Topless Archie, with white tape around his hands and red satin shorts and blood all over his face, stands a little unsteadily in a boxing ring.

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 21 “The Dark Secret of Harvest House”

Previously on Riverdale: Archie came to the hospital to kill Hiram but didn’t; Veronica found out her dad had swindled her out of ownership of her properties; Veronica and Archie teamed up to take down Hiram; the Farm offered Alice, Toni, and Cheryl help when they were emotionally vulnerable; Edgar got engaged to Alice even though he was totally already married to his fake daughter Evelyn and was also probably banging Cheryl; Betty helped Evelyn to escape from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy; Jughead had some Theories about the G&G game; Ricky tricked Jellybean into playing G&G with him; the Black Hood escaped and almost killed Betty.

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Betty and Jughead look off to the side. Both wearing fancy medieval style clothing.

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 20 “Prom Night”

It’s prom night in Riverdale! Could I BE more excited?

Actually, this may sound a little unbefitting the supposedly intellectual, supposedly adult recapper who stands before you, but I was hoping for this episode to be MORE cliched. More fretting about who goes to prom with who. More meaningful dance scenes. There were some good scares and some great dresses, but all in all, I wanted it to be more Pretty in Pink, less Carrie. Alas, this is Riverdale. You don’t get to have this many plot twists if you waste too much time on prom antics.

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Chad Michael Murray, clad in white, stands between Alice and Evelyn, also clad in white, while they all smirk at Betty (who's facing away from the camera).

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 19: “Fear the Reaper”

I quite liked this episode! Highlights include badass women fighting, another badass woman pursuing her dream, and a twist in the Edgar Evernever saga that I totally didn’t foresee but which makes the casting of Chad Michael Murray even more inspired. Also there’s a Henry James reference that I’m rather embarrassed to report I don’t really get–and that would be the one reference this show would make that I’m qualified to comment on.

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