Archie hides his true feelings about his parents’ divorce; Betty decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party; Veronica contemplates whether to participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.
Riverdale brings the tension to a boil in a party that goes off the rails. It’s Jughead’s birthday and a party is thrown against his wishes and that eventually leads to confrontations as lots is brought out into the open as Chuck and Cheryl hijack it with a game of truth (without the dare).
But through all of that, the episode really focuses on Jughead and Betty and how not different they really are. The episode really comes to a head in a scene after the party between Jughead and Betty. The details here is what makes the series so solid. Jughead’s hat is off, which he specifically references earlier about never taking it off, and we see how Betty isn’t so perfect herself (you know beyond almost killing Chuck).
The series has built in how imperfect the parents of Riverdale are, but this episode really focuses on how imperfect the kids are too. Jughead. Betty. Archie. Veronica. Even Kevin and Ethel in a way. It all has slowly built in the series and here’s where we get to see the kids flaws on full display.
What’s also interesting is as all the kids’ flaws come out FP becomes a father in some ways giving Jughead some good advice and being the adult. It’s an interesting twist for the character and something we haven’t seen in full display but it’s been building to happen at some point.
And finally through all of the partying and flaws revealed, the episode is about relationships. Jughead and Betty, Veronica and Archie, Veronica and her parents, Jughead and his. Archie’s parents, Archie and Jughead, and Veronica and a budding friendship with Veronica. There’s heart on display here and situations that teenagers experienced in some ways.
The episode again shows that through all of the drama and soap opera elements, Riverdale delivers a series with a shocking amount of depth. It also makes its case as being one of the best comic adaptations on television.
Overall Rating: 9.55