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Recap / Riverdale - Chapter 23: The Blackboard Jungle

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Title From: Blackboard Jungle (1955)


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  • Breather Episode: With the Black Hood mystery (seemingly) resolved, this is a more easygoing episode than the past several. There is still a lot of focus on tensions between different factions of the town, and characters keeping secrets, but it is more subdued without the looming threat of a vicious Serial Killer.
  • Category Traitor: Reggie accuses Veronica of this, for trying to welcome the South Side students into the school, a sentiment that Cheryl and others apparently share.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: When Weatherbee puts a no-tolerance ban on engaging in any kind of gang activity, Jughead has the school found an official club for Dungeons and Dragons-style fantasy role-playing, as a Paper-Thin Disguise for the Serpents to maintain their allegiance in school.
  • The Oldest Profession:
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    • Penelope has become a sex worker in order to pay for Cheryl's careless use of money, as well as to maintain the Blossom family's lifestyle. Cheryl is disgusted and wants her to stop, but Penelope actually likes it, and enjoys how much it makes Cheryl squirm knowing.
    • Chic Cooper, meanwhile, claims to be one as well, albeit far less glorified. Having been abandoned at birth and kicked out of the orphanage he grew up in when he turned 18, he's been forced into "fantasy fulfillment" as a means of getting by. Its apparent that this contributes to his disturbed nature.
  • Properly Paranoid: Jughead doesn't buy the cover story given for the closure of Southside High and thinks there's a nefarious plot behind it, despite everyone telling him that he is being paranoid. But he happens to be right, the school was shut down so the Lodges could buy it on the cheap for their real estate development.
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  • Shout-Out: Chic is staying in Room 237.
  • Single Mom Stripper: Penelope is newly widowed, the drug trade that funded their family is over, and their house just burned down. She's now working as a prostitute. Subverted Trope in that, by the end of the episode she doesn't need to, however she's having so much fun with her clients (as well as tormenting Cheryl, who is disturbed by her mother's casualness about it) that she's happy to keep doing it.
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