Riverdale (S04E02) ‘Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times At Riverdale High’

Hello everyone! We are now two episodes in for season four, and so far things have been pretty normal, which is a good thing. Let’s get right to the review! This episode is called ‘Fast Times At Riverdale High’.

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Jughead talking with FP. Photo from IMDB.
an ominous beginning

The episode opens with Jughead (Cole Sprouse) writing on his computer. Summer has passed by in a blur. The day before school starts, Archie (KJ Apa) asks Munroe AKA Mad Dog (Eli Goree) to come to school with him so they could both get their diplomas. Mad Dog reluctantly agrees.

Betty (Lil Reinhart) and her brother Charles (Wyatt Nash) are worried about Alice (Madchen Amick), who had been in contact with them all summer but was now not responding to any messages. Veronica (Camilla Mendes) speaks with her lawyer and wants to take a neutral stance in regards to her parents’ upcoming trials.

The gang spends the last night before school at Veronica’s place and some naughty fun ensues between the respective couples. In the morning they realize they’ve overslept and are running late. The gang has their first encounter with the new school principal, Mr. Honey (Kerr Smith) who is very strict and is downright rude to them.  Kevin (Casey Cott) approaches Betty at the school paper and attempts to make amends for what happened at The Farm. He apologizes profusely, but Betty isn’t quite ready to forgive him yet.

a tempting offer

Jughead is called to the principal’s office, where he meets Mr. Chipping (Sam Witwer) who wants to offer him a place at Stonewall Prep. Jughead politely declines. Veronica is getting hassled by reporters and various paparazzi and is becoming increasingly frustrated. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) meet with Mr. Honey who subsequently cancels the back-to-school dance, which makes Cheryl angry.

Archie and Mad Dog attend football tryouts. Mad Dog schools Reggie (Charles Melton). His father is watching. Mr. Mantle (Matthew Yang King) proceeds to yell at him in front of everyone, further embarrassing Reggie.

A reporter from rumordale.com tries to sneak a picture of Veronica in the locker room, adding to the chaos of her paparazzi experience. Reggie confronts Mad Dog in the locker room. Reggie is jealous of his talent and wants to keep his position as football captain. Jughead arrives home after school and is waylaid by Mr. Chipping again, who is talking to FP (Skeet Ulrich). He repeats his offer to attend Stonewall. Jughead declines again, but FP bears down on him and insists he at least take a tour of the campus. Jughead reluctantly agrees.

the trap is set

When Betty meets up with Charles again, she discovers the Kevin was being watched. She confronts Charles about it, and he tells her that Kevin was talking with Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) all summer, and still had ties with The Farm. Charles and Betty concoct a plan to use Kevin to get more information about The Farm.

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Betty, Veronica, and Jughead hanging out at Cheryl’s party. Photo from IMDB.

After being denied a school dance, Cheryl decides to throw a massive house party and invites everyone, much to Mr. Honey’s annoyance. Betty and Jughead visit Stonewall Prep. It gives off a rich and fancy vibe. The student assigned to him for the tour asks Jughead to sit in a ‘salon’ with some of the other students, and he agrees. Mr. Honey speaks with Veronica. There is an article that was published that leaked all of her criminal activities. He suggests she take a sabbatical until things resolve. Naturally, she says no.

Betty meets up with Kevin and sets up the trap. Later, Kevin meets up with Fangs in the woods. Betty finds him and drags him off. Veronica questions Reggie, (who is sporting a black eye) if he had revealed any of the ‘inside information’ about her. He hadn’t.

Charles and Betty interrogate Kevin.

one heck of a party

After another humiliating football practice, Mr. Mantle gets angry with Reggie again. This time Archie steps in and calls him out. Things go south and a fight breaks out. Jughead goes back to Stonewall to sit in the ‘salon’ session. He is surprised by how much he enjoys it. Veronica talks with her father, and he reveals that he was the inside source behind the article.

Everyone is at Cheryl’s wild and crazy party. Kevin and Betty have a real talk. She tells him the truth about her mother. They are now finally making amends. The police show up and raid Cheryl’s party. FP tells her that Mr. Honey had filed a noise complaint. Archie and Reggie have a conversation. Reggie reveals his father’s abusive nature. He decides to stand up to his father by getting his attention. Reggie takes a bat to the windshield of Mr. Mantle’s car.

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FP talking to Cheryl as he shuts the party down. Photo from IMDB.

At school, Betty can see how bored Jughead is and practically shoves him out the door to Stonewall Prep. Veronica is still getting harassed by reporters. She finally breaks down and agrees to a press conference at La Bonne Nuit that evening. She admits to the alleged crimes in the article and declares that she is not supporting either of her parents. Later, when she is working on her application to Harvard, she tells Archie she is going to use her mother’s maiden name from now on.

onward to new things

Mr.Honey discovers a beehive in his office, courtesy of Cheryl. When Charles and Betty meet up again, Kevin comes by and tells them he has the location of The Farm and that it’s heavily fortified.

As Jughead prepares to leave for Stonewall Prep, his father tells him that his grandfather had also briefly attended Stonewall. He also tells Jughead how proud he is of him. The episode ends with a flash-forward to spring break where everyone is looking for Jughead.

**

So this episode was actually pretty good. I really like the fact that it’s gone back to more of a ‘high school’ vibe, as opposed to the weird horror, creepy vibe they had the last few seasons. Let’s hope they keep it up.  I am super happy that Kevin and Betty are friends again. They had so many good times and it will be nice for them to spend time together.  I am glad they finally addressed the abuse from Mr. Mantle. Now we can hopefully see more character development with Reggie. Mr. Honey sounds like a Grade-A jerk. I wonder what his deal is?

Overall, I give this episode an 8/10.

Catch a new episode of Riverdale on Wednesday, Oct 23 on the CW.

Thanks for reading my review!