Riverdale 2x04 Betty and Jughead, Kevin, Toni solve the Cipher (HD)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4: Betty and Jughead Crack the Black Hood's Secret Code
This week'sRiverdale, "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," was all about serial killers. Picking right up from the end of last week's episode, when Archie started the Red Circle to challenge the Black Hood, this week delved deeper into the killer's mindset and saw the whole gang set out to unt him down. Here's everything that happened in this week'sRiverdale:
1) Jughead's narration is all about serial killers.
Zodiac. Axe Man. The Phantom Killer. And Riverdale's very own Black Hood. As Jughead says, "Terror was seeping into the bedrock of Riverdale," and the whole town is looking for ways to protect its residents, starting with Jug in the library researching other serial killers.
2) Veronica's parents forbid her from dating Archie.
Obviously, she doesn't listen. But Hiram and Hermione are not happy with Archie's Red Circle video inciting violence in Riverdale. But Veronica stands up to them and refuses to stop seeing him.
Veronica does confront Archie though, and tells him, "They think you're the teenAmerican Psycho.'" And it certainly seems like he's heading that way...
3) Archie's Red Circle video has gone viral.
Archie took it down after getting in trouble, but copies were made and just about everyone has seen the infamous clip.
4) Hiram Lodge is living for the chaos.
Whatever Hiram's dark plan is, it's clearly working. When Hermione asks why he's smiling so much, Hiram replies, "So much chaos and confusion." He's enjoying the current destruction of Riverdale, and is ready for whatever darkness is coming—is he somehow involved in the murder mystery?
5) The Southside Serpents think the Black Hood's a hero.
Watching Archie's Red Circle video at school, the Serpents decry the Northside students and their attempts at vigilante justice. They tell Jughead the Black Hood is a hero for killing Northsiders, and the rift between the two sides of town grows.
6) Archie is kicked off the football team.
The Principal demands a written apology and the disbanding of the Red Circle. Archie refuses, telling him, "It's a crazy time. We all have to do what's right." As a result, he's kicked off the football team, and all games are canceled for the foreseeable future.
7) Betty gets a letter from the Black Hood.
Betty gets the handwritten note from the killer while working at the school paper. He reveals that a speech Betty gave inspired him to become the Black Hood. Horrified, she tells Kevin, "He says he's doing it for me." He also includes a cypher only she can solve. Because the letter claims Betty was the inspiration for the Black Hood, she hides it and pretends she only received the cypher. She also doesn't tell Jughead about it, although she does try to phone him. But he's busy working with Toni and doesn't pick up.
8) Alice Cooper publishes the cypher before giving it to the Sheriff.
With a smirk on her face, Alice tells the Sheriff that she already printed the cypher. She says the entire town has the right to see the cypher and solve it together.
9) Reggie blames Archie for involving the football team.
Reggie abandons Archie and the Red Circle, taking the other members of the football team with him. They leave Archie alone with Dilton, who gave Archie a handgun in Episode 2, and the pair decide to continue the Red Circle on their own.
10) Toni asks Jughead to help her solve the cypher, and their flirting begins.
Oh dear, Bughead fans. Jughead and Toni talk about the true crime stories they love. Jughead is researching the Zodiac Killer, but Toni thinks he should consider some other murderers. The pair decide to crack the code printed in the newspaper together. Jughead ignores a phone call from Betty while he's with Toni, and is visibly happy when she playfully touches his shoulder.
11) Archie buys gun supplies with a fake ID.
He tells the store owner he's going hunting and purchases bullets and a holster. Oh, Archiekins.
12) Betty asks Jughead to crack the cypher with her, then finds out he's been working with Toni.
Betty suggests that they have a code cracking party with Kevin and Toni. Clearly, Betty is already aware that Toni is a threat to her relationship with Jughead, but as Jug goes to a different school now, there's little she can do about it.
13) Veronica makes Red Circle t-shirts for everyone at school.
In a show of support for Archie, Veronica gives everyone white t-shirts with red circles on them. She calls it "a movement with style and panache" that's meant to make Archie feel less alone.
14) Toni picks a fight with Betty and tries to drive a wedge between Bughead.
In an extremely awkward exchange at the code-cracking party, Toni reveals there are certain things Jughead has been keeping from Betty, like the fact that he hangs out with the Serpents at school. Toni clearly wants to drive a wedge between Riverdale's cutest couple.
15) Archie spray-paints red circles all over town.
As a lone vigilante, Archie decides to spray paint red circles all over town to send a message to the Black Hood.
16) Archie pulls a gun on Sweet Pea.
Some Southside Serpents find Archie spray painting in their territory and threaten to beat him up. Sweet Pea, Toni's friend from Southside High, pulls a knife on Archie, so Archie decides to pull his gun to scare them off. It works, and they run away, but it's clear Archie is on a dark path.
17) The Sheriff finds a black hood in Archie's locker.
After hearing about a spray painter pulling a gun on some Serpents, the Sheriff comes to school and searches Archie's locker. While he doesn't find a gun, he does find a black hood. Archie tries to explain that it's Reggie's, but his excuses don't go down well, and he's expelled.
18) Archie asks Veronica to retrieve his gun, which is hidden in a toilet cistern at school.
And she tells him that she's thrown it into Sweetwater River. Good riddance.
19) Reggie and the football team decide to support the Red Circle after all.
The entire team shows up at Archie's house with pizza to show their support following Archie's suspension. Which is just as well because...
20) The Serpents show up at Archie's house, and start a fight.
Sweet Pea and some other Serpents show up at Archie's house and demand to fight. Veronica says there will be rules, meaning no weapons, and Archie insists that the fight doesn't take place at his house. Then there is a huge showdown between the Red Circle and the Serpents, with Archie throwing the first punch.
21) A town hall meeting is called to discuss the Black Hood.
At the town hall meeting, the Sheriff says he wants to implement a curfew in Riverdale to keep everyone safe. Alice Cooper blames the Serpents for the murders, and demands a Southside crackdown. Fred Andrews defends the Serpents, and it's clear Riverdale's key residents are being pitted against one another. Hiram and Hermione watch as the argument develops, and it definitely seems as though Hiram has instigated it all.
22) Betty cracks the cypher, thanks to a Nancy Drew book she loved as a child.
Remembering that the Black Hood wrote in the letter that only Betty could crack the code, she goes to the library with Jughead to find a book she read frequently as a child. Of course, it's a Nancy Drew activity book. Sure enough, she cracks the code using the book, and it reveals that the Black Hood plans on striking again, in the same location it all started. Betty takes this to mean that he's planning on returning to the town hall where he first heard Betty's speech, so she and Jughead rush to the meeting to alert Riverdale's residents.
23) Veronica stops the fight by shooting Archie's gun.
The fight between the Serpents and the Red Circle gets out of hand when Sweet Pea pulls a knife and stabs Dilton in the leg. Veronica shoots Archie's gun in the air—the one she told him she'd thrown away—and everyone runs off.
Reggie rushes Dilton to hospital, and Archie and Veronica decide violence is not the answer. They go to Sweetwater River together and throw the gun away.
Video: Riverdale Betty and Jughead 2x04 (1/2)
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