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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 7: In a Lonely Place

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Title From: In a Lonely Place (1950)

Jughead and Betty deal with the fallout of Polly running away from the home, while Veronica fights with her mother regarding Fred Andrews.


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  • Abusive Parents: The Coopers and Blossoms as usual are both feuding over Polly but neither cares one wit about her.
  • The Alcoholic: Jughead's father.
  • Big Man on Campus: FP Jones in his high school days. Called this word for word by Fred Andrews.
  • Hiding In Plain Sight: Polly was hiding in the Coopers' attic the entire time.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: FP Jones was apparently a popular football and a big man on campus when he was in high school. His son, Jughead, is an introspective loner and prefers to write or read rather than play sports.
  • Jump Scare: Even expecting to find Polly in the (dark, creepy) attic, Betty still gets one of these when Polly comes up behind her.
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  • Mythology Gag: Jughead's dream in the opening sequence has the main cast styled as their comic book counterparts.
  • Not So Stoic: As illustrated below, Jughead goes from snarky and generally calm to practically trembling with fear by the idea of becoming a scapegoat for the police. He somewhat maintains his stoicism with Sheriff Keller, but his mask shatters when he's talking to his friends.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jughead is arrested under suspicion of having killed Jason, and he is terrified of being railroaded by the police.
    Jughead: Those Paradise Lost kids went to death row because they wore black and listened to Metallica... I don't want to become a scapegoat.
  • Opposites Attract: Though Jughead and Betty kissed last episode, here they appear to be a genuine couple. The broody, dark-haired, sarcastic, wrong side of the tracks boy and the cheery, earnest, blonde suburban girl are surprisingly well-matched.
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  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Both Veronica's mother, Hermione, and Fred Andrews are continued to be shown as this.
  • Retcon: In the first episode, Hermionie told Veronica that the apartment in Riverdale was all they had left because it was under her name. But in this episode she claims it is a rental.
  • The Scapegoat: Jughead is well aware that the fairly incompetent Riverdale police are looking for one, and as a bullied outcast he makes the perfect target.
  • Shipper on Deck: Veronica endorses Betty's relationship with Jughead
    Veronica: Okay, in that case, if he helped my girl navigate some turbulent emotional waters... well then, Veronica Lodge approves.
  • Take That!: The opening dream sequence can be seen as one on the fans who complained about the characters not looking like their comic counterparts by showing how silly that would look in real life.
  • Undying Loyalty: Fred forges a time card to protect Jughead from suspicion for Jason's murder.
  • Wham Shot: Jason's coat is in FP's closet.

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