If you thought Riverdale was going to spread some holiday cheer, then you were very wrong.
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 8 found the group dividing to try and sort their personal issues out while keeping up to speed on the killer's latest move.
Archie and Veronica vs. The L Word
Archie and Veronica's relationship was going from strength-to-strength, and they were having sex in places that could get them in a lot of trouble.
The scariest of which was on a rug in front of a fire in Veronica's living room, but what made it so scary? Hiram, of course. Archie was scared that his girlfriend's villainous father was going to catch them in the act, and well, I'm sure you can fill in the blanks.
Archie plucked up the courage to reveal that he loves Veronica, but she did not usher the words back, and things got awkward between them real quick.
They parted ways but were thrown back together when Betty and Jughead told them they needed to take over the investigation for a little because they had some other matters to attend to.
With some digging, it became common knowledge that the Riverdale Reaper murdered a family in the house the Black Hood led Betty to a few weeks ago.
They found out it was the old sheriff who worked the case, and when they contacted his daughter, she referred to the house as "the Devil's House."
When they went to the house, we got to see flashbacks of the killer offing a family of four. Veronica's attention to detail made the pair realize there were actually five people in the family.
After some more digging, they unmask the school janitor as the other kid. While Veronica went to town with insults at him, Archie knew he was not the killer because of his eye color.
Archie cornered Veronica about her not saying she loved him, and the pair apparently parted ways. This show!
A Trip the Other Side of the Tracks
Jughead learned the shocking news that his father was getting out of prison. He realized this was obviously down to Penny Peabody and the drug run he did for her.
FP was determined to get his life back on track and ditch the serpents forever. He started by getting a job at the diner. Was he really on the straight and narrow?
Betty and Jughead seemed to think so, so they prepared a party in the Southside of town so that he could say goodbye to his old life.
The party kicked off, and Alice came along for the ride to see some of her old pals. She wasted no time in ordering up some shots and mingling with the people she trashes on a daily basis.
Archie and Veronica performed an awkward duet which resulted in the pair exiting stage left before their number was up.
So, Betty swooped in and saved the day by stripping down and dancing around a pole. Apparently, there's a female initiation to be a serpent, and it involved pole dancing.
Alice was mortified and even more so when Betty said she was not leaving with her. Alice departed, clearly irate, but what could she do?
Her daughter was getting closer to the dark side.
You Made Me Do This
Just when all seemed right in the world, FP reverted to his old ways and announced he was not leaving after all and started drinking again.
The reason? FP got wind of Penny's deal with Jug and let FP take his son's place, so there was no way he could live free from the villains.
FP pushed Jughead away, and the kid was upset. He wanted his father back and to be out of jail for the foreseeable future.
Jughead lashed out at Betty and dumped her because he knew she was going to get herself hurt and that everything was very dangerous in town.
Wait, Could Barchie Actually Happen?
After splitting up with their other significant others, a half-naked Archie looked over at Betty's window and she appeared. She hesitated, but looked gazingly at Archie's abs.
Can two broken hearts make one loving one?
That will be the big question as we delve further into the depths of despair with these characters.
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