Riverdale (S03E20) “Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night”

Hello, Riverdale fans! I apologize for the slightly late review again. It’s been a long and busy week. But without further ado here’s the review for the latest episode entitled ‘Prom Night’.

he’s not dead

After a brief recap, the show opens up at the scene of the accident with the prison transport. Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) show up. Betty is absolutely convinced that her father is still alive, even with all the mounting evidence to suggest otherwise. Archie’s (KJ Apa) mother, Mary (Molly Ringwald) shows up to take care of Archie. Betty goes to see Alice (Madchen Amick) and tries to warn her about Hal (Lochlyn Munro) still being alive. Naturally, Alice ignores her concerns and shows Betty her new tattoo of an infinity symbol on her wrist.

At the Jones’ place, JB (Trinity Likins) is sad about her mother leaving. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) talks with her a bit. She eventually says that she met the Gargoyle King, and he has a gospel where he keeps all his secrets. Veronica enters Archie in a boxing tournament. She wants to invest in Archie’s gym.

I Just wanna be queen

Junior Prom is fast approaching. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) tries to get the gang’s votes for prom queen. Betty asks Jughead to prom. Obviously, he accepts. When Archie asks his mom permission to go to the boxing tournament, she refuses. She doesn’t support his boxing dream. She is worried he will get hurt. The autopsy report from the accident comes back and Betty is told that her father did die at the accident. The DNA from a disembodied hand proves it.

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Jughead and his father in a Gargoyle Nest. Photo courtesy of Google.

Jughead meets FP (Skeet Ulrich) at Junkyard Steve’s. There is an old bus, and when they go inside they discover a Gargoyle Nest. Jughead finds the gospel of the Gargoyle King. Archie asks Veronica to go to the prom ‘as friends’. She accepts. Later at school, Evelyn (Zoe De Grand Maison) tells Cheryl and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) that campaigning for prom queen is forbidden for members of the farm. Cheryl is extremely annoyed about this and brushes her off.

Betty and Jughead discuss the gospel and try to decipher the content. Betty is having trouble grieving. They go see the body of Kurtz (Jonathan Whitesell) and discover the tattoos on his back. Archie’s mother introduces him to a naval officer, who gives him a lucrative offer. A full scholarship, a chance to box, and five years of active duty afterward. She wants to see him fight. Archie agrees.

a weighty problem

Betty and Jughead go to a tattoo parlor. They ask about Kurtz’s tattoos. The tattoo artist says he had done those same tattoos on another man. Betty has a pretty good idea of who it was. At the farm, Edgar (Chad Michael Murray) talks with Cheryl. He tells her being a member of the farm demands sacrifice. He also threatens to take Jason away. Cheryl promises to stop campaigning for prom queen immediately.

Archie is weighed in for the tournament and finds out he’s a bit too heavy. He cannot compete. Desperate, Archie says he’ll lose the weight needed to compete. The fight is on Friday, the same day as the exhibition fight for the naval officer. Betty and Jughead wonder if Edgar could be the Gargoyle King. There are lots of similarities. Realizing he’s completely screwed, Archie confesses to Veronica that he forged his mother’s signature for the tournament. He also tells her about the exhibition fight that’s on the same day. Veronica agrees to help him.

Betty goes to the farm and interrupts their meeting. She demands to see Edgar’s tattoos. He complies. There are no runic symbols on his back. Archie trains like crazy to lose weight so he is able to fight. Somehow he manages to pull it off. Further reading into the gospels reveals a ritual which will invoke the Gargoyle King. Betty has to become prom queen. Archie loses his tournament fight. Veronica tries to dissuade him from the exhibition fight, but Archie is stubborn. He goes into the ring and collapses.

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The Serpents and Pretty Poisons band together. Photo courtesy of Google.
a prom night to remember

Betty and Jughead get the Poisons and Serpents together to help stop the Gargoyle King. Archie talks with his mother, who is worried about him. He tells her he wants to be a professional boxer. She is frustrated and can’t support his dreams right now. Veronica is about to leave Pop’s for prom when Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) tells her something important.

Prom night is in full swing. They stack the ballots for Betty to win prom queen. Veronica tells Archie what she found out from Pops. Her father still owns the diner. He had given her a fake lease. This means that by extension he owned La Bonne Nuit as well. Veronica asks Archie to help take down her father. During prom, Betty gets a note from the Gargoyle King. She has to meet him. Alone. At the place where ascension night happened all those years ago. She sneaks off. It’s a mirror of what her mother had gone through. There are flashes of the past.

The King shows himself. Betty is prepared. She has a gun. The Black Hood attacks her and chases her through the school. She eventually ends up in a closet. She manages to keep out the Black Hood. Jughead eventually finds her. They now have two serial killers on the loose. Possibly working together.

Archie’s mother eventually comes around to the idea of Archie being a professional boxer. She is going to support him. Betty goes to her mother and explains what happened on prom night. Edgar offers Betty sanctuary on the Farm. She accepts.

final thoughts

I really did not like this episode very much. The climax at the prom felt way too much like some B-rated horror movie. Also, can we talk about Archie practically starving himself just to get into a boxing tournament? Like really? Oh, and the training montage scene. ‘Eye of The Tiger’? Can we have some originality, please?

Things are getting very messy and confusing. I don’t even know what’s really going on half the time. Like is this show a teen drama or some sort of weird fantasy hybrid thing? I really hope the last few episodes of the season play out better than this one.

I give this episode a 3/10

Catch a new episode of Riverdale on Wed, May 8, 2019, on the CW 5/8E.