Cheryl is the daughter of Clifford and Penelope Blossom, and the twin sister of the late Jason Blossom, who suffered a tragic demise mysteriously on July 11th. Cheryl's relationship with her family seemed to be quite strained ever since Jason's death. Her mother blamed her for assisting Jason in his attempt to run away from Riverdale, which essentially is what led to his demise. Cheryl's father thinks of her as a train wreck in comparison to Jason, who was considered the "Golden Boy".
Rich, entitled and never accountable. Cheryl Blossom is a manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.
Cheryl Blossom was born and raised in Riverdale alongside her twin brother Jason to Clifford and Penelope Blossom. During her childhood, the Blossom family had an ongoing feud with the Cooper family, and Jason's involvement with the Cooper's oldest daughter Polly only adds fuel to this fire, though the feud later subsided a little after Cheryl's father's death. Cheryl is one of the most popular students at Riverdale High School as well as captain of the River Vixens, a cheerleading squad. She is close friends with Josie McCoy, but she was closer to her brother Jason than anyone else. According to herself, he always protected her. When they were younger, Cheryl always insisted on having a separate birthday despite the fact that she and Jason were twins, until one year he randomly recommended that they combine their birthdays. It wasn't until years later that Cheryl discovered the reason for this, which was that no one would come to her birthday if she held it separately. He protected her, and not just from that one incident, but throughout their entire lives.
As a child, Cheryl remembered her mother telling her and Jason bedtime stories about the Sugarman, not knowing that he was a real person, who was heavily involved in her father's drug dealing operation. Her mother concocted the story of the Sugarman to turn an all-too-real monster into a child's bogeyman. Hoping to protect them from the danger that followed the Sugarman, she and Jason were told to stay in their rooms whenever he would visit Thornhill.
When Cheryl was in junior high, she befriended a girl named Heather. The girls grew immensely close, and often had sleepovers. What started as friendship, soon grew into love. Unfortunately, one night, Cheryl's mother caught them in bed together. Penelope grew furious and presumably banished Heather from Cheryl’s life.
Just after dawn, on the 4th of July, Cheryl, and her twin brother Jason, drove out to Sweetwater River for an early morning boat ride. She took Jason's hand, asking him if he was scared before getting onto the boat. However, the trip did not go as planned. Cheryl somehow ended up on the river's edge, soaking wet. Fortunately, she was found by Dilton Doiley, the leader of the Riverdale Boy Scouts. Cheryl was brought to shore by law enforcement, along with her parents, Clifford and Penelope Blossom. The police dragged the river for Jason's body, yet they failed to find his body. A week later, the Blossom Family buried an empty casket as Jason's death was ruled an accident. As the story goes, at least according to Cheryl, she dropped a glove in the water, and when Jason reached down to retrieve it, he tipped the boat. He panicked and drowned.
In the following weeks, as school began, Cheryl spoke during the school's assembly. Many of them were lucky enough to know Jason personally, and each and every one of them meant the world to him. Cheryl loved her brother. He was and always will be her soulmate. Cheryl spoke with the confidence only a twin could have in saying that Jason wouldn't want them to spend the year mourning his death. He'd prefer if they moved on with their lives, which is why she had asked the school-board not to cancel the back-to-school semi-formal, but rather allow them to use it to collectively heal, and celebrate Jason's short life.
Cheryl formally introduced herself to Veronica Lodge, who she had heard whisperings about. She looked to Veronica, Betty, and Kevin, curious as to what they were gossiping about, perhaps Archie's Efron-esque emergence from the chrysalis of puberty. However, Veronica claims that they were considering what extracurricular to take on. Cheryl insisted that she try out for the River Vixens, Riverdale High's cheerleading team, which Cheryl was senior captain of. Kevin questions the relevance of cheerleading in today's society, leaving Cheryl to wonder the relevance of the stereotypical gay best friend, a role that Kevin was so clearly filling. Some people say cheerleading is retro, but she believes its eternal and iconic. At Spence High, Veronica sat at the top of the Elites' pyramid, so she was more than qualified and willing to give it a go, telling Betty that she would try-out as well. Anyone was welcome to try-out, but Cheryl remarks that Betty already has so much on her plate, both literally and figuratively. Being a Vixen was a full-time duty, but she reiterates that it's open to all. She tells Veronica to follow her on Twitter @CherylBombshell.
Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger sat in the middle of the gymnasium, unimpressed with Betty and Veronica's try-out routine. There was no heat or sizzle to their performance. Veronica replies that Cheryl hasn't seen their big finish yet. Veronica kisses Betty on the lips, though Cheryl was still ultimately unimpressed. Faux lesbian kissing hasn't been taboo since 1994. Hopefully, they'd do better with the interview portion of their audition. Cheryl asked about Betty's sister, Polly, who was in a romantic relationship with Jason. Although, it didn't end well. Jason was probably the reason that Polly had a nervous breakdown and was sent to a group home. Cheryl was curious as to what Betty had to say about this. Cheryl antagonized Betty, telling her to rip her to shreds and annihilate her, though all Betty had to give were her condolences. With that out the way, Cheryl welcomed Veronica to the squad while also dismissing Betty. Cheryl explained that she needed girls with fire on her squad. However, Veronica knew what she actually needed because she knew who Cheryl was. She called Cheryl out on trafficking in fear and terror while never being held accountable due to her wealth. However, that uncertainty and entitlement wouldn't last forever. There will be a reckoning. Perhaps that reckoning was Veronica. She and Betty were a matching set. If Cheryl wanted Veronica, she had to take Betty as well, so Cheryl obliged.
Cheryl attended the semi-formal that night, where she got on stage as honorary chairperson and de facto queen to introduce the night's entertainment, Josie and the Pussycats. To know them is to be obsessed with them, and though they usually only perform their own material, they're making an exception and debuting a cover of the song that Cheryl's parents claim they were listening to the night she and Jason were conceived. This one's for you JJ, Cheryl said. After getting off stage, Cheryl informed Tina and Ginger to ensure that Archie, Betty, and Veronica attend her after party, as she was in the mood for chaos.
It was game time at "Chez" Blossom, "Seven Minutes in Heaven" to be exact. She asked who wanted to tryst in the closet of love first, her vote was "A" for Archie, with Reggie seconding this vote, the decision had been made, though Archie was hesitant. Everyone gathered around as Cheryl spun the bottle to see who would be riding the "ginger stallion". As the bottle stopped, it pointed at both Betty and Veronica, but Cheryl insisted that it was facing Veronica. It was up to the new girl whether she would participate or not; however, should she decline, house rules decree that Cheryl take her place. As Archie and Veronica exited the closet, Cheryl told them that Betty spiraled and fled. She was a lot more high-strung than she looked.
Later that night, Jason's body was discovered on the shore of Sweetwater River by Kevin and Moose, revealing he had been shot in the head. That following morning, Cheryl stood at the shore, along with many other Riverdale residents as Jason's body was taken away.
After sending out a school-wide message that she would not rest until Jason's death was avenged, Cheryl was confronted in the class by Tina Patel and Ginger Lopez on the details she gave of the mysterious drowning. She told them what she told the police; that they both fell into the water, she made it to the shore, he didn't, and that was all she knew. She was then partnered up with Archie during class, where she stabbed a dead frog.
At the Cooper house, Cheryl apologized to Betty for treating her so poorly; she was angry after the break-up of Jason and Polly, so she took out her frustration on Betty. The conversation quickly took a turn for the worse as Cheryl steered towards Polly-specific questions, such as if she knew Jason was dead. Betty wondered why Cheryl was suddenly so concerned, to which Cheryl replied, someone shot her brother, and she believed Polly could be the culprit. Betty exploded, telling Cheryl to leave or else she'd kill her.
The night of the Pep Rally, Cheryl raced off the stage crying after seeing Archie in Jason's jersey, which triggered a fond memory of him. As Veronica attempted to comfort her, Cheryl revealed to Veronica that Jason was supposed to come back.
The next day at school, the results of Jason's autopsy came back and directed the police to Cheryl. It was revealed that Jason did not die on July 4th, as previously thought, but a week later. Cheryl was then arrested by Sheriff Keller, admitting she was "guilty" of something.
Helping Jason Run Away
When questioned by the police, Cheryl clarified that she wasn't guilty of Jason's murder, but she was guilty of lying about what happened on July 4th. She revealed that Jason wanted to leave Riverdale for good, and so they faked his death to ensure nobody would come after him. He was supposed to contact her when he made it to a safe place, but he never did. The last time Cheryl saw him alive was when she said goodbye to him on the shore of Greendale. She had no idea what had happened to him after that, or how he ended up dead. She did, however, hear a mysterious gunshot on July 4th, which was later backed up by Archie. She was then pulled away from the police by her furious parents.
Cheryl discovered that Betty and Veronica were plotting to take revenge on certain members of the football team for slut-shaming them. When told that the player had a book that listed their "conquests", Cheryl was in disbelief that Jason would ever allow such a disgusting act to ever take place on the team. She was certain that Jason would have told her about it if it was true.
Later that night, she unexpectedly joined Betty, Veronica, Ethel, and Kevin as they broke into the school, after hours to steal the book. Upon finding the playbook, she discovered that Jason had not only known about it but had participated, as Polly Cooper's name was listed in the book. This forced her to reevaluate her opinion of her brother, and she apologized to Betty for his actions as they burned the book together.
In a booth at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Cheryl disapproved of Hermione Lodge's job at the diner, she claimed it was off-brand, and sent a false message about acceptance. Had she known about this beforehand, Veronica never would have landed a spot on the River Vixens. However, Ginger and Tina did not share that same sentiment, after her TMZ style takedown of Chuck Clayton, the rest of the girls on the squad had warmed up to Veronica.
As Hermione reached for the bill, Cheryl slammed her hand down, and told Hermione that all the money was to go to the register, Cheryl was quick to remind Hermione that she was a Lodge and that they were known for having sticky fingers. Hermione took the money, but not before reminding Cheryl that she went to school with her mother, and she didn't know the difference between having money and having class either. Just minutes after her dispute with Hermione Lodge, Cheryl caught her in the middle of a heated argument with a Southside Serpents behind the dumpster at Pop's. Cheryl took a picture of the encounter as evidence.
The next day at school, with the intent to remind Veronica of her place within the town's social hierarchy, Cheryl told Veronica about her mother's secret meeting with the serpent.
Later that night, Cheryl joined Veronica and Kevin at the Twilight Drive-In for its closing night. Although she was not wanted, she squeezed in the back of the truck with them.
In the days leading up to her brother's memorial, Cheryl took it upon herself to write Jason's eulogy, however, she fell asleep on his bed while doing so. In her dream, like a Gothic heroine, Cheryl slowly made her way down the steps of her family mansion into the room where Jason's memorial would be held. Upon opening the coffin, Cheryl discovered that Jason was no longer inside, but the roofing of his coffin was riddled with bloody scratch marks, she turned around to see a ghostly-looking Jason inching towards her, but she soon woke up. Immediately after waking up, her mother, who stood in the doorway, banned Cheryl from sleeping in Jason's room, and writing the eulogy, Penelope surmised that Cheryl would only embarrass the family.
At school, Cheryl formally invited Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Kevin to Thornhill for Jason's memorial that upcoming weekend, to her surprise, the Lodges were invited. Shortly after giving out the invitations, she was approached by Veronica, who wanted to end their petty rivalry, so in a gesture of good faith, Cheryl invited Veronica to her sleepover.
As previously agreed upon, Veronica slept over at Cheryl's. They, unfortunately, had to endure a fairly awkward and uncomfortable dinner with her family. Afterward, Veronica asked Cheryl why she didn't invite her best friends, Tina and Ginger, Cheryl explained that they weren't the ones who helped her after the panic attack she had at the pep-rally. She then went on to talk about Jason, she said everything about his death had been extremely public, some saying he got what he deserved, others saying he didn't, Cheryl just wanted to let everyone know that she's sorry and that Jason deserved a better family than what he got. Veronica encouraged Cheryl to do the eulogy against her parent's wishes, even though they'd kill her if she did.
The day of the memorial had finally arrived, initially wearing a black outfit, which was suitable for such an event, Cheryl changed into the all-white outfit she wore the day she and Jason went over Sweetwater River. She began the memorial with a few words for Jason, she claimed that when she put the dress on, it made her feel connected to him, she then told the guests about her and Jason's life together. Cheryl wished that she had protected him that day at the river, she held onto his coffin, as she apologized for failing to do so, Veronica then came up to the podium, and hugged Cheryl.
She was then escorted to her room by her mother, Penelope was furious with Cheryl's disobedience, in return she would take Cheryl off the River Vixens, the former River Vixen captain was left on her bed, in tears. She later watched from afar as Jason was laid to rest in the cemetery on Thornhill's grounds.
Cheryl learned from Ginger that Polly Cooper had escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home. She offered this information to her mother in exchange for her position back on the River Vixens. With Polly escaping the group home on the same night that Jason's car was set on fire, Cheryl surmised that Polly lit the flame in order to cover her tracks, as she was Jason's killer. However, before arriving at the Sheriff Station, Cheryl first tweeted this information out to her followers; #PollyCooperKilledMyBrother, #NoWhereToHide, and #SharpenYourPitchforks.
In an effort to find Polly, the Blossom family organized a witch hunt throughout Eversgreen Forest, where they ran into the Coopers, whom Cheryl confronted with her theory of Polly being the murderer.
That evening, the Coopers held a press conference, much to Cheryl's surprise, they revealed to the entire town that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child.
The next day, Cheryl came to Betty, ready to help with the baby in whatever way she could, unfortunately, Betty didn't want her help, as Cheryl had painted Polly as crazy, which Cheryl did not deny, saying that Polly was crazier than a serial killer on bath salts. Betty eventually gave in, informing Cheryl that Polly needed money for a home and medical supplies, Cheryl explained that Jason's child was a game changer and that her parents would be more than willing to help as well.
That night, Cheryl arranged a meeting between her parents and Betty at Pop's shoppe where they backed up Cheryl's earlier comments of the Blossoms wanting to help Polly.
Back at Thornhill, Cheryl was asked by her mother if she had ever seen Polly actually take drugs, which was a question in reference to Cheryl's previous statement of Polly being a party girl. Cheryl wondered why her mother was asking, and Penelope informed her that she didn't want an unfit mother to raise her grandchildren. Following the unsettling conversation with her mother, Cheryl met up with Polly and Betty at Pop's to warn them of her parent's ill intentions, telling them to leave as neither Polly nor the baby would be safe with her parents.
In the present time, Cheryl joined Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jughead, Kevin, and Valerie, in the student lounge, where they discussed Polly's uneasy predicament between the Coopers and the Blossoms. Kevin referred to Cheryl's family as the "child snatching Blossom monsters", which Cheryl took no offense to. She then commented that she wholeheartedly supported Veronica's notion of throwing Polly a baby shower.
The night of baby shower had arrived, Cheryl came bursting through the front door of Hermione's apartment with a brand new, expensive stroller for Polly and Jason's child. All Cheryl asked for in return was that she be named the baby's godmother, unaware that Polly had earlier named Betty the godmother. Cheryl then strolled Nana Rose off to find a good spot, where Rose went on to perform some kind of ritual on Polly to identify the baby's gender by using a purple stone pendulum, which led Cheryl to state that Rose had dementia, as well as "gypsy blood". According to Nana Rose, Polly was pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. A little later in the night, as Polly opened the gifts, Cheryl expressed her desire for Polly to stay with them at Thornhill, which Cheryl's mother assured Polly was a genuine offer.
Blossom Tree Tapping
Thicker than blood, more precious than oil, Riverdale's largest business had been maple syrup since the town's founding, and her family had been in control of the lucrative trade since the start. Via flashback, Cheryl, Jason, Cliff, and Penelope sipped delicious maple syrup from glasses, almost as if it was fine wine. With Jason, the heir to the Blossoms family empire, now dead, many wondered who would inherit the Blossom family business, though one thing they were sure of, it would not be Cheryl. The Blossoms awaited, Polly standing alongside them in the snow, for the arrival of the board of trustees, who were all looking to attack at the first sign of weakness.
Cheryl approached Archie in the music room with an invitation to her family's maple tree tapping, as that week was the official start of maple season. The tree tapping ceremony was a yearly event, a ritual that honored the Blossom bloodline, it was extremely exclusive. The maple tapping was something special that she and Jason had done together ever since they could walk, but she was not sure she could face it alone this year, if Archie came along as her escort, maybe she could get through it. Unfortunately, while Archie would have loved to help her, he had a girlfriend. However, he suggested a few others in his place. Cheryl did not want anyone else to escort her, as Archie was like no other, he defended her even when her parents would not.
After some persuading by her mother, Archie decided to escort Cheryl to the tapping, where she told him that all he had to do was hold the bucket steady. She informed Archie that everyone else in attendance were her father's board of trustees, they were concerned that Cliff was losing his grip on the company, and if he was, they would stand together to steal it. Jason's death was a PR debacle, Polly being pregnant and unwed certainly did not help the situation. In Jason's place, Cheryl was called up by her father to stake the tree, noticeably nervous, Archie assured her that she could do it in her sleep, his words must have given her great confidence as Cheryl staked the tree flawlessly, earning claps and her parents' approval. Following the tree tapping ceremony, they all posed for a group photo.
Cheryl overheard as her own aunt and uncle Bufford talked down upon her, refusing to allow her to run the company, fortunately, Archie came to Cheryl's aid. He informed aunt Cricket and uncle Bedford that Cheryl loved Jason, she did as much to help the Bulldogs win games as Jason did, and that she had a 4.0 GPA. If there was anything that he had learned from being in class with Cheryl, it was that she should not be underestimated or bet against. On Cheryl's behalf, Cliff asked Archie to escort her to an upcoming banquet later that week, and while Archie initially denied their invitation, Cheryl convinced him as she needed a dance partner.
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. Betty 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. Cheryl merely shrugged it off telling her that she would deliver the message, however, she couldn't reassure her that Polly would even care or respond.
The next night, Cheryl paid the Andrews a late night visit, she wanted to gift Archie with a brand new guitar to show her appreciation for him agreeing to escort her to the banquet. Before leaving, she commented that her claustrophobia acted up in small houses and she kissed Archie on the cheek. Later that week, just as planned, Cheryl and Archie attended the banquet, following her father's speech, she informed Archie to not be fooled into believing that her parents were being genuine, they wanted her to fail the tree tapping, but Archie was there to help with that.
Following an argument with her father, Cheryl exited the banquet for some fresh air, she was of course followed by Archie. Jason was the golden boy, Cheryl said, people hated her, and while that was fine at school, it was too much to bear from her own family. However, Archie thought she was awesome, which led Cheryl to express how she felt that Archie was the only decent person left in Riverdale, she then kissed him and told Archie that her lipstick was maple-red, in case he was wondering why it was so sweet. Cheryl managed to catch up to him on the other side of the lodge after he ran off, she thought it was Cinderella that ran away from the ball, not Prince Charming. Archie wanted to break off their arrangement, but Cheryl first reminded him of everything he would be losing if he did. She then accused him of being just as bad as everyone else in town, despite her initial beliefs, as he wanted something from them as well.
Secrets & Sins
Having already reviewed the new choreography for Homecoming, Cheryl scolded Veronica for showing up late to River Vixens practice. She then announced that Veronica would be in the back during their performance in an effort to prevent her from doing any major damage. Cheryl would be front and center, considering that she had the "maddest skills on the squad", or so she claimed until Veronica challenged her to a dance-off, where the winner would lead them during Homecoming. Following both Cheryl and Veronica's dance routine, it was up the Vixens to decide who won, and while most of them voted for Veronica, Ginger and Tina decided not to vote at all. After losing the challenge, Cheryl confronted her so-called besties, insulting them both before firing them as Vixens and her "social handmaidens".
Bitter over her recent loss to Veronica, Cheryl teamed up with Chuck Clayton in order to cause a little chaos for Veronica and Betty, their arch nemesis. The two of them, along with a few dozen classmates crashed Jughead's 16th Birthday Party at Archie's house. On the dance floor, Cheryl danced and made out with Moose, and afterward, the two of them as well as Chuck were seen standing by and laughing as Archie embarrassed himself in front of the entire party. She and Chuck blocked off the front door as Jughead attempted to leave, informing him that they had not played their game yet, which they called "Secrets & Sins", a variation on "Truth or Dare", in which they would reveal their own secrets.
Cheryl started the game off with Veronica, she questioned the basis of which Veronica and her mother moved into town, what was so fresh about defiling Archie in a closet, Cheryl asked, which Veronica insisted was Cheryl's doing. Moving on, Cheryl asked about Veronica's father, and whether or not it was true that he purchased the Twilight Drive-In. Veronica could not speak for her father, but she could think of a dirty little secret of her own, one that involved Cheryl killing Jason. Veronica claimed that Cheryl loved him in a way that a sister should not love a brother, and as Jason got older, he saw it as weird, in the end, choosing Polly over Cheryl. In response, Cheryl shot him in the head with one of her father's hunting rifles, this accusation led Cheryl to cry, that is until Dilton Doiley interrupted and volunteered to go next.
He revealed that Ms. Grundy was at Sweetwater River on the day Jason went missing, as was Archie, which led Cheryl to piece together that Archie was having sex with Grundy, explaining why he became a mediocre musician overnight. According to Cheryl, this also explained why Archie could not keep a girlfriend, he had mommy issue, which led her to ask if he was a victim or perpetrator. As the night progressed, the devious game quickly turned violent once Jughead and Chuck began trading blows, resulting in Jughead father ending the party.
Jason's Killer Revealed
In the days leading up to the annual Homecoming dance, Cheryl announced that she and Polly would be campaigning as co-queens of Homecoming Court because if Jason were alive, he and Polly would have been on that stage being crowned. Before leaving, she reminded everyone to vote, and that she'd see them at her coronation.
The morning of the Homecoming dance, Cheryl assisted Polly with her makeup in preparation for the dance that night, she acknowledged that it was much more fun to be friends than enemies. Polly then thought it would be a great idea if they raided Cheryl's parents' room for her mother's jewelry, as it would be fitting considering the theme of the dance was a blast from the past.
Even though it was forbidden, they made their way into Clifford and Penelope's room anyways. She then began browsing throughout her mother's jewelry boxes and conversing with Polly about her father's hair color loss and red toupée collection. Within on of the boxes, Cheryl discovered the heirloom ring given to Jason by Nana Rose, which was supposedly lost after Jason's death. Polly attempted to take it but Cheryl was less than willing to give it up without a fight, even threatening her, "You are carrying precious cargo, but if you think for one second that those babies guarantee your safety, you're in for a rude awakening", Cheryl said.
Despite their previous fight, Cheryl still intended on Polly going with her to the dance, however, Penelope drugged her with a relaxer, that would leave the babies unharmed, but knock Polly out until the morning. Cheryl questioned if the story about Jason disowning the family and throwing the ring in their father's face was true, to which Cliff replied it was. He realized that he made a mistake in grooming Jason to take over the empire, he told Cheryl that he should've been nurturing her, as she was a Blossom, through and through. Her mother then asked for the whereabouts of the ring, to which Cheryl explained that she flushed it, that way if Polly ever told anyone if would simply be her word against there's.
While in a noticeably foul mood, Cheryl was approached by Betty, who was looking for Polly, and while she didn't have to, Cheryl covered for her parents, claiming that Polly had a sugar crash and canceled. As the night progressed, Cheryl's mood only got worse, the end coming as Archie and Veronica performed "Kids in America" on stage. Cheryl stormed out the dance and returned home early, and after checking on Polly, she stood in the hall as her mother cried hysterically after FP Jones, Jughead's father, was arrested for the murder of Jason, all the while grasping the very same ring she claimed that she had flushed.
Cheryl quietly sat at the table that morning with her mother, father, and Polly as they professed how satisfied they were with Jason's killer finally be apprehended.
A little later at school that day, she was approached by Jughead, who only wished to apologize. but Cheryl calmly stood up, and attacked Jughead, pounding on his chest and slapping him in his face until Archie pulled her off. She headed to the restroom, where Betty joined her soon thereafter to tell Cheryl that it wasn't Jughead's fault, even if his father did kill Jason. Everyone kept coming up to her, hugging her, and telling her that she must be so relieved that Jason's killer had been caught, and that the nightmare was over, however, it didn't feel that way.
A loud and thunderous knocking could be heard throughout Thornhill that night, on the other side of the door was the Coopers, who came barging in, looking to take Polly home with them. Mrs. Cooper mentioned incest and knowing all about Cheryl's family. From there, Alice revealed that Mr. Cooper's grandfather wasn't just the murder victim of Clifford's grandfather, they were brothers, thus making Cheryl and Jason third cousins to Betty and Polly. Cheryl stood at the top of the steps disgusted and silent as her parents and Betty's parents bickered back and forth. The altercation eventually came to an end as Mrs. Cooper grabbed Polly by the wrist and swiftly exited the house.
The next day, she approached her mother with the question of why Jason and her father were fighting on July 4th, before they headed to Sweetwater River. Penelope reminded her that they had already been over that, her father dedicated himself to grooming Jason, but in the end, he didn't have the stomach for the family business. Cheryl stepped closer to her mother, got down on her knees, took her mother by the hand, and asked her what Jason couldn't stomach. She believed something bad happened, if her father wasn't upset with Jason about Polly, it must've been about the business, maybe he heard or saw something, what was he running from Cheryl asked. She even accused her mother and father of being possible reasons for Jason's departure. Penelope took great offense to this, tightening her grip on Cheryl's hands, and taking her to the family barn. Cheryl was angrily pushed inside as her mother told her to drown in the sticky dark truth of the maple syrup.
That night, she received a call from Betty, who warned her to get out of the house as Jason's killer was Cheryl's very own father. Cheryl thanked Betty for the heads-up as tears rolled down her face, but instead of heeding the warning, Cheryl confronted her father at the dinner table, saying " you did a bad thing, daddy. And now, everyone knows.". As the police arrived to arrest her father, Cheryl and Penelope directed them towards the barn, where Clifford had hung himself.
In the wake of her father's death, Cheryl would discover that he was using their family's maple syrup farm as a cover for his actual business of trafficking heroine into Riverdale. Jason learned of this, which resulted in his death. With these unfortunate revelations circulating throughout town, Cheryl and Penelope were forced to stand idly by as law enforcement turned their home into a crime scene. Following Clifford's funeral, she and Penelope returned to the maple farm, where Penelope explained that they've been cursed since brother killed brother. As tears filled her eyes, Cheryl looked up towards the rafters, gazing upon the rope that her father hung himself with just moments after her mother suggested that Clifford may have had the right idea by ending it.
Upon her abdication as head cheerleader of the River Vixens, Cheryl handed Veronica her HBIC ("Head Bitch In Charge") shirt and announced that she would be leading the Vixens from that point forward. The last few days had put things in perspective for Cheryl. She was uncharacteristically nice and pleasant to Veronica, telling her that she was fine after shedding her tears for the Blossom men. The next day at school, Cheryl apologized to Jughead for previously attacking him by gifting him with her iconic spider broach, which would catch a pretty penny at the local pawn shop, enough to keep him in burgers and S t-shirts for years, if not decades. Her unusually kind ways only led Veronica to further question the drastic change in her personality.
As she headed out to Sweetwater River the following day, Cheryl sent one last text to Veronica, thanking her for trying, but she wanted to be with Jason. Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead arrived at the river as Cheryl, in the all-white outfit that she wore on the day she took Jason out to Sweetwater, repeatedly pounded on the thick layer of ice, hoping it would break. They pleaded with Cheryl to desist, however, the ice broke beneath her feet, plunging Cheryl into the freezing cold water. As she was dragged by the current underwater, Cheryl briefly hallucinated, seeing Jason's rotting corpse reach out to her. Fortunately, Archie managed to break through the ice and pull her to safety. He performed CPR on her, and carried her back to shore.
After Archie saved her life, Veronica invited Cheryl to her residence, where she got warm in front of a fireplace, and was given a towel and hot chocolate. Cheryl then immediately returned to Thornhill, where she awaited her mother's return after dousing the house in gasoline. Stating that "the only way to truly start over was through purification", Cheryl dropped the candelabra of lit candles that she was holding, thus setting the house ablaze. With a smile on her face, Cheryl watched from outside as Thornhill got engulfed in flames.
Cheryl walked the halls of Riverdale General Hospital with a doctor wheeling a bandaged person on the stretcher. Curious about Cheryl's appearance at the hospital, Betty and Kevin approached her. Cheryl explained that there was a terrible fire at Thornhill last night, revealing that Penelope was on the gurney. However, rather than telling them the truth, that she started the fire in an attempt to start over, Cheryl created a cover story; She was asleep after the incident at Sweetwater River, the breeze probably knocked a lit candle over, setting fire to the curtains. After Penelope returned from the Jubilee, she ran headlong into the blaze to save Cheryl. Unfortunately for her, she suffered third-degree burns and acute smoke inhalation in the process.
The real story was that Penelope had gone back inside the house only to salvage the Blossom family portrait, leaving her severely burned. With Penelope left in a critical condition on the hospital bed, bandages coating her entire face and body, Cheryl taunted her. Blackmailing her mother, Cheryl warned her that if she told anyone what really happened at Thornhill, she'd tell everyone about what really happened to Cliff in the barn, implying that there was a dark secret surrounding Cliff's death. When Cheryl made it very clear that the abuse of the elder Blossoms had come to an end and that she now had control over the family, Penelope's dominance was reduced to a mere shadow of the ominous woman she once was.
Cheryl then visits an unconscious Fred in his hospital room, giving him a gentle kiss. Fred's conscious is soon restored afterwards.
Cheryl greeted Betty and Veronica as Humpty and Dumpty as the two of them entered the gymnasium for River Vixens practice. She then introduced them to Josie, the latest recruit of the River Vixens. This left Veronica questioning if Cheryl was taking the squad back from her, to which Cheryl replied that they were never really Veronica's squad to begin with. Betty was hoping that maybe Cheryl would be kind enough to allow the Vixens to help with an event to save Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe from permanently closing. Unfortunately for Betty, Cheryl did not emerge from the frozen depths of Sweetwater River, nor the flames of Thornhill only to allow her Vixens to sling milkshakes at a death-cursed diner. Her answer was a "double-cherry-on-top no."
That night, Cheryl welcomed Betty and Jughead to Thistlehouse, where she and her mother had been staying since the burning down of Thornhill. She escorted them to the conservatory, where they confessed that their reason for being there was to ask for mercy on FP's behalf, as instructed by his lawyer. It was an appeal for leniency from to reduce his sentence. Though, Cheryl couldn't help but wonder where his mercy was when she spent countless nights walking the halls of Thornhill in agony, obsessing over what was happening to Jason. Imagining the worst. Where was FP's mercy when she slept under the same roof as a cold-blooded killer, night after night. But as Betty reminded her, FP didn't kill Jason, their own father did. Cheryl wanted this sordid chapter closed forever, and FP was the last loose end to tie up. She will not have a living, breathing reminder of the darkest chapter of her life walking the streets of Riverdale.
The next day, while getting dressed and applying her make up, Cheryl was startled in the ladies restroom by Betty, who came in demanding that she show FP mercy in front of a judge or else Betty would wide release the footage of Jason's death. Cheryl was under the impression that Betty gave the video to Sheriff Keller, which she did, but not before saving a copy onto Jughead's laptop. It was then that Cheryl realized she was being threatened and blackmailed. However, with a big smile on her face, Betty insisted that they were merely having fun girl talk. Cheryl could save a man's life. Betty insisted that she think about that. A nice ending to an otherwise sad story. If she agreed to testify, Cheryl wanted the video of Jason's death in return. As well as a guarantee that any and all other copies in Betty's possession would be erased. Finally, before leaving, as one last term of their deal, Betty wanted the Vixens For Retro Night at the diner. "You're a stone-cold bitch", Cheryl remarked, though she appeared to be more amused and impressed than upset.
The next day, as previously agreed upon, Cheryl took the stand in court to speak for herself and her mother when saying that they forgive FP Jones for the part he played in covering up Jason's murder, and they humbly ask the court for leniency. FP's guilt had been blown out of proportion to satiate what her father's suicide denied them; closure. However, as much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances by his account. "My father threatened him", Cheryl blurted out shortly after making brief eye contact with Betty. Cheryl claimed to have overheard them talking, and her father said he would hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply. Is that extenuating enough, Cheryl asked. In light of these revelations, the judge suggested that they take a step back and reevaluate certain aspects of the case. At which time, they will revisit the sentencing. Thanks to Cheryl, a delay in FP's case was ordered.
That night, Cheryl arrived alongside Josie and Melody at Pop's shoppe for Retro Night. Josie was highly upset that Betty broadcast all over social media that the Pussycats would be performing a free concert without their knowledge. Betty explained that had she asked, she already knew that Josie would say no, so she forced her hand instead. However, Betty did not account for the fact that they were without one Pussycat due to the fact that Valerie had a norovirus. With that being said, Cheryl volunteered to take Val's place for the night. If Josie could be a Vixen, then she can be a Pussycat. As long as it was a cover of another song, Cheryl was sure she'd know the lyrics. With everyone in agreement, Cheryl performed Milkshake on top of the diner's roof with the Pussycats.
Following her performance, Cheryl interrupted Betty and Jughead's tender moment behind the counter, commenting that they're like "chimps in captivity, grooming and picking lice off each other". Cheryl then prompted the couple to complete the deal they made, so Jughead thanked Cheryl as he handed her the USB. As Retro Night came to a close, Cheryl returned home, telling her mother that she had a present for her; the footage of her father killing Jason. As she played the clip for her mother, Cheryl hoped that it would bring them both peace.
Cheryl eavesdropped on Betty and Kevin's conversation in the hallway as they discussed his cruising of Fox Forest the previous night, which explained why he was responsible for finding Moose and Midge at Lover's Lane after they were attacked by a man wearing a black hood. While Betty understood Kevin's need for a romantic interest ever since Joaquin's departure, she advised him against cruising, all the while clueless that Cheryl was secretly listening in on them.
The next day, Cheryl sat in the student lounge, hidden from Betty and Kevin as the two of them conversed over his failure to show up at Veronica's place to meet her father. Kevin claimed that something else came up. Something in the woods, Betty asked. Insinuating that he had broken his promise to refrain from cruising. Kevin hoped that Betty wouldn't take what he was about to say the wrong way, but he listened to Betty obsess over Archie for years. And she continued the pattern with Jughead. She didn't need Kevin's permission to date them, and there was no legitimate reason for why he would need her's. He told Betty that what he did in the woods was none of her business, before abruptly leaving. It was then that Cheryl made her presence known. Button down Kevin Keller has a sex drive, so what? Cheryl asked. 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.
During River Vixen practice, Cheryl joined Veronica and Midge on the field, giving a quick look to the flyers going around town, involving Archie and his community group watch named The Red Circle. However, she didn't appear to give it much thought, before walking off aggravatedly.
The following night, as Cheryl sat in a booth alone at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, she noticed Kevin heading out for a run, presumably to resume his cruising of Fox Forest. Oh Kevin, you precious, beautiful, compulsive, piece of trash, she remarked, before devising a plan that would surely satisfy her craving for trouble and drama. Cheryl called Betty to inform her of Kevin's run, presumably knowing that it would end badly between the two of them. Betty told Kevin that she expected him to have more respect for himself, but as he explained, they didn't have the same set of options. His choices were limited due to his sexual orientation. The forest was all he had, and if Betty couldn't accept that this is what he was forced to resort to, then they weren't really friends.
Promoting the Red Circle
With a killer walking amongst them, free to target his next victim, terror was seeping into the bedrock of Riverdale, so much so that many were afraid to walk the streets alone, thus Cheryl and the River Vixens walked in small groups.
Cheryl agreed to help Veronica promote and give away t-shirts in support of Archie and his community group watch, the Red Circle, after Mr. Weatherbee attempted to disband them. With Cheryl's help, the Circle was no longer a fringe band of radicals, rather a movement with style and panache.
The following day, Cheryl sat alongside Kevin as Mr. Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller entered the classroom to pull Archie out into the hallway.
Assaulted by a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Cheryl stood in the doorway of the music room at school after hearing Veronica's old friend from New York, Nick St. Clair, invite the Pussycats to his hotel room, at the Five Seasons, for a party that he was hosting 10:00 pm. She introduced herself to Nick as "Riverdale's resident it girl". After shaking his hand, she told him that she'd be there by 11:00 pm (fashionably late).
As previously scheduled, Cheryl attended the party in Nick's hotel room that night, along with Veronica, Archie, Betty, Reggie, Josie, Valerie, and Melody. Cheryl told Archie to keep up as Nick told a story about his run-in with Gal Gadot. After a few drinks, Nick proposed they take the part one level further with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. Without hesitation, Cheryl agreed to partake. She then looked to Kevin, asking if he would be joining, which he did. High off Jingle Jangle, Cheryl and Kevin danced on the couch together, though their drug-fueled dance off was short lived after an argument between Betty and Veronica erupted within the hotel room, which blew their high. After Betty accused Veronica of being a bad person and a friend of circumstances, she left the party.
The next day, Cheryl attended the open house event that was being hosted by Veronica's family, where she was greeted by Nick, upon arrival. They didn't get much of a chance to talk at the party. Cheryl was choosing to blame Betty's Britneyesque meltdown for that, though she was willing to let Nick make it up to her. His first step in making it up was grabbing her a drink. Unbeknownst to Cheryl, Nick had slipped a date rape drug into her drink before giving it to her. After Veronica's father made an announcement in regards to the SoDale site and his plan to reinvent the Southside, Cheryl danced with Nick as the Pussycats performed on stage. Though, the effects of the drugs given to her by Nick were fast acting. Cheryl began to lose her balance. Hardly capable of standing on her own two feet, Nick escorted her into the house, and laid her on the bed. Barely conscious, Cheryl was incapable of fending off her attacker. Fortunately, the Pussycats intervened. As Josie checked on her to ensure that she was unharmed, Veronica, Valerie, and Melody viciously attacked Nick.
After the open house, Cheryl was taken to the Pembrooke by Josie, Veronica, Archie, and Betty. Archie asked where Nick was in that moment, though Cheryl instructed him to put his cape away because the Pussycats had already saved her. Veronica felt sick about the entire incident. Nick was a monster, who she suspected of having attacked woman before. Cheryl announced that she would be pressing charges because she wanted him to be held accountable for his actions, for him to suffer and burn in hell for what he tried to do to her. As Cheryl began to sob, Josie and Veronica held her close, attempting to provide comfort in her time of need.
As they waited in the bedroom, Cheryl and Veronica eavesdropped on their parents' discussion of how best to handle the incident between Cheryl and Nick, where he roofied and attempted to rape her. Her mother would have preferred that she not file a report with Sheriff Keller given that Cheryl likely provoked Nick. Cheryl's mother went on to tell Veronica's parents that she wanted the incident handled discreetly. Furthermore, she planned to tell Sheriff Keller that they no longer wished to press charges against Nick because nothing really happened to Cheryl, so her mother claimed. Hearing this unfold from Veronica's room, Cheryl began to gather her belongings, during which time she told Veronica that she was fine, and that making a statement with Sheriff Keller was simply put, a momentary lapse in sanity. Cheryl didn't want to risk being the laughing-stock of the town; her vs Nick in a courtroom battle royal. As she prepared to leave, Veronica informed Cheryl that she wasn't Nick's only victim. He'd done it to other girls, he even made sexual advances towards her, the night before the open house. Veronica hadn't told her parents, leaving Cheryl to conclude that Veronica merely wanted to use her as a puppet for her thirst for vengeance.
While tanning outside Thistlehouse, Cheryl received a surprise visit from Betty, who initially claimed that she was stopping by to check on her after the incident with Nick, but after Cheryl called Betty out on having ulterior motives, even referring to Betty as "Invisible woman" due to the fact that Cheryl could see right through her, Betty confessed that she was writing an article for the Blue and Gold on Jingle Jangle inundating Riverdale. Betty asked if she had every heard of "The Sugarman", which she had. When Cheryl and Jason were younger, their mother used to tell them 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 was real, and if so, could he have been involved with her father's drug business. Cheryl was vexed by Betty's memory defiling insinuation. She reiterated the previous story, assuring Betty that the Sugarman was nothing more than a poison confection spun by her mother to scare children. Like the Sandman or Krampus.
Later that night, Cheryl looked through an old family chest with photos of her and Jason. While browsing, she discovered a picture she had drawn many years ago of her holding Jason's hand, and the Sugarman standing right behind them.
The following morning, Cheryl approached her mother at the breakfast table with the picture she had drawn of her, Jason, and the Sugarman. She reminded her mother of the tales she would tell them when they were younger, about the Sugarman being a friend of their father, and how they were stay up in their bedrooms whenever he visited Thornhill. Cheryl asked if he was one of her father's business associates, but her mother did not respond, which angered Cheryl, especially after all that had been previously kept from her about her father and Jason's death. She couldn't help but wonder if this was just another piece of her family's cryptic puzzle. Her mother slammed her fist down on the table in frustration, claiming that she had no idea what Cheryl was talking about because she never told her any such stories. As for her father's business dealings, all his records were either seized by the police or burned in the fire that Cheryl started.
While enjoying her meal at Pop's, Cheryl was startled by the sound of Nick's voice, who had just placed in an order to go. Almost immediately after noticing him, he noticed her, calling her "Sharon". She asked what he was still doing in town. He replied that he was picking up some fuel for the trip back to New York. He then asked Cheryl how she was doing. Cheryl explained that she was furious that he roofied and subsequently tried to rape her, though Nick claimed to remember the night going differently, referring to Cheryl as a desperate tart from a truck stop town. He accused her of distorting reality in an attempt to cover her morning after shame. He claimed that she was high, half naked, and begging for him to have her. Given that he was such an unrepentant spore, Cheryl advised him to call his lawyer because she was reconsidering her decision to not press charges. However, Nick was unfazed by her announcement. He informed Cheryl of the "hush money" his parents gave her "cobra-like mother" in exchange for their silence.
After her chat with Nick, Cheryl returned home, and found a check in her mother's room from the St. Clairs. So, she confronted her mother, who informed her that the Lodges were still accepting money from the St. Clairs for their SoDale construction. However, the Lodges involvement was no concern of hers. Cheryl failed to comprehend how her mother could defend her father, who murdered Jason, yet she wouldn't stand up for her, not even against her would-be rapist. Cheryl was instructed to hand over the check, but she refused, pulling away as her mother reached out for it. Cheryl agreed to return the check only after her mother told her the truth about the Sugarman. They both knew he existed, and that he worked with Cheryl's father. Cheryl could hold back her feelings about her father no longer. He was an awful human being, and she was thankful that he was dead. However, Cheryl on the other hand, was alive, and she was begging her mother to be honest, and ro care about her more. As tears ran down her face, Cheryl understood that her mother's silence had been bought by the St. Clairs. But before leaving with the check in hand, Cheryl told her mother that she wasn't getting paid until she heard the truth.
After calling Veronica to alert her of her parents' involvement with the St. Clairs, Cheryl attended the drag race being held near Herk Harvey bridge between Archie and Jughead and two members of a Southside gang called the Ghoulies. Cheryl sat alongside Kevin, Reggie, Veronica, and Betty as the race was about to commence. Usually, the honors of flag girl go to Toni Topaz, a member of the Southside Serpents, but with Cheryl feeling as if she was born for the moment, she informed Toni, who she referred to as "Cha Cha" (the "First Lady of Drag Racing", Shirley Muldowney) that she would be replacing her this time around. Cheryl took to the center of the road, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race, which was later intercepted by Sheriff Keller and the police department, thus ending the event as everyone scattered at the news of police involvement.
Cheryl returned home to find her mother near the fireplace. "Careful you don't get burned again", she remarked. It was then that her mother finally revealed the truth behind the Sugarman. He was a story that she had concocted to turn an all too real monster into a child's boogeyman. It worked for a while, but now Cheryl needed the truth behind the tale. Over the years, there were many Sugarmen, each taking over for the last. When her father decided to groom Jason to take over the family business, he wanted Jason to meet the current Sugarman. Her mother protested, but her father insisted. So began the terrible series of events that led to Jason's death. Having heard all she needed from her mother, Cheryl return the check as promised, though her mother no longer sought after it, discarding of the check in the lit fireplace. Cheryl thanked her mother for burning the hush money, before asking one last thing of her; who was the current Sugarman. After learning from her mother that his name was Robert Phillips, a teacher at Southside High, Cheryl called Veronica to inform her of this recent development.
In the music room at school, Cheryl and Josie read the letter from the Black Hood that was affixed to the front door of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. The letter described a test being issued by the Black Hood, one that would last all of 48 hours. He asked of them to show him that they were pure of heart. However, should they continue to sin, the attacks would resume.
As they walked the school halls, Cheryl learned that the Black Hood had Josie's mother on edge, which in turn had Josie on edge, eventually resulting in the swelling of her vocal cords and loss of her voice due to the overwhelming stress. On top of that, she was feeling guilty for going behind the Pussycats' back and working on songs without them. Josie felt as if she was sinning, and with the Black Hood going after sinners, she was concerned for her well being. Cheryl informed Josie that she was allowed to feel guilty up to a point considering that she had given the video of Josie singing "Milkshake" to a producer at Shabbey Road Studios, and he was adamant about giving Josie studio time. Josie then opened her locker to find a stuffed teddy bear on the top shelf, with a note attached to it, to which Cheryl commented "OMG, another gift from your secret admirer". It was the third gift that week, leaving her to wonder who could the "mystery bae" be. Cheryl joked that it could be the Black Hood given that he loved writing notes.
Cheryl discovered in Biology class that Josie had been asked out on a date by Chuck Clayton. She assumed that Josie turned him down, which she had, assuring Cheryl that she wasn't insane. Onto a less vile note, Cheryl reminded Josie that they had a date with the recording studio after school, which Josie didn't seem too enthusiastic about. She was heading straight to the girls locker room after school for eucalyptus steam as her throat had been sore. However, they needed to practice, Cheryl stated. Josie exclaimed that she didn't know who more more controlling between Cheryl and her mother. Cheryl was sorry for over stepping her boundaries, as she could see Josie's frustration, but Cheryl explained that she was grateful towards Josie for saving her from "Nick St. Creature", adding that it was a debt that she would never be able to repay. What she could do was offer her humble skills to make Josie's career blossom. But she was happy to take a step back if Josie was feeling overwhelmed.
The next day at school, Cheryl was disturbed to find out that Josie's mother had been receiving vicious death threats ever since the emergence of the Black Hood. Hoping to relieve Josie of some of her stress, Cheryl suggested that they bail on practice, but Josie would rather sing given that it would keep her mind off the prior night. Speaking of which, Cheryl couldn't believe that Josie went on a date with Chuck. Josie insisted that he was trying to be a better person, but Cheryl denied the notion, stating that taking a few art classes does not make him a saint. Furthermore, she questioned why Josie hadn't told Sheriff Keller that Chuck was stalking her. Josie explained that she was giving him the benefit of the doubt. They then entered the music room to find a drawing of Josie that read "IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU NO ONE CAN". Along with the picture was a present. Josie opened the box to find a pig's heart inside. Cheryl abruptly exited the music room, pushing Archie and Jughead out her way as she entered the student lounge, where she confronted Chuck. While some people may have been buying into his good guy act, Cheryl believed that he was the same Chuck that viewed woman as playthings to possess and torture. If the Black Hood wasn't by Cheryl's account an old white man, Chuck would be a prime suspect as far as she was concerned. Mr. Svenson, the school's janitor, interrupted their argument to ask if everything was alright, during which time Cheryl accused Chuck of threatening Josie. As Mr. Svenson asked Josie if this was true, Cheryl whispered in her ear that Chuck could also be responsible for sending her mother the letters. Hearing this, Josie confirmed Cheryl's claims, resulting in Mr. Svenson escorting Chuck to Mr. Weatherbee's office.
At Thistlehouse, it was revealed that Cheryl was in fact the one who was leaving Josie the gifts. That night, while listening to Josie's music, Cheryl drew a picture of herself and Josie, which showed striking resemblance the drawing Josie had previously received along with the pig heart, which Cheryl was quick to blame Chuck for. Unbeknownst to Josie, it was Cheryl who gifted her with the drawing and pig heart in order to push Chuck away.
Later that night at Pop's shoppe, Cheryl sat next to Josie in a booth, while Josie tried to recover from the loss of her voice. 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.
While passing through the halls at school, Cheryl and Josie stumbled upon Archie and Veronica in the middle of a heavy make out session in the student lounge. Cheryl uttered "get a room, Xenomorphs", just before she and Josie continued on their way.
In the ladies locker room, while covered by nothing but towels, Cheryl noticed the tension knots on Josie's back, which she stated was like a "sailor's rope". Fortunately, Cheryl had just the solution, her lavender essential oil. She instructed Josie to turn around as she rubbed the oil onto Josie's back. Unaware that the girls were still inside, Mr. Svenson entered the locker room moments later, though he averted his eyes and apologized for the intrusion. And while Josie insisted that it was fine and not a big deal, Cheryl would beg to differ, as she raised her voice and demanded that he takes his male gaze and his male privilege, and get out of the woman's locker room. Cheryl stated that he should be fired and investigated before referring to him as a peeping tom. Cheryl then motioned towards Josie in an attempt to further apply the oil onto Josie's back, but Josie pulled away.
A couple days later, in a booth at Pop's, Cheryl learned that Josie would be performing at a car dealership opening, which she remarked was barley a step above amateur porn. Reggie had texted Josie that his father was willing to pay $5,000 for her to perform five songs, so long as he got to escort her. This visibly angered Cheryl. She then intentionally knocked over her milkshake after looking over to Jughead's father, FP, who had just been released from prison and was working at Pop's as a busboy. Cheryl demanded that he clean it up, the same way he cleaned up her brother's blood out the basement of the Whyte Wyrm. Not only did FP agree to clean up the mess, he offered to get her a milkshake, on the house.
In the days leading up to Christmas, Cheryl joining her mother and Nana Rose in the dining room, where she discovered that her mother hadn't put Jason's stocking on the table. Her mother explained that she couldn't find it, not that it mattered considering that they had nothing to put in it. Cheryl then noticed the candy canes that had been aligned along the table. She was told by her mother that it would be a "hard candy Christmas this year" and that they had to face the fact that they had no more money.
Cheryl later attended Kevin's Secret Santa gift exchange along with Archie, Betty, Reggie, Veronica, and Jughead. They all gathered in the student lounge at school, where the exchange took place. It was Veronica's turn. She opened her gift from Josie, which awkwardly enough was a gift certificate for a couples massage. Hoping to lessen the awkward tension, Josie suggested that Veronica use the certificate to take someone other than Archie, given that they were no longer together, such as Betty or her mother. With the sudden awkwardness being too much to withstand, Cheryl was thankful to learn that Betty was the last exchange of the evening. Based on the wrapping of her present, Betty immediately knew that it was Archie that picked her name. Betty 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". Archie informed her that he and his father found it while they were cleaning out the garage. They were then surprised by the unexpected arrival of Moose and Midge.
Despite learning earlier that day that her family had no money, Cheryl headed down to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where Archie and his father had set up shop for the selling of Christmas trees. She approached Archie and asked for their finest tree. Unfortunately, he was about to leave. So he pointed Cheryl into Vic's direction, who was assisting with the tree sales.
That night, Cheryl took a large Christmas tree home and decorated it with ornaments, which pleased Nana Rose. However, the same could not be said for her outraged mother, who referred to Cheryl as a spoiled and wretched brat. How were they supposed to pay for it all, her mother wondered. Cheryl suggested that she ask Mr. Lodge for a job, though that would force Penelope to admit that the only skills she possessed was being a terrible mother. So, Cheryl advised her to get creative in the new year. As Cheryl exited the room, Nana Rose told Penelope that she should've drowned Cheryl and Jason when they were younger, like a basket of kittens, she remarked.
The following night, Cheryl received an unexpected visit at Thistlehouse from Archie and Betty. They came hoping to speak with Nana Rose. They had questions for her about something that happened along time ago in Riverdale. A man known as the Riverdale Reaper massacred a family one night and in return, a group of people decided to take justice into their own hands. Betty asked if she was apart of said group. Though, before Nana Rose could responded, Cheryl interjected, asking if their line of questioning was a Christmas inquest. Archie informed her that they wouldn't be questioning her grandmother if it wasn't important. A man's life was on the line. Betty then repeated to question, asking if Nana Rose was present when the man was executed for revenge. Nana Rose informed Archie and Betty that she did not attend the execution, as no girls were allowed. She was instructed to stay at home while a group of men took care of the rest. Betty then asked where the man was hung. However, As Nana Rose explained, he wasn't hung, rather buried alive. A proper burial, so to speak. Where did they bury him, Archie asked. Rose advised Betty, who she mistook for Polly, to ask her grandfather given that he participated in the execution. Rose had a picture of them, smiling at the burial grounds, just under the devil's hand. Nana Rose then called out for Cheryl. Claiming that she fell ill, she requested that Cheryl take her to her room. With that being said, Cheryl told them that their "reindeer games are over" and to get the hell out. She later watched from her bedroom window as Archie and Betty shared a kiss just outside Thistlehouse.
On Christmas morning, Cheryl came down the steps, calling out to her mother and Nana, thrilled to open her presents. Imagine her surprise and disgust when she caught her mother on the couch, making out with Vic, the very same man who had sold her the Christmas tree.
Living in a Dickensian Nightmare
With Christmas behind them and winter break officially over, Cheryl sat at the dinning room table before heading off to school. Before long, her mother joined her downstairs to announce that she had acquired nearly enough money to pay off the Christmas tree and presents that Cheryl had purchased for herself. "Bravo!", Cheryl replied. Never mind that for the last two weeks she'd been living in a bordello with a woman of the night, she said. Penelope explained to Cheryl that her recent sexual escapades don't strange far from her youth, when she had her pick of gentlemen callers, lining up every evening. Disturbed and appalled at the subject at hand, Cheryl couldn't believe that her mother sounded, dare she say, proud of her promiscuous past. Cheryl was reminded by her mother that it was her who suggested that Penelope get a job. She had since found one in providing comfort and companionship to the lonely men of Riverdale.
In the ladies locker room, as the River Vixens prepared for practice, Principal Weatherbee announced over the intercom that effective immediately, Southside High was shutting down and that the students who attended would be transferring to other school's in the district, including Riverdale. When approached by Midge, Cheryl exclaimed that her home life was a Dickensian nightmare, and that she wouldn't allow school to turn into a nightmare too.
The following day, with the River Vixens and the Bulldogs in tow, Cheryl and Reggie interrupted Veronica's welcoming committee for the Southside transfers (Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea and Fogarty). Cheryl approached the registration desk, hurling insults at the Serpents, calling them "Southside scum" and "raggamuffins". Cheryl refused to allow Riverdale High's above average GPA to suffer because of overcrowded classrooms with underachievers such as themselves. Cheryl told them to find another school to deface with their "hardscrabble ways". In doing so, she offended Toni, who dared Cheryl to say it to her face. Just as the two were about to face off, Archie stepped in the middle of them, hoping to put their Northside and Southside differences aside to start over. Reggie declined Archie's offer, which nearly led to another altercation between him and Sweet Pea. The rivaling sides went back and forth until Mr. Weatherbee arrived to send them off to class. Before parting ways, Cheryl told Archie to reconsider his allegiance as she had witnessed the clandestine Christmas kiss between him and Betty outside of Thistlehouse.
Soon thereafter, Cheryl received an unsurprising, but pleasing text from Archie, telling her to meet him in the music room. She kept it brief, if he didn't convince Veronica to stand with them against the Southsiders, Cheryl would tell her about the kiss with Betty. Archie explained that he and Veronica were broken up, as were Betty and Jughead. Nonetheless, that's not the reason why Archie messaged her, which Cheryl believed was an attempt by Archie to out maneuver her, though the tone of their discussion drastically changed once Archie stated that he wanted to talk about Nick St. Clair. He asked if Cheryl knew that he got into a bad car crash after he left Riverdale. Cheryl asked that Archie forgive her if she didn't shed any tears for him. She only wished that she and her mother hadn't burned the check that his family gave them as hush money. Cheryl concluded that Archie must've been thrilled after finding out about the accident given what Nick did to Veronica on the night of his party, when he got physical with her, which Archie had no knowledge of. Archie quickly became angry, threatening to kill Nick. Cheryl genuinely thought he knew. It was Veronica's right to tell Archie or not, but Cheryl was sure there was a specific reason she kept it from him.
That night, Cheryl received a surprise visit at Thistlehouse from Archie, who couldn't stop thinking about what Nick did to her and Veronica. Archie asked if she wanted another check, to replace the last one that she and her mother had burned. She did. But Cheryl was afraid the ship had sailed on that. Archie would beg to differ. He planned on going to see Nick and he could ask him to write another check. Archie only needed from Cheryl to borrow one of Jason's blazers, to which she agreed.
The next day, after Archie had recovered the check from Nick and assaulted him in the process, Cheryl entered the music room to reveal to Veronica that she had unintentionally told Archie about Nick's sexual advances after the Five Seasons party and why Archie had gone to New York, behind her back. Cheryl claimed that it was a classic shakedown. She wanted money from Nick and she thought that Archie could convince him that reparations were in order. Her only regret was that she betrayed Veronica's confidence. Cheryl then issued an apology before walking out.
The following evening, Cheryl told her mother that she had solved all their problems with the check that Archie had gotten from Nick. She gave her mother her blessings to deposit it into a bank, not in the fireplace, as before. Cheryl hoped this would bring an end to her mother's days as a courtesan, though this didn't seem to be the case as Penelope took the check and put it away for safe keeping. Unfortunately, her mother had no desire to stop as she was having too much fun.
In Mrs. Haggly's class, Cheryl gave an oral history report on General Pickens and her great-great-great-grandpappy Colonel Barnabas B. Blossom. Every year they honored the memory of General Pickens yet few knew the truth, that it was Barnabas who bankrolled General Pickens' settlement of, "an Eden along the river of Sweetwater, where maple trees grow taller than the steeples of Europe's grandest cathedrals." Which is why every year Cheryl petitioned the mayor's office to rename Pickens Day to "Colonel Barnabas B. Blossom Day" . Unfortunately, Cheryl's presentation was cut short by the bell, signaling a transition of classes.
A few days later, Cheryl found her mother visiting General Pickens' statue in Pickens Park, where she was supposedly paying respect and laying red roses at the statue's feet. Cheryl questioned the sincerity of her mother's gesture, referring to her as Jackie-O before saying that there weren't any cameras present. Cheryl asked if there was any validity to Jughead's published Blue and Gold article that accused her great-great-great grandfather of hiring General Pickens to steal land from the Uktena. Her mother confirmed the articles' report by asking Cheryl how did she think their family got started in the maple syrup business, meaning that they were partly responsible for killing hundreds of people. "For what, a bunch of maple trees?" Cheryl asked as a single tear ran down her face. More than just maple syrup, in the killing of hundreds, they gained access to dark, fertile earth and Sweetwater River. Back in those early days, they had a hand in everything. Building the railroads, operating the saloons and, yes, even a brothel. Old ways die hard, it seemed, given her mother's recent escapades.
Cheryl later attended the Pickens Day celebration with her mother, where the two of them watched from the crowd as Veronica and the Pussycats performed on stage. However, half way through their performance, the Southside Serpents unexpectedly arrived protesting the celebration with duct-tape over their mouths as they held signs that read 'honor this land' and 'sacred land'. Cheryl handed over her candy apple to her mother before joining in on the protest. The Serpents represented the dead and the silenced. Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them. Veronica's father then got on stage in an attempt to defuse the protest. He applauded the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale.
Cheryl entered the ladies restroom at school to find Betty vomiting into the toilet. She asked if Betty was okay and even offered to get her a towel, but Betty insisted that she was fine. So Cheryl left her on the stall floor to recover alone.
The next day, just outside Thistlehouse, whiling honing her archery skills, Cheryl spied Betty's father, Hal Cooper, leaving her house. Annoyed and disgusted with Penelope's habits, Cheryl confronted her mother about her home wrecking ways. Cheryl recalled Betty literally being sick to her stomach just one day before, leaving her to believe that Betty's vomiting stemmed from her father's infidelity. Cheryl pleaded with her mother to stop destroying families with her courtesan ways. However, her mother told her that unlike the rest, Hal wasn't a client. What she had with him was real despite the fact that he had a wife. Alice Cooper was far from a victim, as far as her mother was concerned. So she asked Cheryl to stay out of it.
Later that night, Cheryl sat in the darkness as she waited for Mr. Cooper to make his exit after paying her mother another visit. Back so soon? Cheryl asked as he headed for the door. She told him that her mother was a harlot, more specifically a modern-day Moll Flanders. Hal's actions could destroy his family, and for Betty's sake, Cheryl didn't want to see that happen. Which is why she had decided against telling her. But Cheryl suggested that he hurry home to his family before she changed her mind.
The following day at school, Cheryl approached Betty by her locker to tell her the truth about her father. Despite telling Mr. Cooper that she was going to keep his secret to herself, Cheryl had changed her mind after she kept tossing and turning in her canopy sleigh bed all night long, thinking that she'd want to know. While she took no pleasure in what she was sharing with Betty, she thought it best if Betty knew that her father was having an affair with Cheryl's mother.
Choni: A Brewing Romance
Cheryl was in disbelief that her mother hadn't yet grown tired of taking filthy wads of cash from strangers after what was presumably another session with one of her clients. She was then scolded by her mother for her crude remarks and judgmental tone as it was Cheryl's doing that drove away the one decent chance she had at love and happiness, that being with Hal Cooper. Cheryl scoffed at her mother's idea at love. As she tried to leave the room, her mother grabbed her by her arm and asked what she could possibly know about love as she herself had never experienced it, except to rip it apart because she was a jealous, spite-filled, starving, emotional anorexic.
Upset after being turned away by Veronica, Archie, Betty and Jughead, Cheryl devised a plan to ruin their weekend. After they arrived at the lake house, Cheryl called Jughead from school to tell him about Archie and Betty's clandestine Christmas kiss outside of Thistlehouse. She was then confronted by Toni who had overheard the phone call while in the restroom stall. She asked what was Cheryl's reason for suddenly deciding to expose this secret now. Cheryl responded by introducing herself as "Cheryl Bombshell" and stated that she needed no reason to do what she does. However, Toni saw through Cheryl's defenses, suggesting that she tell her what was actually bothering her as Toni could tell that she was in a lot of pain. To no surprise, Cheryl was reluctant to do so, instead she resorted to name calling and demanded that Toni get her hands off of her.
The following night, Cheryl watched from her bedroom window as her mother welcomed another client to Thistlehouse. Afterward, she headed down to the Bijou for the premiere of Love, Simon. There, she bumped into Toni, who was persistent in her approach to get Cheryl to open up. Cheryl initially thought she was being stalked. But Toni claimed that she merely came to see the movie with Fangs but he bailed on her at the last moment, forcing her to see the film by herself. Noticing that Cheryl was troubled, Toni asked if she was alright, hoping to get past her mean girl facade. Cheryl told her that she was at the movies alone while also trying to stay away from her mother, who had turned their house into her sexual playpen. So to answer Toni's question, she wasn't alright. Toni suggested that they see the movie together considering that neither had a date, hoping that it would dull Cheryl's troubles.
After the movie, Toni and Cheryl stopped by Pop's for milkshakes. Toni joked that while Cheryl may have believed that she mastered the art of silent tears, she saw Cheryl crying during the movie. Cheryl admitted that she usually never cried during movies because real life was tragic enough. But when Simon's mother (characters from the film they saw at the Bijou) said that he used to be such a carefree kid, growing up, and then at a certain point he stopped being that happy kid because he was hiding a secret, it brought up a sore subject for Cheryl. She proceeded to cry as she explained to Toni how people in town viewed her, as a loveless monster. But Cheryl insisted that this wasn't true. She loved someone who loved her, but her mother destroyed it. Toni assumed that Cheryl was referring to Jason after hearing how close they were. In actuality, Cheryl was referring to someone from her a past. A girl named Heather who she was best friends with in junior high. She used to sleepover at Cheryl's house every weekend until one night when her mother caught them in bed together and called her deviant. Toni was saddened by Cheryl's story. She insisted that she was neither loveless nor deviant, and that she was sensational and deserving of love.
Cheryl entered the living room of Thistlehouse to find her mother with a strange man whom she had never met. His name was Mr. Lazenby and he was their state attorney. As it turned out, her father had a secret will. Which came as no surprise to Cheryl. Her father's instructions were to reveal the existence of the will only after the authorities had concluded their investigation of his drug dealings. Per her father's instructions, he requested that Mr. Lazenby withhold all information, including the names of his numerous beneficiaries, until a public will-reading.
The next day, Cheryl invited Toni over to help her prepare for the will-reading. As they were deciding on wardrobe for the occasion, her mother burst into her room without so much as knocking and demanded to know what was going on. After Toni and her mother became acquainted, Cheryl was told to be downstairs before the guest started to arrive as her mother wanted to present a united front.
Once all the guests (Betty, Polly, Hal, aunt Cricket and uncle Bedford, amongst others) arrived, the will-reading began. Her father's first declaration was that ownership of Thistlehouse remain with Nana Rose. To her mother, her father left ownership of Thornhill, which Cheryl had burned to the ground. "The charred husk of an empty house. That sounds about right, Mother." Cheryl remarked. With regards to the other guests who had been contacted per Clifford's request, they were to receive half of his remaining assets of his fortune. The first half would be distributed equally to anyone in Riverdale who could prove, with medical authentication, that they were of Blossom blood. Alice Cooper then came barging into the will-reading uninvited. She confronted her husband over him previously asking for a divorce for the sole purpose of cutting her out of the will. Cheryl sat quietly and uncomfortably as Mrs. Cooper and her mother proceeded to argue. Mrs. Cooper was then escorted out of the premises, therefore resuming the will-reading.
The second half of her father's fortune would go to Cheryl alone as Jason was dead. She stood out of her seat and approached the podium. As the one, true Blossom heir, she felt it was her duty to say a few words. "The Blossoms have been bathing in blood since Great-Grandpappy Blossom killed his brother. The original sin of Riverdale. Well, I stand before you to say, no more. No more blood. No more madness. No more horror." Cheryl's speech was then interrupted by her father's return from the dead during the will-reading, or who she believed to be her father. As if she had seen a ghost, Cheryl fainted.
By the time Cheryl woke up, it was dark outside and the will-reading had come to an end. Who she had believed to be her father returning from the grave was actually her father's twin brother and her uncle, Claudius Blossom. He explained that when he and Clifford were boys, they were inseparable. But it became apparent that Claudius was being primed to inherit the Blossom empire. Until their 14th birthday when he and Clifford were down by Sweetwater River and he pointed a rifle at Claudius and told him about the Blossom curse. How one of the twins always met a violent end and often at the hands of the other. Fortunately, he spared Claudius. But that very night, Claudius ran away from home without a trace and later joined the Merchant Marines where sailed the seas desperate to outrun the Blossom curse.
The following evening, Cheryl invited Toni to join her family for dinner. Claudius told them that during his journey as a sailor, he came upon an Island named "Lesbos", in reference to Cheryl and Toni's relationship. He claimed it was the most beautiful and natural place on earth. Claudius then announced that he would be staying in Riverdale for as long as he needed to. And so Penelope reluctantly invited him to stay in the room over the garage.
The next day, while the Lodges announced that Hermione Lodge would be running for Mayor, Cheryl stood in the hallway crying as she overheard her uncle plotting with her mother to take care of her and Nana Rose.
Cheryl was awaken from her sleep in the late hours of the night to the sound of someone trying to force their way into her room. Growing fearful, she slid a chair under the doorknob to prevent the door from opening. The next morning, she told her mother, uncle and Nana of the incident. However, her mother insisted that she was merely imagining things. Cheryl then began to grow suspicious of her mother and uncle after they began discussing pushing Nana Rose out of her stewardship of the family business.
Cheryl congratulated Toni for making the squad following her try-out routine at River Vixens practice. In honor of Toni joining the squad, Cheryl invited her, Betty, Veronica and Josie to Thistlehouse for a mandatory slumber party.
That night, Cheryl hosted the slumber party as planned. During which time she revealed her true intentions behind inviting them over. It wasn't to celebrate. In actuality, Cheryl was terrified of being alone at the house with her uncle Claudius, who was crazy and a complete stranger to her. Cheryl had overheard her mother and uncle plotting against her and her Nana. Josie asked if she was simply imagining things. But Cheryl was sure that she wasn't. Later, while in bed with Toni, Cheryl shared that she didn't want to invite the other girls to the slumber party. Only Toni. But her mother would've never allowed it. As the two of them were about to kiss, a loud thud could be heard outside Cheryl's room. The girls ran into the hallway to find Nana Rose unconscious at the bottom of the steps. It would seem she had fell or even been pushed.
Outside Thistlehouse, Cheryl stood alongside Toni as the paramedics put Nana Rose into the ambulance. Fortunately, she had survived the fall. As her mother and uncle spoke with the paramedics, Cheryl noticed that her uncle was wearing her father's pajamas. Cheryl feared that they pushed her nana down the stairs and that she was next.
Later that week, Cheryl visited her Nana at Riverdale General Hospital. Cheryl approached Dr. Masters in the hallway to see if there were any updates on her Nana. He told her that there were trace amounts of a paralytic toxin in her bloodstream. Tannis root, which Cheryl suspected was the same herb blend that her mother and uncle had been giving Nana Rose with her tea. However, her mother had already lied to Dr. Masters and told him that they had caught Nana Rose on more than one occasion chewing bits of tannis root that she grew in the greenhouse. Leaving him to conclude that this incident was nothing more than a case of Nana Rose's Sundowner's Syndrome. They'd be keeping her for observation for another day, then she would be well enough to return home. Before she could warn the doctor of her mother and uncle's dastardly deeds, she was pulled away by her mother.
In the car with her mother, Cheryl accused her of poising Nana Rose with Tannis root and pushing her down the stairs. However, her mother wrote her accusations off as moments of insanity. Which left her with no choice. And so Cheryl was admitted into the Sisters of Quiet Mercy by her own mother. Sister Woodhouse entered her room not long after her admission and told Cheryl that she would be rid of all her demons as she pulled out a large needle. Today, Cheryl would rest. Tomorrow, conversion would commence.
At the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Cheryl sat in her room, where she found herself more troubled than usual with nary a thing to look forward to except for movie nights, which she was escorted to by Sister Woodhouse. Cheryl tearfully watched the film, during which time she would imagine what her friends might be doing. The longer Cheryl spent at the group-home, the more she began to wither away.
The next day, Sister Livingston announced that she had deduced what had caused the imbalance within Cheryl. She had spoken to her mother about her brother Jason, and how close they were. So close, in fact, that Nana Rose would sometimes mix them up. She would dress Cheryl in Jason's clothes and Jason in Cheryl's. Cheryl explained that this was simply due to Nana Rose's blindness i.e Cataracts. But if there was anything that had affected her psyche, it was the fire hose of abuse directed at her by her mother and father. While Cheryl had suffered many traumas, Sister Livingston believed that this did not excuse her willful behavior. So Cheryl was to report to the undercroft to undergo physical therapy until she was ready to listen.
The next day, Cheryl is forced to endure manual labor as she drags heavy sacks from one end of the room to the other. However, Sister Woodhouse entered the room to find that Cheryl has stacked the bags in the north-east corner instead of the north-west corner as specifically instructed. Cheryl was told to start over and listen or else she would never get better. Cheryl's manual labor continued into the following night. Fortunately, she finished just in time for movie night. Little did Cheryl know, Toni, Veronica and Kevin were orchestrating a rescue mission at that very moment to save her. Cheryl cleaned herself up and tearfully watched another film about deviant behavior. Toni barged into the room soon thereafter, shouting her name. The two of them shared a passionate kiss before convening with Veronica and making their getaway through the old tunnels.
Cheryl returned to school the following day where Toni asked what her next move was going to be. Cheryl explained that if revenge is a dish best served cold, then her mother and uncle better brace themselves for a polar vortex. But more importantly, Cheryl was back just in time for "Carrie: The Musical". Which Kevin was directing. She approached him in the student lounge and told to cancel auditions for the lead role because she was so clearly Riverdale High's Carrie White "And this school's gonna burn", she added.
In the school gymnasium, the River Vixens rehearsed one of their routines while singing "In". Cheryl, Toni and Midge led the squad.
Cheryl ran into the auditorium with Betty, Veronica, Archie, Toni, Josie, Ethel, KevinMidge and Moose. They got on stage, where they continued to sing and dance before being joined by Fangs, the assistant director. The cast then began introductions, starting with Archie who portrayed "Tommy Ross", the boy next door. Betty played "Sue Snell", the good girl. Veronica portrayed "Chris Hargensen", the mean girl. And Cheryl would be playing the iconic role of "Carrie White". As for who would be portraying, "Margaret White", Carrie's mom, that role went to Alice Cooper, which came as a surprise to almost everyone. Kevin explained that while her casting was untraditional, to him, there's nothing more amateur than age-inappropriate casting. Alice was both looking forward to playing Margaret and spending more time with Betty. Chuck Clayton joined them late after mistaking that rehearsal was in the music room.
Cheryl interrupted the rehearsal after hearing whisperings that some of them, mainly Ethel and Josie, didn't think she was fit to play the role of Carrie White. So to settle the matter, she began to sing "Carrie" to prove them wrong. Kevin initially didn't believe that this was necessary, but after hearing Cheryl's performance, all doubts surrounding her casting were no more. Ethel Josie, Veronica, Betty, Alice, Toni, Midge, Moose, Archie, Jughead, Kevin, Fangs, Chuck gave Cheryl a round of applause. As Cheryl headed back to her seat, a heavy sand bag falls from above and nearly crushes her.
In the auditorium, Kevin explained to Cheryl and Josie that this scene Mrs. Gardner is being a friend when Carrie has none, out of kindness. Josie remarked that she'll fake it as best as she can as she was still upset at Cheryl for threatening her and sending her a pig's heart. Josie began to sing though Cheryl yelled out for her stop during the middle of the scene as she couldn't go on with Josie hating her, especially when they were singing a song about friendship. Cheryl knew what she did to Josie was wrong, but she was wrestling with some dark, Carrie White-like demons. So she apologized to Josie and asked for her forgiveness. Josie accepted Cheryl's apology, and together, the two of them sang "Unsuspecting Hearts".
With it now being a matter of her safety, Kevin told Cheryl that he has to recast her role as he had been getting letters from someone claiming to be the Black Hood. However, Cheryl refused to succumb to thespian terrorism and allow herself to be ousted from the production. After the fires she's walked through, the world needed to see her up on stage. A Dark Phoenix reborn in the spotlight, so to speak. Unfortunately for Cheryl, that wouldn't happen, not if her mother had anything to say about it. Penelope informed Cheryl that students require parental approval to participate in extracurricular activities, as she reminded Mr. Weatherbee when she told him that Cheryl didn't have her permission to do the musical. Cheryl asked why her mother was doing this to her. Penelope replied that Cheryl's desire to play Carrie, a murderous telekinetic teen who kills her mother, was nothing more than a matricidal revenge fantasy.
In the bleachers, Cheryl told Toni that she just wanted to prove to everyone that she was still herself, but maybe she's not. Toni advised Cheryl to show her mother who's in charge, but Cheryl doesn't know if she can anymore. She's not the same girl who burned down Thornhill and cut off her mother's oxygen though Toni disagreed.
In her Carrie White dress while carrying a bucket of blood, Cheryl sang "A Night We'll Never Forget" as she approached Thistlehouse. She entered Thistlehouse holding lit candles while drenched in blood. She approached her mother and told her that she's covered in Jason and Clifford's blood. The next blood to be spilled is Penelope's. Cheryl confronted her mother for being in cahoots with Claudius, for trying to kill Nana Rose and shipping her off to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Penelope's depraved gambits end here. If she ever tried to harm Nana Rose again, Cheryl threatened to end her. She burned one house down, she'll gladly do it again. Cheryl wanted Thistlehouse to herself and Nana Rose. So she told Penelope to start packing as she and Claudius are no longer welcome.
The crowd was packed when the play began, and Alice started to sing "Evening Prayers". Cheryl arrived just in time. She sat alongside Kevin and Jughead. When Alice cued Midge, the curtains raised only to reveal that Midge had been murdered by the Black Hood. She had been stabbed with knives and scissors and pinned to the wall. On the wall, written in blood was a message. "I Am Back From The Dead. All Those Who Escaped Me Before Will Die... B.H" When Alice screamed in fear, the crowd realized that this was not part of the play and the auditorium erupted in panic and chaos.
The town gathers for Midge's funeral to pay respect. Cheryl sings a song in Midge's honor. She and the rest of the River Vixens are dressed in all-black cheerleader uniform. Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. Cheryl feels that it is her duty to say that "like the furies of Ancient Greece, who ceaselessly pursue blood atonement when a crime's been committed, the Vixens and I vow that we will not rest until those responsible for the murder of our sister.... is rightly punished."
As the service ends, Cheryl consoles Mrs. Klump and sees her off to her car. When Sheriff Keller approaches to offer his condolences, Mrs. Klump slaps him as he was supposed to be protecting them all from danger. Before walking off, Cheryl tells the Sheriff that his days of failing the town are numbered.
The next day, Cheryl gets unexpected visit at Thistlehouse from Hermione Lodge. Cheryl invites her. Hermione claims that she was moved by Cheryl's speech at Midge's funeral. Cheryl replies that it came from the core of her bosom as it is an absolute travesty what happened to Midge. If only Riverdale had more competent law enforcement. Which brings Hermione to her point. She is right in the middle of writing an editorial calling for Sheriff Keller's head, and seeing Cheryl's passion in the subject, Hermione thought that maybe Cheryl would be willing to write an op-ed. "Say no more". Cheryl replies.
Cherylis confronted by Kevin at River Vixens practice and he demands a retraction following her published piece at the Register with Hermione Lodge that is smearing his father. Cheryl explains that Kevin's father has been incompetent for a long time and now that more bodies are dropping, he needs to step down. Lady justice will be served. She and the Vixens will see to it.
Cheryl is pulled aside into the Blue and Gold offices by Betty. She asks her about Jason's killing and her father being the culprit. Before she saw the video of her dad shooting Jason, Betty asks Cheryl if she knew her father was a murderer, which Cheryl did, subconsciously that is. Betty then reveals to her that there's a chance that her father may somehow be the Black Hood. Cheryl is doubtful considering that Hal doesn't seem like much of a killer. While Betty hopes this isn't the case, everything in her body is telling her otherwise. Cheryl suggests going to the authorities given that the new Sheriff may be more competent than Sheriff Keller. However, Betty wants to be 100% positive that her father's the killer before confronting him. In that case, Cheryl advises Betty to get proof or a confession. She'll first need to buy herself sometime while she investigates.
Cheryl later joins Betty a the Register. Betty explains that she cross referenced every day of the Black Hood attack with her father's schedule, and they all line up. He worked late the night Midge and Moose were attacked at Lover's Lane. He had an early meeting the morning Fred was shot. He even had a business trip the night Geraldine Grundy was killed in Greendale. This isn't proof though it is corroboration. The phone rings. Betty answers. It is Dr. Curdle from the corner's office. A corpse recently turned up of an unidentified male in his mid-twenties. His mutilated body turned up on the highway, just out of town. Impersonating her mother, Betty tells Dr. Curdle that she'll be there soon to see the body. He replies by telling her to bring small bills, as always. Betty reveals to Cheryl that she sent the Black Hood after Chic. Maybe he didn't make it and it is his body laying in the morgue, Betty wonders.
Cheryl and Betty arrive at the coroner's office. While Betty isn't the Cooper he was expecting, her money is good just the same. After paying him off, Dr. Curdle unzips the bodybag. The man was found in the men's room of a rest stop outside of Greendale. Luckily for Betty, the man inside the bodybag isn't Chic. Betty and Cheryl return to school, where Betty sobs on the steps. Cheryl assures her that everything is alright as it wasn't Chic. But Betty argues that it could've been. Chic could be dead somewhere because of her. Or he got away, Cheryl counters. Betty delivered him to the Black Hood. That makes her a killer herself. Betty is disgusted with her actions. The Black Hood got what he wanted. They're the same. Cheryl tells Betty that none of this is her fault. However, part of Betty wanted Chic dead for everything he dead. If Chic is dead, that's the Black Hood's doing, Cheryl explains. She then advises Betty to confront her father with as much of the truth as she dares to see how he reacts.
Betty takes Cheryl's advise and then calls Cheryl to reveal what she had learned. While her father hasn't confessed to any crimes, he did admit to not being his best self when he's was kicked out the house. It was just a hunch but Betty gained access to his credit card statements and learned that he's still making weekly payments to the ShareBnB he'd been renting even though he's back at home. Cheryl wonders if maybe he has a serial killer lair. With that, they decide to break into it to get to the bottom of it. Cheryl stands lookout as Betty picks the door open. They're looking for anything unusual or incriminating. Cheryl finds a Nancy Drew book. The same book in fact that the Black Hood used to write the cipher that only Betty could solve. Betty's dad knew she was obsessed with the book growing up. Betty then gets a call from her dad, who asks where she is. Betty lies and says that she's at Pop's with Cheryl. Hal tells Betty that he and Alice are about to head to the debate. When he offers to pick her up or wait for her, Betty says that she'll meet him there.
Cheryl receives a visit from the Black Hood at Thistlehouse late that night.
Picking up from where the previous episode left off, the Black Hood attacks Cheryl at Thistlehouse. He swings at her with an ax, but he misses. Cheryl screams and runs upstairs to hide in her bedroom. As he chops down her door, Cheryl climbs out the window. The Black Hood follows her outside. There, Cheryl, dressed in an all red hunting cape, shoots an arrow at her attacker to gain his attention. She suggests that she run whilst he still can as she only misses when she means to. As the Black Hood steps towards her, Cheryl fires an arrow into his right shoulder. Wounded and bleeding, the Black Hood retreats into the woods. Cheryl then calls Betty to reveal that she was attacked. Betty wonders if her dad was the attacker. Based on the killer's waistline alone, Cheryl admits that it could've been though she isn't sure. Cheryl informs Betty that her attacker fled into the woods after she shot him with an arrow and that she plans to track him. Just in case he escapes her, Cheryl warns Betty. Now that the Black Hood is wounded, he's acting on instinct, ready to lash out and kill anyone in his path, including his loved ones.
Cheryl calls with a lead as she continues to track the Black Hood. He's exited the forest and headed for the houses beyond the pines. Maybe even Betty's house. With that being said, Cheryl warns Betty against going in the house alone. However, Betty has to find her father before anyone else does given Hermione's bounty.
While tracking the Black Hood, Cheryl learns from Jughead that Toni has been kidnapped by Penny Peabody, a former member of the Serpents, so she agrees to help him get Toni back. Armed with her bow and arrows, Cheryl tells Malachai, a member of the Ghoulies, to stand down and requests that Toni be untied. Penny and Malachai comply, but Penny tells Jughead to remember that when his friends are dead, she tried to give him a chance to stop it. Toni then runs into Cheryl's arms.
Cheryl returns with Toni and Jughead to the Whyte Wyrm. Like many of the Serpents in the bar, Cheryl raises her hand when it is put to a vote on whether or not they should go to war with the Ghoulies.
Cheryl, Archie, Betty, Sweet Pea, Toni and the Serpents arrive at Jughead's old hangout where he sacrificed himself to Penny and the Ghoulies in order to save everyone else. FP comes out of the woods holding a lifeless Jughead in his arms. He has been beaten bloody and senseless, and his Serpent tattoo removed. Cheryl, Archie, Betty, Sweet Pea, Toni and FP are speechless.
Cheryl has called attorney McCoy over to Thistlehouse to finalize her emancipation from her mother. Nana Rose is now Cheryl's legal guardian, meaning Cheryl's mother and uncle Claduius no longer have any control over her. When Sierra announces her plans to file the papers and send the letter of separation to Penelope, Cheryl volunteers to deliver the letter in person as her mother and uncle are staying on the old Thornhill estate, in one of the barns. Cheryl arrives at the barn to find her mother and uncle in the middle of a clandestine meeting with Hiram Lodge. Cheryl gasps, which Hiram, Penelope and Claudius all hear. Penelope checks outside to investigate, but she sees no one, though that's because Cheryl is hiding in one of the barrels.
The next day, Cheryl informs Veronica that she saw Veronica's father holding a summit with her mother and uncle Claudius in one of Thornhill's barns. To Cheryl, it looked like collusion.
The following evening, as Cheryl packs goods to take to Toni and the Serpents at the Whyte Wyrm, her mother confronts her over the letter of separation. She insults Nana Rose, referring to her as a senile crone, who couldn't possibly be a better guardian by Penelope's account. As Cheryl prepares to leave, Penelope informs her that she can't go to the Wyrm tonight. Cheryl asks why not. Cheryl barges then into Jughead's trailer to inform him and Archie what she had learned from her mother, that Sheriff Minetta is raiding the Wyte Wyrm tonight. And if things turn violent and some Serpents end up shot, so much the better. She had already called Toni, but they need to act now if they are to save the Serpents.
Cheryl, Archie, and Jughead arrive at the Wyrm not long after. They coordinate with Sweet Pea, Toni and the other Serpents. Jughead tells them to only take the necessities and what they can carry with them. They need to move quickly and quietly. Sheriff Minetta's forces are all over the Southside and they're looking for Serpent blood. If they want their skulls to remain uncracked, they have to go undetected, Jughead states. When Sweet Pea questions where they are headed as there is no place safe for them, Jughead informs them that they've been offered asylum on the Northside. Archie, Jughead, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea and the Serpents exit the Wyrm. They creep throughout the quiet streets of Riverdale, avoiding police detection.
The next day, after she, Archie and Jugehad saved the Serpents from the raid at the Whyte Wrym, they come together with the rest of their classmates. The school comes together in a show support of the Southside students who are being wrongly transferred. Archie, Jughead, Josie, Veronica, Reggie, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea, Moose, Kevin and many other students put on Serpent jackets and confront principal Weatherbee. Archie explains that everyone is ready to walk out. Mr. Weatherbee threatens to expel any student that does, though Archie calls his bluff. He knows that Weatherbee is a good man who doesn't discriminate, and if he isn't, Archie tells Weatherbee to expel him as he doesn't wish to be apart of that. With that being said, Weatherbee tells everyone to get to class. As they are head to class, Toni tells Cheryl that the Serpent jacket looks good on her. Cheryl remarks that everything looks good on her. In that case, Toni suggests making it official.
Cheryl, Toni, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Sweet Pea, Reggie, Kevin and Moose are in the student lounge when Mr. Weatherbee announces that the student council election votes are in. The new student body president of Riverdale High is Archie Andrews. The entire student body applauds his election. In unrelated news, Weatherbee also announces that for the foreseeable future, all former Southside High students will remain at Riverdale High. The entire student body applauds once more in celebration.
Later that evening, FP calls for a meeting of the Serpents by the lake side. Cheryl, Toni, Jughead, Sweet Pea, and Fangs are all in attendance. Along with all the remaining Serpents. More than 60 years ago, the very first Serpent meeting took place on the very same riverbanks in which they stand, FP explains. So it seems fitting that this is where they gather for FP's goodbye. He calls Jughead up onstage to announce that he's retiring from the Serpents, but that Jughead will take his place considering that he's never stopped fighting for the Serpents and almost died for them. Jughead tells FP that he loves him and that the Serpents won't die out while under his leadership. As his first official duty as Serpent King, Jughead is to grant Cheryl membership into the Serpents. He even gifts her with a custom red Serpent jacket. Cheryl puts on the jacket and is welcomed with open arms into the Serpents.
The following day, Cheryl and Toni watch from the stands as Archie prepares to be inaugurated in the school gymnasium. However, the event goes awry when Sheriff Minetta and two deputies enter the gym to arrest Archie for the murder of Shadow Lake resident, Cassidy Bullick.
Cheryl is a teenager with a slim body shape, around 5'6" tall. One of her most notable features is her long, wavy ginger-red hair that often drapes her left shoulder. She also has dark brown eyes, full lips, and rather pale skin. Undeniably, red lipstick is a signature part of her makeup look. Cheryl also dresses in very fashionable clothing; she typically wears modern, colorful dresses and skirts which show off her slender figure. In particular, Cheryl tends to favor red clothes.
Raised in a rich household, it's not fully Cheryl's fault she embraces the typical mean girl/queen bee persona, as she was neglected by her parents during her childhood. She often walks around the school as if it belongs to her, and she won't hesitate to contest anyone who believes differently, thriving off the fear and intimidation she traffics in from her fellow classmates. Cheryl's more notable personality traits typically consist of her being shallow, vain, and conceited. Not to mention she is unquestionably self-absorbed. Cheryl tries to be kind at times, though most of the time, when she is kind, she uses her kindness to use people to her advantage.
First and foremost, Cheryl's biggest concern usually falls on her appearance, she's rarely ever thinking about anyone other than herself, though her brother Jason may have been an exception to this. She genuinely loved her brother more than anything. Because Cheryl was raised in a rich household, people may think of her as snobby and arrogant. As such, at times, Cheryl is not as horrid as she would like people to believe. She can be kind, and she does have a softer side, although she hardly ever shows it. Aside from her relationship with her brother, she also appears to have a very close friendship with Josie McCoy. The two girls are seemingly best friends, if not very close. When one calls in a favor, the other won't hesitate to assist their close friend.
Following the discovery that Jason was killed by their father, and then Clifford's subsequent suicide, Cheryl's mental state took a drastic turn for the worst. With two people gone from her immediate family, it left her distraught and incapable of continuing with life. Because of this, Cheryl attempted to take her own life at Sweetwater River, though her attempt was later unsuccessful due to Archie saving her. After Archie saved her, Cheryl realized she did not have a need to take her life. Though she later recovered mentally, the crumbling of her family was too much for Cheryl to handle, she could barely withstand being at Thornhill as it created too much instability for her because so many terrible memories were housed there. To start over, she burned the Blossom mansion to the ground.
After the fall of Thornhill, no one truly knew how the fire started besides her mother and herself. After Penelope was admitted to the Riverdale General Hospital, she blackmailed and threatened her mother, telling her that if she told the authorities about how the fire started, she would expose what really happened in the barn with her father. Cheryl was done with the abuse her parents gave her. As a result, the darker, more assertive side of Cheryl came to light and declared that she was no longer going to take any more of it. The darker side of Cheryl is revealed immediately as she even went as far as to constrict her mother's air tube. As she suffocated her mother, she told her that the only reason she is breathing and living was because her daughter gave her the air to do so, which meant that Penelope would be allowed to live if things were going to change for the better.
As it appears, Cheryl's dark side grew stronger each day, as she would go to great lengths in order to achieve her goals. To others, they may not see this side of Cheryl, for she hides the darkness inside of her, behind her smile, as if she is innocent. When Cheryl discovered that Chuck Clayton had feelings for her best friend Josie, due to Chucks past history, she did everything in her power to prevent Josie from getting hurt like the rest of Chucks victims. However, that did not seem to be the case this time, as Chuck had changed for the better, though no one believed it. Instead, Cheryl was doing this for herself, as she wanted Josie all to herself, and in order to do that, she needed to set Chuck up for the perfect opportunity, involving her using a pigs heart. With Chucks past history, this made the task easier for Cheryl to paint a picture of him for Josie.
The father-daughter relationship between Clifford and Cheryl was quite strained and distant following Jason's death, especially when Clifford and her mother, Penelope found out that she helped Jason runaway on a boat ride out to Greendale. While their relationship prior to Jason's death is mostly unknown, Cheryl had often referred to her brother as the golden boy, suggesting that their parents at the very least, treated Jason better than they did her. She was looked at by her father as nothing more than a train wreck, which he told Archie Andrews during one of their conversations at the Blossom Banquet. Coming as no surprise, their relationship worsened after she found out that Clifford was Jason's killer.
You catatonic bimbos didn't even vote. So you stuttering sapheads are too dim to exercise your own rights, and you've got the combined vocabulary of a baked potato. Consider this your last practice as River Vixens, and your last week as my social handmaidens. You're fired on all fronts. That's all. Shoo, bitches.
The friendship between Cheryl, Tina, and Ginger was very good in the beginning. The trio were "besties" and cheerleading teammates on the River Vixens. Together, they held all the power, especially with Cheryl as their team captain. However, they had a falling out when Betty challenged the current leadership which resulted in Tina and Ginger voting for a new River Vixens captain, the new girl, Veronica Lodge. Dethroned and betrayed, Cheryl immediately "unfriended" the two and hasn't looked back at her former friends since, even after Cheryl and Veronica reconciled their relationship later on.
Jughead. I'm sorry. I had no right to pummel you the way I did that day. As recompense, I'd like to give you this. My iconic spider brooch. It'll catch a pretty penny at the local pawn shop, enough to keep you in burgers and "S" t-shirts for years, if not decades.
The relationship between Cheryl Blossom and Jughead Jones has ranged from distant, at best, to hostile, at worst, with the latter becoming a reality after Cheryl discovered that Jughead's father, FP, supposedly killed her brother, Jason. However, Cheryl immediately apologized to Jughead for her savage attack on him after it was revealed that FP was merely covering for her father, Clifford, who was the actual killer. In order to make up for the harm she caused, she gave Jughead an expensive spider brooch. However, as previously stated, the dynamics of their relationship has been known to shift, though on many instances, they're at the very least cordial with one another. Towards the end of the second season, they become rather close as Jughead, becoming the Serpent King, has his first duty of giving Cheryl her own red Serpent Jacket. Welcoming her into their family.
Toni and Cheryl are indeed in a relationship. Their first encounter was at the Riverdale Drag Race, when Cheryl took Toni's place as flag girl. They ran into each other again in the bathroom, after Toni confronted Cheryl for telling Jughead that Betty and Archie had kissed. Toni perceived Cheryl's attitude as a defense mechanisms to hide her pain and called her on it though Cheryl stormed off. Cheryl later found herself in another encounter with Toni at the Bijou. Both without a date, they saw the film together. Afterward, they went to Pop's, and Cheryl opened up about how everyone hated her and a friend that she had in Junior high named Heather that she had lost touch with. In this moment of vulnerability, Toni comforted Cheryl and told her that she was sensational. Since then, their relationship has blossomed. Cheryl inviting Toni to her father's Will-Reading as well as a sleepover at Thistlehouse after Toni joined the River Vixens. That night, Cheryl confessed that she only wanted to invite Toni, but she knew her mother wouldn't approve. They almost kissed, but were interrupted by Nana Rose's fall. Cheryl is later taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where her mother forces her to begin conversion therapy due to her relationship with Toni. Toni and Veronica went on a rescue mission to help Cheryl escape Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Toni and Cheryl shared a kiss, before escaping. They are later seen holding hands. In the days that followed, Cheryl stayed at Toni's as she didn't wish to return to Thistlehouse with her mother and uncle. Toni is advised by Kevin to see how Cheryl is, as they are close; they share a deep moment as Toni comforts Cheryl about her losing the role of Carrie White in the musical. Toni proudly watches as her girlfriend receives her custom Serpent jacket, officially joining the gang.
The relationship between Cheryl and Kevin is currently under developed due to lack of interaction. However, they have been seen seated next to each other during multiple occasions. There had been a few moments were they have clicked, such as during the Carrie the Musical; however, that is quickly dissolved after Cheryl threatens his father's position as Sheriff. Despite the drastic differences between the two, she is rather understanding of the daily struggles Kevin faces with his need for validation, even at the cost of his own life.