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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 4: The Last Picture Show

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Title From: The Last Picture Show (1971)

Jughead tries to save the local drive-in. Betty and Veronica uncover that Miss Grundy has a very shady past.


  • Broken Pedestal: Veronica learns her parents are indeed guilty of fraud.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Betty and Veronica's action of breaking into Miss Grundy's car is ultimately what saves her, as Betty threatens her mother that she'll reveal what she did to the public, if Alice publishes her piece on Miss Grundy.
    Betty: It will be like I finally snapped, like Polly. "Like crazy runs in that family!" Like mother, like daughter!
  • Corrupt Politician: The Mayor takes a bag full of cash from the Lodges in exchange for facilitating the land deal.
  • Domestic Abuse: The reason Jennifer Gibson became Geraldine Grundy was to escape from her abusive ex-husband.
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  • Homophobic Hate Crime: Subverted. After an ominous scene where a tough-looking young man approaches Kevin and reveals that he knows that Kevin is gay, the camera shows their feet as the man is shoving Kevin against a cyclone fence. However, when the camera pans up to their faces, it turns out that they're passionately making out.
  • I Am Not Him: Betty fed up with her mother finally stands up...
    Betty: I am Elizabeth not Polly, Archie is not Jason, so stop using them to control my life!
  • Internal Reveal: Everyone learns about Archie's sexual encounters with Miss Grundy.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Betty claims that she learned to pick a lock with a hair pin from reading Nancy Drew novels.
  • Literal Metaphor: Jughead begs the mayor to save the drive-in, at one point saying, "It's like my home." It's later revealed that he actually lives there.
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  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Hiram Lodge continues to run his business from inside the penitentiary, much to Veronica's surprise.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Veronica mentions Cheryl being something like a 90's stock character. While the character of Cheryl Blossom was introduced and had a brief stint in the Archie Universe in the 80's, it was her reintroduction in 1994 that led her character and Jason, to become one of the Archie Mainstays.
    • The image of the real Miss Grundy that died 7 years ago resembles her comic counterpart.
  • Opposites Attract: Kevin being the sheriff's son doesn't stop him from making out with Joaquim, one of the Southside Serpents biker gang members.
  • Put on a Bus: Miss Grundy leaves Riverdale to avoid the scandal her true identity and relationship with Archie would cause.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Once she puts her mind to it, it takes Betty less than a day to discover Miss Grundy's entire past is a lie and is amazed she was even hired without anyone finding out.
    • Jughead gives the mayor a heartfelt speech on how much the drive-in means to him and it's a town icon. While she sympathizes, the mayor flatly tells Jughead there's no logical reason to keep open a business that no one else in town is interested in attending.
  • The Reveal: The event that caused the rift between Jughead and Archie is explained, Fred caught Jughead's father stealing from his company, Betty finally begins to stand up to Alice, Veronica discovers Hiram is guilty of his crimes and that Hermione is in on his plans, and the real identity and backstory of Geraldine Grundy is exposed. Also, Jughead is homeless and has been living at the drive-in for an undetermined period of time, and his father is one of the Southside Serpents.
  • Shout-Out: Miss Grundy wears the same heart-shaped sunglasses that are on the movie poster for Lolita. Since it's Miss Grundy this is probably not a coincidence.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hermione's take down of a snippy Cheryl is epic.
    Cheryl: Make sure all the money makes it to the register. You are a Lodge after all, and the Lodge's are known for have sticky fingers.
    [Veronica goes to her mother's defense, but Hermione gracefully stops her with a finger]
    Hermione: I got this, honey. Cheryl, I went to school with your mother. She didn't know the difference between having money and having class either.
  • String Theory: Sheriff Keller's board has strings linking every tangible bit of evidence big and small to Jason Blossom's murder.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The promo for the episode gives away the major twist that "Miss Grundy" has been using the identity of a long-dead elderly woman.
  • True Companions: While worried that Archie will hate her for exposing Miss Grundy, Archie instead forgives and thanks Betty realizing she did it out of love and concern for him.
  • Wham Line: Veronica discovers that not only is her father guilty of his white collar crimes, but that Hermione is in on her fathers plan to destroy Riverdale's market value.
    Veronica: Daddy was the anonymous buyer!? And he's doing this from jail!
    Hermione: He an extremely long reach, your father! And he sunk every last penny in the deal.
    Veronica: So dad really is...
    Hermione: Dad is a businessman! He saw and opportunity and he went with it. It was happening anyway. Old Riverdale is dying, he's just helping it along.
  • Wham Shot:
    • When Betty and Veronica are breaking into Miss Grundy's car, they find a Minnesota ID in her purse, that is clearly Miss Grundy except with the name Jennifer Gibson alongside a gun.
    • Kevin and his father return home to find it in shambles and Sheriff Keller's investigation board tampered with.
    • The camera panning through the Drive In's projection room, where we see Jughead packing things into his backpack—and then we see a cot and hot plate, proving that Jughead had been living there.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Betty not only calls Archie out on his relationship with Miss Grundy, but also lying to Sheriff Keller about being alone on July 4th to protect her.
    • Archie in turn calls out Betty and Veronica on breaking into Miss Grundy's car and stealing her gun.
    • Veronica gives one to her mom, when she discovers that she is in on her husband's plan to devalue all the property in Riverdale.


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