|“||You need to believe me when I tell you... there's nothing more that I want than to have your baby. Not just for you, but for me. I love you so much. I want to create a life with you. I want to be the mother of your child, our child.||”|
The relationship between Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper, commonly referred to as "Barchie" among fans, dates back to their childhood, when they lived next door to one another and became best friends.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Childhood romance
- 1.2 Professing her love for Archie
- 1.3 Investigating Ms. Grundy
- 1.4 Honoring Riverdale
- 1.5 The shooting at Pop's
- 1.6 Taking down the Black Hood
- 1.7 Confessions at the lake house
- 1.8 Breaking Archie out of jail
- 1.9 Studying for SATs
- 1.10 The death of Archie's dad
- 1.11 Jughead's death and faking a relationship
- 1.12 Pursuing a relationship with Betty
- 1.13 Friends with benefits
- 1.14 Building a relationship
- 1.15 Concieving a baby in RiverVale
- 2 Quotes
- 3 Gallery
- 4 References
Archie and Betty have been friends since they were four years old, and as the years passed, Betty grew to harbor romantic feelings for him, which she dared not reveal. They have always been in the same classes, and when Archie was in the second grade, he was having trouble reading, so his teacher suggested that he should be held back a year. However, Betty was so against the idea of her and Archie not being in the same grade that she took it upon herself to tutor him every day. When he passed, Archie kissed Betty and asked her to marry him. She told him they were too young but to ask again when they are 18 and that she'd say yes.
Professing her love for Archie
Betty admits her feelings for Archie during their Sophomore year's back-to-school Semi-formal, though Archie doesn't reciprocate those feelings. Despite the awkward tension, the two attend Cheryl's after-party, where Betty flees after Archie goes into the closet with Veronica. Archie eventually tracks Betty down to her house. She walks down the narrow path toward him in tears with no intentions on asking him what he did in the closet with Veronica. Betty only wants to know if he loves her. Archie explains that he does in fact love her, but he can't offer the answer that she wants. She is perfect, and he feels that he isn't good enough for her and that he never will be. As the tears continue to roll down her face, Betty turns away, walking back into her house. Unfortunately, Jughead's advice proves to be ineffective in this particular instance. Defeated, Archie walks away, the result of which put a strain on their friendhsip
Unable to sleep, as his guilty conscience kept him awake, Archie texts Betty, hoping they can talk. Unfortunately, she is not yet ready to talk to him after he turned her down the night of the Semi-formal. Surprisingly, Betty shows up at Archie's and asks him to walk with her to school. She explains her emotional state, and where she'd like to go from that point on in their friendship. Archie is relieved to learn that she wants to remain friends. Later that afternoon, Betty joins Archie at lunch, and he performs one of his song. Sadly, it strikes a nerve in Betty, causing her to flee the table crying. Archie chases after her, and Betty explains that she felt safest and most herself whenever she and Archie were at a booth at Pop's, but after the events that took place that weekend, she no longer feels that way. She thought that she could pretend otherwise, but she was wrong.
After forging a stronger bond with Veronica and making a pact to never allow a guy come between them again, Betty forgives Archie and salvages their friendship.
Investigating Ms. Grundy
After learning that Dilton Doiley spotted Ms. Grundy's car at Sweetwater River on July 4th, she begins to suspect that there may be an affair going on between Ms. Grundy and Archie, and she confronts Archie in the parking lot of Pop's. Archie unintentionally confirms her suspicion. Betty stands there speechless until her mother pulls up.
The following day at Pop's, after doing some research on Ms. Grundy, Betty and Veronica inform Archie that Geraldine showed up in Riverdale a year ago and that there's no record of her existence before that. The only Geraldine Grundy they could find was an elderly woman that died seven years prior. Betty tells Archie about Grundy's teaching with Jason and that he does not know anything about her, despite the fact that they are in a relationship. Nevertheless, he is frustrated by Betty's investigation, insisting she let it go because he isn't in any danger. However, Betty persists, even breaking into Grundy's car and later showing Archie the evidence, that being a fake ID that says Jennifer Gibson and a handgun.
During the night of the drive-in, Betty is confronted by her mother, who has read her diary and learned of Archie’s affair. Along with Archie’s dad, they confront Archie and Ms. Grundy. After learning of her mother’s vendetta against Archie, Betty threatens to tell everyone that she broke into Grundy's car to rob her and made up the affair. Hoping to resolve the matter, Geraldine offers to quit her job and leave town.
Betty and Archie are called to Mr. Weatherbee's office, where Mayor McCoy announces that she wants to feature the two of them at the Jubilee. Who better to represent Riverdale than the people who helped bring peace and justice back to their streets. However, Betty explains that it wasn't just the two of them that helped solve Jason Blossom's murder case. However, they initially turn down the role after Mayor McCoy refuses to honor Jughead role as well.
Betty and Archie convene with Jughead, Veronica, and Kevin in the cafeteria, where they discuss FP's case and the false allegations of drug trafficking and the villainizing of the Southside Serpents. In the midst of Betty's rant, Veronica stands from her seat, and she and Archie announce that they are in a relationship, which Betty is completely accepting of.
As she writes up her article at The Blue and Gold, she receives a visit from Archie, who is looking to make sure that Betty's feelings towards his and Veronica's relationship are genuine, which Betty assures him of. As amazing as Veronica is, a little part of Archie always thought he and Betty would end up together, however, before he can finish this thought, Betty cuts him off. She thinks they are lucky to have found the people they are meant to be with, and even better that they are all friends.
The shooting at Pop's
Betty rushes to Riverdale General Hospital after learning that Archie's dad was shot at Pop's. She comforts Archie and learns from him that he isn't the hero that they believed him to be. After the masked attacker shot Fred, Archie reveals that he stood there and did nothing, as he was paralyzed with fear.
Under the suspicion that Mr. Andrews' shooter and Ms. Grundy's killer was one and the same, Betty and Archie go to her mother in search of assistance in uncovering the truth. Since her mother was the first to gain exclusive details to Jason Blossom's autopsy, they are wondering if she could get details in regards to Ms. Grundy's death to see if they line up with the attack on Archie's dad.
Taking down the Black Hood
Betty reveals to Archie that the Black Hood called her, and she is taking a great risk by even telling him, but they are best friends, who live next door to each other, so the two of them walking to school together will look perfectly normal to the Black Hood, assuming he is watching them. Archie insists that she report this to the police, even if it wasn't him, but she can't because Polly's life depends on it. If the killer calls her again, she will have to answer. And so Archie volunteers to be right there at her side to help her through it.
After school, Betty and Archie get another call from the Black Hood. With Betty's mother being a thorn in both of their sides, the Black Hood devises a plan that will keep her from looming over them. Betty checks her email and is instructed to publish what is sent to her, only then will he know that she is loyal, though before agreeing to his demands, Betty wants something in return from the killer, for him to prove his loyalty. If Betty does as she is told, he will answer any question she asks. In Betty's email, is an archived mugshot of her mother. The article reveals that she was arrested and used to be a member of the Southside Serpents, many years ago.
Betty is confronted at the Blue and Gold offices by Archie over her actions the night before, where she instigated a fight with Veronica. Betty reveals that she got another call from the Black Hood, and he told Betty to cut Veronica out of her life, and now, he's demanding that she do the same with Jughead. The Black Hood hasn't attacked or killed anyone since the two of them started talking. Betty suspects that maybe this is distracting him. But Archie interprets this as the killer's own form of torture. Unable to do it herself, Betty asks if Archie could tell Jughead that they have to stay away from each other for a while.
Betty follows Archie out the lounge and asks why he is rushing off. Archie explains that every time he looks at Moose, all he can think about is the Black Hood and all the pain he has caused. Betty then notices a new janitor cleaning the floors rather than Mr. Svenson, and he tells Betty and Archie that he has no knowledge of Mr. Svenson's whereabouts, who has been out for a few days. Betty grows concerned for Mr. Svenson's well-being considering that Archie and Veronica had confronted him about his connection to the Black Hood. Maybe in doing so, they led the Black Hood to Mr. Svenson and got him killed.
Betty and Archie arrive at Mr. Svenson's house, but no one is home. After failing to make contact with Mr. Svenson, Betty returns home, where she finds a gift in her room, only it is a severed finger. With the gift came a letter that reads "Enclosed is a finger that belongs to the sinner Joseph Conway .You have one final trespass to unearth. Find the truth, reveal it to the town, and you will perhaps save his life". Betty then receives a call from the Black Hood, during which time she briefly hears Mr. Svenson's voice, begging for her to save him. The Black Hood instructs her to exhume the past and find where the primal sin was committed. There, she could possibly find Mr. Svenson alive. Before he was adopted, Svenson lived as Joseph Conway at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy.
At the group home, Betty and Archie learmn from Sister Woodhouse about Svenson’s troubled past and how his family was massacred. Under the suspicion that Nana Rose was present for the execution of the killer of Svenson’s family, Betty and Archie show up at Thistlehouse. From her, they learn about the location where the execution of the Riverdale Reaper took place and go there, but not before sharing a kiss in the car.
Betty and Archie arrive at Pickens Park, where they find a shallow grave labeled "here lies Joseph Conway." However, the Black Hood appears and tells Archie to get into the coffin and Betty to close the top, with the intent of burying him alive. As police sirens begin to ring throughout the park, the Black Hood becomes distracted, allowing Betty to take advantage of the opportunity by hitting him in the face with her shovel and disarming him. She then jumps into the grave to uncover the coffin and save Archie. Once Archie is out, Betty and Archie climb out the grave and chase after him over a bridge. With the killer's gun, Archie demands the Black Hood to get down off the edge of the bridge. However, the Black Hood attempts to jump over the edge but is shot down and killed by Sheriff Keller. Upon removing the hood, they discovered that the Black Hood is Mr. Svenson.
Confessions at the lake house
While at the Lodge lake house, Betty admits to Jughead that she and Archie kissed during the night of the Black Hood attack. Veronica, fortunately, bears no ill will towards Betty or Archie. But the thought of it has haunted her a bit for the past few weeks. To clear the air amongst the four of them, Veronica suggests that she and Jughead kiss. With Betty and Archie in agreement, Jughead and Veronica share a kiss in the hot tub as Betty and Archie watch.
Breaking Archie out of jail
Three months have passed since that fateful evening in the school gymnasium where Archie was framed by Hiram Lodge and arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock. It's now the summer before the gang's junior year of high school and Archie pleads guilty and is watekn to Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center
Betty plots with Veronica, Kevin, Josie, and Reggie to break Archie out. Veronica, Kevin, Josie, and Reggie infiltrate the fight club and provide a distraction long enough for Archie to escape. Archie crawls through the drain. When he makes it to the end, he finds Betty outside the pipe, picking open the pipe. He’s bloody and covered in sludge, but Betty helps him out the pipe. She’s overjoyed having helped free him. She notices his stab wound and helps to apply pressure. Archie is then taken to the bunker.
Studying for SATs
Archie studies for the SATs Betty, but he is starting to feel hopeless until Betty reminds him that he said the same thing in the 2nd grade when he couldn’t read, and eventually Betty got him caught up. Archie contemplates on whether Weatherbee was right and that he has changed too much. In one respect, that may be true, but Betty knows that the Archie she knew still exists. Betty has convinced Archie to wash out the dark-colored dye from his hair, restoring it to its natural fiery color. She then takes him to La Bonne Nuit, where a welcome home party awaits him. 
The death of Archie's dad
Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica gather outside of Pop’s to paint the 4th of July float. The four of them head inside for breakfast, where they discuss their weekend camping trip. Betty reminds the group that this may be their last chance to do something like this as next year they’ll be preparing for college. Archie then gets a call informing him that his dad has died. He drops to the ground. Betty, Veronica, and Jughead rush to check on him.
In the backyard, Betty shares her own memories of Fred. She remembers the picnic they had in Pickens Park while she and Archie were still in grade school. There was a father-daughter potato sack race. For whatever reason, Betty’s dad couldn’t make it, but Fred offered to do it with her. For that day, he was her dad.
Later that night, Betty, Archie, Jughead, and Veronica meet up outside Archie’s house, where Reggie hands Archie a set of keys to a hearse from his dad’s lot. With the keys in hand, they head for Cherry Creek to bring Fred home. They recover Fred from the funeral home and drive him back to Riverdale, where a funeral is held.
Jughead's death and faking a relationship
Flash forward 4 weeks — Archie, Betty, and Veronica stand over Jughead’s body. Archie pronounces him dead and asks Betty what she did. He looks to Betty, who’s holding a rock with her blood soaked hands.
After Jughead's alleged murder, Archie and Betty meet at Pop’s. Betty is struggling with the loss of Jughead. She keeps waiting for him to come back, but he doesn’t and he won’t. She doesn’t know how she’s supposed to keep going. Archie puts his hand over Betty and tells her they will get through it together, day by day.
Archie meets with Betty at Pop’s, as she's having trouble dealing with the fact that Jughead’s gone. Archie takes her hand and assures Betty that they’ll get through it together. Betty doesn’t know why everyone at school is saying that he’s still alive when he isn’t. The rumors are only making the grieving process more painful. Unbeknownst to Archie and Betty, Cheryl eavesdrops from the neighboring booth.
Archie and Betty arrive at school the following day to find Cheryl and a crowd of students standing at Jughead’s locker, where a shrine has been made. Betty runs off with Archie following closely behind. He follows her into the music room and promises her that she’s not alone. Betty just wants to feel good if only for a few moments. Archie reminds Betty that he’s always there for her. Archie and Betty then kiss. From just outside the music room, Cheryl takes several photos of Archie and Betty’s kiss and sends it out in a group chat to Toni, Kevin, and Reggie, who shows it to the football team.
Veronica then confronts Archie and Betty in the student lounge as they chat with Toni and Kevin. She comments that the music room must be his special place as it’s where he takes all his women; Veronica, Betty, Josie, and Ms. Grundy. Veronica accuses Archie of taking advantage of Betty when she was grieving and most vulnerable. Betty takes responsibility, admitting that she kissed Archie. Veronica calls her a "scheming, two-faced bitch" and tells them both to burn in hell.
Archie and Betty are making out in the bunker when Donna arrives. Betty tells her to leave, and Donna rushes out. As it turns out, Archie hooking up with Betty was merely a ploy to steer Donna in the wrong direction. He and Veronica are still together. In between the look Archie saw on Donna’s face in the bunker and Veronica’s performance at school, he’s sure that they fooled her. Veronica asks Archie if he felt anything when he was pretending to be with Betty. He assures Veronica that she’s the only girl for him.
Archie and Betty continue to pretend that Jughead is dead and that they're in a relationship.
Flashback to the night of Jughead's alleged death. Archie is trying to check Jughead’s pulse, but he doesn't have one. Betty instructa Archie to start pounding on Jughead’s chest while Veronica uses the beanie to stop the bleeding. Betty performs CPR and revivs Jughead. In that fleeting moment of consciousness, he tells Betty not to take him to the hospital. So they called Charles for help instead and then began to get rid of their blood covered clothes and get cleaned up.
Pursuing a relationship with Betty
Betty shows up at Archie’s garage for rehearsal for the upcoming Variety Show. However, it’s been canceled. Archie explains that he got into a fight with Veronica, much like with Betty and Jughead. Archie’s upset, as he wanted this week to be about the four of them having fun. Betty recalls that one time in the first grade when they ordered sea monkeys from the back of a comic book and how much fun they had. When Archie saw that signup sheet, he flashed back to sophomore year when he performed at the Variety Show. He remembers freezing up from stage fright but gaining the courage from looking out to the crowd and seeing his dad. Even though Veronica and Jughead didn’t come, Betty proposes that the two of them rehearse. They sing and lock eyes before sharing a kiss.
The Variety Show is relocated to La Bonne Nuit as planned. "The Archies" perform for the very first time. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead take their performance outside and perform on top of Pop’s diner as the crowd below sway back and forth.
While playing his guitar, Archie reminisces over his kiss with Betty. Meanwhile, Betty takes a trip down memory lane, reading her old childhood diary from when she met Archie. Alice enters her room and jokes about the juicy memories Betty must have from the 5th grade. In just a few months, Betty will be leaving for Yale, and Alice expresses how much she’ll miss her.
Betty and Archie lay on the bed in the bunker together. Betty asks why they’re there. Not even Archie can answer that, but admittedly, he enjoys it. As does Betty. He then proceeds to hold her hand.
While in the student lounge, Betty continues to read through her childhood diary, which details the day that Archie proposed to her after walking her home from school. She told him to ask her again when they’re both 18 and in high school.
While Archie rehearses a new song in the music room, Betty reads the next entry in her diary. Archie asked her to come over and listen to his dad’s records, during which time, they laid on the floor and held hands. Archie joins Betty in the Blue and Gold office as he suddenly wishes to help her with the yearbook. However, Betty knows why he’s actually there, because he can’t stop thinking about her. Betty admits that the feeling is mutual and agrees to meet him tomorrow night at the bunker.
The next entry in Betty’s diary details how much she hates Cheryl after she kissed Archie at school. She said it was because they both had red hair. Cheryl arrives at the Blue and Gold and drops off her yearbook photos. She wishes to pay tribute to Jason as well. Cheryl then grabs Betty’s diary and realizes that she was right all along about Betty and Archie supposedly pretending to date while Jughead was dead. Betty insists that was only pretend and that she hasn’t pursued anything with Archie. Although, a part of her has been in love with Archie for 10 years. Cheryl believes that Betty is merely in love with the idea of Archie. The idea of the perfect romance, but that was only fantasy. What is real is that in their town of horror, she and Jughead found each other. While everyone strays, Cheryl warns Betty against taking it too far.
Archie meets Betty at the bunker and plays a song for her. She asks him to stop, reminding Archie that she loves Jughead and he loves Veronica. Betty believes that these feelings have only manifested because in a few weeks everything will change. They’ll be graduating and off to college, and perhaps they fear that. As neither wish to hurt Jughead nor Veronica, Betty tells Archie that whatever this was, is over.
Friends with benefits
Archie and Betty spy on the Ghoulies inside his childhood home from Betty's bedroom window with a pair of binoculars. In a moment of transparency, Betty reveals that she and Kevin used to spy on Archie, hoping to get a glimpse of his shirtless chest. They observe the Ghoulies in possession of Jingle Jangle. Archie insists that he’s taking the town back, building by building if he must. Betty even offers to help.
Archie informs Betty that he saw Polly with the Ghoulies. She’s infuriated and seeks to join Archie when he raids their den. And so, Archie and Betty convene with Kevin, Fangs, and Sweet Pea at the community center, where they discuss the plan. Protected with kevlar vests and armed with baseball bats and batons, the five of them, accompanied by Sheriff Keller, raid the Ghoulies drug den. By the end of their assault, all the Ghoulies have been rounded up and their Jingle Jangle taken in as evidence.
Archie and Betty cleanup his house after evicting the Ghoulies, which leads to them having sex in the shower. While getting dressed after their unexpected shower hookup, Archie asks what this means for them. Betty replies that they’re simply friends; two single adults who are allowed to have fun. Archie proposes they keep this a secret. Betty agrees. With Veronica now married and her and Jughead having been separated for seven years now, there’s no need to tell either of them.
Archie and Betty hookup in the back of a car inside Betty’s workshop at the school. They are interrupted by the sound of the fire alarm. The couple rush into the hallway to find that a trash can has been set on fire by the Stonewall Stallions. Archie grabs the hose while Betty reaches for the fire extinguisher to subdue the flame.
Betty shows up at Archie’s and reveals that Polly is still missing. She came over to see him, as her mother has become insufferable due to Polly's disappearance. Betty kisses Archie and the two head upstairs.
Archie sits with Betty, questioning their relationship. In a moment of transparency, Archie reveals that he still has feelings for Veronica. Betty replies that she and Archie should make since, him being the All American boy and her being the girl next door, but they’re such different people at their core, and she doesn’t want her darkness to overtake Archie. What’s coming next with her mom and Polly is probably going to be the darkest thing she’s ever faced. And she’d like for Archie to be there at her side, but as a friend. To be her window of light in the dark.
Building a relationship
Archie and Betty catch up over drinks at the Whyte Wyrm, where Archie learns that Betty just reopened the Riverdale office after being reinstated in the FBI and has graduated. To celebrate, he arranges a surprise party for Betty. The duo later begin investigating Hiram Lodge after he paid the Ghoulies torch Pop's.
After exiling Hiram from Riverdale, Archie and Betty have drinks at his house, where he tells Betty that he wants to try again, but not as friends with benefits. He wants to pursue an actual relationship with Betty, who feels the same way. The couple head upstairs, where they hear a ticking sound. Archie looks under his bed, where he sees a bomb planted by Hiram that explodes just seconds later.
Concieving a baby in RiverVale
Archie awakens from a nightmare, in which he and Betty were hooking up until they found a bomb under the bed. Archie remarks that the weirdest part is that they were living in a town called "Riverdale." They then go to meet Kevin in the woods, where he came across a sacrificed deer. Cheryl arrives not long after and forces them to leave unless they want to be shot by arrows as they are trespassing on Thornhill territory.
Archie gets off the phone with his mom, who was wondering if Archie and Betty had put anymore thought into what she asked the late time she saw them. Betty presumes that she's referring to marriage and reminds Archie that they decided marriage wasn't for them because everyone they know who's married, is either divorced or dead. However, Archie explains that she was actually referring to grandchildren. If it were up to Archie, it would happen sooner rather than later. While she has been dreaming about starting a family with Archie since the sixth grade, Betty wants them to take their time.
Betty has been thinking and suggests that she and Archie adopt a baby. Archie's dad always used to tell him that the most fulfilling things he ever did was become a father, and Archie wants to do that with Betty for every step of the process. Betty assures Archie that there's nothing more she wants than to have his baby.
With both of them having grown suspicious of Cheryl, they decided to attend her Maple Harvest Festival, where after Betty does a bit of snooping around Thornhill, she and Archie compete for the maple crown, which Betty ultimately wins, but as a consolation prize, Archie is given a pie, which he and Betty take home and eat before having sex on the table next to what Betty claims to be a fertility doll. Later that night, Betty joins Cheryl in sacrificing Archie in order to bring life back to Rivervale, but not before revealing to Archie that she's pregnant with his child.
|“||Now that I'm a River Vixen, and you're gonna be on varsity football, I have this fantasy of us as a power couple. Or maybe even just a couple. [...] Is that so impossible to imagine?||”|
— Betty confesses her feelings to Archie[src]
|“||Of course I love you, Betty. But I can't give you the answer you want. [...] You are so perfect. I've never been good enough for you. I'll never be good enough for you.||”|
— Archie admits that he can't see a future with Betty as a couple.[src]