Being mayor is something I dreamed about ever since I was a little kid, son, in the back of my mind. And I know Riverdale's had a lot of downs lately but maybe, I can help get it back up on an upswing.
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, after they fell out following Principal Featherhead's death. During those high school years, Fred and FP spent an entire summer fixing up an old DW bus, which they later dubbed "The Shaggin' Wagon". Following that, they formed a band their junior year called "The Fred Heads". Apparently, this attracted the attention of a lot of ladies for Fred. Fred's father had become ill and in 1992, during Fred's junior year, while he was playing Gargoyles and Gryphons at the high school, his father passed away. A young Fred, who had plans to play baseball and be a musician, gave it up to work at his father's construction business, to honour his father's memory. He later went on to marry Mary Andrews and she would give birth to their first and only child, Archie Andrews. Their relationship did not last and they 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.
Long before Fred began his career in construction, he dreamed of being Mayor of Riverdale. He even applied to be an urban planner in college hoping to further his dream. This was of course before his father grew ill, forcing him to defer his long-time dream. He had constructed a presentation for a program which he called "Riverdale 2020". A small town with a big future.
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 Gladys Jones 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 to the emergency room to have the bullet removed from his body. As he looks back at Archie in the emergency room as he 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 it's 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 doorbell ring, as he looks in the other direction of the room, only to find the Angel of Death walking in with a shotgun 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 to 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 breathe 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 father's room, standing over his father's bedside, 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 father's 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 father's 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 have 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 targeted. 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. It's 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 were 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 was 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 of 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 every day, 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 to 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 have 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.
In a meeting at his house with Mayor McCoy, Sheriff Keller and the Lodges, Fred learned that all the students who had been transferred to Riverdale High a week ago were fine, but their parents were in Mayor McCoy's office every day to demand that she reopen Southside High, which is why Fred, Hiram and Hermione had discussed how their new neighborhood could use something positive to focus on. With Mayor McCoy's blessing, they'd like to make Pickens Day a celebratory event. Sponsored by Lodge Industries with Andrews Construction co-sponsoring. Mayor McCoy took this to mean that they wanted to make Pickens Day a commercial event, similar to their open house, though as Veronica pointed out, the open house was for investors while Pickens Day would be for North and Southsiders alike. Two halves of a whole coming together. Mayor McCoy worried that trying to distract people with a party would backfire, resulting in violence. While the Southside Serpents had been laying low, they were wild cards and reasons for concern. Having prepared for just that scenario, Fred, Hiram and Hermione had offered to hire the Serpents as security for the event. Having learned from FP that the Serpents were looking for work, Fred backed the idea. While he was sure that the Mayor had her reasons for closing down Southside High, the party would let the Southside know that they haven't been abandoned. The meeting, unfortunately, came to an abrupt end as Archie returned home.
During the Pickens Day celebration event, Fred got on stage to welcome everyone in attendance on behalf of Lodge Industries and Andrews Construction. They were thrilled to kick the party off with a new twist on an old favorite. With that, he welcomed to the stage Veronica and the Pussycats. Fred watched from the crowd along with Archie, Kevin and Tom as the Pussycats put on a performance. However, their performance was cut short by the Serpents, who while wearing duct-tape on their mouths, held signs in their hands that read 'honor this land' and 'sacred land'. Toni, who seemingly lead the charge, stood in front of the stage with Sweet Pea and Fogarty to announce that they represented the dead and the silenced. Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe, Toni's grandfather's family. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them. Hoping to calm the crowd's concern, Hiram got on stage to applaud the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale.
At Andrews Construction, Fred and his crew awaited Archie's arrival as he had been tasked by Hiram with delivering the cash bag to the trailer. Upon Archie's arrival, Fred offered to give him a ride home but Archie declined as he had one last errand to run.
After sitting down with Agent Adams of the F.B.I, Fred informed Archie that the F.B.I were assisting in a crackdown on undocumented labor from Canada. They think that maybe over the years that Fred had hired some of these guys and paid them cash under the table. Which he had on a few occasions, looking the other way if possible. As minor as this may seem, the F.B.I were perfectly capable of taking him down for it. To make matters worse, they were requesting his files for the last seven years.
The following day, Fred began gather his file of the last seven years as Agent Adams had requested.
Fred and Archie were invited over to the Pembrooke for dinner by the Lodges where Fred, Hiram, and Hermione told stories from their youth when they apparently broke into Thornhill for a swim and stole the school's van. Though Fred pointed the blame on Hermione and Mary. But Hermione insisted that it was Alice who stole the school van for a joyride. Hiram and Hermione then invited Fred into the study, proposing that he run for Mayor.
On their way home from dinner with the Lodges, Archie asked Fred if he was seriously considering running for Mayor. Which he was. Being mayor was something he had dreamed about since he was a kid, in the back of his mind. While Riverdale had been through a lot lately, he was hoping that he could be the one to change things. In spite of all this, Fred was aware that Hiram simply wanted a friend in the mayor's office which is why he offered to make a campaign donation. But Fred explained that if he decided to run, it would be for the town, as well as the two of them.
A couple days later, Fred shared an old urban planner presentation of his with Archie back when he applied to college. It was for a program he never got into. "Riverdale 2020", he called it. A small town with a big future. Archie was amazed with the presentation. However, their moment was interrupted by Veronica, who came to the house with design ideas for campaign logos. After Fred picked one design out in particular from her portfolio, Veronica agreed to get buttons and t-shirts printed.
The next day, Fred received a surprise visit from Sierra, who thanks to Archie and Josie, came to inform him of the less glamorous side of being the Mayor. Later that night, Fred entered the garage to inform Archie and Veronica that he would officially be running for Mayor.
A day later, Fred and Archie were called over to the Pembrooke after Jughead had learned of the Lodges' plan for the Southside and likely planned to break the news. Hiram hoped to tell them everything when the time was right. But with Jughead publishing the article at any moment, he was forced to lay everything out on the table then and there. They learned that the Lodges' plans for Riverdale entailed turning Southside High into a private, for-profit prison. As for SoDale, it would be housing for the employees of the prison. Fred refused to support their plan as it was built on the bones of a high school. He called Archie over as he was preparing to leave. However, much to his surprise, Archie decided to stay as he wanted to hear what else Hiram had to say.
As the Lodges held a press conference outside Town Hall to announce that Hermione was running for Mayor, Fred received a package at the front door. It was the buttons that Veronica had promised to print out for him.
Archie entered the kitchen as Fred read the latest article from the Register detailing Hermione Lodge's candidacy for mayor and her promise that the new prison will bring forth more jobs and a safer Riverdale. Archie was confident that the prison was a good idea. Though Fred did not agree. He was certain that a prison would rip the soul out of Riverdale, especially the Southside. So he couldn't support that plan or Hiram and Hermione. Which meant he had to sever all ties with Lodge Industries and SoDale.
At Andrews Construction, Fred told Hermione that he wanted out of his contract with SoDale. He was hoping for a quick and clean break, however, they would inevitably have to get their lawyers involved.
In need of legal aid, Fred called in Mary to help him get out of his contractual obligations with the Lodges. She wished he had called her in earlier before he gave the Lodges 20% of Andrews Construction. However, Archie was far from concerned. He was sure that Hiram would keep his word though Fred and Mary weren't so sure given their long standing history with the Hiram and Hermione.
Later that evening, Fred and Mary sat down with Hiram and Hermione at the Pembrooke to discuss his contract. Mary claimed the contract was exploitative and that Fred should be immediately released and compensated.
The following night, the Andrews had dinner as a family. The topic of discussion — Riverdale and Jughead's crusade to save it. Archie wrote the protest off as an act of lunacy. However, Fred defended Jughead's protest. While Archie may not have believed in what he was fighting for, Jughead's reasons were still valid. However, Archie disagreed, arguing that Jughead was mostly fighting against Hiram. As were a lot of people in town who were afraid of what had to be done. Mary took great offense to Archie's comments. Not because they were directed at her, but because they were directed at Fred, who broke rocks in high school to support his family when his own father got sick. He saw what had to be done, and did it. Even making a business out of it. Furthermore, Fred did have a vision. One that didn't end with everyone working in a penal colony. While it was Archie's prerogative to side with Hiram, Mary refused to allow him to disrespect Fred.
Later in the week, Fred and Mary celebrated after getting a call from Hiram that Fred would be released from his contract. In even better news, Mary would be sticking around and Fred would be running for Mayor against the Lodges.
Fred and Mary attended the school hall meeting at Archie's school, where he and Veronica squared off against Jughead, Betty, Reggie and Josie. Afterward, Fred and Mary exchanged words in the hallway with Hiram and Hermione as Archie and Veronica attempted to play peacemakers. All of Riverdale was buzzing about Fred's decision to run against Hermione for Mayor. Mary then pointed out that they were still waiting for Hiram to sign the papers to release Fred from his contract to Lodge Industries. However, Hermione countered that they were still waiting for Fred and Mary to sign the NDA that they had sent over.
Later that week, Fred asked Jughead to come over to the house and help him with his announcement address. It seemed as if they were settling on "I'm all about investing in all the citizens of Riverdale, not just profiting from them." Archie then joined them in the kitchen, allowing Fred to express how much he appreciated that Archie would be in attendance for his announcement.
The following day, much to Fred's disappointment, Archie did not join him and Mary on stage as promised for his announcement address. Nonetheless, he was glad that Mary was by his side. And so he went on to make the official announcement. "Good afternoon. My name is Fred Andrews. And I stand before you today, a humble resident of this town - to announce my candidacy for Mayor."
As Archie came downstairs, Fred told him that Andrews Construction will be building the set for the musical. Fred was thrilled that Archie was getting back into music, even if it's not rock and roll, as he would prefer. It would also allow them to spend some time together. Fred then offered to give Archie a ride to school, but Archie insisted that he'll be fine taking his bike.
Fred and Archie were working on set pieces for the play in woodshop when Hiram stopped by. He asked Fred if Archie had taken him for a spin in the Firebird despite knowing that Archie has been keeping this a secret from Fred. Hiram claimed it was a gift for all the help Archie has provided for him and his family over the past few months. Fred claimed it was a pretty smooth ride, choosing not to cause a scene despite being disappointed in Archie. Just outside, Archie tried to convince his father that it was just a car, but for Fred, it's was so much than that. He was planning on them going to the junkyard and picking out a beat up car to fix up together, like he and his father did with his first car. And despite their disagreement, Fred continued his work on the play.
On opening night, Fred was surprised to learn that Archie returned Firebird to the Lodges. Not just that, Archie sold some of his music equipment and went down to the junkyard to buy a beat up car off junkyard Steve. It needed a lot of work, but Archie was hoping that he and Fred could fix it up together. Fred was touched, so much so that he sent Archie off to school as he didn't want his son to see him emotional.
Fred is joined in the kitchen by Archie, who can't stop thinking about the Black Hood's message that said all those who escaped him before will die. Archie suggests that Fred leave town and stay in Chicago with Mary. This, of course, would leave Archie all alone. Which just will not do for Fred. He informs Archie that Sheriff Keller put a deputy outside their house. But that won't be nearly enough to stop the Black Hood considering that he killed Midge in an auditorium full of people.
When Archie returns home to from school, Fred reveals that he got a note from the Black Hood that says he's next. According to Fred, it was pinned to the front door. Not long after, the police are called. Hiram and Hermione make their way over as well. Prank or not, Hiram, Hermione, and Archie want to cancel the debate, but Fred wants to go on. He asks if Sheriff Minetta can tighten security at Town Hall, which he can. Fred explains that the town is scared, but they need to show that they can't be cowed.
When Fred finds Archie standing guard with a baseball bat that night in case the Black Hood decides to strike, he assures Archie that there's no need for this as a deputy is just outside the house, but Archie is worried that a deputy won't be enough. He could fall asleep and the Black Hood could slip past him. Archie doesn't think he'll be able to stop the Black Hood should that happen. What happened at Pop's changed everything. Archie felt helpless. Everything broke that day and Archie's been trying to put it back together ever since, first with the Red Circle and now with Hiram Lodge. Fred understands his frustration with feeling helpless, especially when it seems as if the whole world is on fire. He then hugs Archie.
The night of the Mayoral debate has arrived. To Fred's right stands Archie. Jumping right into the debate, fear and unrest rule the streets, so Alice asks how Hermione plans to restore safety to the town. Hermione claims that they're already making strides. She and Hiram personally recruited Sheriff Minetta from Centerville after Tom Keller resigned. Not one week on the job, and he's supposedly apprehended Midge Klump's murderer. Fred argues that they don't actually know that Fangs is the killer. He makes a point to not call for blood until they've had a trial. Regarding his comment about calling for blood, Hermione enlightens him about the Dark Circle, who she refers to as a dangerous, radical group that traffics in terror, violence and street warfare. This group, she points out, was started by Archie. Hermione adds that they can't trust Fred to run a town when he can't even keep his own house in order. Veronica then spots the Black Hood on the balcony with a rifle. As the Black Hood shoots from the balcony, Fred and Archie hide behind the podium.
Afterward, at the Sheriff station, Fred remarks that Sheriff Keller isn't looking so bad considering that Sheriff Minetta failed to secure the debate. Sheriff Minetta explains that there's a trap door leading from the balcony to the roof that isn't on any building plans. Sheriff Minetta then informs Hiram that he's got cars all over downtown. The shooter's not going to get far. Given that Archie's come face-to-face with the Black Hood, looking him right in the eyes, Hiram suggests taking Archie along to help identify him. When asked if he's up for a ride along, Archie looks to Fred and decides to go home with him to ensure his safety.
Veronica stops by the Andrews house to see Fred. When he answers the door, Veronica reveals that she will be supporting his run for Mayor. She can't in good conscience, stand with her father anymore. She believes in Fred.
Fred enters Archie's room to find that he is gone, but that Veronica is still in the house. Fred heard over the news about the riot that broke out down at the Sheriff Station and now he's concerned about Archie. Fred's concern for Archie grows as he knows that Archie was at the station when Fangs got shot. Just as Veronica volunteers to join Fred in his search for Archie, Andre knocks at the door to retrieve her per her parents' request.
Fred, FP and Tom arrive with a shotgun at Pop's to fend off Malachai and the Ghoulies after learning they were attacking the diner. Afterward, the entire diner applauds Fred, FP and Tom for their heroic actions in sending the Ghoulies running. Reggie thought that Tom had resigned, which he did, but he didn't turn in the cruiser yet. Regarding how they knew the Ghoulies were attacking the shoppe, Jughead called FP, who then called Fred. Kevin pulls out his phone and says "hot Riverdale dads to the recuse" as he takes a photo.
As they return home, Fred asks Archie how Veronica's doing. Archie replies that she's on lock-down at the Pembrooke. For all of Hiram's talk about law and order, he was nowhere to be seen during the riots, Archie points out. Fred then heads upstairs to take a shower while Archie locks the house up. Archie is attacked in the dinning room by the Black Hood. They wrestle on the ground until the Black Hood gains the upper-hand. He knocks Archie over and then grabs his gun. Archie is helpless as he stares down the barrel of the killer's gun. Fortunately, Fred comes to his rescue, hitting the Black Hood from behind with a baseball bat. The Black Hood gets back onto his feet and shoots Fred in the chest before running out the house. Luckily, Fred is wearing a bullet proof kevlar vest. Apparently, Tom made him put it on before they went to the diner. Seeing that Fred is unharmed, Archie runs out the front door to chase down the Black Hood, but he is long gone.
Fred and Archie later head over to the Cooper's after seeing police lights outside. They discover that Hal was the Black Hood all along.
At the Andrews house, Fred, Archie, and Veronica go over his schedule for the next three days. Veronica explains that her mother is doing an Eva Peron-like tour. Essentially shaking the trees one last time before election night. Veronica took the liberty of booking Fred right behind her, so that people know they have a choice. While Fred appreciates this for all it's worth, he doesn't believe it will serve him much good considering that everyone in town is under the impression that Hiram and Hermione saved Riverdale during the riots, that it was Sheriff Minetta who brought the chaos to an end. However, Archie and Veronica know the truth, that Hiram doesn't want to save the town, but take it over. Luckily, Veronica won't stop until Fred is elected mayor. Even if it means putting her own political missions aside, meaning she will no longer be running for student council alongside Archie, who then gets a call from Betty, telling him that Jughead is awake.
Betty stops by the house the following day to apologize to Fred for Hal's action. Fred tells her that she has nothing to apologize for as she did nothing wrong. Betty blames herself for not realizing that her father was the Black Hood sooner. She claims to be a great detective yet she couldn't see what was right in front of her. People paid for that mistake with their lives.
The next day, at Andrews Construction, Sierra informs Fred and Archie that elections are won in these two days. In her opinion, Fred's key to victory is the Southside vote. Historically, Southsiders don't vote because they feel marginalized. But if Fred can get them to the booths, they'll be voting for him and not Hermione. Kevin interrupts their conversation to inform Archie and Fred that Sheriff Minetta is on the line. He says it's urgent and asks them to come down to the station. Once there, Sheriff Minetta reveals that they supposedly caught the man who invaded their home. An anonymous tip led to a suspect. When they went to question him, he engaged law enforcement in a shootout, which led to his death. They're positive they got the right man as they found guns on the premises that matched the ones used at both the attacks. They also found a black hood. As for the man under the hood, Sheriff Minetta claims it was an ex-gang member, Gerald Petite. Also known as Tall Boy.
Fred later welcomes all the remaining Southside Serpents in Riverdale into his home after learning from Archie that Sheriff Minetta raided the Whyte Wyrm and is out for Serpent blood. Fred makes them all breakfast that morning.
Both the mayoral election and student body election are held in the gymnasium of Riverdale High. Fred and Hermione greet voters as they approach the booths.
Over at the Andrews house, Fred hosts a party as they wait for the votes to come in for the mayoral election. Archie, Sierra, Veronica, Kevin, Moose, Reggie, and Josie all attend. Unfortunately, Fred loses the mayoral race to Hermione. Not long after this news breaks, Hermione stops by to tell Fred that he ran a great campaign. It was close. It came down to less than 200 votes. As a show of good sportsmanship, Hermione and Fred shake hands.
Three months have passed since that fateful evening in the school gymnasium where Archie was framed by Hiram Lodge and arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock. Archie's trial is now in session. Fred sits in court as the trial unfolds. Archie is being prosecuted by District Attorney, Ms. Wright. She attempts to paint Archie as a bad person in her closing argument as Mary, Archie's counsel, attempts to shed light on all the good deeds Archie has done, such as helping solve the murder of Jason Blossom, providing the Southside Serpents with refuge as they hid from the police, and punching through a layer of ice in order to save Cheryl from drowning. With that in mind, Mary takes the opportunity to remind the jury that there were no witnesses, murder weapon or motive to the killing of Cassidy Bullock. After hearing from both the prosecution and the defense, the jury begins to deliberate.
While the jury deliberates, Fred, Betty and Jughead praise Mary for her defense, to which Mary thanks Betty for her assistance over the summer.
As Fred, Veronica, Mary, Archie, Jughead and Betty leave the courtroom, Hiram makes a remark towards Archie, resulting in Fred punching him in the face. The two are then separated before the incident can escalate.
Fred, Archie and Betty fix up the car they got from the junkyard in the garage. Betty admits that watching Fred punch Hiram Lodge in the face was incredibly cathartic, though as Fred points out, it almost got him landed in jail. Archie has the honor of starting the car. It would seem that all their efforts are successful, as the car starts without a problem. When Archie comments that they fixed the car just in time [for him to go to prison], Fred gets choked up and heads inside.
Fred and Mary discuss Archie's trial. They tried to stack the jury in Archie's favor with women and mothers, but maybe it backfired. Nonetheless, Fred believes Mary did everything that she could. Even still, Mary can't help but think if she hadn't left Riverdale and gone to Chicago, she could've stopped Hiram Lodge from getting control of Archie, who then enters the room to tell them that they shouldn't blame themselves for what he did. Taking Hiram's side against Fred was the biggest mistake he ever made, but it's on him. Archie explains that they are the best parents anyone could ask for. Everything they've done for him, he doesn't think he deserves it. Whatever happens to him on Tuesday, that is what Archie believes he deserves. However, Fred will stand for no such thing. Archie is a good kid who was simply manipulated by a mobster. But, he does not deserve to be framed for murder. Fred gives Archie a hug and tells him that he and Mary will always love him.
Labor Day weekend is over and Archie's trial is now in session. Fred is in attendance. The Judge reveals the jury could not reach a verdict. They're deadlocked. Six-to-six. With that, the jury is dismissed. In lieu of another trial, the State is prepared to offer a deal for a lesser sentence. Instead of prison, time served plus two years in juvenile detention, if Archie will plead guilty to the crime of manslaughter. Despite his mother's counsel, Archie takes the deal, much to the court's surprise. Archie explains that he can't put all the people he cares about through this again. The court accepts Archie's guilty plea and he is taken directly from the courthouse to the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center, where he will serve out his sentence beginning immediately.
Afterwards, at the Andrews house, Mary prepares to leave for Chicago. She's already written the appeal and will file it from Chicago. Fred, Tom and FP assures Mary that they'll get Archie home.
Fred joins FP and Tom at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe after getting off the phone with Warden Norton. Veronica, who is working behind the counter, is relieved to hear that Archie has gone through processing and that he is fine. In other developments, Fred got a line on the three thugs that gave false testimonies against Archie. Tom is friends with the Sheriff over in Shadow county. They found remains of a campfire in the deep woods. Veronica is disgusted with the fact that while Archie's in jail those who gave a false testimony are camping. Not for long, FP replies. Until Archie's release, Veronica intends to keep everything in order at Riverdale High so that everyone knows he'll be back in time for Homecoming.
Fred attends a meeting arranged by Hermione at Town Hall. Sierra, Tom, Hiram, Penelope, FP and Alice are all in attendance. They made a vow in high school. Now that the Scout is back, safe and sound, they can only assume that he'll start talking. And that whatever he says might lead back to them. To the secret that they buried all those years ago. Fred questions why she is bringing this up now. This hasn't been made public yet, but Hermione reveals that but Dilton Doiley and Ben Button were found in the woods with blue lips. Dilton is dead. Ben is in a coma. Sierra asks why she and Hiram haven't simply called in Sheriff Minetta to make this go away. They would like to but Jughead found the body and that's the concern. While FP and Alice talked with Jughead and Betty and told them to stop chasing this, they both know the kids will likely continue. Tom reminds everyone that they made a pact to never revisit that night. Not to mention it, not to even think about it. His vote is they stick to that. Unfortunately, they might not have that luxury. Not if it's happening again. Not if it's their children. All their children are in danger.
Fred arrives at the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center to see Archie after having not seen him for three weeks. However, Warden Norton refuses. He claims that Archie started a riot and his visitation privileges have been suspended. However, Fred has already learned from a "witness" of the riot that it was in fact started by Norton’s guards. With that, Fred warns the Warden that he’ll be hearing from his lawyer.
Archie sits in his cell, imagining a conversation with his Fred. He tells his father that he thought his being there would pay for everything that he did but what the Warden wants him to do and who he wants Archie to become is so much worse. As this imaginary discussion continues, Fred tells Archie that when he was little, he used to get calls from the school about Archie getting into fights, though Archie was usually protecting someone else. Archie’s 7th grade teacher told Fred that one thing is for sure, by the time Archie gets out of junior high, he’s going to know how to throw a punch and how to take one. Fred explains that there are other ways of putting on a show for the Warden but it is up to him to figure it out.
Editor's Note: The events that transpire in Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club take place during a flashback set in the 90's of Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom in their junior year of high school.
Fred offers to streak alongside FP, who is being encouraged to do so as part of Bulldog tradition. While Fred is not a Bulldog himself, last year, the baseball team made him streak and it gained him credibility with the female students. He advises FP to run fast enough to the point where all they’ll see is a blur. With that in mind, FP and Fred take off their clothes and run throughout the halls of the school, which lands them both in detention.
Along with FP and Fred, who are given Saturday detention for their streaking, Alice, Penelope, Sierra, and Hermione are also given detention for their scuffle in the restroom. Gathered in that classroom, they are strangers more than friends. Eight hours. Six people with seemingly nothing in common. Alice Smith — The Bad Girl. Hermione Lodge — The Rebelling Catholic. Penelope Blossom — The Teacher's Pet. Fred Andrews — The Artist/Athlete. Sierra McCoy — The Political Animal. And FP Jones — The Lady’s Man. As detention commences, Principal Featherhead lays down the rules and tells them that at the end of the day, they will all turn in a one thousand word essay as to why they’re in detention. He then leaves the class.
Two hours have passed and not much is said. Alice sits near the window, carving her initials into the window seal with her knife. Fred asks her to stop, but this doesn’t go over well. Tom Keller then sneaks into the detention room to see Sierra as they are a couple. Fred questions just how long this relationship has been going on given that he had no idea of it. He notes that they’ve all been going to the same school since kindergarten and still know nothing about each other. Penelope answers that the reason for this is that none of them are friends. Sierra mentions that they have six more hours to kill and no one to impress so she suggests a round of Secret and Sins.
During a game of Secret and Sins, the detentionees all share their deepest, darkest secrets. When Hermione expresses her desire to get out of Riverdale at all cost, Fred counters that Riverdale isn’t the problem. He wants to stay there his entire life. Alice asks if that’s how long it’s going to take him to decide between music and baseball. Fred explains that their minor league is solid and they’re close enough to the city to play music gigs. He can even see himself running for mayor one day, which Sierra scoffs at the notion of. She calls it a nightmare job and questions why Fred doesn’t aim higher as he can do all the same things in a real metropolis. Fred can do all those things except look after his father, who’s very ill. Hermione places her hand on Fred’s knee for comfort.
The game of Secrets and Sins eventually ends in a psychical altercation between Hermione and Penelope. Once the girls have been separated, Principal Featherhead reprimands everyone. Their sentence has been upped from one Saturday detention to four. However, little by little, the six of them grow to become unlikely friends. Then comes the first cold rain of the season, when Hermione decides to break into the teacher’s desk to recover her belongings that were taken by the teacher. Inside the desk, they find everything Mrs. Krabappel has confiscated over the years, including Gryphons and Gargoyles.
The six of them decide to play together. The person with the manual, in this case, Penelope, is the game master and is therefore responsible for guiding them through quests until they ascend to the next level. But first, they pick their characters. Alice — The Sorceress. Hermione — The Thief. Sierra — The Siren. FP — Deadeye. And lastly, Fred — The Radiant Knight. Alice is first to pick a quest card and roll the dice, which is how it all begins.
Long after that Saturday detention, the six of them continue to play the game, in what seems to be a maddening obsession. Penelope suggests taking the game off the board and into the real world. She reveals a quest known as "The Wedding Stone", that requires pairs. Penelope pairs FP with Hermione and Alice with Fred. She hid a gemstone from Thornhill in the school. First pair to find it and show it to Sierra get to keep it.
Fred and Alice search the Blue and Gold for the gemstone, unaware that FP and Hermione have already retrieved it. Fred notices that Alice isn’t feeling well and offers her a seat. He asks what’s wrong as Alice begins to cry. Just as it seems that she’s about to open up to Fred and reveal that she’s pregnant, she decides to keep it to herself, stating that she’s simply lost. She wakes up every morning wanting to escape her life and mistakes, and when she’s with them, she does and she’s happy. But when the game’s over, she’s her again. Fred expresses just how much he relates to Alice. Fred hates to see his dad in pain and sometimes he can’t handle it, but Sir Fredrick doesn’t have a sick father, so Fred often pretends he’s with them, playing G&G, and he’s free. Fred and Alice then share a kiss.
Fred, Alice, FP, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope play for weeks, sneaking into school, late at night. After class, Sierra leaves the classroom window cracked so that she and the others can sneak back in after hours. They dub themselves "The Midnight Club". Eventually, they abandon the board, acting out their quests and adventures in the real world. The six of them dress up in medieval costumes they found in the theater department. It is during this time, Fred and Hermione become romantically involved. As Fred, Alice, FP, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope proceed throughout the halls of Riverdale High on their latest quest, they run into Hiram Lodge, Tom Keller, Marty Mantle, and Daryl Doiley, also playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. They have been for about a week. Daryl found it in the restricted section of the library. They decide to join forces and play a bigger game.
One day, all ten of them, Fred, Alice, FP, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom find strange invitations in their lockers to the detention room that night to rise to the challenge and ascend to the next level. That night, the Midnight Club attends the ascension party. They must find the chalices, flip the gryphon coin for their fate and drink from the chalice to meet their destiny. Before starting, to make things more enjoyable, they all take a new drug known as fizzle rocks.
The festivities begin with an impromptu performance by the Fred Heads, normally just Fred and FP, but Alice, Sierra, and Hermione perform with them as Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram and Tom watch. It was this night that Fred's life took a devastating turn. His father died while they were at the ascension party. Fred found him when he got home. By the time his father's funeral came around a few days later, Principal Featherhead had been declared officially missing. Fred, Alice, Hermione, Penelope, FP, and Sierra sit in a booth at Pop’s following the service. Fred blames himself for not being there but as FP and Hermione explain, there’s nothing he could’ve done and beating himself up will change nothing. Alice then reveals that she saw Featherhead the night of the ascension party. No one else saw him, however. Penelope grabs Alice’s hand aggressively and tells her that she didn’t see anything. She doesn’t want to be blamed considering they were doped up and trespassing the same night Featherhead disappeared. So, they are all to keep this a secret.
The rumors regarding principal Featherhead’s disappearance spread like wildfire. A week has passed since Featherhead went missing. As it turns out, he was in the school the entire time. Dead and locked in a supply closet. His lips blue.
The Midnight Club gather to discuss Featherhead’s death. Alice informs them that there was blue liquid in the chalices when she found them. Featherhead had blue lips and the police said he had poison in his system. Alice questions what they did to him though they deny any wrong doing. And this begins the endless blame game between all members of the Midnight Club. Alice dismisses any notions of wrongdoing and then looks to Fred to join her in going to the cops though he still seems distracted by his father’s death. When Penelope exclaims that they’re not going to the cops, Alice accuses her of poisoning the chalices when she set up the game, however, it wasn’t Penelope or Daryl. Alice recalls the chalices just sitting there, meaning whoever invited them to the party was trying to kill one or more of them. Sierra wants to destroy the game so that it can’t be traced back to them. FP suggests destroying the manuals and scattering everything else. The Midnight Club then spits on their hands and make a pact to never speak of Gryphons and Gargoyles ever again.
After getting rid of G&G, they returned to their normal lives and go their separate ways. Burdened by their guilt, they all become different people. Fred sells his guitar and begins breaking rocks at his family business.
Fred, along with every other member of the Midnight Club, receives a invitation from who they believe to be the Gargoyle King, asking that they all meet at La Bonne Nuit. However, they soon discover that the invitations were sent by Betty as a means to get them all together and force the truth out of them regarding Gryphons and Gargoyles and the Gargoyle King. Betty wants to start with Warden Norton, who was also the RROTC instructor at Riverdale High twenty five years ago. Fred remarks that it was bound to get out at some time, their secret that is, so he’d much rather address it so that their kids at least know the truth. Betty wants to start with Warden Norton, who was also the RROTC instructor at Riverdale High twenty five years ago.
Betty then asks about ascension night, wondering if Norton was present. Penelope reveals that Darryl Doiley poisoned the chalices. He was secretly in love with her and wanted the two of them to ascend together. But, Penelope said no. She assumed the chalices were emptied afterward but clearly they were not. Years later, Darryl came to Penelope, riddled with guilt and seeking comfort. Penelope refused him again, and so Darryl left. The next day, he was found dead in his garage, with the engine to his car running and windows up. Assuming this is true, that doesn’t explain who the current Gargoyle King is.
Fred gets a call from Veronica, who is locked in a cell at the sheriff station. While Archie asked her not to say anything, Veronica reveals that Archie’s headed for the mines with Kevin to find the boys that testified against him. Veronica’s intuition tells her that Sheriff Minetta is doing the same. Veronica then tells Fred to tell Archie that she found what she was looking for. She only needs to get it to a judge. And lastly, Veronica asks that Fred call attorney McCoy for her.
Fred calls Tom, and together, the two of them head to Shadow mines, where they find the three Shadow Lake boys dead. Tom reports the killing. In doing so, he discovers that police were just called to Shadow Lake hospital after a boy was brought in critical condition with gunshot wounds.
Fred and Tom arrive at Shadow Lake hospital. They are immediately greeted by Kevin, who after giving his dad a hug, passes Fred a note from Archie, who has already taken off.
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 the 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 son's 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.