Riverdale Season 3 Episode 10 Recap Back to School

first_img Riverdale keeps trying to out-crazy itself season after season, but even this show realizes that’s unsustainable. Eventually, it has to establish a baseline, a solid ground it can return to so the insanity means something. That’s what last night’s episode was for. It took a while to get there, but that’s because this season went so far into crazy town. Remember, we’ve had a deadly Dungeons and Dragons game, a prison with an underground fight club, the warden of which was also obsessed with that game, suicidal ex-communicated nuns, and a bear attack. It was going to take a while before the show could wrap back around to anything resembling normal.The fastest way to get there: reveal the identity of the Gargoyle King. It’s the mystery we’ve been wondering about since the Season Premiere back in October. Thanks to Jughead’s mole inside the Gargoyle Gang, they finally unmask him. It was Tallboy. After being exiled, he apparently went straight to work for Hiram Lodge. Jughead devises a plan to use the recently-returned Archie as bait (more on that in a bit), but it doesn’t go well. Hiram immediately senses something’s up, and sends his business partner, Cheryl’s uncle, in his place. So it’s back to square one for now.Charles Melton as Reggie (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)So, back to Archie. Just as everyone figured after the obvious fake cliffhanger, Archie is not dead. Well, according to Jughead’s narration, the Archie we knew is. The dark-haired boy that returns to Riverdale in this episode is a completely different person, we’re told. He goes to see Veronica at her speakeasy and she’s so happy to see him, she starts taking his clothes off right there at the bar. Hope Reggie doesn’t walk in. Speaking of, he’s acting all boyfriendy towards Veronica the next day, and she tells him they have to stop. Archie’s back in town, after all. Reggie says it’s fine in the way that makes clear it is very much not fine. This is going to get messy!Archie struggles to get back into his normal life at Riverdale. Despite having the protection of the serpents, and his dad threatening to kill Hiram if one hair on Archie’s head is harmed, Archie still has some serious PTSD from everything that’s happened this season. He can’t even properly enjoy Veronica’s welcome home party. As soon as she starts singing “Eres Tu,” he starts having flashbacks to his confrontations with Hiram and his dream of killing his old self. He abruptly leaves the speakeasy, which Reggie immediately notices. He tries to parlay it into getting back together with Veronica. “What if he’s not your Archie-kins anymore?” Real classy, dude. She can’t tell him what he wants to hear, leading Reggie to briefly confront Archie in the locker room. It doesn’t lead to anything, but the camera got the chance to linger on buff shirtless boys. Stay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 center_img Can’t pretend like nothing’s happened. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/zYfDgUYqih— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) January 24, 2019Archie does eventually find out what happened between Reggie and Veronica. He tries to ask Reggie about cheating on the SATs, as he’s very behind. Reggie immediately breaks at the mention of the word “cheating.” Real thick skin this guy has. Even with that, it looks for a moment like things will remain OK between them. They stay together that night, but all Archie’s problems are still there the next day. He has another flashback during the SATs and storms out of the room. Shortly after that, Hiram Lodge is shot. Veronica suspects Archie, and though he denies it, he’s hurt that she suspected him at all. He realizes she doesn’t trust him anymore, and that it’s truly over between them. Sad as I am to see this ship go, the show did need to change some things up as far as its main couples went. By the end of the episode, Reggie visits Veronica’s dad in the hospital and they end up together. I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see if the drama continues at all.After weeks of cult horror and Satanic Panic-style RPG drama, it feels good to get back to soapy high school drama of who’s dating who and how are we going to pass the SATs. But this is Riverdale, so even when it re-grounds itself, it still has to throw in some hyper-stylized ridiculousness. That comes from Betty’s side story. She finds out early on that all her bank accounts, including her college fund, have been drained. Her mother took all her money and gave it to The Farm. Partly so they could take care of all those kids Betty never asked them to take in, and partly so, with no money for college, Betty would have to get her education from The Farm. Cool cult recruiting tactics, mom!Lili Reinhart as Betty (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)Since both parents’ signatures are needed to withdraw money that way, Betty needs to visit her dad in prison. She needs him to sign an affidavit stating he never gave Alice permission to take Betty’s money. Every prison scene is shot exactly like Silence of the Lambs, and Hal is going full Hannibal Lecter here. It’s just short of a straight impression. He asks Betty about the Gargoyle King case and claims that he was the original Gargoyle King. The one that sent the invite to the Midnight Club back in the day. The one who wanted to kill them with the poisoned drink and ended up killing the principal instead. Of course that all turns out to be a lie. He just wanted his daughter to keep coming back to talk to him. It would be sweet if not for all the murder and emotional manipulation.It is effectively horrifying that Betty does eventually go back to visit him by choice, and we can understand completely why she does it. She can’t talk to her mom. Every time she tries, she’s reminded of how her mom stole from her, how she’s always trying to induct her into this creepy farm cult. Her dad may be a murderer, but he’s taking an active interest in her life. He reassures her she’ll get scholarships to great colleges, and asks how her SATs went. Again, it feels like we’re getting back to somewhere near the status quo set by Season One. Only now Betty’s supportive parental figure is a convicted murderer. But hey, why not? That’s about as close to normal as Riverdale has ever gotten.Camila Mendes as Veronica (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)Now that we know who the modern Gargoyle King is, the rest of the season has really opened up. By giving the show and characters a minor reset, the show has so many places it can take the story now. That’s really exciting. Especially with the hints we got at where things are going. Before getting shot, Hiram tried to lean on his wife for another favor: Install his business partner as sheriff. That way, his business dealings can go on without any law enforcement interference. Hermione is frustrated that her husband still won’t tell her what he’s planning, and only demands favors. It looks like she’s starting to rebel, which should make things interesting. She appoints a different choice for sheriff: F.P. Jones. A high-ranking Serpent is now Sheriff of Riverdale. That’s good news for Jughead, who needs to cover up Tallboy’s accidental murder, and probably real inconvenient for Hiram whenever he wakes up. I can’t wait to see it all unfold.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3, Episode 9 RecapRiverdale Season 3, Episode 8 RecapRiverdale Season 3, Episode 7 Recaplast_img

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