- FP: "Son, listen to me, I’m gonna do what you want. Get my act together. I’m gonna get your mom and Jellybean home so we’re all under the same roof, I promise. But I--I just need a little time to do that, not a lot--not long, a month, two at the most. Hey, then we’ll be back on track, alright? You, uh, you believe that, don’t you?"
- Jughead: "Yeah...I believe you, Dad."
- ―FP's promise to Jughead[src]
The father-son relationship between Jughead and FP Jones is strained but ultimately loving. Due to FP's alcoholism, Jughead moved out and their family quickly fell apart, however, Jughead still hasn't lost hope for his father. FP is trying to change for the better, in hopes of reuniting their family once more. He quit drinking, and even cleaned up, to prove to Jughead that he can change. However their happiness was sort lived with FP was framed for the murder of Jason Blossom. Even after he was proven innocent, he was still considered an accomplice and was charged for withholding evidence. As a result of this, he was facing some tough charges, sentenced to due time in prison.
After serving a few months in prison, not long after FP's court trail, he was later released from prison, where he was taken by Alice, Betty and Jughead to Pop's, where he'd have his very first meal as a free man. He even announced to them, while he was in prison, he had some time to think, as he decided to quit the Southside Serpents and work for Pop's instead. However, FP would eventually learn not long after his release, while he was away, his son would be caught up in a crossfire with Penny Peabody. FP's past history with Penny, he was worried for his son as he tried to protect him from her, as he knew along with some other Serpent members, she was bad news. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself, FP took Jughead's place, in order to get him out of his deal with Penny, thus delaying his retirement.
Determined to clean up his mess, Jughead took matters into his own hands, as he devised a plan to take out Penny by rounding up some Serpent buddies of his own. With the laws of the Serpents, and Jughead's status of being the "Serpent Prince", the son of "The King", FP Jones, the Serpents loyalty towards the Jones Family had no bounds. As they stood by Jughead's side, later kidnapping Penny, removing her from Riverdale, by forcing her over to the town of Greendale. Due to Penny's attack towards the Southside Serpents, on both FP and Jughead Jones, who were one of the two highest ranks considered amongest the Serpents, Jughead removed her Serpent Tattoo by force, kicking her out of the gang.
The Jones family always had trouble at home, which Jughead mentions as a cause for hating his birthday. Their troubles were exacerbated when FP began drinking heavily during his unemployment. Jughead's mother and sister moved out to live with their grandparents, and Jughead began living in the Drive-in.
After his father arrest, Jughead and his girlfriend are seen at Pop's after Archie's father was shot. Betty is seen talking to Jughead, as she informs him that she's worried for him due to his connections to the Southside Serpents. As she stated when he put on the Serpent Jacket, it fit him like a glove. While also adding that after he put the jacket on, the look on his face didn't look like acting. Jughead later tells her, as he defended himself. Stating that their was about ten Serpents standing outside of his fathers trailer, he couldn't say no. As he later admits to her, that it wasn't an act, as he stated that his father was going away for a long ass time, and riding his fathers old motorcycle, living in his trailer home, and being in the Serpents gang. It made him feel like he was still with his father, meaning that his father would always be with him, even if it meant that he would be behind bares for a long time.
At the Sheriff Station, seated in the interrogation room, FP spoke to his attorney, while Jughead kept him company to listen in on what his attorney had to say about his father's case. Jughead paced back and forth as the attorney lay a list of the charges that FP was facing: FP was charged for Arson, destruction of evidence, making a false confession, obstructing justice, while also having to deal with the fact that he dumped a dead kids body in the river. FP stated to his attorney that he was aware of his actions for what he had done. Fortunately, he was being offered a deal. The lawyer advised FP that he should take the deal, as this is a strong deal considering how long he's been in the job. How many years, Jughead wonders, to which the lawyer explains that he could be facing twenty. However, if FP refused their offer, and his case goes to trial, FP could be facing 40 years in prison instead.
The Court Trial Edit
The following day, during FP's court trial, Cheryl was called to the stand to give her statement after coercion from Betty, as, according to Penny Peabody, it would immensely help in FP's case if the family forgave FP for what he had done, allowing FP to serve a less harsh sentence. Cheryl stated, speaking on behalf of herself and her mother, that they forgave FP for the part that he had played in covering up her brother's murder, and they humbly ask the court for leniency. FP was seated beside his attorney, surprised to hear those words come out of Cheryl's mouth. Cheryl looked towards FP, as she continued to tell the Judge, that FP's guilt had been blown out of proportion to satiate what her father's suicide denied them. which was closure. However, as much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances to his account.
After making a brief eye contact with Betty, Cheryl blurted out "My father threatened him". Cheryl claimed to have overheard them talking, and her father said he would hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply. Is that extenuating enough, Cheryl asked. In light of these revelations, the judge suggested that they take a step back and reevaluate certain aspects of the case. At which time, they will revisit the sentencing. Thanks to Cheryl, a delay in FP's case was ordered. His son, Jughead, placed his hand on FP's shoulder after the court was dismissed. When FP asked Jughead if it was a win for them, Jughead confirmed that it was, to which they embraced each other with tears of joy.
A Fair Warning Edit
Later, back at the trailer, where Jughead was making dinner for himself, he received a phone call from his father. It had come to FP's attention that Jughead had gone to see Penny Peabody, and he was clearly upset by this revelation. Confused by this, Jughead replied that he didn't have a choice, and asked him if there was something wrong. Worried, FP then asked if he paid her, which he hadn't because she said it was a favor. FP warned Jughead against contacting Penny ever again as he did not want to be in bed with the Snake Charmer.
Advice from Behind Bars Edit
While in prison, FP received a surprise visit from Archie and Jughead, who were seeking out advice on what to do with there current dilemma involving the Ghoulies, a rival Southside gang. As displeased as FP was with learning that Jughead joined the Southside Serpents, he seemed more displeased with the fact that Tall Boy, his right hand man, had betrayed him by setting up an alliance with the Ghoulies. In a fit of frustration, FP banged the phone up against the glass, then telling the boys that while Ghoulies dressed like fops, they were a nasty crew. Fortunately, the Serpents had survived much worse. However, Jughead and Archie needed to overcome the obstacle of being greatly outnumbered, meaning they had to avoid bloodshed at all cost by out thinking them. The one thing Ghoulies loved above all else was there souped-up retro cars and hearses. "You catch my Riverdale drift, boys?", FP asked. He suggested that Jughead and Archie challenge the Ghoulies to a one-on-one street race, but to keep it quiet or else they'd be arrested for street racing. Set the terms of the race, FP said. If the Ghoulies won, the Serpents would surrender, but if the Serpents won, the Ghoulies would have to stand down. Raising the stakes of the race, whoever won would gain control of Southside High. In doing so, they could bring an end to their troubles with the Ghoulies, the Jingle Jangle, and Mayor McCoy.
Being Deceived Edit
After receiving news from Penny Peabody on his fathers status in prison, Jughead later came by to visit FP. Once he came by to visit, he expected his father to have bruises across his face, as he was told by Penny, that his father was jumped by some Ghoulie members, due to Archie and him not honoring there deal with the Ghoulies, when the called the cop on them in the middle of the Riverdale Drag Race, getting there most valuable ranks arrested in the process. Once he came by to visit his father, he would eventually learn that he was deceived by Penny, as he was used as a pawn, to get him to do her dirty work for her, as a price to be paid back.
- FP: "So, where you gonna live now?"
- Jughead: "I'll figure it out, Dad...I always do."
- ―Jughead's first on-screen interaction with FP[src]
- Jughead: "Did you have anything to do with Jason Blossom's death?"
- FP Jones: "You really think I could do that?"
- Jughead: "It's the dark ages dad, I don't really know what to think anymore."
- FP: "I'm not a perfect father, Jughead, no getting around that but, I'm no killer."
- ―Jughead confronts his father[src]
|“||This is excellent. Me, I can barely string two sentences together, but you, you got a gift. Thank God you're not wasting it.||”|
|— FP praising Jughead's manuscript[src]|