“And it hurts. I hurt all the time. And all I wanna do is make sure no one else does.”
It’s senior year for Archie and the gang, which means football games, River Vixens, parties, a new principal, and the ever-dreaded college applications. But senior year also means bittersweet moments like the first last day of high school. In season four of Riverdale, Archie will honor his father’s legacy while also developing a deeper connection with his mother; Betty will work to uncover more about her mother and sister; Veronica will go unsupervised while her parents spend time in jail; and Jughead will turn more to writing. Plus, Cheryl will find an unlikely business partner, Kevin will be involved in a questionable out-of-school project, and Reggie will address his past with Veronica.
Episode 4.01 “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam”
Original air date: October 9, 2019 | Directed by Gabriel Correa | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Archie’s friends and family spend the summer at his trial. The judge orders the jury to deliberate over Labor Day weekend. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead decide to spend the weekend together. A furious Veronica confronts Hiram, while Hiram explains that he did this because of her betrayal. Meanwhile, Betty has trouble with Alice and Polly as the two of them try to persuade her to join their cult, the Farm. Jughead faces off with Penny Peabody and the Ghoulies over Hot Dog and after taking over the Southside, the Ghoulies declare the Northside fair game. Later, Archie accepts a plea deal to serve two years in juvenile detention after a hung jury causes a mistrial. Betty arrives home and sees Alice and Polly carrying out a strange ceremony involving the twins and fire, triggering Betty to faint and convulse. Meanwhile, Dilton’s strange actions lead Jughead to discover him and Ben in Fox Forest, unconscious in front of a dark skeletal totem Dilton had referred to as the Gargoyle King.
Episode 4.02 “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High”
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Original air date: October 16, 2019 | Directed by Pamela Romanowsky | Written by Michael Grassi & Will Ewing
On the first day of senior year, the gang encounters some surprises. Veronica struggles with the paparazzi, Betty deals with trusting Kevin after his affiliation with the Farm, and Jughead is offered a position at the prestigious Stonewall Prep, which he declines. Meanwhile, the school’s new principal, Mr. Honey, cancels the dance due to the murders that occurred at the junior prom. Upset, Cheryl throws a party at Thistle House instead. Betty learns that Kevin is still talking to Fangs, who is feeding him information about the Farm and how Kevin can prove his loyalty. Learning that Kevin is still brainwashed, Betty and Charles help him recover, which actually allows Kevin to trick Fangs into telling him where the Farm has been relocated. Archie witnesses Reggie’s father’s abuse towards Reggie—which causes him to speak out to Mr. Mantle. Reggie and Archie then decide to break Mr. Mantle’s car for payback for the abuse he has inflicted on Reggie. Betty encourages Jughead to go to Stonewall Prep; and when he obliges, F.P. speaks on his pride for Jughead’s acceptance to the school. An ominous closing flash-forward shows a desperate search party looking for Jughead during Spring Break.
Episode 4.03 “Chapter Sixty: Dog Day Afternoon”
Original air date: October 23, 2019 | Directed by Gregory Smith | Written by Ace Hasan & Greg Murray
As Jughead settles in at Stonewall Prep, he develops a hostile relationship with his roommate, Bret. Jughead also reconciles with Moose, who is another roommate of his, now going by “Marmaduke”. Cheryl deals with having to conceal Jason’s body when Toni hires a live-in assistant to help Nana Rose. When Cheryl is talking with Jason in the basement, Toni stumbles upon them. Archie wrestles with coming up with $40,000 to help renovate the gym so it can be turned into a community center. Veronica pulls together some money to help him, while in the process of changing her name to ditch the Lodge label. Betty and Charles work on safely retrieving the members of the Farm. Edgar asks for money, food, passports, and a bus, which Betty can receive for her to infiltrate the motel where the cult has relocated. While there, Evelyn knocks Betty unconscious. Betty later wakes up tied to a chair next to Alice in a motel room, and they escape—knocking Evelyn unconscious. Alice follows Edgar to the roof of the motel, where he “ascends” after Alice fatally shoots him. At home, Betty and Jughead are met with a ring of the doorbell, to reveal a videotape at the doorstep.
Episode 4.04 “Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween”
Original air date: October 30, 2019 | Directed by Erin Feeley | Written by Janine Salinas Schoenberg
On the eve of Halloween, Riverdale families receive videotapes of their houses being watched. As Halloween approaches, Cheryl and Toni re-bury Jason’s body, but Cheryl is worried that Jason’s ghost will now haunt Thistlehouse. After a seance in the Blossom chapel, Nana Rose reveals that Cheryl was supposed to have a second brother named Julian, but she absorbed him before birth. Meanwhile, at Stonewall Prep, Jughead’s classmates haze him and lock him inside a coffin in Mr. Chipping’s office for Halloween night. Elsewhere, Archie and Munroe throw a Halloween party for the kids of the community in order to keep Dodger away, but the party ends in Dodger shooting one of the kids who attended the party. Veronica wards off an escaped patient from Shady Grove, as he poses as another man and tries to murder her. Betty and Jellybean, while home alone, receive phone calls by someone claiming to be the Black Hood. When Charles tracks the phone calls, Betty learns that they are coming from Polly. Later, it’s revealed Charles is secretly listening to Betty’s calls. An ominous closing flash-forward shows F.P. and Betty at the coroner’s office identifying what appears to be Jughead’s dead body.
Episode 4.05 “Chapter Sixty-Two: Witness for the Prosecution”
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Original air date: November 6, 2019 | Directed by Harry Jierjian | Written by Devon Turner
The trials of Hermione and Hiram begin, and Veronica is working hardest on proving her mother’s innocence. When some revelations come to the surface, Veronica is forced to have her mother plead guilty to her crimes and bribe the governor to pardon her. Veronica meets her sister, Hermosa, who has helped Hiram get released—-much to her dismay. At Hiram’s release, he says he will be running for mayor. Meanwhile, Archie and Munroe continue to ward off Dodger from the community center. Elsewhere, Betty and Kevin join the Junior FBI Training Program where Betty is incredibly successful. Betty is also haunted by her past when it is confirmed that she has the “serial killer genes”. Jughead, while at Stonewall Prep, learns more about the Baxter Brothers novels that he loved when he was a kid, and enters a contest to become the next ghost writer for the series. A flash forward reveals Archie, Veronica, and Betty being arrested in biology class for the murder of Jughead.
Episode 4.06 “Chapter Sixty-Three: Hereditary”
Original air date: November 13, 2019 | Directed by Gabriel Correa | Written by James DeWille
Archie continues to get kids off the streets, despite Dodger’s threats. With Veronica’s parents out of jail, she wants nothing to do with Hermosa and Hiram. Hiram and Hermione sleep together, leading them to renew their vows, which Veronica is reluctant to attend. Jughead finds proof that his grandfather wrote the first Baxter Brothers Book, which the original writer denies. After asking for Mr. Chipping’s help with the investigation, Mr. Chipping apologizes to Jughead and dives out of a window in his office. Cheryl and Toni try to expel Julian’s spirit from Thistlehouse with an interruption from Cheryl’s Aunt Cricket and Uncle Bedford who want her to sign away the family business. Later, Uncle Bedford gains access to the chapel to find Jason’s body, and declares Cheryl sick and pins her against the wall. Toni then kills him with a candlestick. Betty deals with proving Charles’s trust to her family. She visits Chic, and Chic lies and tells her that Charles killed someone. Chic tells the authorities that Alice murdered a man, leading F.P. and Charles to remove any proof, proving his trust to Betty. Charles visits Chic, and it becomes clear that they are lovers and are working on the demise of the Cooper family.
Episode 4.07 “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm”
Original air date: November 20, 2019 | Directed by Alex Pillai | Written by Arabella Anderson
Betty and Jughead look into Mr. Chipping’s death while staying on Stonewall Prep’s campus during an ice storm. With Thanksgiving on the way, Archie and Veronica make plans to host a Thanksgiving dinner at the community center, which Hiram derails as the new mayor of Riverdale. While preparing for the Thanksgiving dinner, Dodger’s family preys on the community center to kill Archie for revenge, believing that he had hurt Dodger. Things escalate quickly, but just as Archie is about to be killed, an explosion occurs with one of the dishes, prompting Mary to order them to leave. Alice and F.P. decide that they want to have turkey dinner at Pop’s for Thanksgiving and joined by Hiram and Hermione, which ends in an altercation between Hiram and F.P. in La Bonne Nuit. While Cheryl and Toni are trying to cover up Bedford’s murder, Cheryl’s Aunt Cricket will not stop stalking them. They invite her over to dinner and lead her to believe that the meat she is eating is Bedford’s body, when really it was just a distraction so they could dump Bedford’s body in Sweetwater River before it froze over. Archie dedicates the community center to Fred’s legacy while the town watches.
Episode 4.08 “Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment”
Original air date: December 4, 2019 | Directed by Michael Goi | Written by Tessa Leigh Williams
More videotapes appear at Riverdale doorsteps. Betty learns that she does not get into Yale and Alice claims it is because of her sexual activity. After a session with Ms. Burble, the guidance counselor, Betty and her mother argue and Alice reveals that Betty is her favorite child. Archie and Ms. Burble discuss Archie’s business as a vigilante, and she urges him to take discretion. Archie then decides to move out, so his mother is no longer in danger. Cheryl loses the leadership of the Vixens due to her delicate mental state. After meeting with Ms. Burble, they discuss how Cheryl can find better outlets to deal with her trauma and that Julian’s ghost has not truly been haunting Thistle House. Veronica receives an acceptance to Harvard but learns that Hiram had influence in the acceptance. Ms. Burble advises her to no longer associate with Hiram. Jughead is advised to receive recommendations from Riverdale staff to better supplement his applications. Betty and Jughead deduce the murders disguised as suicides that happened to members of the secret society that Mr. Chipping was a part of. A flashforward shows Archie, Betty, and Veronica being taken into custody at the police station for Jughead’s murder.
Episode 4.09 “Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine”
Original air date: December 11, 2019 | Directed by Gabriel Correa | Written by Brian E. Paterson
After receiving a phone call, Polly attacks a Shady Grove nurse. Alice attempts to stab Betty with a knife, also after receiving a phone call. Betty learns that Evelyn had been making calls using a trigger word to initiate attacks on Dark Betty. FP is shot by Dodger at Pop’s, and Archie fights Dodger in an alley, despite the family being in the process of fleeing. Archie then meets his uncle. Veronica invites her Abuelita to town to tell her how her father’s been treating her and to get the family rum recipe, although Hiram claims to have patented it. Jughead is awarded the Baxter Brothers contract, which causes him to track down his grandfather. His grandfather tells him that Dupont legally took over writing the book after he left Stonewall Prep. Jughead goes back later to find that his grandfather is gone. He is inducted into the Quill & Skull Society. Cheryl lures Penelope out of the walls of Thistlehouse where she has been staying. She then banishes Penelope to Dilton’s bunker and decides to give Jason a final farewell by way of a Norse funeral on Sweetwater River. A flash forward is then shown indicating that Betty had killed Jughead with a rock.
Episode 4.10 “Chapter Sixty-Seven: Varsity Blues”
Original air date: January 22, 2020 | Directed by Roxanne Benjamin | Written by Aaron Allen
The Riverdale Bulldogs make it to the state finals against the Stonewall Stallions, who have been reported to play unfairly. Betty attempts to find the truth. The Vixens receive a new cheer coach Mrs. Appleyard, much to Cheryl’s dismay. Veronica continues to pursue her rum-making endeavors until her father comes after her for copying his recipe. Archie learns that his uncle Frank has a troubled past, and Jughead gets in deeper with the Quill & Skull Society after discovering that he has earned an interview with Yale. Tension builds up between Riverdale High and Stonewall Prep before game day, as after Munroe is attacked outside the community center, Archie and the Bulldogs get into a fight with Stonewall’s team. On game day, Frank gives Munroe drugs so that he can play and Cheryl locks Appleyard in a classroom so she can have the squad to herself. The Stonewall Stallions won, prompting Betty to form a quiz team so that Riverdale High still has a chance to get an edge over Stonewall Prep in something. Jughead is accepted to Yale and a flash-forward shows Betty packing up Jughead’s dorm room with Bret telling her that she “got what she wanted.”
Episode 4.11 “Chapter Sixty-Eight: Quiz Show”
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Original air date: January 29, 2020 | Directed by Chell Stephen | Written by Ted Sullivan
Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Toni win in the Quiz Show semifinals and earn a spot in the finals against Stonewall Prep. Jughead and Bret tell Betty that they got into Yale, and Betty learns out that Bret’s father bought his way in. Cheryl and Veronica turn the speakeasy into a club in to cover up serving rum. Hiram finds them and they must relocate. Cheryl and Veronica decide to set up in the Maple Club. They make a deal with Penelope to keep watch on the Maple Club. Archie lands in hot water with Tom as Frank takes over Andrews construction and makes risky moves. Kevin earns money by making videos where he is tickled by men. Charles tells Betty that the reason she was denied to Yale was because she was the daughter of the Black Hood. Betty smashes Hal’s gravestone. At the Quiz Finals, the Yale recruiter says Betty is in if Riverdale wins against Stonewall Prep. Alice leaves Betty the answers, but Betty tears them up. Bret plants the evidence in Betty’s room, which leads Alice to be suspended from work and Betty to be suspended from school. A flash-forward then reveals Archie comforting Betty in a booth at Pop’s as she mourns the loss of Jughead.
Episode 4.12 “Chapter Sixty-Nine: Men of Honor”
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Original air date: February 5, 2020 | Directed by Catriona McKenzie | Written by Ariana Jackson
Betty decides to spend suspension time with Alice to look more into Mr. Chipping’s murder. They meet with Mr. Chipping’s wife, who says Donna was lying about the affair she had with him, and Moose, who says that Bret videotaped him having sex. Betty and Alice go to find Bret’s videotapes while he is preoccupied with Jughead and the duel, but he finds them. Archie meets Frank’s friend from the Army, who turns out to be a mercenary out for blood. F.P. locks him up, but he escapes and attacks Archie at school. Frank was also a mercenary, so he is forced to leave town before capture. Veronica catches up with her friend Katy Keene in New York, and after she returns learns that her father is ill. Nick St. Clair appears, and Toni, Kevin, and Fangs turn the tables on him, forcing him to leave Riverdale from Cheryl. Jughead gives Bret the win in their duel, and Betty reveals that she was able to sneak a tape labeled “Donna” from Stonewall Prep. The tape shows Donna giving the same speech she gave to Betty about her affair with Mr. Chipping, only this time she is incriminating a man who does not exist, pushing Betty to investigate Donna.
Episode 4.13 “Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March”
Original air date: February 12, 2020 | Directed by Claudia Yarmy | Written by Chrissy Maroon & Evan Kyle
Jughead learns that his Baxter Brothers contract is being terminated and he has been removed from the Quill & Skull Society. Archie tries to make decisions about his future, which includes almost selling Andrews Construction. Veronica struggles with Hiram’s diseased state. Cheryl and Toni discover Hermosa in disguise trying to gain knowledge on Cheryl and Veronica’s business. Jughead is accused of plagiarizing the story that got him into Yale. He plans to fight these accusations until Bret informs Jughead that he must accept his punishment and leave Stonewall Prep or he will release a video of him and Betty having sex. Bret still invites him and Betty into the woods for a party to celebrate the Ides of March. Betty invites Veronica and Archie so they can all spend some time together. Jughead goes to the party seeking revenge on Bret, luring him into the woods. Betty follows Donna into the woods, where Donna reveals that she met with Evelyn in prison and Evelyn revealed to Donna that there is a special word that will hypnotize Betty into hurting people she loves. Donna and Bret are then seen walking out of the woods, with Archie and Veronica stumbling upon Betty, who has bludgeoned Jughead to a death with a rock.
Episode 4.14 “Chapter Seventy-One: How to Get Away with Murder”
Original air date: February 26, 2020 | Directed by James DeWille | Written by Arabella Anderson
After Jughead’s death, Betty, Archie, and Veronica burn his beanie and their clothes in the woods. When arriving home late that night, they all provide different explanations to their parents. Meanwhile, Betty decides to plant a bug at Stonewall Prep to determine the events of the night Jughead died because she doesn’t remember anything after her conversation with Donna in the woods. However, it is soon found by Bret and Donna and destroyed. Back in Riverdale, Alice and F.P. discover Jughead’s cellphone is in Betty’s jacket, having been planted by Joan. While continuing the investigation, F.P. takes a bloody rock into evidence which is replaced by Charles with a decoy with fake blood. Charles helps Betty come to terms with what happened the night of the murder. She remembers that Donna blew a powder in her face called “devil’s breath”, which would’ve made her incapable of murdering Jughead. This means that the Stonewall kids murdered Jughead and planted the evidence on her. Jughead’s body is found when a search party goes out for him, and Betty and F.P. identify it at the morgue. After, Betty, Archie, and Veronica go back to Pop’s to discuss their next moves.
Episode 4.15 “Chapter Seventy-Two: To Die For”
Original air date: March 4, 2020 | Directed by Shannon Kohli | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Alice begins to make a documentary about Jughead’s alleged death as investigation is under way. At Stonewall Prep, F.P. is in Donna’s room looking for evidence for the case when Donna tells him that the Core Three killed Jughead. F.P. then goes to Riverdale High and arrests them but lets them go when the test results on the rock reveal that the blood was fake. Betty plans a funeral for Jughead and Donna, Bret, and Joan attend. Donna, believing that Jughead is alive, orders Bret to open the casket, which gets them kicked out. Donna, believing that they are being fooled decides to dig a little deeper into the death of Jughead. At school, Cheryl creates a locker memorial for Jughead which makes Betty emotional. She runs to the music room, followed by Archie and they kiss. Cheryl tells Veronica; who angrily confronts them in the lounge. Donna follows Betty into Dilton’s bunker that night to find her and Archie kissing. Knowing that Donna was following her, she hid a very alive Jughead under the cot as a diversion so Bret and Donna would crack under pressure. At home, Betty and Archie flirtatiously text and Hermosa finds evidence about Donna’s identity to help take-down the Stonewall kids.
Episode 4.16 “Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room”
Original air date: March 11, 2020 | Directed by Tessa Blake | Written by Aaron Allen
Jughead and Betty hold a locked room with the Stonewall kids and Mr. DuPont, explaining all. Mr. Chipping killed himself out of guilt as he orchestrated each student to commit the perfect murder. Whoever was assigned the ghostwriter job, would write their murder. Moose was supposed to be the murdered student. Betty and Jughead deduce that all four students had a hand in killing Jughead. Charles ordered the trio to burn their clothes and all evidence while he took Jughead in for injuries. Betty brings in Charles, FP, and Forsythe. Forsythe has been living in hiding, trying to prove Mr. DuPont murdered his original literary circle. Jughead was bait to lure out Forsythe so Mr. DuPont could finish the murder. DuPont kills himself to avoid jail, Joan leaves the country. Brett reveals the location of the tapes, while he faces charges. Betty blackmails Donna into disappearing, figuring out Donna’s grandmother was murdered by DuPont, making her the mastermind behind everything. Betty starts to realize she might have feelings for Archie. FP and Forsythe begin talking. Veronica and Betty promise to tutor the guys so they can graduate together.
Episode 4.17 “Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town”
Original air date: April 15, 2020 | Directed by Antonio Negret | Written by Tessa Leigh Williams
Residents of Riverdale receive more videotapes of their houses. Kevin wants to sing a song from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the school’s variety show. Archie and the gang decide to sing as a band; however, Principal Honey believes the show to be too inappropriate. Hiram has been skipping his doctor appointments which leads to him collapsing. Betty tutors Jughead, who is not taking it seriously and investigating the videotapes. Cheryl and Toni devise a plan to try to get Honey to accept the show, but he denies, threatening to ban students from senior prom. After a peaceful protest, Honey cancels the variety show. Veronica and Archie fight over Hiram going to the gym, just as Betty and Jughead fight over him taking school seriously. Only Archie and Betty show up to rehearsal, and they end up kissing. Later, Veronica and Jughead apologize for their blowup, as Betty and Archie look at each other nervously from their windows. Veronica hosts the variety show at La Bonne Nuit and the Archies perform there. Watching the tapes, Jughead sees a person tied up wearing a Jughead face mask who is brutally murdered by another person in a Betty face mask.
Episode 4.18 “Chapter Seventy-Five: Lynchian”
Original air date: April 29, 2020 | Directed by Steven A. Adelson | Written by Ariana Jackson & Brian E. Paterson
Charles, investigating the videotapes, learns that a video store has a video of Clifford killing Jason. Kevin brings Toni, Fangs, and Reggie into the tickle videos to earn some cash; they decide to start their own website. Afterwards, Kevin is threatened by Terry who demands a share of his profits. Betty reminisces about her relationship with Archie as a child and their long and complicated love story. Archie is conflicted over his feelings about Betty while working on a song for her. Cheryl and Veronica’s rum business is attacked by a gang, who Hiram threatens. In return, they severely beat him. Reggie and the Bulldogs threaten Terry so they can continue making videos. After Cheryl quits the business, Veronica partners with Hiram, feeling he has changed. However, Hiram murders the head of the gang. Honey, a visitor of the store, finds out about the tickling website and demands that it be shut down. Archie wants to act on his feelings for Betty, but she tells him she will not hurt anyone, so they decide not to. In return, Archie plans to leave for the Naval Academy. Cheryl receives a videotape, this time with someone wearing a Clifford mask murdering someone in a Jason mask.
Episode 4.19 “Chapter Seventy-Six: Killing Mr. Honey”
Original air date: May 6, 2020 | Directed by Mädchen Amick | Written by Ted Sullivan & James DeWille
When Mr. Honey threatens to cancel prom, the gang has had enough. Jughead must submit a story to the University of Iowa, so he writes a fictious tale about the group killing Mr. Honey for ruining their senior year. In this story, Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Reggie, and Cheryl all murder Mr. Honey and later begin to give into darkness inside of them when attempting to cover up the murder. Honey calls Charles and Betty into his office when the school receives a videotape of the school, with the voyeur filming the entire school. Believing there to be danger, Honey cancels prom firmly. In Jughead’s story, Reggie suddenly dies in a car accident as foul play is suspected and his death is mourned by Riverdale High. Betty watches the full tape and catches a reflection of Honey in it. Filming the tape as an excuse to cancel prom, Charles and Betty have him fired and prom reinstated. After Ms. Bell tells the gang that Honey was a good man for the school, she gives Jughead his letter of recommendation for college. Jughead is moved, and changes his story so Veronica and Archie are taking Honey to the hospital and saving his life; not wanting to become evil. Betty and Jughead are left another videotape inviting them to a cabin. They find another videotape, this time with a group of people wearing masks of the gang who stab Mr. Honey to death.
The residents of Riverdale find the videotapes on their doorsteps and watch them.
Kevin tries to convince Mr. Honey to allow him to do a number from Hedwig & The Angry Inch at the Variety Show.
In the bunker, Betty argues with Jughead as Archie argues with Veronica at his house.
Archie and Betty rehearse in his garage; Veronica sings at the the Pembrooke; Jughead starts on his schoolwork.
Archie and Betty stare at each other from their bedroom windows.
The Archie’s perform at La Bonne Nuit; Jughead continues his investigation into the mysterious voyeur watches a videotapes of a reenactment of his death.
In the music room, Archie plays his guitar; (repeats) Archie plays his song for Betty in the bunker.