Riverdale Season four Episode 13 Assessment: The Ides of March


The timelines have synced up, and sadly, our favourite aspiring author bit the mud on Riverdale Season 4 Episode 13.

Jughead’s previous few moments on earth had been stuffed with betrayal, deception, and feeling his lowest but. Quill & Cranium/Stonewall Prep gained the battle in taking the whole lot away from him, together with the e-book contract. (It is a powerful chapter if you happen to’re a diehard Jughead fan.)

However, did the enemies win the warfare? Let’s hope not!

Past Jughead’s demise, “Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March” was an hour stuffed with alternatives the place the whole lot went improper for him. In his personal phrases, he was set as much as fail from the start.

From the plagiarism accusation to the intercourse tape blackmail, there was nothing he might do to get himself out of it.

Quill & Cranium deliberate each element all the way down to the tiniest dialog. At this level, it would not matter who’s the good mastermind of Stonewall Prep. Donna, Brett, Jonathan, Joan, Mr. Dupont … they’ve all performed a component on this nefarious scheme.

As arduous as it’s to say, they deserve some respect.

A manipulative and well-connected internet of lies like this takes quite a lot of planning to be performed. They put within the effort to border Jughead, and it labored. Out of Riverdale’s lengthy historical past of villains, they’re on the high of the record as the neatest.

It is a disgrace that nothing labored out for Jughead since you hope that the hero will get one win, even when it is a small break.

The primary tone thrived on feeling uncomfortable and weak within the grand scheme.

We had been put in Jughead’s (and Betty’s) footwear, feeling every sting as each try did not cease the Literary Salon. If you happen to felt helpless, we had been proper there with you!

Brett: Seems, I do have a videotape of you and Ponytail doing the nasty. If you happen to a lot as utter a “j’accuse,” I’ll launch it vast.
Jughead: You assume blackmail goes to cease me?
Brett: Sure, since you’re a hopeless romantic. That tape won’t damage you, Jones, however it should destroy Betty. One thing like that can hang-out her for the remainder of her life. So, what’s it going to be: you wish to proceed this unhappy try at martyrdom otherwise you gonna defend the respect of your treasured girlfriend?

This sequence of occasions coming earlier than what led to Jughead’s demise complemented that twist as a result of it constructed up the momentum for the loss. There was nothing you, I, Betty, Archie, Veronica or anybody might’ve performed to cease it.

Quill & Cranium had their plan in motion and made their transfer. It is a good twist and plot improvement, nevertheless it’s irritating that nothing may very well be performed to assist him.

Does anybody assume Betty killed Jughead? I am leaning towards the concept of her being framed for the homicide.

Hear me out: Donna claims Evelyn’s brainwashing phrase would flip her into Darkish Betty, however you possibly can’t belief something Donna says. Perhaps that phrase solely blacked out her thoughts?

Jughead was with Brett within the woods, so perhaps he killed Jughead and planted a comatose Betty there to border “Ponytail”?

It is a calculated transfer that is proper up Quill & Cranium’s alley. Plus, all 4 members creepily stood collectively on the get together admiring Archie and Veronica going off into the woods.

Add that in with the creepy music, the foreshadowing was served on a silver platter.

Throughout Quill & Cranium’s takedown of Jughead, there was one complicated problem that got here up about his e-book sequence.

So, Jughead’s first Baxter Brothers e-book (impressed by Jason Blossom’s homicide) was rejected by the board, and he needed to write a brand new one. As petty revenge, Jughead began writing a narrative impressed by Stonewall Prep. However, what in regards to the e-book impressed by The Black Hood?

The board liked that novel and needed it revealed. And he handled points in his relationship with Betty due to it. Why did not he write that novel?

Mr. Dupont: We’re additionally terminating your Baxter Brothers contract for failure to ship passable materials by March 15th.
Jughead: This Friday? As in The Ides of March?! Properly, it’s solely Monday, I nonetheless have time.
Mr. Dupont: Your rejected novel took you months to put in writing. What makes you assume you possibly can write a wholly new one in 5 days?
Jughead: Watch me!

Additionally, if the board rejected and would not need the primary e-book, why did not Jughead return to revise the novel primarily based on suggestions notes? And, why did the group spend time rewriting it?

I do know I am poking holes within the plot, however Jughead’s banishment from his contract occurred quick with no context about previous occasions.

Veronica is a fancy character in terms of her dad and mom. She loves them. She hates them. She subconsciously seeks their approval.

Although, even together with her rocky historical past with Hiram, it is comprehensible why she reacted the best way she did: he is her father, and he or she loves him.

Veronica is at an important second in her life, like senior yr, operating three companies, and going to school. Now she has so as to add that her father is dying; that is quite a lot of baggage to unpack and stress to take care of.

Plus, not even telling her about his illness should’ve been the ultimate heavy blow that damage her coronary heart.

Veronica’s descent into get together mode suits completely into how she’d cope. She’s letting off steam and residing life on her phrases, regardless that she’s misplaced management of the state of affairs.

I appreciated her response as a result of it is a real human response together with her character improvement that she needed to unpack and face head-on.

Veronica: As a lot as I liked visiting NYC, I jogged my memory how little time we’ve got left collectively. I imply, we haven’t actually talked about what we’re doing after commencement.
Archie: What are you saying, Ronnie?
Veronica: I’m saying … I don’t actually wish to take into consideration the long run proper now, Archie. I simply wish to take pleasure in these previous few months at Riverdale Excessive with you. And I wish to have enjoyable. Can we try this, Archie? Can we’ve got enjoyable?
Archie: That’s music to my ears.

Drowning herself in booze, partying, and spontaneous hook-ups with Archie cannot erase the truth that Hiram is dying. She will be able to play thoughts video games to distract herself and Hiram, however it might probably’t masks the trauma when it occurs. Until, in fact, that is all a pretend plot.

(The place is Mrs. Burble after we want her? Veronica is in main want of a remedy session … and quick!)

Was anybody else ready for somebody to grab Hermosa’s wig? The second she appeared on the bar, the clock began ticking for the enduring scene!

Every thing about Hermosa’s undercover mission and takedown added gasoline to the “Choni” fireplace.

Toni’s flirtatious assembly on the bar, the dance scene between all three women, and the second Veronica pulled off Hermosa’s wig after inserting Hermosa in a entice. Plus, Dua Lipa’s “Do not Begin Now” because the background music through the dance: perfection!

It is a small plot within the grand scheme of “Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March,” nevertheless it was a enjoyable break in between the Stonewall Prep chaos. It was lighthearted, glamorous, and it had Riverdale’s aptitude for drama with out being too darkish on a regular basis.

Simply after we thought Archie had his priorities straight, plot comfort rears its ugly head.

Perhaps it is Archie? Perhaps he actually would not know what he needs in life and he is merely a messy character? Embracing all his faults may be the one solution to stay in peace together with his inconsistent plot.

In any case his willpower about not going to school, wanting to remain in Riverdale to run his fitness center/neighborhood middle, after which retaining the development enterprise alive, Archie has backtracked to school.

Archie: Mr. Honey, I do know it’s late within the recreation, however is there any manner I can nonetheless apply to school?
Mr. Honey: The appliance interval closed months in the past, and furthermore, primarily based in your grades from the previous two years, I’ve severe doubts you’ll have the ability to graduate with the remainder of your class.

Was this a spur of the second factor? He appeared content material to run each companies on Riverdale Season 4 Episode 12. Loads modified in per week. (Frank’s messy plot should’ve been a wake-up name.)

The way in which “Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March” positioned his change was after him pulling in lengthy hours for the whole lot in his life. Archie is a tough employee, so this transfer undercut his worth since he appeared like he was giving up on all of it.

It is too sharp of a flip for Archie after he spent two and a half seasons telling Mary, Fred, and everybody that school wasn’t for him. Let’s not overlook he gave up a profitable boxing alternative as a result of he did not wish to go to highschool!

Even his determination involving the neighborhood middle and the development enterprise go towards his earlier place.

Archie needs the perfect for each teams and doing what’s proper for his or her futures. He is placing in too many hours now, but when he goes to highschool, he can not help with both. He cannot hold calling in favors endlessly.

The proper alternative was given to him in order that the development workers could be assured work, AND the neighborhood middle would have a devoted workers member (and arguably nice man) operating the place. Tom Keller was the proper match.

Archie’s lack of ability to assume longterm will solely trigger him points sooner or later as a result of he’ll be dividing himself amongst all the initiatives by which he is solely half-invested.

Plus, that is the second time that he is screwed Tom out of an ideal job. Half-time foreman is sweet, however he needed steady work and has paid his dues.

Not cool, Archie.

Final Ideas From Sweetwater River:

  • I like that Jonathan and Joan are getting extra strains. They won’t be silent of their evil deeds anymore.
  • Brett had Jughead and Betty’s intercourse tape, in spite of everything. Not a single particular person is shocked after that reveal.
  • Mr. Honey retains being his worst self. Does he don’t have any sympathy? Not one ounce of compassion? His karma is coming.
  • Veronica went all out together with her plan to rile up Hiram. She had a printed and designed poster board able to go. (Do not underestimate the facility of petty.)
  • The Lodges love their undercover wigs.
  • Hiram understanding at Archie’s fitness center just isn’t a coincidence. It is a calculated transfer and he is planning one thing.
  • Veronica pushing off the post-Riverdale Excessive relationship chat with Archie will not resolve something. Will probably be a giant problem as soon as she’s leaving for New York Metropolis.
  • The Stonewall Prep get together regarded extreme and quite a lot of enjoyable.

Now, over to you, Riverdale followers!

What did you consider “Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March”?

Did Betty actually kill Jughead? How will Hiram retaliate towards Veronica? How deep does the Stonewall Prep conspiracy go?

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Justin Carreiro is a workers author for TV Fanatic. Comply with him on Twitter.

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