‘Riverdale’ Recap: Did Both Your Favorite Couples Just Break Up?

If you felt the awkward seeping out of your TV display screen as you watched the Wednesday, December 6, episode of Riverdale, you’re not the one one. “Chapter 21: House of the Devil” noticed Betty and Jughead handing their detective duties over to Archie and Veronica and let’s simply say issues bought actual messy from there. Here’s what you missed.

Opposite of Death

Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) had been romping it up in his bed room, within the Andrews storage, within the Pembroke, utilizing intercourse as a technique to defy dying and The Black Hood. All these intimate encounters led Archie to inform Veronica he loves her, however traditional TV dilemma: she didn’t say it again. So, when Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) requested Veronica and Archie to analyze a lead in The Black Hood case, the pair leapt on the distraction — particularly after Veronica found her dad and mom had acquired a letter from the masked assassin.


Archie tried to broach the “L word” subject with Veronica again and again, however she stored shutting him down. They as an alternative targeted on the case. Their activity was to dig into the Riverdale Reaper murders and see if there was a connection to The Black Hood. Veronica and Archie’s analysis took them to the identical home The Black Hood despatched Betty to a couple weeks in the past (when he pressured her to placed on a black hood and take a look at herself in a mirror). There they discovered the sheriff’s case recordsdata and proof that the household that was killed had three youngsters, although solely two had been killed.

V and A took this data again, together with the surviving baby’s title, to Betty and Jughead. Apparently, Joseph Conway was adopted by a neighborhood household, modified his title and attended a college in Riverdale, so Archie and Veronica determined to comb by means of previous Riverdale High yearbooks to see if they may discover the younger man, primarily based on an previous photograph they discovered within the sheriff’s recordsdata. Eventually their diligence paid off; they got here throughout a scholar named Joseph Svenson, who simply so occurred to be the creepy janitor who was lurking round Josie (Ashleigh Murray).

Archie and Veronica confronted the janitor and, having seemed in The Black Hood’s eyes, Archie decided he was not their killer. Mr. Svenson claimed the person who murdered his household had been killed years earlier than, so the Riverdale Reaper most likely wasn’t The Black Hood both.

With their investigation on maintain, the couple headed to the Whyte Wyrm for FP’s retirement get together. Archie assured Veronica it was OK if she couldn’t say “I love you” again, however his passive aggressive response to her “Thank you for understanding” recommended in any other case. This couldn’t have been a extra uncomfortable time for a duet of “Mad World,” however the karaoke checklist clearly doesn’t know the way to learn a scenario. Veronica ran off stage earlier than the music was over, and as she left the bar, she advised Archie, “I can’t let myself go there with you.”

The Serpent Dance

Jughead came upon his father was getting out of jail, so he and Betty had been targeted on getting him house. Bughead and Alice (Mädchen Amick) — who tagged alongside in her typical overbearing but entertaining manner — picked FP (Skeet Ulrich) up from jail and took him to lunch. FP advised them he was retiring from the Serpents — he’d joined AA and bought a job at Pop’s. He was on the straight and slim, and he needed the identical for Jughead. But Juggy contested that he needed to keep within the Serpents. He had large plans to take a seat down with Mayor McCoy to debate a compromise to convey the Southside again from the brink.

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Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on Riverdale Katie Yu/The CW

Betty recommended they throw a retirement get together for FP on the Whyte Wyrm. Knowing that his father wouldn’t be round to control Jughead anymore, Betty requested Toni how she may very well be a part of his world and turn into “Serpent adjacent.” An previous timer knowledgeable Betty she must do the Serpent dance. With that naïve glint in her eye, Betty repeated, “Excuse me? Serpent dance?” The Serpent dance was principally a striptease, and it was clear Dark Betty had seen a possibility to claw her manner out.

Meanwhile Penny Peabody was nonetheless threatening Jughead. He insisted he was out, however she argued that their association was ongoing. She even introduced up Betty, calling her Jughead’s “soft underbelly.”

Alice confronted FP about Betty and Jughead’s growing presence within the Serpent world, and there was additionally some bizarre (sexual?) pressure between the duo’s dad and mom when Alice mentioned she didn’t need Bughead making the identical errors she and FP made. We don’t wish to get forward of ourselves, however please don’t let Betty’s long-lost brother even be Jughead’s long-lost brother.

Things escalated at FP’s retirement get together when Betty took the stage to complete Archie and Veronica’s karaoke music and do her Serpent dance. FP got here as much as make an announcement when Betty was accomplished — he wasn’t retiring in any case. FP had came upon about Jughead’s cope with Penny and he’d agreed to make it his downside. Feeling his father’s disappointment, Jughead pushed Betty away and advised her he didn’t wish to drag her down like he’d accomplished to his father.

So, are Riverdale’s two most important over? That suggestive look Archie gave Betty as he glared at her from his room window is making us nervous.


Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Josie made a short look on this episode. We bought one other trace of Cheryl’s obsessive crush on Josie when she tried to present her a therapeutic massage within the ladies’ locker room however was interrupted by the janitor. Hopefully we’ll get extra solutions about this pair quickly.

Riverdale airs on The CW Wednesdays at eight p.m. ET.

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