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RIVERDALE Recap: Chapter Six – Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

RIVERDALE Recap: Chapter Six – Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

Editor’s Note: This recap contains spoilers for Riverdale’s sixth episode, “Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!” Only read on if you’ve watched (or want to be spoiled on) Riverdale’s latest episode!

You guys. Holy cow. Betty Cooper finally found her sister. Polly had been locked away, and not because she was “sick” like the Cooper parents kept saying. No, Polly was pregnant with Jason Blossom’s baby. That’s why Jason wanted to fake his own death and disappear. He was going to run away with Polly. Until somebody killed him.

This revelation was, without a doubt, the biggest bomb dropped so far in the mystery of Jason Blossom’s death. We knew the Coopers had locked Polly up somewhere to keep her away from Jason – they’ll never forget the murderous maple syrup feud – but the fact that she is pregnant adds a whole new wrinkle. Polly wasn’t even told that Jason was dead! The Coopers have gone from manipulative and cruel to downright evil.

 

Riverdale -- "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" -- Image Number: RVD106b_0040.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserve

Betty and Jughead’s investigation into Jason’s murder also led to another big twist: a hardcore Betty and Jug makeout sesh. Their romance has been brewing for quite some time, what with the two spending so much time together at the school newspaper and all, but it still comes as a shock when they finally kiss. Sure, it was obvious the scene was heading to a big kiss, with Jughead slowly moving closer to Betty as they speak, but if you’re a longtime Archie fan, you can’t help but freak out a little bit. Jughead and Betty, guys! Betty and Jughead! What is going on?!

By the episode’s end, the kissing sleuths had discovered the car Jason had stashed to use as a getaway vehicle once he met up with Polly. It conveniently had Jason’s letterman’s jacket in it, and a bunch of drugs (weed, from the looks of it). Betty and Jughead quickly go get the sheriff, but by the time he arrived the car had been set on fire and that sweet kush was up in smoke. Who set the car on fire? Probably the same person who murdered Jason. Jughead and Betty raced over to the institution where Polly is held to tell her the news only to discover that she had escaped.

Elsewhere, Archie was preparing for performance in the Riverdale High School Variety Show. This show is a huge deal in Riverdale. Like, a strangely huge deal. This small town loves two things; football and variety shows. Josie and the Pussycats were also scheduled to perform, so you know it’s a big deal.

Riverdale -- "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" -- Image Number: RVD106a_ 0378.jpg -- Pictured: Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Initially, during the tryouts, Archie suffered from some severe stage fright and was all but ready to give up on his musical dreams. It was in that moment that you realize we’ve never really seen Archie perform. We’ve heard brief snippets and watched him hold a guitar while telling everyone in earshot that music is his true passion. But it was just lots of talk, until this episode.

As the big night inched closer, Archie became convinced he needed a partner to sing with him onstage. At first, Veronica volunteers and promises she can “sing like a nightingale.” Archie is stoked on this, until internal strife causes Val to quit Josie and the Pussycats. Suddenly, Val and Archie can perform together and Archie liked that option much, much more. Not only is Val a professional musician that Archie respects, but she’s also a babe and he clearly has the hots for her. Spoiler: they totes make out at the end of the episode. [Editor’s Note: Ben Bailey is a father of four]

Veronica obviously is not excited about being replaced, doubly so because she discovered her mom is making out with Archie’s dad. Basically, everyone in the town Riverdale is making out. Remember when we said this was the horniest show on television?

Riverdale -- "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" -- Image Number: RVD106a_ 0155.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Hayley Law as Valerie -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Things got screwy for a bit as Veronica joined the Pussycats and then Val rejoined the Pussycats because Archie, in his words, didn’t want to be “the guy who broke up the Beatles.” There was a lot of back and forth throughout the episode with varying degrees of hostility, but in the end Josie and the Pussycats were whole again and performed as planned.

This left Archie to perform solo. This could have been bad or awkward, but once again Riverdale knocked it out of the park. Archie was good. Really, really good. It even really sounded like actor KJ Apa was doing the singing, so maybe the dude is just insanely talented. His performance almost sounded like AA Bondy, which is a big, big compliment. So, after five episodes of buildup, we learned that Archie really can sing. He’s genuinely good.

“Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!” was the most straightforward episode of Riverdale to date. It was very high school soap opera, which isn’t a bad thing. Sure, we missed the hardcore noir and creepy gothic elements, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it when Riverdale gets all sappy and sticky sweet just like the maple syrup the residents of the town murder each other over. Plus, actually seeing that Archie’s musical aspirations weren’t a terrible, terrible idea makes the character work better.

We’re all in on Riverdale, guys.

Images: The CW

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