The latest episode of Riverdale Season 1 opens with breakfast at the Coopers. Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) “makes conversation” by accusing Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) of being the reason her daughter Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is obsessed with Jason Blossom’s murder. Next door, Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) preps for his auditions for the upcoming Riverdale High variety show.
His preparations fall short as an auditorium full of his friends, fellow students, and football players look on. Val (Hayley Law) comforts him in the hallway and he asks her to join him for a duet for moral support. Val refuses and pledges her loyalty to the Pussycats.
Jughead and Betty investigate Polly’s location and realize she’s at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy Home for Troubled Youth. Archie volunteers to help them investigate further, but Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) enters with the news that she convinced Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), who is in charge of the talent show, to let him perform. Archie is hesitant to perform solo, so Veronica volunteers her own service as a duet partner.
Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) has an eventful first day as an accountant at Fred Andrews‘ (Luke Perry) construction company. She tells Fred that he only has enough money to pay his employees for three more weeks, but Fred said he can’t fire anyone after what happened the last time he fired someone. That person, as we previously found out on Riverdale Season 1, was none other than Jughead’s father.
Fred then explains that he’s hoping to score the contract to develop the Twilight Drive-In. He tells Hermoine that since he doesn’t know who owns the property, he plans on wining and dining the Mayor in the hopes of winning her favor and in turn the development deal. He asks Hermoine for her help and she volunteers to host the dinner at her house. The two then embrace for a kiss. A kiss that Hermoine’s own daughter Veronica happens to see from afar.
Later, at the Andrews homestead, Fred tells his son that he bought tickets for all of his workers to see Archie perform in the Variety Show. He also tells Arch that he’ll be attending the event with Hermoine whom he goes on to say he likes. Archie encourages his dad to date and tells him that both he and his mom are good.
At Pussycat Practice, Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats get into a band wide fight. Things get heated and Val quits, leaving her Pussycat ears behind. Josie confides in her mother the Mayor (Robin Givens) that losing Val is a blow to the Pussycats as Val was their songwriter. Josie’s mother advises her daughter to find another Cat: someone who is skinny, beautiful, and a person of color. Just so long as they aren’t more skinny or beautiful than Josie herself.
Veronica then asks her mother if she plans on leaving her father upon his release from jail. She reveals that she saw her mother kissing Fred and asks for answers. Hermione tells Veronica that she isn’t sure about what will happen when her husband gets home. Veronica responds that there is nothing her mother can do to help her and she heads to school.
Things don’t get better for her there as she walks in on Val and Archie harmonizing in the music room. Veronica accuses Archie of having zero loyalty and being a “ginger Judas.” She tells Archie that she knows his father kissed her mother, something Veronica clearly does not approve of. Archie tries to explain himself, but only ends up bringing up Veronica’s father’s incarceration and upsets her even more. He offers to go somewhere and talk with her or give her her singing part back, but Veronica storms out and right into the Pussycats. It doesn’t take long for Veronica to don Val’s old Pussycat ears as she and her new bandmates strut through the hallways throwing shade at Archie and Val as they go.
When Betty and Jughead arrive at the home where Polly is staying, Betty finally sees her sister for the first time on Riverdale Season 1. The reunion between the two is a surprising one as a Riverdale Season 1 bombshell is revealed: Polly Cooper (Tiera Skovbye) is pregnant with Jason Blossom’s baby.
Betty is shocked, but happy, at the news. Polly then tells her sister that their parents have been lying to both of them to keep the sisters apart. She goes on to say that it was Jason’s parents that forced them apart and that she and Jason had planned to runaway together the previous July 4th. Unfortunately for Polly, her parents found out and had her committed to the Home. Polly then asks Betty to give a note to Jason forcing Betty to reveal to her that Jason was murdered. After being alerted by the staff she’s paid off, Betty’s mother shows up at the Home to take her back to Riverdale. They run into Polly in the hallway and have an emotional confrontation. Eventually, Betty and Jughead look on helplessly as orderlies take Polly away.
At Pussycats practice, Veronica is more interested in texting than perfecting her performance. She and Josie get into a fight, but quickly bond. Things aren’t more harmonious at Val and Archie’s practice where Val’s trepidation over quitting the Pussycats has made her question her decision to sing with Arch. Later, Josie’s father Myles shows up in time to join in Fred’s dinner to woo the Mayor. He criticizes Val leaving the Pussycats and things quickly get tense between the patriarchs of Josie and Archie’s families. When Fred gives his presentation, the Mayor informs him that while she’d like to give him the development deal, things are already in motion that she can’t stop.
Betty then confronts her father about his involvement in Jason Blossom’s murder. She tearfully asks him point blank if he killed Jason, but is interrupted by her mother’s tearful laughter. Alice goes on to say that her father doesn’t have the stomach for murder, but she wishes they had killed Jason. Hal tells Betty that Polly is simply depressed and delusional and the fantasy of running away with Jason was nothing more than that.
At Pop Tate’s, Veronica and Josie commiserate over their family problems and share a plate of french fries. Veronica tells Josie about her mother’s indiscretions, but Josie tells Veronica to look at her mother’s side of the story. At the Andrews’ residence, Fred gives Archie a pre-Variety Show pep talk while he prepares for his coming date with Hermione. Hermione then asks Veronica for her signature to transfer the development deal to Fred’s construction company. Veronica refuses unless she agrees to break up with Fred. This doesn’t stop Hermione from forging her own daughter’s signature on the documents, however.
Prior to the big Variety Show, Archie tells Val that he doesn’t one to be the one that broke up the Pussycats who are, in his words, “the Beatles.” Val tells Josie she won’t be playing with Archie and Josie lets Val back into her “litter box.” The group then goes on to do a totally age appropriate performance of the orgasmic Donna Summer classic “I Feel Love” on stage at the Variety Show. Although Josie does her best, it fails to impress her dad who leaves during the crowd’s thunderous applause to his daughter’s song. Archie takes the stage to some good natured ribbing by his fellow football players. He looks to his father for some support before starting in on his acoustic ballad that is also met with thunderous applause. Archie and Val then share a passionate kiss in the afterglow of the Variety Show while Veronica discovers Fred Andrews won the contract to develop the Twilight Drive-In.
At the Coopers, Jughead makes an entrance through Betty’s window and the two discuss how craziness seems to run in their families. Jughead then kisses Betty and “Bughead” is finally realized on screen in Riverdale Season 1. The kiss jostles the idea of searching a car Polly told her Jason had stashed somewhere. Bughead finds the car and snaps pics of Jason’s letterman’s jacket inside along with plenty of other possible evidence. They rush off to notify Sheriff Keller of their findings, but by the time they make it back to the car it is on fire. Bughead then make their way back to the Home for Troubled Youth only to find Polly’s room abandoned and her window broken. Jughead deduces that it was likely Polly that set the car full of evidence ablaze and the latest episode of Riverdale Season 1.
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