These decisions that you're making now, son.. They have consequences, they'll go on to form who you are and who you'll become. Whatever you decide, be confident enough in it, that you don't have to lie.
Father and son had a good relationship while Archie was growing up, and when Mary and Fred decided to separate, Archie chose to stay with his father in Riverdale, despite his mother wanting him to move Chicago with her. However, after Archie began his affair with Geraldine Grundy, their relationship suffered and they drifted apart.
During summer before sophomore year, Archie spent the break working for his father at Andrews Construction, with the intention of following in his father's footsteps with the company, however, he found the work dull and repetitive. To pass the time, he would compose poems in his head which began his passion for music.
The morning of his first day of sophomore year, Archie was running late and his father asked if he'd be stopping by the construction site after school. He wanted to train Archie in the office so that the next summer he wouldn't be out with the crew. However, as the family business did not interest him, Archie lied and told his father he was too busy with football. Fred was disappointed but wished him luck all the same. However, football didn't hold Archie interest either, and after Coach Clayton promoted him to the varsity team, a bigger commitment that the junior team, Archie lied to him as well and told him that his father was counting on him to work after school at his company.
After school that day, Fred confronted Archie after receiving a phone call from his coach, and wondered which one of them he'd been lying to. Archie first tried to deny lying before reluctantly telling his father the truth. He had lied to both Coach Clayton and Fred as he wanted to study music. Fred told Archie that football would lead to a scholarship which in turn would lead to business school so that one day he would take over the company, but Archie told him he had no desire to do so, he didn't want the company. Fred asked him what had changed, as at the start of summer, just three months prior, he had. Archie simply told him that that summer had changed him. Saddened and angry, Fred informed his son that he would never force him to play football, or work for him ever again if he didn't want to, but that the decisions he was making about his future had far reaching consequences and he had to be confident enough not to lie about them.
Very early the next morning, Archie and Fred were both present at Sweetwater River when Jason Blossom's body was pulled from the riverbank, gunshot wound to the forehead.
Some days later, before he left for school, Fred confronted Archie about sneaking out of the house the night prior. Archie had secretly gone to Ms. Grundy's house, guilt-ridden about the gunshot they had both heard the morning Jason Blossom had been killed and had kept quiet about. He was surprised to learn that he had been heard, but Fred informed him that he had been hearing him sneak out the house ever since he was eight years old, going to Jughead's tree house. Archie told him he just couldn't sleep, so he went for a jog, that's why he left the house. Fred asked if Archie had something weighing on his mind, and Archie claimed that it was due to the murder of Jason Blossom, to which Fred insisted that he halt on the late night jogs until they catch the murderer.
That night Fred was witness to a tension-filled disagreement between Archie and Jughead, the latter having learned of Archie's illicit affair with his music teacher and confronted him about it. The subsequent day, after Archie came home with a black eye, he felt compelled to ask his son if he had gotten into a fight with Jughead. Archie said no, he had actually gotten into a fight with Reggie Mantle, a long story, and that the disagreement between him and Jughead was over a girl. Archie was vague, and said that he wanted to do something (tell the police about the gunshot), and it was the right thing, but the girl said if they did the thing it would ruin what they had. Fred first acknowledged that that was the most honest talk they'd had in a while, then told Archie that he had to do the right thing, no matter what, even if it would cost him.
Fred received a call from the sheriff to inform him that Archie had given them information about the gunshot he heard on July 4th. Fred was disappointed he hadn't told him about this so they could go together, and furthermore, had been under the impression that Archie had gone on a road trip with Jughead that day instead of being down by Sweetwater River. Archie explained that he didn't want to drag his father into it, which was an error in judgment as their argument resulted in Archie being grounded for two weeks.
Fred caught Archie sneaking back into the house after a night at rehearsal with the Pussycats, with whom Archie had worked on a song with. Archie was scolded him for breaking curfew, which led to a heated argument as Fred wouldn't allow him to attend the Taste of Riverdale event and hear the song he'd helped write played live. Archie wasn't happy that his father didn't understand his interest in music, as he claimed that Fred would have pardoned him if he had had a football game that night, but he wouldn't do the same for his music. Fred went on to attend the Taste of Riverdale event himself, where he met Archie's music teacher, Geraldine Grundy. They discussed Archie's musical talents, and she reassured him about the path Archie was taking, asserting that Archie was a 'special kid'. Possessed of a better understanding of his son, Fred started soundproofing the garage so Archie could have his own space to practice his music while he was grounded.
Fred and Archie attended Ms. Grundy's cello concert, thereafter, they congratulated her on the beautiful performance and Fred offered to take Ms. Grundy out to dinner, as a show of gratitude, for everything she'd done for Archie and his music, all the while still unaware that she and Archie had been seeing one another. At Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, as the three sat down to order, Betty Cooper pulled Archie aside and revealed she knew of Archie's affair with Ms. Grundy. Back at the house, Fred opened the door to find Hal and Alice Cooper, both of whom insisted that Fred step in to help force Archie and Betty stop spending so much time together. They claimed the relationship was bad, and their respective behavior reflected that, however, Fred defended him son and denied the claims, as Archie was good kid.
At closing night of the Twilight Drive-In, while Fred's date Hermione Lodge stepped away, Alice Cooper interrupted, banging on the window of Fred's truck and informed him of Archie and Ms. Grundy's secret relationship which she had learned from reading Betty's diary. Alice dragged Fred and Betty to the high school where Archie and Ms. Grundy were meeting and exposed them. Alice wanted to let law enforcement take over and Archie pleaded with Fred to come up with a better solution, but the entire situation was complicated. Fred soon realized that for Alice, it was more about her crazy vendetta against Archie than it was anything else. Archie admitted that he was selfish and stupid, but he pleaded with Alice to leave Ms. Grundy alone, however, there was no getting through to her, Alice even threatened to inform the neighbors. As tensions rose, Ms. Grundy offered to quit her job, she hoped this would be a satisfactory solution, but Fred and Alice both agreed that she'd have to leave town too. As Fred drove Archie home, before going inside, he told his son that none of what had transpired that evening was his fault and pulled him in for a hug as Archie began to cry.
Fred never thought he'd say that he missed Archie playing the guitar, but that's exactly how he felt after listening to him pound on a punching bag, non-stop. Archie claimed that it was in preparation for football season. With Coach Clayton preparing to set a starting line up, and name a new team captain, Archie needed to be at the top of his game as football would get him a scholarship to college, where he could then study music. However, Fred wasn't so sure that was all the workout was about.
Archie spent that night in his room writing out his music with Valerie. Fred entered the room, surprised by Valerie's presence, as he wasn't aware she was there, which led to a lot of rambling from Fred who seemed happy that his son had met a new girl. Archie stopped him, and with a pointed look, said that they were busy working on his music. Caught on, Fred exited the room, but made sure to keep the door cracked.
Fred informed Archie that he had bought tickets for all the guys at Andrews Construction to see him perform at Riverdale High school's 75th annual fall Variety Show. He'd also be attending with Hermione, which he wondered if Archie okay with, which he was, saying that both he and his mother were good and that if Hermione made him truly happy, he should go for it with her.
CherylThat night at The Pembrooke, Archie attended his father's dinner proposal, hoping that it would win Fred the construction contract for the new land. After the meal, Archie worriedly asked his father if he would be mad if he screwed up at the Variety Show, to which Fred responded that he'd be proud of Archie whether he killed it or not, simply because he had the courage to do it.
Fred sat alongside Hermione at the Variety Show as Archie performed on stage, singing a song he'd written entitled "I'll Try", a performance that Fred was especially proud of, as Archie did amazingly.
After Archie found out that Jughead was effectively homeless, living out of the high school, and that his father hand fallen off the wagon, Archie spoke to Fred about it and convinced him to offer FP Jones his job back at Andrews Construction. In celebration of FP's first successful day back at work, Archie, Fred, Jughead and FP went out to eat at Pop's shoppe, where the two fathers reminisced about their youth, much to the amusement of Archie and Jughead.
After dinner, Archie, Jughead and FP held a jam session in the garage and Archie asked FP what had happened between him and Fred. FP explained that he got into trouble after working some odd jobs to support his family and Fred bailed him out, however, he wanted nothing to do with FP afterwards and forced him out of the company he'd helped start. Archie then confronted his father about it and Fred clarified that FP had been stealing from the company and selling things on the side. He gave FP numerous chances, bailing him out of jail countless times, but when someone is drowning, you can't save them if they're going to drag you down with them. Fred insisted did the best he could for his family. However, Archie didn't believe it was fair for Jughead to drown alongside FP.
The next day, Archie, Betty and Fred headed down to the Sheriff Station as Jughead was taken into custody and interrogated as a suspect in Jason Blossom's death. To Archie's surprise, his father flat out lied to Sheriff Keller, and claimed that Jughead had been tearing down drywall for Andrews construction on July 11th, which Fred later falsified a time card to prove. After a tearful moment between FP and Jughead while leaving the station, the Andrews extended an invitation for Jughead to live with them at their house as FP got himself together. Jughead initially said no, but later ended up staying there anyways. Archie then apologized about how things went down with their fathers.
After a late night of gaming, Fred entered Archie's room to warn him and Jughead that it was about time for them to settle down for the night. He needed to get a good nights sleep as the following day, Andrews Construction would be breaking ground on the SoDale project. Fred asked Jughead how he was settling in and Jughead compared his situation to that of college dorm mates. Archie then humorously dubbed Fred the third roommate.
The next night, after Fred's entire crew had been lured away by Cliff Blossom, Archie returned home from a date with Valerie to find an upset Fred who had been making call unsuccessfully to find a new crew. Fred revealed that he hadn't been as forthcoming with Archie about the severity of danger in which the company was facing. It had been in trouble for a long time, big jobs that were too few and far between, and it only got worse as the days went on, with haemorrhaging cash and over due bills. It was never suppose to get that bad, he worked his butt off to build the company but in one false step, he could lose everything. However, Archie assured his father he wouldn't let that happen.
After returning to the trailer after a dispute with Cliff Blossom, Fred was welcomed by a new construction crew, in the form of Archie, Jughead, Kevin Keller, and Moose Mason, all of whom volunteered to help keep construction on schedule until he could find a new crew. Initially hesitant, Fred agreed to allow the boys to help. As the day came to an end, the boys returned to the trailer, and Fred thanked each of them for their assistance. Just as things were headed in the right direction, Moose was attacked on the SoDale work site by two thugs, who also damaged some of the equipment. Moose was warned by the guys that as long as construction continued, they'd return to do more damage.
Upon Sheriff Keller's arrival, Fred accused Cliff Blossom of being at the center of the attack since he made it abundantly clear that he wanted the project to collapse, but Archie suspected that it also could have been the work of the Southside Serpents, who were angry after being kicked off their land. The following night, Fred received an unexpected call from FP, who alerted him that Archie was stirring up trouble in a known hang out of the Serpents. Fred arrived outside the bar and demanded that Archie get in the truck as he talked with FP, and much to his surprise, discovered FP was a Serpent. FP vehemently denied the Serpents involvement in the attack but offered to ask around. Back at the house Fred told his son that he had tried his entire life to build things, a family, a safe life for Archie, but he started questioning if he had failed in doing so. Despite his father's speech, Archie explained that he wasn't giving up, Andrews construction was both of their legacy as he might one day have a son of his own to pass it down to. The next day, much to Fred's surprise, FP was already on site, along with several other Serpents, all willing to work. FP promised Fred that he wouldn't leave him hanging like he had before.
A couple of days later, during dinner with Archie and Jughead, they received a surprise visit from Cheryl Blossom, who was at the Andrews house to properly thank Archie for agreeing to escort her to a banquet her family was hosting. She gifted him with a brand new guitar which, after Cheryl had left, Fred suggested he return back to the Blossoms. He was of the opinion that the Blossoms were using Archie and did not give a damn about him. They had tried to run Fred's business into the ground and as far as they were concerned, everyone else was dirt under their shoe. Completely over the whole family, Fred left.
In the beginning of October, Fred headed up to visit Mary in Chicago to finalize their divorce. Before he left, Archie wondered if maybe his parents could fix things between each other, as Mary had not mentioned anything about the divorce to him the last time they spoke. Fred was of the opinion that they were past the point of reconciliation and that Mary had not mentioned anything to Archie so that Fred would be left as the bearer of bad news.
Fred called Archie from Chicago who wondered if he had seen Mary yet, but Fred revealed that while they were going to have dinner, decided instead to just meet the next morning with their lawyers present. Upset that his parents couldn't talk to one another civilly, Archie cut the call short. Later, during Jughead's 16th birthday party, Archie drunk dialled his father and told him not to sign the divorce papers. The next morning, Fred came home with Mary in tow, much to Archie's surprise.