The episode picks up right where we left off in Chapter Fifty-Three, with FP and Jughead returning home to an empty house. They find a note from the Gargoyle King, inviting them to play a game to “determine Princess Jellybean’s fate.”
When Gladys gets caught up, she turns directly to the source: Kurtz (Jonathan Whitesell), who encourages them to accept the invitation. They hesitantly oblige.
Kurtz walks them through a series of quests before coming to the “treasure” task, which means they’ll need to commit a robbery to move on.
So, they drive straight to Pop’s Diner with ski masks and unloaded guns. It’s a success…sorta. That is, if you forget about the part where Jughead removes his mask and apologizes to Pop (Alvin Sanders), saying, “It’s not what you think!”
When they return home, Kurtz presents them with their next quest: “Trot with the Cyclops.”
Cue Penny Peabody (Brit Morgan) challenging Gladys to a dagger fight. After some back and forth, Gladys is the clear winner, though they both need serious medical attention.
After dropping them off at the hospital, Jughead tells Kurtz to take him to Jellybean. Kurtz drives him to a remote location and demands Jughead get inside an ice chest. When he does, Kurtz locks it and calls Ricky, saying, “The Hellcaster [aka Jughead] has been contained. You may kill the princess.”
When Jughead breaks free, he finds Kurtz’s dead body lying on the ground. When he turns around, he comes face-to-face with the Gargoyle King before running in the other direction.