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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 2: A Touch of Evil

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Title From: Touch of Evil (1958)

As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie pleads with Miss Grundy to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica, who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother's death running rampant, Cheryl deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy.


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  • An Aesop: Sometimes the people you like don't like you back; it's just the way it is, and not anyone's fault.
    Veronica: Romeo and Juliet are the exception, not the rule.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Betty is a very kind-hearted person, but when Cheryl flat out accuses her sister of murder, Betty fixes her with a Death Glare and threatens to kill her if she doesn't leave the house.
  • Internal Reveal: Jughead finds out Archie's secret with Ms. Grundy.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Jughead mentions talking out his friendship with Archie over several Hamburgers, his Trademark Favorite Food.
    • During the Pep Rally, Josie and the Pussycats end up singing an adapted version of Sugar, Sugar, a song recorded by The Archies in 1969 and ended up reaching #1 on the real world Billboards top 100.
  • Shout-Out: Reggie pokes fun at Jughead on separate occasions by calling him pop cultural nicknames like Wednesday Addams, Suicide Squad, Donnie Darko.
  • Wham Line:
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    • When breaking down at the pep rally, Cheryl, makes a rather damning revelation to Veronica. She could have been speaking metaphorically (as Jughead said something similar in the opening narration), but the later revelation makes it pretty clear that she was speaking literally.
      Cheryl: [regarding Jason] You don't understand, he was supposed to come back!
    • Later the closing lines give this shocker,
      Jughead: [narrating] But Jason didn't die on July 4th as we were led to believe, but over a week later.
  • You Are Not Alone: Veronica says this verbatim as she comforts Cheryl.

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