Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil

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This murder mystery isn't as simple as it looks.

Of course, Cheryl knew more about Jason's disappearance. (Scratch that, it's a murder!) She's his twin AND the last person who saw him. It's not looking good for her...

On Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2, the hunt for Jason's killer began. As the town honored his memory, Archie and friends were dealing with secrets, and what happened on July 4th.

Stumbling Onto a Secret - Riverdale

First and foremost, do you think Cheryl killed him? (Or is somehow involved?) I'm not sure.

The signs are all there though: She's meaner to Betty than usual, the guilt is getting to her, and she's already lied. Cheryl is the poster child for someone with a secret. I could see her being the killer, but it's too easy.

She's also actively trying to find the killer. The look she gave Betty while interrogating her was terrifying, but she's not exactly "killing twin" evil. Cheryl wanted answers.

Betty: Why are you asking me so many questions about Polly? Cheryl?!
Cheryl: Because, you dumb cow, someone shot my brother and I think it was your crazy tweaked-out sister.

It's great to see the writers give Cheryl a chance to show her human side. After last week's premiere, it would've been a shame if she was simply only the mean girl. This is a character who is hurting.

Cheryl had real emotion, and the breakdown scene with Veronica was a good moment for these frenemies to connect. In fact, all the cast seemed to be in a worrying or forgiving mood. For example, Jughead and Archie, Betty and Veronica, Cheryl with...everyone.

Unlikely Lab Partners - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

Speaking of Betty and Veronica, who else is excited these two are friends again?

This is one friendship I NEEDED to work out on Riverdale. Betty and Veronica complement each other so well, and Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart have great chemistry together. This is major #bestfriendgoals.

Mischief and Milkshakes - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

I take back any worry I had last week about Veronica. She seems like she is really trying to make it up to Betty and be a good person. She knows kissing Archie was a mistake.

Betty is great future BFF material. Veronica speaks her mind. The two together make a great pair; it's all in the math.

BFFs Blindsided - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

Let's look past the Archie lip lock. He's cute and all (abs notwithstanding), but we have to side with future BFFs on this one. Archie and Betty have their own issues to deal with together.

Veronica: Is Betty still mad at you?
Archie: Back to no texting. What about you?
Veronica: I'm back to being the shallow, toxic rich bitch who ruins everything in her path. Which is unfortunate because, even though I only just met Betty, it really felt like we were meant to be best friends, like it was our destiny. And now... [Sighs] it's like there was this train that was heading to the rest of my life, and I just missed it.

In a perfect world, Archie would be going after Betty instead of Ms. Grundy. There's something about the music teacher that seems so shady and mysterious. And this episode added to the mounting suspicion.

Sure, her career was on the line and she's looking at MAJOR jail time for sleeping with Archie. (Remember, Archie is 15 years old here.) However, she's still giving him hope.

The Big Game - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

They were over. They were done. She broke it off and reinforced it on the last episode. The work study program was obviously a bad idea...

From the storylines introduced on Riverdale, this may be my least favorite. A student-teacher affair is a familiar trope on teen dramas, like in Dawson's Creek and Pretty Little Liars. It isn't new territory and feels forced to keep these two together. I hope this doesn't go on for too long. 

Besides, Ms. Grundy was clearly emotionally manipulating Archie! He wanted to do the right thing to help with the investigation. She was toying with his mind to get what she wanted.

Archie: Is this...how you feel about...is it real? Because if it's not then I don't know what I'm protecting.
Ms. Grundy: It is. It is real. Maybe it's not right, but it's real, which isn't why...we...you...can't go to Weatherby. If you do that, we will never see each other again. Archie, I'm putting myself in your hands.

On the bright side, it did lead to Jughead and Archie being friends again.

After the tiny scenes of Jughead last episode, it was great to get more of the character in full force. This version is moodier, mysterious and has a sharp-tongue.

In Memory - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

I like this version of Jughead. But the burgers...we can't mess with his love of burgers. That is eternal.

With Jughead figuring out the affair, it means someone else now knows the truth. He was able to put the pieces together and figure it out. How long before someone else figures out the affair? 

The Morning After - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

Kevin, on the other hand, is someone who I don't think will spill his secret. Besides Betty and Veronica, he won't tell anyone about Moose coming onto him. He doesn't seem like the type.

Even though Moose tried to re-ignite something, this looks to be a one-and-done. The fear of Reggie almost finding out and Kevin turning him down sealed this storyline. It was shocking while it lasted.

Also, where is Midge (Moose's girlfriend) in all this?

Moose: So, Saturday night...
Kevin: Listen Moose, you're hot. Yes. My type? Definitely. But you've got more demons than The Exorcist. We are all on the spectrum but my gay-o-meter says you should stick with what you know best...girls.

Josie didn't get much screen time this episode, and that's a serious shame. She had great moments with Archie last week and yet there was barely any character development this time. I wanted more than simply a musical moment.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the band's performance at the pep rally – she's a great singer. But it would've been nice to learn more about her character. We only heard quick tidbits, like her mother being the mayor.

For us to feel connected to everyone in an ensemble, we need to know more than only the tiny details.

The Gang Together - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2

This is the second episode in a row where Riverdale has ended on a voiceover cliffhanger. The voiceovers feel like they're being told from the words written on Jughead's laptop. I like this trope – it feels like the end of a book's chapter.

With Jason's murder now being set a week later, it opens up the list of suspects. I have my suspicions, but it's still too early to tell at this point. Still, I feel a bit uneasy with Mrs. Cooper visiting the dead body for a scoop. I don't trust her.

But the only thing we know for certain right now is that Cheryl knows something...

Cheryl: You're here for me, aren't you? Because of the autopsy?
Principal Weatherby: We don't need to do this in front of your classmates, Cheryl.
Cheryl: It's alright, Principal Weatherby. They'll find out soon enough.
[Holds up wrists]
Sheriff Keller: No, that won't be necessary.
Veronica: Wait, Cheryl, find out what?
Cheryl: That I'm guilty.

What did you think of "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil"? Why is Cheryl guilty? How long will Archie and Ms. Grundy's affair be a secret? Does anyone else have "Sugar, Sugar" stuck in their head?

If you missed this week's episode of Riverdale, you can watch Riverdale online via TV Fanatic. Come back and let us know what you think.

Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil Review

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Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Moose: So, Saturday night...
Kevin: Listen Moose, you're hot. Yes. My type? Definitely. But you've got more demons than The Exorcist. We are all on the spectrum but my gay-o-meter says you should stick with what you know best...girls.

It's the path of least resistance, Kev. A week ago Veronica and I weren't friends. Next week, we'll nod to each other as we pass in the hall, but that's it. You know, in two weeks she won't even remember my name and in three, she'll have latched onto some other girl to destroy.