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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 about 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.
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. 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.