Really Happened to Riverdale – Season 5, Episode 18
It’s time for the musical episode!
Even though most episodes of Riverdale feel like a musical episode, this week was the musical episode. It starts with Betty explaining to her friends that the way Alice deals with her grief over Polly’s death is to listen to the recording of the Broadway cast of Next to normal on repeat – Alice has created a perfect family dynamic where Polly is alive again and her serial killer son Charles is back (who doesn’t look like a serial killer!) Particularly missing? Her ex-husband, serial killer, Hal, aka the Black Hood.
After killing her horrible husband Chad last week, Veronica doesn’t want to waste time with her anymore lover (🤮) Archie – she suggests they move in together immediately, which sure won’t be a bad idea – no, not at all. Archie agrees, but somehow convinces her to leave his luxury apartment and in in his house where Uncle Frank and Jughead already live.
I’ll just never stop pointing at our Mr. Weatherbee’s only glove, because it’s my moral obligation to remind everyone he’s wearing it because Edgar Evern never cut his fingers when he thought Weatherbee was a mole within his organ harvesting cult, just before he planned to launch into space on a rocket and kill all of the cult members by knocking them off a cliff in a bus.
Unfortunately, Toni is in Weatherbee’s office because Britta is having a bit of a hard time – after she went out to her parents’ house last week, they kicked her out of the house and she lives in Jughead’s closet at Riverdale High. .
Elsewhere in Riverdale, we learn that Tabitha’s parents are in town and apparently Pop’s milkshake gene has skipped a generation – her parents are upset that she has decided to ruin her future and move to Riverdale to work at Pop’s. .
For absolutely no reason, Jughead and Tabitha are singing a musical number from Next to normal so, even though they’re not, in fact, part of Alice’s imaginary musical universe, but oooookay.
While there wasn’t a whole lot of humor in the Cooper House scenes this week, I had a good laugh that Alice was able to easily buy a huge piano online:
Settling into family life with Archie, Frank, and Jughead, Veronica cooks chicken cordon bleu, but Frank and Archie get some sort of firefighter alert (?) And can’t stay for dinner.
It’s a good time to remember that the firefighter is always one of Archie’s many jobs. I like to check out this handy job board from the Riverdale wiki whenever I need a reminder:
Veronica covers “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next to normal and, well, here’s the thing. If you read these recaps, you know me, you know that I very rarely side with Archibald Andrews … saving lives! For example, isn’t it Archie’s fault that he and Frank are the entire Riverdale firefighting and palladium mining team?
And THEN the next morning this incredibly squeaky interaction happens:
Then, exactly one episode after Veronica says the only thing she wants is Archie… and in the same episode in which she asked Archie to move in with her, she realizes that maybe Reggie is actually more her type because Wall Street and stocks and his mule and everything…?
Basically, in conclusion:
We check out Cheryl and instead of waterboarding her mom with maple syrup, she sings a song about how Penelope is the devil (accurate!) And pours holy water on her. Iconic! Unfortunately, Penelope did not melt.
Seriously, things are getting sadder and sadder at the Cooper house. Alice has had a few other musical numbers with Polly and Charles, and Betty keeps trying to show her that’s not the case. real – she even tries to get Alice to go to town with her (a Tramtrak LOL train) to see a show. But things really go wrong when Alice blames Betty for Polly’s death.
Betty turns to Kevin, reminding us of their bond (and Casey Cott’s AMAZING voice!) And he helps her stay strong and inspires her to make things right with Alice.
Tabitha’s dad decided Jughead wasn’t good enough for his daughter and approached him for a casual chat in his car in Pop’s parking lot, as they do. Sadly, I can’t help but love her just for this HILARIOUS exchange with the huge energy of Mariah Carey / Jennifer Lopez:
After sharing a brief moment earlier in the episode, Toni (encouraged by Fangs) turns to Cheryl to ask if she’s going to give Britta a place to stay – it’s a super sweet scene between Choni that they remember. from when they were in love.
However, this is all a thing of the past (at least for now …), as Toni and Fangs admit their feelings for each other and decide to be a couple while co-parenting baby Tony.
And Cheryl is taking Britta to her house, and I think we have a Cheryl 2.0 in our future:
The episode ends with everyone – including bbs Juniper and Dagwood (they’ve come this far since levitating on that fire) – singing at Polly’s funeral. I swear, for a second I thought they were about to sing “Seasons of Love” from To rent, but sorry, bad musical!
Another round of applause for these two for making me cry against my will:
So this is it ! The last episode before the season finale. There was a lot of pairing, decoupling, and recoupling in this episode. Will the pairings stay the same next week, or will everything change again? Hard to say about Riverdale! See you next week for the last time in Season 5.
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