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I want you with me. I don't think that this town is safe anymore. I feel like Riverdale is getting ready to slide off of a mountainside and I don't want you anywhere around when that happens.
— Mary to Archie[src]

The mother and son relationship between Archie and Mary Andrews is close, but not nearly as close as he is with his father. Archie hadn't seen his mother up until she returned to Riverdale after leaving, and moving to Chicago two years prior. She and Archie spent quite a bit of time together while she was in town, and before she left for Chicago again, Archie promised that he would come spend some time with her over the next summer break since he chose to still live in Riverdale with his father after Mary offered him to come move to Chicago with her.

History

Presumably, Archie and Mary had a good relationship while Archie was growing up, however when she and Fred decided to separate, Archie chose to stay with his father in Riverdale, despite Mary wanting him to move Chicago with her.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

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 on the phone. However, Fred was of the opinion that they were past the point of reconciliation.

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Fred comes home with Mary

Fred called Archie from Chicago who wondered if he had seen his mother 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.[1]

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Archie and Mary talk

At breakfast the next morning, Mary explained to Archie that the reason she had come back to Riverdale was due to Archie's phone call. She had thought that Riverdale would be better and safer for him, than Chicago. Archie, however, reassured her that he was okay, his life was good and he and his father were closer than ever. Mary revealed that Fred had mentioned Archie's music and she hoped Archie could play her something before she left, which led Archie to invite her to Homecoming so she could see him play live. After school, Archie returned home to find his parents together in the kitchen, which was something he was not used to. It was nice but unnerving for him at the same time. He was then happily surprised to learn that they were attending the dance together.

Following the dance, Mary asked Archie to return to Chicago with her, to stay. After FP Jones's arrest for Jason Blossom's murder, Mary did not think Riverdale was safe anymore and she wanted her son with her. Archie promised his mother that he would think about it.[2]

Legal Aid & Departure

At the Andrews house, after the dance, Mary, Fred, and Hermione were shocked to discover that Archie and Veronica had broke into FP's trailer in search of any evidence that would connect him to the murder of Jason Blossom. They were even more shocked to discover that Alice was in on it. However, Archie, Veronica and Betty claimed that the gun used to kill Jason wasn't in the closet when they checked the trailer, and that it was planted after they left, meaning someone was framing FP, or so they claimed. Archie wanted to get this information to Sheriff Keller, but as Mary explained, Archie entered FP's residence illegally, so whatever he did or did not find would be inadmissible in a court of law. Going to Sheriff Keller with the information they claim to have would simply make matters worse.

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Mary at Pop's shoppe with Archie and Jughead

A couple days had passed since homecoming, and after spending the previous night at the Sheriff Station with FP, Mary, Archie and Jughead met up at Pop's shoppe to discuss FP's case. She passed herself off as his attorney in an effort to gain as much information as she could. Unfortunately, between FP's list of priors, the anonymous tip, the possession of the murder weapon, and his confession, it was looking pretty bad for him. She was with FP all night, and he never once changed his story, but he did use his one phone call to contact someone named Joaquin DeSantos, who Mary would later come to find out was a Southside Serpent and Kevin's boyfriend. She then advised Jughead to go see his father, tell him everything he wanted to say because once he was arraigned, the process would become much faster, and there wouldn't be anything left to do, so that would be his final chance.

Despite her best efforts, Archie turned down Mary's offer to move with her to Chicago because his friends need him, but he promised to visit for the summer. She hugged Archie, told him she loved him, and then exited the house.[3]

Season 2

The Shooting at Pop's

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Mary and Fred at Archie's graduation

Mary appeared alongside Fred during a dream-like hallucination. In the student lounge, the two of them joined Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica in preparation for their graduation, which Mary remarked was ten minutes away. As Fred held up his phone to take a photo of the kids, Mary insisted that he hurry up. Meanwhile, in reality, Mary received a call from Archie, telling her that Fred had been shot by a black hooded assailant during a robbery at Pop's. With the doctors being uncertain over Fred's survival, Archie urged her to come back to Riverdale in case Fred doesn't make it.

Back in reality, by night fall, Mary had arrived in Riverdale to take care of Fred, who had regained consciousness and was recovering from home. She bypassed Archie on her way up the stairs to tend to Fred.[4]

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Mary surprising Archie

With Fred in dire need of her professional expertise to get out of his contract with the Lodges, Mary returned to Riverdale to assist. Archie greeted her at the front door. The two shared a hug and then they proceeded into the kitchen, where she went on to discuss Fred's contract. She wished that he had called her in sooner, before he gave the Lodges 20% of Andrews Construction. However, Archie was far from concerned. He was sure that Hiram would keep his word though Mary and Fred weren't so sure given their long standing history with Hiram and Hermione.

Archie and Mary later had lunch at Pop's. She hated to see him and his father fighting. Given that he was in his first serious relationship with Veronica, his mother wanted to ensure that he wasn't led astray to align himself with her family against his better judgment. Archie insisted that this wasn't the case.

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Archie having dinner with his parents

The following night, Archie had dinner with his parents. The topic of discussion — Riverdale and Jughead's crusade to save it. Archie wrote the protest off as an act of lunacy. However, his father defended Jughead's protest. While Archie may not have believed in what he was fighting for, Jughead's motive was still valid. However, Archie disagreed, arguing that Jughead was mostly fighting against Mr. Lodge. As were a lot of people in town who were afraid of what had to be done. His mother took great offense to Archie's comments. Not because they were directed at her, but because they were directed at his father, who according to her, broke rocks in high school to support his family when his own father got sick. He saw what had to be done, and did it. Even making a business out of it. One that paid for the house that Archie slept under and the food that he ate. Furthermore, his mother explained that his father did have a vision. One that didn't end with everyone working in a penal colony. While it was his prerogative to side with Hiram, his mother refused to allow him to disrespect his father.

Archie returned home to learn that Hiram Lodge had kept his end of the deal and freed his father of all contractual obligations to Lodge Industries. He also learned that Mary planned to stay in Riverdale longer than initially expected to help Fred with his campaign to run for Mayor against the Lodges.[5]

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Fred and Mary at the student hall meeting

Mary and Fred attended the school hall meeting at Archie's school, where he and Veronica squared off against Jughead, Betty, Reggie and Josie. Afterward, Mary and Fred exchanged words in the hallway with Hiram and Hermione as Archie and Veronica played peacemakers. All of Riverdale was buzzing about Fred's decision to run against Hermione for Mayor. When Mary addressed the fact that they were still waiting for Hiram to sign the papers to release Fred from his contract to Lodge Industries, Hermione countered that they were still waiting for Fred and Mary to sign the NDA that they had sent over.

Upon returning home, Mary reminded Archie that his father was announcing his Mayoral campaign and that he needed to be there in support of him as Fred's campaign was based on promoting a wholesome view of Riverdale. Archie agreed to attend, and Mary assured him that it would mean a lot to everyone.

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The Andrews vs the Lodges, with Veronica and Archie playing peacemakers

Mary and Fred attended the school hall meeting at Archie's school, where he and Veronica squared off against Jughead, Betty, Reggie and Josie. Afterward, Fred and Mary exchanged words in the hallway with Hiram and Hermione as Archie and Veronica attempted to play peacemakers. All of Riverdale was buzzing about Fred's decision to run against Hermione for Mayor. Mary then pointed out that they were still waiting for Hiram to sign the papers to release Fred from his contract to Lodge Industries. However, Hermione countered that they were still waiting for Fred and Mary to sign the NDA that they had sent over.

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Mary telling Archie about Fred's announcement address

Upon returning home, Mary reminded Archie that Fred was announcing his Mayoral campaign and that he needed to be there in support of him as Fred's campaign was based on promoting a wholesome view of Riverdale. Archie agreed to attend, and Mary assured him that it would mean a lot to everyone.

Later that week, before leaving for Chicago, Mary asked Archie what was so important that he couldn't be there for his dad. She recalled that he used to worship his father and play music. Not to mention, that he, Jughead and Betty were inseparable. But who he is now is someone that not even she recognized.[6]

Gallery

Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps

References

  1. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.
  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (April 27, 2017). "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 11. The CW.
  3. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (May 4, 2017). "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 12. The CW.
  4. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  5. DeWille, James (writer) & Shilati, Sherwin (director) (March 21, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 16. The CW.
  6. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Ostrander, Alexis (director) (March 28, 2018). "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 17. The CW.