TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 19)
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With only three episodes left to go until the season finale, Riverdale had a lot of work to do to start tying up all its loose ends. Obviously, not everything is resolved in this episode, but it seems as if we are finally starting to work towards some form of resolution, with big Farm revelations being key in this episode. This does lead to a slightly overstuffed episode though, as the writers have left themselves a lot of work to do.
Image Credit: 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.We open where we left off last week, with the Jones family. They finally seem to have noticed that Jellybean is missing and after finding a note which tells them they have to play G&G in order to get Jellybean back with Kurtz taking on the role as gamemaster. The game forces Gladys to admit that she is the new Fizzle Rocks dealer in town, which FP is none too happy about, but they don't have time to dwell on that as they are given their first challenge: to rob Pops and bring the money back. Apparently, no one remembers that Pops was robbed last season and will probably have protection against it happening again, so they don't even stop to consider that he might have a gun. Suffice to say, that particular plan does not go very well, & FP ends up getting a bullet for his troubles. Jughead reveals himself in order to stop the shooting, but at that point, it doesn't really matter, they're one Jones down. Gladys and Jughead then take Kurtz to the bunker, not the greatest idea on Jughead's part, losing the last secret place he has away from his sketchy mother, but you do you. Their next challenge is "Trial With The Cyclops" which naturally means Penny Peabody popping back up. Yep, she's alive, just one eye down. In a sequence set to Josie singing Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" which is either genius or incredibly jarring, you decide, the two fight with ninja swords. Apparently, Gladys is a secretly trained warrior because she seems to know exactly what to do and after a fight that conveniently lasts the length of a song, plunges a dagger into Penny's leg.
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