- Archie: "Jughead you can talk to me about anything. You're like...You're like my brother."
- Jughead: "Nice bro whisper, Archie. You are my brother."
- ―Jughead and Archie have a talk[src]
The relationship between Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones is complicated and pre-dates the series. They were best friends up until a falling-out in the summer of 2017 after Archie canceled their road trip at the last minute. Which Jughead later on in season one found out he ditched him for hooking up with Geraldine Grundy, the school music teacher. Their relationship improves over the course of the first season until Archie admits to investigating FP's trailer.
Archie and Jughead were best friends since childhood. Fred recalled Archie sneaking out at night to go to Jughead's treehouse.
They were supposed to go on a road trip over the weekend of July 4th, but Archie canceled at the last minute to hook up with Geraldine Grundy, with whom he was having an affair. Sometime afterwards, Jughead and Archie got into a serious fight that disrupted their friendship. They lost touch and never attempted to make up, and their first conversation since the fight is a tense encounter after Archie runs into him at the Chock'lit Shoppe while looking for Betty.
Fred Andrews' Shooting
Archie and Jughead appeared alongside Betty, and Veronica in one of Fred Andrews' hallucinatory visions following the shooting at Pop's. Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica were in their caps and gowns, prepared for graduation. In the student lounge, they stood collectively, waiting for Fred to take a photo of them. Next to Fred, was Archie's mother, Mary Andrews. Fred commented that he didn't think he would live to see the day, to which Jughead replied that he didn't, meaning he didn't survive the attack at Pop's. Before Fred could respond, the shooter appeared at the scene. As he entered the lounge with his weapon drawn, Fred yelled for everyone to go down, before a gunshot was heard.
After learning that Archie's father was shot by a hooded gunman, Jughead raced down to Riverdale General Hospital on his motorcycle. Once there, he ran into Betty and Veronica before embracing Archie into a group hug. After settling down, they sat around him as he recounted the events at the diner — Archie came out the bathroom to find a hooded man pointing a gun at Pop Tate, then at his dad. He fired the gun, then bolted, leaving a bloody Fred on the floor. However, Archie's momentary pause left Jughead wondering if he wasn't coming forward with all that had happened. While Archie held his bleeding father, Pop Tate called the ambulance, but when they didn't come, Archie took it upon himself to drive him all the way to the hospital. However, now he was now questioning this decision as he thought he may have made matters worse. Jughead insisted that Archie did the right thing, saying that first, he saved Cheryl, now his father. If he kept it up, he might need a superhero name, Jughead proposed 'Pureheart the Powerful'.
Sheriff Keller arrived at the hospital to question Archie shortly after her called his mother to alert her of the shooting. Jughead joined them as Archie recounted the moments leading up to Fred's shooting. According to Archie, the shooter was 5' 10 and approximately 160lbs. Archie added that he was wearing a dark jacket. Sheriff Keller hoped that he would elaborate on this. So, he asked if the jacket had any symbols or patches, leading Jughead to conclude that like others, Keller also suspected the Serpents' involvement. Fortunately, by Archie account, there wasn't a snake to be found on the jacket. After Archie described the shooter's green eyes and the hood that her was wearing, Sheriff Keller asked of him to fill the gaps in Pop Tate's story. However, just like before, Archie was hesitant in his telling of the incident, which Jughead undoubtedly noticed. Sheriff Keller suspected the shooter of being a thug from the Southside that was high on drugs and looking to make some fast money. How much money did he get away with, Jughead asked. A question that Sheriff Keller did not have the answer to just yet. Since it was Riverdale they were talking about, a town with a dark and violent history, Jughead felt compelled to ask what if robbery wasn't the motive. Sheriff Keller speculated that maybe the shooter was someone who held a grudge against Fred, but wanted to make it seems like a robbery. However, it was too early in the case to know with certainty.
As the two of them returned to the lobby, Jughead confronted Archie on withholding information from Sheriff Keller. Archie admitted that this was true. Apparently, Fred and Hermione fired the Serpents they had working on their crew. While Archie was aware that FP vouched for them, he couldn't help but consider the possibility that maybe one of them was angry enough to retaliate. Realizing that this could very well be true, Jughead volunteered to look around the Southside for answers. He then shared one last hug with Archie before exiting the hospital.
Later that day, Archie revealed to Jughead (and Betty and Veronica) that he wasn't the hero that they believed him to be. After the masked attacker shot Fred, Archie revealed that he stood there and did nothing, as he was paralyzed with fear. He didn't move an inch, not even when the shooter held a gun to his head. He shut his eyes and kept the, shut until hearing the bell on Pop's door ring. Archie perceived his actions as cowardice, but Jughead, Betty, and Veronica begged to differ as there was nothing else he could've done.
While Fred laid in the hospital bed unconscious, Archie and Jughead appeared in another one of hiss dreams. But this time Jughead was the best man at Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding. Jughead stood alongside Archie as Veronica approached the altar. However, the dream came to an abrupt end as the hooded assailant appeared and fired his gun.
At school, Jughead told Archie, Betty, and Veronica about the vandalism at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe and how Pop's staff to quit on him. Pop Tate wasn't sure how much longer he would be able to keep the doors open. Maybe not even a week. Archie concluded that this was because of his father's shooting. People were frightened, not that he blamed them. Archie had no plans on returning to the diner either. While it had seemed that they were willing to accept the closing of Pop's shoppe once and for all, Betty was much less willing to surrender. With Betty and Veronica taking point on saving Pop's, Jughead told them that he had to leave as he had to meet with his father's court-appointed lawyer, who was far from qualified for the task. Archie decided to join Jughead as he too had business at the Sheriff Station; he needed to drop some flyers off of the black hooded assailant.
That night, as Archie kept guard of both the front and back door, he began to doze off until hearing footstep approach from the back. With his baseball bat in hand, Archie slowly entered the kitchen, nearing the back door as the intruder proceeded to enter the house. However, he would soon discover that the "intruder" was actually Jughead, who had been walking around all night, trying to wrap his head around how much time his father was facing. Twenty years, Jughead said. And that's if FP took the deal. If he didn't and the case went to trial, he'd be facing forty. Jughead expressed how terrified he was, though he wasn't the only one. Archie was dealing with fears of his own in relation to his father's shooter.
Both Archie and Jughead attended Retro Night, the organized event by Betty in show of support for Pop Tate and the diner. As the night came to an end Jughead, Archie, Betty and Veronica shared a booth, during which time they relished in their victory; a rare win for the good guys.
After learning that Moose and Midge were attacked at Lover's Lane by an black hood wearing assailant, Jughead arrived at school, where he met with his friends to discuss the recent shooting. Given that Kevin found Moose and Midge, Archie wondered what he was doing in the woods, to begin with given that he could've been shot as well. Kevin claimed that he was night jogging. Now that another shooting has taken place, Archie hoped that they all could finally agree that there was a killer in Riverdale. However, with so much uncertainty surrounding recent events, Betty wasn't convinced that the latest shooting was in any way tied to Ms. Grundy' murder. Veronica then interrupted to invite them all over to her place to officially meet her father.
As planned, Jughead, Archie and Betty met up at the Pembrooke to watch the Matchlerette and officially meet Veronica's father. However, Archie was distracted by the recent shooting. He expressed his frustration with Sheriff Keller and his inability to apprehend the shooter. He started to feel as if they were being specifically targeted by the killer. Veronica instructed him to keep his voice down but Jughead on the other hand wanted to hear more, stating that "Archie going Travis Bickle is my favorite Archie yet". It was then that Mr. and Mrs. Lodge entered the room to greet everyone before leaving for dinner. They were each introduced Veronica's father, starting with Betty, then Jughead and finally Archie. Mr. Lodge couldn't help but overhear their discussion in regards to Sheriff Keller's shortcomings. For someone who's had his own share of run-ins with the law, he could confidentially say that the police weren't always the answer. 
After completing the first three trials earlier that week, Jughead prepared for the fourth and final trial as part of his initiation into the Southside Serpents, better known as the gauntlet. Jughead exited his trailer find Archie approaching to deliver some news. Before he could get a word out, Jughead attempted to get Archie to leave, as Sweet Pea and the others were on their way. Unfortunately, the Serpents rounded the corner just as he was pleading with Archie to leave. That moment, Archie learned that not only was Jughead friends with the guys that attacked him, he was also joining the Serpents. Jughead asked if Archie was there to warn him, but Archie revealed that he had stopped by to inform Jughead that Betty was breaking up with him. Though, Jughead had a hard time believing this considering he had just seen Betty the day before. Archie claimed that she'd been wanting to end it ever since he crossed over to the dark side, but she couldn't bring herself to do it. Because of this, she sent Archie. She saw where Jughead was headed, as did they all. He couldn't be a Northsider and a Southsider. Realizing that it's over between him and Betty, Jughead told Archie that the message had been received. He then turned around to see the Serpents watching as it all unfolded, asking if they enjoyed the show.
Street Racers: Serpents vs Ghoulies
While talking to Mr. Phillips at Southside High, Jughead got a text from Archie, telling Jughead to meet him outside, in a rather urgent tone. Jughead, meanwhile, was still in conversation with Robert Phillips about the article he just wrote for the Red and Black when he excused himself out of the room. In the hallway, Archie told Jughead that they needed to leave because a raid of the school was happening. As if on cue, Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller barged into the school, pointing left and right, arresting anyone wearing the logo of the Southside Serpents. Jughead and Archie ran out the through fire exit, as Sweet Pea and Toni were handcuffed and taken into custody.
After narrowly escaping the raid, Archie and Jughead convened at Pop's, where Archie urged Jughead to calm down, but Jughead was irate with Riverdale becoming a police state. Archie explained that Mayor McCoy was convinced that the Serpents were responsible for the influx in Jingle Jangle. But Jughead insisted that the dealing was the working of a rival gang, the Ghoulies. Archie suggested that he relay this news to Mayor McCoy, though Jughead wasn't convinced that she would listen considering that she just arrested his friends without reason. Jughead was confused as to why Archie even cared to begin with since he made it perfectly clear that he and Betty wanted nothing to do with Jughead ever since he'd crossed over to the "dark side". Archie apologized for their fall out. As for Betty, he suggested Jughead have a talk with her. However, Jughead had to leave after receiving a message from Tall Boy.
Jughead returned to the trailer after his meeting with Tall Boy and the Ghoulies to inform Archie of the recent developments. Despite what he was being led to believe, the alliance with the Ghoulies wasn't an alliance at all, rather a hostile take over. Jughead proposed that he stall until Sweet Pea and Toni were released from police custody. He hoped that once they were out, they would rather go to war with the Ghoulies than start dealing Jingle Jangle. Though, Archie reminded him that his entire purpose for joining the Serpents was to prevent war, rather than participate in it. While this may have been true, his father would never allow such an unholy union to take place, so neither would Jughead. While Archie didn't have any better ideas, he figured FP would, so the two of them headed down to the prison to pay him a visit.
The next day, at the prison, Archie and Jughead spoke to FP from behind the glass. FP told them that while Ghoulies dressed like fops, they were a nasty crew. However, the Serpents had survived much worse. Unfortunately for Archie and Jughead, the Ghoulies had them out numbered, meaning they had to avoid bloodshed at all cost by out thinking them, which Archie agreed with. The battle was over territory. The one thing Ghoulles loved above all else were their souped-up retro cars and hearses. FP informed the boys to challenge the Ghoulies to a one-on-one street race, but to keep it quiet. Should the police learn of the race, they'd all be locked up. As for the terms of the race, if the Ghoulies won, the Serpents would surrender, but if the Serpents won, the Ghoulies would have to back off, and they'd gain control of Southside High, thus bringing an end to the Ghoulies hold and the Jingle Jangle, as well as getting Mayor McCoy off their backs.
On FP's advice, Archie and Jughead returned to the Ghoulies lair, otherwise known as the House of the Dead, to challenge the Ghoulies leader, Malachai, to a race. Jughead explained that If they won, Serpents would remain autonomous and Ghoulies would have to quit dealing at Southside High. However, if the Ghoulies won, the Serpents fold, and they could continue to pollute the Southside with their "little straws of death". Though, with the Ghoulies having little to actually gain from the arrangement Jughead presented, Malachai wasn't interested in his offer, unless he was willing to put up some of the Serpents' territory. It was then that Betty and Veronica were brought into the room after they were caught by the Ghoulies, trying to sneak in through the garage. After learning that Betty and Veronica were with them, Malachai wanted all four of them out. In a last ditch effort, Jughead offered up the Whyte Wyrm if Malachai agreed to the race. Malachai agreed, but only after adding on the Sunnyside Trailer Park.
During the tenure of Drag Race, Archie was Jughead's companion in the competition against Malachai and Verne. The race was to take place over Herk Harvey bridge to Dead Man's curve. First one back to the starting point won. Cheryl took to the center of the road as the flag girl, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race. Jughead took a momentary lead as the rival gang sped down the road. With Malachai repeatedly ramming their vehicle, Archie and Jughead didn't hold that lead for long. As they approached the bridge, Archie advised Jughead to fall back because it was too narrow for both vehicles to cross, though Jughead refused to back down, "the serpents are joining the Ghoulies over my dead body, Archie". With Herk Harvey bridge approaching fast, Archie pulled the emergency break against Jughead's wishes, forcing the car to a stop as the Ghouiles crossed over. Furious over Archie's interference, Jughead demanded to know why he would do such a thing. Archie explained that Jughead would thank him for it. As police sirens began to ring, Archie and Jughead followed the sirens over the bridge to find that Malachai had been stopped by Sheriff Keller and the police department.
Archie and Jughead returned to the starting point to inform everyone that they needed to leave immediately, as the police were just down the road. Tall Boy accused Jughead of calling the police, but Archie confessed to calling Sheriff Keller, and alerting him of the race. It was his idea to get rid of the Ghoulies. They got arrested for street racing, and now they were no longer a concern. However, as Jughead explained, they wouldn't be gone long for over a street racing charge, and when they got out, they'd want all of their heads on a stake.
The Path to Reconciliation
After getting roped in with the Snake Charmer despite his father's warnings, Jughead headed down to Riverdale High School to ask for Archie's help and his father's truck. Jughead requested that Archie refrain from asking questions given that Archie owed him for the deal he made involving Sheriff Keller and the Ghoulies.
That night, Archie and Jughead went down to a shipping yard, where within a shipping container, they found the crate of drugs that they were supposed to be transporting to Greendale for Penny Peabody. The two of them grabbed the crate from opposite sides, loaded it into the back of the truck, and drove off. While Archie was willing to see the deal through, he had to ask where does Jughead being a Serpent end. However, this was a question that not even Jughead could answer, as he was living minute to minute. Archie then told Jughead of a post graduation idea he had. Instead of going to college, they'd move to New York after graduation, where he'd be a musician and Jughead a writer, both living somewhere like the east village. As for Betty and Veronica in this scenario, they were roommates in park avenue. But on a more serious note, Archie was concerned that if Jughead stayed on his current path, that he would end up in jail or worse. Unfortunately, as they were driving, the truck caught a flat tire, forcing them to call for help. After Archie shut down Jughead's proposition to call Betty, as he didn't want her involved in such business, they decided to call Kevin, who had a truck of his own. As they were doing so, a man named Farmer McGinty pulled up alongside the road to offer assistance. While the farmer didn't have a spare, he was willing to give one of them a ride to Greendale, but not without pay. Jughead offered up his last $18 in exchange for the ride, however, Archie wasn't so sure that this was a wise decision. Jughead insisted that he had no other choice, then telling Archie that his debt had been paid, and that they were all good. After loading the crate into the farmer's truck, Archie watched from his father truck as Jughead road off with Farmer McGinty.
On their way to Greendale, Jughead and Farmer McGinty stopped at a gas station and then a cafe. In the cafe Farmer McGinty told Jughead a story about the Riverdale Reaper and the family of four that lived out near Fox Forsest, who he murdered in their sleep with a shotgun. While the Reaper was never apprehended, some people say that the lynch mob hung him from the tree near Pickens Park. Others think he hopped a train and went out to California, where he started praying to the Devil. However, there was also a theory that he never left Riverdale, which left Jughead to question if the Reaper and the Black Hood were one and the same. Farmer McGinty merely believed that it was killing season. The waitress then put the check on the table, though the Farmer tried to pass it on to Jughead, who didn't have any money. Farmer McGinty then got up from his seat, and prepared to leave with intentions on taking the crate with him. Fortunately, Archie arrived to pay the bill, during which time, the farmer accused both him and Jughead of being sinners.
Just outside the cafe, after paying for the bill, Archie and Jughead took the crate from the farmer's truck, and loaded it back into his father's truck, where Jughead thanked Archie for coming back for him. Archie reminded Jughead of their agreement to see the deal through. He fully intended on keeping that promise. Despite their efforts to adhere to the advice Penny Peabody by delivering the drugs, and leaving Greendale by Midnight, as it was a town that you didn't want to be in past such hours, Archie and Jughead had no choice. At 11:52 P.M., they got back on the road to deliver the crate as agreed. Upon their arrival at the Greendale warehouse, where they delivered the crate as promised, Archie and Jughead were joined by an older woman in a wheelchair, and the man that was pushing her. They were late, the woman remarked, thought Jughead replied that they had car trouble. As her male companion flashed a gun to frighten them, she told them not to be late next time, but Jughead had no clue what she was referring to as the delivery was a one time job. However, the older woman claimed to have been informed by Penny that the Serpents were taking over for the Ghoulies, and that they were set for regular deliveries, with a regular delivery boy (i.e. Jughead).
After making the delivery, Archie and Jughead returned to Riverdale. At Pop's, Jughead thanked Archie once more for his assistance even though doing what they did violated every strand of Archie's DNA, Jughead acknowledged. However, Archie didn't seem too concerned, stating that they'd all done bad things ever since the Black Hood first entered the diner. It was almost as if he was making them do it. Maybe it was just a tale from the dark side, but Jughead had been thinking about the story he heard regarding the Riverdale Reaper, and the possibility of it being an actual lead. He hoped that Archie would join him at the library to research the topic. However, Archie would be busy the following day as he and Reggie were taking Moose to physical therapy, and after that, he would be having dinner with Veronica and her parents. Maybe the day after that, Archie offered. He then further expressed his concern for Jughead, and the hole he was in with the Penny and Serpents. Jughead told Archie that he would try to get himself out, before leaving to visit his father in prison. Shortly after Jughead's departure, Pop Tate announced that he had just gotten off the phone with the Black Hood, who said that they were all sinners that failed his test, and that the reckoning was upon them.
In the Blue and Gold offices, Jughead and Betty informed Archie and Veronica of the recent development in his father's case, which involved his father's release. What heralded this miracle, Veronica wondered. Jugead claimed it was due to a combination of overcrowding at the jail and Cheryl's testimony, which the Judge must've reviewed. However, both he and Archie knew the true reason for his father's release was because of the drug-run they made into Greendale for Penny Peabody, during which time they discovered that Penny had set Jughead up to be her permanent drug-runner. With a new lead on the Black Hood case, Jughead and Betty were hoping that Archie and Veronica could follow up on it, as Jughead would be busy helping his father readjust. Essentially, they wanted Archie and Veronica to be them, in the sense that they would be investigating the case as a investigative team.
A some time had passed since they spoke last, and in a reversal of roles, Jughead and Betty were called down to the Blue and Gold offices by Archie and Veronica, who had gone to the house of the Reaper's murder, and discovered from the Sheriff's case files that there was a third child of the Conway family, Joseph Conway. He survived the massacre. His name was changed and his identity was hidden so that he could lead a normal life. According to Sheriff Howard's notes, he was adopted by another family in Riverdale, and presumably enrolled at a local high school. Fortunately, they had a photo of Joseph, meaning that all they had to do was match the photo to one of the students at Riverdale High School during the years he would've attended. If they found him, then he could possibly tell them how the Conway massacre was related to the recent killings. Jughead speculated that finding Joseph Conway wasn't the best idea since he could be the Black Hood. Considering that Joseph possibly saw the slaughter of his family, that type of brutality and viciousness could've traumatized him, which he might even blame Riverdale for, and is punishing the town because of it. Jughead and Betty then invited Archie and Veronica to his father's retirement party.
That night, after sweeping the perimeter, Jughead entered the Wyrm for his father's party, where he found Archie sitting near the bar. Archie told Jughead that he was waiting for Veronica to arrive, as he was looking to clear the air between them. Tonight's going to be a good night, Archie said. Here's hoping, Jughead replied, before walking off.
Later on in the night, Jughead watched from the crowd as Archie performed on stage with Veronica. Although, their performance was cut short after Veronica ran off the stage in tears.
As Jughead worked on his novel from Pop's, Archie and Mr. Andrews entered the diner with the Christmas tree that Pop Tate had ordered. After setting it up, Archie joined Jughed in his booth, where the two of them discussed Holiday plans. Despite initial plans to visit his mother in Chicago, Archie and his father were staying in town for Christmas, as his mother had booked a singles cruise. When Jughead asked about his current relationship troubles with Veronica, Archie told him that they weren't in the best place. If it was any conciliation, Jughead and Betty weren't on the greatest of terms either. Mr. Andrews then asked Jughead if he and his father wanted a Christmas tree, free of charge. Jughead accepted his offer, though it would have to be a small tree given that they lived in a trailer. Archie then left, but not before making sure that Jughead would also be attending Kevin's secret Santa gathering.
Though they did not speak, in the days leading up to Christmas, both Archie and Jughead attended Kevin's Secret Santa gift exchange in the student lounge at Riverdale High School. While it remains unknown whose name Jughead picked or who picked his name, he watched with a potential look of concern as Betty opened her gift from Archie, which was an old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were five years old, entitled "The Swiss Family Robinson". She loved the present, thanking Archie for such a wonderful gift. Moose and Midge then entered the lounge to join them for the Holiday event.
Jughead met with Archie, Betty, and Veronica in a booth at Pop's after Sheriff Keller killed the Black Hood, and they discovered that the man behind the hood was Mr. Svenson, Riverdale High's janitor. The four of them discussed how Veronica's instincts about Svenson were correct. She thought he was the Black Hood, and had Archie listened when they confronted him at school, they could've end everything. But after looking directly into the killer's eyes the day that his father was shot, Archie didn't see the resemblance in Svenson's eyes. Taking a moment to forget about his eyes, they couldn't believe that he would cut off his own finger. The finger of accusation, Betty pointed out. "So we know whodunit. Why did he do it?", Jughead asked. Svenson accused an innocent man of being the Riverdale Reaper and murdering his family, which got the man killed. Maybe, in some twisted way, Svenson thought that targeting sinners would balance his sin, Betty explained. Him having such vast knowledge on their lives made perfect sense given that Svenson was always around, lurking in the hallways. He could have seen Archie and Ms. Grundy in the music room, as well as Moose and Midge buying Jingle Jangle. While they continued to go over the killer's motives, Jughead was just grateful that Svenson was in a body bag and they weren't.
After learning that Southside High was closing down and that some of its students were being transferred to Riverdale High School, including Jughead, Archie joined Veronica in welcoming the transfers (Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea and Fangs Fogarty, amongst others). To ease their transition to the Northside, Veronica had set up a registration desk in the hallway for locker assignments, class schedules, and a list of sports and extracurriculars. Cheryl and Reggie then interrupted. With the River Vixens and Riverdale Bulldogs in tow, Cheryl approached the registration desk, hurling insults their way, referring to them as "Southside scum" and "raggamuffins". Cheryl refused to allow Riverdale High's above average GPA to suffer because of overcrowded classrooms with underachievers such as themselves. So she instructed them to find another school to deface. In doing this, she upset Toni. Just as the two were about to face off, Archie stepped in the middle of them, hoping to put their Northside and Southside differences aside to start over but the rivaling sides continued to go back and forth until Mr. Weatherbee arrived to send them off to class.
At Pickens Park, Archie watched from the crowd as Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea, Fangs Fogarty and the Southside Serpents protested Pickens Day. Jughead stood next to Thomas Topaz as Toni, who seemingly led the charge, stood in front of the stage with Sweet Pea and Fogarty to announce that they represented the dead and the silenced. Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe, Toni's grandfather's family. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them. Hoping to calm the crowd, Mr. Lodge got on stage to applaud the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale.
Jughead observed from the front counter at Pop's as Archie retrieved Mr. Lodge's order in what he described as being a classic trope of Mob movies. A rich, high-rolling, gangster taking a small town kid under his wing.
In the student lounge, having already invited Archie, Veronica invited Jughead, Betty and Kevin to her confirmation ceremony. Usually those kinds of events were family only, but since they were her chosen family, she managed to pull a few strings and reserve them a pew. Later that week, Jughead attended Veronica's confirmation. He sat alongside Betty, Kevin and Archie as Veronica was confirmed.
In the student lounge at school, Jughead, Archie, Betty and Veronica learned from Kevin that the police had found a dead body that morning, leaving Jughead to wonder if the Black Hood had risen from the grave. While the investigation was ongoing, it was supposedly a gruesome, gangland style execution at the motel.
Archie and Jughead's relationship began to crumble. At Pop's, Jughead accused Archie of siding with Hiram over Fred. However, Jughead is in the dark about Archie's blood oath with Hiram. Jughead wanted to set up a protest so that Hiram Lodge would not demolish Southside High. Archie, was forced to stop the protest in exchange for Hiram letting his father out of the SoDale deal. Archie cut off the chains that Jughead and the Serpents had on.
- Archie: "I'm sorry."
- Jughead: "It's cool... We're not gonna hug in front of this whole town. [laughs] So why don't we both just do that bro thing where we nod like douches and mutually suppress our emotions?"
- Archie: "Yeah, but as friends, right?"
- Jughead: "To be discussed, over many burgers, and many days."
- ―Archie and Jughead rekindling their friendship[src]
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