‘Riverdale’ Chapter Forty-Seven Recap: Welcome to Bizarrodale
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Last week on Riverdale, we finally learned who shot Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos): Mrs. Mulwray (Kelly Ripa). And now, Sierra (Robin Givens) and Tom’s (Martin Cummins) happiness is put on hold when the Gargoyle King demands a Midnight Club reunion.
Here’s what went down in Chapter Forty-Seven of Riverdale, titled “Bizarrodale.”
The episode opens on Jughead (Cole Sprouse) setting the scene, saying, “Riverdale is like Bizarrotown, where murder, mystery and candy drugs aren’t the exception, they’re the norm.”
At Pops Diner, Sierra and Tom are talking with their children, Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and Kevin (Casey Cott), about their upcoming wedding. Although they want a simple celebration at Town Hall, the kids couldn’t be more opposed. However, since they’re not the ones getting married, they accept their parents’ wishes…with one request. They must have a reception at La Bonne Nuit.
At school, Kevin and Moose (Cody Kearsley) can’t keep their hands off each other. When Kevin asks Moose to be his date to the wedding, Moose reminds him that his dad, Major Marcus Mason (Simon C. Hussey), doesn’t know about his sexual orientation.
The good news is Josie is in the same boat as Kevin. When she asks Sweet Pea (Jordan Connor) to be her date, he shoots her down, saying, “I gotta get off this merry-go-round with you.”
Of course, the wedding planning is brought to a halt when Sierra and Tom receive a letter from the Gargoyle King, who demands the Midnight Club complete their “ascension night or your children will pay the price.”
Elsewhere, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) are in bed discussing their future. Although Toni’s plans are still up in the air, Cheryl is set on attending her family’s go-to school, Highsmith College.
When she meets with the dean, she raves about her legacy status before learning there’s been a change to the admission process: The school board is looking to diversify with women outside the alumni pool. Womp, womp.
Cheryl knows exactly who the culprit is, so she confronts her mom, Penelope (Nathalie Boltt), at the Maple Club. You know, the brothel that Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead discovered in Chapter Forty-Six.
To no surprise, Penelope isn’t afraid to admit her wrongdoing and claims that Cheryl isn’t worthy of Highsmith College. “You are an aberration,” she says.
Back at school, Cheryl is on another level, and poor Kevin gets caught in the crossfire. It all started when Cheryl spots Kevin, who is very obviously down in the dumps. When he reveals that he’s having boy problems, Cheryl immediately names his secret lover, Moose.
“Please, I have eyes,” she says. “I saw you lounging together at my pool party, looking like a community theater production of The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
When Cheryl devises a plan to give Moose the “nudge” he needs, things get real awkward, real fast. She grabs the school’s intercom and demands the students show more appreciation for their gay peers. She then reveals that a “hunky RROTC cadet” is afraid to come out of the closet. She concludes her speech by adding that today’s lunch is shepherd’s pie.
After class, Moose pulls Kevin aside and demands to know more about his involvement. Although Kevin didn’t know Cheryl’s plans, that doesn’t stop him from giving Moose an ultimatum.
In the bathroom, Toni storms in and confronts Cheryl, saying she’s out of line for outing Moose. You see, Toni doesn’t speak to her family because they don’t respect her sexual orientation, so she relates to Moose’s situation with his dad. With no support from her family, she found a new home with the Serpents, which she’s no longer a part of thanks to Cheryl.
Meanwhile, Hermione (Marisol Nichols) is grilling Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) for burning all the Fizzle Rocks in Chapter Forty-Six. Their punishment? They need to come up with the money that went up in smoke, considering the buyer (who is “dangerously unhinged”) wants their money back…now.
“You are in the big league now, and it’s time to sink or swim,” Hermione says. Although she refuses to reveal who the buyer is, we’re already suspicious.
At La Bonne Nuit, Veronica and Reggie are in over their heads. That is until Reggie remembers that his dad has a cash stash at the car dealership, which is technically his inheritance. So, they pull a Bonnie and Clyde and steal the duffle bag full of money, which results in a gunshot wound to the arm and a face full of dye. (Poor Reggie…)
After cleaning up, Veronica and Reggie meet up with the buyer, who just so happens to be Jughead’s mom, Gladys (Gina Gershon). Not only do they not have enough cash, but it’s covered in dye.
Gladys handles the situation surprisingly well, revealing that she’s more amused with the fact that Hermione sent her own daughter to do her dirty work. After adding interest to the payment, Gladys gives them more time to come up with the money.
Archie (KJ Apa) walks into the school’s music room only to find Josie crying. She explains that she has an audition for Juilliard but has no way of getting there after her breakup with Sweet Pea.
Archie offers to drive her on one condition: “Just remember this moment though, when you’re accepting your Best New Artist Grammy, OK?”
After the audition, Josie is devastated to learn that she didn’t get a callback. Archie comforts her before offering to be her date to the wedding.
In the hallway, Moose greets Kevin with a big, public smooch and reveals that he told his dad about their relationship. To celebrate the news, they decide to spend the night together in the bunker.
At Highsmith College, the dean tells Cheryl that they’re rethinking the school’s new policy on admitting legacies. So, Cheryl points her to another worthy candidate: Toni.
As it turns out, Tom and Sierra weren’t the only ones who received a letter from the Gargoyle King. All of the Riverdale adults did, which means it’s legit.
Later on, they sneak into the high school to complete their “ascension night.” The first task is to get the chalices, which are nowhere to be found.
Just then, Penelope’s ear-piercing scream echoes through the hallway. When they find her, she’s standing in front of a message from the Gargoyle King.
“Got you,” it says in blood.
It’s a trap. The adults immediately call the kids, demanding they lock the doors. Everyone picks up but Kevin.
Cut to Kevin and Moose lying in the bunker before getting taken by masked men. They lead them out to the woods, where the Gargoyle King and two chalices are waiting for them. Right when Kevin is about to drink the poison, FP (Skeet Ulrich) swoops in with the rest of the Midnight Club. They pull off the Gargoyle King’s mask, revealing Moose’s dad.
At the police station, Mason says he was only trying to scare the boys. When FP demands more answers, Mason reveals that it dates all the way back to high school, when he was sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy after developing a crush on Tom. This is where he met the Gargoyle King, who made him resent the Kellers.
“You wanted to destroy what you couldn’t have,” FP says before adding, “Man, the sisters did a number on you.”
When FP and Jughead arrive home, they’re greeted by Jellybean (Trinity Likins) and Gladys, who claim they’re “here to stay a while.” Dun dun dun.
The episode concludes with a montage of scenes, set to a duet by Archie and Josie. Here’s what you need to know:
- Moose is moving to Glendale to live with his aunt.
- Cheryl introduces Toni to a new girl gang, called “Pretty Poisons.”
- Gladys and Jellybean are up to no good.
- Archie and Josie share a kiss as the screen fades to black.
Is Josie replacing Veronica? And what’s the real reason behind Gladys’s return? Guess we’ll have to wait until Riverdale returns to The CW on Wednesday, February 27, at 8 p.m.