The mother-daughter relationship between Hermione and Veronica Lodge, so far, has been quite strong, they have shown to deeply care about each other, even though they have been known to fight on occasion. Their relationship may have developed over the course of the first season, however, since Hiram's return to Riverdale, in the second season, Hermione has been antagonizing and taunting Veronica whenever she gets the chance.
Hermione and Veronica had lived in New York City since Veronica birth, with Hiram Lodge, Hermione's husband and Veronica's father. After Hiram was arrested for fraud and embezzlement and subsequently incarcerated, Hermione and Veronica left New York City and moved back to Hermione's home town of Riverdale.
They rolled into town a few days before the start of the school year and took up residence at The Pembrooke, which was the only piece of property Hermione owned solely in her name. While it was a small apartment, Hermione reminded her daughter that it was always about quality. Hermione then introduced Veronica to Smithers, their butler, and wondered if Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe was still open, as she had been craving one of Pop Tate's cheeseburgers all day. Confused, Veronica wondered what a 'chocolate shop' was and why it would sell cheeseburgers. She then went to pick up take-out at the diner where she met Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews.
Following Riverdale High School's back-to-school Semi-formal dance, Veronica arrived home early, surprising Hermione, who asked how it was. Veronica dismissively said it was fine, that she was super tired, and laid her head in her mother's lap. Concerned, Hermione brushed her daughter's hair back and asked if everything was okay but Veronica didn't answer. Early the next morning, Hermione and Veronica stood by with many other locals as Jason Blossom's body was pulled from Sweetwater River.
Taking a page from her mother's book, to make amends with Betty after kissing Archie after the semi-formal, despite knowing Betty had feelings for him, Veronica had cupcakes flown in from New York. Her mother always said, there wasn't a wrong that the right cupcake couldn't fix. However, while initially accepting of Veronica's apology, Betty ultimately couldn't get over what Veronica had done and broke off their burgeoning friendship. With a terrible start to the week unfolding before her, Veronica joined her mother as she waited tables at Pop's, the only place she could find employment, who told her that they were surviving by their wits as that what Lodge women did. She then wondered what Hiram would do if he could see them then and Veronica, in an attempt to cheer up her mother, replied that he would say she looked stunning in her new uniform. Hermione was going for a Joan Crawford-Mildred Pierce look and asked if it was working to which Veronica, amused, replied definitely. Archie then entered the diner with a pick up order for him and his father. Hermione recognized him as Fred's son, and volunteered Archie to walk Veronica home.
Following a date with Chuck Clayton, Veronica was slut-shamed by him and was reading mean spirited comments from several students online when her mother entered the room to ask how her date had gone as she had liked the look about Chuck. Veronica was less than forthcoming simply stating that Chuck was only handsome on the outside and not her type. The next night, at the Taste of Riverdale event Hermione was working, she was approached by Alice Cooper who derisively asked how Veronica was doing, and happily informing Hermione that Veronica was being slut-shamed at school.
After discovering what Veronica and Betty had resorted to in order to expose Chuck Clayton and the football team, Hermione managed to negotiate a lesser punishment for the two girls, and told her daughter to come to her first next time.
As she worked the night shift at the diner, Hermione was waiting on Cheryl Blossom, who, within earshot of Veronica a few booths down, nastily told Hermione to make to sure that all her money went into the register, since the Lodges were known for having sticky fingers. Veronica quickly went to her mother's defense, however, Hermione stopped her, and informed Cheryl that she went to school with her mother, Penelope, and that she didn't know the difference between having money, and having class either, much to Veronica's amusement. Later, Hermione was seen by Cheryl outside the diner, behind a dumpster, engaged in a heated argument with the leader of the Southside Serpents, which Cheryl happily informed Veronica of the next morning. When she confronted her mother, Hermione reminded Veronica that she grew up in Riverdale, Southside Serpents may be dangerous thugs, but she attended high school with some of them, she was just being polite. As Cheryl had told it had looked like they were arguing, Veronica wondered if Hermione was in some kind of trouble, however, Hermione dismissed the idea.
The next night, while attending closing night of the Twilight Drive-In, Veronica witnessed her mother sneaking off with the very same Serpent into an ally, behind the drive-in. She followed and saw her mother hand the Serpent a brown bag filled with cash. Immediately following her return home, Veronica one again confronted her mother and informed her she had witnessed the transaction that took place at the drive-in. Reluctantly, Hermione explained that she was handling business for Hiram, who had hired the serpents to decrease the value of the drive-ins land, so that he could purchase it at a cheaper price. Hermione had been paying the Serpents for a job well done. Saddened by the knowledge that her father really was a criminal, Hermione attempted to comfort her daughter, claiming that old Riverdale was dying out anyways, they were just helping it along. The only way for the Lodges to regain their wealth, was through business opportunities such as the drive-in.
Following Jason Blossom's memorial, Hermione disclosed to Veronica the antagonistic relationship between their family and the Blossoms. After a first hand look at the life Cheryl had to endure on a daily basis, Veronica told her mother how how lucky she was to have a mother like Hermione, who loved and protected her. Hermione then proceeded to tell Veronica about an incident from the prior night, when she was left a snake in a box at the diner, a message from the Serpents who believed Hiram owed them more money.
After Hermione was hired by Fred Andrews as bookkeeper for his company, Andrews Construction, Veronica visited the office on her mother's first day with flowers and was shocked to witness Hermione and Fred kissing. Upon her mother's return to their apartment that night, Veronica immediately asked if she was going to leave her father when he was released from prison, revealing what she had seen. Hermione was sorry that she had to see that, and Veronica wanted to know what would happen when her father came home, but Hermione didn't have an answer. It had just happened, and she didn't know what she could do to help Veronica through it. The next night, during a conversation with Josie McCoy, Josie persuaded Veronica to give her mother another chance.
The next morning, Hermione approached Veronica with a motion to award Fred the construction contract for development of the drive-in's land. When Hiram was arrested Veronica was made a legal officer of Lodge Industries and the contract needed two signatures. Veronica refused to sign, as she had just been about to apologize to her mother. She then wondered if her mother would stop seeing Fred if she did sign, but Hermione refused, so Veronica stormed out, claiming she didn't want anything to do with what was going on between her and Fred. Hermione then forged her daughter's signature on the contract. Later that night, Hermione attended Riverdale High School's annual Variety Show with Fred, and watched proudly as Veronica performed with Josie and the Pussycats. After the show, Veronica approach the two and Fred revealed that he had just been awarded the development contract, not knowing that it was owned by the Lodges. Understanding what her mother had done, Veronica proclaimed that her mother had won and walked away.
To retaliate against her mother, Veronica went on an online shopping spree, claiming that her purchases were to salve her emotional wounds. Hermione tried to explain that they couldn't afford to spend beyond their means but Veronica disagreed, since her mother had her cushy new job working for her boyfriend.
That night, Veronica prepared to go out clubbing, against her mother's wishes as it was a school night, claiming she had a get-out-of-jail-free card. Frustrated, Hermione told her daughter that that was enough and asked what Veronica wanted. She wanted her mother to tell the truth about forging her signature, as she didn't want her father to think she had betrayed him when he found out. Hermione claimed she would tell Hiram, just not right away, however, Veronica wasn't satisfied and went out anyways.
Out at the Roving Eye nightclub, Veronica shared with Kevin, Josie and Reggie that when her father was arrested, the courts had taken everything from them. To comfort her, her mother sat her down and explained that there was one thing no one could ever take from her: her name, which was the exact thing that she had taken from Veronica, like it meant nothing. Later, the club manager arrived with their bill, informing Veronica that her credit card had been declined and that it had been reported stolen. Veronica's mother had done it, and instead of being upset, Veronica was happy as it meant her mother was ready to negotiate.
Back at The Pembrooke, Hermione explained that she had feelings for Fred Andrews, but she couldn't say what it meant yet, as she didn't know herself yet. As for Hiram, he had made his own decisions, which distanced him from Hermione and she now had to make own decisions about moving forward with her life. She asked Veronica to accept her affair until they got more information. As well, she believed partnering with Andrews Construction was the right thing to do as Lodge Industries needed to work with legitimate business going forward. In return, Veronica demanded that whatever was happening between her and Fred couldn't happen at The Pembrooke, and that she'd have to tell Hiram about forging her signature. Hermione agreed to both as long as the clubbing and online shopping came to an end. The next day, with Veronica by her side, Hermione told Hiram the truth about the contract with Andrews Construction, as well as her forgery.
Later that night, after Betty's sister Polly found herself with nowhere to live, Veronica invited her to stay with her and her mother and Hermione welcomed her to stay as long as she needed.
At breakfast a few days later, Betty and Veronica proposed that they throw Polly a baby shower in an effort to get her and her parents talking again, which Hermione was all for until she realized that Polly wanted her mother and the Blossoms to attend. Hermione pulled Veronica to the side to inform her of just how deep the rivalry between the Coopers and the Blossoms went, that it would be a bloodbath. Plus, Hermione was trying to avoid the Blossoms as Clifford had made a play for the drive-in's land, and if he found out Hiram was the buyer, it would be open war. She and Fred were trying to keep things on track, but Hermione still had not told Fred that Hiram was the owner. The timing of the shower was not ideal, as well, Hermione found it hard to believe that Alice would even want to go to the shower. She didn't but Veronica hoped her mother could talk to Alice, mother-to-mother and convince her, as Polly really needed their help. Ultimately, Hermione was able to persuade Alice to attend the shower, and she and Veronica played host.
During breakfast one morning, Hermione informed her daughter that lawyers were coming over that week to take their statements for her father's hearing, and they both had to testify on his behalf. Veronica wondered what to do if they asked about what her father's embezzlement, would she have to lie? Hermione admitted that they might have to shade the truth a bit. She then told Veronica that Hiram had found out about her relationship with Fred Andrews, and that Fred still didn't know that Hiram owned the drive-in's land. Veronica tried to persuade her mother to tell Fred the truth before someone else did, but Hermione was reluctant as they had sunk all their money into the SoDale project and could not afford for Fred to walk off the project.
The next day, after learning that friend Ethel Muggs's family was having financial trouble, Veronica took it upon herself to cheer Ethel up by inviting her to lunch at The Pembrooke with her mother, Kevin and Betty. While there, Hermione pulled Veronica aside and informed her that Ethel's father had invested with Hiram, meaning he was responsible for the recent troubles that Ethel's family was facing and they would be testifying against Hiram. Disgusted, Veronica agreed that they should, as her father had ruined so many lives, however, that was merely the downside of investing with Hiram, Hermione explained. Veronica then asked if Fred could lose everything in doing business with her and Hiram, but Hermione was not sure.
A few nights later, Veronica returned home in tears. She had come from the hospital where Ethel's father was, after attempting to kill himself because of what Hiram had done, which for all Veronica knew, he continued to do. Veronica informed her mother she was done lying for her father.
After the incident with Ethel's father, Veronica met her father's attorney, Paul Sowerberry, who had come by The Pembrooke to prep Hermione and Veronica for their statements and help with Hiram's upcoming court hearing. However, Veronica reminded her mother that she still had no plans on helping her father on account of all the lives her father had ruined. He had made his bed, and now he had to sleep in it.
Later, in the student lounge, Veronica learned from Archie that when he attend the Blossom family banquet, he had overheard Cliff Blossom say that he was responsible for Veronica's father being sent to jail. Shocked, Veronica wondered why Clifford would have had anything to do with her father being in jail but Archie didn't have an answer. Curious, Veronica dug into her father's business files after school and discovered that Blossom Maple Farms had been paying Lodge Industries significant sums of money going back seventy-five years. The payments continued up until five months prior, when Hiram was arrested. She told her mother of what she found and wondered if Cliff Blossom had implicated her father to get out of paying the fee. Veronica thought they should tell Mr. Sowerberry, however, Hermione was worried that if people found out about the payments, they might think Hiram was responsible for Jason Blossom's murder. She reassured her daughter that she didn't think he had anything to do with his murder but advised her to let it go anyway, so as not to make things worse.
Disregarding her mothers wishes, Veronica presented what she'd found to her father's lawyer, who told her that he already knew and had the same concerns as her mother about revealing the information. Mr. Sowerberry then informed her that he had spoken to her father about her conflicted feelings, and produced a letter from Hiram to Veronica. In the letter, Hiram implied that Hermione was not as innocent as Veronica thought, and if Veronica didn't make a statement on his behalf, her mother would be drawn into the mess. He then threatened that she think carefully of what she would do next as both her and her mother's lives would depend on it. Later, after attending Jughead's 16th birthday party, Veronica commiserated with Archie, telling him that she really didn't want her mother to be guilty of anything, that she really hoped her father was lying.
The next day, she had a brief discussion with Smithers, in which he informed her that while her father may be a terrible man, her mother is an unequivocally good person. So, despite her current feelings towards her father, Veronica went to Mr. Sowerberry's office and decided to testify on her father's behalf, but she was doing it for her mother, who she believed in.
Days later, Hermione received a phone call from Mr. Sowerberry who revealed that their statements had made a big difference in Hiram's case and the judge was inclined to give him a break, which would amount to time served or just a few more months. Veronica wondered what would happen once he was released, if they would move back to New York. Hermione suggested that Hiram could move to Riverdale, however, Veronica was worried about the crimes he had committed, including, possibly, Jason Blossom's murder. Frustrated with her daughter, Hermione told her to stop as there was no proof Hiram had anything to do with his death and that she needed to be supportive of her father rather than demonize him.
Still incredibly uneasy about her father, Veronica convinced Archie to help her search FP Jones's trailer for any evidence linking him or her father to Jason Blossom. She believed that it was a definite possibility that Hiram had hired FP to have Jason killed while he was in jail, and her mother was in complete denial about everything, ready to welcome Hiram home with open arms. Veronica needed to know the truth.
After FP Jones was arrested for Jason Blossom's murder, Hermione was worried that he might reveal Hiram's dealings with the Serpents. Veronica, however, was satisfied that at least they would know the truth and if it turned out that Hiram was involved, Hermione assured her daughter that they would cut all ties with him. Worried, Veronica posited that they might not be able to walk away so easily and Hermione took her hand in comfort.
At the Pembrooke apartment, Veronica sat at the table with a glass of mimosa and a plate of chocolate almond croissant. When Hermione saw the glass of champagne in Veronica's hand, she reprimanded her for opening the bottle of Cristal that was saved for her father's return. Veronica got a phone call from Betty, who spread the news from Archie about Fred's critical condition following the incident at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
With Fred's life hanging in the balance, Hermione headed to the Chapel to pray in his name. However, she was interrupted by Veronica, who questioned if she was praying for Fred's speedy recovery or a quick death. Veronica explained Jughead's theory about the shooting, and how it may have been a hit, which left Veronica wondering who would be evil enough to commit such a heinous act. Veronica then remembered how Hermione wanted Fred to sell his share of the company back because he and Hiram wouldn't get along. Hermione initially assumed that the target of Veronica's accusations was Hiram, but in actuality, Veronica directed them towards her. Veronica no longer saw her as an innocent pawn. She believed Hermione to be Hiram's eyes and ears on the ground, calling the shots while he's in prison. Hermione rose to her feet as she informed Veronica that her disrespect would no longer be tolerated. She offered her daughter a word of advice; to get back in line with the family because she's a Lodge above all else. She should slap Veronica for what she's insinuating, but Hermione claimed that she's not a violent person.
Veronica returned home after a long day at the hospital to be greeted by the appearance of Hiram who was sitting in the dining room with her mother standing beside him. He told her that he came early to surprise her, imagining she'd be home, waiting to greet him upon his return. However, he was the one who was surprised when he later found out she wasn't at home. Hermione chimed in, telling Hiram about how she also drank his Cristal. Hiram reprimanded her for her disrespectful act and remarked how this was not like Veronica at all, to which she admitted to changing since the last time they saw one another...but the question is, had he? He may have changed, but not so much as he didn't want a kiss hello from his daughter. Veronica then walked over to give her father a kiss on his cheek. She then informed them, of Fred's recovery from the gunshot wound, as he had finally woken up.
Seccretly Buying Pop's
Upon returning home that evening, Veronica got a call from Betty, telling her that the diner was being bought by an anonymous buyer, which was the same description given for Hiram when he was secretly buying the Twilight Drive-In. Veronica entered the dining room, and accused her father of buying the diner in an attempt to buy her. Hiram claimed that he wasn't buying Pop's, and then requested that Veronica sit so that they can talk civilly. Since her father wanted to talk so badly, Veronica suggested that they talk about Mr. Andrews, since he was shot one day after he rejected the offer to sell his portion of the SoDale project, which had Veronica wondering if it's her father's doing. Hiram denied shooting Fred. Nor did he hire anyone to shoot him. Unconvinced with her father's claims of innocence, Veronica explained that she was his fiercest protector. Whenever someone called him the devil incarnate, she always came to his defense, telling herself that he wasn't that bad and that he can be forgiven. However, this changed when she received the letter from him, threatening her mother. Veronica then handed Hermione the letter, telling her to think about the kind of man that they're letting back into their lives. After reading the letter, Hermione told Veronica that she wrote the letter threatening herself in order to get Veronica to testify on Hiram's behalf, so that they could be reunited as a family once more.
The following night, Hermione and Hiram attended Retro Night at Pop's in support of Veronica and her cause to keep the shoppe from closing. With the night being a new beginning for Pop's, Veronica suggested that maybe the night can be a new beginning for them as well. However, she asked for total transparency in return. In the spirit of that, Hiram proposed that Lodge Industries make a "charitable contribution" to the diner.
Seeing her mother near her father's study with his morning coffee, Veronica offered to take it to him as she had something that she would like to discuss with him. But as Veronica was reminded by her mother, she wasn't allowed in her father's study. Those were the old rules, Veronica retorted. Which still applied, Hermione explained. Hearing their voices just outside the door, Hiram joined them in the main room, where Veronica asked if she could have her inner circle of friends over to watch the season premiere of the Matchlerette. She even invited her father to join them as her friends were supposedly dying to meet him.
On their way to dinner at the club later that night, Hermione and Hiram passed through the living room to greet Veronica's friends. However, they couldn't help but overhear the discussion the teens were having, where they showed great frustration with Sheriff Keller and his inability to catch the killer. Being a man that has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, Hiram offered them a word of advice; he could say with confidence that the police aren't always the solution. Sometimes they needed to stand up and protect themselves. On that note, Hermione decided to cut Hiram's speech short, telling him that if they didn't leave in that moment, that they would lose their seats. Then, before heading out the door, Hiram unexpectedly invited Archie over for dinner later in the week as he looked forward to seeing what he came up with to saving Riverdale.
The following morning, Hermione advised Veronica against pursuing the dinner with Archie. While it may not have been Veronica who extended the invitation, Hiram's actions stemmed from his desire to please her. Veronica, on the other hand, simply wanted her father's approval. She hoped for everything to change overnight, and for him to be friends with her friend. While one day her friends will be in a great place with her father, it was a working process, not something to be rushed.
Hermione joined Veronica in the dining room as she cleaned the silverware in preparation for her upcoming dinner with Archie. She warned her daughter that she was playing with fire, and that she should be more cautious when doing so. While Veronica's agenda may have consisted of the family getting to know Archie over a civilized dinner, Hermione wasn't too convinced that this was Hiram's agenda. However, from Veronica's perspective, Hermione was the only one failing to put forth an effort. What do you think daddy is going to do to Archie, Veronica asked. She was tired of the veiled threats, telling Hermione to admit that Hiram was dangerous or to otherwise drop it as they were to never have the conversation again. Hermione, unfortunately, stood there quietly as Veronica reminded her that she was responsible for welcoming Hiram back into their lives.
As planned, Archie came over for dinner, during which time he complimented Hermione on her well-prepared meal. They briefly discussed how Archie saved Ethel Muggs the prior night. Unfortunately, the individual stalking her got away. Admittedly, they needed to increase their response time. Hiram understood Archie's need to be ahead of the threat. After Hermione and Hiram exchanged looks from across the table, which went unnoticed by Archie and Veronica, Hiram asked Archie if he's ever had rum, then inviting him into the study to have a drink from the signature Lodge family label. Veronica mistook this as an invitation to join them, however, Hiram asked that she stay behind, providing him and Archie with the opportunity to talk man-to-man. Poor little princess, Hermione commented as she finished off the remaining of her drink. The king will always keep her at arm's length. She'll never be allowed in his private throne room.
The following morning, as Hermione brought Hiram his morning coffee, Veronica announced that she wanted a more active role in Lodge Industries considering that she was a shareholder. Hiram reminded Veronica that this was merely an honorary title, which is why Veronica suggested that they make it a legitimate title. She wanted to get her hands dirty and be in the room where it all happened. Much to Hermione's surprise, Hiram agreed that as a Lodge, it was Veronica's right to be more involved in the family business.
With the Black Hood's presence growing in Riverdale, Archie took it upon himself to send a message to the killer. Now, with the Red Circle's public message to the Black Hood sending the town in an uproar, Hermione and Hiram questioned Veronica on her involvement with the Circle's video, though she didn't seem to think it was as serious as they were making it out to be. Hermione explained that it was a video threatening violence, which in turn made Archie dangerous in the eyes of her and Hiram, though Hermione took her stance on the matter a step further by forbidding Veronica from seeing Archie any longer. However, Veronica had no intentions of breaking off her relationship with Archie without first getting his side of the story. Once Veronica was out the room, a grin formed on Hiram's face, leaving Hermione to wonder what he was smiling about. Hiram explained that between the Black hood, the Red Circle, and the Town Hall meeting, there was so much chaos and confusion taking place.
The next day, after Veronica returned home from school, Hermione commented on her t-shirt that was in support of the Red Circle. She asked Veronica if she would still be wearing it when Archie's arrested for reckless endangerment or something worse. Veronica didn't believe that it would ever come to this. Archie was being railroaded, she claimed. And you can say that, with absolute certainty, after watching that video, Hermione asked. She began to question the extent of Veronica's adherence, then offering her a word of advice in regards to loyalty. There was nothing more honorable and noble than it. But blind loyalty was both stupid and dangerous. Hemione prayed that this wasn't the case with Veronica and Archie.
SoDale Open House
Hermione sat on the desk in Hiram's study, reading aloud to both him and Veronica, the latest published article from the Register, which addressed the rise in crime in Riverdale, more specifically the stabbing of Northside teen, Dilton Doiley. The recent incident confirmed that the real threat wasn't the Black Hood, rather the Southside and its corruptive forces. The article, which was written by Alice, accused Hiram of wanting to profit off of Riverdale's misfortunes, instead of fixing them. To make matters worse, all this was occurring just before their open house. Hiram told Hermione that they couldn't allow anything to derail the SoDale project, that included Alice, the southside gangs (Southside Serpents and Ghoulies), and the Black Hood. Their biggest problem at the moment, was capital. They were running out of it at a fast rate, Hermione explained. Fortunately, Hiram had invited potential investors to the open house, the St. Clair's, to be exact. They were coming up from New York. Veronica was delighted to hear that her old friend, Nick St. Clair, would be coming up with them for the opening. If they could get the St. Clair's to invest, then others would surely follow. Hermione recalled Veronica wanting a seat at the table, and with Nick having his father's ear, she hoped that Veronica could help them close the deal by showing Nick all that Riverdale had to offer.
A few days later, at the open house, Hermione and Hiram arrived at the opening. If the successful turn out of the open house didn't convince the St. Clair's to invest, Hermione remarked that she didn't know what would. Moments later, Hermione spotted Veronica, before calling her over to see how things were going with Nick. From all reports, Veronica's charm offensive was paying off. As the St. Clair's arrived, Hermione decided it was time to wrangle up Fred. She told him that the entire point of the open house was to socialize, though he figured he'd leave it to Hermione and Hiram, the professionals. However, Fred wasn't without his charms, Hermione noted. She and Hiram were glad that he was back at work, and would appreciate it if he joined them on stage. She commented that he might as well, considering he built it. However, their discussion was cut short by Alice's sudden arrival in a red snake print dress and a matching gold snake necklace.
Hermione and Hiram attended the meeting that Alice decided to set to deal with what happened at Nick St. Clair's party. All the parents along with their children attended. Alice quickly judged the party as a "bacchanal", pointing out that only her Betty was smart enough not to use drugs. Hiram Lodge immediately replied to Alice's harsh insinuations about those who used Jingle Jangle, suggesting her to be careful at throwing stones by recalling her mugshot Betty recently printed on the newspaper's front page. When Hermione demanded to know who brought the Jingle Jangle to the party, Reggie Mantle confessed that he brought the drugs that he acquired from a dealer on the Southside, who he suspected of being a Southside serpent. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Veronica pointed out that Nick asked for it, and later pressured them into taking it. Furthermore, he attacked 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 unreliable witnesses due to the fact that they were high. When Veronica retorted that when Josie and herself witnessed the incident with Nick and Cheryl, they weren't on drugs, Sheriff explained that Jingle Jangle stayed in one's system for up to three days. Unfortunately, it had only been one day since the open house, so this would raise a credibility issue in court. Josie's mother was appalled to learn that she too had participated in taking Jingle Jangle despite knowing how her father struggled with addiction. This triggered Mayor McCoy to take harsh measures, much to Alice's complacency to see the Southside blamed for it and actions taken to prevent further crime coming to the Northside.
Hermione and Hiram were playing chess in the living room, when Veronica entered, confronting her parents upon hearing from Cheryl that they were still doing business with the St. Clairs and letting them invest in the SoDale project, who paid Penelope to stay quiet about the incident. Hiram tried to retort that Cheryl's accusations were not strong enough as she didn't have any physical evidence to support her claim. Trying to corroborate Cheryl's claim, Veronica decided to confess that Nick tried to do the same to her. Upon hearing this, her parents' attitude toward the situation changed from a dismissive to a protective one, vowing to not take a single penny from them ever again.
The following night, the phone rang as Veronica read, while they played chess in the living room. Hermione picked up the phone, getting news from Andre that the St. Clairs had gotten into a car accident; Nick would gradually recover, with time, but Xander and Simone St. Clair's status were not mentioned. "Oh, well. Karma's a bitch", Veronica said, as Hermione and Hiram continued playing chess.
A Letter from the Black Hood
Hermione and Hiram called Sheriff Keller over to investigate after receiving a threatening letter from someone claiming to be the Black Hood. As the Sheriff was leaving, Veronica returned home. They informed her of the letter, and how it said that they would be targeted and punished for their sinful ways. Hermione and Hiram didn't express much concern given that dozens of households received the exact same letter, though Veronica was terrified by the letter considering that they were actually sinners. However, Hermione and Hiram explained that they would be fine considering that the Pembrooke was a fortress and Andre was trained in martial arts. Regarding Veronica's every day activities, such as going to school and shopping, Andre would drive her, and when he wasn't available, they'd hire a car service. After talking it over, Hermione and Hiram decided that they wouldn't mind seeing more of Archie since he was brawny and devoted to Veronica.
The next day, while at the breakfast table, Hiram and Hermione learned from Veronica that Archie had said that he loved her, though she didn't say it back as she felt it was too soon. It didn't matter what Archie said or didn't say, it was about whether or not Veronica was ready to here it, Hiram and Hermione stated.
A few days later, as Veronica prepared to leave for FP's retirement party, Hermione stopped by her room to check on her and to see how her relationship with Archie was progressing ever since he professed his love for her. Veronica explained that they had been working on a side project, which she realized was just an attempt by herself to avoid talking about the love that dares not speak its name. Veronica wondered why she couldn't say it back and why it had to be such a big deal. She pointed out that Hermione and Hiram never say that they love each other. It was then that Veronica realized that in her entire life, she'd never heard her parents say that they loved one another.
The Family Business
In the days leading up to Christmas, the Lodges ate dinner as a family, during which time Hermione asked about the Spiffany's bag she saw Hiram come in with earlier that day. It looked about the right size for a Glamerge egg, she added. That depends on whether she's been naughty or nice this year, Hiram replied. Hiram then assured Veronica that he had her Christmas list as well. But he asked of her to refrain from snooping as she does every year. However, Veronica wasn't in the Christmas spirit. She was frustrated and she wanted Hermione and Hiram to take a look at themselves and realize how fortunate and wasteful they were, spending money on bejeweled eggs like they were a family of Russian oligarchs while there were people in Riverdale who couldn't even afford to pay their own bills, such as Fred Andrews, who Veronica learned from Archie was drowning in medical bills to the tune of $86,000. Which is why she was hoping that Hermione and Hiram would cover his expenses. Unfortunately, the Lodge Charitable Trust had made its donations for the fiscal year. Fred would have to tighten his belt, so to speak. However, as Veronica informed Hiram, Fred was already selling Christmas trees for extra money. That's the kind of father he was, Veronica surmised. Regardless, Hiram wished to hear no more on the matter, storming off to his study.
The following night, Hiram and Hermione returned to the Pembrooke from last minute Christmas shopping after receiving a call from the bank, confirming a charge that was made from Hermione's credit card, in the amount of $86,000. They realized that it was Veronica's doing and came home to confront her. She deiced that her parents would cover Fred's medical expenses considering that they had the money to buy Pop's and then lie to her face about it. How is it that we can now afford a diner, Veronica wondered. Hiram addressed the fact that she wanted a more active role in Lodge Industries, which they gave to her. In response, she broke into his office and tried to use whatever she could find as leverage against them. While Hiram admitted that it was a lot Veronica didn't know, he informed her that this was intentional. Veronica questioned how she could be apart of the family if they continued to hide things from her. Veronica thought that she wanted to know everything, but she didn't, Hiram remarked. Though, with her name being on all of the documents in Hiram's desk, Veronica insisted that she had the right to know the truth about everything. Hermione agreed. However, this would also mean that the time for being "Daddy's little girl" is over. It was time for all of them to work in lockstep. Hiram agreed, telling Veronica to follow him to the study.
In the study, Hiram and Hermione revealed everything to Veronica about their family's business. She agreed to join them in running Lodge Industries, though she had one condition; she refused to do anything illegal. Which was fine considering that they denounced any illegal activity on their behalf as well. Hermione shared with Veronica two words to live by; plausible deniability. In regards to the charge that Veronica made towards Fred's medical bills, she wanted that to stick. While Hiram was initially against doing so as it would only complicate things, Hermione agreed to Veronica's demand, stating that they could smooth it over. Furthermore, they needed Fred for what would come next. Assuming that the Fred situation could be finessed, Veronica agreed to the deal with her parents.
On Christmas morning, the Lodges unwrapped their gifts, during which time, Hermione and Hiram informed Veronica that Archie had stopped by the day before to leave her a gift.
With Christmas and the Black Hood behind them, Riverdale began to return to its typical small town intrigues, such as clandestine meetings that were being held between Veronica's parents and the Mayor. She winked at her mother as they escorted Mayor McCoy into her father's study.
Before heading off for school the following morning, her mother and father stopped by her room to check in on her and to ensure that she was still on board with their "plan". Veronica assured them that she was but her mother pressed her further revealing the severity of what's to come. She explained that once completed, she would be at ground zero, i.e. the eye of the potential hurricane. Their concern went unwarranted; she believed, regardless of what's to come, she'll be fine. However, she assured her parents that she'll be able to keep her classmates from revolting once the news broke. With renewed faith, they nodded at their daughter in silence.
That night, Veronica and her parents invited Archie over for dinner. He wanted to personally thank them for for paying his father's medical bills. Veronica explained that, in return, she had hoped Archie would stand beside her in welcoming the incoming Southside transfers. Archie agreed and took the opportunity to ask her parents about the closure of Southside High. He assumed that being close to the SoDale project, it's bad for business. Hiram corrected him, explaining that drugs, gangs, and violence was in fact bad for business. Archie assumed that investors, like the St. Clairs, must be fine with it as well. Veronica updated him on the fact that they were no longer investors. Her mother confirmed that due to what had transpired between Nick and Cheryl, they had severed all ties with the family. They didn't even call them after the accident that Nick had. However, from all reports, he was recovered enough to return to school.
In her father's study the next day, Veronica discussed with her parents the failed integration between Riverdale and Southside High. Weatherbee told McCoy who told them about the fight and the difficulties the Serpents were facing as they tried to find their place at Riverdale. Veronica explained that Reggie was merely being Reggie, but he had made gang-wear a flashpoint. The Southsiders needed to start looking the part. So Veronica proposed a charitable donation to help out the fashionably misguided newcomers.
The Lodges attended a meeting at the Andrews house with Fred Andrews, Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller to discuss the students who had been transferred to Riverdale High one week before and how their parents were in Mayor McCoy's office everyday to demand that she reopen Southside High. Which is why Hermione, Hiram and Fred 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 concluded that they wanted to make Pickens Day a commercial event for the SoDale, similar to their open house. But Veronica interject to provide some clarity. She pointed out that 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, Hermione, Hiram and Fred had offered to hire the Serpents as security for the event since FP had told Fred that the Serpents were looking for work. Furthermore, the party would let the Southside know that they hadn't been abandoned. The meeting was then brought to an abrupt as Archie returned home.
A couple days later, Hermione learned from Veronica that Sierra was acting cold towards her, almost as if Veronica was a bad seed who was out to corrupt Josie. In hearing this, Hermione concluded that Sierra wasn't comfortable with how involved in the family business Veronica had recently become. She likely feared that Veronica would tell Josie something that she shouldn't know. Veronica insisted that she would never do anything that would compromise what they had planned, which Hermione knew to be true. In fact, should Sierra's coldness towards Veronica persist, Hermione would have a conversation with her.
On Pickens Day morning, at the breakfast table, Veronica told her mother about her fight with Josie and how she had dropped out of their performance. This was the Mayor's doing, they both assumed. Just as her mother prepared to address the matter, Veronica told her to hold off. She recalled her mother previously telling her that their family worked differently from others. So if Josie and Mayor McCoy didn't like the way they did business, that was on them. But the show must go on. Later, at Pickens Day, Hermione watched as Veronica performed without Josie but with the Pussycats.
Later that day, a confirmation present from the St. Clairs arrived for Veronica, which only made her question what would make them think that they had the right to send her a gift after everything that went down between them when they were in town. Hermione explained that it's what families that are in their line of business do. Even when they're at war. They give gifts to show respect Or, in this case, to try and make amends for past regrets. Whatever the gift was, Veronica wanted no parts of it, telling her mother to burn or regift it. As she was leaving, Hermione told her that Simone St. Clair called to follow up on this gift and that during that call, she said that Archie paid Nick an unfriendly visit. Hermione asked Veronica if this was true. Which it was.
The next day, at the Pembrooke, Hermione and Veronica greeted Josie and Sierra, who stopped by to offer an apology after the Pickens Day fiasco. Admittedly, Sierra had misgivings about some of the decisions that Hermione and Hiram were making, which was wrong and inappropriate. Given the stressful times, neither Veronica nor Hermione held any grudges. In fact, as proof of this, Veronica invited them both to her confirmation. Sierra graciously accepted as this made giving them their gift that much easier. The aforementioned gift was Josie's offer to sing at Veronica's confirmation. While Veronica already had plans to sing herself, Hermione accepted Josie's offer so that they could perform a duet. When Veronica asked Josie if she knew the "Bitter Sweet Symphony" from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack, Josie told her that she could learn.
The following night, the women got together at the Pembrooke for girl-talk. Veronica told her family that her confession with Monsignor Murphy didn't offer much piece in mind. Hoping to help, they shared their "things" which helped them get through the day and they advised Veronica to find her own. Tia then asked about Archie after seeing him a couple days before. Veronica told them that he was her boyfriend and that he would be attending the ceremony. Archie was a local boy and he was as Hermione put it, "inocente", which is Spanish for innocent.
The next day, Hermione watched as Veronica's confirmation ceremony commenced with her and Josie singing a duet of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack. She watched proudly as Veronica was anointed and confirmed by Monsignor Murphy. Afterward, during the post-ceremony celebration, the ladies took family photos together. As Veronica attempted to leave, Hermione pulled her back in for follow up pictures.
That night, after the party, Veronica received one last gift. She opened it to discover the head of General Pickens' statue. Realizing that it was actually for her parents, she called them over to deal with the head that was wrapped neatly in a box. 
Picking up from where the previous episode left off, Hermione, Veronica, and Hiram gathered around the head of General Pickens' statue as it sat on the table. Hiram interpreted the delivery of the head as a deceleration of war. Hermione stated that they always knew that they would have to go to war eventually. But of course, there was another option. Veronica reminded them that at Spence, she was Secretary General of the Model UN, and before declaring war, they'd always try to negotiate a settlement. So if she could broker a detente between the Contras and the Sandinistas, then Hiram could surely de-escalate relations with the Southside Serpents. Veronica offered to get them to the table while all he had to do is play nice, which shouldn't be too much to ask for from an accomplished businessman such as himself.
Later that week, Hermione and Hiram got into a heated argument with Mayor McCoy over the Southside land development. As she exited the study, Sierra told them that she was fairly close to telling Jughead everything and that it would be a lot worse for them than it would be for her. Veronica learned that given the exposé that Jughead was writing about them, her parents had decided to accelerate the timetable. So they told Sierra they might have to announce their plans for Southside High earlier than expected, but she refused and demanded that they wait until after her reelection. Should they proceed without her, she threatened to expose them. If this wasn't handled properly, the whole town would be out for their blood. However, if they got Sierra out of the Mayor's office, under a cloud of scandal, the damage she could do to them would be minimized. They would go about doing that by revealing her affair with Sheriff Keller.
The following day, much to Hermione and Hiram's surprise, Sierra resigned from office over a live broadcast. She claimed that seeing them through a triumphant Jubilee and the terrors of the Black Hood killings had taken a personal toll. So she had decided to step down as Mayor, to spend more time with her family and to return to her own legal career right in Riverdale. Hermione and Hiram were surprised by Sierra's sudden decision to resign since they hadn't even made their play yet. Veronica told them that this was good news since now they don't have to. If they did, it would be cruel.
I just spent the last 24 hours in the gothic horror story that is Cheryl Blossom's life, and it just reminded me how lucky I am... to have a mom who protects me.