You were cruel to me, mother. It was abuse, plain and simple. So henceforth, if you breathe, it is because I give you air. If you drink, it is because I poured your cup myself. And if you move, it is quietly, and with my blessing. Things are going to be different now, Mommy. Better.
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's in his attempt at running away, which eventually led to his demise. Her father thinks of her as a train wreck in comparison to Jason, who was the "Golden Boy".
Cheryl Blossom was born and raised in Riverdale alongside her twin brother Jason to Cliff and Penelope Blossom. The Blossom family have an ongoing feud with the Cooper family, and Jason's involvement with the Cooper's oldest daughter Polly only fuels this fire. Cheryl is the most popular student at Riverdale High School as well as captain of the River Vixens. She is close friends with Josie McCoy, but she was close to no one than she was to Jason. 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. He protected her, and not just from that one incident, but their entire lives.
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 its 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 live 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 memory of him. As Veronica attempted to comfort her, Cheryl said 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 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 guest 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 is 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.
Cheryl & Archie
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 betted 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, pulling Cheryl down 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 the safety, then performing CPR, and carrying her back to shore.
After Archie saved her life, Veronica invited Cheryl to The Pembrooke, where she sat in front of the fireplace and was given a towel and hot chocolate. Cheryl then returned to Thornhill, where she awaited her mother's return after dousing the house in gasoline. The only way to truly start over was through purification, so Cheryl dropped the lit candles, thus letting the house ablaze. With a smile on her face, Cheryl watched from outside as the house lit up with 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 Cheryl. She 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 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 bt his account. "My father threatened him", Cheryl blurted out shortly after making breif 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 broadcasted 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 Pussycat.
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. Mark this day, Cheryl said. It was the day she lied under oath for them. Thank god she worked fast on her feet, otherwise FP could've been a real troubling predicament. Jughead then thanked Cheryl as he handed her the USB, but them honoring their promise to erase all footage of Jason's death was all the thanks she needed. Afterward, 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 Cheryl played the clip, she hoped that it would bring her mother peace.
Cheryl is a beautiful young teenager with a slim body shape around 5'6" tall. One of her most notable features is her gorgeous, long, wavy ginger-red hair. 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.
Cheryl fully embraces the typical mean girl/queen bee persona. 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.
First and foremost, Cheryl's biggest concern usually falls on her appearance, she's rarely ever thinking about anyone other than herself. Jason may have been the one exception to this. She genuinely loved her brother more than anything. 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 Jason, she also appears to be very close with Josie McCoy. The two girls are seemingly best friends. When one calls in a favor, the other won't hesitate to assist the other.
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. It left her distraught and incapable of continuing with life. After shedding her tears for the Blossom men and getting her affairs in order, Cheryl attempted to take her own life at Sweetwater River. However, her attempted suicide was unsuccessful thanks to Archie. And while Cheryl no longer sought to take her life, she was far from fine. The crumbling of her family was too much for Cheryl to handle, she could barely withstand being at Thornhill, where so many bad memories were house. As a result, she burned the Blossom mansion to the ground.
After the fall of Thornhill, no one truly knew what happened as to how the fire started besides her mother and herself. As Cheryl told everyone that the wind blew the candles over and set the house on fire while she was asleep. As seen in the infirmary after her mother was admitted due to severe burns on her body. She threatened her mother if she told the authorities about how the fire started, she would expose what really happened in the burn the night before her father died. As a darker side of Cheryl was seen, as she confronted her mother about taking her abuse for a while now, but wasn't going to take anymore of it.