|“||I'm terrified. Every time that you walk out that door, every time that I call you, and you don't pick up the phone, my heart stops. But how am I suppose to protect you two girls, right, when you go and do this? And then you try to make me the monster!||”|
|— Alice to Betty[src]|
Alice is the editor and co-owner of the local newspaper, the wife of Hal Cooper and the mother of Betty and Polly Cooper, as well as her son Charles Smith, whom she gave up for adoption when she was in high school. She is also the grandmother of Jason and Polly's twin babies, Juniper and Dagwood. One of Alice's greatest kept secrets was that she's a former member of the Southside Serpents. Following her arrest, she severed all ties with the gang, and erased, or at least thought to have erased every article of her arrest from the system archives.
Editor of the local paper, described as a steely perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughter, Betty.
Alice grew up on the south side of Riverdale and attended the local high school with Mary Andrews. She began dating Hal Cooper and they later went on to marry and have two daughters, Betty and Polly. During high school she became pregnant by FP Jones and Hal pushed her to have an abortion, as he did not think she was ready to be a mother. She refused an abortion and instead gave the baby up for adoption once he was born. She also seems to have had a lactose intolerance in high school, as mentioned by Hermione Lodge.
Alice has been suspected of having ties to the Southside Serpents ever since an argument that unfolded after Jughead's 16th Birthday Party, between FP Jones and herself, where he remarked that "snakes don't shed their skin so easily". In an email from the Black Hood, it was revealed that Alice, as a teenager, was once a member of the southside based gang and had been arrested during her time of affiliation with them. How the Black Hood came into possession of the archived arrest article remains unknown as Alice claims to have removed every copy from the system archive, years ago. Thus, making it one of the many secrets that she's kept hidden for many years.
Picking up the Pieces
Summer is almost over, and Alice spent the last months picking up the pieces of her life, healing from the recent traumas she suffered with the help of Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm introduced to her by Polly. During Archie Andrews' trial for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, Alice is showing her support to Archie by sitting with other friends and family members in court.
The following day, Alice and Polly are having breakfast. Alice spotted Betty leaving the house, and they welcome her to join for some Oolong tea but Betty declines. Alice then asks her if she's going to another therapy session with Dr. Glass, but Betty replies she's going to see Archie. Alice nods, and tells Betty that they should spend some quality family time together before she go back to school as advised by Edgar, the leader of the Farm. However, Betty isn't interested in joining "Heaven's Gate" and leaves.
Sometime later, Alice is gathering Betty's diaries on the coffee table in the sitting room. When Betty enters the room, Alice explains to her that she should burn them for her own good because she's been filling the page with so much pain and suffering over the years. Alice adds that Edgar agrees with her, and she should let go all her pain. Betty is furious and takes back all her diaries, explaining that her therapist thinks that journaling is a perfectly healthy way to cope with her traumatic experiences. Alice claims she respect that and that she's not denying Betty's past. However, those things belong to the past and Betty is letting them crushing her. Alice is aware of Betty's opinions about the Farm, but Edgar has done nothing but help her and Polly. He's encouraged her to embrace everything that she was ashamed of and become the best version of herself. On the other hand, Alice is seriously concerned about her daughter's behavior and says to her that's she's not coping with what happened with her father and with Chic. Betty has enough of her talking and before leaving, she sarcastically remarks she thinks she should go away from her because she's been body-snatched. As Betty exits the house, Polly enters the room and says she's discovered things about Betty.
Later, Alice and Polly sit Betty down. Alice is worried about Betty, again. This time, however, is not about her lack of sharing emotions with her family. Alice informs Betty that pharmacy called and they can't complete an Adderall prescription because Betty had one refilled in Greendale two weeks ago. She also discovered that Dr. Glass doesn't exist, so Betty should quit pretending; Betty's been forging prescriptions for herself and lying about going to therapy. Now, she's making up a psychiatrist so that she can scam medication. Betty can't believe that she's being given a hard time for trying to re-up a prescription that her mother literally shoved them in her hands a year ago. Alice explains this was before Edgar explained the dangers of pharmaceuticals. Betty can't believe her mother's actually buying into the Farm. Edgar is helping them move on and he can help Betty too, though Betty doesn't see their methods will help get over the fact that her father murdered four people and tried to kill them. Polly becomes enraged, stating that Betty is in denial. She has a secret life, involving hoarding stolen drugs and hiding from her pain. Betty may hate the Farm, but they healed them and they can heal Betty too of she let them. Before the conversation turns even more uncomfortable, Betty's saved by Archie who's picking her up.
At night, Alice and Polly are in the back porch with other members of the Farm, holding Juniper and Dagwood over a bonfire. They let them go but instead of falling into the fire, the twins began floating over the flames. All members are astonished by the miracle, but Alice is suddenly brought back to reality when she hears Betty screaming. Alice immediately runs towards her daughter while she begins convulsing and is unresponsive. 
At the Cooper house, Alice is updating Polly on Betty's recovering from the seizure she suffered on the back porch after Dr. Patel kept her overnight for observation but it was just a precaution. Although they ran a test to discover the source for the seizure, Dr. Patel suspects it was just stress. Polly was up with the twins all night worried about Betty, though Betty herself is more concerned with the whereabouts of Juniper and Dagwood. Betty claims she saw her mother and Polly throw them into a bonfire., but Alice replies that the only thing burning last night was the Hibachi, as they were making skewers with a few friends from the Farm. Polly suggests that Betty was merely hallucinating.
Later, Alice and FP meet at the Cooper house after they were informed by Sheriff Minetta that Betty and Jughead were snooping around Ben's hospital room. Alice and FP confront their kids as soon as they arrive at the house. Alice is extremely worried and says that Betty must look after herself because investigating crime scenes is exactly the kind of stressful thing Dr. Patel was referring to and if she continue with her reckless behavior, she's likely to have another seizure. Both FP and Jughead are caught off guard by that because neither of them was aware of Betty's seizure form the neigh before. Betty burst into tears and run upstairs while the Jones boys left the house after Alice stepped in front of Jughead to prevent him following Betty in her room.
That evening, Alice goes to Betty's room to apologize, bringing a mug with her. Betty says that she won't drink anything concocted by the Farm, but Alice reassures her that it's just chamomile. Alice apologies for telling Jughead about the seizure. She's just terrified and only want the best for her daughter. They hug and Alice leaves, closing the door behind her.
At the Town Hall, Alice is terrified when Hermione brings up a horror from their past. FP, Fred, Sierra, Tom, Penelope Hermione and Hiram all share a dark secret from high school and Hermione called the meeting because two boys were found with blue lips in the woods. Dilton Doiley is dead, Ben Button is in a coma and a boy scout went missing had recently been found. Hermione believes he'll talk, and the investigation will lead back to them. Despite Alice and FP told Betty and Jughead to stop snooping around, they both know their kids will continue to investigate. Tom suggests they stick to their vow to forget about that night, but Hermione replies that they don't have that luxury anymore. Not now that their children are in danger. 
Three weeks have passed since the secret meeting and the horrible deaths of Dilton and Ben. Alice and FP are in bed together and FP thanks the Farm for opening Alice to the possibility of the two of them finally being together. Alice chuckles, enjoying the moment but FP knows that with Jughead and Betty investigating, the matter is far from closed.
At the Cooper house, Alice and Polly are sitting in a circle in the sitting room with other women from the Farm, including Evelyn. They are waiting for Betty, whom they warmly welcome into their circle after Evelyn had told them that she wants to join the Farm. Betty is disappointed because she hoped to meet Edgar Evernever, but Alice, Polly and Evelyn tell her that she can not simply meet him; there are testimonies and tests to pass before meeting the leader. Alice immediately notes that something is wrong with Betty and, in fact, the girl is totally upset when she discovers that Alice has revealed intimate (and illegal) secrets of their family to the members of the Farm. Disposing of the dead body of the Shady Man, for example. Alice tries to justify herself by saying that their secrets are safe with the Farm, but Betty doesn't want to hear any reasons. Betty is upset by finding out that Alice knows more about "Gryphons and Gargoyles" than she let her believe, and that she shared that information with the Farm. After an apparent episode of dizziness, her daughter leaves the room and Alice claims that she knew that Betty was not yet ready to join them.
Some time later in Betty's room, Alice and Betty are arguing about what happened shortly before downstairs. Betty's still furious about Alice's choices as well as curious about how much her mother knew about "Gryphons and Gargoyles" since she even mentioned it to her cultist friends, but Alice replies that she trusts the members of the Farm more than her own daughter. On that note, she leaves the room.
At Sunnyside Trailer Park, Alice and FP ransack the entire trailer in search of the guidebook. When Betty and Jughead arrive, they confront their children. FP is extremely worried and shows his panic grabbing Jughead by the collar of his jacket, asking if they are playing. Alice steps in, with the clear intention of preventing that FP spills further compromising information to their children about their past. FP agrees and after making sure that the book they found is the only guidebook around, FP runs out of the trailer and throws the book into a bonfire, followed by Jughead and Betty that are totally shocked by that desperate attempt to keep them away from the truth. 
A Poisonous Secret: The Midnight Club
|Editor's Note: The events that transpire in Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club take place during a flashback set in the 90's of Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom in their junior year of high school.|
At the Cooper house, Alice is writing her affirmations in a notebook. Betty comes home with a case file from many years ago. She has concrete evidence that when when Alice was her age, there was another suspicious death that took place at Riverdale High where the corpse had blue lips. Alice decides to tell Betty everything she knows about the game for her own protection.
Before marrying Hal Cooper she was Alice Smith in her junior year. A teenage bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks with enviable hair, no friends and one huge problem; she discovered she was pregnant in the ladies restroom at school. Alice bangs on the restroom door in frustration. Hermione Lodge overhears her frustration and opens the stall door to check on Alice, who retorts against her. Alice hopes the pregnancy test is merely a false positive but as Sierra explains, false positives only happen approximately 3% of the time. Alice is panicking. She tried to talk to FP the child’s father, but he blew her off for a River Vixens that he’s hooking up with. Hall monitor Penelope Blossom enters the restroom to ask for their hall passes, but only Hermione has hers. When Penelope looks to Alice for her pass, Alice replies that it’s up her ass. Penelope retorts by asking if Alice was born with that mouth or if it’s something that south side mothers taught their bastard babies. This leads to a brawl between Alice and Penelope.
The three girls are given Saturday detention along with FP and Fred Andrews. Gathered in that classroom, they were strangers forcrd to spend eight hours together. And they were also very different from one another. Alice Smith — The Bad Girl. Hermione Lodge — The Rebelling Catholic. Penelope Blossom — The Teacher's Pet. Fred Andrews — The Artist/Athlete. Sierra McCoy — The Political Animal. And FP Jones — The Lady’s Man, desperately trying to be something other than what he was. Principal Featherhead lays down the rules and tells them that at the end of the day, they will all turn in a one thousand word essay as to why they’re in detention. He then leaves the class.
Two hours have passed and not much is said. Alice sits near the window, carving her initials into the window seal with her knife, annoying Fred and Penelope. Tom Keller, then, sneaks into the detention room and greets Sierra with food and a kiss. He then tells her that he loves her before leaving. Fred is surprised he didn't know they were dating despite knowing each other since ever, but Penelope states that the reason for this is that none of them are friends. Sierra mentions that they have six more hours to kill and no one to impress so she suggests a round of Secret and Sins.
During a game of Secret and Sins, the kids reveal their darkest secrets. Sierra says that she and Tommy have been secretly dating for a few months because their parents don’t want them dating someone so different. Hermione can relate as her mother doesn't want her to date Hiram Lodge, who Penelope accuses of being a petty criminal. However, to Hermione, he’s a self-starter, providing for his family and agrees with him on the desire of leaving Riverdale. Fred counters that Riverdale isn’t the problem. He wants to stay there his entire life. Alice asks if that’s how long it’s going to take him to decide between music and baseball. Fred explains that their minor league is solid and they’re close enough to the city to play music gigs. He can even see himself running for mayor one day, which Sierra scoffs at the notion of. She calls it a nightmare job and questions why Fred doesn’t aim higher as he can do all the same things in a real metropolis. Fred can do all those things except look after his father, who’s very ill. Hermione places her hand on Fred’s knee for comfort.
It is now Alice’s turn to reveal her deepest secret. FP tells her to share the story of how she lit a dumpster on fire on the south side. Alice counters by telling FP to share with everyone how he actually lives at Sunnyside Trailer Park. He parades around the school in his varsity jacket, pretending to be a Northsider, but Alice knows the truth, that he’s a Southsider who will end up like his father, a raging alcoholic. This may be true, but one thing FP won’t do is hit his kid as his father hits him. FP told his father that he didn’t want to join the Southside Serpents and that he wanted to be the first Jones to go to college, which resulted in FP’s injured arm and the cast he must now wear. It's Penelope's turn and she reveals that she’s not an actual Blossom. Penelope grew up at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy orphanage. When she has eight, the Blossoms came and asked to see all the red-headed children. After leaving with them, the next thing Penelope knows, she is being groomed to first be Clifford’s sister and then later his life companion. Every second away from them is a relief. Hermione questions why Penelope is still living there, to which she replies the Blossoms are her family. Hermione explains that that’s not the meaning of family and it’s basically incest. This angers Penelope, who insults Hermione’s mother, which leads to a physical altercation between the girls.
Once the girls have been separated, Principal Featherhead reprimands everyone. Their sentence has been upped from one Saturday detention to four. However, little by little, the six of them grow to become unlikely friends. Then comes the first cold rain of the season, when Alice gets it into her head to add the rest of the group’s initials to the window seal, carved next to hers. As she does that, Hermione decides to break into the teacher’s desk to recover her belongings that were taken by the teacher. Inside the desk, they find everything Mrs. Krabappel has confiscated over the years, including Gryphons and Gargoyles.
The six of them decide to play together. Penelope will act as game master, responsible for guiding them through quests until they ascend to the next level. But first, they pick their characters. Alice — The Sorceress. Hermione — The Thief. Sierra — The Siren. FP — Deadeye. And lastly, Fred — The Radiant Knight. Alice is first to pick a quest card and roll the dice, which is how it all begins.
Long after that Saturday detention, the six of them continue to play the game, in what seems to be a maddening obsession. Penelope suggests taking the game off the board and into the real world. She reveals a quest known as "The Wedding Stone", that requires pairs. Penelope pairs FP with Hermione and Alice with Fred. She hid a gemstone from Thornhill in the school. First pair to find it and show it to Sierra get to keep it.
Alice and Fred search the Blue and Gold for the gemstone, unaware that FP and Hermione have already retrieved it. Fred notices that Alice isn’t feeling well and offers her a seat. He asks what’s wrong as Alice begins to cry. Just as it seems that she’s about to open up to Fred and reveal that she’s pregnant, she decides to keep it to herself, stating that she’s simply lost. She wakes up every morning wanting to escape her life and mistakes, and when she’s with them, she does and she’s happy. But when the game’s over, she’s her again.
Fred expresses just how much he relates to Alice. Fred hates to see his dad in pain and sometimes he can’t handle it, but Sir Fredrick doesn’t have a sick father, so Fred often pretends he’s with them, playing G&G, and he’s free. Alice and Fred then share a kiss.
Betty is shocked by the revelation that her mother and Fred Andrews kissed. Alice explains they were lonely, young and attractive. It was just a brief fling, however.
Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope play for weeks, sneaking into school, late at night. After class, Sierra leaves the classroom window cracked so that she and the others can sneak back in after hours. They dub themselves "The Midnight Club". Eventually, they abandon the board, acting out their quests and adventures in the real world. The six of them dress up in medieval costumes they found in the theater department. It is during this time that FP and Alice begin a relationship, as does Fred and Hermione. As Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope proceed throughout the halls of Riverdale High on their latest quest, they run into Hiram Lodge, Tom Keller, Marty Mantle, and Daryl Doiley, also playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. They have been for about a week. Daryl found it in the restricted section of the library. They decide to join forces and play a bigger game.
One day, all ten of them find strange invitations in their lockers to the detention room that night to rise to the challenge and ascend to the next level. That night, the Midnight Club attends the ascension party. They must find the chalices, flip the gryphon coin for their fate and drink from the chalice to meet their destiny. Before starting, to make things more enjoyable, Hiram takes a new drug known as fizzle rocks. He shares them with everyone though Alice does not take any as she is pregnant.
The festivities begin with an impromptu performance by the Fred Heads, normally just Fred and FP, but Alice, Sierra, and Hermione perform with them as Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram and Tom watch. Alice begins to feel out of place as she’s the only one not high off fizzle rocks. While the others are partying non-stop, she finds herself taken back. To make matters worse, she falls ill. Alice rushes to the restroom and throws up in the toilet. She exits the stall to find the chalices and the gryphon coin sitting on the restroom sink, and "flip for your fate" scribbled all along the walls. Alice exits the restroom, bypassing her friends only to be met by the Gargoyle King as she turns the corner. Struck with fear, Alice runs away, or so she tries. She doesn’t get far as Principal Featherhead enters the school, forcing her to hide. As he heads further down the hall, Alice takes the opportunity to make her escape. She spends the night calling the Midnight Club but no one picks up.
The next day at school, Alice goes searching for her friends, but the student lounge is empty. She heads to the front office, and as it turns out, Principal Featherhead is missing as well. Alice bumps into Hermione as she exits the office. Unfortunately, Hermione has some bad news. Fred’s dad died while they were at the Ascension party. By the time Mr. Andrews’ funeral came around a few days later, Principal Featherhead had been declared officially missing. Alice, Fred, Hermione, Penelope, FP, and Sierra sit in a booth at Pop's following the service. Fred blames himself for not being there but as FP and Hermione explain, there’s nothing he could’ve done and beating himself up will change nothing. Penelope states that between this and Featherhead going missing, they’re all on edge. It’s that statement that leads Alice to reveals that she saw Featherhead the night of the ascension party. No one else saw him, however. Penelope grabs Alice’s hand aggressively and tells her that she didn’t see anything. She doesn’t want to be blamed considering they were doped up and trespassing the same night Featherhead disappeared. So, they are all to keep this a secret.
The rumors regarding principal Featherhead’s disappearance spread like wildfire. A week has passed since Featherhead went missing. As it turns out, he was in the school the entire time. Dead and locked in a supply closet. His lips blue.
The Midnight Club gather to discuss Featherhead’s death. Alice informs them that there was blue liquid in the chalices when she found them. Featherhead has blue lips and the police said he had poison in his system. Alice questions what they did to him though they deny any wrongdoing. In fact, as Penelope and Hiram point out, Alice was there too and she’s the only one who saw Featherhead. Alice then asks who was wearing the Gargoyle King costume, but none of them have the slightest clue as to what she’s referring to, and the chalices were empty, Marty claims. Hermione accuses Alice of having killed Featherhead given that she left early. Alice dismisses any notions of wrongdoing and then looks to Fred to join her in going to the cops though he still seems distracted by his father’s death. When Penelope exclaims that they’re not going to the cops, Alice questions why she suddenly wants to break the rules, perhaps because she’s the killer. She accuses Penelope of poisoning the chalices when she set up the game, however, it wasn’t Penelope or Daryl. Alice recalls the chalices just sitting there, meaning whoever invited them to the party was trying to kill one or more of them. Sierra wants to destroy the game so that it can’t be traced back to them. FP suggests destroying the manuals and scattering everything else. Sierra agrees to dispose of the dice, she does so in a monopoly box. Hermione, the chalices, which are stored among other cups in the trophy case. Penelope will take care of the library manual, which she throws in Sweetwater River. And Alice will burn their copy. The Midnight Club spits on their hands and make a pact to never speak of Gryphons and Gargoyles ever again.
After playing G&G, they returned to their normal lives and go their separate ways. Burdened by their guilt, they all become different people, giving up on their dewams. Alice forsakes her Serpent ways and begins dating Hal Cooper. From that point on, when the Midnight Club passed each other in the halls, they didn’t so much as smile. Once again becoming strangers.
Betty questions who poisoned the cups Alice saw in the restroom, but Alice doesn't have the answers. Featherhead’s death was ruled a suicide under suspicious circumstances and they never spoke about it because they knew it must’ve been a member of the Midnight Club. One of them was a killer and Featherhead was an unintentional casualty as a member of the Midnight Club was meant to drink from the poison chalice. Betty has a lot more questions to ask, which concerns Alice because the more you talk about the game, the more you think of it and the more at risk you are. The game gives you permission to hurt or kill. Ben, Dilton and Ethel all willingly drank the fresh-aid during their quest, but Betty can’t figure out if it is murder or suicide. In the end, it’s just death, Alice explains. She wants Betty to promise her that she won’t investigate any further but that’s a promise Betty can’t make. Someone from the Midnight Club used the game to murder Featherhead and now Betty’s classmates are dying. The entire school is playing. Betty recalls seeing the Gargoyle King in the woods. She suspects that it may be the same person from the Midnight Club way back when. Knowing that Betty has no intentions on stopping her investigation, Alice at least asks her to swear that she won’t play the game, which Betty agrees to. 
As soon as Betty returns home after a long night out, Alice informs her of the manhunt currently underway to find Archie. When Alice asks of Betty's involvement, Betty denies any connection to Archie's breakout. Alice then reveals that Warden Norton killed himself last night and that he was found with blue lips. Given this revelation, Betty asks her mother if she knew Warden Norton because he had ties to Hiram Lodge, who is also a member of the Midnight Club, much like her. Alice denies.
Some time later, Alice and the other former members of the Midnight Club heads down into the speakeasy under the impression that the Gargoyle King invited them. However, it was Betty who sent the invitations because wants to get all the secrets out, and she sees this as her only option.
Hermione reminds Alice of their pact, how they promised that they would never talk about the Midnight Club again. Alice reasons that she told Betty in order to protect her from playing the game, which she isn’t. However, her friends are playing, leaving Betty to question if any of them actually care, to which Sierra replies that she should be with Josie, who just had a seizure earlier that morning, instead of rehashing their past which she seems to be irrelevant, at least to her. Betty argues that their past is very much relevant as Josie is playing G&G, along with Kevin, Cheryl and Reggie. Betty then takes the opportunity to make everyone aware of just how abusive Marty Mantle is towards Reggie, such as giving him a black eye. Fred remarks that it was bound to get out at some time, their secret that is, so he’d much rather address it so that their kids at least know the truth. Betty wants to start with Warden Norton, who was also the RROTC instructor at Riverdale High twenty five years ago. Given that Tom was a cadet back then, Betty asks if the two ever played the game together, but they didn’t. Hiram had business dealings with Warden Norton leading up to his death. Betty wants to know the specifics of those dealings and whether not not Hiram knew that he was playing G&G. While Hiram refuses to inform Betty of his business dealings, he does tell her that he had no clue Norton was playing.
Betty then asks about Ascension Night, wondering if Norton was present. FP explains that they have no way of knowing as they were high, hallucinating gargoyles. Much to Alice’s surprise, FP also saw the Gargoyle King that night. Hiram states that all this is merely a waste of time. As he attempts to leave, Hermione convinces him to stay. Hermione decides to indulge Betty. Betty wants to know who poisoned the chalice. Hermione informs her that given the fact that the Game Master is responsible for setting up the game, her instinct is telling her that the culprit is Penelope. Hermione suspects that she grew the poison in her greenhouse. However, as Penelope explains, you can’t grow cyanide. Penelope then reveals that Darryl Doiley poisoned the chalices. Both he and Penelope were Game Masters. He was secretly in love with her and wanted the two of them to ascend together. But, Penelope said no. She assumed the chalices were emptied afterward but clearly they were not. Years later, Darryl came to Penelope, riddled with guilt and seeking comfort. Penelope refused him again given that they were both married with families. She was also afraid of revisiting that night. Darryl left. The next day, he was found dead in his garage, with the engine to his car running and windows up. Betty isn’t buying Penelope’s story. Even if this is true, that doesn’t explain who the current Gargoyle King is. Betty and Jughead saw it in Fox Forest and they’ve been trying to track him down ever since, which is why Jughead began playing the game. All this is news to FP, who grows increasingly aggravated. He then leaves to deal with Jughead, with everyone else following him out. Before leaving, Alice asks Betty if she’s satisfied, but she’s not. Not even close.
Back at the Cooper house, Betty confronts Alice about covering up Darryl Doiley’s murder. Someone staged his death to look like a suicide and thanks to Sheriff Keller, there wasn’t a murder investigation. They all have a hand in the cover-up. So, Betty wants to know who her mother is protecting. Before Alice can reply, the lights go out. Someone is banging at the front door. Alice asks who is it, but no one answers. She opens the front door only to see that no one is out there. As they shut the door, they see the Gargoyle King standing in the living room. Someone then tries to force their way in through the front door, but Alice manages to lock it. Terrified, Alice and Betty run upstairs into Betty’s room, where they find a skull and Darryl Doiley’s headstone laying on Betty’s bed. Darryl’s name has been crossed out and Betty and Alice’s name has been spray painted on it. FP then comes climbing through Betty’s window. He was looking for Jughead, but Alice slammed the door in his face. Alice then reveals that the Gargoyle King is in the house with them, and so FP consoles her.
Because Alice believes that attack was only the beginning, she doesn't feel safe at home anymore. Moreover, it's clear that Betty has on intentions on stopping her investigation no matter the consequences. With the house no longer being safe, Alice is moving to the Farm with Polly and the twins. However, Betty refuses to go, which Alice knew would happen. So, Betty, unfortunately is being taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Sister Woodhouse enters the Cooper house with two orderlies, who take Betty away. Alice feels as if she has no other choice. As Betty is taken out, her phone rings. It’s Jughead. Alice presses decline. 
Alice is a beautiful middle-aged woman with an elegantly slender, feminine physique. She has blonde hair, tan skin and grey eyes that sometimes appear blue. Her style choice reflects, the parts of her personality that she often tries to display; this is seen by her dressing professionally, in a smart, neat manner often featuring pencil skirts and flattering blouses. She pairs this with a natural and pretty makeup look, which makes her look attractive and intelligent but also allows her to seem like she always came from the 'right side of town'.
Her sexier side was revealed, however, when she was exposed as a miscreant of the Southside- her former home- and she confidently waltzed into the open house of the Lodges in a red snakeskin romper with a plunging neckline. This proved that she could always get anyone's attention if she needed it and furthermore, she was not ashamed of who she was, she paired the show-stopping look with a matching gold snake necklace, teasing the town that she still had a bit of a bad girl flare in her.
Alice is a very protective parent when it comes to her family, especially to Betty, whom she was quite over-protective of when she found out that Polly was with child. Alice is also quite sneaky when she wants to get information on something or on someone. She is also quite manipulative at times when she wants to play her mind games in order to get intel out of someone.
Alice is also quite judgmental toward others, as she was quite judgmental towards Betty's friends in the beginning, while also to her friends' parents as well. Especially toward Jughead and FP due to their status and also having a connection to the Southside Serpents. Because of this, she often accuses the Jones boys of criminal activities and their biker gang, even though she was previously affiliated with them in her teenage-years.
|“||You're still hot, Alice. Too bad you're a stick in the mud.||”|
|— FP to Alice[src]|
Alice and FP have known each other for years, dating back at least to their high school years. Just like FP is now, there was a time when Alice was a member of the Southside Serpents, however, that was during her adolescence. Alice later left the Serpents for reasons that remain unknown, though she cut all ties with them before crossing over to the Northside. During those earlier years of living on the Southside of Riverdale, Alice was a troublemaker. While it is unknown if she and FP were friends or not, they undeniably hold a great amount of disdain towards one another, though this appears to be due to Alice's "holier than thou" attitude, and her willingness to blame the Serpents for any and all criminal activities that are committed throughout town. Due to their past history together, FP is at least aware of some of Alice's darkest secrets that were once part of her dark past, such as her reputable criminal background as a Serpent. It was later revealed that FP and Alice did in fact have a high school romance, which resulted in Alice giving birth to a child that FP had no knowledge of up until recently. That child was given up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy shortly after his birth.
|“||You have been playing the same game since junior high and it was tiring even back then.||”|
|— Mary to Alice[src]|
Not much is known about Alice and Mary's past, however, they met before the start of the series when they were in high school. Mary left Riverdale some years later after she and Fred were separated. Two years after her departure, Alice came face-to-face with Mary, who had returned to Riverdale in preparation for the Homecoming dance. It was in the restroom that Alice confronted Mary about her attending the dance with Fred and Hermione despite their secret affair. Even though Mary had left, she claimed that nothing much had changed, as she saw straight through Alice's juvenile tactics, the same ones she had been using since Junior High.
Hermione and Alice have known each other for years, as they both grew up in Riverdale. Their rivalry dates back as far as high school. A rivalry that proved lasting once Hermione moved back into town with her daughter, Veronica Lodge, after many years of living in New York. In spite of their differences, Hermione was more than willing to put their differences aside for their kids' sake, having proven this several times, such as when she invited Alice to join her at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where they discussed Polly's future and baby shower.
The relationship between Alice Cooper and Jughead Jones is quite complicated due to her hate for the Southside Serpents and the Jones family's ties with them. However, she is forced to deal with Jughead regularly due to his relationship with her daughter. Alice doesn't trust either of the Jones men, seeing them as nothing more than troublemakers, often fearing that Jughead's ties to the Southside are not only a bad influence on Betty, but that one day she may end up being dragged into something she had no business in because of her relationship with him. Alice claims to like Jughead, but her actions have often proved otherwise.
|“||Who would’ve predicted this? Archie Andrews is our fox in the henhouse.||”|
|— Alice to Archie[src]|
At the beginning of the series, Alice was strongly distrustful of Archie and was against his friendship with Betty. She made several attempts to cut his ties with her daughter, claiming he didn’t deserve Betty as a friend. As implied by Betty, Alice’s dislike of Archie stems from her comparisons of him to Jason Blossom. After being assured by her daughter that Archie is not like Jason, Alice becomes more tolerant of him. She even respects him to a certain degree, supporting his actions as a member of The Red Corcle. However, Alice continues to make him feel uncomfortable, evident by her actions when Betty invited Archie to dinner, or when she told her daughter block his number.
- Main article: Alice and Betty
|“||I'm terrified. Every time that you walk out that door, every time that I call you, and you don't pick up the phone, my heart stops. But how am I suppose to protect you two girls, right, when you go and do this? And then you try to make me the monster!||”|
|— Alice to Betty[src]|
Presumably, Alice and Betty had a good, if strict, relationship before elder sister Polly began dating Jason Blossom. However, after her sister was sent to live in a group home, Alice became even more controlling and placed immense pressure on Betty's shoulders to be perfect in every way and their relationship became strained because of this. They both share a hunger for justice and are both writers for the town's newspapers, The Register. Even though Alice and her daughter, Betty, may not see eye to eye on most subjects, they both care deeply for one another, and are often there by each other's side in a time of need.
- Main article: Alice and Polly
|“||She's always sorry... until she does the next thing.||”|
|— Polly to Betty about Alice[src]|
Presumably, Alice and Polly had a good relationship before Polly began dating Jason Blossom, the son of a family she despised. When Alice found out about the two, she was furious and tried to break them up. She was thrilled when Jason's parents forced him to do so, despite her daughter's heartbreak, damaging her relationship with Polly. Their relationship wasn't so great once Alice found out that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. After she discovered Polly's pregnancy, she and Hal secretly had their daughter forcibly locked away at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths, where they had planned for Polly to give the baby up for adoption once he or she was born. To cover up Polly's pregnancy, Alice and Hal told everyone, including Betty, that Polly had a nervous breakdown when Jason broke up with her, and that was why she was sent to live at a group home. Their relationship currently estranged, but they are trying to strengthen their relationship. However, since Polly has left town, their relationship has yet to be repaired.
- Main article: Alice and Hal
|“||Shove it Hal.||”|
|— Alice telling Hal to shove it[src]|
Alice and Hal grew up together in Riverdale and were High School sweethearts. During their senior year at Riverdale High, Alice learned that she was pregnant with her first child. At the homecoming dance, she told him about the pregnancy, which leads to a big fight between the two, as Hal wanted Alice to abort the baby while Alice wanted to deliver it. She then went to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where she lived for five months until the birth of her son, who the sister's arranged to be quietly adopted. Alice and Hal later went on to marry and have two daughters together, Betty and Polly. They went on to own the local newspaper, The Riverdale Register. After Polly got pregnant, and it was revealed that Hal secretly tried to have Polly get an abortion, Alice's relationship with her husband drastically changed, resulting in her kicking him out the house. Alice has also admitted to Betty, when speaking about her father, there were things she regretted telling him, as he used her secrets against her.
|“||Enough! Both of you! This is why Jason is dead. Because of this pointless, stupid fighting. We were supposed to be together, and you didn't let us have that, either of you. And you know what, it cost Jason his life.||”|
|— Polly to Penelope and Alice on their relationship.[src]|
Alice and Penelope grew up in Riverdale, and they've been rivals since the two of them were in High School, which is a rivalry that carries on to this very day. The two rarely cross paths with each other, but when they do, it hardly ever ends well. However, they do have one thing in common, they are both part of two of the wealthiest families in Riverdale. Their two families even engaged in a past business deal, which resulted in monthly payments dating back 75 years from Blossom Maple Farms to Lodge Industries, that is up until Hiram Lodge's arrest.
|“||He's your brother. I know that he's odd and damaged. I see that, I'm not blind. But for the past 25 years, he hasn't had anyone to love him.||”|
|— Alice to Betty[src]|
After getting pregnant the last year of high school, Alice was forced by Hal to abandon her son, Charles only to be reunited with him twenty-five years later, or so she thought. After years of hardly healed wounds and guilt for giving him up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Alice finally had the chance to meet her long-lost son, being immediately loving and caring for him to the point of covering up a homicide to protect him. Despite Alice act like nothing had happened, she is fully aware that Chic is damaged and odd and capable of murder. For this reason, she believes that he is even more in need of her love since he had literally no one caring for him for twenty-five years. They spend most of their free time together, playing board games or talking about missing years, with Alice showing the Cooper family's photo albums to her son. Unfortunately, Alice has since learned that Chic isn't her son, rather an impostor.
- She owns the local newspaper known as The Register with her husband, Hal.
- She was crowned homecoming queen.
- She was actually arrested in her home in Southside, before the birth of Polly and Betty, and before the marriage of her and Hal.
- Alice is allergic to peonies.
- According to Skeet Ulrich, Alice's Serpent tattoo is located somewhere only Hal and FP would know.
- See also: Category:Images of Alice Cooper
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