Riverdale Round Table: Veronica Saves The Day

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Nick St. Clair kidnapped Archie as revenge against Veronica, Cheryl wrote a scathing editorial about Sheriff Keller, and Chic's real identity was revealed on Riverdale Season 2 Episode 19.

Below, TV Fanatics Jack Ori, Paul Dailly, and Justin Carreiro debate Betty giving up Chic to The Black Hood, the true fate of Charles Cooper, and Archie's motivations after surviving the kidnapping.

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1. Veronica went against her parents' wishes to defeat Nick St. Clair and save Archie. Could this be the point where she turns against her family?

Jack: It certainly seems so, and with good reason. Archie has been nothing but loyal to Hiram and the Lodges did nothing to help him. The thing is, though, I think she expected Archie to be angry too and instead he became more ruthless in his determination to get Hiram's approval.

Paul: I agree. I love that the writers are going this route with the character. She was great in all of her scenes and it was pretty obvious she was not sleeping with Nick. She had revenge in mind.

Justin: I think so. She's been siding with Hiram and Hermione for so long, but she did so with the caveat that Archie would be safe and protected from the family business. Now that he was put in danger, and that her family did NOTHING to help him, she must realize now that they're the villains and she can't work with them.

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2. Chic wasn't really Charles Cooper and he killed him. React!

Jack: I wasn't surprised once it was all revealed. It made sense given the fact that Chic was violent and weird. I felt so bad for Alice.

Paul: I was surprised. I feel like this plot should have been resolved sooner, but I'm glad that Chic is finally out of the picture. Alice must feel awful right about now.

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Justin: This revelation blew me away because like Paul said, I expected this type of reveal to have happened much sooner. Betty and Chic had a shared darkness, so I thought they were siblings. But, it made sense since the entire family is completely different than him beyond that evil.

3. Sheriff Keller quit his post after a public outcry. Was the town right to place the blame on him?

Jack: Yes and no. Certainly he should have done more to keep everyone safe, whether or not he expected The Black Hood to be resurrected. But, he had very incomplete info since people kept hiding communications with The Black Hood from him and as far as he knew, the guy was dead.

Paul: I don't think he did enough to keep everyone safe, so there needed to be a change or else people would have lost faith in the law.

Justin: Like I said in the review for Riverdale Season 2 Episode 19, I felt bad for him because he shouldn't have received all the blame. However, it's quite telling when a group of teenagers were the ones to constantly solve his biggest crimes. He's not doing his job and he's not experienced enough to be the sheriff.

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4. After being kidnapped and tortured by Nick, Archie wants to earn his bones by killing The Black Hood. Share your initial thoughts on the kidnapping/his murder mission.

Jack: I really hated this story. I thought that one way or the other Nick was just making things worse for himself and that it could have been more easily solved by Veronica recording the conversation at Pop's where Nick demanded she sleeps with him and going to the authorities.

Plus, it was over-the-top violent, and no one but Veronica seemed to be concerned that Archie had disappeared. And then Archie gets home and instead of being at all angry at the whole world for not caring that he was gone, he decides that the thing to do is become a murderer too. Ugh.

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Paul: Yeah, this plot with Nick returning was bizarre. I get him wanting revenge, but it's silly that he went to such extreme measures to carry it out. Archie has proven that he's not great at hiding things, so it will be fun to see how much hanging around with Hiram has increased his skill set for deception.

Justin: Archie is an idiot! Instead of turning away from the two people who abandoned him and left him to die, he decides to get in deeper with them and kill someone to get their respect.

He's going to get himself killed or arrested. And, Nick made a simple plan of revenge more complicated than it should've been. He's terrible at being a mob boss.

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5. FP was revealed as Charles' real birth father after Alice previously said he wasn't. Were you surprised at all, even after the red-herring?

Jack: Not really. Who else could it be? This was one of those reveals that I think was supposed to be dramatic but wasn't.

Paul: Nope. It was obvious all season long. Somehow, I thought we already knew the truth.

Justin: No. Though, I'm more frustrated than surprised because Riverdale had ruled out the possibility and led us astray. Red-herrings are great in mystery novels, but openly lying simply to hide an obvious conclusion was a tad tacky.

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6. Betty let The Black Hood go after Chic as his next victim. Do you think Chic survived the run?

Jack: Probably, because it makes better drama for him to pop up again just as well think he's gone for good. At least we know now that Chic is not The Black Hood since he couldn't be in two places at once, though.

Paul: Betty is playing with fire. But Chic likely survived. Jack's right, he'll pop back up sometime around Riverdale Season 7 when the show is running out of storylines.

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Justin: Am I the only one who thinks he got killed? Chic's storyline got resolved pretty easily. And unless he comes back to kill the Coopers, he has no reason to return. I could see the real Charles Cooper return in the future for a lacking plot pool, but Chic most likely is dead.

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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Hermione: What’s all this?
Veronica: It’s ransom money. Not for Archie, I got him back. No, this is from when I turned the tables on Nick and held for ransom instead. His parents gave me a cool million for my trouble.
Hiram: I told you I was handling the St. Clairs.
Veronica: Funny enough, they hadn’t heard boo about Archie’s kidnapping, but I’ll leave that to you to explain to Archie. He’s in the study waiting for you.

Veronica: Are you okay? Whether or not The Black Hood is back, I don’t want “Death Wish Archie” to come back.
Archie: You saw that note, Veronica. Written in Midge’s blood. If The Black Hood is going after victims who escaped him, that means my dad is next, or Moose, or Betty, or you, or me. It could be anyone.
Veronica: That’s exactly why I need you sane and steady right now.
Archie: I am. I will be.
Veronica: Promise me you won’t patrol the streets or break into Svenson’s house.
Archie: Ronnie...
Veronica: It’s just, I can’t bear the thought of anything bad happening to you.