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"It's been a week since the discovery of Jason Blossom's body. But his death would not be the first, nor would it be the last casualty that the town of Riverdale would suffer. The Twilight Drive-In, where I work; my home away from home. A piece of town history is closing for good, just when we needed a place to escape to the most. With Sheriff Keller knocking on every door, and neighbour suspecting neighbour, every day that passes is becoming more like Salem during the witch trials. And meanwhile, the girl next door, our friendly neighbourhood Hitchcock blonde, Betty Cooper, was wrestling with the knowledge that her best friend Archie Andrews was caught up in a forbidden romance."
Jughead Jones

"Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show"is the fourth episode of the first season of Riverdale.


HOLDING ON — When Jughead learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately to keep it open. Betty finds her friendship with Archie on the line after stumbling upon some startling information she’s uncovered about Miss Grundy’s past. Elsewhere, Veronica confronts her mother Hermione about a suspicious meeting she witnessed between her mother and a shady Southside Serpent. Finally, after uncovering Betty’s diary, Alice finds the perfect opportunity to destroy Archie’s golden boy image.

Plot Edit

The Twilight Drive-In, Jughead’s place of employment, is closing down. Jughead learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately to keep it open.

Betty is still afflicted with last week’s revelation: Dilton spotted Miss Grundy’s car at the river on the Fourth of July. She suspects that there may be an affair going on between Miss Grundy and Archie. After Archie and his dad attend a cello performance by his music teacher, Miss Gundy, Fred then invites her to dine with them at Pop’s. When Betty sees them enter, she takes Archie to the parking lot to confront him about it. He blurts out “Did Jughead tell you?” and that confirms what was once a theory. Betty is furious. While Veronica may think a “booty tutor” is “scandalous”, to Betty it sounds like “jail time”.

Betty's suspicion on Miss Grundy makes her obsessed on finding out the truth about Miss Grundy's unknown past. Betty’s internet research digs up even more troubling details about Grundy. There is no record of her life before she moved to Riverdale a year ago. Archie, however, is nevertheless frustrated by Betty’s investigation, insisting she let it go. Although this does not stop Betty at all. Later on, Betty, along with Veronica, break into Miss Grundy's tiny Volkswagen Beetle and find proof of her fishy background. They find a box with Miss Grundy's driver's licence with the name Jennifer Gibson and a revolver. Archie confronts Geraldine who then tells him that she was in a violent, abusive marriage. When she left, she changed her name. He believes her.

Mrs. Cooper, dragging her husband with her, pay a visit to Archie's house to demand that Archie and Betty stop spending time together. Later on, as she is putting away laundry in her daughter's room, she discovers Miss Grundy's gun in Betty's drawer. In a panic of this discovery, she grabs for Betty's diary.

When sent to refill the popcorn bucket, Kevin is confronted by Joaquin, and they are later shown making out in an alley.



Guest StarringEdit



Jughead: "What do you see happening with Grundy, long-term? What do you want?"
Archie: [sigh] "I want to be with her. I don't know how, but I wanna hang on to what we have for as long as possible."
Jughead: "Yup. I feel that. I'm trying to hold on to something a lot older than me, too."
―Jughead and Archie at school
Kevin: "Can I borrow the truck for the drive-in?"
Sheriff Keller: "You got a date?"
Kevin: "No, I'm going with Veronica."
Sheriff Keller: "Oh, okay. I mean, is there not a nice gay kid at your school?"
Kevin: "Yeah, there is. Me."
―Kevin and his father about closing night at the Twilight Drive-In
FP Jones: "They'll tear that booth down, too. Raze the whole place. Send it to the junkyard. And us with it."
Jughead: "Yeah... Maybe they'll save it, all the pieces. Store it in the town hall attic, and rebuild it in a hundred years. Wonder who the hell we were."
FP: "Hmm. So where you gonna live now?"
Jughead: "I'll figure it out, Dad... I always do."
―After Jughead spray paints 'Jughead Jones wuz here' on the side of the Twilight Drive-In projection booth

Trivia Edit

  • Ms. Grundy tells Betty that she had once worked independently with a person named Tomoko Yoshido. In the comics, there is a supporting character named Tomoko Yoshida that resides in Riverdale.
  • Jughead is revealed to be homeless and was residing in the Twilight Drive-In up until it's closure.
  • This is the first episode to feature Joaquin, a member of the Southside Serpents.
  • Kevin and Joaquin's relationship begins in this episode.
  • Geraldine Grundy is revealed to be a deceased old woman who died 7 years ago. Jennifer Gibson took on her identity when she moved to Riverdale.
  • Betty's milkshake orders upgrade from old-fashioned vanilla to strawberry. Something that represents Betty's mental state.
  • Betty's diary is reminiscent of the one she owns in the comics.
  • The title for the fourth chapter is named after the 1971 film.
  • This is the first episode where Jason Blossom is not seen (in any way) - he's only mentioned by Cheryl at the cinema.





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