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Archie: "Can we talk? I just wanted to say, what if we made a mistake?"
Valerie: "First of all, we didn't do anything. I broke up with you because I thought you were a hot mess. Clearly I was right. "
Archie: "Wait, Valerie-"
Valerie: "What is your problem, Archie? You shut me out, remember? It's too late."
―Archie tries to mend their broken relationship[src]
The relationship between Archie Andrews and Valerie Brownbegan as a friendship as Valerie helped Archie with his music, but soon advanced to romance. However, after Archie became involved with the Blossoms and began ignoring her, Valerie ended their relationship. Archie attempted to make up for ignoring Valerie during their relationship but reconciliation seemed futile.
Despite growing up in the same town, Archie and Valerie didn't seem to be too familiar with each other prior to the start of the series.
On the first day of sophomore year, Valerie, Melody Valentine, and Josie McCoy, aka Josie and the Pussycats, were interrupted by Archie as they rehearsed one of their songs in the school music room who excitedly explained that he wanted to write for them. However, Josie rebuffed him without hesitation.
After Cheryl called in a favor with Josie, she and her band agreed to allow Archie to quietly observe them while they rehearsed for the Taste of Riverdale event. Valerie explained that Melody was their technique queen, and she their writer. Archie just wanted them to play his songs, and help him make them better. Things got a little tense as Josie explained to him the difference between him as a musician and a person of color as a musician and Valerie attempted to de-escalate things but Archie stopped her, and explained that he agreed with everything Josie had said. Archie then assisted the Pussycats in writing their song when Valerie struggled with a section of the lyrics.
During the live performance of the song, entitled "All For Me", Archie snuck into the event, despite being grounded and forbidden from attending, and watched proudly.
As Archie pursued his music career, Valerie endeavoured to help and informed him of an amazing songwriter from New York, Oscar Castillo, an adjunct at Carson College. She insisted that Oscar could be a great mentor for his music, and passed along his number. However, Castillo, after interviewing Archie about his interest in music, demanded Archie bring in sheet music, something Archie didn't normally work with. That night, Valerie helped Archie compose sheet music at his house and was surprised with how quick he caught on. The next day, Archie handed over the pages he'd worked on, but Castillo was not pleased. He dismissed it as "sloppy" and after listening to his music, deemed his songs "repetitive". Unfortunately for Archie, Oscar felt he couldn't help him.
Discouraged, Archie met Val at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, and wondered if maybe Ms. Grundy had lied about him having talent. However, Valerie convinced Archie that he still had a shot at being a musician and not to give up. She decided to continue working with him and they got together in the music room at school, sharing a look filled with romantic overtones.
After Archie choked during his audition for the school 7th annual Variety Show, Val checked on him and explained that singing made him vulnerable in a way that football never has, which is why he'd never experienced it before. Archie believed that this was due to lack of a team, or at least a partner and asked Valerie if she could sing with him. However, Val had to decline as she was a Pussycat first and foremost and Josie would never allow it. Archie then partnered with Veronica Lodge.
During The Pussycats rehearsal for the Variety Show, things got a little heated between Val and Josie, which subsequently led to Valerie quitting, and joining Archie. The next day at school, Veronica walked in on Val and Archie rehearsing a duet they'd worked on together, "I Got You", in the student lounge which came as a big surprise to Veronica as she had not been aware she had been replaced. In retaliation, Veronica took Valerie's place with the Pussycats. They continued their rehearsal in Archie's garage, but Val was noticeably in a foul mood, this was due to the huge risk she had taken by stepping out on the Pussycats.
The morning of the Variety Show, as she had helped him, Archie wanted to help Valerie in return by encouraging her to mend her broken relationship with Josie. He told her that in her heart she was a Pussycat, and she should perform with them, that he would be okay alone. After successful performances by both Archie and The Pussycats, Valerie congratulated Archie on overcoming his stage fright and the two shared a passionate kiss.
Days later, Fred Andrews had a conversation with Archie regarding his date with Valerie. Archie responded that their date went well. Later, Valerie was seen at Archie's place, as she tried to calm an incensed Archie down, regarding an incident that occurred with Moose Mason getting attacked at the Andrews Construction. Archie believed the Southside Serpents had been the assailants and wanted to confront them. Valerie tried to inform him of the risks of going to their bar, the Whyte Wyrm, however, Archie ignored her and went anyway.
Following a brief chat with Cheryl, Valerie thought it best to inform Archie that Cheryl believed she was going to steal him away from her after how close the two of them had gotten recently while Archie had been doing favors for the Blossoms. Considering all the gifts Archie had received from the family in return, Valerie didn't blame Cheryl as she didn't think of it to be that much of a leap. Archie didn't seem to concerned with being bought by the Blossoms, so long as it helped his father's company and gave him access to a prestigious music program. Valerie wondered why Archie would not rather earn his spot in the program with his music. Which led him to ask what she would do in his place, to which she responded that if he had to ask her that, he didn't know her at all.
The next day, after Archie sees the error he'd made in getting involved with the Blossom family, he went to Valerie to try and make up with her. However, tired of being blown off and ignored, Valerie dumped Archie, leaving him with little to no chance of forgiveness.
A few days later, Archie and Val eyed each other from across the cafeteria while he, Betty, Veronica and Kevin discussed throwing Jughead a surprise 16th birthday party. The next day at the party, Archie noticed Valerie had attended and excitedly asked Jughead if he thought that meant she wanted him back. However, Archie later ran into her and tried to talk her into getting back together, but Valerie had no interest. Archie stopped her when she attempted to walk away and she ended up tossing her drink in his face in front of the whole party, angrily telling him it was too late and walking off with Melody Valentine.
Though they did not speak to one another, Archie and Valerie both attended Nick St. Clair hotel party at the Five Seasons hotel, along with Melody, Josie, Veronica, Betty, Cheryl, Kevin, and Reggie. After several drinks, Nick suggested they take Jingle Jangle to heighten the fun experience. High off drugs, Valerie and Melody danced behind the bar, alongside Nick, while Archie danced with Veronica, that is until a verbal fight broke out fight between Betty and Veronica, which dampened the the fun, party-going atmosphere, and resulted in Betty leaving early.
Archie: "Look you were right, about being bought and taking shortcuts. After last night, I'm done with the Blossoms. I am."
Valerie: "Good for you, Archie, but I'm done with you. Ever since we started dating you've ignored me, you've ditched me."
Archie: "Val, please, let me make it up to you."
Val: "Sorry Archie, but, unlike you, I won't be bought."