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Riverdale Recap: Issue 10.18

Hello! It's time for the October 18th issue of the Riverdale Recap! Let's talk about this episode. We're still hyperventilating.

Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" -- Image Number: RVD202b_0315.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller -- Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Senior Class Meet-Up in Pop's Cafeteria 

Archie still isn't catching any sleep, so he gets a bit testy with Sheriff Keller about finding out who shot his father that night at Pop's. Speaking of Pop's, it's become desolate. No one wants to get that amazing burger that Jughead loves so much. It's devestating because Pop's is considered the place where memories were made, friendships were tested and milkshakes were shared. It's considered home for our beloved Riverdale citizens. Because of this shooting though, it's become increasingly uncomfortable for anyone to step foot in there.

Cliff's Notes in Court?

Jughead has a conversation with his dad's lawyer and finds out that he faces up to twenty years in prison if found guilty! That's no good. He gets information from a few of F.P.'s loyal Serpents about a "snake charmer" that could help him slither out of that sentence. Penny Peabody is her name, and her office is in the back of a tattoo parlor. That is where I will conduct my business from now on. Jughead is incredibly confused--a) by the location of her office and b) that she already knows his father. She informs him that if the victims plead leniency on his behalf, then he could get "years served" with parole. That sounds a little bit better than twenty years to me. Jughead makes the decision to partner with Penny, as long as he completes a favor for her down the road.

Locker Room Showdown

Betty wants Cheryl to help F.P. avoid that long jail sentence. Betty is the best in this episode, just fyi. She has some "fun girl talk" with Cheryl in the locker room, blackmailing her into pleading leniency on F.P.'s behalf. How did she do that? Well, that little video of Father Blossom shooting Jason would somehow mysteriously surface if she didn't agree. That's the Betty we all know--hardcore under pressure with a snatched ponytail.

Father-Daughter Dance

Meanwhile in the Lodge household, Veronica thinks she's exposing her father for "buying Pop's to win [her] affection." She pulls out a letter supposedly written by Hiram, threatening Hermione if Veronica didn't testify on his behalf while he was in prison. But *le gasp* Hermione revealed it was she that wrote the letter. Later in the episode, Veronica has a conversation with Jughead, where he convinces her that her father may have an ounce of kindness in him. Hmm...

No Strings (Attached) Class Today!

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Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" -- Image Number: RVD202a_0032.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle -- Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

The coroner reveals it was "a crime of passion" that caused Miss Grundy's death. The murder weapon? Archie's cello bow! This, of course, rocks

Archie's world and he heads back to Sheriff Keller. He reveals that he and Miss Grundy were "close," and that this masked gunman was clearly her ex. Sheriff Keller shot down that claim, stating that her ex was innocent and had an airtight alibi. This makes Archie even more uneasy because we still can't figure out who this masked man is! That's where Reggie comes in...adorned in a black mask, standing outside of Archie's window when het gets home. What a jerk.

Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" -- Image Number: RVD202b_0219.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Alvin Sanders as Pop Tate, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews -- Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Morning Announcement: #JingleJangle Not Sold in Vending Machines

And, lastly, we come to my favorite part of the episode--the event at Pop's. Betty and Jughead decide to throw a sort of sock-hop fundraiser for Pops where everyone dresses in their best 50's diner work attire. Everything is going well until we see the Lodges and a few Serpents walk in. Nothing happened, thankfully. However, we find out Hiram now owns Pop's after he told Veronica he just made a "charitable donation" to the diner. Sneaky. And Archie continues to have flashbacks from when his father was shot, so he makes a deal with Dilton Doiley to meet out in the woods for a secret exchange. In the woods, Dilton gives him a handgun. Archie says this will help him sleep, but we think a sprinkle of lavender oil on the pillow might do just fine.  Speaking of shady exchanges, Reggie liked to deal #jinglejangle? Which we thought was a term for holiday magic--apparently not. It will get you killed by the masked man! That's exactly what happened to two of his customers as they made out in a classic car!!

Now that you're all caught up, give us some time to recuperate. Shall we meet again in next week's issue? Let's do it.


--Wendell Scott



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