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Title From: Primary Colors (1996)

In the aftermath of Hiram's newly announced plans for Riverdale, Jughead resorts to drastic measures to voice his opposition. After making her own big announcement, Hermione's friend Andy Cohen comes to town to lend a hand. Meanwhile, Veronica goes against her parent's wishes to keep a low profile and runs for student council president — only to find that some people she considered friends aren't too keen on the idea. Elsewhere, Mary arrives in Riverdale just as tensions between Fred and Archie reach a breaking point. Finally, Cheryl fears that someone is out to get her, so she hosts a sleepover with her closest friends. There's safety in numbers, right?


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  • Almost Kiss: Between Cheryl and Toni.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Almost literally; 5'1" Veronica manages to punch out 6'3" Reggie. Knocking him down, no less.
  • Downer Ending: Cheryl ends up institutionalized by her mother. Meanwhile, both Archie and Veronica have alienated their friends due to their actions.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • This episode makes it clear that Veronica has been going through one the whole time.
    • Cheryl has one at the end, when her mother locks her up.
  • Internal Reveal: Everyone knows about Veronica's part in Hiram's prison schemes.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Veronica punches out Reggie and doesn't get any punishment for it.
    • Ethel publicly harasses and humiliates Veronica at least twice in this episode and Veronica doesn't even get angry at her.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hermione now has to run against Fred, which is something Archie clearly doesn't want.
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  • Misplaced Retribution: Played with. Veronica didn't cause Ethel's dad to lose his job. She also was the one who warned Sierra about what her parents were up to. However, she did know about the prison and hid it from everyone, not to mention her prank on Josie earlier. So, the girls weren't too off getting revenge on her.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, everyone acts that way toward the Lodges over the plans for the prison. Mary even states that Hiram will turn the town into a penal colony.
  • Motive Rant: Veronica breaks down when her mother blasts her for not keeping her head down like she asked her to, explaining that she chose to run for student president because she wanted to do one thing that the whole town won't see as bad.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Archie and Veronica go through this with Jughead and Betty.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Mary was already upset that Archie was siding with Hiram over Fred. But it's only when Archie implies that Fred is afraid of Hiram's vision that she loses it on him.
  • The Reveal: Chic is not Hal's son, but someone else's. Also, FP and Alice hooked up at some point in the past.
  • Shout-Out: Cheryl hosts a sleepover with Toni, Betty, Veronica, and Josie. Among their other sleepover activities, they sit attired in silk bathrobes and brush each others' hair (conga-line style) in a scene that pays homage to the music video for New Rules by Dua Lipa.
  • Threat Backfire: Betty threatens Chic with violence and death. He instead turns her in to Alice, along with evidence of her Dark Betty wig.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: As Cheryl lies in a straitjacket and chained to her bed, Sister Woodhouse arrives and Cheryl is momentarily led to believe she's is going to be okay...
    Sister Woodhouse: Oh, child. Don't be afraid. Sister Woodhouse is going to help you.
    Cheryl Blossom: Thank you. Thank you, Sister Woodhouse.
    Sister Woodhouse: Yeah, she's going to rid you of all those naughty demons. The ones making you think such awful, unnatural thoughts!
  • Wham Line: Sister Woodhouse delivers one to Cheryl as she prepares to inject her with a syringe needle and the episode ends.
    Sister Woodhouse: Today, you must rest. Tomorrow, the real work. The conversion begins!
  • Wham Shot:
    • Cheryl is last seen in an institution to undergo gay conversion therapy.
    • Earlier in the episode, her grandmother is seen at the foot of the stairs, clearly pushed.
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