|“||Weekdays, from 8:25am to 3:01pm we adhere to a strict regimen. Everything in our lives is controlled, but then something like the murder of Jason Blossom happens and you realize, there is no such thing as control, there is only chaos. Nevertheless, some of us strive to impose and maintain order, in what is, fundamentally, an orderless world. A fact which would very soon be confirmed, in ways none of us could have foreseen.||”|
|— Jughead Jones|
TRUE FEELINGS – GUEST STARRING MOLLY RINGWALD – When Fred decides to finalize the divorce with Archie’s mother Mary, Archie hides his true feelings. Archie tries to win Valerie back with a romantic evening, however, Betty hijacks his plans when she decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party. Once Cheryl learns of the party, she decides to make it interesting and things quickly get out of control. Meanwhile, Veronica contemplates whether she should participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.
The episode, like every other, opens up with the same narration of Jughead's. He talks about weekdays, from 8:25 a.m. to 3:01 p.m., we adhere to a strict regimen where everything in our lives controlled. But then something like the murder of Jason Blossom happens and you realize there is no such thing as control. There is only chaos. Nevertheless, some of us strive to impose and maintain order in what is, fundamentally, an orderless world. A fact which would very soon be confirmed in ways none of us could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, over at the Andrews house, Fred walks in the room while Jughead and Archie are currently gaming. He notifies the boys that he's heading out, while also apologizing to Jughead in advance for not being able to make it to his birthday this weekend. Jughead assures Fred that he will not be missing out on anything while he is gone, also mentions to him that he barely acknowledges his own birthday. Before leaving the room, Fred asks Archie if he can give him a hand downstairs.
Fred and Archie sit out on their porch, as Fred gives Archie the good news; the divorce papers and legal mumbo-jumbo will be done and that the papers should be done processing and behind them by the end of the week. Archie asks his father if the reason why he's going to see his mom now is because of him and Hermione Lodge. Fred assures Archie that it isn't the real reason why he is doing this, while also informing him that he ended things with Hermione. He also states that the idea of them working together, while being together, wasn't a good idea. Archie later asks if it isn't the case, then why finalize things in such a "final" way now? Fred later responds, telling Archie that sometimes you just got to rip the Band-Aid off. As he was getting ready to pick up his bag and leave, Archie mentions to him as an alternative that he can try and fix things; Fred explains to his son that they're past that point now. Archie then tells his father that he spoke to his mom last week and she didn't mention any of this to him, which Fred informs Archie that it's been two years now since his mother moved out and she wanted him to bearer the bad news instead. Archie offers to come with him, though Fred dismisses the idea, telling Archie that this is between him and his mother.
The following morning, at the Pembrooke Hotel, Veronica walks in while her mother is sitting with an unknown man; Hermione introduces him as Paul Sowerberry, her father's attorney. Hermione explains to Veronica that he is here to prep them for their statements and help with her dad's hearing. Veronica mentions to her mother that she's not giving one, especially one that she wouldn't want to hear. Paul informs Veronica that she won't be given any questions that would involve her father's business arrangements, telling her that they just need her and her mother to speak about his character, which would make him appear more humanizing, giving him a lesser sentence. He goes on to explain that if she doesn't make a statement, it could be problematic and damaging. Hermione reminds her daughter that she has already spoken to her about this earlier, though Veronica retorts that her father has already made his bed; she abruptly ends the conversation, stating she is late for school.
Meanwhile, at school, Archie and Betty meet up with Veronica in the student lounge to discuss what Archie overheard at the tree tapping ceremony with the Blossom's board of trustees in town. Archie informs Veronica that Clifford Blossom was the one who was responsible for her father being arrested and put in prison. Veronica appears to be surprised by the news and, rhetorically, asks him why would Clifford Blossom have anything to do with why her father is in prison?
Later that day, Archie and Betty were walking together in the school hallway, where Archie tells Betty that it's Jughead's birthday. Much to her surprise, she tells Archie that Jughead didn't say anything to her. Archie tells Betty that his birthday is tomorrow, but he doesn't like to make a big deal out of it, adding that every year he and Jughead go to a double feature at the Bijou, informing her that it's like a tradition for them. He mentions to Betty that the last few years he's been Jugheads movie buddy, while also mentioning that now that she's his girlfriend... Betty accepts to go with Jughead to the movies in his stead before Archie could even suggest the idea. Betty tells Archie that he should still come with them, but Archie refuses to go because he doesn't want to be a third wheel. Betty tries to convince Archie into going, mentioning to him that it'll be just like old times. Archie adds that it would be just like the "three musketeers", which Betty informs Archie that there were actually four musketeers.
Later in the day, at the Sunnyside Trailer Park, FP received a phone call from Betty, whom she invited to accompany her and Jughead to watch a movie with them and maybe later go out for dinner. FP later asks Betty if Jughead knew about her calling him, which Betty replied stating that she wanted to surprise him. FP informs Betty that if there is one thing that Jughead likes less than surprises, it would be his birthday, later adding that he never even had a birthday party, since Jughead never wanted one to begin with. Betty was surprised to hear this from FP, confirming with him if it was true, which FP confirmed with her that it was very true, later adding that the best gift that he could probably give Jughead would be to stay away, telling Betty that he appreciated the call from her.
During lunch in the school cafeteria, Archie and the Gang discuss Jughead's birthday with his absence. Betty mentions to the gang that FP told her that Jughead's never had a birthday party; so she suggests that they should have one for him, that it'll be a "Low-Key" surprise party. Archie immediately disagrees with Betty's idea, while on the other side, Veronica agrees with Betty, telling her that she thinks it is a great idea. Archie later adds that Jughead doesn't like his birthday, which Kevin informs Archie that everyone says that, but nobody means it. Archie goes on to explain that Jughead is a lone wolf; Veronica interrupts him. She informs them that she's ignoring the negativity, implying Archie's attitude, while also telling Betty that she knows her and that any excuse for her is to wear a cute party dress. Veronica then discusses the party plans with Betty, stating that it should be "inner circle only".
Kevin interrupts the conversation, directing the group's attention to Chuck's return to school. Betty then has flashbacks of him from their last encounter, and her mood changes drastically. Archie then asks why he's back and Veronica points out that Chuck got suspended, not expelled. As Betty spots Chuck heading toward Ethel, Betty is not far behind. Betty demands that Chuck leave Ethel alone, but Chuck claims that he only came over to apologize to Ethel, telling her there's no reason for her to go all "dark Betty" on him. Betty immediately snaps at Chuck, but catches herself from losing her cool any further; she pulls back her temper toward Chuck before anyone else notices their conversation. She asks Ethel if Chuck is bothering her, though Ethel assures her that there is nothing for her to be worried about. Unable to do anything further, Betty returns to her seat with her friends before she completely loses her temper. Betty resumes her conversation about Jughead's birthday party, telling the gang that there's a lot of things she can't do or control but she can make sure that her boyfriend has the best birthday of his life. Archie eventually agrees to Betty's plan, where he suggests the gang has the party at his place, as he informs the gang that his father will be out of town, adding that he thinks that they could use a good time.
Meanwhile, at Andrews Construction, Betty drops by to come see FP, while also trying to convince him to attend Jugheads birthday. She informing him that she and Archie have invited some friends over to Archie's house, while also adding that it would mean a lot to Jughead if he also attended the event for his birthday. FP later asks Betty the question that she doesn't quite do you? While Betty tells FP she rarely does, and can't recall the last time she has. She then tells FP that she would really like to do something special for Jughead, and him being there, would be really special. FP then agrees to Betty's offer.
Meanwhile, back at Riverdale High, Alice drops by, informing Betty that she comes bearing great news, telling Betty that she just had a terrific meeting with Principle Weatherbee, who agrees with her that the Blue and Gold can benefit greatly from her professional guidance as her new adviser. Betty then congratulates her mother on her new job, while Alice asks her what are they currently working on? Which Betty tells her mother that right now, she is working on supplies for Jugheads birthday party. Alice then confirms with Betty, pointing out that she has really fallin for this "Jones Boy", hasn't she? Betty then asks her mom questions about when her parents first started dating, if she hold her father everything about herself? Alice responds, telling Betty that she sure did, while also wishing that she didn't. She informs Betty that she shared things with her father such as, her secrets, fears, doubts, which he ended up using against her. Betty later asks her mother what kind of secrets were they? Which Alice responds telling her that they were just some things that she struggled with, while not giving Betty a clear answer. Betty then tells her mom that she trusts Jughead, which Alice agrees with that she should, but not with everything.
While back at the Andrews house, Jughead brings up some movies with Archie that will be showing at the Bijou, as their options to choose from. Archie then responds to Jughead, telling him that awesome, except that Betty would be going with him instead this year. Jughead then figures out that Archie told her about his birthday, asking why would he do that, while adding that is like a primal betray. Archie then brings up the question to Jughead, as to why he hated his birthday so much? Jughead later responds, telling Archie that he doesn't really know, explaining himself that it was probably the PTSD from while he was growing up as a kid. Adding that things were always messed up at home usually because of his dad, while also mentioning that there was this arbitrary day that would come up, where his family would come together and pretend things were great, as if everything as normal again. Explaining to Archie that it made him feel really lonely.
Back at the Pembrooke, her mother asks her what all the papers were that Veronica was looking at, which Veronica tells her that they're her fathers file, that she found in their basement. Veronica informs her mother what Archie overheard Clifford Blossom saying that he was the one personally responsible for putting her father in prison. Hermione, shocked by the recent news her daughter informs her about, Veronica tells her mother that she has been doing some digging, and found some spreadsheets of monthly payments from the Blossom Maple Farms to Lodge Industries, which until five months ago, they stopped. The same time around when Hiram was arrested. Veronica then informs her mother that there's more information that she also found. The payments, which is significant, she adds, have been happening for 75 years, telling her mother that was a ton of money. Which Veronica then raises the question of, what if Clifford implicated her father to get out of paying his monthly fee? Veronica then suggests to her mother that they should tell Hirams lawyer, Hermione interrupts Veronica, telling her that everyone finds out that Clifford really did put her father behind bars, people would think that Hiram would have something to do with Jason Blossom's murder. Which Hermione insists that Veronica let this go, Veronica then questions her mother that if she really thinks that her father would have anything to do with Jason's murder? Which Hermione assures her that she doesn't think so.
During cheerleading practice, while the River Vixens are seen practicing their routine, an angry Veronica enters the gymnasium, late for cheerleading practice. Cheryl immediately informs Veronica that she is late, once she sees her entering the gym during their practice. While she informs Veronica, that the team has already reviewed their new choreography for Homecoming, meaning Veronica will have to be in the back so she can do less damage, as Cheryl puts it. Implying, Veronica wouldn't draw so much attention to them if she messes up during their performance. While Veronica adds with Cheryl leading front and center. Cheryl later responds to Veronica, telling her of course she will be, stating to Veronica that she has the best skills on the cheer squad. Veronica then adds, asking her, just because she is a Blossom, means that they have to except whatever she says as gospel truth? Cheryl then tells Veronica that she is more than welcome to challenge her if she pleases, while also assuring her that she will lose. Veronica then informs Cheryl, that they live in a democratic society, while also adding that they let the River Vixens decide "who's cherry on top". Cheryl then excepts Veronica's challenge towards her, the two ladies are later seen to be having a dance off competition, to see whose moves were better, in which Veronica ended up winning in the end, by winning every single one of the River Vixens votes, including Cheryl's best friends votes. Which Veronica later informed Cheryl to never cross a Lodge. Cheryl later confronted Tina and Ginger about not voting for her, which as a result of that, ended their friendship.
Back that the Andrews house, Archie was seen decorating his house, getting it ready for Jughead's birthday. While he received a phone call from his father, checking in on him to see how he was doing, while telling Archie that he felt bad about not talking some more before left. Archie then responds to his father, stating that he kind of shut him down, he then asks Fred if he's seen his mom yet? Fred tells Archie he hasn't yet, telling Archie they were going to do dinner later, but informs him that plans ended up changing, and they decided it would be best if they meet up tomorrow morning with the lawyers. Archie then confronts his father, asking him, are things really that bad, that you can't talk without a mediator? Before Fred could respond to Archie's answer, he ended the conversation leaving it as it is.
At Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Cheryl is seen entering the diner, where she glances around, where she finds Chuck, pointing out that he's the worst that she could find. She Informs him that she has caught wind that both their nemesis, Betty and Veronica will be over by Archie's house, where Jughead's party will be held at. She then asks Chuck if he would like to team up with her for a little destruction, while Chuck is seen to be intrigued by Cheryl's offer.
Later that day, at the Law Office, Veronica is seen to be talking with Mr. Sowerberry, discussing with him about what she thinks happened with the Blossom Family paying her family a fee in perpetuity. Stating to him that Clifford tried ending their agreement so he could stop paying them after all those years. Which she later adds that when her father refused, Clifford called the cops and got him arrested. Which Mr. Sowerberry informs Veronica that he can't confirm or deny anything based on the information that Veronica has given him. Veronica then later asks Paul, questioning him, that the reason why this hasn't come out it, is because it might make her father look like a murder suspect. Which Mr.Sowerberry addressees to her that is their concern at the moment. Mr. Sowerberry later asks Veronica if she has changed her mind about making a statement at her fathers court trail. Which Veronica responds that she feels less inclined. Mr. Sowerberry then informs Veronica that he spoke to her father earlier about her feeling a little conflicted, in which he grabs a folder out from his desk, handing it over to Veronica, containing a letter from him. Veronica is then seen to be reading the letter from him, stating that if she does not testify on his behalf, he fears that her mother will be dragged into his mess. Stating that her mother wasn't as innocent as she appears to Veronica, while he also informs Veronica to think carefully about her next move. Stating that the next move that she makes will be the faith of her and her mother both being decided.
During that night, at the Bijou, Betty and Jughead is seen at the movie theater, where the couples are seen bonding with each other. Jughead brings up a topic, where he mentions to Betty that he spoke to Kevin earlier, informing him that Betty and Chuck had some sort of dispute with one another. Betty then assures Jughead that it was nothing serious, with a look of curiosity shown by Jughead, he later asks Betty what was the argument about, which Betty replies saying to him, Veronica has asked her to keep the details under wraps, giving Jughead a look that she doesn't want to talk about it. Jughead then replies saying, that he only asks because Kevin made it sound like she was really upset. Betty then tells Jughead that if she was upset, it was because she had to hear from Archie that it was his birthday, instead of Jughead telling her himself. Which Jughead then tells Betty, that he didn't think she was an American Werewolf kind of girl. Which Betty later adds, with a smile shown across her face, telling him that where he's wrong about her, while later adding, that she's all about the beast within. While the two exchanges a smile with one another.
Meanwhile, back at the Andrews house, the gang waited until Jughead and Betty had arrived, to surprise Jughead. Veronica is seen to arrive before the guest of honor does, which Kevin introduces her to his boyfriend, Joaquin, while waiting for Jughead and Betty to arrive. Veronica later takes Kevin to the back of the kitchen, were she tells him that she thought it was inner circle only. Kevin then tells her that Joaquin is his boyfriend, which makes him inner circle. Veronica then tells Kevin that she just came from an insane meeting with her fathers lawyer. Which she then tells him that between her fathers hearing and his potential involvement with Jason's murder, while also including her mother into the conversation, telling him that she's in a terrible mood at the moment. Ethel is seen to be keeping lookout at the front window, where she warns the gang that Betty and Jughead has arrived, "for real this time". Which the gang prepares to hid and surprise Jughead once he enters the room. Jughead is then seen to talk in the room, where everyone yells surprise! Jughead looks shocked for a second, he later then asks Betty, now knowing why they left the theater so early missing the double feature. Archie then walks over to Jughead, giving him a hug wishing him a happy birthday, which Jughead tells him that he really shouldn't have, while also smelling a foul smell coming from Archie. Which he asks him the question, wondering if he's drunk? Archie then assures him that he's not. The rest of the gang later gathers around Jughead to wish him a happy birthday, while Kevin introduces Jughead to his boyfriend Joaquin. Jughead then wonders where Betty has disappeared to, she is later seen to come out of the kitchen with Jughead's birthday cake, whiles walking towards him, singing him a birthday song. Jughead appears to be shocked by Betty's surprise, while later admitting to her that it was haunting. She then tells Jughead to blow out the candles and make a wish, which Jughead then responds to Betty, telling her that he wished that it was just the two of them for his birthday.
During Jughead's birthday, Veronica is seen to be upset about something as she leaves the crowd. Archie notices Veronica crying, which he follows her to the back of the kitchen to find out whats wrong. He then asks Veronica if it has something to do with her father, Veronica then responds to Archie stating that its just the tip of the iceberg for her. While also informing Archie that she doesn't want to talk about it. Archie sees that Veronica is upset, leaving the conversation as it is, until she was ready to talk about it. So he changes the subject to change her mood, by offering her if she would like a drink. Veronica then replies to Archie saying, isn't the New York sophisticate who's suppose to corrupt the sweet small-town boy? He then blushes at Veronica's humor, which he then brings up the topic of his father visiting his mother, telling Veronica that they're about to finalize their divorce. Veronica then shows sympathy towards Archie after he tells her his situation. She then answers him asking if her mother had anything to do his parents divorce, which Archie assures her it isn't, telling her this was his parents own doing. He later explains that his mother wanted to leave Riverdale, while his father wanted to stay, telling her that he had to choose who he would stay with, which of course, he chose to live with his father. He then tells her to forget about it, that it isn't anything compared to what she's going through right now. Veronica then tells Archie that her father threatened her. Telling Archie that her father told her that he would destroy her mom if she didn't make a statement on his behalf, telling Archie that her father told her that her mother was just as guilty as he was. She tells Archie that maybe her fathers lying, maybe he isn't, while also adding that he probably killed Jason Blossom. Before she could finish telling Archie the whole story, Archie leans over to give her a hug, as he could see Veronica was vulnerable and needed some comfort. Jughead and Betty later walks in on the moment that Archie and Veronica were having, asking if everything was okey. Veronica assures them that everything is fine, that she just wasn't in a party mood like she usually is.
Jughead later adds to Veronica's comment that he wasn't either. Which Betty then asks Jughead if he was upset with her that she threw him a surprise party. Jughead then tells Betty that he appreciates the party and the effort that she put into his birthday, but tells her that he would much rather prefer just the four of them only, all together, hanging out at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe instead. Betty then tells Jughead that they always do that, while also informing him that she wanted to do something special for him. Jughead then tells Betty, that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Betty then questions Jughead, as to why everything was doom and gloom with him? Adding that why can't it just be normal for once? Jughead later replies, saying that he isn't normal, stating that he's not wired to be normal. The conversation was interrupted between the two, before either one could say another word to each other, after hearing the doorbell ring.
Later, that following night, little did the gang know, Cheryl had already made a pack with Chuck. They had no idea what they were in for that fateful night. Jughead then asks Betty, how many more people did she invited over? She tells Jughead, she didn't invite anyone else, informing him that it was inner circle only. The gang heads for the front door, were it opens with Cheryl standing in front of a group of people behind her, waiting to come inside Archie's house. She then confronts the gang, that if they really thought they were going to have a party without inviting her? Which Chuck adds on also. Moose is also seen, where he asks Archie where he would like him to put the kegs that he was carrying. Which Archie replies saying to moose, screw it. One in the Kitchen, one in the backyard, as a large crowd of people were seen lined up outside of the Andrews house. As Jughead appears to be unhappy, walking away from the group. While everyone was later seen partying at the Andrews house, with Jughead nowhere in sight.
Jughead is later seen, sitting in the Garage, alone with Vegas, while Archie walks in informing him that Valerie had just arrived. Asking Jughead if he thinks she would take him back. Jughead later responds to Archie, calling him as his "Blood Brother", stating that it was his sole responsibility to ensure that nothing like this never happened on his birthday. As he is seen disappointed in Archie letting him down this year. Archie then informs Jughead that this was Betty's idea, stating that he just went along with it. He then tells Archie that this isn't him, which Archie interrupts him, telling him that it doesn't matter what he thinks, that he was now Betty's boyfriend. Implying to Jughead that he should be prepared for surprises that his girlfriend would do for him now, without him knowing about it. Jughead later asks Archie what does that mean, which Archie explains, that it meant that he was going to have a birthday, whether he wanted one, or not.
FP later arrives at the party, where he brings Jughead a gift. Jughead appears to be surprised to see his father at his birthday party. FP then wishes Jughead a happy birthday, while Archie asks FP how is he doing? FP replies to Archie saying that he's happy to be here, celebrating with his son. While he also tells Jughead he didn't know that he had so many friends, which Jughead replies saying that he doesn't, while also informing him that he is the only adult at the party. Which FP then tells Jughead he kind of figured that out based on a quick glance, he then asks where he can put his gift, Archie then informs him that theirs a table in the den where he can leave Jughead's present. Jughead then asks his father if Betty called him, which FP tells him she did, while also adding that she also dropped by his workplace too. He then tells Jughead, that she knows what she wants, as he leaves the garage telling him he'll be back.
Meanwhile, back at the party, Kevin and Joaquin are seen to be making out with each other. Which Kevin brings up the question if he's ever been to Sweetwater River? Joaquin then asks, for what, fooling around? Which Kevin agrees with him, Joaquin then asks him if he does, which Kevin tells him he's been there "once or twice". The moment was rudely interrupted by FP, when he spotted Joaquin also attending the birthday party. He then tells them that they can cut the sexual attention with a knife. While he also asked Joaquin whats up, Joaquin then responds to him that its nothing. Joaquin then turns to Kevin asking him if he knew FP, whose Jughead's dad. Kevin then informs Joaquin that he met FP, telling him that he was the one who kicked him out of Whyte Wyrm. FP later adds, telling him, good times, as he later asks Joaquin if he could show him where the bathroom is. Veronica then spots FP at the party, knowing that he is a Southside Serpent. She appears to be surprised to see him at the party, which she later asks Kevin what is he doing there. Kevin then asks her if she was being serious, asking her if she didn't know that he's Jughead's father. Veronica appears to be surprised by the news, as the two of them left the main hallway.
Later that night, while Betty was cleaning up in the kitchen, she crosses paths once more with Chuck. He then asks her if she was there to roofie him again? Which Betty assures him that she isn't. While asking him to leave nicely instead. Chuck then questions Betty if she was back to being the "nice girl" again. He then tells her what she and Veronica did to get him, getting him kicked off the footfall team. He informs her, that they ruined any chances of him playing for Notre Dame, while also adding for any good schools. Betty then apologizes, while also pointing out the fact that he sexually harassed every girl in school, mostly. Informing him that if he thought they weren't going to be any consequences for his actions. Chuck later tells Betty about that night, he saw the real person that she really was, the dark side of her. While he also taunts her, telling her that he's thought about her every single night. The Dark side of her. The Betty he thinks about, every single night when he's laying in bed. Betty then takes offence to what Chuck has to say about her, and slaps him across the face, while she walks away from him, without being able to stand the look of him, for another minute. He then blushes it off, as she is seen walking away from him. Without Betty knowing, she had no idea what she and the gang were for, as Chuck was the least of her problems.
After, Joaquin and FP where seen to be talking with each other in someones bedroom. FP informs Joaquin, that he was the last person that he would expect to be at the party. Joaquin later responds to FP, assuring him that he's just doing job, as he tells him while he keeps his ears to the ground. While FP later adds, telling him that he's also sticking his tongue in the Sheriff's kid's mouth. He then asks Joaquin if he's heard anything interesting, Joaquin then tells him he has, informing him that Hiram's daughter is also here with them at the party. Joaquin then mentions, that he overheard her saying that her father being connected to the murder of Jason. FP then tells Joaquin that isn't good news, as he tells Joaquin Hiram and him had some business together. He then asks Joaquin what his boyfriend thinks of the situation? Joaquin then corrects him, telling him its his father that he's implying the question to, as he tells FP that he'll find out. FP then agrees's, reassures him that he better find out. Stating to him that the gang was more on the ball than the sheriff. They then leave the room together after their little discussion, not knowing that Alice was spying on them in the bedroom next door.
Later on, Betty and Jughead are seen to be talking in the garage. Where Jughead informs Betty, that if she knows that his father has a drinking problem. She then tells Jughead, that she obviously knew about it, but didn't think people would be ending up drinking, alcohol at his birthday that night. While also adding, that she didn't plan on tell Chuck and Cheryl to show up with the rest of the school to crash their little get together, that they originally planned for him. Jughead then tells Betty, that her and Archie are the only people who he considers as his friends, adding that everyone else, including Kevin and Veronica, were just people who he looked at two months ago, that he would've shunned. Betty then asks Jughead why he would think like that, which he responds saying to Betty, that if she hadn't noticed, he's weird. Stating that he is a "weirdo". That he doesn't fit in, and doesn't want to fit in. He then questions her, asking if she every seen him without his hat on, adding that it was weird that he never went anywhere without it. Betty then asks Jughead why he's getting upset, adding that it was just a party. Jughead later adds, that it wasn't just a party, pointing out the fact that she doesn't know, or even care that it was the last thing that he would want from her. He then confronts her about the fact that she threw the party, was for herself, adding that she did it to prove something. She then asks him what was she trying to prove? Which Jughead replies, telling her she probably did it to prove that she is a great girlfriend. He later then tells her if she's ever noticed how different they were from each other, like on a cellular, DNA kind of level to prove his point. He point's out to her, that she's a straight-A student, a cheerleader, adding that she is the "perfect girl next door". Betty then tells him, she hates that word. Jughead continues to argue with her, stating that he's the "damaged loner outsider", from the wrong side of the tracks. He then tells her that they're on borrowed time, as to how completely different they were from each other. Betty then responds, pissed off by his answer, asking "what the hell was that suppose to mean"? Jughead then informs her that he isn't one of her projects. Betty then tells him that she doesn't look at him as one of her projects, that she sees him as her boyfriend. Jughead then tells her that she's only with him, until she's sick of him, while waiting for Archie to change his mind and says he wants to be with her. Betty then walks away from Jughead, as he over stepped his boundaries with her.
After, Archie is seen drunk walking towards Valerie outside of the house. Valerie tells Archie she's looking for Melody. Archie tries to stop her from leaving, as he asks her if they can talk. Asking her, what if they made a mistake by breaking up with each other? Valerie then tells Archie, that they didn't do anything. As she informs him, that she broke up with him, because she thought that he was a "hot mess". As she states to him, that she was clearly right about him, as she saw that he was drunk when he approached her. She then tries to walk away again from him, which Archie tries to stop her so they could try and fix things. Before Archie could say or do anything else, she throws a cup of beer in his face as everyone outside witnessed it happen in front of them. She then asks Archie what is his problem? Which Archie informs her that she shut him out, asking her if she remembered. Valerie then tells him that he shut her out, asking him if he forgot about it. Telling him it was too late for him now. As she is seen walking away from him. Archie then goes upstairs to his room after everyone watched Valerie throw beer in his face. He is seen drunk and confused, as he also drunk dials his father. His father answers the phone, asking him if everything was alright?
Meanwhile, downstairs during the party, Jughead is seen to be heading for the front door. Ethel says hi to him, as he returns one back to her, while heading for the exit of the house. She then tells Jughead he didn't have a piece of his birthday cake yet, informing him that its bad luck. Jughead later replies to Ethel, saying he doesn't want any cake, while also stating that the whole night was bad luck. FP is shocked when he hears Jughead's response to Ethel, as Jughead tells Ethel he's leaving, telling her he'll see her in school.
As he's seen by Chuck as he heads for the front door, Cheryl and Chuck stop him before he was given the opportunity to leave the party. Chuck then asks Jughead where he was going, telling him that he's the guest of honor. He tried to reach for the front door once more, which Chuck stops him again. Jughead then demands Chuck to get out of his way. As Cheryl later tells Jughead that he can't leave now, informing him that they haven't played their game yet. A look of curiosity is shown across Jughead's face, as he wonders what Cheryl was implying to him. Veronica and Betty walk up to the front to door to see what was the situation about, as Archie walked back downstairs to find Jughead with Cheryl and Chuck at the front door. As Cheryl ends the party, informing everyone has their fair share of secrets, while they've also done their fair share of sinning. Adding that it was one thing her brothers death revealed. As she tells everyone that they should all play a game to get all their secrets out in the open as she then locks the front door behind her.
Later that faithful night, as Jughead thought things couldn't get any worse, the crowd was getting ready to play "Secrets and Sins". A game which Jughead asks what the hell was it about, Cheryl then informs him that it was a variation on "Truth or Dare". Later adding that it's a game which makes them own up to their truths by telling it like it is. She first starts the game off by directing the question to Veronica, which Veronica doesn't seem to be surprised by why she picked her. She then asks Veronica what was the reason for her mother and her moving to town, looking for a fresh start as she insulted her mother? Adding what was so fresh about her defiling Archie in a closet? Which Veronica adds, was Cheryl's doing. Cheryl then asks her another question about her father, pointing out that he's in prison, who illegally purchased the drive-in land. While also telling her what else her father was behind bars for? Veronica then informs Cheryl that she can't speak for her father behalf. She then fires back at Cheryl, accusing her of twincest, telling her that when Jason chose Polly over her, it drove her over the edge into killing him. As he didn't love her back the same way as she did him. Kevin later points out to Joaquin that the conversation is riveting, while stating it's breathtaking, as Cheryl sheds a tier.
Dilton Doiley then offers to go next, as he's seen to be intrigued by where the conversation was going. He reveals that he saw Ms. Grundy's car by Sweetwater River the day Jason went missing. He then tells everyone that he told Betty and Jughead, as he also tells them that Ms. Grundy quit her job, two day later, and left Riverdale. He also adds that Archie was also there that following morning. Which Cheryl quickly put the pieces together and figured out that Archie and Ms. Grundy were together. Which she is shocked to by the news, asking Archie if that was the reason why he became a mediocre musician overnight? Veronica then tells Archie to not say anything before he gets sucked up into the mess. Chuck then appears to be shocked after Veronica basically confirmed that it was true, telling him he wished Archie told him earlier so he could've added him and Ms. Grundy into the book of conquests. Veronica then replies saying "classy Chuck, as always". Cheryl then wonders why Archie can't seem to keep a girlfriend, as she adds that he's got "serious mommy issues".
Chuck then later joins in on the game, as he stated his secret starred Betty in it. Archie then tells's Chuck to "leave her the hell out of it", which Chuck responds to Archie, telling him to "shut up". As he stated to Archie that he didn't know the real her, telling Betty that she didn't know herself. He tells everyone that they all know why he got suspended, informing them what they didn't know, was Betty dressed up as a hooker wearing a black wig, drugging him, while she handcuffed him in to a Jacuzzi. As she almost drowned him until she got him to say what she wanted to hear, adding that she almost lost it as she thought she was her sister Polly for s brief moment. As he later turns to Jughead, telling him that if he knew all about it. As Jughead was seen upset by what Chuck had to say about his girlfriend, he throws a punch towards Chuck, while Chuck gives him one in exchange. As things started to get physical, FP then throws Chuck out of the house, while telling everyone else to leave, that the party was over. As everyone leave, he spots Jughead within the crowd, where he pulls him aside, asking him where was he going. Jughead is seen to be angry, as he responds to what he wants from him. Asking him if he's there to give him some advice on his right hook. FP then tells Jughead that he wants him to go back into the house to talk to his girlfriend. Jughead then tells his father he doesn't think its going to work out, FP then tells him to not run away from he has with Betty. He then tells him that he's got something good going for himself, with her and his friends. Adding it was something that his mom and him could never give him. While also giving him some advice to man up, informing him after what he saw, Betty needed him, as she was vulnerable. FP and Alice later cross paths and talk briefly before he leaves.
Later at Pop's, Jughead and Betty are seen together bonding, after they made up, after having their big fight. Betty then tells Jughead, after all this time knowing him. She thought he was only a lover and not a fighter, which Jughead later tells her that he's both, adding that he's got layers. He then later admits that she was doing something nice for him, but also tells her that whenever someone does something nice for him, he ends up short circuit. He later tells her, maybe its the reason that he's not use to it, or probably the fact that he's scared of getting hurt, or being rejected for being himself. Betty later tells him that she should've told him about Chuck, admitting that instead, she lied to him. Telling him she a threw a party instead, which she adds, he didn't even want in the end. Jughead then asks her why she threw him the party. Which Betty tells him that something is wrong with her, explaining that theirs darkness inside of her, that overwhelms her sometimes. Explaining she doesn't know where it comes from. Telling him, she thinks its probably the reason why it makes her do crazy things, as she shows him the scars inside of her palms. He then holds her palms together with his, assuring her that everything will be okey. She then reaches for a kiss.
Meanwhile, back at the Andrews house, where Archie and Veronica are seen sitting next to each other. Archie then asks Veronica how will he look anyone in the eye ever again, which Veronica assures him that everyone will forget about what happened last night. She she continues, by Monday, it would only be nothing but a dream. Telling him that no one will remember anything. While adding with the exception that she accused Cheryl of twincest, they'd probably remember. Archie then tells her that he drunk dialed his dad. Which Veronica letter asks what did he say, he then tells her that he told him not to sign the divorce papers. As he told her, he didn't know why he did what he did. Admitting that he didn't care if they were together or not. He then questions Veronica, why he keeps doing things like this, adding that he keeps wrecking things? Veronica then tells Archie how similar their lives are. As she tells Archie how she feels everyday about a new secret or new lie about her parents and what they've done. As she tells Archie that she hopes that her mom is a good person. Archie then asks her if she's ever wondered about things, if she did them differently, making different choices. He later tells her that he's messed up, while Veronica tells him that everyone is, but he wasn't that but compared to other people. The who end up kissing after while spending the night together with each other.
The next morning, after the after party, Jughead find Veronica coming downstairs from Archie's room. Which he assures Veronica to not worry, that he won't tell anyone as the two exchanged smiles with one another. later at the Pembrooke, Veronica asks Smithers that of he's known her parents for a really long time. He assures her that he has, while she asks what he had to say about her father. With his loyalties toward the family, he said he'd rather not say, while she asks him also about her mother to find out the truth. Which Smithers assures her that she is purely good, without a doubt in his mind, giving her the answer than she needed to hear. She then arrives at law office, while also thanking her mom for not getting made at her "for sleeping at Betty's house". As she later tells her mom that she believes in her, while sitting by her side ready to give her statement about her father.
Later that morning, Archie is seen cleaning up the house, as Jughead brings up the topic about him and Veronica being together now. As he assures Archie that he won't tell anybody about what happened with him and Veronica that night. As they both exchanged smiles to one another. While back at school in the news papers office, Veronica beings Betty baked good, while also informing her that she just testified on her fathers behalf, adding that she helped his changes of becoming a free man once more. Which Betty asks if it is good news. Which Veronica tells Betty that her father had business with Jugheads father. As she offers Betty her services to helping her investigation.
The episode then ends with the narration with Jughead's voice. Saying, whether you believe in order of chaos, in the end, its the same. We were either in control of our lives or merely think we are. As the episode closes, Veronica is handed a package by Smithers. In the package, contained a brand new pearl necklace from her father. While back at the Andrews house, upon Fred arrival back home. He surprises Archie when he brings home his mother, standing right by his side. Telling him their home, as Archie stood surprised by the appearance of his mother.
- Jughead: "I didn't think you were the American Werewolf kind of girl."
- Betty: "Ooh, that's where you're wrong Jughead Jones. I'm all about the beast within."
- ―Betty and Jughead at The Bijou
|“||I'm weird, I'm a weirdo. I don't fit it, I don't want to fit in. Have you've ever seen me without this stupid hat? That weird||”|
|— Jughead Jones|
- The episode title comes from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett's 1945 American noir film of the same name, which is an adaptation of Charles R. Jackson's novel.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Mary Andrews.
- Veronica mentions that the payments between Blossom Maple Farms and Lodge Industries had been happening for seventy-five years. This is a reference to the seventy-fifth anniversary of Archie Comics that was marked on December 2016.
- Archie questioning why he always "screws things up" is a possible nod to how his comic counterpart is widely known for constantly causing accidents.
- The shirt Betty wears with the crown in this episode is a nod to Jughead and his iconic crown. As this is about his birthday and she wants to make it special for him, this makes sense.
- Veronica calls Jughead "Torombolo" when saying "Happy Birthday" to him. This is a nod to him being called "Torombolo" on the (Latin American) Spanish version of the comics and previous animated shows of Archie Comics.