Cheryl Is Queen Of The Bees On Next Week’s ‘Riverdale’

by Rachel Bellwoar

Last time I checked, maple syrup doesn’t come from bees. But that doesn’t seem to have stopped Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) from declaring herself queen bee in the trailer for next week’s episode:

As for this week’s show, subtlety has never been Riverdale‘s strong suit (see the product placement for Old Navy — a departure from the show’s usual preference for fake brands). While “The Return of the Pussycats” wasn’t advertised as a backdoor pilot, it certainly acts like one. If it had just ended with the Pussycats going on tour, that might not have needed a sequel, but having a man (Ron Selmour) show-up right as Josie’s about to leave with news of her father’s (Reese Alexander) murder? There’s no reason to do that (and design a Pussycats logo) unless there’s a spinoff in the works.

One of the joys of this episode was getting to watch Josie (Ashleigh Murray), Valerie (Hayley Law), and Melody (Asha Bromfield) call out their friends (and, in turn, the show itself) for treating their characters poorly. One episode isn’t exactly enough time to correct five seasons worth of neglect, but no line cut more than Josie saying she came back to Riverdale because she thought she’d be invisible there.

Other thoughts on this week’s episode:

  • Riverdale must be good to its cast because here again, the show could’ve left Josie’s parents out of the episode, yet both Robin Givens and Alexander were willing to return
  • In the same way the Pussycats acknowledge being upstaged by Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Toni’s labor really deserved to be an A-story, especially since it left no time for any scenes between Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) and Kevin (Casey Cott), or Cheryl helping with the birth.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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