She's always sorry... until she does the next thing.
— Polly to Betty about Alice[src]

The relationship between mother and daughter, Alice and Polly Cooper is currently estranged, but they are trying to strengthen their relationship. However, since Polly has left town, their relationship is strained at the moment although she has allowed Alice to meet her grandchildren and spend time with them.


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.

Polly found out she was pregnant by Jason and they resumed their relationship and made plans to run away together and raise the baby because they knew their parents would not approve. On July 4th, the day Polly and Jason were to leave, Alice somehow found out and she and her husband secretly had their daughter forcibly locked away at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home for troubled youths and planned for Polly to give the baby up for adoption once he or she was born.

To cover up Polly's pregnancy, Alice and her husband 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, known as the Sisters of Quiet Mercy.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

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Polly confronts her mother.

After being locked up for months by her parents, Polly was found by Betty and Polly told her of her pregnancy and the truth about everything that had happened. Betty realized that their mother had not told Polly that Jason was murdered, so Betty was forced to tell her. However, Alice was notified when Polly received a visitor and angrily came to collect Betty. Before leaving the facility, Alice had a run-in with Polly, who confronted her over Jason's death. Distraught, Polly was pulled away by two orderlies. That night Polly broke the window in her room and escaped the group home.[1]

Determined to find Polly before the Blossoms could, Betty and Jughead Jones organized a search of Eversgreen Forest and instructed a group of volunteers, including Alice and Hal, to scour the woods between the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and the closest bus station, but the search was interrupted by the Blossoms. Afterwards, Alice decided to go all "damage control mode" and addressed the press outside a church that all the rumors about Polly were not true. She even announced the one thing that she wanted to keep secret — Polly was pregnant with Jason Blossom's unborn child.

As Jughead walked Betty home that same night, something he said led Betty to realize where Polly was hiding — the attic of their house. According to Betty, she had hidden there before when she was nine and had had a huge argument with Alice that resulted in a neighborhood search. Betty found her sister who told her that she wanted to raise her baby on a farm upstate like she and Jason had planned, but she had no resources. Polly stayed hidden while Betty figured things out, as Alice and Hal were still insisting that she give the baby up for adoption, they even lied to Betty and told her the adoption was Polly's idea. Betty went to the Blossoms on Polly's behalf but learned from Cheryl that they only wanted Jason's baby and not Polly. As she could not live with her parents, nor the Blossoms, and keep her baby, Polly went to stay at The Pembrooke with Veronica Lodge and her mother.[2]

After learning from Sheriff Keller that Polly was with the Lodges, Alice angrily showed up at the high school to speak with Betty and Veronica. Alice tried to convince Betty that Polly giving up her baby was the best thing she could do, but Betty disagreed and told her mother that Polly keeping her baby was not Alice's choice, only Polly's and that her only choice was whether or not she wanted to be a part of Polly's life going forward. Betty informed her mother of the baby shower she and the Lodge's were planning for Polly, but told her she could only attend if she would be loving and supportive, like a proper grandmother-to-be. Polly was approached by Betty and Veronica with the idea that they'd throw her a baby shower. Initially hesitant, Polly agreed, stating that she wanted her mother there, as well as the Blossoms. While Alice was definitely invited to the shower, it was clear that the chances of her actually attending the event were slim, which left Polly disappointed and Betty attempting to cheer her up.

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Polly thanks Alice for her baby gift.

Unexpectedly, after advice from Hermione, Alice decided to attend the baby shower. While initially hesitant with one another, Alice was glad that Polly was safe, her and the baby, and they shared a hug before Cheryl arrived and interrupted. With Betty's help, Alice behaved herself at the party, though it was difficult for her around Penelope and Cheryl Blossom. She tolerated them, as she was grateful to be there for Polly. During the gift giving a portion of the shower, and Alice gave Polly the night light that she used as a child. Alice had saved it since she knew how much Polly loved it, and how it made her feel safe, so she wanted Polly's child to have it. However, minutes later, the evening came to a close as Alice could no longer contain herself after Cheryl and Penelope invited Polly to stay with them at Thorn Hill. This led to a brief altercation between Alice and Penelope, in which Alice claimed she would not let the Blossoms steal her daughter, she would never set foot in their house. Polly jumped up and yelled at them both, claiming their petty rivalry and refusal to let her and Jason be together is what led to his death before she stormed off in tears.

After the shower, Alice apologized for her outburst, but Polly was still upset at her after being left alone at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, which was never Alice's intention, she even pleaded with Polly to return home with them. Polly took her offer into consideration, but she couldn't help but wonder if Hal would make another appointment for her, which Alice was clueless About. Apparently, before sending Polly to the Sisters, Hal had made an Appointment for Polly to get an abortion behind Alice's back.

That night, Alice confronted Hal over the appointment he had supposedly made for Polly, which he confirmed he had made. She shoved him in a fit of rage, as Hal did to Polly, exactly what he did to her. She then wondered why sending Polly to the Sisters wasn't enough, to which Hal explained that Polly's life was being ruined by that mistake, as he would not be party to raising a child that had Blossom blood. However, Alice was the intent of Polly moving back in, so, defending her daughter, she screamed at Hal to get out before she did something that they both regretted. The next morning, Alice and Betty awaited Polly's return home, but in a twist of events, Polly took the Blossoms up on their offer to stay at Thornhill, which left Alice and Betty devastated.[3]

To get back at the Blossom family, bring them to heel, Alice declared to Betty and Jughead that she would be writing a searing exposé on the redheaded family. While it may not bring Polly home, it would make Alice feel better. She had heard that the Blossom Maple Farms company board of trustees was descending on Riverdale, much to the suspicion of Alice and she just needed a way in to find out what was happening. Alice was of the opinion that Polly had made her choice but Betty refused to believe that, she just needed a way in. Her way in came in the form of Archie who had attended a Blossom family event with Cheryl. Afterwards, Archie informed Alice and Betty that the Blossoms were treating Polly great and that he did not think she wanted to come back, which Alice was just fine with, or so she claimed. Despite Polly being at Thornhill with the Blossoms, Alice would not allow this to sway her from exposing them, claiming that Polly betrayed them. Story written, Betty went with Alice to publish it in The Register, but Hal was there and had locked her out of the system. She had kicked him out of their house, so he was firing her from their paper. As she and Betty exited the office, Alice was so angry she picked up a large rock and threw it through the front glass door of the Register, screaming "I want my daughter back, you bastard!".

The following night, she learned from Betty and Jughead that Polly had not betrayed them, but that she was actually spying on the Blossoms, making her their woman on the inside. Alice cried as a sign of relief and admitted that when sohe went after the story, a part of her thought that Polly might have been gone forever. Betty assured her Polly would come home.[4]

Season 2

Leaving for the Farm

After learning that her mother received a letter from the Black Hood earlier in the day, claiming responsibility for the shootings of Fred Andrews, Moose Mason, and Midge Klump, as well as the murder of Geraldine Grundy in Greendale, Polly read a segment in the Register; entitled "Changes to Sweetwater River fishing regulations.


Polly telling Alice and Hal that she's leaving

The next day, Polly told her family that she was leaving Riverdale to live at the Farm. She had already called to make sure they still had room for her. What Farm, Alice asked. Polly replied that it was the very same farm that she and Jason were going to run off to before he was killed. Before any rash decisions were made, Hal suggested that they all sit down and talk about Polly's sudden urge to leave. Polly explained that her need to evacuate stemmed from the Black Hood, who was targeting sinners. Betty did not believe that Polly is a sinner, but Polly countered that she was a mother that was carrying her cousin's babies, and decided that leaving Riverdale was the best way to avoid being targeted. Alice strongly objected to this, saying that Polly would leave Riverdale "Over my dead body" Polly replied "It might be over your dead body, but it certainly won't be over mine or my babies" She then left the room, and Hal followed her to try and talk her down.[5]

Alice and Polly briefly appeared in Betty's anxiety induced nightmare. Polly entered Betty's bedroom to wake her up from her sleep and tell her that Santa Claus was down stairs. Downstairs, Alice, Polly, and Hal sat near the fireplace as Betty came down the steps. Moments later, Polly and Alice was dead, as was Hal. They had been murdered by the Black Hood who had disguised himself as Santa.[6]

Coming Back for the Blossom Will


The Coopers

Learning that her children's late grandfather, Clifford Blossom, left a secret will, Polly returned to Riverdale for the reading. She surprised her mother and Betty with her sudden return home. But imagine Polly's surprise to meet her brother Chic, who she had no idea was staying at the house. After greeting Betty with a hug, Polly asked where their dad was at and if they would be attending the will-reading together. Which Alice had no knowledge of.


Alice defending Chic from Betty and Polly

That night, following Clifford Blossom's Will-Reading, Alice prepared dinner for Polly, Betty, and Chic as they discussed getting the blood test done so that they could inherit the fortune they were promised through Clifford's will. Oddly enough, Chic refused to get his blood tested, claiming that he didn't know any of the Blossoms well enough to trust them, along with being triggered by needles and not wanting their blood money. Alice then came to Chic's defense and told the girls to stop pressuring him.


Alice and Poly saying goodbye

The following night, Polly went on a mini shopping spree with the money she inherited. She and Betty returned home to find that Alice had told Chic that he could take Juniper and Dagwood for a walk along Sweetwater River. The girls were immediately alarmed when Alice revealed that the twins were not home. Just as Polly and Betty began to panic, Chic walked through the front door with the twins unharmed despite their suspicions.

The next morning, Polly came down to announce that she was leaving again. However, she was not returning to the farm, rather San Francisco, which came as no surprise to Chic, who had already told their mother that Polly wouldn't be staying for long. As Alice went to say goodbye to the twins, Chic told her that it was a nice city to raise kids and that she should send a note from her new address once she got there.[7]


Jason hurt Polly... It's my mom who broke her.
— Betty to Veronica[src]

Polly: "Jason's dead, and you didn't tell me?! And you kept me in here?!"
Alice: "Baby, it's for your own good."
Polly: "Argh! You always say that, it is not true!"
―Polly confronts her mother at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy[src]

Polly: "It's my night light, from when I was a little kid. How did you, where did you even..."
Alice: "I saved it. I know how much you loved it, and how it made you feel safe and I wanted you to be able to pass it down to your baby one day."
―Polly opens Alice's present at her baby Shower.[src]


Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps


  1. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve A. (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
  2. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  3. Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
  4. DeWille, James (writer) & Rose, Lee (director) (April 6, 2017). "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 9. The CW.
  5. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 25, 2017). "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 3. The CW.
  6. Boucher, Shepard (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (December 13, 2017). "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 9. The CW.
  7. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (March 14, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 15. The CW.