and Josie’s story and the show has completely abandoned that. Wherever it’s planning to take Cheryl, it better get there fast. It’s getting dull. I’m confident the show will deliver in the end, though. Last night, Riverdale got back to the bonkers, trampling pace that makes it so much fun. Whatever it’s building toward, I’m confident it’ll crash into its destination most violently. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 center_img Stay on targetlast_img

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