Campaign season has hit the town of Riverdale in full swing.
Everyone seemed to be invested in the small town drama on Riverdale Season 2 Episode 16.
The mayoral seat is just too tempting to give up. In fact, someone who quit the race might be back in to win the title fair and square.
Hermione was doing all the right things for her political career.
Her campaign interview with Hal Cooper checked every box and soundbite you would think of to win people over. There's no doubt that she was media trained over and over to get that messaging right. Hermione was a natural at getting her point across.
Though, Andy Cohen arriving in town to support her was very strange. No one would care that he came to support a friend in a small town election; the guest star role seemed more superficial than necessary. Andy's part wasn't needed, and it felt like it.
With all the trouble that the Lodges are facing, Hermione's chances at the mayoral seat are still up in the air. The Lodge matriarch has a lot that she'll need to overcome, especially now that Fred Andrews is back in the race. And you know Mary Andrews is more than happy to help Fred defeat a Lodge in a competition.
She would LOVE the satisfaction!
Archie was all over the place during "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors." He kept making one bad decision after another, and he was treating people bad because of it. His deals with Hiram were no excuse, but being forced into a bind obviously didn't help.
Jughead was finally fed up with Archie's decisions.
There comes a point when defending someone becomes the wrong thing to do; Archie's constant push for Hiram rubbed his best friend the wrong way. And, with what Jughead knew about Hiram, Archie still siding with the crime boss was the last straw.
Archie delivered the demolition notice, he kept defending Hiram at school, AND he cut the chains off the protestors at school. Those are three huge strikes in Jughead's eyes.
If only Archie simply told Jughead why he had to cut the chains, Jughead would've understood. Freeing Fred from his business agreement with the Lodges was a big concern, and now that Fred was free, he could control his destiny.
Jughead would still be mad, but he would understand why it had to happen.
Veronica's student council campaign blew up in her face. She may have started the campaign with good intentions, but her lies finally caught up with her. After the takedown at the concert, there's no way she has a chance to still win.
Riverdale High now knows that she knew about the Southside High prison project. Her actions caused a lot of tension to happen between the students in the school.
She could've brushed off Ethel throwing the milkshake or punching Reggie in the face. However, the flyers at the concert were the final nail in the coffin. She can't come back from that AND Betty walking away from the campaign.
Veronica: Oh, hey Ethel.
Ethel: For your crimes against the town of Riverdale, for everything you and your family have done and continue to do, we find you guilty. Your sentence is this.
[She throws a milkshake at Veronica]
My heart broke a little bit for Veronica. You could tell that she wanted the position just for herself.
She legitimately tried to make amends to Ethel and Josie, but the damage was already done. The Lodges had manipulated and betrayed the people of Riverdale too much for simple forgiveness to be enough. Nothing Veronica could've done would help the situation.
Ethel turning against her was strange since it seemed like she had forgiven her friend a while back. Josie, on the other hand, had plenty of fresh reasons to hate Veronica. Josie and Ethel teaming up to takedown Veronica felt very Gossip Girl or Cruel Intentions.
Cheryl had a lot to worry about on Riverdale Season 2 Episode 16. Not only did she get closer to the girl she liked, but her family was trying to kill her. You can't ignore something like that when it could affect your life.
She knew Penelope and Claudius planned to hurt her, so it seemed strange she brought up that someone tried to enter her room at night. By her mentioning any inclination, she gave them the proper warning.
All they would have to do was bide their time until they made their move.
She did a smart thing by inviting her friends over for a sleepover. Penelope and Claudius couldn't hurt her with witnesses around; however, Nana Blossom wasn't as lucky.
Nana's fall was a premeditated attack. Cheryl should've realized this from the onset, especially with what she knew about her mother and Claudius. Her conclusion shouldn't have waited until the orderly mentioned the paralyzing plant that Nana ingested; Cheryl needed to warn something of what would happen.
There's no way you would catch me in a car with Penelope after that. She's unpredictable enough as is; being trapped in the car together is simply dangerous.
And with Cheryl locked away in the asylum, Penelope made sure no one will find her. Hopefully, Toni will be able to save Cheryl in time before some terrible happens, and so that they can have their interrupted kiss.
Cheryl: Inner circle, cousin Betty, I didn’t just bring you to Thistle House for a girlish slumber party. The truth is I’m terrified of being alone here. There’s a stranger in this house. My uncle Claudius, he’s as mad as the sea ever since he blew in, I feel like I’m in mortal peril.
Toni: Wait, I’m confused, is this real or are we playing a game?
Cheryl: All too real. T.T., I fear they’re plotting against me and Nana Rose.
Jughead was being extra moody and furious. If anyone even mentioned a word about the Lodges, he sent back razor-sharp retorts or side-eye. He was nothing but dramatic here.
If looks could kill, Archie would have exploded into flames. Jughead was so furious with his best friend over siding with Hiram Lodge (again). But, at least Jughead tried to make his position known safely.
The hunger strike wasn't going to help him out much, but the public chaining at Southside High did get his protest plenty of eyeballs. By the time Archie and the goons unchained Jughead and the Southside Serpents, people were cheering for Jughead's group. He was winning over the town, so his actions could be going in the right direction.
And, now that Veronica's political career could be up in smoke, he could have a legitimate chance to win student council president. Leading the student body might be the turning tide against Hiram affecting their schools.
Betty is not going to give up in her pursuit of removing Chic. She doesn't trust her brother, and she knows how dangerous he can be. However, this war could go nuclear soon.
Chic brought up an interesting fact about the dead body: He wasn't involved in the cleanup or disposal. He knows nothing of what happened after the body got taken away. The complex Cooper could simply walk away and blame his family if need be.
However, that reality doesn't seem possible. Chic loves his Alice, and he does care for Betty, even if the two are at war.
For now, he could continue just to play mind games; he's pretty good at that. He got Betty to reveal to Alice that she's sleeping with Jughead. Though, the scariest thing he mentioned was his fears. He's afraid of Betty!
Was that only for dramatic effect or could Betty indeed be the evilest Cooper?
Alice: Betty, I have to ask...are you being safe with Jughead?
Betty: Yes, Mom, of course.
Alice: Well, that’s something. It’s...look...when I was your age, I wasn’t always. But you need to be, and I’m very well-acquainted with how alluring the Jones men are.
Betty: Woah, wait, Mom, did you and FP...? I mean, is it possible that FP is Chic’s dad?
Alice: Absolutely not! But Chic...is a part of our family. He’s your brother. IK know that he’s odd and damaged; I see that, I’m not blind. But for the past 25 years, has hasn’t had anyone to love him.
Betty: He’s dangerous.
The Chic paternity theory was a very popular fan theory. I was even on board with the idea that FP was Chic's real dad. (Looking back, that answer would've been too easy.)
Who do you think is Chic's father? Well, it's not a Blossom or FP so that it could be anyone at this point.
Ethel: Thanks for the info, Josie.
Josie: No problem! The Lodges hurt a lot of people this year. Your family, my family. We girls got to stick together.
What did you think of "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors"? Will the group find Cheryl's whereabouts? Is Veronica going to drop out of the election? Are Jughead and Archie done being friends?
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