Riverdale (2017– )
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Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle 

Tensions mount when Jughead and his fellow students from Southside High transfer to Riverdale High; Betty sets out to find her long-lost brother.


Tim Hunter


Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (developed by), Britta Lundin | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
K.J. Apa ... Archie Andrews (as KJ Apa)
Lili Reinhart ... Betty Cooper
Camila Mendes ... Veronica Lodge
Cole Sprouse ... Jughead Jones
Marisol Nichols ... Hermione Lodge
Madelaine Petsch ... Cheryl Blossom
Ashleigh Murray ... Josie McCoy
Mark Consuelos ... Hiram Lodge
Casey Cott ... Kevin Keller
Skeet Ulrich ... FP Jones
Mädchen Amick ... Alice Cooper
Luke Perry ... Fred Andrews
John Behlmann ... Arthur Adams
Nathalie Boltt ... Penelope Blossom
Jordan Connor ... Sweet Pea


Tensions mount when Southside High is closed down under suspicious pretenses, and the students are forced to transfer to Riverdale High. Though Veronica arranges a warm welcome for the new students, per her father's request, the Vixens and the Bulldogs have other plans. Archie receives a visit from Agent Adams of the FBI, who ropes him into a dangerous task under the threat of his father being arrested. Archie discovers more about the events following Nick's party and pays him a visit for revenge. Jughead is outraged when Weatherbee bans all gang paraphernalia from Riverdale High and demands that the Serpents remove their jackets and wear a new uniform. Veronica confronts Archie about him keeping a secret. Betty searches for her long-lost brother, Charles Smith, after Polly makes it clear that she does not want Alice and Hal in her children's lives. As Charles "Chic" is welcomed into the Cooper home after a near-death experience, a new threat looms. Archie reveals a nagging thought ... Written by snowflakeaudrey

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Jughead's line of "conform or be cast out" is a lyric from Rush's song, Subdivision. See more »


When Archie and Veronica kiss at the diner his head alternates between being on the left and on the right side depending on the camera angle. See more »


References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »


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Written by Stuart A. Hall, Ryan William Keaton, Matthew A. Thomas
Performed by The Old States
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Perfect Mid season Premerie.
18 January 2018 | by ysrikanthSee all my reviews

To all those who are feeling season 2 is no so good when compared to season 1, well this episode will change that feeling.

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17 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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