Prisoners is an appropriate title for tonight’s episode of Riverdale as the past few weeks, I’ve felt like a prisoner of season 2 and it’s badly written plots. I suppose screaming at the top of my lungs to either give us shorter seasons or slow down the narrative and slowly develop story will be for naught, so I will proceed. My editor once proclaimed “no one likes a hating ass recapper” so allow me to focus on the positive.
Riverdale Recap: “Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners”
Airdate: April 25, 2018
Jennifer Phang directed the episode written by Cristine Chambers (#219)
It appears we are pivoting back to the Black Hood mystery for the remaining three episodes of the season. The events of last week proved that Mr Svenson was a decoy and the real Black Hood is still at large. This prompts Archie to do stupid Archie things, nothing new, and he decides to go back to the creepy house where he is greeted by not 1 but 3 Black Hoods.
Not to worry though, it’s not the Black Hood, it’s Nick St Clare. Oh yay. He’s back. Nick is apparently, also in the mob and has come to seek revenge over the “accident” he had after sexually assaulting Veronica and Cheryl. He kidnaps Archie and holds him for ransom. He wants 1 million or a romp in bed with Veronica. Gross. The only positive of this unsightly return was Veronica seemed to be over her trash parents and their schemes. When they refuse to hand over the cash for Archie, Veronica then decides to roofie Nick. He deserves that, so fine. Then she turns the tables and ransoms him to his parents… so much for redeeming Veronica and Archie any time soon.
Histrionics abound as Betty and Jughead discover that Chic is not her brother after all. Color me shocked. He was close with Charles Smith, the real brother, and having been told all about The Coopers, decided to pretend to be Alice’s son. Why? Who knows, we’re never really given a motive. He’s crazy? He’s avenging his lover? They were lovers right? It was unclear. Apparently Charles had a drug problem, OD’d on Jingle Jangle after showing up at the Coopers front door and being sent away. Alice remembers and the hysterics start. She “killed her son” and runs weeping from the house straight to FP.
The big “shock” of the night, Charles Smith was FP’s kid… *crickets*… Oh not shocked? Me either. FP, the only character besides Cheryl in Riverdale to experience any kind of character growth this season, rips Jughead from the Cooper house because he doesn’t want another Jason Blossom situation on his hands. Unsure of how to handle this whole thing, the Black Hood offers a solution to Betty, hand him over. And so while Alice is confessing to Hal, Betty takes Chic at gunpoint and gives him over to a serial killer. Great.
So at this point, it would appear that Cheryl may be the best person in town as I cannot recall her being an accomplice to any murders or ransoming mobster children. She is taking Sheriff Keller to task for failing to capture the Black Hood resulting in Midge’s death. Sheriff Keller is asked to resign and is hopeful the intermittent Sheriff will be able to complete the task he could not.
By episodes end, Betty is suspicious that Hal may be the Black Hood and if this is to follow the entire seasons heavy handed anvil hint dropping, than I guess we’re about to see some kind of end for Hal Cooper. Right on time for that Falice hookup everyone seems so excited about… here’s to hoping the badly developed Chic plot is done with and fingers crossed the final 3 episodes of the season delivers us some of that jaw dropping goodness that Riverdale was so good at Season 1.