I Know What You Did in Riverdale: S2 E10 “The Blackboard Jungle” (RECAP)
The Blackboard Jungle
After a winter hiatus, The CW’s best new drama returned. Riverdale refocused after the mundane Black Hood narrative. This latter half of the season looks to resume several plot points first previewed in season one.
One major plot is the Lodge undertaking. Hiram and Hermione have shifted to the next phase of their plan – which includes daughter Veronica. With Mayor McCoy in their pocket, they force the closing of Southside High, leaving the land up for grabs. Veronica’s job: to make the new students transition smoothly.
Those new students included Jughead, Toni and the rest of the Serpents. Unhappy with the move, Jughead rebels against the conformity rules and Cheryl’s anti-Serpent campaign. FP advises him to just lay low. Serpents hibernate as he put it. Jughead takes heed as his merry Serpents hide in plain sight. Very similar to Archie’s new arc.
Archie meets an FBI agent on Hiram’s trail. Nick Sinclair’s incident spurs an investigation into the Lodges’ business dealings. Archie – without second guessing – volunteers as a spy. Shrouded as getting payback for what he did to Veronica, Archie visits Nick. He’s forewarned about being entangled with the likes of Veronica Lodge.
Betty Cooper initiates another goose chase after Polly neglects to tell the family she had her twins. Heartbroken for her parents, specifically Alice, Betty sleuths to find the child they put up for adoption. Hal forbids Betty to pursue him. Alice agrees, but later confides that she wants to see her son.
The two find the eldest Cooper sibling in a seedy motel. He apparently had a rough life ever since he was kicked out of the convent. Knowing who they are, he refuses their olive branch. It leaves Alice broken. But Betty can’t leave well enough alone, returning to his home. She saves Chuck, or Chic, from a savage beating by his landlord. The Coopers take him in where he is safe. But beneath the surface, a darkness resides.
This half of the season should have come first as it is more aligned with the glory of season one. Cheryl felt lost all fall with her nonsensical friendship with Josie. She’s at her best when manipulative for her own gain. And I’m ready for Hiram’s full plan to be revealed.