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    27 Things That Actually Happened On "Riverdale" This Week

    "I mean…I ate my brother Julian in the womb."

    1. It's Thanksgiving in Riverdale, so here's a bunch of home video footage of normal families before we return to the madness of demon brother dolls, corpses, murder cover-ups, and serial killer brothers.

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    My Thanksgiving table: Don't talk about politics.

    Thanksgiving tables in Riverdale: Don't talk about the dead body we stashed.

    2. Let's take a moment to remember that the mayoral race in Riverdale was an ENTIRE SEASON's worth of plot in Season 2. But it's been exactly one episode since Hiram announced he was running for mayor (and also announced his rum business?) and now he is just…mayor.

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    This is just representative of the fact that ever since the show went on Jingle Jangle and Fizzle Rocks, plot just happens at a rapid pace. I, for one, am grateful for it because it gives me so much fodder for these recaps.

    3. There's a "biblical ice storm" a-brewing, because of course there is? This means Jughead and Betty have no choice but to hole up and solve a murder, as one does on a snow day.

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    Betty and Jughead's task? Solve the spontaneous dive-through-the-window death of Mr. Chipping.

    4. Archie is throwing a big Thanksgiving dinner for all the kids at the El Royale, and it's the first time I've actually loved this big dumb goof.

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    I AM still extremely confused by the El Royale. Is it a shelter? A gym? A community center? An arcade? It has been called all of those things, but there can't be THAT many people who are interested in boxing? Are there other activities there?

    One thing I will say is that I am very happy Munroe (previously known as Mad Dog) is a pivotal part of this season, and didn't get the Sweet Pea and Pussycats treatment.

    5. So about that Blossom uncle that Toni killed last week? Yeah, he's going right in Sweetwater River until it freezes over. I find it touching that Toni Topaz is the only character on this show to show the slightest bit of remorse over killing someone.

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    6. Veronica just, like, "orders takeout" from the country club for the Thanksgiving dinner, and an assortment of food larger than the selection at the Whole Foods in my neighborhood shows up.

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    I, obviously, don't know how country clubs work, but can you really just take out like ALL the produce? Rich people are nuts!

    7. Petty ass Hiram Lodge wants to cancel Thanksgiving at the El Royale, so his even pettier daughter does THIS:

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    I squealed.

    8. After seasons of angst and longing, FP and Alice are finally just together and it's so cute, but also feels like an after thought?

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    Like Falice happened so slow, and then so fast. A real metaphor for Riverdale as a whole.

    9. Cheryl's Aunt Cricket has been stalking the Blossom house to try and find her missing husband, instead of getting the authorities involved. Even she understands that the Riverdale police is useless (sry FP!).

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    She will not get one sliver of their maple empire!

    10. In case you forgot about the BIBLICAL ICE STORM we are dealing with, the true victim here is the Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe sign:

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    The Lodges have a meal with FP and Alice and it gets dramatic. (FP almost murders Hiram with a broken rum bottle — his ~true passion~ — after recalling that Hiram PUT A HIT OUT on Jughead. This fucking show.) Honestly I want nothing to do with the Lodges or this plot.

    11. Ah yes, there was a rabbit with an ax. Just another Thursday.

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    Okay so here's some plot: there's a secret society at Stonewall called Quill & Skull. This is the least shocking thing to ever happen on Riverdale. Mr. Dupont and Mr. Chipping were involved and seemingly so are Donna and Bret.

    12. So the rabbit was actually Bret (who overheard Jughead's very public phone call about trying to solve this murder), and Betty whacked him over the head. Then, Betty Cooper (a teenager who already defused a bomb in this very season) gave him stitches. A true Renaissance teen.

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    "Maybe next time don't threaten my boyfriend with an ax."

    13. Jughead, Betty, Donna, and Bret end up playing a rousing game of "Never Have I Ever," which reminds me once again that Jughead and Betty are technically still gang members. It also gives us one of the greatest lines of the episode:

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    Jughead thinks he subtly asks if Brett and Donna are in a secret society, but it comes out more like Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions.

    14. Betty discovers a tiepin from the secret society with Mr. Chipping's initials on it in Donna's room, and it all comes out that Donna was having an affair with Mr. Chipping and then he got aggressive with her, which all happened right before he died.

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    This obviously does not feel like the full story, but I'm sure we'll find out more in later episodes.

    15. Veronica remains under the false impression that Archie is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I guess her bar is so low given that she is the daughter of two of the shadiest people on the planet, but still!

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    This really is the same energy as that girl we all know on Instagram who posts about how amazing her lame BF is all the time.

    16. And now for the plot I was dodgering this whole time: Dodger's family. I have about A MILLION questions about Darla, I don't know where to start. First of all, if you'll recall, Darla actually first appeared last season as the girlfriend of the drug dealer whose murder the Cooper family completely covered up and now I guess she is DODGER'S MOTHER????

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    If you'll recall, Dodger has become Archie's BIG BAD enemy this season and ended up last episode left for dead and stuffed in a rug as one does in Riverdale. I rarely feel bad for Archie, but it kinda sucks that Archie actually saved Dodger's life and now he's getting blamed for things.

    17. I guess I'm just confused as to how these people who appear to be the same age are mother and son? And how does Darla have such bad luck that both her boyfriend and "son" have been murdered/almost murdered due to the actions of Archie and his friends?

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    Is there a grand connection? Or is this lady just really fun to be around on set so they brought her back?

    18. Anyway, because I cannot just let things go, Azura Skye (Darla) and Juan Riedinger (Dodger) are LITERALLY the same age in real life.

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    You might be wondering why I'm in a rabbit hole about a dumb thing like age when there's literally a cannibalism plot in this episode, but WE WILL GET THERE.

    19. Sorry, back to the plot. Darla points a gun at Archie, which is basically just like a handshake on this show. Luckily, the big dumb dumb was frying a turkey indoors, so the fryer explodes and it's enough time to distract Darla — and for Mary Andrews to go FULL BADASS and save the day:

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    Veronica is so impressed, and so am I tbh. Anyway, Dodger escapes from the hospital because the grownups in this town are so bad at their jobs, so this story is far from over.

    20. Okay you leave me no choice but to talk about the Blossom Thanksgiving dinner table, complete with Julian. Cheryl invites Cricket and Cousin Fester (he has a name!) and gets Nana Rose to tell a story as a plot to scare them away for good.

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    I thought Cheryl drowned Julian last week, but I guess you can never fully get rid of your haunted doll brother.

    21. Anyway, during the first-ever Blossom Thanksgiving, there was also an ice storm. So, like any family would, they ENDED UP EATING EACH OTHER TO SURVIVE.

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    This tracks because, as Cheryl points out, she DID eat Julian in the womb.

    22. So, anyway, Cheryl tricks Cricket into believing that THE MEAT PIES are actually Uncle Bedford's remains!!!! And Cheryl will expose the fact that they committed cannibalism unless they leave them alone. And then she brings out corpse JJ for dessert. Yummy.

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    Cheryl didn't really think through that this would also expose her as a murderer, cannibal chef, and corpse lover, but ok??? I also want to stress that this was not a REAL cannibalism plot, but a prank cannibalism plot. Riverdale will not explore actual cannibalism until at least Season 6, I'm sure. Riverdale's new slogan: "No ACTUAL cannibalism…yet."

    23. Toni and Cheryl finally say "I love you" because there's nothing more romantic than convincing your Aunt she ate the remains of her dead husband! Anyway, the moment is totally ruined by this:

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    24. Unlike literally everyone else in Riverdale, FP has remembered that the Southside Serpents exist.

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    He is unhappy to have to do Hiram's bidding as Sheriff, and will seemingly be returning to his Serpent roots while remaining in power.

    25. Donna comes forward with the information about Mr. Chipping, and that chapter is seemingly over. (Read: not at all over). Also for two very good teen detectives, Jughead and Betty do NOT notice this GIGANTIC camera with a flashing red light watching them, presumably left by Bret or Donna:

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    26. Oh, and Betty has a murder board!

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    27. Finally, Archie and Mary have an amazing exchange, which reminds me how delightfully self-aware the writers of this show are:

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    Please keep the weirdness coming.

    On a completely earnest, not snarky note, the episode also was another touching tribute to Luke Perry/Fred Andrews, and there were some genuinely touching moments between Mary and Archie about it.

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    The episode ends with Archie dedicating the El Royale in Fred's memory with almost the whole main cast in attendance, and it's just a really sweet moment.

    That's all I've got this week! Happy Thanksgiving and see ya after the holiday!

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