Like the Red Death showing up in an Edgar Allan Poe story, the Black Hood had come to Riverdale. With that grimmest of reapers looming over us, how did we cope? In the case of Archie and Veronica, it was through carnal defiance. With every kiss and embrace, they seemed to be saying: "You have no power over me, Death." In fact, "Varchie" became the opposite of death. In Archie's bedroom. In his garage. Even in the Pembrooke. After all, if our young lovers dared to defy the Black Hood, why not risk Hiram Lodge's wrath as well?
— Jughead

"Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil" is the eighth episode of the second season of Riverdale[2], and the twenty-first episode of the series overall.


FP GETS RELEASED FROM PRISON — When Jughead learns that FP is getting released from prison, he and Betty organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation. [3]



"Like the Red Death showing up in an Edgar Allan Poe story, the Black Hood had come to Riverdale. With that grimmest of reapers looming over us, how did we cope? In the case of Archie and Veronica, it was through carnal defiance." Jughead Jones is at the Whyte Wyrm, adding yet another passage to his ongoing story about the town. Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge are in the student's lounge at Riverdale High School, and they are roughly making out in public. Cheryl Blossom spots them, and tells them to get a room. "With every kiss and embrace, they seemed to be saying: "You have no power over me, Death. In fact, "Varchie" became the opposite of death." At the Andrews house, Archie follows Veronica's lead into his room, and they initiate sex. "In Archie's his garage...even in the Pembrooke. After all, if our young lovers dared to defy the Black Hood, why not risk Hiram Lodge's wrath as well?"


Archie and Veronica after they have sex

After they finish having sex, Archie is concerned as to what Veronica's parents' reaction will be when they see them like this. Meanwhile, Veronica's parents are on a date at Pourqoui, and won't be home anytime soon, as the tasting menu at Pourquoi is 13 courses. We have hours yet, she adds. Veronica teases Archie, curious as to him ever wanting to make it in front of a roaring fire. This earns a laugh from Archie before he declares his love for her. Veronica is shocked by the response, and the ambiance is clearly broken, as they get up and clear their throats. "You, uh, wanna watch Netflix?" "I wonder what's on HBO," they say, talking over themselves over the awkwardness that has just happened. Archie proposes that he should go home just in case her parents come home, or, Veronica adds, they should get dressed at minimum. But Archie makes up an excuse to leave. Veronica says that this was amazing before Archie scrambles to his feet and leaves in haste. Veronica remains on the floor, rubbing her neck in search of comfort.

At Pop's, Jughead Jones is with Betty Cooper, his beau. He apologizes for being late, as there was no service in the bowels of city hall. Betty asks what he found there, if there was any truth to what the creepy truck driver said about that murdered family. "Yes, shockingly, Freddy Krueger didn't lie to me," he says. A family of four was, admittedly, murdered, by someone that the press called "the Riverdale Reaper". The victims were the Conway family, Ellen and Jim Conway, and their two kids. The Reaper was never caught or identified, so Jughead presumes that he could be the Black Hood. However, he's dubious, as the so-called "Riverdale Reaper" would be in his 60's by now. Betty asks for his motive, to which he responds that the reporter of the original article talked to a sheriff at the time, who thought that killer chose the victims at random, or because their house was isolated. Betty eggs him on, asking where the house was. He says that it was on the edge of Fox Forest, "down some service road", as he hands her a picture. It's the front page of the Register, which says: "HOUSE OF HORRORS: GRISLY DISCOVERY AS FAMILY OF FOUR FOUND BRUTALLY SLAIN" and shows their house on Fox Forest, like Jughead said. Betty reveals that this is the house that the Black Hood sent her to it, as part of his ongoing game with the town. Jughead says that there is definitely a link between the Black Hood and the Riverdale Reaper. He says that they should talk to Sheriff Keller, pull the files from the murders. "At least get a list of all the players," he says. Betty says no, saying that SHE can't go to Sheriff Keller, not after accusing him of being the Black Hood. Jughead agrees and proposes something else: that she should go the house. Betty quickly shoots that idea down, saying that she can't go back there. "He made me look in a mirror, you know, what I saw staring back at me...I don't want to do that again," she says that Jughead takes her hand. He says that she doesn't have to do it. His cell phone vibrates and he is reluctant to pick it up. Jughead is tense, and says, "Hello?" Once he knows who it is, he takes a deep breath of sudden relief, and says that he'll accept the charges.

At Riverdale High School, Betty and Jughead are meeting with Archie and Veronica. The reason why they called the couple was to announce that his dad, FP Jones, is getting out of jail. Archie and Veronica are in shock and congratulate him. "Yeah, what heralded this miracle?" Veronica says. "Uh, overcrowding at the jail. I guess the judge reviewed my dad's case and after Cheryl's testimony it was...a perfect storm," Jughead replies. Archie asks what Jughead needs from them, to which Betty replies, saying "both of us", as they have a new lead on the Black Hood case. And they ask if Archie and Veronica would follow up on it for them. They will give them all of the details, and the articles. Archie and Veronica are apparently still recovering from the awkward exchange of affection that other night at the Pembrooke, and Betty is unsuspecting about this event. Jughead reveals that the reason that he can't do it is that he has to be there for his dad to help with his re-entry into society, and Betty's reason is that she's taking a "break" from the Black Hood. Veronica attempts to understand and asks Betty if she wants her and Archie to be the equivalent to Betty and Jughead. "Essentially, yes," Jughead replies, with a grin on his face, as he wraps a loving arm around Betty. Jughead asks if there's a problem with that, to which they reply with a shake of the head.

In the ladies' locker room, Cheryl Blossom is with Josie McCoy and makes a comment on Josie's extremely tensed back. She apparently has just the right thing at the right time, which is lavender essential oil. She tells her to turn around, as she sprays some on her hand. Cheryl commences the impromptu massage, and Josie moans in pain, as the janitor, Mr. Svenson, opens the door. He immediately apologizes for the sudden intrusion, as he apparently didn't realize that anyone was still in the locker room. Josie says that it's okay, and there's no need to apologize. Cheryl steps up and says that it's "so not okay", and tells him to take his "male gaze and male privilege" and get out of the locker room. He apologizes again, saying that he should've knocked, and leaves with haste. "Can you believe that?" Cheryl says once he leaves. "He should be fired and investigated, the peeping Tom." She attempts to get back to the massage, but Josie is clearly taken aback as to what Cheryl said to and about Mr. Svenson, and retracts.

At the Pembrooke, Veronica finally arrives from school and bumps into Sheriff Keller in their apartment. They exchanged greetings hastily, as Sheriff Keller leaves. Once he leaves, Veronica asks her parents as to what the Sheriff is doing in their apartment. "The shadow of the Black Hood has finally landed on our home," Hermione says, as she reveals that a letter from him was left. Veronica asks what it said, to which Hiram replies, saying that it contained the usual, that they'll be targeted and punished for their sinful ways. "Well, don't let it ruin your day," Veronica says in response. Hermione says that according to Keller, apparently dozens of households received the exact letter. "I don't know about those 'other people', but we're actually sinners," Veronica replies. "The Pembrooke is a fortress, and Andre is trained in the martial arts," Hiram says, attempting to comfort Veronica. Veronica raises up another problem: What about when she travels to school? Or shopping? The solution: Andre will become the chauffeur, and if he's not available, a car service shall be summoned. Hermione brings up another thing. "Also, your father and I have talked, and we wouldn't mind seeing more of Archie. He's brawny and devoted to you."

At the Andrews house, Archie has just finished his shower, and he looks at himself in the mirror. He is cleaning his ears as he receives a text from Veronica, which asks if he can come over.

At the Cooper house, Betty asks her mother, Alice Cooper something before she leaves. "I wanted to ask if I could borrow the station wagon tomorrow?", Betty asks, to which Alice is curious, and asks why. Betty reveals to her that FP is getting released from jail. So, Betty and Jughead will receive FP and treat him to something at Pop's. Alice asks if they're going to let FP out, as she hasn't heard what Betty has just said, and Betty says that she's going to hear it eventually, and she reveals to her mother that her current beau, Jughead Jones, is officially a Southside Serpent. Alice gets back to her normal self, and accuses her daughter of fraternizing with a gang member. Betty fires back, saying that Jughead is important to her, and FP is important to Jughead, and she begs her mother, for her, to give FP the benefit of the doubt.

At the Whyte Wyrm, Jughead reveals that his father is getting out of jail, to which Serpents such as Toni Topaz, Sweet Pea, and Tall Boy applaud and whistle. Jughead says that he'll bring him up to speed on their plans with Mayor McCoy. Tall Boy puts down his drink and says that's brilliant. Jughead sighs, and asks him if he has a problem with what he just said. "Your old man? No. I got no problem with him. But you want us to sit down with the Mayor," to which he replies in agreement, saying that he does want a sit down with the mayor. Jughead says that he believes they can bring the Southside back. But it's going to take work and it's going to take compromise. Tall Boy laughs at that statement, and says that Jughead has only been here all of five minutes. Jughead is over with Tall Boy's antics, and fires back. He says that he is sick of Tall Boy acting like a little bitch. "Whispering behind my back that I'm half a Serpent or that I don't belong here," he says. Jughead says that they should put it to a vote, and ask the Serpents if they think that he's doing is wrong, he'll step aside. Toni breaks her silence, and asks that all those in favor with Jughead and that Tall Boy should "shut the hell up" stand up. The majority of the audience stands up, especially Sweet Pea, and Tall Boy concedes, walking away.

At the Pembroke, Veronica reveals to Archie once he arrives that her parents are in her room. She starts to walk away, but Archie grabs her by the hand and pulls him to her. And they kiss passionately. Once Veronica pulls away, she says, "That thing Betty and Jughead asked us to do, investigate the murder house, I wanna do it." Archie agrees, saying that he wants to do it as well. Veronica reveals that her parents got a threatening letter, and he asks if it's from the Black Hood, and she replies with "Maybe, or maybe it's somebody pretending to be the Black Hood. They kiss again. Archie pulls away this time and asks to talk about what he said that fateful night. Veronica says that she wants to be with him and that he wants to be with her, and asks if that's enough for them right now, while they're doing the case. And they kiss again.



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  1. Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Wednesday 6th December 2017
  2. Riverdale - Episode 2.08 - Title Revealed
  3. Riverdale - Episode 2.08 - House of the Devil - Press Release

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