Oh my god. In his letter, the Black Hood said that I'm the only one who could solve the cipher, like he created it specifically for me. Maybe using one of my touchstones, Jug. If I'm right, I think I know how to decode this.
Sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome as apple pie with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie. Tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice — much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.
Betty grew up in Riverdale with her parents, Alice and Hal Cooper, and her older sister Polly. Her childhood best friend was Archie Andrews, and as the years passed, she grew to harbor romantic feelings for him, which she dared not reveal. Betty's family life was very tense, as her mother was extremely controlling, which led to her sister having a mental breakdown and being sent to live in a group home . Though her parents claimed this was caused by Polly's disastrous relationship with Jason Blossom, Betty knew better. As the only remaining daughter in the Cooper household, she was placed under immense pressure by her mother to be perfect in every way.
At the Cooper house, Betty got dressed for an evening out with Archie at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, she was nervous, but at the same time believed that the time had finally come for her to ask him out. They discussed their summer activities as they sat in a booth at the diner, Betty loved her internship, but while pouring cement all summer was no fun for Archie, he did find a new passion, a love for writing songs. Betty then saw her moment to reveal her feelings towards Archie, but they were interrupted by the arrival of Veronica Lodge, who was picking up an order. On her first day as a sophomore, Betty's mother insisted that she do co-curricular and keep her guard up, as that year would be important for her college applications. Betty's mother also reminded her of the path that her older sister, Polly, went down by getting involved with Jason Blossom, and how it ruined her life. Betty hadn't forgotten, and she told her that Archie isn't Jason, so they shouldn't be compared.
Betty gave Veronica a tour of the school, and it wasn't long before they were joined by Kevin, who made it evident to Veronica that despite the fact that Betty and Archie weren't together, they are end-game. This came up as Veronica simultaneously spotted Archie in the hall. Later that day, Betty, Archie, and Kevin were joined by Veronica, during which time Archie played them a sample of his music. Cheryl Blossom joined the table soon after, and she invited Veronica to try out for the River Vixens, who then invited Betty to try-out as well. Cheryl coldly agreed, but not without taking a jab at Betty, saying that she already had so much her plate, alluding to the fact that Betty was not slim enough to be a cheerleader when she tried out last year. Betty had doubts that she'd actually make the team, but Veronica wasn't taking no for an answer, so she encouraged Betty with compliments to her appearance and intelligence. She then offered to assist her in preparing for the try-outs if that's what she truly desired.
In spite of their best effort at try-outs, Cheryl found their routine to be dull and boring, this prompted Veronica to kiss Betty in an attempt to save their routine. Sadly, Cheryl was not impressed, as she stated that lesbian kisses were outdated. Then came the interview portion of the try-outs, in which Cheryl pressured Betty into talking about Polly, more so Polly's relationship with Jason, Cheryl's brother. If bringing up her sister wasn't bad enough, Cheryl denied Betty a spot on the River Vixens, which led Veronica to come to her defense. She demanded that Betty receive a spot on the squad, or else she wouldn't join and with no other choice, Cheryl reluctantly agreed. After acquiring their River Vixens uniform, Betty asked Veronica why she defended her, as Betty was very much aware of the crowd that Veronica ran with back in New York.
Veronica's drastic change in character was due to the arrest of her father, they were verbally attacked through letters and emails, and what hurt the most was that everything that was being said about her family was true, so moving to Riverdale was a fresh start. Since Cheryl had previously brought it up, Betty decided to tell Veronica her about Polly and Jason's romance, it meant everything to Polly, but nothing to Jason, the relationship quickly grew to be toxic, which led to their mother turning on Polly. Jason may have hurt her, but it was their mother that broke Polly. Then moving on to their next topic of discussion, Betty was pressured by Veronica to ask Archie to the back-to-school Semi-formal but due to her lack of confidence, Betty ended up asking Archie to be her and Veronica's escort to the dance instead. Excited over Archie saying yes, Betty danced around her room, while wearing her cheer uniform, then her mother came in, angered by the fact that her daughter joined a cheer team led by Cheryl Blossom, as the Blossoms and Coopers had an on-going feud.
Betty refused to remove the uniform, tired of being the perfect daughter, sister, and student, she would not quit the cheer team as it is the one decision she had made for herself. Before leaving, she informed her mother that she would be attending the school dance with Archie and Veronica. As planned, Betty, Veronica, and Archie attended the semi-formal. After a nudge from Veronica and Kevin, Betty managed to ask Archie if there was a chance they could ever step up their relationship and become a couple. Unfortunately for Betty, Archie seemed unenthusiastic at the confession of her feelings toward him and could not see such a future for them.
Despite their current situation, they went to the after-party at Cheryl's house, where they were forced to play "Seven Minutes in Heaven", much to Betty's dismay, Archie and Veronica were up first. When they came out, Cheryl was delighted to inform them of Betty's abrupt departure, considering the both of them had betrayed her. Archie went to meet Betty at her house in order to clear things up, she asked with all her heart if he had any romantic feelings towards her, but he didn't, Archie never wished to pursue a romantic relationship because he just wasn't good enough for her and she deserved better. He could not offer her what she wanted. The following morning, Betty stood at the shore of Sweetwater River as Jason Blossom's body was brought in.
Sunday night, following the discovery of Jason Blossom's body, Betty received a text from Archie, though she wasn't interested in talking. The subsequent morning, before leaving for school, she had a brief chat with her mother, who reminded her that people like Archie, Veronica, and Cheryl are not her friends and that their recent betrayal is only further proof of that. Despite telling her mother that she would no longer seek friendship from Archie, Betty did the very opposite by asking him to walk her to school. She needed time to process the situation, to separate what she wanted from what her mom wanted, and what she wanted was to be friends with Archie. Betty was taken by surprise with Veronica's apology, one that included her being gifted with flowers, cupcakes and manicures.
Although Betty accepted the apology, she did so while under the impression that Veronica was simply being shallow, and that she'd latch on to someone else eventually. Betty, Kevin, and Veronica joined Archie at lunch, while he worked on his music. At Veronica's request, he played one of his new songs, which overwhelmed Betty, and she ran away from the table as her eyes filled with tears. Archie caught up to her, wanting to talk, Betty explained that she felt safest and most herself whenever she and Archie were at a booth at Pop's, but after the events that took place that weekend, she no longer felt that way. Later, at cheer practice, she and Veronica got into an argument over Archie, her informing Archie of her true feelings towards him, and the awkward tension now between them because of it.
To get back at Veronica, Betty invited Cheryl to get manicures with her, but it backfired when Cheryl again drilled Betty with questions about Polly and Jason's relationship. It escalated when Cheryl accused Polly of being the person who murdered Jason, having enough of Cheryl and her vindictive ways, Betty told her to get out the house otherwise, she'd kill Cheryl. At school, Betty admitted that Veronica was right about what she said pertaining to Archie, sometimes it's hard to admit things to yourself, Betty said. That night at the Pep Rally, Betty was shocked to see Archie's bruised eye after his fight in the student lounge with Reggie. Following a performance by Josie and the Pussycats, Cheryl took off the stage in tears with Betty and Veronica behind her, Betty watched from a distance as Veronica consoled Cheryl.
Seeing this with her own eyes, Betty realized that she had been wrong about Veronica's motives, so they reconciled with malts at Pop's shoppe. Unexpectedly, Archie and Jughead entered the diner soon after, so Betty invited them to join her and Veronica at the table.
Reviving the Blue & Gold
Hot off the presses, Alice threw their latest print from The Register onto Betty's bed, it read: "CHERYL BLOSSOM GUILTY AS SIN!". First, her mother leaked Jason Blossom's autopsy report, and now that, Betty insisted that her mother stops with sensationalizing his death. Whatever Jason may have done to Polly, they needed to keep in mind that he was still a person. The Register should have been writing about the real story, such as what happened to Jason, who was holding him captive, why he was frozen, and who fired the gun on July 4th. Since Betty was so keen on reporting the facts, Alice offered her a job at the Register, they could really use a Lois Lane type like Betty.
Jason's death changed Riverdale, people don't want to admit it, but they all feel it, nothing that bad was ever suppose to happen, so Betty wanted to know why. To further investigate the unsolved murder of Jason Blossom, Betty sought to revive the Riverdale High School newspaper, The Blue and Gold. She convinced Jughead, and his well-found journalist skills, to join her. She gave him an important task as the newest member to use his journalist skills and investigate the case of Jason’s disappearance. For his first assignment, Betty mentioned that there was one person no one had been talking about who was at Sweetwater River on July 4th: Dilton Doiley and his scouts. After going on a date with Chuck Clayton, who Betty had earlier labeled as a player, Veronica was branded with a "sticky maple", which was an act of visual slut-shaming in Riverdale.
Veronica was furious and was not about to go down without a fight, so she wanted revenge and was ready to go all "Full dark, No stars", willing to allow Betty to join her if she pleased. They stormed into the boy's locker room, passing an unprepared Archie who nearly dropped the towel tied around his waist. They then found Chuck, and Veronica demanded that he remove the photo he posted. Despite her "closet date" with Archie, Betty defended Veronica, telling Chuck that he was not allowed to go around humiliating girls for any reasons, under any circumstances. Unfortunately, nothing they said got through to Chuck, he replied that Veronica's high-tone and bitch attitude had no power in Bulldog territory.
Later on, Betty called Veronica to come back to school, as she'd gathered other girls who were also slut-shamed by Chuck Clayton and his posse. Veronica listened to Ethel's experience with Chuck's ways when Cheryl interrupted, informing them annoyingly that River Vixens practice started in five minutes. Ethel then said that they keep their conquests in the playbook, to which Veronica was ready to expose them "book or no book, proof or no proof" because they'd gone too far. Betty, Veronica, Ethel, Kevin and Cheryl met up later in the night as they broke into the school to find the playbook, where Chuck and his teammates kept track of scores, and thanks to Trev Brown, they knew just where to look. Ethel found the book by the shelf, while everyone gathered to see the contents inside, they found out that all of it was true, Veronica and Ethel were in the book, as was Polly, who was listed under Jason's name.
Cheryl was shocked that her brother would even be a part of this, but Betty was not. Now it was her turn to go "Full dark, No stars" on avenging not only Veronica and the girls, but also her sister, Polly. She returned home that night and applied make up before leaving out as Betty started her revenge plan by flirting with Chuck at Pop's shoppe, and asking him to meet her at Ethel’s house. He arrived to find Veronica by the door instead, she explained that they decided to "share". Betty soon entered the room in a black wig, red lipstick, and lingerie stating that "Betty couldn't make it, so she sent me instead." Veronica and Chuck both held a look of surprise, as they observed this "other side" of Betty.
Betty then slipped Chuck a muscle relaxer and hand-cuffed him up to the rail in the hot tub, forcing him to confess on video. However, she took a step too far by pushing his head into the boiling water with her high heel and poured a bottle of maple syrup all over his face. As she was doing this, she started telling him to say sorry for “ruining Polly”, addressing him as Jason, she then added, “Say you’re sorry for destroying me”. Veronica was disturbed by her attitude and told her that it was enough, as she stopped the recording. The next morning, Veronica found Betty by the lockers, and she expressed her appreciation for Betty’s help but also told her how concerned and freaked out she was by her odd behavior.
Betty’s nonchalance didn't seem so convincing, especially considering that the wig was tucked away in her locker. Given that she and Veronica had enough proof, Coach Clayton was forced to remove his son, Chuck and his football cronies off the Riverdale Bulldogs team. Later, Betty and Cheryl watched as the playbook burned up in the trash can, as Cheryl apologized about Polly if Jason really did hurt her.As for that gunshot incident on the 4th of July, Dilton does meet up with Jughead and Betty. He begs Betty and Jughead not to publish a story saying that he fired the gunshot the day Jason went missing. In return, he offered them a better story: he saw Ms. Grundy’s car by Sweetwater River that morning.
Just outside the shoppe, where they could talk privately, Betty asked Archie if he was at Sweetwater with Grundy, which he was, revealing that he was in a relationship with Grundy to Betty and Veronica. She reminded Archie that what he was doing was illegal, and Veronica backed her up, however, Grundy was there for him when no one else was. The next morning in the music room, Betty interviewed Ms. Grundy under the false pretense that The Blue and Gold was doing a series of articles spotlighting teachers. Betty asked her a string of questions, everything from former schools she taught at to her independent studies, which surprisingly included Jason Blossom. The interview came to an abrupt end as Betty attempted to bait Ms. Grundy into revealing any inappropriate feelings she may have had about her students.
Later that day at Pop's, after doing some research on Ms. Grundy, she and Veronica informed Archie that Geraldine showed up in Riverdale a year ago, there's no record of her existence before that. The only Geraldine Grundy they could find was an elderly woman that died seven years prior. Betty told Archie about Grundy's teaching with Jason, and that he did not know anything about her despite the fact that they were in a relationship, but if Betty was truly his friend, she would let it go, Archie said.
That night, despite agreeing to let it go, Betty and Veronica broke into Ms. Grundy's car, hoping to find some kind of evidence that would prove she's not as clean as she claims, and inside a metal box, they found an ID that said Jennifer Gibson, and a handgun, which they presented to Archie. Betty suggested that Grundy may have been involved in Jason's death, but Archie didn't stick around to hear them out.
The next day, Betty learned from Archie the truth behind Ms. Grundy's fake identity and gun, but she still didn't believe that it made what Grundy did to Archie acceptable. Archie insisted that she didn't do anything to him, and that he was all she had, even though all Betty wanted him to do was realize what he was doing for not only his sake but Ms. Grundy's as well. Inside Betty drawer, Alice found Grundy's gun, which led her to not only read Betty's diary but to confront Betty on all she had just learned. After retrieving Mr. Andrews from the drive-in, the three of them, although Betty was less than willing, confronted Grundy at the school, where they caught Geraldine and Archie in a passionate embrace. She questioned why her mother was so persistent in putting Grundy on trial, but in actuality, her vendetta was against Archie, but no matter what her mother did, Betty would never stop being his friend.
Alice threatened to call the police and inform all their neighbors of what had taken place between Archie and Grundy. However, had she done that, then Betty would have told everyone that she broke into Grundy's car to rob her, and made up the affair. It would be as if she had finally snapped, like Polly, it would only further prove what everyone had already thought of the Cooper family, that crazy ran in the family. Just then, everyone in the room came to an agreement, Geraldine would quit her job and leave town, and no one would speak a word of the entire incident, though Archie was less than satisfied with the end result. Back at the house, Betty reminded her mom that she was her own person, not Polly, and that Archie was not Jason, so Alice needed to stop using them to control her life. She then sent Archie a message apologizing for what had just transpired, which he forgave her for as she was only trying to help.
Betty, Jughead, and Kevin reconstructed Sheriff Keller's murder board at The Blue and Gold offices, and, they still had no leads on who broke into the Sheriff's house and stole the evidence in the Jason Blossom murder case. Trev interrupted the three of them as he came into to make sure that he and Betty were still on for their date. Leading Kevin to question if her mother knew about this, which she didn't because Alice was out of town on a woman and journalism spa retreat. Although Betty explained that it wasn't actually a date, it was her cover for what was really an intelligence-gathering mission. Betty, Jughead, Kevin and Veronica Joined Archie as he set in the bleachers looking over football plays, she wondered if he was putting all his attention into football in hopes of avoiding his feelings.
They were briefly joined by Cheryl, who invited each of them to Jason's memorial, and while she was particularly obnoxious to Veronica, Betty suggested that Veronica go and talk to her. As planned, Betty went on her date with Trev at Pop's shoppe, she wondered if he and Jason were close. Trev explained that they were, but then he began acting weird and secretive, Trev thought it was about Polly as Jason had been dating her a few weeks before he changed. Jason had stopped handing out with Trev, and he began selling all his belongings for money, then Trev also heard he was dealing drugs. After her date, Betty approached her father, hoping to talk about Polly since her mother never would.
According to Hal, Jason and Polly had a fight, he didn't know what it was about, but Polly was devastated afterward. He came home from work one day to hear the water running in the bathroom upstairs, he kicked the door in and there she was, trying to kill herself, and this is why she was sent away. Betty relayed the story to Jughead the very next day, she asked her father if she could call Polly, who was doing better, but Jason's death caused a big set back. The two of them began to wonder why a rich kid like Jason would need to sell drugs, Betty suggested that he may have been running away from his parents, while Jughead thought that drug dealers could also be a possibility. Dead men tell no tales, Jughead said, but their bedrooms do, so they devised a plan to sneak into Jason's room during the memorial, and see what he may have been hiding.
Later that night, Betty crept down the steps, following a sound of a child's laughter, what she found was her father watching Polly's old home videos. The next day, she attended the memorial with Jughead, Archie, Veronica, Kevin and Valerie. After watching Archie return Jason's jersey to the Blossoms, she noticed her father fighting with Cliff Blossom over at the bar. Following Cheryl's eulogy, in which she wore the same white outfit from the day Jason went missing, Cheryl burst into tears, with Betty and Jughead using this distraction to make their way to Jason's room. Once inside his room, Betty and Jughead began looking for anything Jason may have wanted hidden, but they were interrupted by his grandmother, Rose Blossom.
She was likely undergoing some form of illness as she mistook Betty for Polly, searching her hand for the engagement ring she gave Polly, it had been in the Blossom family for generations. Jason and Polly's wedding was the last thing Nana Rose was looking forward to, it was a shame that it would never come to be, Rose lost a grandson, but Polly lost the love of her life, she said all this to Betty, while under the impression that she was Polly. Betty dragged her father out of the Blossom house to tell him that Polly was engaged, which he was already aware of. She wondered if that's what Cliff and her father fought about, but they were actually at each other's throats over the blood feud between the two families that rage on to this day. Cheryl's great-grandfather murdered Betty's.
They were in the business of selling and trading maple syrup, but one day great-grandfather Blossom no longer wanted to share the profit, so he murdered Betty's great-grandfather. The Blossoms stole their livelihood, and Hal would die before he allowed them to steal his daughter too, "Polly is sick, Jason made her sick, and she won't be coming back until she's no longer sick", Hal said. The next morning at the Blue and Gold offices, Betty expressed that she didn't even know who her parents were anymore. Jughead surmised if they lied about Jason and Polly, they likely lied about more, her dad would do anything to protect Polly, so the next logical question is how far would he go. Leaving Betty to realize that her father was not at the drive-in the night Sheriff Keller's house was broken into, resulting in them putting the Coopers up on the murder board.
Bringing Polly Home
Hoping to find Polly, Betty invited Jughead over for breakfast at her house, with her mother. Jughead asked for directions to the bathroom, and as planned, Alice escorted him, which provided a long enough distraction for Betty to go through her mother's purse and take photos of her checkbook. At The Blue and Gold, after doing a little digging, Betty and Jughead discovered one of the checks were made out to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths. During lunch, they quietly discussed Polly and their next course of action, which was catching a bus to the group-home.
Betty found Polly in the Garden of Deliverance, and the two reunited after months apart, she immediately noticed that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child, she's happy for Polly, but sad that she didn't come sooner. From Polly, Betty learned that she and Jason only broke up because his parents forced him to, but after he learned of Polly's pregnancy, he was overjoyed, the two of them had planned to run away together on the 4th of July, but their parents found out and she was sent away because of it. Betty then realized that Polly had no idea that Jason had been murdered, as she began rambling on, so Betty was forced to tell her the truth.
She was then taken to a room and kept there until her mother arrived, Alice explained that she's notified by the sisters whenever Polly receives a visitor. Before leaving the facility, Alice had a run-in with Polly, who confronted her over Jason's death, Polly is pulled away by two orderlies, but not before Betty told her that she loves her and that she would get Polly out of there. After returning home, Betty was lectured by her parents, but she defended her actions as Polly needed to know the truth, however, she didn't find what she was looking for. Betty then accused her father of not only breaking into Sheriff Keller's house but possibly murdering Jason as well. Alice accused Betty of sounding just as crazy as Polly, but she insisted that her sister wasn't crazy.
The next day, Jughead came through Betty's window with a ladder, she told him about her worries concerning her parents, Polly, and possibly herself being crazy, Jughead calmed Betty down and reassures her that they are not their parents, then he kissed her, to which she smiled, right before remembering the car Jason had stashed out by an old maple farm sign on Route 40 that Polly was rambling on about. That night, they found the car, hidden under a tarp and filled with Jason's things, like his varsity jacket, as well as an abundance of drugs. They took pictures and alerted Sheriff Keller, all the while as they were unknowingly being watched by someone hidden in the woods. The authorities arrived only to find the vehicle had been set on fire. Jughead and Betty then raced to rescue Polly from the group home but found that her room was empty, the window broken and blood coating the glass.
Betty first appeared in Jughead's dream, which he described as some kind of idealized, make-believe version of the American dream, where the two of them were engaged. Outside of the dream, Betty told her friends about the current situation with Polly, and her "condition", which is how her parents referred to Polly's pregnancy. Betty's mom and dad didn't want anyone to know that Polly had escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, so they neglected to tell the police. Her parents were worried that with Polly's escape, people would assume she burned Jason Blossom's car, and if she did, she could be the killer, trying to cover her tracks. Just as Betty began to worry about Polly, and the killer possibly going after her next, Jughead put his arm on her shoulder to comfort her, which both Archie and Veronica couldn't help but notice.
Archie suggested that Betty goes against her parents' wishes and tell the authorities about Polly's escape, which Kevin seconded, as they could go to his father, who would be far more discreet. However, Sheriff Keller had to answer to the Blossoms, who are the last people that Betty would want to know as they would twist the situation around and demonize Polly. Immediately following their exit of the student lounge, Veronica confronted Betty on her newly found relationship with Jughead, to which Betty explained that Jughead was there for her when she was feeling down. That day, she and Jughead orchestrated a search party throughout Eversgreen Forest for Polly, they headed East, that being the directed she would have headed if she was looking to leave Riverdale undetected. During the search, Archie apologized for not being there to help with her sister, which Betty instantly forgave him for, as he was there in that moment.
Subsequent to a brief altercation between Betty's family, and Cheryl's, Alice decided it was best to get ahead of the situation while they still could since Polly's escape was no longer a secret. Betty stood alongside her mother and father as they announced that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. On the walk home, Betty blamed herself for Polly running away from the group home, she then recalled an incident from years ago, when Polly was nine, and she ran away from home after a huge fight with their mother. The whole neighborhood was out looking for her, but it turned out that she was in the attic the entire time, which proved to be true with this situation too, as Betty returned home to find Polly hiding in the attic once again. However, she couldn't stay long as their mother and father wanted her to give the child up for adoption.
Betty insisted that the stigma of her pregnancy was a thing of the past, but Polly wasn't so sure. At that moment, their parents returned home, Betty asked for a few days to find Polly a safe place to stay because she didn't want to lose her again. The next morning, Betty asked her parents if Polly would be staying with them, and where the baby would sleep. Alice claimed that Polly decided to give the child up for adoption, however, unbeknownst to Alice, Betty had already spoken to Polly about the child, and she knew her mothers' claims were false. In the student lounge, Betty struggled to come up with a solution that would best benefit her and Polly. Veronica suggested that she ask her mother for assistance, but Betty refused, as they had their own problems, then she and Veronica were interrupted by Cheryl, who wished to help Polly and the baby.
Reluctantly, Betty revealed that Polly needed money for a place to live and medical supplies, to which Cheryl responded that her parents would be more than willing to help. That night, Betty met up with Cheryl and her parents at Pop's shoppe, where they assured Betty that they could assist Polly with emotional and financial support, all Betty had to do was trust them enough to tell them where Polly was. The next day, Jughead was taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's death, Betty sat with him in the interrogation room, she knew he wasn't the killer, saying that the evidence was circumstantial. Later that night, Betty, Polly, Archie, Veronica, and Jughead awaited the Blossoms arrival, however, Cheryl came alone to warn them of her parent's ill intentions. With no place else to go, Veronica and Hermione allowed Polly to stay with them.
In the student lounge the following day, Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jughead, Kevin, Cheryl, and Valerie discussed how to approach Polly's steadily worsening predicament, where Betty's parents wanted Polly but not the baby, while the Blossoms wanted the baby but not Polly, an impossible situation, Betty remarked. Veronica corrected her, saying that it was merely an annoying situation, one in which she had a solution for in the form of a baby shower.
Before she could answer, Alice showed up at the school and demanded to talk to them privately about how they were hiding Polly at The Pembrooke, which Betty commented was better than an insane asylum. Betty reminded her mother that it wasn't her choice as to whether or not Polly would give up her child for adoption, Betty informed Alice that her choices consisted of being a loving mother and grandmother or staying away.
The next morning at breakfast, Betty and Veronica shared their baby shower proposal with Polly and Hermione, which Polly was initially against, but after thinking it over decided it would be best if they went through with it. Much to everyone's surprise, Polly wanted the Blossoms to attend the shower as well. Having sent out the invitations to Polly's shower, she asked Betty and Veronica if Alice would be attending, to which they replied, she had been invited, but Betty would not allow this to ruin Polly's big day as she comforted her older sister. At that moment, Polly found it best that she announce Betty as her child's godmother; if anything were to every happen to Polly, the only person she'd trust is Betty.
After learning from Jughead that Moose had been attacked at the SoDale site by two thugs, she wondered if he was okay, to which Jughead responded with "his name is Moose, he's fine". Just then, Archie entered Pop's shoppe to inform Jughead of the plan to find the Southside Serpents that were potentially Moose's attackers, which Betty was against as they were dangerous drug dealers.
That night, the baby shower had finally come to fruition, Betty kissed Jughead and thanked him for attending the shower alongside her. Surprisingly, Alice decided to attend the event, which both Betty and Polly were thrilled over, however, the Blossoms weren't far behind, which forced Betty to assist in keeping her mother's attitude in check. Archie came storming into the shower shortly after the gift-giving part of the shower began, from him, Betty learned that Jughead's father was a Serpent. Alice's frustrations had finally toppled over as the Blossoms invited Polly to stay with them at Thornhill, which Betty couldn't do anything about except watch, and stop Cheryl from making the situation any worse.
After the shower, Betty insisted that her mother makes up with Polly, which they did, but not before Polly revealed that their father offered to pay for an abortion appointment before she was sent away, which left both Betty and Alice speechless. Once Polly fell asleep, Betty decided it was time to talk about Jughead's father, and the fact that he was a Serpent, she understood that Jughead was ashamed, but if they were going to be together, she wanted to know everything about him. Betty then suggested that they have a talk with FP since he could know something about Jason.
At the Sunnyside Trailer Park, where FP stayed. Betty and Jughead questioned him on his drug dealings with Jason Blossom, and if the Serpents had anything to do with his death, to which FP denied any and all allegations. Outside the trailer, Betty asked if Jughead believed his father, and while she wasn't sure if she believed FP, Betty definitely believed in Jughead as the two shared another kiss.
The following day at the Pembrooke, Betty assured Polly that their mother had no idea about the appointment and that she had kicked their father out. Alice meant what she said when she invited Polly to return home with them. Unfortunately, Polly took the Blossoms up on their offer to stay with them at Thornhill, which left Betty with the task of comforting her mother as tears ran down both of their faces. In spite of all of Betty's effort, she still failed. It had seemed that Polly had chosen the Blossoms over them.
For reasons unknown, Polly had been ignoring Betty's calls and emails, she confided in Jughead, wondering what it was that she did that resulted in Polly giving her the cold shoulder. Just as they kissed, her mother came barging into the room, Alice explained that it was time for the Blossom family to answer for their sins, starting with finding out why the Blossom board of trustees decided to pay Riverdale an unexpected visit.
Upon learning that Archie could possibly be attending a summer music program thanks to the Blossoms, so long as he escorted Cheryl to her family's tree tapping ceremony, Betty took the opportunity to ask Archie if he could check in on Polly while he was there. The next day, in an effort to cheer up Ethel, whose parents had been constantly fighting, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Mrs. Lodge had lunch at The Pembrooke. Betty could relate to her struggles as her parents were also fighting, it's a terrible ordeal.
Later that night, Betty and Archie informed Alice of the information he had gathered from his time spent with the Blossoms. First of all, Archie informed them that Polly did not seem to want to come home as the Blossoms were treating her great, which Betty refused to believe as she knew her sister better than that, she suspected that there must have been more going on. Secondly, Archie explained that the Blossoms were under a hostile take over, worried that the trustees were there to steal the company, which Alice could include in her expose. However, Betty attempted to remind her that she should not write a story attacking the Blossoms while Polly was still residing at Thronhill, but Polly betrayed them, she said.
The next day at school, a brief confrontation took place between Betty, Jughead and Cheryl, in which Betty demanded that she be allowed to talk to Polly, though, Cheryl was not in much of a fighting mood. Cheryl told them that they should be celebrating over the news that Polly was having twins, which Betty was unaware of. She was shocked to learn that her own sister did not tell her, but she pleaded with Cheryl to at least deliver a message, telling Polly to call their mother as she missed her, despite her best efforts to hide it.
After school, Betty and Alice went to The Register, and presented her father with a USB drive containing a tell-all exposé of the Blossom family and their corruption, it was time that they answered for everything they'd done, including taking Polly. As her mother attempted to write the exposé herself following her father's refusal, they learned that he had changed the password and fired her from the Register. Just as Betty and Alice were leaving, Alice picked up a large rock and threw it through the glass door of the shop.
The next day at The Blue and Gold offices, Betty expressed how she could not believe how poorly her parents were behaving while Polly was locked up at Thornhill. In times of crisis, families usually come together or fall apart, Betty felt like her family was falling apart, and there was nothing she could do about that. Jughead refused to allow her to give up, he assured her that the Coopers would not fall part because she would keep them together. Jughead claimed that she was a stronger than all the white noise, her parents included, so she should not let go, which Betty agreed to just before hugging him. Soon after this, Betty and Veronica learned from Kevin that Ethel's father was in the hospital after attempting to commit suicide, which Veronica felt partially guilty for, which explained why she sped off to cry in the restroom, where Betty comforted her.
Feeling bad for the Muggs family, Betty and Veronica brought flowers to the hospital, where they ran into Ethel and her mother, Mrs. Muggs. They were just happy to learn that he was going to be okay, Betty returned home that night, accompanied by Jughead, and the two of them told Alice that from Archie they learned Polly had not betrayed them, she was at Thornhill to spy on the Blossoms, and with her, they had their woman on the inside. They planned to write the exposé from the Blue and Gold, hoping that Alice would join them, The next day at the office, Archie had one last piece of information, he claimed he overheard the Blossoms say that Cliff was responsible for Veronica's dad being sent to prison, which led them to suspect that maybe Hiram was going after the Blossoms as well, and that maybe he was responsible for Jason's death.
Bughead Break up?
Betty and Archie informed Veronica that while at the Blossom family tree tapping, he over heard Cliff Blossom state that he was responsible for Veronica's father being arrested. Immediately after, Betty learned from Archie that Jughead's birthday was coming up, but that she should not make a big deal out of it because he hated it. Every year, he went to the double-feature at the Bijou, but considering that Betty was his girlfriend this time around, Archie thought it best if she took him, which she agreed to while also wanting Archie to join them but he declined.
With Archie out, Betty decided to call Jughead's father to see if he would join them for dinner and a movie. Before declining her offer, FP questioned if Jughead knew she was calling him, which he did not, and while Betty thought it would be nice to surprise him, she learned from FP that the one thing Jughead liked less than surprises was his birthday, he never even had a party.
Reeling from the revelation that Jughead never had a party, a claim that Archie corroborated, Betty suggested they throw him a low-key surprise party, but Archie was against it, telling them yet again that Jughead hated his birthday. At that moment, Chuck Clayton unexpectedly entered the cafeteria fresh off his suspension and headed towards Ethel, with Betty not far behind. She demanded that Chuck get away from Ethel, though he claimed that he was only there to apologize, telling her not to go 'dark Betty' on him, causing Betty to slam her hand down on the table with incredible force. As she clenched her fists, digging her nails into her inner hand, Betty asked Ethel if Chuck was bothering her, Ethel replied that everything was fine. A bit confused, Betty returned to her table, noticing the scars she left on her inner hand from the clinching.
She then turned the topic back to Jughead's party, there was not a lot she could not do or control, but she could guarantee that her boyfriend a terrific birthday, which after some thinking over, Archie finally agreed to. Refusing to take no for an answer, Betty practically ambushed Mr. Jones at work, as she wanted him to know that she was throwing a party for Jughead at Archie's house with a few friends, and she thought it would be very special if he attended the event.
Back at school, Alice informed Betty that her meeting with Mr. Weatherbee went as well as expected since he agreed that The Blue and Gold would benefit greatly from Alice's guidance as their new adviser. Betty then asked her mother if she told her father everything about herself when they first started dating, which she did, and Alice regretted it to that very day. Betty stated that she trusted Jughead, which she should, but not with everything, her mother told her.
The following night, as planned, Betty accompanied Jughead to the Bijou, where they watched "An American Werewolf in London" and "Animal House". Jughead learned from Kevin that she and Chuck had a scene in the cafeteria the previous day, and he wanted to know what it was about, as well as the night of Chuck's confession, but Betty refused to answer, it was nothing worth getting upset over. If she was upset about anything, it was that she had to learn about his birthday from Archie, Jughead said that he did not take her for an American Werewolf in London kind of girl, but Betty was all about the beast within.
After the double-feature, the two of them returned to Archie's house, where a party awaited Jughead, she then came out the kitchen with his birthday cake and singing happy birthday. After blowing out the candles, she and Jughead walked in on Archie and Veronica hugging, with tears filling Veronica's eyes, Betty wondered what was wrong, but Veronica simply said she wasn't in a partying mood, neither was Jughead. The two of them got into a small fight over his attitude, but the doorbell rang before it went any further. At the door was Cheryl, Chuck and several dozen classmates, who were all excited to party.
In the kitchen, Betty had another run-in with Chuck, she nicely asked that he leave the party, however, he was very angry as since his suspension had destroyed any chance he had of playing football for a good school. Betty sarcastically apologized for Chuck having to suffer consequences for sexually harassing those girls. Chuck commented that the night at Ethel's place, he saw the real Betty, the dark Betty, the one that he thinks about every night while laying in bed, so Betty slapped him and exited.
In the garage, Jughead questioned if she knew that his father, who had arrived at the party, had a drinking problem, which she was very much aware of, but no one was supposed to be drinking, Cheryl and Chuck crashing the party was not planned, it was only supposed to be his friends. Jughead explained that she and Archie are his friends, everyone else, including Kevin and Veronica are people that he would have actively shunned two months ago because he's weird. She wondered why he was getting so upset, to which Jughead told her that her not knowing or caring that a party is the last thing he wanted is what upsets him. He claimed that she was doing it for herself, to prove that she was a great girlfriend, then wondering if it had ever occurred to her how different they were, Betty's a straight A student, she was a cheerleader and the perfect girl next door, a phrase she hated. He was just the damaged loner outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, they were on borrowed time, and he wasn't one of her projects, like Jason Blossom's Death. Jughead suspected that she was only fine with being his girlfriend until she grew tired of slumming it with him or until Archie changed his mind and wanted to be with her, this truly hurt Betty as she stormed out the garage.
Just as Jughead attempted to leave, Chuck and Cheryl cut him off, declaring that the night was far from over and that they were about to play a game called "Secrets & Sins", in which they reveal their secrets. Cheryl started with Veronica and then moved on to Archie, with the game finally coming to an end with Betty once Chuck retold the story leading up to his suspension. Chuck told the entire party how Betty dressed up as a hooker in a god awful black wig, and drugged and handcuffed him to the Jacuzzi, where he nearly drowned until she got what she wanted, the strangest part is when she started to believe she was Polly. Fed up with Chuck, Jughead punched him in the face, however, Chuck hit back a lot harder, which resulted in Mr. Jones escorting him out and ending the party altogether. At Pop's shoppe, Betty remarked how she thought Jughead was a lover, not a fighter, he commented that he was both.
Jughead then admitted that Betty doing something so nice caused him to short circuit, it frightened him, scared of the possibility that she would reject him. Betty came to admit that she should have told him the truth about Chuck instead of throwing him a party he did not want, something was genuinely wrong with Betty. There's an overwhelming darkness within her that she cannot control, and it makes her do crazy things, she says this before showing Jughead the scars left on her inner hand from the fist clenching. Jughead kissed her hand, then he kissed her, and the two snuggled up in the booth. The following morning, Alice came into her room to inquire about FP, and the long haired delinquent wearing a leather jacket that he was talking to in the previous night.
Betty explained that his name is Joaquin, that he was a Serpent and he was dating Kevin, which Alice found to be oddly suspicious. Later that day at the Blue and Gold offices, Veronica came by with coffee and pastries, and Betty joked that the last time Veronica had brought her baked goods was when she kissed Archie. Veronica revealed that she had just testified on her father's behalf, despite knowing that her dad hired Jughead's dad to trash the Twilight Drive-In, this could mean he also hired the Serpents to go after Jason for payback after what the Blossoms did. Either way, Veronica wanted to join Betty on her quest to find out the truth, good or bad.
Inside the offices of The Blue and Gold, Betty's mother declared everyone outside of the room a suspect in the murder of Jason Blossom. Betty was in disbelief, but Veronica wasn't so willing to write her off, she even went on to accuse her own father of possibly being involved, maybe even hiring FP to kill Jason, since Jughead's dad had done business with Veronica's dad before. Alice believed Joaquin to be FP's accomplice, though she had no evidence to support this claim, which Betty pointed out because all her mother saw was two people talking at a party, a couple nights prior. Alice believed they were conspiring, and she wanted Betty to find out about what, either through Jughead or FP directly, without raising suspicions. Betty refused to betray Jughead by going behind his back, she had already asked him if he thought his father was guilty, and he said no.
Betty learned from Cheryl that she and Polly would be campaigning as co-Queens of the Homecoming court in honor of Jason. Afterward, Archie asked her if he could play a couple songs during the dance, but she was hesitant to agree to this because Archie's style of writing was amazing but dark, while the dance needed to be upbeat and fun. She had very little to worry about though, as Veronica would be at his side playing upbeat covers.
As part of her Homecoming duties, Betty was stringing up the lights when she received a call from Polly, who explained that she was only running to be co-Queen in an effort to keep Cheryl distracted. Betty reminded Polly of their deal, if she hadn't found anything by Homecoming, she'd have to return home. Jughead then entered the gymnasium, asking about the dinner before Homecoming that her mother had practically tackled him in the hallway to invite him and his father to. Betty was completely unaware of the dinner, but she lied, claiming she did as Jughead was so happy about it.
Betty returned home to confront her mother on the obvious trap she was planning for FP, to interrogate him about Jason's death. Betty wasn't willing to play this game with her, and neither would Jughead once she told him the truth but Alice told him that would be unwise as Jughead was excited about their families getting to know each other, and with this in mind, Betty told Jughead nothing.
The following night, just as planned, the four of them had dinner, and the interrogation began almost immediately, which Betty attempted to put a stop to but to no avail. The doorbell rang soon after, it was Betty's father, who she invited without first consulting her mother. Unfortunately, her father being there only made matters worse as both her parents began bickering with one another, leading FP to recall their Homecoming, in which Betty's mom and dad were crowned King and Queen, but the night didn't start off that great.
According to FP, as he and Mr. Andrews were preparing to play for the dance, he was backstage when he heard Alice and Hal fighting about something serious, it sounded like life and death, but he wasn't sure what it was about. Betty then sarcastically remarked that the dinner was a nice idea, but it was time for them to leave for Homecoming. Inside the dance, Jughead told her that he would like to talk with her after the dance, everything was great but he wanted to figure something out with her.
She then spotted Cheryl, so she asked where Polly was, but Cheryl claimed Polly had a sugar crash and canceled. As Archie and Veronica entered the dance, Betty noticed they were talking with her mother, though she was quite distracted as Mayor McCoy and Mr. Weatherbee were talking to her at the same time, asking if she could escort them up to the stage. However, Betty was quite preoccupied with figuring out what her mother had planned with Archie and Veronica. She questioned them both, asking where they were and why they were talking to her mother, but they had to get on stage as it was time for them to perform, during which time Betty noticed how flirty they were with one another while performing.
After their performance, Betty confronted them yet again, and this time they told her the truth, how they teamed up with her mother and searched FP's trailer for anything that would tie him to Jason's murder. Jughead them came around the corner, and could instantly tell something was off, so Archie and Veronica told him the truth about what they had done, and how sorry they were because they were wrong. They knew to go to his father's trailer when he was at the dinner, leading Jughead to believe that Betty was involved in the entire plan, but she swore to him that she wasn't, she didn't know what they had planned.
However, she did know that her mother had something planned. Jughead questioned why he would ever even consider passing on moving with his family to Toledo for her, which is the thing he wanted to talk about after the dance. Jughead wondered if his word wasn't good enough for her, he had already told her that he believed in his father, but Betty insisted his word was enough for her, and that she only lied because he was so happy about their families getting to know each other.
After the discovery that FP was arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom, Betty and her mother returned home, where she questioned if her mother was the one that tipped off Sheriff Keller. Alice promised it wasn't her, and as much as she liked Jughead, she was happy Betty was done with the family, but Betty exclaimed that she loved Jughead, and he was as much her family, as Alice was, more so at that moment. She told her mother not to push her, or else she would push back, then leaving to find Jughead.
She stopped by Pop's shoppe to see if he had turned up there, and while he hadn't, Archie and Veronica had, they were also looking for Jughead. They told Betty that Sheriff Keller found the gun that killed Jason in a lockbox in FP's closet, but the thing is, Archie and Veronica had searched that closet, and nothing was there. The gun was planted in his closet after they left, meaning FP was being framed.
Upon learning that FP was being framed, Betty suggested the possibility that maybe they just didn't see the gun or they looked in the wrong closet. Veronica reminded her that it was a small trailer with one closet, a lockbox would've been impossible to miss, so whatever Sheriff Keller found, it wasn't there when Archie and Veronica broke in. Since Jughead wasn't answering her calls, the three of them decided to bring this information to their parents in the meantime. Their parents were outraged that they broke into the trailer, but it was with good reason, as Betty told her mother, who doubted the detective skills of a couple of teens. In that moment, she then outed her mother as being the one who asked Veronica and Archie to break in.
A little later that night, Betty laid in her bed, worried about Jughead, so she texted Archie, and the two of them headed out together to find him, starting with the bus station. Unfortunately, when they arrived, he was not there. Veronica then called Archie, and from her, they realized that the only other place that Jughead could be at that time of night was Pop's shoppe because it was open 24/7. Just as Veronica said, they found him in a booth at Pop's, each of them sorry for their betrayal, they shouldn't have broken into his father's trailer, but something good came from it since the gun wasn't there when Archie and Veronica searched the closet. The four of them rushed over to the station to tell Sheriff Keller what they discovered, but FP had already confessed to the murder of Jason Blossom.
At school the next day, Betty stated that the police report indicated that FP worked alone, which means the one good thing that came of this was that Veronica's dad wasn't involved, but Veronica couldn't help but think that maybe he hired another Serpent to plant the gun. Kevin then joined them at the table, inquiring about Jughead, who wasn't doing good according to Betty. Jughead was being grilled by Kevin's father, who was wasting his time because FP was innocent. Even though he confessed, Betty believed that he was either coerced or he was protecting someone, possibly Joaquin since her mother saw him and FP talking. Just then, Jughead entered the cafeteria to apologize to Cheryl despite his initial decision to stay home that day.
His apology meant very little as Cheryl slowly stood up, and attacked him until Archie pulled her off. Betty followed Cheryl to the restroom to explain that it wasn't Jughead's fault, even if his dad did kill Jason. Outside Weatherbee's office, Betty waited for Jughead. and so as he exited, she asked what happened, and he explained it was his second interrogation of the day. She wanted Jughead to ignore them because believed FP was innocent, and that they just needed to prove it, but Jughead wasn't so sure, if not his father, then who else would've killed Jason. FP even confessed, Jughead was done waiting for his father to do the right thing, and Betty should be too.
That night, Betty awakened from her sleep as a loud noise could be heard throughout the house, so she made her way downstairs, where she ran into her mother, who had also heard the noise, and had the gun previously owned by Ms. Grundy in hand. They proceed down the steps, Betty right behind her mother, ready to call the police. but as they reached the bottom, they discovered that it was Betty's father. Hal admitted that he broke into Sheriff Keller's house during the night of the last drive-in and stole the case files, which was impossible considering FP had already confessed to that crime. Betty's father wasn't sure why FP would do that because it was actually him. That was why he came back to the house, to destroy any evidence that could lead back to him.
Betty noted that this made fairly little sense, why would FP fess up to something he didn't do, though her mother was more concerned with why her father was stealing and destroying case files for a murder case. He was worried that the investigation would lead back to Polly, and that Sheriff Keller would somehow learn of the on-going feud between their family and the Blossoms. From there, Betty then learned from Hal that her great-grandfather wasn't just murdered by a Blossom, he was a Blossom. After the murder, Hal's family severed ties with the Blossoms, and took the new name of Cooper. Betty was disgusted by the fact that she was a Blossom, not only that, it also meant that Polly was a Blossom, meaning she and Jason were blood relatives, third cousins to be exact.
They began to question how far the Blossoms would go to keep Polly and Jason apart since Hal went to such lengths, so the three of them rushed over to Thornhill, intent on bringing Polly home. Although, the Blossoms weren't so willing to just let her leave, but then Alice outed them about the incest. She also mentioned the fact that FP's confession had a few gaping holes, meaning he was being used by someone with a crazy motive, like hiding incest, Betty said. Unfortunately, their initial assumption was inaccurate as the Blossoms were perfectly fine with Jason and Polly being relatives, nothing could be more purely Blossom, according to Penelope. As they were leaving with Polly at their side, Penelope grabbed Betty by the wrist and told her she made a grave error, but Betty doubted that, and she wasn't going to stop until she could prove it.
The next day, as she laid in bed next to Polly talking about their current predicament, in which she was happy that Polly was home, and that the babies were healthy, she received a call from Jughead, who admitted that she was right about his father being innocent. The two of them met up at The Blue and Gold offices, where they began to question why FP would lie, and who he was protecting, so then came the process of ruling out suspects, like Betty's father and Veronica's mother. On the murder board, the only suspects left were Hiram Lodge, and Clifford and Penelope Blossom. Just then, her mother entered the office to tell them that the body of a Southside Serpent had just been found, and Sheriff Keller was convinced that he was working with FP. From her mother, she also learned that the Serpent allegedly committed suicide, and that there was a bag of money in his room that linked him to Hiram Lodge, but everything was tied up into too tidy of a bow.
Betty then received a call from Kevin, who had learned from Joaquin about a contingency plan involving himself and FP, that had been deemed as too dangerous by the latter. Off route 40, where Jason's car was torched, was a bag containing Jason's varsity jacket under the old Blossom Maple Farms sign. Betty didn't understand why FP would say the jacket is dangerous, but even with all hope lost, she refused to give up, putting the varsity jacket on Archie, and checking the pockets for anything they may have missed. Inside the lining of the jacket was a USB flashdrive. On the flashdrive was the surveillance video of the basement of the Whyte Wyrm, they watched the video from start to finish, everything from Jason being tied up, to the shot that killed him, which was fired by his own father, Cliff Blossom.
After watching the murder, Betty called Cheryl, and warned her to get out of that house because her father killed her brother. She then got the USB to her mother at some point, and Alice passed it on to Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy.
Betty's Brother & Town-wide Exposé
Betty's family was acting as if the past few months hadn't happened, her mother was back at The Register, while Polly and her father had come home. Fake smiles and talk of the upcoming 75th Anniversary Jubilee was all Betty could gather from them, which is exactly how they were before, constantly pretending they were perfect when they weren't. Her family just barely survived their last implosion, if they didn't start addressing the problems, it was only a matter of time before it happened again. Betty confessed all this as she and Archie walked to school that morning.
Shortly following their arrival, they were called to Mr. Weatherbee's office, where Mayor McCoy announced that she wanted to feature the two of them at the Jubilee. Who better to represent Riverdale than the people who helped bring peace and justice back to their streets. However, Betty explained that it wasn't just the two of them that helped solve Jason Blossom's murder case, Jughead played a major role as well. Unfortunately, while he was welcome to attend, Mayor McCoy decided against honoring him considering that his father was involved in Jason's abduction. Betty noted this as being unfair, and because of this, she initially declined the Mayor's offer.
She and Archie then met up with Jughead, Veronica, and Kevin in the cafeteria, where they discussed FP's case, and the false allegations of drug trafficking and the villainizing of the Southside Serpents. Meanwhile, Mayor McCoy had yet to even address Clifford Blossom's role in the entire incident, which infuriated Betty, so much so that she decided in that moment to address the entire case in her upcoming article. It didn't matter how many Jubilee's the Mayor threw, the town had changed, and that needed to be acknowledged. In the midst of Betty's rant, Veronica stood from her seat, and she and Archie announced that they were in a relationship, which Betty was completely accepting of.
As she wrote up her article at The Blue and Gold, she received a visit from Archie, who was looking to make sure that Betty's feelings towards his and Veronica's relationship were genuine, and so Betty assured him they were, despite the last time when she said she was okay when she wasn't. Archie admitted that he liked Veronica a lot, but before he could continue to say something that he'd possible regret, Betty cut him off, saying that they were both lucky to have found the people they were meant to be with, and that they were all friends.
After school, Betty took the article to her mother and father at the Register in hopes that they would publish it. While it was some of Betty's best work, Alice refused to print it. Betty was too involved, meaning people would assume that she wrote the article as a favor to her boyfriend's father, but Betty insisted that she wrote it because it's the truth. Alice went on to explain that the other reason they wouldn't post it is due to the reports of attacks on the south side. People were going after the Serpents because a lot of people were angry, so Betty's parents didn't want her to become a target.
Later that day, she learned from Veronica that Cheryl had been behaving uncharacteristically, leading Veronica to suspect that something dark was going on a Thornhill. However, Betty believed the darkness to be town-wide, she could feel it "something wicked this way comes". Veronica then professed her love for Betty's article which had already been posted to the Blue and Gold website, with hard copies in circulation by the morning. Just as Archie did before, Veronica questioned Betty's feelings towards their romance. Betty swore on her September issue and her copy of Forever by Judy Blume that she was completely accepting of Archie and Veronica being together. Polly then entered the room, realizing just how much she missed being a normal teen, so Betty invited Polly to come back to school with her, despite their mother's feelings on the subject.
At school the following day, Betty would come to discover that there were consequences to the article she had written. Her locker had been vandalized with a hanging Betty doll and a message in pig's blood that read GO TO HELL SERPENT SLUT!. As she attempted to remove it, Jughead held Betty closely and pulled her away. As long as she was Jughead's girlfriend, and continued to write articles about his father, the attacks would continue to come from all sides. Betty wrote the incident off as being the result of one jerk, but Jughead believed it to be far more pressing, claiming that it was the work of the multiverse, which was telling him that he didn't belong. She gently placed her hands on his face, and told Jughead that Riverdale was his home, he belonged there just as much as anyone else.
Betty returned home that night only to be confronted by her mother for taking Polly to school and publishing the article against her wishes. Betty's defiance stemmed from her being sick and tired of all the secrets and lies. She'd much rather take the heat for that article than to live in fear of the truth, like her family, even though Alice claimed that she was scared for Betty, not herself. Betty called her bluff, saying that her mother talked a big game about liking Jughead when in actuality she'd be a lot happier if they weren't together. Betty then recalled FP mentioning something about a huge fight between her parents during their Homecoming, she asked what the fight was about. Alice exclaimed that it was none of Betty's business. Her father was keeping a secret that nearly destroyed them, Betty wondered how many her mother had.
The next morning, Alice entered Betty's room, and closed the door behind her as she told the story of the night that she and Hal got into that big fight. Alice had just told Hal that she was pregnant, and they disagreed on how best to handle the situation, so she went away to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Five months later Betty's brother was born, and the Sisters arranged for a quiet adoption. As tears filled both of their eyes, Alice said that it was the biggest regret of her life and that she was sorry. Betty went on to relay this information to Archie and Veronica. She then received a call from Jughead, who had already transferred to Southside High due to the belief that no one wanted him at Riverdale, however, this was not true as Betty, Archie, and Veronica raced over to get him.
Once at the school, they discovered that he was fitting in. Just outside the school, she and Jughead talked about his decision to leave without first telling her. Jughead believed that it would be better for him at Southside High, he'd blend in, and she'd be safe but Betty refused to allow 'Riverdale Civil War' to split them apart. After a passionate hug between the two, Veronica received a message from Cheryl, who was attempting to reunite with Jason, so the four of them headed to Sweetwater River, where Cheryl saw him last. They pleaded with Cheryl to stop pounding on the thick layer of ice, and while she did, it still gave away just beneath her feet, and so the current dragged Cheryl under water. They rushed over to find Cheryl just beneath the ice, however, the only way to get to her was breaking through it, which Archie did, but not without severely damaging his hand. Fortunately, he managed to save Cheryl, and bring her to shore.
That night, as Betty prepared for the Jubilee, she couldn't help but worry about Jughead. She explained Jughead's current predicament to her mother, and how she believed that it would change the dynamic of their relationship. Following Archie's performance with Josie and the Pussycats, Betty took the stage to deliver her speech just as Jughead entered the room. Riverdale was the people of the town, including FP Jones, who they were too quick to blame for Jughead's murder. Jughead was the soul of Riverdale, without him, they may have never learned the truth about Clifford Blossom, and they repaid him by banishing him, which is what they do when the truth gets too ugly. Their town was at a crossroads, and so Betty explained that if they didn't face the reality of what they were, and if they kept lying and keeping secrets, then what happened to Jason could happen again, or even something worse. She ended her speech with "Riverdale must do better. We must do better", resulting in a standing ovation.
After the four of them celebrated with milkshakes at Pop's, Betty and Jughead headed to his trailer, where Betty told Jughead that she wasn't giving up on FP until he was free, which is exactly why Jughead loved her. She then told Jughead that she loved him as well. They began kissing and undressing until hearing a knock at the door. Betty assumed it was her mother, but it turned out to be the Serpents, who offered Jughead membership into their gang, which he accepted as he put on their custom leather jacket as Betty watched from the door.
The following morning, after Archie's father was shot, Betty is seen with her mother in the kitchen. As she makes breakfast for the two of them. Alice asks Betty what did her and her friends do after the 75th Anniversary Jubilee? As Betty responded to her mother that they went to Pop's. While later informing her mother, that she and Jughead went back to FP's trailer. As her mother was surprised to hear this from her, later asking Betty if the "beanie-wearing cad" defiled her? She could at least tell her that she was safe. As Betty answers her mother as to what she was talking about, later telling her that she didn't "do it" with Jughead. While also adding, that they almost did it, but were then interrupted. As Alice was relieved to hear what Betty had to say to her, as she thanked God that they didn't. As Betty later informed her, that they were interrupted by the Southside Serpents. Alice then was shocked to hear what Betty later had to say to her, as she asked her that if they were interrupted by "those thugs". Later telling Betty that she knew Jughead was going to follow in his fathers criminal footsteps. later added, "that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, especially not when there's a snake curled up in its limbs." As Betty's phone later ringer, she asks Betty if it's Snake Plissken, she wants him blocked. As Betty informs her that its Archie, while Alice later adds that Betty blocks him too.
Betty later calls Veronica and Jughead immediately after, she got off the phone with Archie, informing them both that Archie had been in an accident with his father. As she later rushed to the hospital with both of her parents, later meeting up with Jughead, Veronica and her mother. Where they reached up with Archie to comfort him in a time of need. As he later sits together with the gang, to inform them of what happened back at the diner. As Hermione later comes over and asks Archie if he's informed his mother as to what had happened to his father. While Alice and Hal accompany them. As Archie later leaves to go call his mother in private. Alice looks at Jughead with a look on her face as she sighs at him. As Betty later asks her mother to not start with her business, as she immediately knew what her mother was going to say to Jughead. As Jughead later asked what she was going to start? While Alice later informs Jughead, that she "can't help but wonder if his Southside associates had anything to do with what happened." As Betty bowed her head down with her hands towards her face, covering it, as she was ashamed to hear what her mother had to say to Jughead. As Hal later asks Alice if she doesn't start with her accusations now. While Jughead later comments to Alice that her accusations were unbelievable, informing her, that it was a good thing that she couldn't accuse his father. As he stated to her the fact he was still in jail for the matter.
Later, back at the hospital lobby, Veronica and Betty are seen seated next to each other. As Veronica tells Betty a list of things that she's good at, such as "makeovers, party planning, dance-offs, dropping vintage bon bots as if they were bonbons." As Betty chuckles at her. later telling Betty, a list of things which she wasn't good at. Which included "Grief, bedside vigils, and comforting boyfriends." As a look of shame came across Veronica's face, as she didn't know what to do in situations like Archie's. Betty then informs her, that was the old Veronica who she was talking about. While Veronica added, that "old Veronica would've bolted by now, but new Veronica doesn't want to let Archie down." As she feared that she would let him down. Which Betty assures her that she won't, as she had confidence in Veronica, that she would know what to do to help Archie out in a time of need. As they later see Archie with Jughead entering the lobby again, after their discussion with Sheriff Keller.
As the girls later go to hear what was going on, after Dr. Steven Masters arrived to informs Archie of his fathers medical status. In which Veronica later recommended to him, that while in the meantime he waits to see his father once they get him in a room. He could go back home to take a shower and change his clothes, as he was still covered in his father's blood. At first, Archie refuses to leave his father unattended. But Betty then informs Archie that Veronica was right. As the nurse later comes out and hand Archie his fathers belonging, which was everything he had on him. As Betty later gives him another reason to go, as she tells him he could go get his father a fresh change of new clothes. As she then tells him that Veronica would accompany him. Which Alice assures Archie that the rest of them will stay back at the hospital in the meantime while he's gone. As Alice tells Archie, to try not to worry. As she informed Archie, that his father is strong stock, adding that he's a fighter. As she continues to tell him that "Fred Andrews isn't one to leave unfinished business behind."
Later, Kevin joins Betty at Riverdale General Hospital, in support for Mr. Andrews, who has been shot by an unknown assailant. Kevin reasons if they weren't so worried about Fred's well-being, he'd be concerned with another topic of interest. Betty astutely tells him that they didn't do it, if that was what he had implied. Kevin is disappointed with this revelation but she tells him that Jughead told her that he loved her. Kevin was happy to hear the news and was shocked; he couldn't believe Jughead, "Mr. I'm-Weird-I'm-a-weirdo", told her that he loved her. Betty goes on to tell him that she said it back but after that, things got weird. She confides in him that with the arrival of the Southside Serpents; she believes that Jughead may be joining them. Kevin immediately disapproves, relating to his own relationship with Joaquin, asking her if she'd learn nothing from him. Betty attempts to relieve the tension, telling him that Joaquin was nice, but Kevin retorts "when he wasn't dumping bodies in Sweetwater River or mopping up buckets of blood." The conversation ends when they both see Cheryl Blossom and her mother, who was being wheeled into a room on a hospital bed, covered in bandages. They ask what had happened and Cheryl reveals to them that there was a fire at Thornhill. Cheryl elaborates; when the fire started, she was still asleep and her mother risked her life to save her own, suffering burns and smoke inhalation in the process. Cheryl proceeds to ask why they too were at the hospital too.
Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Veronica arrives and speaks to Jughead and Betty, where she informs them both, that Archie was back at the police station, attempting to identify the shooter during a lineup. Betty then tells them that they all should go and be there with him, as it would be traumatizing for Archie to be there alone. Veronica interrupts Betty, asking her if they could do her a favor instead. As she informs both Jughead and Betty, that Fred's wallet was missing and that she and Archie were thinking that it might still be back at Pop's. She also notes that his wallet was either there, or the guy who shot Fred could possibly also have it. Betty suggests that the gunman probably took his wallet for the cash. Jughead offers a more distressing theory; what if it wasn't just a robbery and was a hit instead. This coming from the fact that Riverdale is also the place where father's kill their own sons, in reference to Clifford and Jason Blossom. Adding that people have grudges, he believes it was possible that it was a hit. Betty reassures Veronica that the wallet could still be at Pop's and tells her that they'll go check it out. Later outside of the hospital, Betty discovers that Jughead now rides a motorcycle, as she leaves with him for Pop's.
In the search for Mr. Andrews' Wallet, Jughead and Betty arrive at the diner, where they run into Pop Tate. They have a brief conversation with him as to what happened back at the diner, while the shooter was still there after he shot Archie's father. Pop tells them his version of what happened and about the mysterious man under the mask. With the story complete, he asks them if they were hungry and would like something to eat; he could use the company while he was still shaken up from the incident. Later, Jughead and Betty, seated together at the counter, are given plates of food. Jughead was hungry and was eating a burger and fries while Betty didn't touch her food. He tries to make a joke to brighten up the mood, but it falls flat; he reveals that he hasn't eaten since last night. She brings up a conversation with Jughead to break the silence. She tells him that she didn't want to think about it while Archie was going through a tough time with his father, but she admits that it couldn't wait. She talks about the moment they had last night together bothered her, explaining that after they were interrupted by the Serpents and he tried on the leather jacket, it meant something. Jughead tells her it meant that there were ten biker dudes in front of him, where he thought he couldn't say no to their offer. Betty disagrees; she tells him that the Jacket fits like a glove, "like a second skin." She goes on to add that the look that she saw on his face, showed her that he wasn't acting for the Serpents. As she pointed out after that day, she started to see him riding a motorcycle, pointing out that he's never done before. Jughead then informs her, as he assures her, that he's not a serpent. He told her that it may have been his father's life, but it wasn't his. Changing the conversation, Betty brings up his foster family, pointing out that they were also from the southside, while questioning if they also had ties to the Serpents. Jughead added to her conversation, if she thought that they were going to indoctrinate him. He reassures Betty that she doesn't have to worry, that he worked out a plan with his foster family where he could still live in his father's trailer home, while they covered for him with his social worker. He admits that it was more comfortable staying at his own place. He explains to Betty that ever since he saw Archie almost lose his father, while pointing out that he's faced the fact that his father was going to be going away for a long time, that wearing the Serpent jacket, riding his dad's old motorcycle, and living in his trailer, it meant something to him. He continues to confide in her, that he was kind of hoping that it meant that he would always be closer to his father, no matter what. Betty understands but tells him that she didn't want to see him get hurt, or end up hurting someone else as it was the Serpents' nature in doing so and carried themselves on how they lived.
Back at the hospital, Betty and Jughead arrived along with Pop Tate, bringing food from the Diner for everyone. The gang was later seen sitting next to each other in private. As Betty smiled at Archie, telling him that his father would be so proud of him. As Jughead later adds, as he agrees with Betty, telling him that he has been a "rock-star god" through all of what was going on with his father. As he was referring to Archie, as he was being strong for his father. Veronica then asks Archie what was wrong, as he was sitting there quietly. As she asked him to talk to them. Stating that maybe they can help. He then sighs, as he tells them that there's something he hasn't told them. As he admitted that he was so ashamed to tell anyone. Telling that, after the guy fired at his father, he should've rushed over to him straight away. Adding that he should've tackled the guy, but instead stood there paralyzed. As he explained he just stood there looking at his father after he was shot, as if he was frozen, long enough for the shooter to get closer to him with his gun. Explaining that during that time he could've tackled the shooter, but didn't. As he told them he didn't move, not even after the guy walked up closer toward him. While he held his gun to his head, as he explained that he just closed his guys. Adding that he didn't know how long he did, but it was long enough for the guy to escape and possibly take his father's wallet. As he was unsure if his father wallet was taken by the killer. As he was telling his story with his eyes closed, unable to look at them. Betty is seen to be looking at him, while he is telling his story, as tears fall from her eyes to hear his pain. As Archie tells them he didn't open his eyes until he heard the bell of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe ring. Which meant that he was gone. As Betty later tells him that there was nothing he could've done. Which Archie tells he it isn't that he could've done anything, to comfort his father, to get the gun away from the guy. As he admitted in shame that he was a coward. As he told them that now him and his father, are now witnesses, as well as Pop Tate, too. As he continued that the killer may have his fathers wallet. All of his information. Telling them fearfully, what if he comes back? As the gang at there in silence after.
Afterwards, Betty and Jughead are at the back of the hospital building, where it was raining outside. Jughead offers if she was sure that she didn't want him to give her a ride back home. Betty jokes that if her mom ever saw her getting off the back of his motorcycle, she'd probably come out with a shotgun. Mused, Jughead agrees with her and they both laugh at the thought. Before Jughead leaves for his bike, Betty stops him. She tells him what he told her back at Pop's. She was listening to him and told him that she understood his situation and how he was feeling. She also told him that whatever it was that he needed to do or explore, she would support him. Jughead leans and they embrace in a kiss before he leaves.
Saving Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe
Betty met up with Archie and Veronica At school that morning, where the three of them learned from Jughead that Pop Tate's entire staff quit on him. To make matters worse, he wasn't sure how much long he'd be able to keep the diner doors open. Archie then pointed out that the diner's closing was a result of his father's shooting. People were scared, not that he blamed them as he too was actively avoiding the diner. Betty couldn't believe what she was hearing; her friends accepting the fact that Pop's was closing. She wasn't going to allow one psychopath with a gun dictate what happens to their favorite hangout place. She reminded Jughead of his crusade to save the Twilight Drive-In when it was closing, though with his father's hearing approaching, he didn't have it in him to take on any further social issue, which is why Betty, with Veronica's help, volunteered to take point on helping Pop Tate.
After a night of tossing and turning, Betty called Jughead with a plan that could potentially save the diner as well as help FP with his legal troubles. However, after looking over to Archie's room, and noticing that it has gone unslept in for another night, Betty told Jughead to meet her at the Mayor's office before calling Veronica to inform her that that Archie hasn't slept in his room since he and his father returned from the hospital.
Betty and Jughead headed down to the Mayor's office, where they asked Mayor McCoy for her assistance in saving Pop's shoppe. With the diner on the verge of closing, Betty wanted Pop Tate to know that the entire town was rallying behind him. They were hoping that the Mayor could make the diner a landmark or declare a day for Pop Tate in support. However, Mayor McCoy couldn't risk endorsing Pop's, only for another shooting to occur. Her priority was keeping the town safe. If they had to close Pop's in order for that to happen, then she was all for it. Jughead then asked if she was also all for sending his father off to state prison for a murder he didn't commit while Betty, who was right there at his side, tried to stop him from voicing his thoughts.
At the Blue and Gold offices, Betty refused to give up on Pop's without a fight. So, she suggested that they host an event at the diner that'll remind the town of simpler times, such as a throwback to when it first opened its doors. While Veronica wholeheartedly supported Betty's cause, she couldn't help but wonder why Betty chose this hill to die on. Betty explained that the diner had a very special place in her heart; orange freezes with her mom and Polly after ballet. Chicken noodle soup with her dad after ice-skating. Grilled cheeses with Archie on the last day of summer vacation. Pop's is where she met many of her closest friends, including Jughead, who may lose his dad. With that in mind, Betty was hoping that she could save the diner for all of them.
Betty and Veronica entered the gymnasium for River Vixens practice, where they were greeted by Cheryl and the newest recruit, Josie. Betty then asked Cheryl if it was possible that she would allow the Vixens to help at an event in support of Pop Tate. Unfortunately, Cheryl declined her request before rudely dismissing both Betty and Veronica.
Under the suspicion that Mr. Andrews' shooter and Ms. Grundy's killer was one and the same, Betty and Archie went to her mother in search of assistance in uncovering the truth. Since her mother was the first to gain exclusive details to Jason Blossom's autopsy, they were wondering if she could get details in regards to Ms. Grundy's death to see if they line up with the attack on Mr. Andrews. Betty's mother agreed to reach out to her friend in the autopsy lab in order to put Archie's mind at ease, though not without commenting on how thin Betty was spreading herself out as the patron saint of lost causes. She was then told by her mother that she can cross saving the diner off her list of crusades because it was being purchased by an anonymous buyer, which was the precise term given when Veronica's father was secretly purchasing the Drive-In.
After Jughead consulted with a lawyer for the Southside Serpents, he and Betty headed to Thistlehouse, the current residence of Cheryl and her mother. First thanking them for sitting down with her and Jughead, Betty then explained the reason for them being there is due to being advised by FP's lawyer to seek mercy from the victim's family; an appeal for leniency to reduce FP's sentence. However, the Blossoms were unwilling to forgive. Where was FP's mercy was when she was walking the halls of Thornhill in agony, obsessing over what was happening to Jason, Cheryl asked. Although, Betty did make a point to remind Cheryl that it wasn't FP who killed Jason; that was her very own father. With neither Cheryl nor her mother willing to forgive FP, Betty wondered what their next move should be as she and Jughead left the home. If they weren't an orphan and a widow, Jughead would've suggested blackmail and extortion.
The following day, Betty and Jughead stopped by the diner to ask Pop Tate why he was selling the shoppe and who he was selling it to. As much as it shamed him to admit, he was selling it to ChugMo, the liquor store chain. With the diner nearing closing, Jughead made a last supper request for his father, who was facing twenty years of having to eat the weird meat loaf that they serve prisoners. Barring an eleventh-hour miracle, Jughead was hoping that Pop could make FP's favorites, as his last meal in Riverdale; fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze. Pop's had great memory of his customers' orders, a skill he acquired over time while running the diner, which he thought he would be doing until the day he died. This is unacceptable, Betty stated. Despite their willingness to accept what they perceive to be the inevitable, Betty refused to give up, telling them both to stay strong and that she can fix everything.
After leaving Pop's, Betty returned to the school, where she blackmailed and extorted Cheryl into testifying at FP's upcoming hearing. She threatened to wide release the video of Jason's death should Cheryl fail to comply. Betty told her that before handing the USB over to Sheriff Keller, she first saved a copy onto Jughead's laptop. Just like that, the darkest chapter of Cheryl's family's twisted psychodrama becomes a viral sensation. Cheryl was being presented with the opportunity to save a man's life. A nice ending to an otherwise sad story. If she testified, Cheryl wanted the footage of Jason's death and a guarantee that any and all other copies in Betty possession be erased. Betty agreed to the terms, then telling Cheryl that she'll also need the Vixens for Retro Night.
Betty and Jughead attended court the day after she blackmailed Cheryl in the ladies locker room into testifying at FP's hearing. With Betty in possession of the video surveillance footage of Jason's murder, Cheryl took the stand and forgave FP in front of the judge for his role in covering up her brother's death, and then humbly asked the court for leniency. As much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances. After exchanging looks with Betty, Cheryl lie under oath, claiming to have overheard her father threaten to hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply with his demands. In light of these revelations, the judge decided to delay sentencing. Betty smiled as Jughead and FP happily embraced one another after earning their first win in a series of loses.
That night at the diner, Retro Night was off to an incredibly slow start, so much so that Betty feared that no one was coming at all. It was then that she received an unwelcomed, surprise visit from her mother, who came to write her next story over one last root beer float; an article entitled "Requiem for Pop's". Her mother then asked for a quote, to which Betty replied with by calling her a fiend and telling her that the diner is one obituary that she's not going to write.
Later that night, as things finally began to pick up, Betty was approached by Josie, who was upset at her for posting all over social media that the Pussycats would be performing a free concert at the diner. Betty explained that she knew if she had asked Josie to perform, she would have said no. However, like so many others, Josie cared about the diner, and Betty was sure of it. Unfortunately, even if Josie wanted to help, they were one Pussycat down due to Valerie's norovirus. Thankfully, Cheryl was willing to step in.
Afterward, Betty and Jughead stood behind the counter as three members of the Southside Serpents unexpectedly entered the diner. Jughead instructed her to relax, he was sure that they were simply there to enjoy Pop's world-class burgers and service. Betty and Jughead then began to kiss before being interrupted by Cheryl, who compared the couple to chimps in captivity, grooming and picking lice off each other. Mark this day in your diary, Cheryl said. She lied under oath for them. Luckily, she was quick on her feet. Jughead thanked Cheryl for her help before handing over the USB flash drive containing video surveillance of her brother's murder, though Betty honoring her end of their deal was all the thanks Cheryl required.
As the night came to a close, Pop Tate formally thanked Betty for her hand in saving the diner. After sharing a hug with Pop, Betty joined Jughead, Archie, and Veronica in a booth, where they relished in their victory; a rare win for the good guys.
With her friends having already gone home, Betty stayed behind to clean up the diner, during which time she was informed by her mother that several drug deals had gone down right under her nose. And if she thought that Hiram Lodge, Riverdale's answer to Scarface, helped Pop Tate for altruistic reasons, her mother remarked that she had a bridge to sell her. Furthermore, the Serpents have now officially crossed the tracks and have a toehold on the north side. With that being said, Alice sarcastically congratulated Betty for almost single-handedly being responsible for giving crime a haven in Riverdale.
After learning that Moose and Midge were attacked at Lover's Lane by an black hood wearing assailant, Betty arrived at school, where she met with her friends to discuss the recent shooting. With Kevin being the person responsible for finding Moose and Midge, some wondered what he was doing in the woods, to begin with. Kevin claimed that he was night jogging, but Betty appeared unconvinced. 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 Jughead headed out the door to meet his peer mentor at Southside High, Betty while already knowing the answer to her question, asked Jughead if there was any chance he could remain at Riverdale. He told Betty that he would be fine, then giving her a goodbye kiss.
Betty confronted Kevin in the hall about his unconvincing night jogging story. He claimed that he was trying to get in shape for wrestling, though with Betty knowing him better than most, she could see straight through his lie, forcing Kevin to confess that he went cruising in Fox Forest. However, his claim to join the wrestling team still held true. In order to get out the house, Kevin told his father that he was jogging, which left Betty questioning how the Sheriff could fall for such a thinly veiled lie. Betty understood that he was lonely ever since Joaquin left town, but she hated cruising. Why couldn't he just use Grind'em, Betty asked, to which Kevin replied that no one is ever who they say they are online. Betty reminded him that Moose and Midge were shot three hundred yards from Fox Forest, and the person who did it was still out there. She insisted that he refrain from going out there again, at least until the shooter is caught.
Betty, Jughead, and Archie gathered at the Pembrooke that evening 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. It was then that Mr and Mrs. Lodge entered the room to greet everyone before leaving for dinner. Veronica introduced each of them to her father, starting with Betty and ending with 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.
Before heading out for school the following morning, Betty gave her mother an envelope that she found on the front porch with their name on it.
Betty confronted Kevin in the student lounge after he failed to show up at Veronica's. He claimed that something came up. Something in the woods, Betty asked. Alluding to another cruising in Fox Forest. Kevin hoped that Betty wouldn't take what he was about to say the wrong way, but he asked how her how many years did he listen to her talk on and on about Archie, and now she's doing the same with Jughead. She didn't ask his permission to date them, but she did so regardless because she didn't need Kevin's permission nor did he need hers. She tried to explain that there's a difference between what he was doing and dating, but Kevin didn't stick around to listen. Unbeknownst to Betty, Cheryl was listening in on their conversation. She questioned what was so bad about Kevin's sudden sex drive. Betty explained that it was putting him in danger, leaving her to wonder why he wouldn't stop. Kevin used to be a lonely, awkward, fat boy with acne. Now, he's a smoke show, though, in his mind, he was still unattractive, so now, he is seeking validation, Cheryl explained.
Betty returned home that evening to learn that her mother had received a letter from the killer, who is now calling himself the Black Hood. In the letter, he took responsibility for shooting Mr. Andrews, Midge and Moose, as well as killing Ms. Grundy in Greendale. Betty questioned the legitimacy of the letter as it could've been sent by anyone. However, as proof of his crimes, the Black Hood took souvenirs from his victims, including Mr. Andrews' missing wallet and Ms. Grundy's red sunglasses, which he included in the envelope sent their house.
Despite Betty's best effort in trying to convince Polly to stay, after reading their mother's published article on the Black Hood, Polly decided it would be safest if she left town until he was apprehended. Betty urged her to at least slowdown and to think about the babies, though Polly would be living at the Farm until further notice. She had already called ahead to make sure they still had room for her. The farm in question was the very same one that she and Jason were going to run off to before he was murdered. Polly's sudden need to leave town stemmed from her fear of the Black Hood targeting sinners. Betty told her that she wasn't a sinner, but with Polly being an unwed mother that was carrying her cousin's babies, it became difficult to argue against her.
Betty paid Jughead a surprise visit at Southside High. She came bearing gifts to make his new office at the Red and Black a bit more comfortable. While Jughead was happy to see her, he told Betty that she shouldn't be walking around the Southside at night unless she was armed with a weapon. She replied that she is armed, jokingly holding up a tea kettle. She then learned that Jughead discovered the local component of Clifford Blossom's drug pipeline (Jingle Jangle) was coming from the school. Jughead recalled FP previously stating that the Serpents never dealt in hard drugs, but a rival gang known as the Ghoulies do. Betty questioned if it was a good idea for Jughead to write about gangs and drugs while attending the school. Are you worried about me? I thought you liked me reckless, Jughead replied. The two of them then started to kiss, before being interrupted by Toni Topaz, who Jughead introduced as the Red and Black's photographer.
Betty received a call from Cheryl, telling her that Kevin was seemingly going for another jog through Fox Forest. Cheryl's suspicions proved to be correct as the two of them found Kevin cruising the woods. Betty was disappointed that he broke his promise. She wanted him to have more respect for himself. While they had been friends for a long time, Betty had no idea how difficult it was being a homosexual male in such a small town. Betty acted as if they had the same set of options, when in reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. Kevin went on to explain that she lived in a pale-pink world of milkshakes and first kisses, where her biggest romantic dilemma is whether she is going to date Archie or Jughead, except for when she exploring her BDSM sexuality, which again, she's allowed to do, but he's not. Fox Forest was all he had to work with. So, he didn't need Betty following him just to tell him how disgusted she was with it all. If she couldn't accept what he did, then they weren't truly friends.
The next day at FP's trailer, Betty cleaned Jughead's wounds that he sustained during a supposed motorcycle accident. She asked if it was possible that he take a day off, but Jughead wasn't too concerned with his injuries. Betty told him before that the motorcycle was dangerous and that he should always wear a helmet. For a moment, she worried that Jughead was going to tell her that he was jumped by the Ghoulies, though according to Toni, the Serpents would never allow that to happen. They had Jughead's back. Even though he wasn't an actual member, there was still a connection of family loyalty. With Betty having to leave for school, she asked Toni to look after Jughead.
Betty joined Polly by the front door as she prepared to leave for the farm with her bags packed and a cab just outside the house. Betty questioned if this was truly how Polly wanted to leave things with their parents, leaving for the Farm without saying goodbye. Apparently, Betty was the only member of the family she was extending this courtesy to as neither of their parents knew that Polly was on her way out of town. Betty insisted that their mother was sorry. She's always sorry, Polly said. Right up until she does the next thing that sets everyone off. Polly insisted that she would be fine. She and Betty then hug just before leaving.
With Kevin's phone going to voicemail, Betty decided to drop by his house, and while he wasn't there, his father was. Betty went on to tell the Sheriff all about Kevin's cruising of Fox Forest.
The next day, Betty arrived at school, arm and arm with Veronica, before heading over to her locker. She looked over to Kevin, who was just a few feet away at his locker. However, when she attempted to speak to him, he turned around in the opposite direction. It became fairly apparent that Kevin was upset with Betty for going behind his back, to his father 
How could you do this to us? Alice asked after learning that Betty assisted Polly with running away to the farm. Betty explained that Polly wanted her help. Furthermore, she was some place safe, far away from the Black Hood, who was targeting sinners. Polly was scared, though she wasn't the only one. Betty's mother was terrified that every time Betty walked out the door or didn't answer her phone when she called, that something terrible had happened to her. It was the acts that she and Polly did in secrecy that made it difficult for their mother to protect them. To make matters worse, Alice was being portrayed as the monster because of this.
With her mother headed down a downward spiral, Betty spoke over the phone with Jughead from the Blue and Gold offices, where she hoped that he would join her for lunch. Unfortunately, Jughead had to at least try to maintain a semblance of him being a student at Southside High. After hanging up with him, she found a letter addressed to her from the Black Hood.
As she sat motionless at her desk, Kevin arrived to announce that he had no foreseeable plans of cruising. Betty then handed Kevin the Black Hood's letter to read for himself. In the letter, the Black Hood revealed that he was inspired by Betty's speech at the Jubilee. Enclosed in the letter, was a cipher, which detailed where he will punish the next sinner. Cracking the code was a test that only Betty could solve. Kevin suggested that they hand the evidence over to his father. Betty agreed to give over the cipher, however, the letter would remain with her. If they gave the letter over to Kevin's father, he would then tell Betty's mother, who would make sure that Betty never got anywhere near it. Betty reiterated the Black Hood's statement of it all being a test. She wondered what if the start of the test began with what she did with the letter. Should she share it? Or not? Is she strong? Or is she weak? Is she even worthy? However, Kevin reminded Betty that she was merely a high school student, who was dealing with a psychopath. Isn't it better for people to be focusing on the cipher, rather than the letter, Betty wondered. To make this happen, she devised a plan.
With her make up running down her face from the fake tears she forcefully cried, Betty handed over the cipher to her mother, claiming that the code didn't come with a letter and that she didn't know what else to do or who else to go to with the cipher.
While stressing to crack the code from home, Betty received a message from Jughead, telling her that he was sorry for the phone tag, but that they would have to talk tomorrow.
Betty stopped by the trailer first thing the next morning to catch Jughead before he left for school. Betty, who was on her way to the library, had asked Ms. Paroo to set aside all the books she had in relation to cryptograms and ciphers, as she thought it would help in cracking the Black Hood's code, which she hoped that Jughead would join her in doing. However, Jughead regretted to inform her that he and Toni had already started working on the code a day before, which came as little surprise to Betty because much like Jughead, Toni showed an interest in serial killers. She had an affinity for the darker side of things, Jughead remarked. After taking it all in, Betty suggested that they all work on the code together, her, Jughead, Toni, and Kevin. A code breaking party, Betty called it. Jughead could even host the event.
That night, as planned, Betty, Jughead, Kevin, and Toni convened at the trailer, where they collectively attempted to cipher the Black Hood's code. The symbols looked fairly familiar to Betty, however, she couldn't yet place them, and she would go on to struggle with them for the remainder of the night. She remarked that it was driving her crazy, to which Toni jokingly suggested that she loosen her ponytail. Jughead then proposed that they look at the killer from a more basic perspective, asking why the Black Hood chose this moment to start killing people. Betty and Kevin shared a look, both knowing where the inspiration for the killer's spree lied, yet neither came forth. From what little they knew of the Black Hood, he was obsessed with cleansing the town of sinners and hypocrites, seemingly attacking anyone with ties to the north side, which Toni referred to as "fake news". She claimed Betty was supposedly demonizing the south side. Betty clarified that she was merely stating facts. There was far more drug and gang activity on the south side, though Toni made a point in addressing the fact that the drugs Betty spoke of were mostly sold to north side crackheads. She was surprised that Betty hadn't just come out to say that she believed that the Black Hood was a Southside Serpent, because they all knew how much Betty hated the Serpents, which is why Jughead was hiding from her the fact that he sat with the Serpents at lunch, Toni revealed. And on that note, both Toni and Kevin decided it would be best if they left. Once they were alone, Jughead explained that he sat with the Serpents purely for reasons of survival, though Betty didn't seem too concerned. She appeared far more interested in cracking the code.
Betty and Jughead woke up on the couch the next morning. After realizing that they had accidentally fallen asleep while attempting to crack the Black Hood's code the night before, Betty began to panic after noticing several missed calls from her mother. She frantically grabbed her belongings and exited the trailer.
Jughead stopped by the house to drop off the notebooks that she had left at the trailer. Jughead insisted that he wasn't snooping, but while he was gathering her belongings, her letter from the Black Hood fell out, leaving Jughead to wonder why Betty hadn't told him about it. Betty initially claimed that she withheld the letter because Jughead was busy at Southside High, running around with the Serpents. But as Jughead explained, he had been gone for all of two days. And while it was upsetting that they no longer attended to the same school, he knew that this wasn't the reason she was sitting on the fact that the Black Hood sent her a letter. Betty exclaimed that she hid the letter because the Black Hood wrote that she inspired him, and she feared that once Archie learned of this, he would blame her for his father's shooting. Jughead reminded her that while Archie was definitely shaken, he could still recognize the good from the bad. You're not one of the bad guys, Jughead said. You're Betty Cooper. Like Nancy Drew meets the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was this reference that led Betty to conclude that in writing the code, the Black Hood used one of her touchstones.
Betty and Jughead arrived at library, where Betty told Jughead that when she was a kid, she used to excessively check out a Nancy Drew book entitled "The Nancy Drew Secret-Code". Betty then used the book to crack the cipher, which read that the Black Hood would strike next where it all began, that being at the Town Hall, where he heard Betty's speech that inspired him to go on his cleanse of sinners and hypocrites.
Having cracked the code, Betty and Jughead rushed over to the Town Hall meeting, where they alerted all those in attendance. Soaked and wet from the storm, the two of them came in through the back door, warning everyone that they needed to leave immediately as the Black Hood was on his way. Betty's mother stopped them in the aisle, asking what it was they were referring to. Betty explained that they cracked the cipher, which revealed to them the killer's next move. The power to the building then went out. Whether or not this was due to the storm remains unknown. But in fear of the Black Hood's arrival, Betty pulled the fire alarm, which resulted in immediate evacuation.
After successfully evacuating Town Hall, Betty and Jughead reconvened at her house, where they revealed to her, parents, as well as to Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy that there was also a letter that Betty had kept secret from them all.
Later that night, Betty received a call from an unknown number while laying in bed. Hello? Betty answered, to which the caller replied, "Hello, Betty. This is the Black Hood speaking." 
Communicating with the Killer
How do I know this is real, Betty asked, after supposedly answering a call from the Black Hood. "I will strike next where it all began", the killer responded, which was a quote from the cipher she decoded. He was at the Town Hall, yet he didn't hurt anyone, which left Betty wondering what he wanted. The Black Hood wanted the same thing she did, to set Riverdale on the righteous path once more by cleansing it of sinners, though Betty never imagined murder as being the means to that end. The Black Hood claimed that he was only killing people that deserved it, like Polly. The Black Hood knew of her pregnancy as well as the location of the farm, which was two hours North. If Betty attempted to warn her, he'd know. The Black Hood threatened to kill Polly if Betty told the police or Jughead that they've spoken. Betty pleaded for Polly to be left unharmed, but for that to happen, she could no longer deny him. Without warning, her mother barged into her room, making the assumption that she was on the phone with Jughead. Her mother blamed Jughead for inspiring her stunt at Town Hall with the fire alarm. Given the letter that the Black Hood sent her, Betty didn't know what else to do. However, this is assuming that the letter was from the Black Hood, as the Sheriff wasn't convinced. So, he was having it analyzed along with the letter her mother received. In the meantime, her mother wanted her home straight after school.
Betty sent Archie a message the next morning, asking if he could walk her to school because she needed to tell him something. But, before doing so, she needed him to promise her that he wouldn't repeat this information to anyone else, Veronica, Jughead, and his father included. After Archie promised to keep her secret, Betty revealed that the Black Hood called her. She was taking a great risk by even telling Archie, but they were best friends, who lived next door to each other, so the two of them walking to school together would look perfectly normal to the Black Hood, assuming he was watching them. As crazy as it sounded, Betty was convinced that it was him. Archie insisted that she report this to the police, even if it wasn't him, but she couldn't because Polly's life depended on it. If the killer called her again, she would have to answer. And so Archie volunteered to be right there at her side to help her through it.
After school, Betty and Archie sat in her room, waiting for the killer to call, and sure enough, he did. Betty answered the phone, putting him on speaker for Archie to hear. The Black Hood told Betty that he could see her parents at the Register, through a big picture window. The killer asked if she was alone. Betty looked at Archie before lying, and saying that she was. With Betty's mother being a thorn in both of their sides, the Black Hood devised a plan that would keep her from looming over them. Betty was told to check her email, and publish what was sent to her, only then would he know that she was loyal, though before agreeing to his demands, Betty wanted something in return from the killer, for him to prove his loyalty. If Betty did as she was told, he would answer any question she asked. She had until tomorrow night to follow through on her end of the agreement. In Betty's email, was an archived mugshot of her mother. The article revealed that she was arrested and used to be a member of the Southside Serpents, many years ago.
The next day, at school, Betty and Archie discussed the Black Hood and the mugshot he wanted her to publish. Her mother went after the Black Hood pretty intensely, so it came as no surprise that he sought to humiliate her, though Betty could not do it to her mother, as it would destroy her credibility. What credibility, Archie asked. Her mother was always going after them and their friends. In spite of all this, Betty refused to blindside her with a published mugshot.
Betty and her mother learned from Sheriff Keller, who stopped by the house, that after sending Betty's letter which was supposedly written by the Black Hood, to two different specialists, they determined that the handwriting wasn't a match. Whoever wrote Betty the letter, was either a copycat or an anonymous prankster. However, her mother suggested a much more banal third option; that Betty wrote the letter herself to garner attention. The cipher was even cribbed from a Nancy Drew book. So while her mother was convinced that Betty was somehow involved, she had yet to uncover a motive. Maybe you and your Serpent boyfriend cook this up because you guys were bored, her mother speculated. Fed up with her mother's judgmental ways, Betty message Archie to let him know that she would be publishing the mugshot.
Having ripped it from every public archive, her mother asked who gave her the article. Maybe it was one of the Southsiders you attack in your paper, daily, Betty replied. She constantly talked down on FP, Jughead, and the Serpents, despite previously being one herself. Betty told her parents that it was done in the name of justice against her mother and her holier-than-thou attitude.
Later that night, while brushing her teeth, Betty received a call from the killer. How does it feel to knock your mother off her high horse, the Black Hood asked, though Betty did not respond. Instead, she reminded him of their deal, her end of which had already been upheld. Fulfilling his end of their agreement, the Black Hood asked what did she want to know, but the question couldn't be his name. The face under the hood, Betty wondered if she would recognize it. Yes. He answered. Having given her the response she desired, he felt closer to her, as if they were friends. Though, the problem with this is that he's selfish, and didn't like sharing her with other people. He needed Betty to cut them out of her life, or else he would, in his own cynical way, starting with Veronica. Betty stated that Veronica was innocent, but they both knew that she didn't honestly believe that.
Betty met up with Jughead, the next day, at Pop's, where she greeted him with a kiss. She was a sight for sore eyes, Jughead commented. They'd both been feeling unmoored recently. Jughead wanted to check in with her after the exposé of her mother that she published, with a mugshot from many years ago, of her mother's arrest as a young member of the Southside Serpents. While it was intense, it was also a long story that Betty chose not to dive into at the moment. Betty then asked about Jughead's hand, after noticing that it was wrapped in gauze. He claimed that he sustained the wound while dogsitting Hot Dog. Sitting on opposite ends of the table, holding each other's hands, Betty and Jughead both wished that they could leave Riverdale on his motorcycle for some place where there wasn't a brewing war between two sides or crazy moms and psychotic killers. They'd be like Romeo and Juliet, Betty imagined, but with a happily ever after instead.
She was approached by Archie in the hallway after he went to her house that morning to walk her to school, but her mother had told him that she had already left. Archie wondered if she got another call from the killer. Betty lied to Archie, telling him that she didn't get another call, when in fact, she did. They were then joined by Veronica and her friend from New York, Nick, who invited Betty to his party at the Five Seasons.
That night, Betty, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, Kevin, Josie, Reggie, Valerie, and Melody attended the party in Nick's hotel room, where after having drinks, Nick suggested they turn up the party with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. While Betty and Archie weren't interested, everyone else, Veronica included, was more than willing to indulge. Suddenly, Archie had a change of heart, and decided to join them, making Betty the odd man out, so to speak. As all her friends got high and partied under the influence, Veronica attempted to encourage Betty to have some fun, as she was without Jughead for the night. Betty told Veronica that she was making a fool of herself by acting like some privileged, shallow, airhead party girl. Betty claimed that she was only saying what they were all thinking, that Veronica was merely a friend of circumstance and that she wasn't who she pretended to be. Why should they be surprised, Betty asked. Like father, like daughter, she added. Veronica may have fooled the rest of them, but she hadn't fooled Betty. She saw Veronica for what she truly was, a bad person.
In the middle of the night, Betty sat at a dark and vacant bus stop, where she cried her eyes out until getting another call from the Black Hood. Betty told the killer that she did what he asked of her by cutting off Veronica, but now she wanted her questioned answered. What will make him stop. He replied that Betty's devotion to him was the only thing stopping the attacks, though she wasn't sure how much longer she could continue. He now wanted Betty to cut Jughead out of her life. As the son of a Serpent, he wasn't deserving of Betty's love.
Betty was confronted at the Blue and Gold offices by Archie, over her actions the night before, where she instigated a fight with Veronica. Betty revealed that she lied to Archie when he asked if the Black Hood had called again. He did call. But she didn't want to tell Archie because she knew he would try to talk her out of it. During their conversation, he told Betty to cut Veronica out of her life, and now, he's demanding that she do the same with Jughead. Archie pulled out his phone, presumably to tell someone of Betty's secret calls with the Black Hood, but she convinced him to put the phone down. The Black Hood hadn't attacked or killed anyone since the two of them started talking. Betty suspected that maybe this was distracting him. But Archie interpreted this as the killer's own form of torture. He was making Betty hurt the people around her. Archie asked Betty how she's going to put Jughead and herself through a break-up, though Betty was hoping that Archie could tell Jughead that they had to stay away from each other for a while. Anything to appease the Black Hood. It didn't have to be cruel, just enough for Jughead to believe it. They could walk him back through everything later. As tears filled her eyes, Betty pleaded with Archie not to quit on her, as she couldn't bear to break up with Jughead herself.
That night, Betty sat in her room, crying, after cutting both Veronica and Jughead out of her life. She later received a call from the killer, asking if she had cut Jughead off, as he requested. After telling him that she had done as he asked, Betty only had one question left to ask, who was the man under the hood. He told her that she'll find her answer in an abandoned house on the edge of Fox Forest.
Just as the Black Hood told her, there was a house at the end of the service road, near Fox Forest. Betty slowly entered the home. It was then that her phone rang. The Black Hood was calling yet again. He asked if she could see the wrapped present he left for her. Inside, was the answer to her question. Betty opened the box to find a black hood inside. She was instructed to put it on. Betty carefully placed the hood over her head, then turning around to see herself in the mirror. She questioned why he was torturing her. He replied that he was doing it to show her that they were the same. Betty was then scared off after hearing an odd sound coming from inside the house, taking the hood off, and leaving it behind.
On her way home, Betty got a call from Archie, telling her to come to the Pembrooke after Cheryl was nearly raped by Nick. Fortunately, the Pussycats were there to save her. Veronica felt sickened to her stomach, as Nick was a monster, who had probably committed similar acts right under her nose, though Betty assured Veronica that Nick's actions weren't her fault.
After returning home, Betty had compiled a list of everything she knew of the Black Hood so far, for instance, how he was a white male, in his 30's or 40's, with green eyes. Betty answered her phone as it began to ring. She wasn't sure if he was going to call again. The killer told her that there was one piece of unfinished business, that she had been telling Archie about their chats. He'd been watching her, and she broke the rules. So, now Polly had to pay for her disobedience. Betty begged him not to hurt Polly. If she wanted to save her sister, the Black Hood demanded that she give him another name of someone else guilty. Betty initially refused to sentence someone to death, but with no other choice, she gave up Nick St. Clair, who was staying at the Five Seasons, and had tried to rape Cheryl.
With the guilt of choosing Nick St. Clair to be the Black Hood's next victim setting in, Betty raced over to the Five Seasons hotel to save him from certain death. She entered Nick's suit to find him stabbing at the bar's counter top with a knife, while sporting a black eye, but otherwise unharmed. He told Betty to tell Veronica that she should consider herself fortunate that he wasn't pressing charges against her. Nick's parents then entered the room, which allowed Betty to warn the the entire St. Clair family that they weren't safe in Riverdale. Sheriff Keller arrived moments later to take Nick into custody, as Cheryl had filed a complaint against him. When Sheriff Keller looked to Betty, wondering what she was doing there, Betty stated that she was making sure that Nick got what was coming to him.
While leaving the hotel, Betty received a call from the Black Hood, who explained that his reason for not killing Nick was because he wasn't one of Riverdale's sons. Furthermore, Betty had already given the killer the most wonderful gift by giving up Nick's name. In that moment of nakedness, she allowed him to see "the real Betty", who he perceived as beautiful and righteous. Betty claimed that this wasn't the type of person she was, but her recent actions indicated otherwise. Now that she's revealed her true self, he stated that the real work can begin, before hanging up. Betty then got a message from Archie, asking if she was up.
Betty met up with Archie, and the two of them discussed her on-going relationship with the killer. After clearing her head, Betty realized that the Black Hood was playing a sick game of psychological torture with her. She decided then and there that she was done with him and his game. She would be ignoring any of his future calls. As for Polly, who the Black Hood threatened violence against, she was going to disappear for a while with the help of some of the people from the farm, just until Riverdale was safe again. What of Jughead and Veronica, Archie asked. They too deserve the truth. Betty agreed. But she first wanted to make sure everything was settled. As they reach the parking lot of Pop's diner, Betty and Archie noticed Jughead inside, having breakfast with Toni. Before either could react, they received simultaneous calls from their parents.
Betty returned home to learn that her mother had called everyone from Nick's party over, as well as their parents. She had heard that Jingle Jangle found its way into the party, and that many had participated in the night's drug induced festivities, with the exception of Betty, who left the party early. As her mother went on, Betty could hear Veronica whispering to Archie, mocking her "perfect girl next door" persona by referring to her as "Saint Betty". After Reggie confessed to bringing the Jingle Jangle to the party, he revealed that he acquired the drug from his dealer on the Southside, who he suspected of being a member of the Southside Serpents as well as a student at Southside High. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Nick should be the only one under interrogation, given that he asked Reggie for the drugs and later pressured everyone into using it. On top of that, he roofied and tried to rape Cheryl. Unfortunately, Jingle Jangle stayed in the user's system for up to three days. So with all the witnesses being high, Sheriff Keller explained that prosecuting Nick would be difficult. After Mayor McCoy learned that Josie experimented with the drugs as well, she declared that her number one priority as Mayor was taking over the Southside, even if it meant arresting every Serpent in sight.
At school, Betty tried to explain her actions during the party, but neither Veronica nor Kevin were willing to hear her out. Despite previously telling Archie that she would no longer be taking the Black Hood's call, she answered the phone when he called her. She headed into an empty classroom so that she could speak freely. Betty had done everything the killer asked, so why couldn't he just leave her alone. The Black Hood replied that they had unfinished business. He spared Nick's life. The life that Betty had sentenced to death. It was because he chose not to do it that Betty didn't have Nick's blood on her hands. Should she choose to disobey, she'd have a lot worse to deal with. He claimed that Riverdale's streets would run red if Betty didn't help him. While Keller and the police hunted for low-level dealers, they'll go after the real sinner, that being the drug maker, known on the street as "The Sugarman". A corrupter of children who deserved swift and brutal justice, the Black Hood believed. But the fact that he was asking Betty to find the drug maker meant that he couldn't. Betty didn't understand what she could do. She was merely a school newspaper reporter. However, as the Black Hood explained, Betty was friends with Cheryl, who was the daughter of the Sugarman's former supplier, Clifford Blossom. Should Betty succeed in discovering the identity of the Sugarman, the Black Hood claimed that he would stop killing. If she failed to comply, someone will be "purified".
Betty visited Cheryl at Thistlehouse per the Black Hood's request. She claimed that she was coming to check in, but Cheryl knew better, referring to Betty was the "invisible woman", as she could see straight through her lie. Betty confessed that she was writing an article on Jingle Jangle inundating Riverdale. So, she was wondering if Cheryl ever heard of the Sugarman, which she had. As children, Cheryl and Jason were told by their mother tales of how their father was friends with the so-called Sugarman. And if they were bad, he'd sneak into their rooms at night, steal them from their beds, and whisk them away, nevermore to be seen. Betty asked if it was possible that the Sugarman worked for the Blossom drug business. But Cheryl denied any possibility of this, explaining that the Sugarman was merely a poison confection spun by her mother to scare children. Like the Sandman or Krampus.
After stopping by the Sheriff Station in search of Sheriff Keller, Betty headed down to Pop's where she was told that she could find him. Betty entered the diner, hoping to ask him a few questions for a Blue and Gold story. Have you ever heard of the Sugarman, Betty asked. Sheriff Keller replied that they both knew the Sugarman, and he went by many names, but at the end of the day, it was always one man, Clifford Blossom. Betty questioned how this could be true if Jingle Jangle was still being supplied. The Sheriff informed her that Jingle Jangle didn't hit the street until after Clifford died. Before leaving, Keller told her that anyone could be the current supplier. Unbeknownst to Betty, Veronica was in the diner, watching her from a booth. She sarcastically asked if Betty was drafting her next savage takedown. While Betty didn't expect Veronica to believe her, she insisted that she didn't mean anything she said during Nick's party. There was no sane excuse. Veronica agreed, which is why she asked to hear the insane excuse. Betty told Veronica everything, from breaking up with her and Jughead, to publishing that article about her mother. Betty would never forgive herself for all the things she did, even feeling guilty about giving up Nick. While Veronica wanted her to cut all ties to the killer, Betty thought it best if she turns the tables on him. The Black Hood said he would go away if she found out the identity of the Sugarman. But in doing so, Betty would be sentencing him to death. And drug dealer or not, he was still a human. Betty was close to ending it all, she just needed Veronica's help.
As punishment for their hardcore partying, Betty, Veronica, Archie, Kevin, Josie and Reggie were sentenced to pick up trash at Pickens park, as part of their community service, though it remains unknown why Betty was at the park considering she didn't get high like her friends. While Veronica worked Reggie for his Jingle Jangle contact, Betty promised Archie that she would come clean about everything to Jughead. But she first needed to take care of a few things, which included tracking down Reggie's dealer, which she and Veronica managed to accomplish. Betty waited in an alleyway on the Southside as Veronica purchased Jingle Jangle from Verne, the dealer. He was startled by the mere mentioned of the Sugarman's name, so much so, that he took off, unaware that Betty was following him.
Unfortunately, the dealer discovered that he was being followed, and so Betty and Veronica were caught trying to sneak in through the garage of the dealers' lair, otherwise known as the House of the Dead, a drug den to the Ghoulies. Much to their surprise, Archie and Jughead were at the drug den as well, talking to Ghoulies leader, Malachai. "These are your bitches?" Malachai asked. Betty and Veronica learned that Archie and Jughead were looking to arrange a street race between the Serpents and the Ghoulies, where the winners gain more control of the Southside. For this race to happen, Jughead was forced to put up his home, Sunnyside Trailer Park, as a bargaining chip.
In preparation for the street race, Betty and Jughead worked on Reggie's car, which he allowed them to borrow. God bless Reggie Mantle and his inferiority complex, Betty said. His car was a lot like him. It was beautiful to look at but there wasn't much going on under the hood, she remarked. Betty asked Jughead if street racing rival gangs were what the Serpents did for fun, having learned that Jughead joined the gang despite telling her that he wouldn't. Jughead countered that she didn't have much room to talk considering that she said she loved him, only to dump him via Archie, which he explained was far worse than via text. Betty apologized. It wouldn't make any sense to him at the time, but everything around them was imploding, so she broke up with him to protect him. But as far as Jughead was concerned, she did the one thing that could actually hurt him. Betty planned on telling him everything, but for the moment, she just wanted to get him through the race.
Betty stood alongside Veronica, Kevin, Reggie, and Cheryl as the race was about to begin. She approached Jughead, and told him that she needed him to know that she never stopped loving him. She wasn't sure that she could. She also reminded him not to ride the clutch or allow it to slip between gear shifts. The race started soon thereafter, with Archie and Jughead in one car, and Malachai and Verne in another. The race was supposed to go over Herk Harvey bridge to Dead Man's curve, but Sheriff Keller and the police department intervened, which resulted in the arrest of the Ghoulies. Fortunately, Archie and Jughead narrowly escaped. They returned to the starting point, where Jughead shouted at Archie after learning that he was responsible for the police getting involved. With law enforcement just down the road, Betty got in the car with Jughead, and the two of them vacated the premises.
Later that night, Betty reconvened with Veronica at Pop's. Her phone began to ring. It was Cheryl, though they were expecting a call from the Black Hood. Betty answered, and Cheryl revealed to her the identity of the Sugarman. It was Robert Phillips. A teacher at Southside High as well as Jughead's adviser at the Red and Black. Betty was conflicted, as either choice she made could end with someone's death. "What do I do, Veronica? If I give the Black Hood his name, may God have mercy on the Sugarman. And if I don't, may God have mercy on all of us."
The next morning, Betty got a call from the Black Hood. She answered, under the assumption that her time was up to deliver the Sugarman's identity. The Black Hood demanded that she give up the name, but Betty refused. She told him that she had already notified the Sheriff's office, and that he would just have to read the name in the exposé she published in the Blue and Gold. The Sugarman needed to be brought to justice, not execution. He would be dealt with correctly. The Black Hood informed Betty that she was playing a risky game. She agreed. But now it's her game. A game that ended with her catching him. She found out who killed Jason Blossom, she found out who the Sugarman was, and now the Black Hood is next. She was breathing down his neck. "Can you feel it, can you feel me?", she asked.
That evening, at the trailer, Betty came clean to Jughead about everything. And so, after they mended their relationship, she cuddled up alongside him, reading a book, as he continued working on his novel.
Investigating Sheriff Keller
Betty laid in bed with Jughead at the trailer, disappointed with herself after learning that she failed to outsmart the Black Hood, who had broken into the Sheriff Station overnight, and murdered Mr. Phillips. By having him arrested, she thought she was saving his life, but his death proved otherwise. While Mr. Phillips didn't deserves what happened to him, Jughead reminded Betty that he was a high school teacher that dealt drugs. This led Betty to question how the Black Hood even gained access to the station. She had a theory, but told Jughead that it was nothing, given that it was too crazy. Jughead then received a call, which called for him to leave the trailer abruptly.
That morning at school, Betty and Veronica learned from Kevin that the town was turning on his father, which was cause to worry. While Sheriff Keller was trying his best under the crazy circumstances, the Black Hood was far too elusive. What's he been doing to deal with it, Betty and Veronica simultaneously asked. Kevin told them that his father was neither sleeping nor eating. He would also hear the Sheriff rummaging around their house at odd hours of the night, talking to himself, and heading out in the middle of the night.
In the Blue and Gold offices, Betty and Veronica discussed the troubles surrounding the Keller men. Betty announced that she had a theory. As did Veronica. While Betty accused him of being the Black Hood, Veronica believed that he was having an affair. Veronica was appalled with Betty's story, asking if it was a joke. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Hoping to convince Betty that her theory is incorrect, Veronica further elaborated on hers. Sheriff Keller's wife is away. He's failing at his job, looking for comfort, sneaking around. All signs pointed towards cheating, though Betty was persistent in her belief, stating that maybe he could be having an affair and he's the Black Hood. Given that Mr. Phillips was killed in a cell at the Sheriff Station, Betty asked how does one explain that. However, Veronica wished to no longer entertain Betty's absurd groundless suspicions considering that Kevin was in a time of need. Veronica was positive that Sheriff Keller was having an affair. So, she advised Betty to stay tuned for when she proved it.
Furthering her investigation of Sheriff Keller, Betty headed down to the station to question the Sheriff, who was under the impression that she was writing a follow up for the Blue and Gold. How did the Black Hood get to the Sugarman despite being locked in a cell, Betty asked. Forced entry, the Sheriff explained. While he was out on patrol, and the overnight deputy was sleep, the Black Hood pried the door open from outside the station. Betty then followed Sheriff Keller down to the holding cells, where Phillips was shot. They had gathered shoe prints and video surveillance to catch the killer, but what enraged the Sheriff was the fact that the killing took place in his department, under his watch.
That night, Betty called Veronica, who was sleeping over at Kevin's house without her and in the middle of an investigation of Sheriff Keller, though Veronica insisted that she wasn't investigating the Sheriff, rather comforting Kevin, and helping him deal with his father's infidelities. Essentially, Veronica was only sleeping over to look around, and prove her theory that Sheriff Keller was having an affair. Can you add looking for evidence to prove that Sheriff Keller is the killer to your to-do-list, Betty asked. She recommended that Veronica start in the home office, but it was locked. Betty then suggested that Veronica check the basement for evidence. Betty wanted her to see if anything jumped out at her. While she was initially hesitant, Veronica reluctantly agreed. However, moments later, Veronica hung up on her without so much as a goodbye.
The next day at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Betty learned from Veronica that Sheriff Keller had sneaked out the house in the middle of the night, and that he didn't return until 4:00 in the morning. Hearing this pleased Betty as it furthered her theory. She then placed the latest article from the Register onto the table, which read "Drug Addict Found Dead on Southside Railroad Tracks". A Jingle Jangle addict's body was found by the tracks that morning. While the article read that the addict was hit and killed by a train, Betty believed that rather than stumbling into its path, he was pushed in front of it by Sheriff Keller. She reminded Veronica of all the locked doors in the Keller home, though Veronica retorted that he was merely a private person. She instructed Betty to not confuse wanting a solution to the mystery with actually having one given that they were talking about the father of their close friend.
Later that evening, Betty hid within the trees near the Keller house, waiting for the Sheriff to depart in order for her to search the home for evidence to prove that he's the Black Hood. As he left, Betty rushed over to the house, grabbing the spare key from under a potted flower, and entering the home uninvited. She immediately went to his home office, which was locked. Betty picked the lock with a bobby pin before searching the office. Inside, she found the walls of the Sheriff's home office covered with evidence to the Black Hood's attacks, such as Mr. Andrews's shooting at Pop's, the attack on Moose and Midge near Fox Forest, and Ms. Grundy's killing in Greendale. Betty began erratically searching the drawers within the office until finding a black hood hidden within one of them. Unfortunately for Betty, Sheriff Keller had returned home. He asked Betty what she was doing in his office.
Betty was then brought down to the Sheriff Station by Sheriff Keller, who called her father down to pick her up. Her father first apologized for Betty's actions and the absurd theory that the Sheriff was the Black Hood. Given that she found his research on the case and the black hood that he had previously confiscated from Archie, the Sheriff was willing to write it off as Betty having an over active imagination. Hoping to prove his innocents to Betty, the Sheriff gave her his logbook. Upon further examination, Betty discovered that he was processing a perpetrator when Mr. Andrews was shot. When Midge and Moose were attacked, he was paroling downtown. And as for Ms. Grundy, he was in the station when she was murdered in Greendale. He had the graveyard shift. Sheriff Keller had decided not to say anything to Kevin about what had happen considering that she had been a great friend to him, and if he ever found out what Betty did, it would break his heart.
After returning home, Betty called Veronica in hopes that she would join her for a stakeout of Sheriff Keller's house. Veronica agreed to accompany her, but only to keep Betty in check and for Kevin's sake. So, that night, from their car, Betty and Veronica sat outside of the Sheriff's home, where they waited for him to leave, so that they could follow him. Sure enough, in the late hours of the night, Sheriff Keller left his home as he'd done many nights before. Betty and Veronica followed him to the Shady Palm Motel. As he pulled a bag from out the trunk of his truck, Betty took a picture, stating that it was his "kill kit". She imagined that he was about to do something terrible with his next victim, who could be in his motel room. Veronica suggested that they call the cops, but Betty would much rather investigate. They hid behind the bushes, watching as Sheriff Keller knocked on the motel room door. Much to their surprise, Mayor McCoy answered the door, and greeted the Sheriff with a hug and a kiss.
Left shocked and speechless from this recent development, Betty and Veronica had milkshakes in a booth at Pop's, where they discussed how best to handle the situation. Veronica's woman intuition told her that the Sheriff was having an affair, but she never imagined that it was with the Mayor. From that, Riverdale's list of sinners just expanded. Archie and Jughead then entered the shoppe, but the girls decided against inviting them to join given that as Veronica put it, they were having an "intense broment". Betty wondered how they would present Kevin with such terrible news. But Veronica suggested that they not say anything. For Kevin's sake, this would be one of the secrets they kept to themselves in order for him to continue believing that his father was one of the good guys. After getting off the phone with the Black Hood, Pop Tate announced that they were all sinners who failed his test, and that the reckoning was upon them.
FP's Retirement Party
Betty met up with Jughead at Pop's to discuss the murder victims of the Riverdale Reaper, a serial killer that massacred a family of four in their own home, over 40 years ago. The victims were Jim and Mary-Ellen Conway, and their kids, Tommy and Sue, who were ten and nine. The Reaper was never apprehended nor identified, meaning he could possibly be the Black Hood, though it was doubtful considering that he would be in his sixties. The reporter of the article talked to the Sheriff at the time who thought the killer chose them at random due to their house being isolated. Betty learned that the house was located down a service road at the edge of Fox Forest. She even got a look at the house where the murders took place from an archived article from the Register. It was then that she realized that she had been there once before. The Black Hood had sent her there as part of his twisted game, which meant there was definitely a link between the two killers. Jughead suggested that they go to Sheriff Keller to see if he could pull the files from the murders. However, after Betty accused him of being the Black Hood, going to him for assistance was no longer an option. They cold go to the house in question, but Betty refused to go back considering that the last time she was there, the Black Hood made her look into a mirror, and what she saw staring back at her was frightening. Their conversation was then halted by news that FP would be getting out of jail soon.
Betty and Jughead called Archie and Veronica down to the Blue and Gold offices to inform them of FP's upcoming release from prison. When Veronica asked what heralded the miracle, Jughead claimed that it was the perfect storm of overcrowding at the prison and Cheryl's testimony that the Judge must've reviewed. Unbeknownst to both Betty and Veronica, this was untrue. Jughead and Archie knew the true reason for FP's release was because of the one time drug-run they made for Penny Peabody in Greendale, during which time Penny had set Jughead up to be her permanent drug-runner. With a new lead in the Black Hood case, where they had discovered a connection between the current attacks and the Riverdale Reaper, Betty and Jughead were hoping that Archie and Veronica could follow up where they left off because Jughead needed to be there to help his father readjust to society while Betty was taking a break from the case. Essentially, they wanted Archie and Veronica to be them, in the sense that they would be tackle the case as an investigative team.
Betty returned home to ask her mother if she could borrow the station wagon because she and Jughead wanted to pick up FP from prison tomorrow and treat him to Pop's. Betty knew that her mother would hear it eventually, so she decided it be best to get it out the way. Betty revealed that Jughead had officially become a member of the Southside Serpents, which came as no surprise to her mother. Betty explained that Jughead was important to her, and wiht FP being important to Jughead, Betty was hoping that her mother would give them the benefit of the doubt.
The following day, Betty, Jughead, and her mother greeted FP as he exited the prison. After Jughead and FP shared a hug, her mother asked if it was true what they said about men who were just released from prison; that they were incredibly sexually frustrated. This question left both Betty and Jughead feeling uncomfortable as they got in the station wagon. At Pop's, her mother advised FP to watch his back because the Black Hood was targeting sinners, especially ones who joined the Serpents, or as she put it, a gang of hoodlums. On that note, FP took the opportunity to reveal that he wouldn't be returning to the Serpents, which concerned Betty considering that she was counting on FP to watch over Jughead, upon his release. FP had come to this decision while in prison. The Serpents were a slippery slope, one that he didn't wish to revisit. As for all of the extra time that he would have since he would no longer be gang affiliated, FP said that he would be working at the diner. As they were coming in, he saw a help wanted sign in the window. FP then revealed that he had joined AA while in jail, and he didn't plan on stopping.
The next day, Betty and Jughead conversed as FP waited tables at Pop's, as their newest busboy. Betty and Jughead were forced to watch as Cheryl belittled FP by intentionally knocking over her milkshake, and demanding that he clean it up. This greatly frustrated Jughead given that his father used to be a king. A leader of men. Though he's since fallen to the point of being demeaned by the likes of Cheryl. FP deserved to be honored, not humiliated. Betty agreed with this notion, stating that they should throw him a retirement party fit for a king. She told Jughead not to worry, as she would take care of everything.
Betty's first step in planning FP's party was finding a location for it to be held. She chose the Whyte Wyrm, a known Serpent hang out. There, she spoke with Toni, hoping that she would allow a karaoke machine to be brought in, which she did. Betty then explained to Toni that she had been walking the razor's edge since Jughead joined the Serpents, and all she had been thinking was that everything would get better after FP returned because he would watch over Jughead to ensure that he didn't get hurt. However, with FP retiring, that left Jughead unprotected. With that being said, Betty sough to keep an eye on Jughead herself, to make sure that as deep into the snake-infested waters as he went, that he didn't do something that would put him in danger. You want to be a Serpent, Toni asked. Serpent adjacent, Betty replied. Byrdie, another member of the Serpents, laughed hysterically. She told Betty that the only way to gain membership was to perform the "Serpent dance", which was an outdated sexist Serpent tradition of initiation for its female members. Toni attempted to get it outlawed, but she failed. Betty wanted to know more about the dance, looking to Toni for answers.
That night, Betty thanked Pop for agreeing to cater FP's retirement party. All they would have to do was pick up the trays before the party due to the short notice. Betty then told her mother about the party at the Whyte Wyrm and how she was helping organize the event. Unfortunately for Alice, she didn't have much room to object given that she was once a Serpent.
The next day, in a reversal of roles, Betty and Jughead were called down to the Blue and Gold offices by Archie and Veronica, who informed them that via Sheriff Howard's case files, they had discovered that the Conways were a family of five, and that there was third child who survived the massacre. His name was Joseph Conway. His identity was hidden and name was changed 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 that would've attended Riverdale High School during those years through the school's various yearbooks. Should they find him, he could tell them how the Conway massacre was related to the recent attacks at the hands of the Black Hood. However, Jughead proposed that they proceed with caution since Joseph Conway could be the Black Hood. Considering that Joseph possibly saw the slaughter of his family, something as traumatizing as that could've effected him throughout life, which he could possibly blame Riverdale for, and is punishing the town because of it. Betty and Jughead then invited Archie and Veronica to his FP'S retirement party.
That night, before heading out for FP's retirement party, Betty looked at herself in the mirror before letting her hair down, and doing away with her "iconic ponytail".
Betty arrived at the party with her mother, who was out of her usual attire. Alice was dressed in a fashion that neither Betty nor Jughead was accustomed to. She resembled a Southsider more so than anything else. While her mother took several shots at the bar, Betty informed Jughead that she would have a surprise for him later on in the night.
A little later in the night, Betty signaled Archie to come up on stage as he had arranged for him and Veronica to sing a duet. Betty watched as Archie and Veronica performed "Mad World" for the bar. However, their performance was cut short as Veronica ran off stage, with Archie not fan behind, causing the crowd turn on them. As the crowed booed, Betty took this opportunity to get on stage, and pick up where Archie and Veronica left off. While singing, Betty started to undress as she performed the "Serpent dance" in order to gain membership to the Serpents, thus allowing her to watch over Jughead full time. Betty stripped for the crowd, taking off everything but her black laced lingerie as she sang and worked the stripper pole. As her set came to an end, FP entered the bar, giving Betty around of applause, while encouraging the crowd to do the same. He then covered Betty with his jacket, before sending her off the stage. As she got down off the stage, she was scolded by her mother for her inappropriate actions. FP then gave a speech to the Serpents announcing that he no longer had plans of retirement. This concerned Alice, who tried to take Betty home, but she refused to leave.
As Betty stood in the bar's parking lot, where she was joined by Jughead. She noticed that something was wrong, asking if it was the dance that upset him, which it was, though it wasn't the only reason. Jughead wondered why Betty would do such a thing. Betty explained that she wanted to be apart of his world, and the Serpent dance was the only way for that to happen. Archie knew to cut bait. He questioned why Betty didn't do the same. Because of this, he was dragging Betty down, as well as his father, who was no longer retiring because of his actions. Betty insisted that everything would be alright, and that they would figure out together what they had to do, though Jughead would beg to differ. He could no longer be with Betty, out of fear that she would get hurt, which he couldn't allow to happen. This wasn't his decision to make, Betty stated. However, given his status among the Serpents, it was in fact Jughead's decision, he retorted. How many times are we going to push each other away, Betty asked. Until it sticks, Jughead replied. He wrecked his father's one chance of going straight, and he refused to subject Betty to a similar fate. Though, Betty had not the slightest clue as to what he was referring to. She insisted that he to tell her what happened, but Jughead simply begged her to go home.
After the retirement party, Betty returned home, where she adjusted herself in the mirror before turning around to see Archie from his bedroom, looking back at her.
Stopping the Black Hood
Betty is awakened from her sleep by Polly, who came into her bedroom and told her that "he's here". "Who's here?" Betty asked. She headed down to steps to find Polly standing along side their mother and father. To her right, where the Christmas tree stood, Betty saw who she initially believed to be Santa Claus, planting gifts. She called out to him. But imagine her surprise when the man in red turned out to be the Black Hood dressed in a Santa suit, holding a large knife. Betty then looked back over to her family, who had been slaughtered. All she could do was stand there speechless and motionless as the Black Hood inched closer towards her. Fortunately, Betty then woke up in her room, thus revealing that it was merely a dream. After coming to this realization, Betty looked out her room window to the sigh of falling snow.
The next morning, she joined Veronica over at the Pembrooke where they discussed Kevin's Secret Santa gift exchange, which as Betty informed Veronica, had a $20 limit. Although, Veronica wasn't too concerned with Kevin's rules. Furthermore, all the gifts she had purchased weren't for the Secret Santa exchange. She had gotten a Hermes scarf for her mom, a leather passport case for her dad, and even a gift for Betty. Much to Betty's surprise, in Veronica's possession was also a gift for Archie, even though they had broken up. Betty asked if the gift was meant to reunite the two lovers. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. Veronica explained that not only was she and Archie still friends, but that the gift was purchased prior to their break up.
Betty went on to attend the Secret Santa gift exchange in the student lounge at school with Archie, Reggie, Cheryl, Kevin, Veronica, Jughead and Josie. After Veronica opened her gift from Josie, which was awkwardly a gift certificate for a couples massage, Josie suggested that Veronica use the certificate to take someone other than Archie given that they had broken up, such as Betty or her mother. Reggie then joked that he could use the gift certificate for the couples massage with Veronica's mother. Luckily, Betty was the last exchange for the evening. Based on the wrapping of the present, Betty instantly knew that it was Archie that picked her name. She unwrapped the gift to find and old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were younger, 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.
Betty followed Archie out the lounge as he exited abruptly. She asked why he was rushing off. Archie explained that every time he looked at Moose, all he could think about was the Black Hood and all the pain he had caused. The fact that the killer was still free to wreck havoc was giving Betty anxiety nightmares and making her paranoid. It was as if everywhere she looked all she could see is the Black Hood. Though, she cut her sentence short after noticing a new janitor cleaning the floors rather than Mr. Svenson. Betty approached the janitor, asking who he was before asking about Mr. Svenson. The new janitor told Betty and Archie that he had no knowledge of Mr. Svenson's whereabouts, who had been out for a few days. Betty grew concerned for Mr. Svenson's well being considering that Archie and Veronica had confronted him about his connection to the Black Hood. Maybe in doing so, they led the Black Hood to Mr. Svenson and got him killed.
In the front office, Betty and Archie learned from Ms. Bell that Mr. Svenson had been out all week with a cold. She stated that he sounded terrible over the phone, so she dropped off some chicken soup at his front door a few days back. She went on to explain that Mr. Svenson often became depressed during the Holidays due to having no family to spend them with.
After parting ways with Archie, Betty entered the Blue and Gold offices, where she found Jughead awaiting her arrival. He had stayed behind to personally deliver her gift. Jughead then apologized for their sudden break up. As Serpents, Jughead and his father were specifically in a precarious place, and he didn't want to see Betty get caught in the cross-hairs. However, that wasn't his decision to make, Betty stated. Even if he thought his recent actions were to protect her, what she risked and for whom was her choice. While Jughead agreed with what was being said, he deiced it was best that he leave. As he was heading out, Betty revealed that she had gotten him a gift as well. He smiled as she handed him the large present.
From the office, Betty called Archie to inform him that she couldn't shake her concern over Mr. Svenson and wanted to stop by his house to ensure that he was alright. Archie agreed, asking Betty that she give him ten minutes to get there.
Betty and Archie arrived at Mr. Svenson's house, where they founded Ms. Bell's chicken soup still sitting on the front step. They knocked on the front door several times, but no one answered.
After failing to make contact with Mr. Svenson, Betty returned home, where she found her mother making ginger bread cookies in the kitchen just in case there was a Christmas miracle, and Polly decided to return home, as they were her favorite. Betty then learned that another gift was left for her on the steps, which was supposedly from her Secret Santa. Betty opened the gift in her room to find a severed finger inside. She threw the box down in terror before calling Archie over. With the gift came a letter that read "Enclosed is a finger that belongs to the sinner Joseph Conway .You have one final trespass to unearth. Find the truth, reveal it to the town, and you will perhaps save his life". Betty then received a call from the Black Hood, during which time she briefly heard Mr. Svenson's voice, begging for her to save him. The Black Hood told Betty that Mr. Svenson had lost a lot of blood, though it was nothing compared to the blood on the hands of the town. The Black Hood instructed her to exhume the past and find find where the primal sin was committed. There, she could possibly find Mr. Svenson alive. Archie then snatched the phone away to talk to the killer himself, but the Black Hood immediately hung up, leaving Betty to question the primal sin that the Black Hood was referring to. Before he was adopted, Svenson lived as Joseph Conway at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Betty and Archie hoped that one of the Sisters could possibly help them in figuring out the Joseph's sin.
At the group home, Betty and Archie spoke with Sister Woodhouse, who informed them that Joseph Svenson/Conway was a troubled youth. Did he suffer from survivor's guilt, Betty asked. Before Sister Woodhouse could respond, another Nun passed the nearby window, giving a menacing look, resulting in Sister Woodhouse to bring their discussion to an end. However, Betty wasn't done with her questioning. So as a mean to force Sister Woodhouse's compliance, Betty revealed that she learned all about the corporeal punishment from Polly after she escaped the group home. In fear of what would follow should Betty reveal the truth about Quiet Mercy, Sister Woodhouse told them that after Mr. Svenson's family was massacred, he identified the man responsible, known as the Riverdale Reaper. From there, a small group of townsfolk took matters into their own hands by executing the alleged killer. It wasn't until Svenson had been taken to Quiet Mercy that he admitted in his terror and shock that he accused the wrong man, meaning the primal sin was sentencing the wrong man to death. Betty asked if Svenson ever talked about who carried out the execution. Sister Woodhouse claimed that they came by the group home once, to see Joseph. It was a group of men and one woman. While she couldn't remember their names or what they looked like, Sister Woodhouse recalled that the woman had striking white hair, save for a cherry-red stripe. With that description, Betty concluded that the woman was Nana Rose Blossom.
Under the suspicion that Nana Rose was present for the execution, Betty and Archie unexpectedly showed up at Thistlehouse, where Cheryl answered the front door. She invited them in and took them to see Rose. Betty and Archie asked her about the execution of the Riverdale Reaper and if Nana Rose had accompanied them when they killed him in the name of justice and revenge. Nana Rose revealed that she wasn't there to see the execution first hand as she was told to stay at home while the men took care of the killer. Where did they hang the Reaper, Betty asked. Rose replied that he wasn't hung. They gave him a proper burial by burying him alive. As for the location of the burial, Nana Rose, who mistook Betty for Polly, as she had done before, told Betty to ask her grandfather, who had participated in the execution. Rose had a picture of them at the burial, smiling just beneath the devil's hand. Nana Rose then fell ill, asking that Cheryl take her to her room.
In the car, just outside Thistlehouse, Betty and Archie discussed how her grandfather helped murder an innocent man. Though, Archie questioned if what Nana Rose had told them was true. Betty was pretty certain that it was true considering that she vaguely remembered the picture Nana Rose mentioned. When her grandfather Louis died, Betty and her family packed up his house. While they donated most of his items, they kept the pictures, which they later organized at her house. With her grandfather having a hand to play in the death of an innocent man, Betty questioned if this was the reason that the Black Hood chose her to call and torture, as a way to enact revenge for something that she didn't even do. Archie grabbed Betty's hand as he explained to her that they were finally at the part of the story where they could end it all by stopping the Black Hood and saving Mr. Svenson. But in order for that to happen, Archie needed Betty at his side. Tomorrow, they would wake up and everything would be back to normal. But for that night, Archie needed Betty. They then shared a kiss before driving off, unaware that Cheryl watched from her bedroom window above.
Betty and Archie returned to her house, where they looked over her grandfather's old photos to see if they could find the picture that was previously mentioned by Nana Rose. There was one photo in particular that Betty somewhat remembered, but the story behind it, at least according to her father was that her grandpa Louis and his friends planted some trees in Picken Park. Betty then found the aforementioned picture. In it, they could see the burial site of the preacher that was falsely accused by Mr. Svenson. Archie suspected that the burial ground of the preacher is where they could find Svenson, hopefully alive. Betty then took a better look at the branches, which resembled the devil's hand, as described by Nana Rose. Betty and Archie planned to call Sheriff Keller as they headed to Picken Parks in hopes of finding Svesnon alive and well.
Betty and Archie arrived a Pickens Park soon thereafter, where they found a shallow grave labeled "here lies Joseph Conway". After Archie dug up the grave, he and Betty opened the coffin only to learn that it was empty. They started to wonder why the Black Hood would bury an empty coffin. Though this question was quickly answered by the Black Hood, who showed up alongside them, held them at gunpoint, and demanded that Archie get into the coffin. After he got in, Betty closed the top on him and began to fill the grave with dirt, essentially burying Archie alive as her grandfather did to the innocent preacher. As Betty continued to bury Archie, she told the Black Hood that they had uncovered Mr. Svenson's wrongful accusation of the preacher and how a small group of men executed him. This was the town's sin, which Betty was willing to expose should the Black Hood allow Archie to live. No one had to die, Betty stated. As police sirens began to ring throughout the park, the Black Hood became distracted, allowing Betty to take advantage of the opportunity by hitting him in the face with her shovel and disarming him. She then jumped into the grave to uncover the coffin and save Archie. As she did so, the Black Hood took off, leaving his gun behind. Once Archie was out, Betty and Archie climbed out the grave and chased after him.
They chased the Black Hood over a bridge, which he attempted to jump over as Betty and Archie began to catch up to him. Although, he was hesitant in doing so with Archie holding him at gunpoint. Betty looked on as Archie demanded the killer to get down off the edge of the bridge. Should the Black Hood try to escape, Archie threatened to shoot him. It would only be right, with Archie reasoning that the Black Hood tried to kill his father and friends. Despite having a gun pointed at him, the Black Hood attempted to jump over. However, before he could do so, he was shot down and killed by Sheriff Keller. Upon removing the hood, they discovered that the Black Hood was Mr. Svenson, who had even cut off his own finger to further along his goal. Betty and Archie then hugged as back up arrived.
Betty and Archie were then taken to Pop's by the Sheriff, who spoke with their parents as they sat in a booth with Jughead and Veronica. Archie and Veronica's instincts about Svenson were right. Veronica thought he was the Black Hood, and had Archie listened when they confronted him at school, they could've end everything there. 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. Now that they knew who did the killings, Jughead wondered why. Betty explained that Mr. Svenson accused an innocent preacher of murdering his family, which later got the man killed. Betty suspected that maybe in Mr. Svenson's own backwards way, he thought that targeting sinners would balance the scale, so to speak. Svenson having the knowledge that he did on their lives made perfect sense given that he 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 and mindset, Jughead was just grateful that Svenson was in a body bag and they weren't.
Betty opened her present from Jughead the next morning, which was a 1987 novel entitled "Beloved", by Betty's literary hero, Toni Morrison. With the novel came a note from Jughead that read "A signed first edition for my beloved. Thanks for introducing me to your favorite writer. Love Jug". Afterward, she retrieved a box from under her bed, containing all her evidence in the Black Hood investigation. Betty headed down stairs by the fire place, where she tossed the files and newspapers clippings into the fire. When it came time to burn the black hood, she couldn't bring herself to do it after having stared into the blackest of voids. While she initially tossed the hood in the fire, she pulled it back out. The hood was the place where where Joseph Conway's soul had once existed. It was in that void that Betty had seen a dark reflection, a truth that could not be burned away. A truth that whispered to her, "This isn't over".
Betty is a beautiful young woman with pale skin, shoulder length blonde hair that she often wears in a tight ponytail, and soft washed out green eyes that complement her pale skin. Her sartorial taste tends toward very casual yet feminine attire, often wearing skinny jeans, fitted sweaters and pale colors of pink, white and blue. On one occasion, she wore rather revealing lingerie and a black bob cut wig, which was extremely out of character for Betty. This particular moment truly spoke to her state of mind during the incident, which was reflected in her choice of clothing.
Contrary to her appearance, that being a pretty girl with blonde hair, Betty in no way fits the stereotype of your typical "dumb blonde". In fact, she's a straight-A student, thus making her arguably one of the most intelligent students at Riverdale High School. Not to mention she's an overachiever. Betty strived to be the perfect student, daughter, and sister simply to please everyone around her.
Many often view her as the perfect girl next door, a phrase that she hates as it couldn't be any further from the truth. Mentally, Betty suffers from issues far worse than she lets on. She occasionally struggles with her anger and aggression, often resulting in her clenching her fist so intensely that she leaves scars on her palms. This isn't the only instance of Betty losing control. She once dressed up in dark lingerie and a black wig to force Chuck Clayton into admitting that he lied about his date with Veronica. During this incident, Betty appeared to have lost herself within the person she was becoming. Just for a moment, she believed she was Polly and that Chuck was Jason. In spite of all the darkness that surrounds Betty, she is still a loving and joyful person that people love to have at their side.
She also is a person who likes to put the extra effort in when it comes to the people she cares about. Like when she and Archie were kids growing up, she hated the fact that the two of them would be in different grades, since Archie was doing terrible with some of his courses. So Betty worked with Archie by tutoring him until he passed the grade, just so they would be in the same grade together. She even went out of her way to give her boyfriend, Jughead, a 16th birthday party, after she was told that he never had one.
A child of two journalists, Betty has developed formidable sleuthing skills and an unyielding dedication to the truth at any cost, even personal risk. This made her arguably the single person most responsible for solving Jason Blossom's murder. Betty is strong and brave when it comes to telling the truth when she is determined to do so. When trying to prove FP Jones innocents when he got arrested. Despite what even after being humiliated for writing and releasing that article she wrote on FP Jones. She didn't let that stop her from speaking the truth at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee.
The relationship between Toni and Betty is rather quite complicated at the moment. When the two first met face to face with each other at Southside High inside of The Red and Black office, they appeared to be on good terms with each other. However, the two girls had an argument, when they were by Sunnyside Trailer Park, with Kevin and Jughead, trying to decipher the cipher that was from the Black Hood. The argument first began when Toni called out Betty for thinking that the idea of the Black Hood was a Serpent, looking down on Southsiders as criminals, due to there status. Ever since that day, the two ladies weren't seen to cross paths with each other, until recently, at the Whyte Wyrm, when Betty came to Toni seeking out advice from her on how to become a Serpent to keep an eye on Jughead.