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by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:00 pm

At this point, “Riverdale” is easily one of the most exhilarating  series on television. It’s hard to believe that we’re only five episodes into the 22-episode second season, what with all the drama, death and heartbreak that’s already unfolded. “When a Stranger Calls”, “Riverdale’s” latest episode, aired Tuesday, Nov. 8, and definitely pushed some boundaries, leaving audience members with their jaws on the floor and people talking.

In case you didn’t hear about the episode, then SPOILER ALERT. “When a Stranger Calls” mainly circles around Betty, who is now basically under the Black Hood’s control after receiving the threat that he’d kill her sister if she didn’t comply to his every demand. One of which was to cut her friends out of her life, including Veronica, who was the other focus of the episode when her childhood friend, Nick St. Clair, comes to visit with his family,.

This excites Veronica, until she starts to find out he’s not who she remembered him to be. Archie and Veronica join him, Kevin and the Pussycats in doing “Jingle Jangle” at a party, which is where Betty confronts Veronica and cuts her out of her life.

On the other side of Riverdale, Jughead decides to join the Serpents and has to go through “initiation,” which includes things like an oral exam, a snake bite, a gang fight and to make it official: getting a snake tattoo.

After a touching and romantic reunion between Jughead and Betty, now living on opposite sides of town, all seems well until the Black Hood makes her end their relationship. To make it even more heartbreaking, Jughead later kisses Toni, a huge mistake on his part, being as him and Betty are clearly soulmates. 

All of this is pretty intense and straight-up depressing, but the most shocking part of the episode is during Veronica’s parents’ party, when Cheryl and Nick begin to flirt, and he slips something in her drink, which causes her to pass out. Luckily, Veronica and the Pussycats take notice as he drags her out of the party. The four girls chase him down and give him the beating of his life in their pointy, thin high heels, one of the most intense scenes in the whole show. But that’s not all. At the end of the episode, the Black Hood made Betty choose one guilty person for him to kill and after some chaotic bargaining, she ends the call with one name, “Nick St. Clair,” sending shivers down audience’s spines. 

I’d say it was the best and darkest episode of Riverdale yet. We really get a glimpse into the other side of each character (as season 2 promos suggest) – Veronica with her drug problem at her old school, “Dark Betty,” Serpent Jughead, paranoid Archie and weak Cheryl. Like always, the dialogue, camera work and acting were A+.

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