I don't know what to say. I'm at a loss, Archie. Keller and Weatherbee, they think you're a threat, so they bar you from school property, and I can't tell them any different. I was shot. And the man who shot me is still out there, playing some kind of weird cat and mouse game with this town. And he scares me. But not as much as you do, right now. Because I have no idea what is going on in your mind, and I don't know what you're going to do next.
Fred is a construction business owner and the father of Archie Andrews. He was the former high school boyfriend of Hermione Lodge and the husband of Mary Andrews. That was until Mary left town and moved to Chicago. Their Divorce was pending until their Son Archie drunk dialed his father into not going through with it. The status between Mary and Fred has yet to be continued on whether they're still together of not. After Mary left Riverdale, it was just him and their son Archie. Having the two of them develop a strong bond of being close together. The father-son bond is quite strong, there's a lot of trust between Archie and his father. As shown during Season 1, Archie would rather leave his mother than abandon his father to be left alone in Riverdale. This was proven when Mary asked Archie to move to Chicago with her and having him refuse her offer.
A chill parent who owns a construction business in town. He hopes that his son will take over the family trade down the road.
Fred was raised in Riverdale, and like his son, attended the local high school, where he was close friends with FP Jones, and briefly dated Hermione Lodge, until she chose the rich kid, Hiram Lodge over him. During those high school years, Fred and FP spent an entire summer fixing up an old DW bus, which they later came to called "The Shaggin' Wagon". Following that, he and FP formed a band their senior year, which they named "The Fred Heads". Apparently, this attracted the attention of a lot of ladies for Fred. He later went on to marry Mary Andrews and she would give birth to their first and only child, Archie Andrews. Sometime after that, he and Mary separated, which was not amicable as the two had trouble being in the same room together without a mediator present and Mary moved away to Chicago. Sometime after the separation, Fred was charged with driving under the influence.
Apart from his marriage, Fred owned a successful construction company called Andrews Construction. He hoped that one day Archie would work alongside him, eventually passing it down to him all together. Until then, he would continue to run the company himself, which involved all sorts of maintenance, such as seasonal hiring. He was surprised to learn that Hermione was back in town looking for just that. If it were up to him, Fred claimed he would give her the job, however, it was not as simple as it may have seemed. He had clients, thus having the wife of Hiram Lodge, who was currently on trial for fraud and embezzlement, as his book-keeper would not be the best idea.
After receiving a call from Coach Clayton, Fred confronted Archie on his current predicament. Archie revealed that he no longer shared this same desire as his father. Fred respected Archie's decision to pursue his passion in music yet he was disappointed that his son no longer wanted to take over the family business as they once hoped but most of all, he was upset that Archie wasn't being honest about his latest change in plans, as the decisions that Archie were making had consequences, they would proceed to form the man he was and the man he would become. He wanted Archie to know that whatever path he took, he should be confident enough in it that he didn't have to lie.
Having known that Archie snuck out the house the prior night, Fred confronted him on it. Archie was surprised to learn that he heard that, unbeknownst to Archie, Fred had been hearing him sneak out the house ever since he was eight years old, going to Jughead's tree house. Archie couldn't sleep, so he went for a jog, that's why he left the house. He asked if Archie had something on his mind, as lack of sleep is often the result of a heavy conscious. Archie claimed that it was due to the murder of Jason Blossom, to which Fred insisted that he halt on the late night jogs until they catch the murderer.
After witnessing a tension-filled disagreement between Archie and Jughead, and a black eye, the subsequent day, he felt compelled to ask Archie if he had gotten into a fight with Jughead. Archie said no, he had actually gotten into a fight with Reggie Mantle, but the disagreement between him and Jughead was over a girl. Archie was vague, only saying that he wanted to do something, and it was the right things, but the girl said it would ruin what they had. Fred first acknowledged that it was the first honest talk they'd had in a while, he then told Archie that he had to do the right thing, no matter what, even if it would cost him.
Fred received a call from the sheriff to inform him that Archie had given them information about the gunshot he heard on July 4th. Fred was disappointed he hadn't told him about this so they could go together, and furthermore, had been under the impression that Archie had gone on a road trip with Jughead that day instead of being down by Sweetwater River. Because of this, Fred grounded him as for two weeks.
Despite grounding Archie, Fred caught him sneaking back into the house after a night at rehearsal with the Pussycats. In such a short amount of time, Archie's misdeeds were growing, sneaking out, breaking curfew, getting into fights, to name a few. Archie explained his reasoning for sneaking was due to him helping the Pussycats write a song for the Taste of Riverdale, but this does little to calm Fred's frustration, which led to a heated argument between the two because Fred wouldn't Archie to attend the upcoming event. Not only is Archie upset about missing the Pussycats play a song that he helped write, but to make matters worse, Fred didn't understand his interest in music. Archie brought up a valid point of Fred pardoning him if he had a football game that night, yet he wouldn't do the same Archie's music. Fred doesn't respect it nor does he take it seriously.
A couple days later, he attended the Taste of Riverdale event, where he met Archie's music teacher, Geraldine Grundy. They discussed Archie's musical talents, and she reassured him about the path Archie was taking. Possessed of a better understanding of his son, Fred started soundproofing the garage so Archie could practice his music while he was grounded.
Love Affair with Hermione
Fred and Archie attended Ms. Grundy's cello performance, thereafter, they congratulated her on the on the beautiful playing. He offered to take Ms. Grundy out to dinner, as a show of gratitude, for everything she's done for Archie and his music. The three of them headed to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where they dined together.
Over at Andrews Construction the next day, Fred confirmed that he had won the contract to tear down the Twilight Drive-In. He apologized for having to demolish it, as he knew how much it meant to Jughead. It was important to him as well. Jughead asked for a one week delay on the demolition, hopefully, he could track down the anonymous buyer, and convince them not to tear down the drive-in. Fred explained that it's a big contract for his company, whatever they build in place of the drive-in, could mean more jobs, but Jughead exploded on him, accused Fred of putting one Jones out of work, he might as well do the same to another. Fred had to fire Jughead's father, as he was stealing material from a job site.
Back at the house, he opened the front door to find Hal and Alice Cooper standing on his front step, both of whom insisted that Archie and Betty stop spending so much time together. The relationship is bad, and their respective behavior reflected that, or so Alice claimed. However, Fred denied these claims. Archie's a good kid, he said, before dismissing the Coopers.
That night, Fred accompanied Hermione to the drive-in, he recalled their senior year, the two of them watching Candyman together, she kissed him, but it was a brief relationship. Hermione then leaves the vehicle for a short period of time to powder her nose. Alice unexpectedly shows up soon thereafter, frantically banging at the window. She informed him of Archie and Ms. Grundy's secret relationship. At that point, Fred, Alice, and Betty confronted them at the school, where they walked in on Archie and Ms. Grundy hugging. Alice wanted to let law enforcement take over, Archie pleaded with Fred to come up with a better solution, but the entire situation was complicated. He soon realized that for Alice, it was more about her crazy vendetta against Archie than it was anything else. As the tension rose, Ms. Grundy offered to quit her job, she hoped this would be a satisfactory solution, Fred and Alice both agreed that she'd have to leave town too.
Afterward, Fred drove Archie home, before going inside, he told his son that none of it was his fault as the two shared a loving hug.
Fred never thought he'd say that he missed Archie playing the guitar, but that's exactly how he felt after listening to him pound on a punching bag, non-stop. Archie claimed that it was in preparation for football season, but Fred wasn't so sure.
The next morning, as he picked up his order from Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, he asked Hermione out on a date. Unfortunately, she turned him down. They're both married, but Fred was under the impression that their outing at the Twilight Drive-In was date, when in fact it wasn't. Embarressed by the misunderstanding, Fred exits the shop. Once home, Fred entered Archie's room only to discover that he was not alone, he had company, Valerie Brown. Fred recognized her as a member of Josie and the Pussycats, he enjoyed their performance at the Taste of Riverdale. He exited the room, but made sure to keep the door cracked.
A few night later, he was called down to Pop's by Hermione, who required his assistance in getting rid of a rattle snake that was dropped off in shoppe as a message to the Lodges. Fred questions why she didn't call animal control or the cops. From Hermione, he learned that she and Hiram were involved with the Southside Serpents, and now the Serpents wanted their money. They snake was merely a warning, and likely only the beginning.
Fred attended Jason Blossom's Memorial to pay his respect, while there, he ran into Hermione, where he then offered her that book keeping job that he had previously denied her.
With it being Hermione's first day on the job as his bookkeeper, Fred decided to check in on her. Unfortunately, she was the bearer of bad news. Fred only had enough money in the bank to pay his guys for two more weeks. This was unacceptable. The last time he let one of his guys go, it didn't end too well, plus, the trust they have is worth everything, and he'd never compromise that. Fred was waiting to here on a recent bid for the new development, where the Twilight Drive-In use to be. The construction could put him back in a good place. However, he doesn't know who the buyer is, but with Mayor McCoy handling all the arrangements for the buyer, the next best thing would be to present her with the bid. So, he invited Mayor McCoy over for dinner, hoping he could win her over, but he wanted Hermione's assistance in doing so, to which she agreed. Hermione even offers to have the dinner at her place, and then the two of them proceed to kiss.
That night, he told Archie about his rekindled romance with Hermione, in response, Archie told him to go for it if that's what truly made him happy. He and Hermione hosted a dinner for Mayor McCoy, as well as her daughter, Josie, and her husband, Myles. Fred had polite dinner conversation with Myles about his career, and the kids, before moving on to his presentation. With his plans, Andrews Construction would stimulate the local economy, it's a win for the entire town. Mayor McCoy agreed with his proposal, refreshing, she said, she even would have liked to awarded Fred with the contract, but the buyer was already in the process of accepting another bid.
Fred sat along side Hermione at the 75th annual Variety Show as Archie performed on stage, a performance that Fred was especially proud of, as Archie did amazing. Afterwards, he learned that Andrews construction was awarded the contract for the new development, to which he thanked Hermione for being his good luck charm.
Fred offered FP Jones his job back at Andrews Construction after a brief discussion with Archie and Jughead, in which Fred admitted that he could have reached out sooner. After a long day at work, Fred, FP, Archie and Jughead celebrated with a night out at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where they reminisced about their youth, a time where he and FP spent a summer fixing up a DW bus, that later became known as "The Shaggin' Wagon". They went on to talk about a band they had formed senior year of high school, called "The Fred Heads", they were terrible, but it didn't stop the girls from flocking in. As the evening came to a close, Fred grabbed the check from Pop Tate, prepared to pay for the meal, despite FP's exclaim that it was his treat.
Following Archie's jam session with FP, Fred explained his side of the story that led to the fall out between the two of them. FP was stealing from the company, and selling things on the side. All things considered, Fred believed he was being generous. He gave FP numerous chances, bailing him out of jail countless times, but when someone is drowning, you can't save them if they're going to drag you down with them. Fred did the best he could for his family.
With FP's whereabouts left unknown the next day, Fred, Archie, and Betty went down to the Sheriff Station, where Jughead was being held as a suspect in Jason Blossom's death. Despite knowing the legal ramifications he could suffer, Fred lied to Sheriff Keller in Jughead's defense, claiming that Jughead was working for him the week on July 11th, and that he could provide documentation to support it. With no evidence against him, the police were forced to let Jughead go. FP was just arriving as they were leaving the station, he threatened to tear Sheriff Keller apart for throwing accusations at Jughead, Fred attempted to stop him as he would only make it worse, but FP claimed that he would do the same for Archie. After Jughead left with FP, Fred went back to Andrews Construction that night, and forged Jughead's work documents. He realized that Jughead shouldn't have to suffer for his father's mistakes.
Fred entered Archie's room to warn him and Jughead that it was about time for them to settle down for the night. He immediately noticed the ripe spell circulating within the room. He needed to get a good nights sleep as Andrews Construction would be breaking ground on the SoDale project. He apologizes to Jughead as he knew that it was a sour spot, though Jughead was fine with it so long as they built something beautiful in its place. Fred didn't know about beautiful, but it was going to be big.
The next day, Fred's crew quit on him after they received a better offer from Cliff Blossom, in which he promised them 2 years of work. After losing his crew, Fred made some calls, hoping he could borrow a few crew members from known affiliates, but to no avail.
As he returned home, Fred confessed that he hadn't been as forthcoming with Archie about the severity of danger the company was facing. It's been in trouble for a long time; big jobs were too few and far between, and it only got worse as the days went on, with hemorrhaging cash and overdue bills. It was never supposed to get that bad, he worked his butt off to build the company but in one false step, he could lose everything.
The next day, Fred pulled up to Thornhill and blocked Clifford's drive-way as he attempted to pull out. They both exited their vehicles, and Fred confronted him on the stealing of his crew in an effort to halt construction. Cliff explained that it wasn't personal, just that the land of the SoDale project belonged to his family, and since he couldn't go after the mysterious buyer, he would go after Fred. Admittedly, this was a great plan, but Fred informed Cliff that in the process of bleeding out the buyer, Cliff was bleeding him out as well, which messed with his business and livelihood, and no amount of money would stop Fred from coming after Cliff with everything he had.
He returned to the trailer to be met with a surprising new construction crew, in the form of Archie, Jughead, Kevin, and Moose, all of whom volunteered to help keep construction on schedule until he could find a new crew. Initially hesitant, Fred agreed to allow the boys to help.
As the day came to an end, the boys returned to the trailer, and Fred thanked each of them for their assistance. Just as things were headed in the right direction, Moose was attacked on the SoDale work site by two thugs, who also damaged some of the equipment. Moose was warned by the guys that as long as construction continued, they'd return to do more damage. As Sheriff Keller's arrived at the scene of the crime, Fred explained that Moose caught two guys destroying his equipment with a crowbar. They got the drop on Moose, and took off. Fred accused Cliff Blossom of being at the center of the attack since he made it abundantly clear that he wanted the project to collapse, though Sheriff Keller had his doubts that Clifford would hire a couple thugs to attack a work site and beat up a couple teenagers. Archie suspected that it also could have been the work of the Southside Serpents, who were angry after being kicked off of their land, but Jughead disagreed since the Serpents never bothered him when he worked the drive-in.
Fred received an unexpected call from FP the following night, who alerted him that Archie was stirring up trouble in a known hang out of the Serpents. Fred arrived outside the bar and demanded that Archie get in the truck as he talked with FP, and much to his surprise, FP was a Serpent, which Fred originally believed that he had left behind. Like Archie, Fred began to believe that the Serpents were behind the attack as well, but FP denied any claims of involvement, he'd never do that after all they'd done for Jughead. FP was sorry to hear about Fred's troubles, in which he had no crew or cash, so FP offered to ask around about the attack, though he was sure that Fred would bounce back, as he always did. As they ended their conversation, and FP was going back inside the bar, Fred turned around to find an empty truck with no sign of Archie.
Fred awaited Archie's return to the house, where he told his son that he tried his entire life to build things, everything from building a family, to building a safe life for Archie, but he started questioning if he had failed in doing so. Despite his father's speech, Archie explained that he wasn't giving up, Andrews construction was both of their legacies.
The next day, as Hermione put in calls to Centerville and Greendale for a new construction, she and Fred would have to be a two-person crew for the meantime. Much to his surprise, FP was already on site, along with several other Serpents, all willing to work. FP promised Fred that he wouldn't leave him hanging like he had before.
Fred learned from Hermione that she and Hiram were the anonymous buyers. and that Andrews Construction was working for Lodge Industries. He was infuriated by this development, asking Hermione why she would keep that from him. He would have never gotten involved with the SoDale project had he known that he was working for a criminal like Hiram. Hermione explained that she was attempting to make Lodge Industries a legitimate business, and in order for that to happen, she would have to partner with businesses like Andrews Construction. He realized that Hermione's lies were the reason that Cliff Blossom stole his crew and sent thugs to beat up teenagers, which Hermione revealed wasn't entirely true. It was Hiram who sent the thugs after learning from Cliff that Hermione was in a secret love affair with Fred. He became even more enraged after learning that he was also caught in a war between Cliff and Hiram. Hermione pleaded with him to stay on the project, if he quit on her, she wouldn't be able to start over with anyone else. Fred refused to do the grunt work while Hiram was taking shots at him and Hermione played both sides, so he exited the trailer.
The following night during dinner with Archie and Jughead, they received a surprise visit from Cheryl, who complemented Fred on his hair cut and said that he was "looking extremely dilfy". Cheryl's reasoning for being at the Andrews house was to properly thank Archie for agreeing to escort her to the banquet, she did so by gifting him with a brand new guitar, which Fred suggested that he return back to the Blossoms. They were using Archie, the Blossoms did not give a damn about him and they tried to run Fred's business into the ground, as far as they were concerned, everyone else was dirt under their shoe, Fred explained.
A couple days later, after having some time to think about it, Fred decided to stay on the SoDale project, but he had several terms that Hermione would first have to agree to. Fred informed her that everything they would do from that point forward would be legal and that his stake were 20%, a percentage that he was not willing to negotiate on. If he was going to put himself on the line, then he's was going to need some insurance. Fred was tired of seeing people like the Lodges and the Blossoms using his family as pawns. Finally, Fred ended his romantic relationship with Hermione, they would be nothing more than business partners.
Before taking off to Chicago in order to finalize his divorce with Mary Andrews, Archie's mother, Fred apologized to Jughead for having to miss his birthday that upcoming weekend, and then asked Archie if he could assist him down stairs. On the front porch, Fred explained to Archie that the divorce papers and legal documents would be done, and they could then proceed to put the entire unfortunate situation behind them within the week. Archie questioned if the reason for Fred's sudden urge to finalize the divorce stemmed from his relationship with Hermione, to which Fred replied that he had already ended that, it was a bad idea for them to work together as well as being romantically involved. Archie insisted that Fred still had time to try and mend his relationship with Mary, but he argued that they were far past that point, and sometimes you just have to rip the band-aid off. Mary moved out two years ago, she didn't inform Archie that they were finalizing the divorce because she didn't want to be the bearer of bad news, Fred claimed. Archie offered to accompany him on his trip to Chicago, but this was something that Fred had to handle on his own.
The next day, Fred called to check in on Archie, who wondered if he had seen Mary yet, but he hadn't. While they had planned to have dinner the night before, they decided to just meet the next morning with their lawyers present instead, which only further angered Archie since his parents couldn't have a simple conversation without a mediator. The following evening, Fred returned home, accompanied by Mary.
Archie returned home just in time as Fred and Mary were discussing what they were going to eat for dinner, Chinese food or pizza. Considering they always had latter, Archie decided Chinese food would be best. A brief look at Archie's face, and Fred could immediately tell something was wrong with him, and there was, as Archie revealed that coming home and seeing them together after such a long time was nice, but strange. Jughead entered the room, leading Mary to ask who else would be attending the Homecoming dance other than her, Fred and Hermione, whom unaware to Fred had also been invited. Fred and Mary had been talking and they decided to go to the dance together, hoping to hear Archie play.
The next night, Fred arrived at the dance with Mary and Hermione on both sides of him. He always liked to have a beautiful woman on his arm, that night he had two. After an amazing performance by Archie and Veronica, Fred and Mary slow danced together. Mary inquired about Archie and Veronica after seeing the way the two of them performed on stage with one another, to which Fred explained that while they hadn't had the talk yet, he was positive that they were working towards somethng, leading Mary to comment how the Andrews men were players.
Later that night, they returned home after the news spread about FP being arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom. Fred eavesdropped from the stairs as Mary offered Archie to move with her to Chicago.
Fred was shocked to learn that Archie and Veronica broke into FP's trailer in an effort to prove or even disprove his involvement in the death of Jason Blossom. He was even more shocked to learn that Alice was the one who put them up to it. They claim that when they broke into the trailer there wasn't a gun, and that it was planted there after they left. Fred reminded Archie that what they were talking about wasn't petty theft or a bar fight, it was murder. Mary then informed Archie that he entered FP's residence illegally, meaning whatever he did or did not find would be inadmissible in a court of law. Archie didn't care about the consequences of his actions, but Fred did. FP may have ruined Jughead's life, but he was not going to allow the same to happen to his son.
The following night, after getting off the phone with Principal Weatherbee, Fred explained to Archie that their principal was concerned about Jughead, and the altercation between him and Cheryl earlier that day. Weatherbee suggested that Jughead finish the rest of the school year from home, which Archie insisted was unfair as Cheryl attacked him, so he at least wanted to contact the school board. FP could possibly spend decades in prison, potentially the rest of his life, so they needed to think of a long time solution, and unfortunately for Jughead, it wasn't with them. Fred wasn't Jughead's legal guardian, and his priority was keeping Archie safe, from whatever trouble seemed to follow the Jones family, where ever they go, whatever they do. He then commented that maybe Archie should move to Chicago with his mother, which Archie claimed that he wasn't even considering.
The next day, he made his way down to the City Centre Motor Hotel after Archie and Veronica discovered the body of a dead Southside Serpent member named Mustang. Fred asked Sheriff Keller what he thought happened, to which Keller responded that they believed it was an overdose, and it wouldn't surprise him if Mustang was involved in Jason's murder. He and Archie returned to the truck, where he lectured Archie over his recent involvement in Jason's Blossom case. If he kept going down that path, he would end up dead, Fred said. He was just trying to protect Archie, it was his job, and the only one that counted.
That night, Fred and Archie said goodbye to Mary as she prepared to leave for Chicago.
Random Act of Violence?
Fred stood in the kitchen, staring out the window intensely as Archie entered the kitchen. He thought he knew Riverdale but recent events would suggest other wise, so if he could cut bait, he certainly would. He then asked Archie how he was doing, in which his son replied that he was fine but for all his friends, it was far from over, they were still in it, as were the Andrews, they were up to their necks, Fred said.
Later that morning at the work site, he scolded Hermione for firing the Serpents they had working the SoDale project, especially considering they stood by Fred when no one else would. Hermione believed it best to get rid of them since Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller were cracking down on the Serpents, not to mention Hiram would be returning soon. He informed Hermione that she didn't get to make unilateral decisions without consulting him because they were partners, which was the next topic of discussion. Hermione and Hiram wanted to buy Fred out after dragging him into a situation he never wanted to be apart of. Fred told her to make him an offer in writing, and he'd consider it.
That night, Fred and Jughead's case worker awaited the boys' return home, as FP was facing serious jail time and Jughead's Mom was out of town. She needed to make sure that Jughead was taken care of, and while Fred had offered for Jughead to stay with them, this couldn't be permitted. He had a DUI following the separation with Mary, plus the limited amount of funds they were receiving weren't enough to support Jughead as well.
The next day, Archie returned home irate over an incident at school where someone wrote on Betty's locker in pig's blood. Betty was getting threats, and Jughead was being thrown into a snake's pit, so Archie felt helpless. Fred attempted to explain to him that all you can do sometimes is show up, which is all he's been doing but it hasn't made any difference, they were still getting their asses kicked.
After the 75th Anniversary Jubilee at Town Hall, in which Archie performed along side Josie and the Pussycats, and Betty took the stage and gave a powerful message to the town as a whole, Fred met up with Hermione, who inquired about his decision to be bought out. However, Fred refused her offer, apparently, Betty's speech of Riverdale facing a crossroads resonated with him.
The following morning, Fred wanted to have breakfast with Archie at Pop's shoppe, which was code for they needed to talk. Unfortunately, as Archie headed to the bathroom, a masked gunman entered the shop, hopped on the counter, and began demanding all the money in the register as he held a gun to Pop's head. Fred then looked over to Archie, shaking his head no, signaling Archie not to get involved. Fred stood up from his booth as the gunman demanded his wallet, and as Archie ran in front of him, the gunman fired and single shot before exiting the shop, leaving Fred on the floor as he slowly bled, thus leaving his fate unknown.
After he was shot by a man in a black hood at Pop's, he was rushed to Riverdale General Hospital by his son, Archie. Being rushed immediately into the emergency room to have the bullet removed from his body. As he looks back at Archie in the emergency room as be becomes unconscious.
During his surgery, while he was still unconscious, Fred is seen with Mary back at Riverdale High School, in the student lounge, where Archie is in his graduation gown. Along with his friends Veronica, Betty and Jughead. While Fred is holding the camera getting ready to take a photo of all of them. During his dream, Archie asks him why he was taking so long to take the picture? As Mary tells Fred, in the dream, that the ceremony starts in ten minutes. As Fred later tells his son that he just can't believe their here. As he tells his son in the dream that its his graduation. While later adding that he didn't think he would live to see the day. As Jughead later tells him, "except you didn't, Mr. A." As Fred appeared to be confused by what Jughead had to say to him. While Betty later repeated to him that he didn't "live to see this day." As Veronica asks him after, if he didn't remember what happened at Pop's? He then hears a door bell ring, as he looks in the other direction of the room, only to find the Angle of Death walking in with a shot gun as he yell "Everybody, get down!"
After his surgery, as Dr. Steven Masters, informed Archie that they finished his surgery, but he was still unconscious as he was still in the process of his recovery. Informing Archie, that however, they were unable to get him a room at the moment, as Dr. Masters informs him that he'll have to wait in the meantime until he can see his father. While back in the Surgery room. Fred has another dream of his, as he sees himself back at Andrews Construction, where he was seen packing his luggage, as Archie inform him that the car is waiting outside, telling him that he was going to be late. As Fred tells his son "I'm not ready to go, Archie. Something doesn't feel right." Archie then tells his father that he was going be fine, telling him not to worry about him. Fred later tells his son in his dream, "it's what I do, son. It's what I've always done." As Archie then tells him in his dream, "yeah, and you deserve a break." Telling him that he would handle things for now while he's gone. As Fred later repeated to his son that something didn't feel right with him. As he turns around and looks at a poster that reads "Andrews & Son." As Fred tells his son that "It's too soon." Archie then tells his father that he can't change his mind now, as he tells him, "they're waiting for you." Fred then asks Archie, "Who's waiting?" As Archie informs him that "Uncle Oscar and Grandpa Artie" were waiting for him. Fred later asks Archie as to what he was talking about, as he tells him that they were both dead. As the door bangs loudly after.
Later, After Archie returned back at the hospital, where Dr. Steven Masters informed him that they put him in a room where he was able to see his father. As he informed Archie explained to him that his main concern to was that Fred was unable to breath on his own at the moment. Where he was still in the process of heeling. Later asking Archie to keep his thoughts positive while he's speaking to him, to try and coax him back, telling Archie that if would make a difference. Archie is later seen in the room seated next to his father, as he speaks to him while he's unconscious. As he speaks to his father that he doesn't know if he can hear him. But he hopes that he can. later tells him that he's only supposed to talk about good things, as he stated that it kind of limits his options. As he wonders what he can tell his father.
Fred later has another dream, as Archie is seen in Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe seated with his father, as he tells him that "I'm doing it, dad. I'm asking her tonight." As a wedding ring is shown to Fred in an open box. Fred later reaches for it to take a closer look at it. As he is seen to be pleased by the news, as he tells Archie "You know, Veronica's gonna love it." Archie then tells him that "Well, she better She picked it out." Which Fred later tells him "Yeah, that sounds about right." As he smiles towards Archie. Fred is later seen to tell Pop that he wasn't going to believe the news, as he tells Pop that Archie is getting married. Pop later tells him, "is that right?" Tells him that time dies. Fred later wonders why he would tell him that. As Pop point at him, as he looks down and see's his stomach bleeding.
Much later, Archie finds Cheryl in his fathers room, standing over his fathers bed side, giving him a kiss on his forehead. Archie later walks in after seeing Cheryl, asking her what was she doing? She then tells him that she was paying him back for saving her life at Sweetwater River. Telling Archie that he gave her the kiss of life, as she's now given it to his father. Cheryl then assures Archie that his father was going to be just fine, before she leaves the room. As Archie then returns to his fathers bedside, speaking to Fred while he was still unconscious. Telling him that he was thinking a lot about what he can say to him while he was gone. As he was speaking to his father, telling Fred he started imagining what he would've said to him at Pop's that morning. As he continued speaking to his father, telling him he would've asked him about Veronica. As he would've told him that how crazy he was about her. Telling him that he would've said to him "that's great." As he would've also told him to "take it slow, no ones getting married yet." Archie then chuckled, as he continued to speak to his father, as to what would've haven't that morning if things had gone differently and he didn't get shot.
Meanwhile, back in his fathers dream world. Archie is seen waiting at the alter, as Veronica is seen in a wedding dress walking down the aisle towards Archie. Fred is seen right beside him, as he later spots the shooter who shot him, aiming towards Archie, which he runs in front of the bullet to save him. He then wakes up, where he finds his son, Archie, beside his bedside. As Archie is relieved to see his father finally awoken. Archie later apologizes to Fred, as he tells him that he should done more for him at Pop's. He then tells Fred, that whether or not if the Sheriff finds the man who did this to him. He doesn't have to worry. As he assures his father that he would protect him. As he swears to him that nothing like this was ever going to happen to him ever again. Which Fred, his father, later tells him that is the reason why he came back, to protect him.
He was finally discharged from the hospital as Mary had finally arrived home to tend to him, by bringing him soup. Meanwhile, Archie followed up on his promise to protect his father; he grabbed a seat and a wooden baseball bat, placing his seat in the corner where he could see both the front door and back door in plain sight. He kept guard of both doors through the night, just in case the shooter ever did come back to finish the job, as Archie swore that day, he would protect his father for as long as he could, while the criminal was still out in the wind free.
A Speedy Recovery
Fred came into the kitchen that morning to find that Archie has burned breakfast, joking that they may need a fire extinguisher. While he appreciated Archie's effort, Fred needed to get back to moving around on his own. He then noticed Archie drinking an energy drink, which was odd considering how early it was.
The next day, he learned from Archie that Ms. Grundy had been killed in her Greendale home. Between his shooting and Grundy's murder, Archie began to suspect that he was being target. However, Fred was not convinced. He believed that Archie was scared, and because of this, he was jumping to conclusions. The truth is that they didn't know anything about what happened to Grundy. While it was a horrible incident, Fred couldn't support Archie's theory of a hooded killer targeting the people he loved.
The following day, after Archie had gone to Alice in hopes that she could gather details from Grundy's autopsy, as she did Jason's, and see if they line up with the attack on Fred, she informed them that there wasn't any forced entry, meaning Ms. Grundy probably knew her killer. But the police don't know if any of her personal belongings were missing. Archie then asked about the method in which she was murdered. According to the autopsy, she was strangled with something the killer grabbed on hand; a cell bow. Alice explained to them that there was a struggle and Grundy fought back, but there's nothing to suggest that it involved Archie in any way considering it was a crime of passion, in another town, with a completely different murder weapon. The likelihood of these two crimes being connected seemed slim.
After discovering that Moose and his girlfriend, Midge, were attacked in the woods the night before, Fred learned from Archie, who had just returned from seeing them at Riverdale General Hospital, that they were shot by a man wearing the exact same black hood as his shooter. While Fred wasn't entirely sure that the attacks were committed by the same individual, Archie was convinced. And if Sheriff Keller wasn't willing to take that seriously, Archie suggested that they buy a gun for protection, though Fred was adamantly against keeping a gun in the house.
Later in the week, Fred asked Archie how the war on terror was going, which was a reference to Archie's recently formed community group watch known as The Red Circle. Its going, Archie replied. Fred then aimed to speak with Archie about his upcoming dinner with the Lodges. Need he remind Archie that Hiram Lodge was far more than just his girlfriend's father. He was also Fred's business partner, which Archie and Veronica had already discussed. Even if things with Veronica were to change, Archie assured Fred that he would be a gentlemen, and that he wouldn't do anything to offend her, or Mr. and Mrs. Lodges. The problem within this is that Hiram is the kind of person that'll find a way to be offended if that's what he wanted. Fred then gave Archie one last warning to proceed with caution.
Fred watched the Red Circle's public message to the Black Hood, which had gone town-wide. In the video, was Archie, surrounded by his fellow Circle members, all of whom, with the exception of Archie, were wearing red hoods to conceal their identity. Fred expressed his disappointment in his son's recent actions. The video would surely antagonize the killer, which could result in Archie becoming his latest target. Hoping to stop the spread of the video before any further damage could be done, Fred demanded that Archie take it down in front of him, though Archie revealed that he had already taken down the original post. However, many had shared it.
A couple days had passed since their last discussion, and yet again, Fred had found himself at a lost with Archie, who had been barred from school property after the discovery of a black hood in his locker by Sheriff Keller and Mr. Weatherbee. Archie explained that the hood belonged to Reggie, who came by the house one day, trying to scare him. The man who shot Fred was still out there, free to target his next victim, as he played some kind of game of cat-and-mouse with Riverdale. Admittedly, this frightened Fred, but not as much as Archie did. His latest actions have proven him to be careless and unpredictable. Fred told Archie that if he was willing to be honest with him, that they would continue the discussion when he returned from the Town Hall meeting.
Fred arrived at Town Hall, where Mayor McCoy welcomed all in attendance. She sought to address their concerns and if possible, ease their minds, as she too shared their desire to protect their town and their children. What started out as a peaceful hearing, quickly escalated into a shouting match between two sides, with one side being spearheaded by Fred, who believed that they were living in a time where they needed to unite rather than fraction off, and the other side being spearheaded by Alice, who believed the south side was responsible for all their problems.. Fred insisted that the south side was not the issue. Their problem truly lied with the Black Hood, who was bringing out the worst in Riverdale by pitting it against itself. In closing, Fred believed that if they were to let the fear take over, and start demonizing each other, only then where they dead.
Fred returned home from the Town Hall meeting, which was brought to an abrupt end after Betty and Jughead announced that the Black Hood would strike there next. As he headed up the stairs to continue his discussion with Archie, Fred noticed that he was already having the much needed talk with Veronica. Seeing that he was no longer needed, Fred headed back down the steps.
Fred was pleased to learn from Archie that he had done as Mr. Weatherbee asked of him by writing an apology letter to the entire Riverdale High School community. Archie even uploaded a video to elaborate on his apology. Furthermore, he had officially disbanded the Red Circle. Fred was happy to have his son back.
A few days later, he attended Hiram and Hermione's open house, which was a thinly veiled attempt on the Lodges behalf to gain investors. Fred was approached by Hermione, who told him that the point of open houses were to socialize, though Fred would rather leave that to the professionals (i.e. Hermione and Hiram). However, Fred wasn't without charms of his own, Hermione remarked. Hermione claimed that she and Hiram were thrilled to have him back at work, and that they would appreciate it if he joined them on stage. Fred wasn't too sure he should, but he reconsidered her offer after she commented that he built the stage itself. Unfortunately, their conversation reached an immediate stop due to Alice's sudden arrival in a red snake print dress and a matching gold snake necklace.
Fred stood alongside Hermione and Hiram as he made an announcement during the event. A new story began in Riverdale that night. A story about reinvention and aspiration, Hiram said. The building would be the first chapter of that story. Luxury apartments, shopping, and even a golf course. The Southside as they knew it would be gone, and replaced with a new Eden. So, they raised their glasses to a brighter tomorrow. But for today, they would celebrate with music from Josie and the Pussycats.
Fred was called over to the Cooper house by Alice, as was Hermione, Hiram, Sheriff Keller, Mayor McCoy, and Melinda Mantle, to discuss the use of Jingle Jangle at Nick St. Clair's party at the Five Seasons, that all their children attended. Alice remarked that only "her Betty" was smart enough to leave the party when she saw it taking a nasty turn. Hearing this, Fred concluded that Alice was merely hosting the gathering to gloat. Hermione interrupted the bickering to ask who brought the Jingle Jangle to the party, during which time, Reggie admitted fault. He explained that he acquired the drugs from a Southside teen, who he suspected of being a member of the Southside Serpents. Archie questioned what relevance did the dealer being a Serpent hold, as all members didn't deal, but Fred dismissed his claim. While the teens admitted that they shouldn't have taken the drugs, Nick asked Reggie to bring them, and later pressured everyone to partake. Not to mention that he assaulted Cheryl. If anyone should be under interrogation, they believed it to be him. However, as Sheriff Keller explained, prosecuting Nick would be difficult given that they were all high, as Jingle Jangle stayed in one's system for up to three days, making them unreliable witnesses.
Later that night, Fred and Archie had dinner together, providing them with the opportunity to talk about Archie's community service at Pickens Park, that was appointed by Mayor McCoy for his drug use at Nick's party, and Jughead, who was at Southside High, which was ground zero for Jingle Jangle. Fred asked Archie if he was checking in on Jughead, ensuring that he was alright. Archie replied that he was trying. Fred recalled his past friendship with FP being remarkably similar. It was a never ending battle with the Jones. Fred just hoped that with Jughead, it wasn't a losing battle.
A couple days later, Fred asked Archie if he heard about the arrest of Robert Phillips, a teacher at Southside High, who was supplying Jingle Jangle. Archie had heard of the arrest, going on to say that Jughead was in one of his classes, leaving Fred to wonder how everything was going with him. Archie explained that he tried to help Jughead with something, but it backfired, which put a strain on their friendship. Fred wasn't too worried. After taking his medication, which had him feeling better everyday, he told Archie that it wasn't the first fight they had, and it likely wouldn't be the last.
After learning from Archie that Veronica failed to say "I love you" despite Archie saying it to her first, Fred advised him to keep his head clear as people are often on different schedules when it comes to those three words.
A couple nights later, just as Archie was preparing to leave for FP's retirement party, Fred approached him to check in on the status of his relationship with Veronica. Unfortunately, "things didn't go so well on the other side of the four letter word". As dark as things got, Archie explained that when he's with Veronica, she made him feel as if everything was going to be alright, and that was something that he didn't wish lose. Fred assured Archie that he wouldn't lose Veronica so long as he gave her time and space.
In the days leading up to Christmas, Fred and Archie were selling Christmas tree to bring in extra money. With Pop Tate's permission, they had set up shop just outside of the diner. As a show of gratitude, they gifted Pop Tate with a tree, sitting it right in the middle of the diner. On his way out of the diner, Fred offered Jughead a Christmas tree, free of charge, for him and FP. It would have to be a small one though, considering that they lived in a trailer.
The next morning, Fred had received his medical bills from Riverdale General Hospital, though Archie initially mistook the bill as a letter from the Black Hood. After correcting him, Fred informed Archie that the bill was $86,000. He presumed that a mistake had been made, telling Archie that he would call the hospital in the morning.
On Christmas Eve night, Fred and Hal were called down to Pop's by Sheriff Keller after Archie and Betty were attacked by the Black Hood in Pickens Park. Fortunately, the Sheriff managed to kill the Black Hood before he could escape.
Christmas morning, Fred spoke on the phone with Mary, who was off on a singles cruise to the Bahamas for the Holiday.
As Archie got packed for school, Fred stopped by his room to ask if he had told anyone about his medical bill because it had been paid in full, all $86,000 of it, through an angel donation. Archie admitted that he had told Veronica though he didn't think anything would come of it when he did. He offered to ask her about it, but Fred would rather he focus on school. Fred then noticed the guitar in Archie's hand, which he noted to not having seen in a while. Archie explained that he'd been busy. But after spending Christmas break on writing songs, he was considering starting a band, like the Fred-heads, he joked, as a reference to Fred's and FP's old high school band. Should he start a band, Fred was advised him to do it in the garage as it had previously been sound proofed.
Fred returned home, where he found Archie sitting at the kitchen table. While out, he had learned that the Lodges were responsible for his medical bills being paid. Archie urged him to give the money back, but he had already accepted it after horse-trading 20% of Andrews Construction to cover the $86, 000. Furthermore, they couldn't afford to take another mortgage out on the house. The Lodges would allow him to buy it back, piece by piece. They would be fine as far as Fred was concerned. Though, this move would only put them in deeper with the Lodges.
Fred is an average middle-aged man, around 5′ 10″ in height, with a muscular build. He has lightly tanned skin with brown eyes, and brown hair. Fred is a working man who often dresses very casually, most of time he wears a flannel shirt with denim jeans and boots.
Fred is often calm and collected, very rarely does he raise his voice or get angry. He is a working man. He'd much rather work hard for his earning than for it to be given to him. When things were tough with business and he was running low on cash which was only enough left to cover Three more weeks of payroll. He was more than willing to put his business on the line if it meant keeping his workers. As Fred put it he trusts those guys and they trust him, and to get him out of his dilemma he was counting on getting himself the job for where the old Twilight Drive-In use to be to put him back on top.
He is also a caring and concerning parent to his son, Archie. Fred often looks to guide Archie down the right path, generally providing advice when he sees fit, but with his son growing up, it's ultimately up to Archie to make the right decisions, and Fred knows this. Fred is also reasonable. Despite Archie no longer wanting to run the family business, but instead he wanted to pursue music, Fred was initially hesitant but grew to become very supportive and enthusiastic of his sons decision. Because of a discussion he had with Archie's music teacher, Ms. Grundy, Fred even converted their garage into a place where his son could practice playing his music by sound proofing it.