What’s the first thing you do when your father has been falsely accused of murder? You call someone named Penny Peabody to try to lessen his sentence. What’s better than the name Penny Peabody? A drug called “jingle jangle.”
So long story short, episode two of Riverdale‘s sophomore season is whack.
But let’s get down to business: Pop wants to sell his diner. Yeah, the same diner where Fred Andrews (Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame) was almost murdered in. Makes sense right? Wrong! Everyone loves Pop Tate’s Chock’lit Shoppe! It is a staple in the fictional town of Riverdale and is visited in at LEAST two scenes of every episode. So of course, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) throw a benefit at the diner to raise money. Remember Dark Betty from season one’s “Chapter Three: Body Double?” Yeah, well she’s back for a vengeance when she blackmails Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) (and the River Vixens) into helping out with the benefit AND into testifying for Jughead’s father, F.P. Jones (which ends up helping him!)
And while we’re at it, let’s not forget to mention that Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) bought Pop’s diner, Archie (KJ Apa) got a gun from Dilton Doiley (Remember when he was the one who shot a gun on the Fourth of July…? Yeah…), and Moose Mason and Midge Klump were conveniently murdered by Sweetwater River (the same place where Jason Blossom’s body was found last season) under the influence of jingle-jangle presumably by the same person who killed Archie’s ex-teacher/lover Geraldine Grundy and shot his dad??? Got all that?
But don’t worry. If that wasn’t enough drama for you, there will be plenty more next week with the episode titled “Watcher in the Woods.”