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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 3: Body Double

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Title From: Body Double (1984)

As more info on Jason's murder comes to light, Veronica stems to bring down a Slut-Shaming scam.

  • Actor Allusion: Veronica indicates that there's a #justiceforethel hashtag going around. Ethel is played by the same actress who played Barb on Stranger Things, who in real life was the subject of a well-known #justiceforbarb movement.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • The look on Veronica's face when she sees Betty in her Honey Pot outfit is a perfect match to Chuck's.
    • The moniker of B&V that Jughead uses to christen Betty and Veronica practically doubles as a Portmanteau Couple Name.
  • An Aesop:
    • Veronica loudly trumpets a simple one the entire episode: Don't slut-shame girls and treat them like prizes.
    • Veronica tries to teach Betty to be careful not to cross the line when seeking justice. That might be the more Space Whale Aesop of "Alice Cooper has driven her daughters completely insane."
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    • Archie is reminded that a privileged white male can't really understand the plight of a minority, but Josie is reminded that he shouldn't be punished for honestly trying to help, and music is universal.
    • On the adult side, Archie's father learns that he can't dismiss his son's love of music just because he doesn't understand it and thinks football is more reliable.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Veronica asked Betty to go to the dark side for revenge. Betty turns out to be willing to take it farther than Veronica.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Veronica states to Cheryl hers is calling Ethel, herself or any of the other girls in the Sticky Maple conspiracy a slut.
    • Betty makes it clear Polly is hers.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cheryl discovers Jason wasn't as saintly and perfect as she believed.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While he is certainly not a very good person, Betty almost BOILS CHUCK CLAYTON ALIVE in the process of trying to get him to confess to his misdeeds. Even Veronica, who came up with the plan in the first place, is weirded out by the extremes Betty is willing to go to.
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  • The Dividual: By the end of the episode Jughead's narration points out that Betty and Veronica have become one of these:
    Jughead: But one thing was certain, Betty and Veronica, now B&V, and maybe forever, had been forged. They walked through the fire, and survived.
  • Double Standard:
    • The boys who claim to have slept around get lionized, while the girls get slut-shamed.
    • On a non-sexual note, Archie calls out his dad on valuing his football more than his music. He notes that while his dad refuses to make an exception to the grounding for music practice, he would for a football game.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Veronica is just as dumb-struck as Chuck when Betty walks into the pool room wearing black lace lingerie, high heels and a black wig.
  • Faking the Dead: What Jason Blossom attempted to do, although it eventually turned real.
  • Fanservice: Even more than usual in this episode, between the scantily clad Betty and Veronica and the locker room full of half-naked football players.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Jason's faked death, which only ends with him getting killed for real.
  • Honey Pot: Betty and Veronica play this part in their attempt to expose the slut shaming. Surprisingly, Betty is the one who takes it the furthest.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Betty restarts the school newspaper with Jughead as one of her reporters.
  • Jerkass: Alice calls Veronica a slut right to Hermione's face, and after smearing Jason in the paper continues to try and question Penelope on her son's death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Not huge but clearly, discovering how her beloved brother used Polly just to earn "points" with his teammates makes Cheryl quite sorry she basically accused Polly of being a psycho who killed Jason to Betty in the previous episode.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Cheryl finally inserts herself as a potential Third-Option Love Interest, technically fourth in this case, as in the comics she served as an antagonistic rival to both Betty and Veronica's friendly rivalry.
    • Betty and Jughead restart "The Blue and Gold," Riverdale High's newspaper.
    • Mayor McCoy mentions the "Taste of Riverdale" is a lead up to Riverdale's 75th Anniversary, much like how Archie Comics is approaching its 75th anniversary.
  • No Sympathy:
    • Cheryl, of course, has no empathy towards the girls being slut-shamed, even calling Ethel an outright liar, at first.
    • Alice could not care less about Penelope Blossom's feelings about Jason's death.
  • Product Placement: Betty is using Covergirl's Subdued Scarlett shade of lipstick.
  • Shout-Out: Veronica declares that to avenge her honor, she's going "Full Dark, No Stars."
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Alice receives a slap to the face from Penelope after smearing her son in front of everyone.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Betty does this to Chuck to knock him out, and also claims that this is a Truth Serum. Veronica's reaction indicates that this was not part of the plan.
  • Slut-Shaming: The act of Sticky Maple, what the Jerk Jock circle is doing, is this.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: There is a reason Cheryl is the tropes image.
    Cheryl: Nothing is off the table Archie! [coyly] Except for my body!
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: According to Future!Jughead's voice-over, Betty's article led to Chuck being cut from the team which "would have terrible consequences."
  • Very Special Episode: On Cyber Bullying and Slut-Shaming to be exact.
  • Wham Line: Cheryl reveals that Jason was running away on the 4th of July.
  • Wham Shot: Polly's name is in the Playbook, right next to Jason's.


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