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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 5: Heart of Darkness

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Title From: Heart of Darkness (1979)

As the day of Jason Blossom's funeral is coming closer, all of Riverdale is on alert for whatever stunts the Blossoms are sure to pull, as Betty learns more about Polly's history with Jason, and Archie learns how to juggle football and music now that Grundy is gone.


  • Absentee Actor: Alice Cooper is written off at being at a spa resort.
  • Abusive Parents: The Blossoms, Penelope in particular, are prone to constantly tearing down Cheryl every chance they can get.
  • All-Loving Hero: Betty is initially the only one of her friends to show Cheryl sympathy, reminding her dismissive gang that she is burying her brother.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Cheryl awakens in fashion after a frightening dream about Jason, while in his bed.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Betty and Jughead help to reconstruct Sheriff Keller's murder board for Jason, as well as prepare to look into who destroyed it in the first place as a favor for Kevin, as well as look into the rumor that Jason was acting as a drug dealer.
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  • Mythology Gag: Valerie shows an interest in Archie. This is significant in that she gained a lot of media attention, outside of her Pussycat days, for being Archie's first African-American girlfriend.
  • The Ophelia:
    • The reason why Polly was sent away, her dad caught her in the middle of attempted suicide after she had a fight with Jason.
    • Cheryl is showing signs of becoming this what with her showing up to deliver Jason's eulogy while gliding down the aisle with a glazed expression in the same white dress she wore at Sweet Water on the Fourth of July.
  • Serious Business: Maple syrup, the industry upon which the town of Riverdale was founded. It gave its name to Sweetwater river, Clifford Blossom feels compeled to bring it up on the dinner table and it is the source of the feud between the Blossoms and the Coopers, as Cheryl's great grandfather murdered Betty's in order to steal his cut of the business.
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  • Shipper on Deck: Ronnie goes out her way to let Archie know she "endorses" Valerie.
  • The Unfavorite: Given her mother's dismissive attitude towards her, Cheryl definitely wasn't the favored of the Blossom Twins.
  • Wham Line: When Jughead and Betty run into Nana Rose, she mistakes Betty for Polly, inquiring why she isn't wearing Jason's ring and expresses her despair that she won't be able to see her grandson's wedding to Polly.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Cheryl arrives to deliver her eulogy, in the same dress she wore on the 4th of July to everyone's shock, awe and horror.
    • When Betty and Jughead are considering suspects of who destroyed the murder board, cut to the Cooper household as Hal is shown destroying the evidence, and Betty making a heart-wrenching assumption when she remembers her dad wasn't at the drive-in that night.


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