Riverdale Round Table: Archie's Worst Decision Yet

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The Black Hood sent Betty a mysterious coded letter, Mayor McCoy called a special town hall meeting, and Archie started spiraling out of control on Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4.

Below, TV Fanatics Jack Ori, Paul Dailly, and Justin Carreiro debate Toni's empowering speech to Betty, Archie's decision to bring a gun to school, and Betty hiding the original letter from The Black Hood.

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1. We saw Archie wave a gun in the face of a Southside Serpent. If pushed, do you think he would've shot someone?

Jack: I wouldn't be surprised. Archie seems to be unraveling and will do just about anything to smoke out The Black Hood. Confronting the Serpents and then opening his door to them and challenging them to a fight was pure impulsivity and stupidity. I knew that gun was going to be bad news sooner or later.

Paul: For sure. Archie has changed drastically, and I'm sure he would pull the trigger if he needed to. He seems to not be thinking things through and that will be his undoing.

Justin: He totally would've shot the Serpent. Archie was scared and threatened; he would've done anything to get the power back. He's been very impulsive lately and shooting someone fits into that theme.

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2. Toni called out Betty and Riverdale for their bias against South Riverdale. Did she have a point?

Jack: Absolutely. There's probably some truth to the idea that Southside is more violent, but it sucks to live in the "bad part of town" and have people think that's all that part of town is about. Of course, the Serpents at Southside High aren't helping with their attitude that "The Black Hood is a hero" because he's killing Northsiders.

Paul: Yes. There's a clear bias, and it's really becoming clear why the Serpents hate the north side of Riverdale.

Justin: Toni was right about everything she said. The town has a bias against the neighborhood and since they expect the worst of them, it's almost given them free range to do whatever they want. I think it would surprise someone, even like Betty, to know there are good people at Southside High.

Codebusters - Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4

3. Betty hid the letter from the gunman revealing her speech sparked all the trouble. Should she have told her family and friends about it sooner?

Jack: Of course she should have! Hiding it just enabled The Black Hood, and her fear that Archie would blame her for Fred's attack was just silly. But teenagers on TV make notoriously bad decisions that drive story forward, so there you go.

Paul: I'm conflicted with this one because she likely thought telling people the truth would put her in the firing line. That letter was the type of thing that would ruin Betty's reputation.

Justin: Betty should have told someone about it later on, but I understand why she didn't sooner. Her own mother chastised her for doing something good for Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. If she had shared this letter right away, people would blame the attacks on her.

4. Archie brought Dilton's gun to school. React!

Jack: Another stupid Archie move. I don't like the lack of forethought in most of his actions lately. He said he had it for protection, but what was the point of hiding it in the bathroom when he could be attacked elsewhere? And he's just lucky he wasn't caught by Keller or Weatherbee with it on him.

Paul: Yeah, Archie is way too impulsive to have a gun. I was mad he reeled Veronica in on his deceit. He really needs to get a handle on his behavior.

Justin: Stupid! Archie has made a lot of stupid decisions, but this takes the cake. He should know better than to risk his entire life because he's scared.

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5. Hermione warned Veronica to not have blind loyalty to Archie. Was she being a concerned mother or just her passive-aggressive self?

Jack: I actually thought she was being genuine for once. I think Hermione has paid dearly for her loyalty to Hiram and she doesn't want Veronica to go down the same path.

Paul: Yeah, it seemed genuine to me which is very surprising for her. Despite her comments, she has always wanted the best for Veronica...even if that means lying sometimes.

Justin: This is a half and half situation for me. I think she was trying to be a concerned mother by relating her own experiences and trouble to her daughter. However, Hermione is...Hermione. She was being tactless in how she gave advice to Veronica.

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6. The Black Hood's clue indicated the next target was at the town hall. Who do you think would've been the next victim?

Jack: I don't know. That seemed like a red herring, or like the gunman just wanted to inspire fear by threatening the town hall. But, if he had a real victim there I would guess it would be Alice because she's always putting her nose in things and she's not always the most ethical person.

Paul: Mayor McCoy would have been my guess. She was front and center, and it would have been a striking visual to see her taken out in front of the whole town.

Justin: I agree with Paul. My guess would be Mayor McCoy because she is just as culpable in Riverdale's crimes as the rest of the parents. Her involvement with the drive-in bribing could be the reason why. She still could be the next victim.

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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Betty: These symbols look so familiar to me. It’s like I’ve seen them before and it’s driving me crazy I can’t figure out where.
Toni: Maybe if you loosened your ponytail?
[They all stare at her dumbfounded]
Toni: What? That was a joke, guys.
Kevin: Betty’s ponytail is iconic and beyond reproach.
Betty: Kev, it’s fine. At this point, I’m willing to try anything.
[She lets down her hair]

Betty: Because of what it says, Jughead! Because of what he wrote...that I inspired him. I inspired all of this.
Jughead: You think people are going to blame you for all of this?
Betty: Not people, just one person.
Jughead: Archie? For what? For writing a speech that this lunatic has twisted around and really messed with you, and messed with the town. Yeah, Archie is definitely shook but he knows who the bad guys are and you’re not one of the bad guys. You’re Betty Cooper, like “Nancy Drew” meets “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”