I'm terrified. Every time that you walk out that door, every time that I call you, and you don't pick up the phone, my heart stops. But how am I suppose to protect you two girls, right, when you go and do this? And then you try to make me the monster!
Alice is the former editor and co-owner of the local newspaper, the ex-wife of Hal Cooper and the mother of Betty and Polly Cooper, as well as her son Charles Smith, whom she gave up for adoption when she was in high school. She is also the grandmother of Jason and Polly's twin babies, Juniper and Dagwood. One of Alice's greatest kept secrets was that she's a former member of the Southside Serpents. Following her arrest, she severed all ties with the gang, and erased, or at least thought to have erased every article of her arrest from the system archives.
Some time after she found out that Hal Cooper was the Black Hood, she was reunited with her biological son, Charles Smith, who works as an FBI agent and is tasked with taking down Edgar Evernever and The Farm. Alice infiltrates the Farm under Charles' order with the intention of rescuing Polly and exposing the Farm's organ harvesting.
Editor of the local paper, described as a steely perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughter, Betty.
Alice grew up on the south side of Riverdale and attended the local high school with Mary Andrews. She began dating Hal Cooper and they later went on to marry and have two daughters, Betty and Polly. During high school she became pregnant by FP Jones and Hal pushed her to have an abortion, as he did not think she was ready to be a mother. She refused an abortion and instead gave the baby up for adoption once he was born. She also seems to have had a lactose intolerance in high school, as mentioned by Hermione Lodge.
Alice has been suspected of having ties to the Southside Serpents ever since an argument that unfolded after Jughead's 16th Birthday Party, between FP Jones and herself, where he remarked that "snakes don't shed their skin so easily". In an email from the Black Hood, it was revealed that Alice, as a teenager, was once a member of the southside based gang and had been arrested during her time of affiliation with them. How the Black Hood came into possession of the archived arrest article remains unknown as Alice claims to have removed every copy from the system archive, years ago. Thus, making it one of the many secrets that she's kept hidden for many years.
Alice had a brief mother-to-daughter chat with Betty, shortly before she took off for the first day of her Sophomore year. She informed her daughter that this year would be very influential for colleges, grades, extracurricular, and athletics, they would all play a major role. But most importantly, she must maintain a decent character, Alice didn't want Betty to end up like her eldest daughter, Polly. She also had a bright future ahead of her. Alice claimed to only want the best for her daughter, but for that to happen, Betty must remain focused.
That night, Alice was displeased to learn that Betty had joined Cheryl Blossom's cheerleading squad, demanding that Betty take off the uniform immediately. However, Betty refused, she was sick of doing what everyone else wanted her to do. She informed Alice that she would be staying on the team, and that she was going to the Semi-formal with Archie and Veronica, the daughter of Hermione Lodge. Alice attempted to explain that girls like Cheryl and Veronica weren't really friends, but Betty didn't stick around to listen.
Investigating Jason Blossom's Murder
Alice and Hal notified Betty that due to the scandal surrounding Jason Blossom's death, they'd be having a lot of late nights. No one cared about an accidental drowning, but the murder of the sociopathic son of the wealthiest family in town was bound to make headlines. Alice then told Betty the thing she loved most about her is that she always wanted to see the good in people, like Archie, Veronica and Cheryl, but since their betrayal, she now should see their true colors.
She visited the local coroner, Dr. Curdle, attending his autopsy of Jason Blossom. "Every corpse has a tale to tell", he said. In this case, there were several morbid details that would be relevant to her article, such as animal scavenging, ligature marks, and signs of him being frozen. Alice paid Dr. Curdle off in small bills for his service.
At home, she burst into Betty's room with sage, hoping to banish the evil spirits that Cheryl may have brought in with her when she had visited with Betty earlier. Betty asked about her sister and Alice professed to have told Polly about Jason's death, but claimed that half the time Polly didn't even know what day it was. She was against Polly and Jason being together for many reasons, one of which being that everything the Blossoms touch, rots.
Hot off the presses, Alice handed Betty their latest print from The Register, it read: "CHERYL BLOSSOM GUILTY AS SIN!". As much as people were loving the coverage, Betty suggested that she stop sensationalizing Jason's murder. However, as the owner of the Register, she felt it was her duty to keep the residents of Riverdale informed. Betty believed that her mother should be writing about the real story, like who was holding him captive? Who shot him? Why was he frozen? Alice advised Betty to come join her and her father at the Register if she was so keen on reporting the facts.
The following night, she couldn't help but notice the new shade of lipstick Betty was applying, a shade that she didn't believe was a good fit for Betty. It belonged to Polly, who notably grew up too fast, and Alice would rather her other daughter not make the same mistake, thus she wiped the lipstick from Betty's lips.
She later went on to attend the Taste of Riverdale, in which she had a physical encounter with Penelope Blossom wherein she end up slapped. Mere minutes after the incident with Penelope, Alice picked a fight with another rival, Hermione Lodge, who she taunted that her daughter Veronica was being slut-shamed.
A couple days later, she and Hal paid Fred Andrews a visit, where they asked Fred if he could assist on his end with keeping Archie and Betty apart. Alice insisted that their relationship was toxic, and that the two teens could benefit from some separation. Fred saw no reason to keep them apart as Archie was a good kid; however, Alice was very much aware of his tendency to sneak out of the house late at night.
As Alice was putting Betty's laundry away, she found a handgun in her daughter's dresser drawer, which led her to read Betty's diary in search for some kind of explanation. Upon learning that Archie was in a secret relationship with his music teacher, Geraldine Grundy, Alice rounded up Betty and Fred, and the three of them headed to the school, where they caught Archie and Geraldine hugging. Alice confronted Geraldine, as she never thought that she'd see such a day, having always believed that the one thing they could keep their children safe from was child predators. She decided that the next step was to report Geraldine to Sheriff Keller, and let the law take over. Betty asked why her mother was so persistent in putting Grundy on trial, however, Alice explained it was more so about Archie than anything else, she wanted Betty to see the person that he truly was. Archie admitted that she was right about him, that he was selfish and stupid, but he pleaded with Alice to not hurt Grundy in order to hurt him.
However, for Alice, it wasn't about hurting anyone, it was about doing what's right, and informing their neighbors, she added. In an effort to protect Archie, Betty threatened to tell everyone that she broke into Ms. Grundy's car, robbed her, and made up the story of her affair with Archie, it would be like she finally snapped, just like Polly. Which would only further prove what people already think, that crazy runs in the Cooper family. Backed into a corner, Alice agreed to not tell anyone about Grundy and Archie if she quit her job and left town.
Back at their house, as tears filled her eyes, Alice explained that Polly kept so much from her, she wouldn't allow the same to happen with Betty, who then explained to her mother that she was not Polly, and that Archie was not Jason.
Sisters of Quiet Mercy
Alice and Betty were joined at breakfast by Jughead, it was a rather quiet and awkward meal. Silence broke as she accused Jughead of getting Betty wrapped up in the Jason Blossom murder case, to which Betty responded that she approached Jughead for his assistance in writing for the Blue and Gold. Jughead asked for directions to the restroom, and as expected, Alice offered to show him. Unbeknownst to her, this was simply a distraction for Betty to go through her checkbook.
Later that day, she was notified by the Sisters of Quiet Mercy that Polly had visitors, Betty and Jughead. As she prepared to take the two of them home, Alice was first confronted by Polly, who demanded to know why she was lied to about Jason's death, which Alice claimed was due to her protective nature.
Back at the house, she hysterically laughed when Betty brought forth the notion that Hal could be Jason Blossom's killer. She claimed he didn't have the stomach for it, though she wished he had done it, or that she had done it, as Jason deserved it after what he did to Polly. She then told Betty that she was beginning to sound just as crazy as Polly, and that she may not believe them when they said Polly was crazy, but she would obey them.
Alice appeared in Jughead's dream sequence, which was best described as some kind of idealized, make-believe version of the American dream. She and Hal were happy, as was everyone else at the table; Betty, Polly, Jason, and Jughead.
Outside of the dream, Alice joined the search party at Eversgreen Forest in search for Polly, they headed East the direction Polly would have gone if she was attempting to leave Riverdale unnoticed. During their search throughout the forest for Polly, the Coopers had a heated argument with the Blossom family, who were leading a search of their own. Penelope Blossom accused the Coopers of hiding Polly, a potential suspect in Jason's murder.
Despite trying to keep Polly's condition a secret, with the cat out of the bag, Alice was forced to come forward. She held a press conference, where she dismissed all the negative rumors and announced that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. Alice then pleaded with Polly on camera to come home.
The next morning, she and Hal were bombarded with a series of questions from Betty, who asked if Polly could return home, to which Alice said yes. Betty then asked where the baby would sleep and Alice claimed that Polly had decided to give the child up for adoption, unaware that Betty had previously talked with Polly about just that and knew her sister wanted to keep her child.
Polly's Baby Shower
After learning that Polly had been living at The Pembrooke, Alice went to the high school in order to confront Betty and Veronica. At least the Lodges were helping, Betty said. But just like before, they were back on the topic of Polly giving her child up for adoption. Alice saw this to be the best option for her daughter and the baby, but it wasn't her choice, however, it was her choice of whether or not she'd be in Polly's life. Betty then informed her of the baby shower they were planning, which Alice didn't see as being appropriate, but Betty disagreed, telling her to either be a supportive mother and grandmother or to stay away.
Later that day, she met up with Hermione at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where the two of them had an interesting chat about Polly and Alice's plans for her. Though Alice initially mistook Hermione's invitation as a chance to gloat since she had provided Polly with a place to stay, she eventually realized her intentions for the meeting were genuine. Alice explained that she wanted her family back together, including Polly, but to do that, Alice would have to face the facts. She then went on to list the reasons as to why Polly's keeping of the child would only have disastrous results, everything from Polly being a teenager, who hadn't even graduated high school, to her baby's father being killed. Taking all that into consideration, Alice found it difficult to believe that Polly would overcome the odds, and successfully raise a child, despite the fact that both she and Hermione managed to do it. Hermione urged her to attend the baby shower, in support for Polly, otherwise, she'd regret it for the rest of her life.
After unexpectedly taking Hermione's advice, Alice decided to attend the baby shower, she and Polly hugged after professing how happy she was that Polly and the baby were safe. Unfortunately for Alice, the Blossoms weren't far behind her, which made it fairly difficult for Alice to behave herself as the night went on, especially since she wasn't buying into Penelope's sudden and likely false new and endearing attitude towards Polly. For the most part, Alice managed to tolerate them, even throughout Rose Blossom's "Occultism", during which she announced that Polly would be having twins, a boy and a girl. The gift giving portion of the shower had begun, and Alice gifted Polly with the night light that she used as a child. Alice saved it since she knew how much Polly loved it, and how much it made her feel safe, so she wanted Polly's child to have it.
However, the evening came to a close as Alice could no longer contain herself after Cheryl and Penelope invited Polly to stay with them at Thorn Hill. This led to a brief altercation between Alice and Penelope, in which Polly jumped up and yelled at them both, claiming their petty rivalry and refusal to let her and Jason be together is what led to his death.
After the shower, Alice apologized for her outburst, but Polly was still upset at her after being left alone at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, which was never Alice's intention, she even pleaded with Polly to return home with them. Polly took her offer into consideration, but she couldn't help but wonder if Hal would make another appointment for her, which Alice was clueless on the supposed appointment that Hal made after learning that Polly was pregnant, and that he was more than happy to pay for it, as Polly shouldn't have to live with her mistakes.
That night, Alice confronted Hal over the appointment he had supposedly made for Polly behind Alice's back, so that she could fix her mistake, following the discovery of the pregnancy. She shoved him in a fit of rage, as Hal did to Polly, exactly what he did to her. She then wondered why sending Polly to the Sisters wasn't enough, to which Hal explained that Polly's life was being ruined by that mistake, as he would not be party to raising a child that had Blossom blood. However, Alice was intent of Polly moving back in, so she screamed at Hal to get out before she did something that they both regretted. Despite her best efforts to get Polly home, she and Betty failed. That morning, Alice and Betty awaited Polly's return, but in a twist of events, Polly took the Blossoms up on their offer to stay at Thornhill, which left Alice and Betty in tears.
Without so much as a knock, Alice entered Betty's room to inform her and Jughead that they had a big week ahead of them. The Blossoms and Coopers had been at odds since great-grandfather Blossoms killed great-grandfather Cooper, Alice decided it was finally time for someone to bring them to a stopping point. With the Blossom board of trustees in town, Alice hoped to discover the meaning behind their sudden arrival, and incorporate it into a tell-all exposé she was writing about the Blossoms and their corruption. She needed someone on the inside, much to her surprise, that's exactly what she got in the form of Archie, who had attended the Blossoms tree tapping ceremony, "our fox in the hen house", Alice called him.
Archie informed them that the Blossoms were treating Polly great, and that he did not think she wanted to come back, which Alice was just fine with, or so she claimed. Alice wondered what else Archie might have come across while in the sticky-red thick of it, anything about the board, she asked. According to Archie, the Blossoms were worried that the board would try to steal the company from Clifford Blossom after the scandal behind Jason's death and Polly pregnancy, which Alice found to be quite the scandalous story in the making. A hostile take over would account for the trustees being in town, since the Blossoms were crumbling. Despite Polly being at Thornhill with the Blossoms, Alice would not allow this to sway her from exposing them, claiming that Polly betrayed them.
The following night, she and Betty met with Hal at The Register, with a USB flash drive that contained all the evidence needed to expose the Blossoms and their corrupted ways. However, Hal was unwilling to publish what her referred to as her own personal vendetta, but it was a good thing she did not need his approval or so she thought, come to find out that Hal had changed the login to the Registers' computer. If they exposed the Blossoms, then just maybe they could get Polly back, but Hal's mind was made up as he fired her. She and Betty exited the shop, but just then she picked up a large rock and threw it through the front glass door of the Register, saying "I want my daughter back, you bastard".
The following night, she learned from Betty and Jughead that Polly had not betrayed them, but that she was actually spying on the Blossoms, making her their woman on the inside. Alice cried as a sign of relief, when she went after the story, a part of her thought that Polly might have been gone forever. Betty and Jughead wanted to finish the exposé at The Blue and Gold, and they wanted her to join them.
Joining The Blue & Gold
Following her meeting with Mr. Weatherbee, in which he agreed that Alice's professional guidance could greatly benefit The Blue and Gold, Alice revealed that she would be their newest adviser. Having observed how passionate Betty was during the planning for Jughead's 16th Birthday Party, Alice began to realize that her daughter was truly falling for him. When she and Hal started dating, she told him everything about herself, but she wishes she hadn't. Alice shared her secrets, fears, and doubts with Hal, and he eventually ended up using them against her, there are some things about herself that she struggles with. Alice advised Betty not to share everything about herself with Jughead, as it could come back to bite her.
The next night during Jughead's party, with a pair of binoculars in hand, Alice watched from Betty's room as FP Jones and a young man wearing a leather jacket had a brief discussion. As the party came to an end, Alice confronted FP on his way back to his vehicle, she wondered what he was doing on her side of town. FP told her not to act so high and mighty, she may not live on the south side anymore, she may not dress like she's from the south side, but they both knew the truth, snakes don't shed their skin so easily, FP said.
Alice greeted Betty the following morning with an Asprin, for a certain headache she was facing, then asking about the long-haired delinquent she spotted him with, to which Betty informed her that his name was Joaquin. He was Kevin's boyfriend and he knew FP through the Southside Serpents. Alice found it hardly coincidental that a serpent was dating the Sheriff's son. Riverdale was a small town, but not that small.
Inside The Blue and Gold offices, Alice announced to Betty and Veronica that everyone outside of the room was a potential murder suspect in the death of Jason Blossom. Alice suspected Hiram Lodge of having some form of involvement, maybe even hiring someone to kill Jason in retaliation to his arrest, possibly FP and the Southside Serpents. For all they knew, Joaquin, who she referred to as a "gay Greaser Serpent", could have been an accomplice seeing as Alice spotted him plotting with FP a couple nights ago at Jughead's 16th Birthday Party. She needed Betty to find out what they were conspiring about, either through Jughead or FP directly, without raising suspicions. Betty refused to go behind Jughead's back after he had already told her that he trusted in his father when he said that he wasn't the killer, but Alice simply took it as Betty being too close to the case. As Alice sat at her desk typing, Veronica returned to the Blue and Gold willing to assist Alice in her mission to discover whether or not FP and Hiram were involved in killing Jason Blossom.
With Veronica on board, Alice put forth a plan in which she would invite Jughead and FP over for dinner before the Homecoming dance. This would leave their trailer unoccupied long enough for Veronica to get in and find any potential evidence. Betty soon learned of the dinner, which she had assumed was merely a facade to interrogate FP, she was going to tell Jughead about Alice's plans, but that would be unwise as Alice claimed Jughead was fairly excited for their families to get to know each other. Alice took what Betty had earlier said to heart, and all she was after was getting to know them better, though this was a lie.
The next night, just as planned, Alice prepared a meal and sat down to eat dinner with Betty, FP and Jughead. Upon learning that FP was working for Fred at Andrews Construction, she questioned how he balanced that with his other responsibilities, such as being a part of the south side community. The interrogation continued from there, she asked about his work history and his connection to Hiram Lodge and the Twilight Drive-In. The doorbell then rang, it was Hal, who had been invited to the dinner without Alice's knowledge. At first chance, Hal mentioned the incident where Alice threw a brick through the widow of The Register, so she informed him if he continued to talk, the next brick she threw wouldn't be at a window. FP then recalled their Homecoming, in which he referred to Hal and Alice as the King and Queen from hell. That night, FP overheard Alice and Hal in a serious fight, life or death, he said. Alice demanded that FP shut up before he went any further, which he was happy to oblige to as long as she did the same.
Inside the ladies restroom at Homecoming, Alice had a brief run-in with a familiar face, Mary Andrews, first giving Mary a backhanded compliment then informing her of Fred and Hermione's "monkey business". However, her tactics had no effect on Mary as she saw right through them. Although words could not be heard over the music, Alice met up with Archie and Veronica at the dance, and they presumably told her that they didn't find anything at the trailer.
After watching Archie and Veronica perform "Kids in America" on stage, Alice and Betty returned home after learning that FP had just been arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom. Betty accused her of tipping of Sheriff Keller but Alice promised that it wasn't her. She was glad that Betty was safe, and as much as she liked Jughead, she was thrilled that Betty was done with the family. However, Betty loved him, he was as much her family as Alice was, more so at the moment. She refused to let Betty leave the house, but Betty was in a foul mood, telling Alice not to push her or else she would push back. Hearing this, Alice decided to let her go.
Following the Homecoming dance, and the revelation that FP was arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom, Alice made her way over to the Andrews house. There, Archie and Veronica announced that they never came across a gun while inside FP's trailer, it was planted in his closet after they left. Alice found it difficult to trust the detective skills of a couple of teens over qualified officers of the law. Just then she was outed by Betty for having asked Veronica and Archie to break in. This is something that Fred, Mary, and Hermione were all completely unaware of.
Alice was awakened in the late hours of the night as she could hear loud noises coming from downstairs. She grabbed the handgun previously owned by Ms. Grundy, and proceed down the steps, with Betty right behind her, ready to call the police. She pointed her gun at the intruder, and told him not to move, but as he turned around, they discovered that it was only Hal.He revealed to them that he broke into Sheriff Keller's house during the night of the last drive-in and stole the case files, which Alice noted as being impossible considering FP had already admitted to that crime. Hal wasn't sure why he would do that because it was actually him, and that is why he came back to the house in the middle of the night, to destroy any evidence that could lead back to him. Alice wondered why he was even stealing evidence from a murder investigation, to which Hal explained that he was worried that it would lead back to Polly, and that Sheriff Keller would figure out the on-going feud between their family and the Blossoms
Hal told them that Betty's great-grandfather wasn't just murdered by a Blossom, he was a Blossom. After the murder, Hal's family severed ties with the Blossoms, and picked up the new name of Cooper, meaning that he, Betty and Polly were Blossoms, as well as Alice, but simply by marriage. This also made Polly and Jason relatives by blood, third cousins to be exact, which explains why Hal wanted to terminate the pregnancy and keep them apart. They began to question how far the Blossoms would go to keep Polly and Jason apart, so the three of them rushed over to Thornhill to bring Polly home.
The Blossoms were furious over the intrusion, but the Coopers weren't planning on staying long, leading Alice to sarcastically apologize for disrupting "the witching hour at Thornhill". Alice knew all about their family, and the incest, as she explained to Polly that Hal's grandfather wasn't just the murder victim of Clifford's grandfather, they were brothers, thus making them all Blossoms. She then acknowledged the fact that FP's confession had several gaping holes in it. Alice surmised that the Blossoms were disgusted that Polly and Jason were dating because they were related, but Penelope assured her that nothing could be more purely Blossoms than Polly's babies. Alice was done talking, she grabbed Polly's hand, and swiftly exited Thornhill, but not before telling them that their "Doctor Moreau experimentation in breeding and eugenics" was over.
The next day, Alice entered The Blue and Gold offices to find Betty and Jughead going over the murder board. She told them that the body of a Southside Serpent had just been found, and Sheriff Clueless was convinced that he was working with FP. He allegedly committed suicide by overdose, and there was a bag of money in his room that linked him to Hiram Lodge, so everything was tied up into a nice little bow, too tidy if you asked her.
Joaquin DeSantos, the same Serpent that Alice had previously seen with FP had informed Kevin of his and FP's contingency plan, involving Jason's varsity jacket, which they had hidden. Inside the lining of the jacket was a USB flashdrive that contained surveillance video of Jason being murdered by his own father. At some point after this, the USB made it's way to Alice, who then took it to Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy.
A narrative quickly emerged as Alice spent the night at The Register typing up an article following the recent discovery that Clifford Blossom used the Blossom Maple Farms as a front for his true business of trafficking heroin into Riverdale from Montréal. Jason Blossom must have stumbled upon his father's illegal business ventures, resulting in his abduction at the hands of a Serpent named Mustang, and then his murder, at the hands of his own father. Alice believed that Clifford then killed Mustang by making it look like an overdose, then implicating Hiram Lodge as the mastermind behind the entire scheme.
The next morning, the Coopers resorted back to their ways of pretending as if everything was fine, and that the last few months hadn't happened. Alice made pancakes as Hal and Polly returned home.
After reading Betty's article, titled "The Riverdale Witch Trial; FP Jones, Serpents Slandered", Alice insisted that it was the best thing her daughter had ever written. However, she wouldn't publish it because Betty was too involved, which would lead people to believe that she only wrote it as a favor to Jughead. She was also taking into account the fact that there had been reports of attacks on the south side. The residents of Riverdale needed someone to focus their rage and aggression on, for that time it was the Serpents, and Alice didn't want Betty to become the next target. The following night, Alice confronted Betty after learning from Polly that Betty had not only taken her to school that day, but that someone hung a Betty doll from a noose and wrote on Betty's locker in pigs blood "Go To Hell Serpent Slut".
Alice warned her daughter about publishing that article, so she wondered why Betty constantly defied her. Betty was tired of the lies, and she accused Alice of being in fear of the truth, but Alice admitted that she was simply scared for her daughter. Alice was then asked about the fight that she and Hal had on their Homecoming night that FP had previously mentioned. Angered by the mere thought of the questioned, Alice eyes filled with tears as she yelled that it was none of Betty's damn business.
There are some secrets so painful that you hide them from yourself, but the following morning, Alice entered Betty's room to tell her the truth about her Homecoming. The fight that FP saw was due to the fact that she had just told Hal that she was pregnant, and they disagreed on how to handle the situation the best. Alice went away to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where she gave birth five months later to a baby boy, and then the Sisters arranged for a quiet adoption. As tears rolled down her face, and she hugged Betty, Alice said that it was the biggest regret of her life.
Later that night, Alice approached Betty as they were preparing to leave for the 75th Anniversary Jubilee, in which Betty revealed that she was concerned about Jughead because he was being taken in by a foster family, and transferring to Southside High. Alice, Hal, and Polly sat in the crowd as Archie performed with the Pussycats, and Betty gave a reflecting and inspiring speech on stage pertaining to FP, the Serpents, Clifford Blossom, and the crossroads Riverdale was facing.
The morning after the Jubilee, as Alice prepared breakfast for herself, as well as Betty, she asked her daughter what she and her friends did after the event, to which Betty replied that they went to Pop's, and afterward, she and Jughead went to FP's trailer. Taken back by this confession, Alice hoped that if Betty and Jughead had sex, that they were at least safe. Betty admitted that while they almost had sex, they were interrupted by the Southside Serpents, which only confirmed Alice's suspicions that Jughead would follow in FP's footsteps, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, especially not when there's a snake curled up in it's limbs". She instructed Betty to block Jughead after hearing her phone ring and making the incorrect assumption that it was him on the other end when in actuality, it was Archie, who Alice also insisted that Betty block.
Unfortunately, Archie's call brought devastating news; that Fred had been shot by a black hood wearing assailant during a supposed robbery at the diner. Hearing this, Alice, Hal, and Betty rushed down to Riverdale General Hospital, where they were met by Jughead, Veronica, and Hermione. They entered the lobby to the sight of Archie frantically pacing back and forth while covered in his father's blood. As the kids embrace, Alice, Hal, and Hermione checked in with the nursing station for updates.
Alice joined the kids to inform them that Fred was in surgery, and that he would be there for a while. As Archie headed out into the hall to call and inform his mother of his father's shooting, Alice disgruntledly looked to Jughead as she couldn't help but wonder if his southside affiliates had anything to do with Fred being shot. In consideration of everything that was already happening, Hal whispered to her that now was not the time to address such a matter. Jughead retorted that at least she couldn't accuse his father of being the shooter considering he was in jail.
After Archie returned from questioning with Sheriff Keller about his father's shooting, Fred's doctor joined them in the lobby to inform them that while they had successfully removed the bullet and stopped the internal bleeding, Fred wasn't breathing on his own, which was quite worrisome. They advised Archie to go home and get cleaned up until a room could be arranged for Fred so that Archie could see him. Alice told him not to worry because Fred was strong stock and a fighter. He wasn't one to leave unfinished business behind.
Alice briefly appeared in one of Fred's dream-like hallucinations following the shooting. She with Hal in the crowd at Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding as Veronica walked down the aisle.
Riverdale; A Haven for Crime
After learning that Ms. Grundy had been murdered in her Greendalehome the previous night, Alice was approached by Archie and Betty, who suspected that Fred's shooter and Grundy's murderer were one and the same. With Alice being the first to gain ahold of Jason Blossom's autopsy, Archie was hoping that she could do the same with Grundy's to see if her death lined up with the attack on Fred. Alice agreed to reach out to her friend in the autopsy lab in order to put Archie's mind at ease. As he exited, Alice expressed her concern with Betty's need to spread herself out so thin as the patron saint of lost causes. Furthermore, she told Betty that she can stop her crusade of saving the diner because Pop Tate had already agreed to sell the Chock'lit Shoppe to an anonymous buyer.
That night, she arranged a discreet meeting in the autopsy lab with the very same medical examiner from whom she received Jason's autopsy from, Dr. Curdle. He removed the blanket covering Ms. Grundy's face, revealing lacerations on her neck. Her trachea's been crushed, and the broken veins in her eyes and the tears in her skin suggested brutality. Dr. Curdle determined the murder to be a crime of passion. the killer wanted to feel Ms. Grundy struggle as she died. After Alice handed him an envelope filled with money, as payment for his services, he asked if she knew the victim. Alice replied that she didn't, despite previously meeting Ms. Grundy after learning of her affair with Archie earlier in the school year.
The very next day, Alice stopped by the Andrews house to inform Archie and Fred of what she had learned in relation to Ms. Grundy's murder. There were no signs of forced entry, which probably meant she knew her killer, but the police didn't know if any of her personal belongings were taken. Archie then asked how Ms. Grundy died. The autopsy showed that she was strangled with something the killer grabbed on hand. A cello bow. There was a struggle. She fought back. But, as Alice explained to Archie, this was a crime of passion, in another town with a completely different murder weapon. The likelihood of these two crimes being connected seemed slim.
Retro Night at Pop's shoppe had arrived, and Alice decided to stop by for one last root beer float as she wrote her story entitled "Requiem for Pop's." Betty then denied her request for a quote, calling Alice a fiend and telling her that Pop's diner is an obituary that she'll never get to write. While the night started off slow, activity quickly picked up as the night progressed. However, she was taken by surprise with the arrival of three Southside Serpents, during which time Alice took several photos of them with her phone. And while they didn't cause any trouble, some were uneasy with their presence. Later that night, Alice took more photos, but this time of Reggie Mantle, as he dealt drugs to Moose Mason and Midge Klump in the parking lot of the diner.
As the night came to an end and the diner cleared out, Alice informed Betty that several drug deals went down right under her nose. And if she thought that Hiram Lodge, Riverdale's answer to Scarface, helped Pop Tate for altruistic reasons, Alice remarked that she had a bridge to sell Betty. The Serpents have now officially crossed the tracks and have a toehold on the north side. So, she sarcastically congratulated Betty for almost single-handedly being responsible for giving crime a haven in Riverdale.
Alice received an envelope on her doorstep in the days following of an unexpected shooting at Lover's Lane, where the two teens, who she had previously witnessed in a drug exchange outside of Pop's, were shot. Upon opening the envelope, she made a startling discovery, that it contained a letter from the killer, taking responsibility for shooting Fred, Moose, and Midge, as well as killing Geraldine Grundy in Greendale. While they were skeptical of the legitimacy of the letter, the supposed killer, who is now calling himself the Black Hood, provided evidence of these heinous crimes, included in the envelope was Fred's missing wallet and Geraldine's red sunglasses.
After sharing the letter with Betty, Alice and Hal rushed over to the Mayor's office, where they turned the evidence over to Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller. In the spirit of public safety, Mayor McCoy suggested that they refrain from publishing the letter. However, Alice felt it was their responsibility to inform the community of the public threat and to make them aware that a killer was walking freely about Riverdale, targeting his next victim. Sheriff Keller requested a media black-out for at least the next twenty-four hours, as printing such an article would cause town-wide panic. In light of this, he'd be taking the letter into evidence, claiming that he would send them a copy afterward. However, there was no need to considering that she and Hal had made their own copy just before sending it to the printer for tomorrow's front page.
The next day, following the publishing of the Black Hood's letter, Polly announced that she would be leaving Riverdale to live at the Farm. She had already called ahead to make sure they still had room for her. What Farm, Alice asked. Polly replied that she was referring to the very same farm that she and Jason were going to run off to before he was murdered. Polly's sudden need to leave town stemmed from the fear of the killer targeting sinners, who she accused Alice of baiting. With Polly being an unwed mother that was carrying her cousin's babies, it was entirely conceivable that she could become a target of the Black Hood. However, Alice refused to allow Polly to leave, "over my dead body are you gonna run off to some farm and give birth in a trough, no doubt.", she said, to which Polly replied that it may be over Alice's dead body, but it won't be over hers or her babies' body.
The spread of the criminal activities of the Black Hood only served to embitter the animosity between the two sides of the town; animosity further fueled by Alice Cooper's articles.
Following the discovery of Polly's escape, Alice and Hal gathered around the dining room table with Betty, who had let her go without alerting her parents, to discuss the consequences. When Betty tried to justify her actions for helping her sister, Alice burst into tears, revealing how she was constantly terrified for her daughters' safety knowing there was a killer on the loose. Disappointed by her daughter's acting behind her and thus preventing her from protecting them, labeling their mother as a monster, Alice left the room, leaving Hal and Alice to cope with the revelation.
After receiving a letter from the Black Hood at the Blue and Gold, Betty showed part of the letter - the encrypted message - to her mother. Alice immediately showed the letter to Sheriff Keller, asserting that the killer was frightened by her and, therefore, had targeted her daughter to send further messages. Alice also informed the sheriff that she had already posted the encrypted message on The Register so that all citizens could have the chance to try to decipher it.
The following evening, Alice took part in a meeting at the Town Hall to discuss the actions to be taken to capture the serial killer. During the Sheriff's speech, Alice likened the police department's actions to the Red Circle's plan and expressed that it had come time to solve the real problem of Riverdale; the Southside. Although Mayor McCoy tried to stop Alice's speech, focusing exclusively on the Black Hood, Alice snorted, continuing to feed and give voice to the indignation of a town; the reporter suggested closing the Southside High School, a drug spreading center, and also suggested increasing police patrols. Alice was opposed by Fred Andrews, who claimed that demonizing one another was counterproductive. Alice was about to reply when Betty and Jughead burst into the meeting, saying the Black Hood was headed to the Town Hall according to the message they deciphered. Alice had no time to reply before Betty had the meeting evacuated. Shortly after, at Cooper house, Betty handled the letter she received from the Black Hood to her mother, with Sheriff Keller, Mayor McCoy, Jughead and her father standing by. 
Secret Serpent Past
Bringing the basket of clean clothes to Betty's room, Alice found her daughter on the phone and scolded her for late night calls, suspecting Betty was talking to Jughead. Alice was disappointed by Betty and Jughead's relationship, claiming that now he was showing his true colors by associating himself with the Southside Serpents. Alice, then, blamed Jughead for Betty's stunt at the Town Hall, pulling the fire alarm to evacuate the room. Concerned for her daughter, Alice imposed a rigid curfew, ordering her daughter to return straight home after school.
Meanwhile, Alice continued her campaign to discredit the Southsiders, blaming them for recent criminal actions. In the latest article, Alice throws discredit on the SoDale project and the Lodge Industries, much to Hermione and Hiram's annoyance.
Next day, Alice received a visit from Sheriff Keller, telling her about recent developments in analyzing the letters sent to Betty by the Black Hood. From the moment that there was no matching with the original letter sent to The Register, the sheriff assumed it was a copycat or a prankster, leading Alice to suspect that code and letter had been created by Betty and Jughead to get attention, taking inspiration from a Nancy Drew book.
Sometime later, Alice went to Pop's for her usual meal and Pop Tate's supportive words alarmed Alice, who realized that all the customers were staring at her. Alice, then, discovered that Betty had published on the front page of the Blue and Gold a defamatory article about Alice's arrest during her adolescence, titled "Alice Cooper's Secret Serpent Past". Once at home, Alice questioned Betty on how she found about the article since she had erased any trace from any public archive. Mother and daughter had a bickering about Alice's "holier-than-thou" attitude, and Alice realized that Betty's action had been made out of revenge. Alice ripped the newspaper page, barely holding back her tears while staring back at her daughter before Betty left the kitchen.
Few days after, Alice showed up at the SoDale Gala Opening, completely owning the scene in a fabulous red snake print dress and a golden snake-shaped necklace. Alice left the various attendants totally astonished, including her husband who had just finished saying to Hiram Lodge that wasn't a good idea for Alice to show up in public after the defamatory article. Later, Alice barely avoided appearing bored during Hiram's speech to his guest. 
Alice decided to reunite the crème de la crème of Riverdale, which is the parents of her daughter Betty's friends, in her living room to deal with what happened at Nick St. Clair's party. Alice quickly judged the party as a "bacchanal", pointing out that only her Betty was smart enough not to use drugs. Hiram Lodge immediately replied to Alice's harsh insinuations about those who used Jingle Jangle, suggesting her to be careful at throwing stones by recalling her mugshot Betty recently printed on the newspaper's front page. Meanwhile, without paying much attention to Hiram, Alice tried to eavesdrop Kevin, Veronica and Archie talking about Betty and Jughead's break up but without hearing much. The conversation about how the drug came to the party quickly led Mayor McCoy to take harsh measures, much to Alice's complacency to see the Southside blamed for it and actions are taken to prevent further crime coming to the Northside. 
While doing household chores, Alice was approached by Betty with a request to be taken to the prison the next day, since FP Jones was released from prison and Betty wanted to be there for Jughead. Betty also put Alice aware that Jughead was officially a Serpent now, to which Alice replied she was not surprised at all. To show support to her daughter, Alice brought Betty and Jughead to prison, much to FP's surprise. Alice greeted FP with her usual wit, asking him if it's true that men just released from prison are sexually frustrated, creating embarrassment for Betty and Jughead and amusement in the ex-convict.
They then went to celebrate at Pop's shoppe for a snack, during which time Alice warned FP to watch his back since the Black Hood was targeting sinners. Alice remained quite impassive to the revelation that FP would not rejoin the Serpents and wanted to know what intentions he had. FP replied he was thinking about asking Pop Tate for the wanted job as a busboy. Alice insisted with her snide remarks, addressing his alcoholism and FP said that he had joined A.A. in prison and that he was willing to continue with the program.
The following evening, Alice was shocked to discover that Betty was willing to go to FP's party at the Whyte Wyrm. She immediately rushed to Pop's shoppe to argue with FP, stating that she wouldn't allow their kids to make the same mistakes they did. When FP told her that she was overreacting, Alice asked him if he was high on fumes.
Since there was no way to prevent Betty from going to the Whyte Wyrm's party, Alice went with her daughter. She wore clothes suitable for the occasion, like a black leather jacket on a black dress and heavy dark makeup. Once joined by Jughead, Alice said she wasn't able to convince Betty to dress appropriately and then asked Tequila to the barman.
Coming back from the toilet, Alice was appalled to see Betty performing in lingerie on the stage. Despite FP covered her with his jacket, and distracted bystanders' attention with a speech, Alice left the bar after trying in vain to take Betty with her. 
A cheerful Alice appeared briefly in one of Betty's nightmare about the Black Hood coming for her in a Santa Claus costume covered in blood, and her corpse was seen along those of her husband and Polly as the Black Hood crawled the couch to get Betty before she woke up.
Alice was baking Polly's favorite Christmas cookies when Betty returned home in the evening, hoping that a Christmas miracle would bring Polly back home. Alice told Betty that a gift from her Secret Santa has been delivered to them and that she had brought it to her room. 
Meeting her long-lost son
Alice came home from the grocery store, and started rambling with Betty about Mayor McCoy's schemes that led to the closure of Southside High. As soon as Betty mentioned Polly, Alice immediately became cheerful, starting to talk about nursery rooms and other baby needs. Betty, silencing her recent meeting with her sister, asked her mother if she had news about her but Alice said she didn't.
The following day, Betty gathered her parents into the kitchen to confess that Polly had the twins. While Hal tried to cope with the news, Alice could hardly stop her tears, realizing that her eldest daughter had cut them off from her and her children's life. Alice immediately asked Betty if Polly was alright and the children were healthy, slightly reassured by Betty's positive reply. Betty, then, proceeded to reveal another secret. After a recent digging, she had found her biological brother, given up for adoption many years before. Betty barely had time to mention his name, Charles, that Hal scolded her severely and Alice avoided arguing further with her husband, clearly upset by the recent revelation, and consenting to end the conversation.
Later that night, Alice went to Betty's bedroom to tell her that she intended to see Charles.
The next day, Alice and Betty went to the address Betty had obtained through Ms. Weiss,
Jughead's social worker, and asked an employee at the Last Resort Hostel where they could find Charles Smith. The man directed them to the room 27, and mother and daughter walked the shabby corridor until they dared to enter the room. Once inside, Alice introduced herself and Betty to a young man sitting in the dim light of the room. Before Alice could reveal who she was, the blonde man claimed to know who she was; the Sisters of Quiet Mercy had given her the name and address to him when, eighteen years old, they had kicked him out of the facility. He revealed that he had passed near the house, and Alice asked him why he had not wanted to meet them. Charles unleashed his frustration as a son abandoned to Alice and Betty and when Alice tried to justify himself, he corrected her, saying his name was "Chic", not Charles, and sent them out because he was waiting for a client's visit. Alice looked around, asking him what kind of work he did for a living, but he sent them away, scoffing at Alice's concern. Once out of the hostel, Alice just had time to get in the car when she burst into tears, hugged by Betty.
The following evening, Betty returned home with Chic, who had been beaten up by a guy at the hostel and was bleeding from his arm. Alice and Hal immediately rushed to medicate his wound. and then give him Polly's room for the night, wishing him good-night and Alice reassured him that he would be safe in their house. 
The next morning, Alice prepared a hearty breakfast for the family. The meal, however, was spoiled by Hal's intrusive questions about Chic. Although Alice had remarked that Chic could stay at their home for as long as he wanted, Hal continued to meddle until Betty also expressed interest in Chic's "clients". Alice, startled, tried to hold a decent conversation at the breakfast table, attempting in vain to sweeten with maple syrup Chic's revelations about the tough customers provided by Marcel, the manager of the hostel he lives at.
Some time later, Alice was showing a photo album to Chic, trying to create a loving relationship with the long-lost son, while Betty received a phone call from Kevin about Chic.
Another meal lovingly cooked by Alice was again spoiled by Hal, claiming that Chic was only filling the void left by Polly, their daughter. Alice was about to counter, but Chic preceded her, silencing Hal, making Alice proud.
On Pickens Day, Alice tried to cheering up one that had every reason to be an awkward family meal. Regardless of this, Alice continued with her intentions to plan a perfect day since it was their first outing day as a family. Her cheerfulness was soon ruined by Hal, who revealed that he would be staying behind considering he had a few odd jobs to do around the house. Alice, however, didn't seem bothered by her husband's absence during the celebration, asserting that it was fine and that she would not beg. She, then, filled to the brim Chic's plate, with Betty and Chic silently taking part in the meal.
The three of them went to the Pickens Day celebratory event in Pickens Park, where Alice asked her son if he ever had a maple snow cone, to which he replied he didn't. Alice claimed to be happy, holding both her children arm in arm but her happiness soon became spoiled by Hal, rushing towards them. The man claims to have been browsing in the Chic's computer and having discovered his filthy secret job, asking both Alice and Betty if they had the slightest idea of what kind of boy they welcomed into their home. Alice remarked that Polly was no longer part of their lives and that she will not hesitate to throw Hal out of the house if necessary, having already done it once before. Once the man walked away, Alice apologized with her "honey" for her husband's behavior and, taking Chic arm in arm, she told the kids to get some cones.
Afterwards, the three of them were enjoying their dessert during the performance of "Veronica and the Pussycats" when a group of Southsiders came to protest during the event, claiming that Pickens Day celebration was based on lies and the slaughtering of innocent men, women, and children.
Alice listened to Toni Topaz speaking their reasons and exchanged a concerned glance with Betty to the way Hiram Lodge tried to diminish the protest in a clear attempt to save the event sponsored by Lodge Industries. 
Having heard voices from Betty's bedroom, Alice tried to eavesdrop the conversation while complaining about her feelings about locked doors with her daughter. Betty opened the door wearing a bathrobe, sarcastically remarking that it was Alice the one who likes to do the locking. Alice asked again what was going on and who Betty was talking to, as she had heard voices. Betty said she was talking to Jughead about homework. The conversation ended with Betty closing the door and Alice not buying it completely.
Some time later, Alice and Betty were standing at the front door with Hal holding a suitcase, about to leave the house. Her husband gave her an ultimatum: either Chic goes or he goes, but Alice wasn't willing to take part in these whims. She tried to make Hal understand that Chic wasn't hurting anyone and that he had found a job at the Bijou, and that he had even offered to pay them the rent and had no idea what was Hal beef with him. Hal answered that Chic was a stranger, but Alice quickly replied that he should make an effort and get to know him. Throughout the conversation, Betty supported her mother in the discussion. However, Hal didn't change his position and told her wife and daughter to call him when Chic was gone? In the meantime, he'll be at a ShareBNB down by the Register. Annoyed, Alice left the room, saying: "Fine, Hal, do what you want."
At dinner time, Alice and Chic were alone at the table, saying to her son that it was typical of his sister to get caught up in something and drops off the face of the Earth. Chic asked about Hal just as someone rang the doorbell, and Alice went to open the door, saying it was probably Hal. Surprisingly, instead of Hal, she found a lanky young man with bleached hair, asking for Chic.
By the time Betty got home, Alice was kneeling on the floor, dabbing with towels the pool of blood flowing out the corpse of the man who came looking for Chic. With a light breathlessness, she asked Betty (addressing her by her full name, Elizabeth) if she had locked the front door. 
How to Get Away with Murder
Alice prevented Betty from calling the police, terrified that they would take Chic away from her, again. She quickly explained that the "Shady Man" had attempted to assault her and that Chic had defended her and found herself forced to accept Betty's help when she received a phone call from her father, headed to the house to take some toiletries. Mother and daughter immediately cleaned the blood on the floor with bleach. Alarmed by a noise coming from the outside, the two women turned to the origin of the noise but, having a more serious problem at the time, they did not pay much attention to it.
When Hal got home, they had just finished cleaning the floor and started acting as if nothing happened, even when Hal complained of the house stinking like a hospital. Alice promptly lied to her husband, saying she had accidentally spilled some tomato soup and didn't want it to stain.
As soon as Hal left the house, Alice hurried up Betty to hook the phone and help her carry the corpse out of the house. In the car, the two discussed what to do. Betty was worried that someone would come looking for the man, but Alice expressed herself against such an eventuality because people disappear every day and the Shady Man did not strike her as the family-type; She also noted he walked around without a wallet. The two then drove through the woods and dragged the corpse wrapped in a carpet into a sewer pipe. Alice explained that the sewer system had been shut down decades earlier and that it used to be her secret place as a little girl. Before leaving, they covered the wrapped corpse with rags, leaves and other garbage found in the pipe.
Back home, Alice and Betty began cleaning up any surface that might have come into contact with the Shady Man, making sure to destroy any evidence of their guilt.
The following morning, Alice prepared chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast and was having a joyful meal with her son, as if nothing had happened. When Betty said that she didn' like chocolate-chip pancakes, Alice said to her to have some cereals instead. Breakfast was interrupted by the doorbell and Betty, frightened, dropped the cup of milk and cereal on the floor, breaking it. The tension became very high until Betty opened the door and discovered that it was only Jughead wanting to walk to school together.
At around dinner time, Alice was playing Clue with Chic in the living room when Betty returned home and immediately went to her bedroom, leaving Alice and Chic to spend the evening alone.
A few days later, Betty Chic accused of lying to them at the dining table. She had retrieved the Shady Man's phone, thus discovering that he was not one of Chic's customers, but a drug dealer. Alice reacted worryingly, asking Betty why she had returned to the sewer pipes. Betty replied she wanted to make sure in broad daylight that no one could see the corpse from the trail. Alice was immediately worried that someone could track the phone, but Betty reassured her that she already turned off the GPS. Alice struggled to calm Betty down, who in the meantime had started screaming at a crying Chic. Alice advised her daughter to cut it off because if she kept it up, it would lead them to be caught and that Betty had to worry about her own family, rather than the hypothetical family of a drug dealer.
A few nights later, Alice and Betty were in the kitchen where Alice discovered that Hal had been home and that there had been an argument between Hal, Betty, and Chic. She also discovered that the Shady Man's car had been parked in front of their home in the last few days and that Betty got rid of it with Jughead's help. Alice was very worried, saying that she could not go to the police but Betty insisted that they needed help, and not from the police.
Alice and Betty went to the Jones' trailer in Sunnyside Trailer Park, where Alice tried to explain to the old friend what happened but FP said her to save it, because Jughead had just told him everything. He said he would not allow the three of them to make the same mistake that he had made with Jason Blossom, and invited them in the trailer.
Later, Alice was seated at a table at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe with Betty and Jughead. All three were frightfully silent, lost in their thoughts until FP joined them, saying he got rid of the body. When Jughead told his father that he reeks, FP explained that it was due to the sodium hydroxide he used. In a week, there'll be nothing left of the Shady Man, not even his teeth. Alice apologized to FP for involving them in such an unpleasant situation, thanking him for their help. 
Family Falling Apart
Alice was sitting at the dining room table with Betty and Hal when her husband asked for a divorce. Alice folded her arms, asking him if he was still seeing Penelope Blossom but Hal denied it, stating that he wanted to get divorced to get free because he was extremely disappointed for having been abandoned over a stranger after twenty years of devotion in their marriage. Alice was surprised to see that Betty agreed with her father to want Chic out of their house, so she counterattacked accusing Hal of selling The Register to Hiram Lodge. At this point, Hal said he was willing to share the sale gain if Alice agreed to divorce, and she claimed to be willing to listen to his offer.
Some time later, Alice was very happy because Polly had returned home with her grandchildren, and she and Chic were holding one of the twins each. Alice asked Betty if she wanted to hold one of the twins but when she was about to give the baby to her, Betty took the one from Chic's arms. Shortly after, Polly asked where her father was and if they would all go together to the reading of Clifford Blossom's last will and testament.
During the reading of the will at Thistlehouse, Alice burst into the room publicly accusing Hal he only wanted a divorce so that he could cheat her out of his "big, fancy Blossom payday." Furious, Alice threatened him using her lawyer, Sierra McCoy, as support. Alice went on with her outburst, accusing Hal, Penelope and the rest of the Blossoms in the room of being an "inbred cesspool of a family" and that she would get half of anything Hal was going to get. Penelope asked Alice to leave, but Alice shut her up, calling her a "half-melted ten cent trollop".
Back home, Alice was cooking dinner while Polly and Betty talked about their upcoming income from Cliff Blossom's inheritance. As they informed Chic about the blood test to ascertain that they had Blossom's blood in their veins to be able to inherit, Chic said he would not do any blood tests since he didn't know them. Polly replied that the Blossoms were their cousins and whether they liked it or not, they shared the same blood. Alice pointed out that she does not. When Polly and Betty became suspicious of Chic's reaction, he added that he was also afraid of needles. Alice told her daughters to leave their brothers alone and the Coopers started their dinner.
A few days later, Alice was playing with the twins in the living room along with Betty and Polly when Chic came down the stairs asking her if she could drive him to work since he was late. Alice replied that she couldn't because she was with the twins, and suggested him to take the bus or walk.
In the evening, Alice was knitting sitting on the couch when Polly and Betty returned home after spending the afternoon together, shopping. The girls were immediately alarmed when Alice revealed to them that the twins were not home, but that Chic had brought Juniper and Dagwood for a walk along Sweetwater River. Alice, completely oblivious to Polly and Betty's concern, reassured them that they were fine and shortly after Chic came home with the babies, safe and sound.
The next morning, Alice was having breakfast with Chic when Polly entered the room and revealed that she was planning to move to San Francisco. Alice asked if she could say goodbye to the twins and, after getting permission from her daughter, left the room.
Later, Alice was among the crowd gathered at Hermione Lodge's rally, where she presented herself as a candidate at the race as the next mayor of Riverdale.
When Alice was cornered by Betty in their sitting room demanding explanations about Chic's negative result from the Blossoms' blood test, Alice revealed the reason why he resulted negative is that he's not Hal's son. Nevertheless, he was still her son and she reassured Chic about that. However, Betty wasn't satisfied and asked who was his real father, then. Alice replied that whoever he is, he's not part of their life and there was no reason to reopen old wounds she healed many years over. Alice then ended the conversation, hugging Chic on the sofa and leaving Betty speechless. Unbeknownst to her, a sinister smile formed on Chic's face as he glanced at Betty.
A few days later, Alice scolded Betty as soon as she got home, ordering her to come to the dining room where she was standing while Chic was sat at the table. Alice immediately asked her daughter if it was true that she had sneaked into her brother's bedroom and tormented him with a Zippo lighter. She was also interested in the exact use of a black wig she wielded under Betty's nose. Betty promptly accused Chic to be a creep searching among her stuff, but the young man replied he was just looking for the Zippo lighter as a proof but found the wig instead. Alice asked why she even had a wig but Betty had no time to reply that Chic said she uses it when she has sex with Jughead. Betty was shocked and angered, asking Chic how he can even know about that but Chic promptly replied he was just guessing. Alice, shocked at the idea of Betty having sex, asked for a confirmation from her daughter and when she got it, she left the room almost in tears.
Next day, Alice went to Betty's room because she needed to know Betty was having safe sex. When Betty said she was, Alice was relieved because she knew very well how alluring and convincing the Jones boys can be, thus revealing that she and FP had a story. Betty immediately jumped to the possibility that FP was Chic’s father, but Alice denied that and said that despite Chic is odd and damaged he’s still part of their family. She also admitted that she's not blind about his weirdness and she'd never forget what he's capable of but was also moved by the fact that he had no one loving him for the past 25 years and truly believed that he needed their love. 
Alice hosted the hall meeting at Riverdale High School were students candidate to become study body president presented their programs to their schoolmates and their parents. Slightly uncomfortable for some questions raised by Sweet Pea on issues between Northsiders vs. Southsiders at school, Alice smiled at Reggie Mantle's sneaky remarks about Veronica and Archie.
At the end of the meeting, Alice discussed with FP, telling him that he should be ashamed to allow her "innocent daughter" to live in their trailer. FP called her out on this, saying he was sleeping on a pull-out sofa with Jughead to leave his bedroom to Betty. Alice was surprised by this and silently listened to FP's advice to clarify things with Betty before it was too late, since he knew what it was like to have a son who preferred to sleep on the street rather than in his father's house.
Returning home, Alice found Chic sitting in front of the TV in the completely dark room. The boy was watching the news where they revealed police was investigating on a car recently found in Swedlow Swamp. Alice immediately phoned FP, informing him that the police had found the Shady Man 's car.
Next morning, Alice met with FP, Betty and Jughead at Pop's to discuss what to do next. Jughead blamed himself but FP said they couldn't know that Junkyard Steve drags the swamp for people's castoffs. He also asked why Chic wasn't there since he was the one who killed the man, but Alice said not to worry about him. Much to her surprise, Betty agreed with her because Chic had nothing to do with the car. As soon as Sheriff Keller entered the diner, FP advised acting normal as if they have nothing to do with the car. Alice backed him up, telling Betty to come home but her daughter refused to be manipulated.
A couple of days later at the Jones' trailer, Alice scolded both Betty and Jughead for asking Kevin questions about the police investigation. Betty and Jughead revealed that they discovered the car was stolen and Chic said that the Shady Man - whose real name was Dwayne - always used his girlfriend's car. When Betty said the woman who called Dwayne on the phone didn't sound much in love with him, Chic confirmed the possibility it was Darla. Alice asked Chic if they had to worry about the woman, but Chic replied that he did not know her very well. When Betty took advantage of the situation for bickering with Chic, Alice scolded her, saying she was coming home with them. She also threatened FP to team with her otherwise she'd tear the trailer apart with her bare hands. She then helped Betty packing her stuff.
In the evening, Alice was washing dishes when Betty told her to sign a document for permission to get a tattoo since she was "basically, a member of the Serpents". Alice freaked out at this eventuality and refused to sign the paper. The discussion was interrupted by Chic as soon as he returned home with Darla, whom he had been looking for in an attempt to help after Betty had accused him of being useless.
With shaking hands, Alice served tea while Darla made veiled threats, saying it was not the first time that Dwayne borrowed her car, but it was very strange that it had ended up in a swamp in Riverdale. Alice was shocked when Dalra asked for ten thousand dollars he owned her in exchange for her silence on Dwyane's death.
Next morning, Alice advised Betty on how to take money from the bank account.
However, when Marcel, the guy who attacked Chic at the hostel in Centerville, joined Darla at the Cooper house, a terrified Alice called Betty and told her not to come home. Unfortunately, Betty came home with the money and Alice was very frightened by Darla and Marcel's threats until Jughead, Sweet Pea, Fangs Fogarty and other young serpents broke into the house, forcing the two criminals to flee after threatening them.
After hugging Betty, Alice began to clean up the mess made by Marcel and Darla in the sitting room and warmly thanked Jughead. She then asked Chic to leave the house by evening.
Next day, Alice personally thanked the Serpents at school in one of their club meeting, saying that from that moment on she'll be on the Serpents' side and won't be ashamed anymore about her Southsider background. Later, she visited FP at his trailer. 
At Riverdale High School, the cast of "Carrie: The Musical" to be directed by Kevin Keller and Fangs Fogarty began the introductions in the auditorium and Alice entered the stage introducing herself as the portrayer of "Margaret White," the religious-fanatic mother of Carrie White. This choice left everyone surprised, but Kevin explained that while her casting was untraditional, to him there's nothing more than amateur than age-inappropriate casting. Alice was both looking forward to playing Margaret and spending more time with Betty. After rehearsal, Cheryl sang "Carrie" to prove she was the right choice for the leading character and after her performance, she was almost crushed by a sandbox falling from the ceiling, scaring Alice and the other actors.
At evening, Alice visited FP at Pop's to tell him that she was cast in the school's musical and to ask if he would be stopping by to see her. For the occasion, she was wearing a snake-skin blouse, leather jacket and trousers and high heels. However, she was soon upset by FP ignoring her. Annoyed by this same recurring theme throughout their youth, Alice said that was afraid that their kids were going to make the same mistakes that they did; It turned out it was her and FP making the same mistakes. She then left the diner.
Next night at Cooper house, Alice called Chic. She was worried about him since she hasn't heard from him recently, but when he doesn't answer, she leaves a message saying that she loves him. When Betty comes downstairs, Alice blames herself for kicking Chic out.
The following day, Kevin informed the cast that Cheryl would no longer portray Carrie due to Penelope Blossom's decision, which came to no surprise to Alice.
On stage, Alice, portraying Margaret White, and Midge Klump portraying Carrie White, sang "Stay Here Instead". However, Alice's performance began to seem a bit too real and more so directed at Betty than Midge. Alice then looked to Betty in the crowd and told her not to leave her like everyone else, before running off the stage in tears. After Betty reached her in the hallway to comfort her, Alice burst again into tears, saddened by all the recent events like giving up again on Chic, and the feeling that everything around her was crumbling. She then revealed her marriage to Hal was ruined because of something unspoken that happened years ago.
Opening night has arrived and Betty and Alice were too nervous to even eat. Betty did however come through on her promise to do something to make her mom feel less abandoned and arranged Hal to brought her mother flowers. Hal arrived with flowers for Betty and Alice but Alice immediately pointed out that she was allergic to peonies. Hal told Alice that he'd really like to come back home. Alice agreed but said that for things to work this time there shouldn't be secrets. After asking Betty to leave them some privacy, Alice revealed that Chic isn't his son which Hal always suspected though he doesn't care anymore.
As she prepared to go on stage, Alice exchanged a few words with her husband without knowing that FP had seen them together. Backstage, she and her castmates sang "A Night We'll Never Forget".
The play begins and the crowd is packed. On stage, Alice sang "Evening Prayers" but when she cued Midge, the curtains raised only to reveal that Midge has been murdered by the Black Hood. She has been stabbed with knives and scissors and pinned to the wall. On the wall, written in blood is a message. "I Am Back From The Dead. All Those Who Escaped Me Before Will Die... B.H" Alice started screaming in fear as the crowd tried to escape from the auditorium. 
A Viper in a Serpent's Bosom
The town gathered at Midge Klump's funeral and Alice paid her respects, attending the commemoration with Betty and Hal.
After the funeral, Sheriff Keller arrived at the Cooper house to question Chic as he was talking to everyone who was at Riverdale High School the night of the musical. A couple people claimed they saw Chic backstage just before the show. Hal told the Sheriff that Chic no longer lives with them, but that they can bring him down to the station the next day. The sheriff agreed and then left. Once he was gone, Alice wondered why Hal throw Chic under the bus. Hal questioned what Alice was worried that Chic will say. Remembering that Hal has no idea about the murder that took place within the house, Betty interjected that Alice was just overprotective of Chic.
When Betty asked Alice if maybe Chic should leave town for all of their safety, Alice replied that Chic leaving town will only raise suspicions, which will result in law enforcement hunting him down. She also added that, while talking to the Sheriff is a risk, it's one they have to take. Alice also insisted that Betty relax because she'll be coaching Chic.
After taking Chic down to the Sheriff's station for questioning, Alice invited him back to the house for dinner. Even Betty and Jughead join them, where they accuse Chic of being an impostor. Alice told Betty to stop harassing him, but when she saw a photo that Betty took from a file at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Alice became suspicious. Alice asked Chic for an explanation, but the guy grabbed a large kitchen knife and tried to stab Jughead, inadvertently cutting Alice's wrist. However, Betty managed to disarm Chic before knocking him unconscious with a rolling pin.
In the Coopers' basement, Alice, Betty, and Jughead tied Chic up to a chair. He woke up not long after. He called out to Alice's help, but Betty grew tired of his games. They wanted answers, starting with Chic's real name. He insisted that he is Chic and then called out to Alice again for help, but she didn't respond. Betty surmised that Chic must've known her real brother. When she and Alice went to the hostel and asked for Charles Smith, they were sent to Chic's room. So Betty asks why Chic was impersonating him. Chic explained that he never said he was "Charles Smith". He said he was "Chic", during their first encounter. Chic revealed that he met Charles out on the street. They then moved into the hostel together. That's where Charles told him about the Coopers. A perfect family in Riverdale who gave him up for adoption and never even came looking for him. One day, he knocked at the Coopers' door. Alice answered. She told him that they weren't interested, before slamming the door in his face. Charles went on a bender that night and overdosed on Jingle Jangle. Alice ran upstairs in tears with Betty not far behind her.
Alice found Charles' picture that Betty showed her and gave it a good look and knows that Chic was telling the truth, at least about Charles stopping by the house. Alice remembers turning Charles away at the front door. He knocked and Alice asked him to leave. She began to blame herself for killing her own son. Betty tried to calm her, but Alice concluded that he is seeking revenge. She gave her son away and he came back to her only for her to turn him away. This, Alice believed, it's biblical punishment. However, Betty argued that Chic is the only guilty person. Before leaving out the house, Alice requested that Betty stay at the house and watch Chic until she returns.
Alice arrived at FP's trailer distraught and in tears, and said to FP that she should've told him sooner she had his child all those years ago, and she called him Charles. But she had to give him up for adoption with the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. He came to see Alice and she turned him away. Now he's dead, and Alice blames herself. She asked him if he remembers what happened between the two of them in high school, and she started to apologize for that, but she has to get back to Betty and Jughead now. FP asked if Alice is talking about Chic, but she informed him that Chic is someone else entirely. FP hugged her and told her that everything will be alright.
Back at the house, Alice and Betty contemplated their next move while FP talked with Jughead outside. Betty suggested driving him out of town, but Alice feared that he'll only come back. In the meantime, she decided that it was time to tell Hal the truth about everything as this affects all of their lives.
Once Hal arrived home, Alice revealed him the truth and the two had a heated discussion. Alice also confessed that she could not give Chic to the police since she was involved in the concealment of a corpse. However, she lied about Betty's involvement in the cover-up.
Sometime later, Alice was sitting on the steps, drinking her troubles away. Alice asked Betty where she went and the girl replied that she took Chic away. Betty then notices that Hal was gone and Alice informed her that he went out looking for Betty. 
At the Cooper house, Alice, Hal and Betty were having breakfast. Hal notices that Betty is troubled and asks if there is something on her mind. Betty claims that she had been thinking and had come to the conclusion that Chic was a test. Everything that he did to them and brought on them was a test. Betty believes that they're stronger after surviving it. Alice remarks that this supposed strength remains to be seen, but Betty is positive that they are stronger.
The next day, at the Cooper house, Betty sits at the table with her parents. Given that her father has been so busy at the Register, Betty proposes that Alice join him since she is already moderating the debate. Both Alice and Hal agree.
At the Register, Alice and Hal head out for dinner while Betty hangs back to finish up her work.
In the evening, Alice is left speechless by Betty when she reveals that when the Black Hood was first killing people, he was also calling her, asking her to do things as they were alike. He offered to help get rid of Chic. So Betty delivered Chic to the Black Hood. And she's okay with being an accomplice in a murder. She says all this to potentially bait Hal. Alice is left speechless. Hal holds Betty's hand and tells her about his own darkness. When he was away from Betty and Alice, it felt like he was drowning it. This is why they need each other.
The night of the Mayoral debate, Alice is on stage and welcomes all in attendance at the event. Jumping right into the debate, fear and unrest rule the streets, so Alice asks how Hermione Lodge plans to restore safety to the town. Hermione claims that they're already making strides. She and Hiram personally recruited Sheriff Minetta from Centerville after Tom Keller resigned. Not one week on the job, and he's supposedly apprehended Midge Klump's murderer. Fred argues that they don't actually know that Fangs Fogarty is the killer. Regarding his comment about calling for blood, Hermione enlightens him about the Dark Circle, who she refers to as a dangerous, radical group that traffics in terror, violence and street warfare. This group, she points out, was started by Archie. The debate is abruptly interrupted by the Black Hood on the balcony with a rifle, who start shooting at the crowd. Alice and everyone present run and hide for their safety. 
During the riots between Northsiders vs Southsiders, Alice is at the Register and is relieved to hear that Betty is okay. When Betty asks about her father, Alice informs her that Hal is out calming the riots. Betty is on her way to the Register to join her mother, who is taking great pleasure in the chaos unfolding as it means headlines. "If it bleeds, it leads."
At the Register, Alice meets with Hermione Lodge, who makes a surprising announcement; A $1,000,000 reward for anyone who can capture the Black Hood, dead or alive. As a mayoral candidate, Hermione feels it's important to take charge in times of crisis. Like the riot, which she believes was brought about by the actions of the Black Hood. She offers a bounty in hopes that it will calm the storm. Betty disagrees with the notion that a bounty will solve their problem. Furthermore, she questions if it's even legal and is acting very odd about the Black Hood's actions. Alice questions her sudden urge to act so protective of the Black but before Betty can reply, she receives a phone call from her cousin, Cheryl.
At the Cooper house, Alice is trying to understand why Betty tries to convince her to leave the house with her, but they are interrupted when Hal enters the living room, pleased to see that she made it home. Alice explains that Hal came up with an idea to watch home movies. She figured she would indulge him given that they're practically on lock-down due to the riot. Hal grabs the projector and plays for Alice and Betty old home videos of himself as a child, being disciplined by his mother. On the video, Hal's mother tells him that his father did something very noble in massacring the Conway family as they were sinners, thus the revelation that Hal's father was the Riverdale Reaper. Hal states that sinners have to die. He was then ordered by his mother to convince Joseph Conway to accuse someone other than his father of being the killer. While his father may have allowed Joseph to get away, Hal will do better, his mother says on the recording.
When the video ends, Hal tells Alice to take out her tape-recorder as he wishes to share his story. First of all, Hal reveals that Great-Grandpappy Cooper wasn't murdered by his brother. Instead, he was the killer. He killed Great-Grandpappy Blossom and then took on the Cooper name to create a new identity for himself. The Conways discovered this secret. Mr. Conway blackmailed Hal's father/Betty's grandfather. So he killed them for being sinners. As for Joseph Conway, the sole survivor, Hal did what was asked of him by convincing Joseph to accuse an innocent man. Joseph was easy to manipulate both as a boy and a man, Hal explains. He goes onto tell Betty and Alice about his darkness. The same darkness that runs in the Cooper family, which now lives in Betty. Hal approaches Betty and demands that she say who he is. "You're the Black Hood", Betty says as her eyes fill with tears. Hal is responsible for shooting Fred Andrews as well as killing Miss Grundy, the Sugarman, Midge, and Dr. Masters. But the shooting at the Mayoral debate was not Hal's doing.
Hal explains to Betty and Alice that he became the Black Hood because Riverdale is a town of sinners and sinners have to die. Hal recalls Betty speech at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee, where she says that the town must do better. It reminded him of a promise he made to his mother, that Riverdale would do better. So Hal picked up his father's sword, so to speak and continued the work that he and Hal's grandfather started. The purging of sin. Betty asks why Hal wanted this discussion recorded. Hal replies that he wanted everyone to understand what happened when they find them. It would seem that Hal plans on killing Betty and Alice, along with himself.
Alice taunts Hal. She always knew he was a mama's boy. She claims that he can't do anything for himself. Betty advises her mother against antagonizes him, but she continues to do so nonetheless, pointing out that Hal can't do anything right. Not even be a serial killer. She calls Hal out for being a sinner and questions what Fred could've possibly done that would call for his death. Hal explains that Fred was an adulterer. However, given that Hal had an affair with Penelope Blossom, Alice tells Hal to kill himself. Or maybe Hal should kill her, Alice states. She informs him that she slept with FP, who in every way that Hal's not, is a real man. With Hal distracted, Betty grabs a shovel from the fireplace. As his anger builds, Hal chokes Alice. Fortunately, Betty hits him over the head with the shovel from behind, knocking him to the ground, Alice then hits him with the shovel.
Alice and Betty, then, proceed to call Tom Keller over. He puts Hal in handcuffs and places him in the squad car before pulling off. On the front door, Alice is left speechless at her husband's reveal and arrest while neighbors starts to gather on the street. 
Following Hal's arrest, Alice is totally distraught. Standing outside their front door, Alice is berating their neighbors, who also stand just outside their house, taking photos and video following the discovery that her husband was the Black Hood. Alice entertains the crowd, inviting her neighbors to come in and see where Hal planned all the murders. Betty, who's just coming home, pushes her way through the crowd, demanding that everyone go home.
A few days later, Polly came home to stay close to her mom and sister and brings the twin babies Juniper and Dagwood with her. In the sitting room, the Cooper women talk about the elephant in the room; why haven't they seen Hal since he was arrested. Betty claims that she's taking things one step at a time. Polly questions how they're supposed to forgive him if they don't go visit him. At the Farm, they taught Polly that forgiveness is the most valuable gift they can give. If they don't absolve him, they'll become what he was, full of hate. And Polly's babies deserve a mother who's better than that. Alice begins to think that Polly's right, at least about seeing Hal. Maybe that way they can get answers or Alice can give him a piece of her mind. Either way, Betty has no interest in seeing her father.
Some days later, Betty confesses to her mother that she went to go see her father in jail. Alice ask her how did it go, to which her daughter answers that it was hard but that she wants to go back to school. Alice and Betty then hug.
At the dining room table, Alice and Polly talk about how Polly is proud of her for going to see Hal despite all he has done. While it wasn't easy on Alice, they all have their albatrosses. Alice is clearly distraught. So, Polly offers to help. She knows someone from the Farm who can help. He healed Polly after she was broken following Jason's death. Surprisingly, Alice is open to Polly inviting this person over to talk. 
Summer is almost over, and Alice spent the last months picking up the pieces of her life, healing from the recent traumas she suffered with the help of Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm introduced to her by Polly. During Archie Andrews' trial for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, Alice is showing her support to Archie by sitting with other friends and family members in court.
The following day, Alice and Polly are having breakfast. Alice spotted Betty leaving the house, and they welcome her to join for some Oolong tea but Betty declines. Alice then asks her if she's going to another therapy session with Dr. Glass, but Betty replies she's going to see Archie. Alice nods, and tells Betty that they should spend some quality family time together before she go back to school as advised by Edgar, the leader of the Farm. However, Betty isn't interested in joining "Heaven's Gate" and leaves.
Sometime later, Alice is gathering Betty's diaries on the coffee table in the sitting room. When Betty enters the room, Alice explains to her that she should burn them for her own good because she's been filling the page with so much pain and suffering over the years. Alice adds that Edgar agrees with her, and she should let go all her pain. Betty is furious and takes back all her diaries, explaining that her therapist thinks that journaling is a perfectly healthy way to cope with her traumatic experiences. Alice claims she respect that and that she's not denying Betty's past. However, those things belong to the past and Betty is letting them crushing her. Alice is aware of Betty's opinions about the Farm, but Edgar has done nothing but help her and Polly. He's encouraged her to embrace everything that she was ashamed of and become the best version of herself. On the other hand, Alice is seriously concerned about her daughter's behavior and says to her that's she's not coping with what happened with her father and with Chic. Betty has enough of her talking and before leaving, she sarcastically remarks she thinks she should go away from her because she's been body-snatched. As Betty exits the house, Polly enters the room and says she's discovered things about Betty.
Later, Alice and Polly sit Betty down. Alice is worried about Betty, again. This time, however, is not about her lack of sharing emotions with her family. Alice informs Betty that pharmacy called and they can't complete an Adderall prescription because Betty had one refilled in Greendale two weeks ago. She also discovered that Dr. Glass doesn't exist, so Betty should quit pretending; Betty's been forging prescriptions for herself and lying about going to therapy. Now, she's making up a psychiatrist so that she can scam medication. Betty can't believe that she's being given a hard time for trying to re-up a prescription that her mother literally shoved them in her hands a year ago. Alice explains this was before Edgar explained the dangers of pharmaceuticals. Betty can't believe her mother's actually buying into the Farm. Edgar is helping them move on and he can help Betty too, though Betty doesn't see their methods will help get over the fact that her father murdered four people and tried to kill them. Polly becomes enraged, stating that Betty is in denial. She has a secret life, involving hoarding stolen drugs and hiding from her pain. Betty may hate the Farm, but they healed them and they can heal Betty too of she let them. Before the conversation turns even more uncomfortable, Betty's saved by Archie who's picking her up.
At night, Alice and Polly are in the back porch with other members of the Farm, holding Juniper and Dagwood over a bonfire. They let them go but instead of falling into the fire, the twins began floating over the flames. All members are astonished by the miracle, but Alice is suddenly brought back to reality when she hears Betty screaming. Alice immediately runs towards her daughter while she begins convulsing and is unresponsive. 
At the Cooper house, Alice is updating Polly on Betty's recovering from the seizure she suffered on the back porch after Dr. Patel kept her overnight for observation but it was just a precaution. Although they ran a test to discover the source for the seizure, Dr. Patel suspects it was just stress. Polly was up with the twins all night worried about Betty, though Betty herself is more concerned with the whereabouts of Juniper and Dagwood. Betty claims she saw her mother and Polly throw them into a bonfire., but Alice replies that the only thing burning last night was the Hibachi, as they were making skewers with a few friends from the Farm. Polly suggests that Betty was merely hallucinating.
Later, Alice and FP meet at the Cooper house after they were informed by Sheriff Minetta that Betty and Jughead were snooping around Ben's hospital room. Alice and FP confront their kids as soon as they arrive at the house. Alice is extremely worried and says that Betty must look after herself because investigating crime scenes is exactly the kind of stressful thing Dr. Patel was referring to and if she continue with her reckless behavior, she's likely to have another seizure. Both FP and Jughead are caught off guard by that because neither of them was aware of Betty's seizure form the neigh before. Betty burst into tears and run upstairs while the Jones boys left the house after Alice stepped in front of Jughead to prevent him following Betty in her room.
That evening, Alice goes to Betty's room to apologize, bringing a mug with her. Betty says that she won't drink anything concocted by the Farm, but Alice reassures her that it's just chamomile. Alice apologies for telling Jughead about the seizure. She's just terrified and only want the best for her daughter. They hug and Alice leaves, closing the door behind her.
At the Town Hall, Alice is terrified when Hermione brings up a horror from their past. FP, Fred, Sierra, Tom, Penelope Hermione and Hiram all share a dark secret from high school and Hermione called the meeting because two boys were found with blue lips in the woods. Dilton Doiley is dead, Ben Button is in a coma and a boy scout went missing had recently been found. Hermione believes he'll talk, and the investigation will lead back to them. Despite Alice and FP told Betty and Jughead to stop snooping around, they both know their kids will continue to investigate. Tom suggests they stick to their vow to forget about that night, but Hermione replies that they don't have that luxury anymore. Not now that their children are in danger. 
Three weeks have passed since the secret meeting and the horrible deaths of Dilton and Ben. Alice and FP are in bed together and FP thanks the Farm for opening Alice to the possibility of the two of them finally being together. Alice chuckles, enjoying the moment but FP knows that with Jughead and Betty investigating, the matter is far from closed.
At the Cooper house, Alice and Polly are sitting in a circle in the sitting room with other women from the Farm, including Evelyn. They are waiting for Betty, whom they warmly welcome into their circle after Evelyn had told them that she wants to join the Farm. Betty is disappointed because she hoped to meet Edgar Evernever, but Alice, Polly and Evelyn tell her that she can not simply meet him; there are testimonies and tests to pass before meeting the leader. Alice immediately notes that something is wrong with Betty and, in fact, the girl is totally upset when she discovers that Alice has revealed intimate (and illegal) secrets of their family to the members of the Farm. Disposing of the dead body of the Shady Man, for example. Alice tries to justify herself by saying that their secrets are safe with the Farm, but Betty doesn't want to hear any reasons. Betty is upset by finding out that Alice knows more about "Gryphons and Gargoyles" than she let her believe, and that she shared that information with the Farm. After an apparent episode of dizziness, her daughter leaves the room and Alice claims that she knew that Betty was not yet ready to join them.
Some time later in Betty's room, Alice and Betty are arguing about what happened shortly before downstairs. Betty's still furious about Alice's choices as well as curious about how much her mother knew about "Gryphons and Gargoyles" since she even mentioned it to her cultist friends, but Alice replies that she trusts the members of the Farm more than her own daughter. On that note, she leaves the room.
At Sunnyside Trailer Park, Alice and FP ransack the entire trailer in search of the guidebook. When Betty and Jughead arrive, they confront their children. FP is extremely worried and shows his panic grabbing Jughead by the collar of his jacket, asking if they are playing. Alice steps in, with the clear intention of preventing that FP spills further compromising information to their children about their past. FP agrees and after making sure that the book they found is the only guidebook around, FP runs out of the trailer and throws the book into a bonfire, followed by Jughead and Betty that are totally shocked by that desperate attempt to keep them away from the truth. 
A Poisonous Secret: The Midnight Club
Editor's Note: The events that transpire in Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club take place during a flashback set in the 90's of Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom in their junior year of high school.
At the Cooper house, Alice is writing her affirmations in a notebook. Betty comes home with a case file from many years ago. She has concrete evidence that when when Alice was her age, there was another suspicious death that took place at Riverdale High where the corpse had blue lips. Alice decides to tell Betty everything she knows about the game for her own protection.
Before marrying Hal Cooper she was Alice Smith in her junior year. A teenage bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks with enviable hair, no friends and one huge problem; she discovered she was pregnant in the ladies restroom at school. Alice bangs on the restroom door in frustration. Hermione Lodge overhears her frustration and opens the stall door to check on Alice, who retorts against her. Alice hopes the pregnancy test is merely a false positive but as Sierra explains, false positives only happen approximately 3% of the time. Alice is panicking. She tried to talk to FP the child’s father, but he blew her off for a River Vixens that he’s hooking up with. Hall monitor Penelope Blossom enters the restroom to ask for their hall passes, but only Hermione has hers. When Penelope looks to Alice for her pass, Alice replies that it’s up her ass. Penelope retorts by asking if Alice was born with that mouth or if it’s something that south side mothers taught their bastard babies. This leads to a brawl between Alice and Penelope.
The three girls are given Saturday detention along with FP and Fred Andrews. Gathered in that classroom, they were strangers forcrd to spend eight hours together. And they were also very different from one another. Alice Smith — The Bad Girl. Hermione Lodge — The Rebelling Catholic. Penelope Blossom — The Teacher's Pet. Fred Andrews — The Artist/Athlete. Sierra McCoy — The Political Animal. And FP Jones — The Lady’s Man, desperately trying to be something other than what he was. Principal Featherhead lays down the rules and tells them that at the end of the day, they will all turn in a one thousand word essay as to why they’re in detention. He then leaves the class.
Two hours have passed and not much is said. Alice sits near the window, carving her initials into the window seal with her knife, annoying Fred and Penelope. Tom Keller, then, sneaks into the detention room and greets Sierra with food and a kiss. He then tells her that he loves her before leaving. Fred is surprised he didn't know they were dating despite knowing each other since ever, but Penelope states that the reason for this is that none of them are friends. Sierra mentions that they have six more hours to kill and no one to impress so she suggests a round of Secret and Sins.
During a game of Secret and Sins, the kids reveal their darkest secrets. Sierra says that she and Tommy have been secretly dating for a few months because their parents don’t want them dating someone so different. Hermione can relate as her mother doesn't want her to date Hiram Lodge, who Penelope accuses of being a petty criminal. However, to Hermione, he’s a self-starter, providing for his family and agrees with him on the desire of leaving Riverdale. Fred counters that Riverdale isn’t the problem. He wants to stay there his entire life. Alice asks if that’s how long it’s going to take him to decide between music and baseball. Fred explains that their minor league is solid and they’re close enough to the city to play music gigs. He can even see himself running for mayor one day, which Sierra scoffs at the notion of. She calls it a nightmare job and questions why Fred doesn’t aim higher as he can do all the same things in a real metropolis. Fred can do all those things except look after his father, who’s very ill. Hermione places her hand on Fred’s knee for comfort.
It is now Alice’s turn to reveal her deepest secret. FP tells her to share the story of how she lit a dumpster on fire on the south side. Alice counters by telling FP to share with everyone how he actually lives at Sunnyside Trailer Park. He parades around the school in his varsity jacket, pretending to be a Northsider, but Alice knows the truth, that he’s a Southsider who will end up like his father, a raging alcoholic. This may be true, but one thing FP won’t do is hit his kid as his father hits him. FP told his father that he didn’t want to join the Southside Serpents and that he wanted to be the first Jones to go to college, which resulted in FP’s injured arm and the cast he must now wear. It's Penelope's turn and she reveals that she’s not an actual Blossom. Penelope grew up at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy orphanage. When she has eight, the Blossoms came and asked to see all the red-headed children. After leaving with them, the next thing Penelope knows, she is being groomed to first be Clifford’s sister and then later his life companion. Every second away from them is a relief. Hermione questions why Penelope is still living there, to which she replies the Blossoms are her family. Hermione explains that that’s not the meaning of family and it’s basically incest. This angers Penelope, who insults Hermione’s mother, which leads to a physical altercation between the girls.
Once the girls have been separated, Principal Featherhead reprimands everyone. Their sentence has been upped from one Saturday detention to four. However, little by little, the six of them grow to become unlikely friends. Then comes the first cold rain of the season, when Alice gets it into her head to add the rest of the group’s initials to the window seal, carved next to hers. As she does that, Hermione decides to break into the teacher’s desk to recover her belongings that were taken by the teacher. Inside the desk, they find everything Mrs. Krabappel has confiscated over the years, including Gryphons and Gargoyles.
The six of them decide to play together. Penelope will act as game master, responsible for guiding them through quests until they ascend to the next level. But first, they pick their characters. Alice — The Sorceress. Hermione — The Thief. Sierra — The Siren. FP — Deadeye. And lastly, Fred — The Radiant Knight. Alice is first to pick a quest card and roll the dice, which is how it all begins.
Long after that Saturday detention, the six of them continue to play the game, in what seems to be a maddening obsession. Penelope suggests taking the game off the board and into the real world. She reveals a quest known as "The Wedding Stone", that requires pairs. Penelope pairs FP with Hermione and Alice with Fred. She hid a gemstone from Thornhill in the school. First pair to find it and show it to Sierra get to keep it.
Alice and Fred search the Blue and Gold for the gemstone, unaware that FP and Hermione have already retrieved it. Fred notices that Alice isn’t feeling well and offers her a seat. He asks what’s wrong as Alice begins to cry. Just as it seems that she’s about to open up to Fred and reveal that she’s pregnant, she decides to keep it to herself, stating that she’s simply lost. She wakes up every morning wanting to escape her life and mistakes, and when she’s with them, she does and she’s happy. But when the game’s over, she’s her again.
Fred expresses just how much he relates to Alice. Fred hates to see his dad in pain and sometimes he can’t handle it, but Sir Fredrick doesn’t have a sick father, so Fred often pretends he’s with them, playing G&G, and he’s free. Alice and Fred then share a kiss.
Betty is shocked by the revelation that her mother and Fred Andrews kissed. Alice explains they were lonely, young and attractive. It was just a brief fling, however.
*FLASHBACK RESUMES *
Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope play for weeks, sneaking into school, late at night. After class, Sierra leaves the classroom window cracked so that she and the others can sneak back in after hours. They dub themselves "The Midnight Club". Eventually, they abandon the board, acting out their quests and adventures in the real world. The six of them dress up in medieval costumes they found in the theater department. It is during this time that FP and Alice begin a relationship, as does Fred and Hermione. As Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope proceed throughout the halls of Riverdale High on their latest quest, they run into Hiram Lodge, Tom Keller, Marty Mantle, and Daryl Doiley, also playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. They have been for about a week. Daryl found it in the restricted section of the library. They decide to join forces and play a bigger game.
One day, all ten of them find strange invitations in their lockers to the detention room that night to rise to the challenge and ascend to the next level. That night, the Midnight Club attends the ascension party. They must find the chalices, flip the gryphon coin for their fate and drink from the chalice to meet their destiny. Before starting, to make things more enjoyable, Hiram takes a new drug known as fizzle rocks. He shares them with everyone though Alice does not take any as she is pregnant.
The festivities begin with an impromptu performance by the Fred Heads, normally just Fred and FP, but Alice, Sierra, and Hermione perform with them as Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram and Tom watch. Alice begins to feel out of place as she’s the only one not high off fizzle rocks. While the others are partying non-stop, she finds herself taken back. To make matters worse, she falls ill. Alice rushes to the restroom and throws up in the toilet. She exits the stall to find the chalices and the gryphon coin sitting on the restroom sink, and "flip for your fate" scribbled all along the walls. Alice exits the restroom, bypassing her friends only to be met by the Gargoyle King as she turns the corner. Struck with fear, Alice runs away, or so she tries. She doesn’t get far as Principal Featherhead enters the school, forcing her to hide. As he heads further down the hall, Alice takes the opportunity to make her escape. She spends the night calling the Midnight Club but no one picks up.
The next day at school, Alice goes searching for her friends, but the student lounge is empty. She heads to the front office, and as it turns out, Principal Featherhead is missing as well. Alice bumps into Hermione as she exits the office. Unfortunately, Hermione has some bad news. Fred’s dad died while they were at the Ascension party. By the time Mr. Andrews’ funeral came around a few days later, Principal Featherhead had been declared officially missing. Alice, Fred, Hermione, Penelope, FP, and Sierra sit in a booth at Pop's following the service. Fred blames himself for not being there but as FP and Hermione explain, there’s nothing he could’ve done and beating himself up will change nothing. Penelope states that between this and Featherhead going missing, they’re all on edge. It’s that statement that leads Alice to reveals that she saw Featherhead the night of the ascension party. No one else saw him, however. Penelope grabs Alice’s hand aggressively and tells her that she didn’t see anything. She doesn’t want to be blamed considering they were doped up and trespassing the same night Featherhead disappeared. So, they are all to keep this a secret.
The rumors regarding principal Featherhead’s disappearance spread like wildfire. A week has passed since Featherhead went missing. As it turns out, he was in the school the entire time. Dead and locked in a supply closet. His lips blue.
The Midnight Club gather to discuss Featherhead’s death. Alice informs them that there was blue liquid in the chalices when she found them. Featherhead has blue lips and the police said he had poison in his system. Alice questions what they did to him though they deny any wrongdoing. In fact, as Penelope and Hiram point out, Alice was there too and she’s the only one who saw Featherhead. Alice then asks who was wearing the Gargoyle King costume, but none of them have the slightest clue as to what she’s referring to, and the chalices were empty, Marty claims. Hermione accuses Alice of having killed Featherhead given that she left early. Alice dismisses any notions of wrongdoing and then looks to Fred to join her in going to the cops though he still seems distracted by his father’s death. When Penelope exclaims that they’re not going to the cops, Alice questions why she suddenly wants to break the rules, perhaps because she’s the killer. She accuses Penelope of poisoning the chalices when she set up the game, however, it wasn’t Penelope or Daryl. Alice recalls the chalices just sitting there, meaning whoever invited them to the party was trying to kill one or more of them. Sierra wants to destroy the game so that it can’t be traced back to them. FP suggests destroying the manuals and scattering everything else. Sierra agrees to dispose of the dice, she does so in a monopoly box. Hermione, the chalices, which are stored among other cups in the trophy case. Penelope will take care of the library manual, which she throws in Sweetwater River. And Alice will burn their copy. The Midnight Club spits on their hands and make a pact to never speak of Gryphons and Gargoyles ever again.
After playing G&G, they returned to their normal lives and go their separate ways. Burdened by their guilt, they all become different people, giving up on their dewams. Alice forsakes her Serpent ways and begins dating Hal Cooper. From that point on, when the Midnight Club passed each other in the halls, they didn’t so much as smile. Once again becoming strangers.
Betty questions who poisoned the cups Alice saw in the restroom, but Alice doesn't have the answers. Featherhead’s death was ruled a suicide under suspicious circumstances and they never spoke about it because they knew it must’ve been a member of the Midnight Club. One of them was a killer and Featherhead was an unintentional casualty as a member of the Midnight Club was meant to drink from the poison chalice. Betty has a lot more questions to ask, which concerns Alice because the more you talk about the game, the more you think of it and the more at risk you are. The game gives you permission to hurt or kill. Ben, Dilton and Ethel all willingly drank the fresh-aid during their quest, but Betty can’t figure out if it is murder or suicide. In the end, it’s just death, Alice explains. She wants Betty to promise her that she won’t investigate any further but that’s a promise Betty can’t make. Someone from the Midnight Club used the game to murder Featherhead and now Betty’s classmates are dying. The entire school is playing. Betty recalls seeing the Gargoyle King in the woods. She suspects that it may be the same person from the Midnight Club way back when. Knowing that Betty has no intentions on stopping her investigation, Alice at least asks her to swear that she won’t play the game, which Betty agrees to. 
As soon as Betty returns home after a long night out, Alice informs her of the manhunt currently underway to find Archie. When Alice asks of Betty's involvement, Betty denies any connection to Archie's breakout. Alice then reveals that Warden Norton killed himself last night and that he was found with blue lips. Given this revelation, Betty asks her mother if she knew Warden Norton because he had ties to Hiram Lodge, who is also a member of the Midnight Club, much like her. Alice denies.
Some time later, Alice and the other former members of the Midnight Club heads down into the speakeasy under the impression that the Gargoyle King invited them. However, it was Betty who sent the invitations because wants to get all the secrets out, and she sees this as her only option.
Hermione reminds Alice of their pact, how they promised that they would never talk about the Midnight Club again. Alice reasons that she told Betty in order to protect her from playing the game, which she isn’t. However, her friends are playing, leaving Betty to question if any of them actually care, to which Sierra replies that she should be with Josie, who just had a seizure earlier that morning, instead of rehashing their past which she seems to be irrelevant, at least to her. Betty argues that their past is very much relevant as Josie is playing G&G, along with Kevin, Cheryl and Reggie. Betty then takes the opportunity to make everyone aware of just how abusive Marty Mantle is towards Reggie, such as giving him a black eye. Fred remarks that it was bound to get out at some time, their secret that is, so he’d much rather address it so that their kids at least know the truth. Betty wants to start with Warden Norton, who was also the RROTC instructor at Riverdale High twenty five years ago. Given that Tom was a cadet back then, Betty asks if the two ever played the game together, but they didn’t. Hiram had business dealings with Warden Norton leading up to his death. Betty wants to know the specifics of those dealings and whether not not Hiram knew that he was playing G&G. While Hiram refuses to inform Betty of his business dealings, he does tell her that he had no clue Norton was playing.
Betty then asks about Ascension Night, wondering if Norton was present. FP explains that they have no way of knowing as they were high, hallucinating gargoyles. Much to Alice’s surprise, FP also saw the Gargoyle King that night. Hiram states that all this is merely a waste of time. As he attempts to leave, Hermione convinces him to stay. Hermione decides to indulge Betty. Betty wants to know who poisoned the chalice. Hermione informs her that given the fact that the Game Master is responsible for setting up the game, her instinct is telling her that the culprit is Penelope. Hermione suspects that she grew the poison in her greenhouse. However, as Penelope explains, you can’t grow cyanide. Penelope then reveals that Darryl Doiley poisoned the chalices. Both he and Penelope were Game Masters. He was secretly in love with her and wanted the two of them to ascend together. But, Penelope said no. She assumed the chalices were emptied afterward but clearly they were not. Years later, Darryl came to Penelope, riddled with guilt and seeking comfort. Penelope refused him again given that they were both married with families. She was also afraid of revisiting that night. Darryl left. The next day, he was found dead in his garage, with the engine to his car running and windows up. Betty isn’t buying Penelope’s story. Even if this is true, that doesn’t explain who the current Gargoyle King is. Betty and Jughead saw it in Fox Forest and they’ve been trying to track him down ever since, which is why Jughead began playing the game. All this is news to FP, who grows increasingly aggravated. He then leaves to deal with Jughead, with everyone else following him out. Before leaving, Alice asks Betty if she’s satisfied, but she’s not. Not even close.
Back at the Cooper house, Betty confronts Alice about covering up Darryl Doiley’s murder. Someone staged his death to look like a suicide and thanks to Sheriff Keller, there wasn’t a murder investigation. They all have a hand in the cover-up. So, Betty wants to know who her mother is protecting. Before Alice can reply, the lights go out. Someone is banging at the front door. Alice asks who is it, but no one answers. She opens the front door only to see that no one is out there. As they shut the door, they see the Gargoyle King standing in the living room. Someone then tries to force their way in through the front door, but Alice manages to lock it. Terrified, Alice and Betty run upstairs into Betty’s room, where they find a skull and Darryl Doiley’s headstone laying on Betty’s bed. Darryl’s name has been crossed out and Betty and Alice’s name has been spray painted on it. FP then comes climbing through Betty’s window. He was looking for Jughead, but Alice slammed the door in his face. Alice then reveals that the Gargoyle King is in the house with them, and so FP consoles her.
Because Alice believes that attack was only the beginning, she doesn't feel safe at home anymore. Moreover, it's clear that Betty has on intentions on stopping her investigation no matter the consequences. With the house no longer being safe, Alice is moving to the Farm with Polly and the twins. However, Betty refuses to go, which Alice knew would happen. So, Betty, unfortunately is being taken to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Sister Woodhouse enters the Cooper house with two orderlies, who take Betty away. Alice feels as if she has no other choice. As Betty is taken out, her phone rings. It’s Jughead. Alice presses decline. 
Alice stops by the Sisters of Quiet Mercy to visit Betty after getting a call from the school board telling her that they’re having an emergency meeting regarding a mass seizure at the school, similar to Betty’s. Whatever caused Betty’s seizure spread to the River Vixens. Much to Betty’s dismay, Veronica was one of the fallen. Alice is just glad that Betty’s safe with the Sisters and wasn't at the school for the incident.
At Riverdale High School, Alice, Penelope, Hiram, and Hermione attend the school board meeting in Principal Weatherbee's office. Penelope insists that the school be shut down until they know what is causing the seizures. Principal Weatherbee informs her that they’re taking as many precautions as they can. What they should be doing Penelope says is tracking down patient zero and running every possible test on them. Alice cuts Penelope off, stating that tonight’s discussion is about that fate of Riverdale High. Hiram interrupts as he is in favor of shutting down the school, as are most parents given the fact that five more kids have suffered seizures just that afternoon. Which is why Hermione will be signing an executive order shutting down Riverdale High until it is deemed safe.
With all hell breaking loose in town, Alice goes to get Betty out of the Sisters, but her daughter is already escaped with Ethel Muggs and other patients. While Alice is just in time, it’s not just Betty she’ll be taking with her as the patients needs somewhere to go as well.
Sheltering patients from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy is exhausting Alice, as she explains to Betty. They don’t have the room or resources to house all the kids. But the Farm does, Alice remarks. Though, Betty is very much against sending them to the Farm, asking if this can wait until after the trial. They only left the Sisters because Betty convinced them to trust her. Alice concedes, but not before telling Betty that the kids are her responsibility alone. 
Funding the Farm
At the Cooper house, Alice and Betty argue over Betty's money after Betty learned from the Bank of Riverdale that all of her accounts, including her college fund has been completely drained of assets. Alice explains that her funds were transferred. Most of it was blood money that Betty inherited from the Blossoms anyways. Alice tells Betty that it was wired to the Farm as a tax-deductible donation. To help support the children that Betty freed from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Betty is distraught that her mother just gave away her tuition money, to which Alice replies that Betty can always study at the Farm for free. However, Betty refuses to be cornered into joining the Farm.
Alice is getting ready to go out when Betty returns home, asking if that's how she dresses to visit her dad in prison. However, Alice has no idea what she’s talking about. Alice is prepping for an interview with RIVW, the local broadcast news. It has always been Alice’s dream to work for it. Betty reveals that she went to see her father after her mother forged his signature, but it was during that time that he revealed that he murdered Principal Featherhead. Alice states this as being impossible as Hal wasn’t there. However, he knew details about ascension night, which means he was either there or someone told him. Alice swears that in 25 years of marriage, she never mentioned ascension night to Hal. Furthermore, she hadn’t gone to see Hal since before G&G resurfaced.
The next evening, Alice hosts some sort of get-together with several members of the Farm, Evelyn included. They explains to Betty that they are celebrating. With a little help from Edgar's connections, Alice got the job at the broadcasting station. Also, the Farm has found and bought its new headquarters. The Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Evelyn thanks Betty as it was her "donation" that paid for it. 
Following Hiram Lodge's shooting, Alice teams up with FP and Jughead to set up Hermione. Hermione arrives at the sheriff station to find Alice preparing FP for his interview. FP announces that they’ve caught Hiram’s shooter. He claims it was Tall Boy. It seems that Hiram kept him alive in a secret cabin in the north to carry out odd jobs for him. Tall Boy allegedly resisted arrest and got violent, forcing FP to discharge his firearm, and thus Tall Boy died on the way to the hospital. Alice then tells Hermione that she would like to interview her next in order to get a better understanding of her perspective as both the mayor and wife of the victim. Realizing that she has been outsmarted, Hermione is forced to play along. 
Playing a Last Game at G&G
Alice, FP, Tom, Sierra, Penelope, Hermione, Fred, and Marty Mantle meet at the Five Seasons to discuss the letters that they all received, demanding they finish Ascension Night. Hermione thought that FP caught the Gargoyle King. However, as FP explains, Tall Boy was only using the game as cover to deal drugs. He wasn’t the original Gargoyle King. The one who set up the chalices when they played in high school. Hermione is in disbelief that they’re actually taking these letters seriously, but Tom believes it to be in the best interest of the kids. Alice, much like Hermione, is against playing, as she reminds everyone what happened last Ascension Night. Featherhead ended up dead. However, as far as Penelope is concerned, they don’t have a choice. They all know why this is happening again; two members of the original Midnight Club are daring to get married, and the Gargoyle King wants to destroy that. If they don’t finish the game now, the Gargoyle King may never leave them alone. FP agrees, and hopefully, in playing, they can catch the Gargoyle King. Sierra informs them that the problem with this is that it says all members have to participate, which includes Hiram, who Hermione will retrieve. With that, they collectively decide to finish the game.
The Midnight Club reunites one final time to finish what they started at Ascension Night. Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, Tom, Sierra, and Marty sneak into the school through the window after hours. They decide to start the game by finding the chalices. Then they’ll flip for their fate and drink from the cups. Penelope has brought with her the antidote for cyanide. She gives everyone a vile to take, which will inoculate them for the next several hours. Hermione and Hiram, who now walks with a cane, join the others, though few are happy to see Hiram.
Alice and FP check the girls restroom for the chalices as that’s where Alice found them initially, but to no avail. Fred and Marty checked the trophy case, student lounge and the closet where they found Featherhead and also came up empty handed. The second floor is also clear according to Sierra and Tom. Same goes for the cafeteria and library, says Hiram and Hermione. Just as Alice questions the whereabouts of Penelope, she horrifically screams, gaining the rest of the Midnight Club’s attention. On the projector screen written in what appears to be blood is "Got You". And on the desk sits a bloody skull. They realize that they’ve been played. It’s just another iteration of the game. What the Gargoyle King wanted all along, to distract them and lure them all away from their kids. They all frantically grab their phones to call the kids. 
A Dark Baptism in Riverdale
At the Cooper house, Alice reveals to Betty that she's getting baptized by the Farm. Edgar says that Alice is finally ready, so all the women of the Farm are gathering together at the new facility.
Alice prepares for her baptism with the help of Evelyn and Polly. Betty watches from the couch, extending her support or at least pretending to, unbeknownst to the others. Betty then discovers the release forms that her mother signed that exculpates the Farm in case of bodily harm or death during the baptism. Alice snatches the form away from Betty, claiming that it's standard. Evelyn explains to Betty that Alice is on the verge of discovering something that some people spend their whole life looking for and never find, so Betty shouldn't stand in the way of that. Polly then adds that Betty is behaving just as Edgar said she would as she is a detractor.
The women of the Farm gather for Alice's baptism. Evelyn seems to lead the event. This is a day of rebirth. It is important to remember that birth is no easy fear, Evelyn says. It is a trauma to leave the comfort of their wombs. They push, tear, and spread forth. Crying and gasping for air. Today, Alice will rip off the weight she has carried, break through the barriers restraining her and she will emerge into the light of her destiny.
Evelyn asks Alice if she's ready. Alice replies that she is. Polly helps Alice into a steel tub of water and hold her under water. Even as Alice gasps and fights for air, Polly forces her down until she is unresponsive.
Betty, having ran across town, finally makes it to the facility, barging into the chamber and demanding that the baptism be stopped. Betty pulls her mother from the tub and performs CPR. Fortunately, she manages to revive Alice.
After getting her mother home, Betty calls Martha, but she does not answer. She wanted Martha to tell Alice about just how dangerous the Farm is. Betty takes a seat next to her mother and carefully explains how Polly held her under water and tried to kill her. However, by Alice's account, she was reborn. She saw it all. Her purpose and destiny, just as Edgar said. And now that she's been baptized, Alice can purge the last thing in her life holding her back, that being the house. Alice wants to sell the house so that they can all be together at the Farm, herself, Betty, Polly, Juniper, Dagwood, Evelyn, Edgar and all the other Farmies. 
Alice moves forward with her plans to sell the house. She shows off her home of three bedrooms and four baths to a couple of potential buyers. In an effort to block the selling of the house, Betty informs their guests that the room they're currently standing in is where her father, the Black Hood, not only showed them creepy snuff films but also where her mother knocked him out with a shovel. Betty insists that she's telling the truth and encourages the potential buyers to google it under "Alice Cooper" instead of "Alice Smith". They can also find this under "Murder house on Elm Street".
Alice is cheerfully packing in the sitting room when Betty gets home. They've apparently sold the house to, in typical Riverdale fashion, an anonymous buyer. Alice tells Betty to start packing.
Alice returns to find the house filled with smoke. She calls out Betty, before noticing that the entire living room is on fire. 
In the morning, Alice and Betty exit their former house with boxes and meet the Jones family in their front yard. It turns out that Gladys is the mysterious anonymous buyer. They head inside, where FP inquires about the scorch marks, which Alice claims to be the result of a minor mishap with a candle. Betty questions how her mother could sell the house to the Jones, but it was solely Gladys who made the purchase. She made an all-cash offer online. Both Jughead and FP are hesitant with moving in given that it is the Cooper house. FP wants to walk away from this, but Alice doesn’t think it's necessary. The house is her past and she wants to be done with it.
Some time later, Alice and FP head to the sheriff station. He swears to her that he didn't even know Gladys was looking into real estate. Alice explains that the house means nothing to her, but she can't say the same about FP and Gladys. FP informs Alice that he and Gladys are still married even though she may have left FP and Jughead, which Alice is quick to remind him of. However, FP takes full responsibility for breaking up his family and chasing her away as he was a no good husband and rotten father. Alice asks if FP loves Gladys, to which he replies that she's the mother of his children. As for Alice, if he loves her, FP says that it doesn't matter as they are over, which brings tears to her eyes. 
At the Farm's open house, Alice, who in typical Farm fashion is wearing an all white outfit, crosses path with Betty and Veronica. They're taking a tour and Kevin is their tour guide. Alice didn't think Betty would come, to which Betty replies that everyone is welcome. With that being said, Alice tells Betty to enjoy the rest of her tour. However, they haven't spoke in a while and yet her mother doesn't seem too happy to see her. Betty questions why. Alice explains that Betty forsook her, not the other way around. Betty then decides to participate in the Farm's interviewing process.
Having learned from Cheryl that she was seeing a dead loved one, Betty arranges a meeting with her mother at Pop's to ask if she joined the Farm because they let her talk to Charles. Alice admits this is true. She sees him and it's like she never lost him. Betty would also love him. Alice says he's the most beautiful boy she's ever seen. Being with him is unlike anything she's ever imagined. And it's all because of Edgar. Betty asks to meet Edgar, and Alice agrees.
Deeper into the Farm's Darkness
After Elioʼs refusal to allow Archie in his tournament, Veronica turns to Alice for help. She, along with a news crew head down to Archie’s gym, where she reports on Veronica’s latest business venture as the promoter of the boxing club. Veronica proceeds to promote the facility, including its fighters and staff. Archie then begins reading his lines from cue cards. He offers three free personal training sessions. Lastly, he issues a challenge to Randy Ronson at the Gilded Gloves.
Alice receives a visit from Betty at the Farm to ask if she’s engaged to Edgar, to which Alice replies that she and Edgar have a deep understanding of each other. Betty then extends her hand, telling her mother that she wants to show her something. Betty takes Alice to what is supposedly Charles’ grave. Betty paid someone to help her track it down, meaning Alice hasn’t been talking to him at he Farm. Charles has been dead and buried for the last five years. Betty and Alice return to the car, where Alice is still unconvinced that Charles is dead. She claims to have spoken to Charles just that morning. With no other option, Betty chloroforms her mother.
Alice wakes up in Dilton's bunker handcuffed to the bed. Seeing as taking her mother to Charles alleged headstone didn’t work, Betty attempts to remind her of their fond moments from the past, such as her first day at the Register. Alice counters that now she’s a reporter thanks to the Farm. Betty then shows her mother a photo taken during her 8th grade graduation. Alice states that is the past. She’s someone else now. This saddens Betty as she continues her effort to pull her mother back to reality. She reminds her of their old house and how she painted the front door red. Alice retorts that she lived with a murderer in that house. Betty replies that she also raised her and Polly in that house. Alice has endured so much pain she just wants to forget the past, but Betty won’t allow it. Alice then asks Betty to tell her the truth about Charles’ grave, which Betty admits that it wasn’t. Both Betty and Alice start to cry, hoping of nothing else to reason with the other, but to no avail. So, before leaving for school, Betty hands her mother several photo albums and tells her to remember who she is.
Betty returns to the bunker to find Alice burning the family photos albums.
Betty returns to the bunker, where she places a blindfold over her mother’s head and takes her to Pop’s, where Evelyn awaits their arrival. Evelyn welcomes Alice with open arms and the two share a hug. Before leaving, Betty pleads with Evelyn to take care of her mother. Evelyn replies that that’s all she’s ever wanted to do.
Alice and other journalist attend a press conference outside of Pop’s where Veronica announce that Archie and Mad Dog’s drug tests have come back negative and Elio's insinuating that Archie provided Randy the drugs is a lie. Randy’s sisters, Ms. Ronson, led by Elio, interrupts the press conference and accuses Archie of murdering Randy. Archie swears that he didn’t kill Randy, but if he could take back what happened, he would. However, the Ronsons are still distraught over Randy’s death, and his sister slaps Archie. Again, Archie apologizes, saying that he wishes it could’ve been him instead of Randy.
With Toni's help, Betty sneaks into the Farm’s compound to kidnap Juniper. Betty grabs the baby and together, she and Toni make a run for it. However, Betty is led straight into a trap by Toni, who has succumbed to the Farm’s allure. Edgar, Alice, Polly, Cheryl, Evelyn, Kevin, Mr. Weatherbee and the other Farmies surround Betty. When Betty asks why Toni betrayed her, she explains that she’s been in search for a family her entire life, first with the Serpents, then the Pretty Poisons, but she’s never felt such belonging, as she does at the Farm. Betty reveals to her mother that Edgar is already married to Evelyn, but Alice is well aware. There are no secrets at the Farm. They’ve all come together to get Betty to join them. Edgar explains that everyone Betty cares about is in the room, her mother, sister, best friend, cousin and sister. In unison, the Farmies recite "Join us." If only for a second, it seems that Betty begins to consider the offer, but she declines it nonetheless and takes off running, with Toni, Cheryl, Kevin, Evelyn, and the other Farmies just behind her. Betty just barely makes it to her car and pulls off.
Betty rushes down to the Farm's compound to warn her mother of her fatherʼs escape. However, Alice is very much aware as FP has already called, and told her there were no survivors from the bus crash. However, as Betty points out, Dr. Curdle Jr. has yet to identify the bodies. This is precisely what Alice means when she says Betty should let go of her past. She has to stop indulging in her delusions that her father is still alive. Betty then notices the tattoo on her mother’s wrist. Alice explains that Edgar asked her to get it. Alice likes to think of it as an engagement ring.
During one of the Farm’s meetings, Edgar tells them that many tribes consume the bodies of their elders when they die to absorb their wisdom. Betty and Jughead then interrupt and accuse Edgar of being the Gargoyle King. He invites Betty to join them so that they can unpack her obsession with the Gargoyle King. Betty instead tells Edgar to take off his shirt so that she can see his tattoos. Edgar claims that he only has one tattoo. An infinity symbol on his wrist, like many members of the Farm. Betty's talking about the runic symbols she believes are on his back. With nothing to hide, Edgar takes off his shirt, revealing a bare back with no tattoos, asking if Betty is satisfied.
Betty rushes to the Farm’s compound to inform her mother of her father's return. He survived the crash and attacked her at Prom. Alice tries arguing against Betty, but she has to deal with this. The Black Hood is back, and Betty suspects that the Farm may be his next target because Betty told him about her mother’s engagement to Edgar, and how he plans to adopt Juniper and Dagwood after the marriage. Alice questions why Betty was even talking to her father, to which Betty admits that she was fooled, and now she has no idea what they’re going to do. Edgar, having listened in on their discussion, tells Betty to stay at the Farm. Their walls are strong and their members are stronger. He wishes to protect both Betty and Alice. With very few options, Betty agrees to stay at the Farm.
Edgar has brought Betty, Polly, and Alice together as they have something to tell Betty. Alice reveals that when Betty was 8 years old, she spent some time in the hospital after falling off her bike and getting a concussion. While she was there, the doctors ran tests and discovered that Betty has what is commonly referred to as the serial killer gene. They tested the rest of the family, though Betty was the only one who had it. She has a predisposition to violence. But now that she knows, Edgar can help her heal. Edgar wants to start by talking. And so, he and Betty adjourn in his office for a private session. Edgar explains to Betty that the gene she was born with doesn't have to define her. Edgar then proceeds to hypnotize Betty with Newton’s Cradle. Destiny, by his account, is a false notion. Betty can either give into her proclivities or fight it. He wants to know her fears. Betty, solely focused on the clanking magnetic balls, reveals that she’s always felt like there’s another person inside of her. A person capable of doing dark, terrible things. And Betty doesn’t know how to get rid of her. Edgar tells Betty that the first step in ridding herself of this darker version is a confrontation.
With the Farm now compromised and the outside world encroaching upon them, Edgar informs Alice and Evelyn that it’s time to ascend. Alice appears worried, asking if either Edgar or Evelyn have seen Betty. Evelyn lies and tells Alice that Betty escaped with Toni. Edgar states that they’ll ascend without Betty as she was never a true believer. Cheryl eavesdrops on this conversation from the corner, unbeknownst to Alice, Edgar, and Evelyn.
Uneased with the fact that she can’t get in contact with Betty and the harvesting rumors that she’s being hearing, Alice visits Edgar, who offers to address her concerns. Unfortunately, he can’t say where Betty is, but about the rumors, he admits that he hasn’t been entirely truthful about all the Farm’s activities. Before he can continue, Cheryl barges in to confront him on digging up her brother. Edgar reasons that Cheryl had a void and that it’s his job to diagnose how to fill it. Evelyn enters with two orderlies who restrain Cheryl and are ordered to confine Cheryl to her room. Edgar then asks that Alice and Evelyn help him gather the flock into the chamber so that they can ascend.
Alice enters Cheryl’s room with Juniper, claiming that she’s there to help. Alice leads Cheryl into the tunnels, which lead to Fox Forest. The tunnels had initially been closed, but Edgar opened them back up after purchasing the compound. Alice hands Juniper over to Cheryl and tells her to reunite her with Dagwood. Alice isn’t coming. She has to stay to protect Polly, but she makes Cheryl promise that she’ll find Betty to make sure she’s safe from the Farm and her father. Alice sees Cheryl out, telling her to keep running until she makes it into town.
Alice and Betty are tied to chairs in a motel room. Alice manages to wake up her daughter and let her know what happened. Edgar has been holding her in the room since he found out she was the mole. Alice says that all she did was to keep Betty safe and wanted to take Polly out of the cult. Alice explains that Edgar's plan is to have Evelyn drive a school bus full of Farmies off a cliff while he takes off on a rocket.
Alice and Betty manage to break free and Betty hits Evelyn in the head with a bat and steals her gun before fleeing. Outside, Alice and Betty try to gather the Farmies on the bus and Betty punches Fangs before he raises the alarm. While Betty helps Mr. Weatherbee and the others, Alice follows Edgar to the roof with the gun Betty took from Evelyn.
On the roof, Edgar rant about the prophet Elijah who ascended to heaven on a chariot of fire and accuses "Sister Alice" of having betrayed them. Alice points the gun at him, saying that she will shoot him and drag his body herself if he does not surrender, but Edgar is also armed and is about to take his gun from behind his back when Alice fires two shots and Edgar falls on the stairs next to his rocket.
Betty reaches the roof, worried about the gunshots, and asks Alice what happened. Alice replies that Edgar ascended...
Safe and sound, Alice can now continue to work at her expose on The Farm while Betty is safe at the Jones house and Polly will receive the care she needs at the Shady Grove Treatment Center.
At Jones house, Charles brought a VHS containing six hours of footage of the exterior of the house. Alice, FP, Betty and Jughead are perplexed at the screen and do not understand the reason for this prank, or whatever it is. Nor why they left the evidence in front of the house.
In the following weeks, more and more citizens receive a videotape with footage of their home. At the breakfast table, FP tells Alice that the Muggses received a tape and Alice replies that she will go to interview them for the tonight's broadcast. The benefit of living with the Sheriff is having an inside scoop before any other reporter. Before leaving, FP asks Betty if Jughead will return to prep school for Halloween. Betty nods. The plan is handing out candies and watching scary movies. Alice asks Betty to invite Charles to spend Halloween evening together because he doesn't know anyone in town. Betty is not thrilled, noting that he is only half-brother and wondering why he stayed in town after the end of the Farm case. FP replies that is helping him with the videotapes and a couple of other cases.
Alice reports the news that Archie Andrews and his colleague Munroe intend to rehabilitate the name of El Royale Fight Club, their community center. Archie invites citizens to actively participate in activities with funds and help. The Bulldogs and River Vixens of Riverdale High have already given their contribution as Big Brothers and Sisters for the younger kids in the center.
Alice interviews Hiram Lodge when he is vindicated from any charges during his trial. Hiram is with a woman and Alice asks about her identity, thinking she was Hiram's mistress. Hiram introduces her as his daughter. Alice asks if, after the media case related to the trial, Hiram intends to leave Riverdale, Hiram declares that he intends to stand as mayor. Alice is stunned.
At Jones house, Alice is mad at Betty for going to the Lodge Detention Center to talk to that Chic impostor. FP and Charles are also in the sitting room, and Charles informs Betty that after her visit, Chic spoke to his lawyer to contact the FBI and report a murder to the Black Hood's House. A murder not committed by him, but by a woman named Alice Cooper and knowing the shady man's burial site (See "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart"). Alice and FP are visibly shaken by the catastrophe that could happen if any of the accusation came out and Alice asks Betty why she decided to kick this hornet nest. Charles, meanwhile, proposes to FP to get rid of what remains of the corpse and other evidence.
Later that night, FP and Charles return home, tired and covered in mud. They got rid of everything. Alice thanks and hugs Charles. Betty also lowers her guard and apologizes to Charles for not having trusted him before.
Thanksgiving is close. At home, Alice and FP are in the kitchen and FP complains about how he ended up doing Hiram's bidding again. Alice says he can always quit as they had previously said, but FP does not want to give Hiram satisfaction. Whatever his choice, Alice supports him completely. But she has only one request. Dine at Pop's the following day. FP agrees and, having the house all to themselves, they begin to undress as they go upstairs.
The following evening, FP and Alice are having dinner at Pop's until their meal is ruined by Hiram and Hermione entering the diner. Alice invites the Lodges to sit with them.
Hermione recalls how they used to sit at a pop's boot and complain about their horrible parents. Now they are the horrible parents, Alice replies. FP adds that Fred never complained about his parents and grew up as the best of them and should take an example from Fred. Hiram suggests bringing things downstairs and toasting Fred's memory.
At La Bonne Nuit, Hiram asks FP if he doesn't like his rum, despite knowing that FP doesn't drink because he is a ex-alcoholic. The situation heats up very quickly and FP says he is not Hiram's puppet. He became Sheriff to protect Riverdale, not to do Hiram's bidding. Hiram continues to provoke FP until he breaks a bottle on the counter and points the sharp edges of the bottle to Hiram's throat as Alice and Hermione scream them to stop. Hiram claims that FP had no problem doing Hermione's bidding, but FP counters that everyone in that room has valid reasons to hate Hiram.
At home, FP is still angry and torn. He wants to protect Riverdale but he is a Serpent by heart. Alice states that there is no rule for not being both. If Hiram can be mayor and kingpin at the same fime, then FP can be sheriff and gang leader. FP likes the idea and the two kiss.
After discovering that Betty was rejected by Yale by reading Betty's mail, Alice searches Betty's room and finds birth control pills. Betty is angry about this privacy violation and decides they're no longer in speaking terms, but Alice is determined to want to control Betty.
When her daughter has a meeting with the school counselor, Alice interrupts the meeting. Betty points out her mother's overbearing behavior, but Alice says she's just worried about her and wants Mrs. Burble's help. Alice believes that Betty is wasting her time with Jughead, too busy having sex to worry about college, but Betty disagrees. Mrs. Burble cannot help but agree to have a session with both and invites Alice to join.
Soon, all the recent events come out in the open. Betty is still angry with her mother for all the secrets she has hidden from her: hiding Polly's pregnancy by sending her to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, having a secret son before getting married, passing her the killer gene and even joining the Farm and giving them Betty's college funds. Alice admits she was wrong when she was under the influence of the Farm, but everything else she did just to protect Betty. Alice doesn't want Betty to throw away her future but Betty retorts by saying that she doesn't want to end up like her mother or sister, pregnant at 16 and married to a psychopath. That's why she takes the birth control pills. Mrs. Burble, who has listened carefully to the confrontation between mother and daughter, suggests to Alice to accept that Betty is now an adult, but Alice is too afraid of losing her too like she lost Charles and Polly. After all, Betty is the one she loves the most.
In the evening, Alice is cooking when Betty comes home and finds her unopened mails on the table along with a check for her college fund. Betty smiles at her mother and tells her that she is the one she loves the most before turning her back and quickly changing expression.
In the middle of the night, Alice wakes Betty to tell her that Polly mutilated a nurse at Shady Grove. Downstairs, Alice and FP are visibly upset as Charles shows Betty the video in which Polly attacks the nurse. Betty immediately closes her brother's PC and has no idea why her sister did such a thing, attacking the nurse for no reason at all. Charles says the nurse is called Betty.
Later in the kitchen, Alice and Betty talk about Betty's visit to Shady Grove. Betty believes her sister's innocence and her history of blacking out and have no recollection of the attack. Betty also found that before the assault, Polly received a phone call. Moments later, the phone rings and Alice answers. She immediately changes her expression and goes into a cutlery drawer where she takes a big kitchen knife. Alice is under hypnosis and tries to stab her daughter but Betty manages to wake her mother from the trance-like by snapping her fingers. Just like Polly, Alice has no recollection of the last few minutes.
In the evening, Alice is reading in the living room when she hears a sound of broken glass upstairs. Alice runs into Betty's room asking for explanations and her daughter says she got rid of her dark side. Alice turns and finds the broken mirror.
Smith-Cooper vs Stonewall
Alice finds Betty in the cemetery after Charles told her that his sister wasn't accepted into Yale because they didn't want to daughter of the Black Hood. Mother and daughter embrace.
The Quiz Show final has arrived. Riverdale High vs Stonewall Prep. Before the game starts, Alice approaches Betty and explains that winning the Quiz Show could mean another shot at Yale. Alice then tells Betty that she left her a present in the green room: A cheat sheet for the Quiz Show.
Alice, Jughead, Mr. Brooks, and Mr. Honey watch from the side as the two teams take on each other. Riverdale and Stonewall answer questions back and forth, with Betty answering nearly all of the questions, almost as if she already knows the questions before they’re asked. The score is tied at 520. It is time for their final question. Betty goes head up against Bret. Betty answers the question correctly and wins the Quiz Show for Riverdale!
At home, Betty places the Quiz Show trophy above the fireplace. Betty informs her mother that she didn’t use the Quiz Show answers that she stole. She tore those up and threw them away.
The next day, Betty returns home and Alice reveals that the school called. She tried to explain to Mr. Honey that it was her doing and that Betty had no involvement. She was simply trying to balance out the damage done by Betty’s father. Betty asks why her mother isn’t at work and Alice replies that someone told her station manager about it, and she was put on leave without pay. Betty thinks that Bret dug through her trash. Even if Betty didn’t use the answers, no one will believe her. The victory was overturned, and Stonewall Prep are the remaining champions. Worse than that, Betty’s been suspended pending further investigation.
Alice meets with Mr. Honey to see if she can negotiate a lesser sentence for Betty after she was suspended for allegedly cheating. However, Honey refuses to believe that Alice acted on her own. He believes that Betty had a hand in it, and because of that, she’ll be suspended for a week as well as stripped of her editor-in-chief duties at the Blue and Gold. She’s also barred from attending senior prom. Lastly, Alice informs Betty that Bret Weston Wallis is filing a restraining order against her after she cracked open his head with a gold club. They stop by the Blue and Gold on their way out. Betty turns her attention to the murder board. Mr. Chipping’s case had gone cold. Betty suspects that Bret may have had some involvement in his death, so she and Alice decide to investigate.
Alice and Betty have moved the murder board to their home. Alice questions where to begin, having to cipher through all the missing students, evil preppies, dead writers, and teacher suicides. Betty corrects her mother in saying that it’s an apparent suicide. Chipping didn't leave a note. And even though Jughead's classmate Donna Sweett has painted a very incriminating portrait of him, Betty doesn’t think she's telling the truth. Alice decides to start from there and asks if there’s a Mrs. Chipping.
Alice and Betty contact Mrs. Chipping and invite her over to discuss her husband’s death. She starts off by saying that she doesn't believe Rupert was having an affair with Donna. While he had his problems, he never cheated on her. Alice asks what kind of problems. Mrs. Chipping reveals that he had a drinking problem, among other issues. Such as complaining about the Baxter Brothers books. Wishing he'd never gotten the contract. In the beginning, he was proud to be a Baxter Brothers writer, but as the years went on, he felt like he had an albatross around his neck. Given that he just finished his last book, Betty wonders why he would kill himself if he was so close to being done. Mrs. Chipping doesn't know, but she brought a box of his personal effects from when she cleaned out his office. She can't make sense of any of it but hopes they can. Among the items from his office, Betty finds army pamphlets.
Alice and Betty meet with Moose at Pop’s and asks him who gave him the army pamphlet. After the article about his past in Riverdale spread around school, Mr. Chipping suggested that Moose look into the military. Alice asks what is Moose’s connection to Mr. Chipping. Moose reveals that he was recruited by Chipping to play football at Stonewall Prep. After the story about Moose came out, he was encouraging Moose to leave. Until Halloween night, when it became more than a suggestion. He practically shoved Moose out the door. Not to mention the videotape that Bret made of Moose having sex in their dorm room with a classmate. He was lording it over Moose and threatening to release it at any minute. He said it would be a good addition to his collection.
Betty and Alice break into Bret’s room and look for evidence of Moose’s claims, however, Bret catches them in the act. Bret claims that he has no idea what Betty and Alice are referring to. Betty concludes that he hides his collection elsewhere as she can’t find it in the room. She then asks if her and Jughead having sex is among his collection. Again, Bret claims not to have any tapes. He then warns Betty to leave before he tells Jughead that she broke into their room.
Alice and Betty return home, where they discuss Bret’s videotape collection. Betty believes that he may store them in the same room they have their secret society meetings. In Stonewall Prep’s basement. Betty proposes they sneak in while Bret and Jughead have their final challenge.
As planned, Alice and Betty sneak into Stonewall Prep’s basement, where the secret meetings for Quill and Skull are held. Betty goes looking for the tapes as Alice stands watch. Inside a hidden compartment within a stone wall, Betty finds Bret’s collection of tapes. When Betty fails to find Moose’s tape, she grabs the tape labeled "Donna."
As Betty grabs her tape with Jughead, Alice informs her that the society is coming and that they have to leave immediately. With only one way out, they’re cornered by Jughead, Francis DuPont, Bret, Donna, Joan, and Jonathan. Betty accuses Bret of illegally recording people having sex. And the tape she has in her hand is that of her and Jughead, which Bret secretly recorded. However, Bret claims that all the tapes in the room are private property. Consensual testimonies given by students being inducted into the Quill and Skull. The tape Betty’s holding is Jughead's initiation confession. Bret asks for his property back so they can resume the game, which Bret ultimately wins as Jughead throws the match, explaining that Bret is more of a Stonewall man than he will ever be or will ever want to be. He then leaves with Betty and Alice.
In the middle of the night, Alice catches Betty returning home wearing only her underwear. Alice demands to know why there is blood on her bra and why she is returning home so late. Betty replies that Bret poured wine over her at the toga-themed party at Stonewall Prep. But after she put the toga to soak, she never found it again. Alice doesn't buy it, and asks why Jughead didn't lend her some clothes. Betty rushes upstairs without answering.
The following day, Alice and FP sit Betty down to discuss Jughead's disappearance after Jellybean came up with the idea of tracking his phone and they found it in Betty's jacket. FP questions what Betty is doing with his phone. Betty explains that the night of the party, Jughead left his phone at the house. She claims that she must've picked it up at some point and forgot. With Jughead missing and Betty in possession of his phone, Alice questions why she didn’t come forth with this. Betty blames it on her being distressed over Jughead’s disappearance. She suggests that they declare Jughead a missing person. 
Filming a Murder in a Small Town
Alice is having breakfast with FP, Betty, and Jellybean. The table is rather silent, saddened by Jughead's death. The phone rings and Betty goes to answer it. On the other end of the line, Yale informs her that a seat has been vacated for the 2024 class. Betty surmises is the one left vacant by Jughead. Betty burst into tears in Alice's arms.
Shortly after, Alice goes on the edge of town with Kevin Keller, who acts as her cameraman. Alice is documenting Jughead's death in a documentary titled "Murder in a Small Town". Alice explains how Jughead went to a party and I never go back. Found a few days later, died at the bottom of a ravine.
Alice and Kevin then go to Thornhill to get insights from Rose Blossom, the oldest resident. Nana Rose explains that Riverdale was born in blood, and it has bathed in it every since.
At the Sheriff Station, Alice asks FP for updates on the investigation. Looking at the camera, the sheriff explains how he found Jughead's body in the woods, and that Dr. Curdle Jr. did an autopsy, concluding that the cause of death was a blunt forced trauma to the head. FP also received a tip from a hiked who spotted a bloody rock near the crime scene. Now, FP was waiting for the blood test results. FP suspects foul play. He also has a lead but is waiting for a warrant to act on it.
Alice and the cameraman go to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where she interviews Pop Tate. He recalls how his family has been serving up milkshakes to the residents of Riverdale for generations, which makes it particularly difficult when terrible things happen year after year.
After FP arrested Archie, Betty and Veronica following eyewitnesses locating them at the crime scene, Alice goes to the sheriff station. She films outside of Interrogation Room 2. While she isn't allowed inside with the suspects, a source from the sheriff office promised her exclusive access.
Alice has a chance to talk to her daughter for a few minutes. She tells Betty that she suspected it would happen, and advises her to admit the truth. Betty, however, continues to say that it was the Stonies who killed Jughead. FP interrupts them, saying that the test results have arrived. It is corn syrup used to make fake blood.
The following morning, Betty suggests FP and Alice to organize a wake for Jughead at home.
Alice takes her documentary at Riverdale High School. Interviewing Toni Topaz and Cheryl Blossom, the girls sadly remember Jughead. Toni was her friend, and had a lot in common with him. Cheryl, on the other hand, is sorry that she called him hobo that one time.
Close friends and relatives attends the wake. Archie and Mary Andrews, Veronica and Hiram Lodge, Kevin and his father, Tom, Cheryl and Toni together with Fangs and Sweet Pea, Reggie Mantle, and Pop Tate among others. When Professor DuPont and prep students Joan, Donna and Bret arrive, the situation immediately heats up. Donna and Betty fights, and Donna accuses Betty of lying and that Jughead is alive! For this reason they conveniently have a closed casket. Betty replies that's Serpent tradition to have a home wake, and that the funeral home has taken care of everything.
Alice receives a visit from Veronica's half-sister, Hermosa, brining a gift in exchange for information. Hermosa compared the depositions of her sister, Archie and Betty on their whereabouts on the night of the murder, and they don't match.
At the Blue and Gold, Alice interviews Kevin and asks him why he believes Jughead is alive and why, according to him, this rumor is so widespread. The boy replies that during the freshman year, they were assigned to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In the novel, the titular character fakes his death to see how the town would react. Kevin recalls that Jughead liked the story very much.
Alice then interviews Reggie in the student lounge, who is angered by the rumors that Jughead is still alive. Not because he misses Jughead but because Jughead beat him by pulling off the most epic senior prank of all time by faking his own death.
After the gossip that Betty and Archie are in a secret relationship spreads following the sending of a picture taken secretly on a group chat, Alice questions why people are so ready to accept the fact that Archie and Betty are dating. Kevin thinks there were a lot of closeted "Barchie stans" waiting for this moment. There’s a lot of people who don’t think "Bughead" should’ve happened. It was always supposed to be Betty and Archie. As for the rumor regarding Jughead being alive, Kevin is certain that it is no more than a rumor as Betty’s relationship with Archie confirms this.
In the evening, Alice is at home when Betty returns, saying that Donna is stalking her. Alice wants to know how long the secret relationship with Archie has gone on, and Betty replies that it started shortly after Jughead's disappearance. Alice is incredulous, and Betty decides to reveal her the truth. Jughead is alive and it's all a farce to reveal Stonewall Prep's twisted murderous secrets. This includes faking relationships with Archie to send Donna on a false track.
Now that Alice knows the truth, she gives a new take to her documentary. As it turns out, this isn’t simply a story about a murder in a small town. It’s a story about friendship and conspiracy and what happens when those two things dovetail into a high sophisticated cover-up.
Alice meets with Veronica at La Bonne Nuit. She asks if Veronica was worried that something might spark between Archie and Betty when they kissed. Veronica claims that she trusts her friends and that the thought never crossed her mind.
On camera, Alice asks Betty, Archie, Veronica why they went to such lengths to convince the Stonies and the town of Riverdale that Jughead was dead. Betty explains that they were trying to pin the murder on her and if they knew that Jughead was still alive, they would circle the wagons and lock down tight. The only way to pin the attempted murder of Jughead on them is to force them to crack.
Flashback to when Alice and Betty met Moose Mason at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, and discovered that he was recruited and then dismissed from Stonewall Prep by Mr. Chipping, soliciting an enrollment in a military school.
Following the discovery of Jughead Jones faking his own death after being attacked by fellow prep students led by their teacher, Alice reports it for the RIVW news. “Hidden in a secret compartment behind Stonewall's crest was a treasure trove of dark secrets. Illegally recorded videotapes. More fuel to add to the firestorm of controversy that is consuming one of the country's oldest and more prestigious prep schools. For now, Stonewall Prep's doors remain open, but its secret society, Quill and Skull, has been disbanded.” Alice ends the news by saying it's good to be back.
At home, the family congratulates Alice on the good reports. She replies that she had a lot of help from an inside source, meaning FP. The two kiss each other, making their kids uncomfortable. Betty wants to go out and Alice asks her to stay for the cake. Betty replies that she will be back soon, but has still one thing to do.
The Cooper-Jones receive a new videotape found on the doorstep by Betty and Jughead returning from Pop's. Alice, FP, and the kids sit on the sofa to watch the video.
After Principal Honey canceled this year's Variety Show because Hedwig and the Angry Inch was not suitable for a high school musical, Kevin, Jughead, Betty, veronica and Archie moved the show to La Bonne Nuit performing as The Archie, and later moving the show to the roof of Pop's. Alice, FP, and Jellybean among others attending in the crowd.
Alice, Betty, Jughead and Charles are watch the re-enactment video in which someone wearing a Jughead mask is bludgeoned to death by someone wearing a Betty mask. Jellybean interrupts and asks what they are watching but Jughead turns her away. Jughead explains that the video was dropped off at the sheriff station in a bin with all the other voyeur tapes, however, this is the only tape not of someone’s house. While Betty refuses to get pulled into the another mystery, Charles welcomes Jughead’s assistance.
Alice enters Betty's room and jokes about the juicy memories Betty must have from the 5th grade when finding Betty reading her old childhood diary. In just a few months, Betty will be leaving for Yale, and Alice expresses how much she’ll miss her.
At home, Alice arrives to find Betty burning her diaries in the fireplace. As Betty goes to burn the final book, Alice advises her to save it as they’re her precious childhood memories.
At the Jones-Cooper house, Betty e Jughead informs FP and Alice about Mr. Honey's tyranny and claiming that he’s doing it out of spite. Betty explains that it’s a personal vendetta that Mr. Honey has against them and asks for their help.
Alice, Mary and Hermione lead the charge into Riverdale High looking to confront Mr. Honey. Veronica, Betty, Archie, Jughead, Cheryl, Nana Rose, Hiram, FP, Kevin, and Tom follow closely behind. They demand that he reinstate prom and re-invite the students he barred from attending. Mr. Honey refuses, explaining that it’s his job to prepare the students to be upstanding students of the world and their behavior needs to reflect that. Mary informs Mr. Honey of a case that took place against the Greendale school district. A principal canceled prom and the parents sued him and won for psychological damage. Hiram reminds Honey that as Mayor of Riverdale, he has a direct line to Governor Dooley, who could revoke his credentials. Alice adds that the news station has been looking for a gripping new story that would make nationwide headlines. FP and Tom add that they’re just the muscle. As President of the PTA, Alice demands a vote on the matter.
At Pop's, they all convene to celebrate their victory. Cheryl proposes a toast to the generations united. Alice expresses how proud they are of them while Mary expresses support to the kids who've been through a lot in their high school years. Hermione and Hiram will do anything for the kids who meant the world to them. FP toasts to Jughead being the first Jones to go to college.
Alice is a beautiful middle-aged woman with an elegantly slender, feminine physique. She has blonde hair, tan skin and grey eyes that sometimes appear blue. Her style choice reflects, the parts of her personality that she often tries to display; this is seen by her dressing professionally, in a smart, neat manner often featuring pencil skirts and flattering blouses. She pairs this with a natural and pretty makeup look, which makes her look attractive and intelligent but also allows her to seem like she always came from the 'right side of town'.
Her sexier side was revealed, however, when she was exposed as a miscreant of the Southside- her former home- and she confidently waltzed into the open house of the Lodges in a red snakeskin romper with a plunging neckline. This proved that she could always get anyone's attention if she needed it and furthermore, she was not ashamed of who she was, she paired the show-stopping look with a matching gold snake necklace, teasing the town that she still had a bit of a bad girl flare in her.
Alice is a very protective parent when it comes to her family, especially to Betty, whom she was quite over-protective of when she found out that Polly was with child. Alice is also quite sneaky when she wants to get information on something or on someone. She is also quite manipulative at times when she wants to play her mind games in order to get intel out of someone.
Alice is also quite judgmental toward others, as she was quite judgmental towards Betty's friends in the beginning, while also to her friends' parents as well. Especially toward Jughead and FP due to their status and also having a connection to the Southside Serpents. Because of this, she often accuses the Jones boys of criminal activities and their biker gang, even though she was previously affiliated with them in her teenage-years.
I'm terrified. Every time that you walk out that door, every time that I call you, and you don't pick up the phone, my heart stops. But how am I suppose to protect you two girls, right, when you go and do this? And then you try to make me the monster!
Presumably, Alice and Betty had a good, if strict, relationship before elder sister Polly began dating Jason Blossom. However, after her sister was sent to live in a group home, Alice became even more controlling and placed immense pressure on Betty's shoulders to be perfect in every way and their relationship became strained because of this. They both share a hunger for justice and are both writers for the town's newspapers, The Register. Even though Alice and her daughter, Betty, may not see eye to eye on most subjects, they both care deeply for one another, and are often there by each other's side in a time of need.
Presumably, Alice and Polly had a good relationship before Polly began dating Jason Blossom, the son of a family she despised. When Alice found out about the two, she was furious and tried to break them up. She was thrilled when Jason's parents forced him to do so, despite her daughter's heartbreak, damaging her relationship with Polly. Their relationship wasn't so great once Alice found out that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. After she discovered Polly's pregnancy, she and Hal secretly had their daughter forcibly locked away at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths, where they had planned for Polly to give the baby up for adoption once he or she was born. To cover up Polly's pregnancy, Alice and Hal told everyone, including Betty, that Polly had a nervous breakdown when Jason broke up with her, and that was why she was sent to live at a group home. For a while their relationship was estranged, but when Polly returned to town for the final time, she offered to introduce her mother to Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm, who healed Polly and could heal Alice too. Since then, the two have grown closer during their time at the Farm.
Alice and Hal grew up together in Riverdale and were High School sweethearts. During their senior year at Riverdale High, Alice learned that she was pregnant with her first child. At the homecoming dance, she told him about the pregnancy, which leads to a big fight between the two, as Hal wanted Alice to abort the baby while Alice wanted to deliver it. She then went to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where she lived for five months until the birth of her son, who the sister's arranged to be quietly adopted. Alice and Hal later went on to marry and have two daughters together, Betty and Polly. They went on to own the local newspaper, The Riverdale Register. After Polly got pregnant, and it was revealed that Hal secretly tried to have Polly get an abortion, Alice's relationship with her husband drastically changed, resulting in her kicking him out the house. Alice has also admitted to Betty, when speaking about her father, there were things she regretted telling him, as he used her secrets against her.
Alice and FP have known each other for years, dating back at least to their high school years. Just like FP is now, there was a time when Alice was a member of the Southside Serpents, however, that was during her adolescence. Alice later left the Serpents for reasons that remain unknown, though she cut all ties with them before crossing over to the Northside. During those earlier years of living on the Southside of Riverdale, Alice was a troublemaker. While it is unknown if she and FP were friends or not, they undeniably hold a great amount of disdain towards one another, though this appears to be due to Alice's "holier than thou" attitude, and her willingness to blame the Serpents for any and all criminal activities that are committed throughout town. Due to their past history together, FP is at least aware of some of Alice's darkest secrets that were once part of her dark past, such as her reputable criminal background as a Serpent. It was later revealed that FP and Alice did in fact have a high school romance, which resulted in Alice giving birth to a child that FP had no knowledge of up until recently. That child was given up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy shortly after his birth.
Since the events of "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween", they live under the same roof in Jones house with their children (Betty, Jughead and Jellybean) and they are finally reunited with Charles, their common son.
Not much is known about Alice and Mary's past, however, they met before the start of the series when they were in high school. Mary left Riverdale some years later after she and Fred were separated. Two years after her departure, Alice came face-to-face with Mary, who had returned to Riverdale in preparation for the Homecoming dance. It was in the restroom that Alice confronted Mary about her attending the dance with Fred and Hermione despite their secret affair. Even though Mary had left, she claimed that nothing much had changed, as she saw straight through Alice's juvenile tactics, the same ones she had been using since Junior High.
Hermione and Alice have known each other for years, as they both grew up in Riverdale. Their rivalry dates back as far as high school. A rivalry that proved lasting once Hermione moved back into town with her daughter, Veronica Lodge, after many years of living in New York. In spite of their differences, Hermione was more than willing to put their differences aside for their kids' sake, having proven this several times, such as when she invited Alice to join her at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where they discussed Polly's future and baby shower.
The relationship between Alice Cooper and Jughead Jones is quite complicated due to her hate for the Southside Serpents and the Jones family's ties with them. However, she is forced to deal with Jughead regularly due to his relationship with her daughter. Alice doesn't trust either of the Jones men, seeing them as nothing more than troublemakers, often fearing that Jughead's ties to the Southside are not only a bad influence on Betty, but that one day she may end up being dragged into something she had no business in because of her relationship with him. Alice claims to like Jughead, but her actions have often proved otherwise.
At the beginning of the series, Alice was strongly distrustful of Archie and was against his friendship with Betty. She made several attempts to cut his ties with her daughter, claiming he didn’t deserve Betty as a friend. As implied by Betty, Alice’s dislike of Archie stems from her comparisons of him to Jason Blossom. After being assured by her daughter that Archie is not like Jason, Alice becomes more tolerant of him. She even respects him to a certain degree, supporting his actions as a member of The Red Corcle. However, Alice continues to make him feel uncomfortable, evident by her actions when Betty invited Archie to dinner, or when she told her daughter block his number.
Enough! Both of you! This is why Jason is dead. Because of this pointless, stupid fighting. We were supposed to be together, and you didn't let us have that, either of you. And you know what, it cost Jason his life.
— Polly to Penelope and Alice on their relationship.[src]
Alice and Penelope grew up in Riverdale, and they've been rivals since the two of them were in High School, which is a rivalry that carries on to this very day. The two rarely cross paths with each other, but when they do, it hardly ever ends well. However, they do have one thing in common, they are both part of two of the wealthiest families in Riverdale. Their two families even engaged in a past business deal, which resulted in monthly payments dating back 75 years from Blossom Maple Farms to Lodge Industries, that is up until Hiram Lodge's arrest.
After getting pregnant the last year of high school, Alice was forced by Hal to abandon her son, Charles only to be reunited with him twenty-five years later, or so she thought. After years of hardly healed wounds and guilt for giving him up for adoption at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Alice finally had the chance to meet her long-lost son, being immediately loving and caring for him to the point of covering up a homicide to protect him. Despite Alice act like nothing had happened, she is fully aware that Chic is damaged and odd and capable of murder. For this reason, she believes that he is even more in need of her love since he had literally no one caring for him for twenty-five years. They spend most of their free time together, playing board games or talking about missing years, with Alice showing the Cooper family's photo albums to her son. Unfortunately, Alice has since learned that Chic isn't her son, rather an impostor.