Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15 Recap Just Get to the Songs

first_img Though FP Jones certainly has his suspicions about his estranged wife’s plans in Riverdale, he’s certainly happy to have her and his daughter home for his 50th birthday. And hey, she has a big surprise in store. She’s bought the family a house. Betty’s house, to be exact. That’s the anonymous buyer Alice mentioned. She’s not even bothered by the fact that Betty tried to burn it down, leaving one very scorched wall. FP certainly has his reservations, especially considering he had a relationship with Alice before Gladys rolled into town. A relationship he puts a hard, immediate end to.After some thought, FP can’t resist having an actual house for his kids. He says as much when Jughead’s trying to suss out information to include in a speech for FP’s 50th birthday. FP can finally provide food and a roof for his kids. It took him until age 50 to be able to say that. That’s a powerful draw that can get you to overlook a lot of fishy things. How much? Well, we’re about to find out very soon. With Jughead moving into Betty’s house and offering to let Betty stay in her own room, Veronica feels compelled to share what she knows. She doesn’t want Betty getting mixed up in anything dangerous. Veronica admits that Gladys is taking over Riverdale’s drug trade. Betty knows immediately has to tell Jughead. I just have to say, I’m so happy we’re seeing even this moment of friendship between Betty and Veronica. They’ve spent so much time in their own separate stories this season, it’s a relief to see them still supporting each other like this.Lili Reinhart as Betty and Camila Mendes as Veronica — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWJughead reacts… well, surprisingly calmly, all things considered. He doesn’t quite believe it at first, asking Betty to reveal her source. She can’t tell him that, but he realizes she wouldn’t have said anything if she didn’t trust her source. He sends some of the serpents to find out what they can about a new player moving in on the Fizzle Rocks trade. They confirm what Betty says, and Jughead immediately confronts his mom. She’s not shy about admitting what she’s doing. She realizes Jughead knows the truth and, unhappy about it though she is, there’s no point in lying to him. Instead, she threatens her son. Because even the Riverdale parents who haven’t set foot in the town in years are the absolute worst.She tells Jughead that his dad is so happy she and Jellybean are back, he couldn’t handle knowing the truth. She knows Jughead won’t tell FP because the truth would kill him. There’s more than a little implication there that she will if the truth doesn’t get the job done. Holding her husband hostage to keep her son quiet. Cool. The show effectively mines some tension from the question of what Jughead is about to do at his dad’s 50th. As satisfying as calling his mom out in front of the whole town would be, he decides he can’t ruin his dad’s birthday party like that. Instead, he makes a passionate speech about how proud he is to be a Jones and that the family will always have his dad’s back. It could have been really corny, but the acting between Cole Sprouse and Skeet Ulrich sells it. The tears in FP’s eyes feel like they come from a real place. The moment being as understated as it is makes it so effective. Then Riverdale gets back to its ridiculous family infighting. As the episode ends, Jughead promises to run his mom out of town. Love the wholesome family relationships on this show.Lili Reinhart as Betty, KJ Apa as Archie, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWIt’s a busy episode for Jughead as he’s also helping his best friend avoid an RPG cult out to kill him. He figures out there are multiple “Kill the Red Paladin” quest cards, meaning someone had to have printed them up and distributed them. Archie knows exactly who. He visits Hiram Lodge, who admits that he printed up 12 of those cards back when he was trying to have Archie killed. God, the fact that that’s all water under the bridge now is exactly what makes this show such beautiful trash. Though they have a truce now, this isn’t a genie Hiram can easily put back in the bottle.Betty, Jughead and Archie try to figure out what to do about this whole thing, and finally Jughead says what we’ve been thinking all season. “So continues our nerdiest mystery yet.” Yes! Somebody realizes how ridiculously nerdy it is that all this murder and drug trafficking revolves around dollar store Dungeons and Dragons. We aren’t the only ones. They realize there’s no way anyone will accept a cancellation of the quest, but they can accept a modifier. Jughead recruits some Serpents in gargoyle masks to distribute new instructions: Defeat Archie in a three-minute boxing match (in an abandoned gym conveniently provided by Hiram), and complete the quest. Gotta get KJ Apa shirtless at least once per episode, huh?KJ Apa as Archie — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWJughead’s bet that a bunch of RPG nerds won’t be able to actually fight a semi-trained boxer is mostly right. Archie easily defeats most of the challengers that come to face him. The only trouble is by the end of it, he’s tired, bruised and bleeding from a couple of cheap shots (and bites). That sets up an acceptably dramatic final fight set to a song and intercut with a scene of Cheryl and Toni working out their relationship troubles with a good bang on the speakeasy floor. It’s one of Riverdale’s favorite tricks and it rings kind of hollow here. There’s no sense of culmination or of anything going on below the surface level. Even the song feels like it’s here because the scene needed a song. In the past when the show has employed this device, everything happening felt urgent. Even the songs in the past felt like they had to be sung. Here, it was all perfunctory. That kind of sucked any tension out of the scene.In the end, Archie wins the fight (of course), and Hiram Lodge lets him keep the gym as an apology. So Archie owns a boxing gym now. If his past story arcs are any indication, this will be a thing for three episodes tops, then fade into the background until the show remembers it sometime next season. But hey, I could be wrong, Riverdale wouldn’t be such a beloved show if it didn’t subvert expectations every once in a while. By the way, where is Josie in all this? I hoped that with her and Archie dating, we’d see more of her in the story, but she’s strangely absent while her boyfriend almost gets himself killed. All I can say is she better have a big role in next week’s musical episode.Casey Cott as Kevin and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWThe relationship drama mostly went nowhere this week, but at least it set up what’s sure to be amazing. Veronica and Reggie’s relationship fizzled out before we ever got a chance to care about it. Veronica buys his car back and he washes his hands of the business. Next. The Toni and Cheryl drama is a little more interesting only for what it leads to. Cheryl is mad that Toni is spending all her time running her new gang, so she very obviously tries to rob the Speakeasy under Toni’s watch. She gets caught, which both find pretty hot. A therapeutic screw can’t fix everything though, and the two break up anyway. In her anger, Cheryl decides she needs an angry musical to let out her emotions. She demands Kevin change this year’s school musical from the farm-sponsored Godspell to Heathers.As a certified Broadway nerd with a theatre degree and the crippling debt to prove it, I just want to say thank God! (Pun not indented.) I like most Stephen Schwartz just fine, but as long as I live, I’ll never understand why people love Godspell so much. Heathers is better in every way and it’s what we’d all prefer to watch the Riverdale cast perform. Last year’s Carrie episode put the biggest smile on my face of anything she show’s done before or since. Expectations are high for next week’s musical special, and I have no doubt this perfect cast will be able to pull it off.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 14 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 13 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 12 Recap Stay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img

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