- 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 a rough one, to say the least. Due to FP's drinking, they had become strained but they care about each other regardless. FP is trying to get his act together so his family can come back.
When Jughead was younger, they used to spend a lot of time at the Twilight Drive-In, but they often could not afford tickets for everyone, so Jughead and his sister Jellybean would hide in the trunk until they parked.
Their relationship became strained after Fred Andrews fired FP from Andrews Construction, and he began drinking heavily, which led Jughead's mother and his sister to move in with Jughead and Jellybean's grandparents. Jughead also moved out and began living out of the projection booth at the drive-in where he worked.
Season 1 EditTheir relationship as father and son was first known when the Twilight Drive-In, Jughead’s place of employment, was closing down. Jughead learned that an anonymous buyer had plans to tear down the local drive-in, and he fought desperately to keep it open. However he failed and it was revealed that Jughead had been living out of the projection booth.
He met his father outside, who was a member of the the local gang, the Southside Serpents and they had a short strained conversation. His father asked "So where you gonna live now?" and he replied, "I'll figure it out, dad. I always do." After that was said, he walked past his dad and left the drive-in.
Archie learns, after bumping into him in the boys' locker room early that morning that ever since the drive-in closed down, Jughead had been living out of a forgotten closet under a staircase at the High School. Jughead explained that things weren't good at home. His dad had fallen off the wagon after Fred Andrews fired him, and his mother had left with Jellybean to live with their grandparents a while back. Archie invited him to stay at his place, but he declined, saying that his situation was only temporary. Archie then spoke with his father about the situation and Fred offered to call FP about getting his job back.
Jughead visited his father at his trailer to talk about the job, and FP was happy at his return. Jughead insisted on FP getting rehired at Andrews Construction and start rebuilding their family, to which FP seemingly agrees and speaks to Fred. To celebrate FP returning to work at the Andrews Construction, Jughead, Archie, Fred and FP go to Pop's for dinner where the two fathers told stories about their younger years. When it came time to pay, Fred and FP got into a dispute over the check.Later that night, FP and Jughead practiced music with Archie, where FP complimented him on being better than his father. He then revealed the truth about why he was forced to resign from Andrews Construction to Jughead and Archie, much to their horror. This left FP very upset and he began drinking. Jughead took his father home and put him to sleep on couch where he mentioned to his father that he spoke with Jellybean over the phone. She wanted to be addressed as 'JB', instead of Jellybean because she thought it sounded cooler. He remarked that she's a "ten-year-old who listens to Pink Floyd on vinyl, how much cooler could she get?" Jughead also mentioned that his mother now worked at a call center and is taking online classes in the hopes of finally getting her GED, which Jellybean helps her study for. However, Jughead then noticed that his father had passed out while Jughead was helping take off FP's boots and hadn't heard a word he'd said.
The next morning Jughead was brought to the Sheriff Station by Sheriff Keller as a suspect for Jason's murder. His and Betty’s fingerprints were found on Jason’s torched car as expected, but Jughead had a surprising juvie record from six years prior when he almost burned down Riverdale Elementary School, which, according to Jughead, was an accident; he was just playing with matches. Sheriff Keller unfairly suspected him as the killer due to his background and being from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’.
Fred came to his aid and told Sheriff Keller that Jughead was tearing down drywall for his construction company on July 11th, which Fred and Archie later falsified a time card to prove. Jughead’s father showed up to the station just as everyone was leaving and caused a scene in front of Fred, Archie and Betty. FP was furious and angrily demanded to see Sheriff Keller for making accusations against his son and even lashed out at Fred, who tried in vain to calm him down. FP angrily pushed Fred and stated that Jughead was his son and Fred would do the same for Archie. Jughead convinced him to let it go and before he left, FP tearfully promised he would get his act together and that they would have their family back, it would just take some time. Jughead looked angry and resigned as he told his father he believed him. In the end, Jughead went to live at the Andrew’s house.
After Archie revealed that FP was a Serpent having found out when he visited the Whyte Wyrm bar, hangout of the Serpents, Betty wondered why he hadn't told her and he admitted that he was ashamed of his father. They then went to visit FP to ask about Jason Blossom as they had learned from Polly that Jason was running drugs for the Serpents. At the trailer park, after initially trying to deny the gang dealt drugs, FP divulged they gave Jason some product to deliver upstate, but when it never showed, they assumed he had run off with it, until his body washed up at Sweetwater River. Jughead then braced himself before asking his father if he had had any involvement in Jason's death. Hurt, FP asked if Jughead really thought he could do something like that but Jughead didn't know what to think anymore. FP acknowledged that he was a lousy father, but he insisted that he wasn't a killer. Outside the trailer, Betty asked if he believed his father and Jughead admitted that he did.
On the eve of his son's birthday, FP received an unexpected call from Betty, wondering if he would like to join them for a surprise birthday movie and dinner. However, FP knew that if there was one thing that Jughead hated more than surprises, it was his own birthday and thought it best if he kept his distance, that that would be the best gift he could give to his son. Much to FP's surprise, Betty showed up at his work the next afternoon to insist that he join them for the small party they were going to have at Archie's house. Betty wanted to do something special for Jughead, and she believed his presence would be special. Realizing that she would not let up, FP agreed to attend Jughead's party.
The following night, as promised, he came to the party, only to discover that it was a wild house party and that he was the only adult in attendance. Gift in hand, he entered the garage to find Jughead and Archie conversing, and before leaving to put his gift in the den, commented that Betty had invited him, and that she knew what she wanted, meaning Jughead.Later on, FP kept quiet and watched as the teens played a game called "Secrets & Sins", in which they would reveal their own secrets, however, the game quickly escalated as punches were traded between Jughead, who was defending Betty, and another guest, Chuck Clayton. FP quickly stepped in, grabbed Chuck by his shirt, and manoeuvred him bodily out the house, declaring to the rest of the teens that the party was over. He confronted Jughead as he attempted to leave the house and told him not to run away. FP could see that Jughead had a good thing going with Betty and his friends, something he could never give him and he needed to man-up, and talk to Betty. Convinced, Jughead returned to the house.
- FP: "So where you gonna live now?"
- Jughead: "I'll figure it out, dad.. I always do."
- ―Jughead sees his dad after he's forced out of The Twilight Drive-In[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]
- ↑ Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
- ↑ Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
- ↑ Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
- ↑ Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.