The new sheriff arrests a suspect in Midge’s murder investigation
In The CW’s Riverdale 2×20, the town deals with the aftermath of Midge’s (Emilija Baranac) murder. Secrets come to light, like Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) dating Midge behind Moose’s (Cody Kearsley) back. Knowing how it looks to everyone else, Fangs confides in Jughead (Cole Sprouse) to make the footage of him and Midge disappear, insisting that he’s innocent. Jughead attempts to get the footage back from the newly appointed sheriff, Michael Minetta (Henderson Wade), but it’s not as easy as it appears. Footage of Fangs and Midge is leaked and Sheriff Minetta arrests Fangs as a suspect in the investigation. Jughead enlists the help of his father (Skeet Ulrich) and the rest of the Serpents to protect Fangs when he’s released due to lack of evidence.
Betty (Lili Reinhart) confides in Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) regarding her suspicions about Hal (Lochlyn Munro) being the Black Hood. Cheryl helps Betty in her investigation as they tread carefully before having enough proof. Betty receives a call from the city morgue, and she fears she’ll discover Chic’s (Hart Denton) body after she turned him over to the Black Hood. Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) fears for the safety of Fred (Luke Perry) and the rest of the town with the Black Hood’s return. Hiram (Mark Consuelos) has his own interests in mind when he convinces Archie and the rest of the Bulldogs to restart their Dark Circle. At the mayoral debate, the Black Hood makes a bold attack towards the stage. Veronica (Camila Mendes) worries for her mother, Hermione (Marisol Nichols) as Hiram insists that Hermione stay in the mayoral race.
Here to discuss Betty’s investigation into the Black Hood’s identity, Veronica switching sides to support Fred’s mayoral campaign, and the fate of Fangs, is our Riverdale roundtable:
Yari (@msluvchocolate) – Fangirl before it was cool. My favorite quote is “Live long and prosper… Peace and long life.”
Jeanette (@Twirl4meK) – Sales associate, Howard alum, Disney fanatic, television aficionado.
Jess (@badlandscole) – When I’m not at concerts, I’m obsessing over Bughead.
Bre (@NancyRiverDrew) — Almost graduate, journo, Team Bughead, likes to say she’s a Betty, but she’s probably more of an Ethel.
Kelsey (@MsKelsey_H) – Writer, editor, and lipstick connoisseur.
1. The mysterious dead body wasn’t Chic, surprisingly! Do you think Chic successfully escaped from the Black Hood, or do you think he met an untimely demise?
Yari (@msluvchocolate): Yes, no. I don’t know. I’m just glad he’s gone.
Jeanette (@Twirl4meK): As of now, I think he made it out of Riverdale. If the writers wanted us to know for sure he met an untimely demise, they’d SHOW it.
Jess (@badlandscole): I think he made it. I don’t think he’s dead yet.
Bre (@NancyRiverDrew): I think he escaped. Hart Denton is great, and I think the show would love to have him back on again. Plus, I feel there are still so many unanswered questions surrounding who Chic is, so I’d love to know more in the future.
Kelsey (@MsKelsey_H): I think he’ll turn up again like a bad penny.
2. Betty confided in Cheryl about suspecting her father of being the Black Hood. What did you think of their team up to investigate Hal?
Yari: I loved their team up. I wanted to see it so much. She didn’t hesitate to help which was sweet. I love seeing the softer side of Cheryl.
Jeanette: I thought it was great! First of all, I love whenever the show acknowledges that they’re cousins, and Cheryl calling Betty things like “dear cousin” was adorable. And of course, Betty confiding her fear to Cheryl just make sense, since Cheryl was in a very similar position with her dad last season. And basically, any time we get more of Cheryl being with members of the core four and genuinely caring–which she does, no matter if she puts up her “ice queen” armor sometimes—I love.
Jess: Honestly I loved the Cheryl and Betty scenes! I thought Madeleine and Lili’s connection in their scenes were so good. I really wish the writers gave us more Betty and Cheryl scenes, although I did kind of miss Bughead being the investigative duo.
Bre: I loved it! Cheryl understands what Betty is going through, so in that way, she is a good emotional support. Plus, adding Cheryl to any more situation makes things more fun.
Kelsey: They make a really good investigative team! I’d love to see them interact more.
3. Jughead and Archie were forced to work together to keep the peace between the Bulldogs and the Serpents. Do you think this is the start of them repairing their relationship?
Yari: Nope. There is still some trust there between them. They both listened to the other when giving the information about Fangs. Jug even called him for help with Fangs. But Archie and Jughead have a long road ahead of them to repair their friendship.
Jeanette: Of course, they’re Archie and Jughead! I actually think the start might have been last week when they—along with B & V—called a kind of truce during the prep for Carrie The Musical. I do think they’ll still have a bumpy road ahead considering what just happened with Fangs and the Dark Circle.
Jess: No. Because as long as Archie is tied with the Lodges, and in particular Hiram, there is always going to be tension between him and Jughead.
Bre: I hope so! I think they both want the best for Riverdale. I think Archie with the Dark Circle is starting to see who Hiram really is, so I think they’re going to end up on the same side once again.
Kelsey: I hope so. They both got in way over their heads with the Serpents and Hiram respectively because they wanted to protect their fathers. The difference is that the Serpents are more about protecting the little guy and Hiram is about exploitation. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that the show is drawing a direct comparison between the kind of white-collar crime that Hiram does to enrich himself and the smaller crimes that the Serpents do, mostly because they have been marginalized by poverty and disenfranchisement. Obviously, neither is a good example of how to live one’s life, but the Serpents are made more sympathetic by the show.
4. Betty was onto her father with the Nancy Drew book and his secret Sharebnb. What do you think his motives are for keeping the room, even after he moved back in?
Yari: I’m not sure. It’s kind of weird that he still has it. What is he hiding? Hal has what he wanted– his family back and Chic is gone.
Jeanette: I honestly have no idea. The show is really keeping up guessing on this stuff, and there are so many twists and turns and secrets and hidden motivations going on. But I just know I’m still very skeptical that Hal is the (or a) Black Hood, if for no other reason than I don’t really think the show would have ANOTHER Riverparent—and another father, at that—be the murderer. Like, repetitive much?
Jess: I honestly have no idea because I want to say he’s the Black Hood, but I think it would be pretty obvious and just bad writing.
Bre: I was wondering if someone else is staying there, though I’m not sure who he would be protecting. The leftovers sort of all reminded me of Chic’s apartment, but his space was too organized. Hal’s room was a mess. Could it be for his cousin, Claudius? Or whoever was under that hood at the debate. We still don’t know where Toni is staying — honestly, who knows!?
Kelsey: I’m not sure. Maybe just in case the reconciliation didn’t stick?
5. Veronica switched sides and is now supporting Fred’s mayoral campaign. What was your reaction to her changing sides?
Yari: Not surprised at all. Veronica wanted to be included in her family business. She hoped with the inclusion that she would be allowed to make moves. Her parents allowed it to a point. Well, her father did anyway. The fact that her father said that the campaign had to go on after the shooting at the debate, and her mother agreed, Veronica finally realized that her father has always been out for himself.
Jeanette: I thought it was pretty interesting, and that there was a lead-up to it that made sense. Veronica has wanted to be included in and taken seriously as part of her parents’ business dealings. And now Hiram isn’t keeping up his end of the bargain. Especially after Hermione was visibly shaken by the shooting at the debate and Hiram still cared more about the election than his wife’s well-being, Veronica sees that he’s purely out for self, and not necessarily the good of his family.
Jess: I was proud of her for finally standing up to her family.
Bre: About time, girl! I’m glad to see she is finally realizing that her family is not what is best for this town, and it’ll create an interesting dynamic within the Lodges in the future.
Kelsey: Good on her. Veronica has a good heart and a fantastic nose for business. I think she really wants to build a legitimate life with Archie someday. Getting away from her toxic parents is a good start.
6. The town was out for blood when Fangs was arrested as a suspect for Midge’s murder. Do you think he’s the next fatality in Riverdale, or do you think he’ll survive the gunshot?
Yari: I hope he does. People thought that Sheriff Keller wasn’t doing his job. I wonder if he was Sheriff if any if this would have happened.
Jeanette: Geez, considering what happened to that guy who was accused of that family’s murder all those years ago, Riverdale sure does have a disturbing tendency towards lynch mobs, doesn’t it? But as for Fangs– I’m not really sure I can come down one way or the other on if he’ll live or not, this last leg of the season has gotten SO crazy and dark. If this was “before Midge”, I’d think he’d most likely be fine. But now, I don’t know. But I HOPE he makes it out okay.
Jess: He’ll survive but I’m still worried. Fangs deserved better.
Bre: I think he’ll survive. Sweet Pea and Jughead are seen helping him in next week’s promo, so I’m hopeful he will make it, even though it did look pretty bad in this episode. There’s so much more that can be done with the iconic character of Fangs from the comics and Drew Ray Tanner is talented, so I’m definitely thinking he will survive. Plus, Reggie and Archie getting in trouble for shooting a person is one thing, but manslaughter? Yikes! With Reggie being boosted to a season regular in season 3, I’m hoping we won’t only see him behind bars!
Kelsey: I think he’ll survive. If he was going to die, it would make more sense to have him die onscreen at the end of this episode rather than announce it anticlimactically in the next episode.
7. The Black Hood had quite a few targets in mind this week. Why do you think he went after Cheryl?
Yari: I think that there are many people pretending to be the Black Hood. Claudius is the one going after Cheryl. He wants her out of the way so he is trying to get rid of her now.
Jeanette: Maybe because she was helping Betty in her investigation? Maybe for past “mean girl” sins? Who knows. At this point, I feel like the Black Hood is just digging up any little thing about a person to “justify” murdering them.
Jess: Let’s be real, yes Cheryl is an awesome character and has been through some tough issues but she’s also been mean and hurt people. That’d be considered a sin, right?
Bre: If Hal is the Black Hood, then it might be because Cheryl was investigating with Betty. Hal’s inflection when Betty told her dad that was suspicious. And the Black Hood can claim that Cheryl has done plenty of sinning.
Kelsey: I think it’s more likely he went after Penelope, being a sex worker and all. I think Cheryl will be fine, but she’ll probably get a minor injury as collateral damage.
Final Verdict: The Black Hood is out for blood– and so are the Bulldogs!
The civil war between the Northside and Southside is finally at its peak. The town is out for blood when Fangs is released, even though he maintains his innocence in Midge’s murder. Jughead and Archie are right in the middle and try to keep the peace. Archie tries to stop Reggie (Charles Melton), but the gun is accidentally fired into the crowd and Fangs is injured. The worst part of this civil war is that Hiram is manipulating the Bulldogs into doing his bidding, as well as causing a rift between Archie and Fred during the mayoral campaign. Betty isn’t convinced that her father is innocent when she asks Hal to meet her at the place where it all began– the town hall. Did the Black Hood’s attack at the mayoral debate prove Hal’s innocence? Or are they taking a playbook from Scream and have multiple people as the Black Hood? The Black Hood knocked on Cheryl’s door at the end of the episode, proving that Riverdale loves cliffhangers!
It was refreshing to see Betty and Cheryl bonding over their admittedly dark family secrets. It’s difficult to balance airtime for the main characters and storylines.The Riverdale writers balanced the storylines as best they could, but the episode focused heavily on the mayoral campaign and Betty’s investigation into the Black Hood. While those storylines helped move the narrative along, some characters and relationships have fallen to the wayside– like Alice’s complicated relationship status or Betty and Jughead’s relationship. We can hope that some of these questions are resolved in the last few episodes of season two.
In the next episode, the Black Hood continues to torment the citizens that he deems sinners. Veronica finds out more about her family’s plans. The Ghoulies return to Riverdale, posing a problem for the Serpents as they’re outnumbered. A mysterious figure is shown pointing a gun at Fred and Archie. And Penny (Brit Morgan) makes her return. We only have to wait one week until Riverdale returns!