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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 neighbor suspecting neighbor, every day that passes is becoming more like Salem during the witch trials. And meanwhile, the girl next door, our friendly neighborhood 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. It premiered on February 16, 2017.

SynopsisEdit

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

SPOILERS AHEAD

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, so 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, Veronica trailing behind them, unbeknownst to them. He then blurts out “Did Jughead tell you?”, all while confirming what was once a theory of Betty's. Betty is furious. While Veronica may think a “booty tutor” is “scandalous”, to Betty it sounds like “jail time”.

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Betty and Veronica break into Grundy's car

Betty's suspicion on Miss Grundy makes her obsessed with 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 license 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.

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Alice finds a gun in Betty's drawer

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 and skims through the content to learn of how Betty got ahold of the gun.

When Betty appears at the doorway of the Cooper house, Mrs. Cooper is already perched on the other side of the door quickly opening it before Betty has the chance to. Restless the mutters "finally", before confronting her with the gun she found inside Betty's drawer. Upon this discovery, Betty replies in a lower voice "I can explain", to which Alice replies "Oh you will." and demands that she gets in the car.

Most of Riverdale has gathered for the drive-in’s last-ever feature, a screening of Rebel Without Cause, even Sheriff Keller being among them. Cheryl arrives, parking her car in front of a snuggled up Veronica and Kevin. She asks them to scoot aside as she climbs to the back of the car. Meanwhile, Fred and Hermione attend the show together. Fred starts reminiscing the past, talking about Senior year where they went to the drive-in to watch Candyman. He admits that he hated the movie, to which Hermione laughs and replies that he picked it. She then continued saying that Fred thought she'd get scared and jump into his arms "like a damsel in distress", to which Fred retorts that she did kiss him that night. Hermione insists that it was the "briefest of flings", earning a sarcastic "mhm" from Fred, who's still certain that she kissed him.

Hermione's phone chimes, as she excuses herself to go and get some "popcorn", to which Fred offers to tag along, but Hermione insists that she go alone. When Hermione has already left, Fred jumps in surprise as Alice knocks on the car window instructing him to follow her. She explains that it's about the kids, to which Fred hurriedly exits the car and quickly follows her.

The Southside Serpents get rowdy in the back, causing Veronica to take it upon herself to silence them, she turns around and quips, “You know what happens to a snake when a Louboutin heel steps on it? Shut the hell up or you’ll find out.” This is enough to shut them up. When sent to refill the popcorn bucket, Kevin is confronted by Joaquin, and they are later shown making out in an alley.

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Hermione talks to FP out of public eye

Veronica loses her nerve when she spots her mother paying off a Serpent. Hermione finally reveals she was handling “unfinished business” for Veronica’s father, who’d hired the gang to decrease the property value of the theater so he could snatch it up at a discount. That’s why she was paying them, and that’s who the anonymous buyer is. “He snuck every last penny that we had into this deal,” Hermione explains.
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Archie and Grundy hug for the last time

Meanwhile, Archie meets up with Miss Grundy at the music room, with a thank- you gift in hand. He wants to express his appreciation for everything Grungy has done for him, so he gets her a bow for her cello. She is surprised, concerned that he couldn't have afforded it. He then replies that he pawned on of his guitars to buy it for her. Grundy says that he doesn't need to thank her, that he shouldn't thank her. Hesitant, Archie tells her that he doesn't want to end their lessons, but that is what he thinks they should do. She then asks if it's a good-bye gift, to which he responds that it is a "see-you-around-the-halls" gift. They then embrace each other, but just then, Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Andrews, and Betty burst in, breaking their contact. When Alice Cooper rails that Grundy is a “child predator” who should go to jail, she is the only person in the room reacting appropriately. She says that she'll quit. Alice is skeptical at first until she says that she has to leave town, Fred agreeing with her. Grundy makes her way to the door, announcing that she'll be gone by morning.

The Kellers return home to find the door of their house ajar. They enter to find their home raided, papers on the floor and furniture broken, the murder board completely ruined. Archie is left in pain and Betty feels sympathy towards him. As an aftermath, Jughead leaves the drive-in having an encounter with the "biker guy" who was talking to Hermione. We soon discover that he is called FP Jones and that is his son.


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QuotesEdit

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 student named Tomoko Yoshido, which is another reference to the comics.
  • Jughead is revealed to be homeless and was residing in the Twilight Drive-In up until it's closure.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Joaquin, a member of the Southside Serpents.
  • Geraldine Grundy is revealed to be a deceased elderly woman who died 7 years ago. Jennifer Gibson took on her identity when she moved to Riverdale.
  • Betty's milkshake order upgrade from old-fashioned vanilla to strawberry may have represented her 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 marks the first episode where Jason Blossom is not seen in any shape or form. He's only mentioned by Cheryl at the cinema.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Thursday 16th February 2017

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