The relationship between Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones, commonly referred to as "Jarchie" among fans, is complicated and pre-dates the series. They were best friends up until a falling-out in the summer of 2017 after Archie canceled their road trip at the last minute. Which Jughead later on in season one found out he ditched him for hooking up with Geraldine Grundy, the school music teacher. Their relationship improves over the course of the first season until Archie admits to investigating FP's trailer.
Archie and Jughead were best friends since childhood. Fred recalled Archie sneaking out at night to go to Jughead's treehouse.
They were supposed to go on a road trip over the weekend of July 4th, but Archie canceled at the last minute to hook up with Geraldine Grundy, with whom he was having an affair. Sometime afterwards, Jughead and Archie got into a serious fight that disrupted their friendship. They lost touch and never attempted to make up, and their first conversation since the fight is a tense encounter after Archie runs into him at the Chock'lit Shoppe while looking for Betty.
After Archie and Veronica kissed at Cheryl's after party, Archie went looking for a heartbroken Betty to apologize, which led him to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe where he found Jughead, sitting alone. Archie awkwardly walked over to his old friend and asked to sit in the booth with him. They talked about Jason's death and Jughead gave him a piece of advice, to just talk to Betty because it could go a long way; it would have gone a long way with him.
At school, Jughead had a brief conversation with Archie in the hallway, where his sardonic humor over Jason Blossom's death fell short with Archie. Before heading off to class, Jughead recalled that he and Archie were supposed to go on a road trip during the summer, over July 4th weekend, which was the day Jason was thought to have been murdered. Archie happened to bail on at the last minute, which led Jughead to believe that Archie was hiding something.
Jughead found out what Archie was hiding, when he discovered Archie was having a secret affair with his music teacher, Ms. Grundy. He stumbled upon them as they were in a close embrace, leading Jughead to confront Archie later that day at the Andrews house. Archie revealed that he and Ms. Grundy had been in a relationship since the summer and that they were both at Sweetwater River on July 4th, when Jason was ostensibly killed. They heard a gunshot that day, which Jughead urged Archie to report to the police, but he resisted, having been manipulated by Ms. Grundy into keeping this information to himself for fear their relationship would be discovered. Jughead claimed that she cared more about herself than she did Archie, the fact that she was the one who told him to keep quiet only supported Jughead's claim. Scared that Jughead would reveal his secret, Archie began to threaten him, but Jughead cut him off, wondering what exactly he would do. Before he left, Jughead remarked that although the Archie he used to know wasn't perfect, he at least tried to do the right thing.
Despite the rift between them, when Reggie Mantle began picking on Jughead in the school lounge, accusing him of being Jason's killer, Archie immediately stepped up to protect his friend which resulted in a fistfight with Reggie. Jughead tried to help Archie by separating them, however, he was grabbed by one of the other football players, preventing him from stopping the fight and had to watch as Archie was knocked out.
Archie later approached Jughead at the annual fall Pep Rally to inform him that he would be taking his knowledge of the gunshot to the police. Archie then apologized for the stuff he had said to Jughead the previous night. Jughead accepted his apology, which marked the beginning of them rebuilding their fractured friendship. To celebrate, they headed to Pop's Shoppe for milkshakes, where they ran into Betty and Veronica, who welcomed the boys to join them.
Jughead was seated in a booth with Betty, Veronica, and Kevin at Pop's when Archie entered the diner with his father and Ms. Grundy. Betty immediately went to speak to Archie, as she had recently found out about Archie's affair with his teacher. Jughead hid low in his booth as Archie asked Betty if Jughead had been the one to tell her, though he hadn't, she had figured it out on her own. The next day at school, Archie asked Jughead how hard it would have been for a heads-up, and if Betty would be writing about him and Grundy in the paper like she did with Chuck Clayton. Jughead explained that not getting involved in the situation with him, Betty and Ms. Grundy was the most moral, apathetic choice he could've made. He also mentioned that Archie had nothing to worry about, as Jughead assured him that Betty would "never do anything that could possibly hurt him - probably". He then asked Archie what he saw happening long-term with Ms. Grundy, what Archie wanted out of it. Archie stated that he wanted to be with her for as long as he could, and asked Jughead to warn him if Betty did decide to do something about his secret.
Archie later discovered that ver since the closing of the Twilight Drive-In, Jughead had been living out of a forgotten closet under a staircase at the High School. Jughead explained that things weren't good at home, and that his dad had fallen off the wagon after Fred Andrews fired him from Andrews Construction, and his mother had left with Jellybean to live with their grandparents a while back. Archie invited him to stay at his place, but Jughead declined, asserting his situation was only temporary. He also insisted that Archie not tell anyone, especially not Betty, which perplexed Archie. Later on in the student lounge, Archie noticed a moment shared between Jughead and Betty and was taken aback and a bit jealous.
Afterward, Archie caught up with Jughead and confronted him about the comment he had earlier made about not telling Betty about his living situation. Archie surmised that this was due to the fact that Jughead and Betty were now a couple, and Jughead admitted there was something between him and Betty. Archie said it was cool then quickly changed the subject. He had stated that he had spoken to his father about Jughead's situation, and Fred was willing to give Jughead's father another chance, but only if FP wanted it. Archie thought it would be a good idea if Jughead went to talk to FP as well. After he did, FP accepted Fred's offer.
After a long first day back at work, Archie and Jughead suggested they celebrate with a dinner at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where the two fathers reminisced about their youth, much to the amusement of their sons. Later that night, FP, Jughead, and Archie practiced playing music in the garage at the Andrews house. Before the Joneses left Archie wanted to know what had happened between FP and his father, and FP explained that Fred forced him to resign after he took up some odd jobs in order to provide for his family, which eventually landed him in jail. Fred was kind enough to bail him out, but at that point, Fred wanted to part ways. Shocked, Archie went and confronted his father who claimed that FP had been stealing from the company and selling things on the side, and all things considered, Fred believed he was being generous. He gave FP numerous chances, bailing him out of jail countless times, but when someone was drowning, Fred didn't believe you could save them if they were going to drag you down with them. However, Archie didn't believe it was fair for Jughead to drown too.
The next morning, Jughead was taken into custody and brought down to the Sheriff Station by Sheriff Keller, as a suspect in Jason's murder. He and Betty’s fingerprints were found on Jason’s torched car that they had previously discovered, which was expected. However, Jughead had a surprising juvie record from six years prior when he almost burned down Riverdale Elementary School which, according to Jughead, was an accident - he had just been playing with matches. Fred and Archie came to his aid, and Fred told Sheriff Keller that Jughead was working for his construction company on July 11th, which led to the Andrews later falsifying a time-card to prove. Jughead’s father showed up at the station just as everyone was leaving and caused a scene in front of Fred, Archie, and Betty. Jughead convinced him to let it go, and Archie once again extended an invitation for Jughead to live with him, until FP sorted himself out. In the end, Jughead went to live at the Andrew’s house and Archie apologized about how things went with their fathers.
After a late night of gaming, Fred entered Archie's room to inform the boys that it was time to call it a night, as he would be breaking ground on the SoDale project early the next morning. He asked Jughead how he was settling in, and Jughead compared himself and Archie to college dorm mates.
. Come morning, Fred had been abandoned by his crew, who had been lured away by Clifford Blossom in hopes of halting construction. Archie, Jughead, Kevin, and Moose Mason volunteered to aid Fred in keeping the SoDale project on schedule until he could find a real crew. Jughead commented how handy Archie was with a wheel barrel, joking that if his music career never paid off, he could always have manual labor as a fallback. As the day came to an end, the boys returned to the trailer. However, Moose realized he had forgotten his phone back on the project site. As he went to retrieve it, he was ambushed by two thugs, who warned them to stop construction or else they'd be back. While Fred thought that Cliff Blossom was at the center of the attack, Archie speculated that it could've been the Southside Serpents, who were angry due to being kicked off their territory. Jughead than reminded everyone that the Serpents never bothered him when the drive-in was still up and running.
The next day, Archie found Jughead with Betty and Veronica at Pop's, and asked for Jughead's help as he, Moose and Kevin planned on finding the supposed Serpents that attacked Moose. Kevin's boyfriend, Joaquin, who was also a Serpent, could get them into the Whyte Wyrm - a known hangout for the gang. They planned to find Moose's attackers and notify Sheriff Keller. However, Jughead insisted that going to the bar was a terrible idea, but all Archie wanted to know was if Jughead would back him up. Jughead stated that he wouldn't, and Archie left angry.
At the bar, Archie did not find the assailants but instead found Jughead's father, leader of the Serpents, and realized that was the reason Jughead didn't want Archie going to the bar. Angry at being lied to, Archie unexpectedly crashed Polly's Baby Shower and confronted Jughead, who tried to calm Archie down claiming he could explain everything. Archie didn't want to hear it and revealed Jughead's secret to Veronica and Betty. Veronica told then to stop, to settle their fight another time as it was Polly's day, and escorted Archie out. Later that night, Jughead returned to the Andrews house, where he admitted that he should've trusted Archie, but he was afraid that his father was at the center of the attack. Archie understood where Jughead was coming from, saying that they were brothers and that they would always be there for each other.
Days later, in the student lounge, Archie announced to the group that he could be attending an exclusive summer music program with the help of the Blossoms. Jughead questioned their motives for doing so, and Archie explained that all he had to do was escort Cheryl to her family's maple tree tapping event. However, Jughead did not think it was a good idea to be getting involved with the Blossoms, asking if Val was cool with him being a Gigolo. Archie disagreed, and explained that if he wanted to succeed with his music, he had to make connections outside of Riverdale. Jughead, Archie, and Fred ate dinner together a couple night's later, after Archie had attended the Blossom event. They were momentarily joined by Cheryl, who dropped by to gift Archie with an expensive guitar as thanks for agreeing to escort her to a second event, which Jughead referred to as Archie pimping himself out.
After attending the second event, Archie finally realized what everyone meant about him not getting involved with the Blossoms. He went to see Jughead and Betty at The Blue and Gold offices and revealed a conversation he had overheard between Cliff and Penelope Blossom the night before. He revealed that Clifford Blossom might have been responsible for sending Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father, to jail. Jughead remarked that perhaps Hiram had taken his revenge by killing Jason Blossom, and added Hiram's name to their murder board.
For the last few years, on Jughead's birthday, he and Archie would go to the Bijou for a double-feature, it became their tradition. However, since he had a girlfriend this year, Archie thought it should be Betty who accompanied him to the movies. She agreed and thought they should throw Jughead a surprise party as well, as she had been told by FP that he had never had a party before. Veronica and Kevin thought it was a great idea, but Archie, didn't think so as he knew Jughead hated his birthday. He eventually went along with the plan, even offering his house to host the party, stating that it would be epic.
After school, Archie informed Jughead that this year Jughead would be going to the movies with Betty this year. Jughead became a little upset that Archie had told her about his birthday, to Archie wondered why, exactly, he hated his birthday so much. Jughead explained that it was leftover from when he was a kid. His home life wasn't that good, usually on account of his father, and he found pretending everything was great one day of the year very meaningless and just made him feel lonely.
The next night, Archie, Veronica, Kevin, Joaquin and Ethel surprised Jughead as he returned home from the double-feature with Betty. Regrettably, Jughead was less than thrilled about his party. Just when Jughead thought the night could not get any worse, the doorbell rang and the entire school was at the front door, led by Cheryl and Chuck Clayton, all ready to party. Despite knowing Jughead was upset, Archie let everyone in, causing Jughead to angrily walk away. He had retreated to the garage with the Andrews dog, Vegas, where he was later found by Archie. Jughead confronted him, of the opinion that it was Archie's responsibility to ensure that a party like that never happened on his birthday. Archie, however, told him it was Betty's idea and he had just gone along with it. While a party like that was not Jughead's style, Archie informed him that since he was Betty's boyfriend he would be getting the party whether he wanted it or not.
The morning after, Jughead was having breakfast while Archie cleaned up the mess from the party. Jughead teased him about Veronica, who he had seen come out of Archie's room earlier. Archie began to ask him not to say anything before Jughead cut him off and promised he "wouldn't be telling anyone anything, literally ever".
Archie and Jughead appeared alongside Betty, and Veronica in one of Fred Andrews' hallucinatory visions following the shooting at Pop's. Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica were in their caps and gowns, prepared for graduation. In the student lounge, they stood collectively, waiting for Fred to take a photo of them. Next to Fred, was Archie's mother, Mary Andrews. Fred commented that he didn't think he would live to see the day, to which Jughead replied that he didn't, meaning he didn't survive the attack at Pop's. Before Fred could respond, the shooter appeared at the scene. As he entered the lounge with his weapon drawn, Fred yelled for everyone to go down, before a gunshot was heard.
After learning that Archie's father was shot by a hooded gunman, Jughead raced down to Riverdale General Hospital on his motorcycle. Once there, he ran into Betty and Veronica before embracing Archie into a group hug. After settling down, they sat around him as he recounted the events at the diner — Archie came out the bathroom to find a hooded man pointing a gun at Pop Tate, then at his dad. He fired the gun, then bolted, leaving a bloody Fred on the floor. However, Archie's momentary pause left Jughead wondering if he wasn't coming forward with all that had happened. While Archie held his bleeding father, Pop Tate called the ambulance, but when they didn't come, Archie took it upon himself to drive him all the way to the hospital. However, now he was now questioning this decision as he thought he may have made matters worse. Jughead insisted that Archie did the right thing, saying that first, he saved Cheryl, now his father. If he kept it up, he might need a superhero name, Jughead proposed 'Pureheart the Powerful'.
Sheriff Keller arrived at the hospital to question Archie shortly after her called his mother to alert her of the shooting. Jughead joined them as Archie recounted the moments leading up to Fred's shooting. According to Archie, the shooter was 5' 10 and approximately 160lbs. Archie added that he was wearing a dark jacket. Sheriff Keller hoped that he would elaborate on this. So, he asked if the jacket had any symbols or patches, leading Jughead to conclude that like others, Keller also suspected the Serpents' involvement. Fortunately, by Archie account, there wasn't a snake to be found on the jacket. After Archie described the shooter's green eyes and the hood that her was wearing, Sheriff Keller asked of him to fill the gaps in Pop Tate's story. However, just like before, Archie was hesitant in his telling of the incident, which Jughead undoubtedly noticed. Sheriff Keller suspected the shooter of being a thug from the Southside that was high on drugs and looking to make some fast money. How much money did he get away with, Jughead asked. A question that Sheriff Keller did not have the answer to just yet. Since it was Riverdale they were talking about, a town with a dark and violent history, Jughead felt compelled to ask what if robbery wasn't the motive. Sheriff Keller speculated that maybe the shooter was someone who held a grudge against Fred, but wanted to make it seems like a robbery. However, it was too early in the case to know with certainty.
As the two of them returned to the lobby, Jughead confronted Archie on withholding information from Sheriff Keller. Archie admitted that this was true. Apparently, Fred and Hermione fired the Serpents they had working on their crew. While Archie was aware that FP vouched for them, he couldn't help but consider the possibility that maybe one of them was angry enough to retaliate. Realizing that this could very well be true, Jughead volunteered to look around the Southside for answers. He then shared one last hug with Archie before exiting the hospital.
Later that day, Archie revealed to Jughead (and Betty and Veronica) that he wasn't the hero that they believed him to be. After the masked attacker shot Fred, Archie revealed that he stood there and did nothing, as he was paralyzed with fear. He didn't move an inch, not even when the shooter held a gun to his head. He shut his eyes and kept the, shut until hearing the bell on Pop's door ring. Archie perceived his actions as cowardice, but Jughead, Betty, and Veronica begged to differ as there was nothing else he could've done.
While Fred laid in the hospital bed unconscious, Archie and Jughead appeared in another one of hiss dreams. But this time Jughead was the best man at Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding. Jughead stood alongside Archie as Veronica approached the altar. However, the dream came to an abrupt end as the hooded assailant appeared and fired his gun.
At school, Jughead told Archie, Betty, and Veronica about the vandalism at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe and how Pop's staff to quit on him. Pop Tate wasn't sure how much longer he would be able to keep the doors open. Maybe not even a week. Archie concluded that this was because of his father's shooting. People were frightened, not that he blamed them. Archie had no plans on returning to the diner either. While it had seemed that they were willing to accept the closing of Pop's shoppe once and for all, Betty was much less willing to surrender. With Betty and Veronica taking point on saving Pop's, Jughead told them that he had to leave as he had to meet with his father's court-appointed lawyer, who was far from qualified for the task. Archie decided to join Jughead as he too had business at the Sheriff Station; he needed to drop some flyers off of the black hooded assailant.
That night, as Archie kept guard of both the front and back door, he began to doze off until hearing footstep approach from the back. With his baseball bat in hand, Archie slowly entered the kitchen, nearing the back door as the intruder proceeded to enter the house. However, he would soon discover that the "intruder" was actually Jughead, who had been walking around all night, trying to wrap his head around how much time his father was facing. Twenty years, Jughead said. And that's if FP took the deal. If he didn't and the case went to trial, he'd be facing forty. Jughead expressed how terrified he was, though he wasn't the only one. Archie was dealing with fears of his own in relation to his father's shooter.
Both Archie and Jughead attended Retro Night, the organized event by Betty in show of support for Pop Tate and the diner. As the night came to an end Jughead, Archie, Betty and Veronica shared a booth, during which time they relished in their victory; a rare win for the good guys.
After learning that Moose and Midge were attacked at Lover's Lane by an black hood wearing assailant, Jughead arrived at school, where he met with his friends to discuss the recent shooting. Given that Kevin found Moose and Midge, Archie wondered what he was doing in the woods, to begin with given that he could've been shot as well. Kevin claimed that he was night jogging. Now that another shooting has taken place, Archie hoped that they all could finally agree that there was a killer in Riverdale. However, with so much uncertainty surrounding recent events, Betty wasn't convinced that the latest shooting was in any way tied to Ms. Grundy' murder. Veronica then interrupted to invite them all over to her place to officially meet her father.
As planned, Jughead, Archie and Betty met up at the Pembrooke to watch the Matchlerette and officially meet Veronica's father. However, Archie was distracted by the recent shooting. He expressed his frustration with Sheriff Keller and his inability to apprehend the shooter. He started to feel as if they were being specifically targeted by the killer. Veronica instructed him to keep his voice down but Jughead on the other hand wanted to hear more, stating that "Archie going Travis Bickle is my favorite Archie yet". It was then that Mr. and Mrs. Lodge entered the room to greet everyone before leaving for dinner. They were each introduced Veronica's father, starting with Betty, then Jughead and finally Archie. Mr. Lodge couldn't help but overhear their discussion in regards to Sheriff Keller's shortcomings. For someone who's had his own share of run-ins with the law, he could confidentially say that the police weren't always the answer. 
After completing the first three trials earlier that week, Jughead prepared for the fourth and final trial as part of his initiation into the Southside Serpents, better known as the gauntlet. Jughead exited his trailer find Archie approaching to deliver some news. Before he could get a word out, Jughead attempted to get Archie to leave, as Sweet Pea and the others were on their way. Unfortunately, the Serpents rounded the corner just as he was pleading with Archie to leave. That moment, Archie learned that not only was Jughead friends with the guys that attacked him, he was also joining the Serpents. Jughead asked if Archie was there to warn him, but Archie revealed that he had stopped by to inform Jughead that Betty was breaking up with him. Though, Jughead had a hard time believing this considering he had just seen Betty the day before. Archie claimed that she'd been wanting to end it ever since he crossed over to the dark side, but she couldn't bring herself to do it. Because of this, she sent Archie. She saw where Jughead was headed, as did they all. He couldn't be a Northsider and a Southsider. Realizing that it's over between him and Betty, Jughead told Archie that the message had been received. He then turned around to see the Serpents watching as it all unfolded, asking if they enjoyed the show.
Street Racers: Serpents vs Ghoulies
While talking to Mr. Phillips at Southside High, Jughead got a text from Archie, telling Jughead to meet him outside, in a rather urgent tone. Jughead, meanwhile, was still in conversation with Robert Phillips about the article he just wrote for the Red and Black when he excused himself out of the room. In the hallway, Archie told Jughead that they needed to leave because a raid of the school was happening. As if on cue, Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller barged into the school, pointing left and right, arresting anyone wearing the logo of the Southside Serpents. Jughead and Archie ran out the through fire exit, as Sweet Pea and Toni were handcuffed and taken into custody.
After narrowly escaping the raid, Archie and Jughead convened at Pop's, where Archie urged Jughead to calm down, but Jughead was irate with Riverdale becoming a police state. Archie explained that Mayor McCoy was convinced that the Serpents were responsible for the influx in Jingle Jangle. But Jughead insisted that the dealing was the working of a rival gang, the Ghoulies. Archie suggested that he relay this news to Mayor McCoy, though Jughead wasn't convinced that she would listen considering that she just arrested his friends without reason. Jughead was confused as to why Archie even cared to begin with since he made it perfectly clear that he and Betty wanted nothing to do with Jughead ever since he'd crossed over to the "dark side". Archie apologized for their fall out. As for Betty, he suggested Jughead have a talk with her. However, Jughead had to leave after receiving a message from Tall Boy.
Jughead returned to the trailer after his meeting with Tall Boy and the Ghoulies to inform Archie of the recent developments. Despite what he was being led to believe, the alliance with the Ghoulies wasn't an alliance at all, rather a hostile take over. Jughead proposed that he stall until Sweet Pea and Toni were released from police custody. He hoped that once they were out, they would rather go to war with the Ghoulies than start dealing Jingle Jangle. Though, Archie reminded him that his entire purpose for joining the Serpents was to prevent war, rather than participate in it. While this may have been true, his father would never allow such an unholy union to take place, so neither would Jughead. While Archie didn't have any better ideas, he figured FP would, so the two of them headed down to the prison to pay him a visit.
The next day, at the prison, Archie and Jughead spoke to FP from behind the glass. FP told them that while Ghoulies dressed like fops, they were a nasty crew. However, the Serpents had survived much worse. Unfortunately for Archie and Jughead, the Ghoulies had them out numbered, meaning they had to avoid bloodshed at all cost by out thinking them, which Archie agreed with. The battle was over territory. The one thing Ghoulles loved above all else were their souped-up retro cars and hearses. FP informed the boys to challenge the Ghoulies to a one-on-one street race, but to keep it quiet. Should the police learn of the race, they'd all be locked up. As for the terms of the race, if the Ghoulies won, the Serpents would surrender, but if the Serpents won, the Ghoulies would have to back off, and they'd gain control of Southside High, thus bringing an end to the Ghoulies hold and the Jingle Jangle, as well as getting Mayor McCoy off their backs.
On FP's advice, Archie and Jughead returned to the Ghoulies lair, otherwise known as the House of the Dead, to challenge the Ghoulies leader, Malachai, to a race. Jughead explained that If they won, Serpents would remain autonomous and Ghoulies would have to quit dealing at Southside High. However, if the Ghoulies won, the Serpents fold, and they could continue to pollute the Southside with their "little straws of death". Though, with the Ghoulies having little to actually gain from the arrangement Jughead presented, Malachai wasn't interested in his offer, unless he was willing to put up some of the Serpents' territory. It was then that Betty and Veronica were brought into the room after they were caught by the Ghoulies, trying to sneak in through the garage. After learning that Betty and Veronica were with them, Malachai wanted all four of them out. In a last ditch effort, Jughead offered up the Whyte Wyrm if Malachai agreed to the race. Malachai agreed, but only after adding on the Sunnyside Trailer Park.
During the tenure of Drag Race, Archie was Jughead's companion in the competition against Malachai and Verne. The race was to take place over Herk Harvey bridge to Dead Man's curve. First one back to the starting point won. Cheryl took to the center of the road as the flag girl, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race. Jughead took a momentary lead as the rival gang sped down the road. With Malachai repeatedly ramming their vehicle, Archie and Jughead didn't hold that lead for long. As they approached the bridge, Archie advised Jughead to fall back because it was too narrow for both vehicles to cross, though Jughead refused to back down, "the serpents are joining the Ghoulies over my dead body, Archie". With Herk Harvey bridge approaching fast, Archie pulled the emergency break against Jughead's wishes, forcing the car to a stop as the Ghouiles crossed over. Furious over Archie's interference, Jughead demanded to know why he would do such a thing. Archie explained that Jughead would thank him for it. As police sirens began to ring, Archie and Jughead followed the sirens over the bridge to find that Malachai had been stopped by Sheriff Keller and the police department.
Archie and Jughead returned to the starting point to inform everyone that they needed to leave immediately, as the police were just down the road. Tall Boy accused Jughead of calling the police, but Archie confessed to calling Sheriff Keller, and alerting him of the race. It was his idea to get rid of the Ghoulies. They got arrested for street racing, and now they were no longer a concern. However, as Jughead explained, they wouldn't be gone long for over a street racing charge, and when they got out, they'd want all of their heads on a stake.
That night, Archie and Jughead went down to a shipping yard, where within a shipping container, they found the crate of drugs that they were supposed to be transporting to Greendale for Penny Peabody. The two of them grabbed the crate from opposite sides, loaded it into the back of the truck, and drove off. While Archie was willing to see the deal through, he had to ask where does Jughead being a Serpent end. However, this was a question that not even Jughead could answer, as he was living minute to minute. Archie then told Jughead of a post graduation idea he had. Instead of going to college, they'd move to New York after graduation, where he'd be a musician and Jughead a writer, both living somewhere like the east village. As for Betty and Veronica in this scenario, they were roommates in park avenue. But on a more serious note, Archie was concerned that if Jughead stayed on his current path, that he would end up in jail or worse. Unfortunately, as they were driving, the truck caught a flat tire, forcing them to call for help. After Archie shut down Jughead's proposition to call Betty, as he didn't want her involved in such business, they decided to call Kevin, who had a truck of his own. As they were doing so, a man named Farmer McGinty pulled up alongside the road to offer assistance. While the farmer didn't have a spare, he was willing to give one of them a ride to Greendale, but not without pay. Jughead offered up his last $18 in exchange for the ride, however, Archie wasn't so sure that this was a wise decision. Jughead insisted that he had no other choice, then telling Archie that his debt had been paid, and that they were all good. After loading the crate into the farmer's truck, Archie watched from his father truck as Jughead road off with Farmer McGinty.
On their way to Greendale, Jughead and Farmer McGinty stopped at a gas station and then a cafe. In the cafe Farmer McGinty told Jughead a story about the Riverdale Reaper and the family of four that lived out near Fox Forsest, who he murdered in their sleep with a shotgun. While the Reaper was never apprehended, some people say that the lynch mob hung him from the tree near Pickens Park. Others think he hopped a train and went out to California, where he started praying to the Devil. However, there was also a theory that he never left Riverdale, which left Jughead to question if the Reaper and the Black Hood were one and the same. Farmer McGinty merely believed that it was killing season. The waitress then put the check on the table, though the Farmer tried to pass it on to Jughead, who didn't have any money. Farmer McGinty then got up from his seat, and prepared to leave with intentions on taking the crate with him. Fortunately, Archie arrived to pay the bill, during which time, the farmer accused both him and Jughead of being sinners.
Just outside the cafe, after paying for the bill, Archie and Jughead took the crate from the farmer's truck, and loaded it back into his father's truck, where Jughead thanked Archie for coming back for him. Archie reminded Jughead of their agreement to see the deal through. He fully intended on keeping that promise. Despite their efforts to adhere to the advice Penny Peabody by delivering the drugs, and leaving Greendale by Midnight, as it was a town that you didn't want to be in past such hours, Archie and Jughead had no choice. At 11:52 P.M., they got back on the road to deliver the crate as agreed. Upon their arrival at the Greendale warehouse, where they delivered the crate as promised, Archie and Jughead were joined by an older woman in a wheelchair, and the man that was pushing her. They were late, the woman remarked, thought Jughead replied that they had car trouble. As her male companion flashed a gun to frighten them, she told them not to be late next time, but Jughead had no clue what she was referring to as the delivery was a one time job. However, the older woman claimed to have been informed by Penny that the Serpents were taking over for the Ghoulies, and that they were set for regular deliveries, with a regular delivery boy (i.e. Jughead).
After making the delivery, Archie and Jughead returned to Riverdale. At Pop's, Jughead thanked Archie once more for his assistance even though doing what they did violated every strand of Archie's DNA, Jughead acknowledged. However, Archie didn't seem too concerned, stating that they'd all done bad things ever since the Black Hood first entered the diner. It was almost as if he was making them do it. Maybe it was just a tale from the dark side, but Jughead had been thinking about the story he heard regarding the Riverdale Reaper, and the possibility of it being an actual lead. He hoped that Archie would join him at the library to research the topic. However, Archie would be busy the following day as he and Reggie were taking Moose to physical therapy, and after that, he would be having dinner with Veronica and her parents. Maybe the day after that, Archie offered. He then further expressed his concern for Jughead, and the hole he was in with the Penny and Serpents. Jughead told Archie that he would try to get himself out, before leaving to visit his father in prison. Shortly after Jughead's departure, Pop Tate announced that he had just gotten off the phone with the Black Hood, who said that they were all sinners that failed his test, and that the reckoning was upon them.
In the Blue and Gold offices, Jughead and Betty informed Archie and Veronica of the recent development in his father's case, which involved his father's release. What heralded this miracle, Veronica wondered. Jugead claimed it was due to a combination of overcrowding at the jail and Cheryl's testimony, which the Judge must've reviewed. However, both he and Archie knew the true reason for his father's release was because of the drug-run they made into Greendale for Penny Peabody, during which time they discovered that Penny had set Jughead up to be her permanent drug-runner. With a new lead on the Black Hood case, Jughead and Betty were hoping that Archie and Veronica could follow up on it, as Jughead would be busy helping his father readjust. Essentially, they wanted Archie and Veronica to be them, in the sense that they would be investigating the case as a investigative team.
A some time had passed since they spoke last, and in a reversal of roles, Jughead and Betty were called down to the Blue and Gold offices by Archie and Veronica, who had gone to the house of the Reaper's murder, and discovered from the Sheriff's case files that there was a third child of the Conway family, Joseph Conway. He survived the massacre. His name was changed and his identity was hidden so that he could lead a normal life. According to Sheriff Howard's notes, he was adopted by another family in Riverdale, and presumably enrolled at a local high school. Fortunately, they had a photo of Joseph, meaning that all they had to do was match the photo to one of the students at Riverdale High School during the years he would've attended. If they found him, then he could possibly tell them how the Conway massacre was related to the recent killings. Jughead speculated that finding Joseph Conway wasn't the best idea since he could be the Black Hood. Considering that Joseph possibly saw the slaughter of his family, that type of brutality and viciousness could've traumatized him, which he might even blame Riverdale for, and is punishing the town because of it. Jughead and Betty then invited Archie and Veronica to his father's retirement party.
That night, after sweeping the perimeter, Jughead entered the Wyrm for his father's party, where he found Archie sitting near the bar. Archie told Jughead that he was waiting for Veronica to arrive, as he was looking to clear the air between them. Tonight's going to be a good night, Archie said. Here's hoping, Jughead replied, before walking off.
Later on in the night, Jughead watched from the crowd as Archie performed on stage with Veronica. Although, their performance was cut short after Veronica ran off the stage in tears.
As Jughead worked on his novel from Pop's, Archie and Mr. Andrews entered the diner with the Christmas tree that Pop Tate had ordered. After setting it up, Archie joined Jughed in his booth, where the two of them discussed Holiday plans. Despite initial plans to visit his mother in Chicago, Archie and his father were staying in town for Christmas, as his mother had booked a singles cruise. When Jughead asked about his current relationship troubles with Veronica, Archie told him that they weren't in the best place. If it was any conciliation, Jughead and Betty weren't on the greatest of terms either. Mr. Andrews then asked Jughead if he and his father wanted a Christmas tree, free of charge. Jughead accepted his offer, though it would have to be a small tree given that they lived in a trailer. Archie then left, but not before making sure that Jughead would also be attending Kevin's secret Santa gathering.
Though they did not speak, in the days leading up to Christmas, both Archie and Jughead attended Kevin's Secret Santa gift exchange in the student lounge at Riverdale High School. While it remains unknown whose name Jughead picked or who picked his name, he watched with a potential look of concern as Betty opened her gift from Archie, which was an old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were five years old, entitled "The Swiss Family Robinson". She loved the present, thanking Archie for such a wonderful gift. Moose and Midge then entered the lounge to join them for the Holiday event.
Jughead met with Archie, Betty, and Veronica in a booth at Pop's after Sheriff Keller killed the Black Hood, and they discovered that the man behind the hood was Mr. Svenson, Riverdale High's janitor. The four of them discussed how Veronica's instincts about Svenson were correct. She thought he was the Black Hood, and had Archie listened when they confronted him at school, they could've end everything. But after looking directly into the killer's eyes the day that his father was shot, Archie didn't see the resemblance in Svenson's eyes. Taking a moment to forget about his eyes, they couldn't believe that he would cut off his own finger. The finger of accusation, Betty pointed out. "So we know whodunit. Why did he do it?", Jughead asked. Svenson accused an innocent man of being the Riverdale Reaper and murdering his family, which got the man killed. Maybe, in some twisted way, Svenson thought that targeting sinners would balance his sin, Betty explained. Him having such vast knowledge on their lives made perfect sense given that Svenson was always around, lurking in the hallways. He could have seen Archie and Ms. Grundy in the music room, as well as Moose and Midge buying Jingle Jangle. While they continued to go over the killer's motives, Jughead was just grateful that Svenson was in a body bag and they weren't.
After learning that Southside High was closing down and that some of its students were being transferred to Riverdale High School, including Jughead, Archie joined Veronica in welcoming the transfers (Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea and Fangs Fogarty, amongst others). To ease their transition to the Northside, Veronica had set up a registration desk in the hallway for locker assignments, class schedules, and a list of sports and extracurriculars. Cheryl and Reggie then interrupted. With the River Vixens and Riverdale Bulldogs in tow, Cheryl approached the registration desk, hurling insults their way, referring to them as "Southside scum" and "raggamuffins". Cheryl refused to allow Riverdale High's above average GPA to suffer because of overcrowded classrooms with underachievers such as themselves. So she instructed them to find another school to deface. In doing this, she upset Toni. Just as the two were about to face off, Archie stepped in the middle of them, hoping to put their Northside and Southside differences aside to start over but the rivaling sides continued to go back and forth until Mr. Weatherbee arrived to send them off to class.
At Pickens Park, Archie watched from the crowd as Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea, Fangs Fogarty and the Southside Serpents protested Pickens Day. Jughead stood next to Thomas Topaz as Toni, who seemingly led the charge, stood in front of the stage with Sweet Pea and Fogarty to announce that they represented the dead and the silenced. Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe, Toni's grandfather's family. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them. Hoping to calm the crowd, Mr. Lodge got on stage to applaud the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale.
Jughead observed from the front counter at Pop's as Archie retrieved Mr. Lodge's order in what he described as being a classic trope of Mob movies. A rich, high-rolling, gangster taking a small town kid under his wing.
In the student lounge, having already invited Archie, Veronica invited Jughead, Betty and Kevin to her confirmation ceremony. Usually those kinds of events were family only, but since they were her chosen family, she managed to pull a few strings and reserve them a pew. Later that week, Jughead attended Veronica's confirmation. He sat alongside Betty, Kevin and Archie as Veronica was confirmed.
In the student lounge at school, Jughead, Archie, Betty and Veronica learned from Kevin that the police had found a dead body that morning, leaving Jughead to wonder if the Black Hood had risen from the grave. While the investigation was ongoing, it was supposedly a gruesome, gangland style execution at the motel.
As Jughead and Betty arrived at school, Archie and Veronica invited them to join them at the Lodge's lake house. While hesitant, Jughead agreed. Reasoning that it would offer a chance for him to work on his novel though Veronica made sure to remind him that the point of the weekend was to relax and unwind.
Later that day, Andre drove them out to the cabin. Veronica told them that when she was younger, her family would go out there every summer, whenever her dad could sneak away for a weekend. Veronica then told Andre that he was to return Sunday night at 7:00 pm. As Veronica headed off to show Betty the inside of the lake house, Archie grabbed the bags. While doing so, Andre told him to call if they got into any kind of trouble. As Archie prepared to take the bags to the cabin, he briefly noticed a gun holstered within Andre's jacket, though he made no mention of it. Shortly after entering the cabin, Jughead got a call from Cheryl who told him about Archie and Betty's kiss outside of Thistlehouse just before Christmas. After ending his call with Cheryl, Archie and Betty were confronted by Jughead.
Jughead and Betty joined Archie and Veronica downstairs a little while later to ensure them that everything was fine. That night, while drinking margaritas, Jughead proposed a toast to the Lodges' hospitality and to putting the past behind them. Despite earlier agreeing to Betty's request to postpone his investigation, Jughead began questioning Veronica, asking her about her parents and the SoDale project. Jughead then pointed out that as they were driving up to the cabin, he noticed that none of the houses had mailboxes or numbers. Veronica replied that Shadow Lake was a private community. Which led Jughead to wonder if they were hiding something. However, before Veronica could respond, Betty confronted him on his intrusive line of questioning, leading Veronica to conclude that they were actually still fighting over the kiss between Betty and Archie. Understanding the reason for the tension in the room, Veronica instructed them to change into their swimsuits.
In the hot tub, during a moment of full disclosure, Veronica revealed that when Archie told her about the kiss, she absorbed and processed it. In the end, she bore no ill will towards Betty or Archie. But the thought of it has haunted her a bit for the past few weeks. Now, as it seemed to Veronica, Jughead and Betty were caught in the aftermath. To clear the air amongst the four of them, Veronica suggested that they kiss. While Archie and Betty were reluctant, Jughead agreed to Veronica's sentiment to ease the tension as it would level the playing field. He reasoned that a "Vughead" kiss might be precisely what it takes to save future "Bughead" from imploding. With Archie and Betty in finally in agreement, Veronica and Jughead shared a kiss in the hot tub as Archie and Betty watched.
The next day, in the woods, Jughead told Archie about the kiss between Betty and Veronica. It happened during the first week of school, during River Vixens try-outs. Betty tried to explain to him why they kissed but the rationale still eluded Jughead. Archie took that opportunity to apologize for kissing Betty. While there was no good excuse, he was apologetic. Jughead forgave Archie as their situation was far more complicated than any of them could've planned. After a poor attempt to explain to Archie the miracle of their friendship, Jughead simplified it to the fact that it should be amazing that they were all such close friends. But sometimes it terrified him. It was as if the four of them were in a powder keg. All it would take was one match and they would all blow up.
After the call with his father the following day, Jughead confronted Veronica as his suspicions had been confirmed, that Hiram Lodge was taking over the Southside, piece by piece, starting with the Twilight Drive-In, and now Sunnyside Trailer Park. With the Southsiders' debt cleared and eviction notices revoked, Archie, Betty and Veronicawondered why he was outraged. Jughead explained that Hiram's move with buying the trailer park was tactic. But Archie, Betty and Veronica insisted that he was simply being paranoid and that Hiram was trying to make amends.
A game of Monopoly was brought to a stop that night as Betty headed off to take a call from her mother. Betty returned from the call with her mother to announce that Hiram Lodge just bought the Register. Veronica insisted that she had no idea her father was buying the Register though this only confirmed Jughead's suspicions that Hiram Lodge was making big plays. In wake of recent events, Betty began to question if Veronica's reasons for bringing them up to the cabin weren't as sincere as they initially believed. Their suspicions were warranted given that Lodge Industries was buying property all over the Southside and now the one newspaper in town so that people couldn't report on what he was doing. The means to silence the free press and keep Mrs. Cooper from coming after him. As the two couples went back and forth, glass breaking could be heard from inside the house. Four men wearing black ski-masks then entered the lakehouse with weapons in hand, demanding their valuables. After taking Veronica's wallet, one of the intruders demanded that they get down on their knees. As he grabbed a baseball bat, the phone rang as Veronica had triggered the silent alarm. With guards on their way, the intruders exited the house. However, Archie chased after them though he returned empty handed.
In a booth a Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe later that night, Jughead, Betty, Archie and Veronica joined hands and came together as no one was hurt and they had each other.
At school, Archie asked Jughead if he was still continuing his pursuit of Hiram Lodge, which he was. Archie told Jughead of the special election to replace Josie's mother, and how Hiram wanted his dad to run. But Archie didn't want his father any deeper with the Lodges than he already was. And while Archie couldn't tell him not to run as that would come with consequences, Jughead could however intervene. So Archie offered Jughead information in hopes that he would write an article about it, forcing his dad to abstain from the election. Archie revealed that Hiram Lodge secretly bought Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe from Pop Tate. Jughead then pulled out his map, looking at the territory claimed by the Lodges. He compared Hiram to Dracula and accused him of snapping up all of Riverdale in order to expand his empire and feed.
The following day, at the trailer, Jughead told Archie that Pop Tate confirmed that Hiram Lodge purchased the diner. Unfortunately, he couldn't publish the article out of respect for Pop Tate. While Jughead refused to give up, he had talked to every possible suspect connected to the Lodges, Mayor McCoy included. But they all refused to talk. Archie suspected that Jughead had spoke to the wrong McCoy. Instead of Sierra, Archie went to speak with Josie.
At school, Jughead asked Veronica if she knew that Southside High was closed down for the sole purpose of building a prison where it once stood. Veronica, Betty and Archie assured him that it was all her parents' doing. Nonetheless, Jughead planned to go on a hunger strike to protest Southside High closing and he had his friends' support in doing so. Ethel then approached the table and poured a milkshake from Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe onto Veronica in retaliation for her parents' misdeeds.
The next day in the student lounge, much to his dismay, Jughead, Archie and Betty learned that Veronica was running for student council president against Reggie. Jughead surmised that she was simply doing her parents' bidding in trying to take over the school. However, Veronica claimed that her parents would rather she avoid the spotlight though she had other plans in mind. To make matters worse, she asked Betty to her running mate.
That night at Pop's with Archie, Jughead discovered that Hiram Lodge was preparing to demolish Southside High that week despite the fact that he was supposed to give the neighborhood a six week notice. When Jughead began to wonder who Hiram paid off to have demolition underway so quickly, Archie reminded him of all the bad that had taken place in Riverdale, such as the Black Hood shooting his father. If Hiram's plan could make the town more secure for them and their families, then Archie saw no reason not to follow along. He then questioned why Jugheaed cared for Southside High so much when he attended for such a short amount of time. Jughead explained that he was raised on the Southside with his mom, dad and Jellybean. The Southside was the last tangible thing he had of them. Much to Jughead's surpise, Archie's dad was also against Hiram's plans as he had pulled out of his deal with the Lodges.
With the demolition just a day away, Jughead and the Serpents were joined at Southside High by a crowd of Southsiders, all demanding that Southside High be reopened. Surpisingly, their peaceful protest was interrupted by the wrestling team, allow of who held bolt cutters and were led by Archie, who Jughead had no intent on fighting. All around them were residents of Riverdale with their phones out and recording. While it may have taken a couple days, now people knew what Hiram was doing. So no matter what happened, Jughead would continue to fight. With that being said, he told Archie to cut their chains as he wanted the whole crowd to see them do it. Shockingly, Archie and the wrestling team did just that. Cutting the Serpents from their chains one-by-one.
All with their own reasons to become student body president, Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and Josie squared off at the school hall meeting. The first question of the night came from Sweet Pea and Fogarty who were concerned about the Southsiders and their treatment since being transferred to Riverdale High. This was followed by Midge's question in regards to Archie and Veronica's parents being on opposite sides of the Mayoral election. She wondered if this would produce problems for their campaign. However, Archie and Veronica adhered to the old maxim that politics are never discussed at the dinner table. They were supposedly on the same page about everything. In the meantime, they were dedicated to improving the quality of life at Riverdale High.
Later that week, Jughead headed over to the Andrews house to help Fred with his announcement address. Though it was still awkward between him and Archie after the protest that Archie had interrupted. So when Archie came into the kitchen, they barely spoke words to one another
Archie remarked that it is weird for him and Betty to be playing boyfriend and girlfriend. Hearing this, Jughead advised him to take it easy as Big Brother is watching. Archie acknowledged that their relationship (Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica) was strained at the moment. But they were there for Kevin and to do the play. So, Archie hoped that they could do it as painless as possible. However, it was not that easy for Betty considering that Veronica lied to all of them by conspiring with her parents against the entire school. Betty added that it's fine that Archie was doing exactly what Tommy Ross would do by standing by Veronica's side. However, where Betty's standing, Veronica was just as much of a privileged, selfish, spiteful mean girl as the part she's playing.
Cheryl interrupted rehearsal after hearing whisperings that some of them, mainly Ethel and Josie, didn't think she's fit to play the role of Carrie White. So to settle the matter, she began to sing "Carrie" to prove them wrong. Her singing removed all doubt as Jughead, Archie, Veronica, Betty, Ethel, Josie, Alice, Toni, Midge, Moose, Kevin, Fangs, Chuck give Cheryl a round of applaud. As Cheryl headed back to her seat, a heavy sandbag fell from above and nearly crushed her.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Kevin informed Jughead, Betty, Archie, Veronica, Fangs, Toni, Ethel, Alice, Moose, Midge, Chuck and Josie that Cheryl will no longer be playing Carrie. When they asked why, Kevin simply replied that Penelope Blossom wasn't much of a stage mom. In the meantime, Cheryl's understudy would assume the role, that being Midge, who Kevin appointed after the sandbag incident.
Archie confessed on camera to Jughead that when Kevin came to him about Carrie, The Musical, he said Archie was the literal embodiment of Tommy Ross. Loyal, selfless, a hero, a force for good. But Archie believed that he's none of those things. He's not the hero of any story. Lately, he had been going down this dark path, ignoring how much it hurt his dad.
Opening night, Jughead records as Archie, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Midge, Moose, Kevin, Alice, Chuck, Toni and Ethel sing "A Night We'll Never Forget". The crowd is packed when the play begins, and Alice starts to sing "Evening Prayers". Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, and Toni watched from backstage. When Alice cues Midge, the curtains raise 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" When Alice screams in fear, the crowd realize that this is not part of the play and the auditorium erupts in panic and chaos.
The town gathers for Midge's funeral to pay respect. Cheryl sings a song in Midge's honor. She and the rest of the River Vixens are dressed in an all-black cheerleader uniform. Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. As the service ends, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Archie watch as Cheryl consoles Mrs. Klump. When Sheriff Keller approached to offer his condolences, Mrs. Klump slaps him as he was supposed to be protecting them all from danger.
At Pop's, Jughead theorizes that the latest killing is the work of a copycat. And Chic coincidentally showed up in Riverdale just after Svenson was killed. That along with the fact that he's creepy with a temper places suspicion on him in Jughead's mind. However, Betty corrects Jughead. Chic is only in Riverdale because she went searching for him. Admittedly, he is weird. But he didn't know Midge. So Betty wants to move on to a different suspect. Archie explains why he doesn't think Svenson was the Black Hood. While they were there when he died and he was wearing a hood that night, it doesn't mean he's the same guy who shot Fred and killed Midge. Betty reminds Archie that Svenson forced her to bury him alive. Not to mention that he cut off his own finger. Archie argues that maybe the real Black Hood cut Svenson's finger off because he was working with him. All Archie knows for sure is that when he looked into the Black Hood's eyes, they weren't Svenson's eyes.
Jughead calls a meeting of the Swords & Serpents to reveal that their old adversaries, the Ghoulies, had been released from Shankshaw Prison. He informs Sweet Pea, Fangs, Toni and the other Serpents that word on the street is that they want Serpent blood. They want war. Their meeting is interrupted by Reggie, Archie, Kevin, Moose and the rest of the Bulldogs. They've come for answers to who was hooking up with Midge. Reggie immediately points his finger at Sweet Pea, who does not take the allegation lightly. He claims that while he didn't know Midge, he completely understands why she wouldn't want flees from the mangy Bulldogs. Reggie is angered by Sweet Pea's insult and pushes him. This nearly leads to a fight. Thankfully, Jughead and Archie are there to keep their respective sides at bay.
Jughead arrives at school to find Dark Circle posters taped to all the lockers. Jughead confronts Archie with what he refers to as forceful branding. Archie claims that Reggie made them, not him. Jughead asks Archie that he call the Circle off the Serpents even though they were right about one of them hooking up with Midge. But he didn't kill her and Jughead refuses to give Archie Fangs' name. Rest assured, none of Jughead's guys are the Black Hood. Hearing this, Archie agrees to talk to Reggie about backing down. In the meantime, Jughead needs to get back some possibly incriminating footage from the new Sheriff. While Archie has yet to meet him, he asks Jughead to come with him.
Archie and Jughead arrive at the Sheriff Station. They are greeted by Sheriff Minetta and Hiram Lodge. Hiram had already told the Sheriff all about Jughead and Archie. Jughead explains that he stopped by to ask about the documentary footage that he lent to Sheriff Keller before he stepped down.
Jughead calls Archie with news of the Dark Circle's attack on the Southside, which initially unbeknownst to Jughead, Archie was not involved in. Supposedly, the Dark Circle set a dumpster on fire and slashed everyone's tires. After learning that Archie played no parts in the attack, Jughead meets up with Attorney McCoy outside the Sheriff Station. Jughead and Attorney McCoy bring an end to the interrogation, telling Fangs not to say another word and stating that McCoy will be representing him from here on out.
As Archie is in bed with Veronica, he receives a call from Jughead at the Sheriff Station, who informs him that the Dark Circle is out of control. He needs Archie's help as the mob has grown restless and they want to rip Fangs apart. Jughead tells Sheriff Minetta that the can't take Fangs out front and that they should take the side exit. However, a crowd has formed out there as well, meaning the station is surrounded. Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea, and Fangs are left to wonder what move they have left to make. Fangs begins to panic as he doesn't wish to die. Jughead assures him that he won't. They'll stand together so that none of them fall. Together, they recite that "In unity, there is strength". Jughead, Toni, and Sweet Pea shield Fangs from the crowd as they escort him out. FP joins them, though the crowd is massive. Archie arrives at the station just as they're making their way through the crowd. As does Reggie. However, he has a gun and he's come to see to it that Fangs doesn't get away with Midge's murder. Archie spots the gun and before Reggie can use it, Archie tackles him to the ground. They fight on the ground over the gun, which unintentionally goes off, shooting Fangs in the abdomen. FP, Jughead, Sweet Pea and Toni tends to Fangs as he lays on the ground bleeding. While Jughead yells out for help, Sweet Pea looks to Archie and Reggie as his hate for them builds.
Jughead gets a call from Archie that the Serpents are rioting. Jughead is well aware. He surmises this is due to Reggie shooting Fangs. However, as Archie explains, Reggie didn't shoot Fangs. So Jughead needs to call off the Serpents. They just came from Reggie's house, but he wasn't there. Archie, Kevin and Moose are now headed to Riverdale High School as that's where Reggie's mother said he was going. Jughead arranges to meet them.
When Jughead finally arrives to meet with Archie, Kevin and Moose, Archie informs him that he's too late as Weatherbee has already shut them down and kicked everyone out the school. After that, the Serpents took off, possibly to trash Midge's house after learning that Mrs. Klump shot Fangs. Archie looks to Jughead to coax the Serpents off the ledge. He then asks if Jughead has spoken to Betty, which he has, via text. Betty is supposedly with her mom. Jughead does eventually find the Serpents and brings them back to the Wyrm. However, their problems don't end there as the Ghoulies has just arrived outside of Pop's, trapping, Archie, Reggie, Moose and Kevin inside.
Seeing as there is no other option but for war to ensue between the Ghoulies and the Serpents, Jughead sacrifices himself unbeknownst to everyone. He calls Betty to tell her that he loves her no matter what, which raises Betty and Archie's concern for Jughead. Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Sweet Pea, Toni and the Serpents arrive at Jughead's old hangout where he indeed sacrificed himself to Penny and the Ghoulies in order to save everyone else. FP comes out of the woods holding a lifeless Jughead in his arms. He has been beaten bloody and senseless, and his Serpent tattoo removed. Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Sweet Pea, Toni and FP are speechless, the fear of losing Jughead to Penny and the Ghoulies after he had risked his life for the Southside Serpents to not be harmed. 
Betty visits Jughead in the hospital after learning that he has awakened. They are then joined by Archie and Veronica. Jughead informs them that he'll be released from the hospital tomorrow. Until then, there's still another mystery to be solved, the identity of the second Black Hood. Jughead believes that the attacks perpetrated by the second Black Hood have a political motive, which suggests that Hiram is actually behind the attacks. They have to stop Hiram now because once he has control of the mayor's office, the Lodges will be untouchable. While they're positive that Hiram is the mastermind, none of them believe he is the man behind the hood. They're thinking that the second Black Hood could be a Serpent or Ghoulie. But Jughead suspects that Sheriff Minetta could be the second Black Hood.
Archie relays what he learned from the sheriff to Jughead, that Tall Boy was the second Black Hood and that he was murdered in a shootout with law enforcement. This revelation comes as no surprise to Jughead. He's actually frustrated with himself for not figuring it out since Tall Boy has done Hiram's dirty work before. He confessed to it, which now that Jughead thinks about it, explains why he died suddenly in a firefight. There are no loose ends and he can't implicate Hiram. And now Sheriff Minetta can say the case of the copycat Black Hood is closed, meaning Hiram is going get away with it. Jughead then tells Archie about how his father wants them to move to Toledo. To make matters worse, Weatherbee wants to kick all Southsiders out of Riverdale High. Cheryl barges then into the trailer to inform them that Sheriff Minetta is raiding the Wyte Wyrm tonight. And if things turn violent and some Serpents end up shot, so much the better.
Archie, Jughead and Cheryl arrive at the Wyrm not long after. They coordinate with Sweet Pea, Toni and the other Serpents. Jughead tells them to only take the necessities and what they can carry with them. They need to move quickly and quietly. Sheriff Minetta's forces are all over the Southside and they're looking for Serpent blood. If they want their skulls to remain uncracked, they have to go undetected, Jughead states. When Sweet Pea questions where they are headed as there is no place safe for them, Jughead informs them that they've been offered asylum on the Northside. Archie, Jughead, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea and the Serpents exit the Wyrm. They creep throughout the quiet streets of Riverdale, avoiding police detection.
The asylum on the Northside that Jughead spoke of turns out to be the Andrews house, as Fred feeds the Serpents the following morning. FP enters the house, pleased with Jughead's determination to save the Serpents, so much so that he decides to hold off on leaving for Toledo given that the Bulldogs have gone out of their way in helping Serpents and Fred is even offering shelter. Jughead then thanks Archie for helping him. However, Archie isn't done there. He has an idea, asking Jughead how many Serpent jackets he can borrow. With that, the school comes together in a show support of the Southside students who are being wrongly transferred. Archie, Jughead, Josie, Veronica, Reggie, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea, Moose, Kevin and many other students put on Serpent jackets and confront principal Weatherbee. Archie explains that everyone is ready to walk out. Mr. Weatherbee threatens to expel any student that does, though Archie calls his bluff. He knows that Weatherbee is a good man who doesn't discriminate, and if he isn't, Archie tells Weatherbee to expel him as he doesn't wish to be apart of that. With that being said, Weatherbee tells everyone to get to class.
Both the mayoral election and student body election are held in the gymnasium of Riverdale High. Jughead approaches Archie, who's worried about his father's chances of winning. In the meantime, Jughead tells Archie that Betty is voting for him through Jughead. While he is concerned for Betty, Jughead thinks she's going to be alright.
Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Sweet Pea, Toni, Cheryl, Reggie, Kevin and Moose are in the student lounge when Mr. Weatherbee announces that the student council election votes are in. The new student body president of Riverdale High is Archie Andrews. The entire student body applauds his election. In unrelated news, Weatherbee also announces that for the foreseeable future, all former Southside High students will remain at Riverdale High. The entire student body applauds once more in celebration.
Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead meet at Pop's, Veronica's newest acquisition. According to Pop Tate, the basement of the diner used to be a secret speakeasy, back in the days of flapper dresses and cigarette girls. So, Veronica wants to reopen that speakeasy. A cabaret space for world-class entertainment and the most decadent cocktails. A place for North and Southsiders alike. In fact, she is hoping that FP might want to manage it to make sure the Serpents feel welcome and at home. As for Veronica's father, he's probably plotting some sort of revenge.
The next day, in Riverdale High's gymnasium, Archie prepares to be inaugurated. Mr. Weatherbbe welcomes all those in attendance and asks that they rise for the National Anthem, sang by Josie. Archie looks up to the crowd, smiling at Veronica, Betty and Jughead. Sweet Pea, Fangs, Reggie, Moose, Cheryl, and Toni are all present for the inauguration. Archie's moment is broguht to an abrupt stop as he notices Hiram standing at the end of of the gym. Sheriff Minetta and two deputies enter through the opposite end of the gym moments later to arrest Archie for the murder of Shadow Lake resident, Cassidy Bullock. Realizing that he's being set up by Hiram, Archie insists that he didn't kill Cassidy, but the Sheriff doesn't care. He reads Archie his rights before tasking him into custody.
Archie: "I'm sorry."
Jughead: "It's cool... We're not gonna hug in front of this whole town. [laughs] So why don't we both just do that bro thing where we nod like douches and mutually suppress our emotions?"
Archie: "Yeah, but as friends, right?"
Jughead: "To be discussed, over many burgers, and many days."
―Archie and Jughead rekindling their friendship[src]
Jughead: "Pretty handy with that wheelbarrow, Archie. You know if the whole music thing doesn't pan out, you'll have manual labor as a fallback."
Archie: "Don't even joke. I did this all summer long, remember?"
―Archie and Jughead working at the construction site[src]