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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 12: Anatomy of a Murder

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Title from: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Following FP's arrest, Jughead tries to leave town while Betty, Veronica, and Archie remain convinced that all is not as it seems. Matters are complicated by FP giving a detailed confession, and a surprise revelation about the feud between the Blossoms and the Coopers.


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  • Bittersweet Ending: The mystery of who killed Jason Blossom is solved and Clifford Blossom (the killer) hangs himself. Also Hiram Lodge is being released from prison, Archie decides to stay in Riverdale with his father and Betty and Alice team up with Hal to take Polly and the twins back home. However Jughead is still alone considering that his mother doesn't want him and his father is still in jail (and will likely remain there for some time, considering he was involved in Jason's murder), Hal is not seen with Betty or Polly, which implies that he's still kicked out, Archie's mom leaves Riverdale and heads back to Chicago, Kevin finds out about his boyfriend's involvement with the Southside Serpents (who also leaves Riverdale), a Serpent named Mustang is found dead in what may or may not be a suicide (which probably will be another mystery to solve), the Coopers and the Blossoms are revealed to be related meaning that Jason and Polly are also related and Cheryl, who already lost her brother, now loses her father.
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  • Break His Heart to Save Him: FP does this to Jughead. However, Jughead saw right through it and knew he was hiding something and intentionally pushing him away.
  • Double Standard: Cheryl attacks Jughead in the middle of lunch, in full view of a hundred people. Jughead gets dragged into the principal's office, but no one so much as says a word to Cheryl. Archie even complained about the unfairness of Jughead's situation.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Clifford Blossom hangs himself before the police can arrest him for Jason's murder.
    • It's left somewhat ambiguous whether Mustang's fatal overdose was accidental or intentional.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Penelope outdoes herself when she's told how the Blossoms and the Coopers are really one family and thus Polly and Jason were committing incest.
    Penelope: Nothing could be more purely Blossom than those babies.
    Hal: What is wrong with you people?!
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: Clifford may be a monster, but he is not wrong to point out that Jason and Polly being third cousins is not close enough a kinship to be talking about incest.
  • Kissing Cousins: Polly and Jason, although neither of them knew it at the time.
  • Offing the Offspring: Clifford Blossom killed his son Jason. As Jughead points out, his reasons are unclear, but Sheriff Keller found packages hidden in the maple syrup barrels.
  • Put on a Bus: Joaquin literally puts himself on a bus, leaving Riverdale because of his involvement in hiding Jason's body.
  • Secret Relationship: Archie and Veronica haven't progressed past handholding with everything that's going on, but they're still hiding that from their friends.
  • Surprise Incest: Polly learns that she was related to Jason Blossom by blood, albeit somewhat distantly (they're third cousins).
  • The Reveal:
    • Clifford Blossom was responsible for Jason's murder. On a more minor note, Cliff stole the Blossom engagement ring back right before killing Jason, when in a previous episode he claimed Jason threw it at him out of spite.
    • The Blossoms and the Coopers are related by blood, and not only did the Blossoms know about it, they actually encouraged the Polly/Jason relationship implicitly because of it. It's also the real reason why Hal was hellbent on keeping them apart.
  • Wham Line: Mr. Cooper's reveal about the Blossom-Cooper feud and its true origins.
  • Wham Shot: Twice.
    • The video revealing the truth about Jason's death.
    • The episode's second to last shot is of Clifford Blossom's hanged body.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: Variant and Averted; Jughead expects his father to be released once it becomes clear that Clifford Blossom framed him by having the the murder weapon planted in his trailer and then forced him to confess. Sheriff Keller points out that FP is still guilty of obstruction of justice, tampering with a body, perjury, "and that's just off the top of my head."

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