Riverdale S2 E3 Recap and Review

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The episode starts off with Kevin having a ‘leisurely’ jog through the forests outside of town – in the dead of night no less. During his laps, he encounters (and makes out with) another handsome runner, but hears a gunshot a small distance away. Kevin investigates and is met with a bloodied, sobbing Midge Klump.

The scene cuts to the Lodge family, where Hermione is on her way to deliver a coffee to Hiram, only for Veronica to catch her and offer to deliver the beverage in her stead. Hermione firmly reminds her that Hiram doesn’t like people going into his study un-announced, only for the latter to emerge and take the coffee himself. Veronica asks him if she can have her close friends over for the night, and after she appeals to his ego, Hiram acquiesces.

Archie and his football team are practising drills until Reggie informs them that Midge and Moose are in the hospital. Moose apparently shielded Midge from the bullets, but is otherwise alive and well.
Practice is cancelled, causing Archie to leave and ponder whether or not the shooter is the same man who shot his dad and killed Ms Grundy.
He conveys his concerns to Kevin, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, but the latter derails the topic and asks everyone to come over and meet her father. Everyone agrees (albeit begrudgingly) before everyone is driven apart; Archie to visit Moose, Jughead to see his peer mentor, Veronica to class and Betty after a very skittish Kevin.

Betty chastises him for ‘night-jogging’ through the forest, a euphemism Kevin uses for cruising. Betty acknowledges that he had a rough time with Joaquin, but that doesn’t mean he should try and pick men up in such a way. He promises not to and they drop the subject, all the while unaware that their conversation was overheard by Cheryl Blossom…

Urge...to protect...smile...RISING!
Urge…to protect…this smile…RISING!

The scene cuts to Jughead back at Southside High, who after a scuffle with a metal detector and a security guard is greeted by the arrival of the glitzy schoolgirl, Toni Topaz. Through her tour of the school, we learn that Southside High is a far cry from the ‘goodness’ of Riverdale; the walls are tagged with graffiti, the hallways and cafeteria have metal fences and students consume the dangerous ‘jingle-jangle’ drug in the open.
Worst of all, the students related to the Southside Serpents are locked in a Game of Thrones-esque conflict with a rival gang, the Ghoulies.
Jughead doesn’t want to get involved in any further Serpent business, but Toni reminds him that he will have to pick a side sooner or later.

Archie is angry about the police being unable to do anything about the attacks and carries his annoyance all the way to the Lodge apartment.
Before he can get an argue his concerns, Hiram and Hermione arrive to meet the group and after another invitation to dinner (and the edgiest handshake in TV history), Hiram fuels Archie’s frustration