Riverdale: In a Lonely Place Review

Have you ever had a top secret conversation at normal speaking volume in the middle of a crowded room? No and neither has anyone else, but it’s pretty common in TV shows and characters are rarely called out on their total lack of subtlety. Unfortunately, if it’s said in Riverdale high you can be sure Cheryl Blossom’s going to hear about it “#PollyCooperKilledMyBrother”.

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As predicted, Polly’s disappearing act has put her firmly on the top of a lot of people’s suspect lists. Team Cooper and Team Blossom both search the woods in a race to find her that forces the Coopers to come clean about Polly’s pregnancy. Once everything is out in the open, the Blossoms and the Coopers begin plotting ways to separate Polly from her baby. The Blossoms want to raise it themselves while the Coopers are forcing Polly to put it up for adoption.

The relationship between Betty and her sister is really fun to watch because there aren’t a lot of siblings on Riverdale. Technically there’s Cheryl and Jason, but he’s dead and let’s be honest they were pretty creepy. They wore matching clothes for crying out loud. Betty and Polly have a much more appropriate and realistic relationship. When Polly goes missing Betty knows where to look for her and they both have the same sweet nature, which is why Polly is so nice to Cheryl when they come face to face.

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As the show has gone on, Cheryl Blossom’s internal struggle has risen closer and closer to the surface. There’s the selfish side that used Polly’s possible involvement in Jason’s death as a bargaining chip to regain her throne as the head of the River Vixens and there’s the more sympathetic side where she tries to do right by her late brother by warning Polly of her parent’s true intentions. It hasn’t quite come to a boil yet, so which side of Cheryl’s personality will emerge victorious is still up in the air. What will happen when she finds out who really murdered Jason?

Archie has been all about the music for the last few episodes, but thankfully he takes a break when he learns Jughead is living in the school. At this point it’s getting strange that the reason for their falling out hasn’t been firmly established or even brought up in a while. Archie ditched Jughead to hang out with Grundy and Archie’s dad fired Jughead’s dad, could either of those be it? Maybe it’s the fact that Archie takes absolutely no interest in his friend’s lives and didn’t even seem to realise Jughead’s parents had separated until being told in this episode.

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Loyalty is very important to Jughead, so it’s hard for him to damage his father’s pride by letting Archie’s dad help him. His homelessness could easily have been avoided if he didn’t try to protect his father, but that’s not who Jughead is. It’s always nice to get to know characters through their actions rather than baseless words. No one sits around talking about how loyal Jughead is, his loyalty is shown over and over as he clings to the belief that his father might still turn things around.

When the time comes for Jughead’s dad to step up he misses his shot. After that Jughead allowed himself to be taken in by the Andrews. He still loves his dad, but he’s grown from the experience. The idea that Jason’s murder might have gotten pinned on him genuinely shook Jughead who actually has no established alibi. He was supposed to be with Archie, but Archie bailed. Obviously Jughead isn’t the murderer, but Jason’s jacket is in his father’s trailer. Even if Jughead’s dad was the one who burned the car, why save the jacket? Is there a link between the Jones’ and the Blossoms?

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It makes sense that the police might suspect Jughead, but the interrogation scene made Sheriff Keller even more unlikeable than he was already. Yes it’s nice to show that there are fathers who are genuinely comfortable with their child being gay, but as the head of Riverdale’s police department it would be nice if he wasn’t just a puppet being controlled by the Blossom family. What are they going to do buy the police department and fire him? Speaking of Sheriff Keller and his shortcomings, why is it that when Veronica goes out clubbing it’s a rebellion but Kevin, Josie and Reggie are free to come and go as they please?

It didn’t take much for Veronica and her mother to sort out their differences, in fact Veronica came off way more superficial than usual. It’s not really out of character since we’ve been told she used to be the Riverdale equivalent of Blair Waldorf, but this is the first time her former personality has shined through that new leaf she turned over. At least the Lodge women are letting Polly live with them without conspiring to snatch her baby, which puts them head and shoulders above the Coopers and the Blossoms.

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The highlight of the episode was the opening where, in Jughead’s dream, all the characters dressed like they’re comic book counterparts. How fun would it be if they did that for an entire episode?

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