- Author's Saving Throw:
- For those familiar with Carrie: The Musical, the episode actually improved on some of the songs like removing the interludes that disrupted the flow of "The World According to Chris," as well as providing the essential meaning of most of the songs over a short interlude. In short, the Riverdale version of the musical is probably a much better version than the original.
- This episode has Archie finally realizing that his dad is the most important person in his life, and basically call out Hiram on trying to put a wedge between the two of them. He also makes a grand gesture of apology to Fred.
- Finally, Betty's Designated Hero status took a big ding when she attacked Veronica in front of everyone once again, only for Archie to rip into her for her behavior.
- Creepy Awesome: Cheryl, drenched in pig's blood, confronting Penelope, and threatening to burn another house down (with the clear implication that this time, Penelope won't get out) unless Penelope lets Cheryl become an emancipated teen and she and Claudius get the hell out out Cheryl's house. Nightmare Fuel? Yes. Moment of Awesome? Also yes.
- Jerkass Hasa Point: Ethel. While Cheryl is a talented singer and well-suited for Carrie, she did strong-arm her way into the lead role, and it wasn't fair that Kevin didn't give anyone else the chance to audition. Sending threatening letters is obviously taking things too far, but it's easy to see where Ethel was coming from.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: We Hardly Knew Ye with Midge and she never got to stand out as a character.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Some viewers have argued Betty makes a far more believable Carrie White given her own Cute But Psycho nature.
- Despite Chuck, Cheryl, and Josie all being involved in the musical, there is no confrontation or apology between Chuck and Cheryl for her framing him as Josie's stalker, or a reconciliation between Chuck and Josie.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Cheryl when she "apologizes" for her past behavior towards Josie. While an apology is a step in the right direction, it's undermined greatly by Cheryl also making excuses for herself and pressuring Josie to forgive her.
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