The penultimate episode of Riverdale’s second season picks up right where it left off, and I don’t know why I used to be so apprehensive in regards to the Black Hood displaying up on Cheryl’s doorstep as a result of clearly my woman can deal with herself. She runs as much as her room because the Black Hood chases her, however she’s out the window earlier than he can really bust by way of the door together with his scary axe. As soon as he follows her outdoors, Cheryl re-appears in a Little Crimson Driving Hood cape and begins taking pictures her archery arrows on the BH, warning that she “only misses when she means to.” She hits him within the shoulder and he runs off. She intends to pursue him into the woods, however first calls Betty, who’s nonetheless on the City Corridor, to present her the rundown: wounded animal, working on instincts, Cheryl ought to actually narrate a Nat Geo particular, and so on. Betty then heads to the Register workplace (the place there’s apparently a full employees now) to satisfy up along with her mom (who says her father is out overlaying the riots).
We get caught up with all our important characters within the aftermath of final week’s police station protest scene: Jughead and F.P. have delivered Fangs to the hospital; there’s rioting throughout city; doorman/bodyguard Andre arrives on the Andrews’s home to choose up Veronica; Archie rounds up the Darkish Circle (minus Reggie) and lets them and us know ASAP that he tackled Reggie earlier than our wayward Bulldog may shoot. Arch directs all the blokes to seek for Reggie, as a result of a few of the Serpents noticed he had a gun and can probably be out for blood.
Over on the Pembrooke, now that they know Veronica is secure with Andre, Hiram and Hermione can talk about their varied schemes. They speak about Hermione heading over to the Register to make an announcement to Alice. Hermione begins to query the knowledge of this transfer, however Hiram reminds her that the chaos of the riots is sweet for them. Whereas she’ll be with Alice, he’ll be driving round with a sheriff deputy. And talking of the brand new sheriff, he exhibits up on the hospital and tells Jughead that there’s a manhunt underway for the shooter, but in addition that the Serpents aren’t making issues straightforward, what with all of the rioting. After listening to this, Jughead leaves the hospital. He’s rifling by way of papers at house (the place Joaquin isn’t, although F.P. and Jug left him there only a few hours in the past) and will get a name from Archie, who explains that Reggie isn’t the shooter and Jug must name off the Serpents from trying to find him. All of them (Archie, Moose, Kevin, and Juggy) head to satisfy up at RHS, the place they assume the Serpents are headed.
In the meantime, Reggie is hiding behind a dumpster — scared as a result of he didn’t shoot Fangs however individuals positive assume he did — and calls Hiram for assist. Hiram is unsympathetic and unhelpful, and after he hangs up on Reggie he laughs to himself. What! Ice chilly. Not chilly? Veronica, who makes Andre cease the automobile when she spies Mrs. Klump wandering across the burning streets, trying misplaced. Mrs. Klump tells Veronica that she “may have killed that boy.” V’s face says all of it: what the!?
And in additional “what the?!” information, Hermione is giving her announcement to Alice and Betty on the Register workplace: she’s providing a $1 million bounty to whoever can ship the Black Hood, alive or useless. Betty questions the legality and says she is aware of the BH didn’t shoot Fangs (since he was at Cheryl’s). Alice is all, why are you protecting of a assassin, Elizabeth?, however earlier than Betty can reply, Cheryl calls: the Black Hood left the forest and appears to be heading for the homes past the pines, presumably Betty’s. C warns her cuz to not go house alone however B needs to seek out her father earlier than anybody else does. When she will get house, she finds bloody rags strewn in regards to the kitchen. Oh no.
RHS is a multitude when Archie and co. arrive and listen to Serpents tearing by way of the place. Archiekins tries to maintain everybody calm — till he decides they should “gear up” for this possible combat. He will get a name from V, and so they change “I love you”s after she tells him about Mrs. Klump. She’s on the police station, the place Mrs. Klump is in handcuffs, and sees her mother and Sheriff Minetta going over a Black Hood bounty poster. Looks like a nasty time — the center of a riot — to be artwork directing a poster, however OK. V is pissed: “Are you and daddy trying to turn Riverdale into Gotham City?” Sure, Ronnie. Sure, they’re.
Again at RHS, the Serpents (led by Sweetpea) and Arch, Moose, and Kev are about to return to blows (Sweetpea needs to burn the place down even when Reggie didn’t shoot Fangs as a result of the Northsiders take every thing from the Southsiders) however Principal Weatherbee and a bunch of different unknown adults present up. This is likely to be the primary time I’ve ever seen so many adults at Riverdale Excessive. The Serpents scatter. Archie’s trio lastly meets up with Jug, who leaves as shortly as he arrived to comply with his crew — Arch and Jug promise to be in contact, which is nice. Simply then, Pop calls Archie: Reggie is on the Chock’lit Shoppe and he wants assist. Betty is busy cleansing up the bloody rags at her home when she, too, will get a name — it’s F.P., on the lookout for Jughead, and in addition calling to inform Betty that her dad simply got here into the ER, bleeding fairly a bit. He says it prefer it’s a P.S., when possibly it ought to’ve been the first goal of the decision?
Veronica and Hermione hit the Pembrooke like a hurricane, combating about the place the bounty cash will come from. V is adamant that her father not use her St. Clair ransom cash, and runs off into Hiram’s research to search for it, locking the door behind her. Hermione bangs on the door whereas V searches the place (selecting locks like her BFF Betty) and finds a file labeled “October Surprise.” It accommodates photographs of Hermione and Fred throughout their affair and a ready-to-print story with a headline that claims “Family Man Fred Andrews Not So Innocent.” I feel there’s room to workshop that headline, however hey, there’ll be time for that later.
At Pop’s, Archie asks Reggie if Hiram put him as much as tonight however Kevin interrupts them as a result of he’s seen a commotion outdoors. Archie calls Jughead, who has wrangled the Serpents on the Whyte Wyrm and is busy attempting to persuade Sweetpea to not storm the streets once more — so who’s outdoors Pop’s? The Ghoulies! They’re prepared for a combat and begin breaking home windows and trashing the automobiles within the car parking zone, whereas everybody within the diner hides. Pop doesn’t have a gun, however he does give Archie an concept: throw some Molotov cocktails from the roof! The Ghoulie chief tries to goad Archie into hitting him. Earlier than that escalates, ex-Sheriff Keller, Fred Andrews, and F.P. Jones present up in Keller’s police cruiser, with a shotgun in hand to scare the gang off. The Ghoulies go away and Kevin speaks for us all when he takes a pic and proclaims “Hot Riverdale dads to the rescue!” The one H.R.D. not within the equation? Hiram, who isn’t pleased to listen to how the scenario was subtle at Pop’s. However he’s about to have one other downside, as a result of a really massive man walks into Pop’s to ask after Hiram, claiming that Hiram is “an old friend of [his] father’s.” This should be Small Fry!
Again on the Pembrooke, Veronica has shared the file with Hermione, who acts like she knew about it and explains that she may bounce again from it however Fred, because the household values candidate, couldn’t. Veronica is disgusted that her dad would do that to her mother (and to Fred) and claims that Hermione is only a means to an finish for Hiram — and she will’t imagine that her mother continues to be falling for all of it. Me neither, TBH.
Betty’s hospital go to is kind of short-lived, as a result of she finds a murdered physician in her dad’s designated mattress and as quickly as she does, her dad/the Black Hood calls her and calls for she come house. If she takes her time or calls the police, he’ll slit Alice’s throat. Yikes. As soon as she will get house, issues get actual: Hal goes to indicate his spouse and daughter some house movies. The movie he chooses to indicate is one in every of him, as a toddler, being questioned by his mom who explains that Hal’s dad killed the Conways as a result of they have been sinners and Hal was going to persuade the escaped Conway (Mr. Svenson) to not establish his dad because the killer. Little Hal is definitely persuaded that sinners need to die, and so on., and wow, that is chilling. Why would Hal’s mother report such an incriminating interplay?
Anyway, Alice and Betty are perturbed to say the least. Hal instructs (and snaps at) Alice to take out her tape recorder, and as soon as she does, he admits that nice grandpappy Cooper (the one who modified the household title to Blossom) wasn’t murdered by his brother — he did the killing, then took on the Cooper title. Mr. Conway discovered and blackmailed Hal’s father. Hal brings up, as soon as once more, the darkness that lives in him — and his father and grandfather — that now lives in Betty. He kneels in entrance of Betty and makes her say out loud that he’s the Black Hood and checklist off all his crimes (although, importantly, the talk fiasco final week was not him).
Subsequent door — so shut! — Fred and Archie arrive at house, unscathed, and as Fred goes upstairs to bathe, Archie finds the again door open a crack. He investigates and a person in a black hood jumps out and assaults. They combat, and this non-Hal Black Hood pulls out a gun, at which level Fred comes downstairs and knocks the man out with a baseball bat. As Fred and Archie embrace, the attacker pops again up and shoots! Fred blocks Archie together with his physique and takes ANOTHER bullet to the chest. The shooter runs, and Fred reveals that he’s carrying a bulletproof vest (courtesy of Tom Keller earlier than the diner journey). So he’s secure! Whew! In fact, meaning Archie is unquestionably going to run after the shooter. Sadly for him, the road is empty when he will get outdoors. So who’s THIS Black Hood???
Again on the Coopers’s, Hal’s story has come to Betty’s Jubilee speech and the way it impressed him to choose up his father’s work of purging sin. He additionally says that he wished this complete interplay recorded to individuals will perceive “when they find us.” Yikes.
Juggy, in the meantime, has acquired a cellphone name from his ol’ chum Penny Peabody, who’s holding Toni hostage to get Jug to return discuss along with her. He arrives with Little Crimson Driving Cheryl in tow and the 2 of them free Toni, whereas Penny — who has teamed up with the Ghoulies — presents her provide for Jug: both the Serpents go away tonight or it’s a Ghoulies/Serpents showdown at daybreak in Pickens Park. And talking of showdowns, Small Fry has made his option to the Pembrooke and interrupts Veronica and Hermione’s October Shock combat by banging down the door and passing on a few of his late father’s recommendation: if I’m ever murdered, don’t take the lifetime of the person who did it, take the lifetime of these he loves most. V and H are trembling. They run for the workplace and within the 15 seconds it takes Small Fry to interrupt down that door, Hermione reveals the gun from Hiram’s desk and shoots Small Fry useless.
Over on the Whyte Wyrm, everyone seems to be combating over what to do with Penny and the Ghoulies. And by everybody, I imply principally Jug and Sweetpea. F.P. arrives (with the information that Fangs didn’t make it — which is absolutely fairly unhappy) and places it to a vote; naturally, the showdown on the park wins (Cheryl even votes for it).
Again within the Cooper home of horrors, Alice has began antagonizing and insulting her husband (she brings up how she “stepped out” with F.P.; did Betty know that? She does now!) in order to present Betty cowl to covertly choose up one of many wrought iron fire instruments to make use of as a weapon. Proper as Hal begins strangling Alice, Betty bonks him over the pinnacle and he goes down. And in contrast to the different Black Hood subsequent door, Hal stays down — as a result of Alice offers him a second whack for good measure.
On the Jones trailer, Jughead rants to his dad in regards to the showdown being a horrible concept for a lot of causes. F.P. is aware of, however there was a vote. Democracy in motion! F.P. appears endlessly pissed off that he has to take care of this and storms out. Jughead then takes a have a look at his wall of article clippings and has an epiphany. So he casually calls up Hiram, who’s in a darkish car parking zone, and asks how a lot he’s paying Penny and the Ghoulies to eliminate the Serpents for good — as a result of he’s received a counter provide. Hiram appears to be like amused and says he’s listening…proper as he walks as much as meet a smiling Penny in that car parking zone.
After that negotiating scheme, Hiram arrives house to seek out Andre murdered within the foyer, and Veronica and Hermione sitting silent and stone-faced on the eating room desk. Hermione tells him “There’s another dead body in the study.” LOL. Really I feel that is the primary useless physique within the research we’ve seen (however who is aware of what occurred in NYC)? Anyway, Veronica tells her dad it’s his mess and he has to wash it up.
In the meantime, non-Sheriff Keller is arresting Hal outdoors the Coopers’s (is he allowed to try this?) as Alice, Betty, Fred, and Archie look on. Betty and Archie evaluate notes: her dad is the Black Hood; however then who broke in and shot Fred an hour in the past, because it couldn’t have been Hal? Jughead interrupts this assembly of the minds with a name to inform Betty he’ll all the time love her. The finality of his wording alarms her, with good purpose as a result of we see that Jughead is popping himself over to Penny and the Ghoulies in change for cancelling the showdown. He’s jumped by 30 Ghoulies as Penny shouts that the deal was for nothing — by morning, Riverdale as we all know it is going to stop to exist! — and opens her switchblade to get her pound of flesh from Juggy. Betty, in the meantime, has alerted F.P. to the bizarre Jughead name, so after asking Toni the place Penny’s hideout is, he’s off to avoid wasting his son…
However first, the Lodges must combat extra! As a result of Veronica is FED UP along with her dad and as soon as he’s cleaned up the useless our bodies (does anybody else stay on this condominium constructing?) she tells him she is aware of all in regards to the October Shock and that she’s realized there’ll all the time be one other October Shock with him. She says Hermione could volunteer to be his collateral harm, however she gained’t. Hermione is silent and chilly all through Veronica’s passionate declaration.
And again to Penny’s hideaway — the Junior Serpents and Betty and Archie have gathered simply in time to see F.P. stroll out of the woods carrying a battered Jughead, Hagrid-carrying-Harry-back-from-the-Forbidden-Forest-style. It appears to be like like his Serpent tattoo has been lower off… and… is he useless?!? Cole Sprouse, I want solutions now!
So who’s the Black Hood II? Will the Serpents be capable to beat again the Ghoulies, Penny, and Hiram? Will Hermione be a part of Workforce Veronica or follow Workforce Hiram? IS JUGHEAD OK?! And who will win the mayoral race? Right here’s hoping we discover out all this and extra in subsequent week’s season 2 finale!