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Pride cometh before the fall, Josie.
— Melody to Josie[src]

Melody Valentine is a recurring character on Riverdale. She is portrayed by Asha Bromfield.

Melody is a student at Riverdale High School and a member of the band, Josie and the Pussycats. She's mainly seen on the drums, during their practices and performances.

Early LifeEdit

Melody grew up in Riverdale, just like most of her fellow classmates. Prior to her introduction into the series, she joined Josie McCoy's band, Josie and the Pussycats. The previous year, they won Rockland County's Battle of the Bands.

Throughout RiverdaleEdit

Season 1Edit

Women of Color

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Josie with the Pussycats as back up

Pussycats rehearsal

As Melody, Valerie, and Josie rehearsed one of their original songs, they were interrupted by Archie Andrews. He tried to explain that he would like to write for them, but Josie declined his offer almost immediately. The night of the back-to-school semiformal, they performed "All Through the Night" at Cheryl Blossom's request, it's the song Cheryl's parents were listening to the night she and Jason were conceived. [1]

Josie and the Pussycats performed their song "Candy Girl (Sugar Sugar)" at the school's pep-rally as a favor to Cheryl, who wanted to spice up the event. [2]

Season 1 Episode 3 Body Double Valerie and Melody annoyed

Valerie and Melody at rehearsal

The Pussycats agreed to allow Archie to quietly observe them while they rehearsed for The Taste of Riverdale, as another favor to Cheryl. Melody is their technique queen, and Valerie is their writer. Archie claimed that he just wanted them to play his songs, and make them better, Melody nods her head, as if she's in agreement. A little later, Archie assisted the Pussycats in writing their song due to the struggle they were currently under-going with the lyrics. The Taste of Riverdale has come, the Pussycats flawlessly performed their song, "All For Me" in front of the audience. [3]

While Melody did not make a present day appearance in this episode, she did appear through stock footage of a previous episode. Melody, Valerie, and Archie were seen setting up the musical equipment. [4]

Annual Events

Season 1 Episode 6 Six Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill! Melody 3

Melody performing during the Variety Show

Melody questioned Josie on the reason for her recent foul attitude, a question that Josie did not take kindly, she accused both Melody and Valerie of slacking on their parts. Unfortunately, this bitter rehearsal took a nasty turn when Valerie decided to quit, and sing with Archie. The next day, she and Josie wasted very little time in finding a replacement, they began posting flyers around the school, luckily for them, Veronica was in need of an outlet for her aggression, thus she became the newest member of Josie and the Pussycats. The night of the 75th annual Variety Show, with Valerie back in the group, the Pussycats rocked the stage. [5]

Like many others, Melody assisted in the search for Polly Cooper at Eversgreen Forest. If Polly's plan was to get out of Riverdale undetected, then she would have headed East, towards Sweetwater River. The search party was sectioned off into several small groups, Melody joined Archie, Betty, Jughead, Josie and Valerie. [6]

Melody and Valerie attended Polly Cooper's Baby Shower at the Pembrooke, where they were greeted by Veronica, and her mother, Hermione. Upon entering, she became reacquainted with Polly, who she hadn't seen in months. [7]

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Valerie and Melody at lunch

Melody and Valerie at lunch

Melody and Valerie exchanged looks with Archie across the cafeteria following Valerie's break up with him, though there was obviously tension between the exes, neither side spoke a word to each other. The next night, Melody and Valerie crashed Jughead's 16th Birthday Party at Archie's house, where they obviously had a run-in with Archie, which subsequently led to them exiting the party abruptly. [8]

First thing that morning, the Pussycats sang a song dedicated to Riverdale High School during the announcements. Completely unaware that they were being considered as murder suspects by Alice Cooper, who was the newly appointed adviser for The Blue and Gold.[9]

Season 1 Episode 13 The Sweet Hereafter Pussycats Jubilee

Pussycats performing at the Jubilee

Earlier that week, the Pussycats had been chosen by Mayor McCoy to perform at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee. They already had a song selected, one that they would not easily stray from, however, upon learning from Veronica that Archie saved Cheryl's life down at Sweetwater River, they decided to play a song he had recently written about his friends. On stage, they performed "These Are the Moments I Remember". Though Mayor McCoy was initially displeased, the crowd thoroughly enjoyed their performance.[10]

Season 2Edit

After learning that Archie's father was shot by an unknown assailant wearing a black hood at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Melody, Valerie, and Josie headed down to Riverdale General Hospital to show their support for Archie and his family. The Pussycats are sending their prayers and as many of their nine lives that Fred requires.[11]

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The Pussycats performing Milkshake

Melody, Josie, and Cheryl entered Pop's on Retro Night to confront Betty about her fraudulent claims all over social media that the Pussycats would be performing a free concert. Betty explained that she lied because had she asked them, they would've said no. Josie will be in a lot of trouble if her mother hears that she even stepped foot in Pop's after the shooting of Archie's father. Even if they wanted to help, they were one Pussycat down because Valerie had a norovirus. Fortunately for Betty, Cheryl volunteered to take Val's place for the night. As long as they were doing a cover of another song, Cheryl was positive that she'd know the lyrics. Melody also pointed how much Josie loved Pop's cheese fries, and how she would be just as disappointed as anyone else if the diner was to close down. With all in agreement, the Pussycats stood on the roof of Pop's shoppe and performed Milkshake for the crowd below.[12]

SoDale Gala OpeningEdit

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The Pussycats meeting Nick

Melody, Valerie, and Josie met Veronica's old friend from New York, Nick St. Clair, during which time, he complemented them on being pearls before the swine of Riverdale. He proceeded to invite them to a party that he was hosting in his hotel room, in their honor, at the Five Seasons.

That night, Melody, Valerie, and Josie joined Archie, Veronica, Betty, Cheryl, Kevin, and Reggie in Nick's hotel room, where after having several drinks, Nick suggested they move to something with a little more kick than alcohol;Jingle Jangle. High off drugs, Melody and Valerie danced alongside Nick, behind the bar, until a seemingly random fight between Betty and Veronica killed the party-going mood.

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The Pussycats attacking Nick

The next day, the Pussycats performed Out Tonight at the SoDale Gala Opening, which was being hosted by Veronica's family. The four Pussycats took the stage, and gave a wonderful performance before the crowd. However, during their performance, they noticed Nick headed into the back with a stumbling Cheryl, who could barely walk on her own. Concerned for their friend, the Pussycats left the stage to find Nick and Cheryl. Inside one of the bedrooms, they discover Nick undressing, as he prepared to rape Cheryl, who was barely conscious. Fortunately, the Pussycats arrived in time to stop him. They pulled Nick away from Cheryl, and collectively attacked him, similar to a pack of wild animals.[13]

Disbanding the PussycatsEdit

Melody and Valerie confronted Josie in the ladies locker room at school after learning via a note in Melody's locker that Josie was leaving the Pussycats. However, Josie claimed that the situation wasn't as black and white as it had seemed. The opportunity fell in her lap. But this begged the question of why she chose to hide it from them. Melody then encouraged Josie to pursue her solo career because from that moment on, she was on her own. "Pride cometh before the fall", Melody stated.[14]

Physical AppearanceEdit

Melody is an attractive young woman with dark brown skin, black hair, and brown eyes. She's 5' 4" with a naturally slim figure. Beyond the overt Pussycat ears and the occasional cheetah print clothing, Melody has a very casual wardrobe, typically jeans and a shirt, nothing that would make her stand out in a crowd.

PersonalityEdit

Due to a lack of on-screen presence, Melody's personality has not fully developed. However, she appears to be very loyal to the Pussycats, even in the face of adversity as a woman of color. She is also a loving and caring person, as she was there for her friend, Valerie, after her breakup with Archie. She appears to be a quiet person and doesn't like confrontation, as she chose to stay out of Valerie and Josie's fight.

RelationshipsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

NotesEdit

  • In Archie Comics, Melody is a Caucasian blonde often falling under the "dumb blonde" stereotype. In the comics she's occasionally named "Melody Jones", and the surnames Valentine comes from the 2001 film about Josie and the Pussycats. Surname later acknowledged by Archie Comics as canonical.

GalleryEdit

See also: Category:Images of Melody Valentine

Season 1 ScreencapsEdit

Season 2 ScreencapsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  3. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  4. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Warn, Jesse (director) (February 23, 2017). "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
  5. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
  6. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  7. Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
  8. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.
  9. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (April 27, 2017). "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 11. The CW.
  10. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Toland Krieger, Lee (director) (May 11, 2017). "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 13. The CW.
  11. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  12. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  13. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Pressman, Ellen (director) (November 8, 2017). "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 5. The CW.
  14. DeWille, James (writer) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (November 29, 2017). "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 7. The CW.

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