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Go to Episode Guide / Music

“I want to study music. I want to write music.”, Archie confesses to his father.

As a new school year begins, the town is reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. The summer’s events made all-American teen Archie Andrews realize that he wants to pursue a career in music, but his fractured friendship with Jughead Jones, and Josie McCoy’s focus on her own band leaves Archie without a mentor. Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper is not ready to reveal her true feelings for Archie, and new student, Veronica Lodge, has an undeniable spark with her crush. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale’s Queen Bee, who stirs up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica. But is Cheryl hiding something about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there’s more to the story.

EPISODE GUIDE

Episode 1.01 “Chapter One: The River’s Edge”

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Original air date: January 26, 2017 | Directed by Lee Toland Krieger | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

During an eventful summer, including the supposed drowning of quarterback Jason Blossom, Archie Andrews discovers his passion for music. He soon begins his sophomore year and expresses his love for music to Betty Cooper, the sweet girl-next-door who harbors her own secret—her feelings for Archie Andrews. We soon learn that on the Fourth of July, Archie shared a secret rendezvous with the music teacher of Riverdale High, Ms Grundy. Meanwhile, Veronica Lodge, the daughter of Hermione and Hiram, a millionaire facing embezzlement charges, arrives in town, instantly capturing Archie’s attention. Despite the fact that a love triangle is developing, Betty and Veronica become fast friends, united when Veronica stands up against the condescending captain of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom, who may be hiding a secret concerning her brother’s death. Archie’s former best friend, Jughead Jones, begins to write a novel retelling the events of the summer, including what happened between him and Archie. Kevin Keller and Moose Mason stumble across Jason’s body, which has a gunshot wound to the head, by the lake.

Episode 1.02 “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil”

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Original air date: February 2, 2017 | Directed by Lee Toland Krieger | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Veronica’s kiss with Archie strains his relationship with both girls, while Miss Grundy insists that he not reveal that the two of them heard the gunshot that may have killed Jason. Kevin, disturbed by the discovery of Jason’s body, refuses to acknowledge Moose’s affections for him. Jughead, after accidentally discovering Archie and Grundy holding hands, deduces their secret and confronts Archie for refusing to go to the sheriff, Kevin’s father. Archie asks his father, Fred, for advice and decides to come clean. Cheryl strikes up a friendship with Betty, but it soon ends when it becomes clear that she blames Betty’s sister, Polly, for Jason’s death. At a pep rally in his honor, Cheryl runs away after hallucinating Jason on the field; in the locker room, where Veronica has followed to comfort her, Cheryl admits to her that Jason was supposed to “come back.” Against the wishes of her mother, Alice, Betty renews her friendship with both Archie and Veronica, while Archie also reconciles with Jughead. The next day, during science class, Cheryl is arrested due to evidence from Jason’s autopsy, which revealed that he was actually murdered a week after the Fourth of July.

Episode 1.03 “Chapter Three: Body Double”

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Original air date: February 9, 2017 | Directed by Lee Toland Krieger | Written by Yolonda E. Lawrence

Cheryl admits to Sheriff Keller and her parents, Clifford and Penelope, that Jason wanted to run away and she helped him fake his drowning. Betty, upset with how Alice is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is enraged to learn that Chuck Clayton, whom she had one date with, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school and, when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on the Fourth of July was fired by the troop’s Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Fred builds a grounded Archie a studio in which to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence together. Dilton reveals that he saw Miss Grundy’s car by the river and Jughead realizes Archie’s secret is at risk.

Episode 1.04 “Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show”

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Original air date: February 16, 2017 | Directed by Mark Piznarski | Written by Michael Grassi

Cheryl admits to Sheriff Keller and her parents, Clifford and Penelope, that Jason wanted to run away and she helped him fake his drowning. Betty, upset with how Alice is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is enraged to learn that Chuck Clayton, whom she had one date with, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school and, when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on the Fourth of July was fired by the troop’s Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Fred builds a grounded Archie a studio in which to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence together. Dilton reveals that he saw Miss Grundy’s car by the river and Jughead realizes Archie’s secret is at risk.

Episode 1.05 “Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness”

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Original air date: February 23, 2017 | Directed by Jesse Warn | Written by Ross Maxwell

Angry at Cheryl for helping Jason run away, Clifford and Penelope refuse to allow her to speak at Jason’s memorial, but Cheryl does so anyway, ultimately breaking down during her speech while wearing the white dress she had on the day he left. Coach Clayton pits Archie and Reggie Mantle against each other for the coveted spot of team captain. Archie is introduced to a potential songwriting mentor, who ultimately decides not to teach him. Trev informs Betty that Jason had become much more secretive in the weeks before his death and was rumored to be selling drugs. Jughead suggests searching the Blossom family mansion for clues during the memorial dinner. He and Betty encounter Jason’s grandmother, Rose, who mistakes Betty for Polly and reveals that she and Jason were engaged. While cleaning the diner, Hermione finds a box with a snake inside it, a warning from the Serpents. Betty learns that her family has hated the Blossoms ever since their ancestor killed great-grandfather Cooper decades before. Archie is named captain, but turns it down to focus on his music. Jughead and Betty deduce that her father, Hal, is responsible for stealing the sheriff’s evidence.

Episode 1.06 “Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”

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Original air date: March 2, 2017 | Directed by Steven A. Adelson | Written by Tessa Leigh Williams & Nicholas Zwart

With Riverdale High’s annual variety show approaching, Valerie’s efforts to help Archie prepare for his debut performance lead to a major fallout with Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead’s investigation into Jason’s murder brings them face-to-face with Betty’s sister Polly, who is revealed to be captive at a home for troubled youth, unaware of Jason’s death and seven months pregnant. As Veronica decides to rebuild her relationship with her mother, she learns that Hermione is using her for her own purposes. At the same time, Hermione’s first day of work at Andrews Construction brings her closer to Fred. Josie deals with her own family pressures after her father visits for her performance at the variety show. Betty confronts Hal and Alice about Jason’s death to no avail, but grows closer to Jughead, eventually kissing him. After, they discover a car hidden in the woods containing drugs and Jason’s belongings. However, an unknown perpetrator torches the car and destroys all the evidence before the police arrive, around the same time that Polly escapes from the home.

Episode 1.07 “Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place”

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Original air date: March 9, 2017 | Directed by Allison Anders | Written by Aaron Allen

Cheryl informs Sheriff Keller that Polly has escaped and the town organizes a search party to find her, which fails. As tensions continue to grow between the Blossoms and the Coopers, Betty finds her sister hiding in the attic of their house. Cheryl offers to help Betty take care of Polly. F.P., after being offered a job by Fred, reveals that he and Fred founded Andrews Construction together, but Fred kicked him out of the business after bailing him out of jail. Fred counters that F.P was stealing money from him while abusing drugs and alcohol and that he had no choice. Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason’s murder, but Fred provides Keller with an alibi. Cheryl suspects that her parents have bad intentions with Polly, so Polly moves in with the Lodges instead. F.P is revealed to have Jason’s jacket in his trailer.

Episode 1.08 “Chapter Eight: The Outsiders”

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Original air date: March 30, 2017 | Directed by David Katzenberg | Written by Julia Cohen

Polly reveals to Sheriff Keller that Jason was supposed to make a drug delivery for “some biker gang”, implied to be the Southside Serpents, in exchange for money before both of them ran away. Veronica suggests hosting a baby shower for Polly. Fred’s workers leave because of promised work from Clifford. Archie tries to help Fred by getting some friends to work on the construction project, but Moose is attacked after witnessing someone vandalize the machinery and warned they should stop. After a confrontation with F.P Jones in the Serpents’ bar, Archie realizes Jughead’s father is a Serpent. At the baby shower, Penelope and Alice argue over with whom Polly should live. Alice learns that Hal threatened Polly with an abortion, and when he refuses to let her come back, Alice kicks him out of the Cooper household. F. P. recruits some of his Serpents to replace Fred’s crew and informs Hermione that Hiram was behind the attack on Fred’s construction site. Polly chooses to live with the Blossoms.

Episode 1.09 “Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion”

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Original air date: April 6, 2017 | Directed by Lee Rose | Written by James DeWille

As the Blossom family’s annual maple tree-tapping ceremony approaches, Cheryl asks Archie to be her escort. When he refuses, Penelope offers to get him into an exclusive music school as a favor. Veronica grows close to Ethel but, when Hermione reveals that her father was one of Hiram’s investors, she becomes distraught upon learning that he attempted suicide due to his financial hardship. Alice prepares to publish a full-blown exposé on the Blossoms, but Hal fires her from the paper as retaliation for being kicked out of the house. Betty gets a call from Archie, learning that Polly moved in with the Blossoms to uncover the truth about Jason’s death. She and Jughead decide to write the tell-all exposé in The Blue and Gold and ask Alice to join them. Finally realizing that the Blossoms are using him, Archie attempts to reconcile with Val, but she breaks up with him.

Episode 1.10 “Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend”

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Original air date: April 13, 2017 | Directed by Dawn Wilkinson | Written by Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson

Fred leaves for Chicago to finalize his divorce, leaving Archie alone. Betty learns that Jughead’s birthday is coming up and that he has never had an actual party. She and Veronica persuade Archie to let them throw it at his house. Hiram threatens retaliation against Hermione if Veronica refuses to testify on his behalf. The Vixens elect Veronica as captain over Cheryl, who retaliates by crashing the party with Chuck and his friends. F. P. also shows up after Betty’s insistence. Jughead argues with Betty and tries to leave, but Cheryl forces him to stay for a “game” in which participants are forced to reveal their secrets. Jughead and Chuck get into a fight and F. P. declares the party over. He urges his son to reconcile with Betty and confronts Alice, implying she was once a member of the Serpents. Archie and Veronica comfort each other and share a kiss. Veronica agrees to testify on Hiram’s behalf. To Archie’s surprise, his father returns home with his mother, Mary.

Episode 1.11 “Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again”

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Original air date: April 27, 2017 | Directed by Kevin Sullivan | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

While Archie and his mother reconnect, Veronica learns that Hiram may soon be released from prison. F. P. questions the purpose of Jughead’s novel, urging him to consider moving on. To learn the truth about Hiram, Veronica decides to investigate F. P. as a possible suspect in Jason’s murder. The Blossoms, increasingly suspicious of Polly, forbid her from entering their master bedroom. Fred and Mary agree to attend homecoming together. Polly and Cheryl discover the former’s engagement ring in Penelope’s jewelry collection, which she claims is because Jason threw it away in disgust after arguing with Clifford. At a contentious dinner, Alice tries to question F. P., but he shuts her down. Afterwards, he informs Jughead that they will be moving to Toledo to reunite with the rest of the Jones family. While Archie and Veronica perform “Kids in America” at homecoming, the police execute a search warrant on F. P.’s trailer, find a gun, and arrest him for murder. Jughead disappears and Archie and Veronica deduce that someone is framing F. P. for Jason’s death.

Episode 1.12 “Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder”

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Original air date: May 4, 2017 | Directed by Rob Seidenglanz | Written by Michael Grassi

Jughead calls his mother, but she refuses to let him move in with her. F. P. confesses to everything, including Jason’s murder. Betty and Alice catch Hal trying to destroy evidence and learn the family secret: the Coopers are, in fact, Blossoms by blood, making Jason and Polly’s relationship technically incest. The Coopers take Polly back to their home. Mary, posing as F. P.’s lawyer, advises Jughead to visit his father, who tells him never to come see him again. With Joaquin’s help, the group tracks down one of F. P.’s associates, but finds him dead of an apparent overdose. The police are summoned and find a bag full of money with Hermione’s initials on it. With both Hal and Hermione cleared as suspects, Jughead and Betty investigate a lead from Kevin and find Jason’s varsity jacket. Inside one of the pockets, they find a thumb drive and discover Clifford murdered Jason, which they tell Cheryl. Nevertheless, Jughead learns that his father’s other charges will not be dropped. Veronica learns that Hiram has been released and is coming to Riverdale and Mary returns to Chicago. When the police go to arrest Clifford, they discover he has hanged himself in the syrup distillery.

Episode 1.13 “Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter”

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Original air date: May 11, 2017 | Directed by Lee Toland Krieger | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

It is revealed that Clifford was in the drug business and Jason found out. Clifford killed Jason to stop him from exposing the family business. F. P. is cleared of all charges relating to the murder, but remains in police custody. Alice reveals to Betty that, in high school, she found out she was pregnant, but Hal sent her to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and made her give up the child, a baby boy, for adoption. Jughead is placed in the care of a foster family and transfers to Southside High. Devastated by her father’s secrets and suicide, Cheryl attempts to drown herself in Sweetwater River, but Archie, along with Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, saves her. Cheryl later burns down the Thornhill mansion, much to Penelope’s dismay. Jughead is invited to join the Southside Serpents. The next day, Archie meets Fred at Pop’s, where a masked gunman arrives and demands Pop turn over his money. He then tells Fred to turn over his wallet at gunpoint. When Archie tries to intervene, the gunman shoots Fred.


MUSIC

The Song That Everyone Sings
Episode 1.01 | Buy on iTunes | Buy on Amazon

Veronica looks for a place to eat lunch with she spots Betty, Kevin and Archie setting together listen to music and joins them; (repeats) Archie lets Ms Grundy listen to song for her advise.

 
Dance Dance Dance
Episode 1.02 | Buy on iTunes | Buy on Amazon

Archie plays his new song for Veronica, Betty and Kevin; Betty flashbacks to her dance with Archie.

 
I Got You (feat. Hayley Law)
Episode 1.06 | Buy on iTunes | Buy on Amazon

Archie and Valerie practice the song they wrote together when Veronica arrives; (repeats) Archie and Valerie practice in Andrews’ garage; (repeats) Valerie practices on the keyboard when Archie arrives.

 
I’ll Try
Episode 1.06 | Buy on iTunes | Buy on Amazon

Archie performs solo at the variety show; Betty and Jughead meet up with Sheriff Keller to tell him about Jason’s car and take him to go back to car; Betty hears Archie singing over the intercom.