TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 21)
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The penultimate episode of Riverdale Season 3, "The Dark Secret of Harvest House" was dropping reveals all over the place, in a stuffed episode which was both exciting and showed how little groundwork the writers had laid for the finale, because it seems impossible that all the reveals introduced in this week's episode will be resolved by the end of next week's hour.
Image Credit: © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.We pick up where the episode left off last week, after the Prom Night from hell, or as Jughead describes it in another of his dry, self-referential monologues, "the deadliest Prom Night since Carrie". Jughead and FP meet with the coroner to confirm that Hal Cooper, aka Black Hood, is in fact alive and apparently cut off his own hand. Betty meanwhile has now been roped into Farm life, and is barely given time to settle into her room before her mum and sister drop a bomb on her. Apparently Betty was born with the serial killer genes, MAOA & CDH13 which give you a predisposition to violent behaviour (look it up, it's a real thing, though the likelihood Betty would be affected by low functioning MAOA is low considering it is an X linked gene which makes it much harder for women to inherit as we have two X chromosomes compared to the one in men. Also, the link between MAOA and serial killers is very tenuous as it has been found in people who aren't serial killers as well). So the likelihood is, the Coopers and Edgar are lying to Betty in order to manipulate her. Betty agrees to some creepy therapy from Edgar (never a good idea) which involves hypnosis with weird metal balls and she basically confronts her "darker self" in a basement. It's all very weird and creepy, but the hypnosis is one of the keys to helping Betty discover what the Farm is actually up to, so it does serve a purpose. At lunch with Cheryl, Toni, Fangs and Kevin, Betty learns that the Farm carries out "purging" using physical pain to combat psychological pain. Fangs is still recovering from a "procedure" and Kevin reveals a massive scar on his torso from his own. After confirming that Edgar's hypnosis is in fact just that, by blocking her ears during her next session and needing to find proof to convince her friends, Betty discovers that Evelyn, Edgar's wife/pseudo daughter is on immunosuppressants....from an organ transplant.
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