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    I Can’t Believe The Plot Of “Riverdale” Anymore, So Here Are 21 Things That Really Happened This Week

    It's time for the musical episode!

    1. Even though most episodes of Riverdale feel like a musical episode, this week was the musical episode. It starts with Betty explaining to her friends that the way Alice is processing her grief over Polly's death is by listening to the Broadway cast recording of Next to Normal on repeat — Alice has created a perfect family dynamic where Polly is alive again and her serial killer son Charles is back (looking quite un–serial killer-esque!) Notably missing? Her serial killer ex-husband Hal, aka the Black Hood.

    Alice and her family with the captions global pandemic, my trauma, my insecurities, my anxiety, 2021

    As Betty explains, there are actually a lot of similarities between the play and Alice's life right now — a mom struggling with her mental health trying to cling to "normal" life and grieving over a child who passed away. Alice is also clinging to a memory of when she, Polly, and Betty went to see the show in the city together. 

    One of the wildest things about Riverdale is that the show has gotten so unbelievably out of control bonkers (Secret serial killer family of illegitimate Blossoms! Trash Bag Killer! Archie mining for palladium!) that we're at the point where we get to a musical episode and I kind of shrug because it feels...(next to) normal?

    In all sincerity, the acting moments between Mädchen and Lili and the extremely raw and heartbreaking musical numbers where Alice believes she's in an alternate reality are really poignant and work well. It's really just when other characters outside of the Cooper house start to sing that it gets a bit bonkers, but more on that in a bit.

    2. Fresh off killing her horrible husband Chad last week, Veronica doesn't want to waste any more time with her lover (🤮) Archie — she suggests that they move in together immediately, which definitely will not be a bad idea — nope, not at all. Archie agrees, but somehow convinces her to move out of her luxury apartment and in to his house where Uncle Frank and Jughead already live too.

    Archie in the form of a drake meme talking about living alone vs. with his uncle and a struggling author

    My GOD the hold this man has over her???? What does he nipples?

    3. I will simply never stop pointing our Mr. Weatherbee's one glove, because it is my moral obligation to remind everyone that he wears it because Edgar Evernever cut off his fingers when he thought Weatherbee was a mole within his organ-harvesting cult, just before he planned to launch himself into space on a rocket ship and kill all of the cult members by driving them off a cliff in a bus.

    Mr. Weatherbee's gloved hand with an arrow pointing towards it

    What a sentence!

    4. Unfortunately, Toni is in Weatherbee's office because Britta's in a bit of trouble — after she came out to her parents last week, they kicked her out of the house and she's been living in Jughead's closet in Riverdale High.

    Toni and Britta sitting on a couch

    Toni tries to find Britta a suitable place to live for now, but more on that later in the episode. 

    5. Elsewhere in Riverdale, we learn that Tabitha's parents are in town and apparently the Pop's milkshake gene skipped a generation — her parents are upset that she decided to squander her future and move to Riverdale to work at Pop's.

    Tabitha's parents and Jughead and Tabitha

    I'm so sad that Pop Tate's own SON doesn't appreciate the glory of Pop Tate. It honestly breaks my heart. :(

    6. For absolutely zero reason, Jughead and Tabitha sing a musical number from Next to Normal as well, even though they are not, in fact, a part of Alice's make-believe musical universe, but oooookay.

    Jughead singing with a caption of a cole sprouse quote from 2017 saying please don't make me sing

    By the end of the musical number, Jughead and Tabitha kiss, solidifying this ship that has been in the works since Tabitha first walked into Pop's.

    7. While there's not much humor in the scenes at the Cooper house this week, I did laugh that Alice managed to easily buy a massive piano online:

    Alice Cooper saying she ordered the piano on Glamazon

    8. Settling into home life with Archie, Frank, and Jughead, Veronica cooks some chicken cordon bleu, but Frank and Archie get some kind of fireman text alert (?) and can't stay for dinner.


    In a very hilarious moment, when it's just Jughead and Veronica at the table, they both seem to acknowledge that neither wants to sit and eat with the other, and Jughead leaves to eat alone. I LOL'd and I appreciate that they are still those two friends within a friend group who simply do not know how to exist one on one. 

    9. This is a good time to remember that firefighter is still one of Archie's many jobs. I like to consult this handy job chart from the Riverdale wiki whenever I need a reminder:

    All of archie's jobs
    Riverdale Wiki / Via

    10. Veronica covers "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" from Next to Normal and, well, here's the thing. If you read these recaps you know me, you know that I very rarely side with Archibald Andrews...HOWEVER, it is a tad unfair that Veronica feels like the "invisible girl" because he had to go and literally put out a fire and save lives! Like, it's not Archie's fault that he and Frank are Riverdale's entire firefighting and palladium mining crew?

    Veronica singing with the caption at least Daddy eats my chicken cordon bleu

    Also, this whole cover is strange to me since the original is about a teen girl feeling overlooked because her mother is fixating on/favoring her brother who is actually dead, but alas.

    11. And THEN the next morning this incredibly cringey interaction happens:

    Veronica saying didn't hear you come in last night mr. inferno but it's jughead behind the door

    This all could have been avoided if Veronica A) insisted she and Archie live in her luxury apartment and B) SIMPLY NEVER USED THE WORDS MR. INFERNO in a sentence.

    12. Then, exactly one episode after Veronica declared the only thing she wants is Archie...and in the same episode that she asked Archie to move in with her, she kinda figures out that maybe Reggie is actually more her type because Wall Street and stocks and his mullet and stuff...?


    13. Basically, in conclusion:

    Veronica at the beginning of the episode saying they should move fast and then at the end saying they shouldn't rush this

    I know I've been hard on Veronica this episode, but in the words of Olivia Rodrigo, "Good 4 U" for putting your wants and needs first. 

    14. We check in on Cheryl and instead of waterboarding her mom with maple syrup, she sings a song about how Penelope is the devil (accurate!) and pours holy water on her. Iconic! Sadly, Penelope did not melt.


    Also, did anyone notice how Penelope was also wearing one glove? Is this supposed to make us think that wearing one glove in Riverdale is commonplace so we'll forget about the reasons why Weatherbee wears one glove? Because I promise you I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever let us forget that.

    15. On a serious note, things are getting increasingly sad at the Cooper house. Alice has had a few more musical numbers with Polly and Charles, and Betty keeps trying to show her that it isn't real — she even tries to get Alice to go to the city with her (on a Tramtrak train LOL) to see a show. But things really come to a dark head when Alice blames Betty for Polly's death.


    Again, the acting and the chemistry between Lili and Mädchen is so good. 

    16. Betty turns to Kevin, reminding us of their bond (and of Casey Cott's INCREDIBLE singing voice!) and he helps her stay strong and inspires her to work things out with Alice.


    Betty and Alice apologize to each other, and Betty promises to always be there for her mom.

    17. Tabitha's dad has decided that Jughead isn't good enough for his daughter and approaches him for a casual conversation in his car in the Pop's parking lot, as one does. Unfortunately, I cannot help but kind of love him solely for this HILARIOUS exchange with huge Mariah Carey/Jennifer Lopez energy:

    Jughead says you remind me of hiram lodge and tabitha's dad says I don't know who that is

    Honorable mention: When he offered Jughead a Swellegrino for the road. The fake brand names were A+ in this episode. 

    18. After they shared a brief moment earlier in the episode, Toni (encouraged by Fangs) turns to Cheryl to ask her if she'll give Britta a place to stay — it's a super-sweet scene between Choni where they reminisce about the time when they were in love.

    Toni and Cheryl

    19. However, that's all in the past (at least for now...), because Toni and Fangs confess their feelings for each other and decide to be a couple while co-parenting baby Tony.

    Fangs and Toni kiss

    Also, wasn't Kevin originally supposed to be part of this whole co-parenting plan? Did the show just completely forget about that?!

    20. And Cheryl does take Britta into her home, and methinks we have a Cheryl 2.0 in our future:

    Cheryl and Britta playing chess with "The Queen's Gambit" as a caption

    Honestly, really happy they're both getting the companionship they need. 

    21. The episode ends with everyone — including bbs Juniper and Dagwood (they've come so far since levitating over that fire) — singing at Polly's funeral. I swear, for a second I thought they were about to sing "Seasons of Love" from Rent, but sorry, wrong musical!


    I get that it's a funeral, but I still don't understand why Penelope Blossom is allowed to be ANYWHERE except JAIL? But anyway...RIP Polly Cooper.

    One more quick round of applause for these two for making me tear up against my will:


    So, there you have it! The last episode before the season finale. There was a lot of coupling and uncoupling and recoupling this episode. Will the pairings stay the same next week, or is everything going to change again? Hard to say on Riverdale! See you next week for the last time in Season 5.