The relationship between Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones, commonly referred to as "Bughead" among fans, began as a friendship long before the start of the series and soon advanced to romance.
The two have given each other pet names, 'Betts' and 'Juggy'.
After the Jubilee, they both confessed their love for each other and proceeded to make out. They almost had sex but were interrupted by the Southside Serpents.
The Black Hood forced Betty to break up with Jughead, or else he would kill him. Betty couldn't bear to break up with Jughead herself and asked Archie to do it for her even though it broke her heart. Archie reluctantly agreed and told Jughead that Betty didn't want to see him anymore. for that time, Jughead believed the reason that Betty broke up with him was because she could see him going down a bad path, and didn't want to go down it with him. Unbeknownst to Jughead, she was doing it out of protection for him, because she truly loved him.
In Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof, Betty came clean with Jughead and they reconciled. However, shortly after this, Jughead was forced to break up with Betty after realizing that being with her and being with the Southside Serpents would only continue to put her in danger.
Jughead, alongside Archie Andrews, grew up with Betty in Riverdale. They were friends, but it was not until they began investigating the murder of Jason Blossom that the two started to spend a lot of their time together with the school's newspaper The Blue and Gold, thus starting their romance.
To further investigate what really happened surrounding Jason Blossom's death on the 4th July, Betty reopened the Riverdale High School newspaper, the Blue and Gold and convinced Jughead, and his well-found journalist skills, to join her. For his first assignment, Betty mentioned that there was one person no one had been talking about who was at Sweetwater River on July 4th: Dilton Doiley and his scouts.
Jughead visited Dilton and asked him if he had heard the gunshot that morning. Dilton insisted that neither he nor his boy scouts heard anything unusual on that day. Jughead, upon hearing this, was not convinced. He noticed one of Dilton's scouts eyeing him from a distance and later on, sought out that same scout sitting at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe who confessed that the gunshot, in fact, originated from Dilton himself, while he was secretly teaching the scouts how to shoot. Once caught, Dilton was willing to compromise with Betty and Jughead. They were to leave Dilton out of the murder case and forget that it had been him who shot the gun, which in exchange, he offered them a better story— Dilton saw Geraldine Grundy's car by the lakeside early that morning.
With the Twilight Drive-In closing, Jughead was furious as the drive-in was very special to him and thought the residents should be trying to save it, which he tried to explain to Betty, Veronica, and Kevin at Pop's. Jughead struggled over which film he should play for the closing night, and he asked the group, who he had already invited to attend, for suggestions. He ultimately went with Betty's: "Rebel Without a Cause." That night while everyone was watching the film, Sheriff Keller's home is broken into and all the files on Jason Blossom's murder were stolen. Come morning it was revealed that Jughead was homeless and had been living out of the drive-in's projection booth, and his father FP Jones, was a member of the Southside Serpents.
At the Blue and Gold offices, Jughead, Betty, and Kevin reconstructed Sheriff Keller's murder board that had been previously destroyed. Unfortunately, the police had no suspects for the break-in, there weren't any fingerprints, and they had no leads. Their conversation was interrupted by Trev Brown, who had come by to confirm a date with Betty that evening, which made Jughead look very jealous. However, after Trev left, Betty said that the date was just a way to get more information on Jason, who had been close friends with Trev.
Betty reported back to Jughead, who wondered, “Why does a rich kid sell drugs?” and what would make him run away from his family so badly? Since they couldn't ask Jason or the Blossoms, they decided to use Jason's memorial as an excuse to dig around Thornhill for clues. Just before they go to Thornhill, Jughead comes round Betty's house to pick her up, and both of them seem to approve of each others attire, although Jughead subtly blushes as Betty 'checks him out'. Following an emotional eulogy from Cheryl, Jughead and Betty snuck away during the commotion and made their way to Jason's room. Unbeknownst to either of them, Rose Blossom, Jason's grandmother, who had been sitting in the dark corner of the room in her wheelchair, startled them. However, she mistakenly took Betty for Polly and unknowingly revealed to them that Polly and Jason had secretly become engaged.
As more secrets from Betty's family came to light, Jughead believed that her parents knew more than they were letting on and wondered how far her they would go to protect Polly. Whoever broke into Sheriff Keller's house was not at the drive-in, and coincidentally, Betty's father hadn't been there that night. With that being said, they added the Cooper family's name to the board and decided the time had come to find Polly.
In an attempt to find out where Polly was hidden away, Betty invited Jughead over for breakfast. Alice accused Jughead of being the reason that Betty was obsessed with the investigation of Jason Blossom's death. However, Betty quickly stated that it had been her idea to publish it in The Blue and Gold. After a look from Betty, Jughead then asked for directions to the bathroom, and as planned, Alice escorted him, which provided a long enough distraction for Betty to go through her mother's purse and take photos of her check book. At The Blue and Gold, after doing a little digging, Betty and Jughead discovered one of the checks were sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths.
During lunch, they quietly discussed Polly and their next course of action, which was catching a bus to the group-home to find her. They found Polly, and Betty was surprised to find that all the information her parents were telling her, was just to cover up for the fact that Polly was pregnant with Jason's baby. Unfortunately, Betty and Jughead were caught by Alice and were forced to leave.
After she returned from the institution, Betty was alone in her room when Jughead knocked on her window after climbing up a ladder. She smiled and opened the window to which he quipped, "Hey there, Juliet", before climbing in. After a brief conversation, Betty confided in Jughead about her feelings towards her parents, sister, and even herself. He calmly helped her through it and told her that she is not her family. Jughead then kissed Betty, to which she smiled and he deeply exhaled, before Betty remembering that earlier Polly had told her about a car Jason had kept for them out by an old maple farm sign on Route 40 and it might still be hidden there, to which Jughead is humorously shocked that she changed the subject so quickly.
That night, they found the car, hidden under a tarp and filled with Jason's things, including his varsity jacket, as well as plenty of drugs. They took pictures and alerted Sheriff Keller, all the while as they were unknowingly being watched by someone hidden in the woods. The authorities arrived only to find the vehicle had been set on fire. Jughead and Betty then raced to rescue Polly from the group home but found that her room was empty, the window broken and blood coated the glass.
After being forced out of the drive-in, Jughead secretly moved into Riverdale High, taking over a small forgotten closet under a staircase, where one morning he dreamed a strange 50s style dream in which he is married to Betty, Jason Blossom is alive and the Coopers are loving parents who approve of both their daughters relationships. In the dream, the family as well as Veronica and Archie were sitting down to a big turkey dinner and as Jughead started to carve the bird, the knife disappears from his hand. Archie then walked up and calmly asked, "Dude, why'd you stab me in the back?" before turning around, the carving knife embedded between his shoulder blades. That same morning his living situation is found out by Archie. Jughead then asked him not to tell anyone, especially not Betty, which confused Archie who wondered why Betty would care.
Later on, the gang met up in the student lounge and discussed Polly’s escape from the group home. Betty became stressed and clearly worried about how Polly could be hurt and how the person who killed Jason could be after Polly too. To comfort her, Jughead put his arm around her shoulder and Betty reached to hold his hand, which surprised Veronica and confused Archie. Archie caught up with Jughead in the hall afterward and asked if there was something going on between the two of them and Jughead hesitantly replied that they may have had a moment. Flustered, Archie cuts him off and changes the subject, clearly not happy with the answer he got. At the other end of the hall, Veronica also asked Betty about Jughead and Betty smiled and gushed that Jughead had really been there for her through the trouble with her family the past few days. Veronica was excited for her and gave her approval.
To find Polly, Jughead and Betty organized a search of Eversgreen Forest together, which was interrupted by the Blossoms and ultimately unsuccessful. As Jughead walked her home afterward, holding hands, he struggled to define their relationship. Betty was upset that there was no luck finding Polly and worried that she should not have told Polly about Jason’s death, that Polly could be hurt because of it. Jughead reassured her she did the right thing, that it was her parents who were the ones in the wrong for keeping the truth from Polly. Betty then told him how Polly once ran away before when she was nine after a big fight with their mother, Jughead asked how far she got, which led to her realizing where Polly had gone to hide. Thankful and excited, Betty kissed Jughead and said goodnight before quickly rushing home, as Jughead smiled all the while. At the Cooper House Betty found Polly hiding up in the attic.
Later that night, Jughead, Archie, FP Jones and Archie's dad went to dinner at Pop's and Archie brought up Jughead’s work at The Blue and Gold with Betty. Jughead’s father asked if Betty was Jughead’s girlfriend, which Archie looked very interested to find out the answer to, but Jughead not wanting to tell anyone about his and Betty's situation, swiftly changed the subject. Archie then looked taken aback and a bit jealous.
The next morning Jughead was brought to the Sheriff Station by Sheriff Keller as a suspect for Jason's murder. His and Betty’s fingerprints were found on Jason’s torched car as expected, but 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 was just playing with matches. Sheriff Keller unfairly suspected him as the killer due to his background and being from the 'wrong side of the tracks'.
Betty was allowed to speak to Jughead alone after his interrogation and held his hand while she reassured him that she believed him, that she knew who he was. Betty promised him that she would not let anything happen to him. She also told him that his father had been called but no one knew where he was. Jughead was released after Fred Andrew’s lied and told Sheriff Keller that Jughead was tearing down drywall for his construction company on July 11th, which Fred and Archie later falsified a time-card to prove it.
Jughead’s father showed up to 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 before he left, FP promised he would get his act together and that they would have their family back, it would just take some time. Jughead looked angry and resigned as he told his father he believed him. Betty placed her hand on Jughead’s cheek and comforted him as they left the station and once again Archie looked jealous. In the end, Jughead went to live at the Andrew’s house.
The next day, in the student lounge, Jughead, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Cheryl, and Valerie analyzed Polly's dilemma, in which the Coopers wanted her but not the baby, and the Blossoms wanted the baby, but not her. A true Gordian Knot, Jughead said. However, Veronica disagreed, it was a fairly solvable problem, she suggested that they throw Polly a baby shower at the Pembrooke where Polly had been staying, which would force the Coopers to finally start communicating. Jughead inquired whether he would be expected to attend and Veronica immediately replied yes, because he was Betty's boyfriend. Betty and Jughead then shared a smile.
After Moose Mason was attacked while helping out at Andrews Construction, Jughead filled Betty and Veronica in on the attack at Pop's shoppe, in which he assured them Moose was fine. Just then, Archie entered the diner, seeking Jughead's help as he, Moose and Kevin planned on finding the supposed Serpents that attacked Moose. Kevin's boyfriend, Joaquin DeSantos, who was also a Serpent, could get them into the Whyte Wyrm, a known hangout for the gang. Betty wasn't too sure that it was the best idea since the Serpents were dangerous drug dealers; the drug dealer portion of that comment being confirmed a day earlier as Polly informed them that Jason was dealing for the Serpents. Jughead insisted that going into the bar was a terrible idea, but all Archie wanted to know is if Jughead would join him, which he didn't, and Archie went without him.
Jughead and Betty shared a kiss as the baby shower began, she thanked him for being there since that event wasn't his usual kind of scene. Jughead sarcastically replied that "organizing a baby shower was totally on his bucket list", making Betty smile. During the gift portion of the shower, Archie unexpectedly showed up and angrily confronted Jughead on his father being a Serpent and the reason he tried to prevent them from going to the bar. As the baby shower came to a close, Jughead explained that he was ashamed of his father's affiliations, which is why he hadn't told anyone, which Betty immediately forgave him for, and then suggested that they pay FP a visit and ask about Jason.
At the trailer park with his father, FP claimed they gave Jason some product to deliver upstate, but when it never showed, they assumed he had run off with it until his body showed up at Sweetwater River. Jughead then asked his father if he had any involvement in Jason's death, despite FP being his father, it was the dark ages, he didn't know what to think. FP admitted that he was a lousy parent, but he insisted that he wasn't a killer. Outside the trailer, Jughead told Betty that he believed his father, and she believed Jughead, the two of them then shared another kiss.
After Polly went to live with the Blossoms at Thornhill, Betty and Jughead discussed why she had stopped returning Betty's calls in her bedroom. She understood Polly not speaking with their father but what had she done? Jughead assured her that they would figure it out and they briefly kissed before Alice interrupted and announced she was writing a no-holds-barred exposé on the Blossom clan.
In the student lounge at school, Archie informed the group that Penelope Blossom offered to put in a good word for him at a prestigious music academy in exchange for him escorting Cheryl to her family's annual tree tapping event. Jughead didn't think it was a good idea, but Betty disagreed and asked him if he could use the opportunity to speak with Polly on her behalf. Unfortunately, after the event, he informed Betty that Polly wanted her to stop trying to contact her. Disregarding Polly's message, Betty and Jughead asked Cheryl to talk to her sister for her who informs them that Polly would be having twins. Saddened that Polly hadn't called to tell her the news, Betty once again asked Cheryl to give Polly a message, to call their mom. Cheryl joked that she would if she remembered, but Jughead quickly stepped in and Cheryl agreed to send the message along but made no promises that Polly would care or respond.
The next day, in The Blue and Gold offices, Betty dejectedly told Jughead of an occurrence between her parents the night before, which ended with her mother throwing a large rock through The Registers glass door at her father. Extremely upset, Betty began to cry as she expressed the thought of her family falling apart, and there not being anything she could do to stop it. Jughead attempted to encourage her, claiming that she was much stronger than both her parents, strong enough to hold her family together. With tears in both their eyes, he told her not to give up. Betty promised she wouldn't and they hugged each other tightly.
After a call from Archie, Betty and Jughead went to see Alice at the Cooper house and happily informed her that Polly was safe and that she had not deserted them, but had actually chosen to live with the Blossoms in order to spy on them and discover more about what happened to Jason. Alice was relieved and overcome with emotion as she believed she might have lost Polly for good. Betty assured her mother that Polly would come home and that they would be writing their story on the Blossoms with Polly as their woman on the inside. Jughead then asked Alice to join them at the school newspaper. Later, Archie informed Betty and Jughead of what else he had found out about the Blossoms: Clifford Blossom might have been responsible for sending Hiram Lodge to jail. Jughead posited that perhaps Hiram had taken his revenge by killing Jason and added his name to their murder board.
From Archie, Betty learned that Jughead's birthday was coming up and that every year the two of them went to a movie, but considering that Betty was his girlfriend now, Archie thought it best if she took him. She agreed and called Jughead's father to see if he would join them, however, he declined and told her that the one thing Jughead liked less than surprises was his birthday, he had never had nor wanted a birthday party. At lunch, Betty suggested to the group that they throw him a low-key surprise party. While initially reluctant, knowing Jughead's feelings, Archie agreed. Refusing to take no for an answer, Betty visited FP at work to invite him as she thought it would be very special if he attended. Later, Betty asked her mother if she had told her father everything about herself when they first started dating. She did, but Alice came to regret doing so as Hal had used everything against her in the end. Betty stated that she trusted Jughead, however, despite her mother thinking that that was good, she did not think she should trust him with everything.
The following night, as planned, Betty accompanied Jughead to the Bijou, where he asked her about a confrontation she had had with Chuck Clayton the day prior. However, Betty merely stated that it was nothing worth getting upset over. Afterward, they returned to the Andrews house and the party that awaited Jughead, who was caught completely off guard. Betty brought out Jughead's birthday cake and sang him happy birthday before he blew out the candles, he quietly remarked that he wished it was only the two of them at the house. Then they entered the kitchen to find Archie and Veronica hugging, to which Veronica revealed she wasn't in a partying mood. Jughead stated that she wasn't the only one and told Betty that, while he appreciated the sentiment behind her throwing the party, he would rather it was just the four of them sitting in a booth at Pop's. Betty then questioned why he couldn't be normal just for once, but he replied that he wasn't normal nor was he wired to be. They were then interrupted by Cheryl and Chuck, along with several dozen uninvited classmates eager to party. Jughead retreated to the garage where he was found by his father, much to Jughead's surprise. He questioned if Betty had called him, and FP admitted that she did, that Betty knew what she wanted.
Jughead later confronted Betty over inviting his father to a party with alcohol, while knowing he had a drinking problem, but Betty claimed that it was only supposed to be a party with his friends. Frustrated, Jughead became increasingly upset over Betty not caring how he felt. He wondered if it had ever occurred to her how different they were; Betty, a straight-A student, a cheerleader and the perfect girl next door, while he was the damaged, loner outsider from the wrong side of the tracks. He believed they were on borrowed time, suspecting that she was only with him until Archie changed his mind and wanted to be with her. Shocked, Betty left, with tears filling her eyes. As he Jughead attempted to leave the party, he was cut off by Chuck and Cheryl, who insisted that everyone play a game Cheryl called called "Secrets & Sins", during which Chuck revealed exactly what had happened the night Betty and Veronica got him to confess to slut-shaming. He told everyone that Betty dressed up like a hooker in a terrible black wig, drugged and handcuffed him to in a hot tub and threatened to drown him until he said what she wanted to hear. Shocked and angry, Jughead got into a fight with Chuck in Betty's defense, which was ended by FP. As Jughead attempted once again to leave, FP told him to stay as what he had with Betty and his friends was something his family could never give to him. His father then told to man up, because after what FP saw go on, Betty needed him.
He and Betty reconciled over milkshakes at Pop's, where Jughead admitted that Betty was doing something nice for him, but he was scared of being rejected for being himself. Betty then admitted that she should have told him the truth about Chuck instead of throwing a party he did not want. He wondered why she hadn't and she opened up about what she called a "darkness inside her" that made her do such horrible things, showing him the marks on her palms from digging her nails in deep. His look softened, and he gently kissed her hands. Betty then kissed him, before resting her head on his shoulder, happy that they had made up.
Betty's mother suspected Hiram Lodge to have hired FP Jones for the murder of Jason Blossom. Betty confessed that she was completely against it and that she would not betray Jughead by entertaining her mother's interrogation, She then walked out.
Later, Jughead walked in entered the gymnasium, while Betty was decorating the hall for the Homecoming dance asking about the dinner before Homecoming that her mother had practically tackled him in the hallway to invite him and his father to. He excitedly told her that her mother had earlier invited him and his dad for dinner at the Cooper's house, indicating how it was about time their families got to know each other. Betty was completely unaware of the dinner, but she lied, claiming she did as Jughead was so happy about it. Betty returned home to confront her mother on the obvious trap she was planning for FP, to interrogate him about Jason's death. Betty wasn't willing to play this game with her, and neither would Jughead once she told him the truth but Alice told him that would be unwise as Jughead was excited about their families getting to know each other, and with this in mind, Betty told Jughead nothing.
Betty confronted Alice, stating that she knew what her mother was up to and that she wouldn't be part of the game she is playing, to which she defended saying that she took Betty's earlier words to heart. Betty told her that Jughead will soon find out what she was up to but doesn't tell him anything when her mother explains how Jughead was really excited to attend and promises she won't interrogate either of them.
The following night, just as planned, Jughead and his father had dinner with Betty and Mrs. Cooper and the interrogation began almost immediately, which Betty attempted to put a stop to but to no avail. Alice practically interrogated jughead's father on his involvement with the Southside Serpents and his spotty work history. The doorbell rang, it was Betty's father, Hal Cooper, which only made the situation worse, leaving Betty with the only option of ending the dinner, and leaving for the dance with Jughead and FP.
After an amazing performance by Archie and Veronica, Jughead joined them and Betty in the hallway, where they revealed their treacherous actions of breaking into his father's trailer in search of any evidence that would prove him to be Jason Blossom's Killer. Alice put them up to it, and they knew when to go because he would be at the dinner, which led Jughead to believe that Betty was also in on this treachery, leaving him to question why he would ever pass on moving with his family to Toledo for her.
Later, After the discovery that FP was arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom, Betty and her mother returned home, where she questioned if her mother was the one that tipped off Sheriff Keller. Alice promised it wasn't her, and as much as she liked Jughead, she was happy Betty was done with the family, but Betty proclaimed that she loved Jughead, and he was as much her family, as Alice was, more so at that moment. She told her mother not to push her, or else she would push back, then leaving to find Jughead. 
After searching all over town for Jughead, Betty, Archie, and Veronica found him in the only place he could be during that time of night, in a booth at Pop's. Betty sat next to him, apologizing for their betrayal. However, some good did come of Archie and Veronica breaking into FP's trailer. They knew with the up most certainty that the gun wasn't there when they searched, meaning someone planted the weapon in FP's closet after they left. Betty, Jughead, Archie, and Veronica headed to the Sheriff Station to inform Sheriff Keller that FP was being framed for Jason's murder. However, with FP having already given his confession, there wasn't much they could do.
Despite his initial decision to stay home that day, Jughead showed at school, where he was attacked by Cheryl while simply trying to apologize for his father's actions. In spite of Cheryl being the aggressor, Jughead was carted off to the principal's office by Mr. Weatherbee, where Betty waited outside while he was interrogated for the second time that day. Jughead exited the office, telling Betty that he doesn't know whose more of a dick between Sheriff Keller and principal Weatherbee, his two interrogators. Betty insisted that he ignore them. Everyone else was wrong, and they simply needed to prove it. If not FP, then who killed Jason, Jughead asked. Its difficult to ignore the fact that FP confessed to the murder. Jughead had been waiting his entire life for his father to do the right thing, but now he's tired of waiting, as should Betty.
The next day, after visiting his father at the station, and calling Betty to admit that she was right about FP hiding something, Jughead and Betty convened at the Blue and Gold offices. His father has been lying to him his entire life, but he's never been any good at it. Jughead could see in his father's eyes that he was innocent of killing Jason Blossom. What they needed to figure out is who he was protecting by confessing to the murder that he did not commit. From there, they began to rule out suspects, removing their photos from the murder board as they did so, starting with Betty's father. They know the reason for his strange behavior was due to the blood feud between her family and the Blossoms. Hermione Lodge was the next suspect to be ruled out. Veronica said that she was guilty of plenty, but not murder, not to mention her alibi places her in New York at the time of Jason's murder. That left Hiram Lodge, as well as Clifford and Penelope Blossom.
Before long, they are joined by Alice, who wasn't too surprised by their inability to leave the case alone. From Alice they learned that the police found another dead body, a Southside serpent name Mustang. Sheriff Keller is convinced that he was working with FP. He allegedly committed suicide via overdose, and there was a bag of money found nearby with Hiram Lodges initials. Like Betty and Jughead, Alice suspected foul play as everything was too tidy for her liking. Betty then received a call from Kevin, telling her and Jughead to meet him on the highway off route 40, where they found Jason's abandoned car. Whatever it was that they were looking for, Joaquin didn't know if it would help FP or make it worse. Betty questioned why it took him until now to speak up. According to Joaquin via Kevin, FP called him from Jail, and told him to forget about their contingency plan as it was too dangerous. Hidden underneath a pile of branches just behind the old Blossom Maple Farms sign was a duffel bag. Inside, Betty, Jughead, and Kevin discover Jason's varsity jacket.
Confused by their latest discovery, Jughead, Betty, and Kevin headed over to Archie's garage, where they discussed their next course of action, and what finding Jason's varsity jacket could mean. It certainly confirmed that FP torched Jason's get away car. Betty began to wonder why FP would say that the jacket is dangerous. Veronica then joined them in Archie's garage. She claimed that they found concrete proof that her father hired the serpents to kill Jason, which likely meant that FP pulled the trigger. Despite all odds being against them, Betty refused to give up. She forces Archie to put the jacket on while she searched the pockets. She noticed a hole in one of the pockets. Whenever she had a hole in her jacket pocket, she always lost her chap-stick in the lining. As Betty dug deeper, she discovered a USB flashdrive in the lining of the jacket. They insert the USB into a laptop. What they see is far worse than they expected. The USB contained footage of Jason Blossom's death, in which he was shot in the head by his own father, Clifford Blossom.
Betty turned down Mayor McCoy's offer to be honored at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee for her hand in solving Jason Blossom's murder after the Mayor refused to honor Jughead as well. Despite Jughead having arguably the biggest role to play in solving Jason's murder, Mayor McCoy though it best to not have him on stage considering his father's role in Jason's death, in which he disposed of the body. While Jughead appreciated Betty's righteous indignation, Jubilees weren't the type of events he would attend anyways. Back on the subject of his father, Mayor McCoy wanted FP to give up names of the serpents in exchange for a lesser sentence. Sheriff Keller believed that they were responsible for the recent increase in drug trafficking, but FP insists that they aren't responsible for the dealings. Meanwhile, Mayor McCoy hasn't even mentioned Clifford Blossom's name. Betty didn't appreciate that the serpents were being villainized for a crime they did not commit. She decided then and there that she would write an article on the subject for the Register as the story was town-wide. Jughead was fine with this so long as it didn't include his father. But as Betty explained, it would involve FP. It doesn't matter how many Jubilees Mayor McCoy throws, the town has changed, and that needed to be acknowledged.
The next day, after Betty had published her article pertaining to the unfair treatment that FP and the serpents were facing, her locker was vandalized with a message written in pig's blood, "Go To Hell Serpent Slut!". A Betty doll was also hung from a noose. Jughead stepped in front of the locker as she attempted to undo the vandal's work. She tried to push past Jughead, but he pulled her close, and the two of them hastily left the scene. As long as Betty was with him, and continued to write articles about his father, trouble would continue to come at her from all sides. She repeated her earlier statement of it being one jerk, but Jughead begged to differ. Its Mayor McCoy, Sheriff Keller, Weatherbee, social services, and the entire multiverse telling him that he doesn't belong, so maybe he should do everyone a favor by leaving. Betty stopped Jughead. She caressed his face while telling him that he belongs in Riverdale just as much as everyone else.
Jughead called Betty the next day to inform her that he had transferred to Southside High. He was where he belonged. He would like to continue the discussion after school, then telling Betty not to worry about him before hanging up. Betty refused to allow Jughead to leave, and distance himself from them. So, Betty, Archie, and Veronica took it upon themselves to bring Jughead back from the south side. Much to their surprise, Jughead was fitting in well at his new school. Betty, Archie, and Veronica found him having a good time in the cafeteria with a few of the other students. Betty and Jughead stood just outside the school, where they could talk in private. He didn't tell Betty that he was leaving because he knew that she would try to stop him. Betty admitted that he's right, and that she hasn't given up trying. Jughead explains that the south side is where the power to be wanted him. Maybe he wanted to be at South Side high as well. He blended in better at his new school, and it would keep Betty safe, though she wasn't willing to let Riverdale Civil War split them apart. They then share a hug before learning that Cherly was in trouble.
Betty, Jughead, Archie, and Veronica headed out to Sweetwater River, where Cheryl attempted to kill herself in order to reunite with Jason. However, the water had frozen over, which forced Cheryl to pound on the ice repeatedly. Betty spotted her towards the middle of the river. They called out to her, and pleaded with her to stop, though they could not travel onto the ice as too much weight could send them all under. However, once the ice broke, and the current pulled Cheryl under, the four of them were forced to run on the ice, and search for her. Archie found Cheryl a little further down the river, just beneath the thick layer of ice. Betty, Jughead, and Veronica stand by as he pounds through the ice, pulling Cheryl out, and performing CPR on her, before returning to shore.
That night, Jughead entered the Jubilee as Betty gave her speech. Riverdale was the people of their town, up to and including FP Jones, who they had quickly blamed, and written off as Jason's killer. Jughead was also Riverdale; the very soul of Riverdale. Without him, they may have never found out what truly happened to Jason, yet they repay him for his actions by banishing him, which is what they do when the truth becomes to difficult to withstand; the truth being that Clifford Blossom was also Riverdale. Their town was at a crossroads. Should they continue to ignore the reality of who and what they are by lying to themselves and keeping secrets from each other, then what happened to Jason could happen again, or even worse. She closed her speech with "Riverdale must do better. We must do better". Jughead gave her a round of applause. The crowd joined in soon thereafter.
After the Jubilee, and many rounds of milkshakes between Betty, Jughead, Archie, and Veronica at Pop's shoppe, Betty and Jughead stopped by the trailer, which was much cleaner in comparison to the last time Betty was there. Jughead cleaned it up after Sheriff Keller trashed it, just in case his father ever does get released. Speaking of which, Betty had no intentions on giving up on FP, which is precisely why Jughead loves her. And while his out-pour of love took Betty by surprise, she loved him as well. The two of them began kissing and undressing until they are interrupted by loud knocking at the door. They initially assumed that it was Alice, however, Jughead opened the door to the sight of the Southside Serpents, who came to offer him membership into their gang after learning that FP stayed loyal to them. One of the Serpents tossed Jughead a leather jacket with the gang's double-headed serpent symbol on the back. Betty watched from the doorway as put the jacket on.
After Archie's father was shot and taken to Riverdale General Hospital, Veronica arrived and spoke to Jughead and Betty, where she informed them that Archie was back at the police station, attempting to identify the shooter with a lineup. Betty then told them that they all should go and be with him, as it would be traumatizing for Archie to be there alone. Veronica interrupted Betty, asking her if they could, instead, do her a favor. Fred's wallet was missing, Veronica and Archie thought that it might still be back at Pop's. His wallet was either there, or maybe in possession of the shooter. Betty suggested that the gunman probably took his wallet for the cash. Jughead offered a more distressing theory; what if it wasn't just a robbery and was a hit instead. This coming from the fact that Riverdale was also the place where fathers kill their own sons, in reference to Cliff and Jason Blossom. Adding that people have grudges, he believed it was possible that it was a hit. Betty reassured Veronica that the wallet could still be at Pop's and told her that they'd go check it out. Jughead and Betty left the hospital on Jughead's motorcycle.
In the search for Mr. Andrews' wallet, Jughead and Betty arrived at the diner, where they ran into Pop Tate. They had a brief conversation with him as to what happened back at the diner after the gunman had shot Fred. Pop told them his version of what happened and about the mysterious man under the mask. With the story complete, he asked them if they were hungry and would like something to eat; he could use the company while he was still shaken up from the incident.
Jughead indulged in his burger and fries as since he hadn't eaten since last night, while, on the other hand, hadn't touched her food. He tried to make a joke to brighten up the mood, but to no avail. Initially reluctant at first, because of Fred's current condition and the tragic event at Pop's, Betty decided to voice her concern about Jughead growing closer to the Serpents. While Jughead denied the fact that him putting on the Serpent jacket didn't mean anything as he couldn't reject their offer in front of ten biker dudes, Betty retorted that the look on his face showed that he wasn't acting for the Serpents. Betty noted it fit him like a glove, like a "second skin" and the fact that he put on that leather jacket, meant something. He told her that it may have been his father's life, but it wasn't his. However, Betty was not convinced, pointing out that his foster family was also from the Southside, if they also had ties to the Serpents, they could try to indoctrinate him. He reassured Betty that she didn't have to worry, that he worked out a plan with his foster family where he could still live in his father's trailer home, while they covered for him with his social worker, because, much like wearing the Serpent jacket and riding his father’s motorcycle, it was a way for him to feel close to his dad, no matter what. Betty understood but warned him about getting too closely tied with the Serpents as she didn't want to see him get hurt, or end up hurting someone else as it was the Serpents' nature in doing so.
Later, back at the hospital, the gang sat together at the hospital cantine. While Betty, Jughead and Veronica commented how well Archie was tackling the situation, he didn't look convinced. Noticing this, Veronica asked Archie that he could talk to them. Sighing, he commenced telling them part of the story that he left out because he felt so ashamed; after the guy fired at his father, he should've retaliated or rushed to his father immediately, but instead stood there paralyzed. Even when the shooter walked up to him and pointed the gun at his head, he didn't move and chose instead to close his eyes, long enough for the shooter to possibly steal Fred's wallet. He didn't open his eyes until he heard the bell of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe ring. As Betty tried to reassure him that there was nothing he could've done, Archie admitted in shame that he was a coward, because he had a chance to comfort his father or tackle the shooter. Now, him and his father, are now witnesses, as well as Pop Tate, too. Telling them fearfully, what if he came back?
Afterwards, Betty and Jughead were at the back of the hospital building, where it was raining outside. Jughead asked if she was sure that she didn't want him to give her a ride back home. Betty joked that if her mom ever saw her getting off the back of his motorcycle, she'd probably come out with a shotgun. Mused, Jughead agreed with her and they both laughed at the thought. Before Jughead left for his bike, Betty stopped him. She told him what he told her back at Pop's. She was listening to him and told him that she understood his situation and how he was feeling. She also told him that whatever it was that he needed to do or explore, she would support him. They then embraced in a kiss before Jughead left.
Saving Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe
Betty and Jughead met up at school with Archie and Veronica, where he told them about the vandalism at Pop's and how the shooting caused all of 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. While it had seemed that everyone else was willing to accept the closing of Pop's shoppe once and for all, Betty was much less willing to surrender. She reminded Jughead about his passion in trying to save the Twilight Drive-In, but as Jughead explained, his hands were full with his father's upcoming hearing, which Betty full understood, and because of this, was willing to take point in saving the diner. Veronica volunteered to assist her. "Another B and V team-up. They should really make a video game about you guys", Jughead remarked. Jughead then announced that he had to leave because he was meeting with his father's court-appointed lawyer, who was far from qualified for the task.
The next day, Betty and Jughead headed down to the Mayor's office, where they asked Mayor McCoy for her assistance in saving Pop's shoppe. With the diner on the verge of closing, Betty wanted Pop Tate to know that the entire town was rallying behind him. They were hoping that the Mayor could make the diner a landmark or declare a day for Pop Tate in support. However, Mayor McCoy couldn't risk endorsing Pop's, only for another shooting to occur. Her priority was keeping the town safe. If they had to close Pop's in order for that to happen, then do be it. Jughead then asked if she was also all for sending his father off to state prison for a murder he didn't commit while Betty, who was right there at his side, tried to stop him from voicing his thoughts. He was hoping that the Mayor could call the state attorney and arrange to get his father a more qualified lawyer, but she dismissed his plea. He then told Mayor McCoy to remember the moment because that was the moment that she turned her back on both Pop Tate and his father.
With FP facing twenty years in prison, Jughead consulted with a lawyer that is known for her affiliation with the Southside Serpents. After learning from her that getting the Blossoms to forgive his father in front of a judge could shift things in their favor, Jughead and Betty visited Cheryl and her mother at Thistlehouse, their new place of residence since the burning down of Thornhill. Betty and Jughead explained that they were instructed by FP's lawyer to seek mercy from the victim's family. It was an appeal for leniency in order to reduce FP's sentence, leaving Cheryl to question where FP's mercy was when she was walking the halls of Thornhill in agony, obsessing over what was happening to Jason, imagining the worst. Although, Betty did make a point to remind Cheryl that it wasn't FP who killed Jason; that was her very own father. Unfortunately, if it were up to Ms. blossom, she would watch FP fry in the electric chair. With it being apparent that neither Ms. Blossom nor Cheryl were going to forgive FP of their own free will, Jughead and Betty left Thistlehouse. While doing so, they discussed their next course of action. Jughead would've suggested blackmail and extortion if they weren't an orphan and a widow.
The following day, Betty and Jughead stopped by the diner to ask Pop Tate why he was selling the shoppe and who he was selling it to. As much as it shamed him to admit, he was selling it to ChugMo, the liquor store chain. With the diner nearing closing, Jughead made a last supper request for his father, who was facing twenty years of having to eat the weird meat loaf that they serve prisoners. Barring an eleventh-hour miracle, Jughead was hoping that Pop could make FP's favorites, as his last meal in Riverdale; fried chicken, cornbread, onion rings and an orange freeze. Pop's had great memory of his customers' orders, a skill he acquired over time while running the diner, which he thought he would be doing until the day he died. This is unacceptable, Betty stated. Despite their willingness to accept what they perceive to be the inevitable, Betty refused to give up, telling them both to stay strong and that she can fix everything.
The day of FP's hearing had arrived and Betty and Jughead sat in the crowd as Cheryl took the stand after Betty had blackmailed her. With Betty in possession of the video surveillance footage of Jason's murder, Cheryl forgave FP in front of the judge for his role in covering up her brother's death and then humbly asked the court for leniency. As much as the judge sympathized, he couldn't ignore the quality of FP's crimes. There were no extenuating circumstances. After exchanging looks with Betty, Cheryl lied under oath, claiming to have overheard her father threaten to hurt Jughead if FP didn't comply with his demands. In light of these revelations, the judge decided to delay sentencing. Betty smiled as Jughead and FP happily embraced one another after earning their first win in a series of loses.
As a means to save Pop's diner, Betty organized Retro Night; a town-wide event in support of Pop Tate and the shoppe. Unfortunately, Retro Night was off to an incredibly slow start, so much so that Betty feared that no one was coming at all. Jughead told her that it was still early, insisting that more would come in due time.
As the night progressed, more and more customers began to arrive, just as Jughead had earlier said. However, they were quite surprised by the arrival of Tall Boy and two of his Southside Serpent affiliates. Jughead urged Betty to relax. He was sure that they were there to enjoy Pop's world-class burgers and service. He and Betty then began to kiss before being rudely interrupted by Cheryl, who compared them to chimps in captivity, grooming and picking lice off each other. Mark this day, Cheryl said. She lied under oath for them, a misdeed that Jughead thanked her for, before handing over the USB flash drive containing video surveillance of her brother's murder.
As the night came to a close, Pop Tate formally thanked Betty for her hand in saving the diner. Afterward, Betty and Jughead shared a booth with Archie, and Veronica, where 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, Betty arrived at school, where she met with her friends to discuss the recent shooting. Given that Kevin found Moose and Midge, some wondered what he was doing in the woods, to begin with. Kevin claimed that he was night jogging, but Betty appeared unconvinced. 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 Jughead headed out the door to meet his peer mentor at Southside High, Betty while already knowing the answer to her question, asked Jughead if there was any chance he could remain at Riverdale. He told Betty that he would be fine, then giving her a goodbye kiss.
As planned, Betty, Jughead, and Archie 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. It was then that Mr. and Mrs. Lodge entered the room to greet everyone before leaving for dinner. Veronica introduced each of them to her father, starting with Betty and ending with 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.
Some time had passed since they had last seen each other, so Betty decided to pay Jughead a surprise visit at Southside High. She came bearing gifts to make his new office at the Red and Black a bit more comfortable. While Jughead was happy to see her, he told Betty that she shouldn't be walking around the Southside at night unless she was armed with a weapon. She replied that she is armed, jokingly holding up a tea kettle. She then learned that Jughead discovered the local component of Clifford Blossom's drug pipeline (Jingle Jangle) was coming from the school. Jughead recalled FP previously stating that the Serpents never dealt in hard drugs, but a rival gang known as the Ghoulies did. Betty questioned if it was a good idea for Jughead to write about gangs and drugs while attending the school. "Are you worried about me? I thought you liked me reckless?" Jughead replied. The two of them then started to kiss, before being interrupted by Toni Topaz, who Jughead introduced as the Red and Black's photographer.
The next day, Betty rushed over to the trailer to clean Jughead up after learning that he sustained injuries during a supposed motorcycle accident. She asked if it was possible that he take a day off, but Jughead wasn't too concerned with his wounds. Betty told him before that the motorcycle was dangerous and that he should always wear a helmet. For a moment, she worried that Jughead was going to tell her that he was jumped by the Ghoulies, though according to Toni, the Serpents would never allow that to happen. They had Jughead's back. Even though he wasn't an actual member, there was still a connection of family loyalty. Before leaving for school, Betty asked Toni to look after Jughead.
Ciphering the Black Hood's Code
From the Blue and Gold offices, Betty with Jughead over the phone about her mother's downward spiral. Betty hoped that Jughead would join her for lunch. Unfortunately, he had to at least try to maintain a semblance of him being a student at Southside High. After hanging up with him, she then found a letter addressed to her from the Black Hood.
Betty surprised Jughead at the trailer first thing the next morning to catch up with him before he left for school. Betty, who was on her way to the library, had asked Ms. Paroo to set aside all the books she had in relation to cryptograms and ciphers. Betty thought it would help in cracking the Black Hood's code, which she hoped that Jughead would join her in doing. However, Jughead regretted to inform her that he and Toni had already started working on the code a day before, which came as little surprise to Betty because much like Jughead, Toni showed an interest in serial killers. She had an affinity for the darker side of things, Jughead remarked. After taking it all in, Betty suggested that they all work on the code together, her, Jughead, Toni, and Kevin. A code breaking party, Betty called it. Jughead could even host the event.
That night, as planned, Betty, Jughead, Kevin, and Toni assembled at the trailer, where they collectively attempted to cipher the Black Hood's code. The symbols looked fairly familiar to Betty, however, she couldn't yet place them, and she would go on to struggle with them for the remainder of the night. She remarked that it was driving her crazy, to which Toni jokingly suggested that she loosen her ponytail. Jughead then proposed that they look at the killer from a more basic perspective, asking why the Black Hood chose this moment to start killing people. Betty and Kevin shared a look, both knowing where the inspiration for the killer's spree lied, yet neither came forth. From what little they knew of the Black Hood, he was obsessed with cleansing the town of sinners and hypocrites, seemingly attacking anyone with ties to the north side, which Toni referred to as "fake news". She claimed Betty was supposedly demonizing the Southside. Betty clarified that she was merely stating facts. There was far more drug and gang activity on the Southside, though Toni made a point in addressing the fact that the drugs Betty spoke of were mostly sold to Northside crackheads. She was surprised that Betty hadn't just come out to say that she believed that the Black Hood was a Southside Serpent, because they all knew how much Betty hated the Serpents, which is why Jughead was hiding from her the fact that he sat with the Serpents at lunch, Toni revealed. And on that note, both Toni and Kevin decided it would be best if they left. Once they were alone, Jughead explained that he sat with the Serpents purely for reasons of survival, though Betty didn't seem too concerned, suggesting that they continue their efforts to crack the code
Betty and Jughead woke up on the couch the next morning. After realizing that they had accidentally fallen asleep while attempting to crack the Black Hood's code, Betty began to panic after noticing several missed calls from her mother. She frantically grabbed her belongings and exited the trailer.
Jughead stopped by Betty's house that night after discovering that she had left some of her notebooks at the trailer. While he wasn't snooping through her belongings, while he was gathering them, he found a letter from the Black Hood addressed to Betty, leaving him to wonder why she hadn't told him. Betty initially claimed that she withheld the letter from Jughead because he was too busy at Southside High with the Serpents. But as Jughead explained, he was only at the school for all of two days. And while it was upsetting that they no longer went to the same school, Jughead knew that this wasn't the reason she was holding out on him. Betty confessed that she hid the letter because the Black Hood wrote that she inspired him. She feared that Archie would blame her for his father's shooting. Jughead reminded her that while Archie was definitely shaken, he could still recognize the good from the bad. You're not one of the bad guys, Jughead said. You're Betty Cooper. Like Nancy Drew meets the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was this reference that led Betty to conclude that in writing the code, the Black Hood used one of her touchstones.
Betty and Jughead arrived at library, where Betty told Jughead that when she was a kid, she used to obsessively check out a Nancy Drew book entitled "The Nancy Drew Secret-Code". Betty then used the book to crack the cipher, which read that the Black Hood would strike next where it all began, that being at the Town Hall, where he heard Betty's speech that inspired him to go on his cleanse of sinners and hypocrites.
Betty and Jughead rushed over to the Town Hall meeting, where they alerted all those in attendance. Soaked and wet from the storm, the two of them came in through the back door, warning everyone that they needed to leave immediately as the Black Hood was on his way. Betty's mother stopped them in the aisle, asking what it was they were referring to. Betty explained that they cracked the cipher, which revealed to them the killer's next move. The power to the building then went out. Whether or not this was due to the storm remains unknown. But in fear of the Black Hood's arrival, Betty pulled the fire alarm, which resulted in immediate evacuation.
After successfully evacuating Town Hall, Betty and Jughead reconvened at her house, where they revealed to her, parents, as well as to Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy that a letter came with the cipher, which Betty had kept secret from them all.
Bughead Break Up
Betty met up with Jughead, at Pop's, where she greeted him with a kiss. She was a sight for sore eyes, Jughead commented. They'd both been feeling unmoored recently. Jughead wanted to check in with her after the exposé of her mother that she published, with a mugshot from many years ago, of her mother's arrest as a young member of the Southside Serpents. While it was intense, it was also a long story that Betty chose not to dive into at the moment. Betty then asked about Jughead's hand, after noticing that it was wrapped in gauze. He claimed that he sustained the wound while dogsitting Hot Dog. Sitting on opposite ends of the table, holding each other's hands, Betty and Jughead both wished that they could leave Riverdale on his motorcycle for someplace where there wasn't a brewing war between two sides or crazy moms and Black Hoods. They'd be like Romeo and Juliet, Betty imagined, but with a happily ever after instead.
Betty received two calls from the Black Hood, during which time he requested that she cut her friends out of her life, Jughead included. Should she fail to do so, he would cut them off, in his own cynical way. With no other options, Betty looked to Archie for help. She told him how the Black Hood forced her to break up with Veronica, now she had to do the same with Jughead, which is an act she couldn't bear to do herself. Betty was hoping that Archie could tell Jughead that he and Betty had to stay away from each other for a while. Anything to appease the Black Hood. It didn't have to be cruel, just enough for Jughead to believe it. They could walk him back through everything once the Black Hood was taken care of. As tears filled her eyes, Betty pleaded with Archie not to quit on her. Reluctant, Archie eventually agreed with her wishes.
However, when Archie went to deliver the news to Jughead, the Serpents had arrived for the final stage of Jughead's initiation into the gang. Overcome by anger that Jughead was becoming a Serpent, Archie told Jughead what Betty had asked of him, but he made matters worse by hurting Jughead more than intended.
While on a walk with Archie, where they discussed the Black Hood and the twisted games he was playing with her, Betty spotted Jughead eating breakfast with Toni at Pop's. Though, she did not confront him.
While Jughead and Archie were on a mission to combat the Ghoulies' hostile take over of the Southside Serpents, Betty and Veronica were on a mission of their own to discover the identity of the Jingle Jangle supplier, better known as the Sugarman. However, to do this, they first needed to make contact with the gang he was supplying (i.e. the Ghoulies). While Betty and Veronica chased their lead, off his father's advise, Jughead and Archie returned to the Ghoulies' lair to challenge Malachai, leader of the Ghoulies, to a race. Jughead explained that If they won, Serpents remain autonomous and Ghoulies quit dealing at Southside High. However, if the Ghoulies won, the Serpents would fold and the Ghoulies could continue polluting the Southside with their "little straws of death". Though, with the Ghoulies having nothing to actually gain from this arrangement, Malachai wasn't interested in Jughead's offer. Betty and Veronica were then brought in after they were caught by the Ghoulies, trying to sneak in through the garage. As it would turn out, their respective missions led them to the same location. On that note, Malachai wanted them all out. In a last ditch effort, Jughead offered up the Whyte Wyrm should Malachai agree to the race, which he does, only after adding on the Sunnyside Trailer Park.
Before the Riverdale Drag Race, Betty worked on the car that Jughead and Archie will drive to win against the Ghoulies. The car that they were working on belonged to Reggie. "God bless Reggie Mantle and his inferiority complex", Betty said. His car was a lot like him. It was beautiful to look at but there wasn't much going on under the hood. Betty then attempted to make conversation with Jughead after their forced breakup. Silence is prevalent for only a few seconds until Jughead instructed Betty to say what's on her mind, which is that Jughead told her he wouldn't join the Serpents. He countered that by saying that she said he loved him, and then she dumped him. She sincerely apologized, saying that she broke up with him in order to protect him, as everything around them was imploding. Betty continued, saying that she'll tell him everything, but after she helps him through this race first. Jughead scoffed and turned his back to Betty once again.
Betty stood alongside Veronica, Kevin, Reggie, and Cheryl as the race was about to begin. She approached Jughead and told him that she needed him to know that she never stopped loving him. She wasn't sure that she could. She also reminded him not to ride the clutch or allow it to slip between gear shifts. The race started soon thereafter, with Archie and Jughead in one car, and Malachai and Verne in another. The race was supposed to go over Herk Harvey bridge to Dead Man's curve, but Sheriff Keller and the police department intervened, which resulted in the arrest of the Ghoulies. Fortunately, Archie and Jughead narrowly escaped. They returned to the starting point, where Jughead shouted at Archie after learning that he was responsible for the police getting involved. With law enforcement just down the road, Betty got in the car with Jughead, and the two of them drove off.
In the trailer, Jughead and Betty were cuddling. She read a book and Jughead wrote his on going novel about Riverdale. It is revealed that Betty came clean to him about her "Danse Macabre" with the Black Hood.
Betty and Jughead laid in bed together at the trailer, disappointed with herself after learning that she failed to outsmart the Black Hood, who had broken into the Sheriff Station overnight and murdered Mr. Phillips. By having him arrested, she thought she was saving his life, but his death proved otherwise. While Mr. Phillips didn't deserves what happened to him, Jughead reminded Betty that he was a high school teacher that dealt drugs. This led Betty to question how the Black Hood even gained access to the station. She had a theory, but told Jughead that it was nothing, given that it was too crazy. Jughead then received a call, which called for him to leave the trailer abruptly.
FP's Retirement Party
Betty and Jughead met up at Pop's to discuss the murder victims of the Riverdale Reaper, a serial killer that massacred a family of four in their own home, over 40 years ago. The victims were Jim and Mary-Ellen Conway, and their kids, Tommy and Sue, who were ten and nine. The Reaper was never apprehended nor identified, meaning he could possibly be the Black Hood, though it was doubtful considering that he would be in his sixties. The reporter of the article talked to the Sheriff at the time who thought the killer chose them at random due to their house being isolated. Betty learned that the house was located down a service road at the edge of Fox Forest. She even got a look at the house where the murders took place from an archived article from the Register. It was then that she realized that she had been there once before. The Black Hood had sent her there as part of his twisted game, which meant there was definitely a link between the two killers. Jughead suggested that they go to Sheriff Keller to see if he could pull the files from the murders. However, after Betty accused him of being the Black Hood, they couldn't exactly go to him for assistance. They could go to the house in question, but Betty refused to go back considering that the last time she was there, the Black Hood made her look into a mirror, and what she saw staring back at her was frightening. Their conversation was then halted by news that FP would be getting out of jail soon.
Betty and Jughead called Archie and Veronica down to the Blue and Gold offices to inform them of FP's upcoming release from prison. When Veronica asked what heralded the miracle, Jughead claimed that it was the perfect storm of overcrowding at the prison and Cheryl's testimony that the Judge must've reviewed. Unbeknownst to both Betty and Veronica, this was untrue. Jughead and Archie knew the true reason for FP's release was because of the one time drug-run they made for Penny Peabody in Greendale, during which time Penny had set Jughead up to be her permanent drug-runner. With a new lead in the Black Hood case, where they had discovered a connection between the current attacks and the Riverdale Reaper, Betty and Jughead were hoping that Archie and Veronica could follow up where they left off because Jughead needed to be there to help his father readjust to society while Betty was taking a break from the case. Essentially, they wanted Archie and Veronica to be them, in the sense that they would be tackle the case as an investigative team.
The following day, Betty, Jughead, and Betty's mother greeted FP as he exited the prison. After Jughead and FP shared a hug, Alice asked if it was true what they said about men who were just released from prison; that they were incredibly sexually frustrated. This question left both Betty and Jughead feeling uncomfortable as they got in the station wagon. At Pop's, where FP enjoyed his first meal as a free man, Alice advised FP to watch his back given that the Black Hood was targeting sinners. FP then took this opportunity to reveal to Betty, Jughead, and Alice that he wouldn't be returning to the Serpents, which concerned Betty considering that she was counting on FP to watch over Jughead, upon his release. FP had come to this decision while in prison. The Serpents were a slippery slope, one that he didn't wish to revisit. As for all of the extra time that he would have since he would no longer be gang affiliated, FP said that he would be working at the diner. As they were coming in, he saw a help wanted sign in the window. FP had also joined AA while in jail, and he didn't plan on stopping.
The next day, Betty and Jughead conversed as FP waited tables at Pop's, as their newest busboy. They were forced to watch as Cheryl belittled FP by intentionally knocking over her milkshake and demanding that he clean it up. This infuriated Jughead given that his father used to be a king. A leader of men. Though he's since fallen to the point of being demeaned by the likes of Cheryl. FP deserved to be honored, not humiliated. Betty agreed with this notion, stating that they should throw him a retirement party fit for a king. She told Jughead not to worry, as she would take care of everything.
In a reversal of roles, Betty and Jughead were called down to the Blue and Gold offices by Archie and Veronica, who informed them that from Sheriff Howard's case files, they had discovered that the Conways were a family of five, and that there was third child who survived the massacre. His name was Joseph Conway. His identity was hidden and his name was changed 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 with the Black Hood. 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. Before leaving, Jughead and Betty invited Archie and Veronica to FP retirement party.
That night, before heading out for FP's retirement party, Betty looked at herself in the mirror before letting her hair down, and doing away with her "iconic ponytail". Betty arrived at the party with her mother, who was out of her usual attire. Alice was dressed in a fashion that neither Betty nor Jughead was accustomed to. She resembled a Southsider more so than anything else. While her mother took several shots at the bar, Betty told Jughead that she would have a surprise for him later on in the night.
Betty and Jughead watched from separate areas of the bar as Archie and Veronica performed "Mad World" for the crowd. However, their performance was cut short as Veronica ran off stage, with Archie not fan behind her, causing the crowd turn on them. As the crowed booed, Betty took this opportunity to get on stage and pick up where Archie and Veronica left off. While she sang Mad World, Jughead watched, as did everyone else, as Betty began to undress, as she performed the "Serpent dance" in order to gain membership to the Serpents, thus allowing her to watch over Jughead full time. Betty stripped for the crowd, taking off everything but her black laced lingerie as she sang and worked the stripper pole. Once her set came to an end, FP entered the bar, giving Betty a round of applause, also encouraging the crowd to do the same. He then covered Betty with his jacket, before sending her off the stage. This act not only embarrassed Jughead, but it enraged him as well.
Jughead joined Betty in the parking lot of the bar after her performance. She noticed that something was wrong him, asking if it was the dance that upset him, which it was, though it wasn't the only reason. Jughead wondered why Betty would do such a thing. Betty explained that she wanted to be apart of his world, and the Serpent dance was the only way for that to happen. Unfortunately, unlike Archie, Betty didn't know when to cut bait. Jughead was upset that he was dragging his father down, as well as Betty, who wanted to figure everything out together. However, Jughead could no longer be with her, out of fear that she would get hurt, which he couldn't allow to happen. This wasn't his decision to make, Betty stated. However, given his status among the Serpents, it was in fact his decision. How many times are we going to push each other away, Betty asked. Until it sticks, Jughead replied. Due to his involvement with Penny, he wrecked his father's one chance of going straight. He refused to subject Betty to the same fate. She insisted that he to tell her what happened, but Jughead simply begged her to go home.
Though they did not speak, in the days leading up to Christmas, Betty and Jughead both 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.
After the gift exchange, Jughead awaited Betty's return in the Blue and Gold offices, where he could personally deliver her gift. He wished her a Merry Christmas before apologizing for their abrupt break up. As Serpents, Jughead and his dad were specifically in a precarious place, and he didn't want to see Betty get caught in the cross-hairs. However, this wasn't his decisions to make as far as Betty was concerned. Even if he thought his actions were to protect her, Betty insisted that it was her choice to make risks, to which Jughead agreed. As he was heading out, Betty revealed that she had gotten him a gift as well. He smiled as she handed him the large present.
Jughead met with Betty Archie, 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.
Christmas morning, Jughead and Betty opened their gifts from one another. From Betty, Jughead received a Vintage Underwood, which is the typewriter of champions. From Jughead, Betty received a 1987 novel entitled "Beloved", by Betty's literary hero, Toni Morrison. With the novel came a note from Jughead that read "A signed first edition for my beloved. Thanks for introducing me to your favorite writer. Love Jug". 
Betty and Jughead met up at Pop's. She appreciated him agreeing to meet with her as she had a favor to ask of him. Jughead told her that it was not a bother given that he was going to reach out to her in an effort to avoid any awkward exchanges once he returns to Riverdale High following the shut down of Southside High. Betty explained that she needed his help to find her long-lost brother. She was hoping that Jughead would put her in touch with his social worker, Ms. Weiss, to see if she could help Betty find him. While Jughead was more than willing to set up the exchange, he couldn't help but wonder why Betty suddenly sought to find her brother. Betty told him that Polly gave birth to the twins, but that she didn't even call their mother to tell her. Admittedly, her mother was crazy. But she was also very sad. Betty was hoping that having her brother in their lives would make things better. As for clearing the air, Betty was happy that Jughead was returning to Riverdale High.
In the student lounge, Betty passed around Chic's photo to Jughead,
Veronica and Kevin. Veronica commented that he was very fetching for someone who was living on Skid Row. Kevin agreed. But he insisted that he had seen Chic before. Jughead asked if he could have possibly ran into him while cruising Fox Forest, though Kevin was unsure. With Chic still acclimating and Betty attempting to gain his trust, it was unlikely that they would be meeting him anytime soon. It was proving difficult since her mom was treating him like a ten year old and her father was acting as if he was the devil's spawn. In an attempt to solve Betty's dilemma, Veronica suggested that she bring Chic to Pickens Day so that they could all meet him, though Jughead claimed he would not be attending because the Serpents weren't extended an invitation. Instead, they were hired to work security. The damage, as they say, had been done. Betty then noticed Toni standing by the doorway as Jughead prepared to leave as he had scheduled an interview with her grandfather for his oral report, who was the oldest living Serpent.
The following day, Jughead interrupted Betty and Kevin's discussion in the Blue and Gold offices to run his story by her. He noted that he had taken a liking to Kevin's new Gossip column. The readers loved it, not to mention that Betty needed to fill the space after Jughead left for Southside High. Jughead handed Betty his story and told her that when he interviewed Toni's grandfather for history class, he had some pretty intense things to say about General Pickens. Having taken it upon himself to do a bit of follow-up research, Jughead discovered that General Pickens was hired by Barnabas B. Blossom to remove the Uktena tribe by force. In doing so, he killed 400 innocent men, women and children. To make matters worse, the last remnants of the tribe, the Serpents, were being squeezed out of existence. Thomas lived in a trailer the size of a broom closet. And Hiram Lodge was planning on honoring General Pickens instead of trying to make amends. Jughead believed this was a story they needed to tell. Betty agreed, asking if he was going to get a quote from Hiram Lodge. 
The Case of the Decapitated Statue
In the student lounge, Veronica invited Betty, Jughead and Kevin to her confirmation ceremony after already inviting Archie. 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. After learning the dress code, Betty and Jughead were called down to the Principal's office by Mr. Weatherbee who scolded them over Jughead's General Pickens article. There had been a steady stream of outrage since the publishing of the article, most recently, Hiram Lodge's lawyer, Paul Sowerberry. He called to tell them that they were considering taking legal actions against the Blue and Gold on the grounds of defamation of character. Effective immediately, both Betty and Jughead were suspended from the newspaper staff. They were given a day to clean out their personal things.
In the Blue and Gold offices, Jughead apologized to Betty for getting her suspended from the newspaper. While he didn't care if they harassed him at home or school, he never wanted her to get caught up in it all. Betty asked who was harassing him at home. Jughead replied Sheriff Keller. He had no proof but he suspected that one or more of the Serpents, probably Jughead, decapitated General Pickens' statue. "And did you?" Betty asked. Even though he hadn't, she reasoned that he could've done it for the same reason he had written the article, to avenge Thomas Topaz, Toni's grandfather. Betty revealed that she saw Jughead and Toni at Pop's early one morning, in the middle of the Black Hood attacks. They were having breakfast, and to Betty, it seemed like they were more than pals. While it wasn't her place to ask, she felt compelled to ask if anything had ever happened between him and Toni. Jughead admitted that on the night of the gauntlet, after Betty sent Archie to break up with him, Toni stayed over at the trailer. She gave Jughead a tattoo and they did some stuff, but they didn't have sex. However, since they were on the topic, Jughead asked if Betty had done anything with anyone. Despite kissing Archie, Betty told Jughead that she had not been with anyone else.
Jughead met up with Betty at Pop's, where he asked for her help as she was the only one in town who he could talk to. Ironically, the last time Jughead and the Serpents were in trouble, he pushed Betty away. Jughead told her about the two week evictions at Sunnyside and how Mayor McCoy suspected the Serpents of vandalizing the statue. Technically, the trailer park was on town property and not everyone had paid their rent, making the eviction perfectly legal. Jughead went on to tell Betty how Mayor McCoy was making the entire thing about the beheaded statue when in actuality, it was just a pretense to shut them up and get them out. If the statue is what was fueling the fire, then Betty wanted to take away the gas by finding the head. She suggested that they treat it like a missing persons case. Someone, somewhere, saw something. So they could canvas the town with reward flyers for anyone who had information. Find the head, save the trailer park.
Betty and Jughead attended Veronica's confirmation ceremony. He sat alongside Betty, Kevin and Archie as Veronica was confirmed. Afterward, during the post-ceremony celebration, he told Betty about the Serpents' meeting to determine whether or not he would be kicked out. He told her that he broke a code and that in doing so, he messed up badly. Jughead went on to tell Betty about the Snake Charmer and how she suckered him and his dad into delivery drugs, which forced him and the younger Serpents to find her, grab her and cut her. The worst part was that none of it even matter because she was back. Every decision he had made since they broke up, including their breakup, only made things worse. Betty then got a call about the flyers they up regarding the head to General Pickens' statue.
Betty and Jughead left the post-party early to meet up with Junkyard Steve in the junkyard. He was the caller who had supposedly found General Pickens' head. He had nearly ten acres of scrap and he came across weird stuff all the time, but for the first time ever, he found a bronze head stashed in a old refrigerator. Jughead questioned who dumped the head at the junkyard, asking Junkyard Steve if anyone suspicious had been around recently. Ignoring the regular scavengers, Junkyard Steve told them that one guy in particular came by last week. A stranger, claiming that he was in search of bike parts, though he didn't buy anything. According to Junkyard Steve, he was a tall, low-life type, who happened to be wearing a Serpents jacket, leaving Jughead to conclude that it was Tall Boy who decapitated the statue.
Jughead, Betty and FP returned to the Wyrm with the head to General Pickens' statue in hand. FP demanded that they stop the vote in light of recent developments. They sat Tall Boy down to ask him what he was doing at the dump last week. When Tall Boy questioned why Betty was in the bar, Jughead told him that she was one of them. Tall Boy then revealed that he stole the head because he was tired of seeing the Serpents go soft under FP's rule. Hiram Lodge came by, wanting to stir up trouble. He told Tall Boy that if he took the head, he'd get Mayor McCoy and the cops to swarm all over them, causing chaos in the process. Tall Boy essentially helped Hiram Lodge start a mutiny, and Jughead wanted to know why. Tall Boy explained that he did so in an attempt to get rid of Jughead, which would get rid FP as well, leaving the Serpents under the leadership of him and Penny. In doing this, Tall Boy betrayed his own kind and broke Serpent law. His punishment was being stripped of his jacket and exiled.
Betty and Jughead sat on the couch at the trailer wondering what Hiram Lodge had planned for the Southside. Maybe they could ask Veronica on Monday, Betty suggested. Though, Jughead proposed that they investigate quietly until they knew more. They hadn't saved the trailer park yet and he was on probation with the Serpents because of what he did to Penny. But at least they stopped her from coming back and got rid of Tall Boy. Betty remarked how it was nice to hear Jughead speak of the two of them working together again. He'd be apologizing for it for the rest of his life, but he was sorry for feeling like he had to shield Betty from what he was going through with the Serpents or his darkness, since they both knew that she could handle it. As Betty prepared to head home, Jughead asked that she stay, placing his hand on her leg, resulting in Betty getting on top of him as the two of them started kissing. As Jughead undressed Betty, she told him that she needed to tell him something. Betty looked Jughead in his eyes and told him that she wanted all of him. The two of them then proceeded to have sex.
Jughead called Betty from the trailer to say goodnight and that he loved her shortly after consummating his relationship with her. Unfortunately, Betty's response was not one that he had hoped for. Instead of her reciprocating that love, she abruptly hung up the phone after telling him that she'd see him tomorrow.
First thing the next morning, Jughead headed over to Betty's house to walk her to school. He wished to talk to her because of her hanging up on him later that night which left him unnerved and worried that maybe she had regrets because it wasn't enjoyable or that she thought they were moving too fast and wanted to slow down. Betty assured him that this wasn't the case and that she had an amazing night. Unfortunately, per usual, there was no shortage of drama at her house upon her arrival. Jughead presumed that the aforementioned drama was "Chic centric". Betty confirmed his presumption by stating that everything would be fine as it was nothing more than typical Cooper house lunacy.
In the student lounge, there was clear friction between Jughead and Veronica whose father's pursuit to take over the Southside continued. Betty could barely keep her eyes open as the two of them went back and forth. Kevin then entered the lounge to tell them about a dead body that the police had found that morning, which was reason for concern given that Betty and her mother had just dumped a body out in the woods. While Jughead wondered if the Black Hood had risen, Archie asked whose body was found and Betty asked where it was found. Although, the investigation was ongoing, it was apparently gangland style execution at the motel. As Kevin went on to explain the gruesomeness of the murder, Betty excused herself.
The following night, Betty called Jughead from the front steps of her house and asked him to meet her. She expressed her inner turmoil and how everything was falling apart. She told Jughead about the dead man, everything from the moments leading up to his death to her and her mother disposing of the body. While Betty was stressing out, her mother on the other hand was acting as if nothing had happened. Despite their attempt to dispose of the body and evidence, Jughead believed that they could still call the police but Betty had her doubts. A parking enforcer then pulled up to ask if either of them knew the owner of car parked right across from Betty's house, which belonged to the dead man though neither Betty nor her mother had noticed it before that moment. In covering their tracks for them, Jughead told the parking enforcer that the car belonged to him and that he couldn't find his keys. With the street being cleaned, the enforcer gave him five minutes to move the car. In that time, he and Betty hot-wired the vehicle and drove off. The two of them drove the car out into the woods, pushed it into the river and held each other closely as they watched as it slowly became submerged in the water, along with the dead man's phone, which Betty also threw into the river.
The very next night, shortly after telling his father everything from Chic's killing of the shady man to him and Betty dumping the car in the river, Betty and her mother arrived at the trailer for help. Jughead, Betty and Alice sat in a booth at Pop's as FP got rid of the body. FP covered the man in sodium hydroxide before burying him. Within a week's time, there would be nothing left of him, not even his teeth. Alice then thanked FP for his assistance. She was sorry for pulling Betty in, who then pulled Jughead in. Though, the circle ended with them. All loose ends had been taken care of.
At school, Betty and Jughead were invited to join Archie and Veronica at the Lodge's lakehouse. Betty was thrilled though she looked to Jughead to see if he would be coming as well. 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 unplug.
While she was excited for their get-away weekend, Betty pulled Jughead away to the Blue and Gold offices to confront him over her suspicions that he was up to something. Jughead admitted that he needed a new source of intel for his article on Hiram Lodge and he was hoping that it would be Veronica since she was on the inside of her family's business. However, Betty asked that he refrain from investigating her best friend considering that she was kind enough to invite them to her family's cabin. Betty then confessed that ever since the night of the killing, she began feeling suffocated by Chic, who was by her account, everywhere. She needed the weekend to be an escape. Hearing this, Jughead agreed to postpone his investigation for the weekend. They then kissed.
Betty returned home with Jughead after school to pack her things for the get-away. Meanwhile, Jughead became acquainted with Chic downstairs. Chic asked Jughead if he knew about the killing. And while Jughead assured Chic that he could be trusted, Chic threatened the safety of Betty and her mother should Jughead tell anyone. Before Jughead could sum up an appropriate response, Betty came downstairs and headed out the front door with Jughead, completely oblivious to the conversation that had just transpired.
They were then driven out to the lakehouse by Andre much to Betty's amazement as she took in the scenery. Veronica then guided her inside. Shortly after entering the cabin, Jughead got a call from Cheryl who told him about her and Archie's kiss outside of Thistlehouse just before Christmas. After hanging up with Cheryl, Betty and Archie were confronted by Jughead.
Betty asked if the two of them could talk about the kiss as they sat awkwardly in their bedroom. Jughead explained that while he wasn't mad about the kiss, he was wondering why Betty didn't tell him the truth about her and Archie when he was truthful about his night with Toni after the gauntlet. Betty told him that she wanted to tell him but she thought that Archie was his third rail. Admittedly, Betty and Archie growing up together and living directly across from one another used to bother Jughead, but after everything they had recently been through, he wasn't intimidated by a Black Hood-prompted kiss. Just as the two of them made up, Betty and Jughead could hear Archie and Veronica having sex in the next bedroom.
A little while later, Betty and Jughead joined Archie and Veronica downstairs 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. She tried to drive his investigation off track but Jughead was persistent. He 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, 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 told them to change into their swimsuits.
While drinking margaritas in the hot tub, 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, Betty and Jughead were caught up in the aftermath. To clear the air amongst the four of them, Veronica suggested that she and Jughead kiss. While Betty and Archie were against it, 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 Betty and Archie in agreement, Jughead and Veronica shared a kiss in the hot tub as Betty and Archie watched.
Later that night, Betty pointed out to Jughead that out of the four of them, only he and Archie hadn't kissed. Jughead almost immediately realized that this meant at some point, Betty and Veronica had shared a kiss. While getting dressed in the bathroom, she asked Jughead if kissing Veronica made him feel better. Jughead replied that watching Archie's face made him feel better. She then asked again if he enjoyed kissing Veronica. Knowing entrapment when he saw it, Jughead chose not to answer. Betty then exited the bathroom in black lingerie and a black bob-cut wig, and told Jughead that she would have to punish him if he did enjoy his kiss with Veronica. Betty packed the outfit in case he needed a distraction from sleuthing. So she proceed to push Jughead on to the bed and climb on top of him as the two of them had sex.
The next day, Betty and Veronica went into town for supplies at the local convenience store where Veronica asked Betty about her and Jughead having sex. She told Veronica that it first happened on the night of her Confirmation Ceremony. As they exited the store, Veronica asked about Betty's relationship with Jughead. Betty replied that everything had been nice though Veronica replied that "nice" isn't what she heard through the walls the night before. So Betty admitted to wearing the very same outfit with Jughead that she wore when they drowned Chuck in Ethel's hot tub.
As they returned to the cabin, Jughead got a call from his dad who told him that everyone was over at the trailer celebrating because the eviction notices for their back rent were gone. Paid in full. According to FP, Jughead's article shamed Hiram Lodge into buying the trailer park and allowing everyone to stay. After the call with his FP, Jughead confronted Veronica as his suspicions had been confirmed, that Veronica's father was taking over the Southside, piece by piece, starting with the Twilight Drive-In, and now the trailer park. With the Southsiders' debt cleared and eviction notices revoked, Betty, Archie, and Veronica wondered why he was outraged. Jughead explained that Hiram's move with buying the trailer park was tactic. But Betty, Archie and Veronica insisted that he was simply being paranoid and that Hiram was trying to make amends.
That night, Betty stopped their game of Monopoly as she got a call from her mother. She 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 he was making big plays to take over. So 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 Betty's mother from coming after him. As the four of them 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, 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, but fortunately, unharmed.
Later that night, in a booth a Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Betty, Jughead, Archie and Veronica joined hands and came together as no one was hurt and they had each other. Afterwards, Jughead saw Betty home. As they entered her house, he told her that there was more than one kind of home invasion. It's not always fast and violent. Sometimes they open the door and let the intruders in themselves. With this, Jughead warned Betty to be careful around Chic as he had gotten an weird vibe from him during their first encounter. They then shared a kiss before Jughead left.
The next day at the Blue and Gold, Betty read over Jughead's article, exposing Hiram Lodge for the diabolically insane mastermind that he is and his master plan. Betty stated that the article was the best thing that Jughead had ever written and that they needed Mr. Weatherbee to print it immediately. Unfortunately, Mr. Weatherbee refused to publish Jughead's article as he didn't condone the malicious take down of a fellow students' parents, i.e. Veronica.
At school the next day, Betty, Jughead, Archie and Veronica discussed the closing of Southside High and whether or not Veronica knew that the sole reason for its closing was for her parents to build a private, for-profit prison on it's bones. Betty insisted that Veronica had no knowledge of her parents wrong-doing. Nonetheless, Jughead planned to go on a hunger strike to protest Southside High closing and Betty supported him. Ethel then approached the table with a milkshake from Pop's and poured it onto Veronica in retaliation for her parents' misdeeds.
The next day in the student lounge, Betty, Jughead and Archie learned that Veronica was running for student council president against Reggie and that she wanted Betty as her running mate.
Concerned that he would be arrested for trespassing or protesting without a permit, Betty headed down to Southside High to check in on Jughead as his protest of the demolition of Southside High continued. However, that was the beauty of Jughead's predicament. It would look bad if Sheriff Keller tried to manhandle a group of teens who were peacefully trying to save their school. Not to mention it would probably go viral, which was publicity Jughead would welcome. Betty then gave Jughead a kiss before heading off to attend to her student council obligations with Veronica.
At the Cooper house, Chic revealed to their mother, Alice, that Betty wore a black wig when her and Jughead were having sex. Betty clinched her fist tightly and admitted to her mother that she and Jughead were sexually active.
The next day, Betty told her mother that she and Jughead were using protection. Which counted for something since her mother didn't when she was Betty's age. Furthermore, her mother added that she was very well acquainted with how alluring the Jones men could be. From this, Betty surmised that her mother and FP used to be together.
At the trailer with Jughead, Betty assured him that his protest had made a difference. Every revolution had a starting point. Having already lost Southside High, Jughead didn't want to lose Riverdale High as well. So he had decided to run for student body president and he wanted Betty to be his co-president. She accepted his offer while also asking that Jughead allow her to stay at the trailer with him because she couldn't be around Chic any longer. Jughead agreed and they shared a kiss.
Betty and Jughead squared off against Archie, Veronica, Reggie and Josie 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. Betty and Jughead assured them that they would be looked after though Sweet Pea and Fogarty were less than convinced. Afterward, Betty and Jughead left the school posthaste to avoid an encounter with her mother, who was still upset about her moving in with Jughead.
Back at the trailer, Betty, Jughead and FP made a shocking discovery while watching the news, that the shady man's car which Betty and Jughead had dumped in the swamp had been uncovered by local law enforcement.
Betty and Jughead met with their parents in a booth at Pop's the very next morning to discuss their next course of action. Jughead blamed himself for the discovery of the vehicle, claiming he should've known better, but there was no way he could've known that Junkyard Steve drained the swamp for people's cast offs. It was Jones luck, Jughead noted. When FP asked why Chic wasn't at Pop's with them, Betty explained that he didn't know anything about the car. Thankfully, they wiped the car clean of prints before dumping it. As Sheriff Keller entered Pop's, Betty and Jughead were told to keep their mouths shut and to proceed as they normally would. When her mother attempted to use this as motive to move back in, Betty restated her stance, that she would return once Chic was gone. In the unlikely event that something happened, they were to batten down the hatches. Until then, life was to go on and they were to stay away from the car.
Jughead called a meeting of the Swords of Serpents where he was verbally attacked by Sweet Pea for going back on his promise of going to war with the Lodges, and instead running for student body president. Jughead explained that they needed those votes because it was the only way to affect change. Whoever was elected got a seat on the school board, gaining them access to the inside which meant they couldn't be silenced. However, Fogarty and Sweet Pea were still untrusting of Betty who they predicted would bail on them just as her mother did. Her legacy was Betty's legacy as far as they were concerned, making her an enemy of the Serpents. Sweet Pea and Fogarty had grown tired of the shots she had been taking at the Serpents for years from the Register. Even blaming them for crimes they did not commit. For that reason alone, Jughead would not be getting the Serpent vote.
At the trailer that night, Betty and Jughead discussed what it would take for her to gain Sweet Pea and Fogarty's trust. She questioned if she should start wearing plaid and leather jackets, along with getting a snake tattoo. To be fair, her mother was Serpent enemy #1, Jughead pointed out. Meanwhile, the shady man's car had been discovered and they had no idea what was going on with it. Jughead had been thinking about that. He asked Betty what was their normal. She replied that it was investigating something when the entire world was telling them they shouldn't. With that in mind, Betty and Jughead met up with Kevin at Pop's to gain intel of the shady man's car. They claimed that they were writing an article on how people use Swedlow Swamp as a dumping ground. According to the Sheriff, the car was claimed by its owner earlier that morning and the police were trying to figure out who stole it in the first place.
The next day, they were scolded by their parents for questioning Kevin despite being told to lay low. However, Betty and Jughead explained that they had to in order to figure out what was going on with the car. Furthermore, Kevin didn't suspect a thing. They had learned that Chic's drug dealer, Dwayne, stole his girlfriends' car before making his run to their house. Unfortunately, Chic couldn't tell them much about Darla. Although, Betty did recall briefly speaking to her when she called the shady man's phone. Switching gears to another topic entirely, Betty was ordered to return home by her mother with FP's backing.
The following day, Jughead learned from Betty that she and her mother were being blackmailed and harassed by Darla, the shady man's girlfriend, and Marcel, the manager of the hostel that Chic used to stay at in Centerville. They had discovered Dwayne's death and was demanding $10,000 in exchange for their silence. Jughead rallied the younger Serpents and together, they kicked in the Coopers' front door and threatened Darla and Marcel with knives, demanding that they leave or else the situation would get a lot worse. Heading their warning, Darla and Marcel took the money and left. Once they were gone, Jughead apologized about the front door but Alice wasn't concerned. She merely wanted to thank Jughead and the Serpents for their intervention.
The next day, the younger Serpents gathered around as Betty's mother personally thanked them for intervening the day before when her family was in trouble. Furthermore, she was done attacking and disavowing the Southside.
A musical production commences as Betty, Veronica, Archie, Cheryl, Toni, Josie, Ethel, Kevin, Midge, Moose and Fangs gather at the auditorium. As the videographer, Jughead begins his behind the scenes interview of the cast and crew, starting with Chuck. Jughead wonders why he chose to join the school musical. Chuck is trying to reform his image. It may be counter-intuitive to be playing the villain, but someone has to do it and Chuck wants to do it right by showing up, putting in the work, and being a member of the team. He hopes by the end of it, people will begin to change their minds about him.
The cast then begins introductions, starting with Archie who portrays "Tommy Ross", the boy next door. Betty plays "Sue Snell", the good girl. Veronica portrays "Chris Hargensen", the mean girl. And Cheryl will be playing the iconic role of "Carrie White". As for who will be portraying, "Margaret White", Carrie's mom, that role goes to Alice Cooper, which comes as a surprise to almost everyone. Kevin explains that while her casting was untraditional, to him, there's nothing more amateur than age-inappropriate casting. Alice both looks forward to playing Margaret and spending more time with Betty. Chuck Clayton joins them late after mistaking that rehearsal is in the music room.
Later on, Betty and Archie discuss how weird it is to be playing boyfriend and girlfriend. Hearing this, Jughead advise him to take it easy as Big Brother is watching. Archie acknowledges that their relationship (Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica) is strained at the moment. But they are there for Kevin and to do the play. So, Archie hopes that they can do it as painless as possible. However, it is not that easy for Betty considering that Veronica lied to all of them by conspiring with her parents against the entire school. Betty adds that it's fine that Archie is doing exactly what Tommy Ross would do by standing by Veronica's side. However, where Betty's standing, Veronica is just as much of a privileged, selfish, spiteful mean girl as the part she's playing.
Cheryl interrupts rehearsal after hearing whisperings that some of them, mainly Ethel and Josie, don't think she's fit to play the role of Carrie White. So to settle the matter, she begins to sing "Carrie" to prove them wrong. Her singing removes all doubt as Betty, Archie, Veronica, Ethel, Josie, Alice, Toni, Midge, Moose, Jughead, Kevin, Fangs, Chuck give Cheryl a round of applause. As Cheryl heads back to her seat, a heavy sandbag falls from above and nearly crushes her.
Back in the auditorium, Jughead records as Betty and Veronica sing "Do Me A Favor" and dance with Archie and Chuck.
In the Blue and Gold offices, Betty learns from Jughead that Kevin received a threatening letter from someone claiming to be the Black Hood. Much like Jughead and Kevin, Betty believes the letter to be a hoax. It is a legit threat, but it isn't from the real Black Hood, Jughead states. Classic Phantom of the Opera tactic. Mystery man sends menacing note demanding a certain diva soprano gets recast or else. "Who's to say this letter came from a mystery man at all?" Betty asks. Jughead admits that this is a good point as the letter may have come from a woman.
Suspect #1 is Ethel. Betty finds her in the student lounge and tries to bait her. Betty accuses Cheryl of always taking things she shouldn't, like the role of Carrie, to see if Ethel will agree. Jughead films from just outside the lounge as this unfolded. However, Ethel does not bash Cheryl, instead, she thanks Betty for the compliment of considering her to be a better fit for the lead role. Betty continues. For Kevin to cast Cheryl as Carrie without even letting Ethel audition, Betty wonders if that makes Ethel angry. Ethel replies that she is born to play Carrie White. So to not be given a shot at it makes her angry. Unfortunately, Ethel notices Jughead by the window and realizes that she is being filmed and interrogated. She tells them that she's not a violent person and that she would never harm anyone for her own benefit.
Jughead later records Veronica, Toni, Ethel, Betty and Chuck's rehearsal in the auditorium, where they sing and perform "The World According to Chris". This leads to a fall out between Betty and Veronica, which Jughead also got on camera. Betty seems almost disgusted with Veronica's performance, Archie, Fangs, Kevin, Moose, Midge and Jughead are highly impressed as they applaud the routine from the crowd. Betty credits Veronica's performance to her being the literal embodiment of Chris, the character she's portraying. Never has a role been so perfectly type-cast, Betty remarks. Archie tries to stop it, but she continues. Betty goes on to point out the similarities between Veronica and Chris. Spoiled rich girl. Major daddy issues. Bad to the bone, trying to control everyone around her, including her boyfriend and best friend. Afterward, he records Betty and Archie's run of Tommy and Sue's ballad.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Kevin informs Jughead, Betty, Archie, Veronica, Fangs, Toni, Ethel, Alice, Moose, Midge, Chuck and Josie that Cheryl will no longer be playing Carrie. When they ask why, Kevin simply replies that Penelope Blossom isn't much of a stage mom. In the meantime, Cheryl's understudy will assume the role, that being Midge, who Kevin appoints after the sandbag incident.
As part of the behind the scenes documentary, Betty tells Jughead that while her mother has always been a woman on the verge, this is something else. Betty wants to do something that'll make her feel less alone and abandoned after Alice's breakdown on stage in fear that Betty will leave her as everyone else has.
Opening night, Jughead recorded as Archie, Betty, Veronica, Kevin, Midge, Moose, Kevin, Alice, Chuck, Toni and Ethel sing "A Night We'll Never Forget". He then went looking for Ethel to do his final interviews, but she wasn't in her dressing room. What Jughead did find in her dressing room was cut-out magazines, with letters missing, which Jughead surmised was used for the Black Hood's letters. Jughead concluded that Ethel was behind the threats as initially suspected, but Ethel returned to her dressing room and ensured him that he had it all wrong. She cut the letters out the magazines for her vision board so she claimed. After kicking him out, Jughead ran into Moose, who seemed to be in a bad mood, pushing Jughead out of his way.
The crowd is packed when the play begins, and Alice starts to sing "Evening Prayers". Jughead records from the crowd, sitting alongside Kevin and Cheryl. When Alice cued 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 erupted 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 all-black cheerleader uniform. Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. As the service ends, Betty, Jughead, Archie and Veronica 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.
While leaving the diner, Jughead questions how could they possibly know with certainty that Chic isn't the killer. Jughead recalls that he's killed someone before, the Shady Man, Dwayne. Betty explains that Chic acted in self-defense when killing Dwayne. Midge, however, he never even knew. So there is no motive. Given Chic's violent past and his association with equally violent people (Darla and Marcel), Jughead can't help but suspect him.
The next day, at school, Betty tells Jughead that maybe they should look further into Chic. While there is still no motive on why he would want to kill Midge, there might be something that connects him to Svenson since they both spent time at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Taking a moment to reconsider Archie's theory about there being multiple Black Hoods, Jughead notes that Svenson and Chic could've been in cahoots. While it's a long-shot since Svenson is older than Chic, he did, however, worked at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy for years as a groundskeeper, meaning they might've crossed paths.
At the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead and Betty speak to Sister Woodhouse about information regarding Chic. They ask if Chic's time at the group-home ever overlapped with Svenson's. Betty wants to check Chic's files to see if the time matches up. When Sister Woodhouse asks for a court order, Betty informs her of her family relation to Cheryl, who recently escaped the Sisters' secret, gay, re-education camp. So unless Sister Woodhouse cooperates, Betty threatens to return with a court order, as well as the F.B.I to shut them down. Out of fear that Betty will follow through with her threats, Sister Woodhouse provides them with the files. They discover that Chic ran away nine years ago. That means he would've overlapped with Svenson for two years. In the file, they find a photo of Charles Smith. Although, he looks nothing like Chic.
Jughead and Betty return to the Cooper house frustrated at themselves for not figuring out sooner that Chic isn't really Betty's brother. Much to their surprise, Chic is in the kitchen with Alice. After taking him down to the Sheriff's station for questioning, she invited him back to the house for dinner. Jughead and Betty reveal that they paid the Sisters of Quiet Mercy a visit. While there, they discovered that Chic is an imposter. Betty shows her mother a pic of the real Charles Smith. Chic attempts to play it off, claiming that Betty's been out to get him from the start and that she never wanted a brother. When that fails and suspicion of Chic grows, he grabs a large kitchen knife, unintentionally cutting Alice's hand as he attempts to attack Jughead. Betty manages to disarm Chic before knocking him unconscious with a rolling pin.
In the Coopers' basement Jughead, and Alice tie Chic up to a chair. Not long after Betty joins Jughead and her mother, Chic wakes up not long after. They have grown tired of his games. They want answers, starting with Chic's real name. He insists that he is Chic and then calls out to Alice again for help, but she does not respond. Betty surmises that Chic must've known her real brother. When she and Alice went to the hostel and asked for Charles Smith, they were sent to Chic's room. So Betty asks why Chic was impersonating him. Chic explains that he never said he was "Charles Smith". He said he was "Chic", during their first encounter. Chic reveals that he met Charles out on the street. They then moved into the hostel together. That's where Charles told him about the Coopers. A perfect family a Riverdale who gave him up for adoption and never even came looking for him. One day, he knocked at the Coopers' door. Alice answered. She told him that they weren't interested, before slamming the door in his face. Charles went on a bender that night and overdosed on Jingle Jangle. Alice runs upstairs in tears with Betty not far behind her.
As Betty gets off the phone call with the Black Hood, Jughead joins Betty in the kitchen and asks who she was talking to. She tells him it was her dad. Betty then tells Jughead that they need to go back to the hostel because she doesn't think Chic's telling the truth about what happened to Charles.
Betty and Jughead arrive at the hostel. They head up to the second floor to see if they can figure out what happened to Charles by talking to his neighbors. They have no such luck with the first neighbor, who tells them to go away. However, they do come across another one of Charles' neighbors, who is a bit more willing to talk. Betty shows the woman a photo of Charles. She recognizes him. She said that he was the nice one. He always spoke to her and even carried her groceries. May he rest in peace, she comments. Jughead asks did Charles have a Jingle Jangle addiction. The woman knows nothing of any addiction but Charles and Chic were constantly fighting. And then one day there was only one. "The bad one" i.e. Chic. Later, when she took her trash out, she saw bloody sheets and pillows in the dumpster.
Betty and Jughead confront Chic with the information they gained from his and Charles' neighbor. However, Chic refuses to admit anything other than the fact that Charles was a junkie. Jughead punches Chic and he begins to bleed. Despite all the blood, Chic seems rather unaffected. He tells Jughead to keep at it. They're not going to kill him because they're scared and they won't let him go because they're worried that he'll tell about the shady guy. Betty grabs Chic by his throats and demands the truth about her brother, but Chic continues one with his games.
Betty leaves Jughead interrogating Chic to pick up the phone from the Black Hood. Betty admits that he was right about Chic being a killer, but he won't admit it. Some sinners only confess when faced with certain death. If Betty delivers Chic to the Black Hood, no one will ever know about the man who met such a gruesome end in their living room. Betty seems to be considering the Black Hood's offer, but before she can answer, FP and her mother barge into the house. FP heads downstairs to find Jughead attacking Chic. He stops the interrogation and takes Jughead out the house. FP scolds Jughead. What goes on in the Coopers' house is none of their business. But Jughead can't just leave Alice and Betty alone in the house with a potential murderer. After what FP did to Jason Blossom, he won't have Jughead near that. It's not their house. It's not their place. Alice and Betty need to decide what they want to do with Chic, then they will help.
Meanwhile, Alice and Betty contemplate their next move. Betty suggests driving him out of town or driving him out of town, but her mother fears that he'll only come back. In the meantime, she decides that it's time to tell Hal the truth about everything as this affects all of their lives.
Betty drives Chic out to the cemetery. Chic wonders who was it that called Betty with the odd lollipop song. Betty tells him that he'll find out soon enough. Now that it's just them, she wants to know if he killed her brother Charles. Chic reveals that they got into a fight and he lost control, but he never meant to hurt Charles. The Black Hood arrives. Just a few feet away. Chic doesn't believe her as she too would be running for her life if it was really him. But Betty tells Chic that the Black Hood is only interested in him. She lowers her gun and gives Chic a head start as the Black Hood slowly approaches. Chic takes off in the opposite direction. The Black Hood briefly makes eye contact with Betty before chasing after Chic. When Betty returns home, she lies to her mother that she took Chic to the bus station. When she asks where Hal is, Alice says he went looking out for her.
Jughead and Betty walk to school. Jughead asks if Betty has heard back from Chic. He too, like everyone else, is under the impression that Betty took Chic to the bus station, when in actuality, she set him up to be killed by the Black Hood. Nonetheless, Betty hasn't heard from him since that night. She hopes that he's gone for good. The silver lining to all this is that it can't get any worse by Jughead's account. Betty states that her dad could be the Black Hood, which would, in fact, make things worse. Jughead takes it as a joke, but she couldn't be more serious.
At the Mayoral debate, Betty attends and sits not that far away from her father. Not long after the debate starts, the Black Hood begins shooting from the balcony with a rifle. Betty calls out to her dad, who is no longer in the seat behind her. She suspects that it is him shooting from the balcony, but it's not. He grabs Betty and the two of them hide as the gun fire continues. Afterward, Betty calls Jughead, informing him of the shooting at the Mayoral debate. Jughead relays this to Attorney McCoy.
Unbeknownst to Jughead, Betty decides to meet up with Hal at the Town Hall, as she suspects he is the killer. Betty awaits her father's arrival at Town Hall as planned. However, he never shows up. She does however have 2 missed calls from Jughead. Betty texts him back, though she lies, claiming that she is at the Register with her mother.
As Betty and Cheryl team up to catch the Black Hood, Betty gets a call from FP at Riverdale General. He's wondering if Betty's heard from Jughead, which she hasn't. If she comes across him, FP asks that Betty tell Jughead that he's looking for him. FP then mentions that her father was brought into the emergency room. He was badly wounded. With this, Betty heads down to the hospital to investigate.
Meanwhile, Jughead has Serpent problems to deal with. Turns out Fangs was shot, and was rushed to the hospital. Serpents start rioting and the Ghoulies come back to wreak havoc in Riverdale. 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 and he'll never stop loving her, 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.
A dream sequence takes place in the opening scene. Betty, Archie and Veronica stand over Jughead's grave. Betty falls to her knees and tears fill her eyes as she begs Jughead to come back to her as their journey has only just begun. Jughead wakes up in a hospital bed. He calls out to his father, who sleeps in the chair next to his bedside. FP jumps to his seat at the sound of Jughead's voice. It would seem that some days have passed since Jughead was attacked and left for dead by Penny, Malachai and the Ghoulies. What Jughead did brought every Serpent FP had ever known out of the woodwork and Jughead would've been proud of them. It looked like they were going to win the war with the Ghoulies, but in the end, there were just too many of them.
Betty visits Jughead in the hospital after learning that he has awaken. Jughead now knows that her father was the Black Hood. He consoles Betty as she lays alongside him in his hospital bed. He's sorry that he wasn't there to see her through it. Betty tells him not to worry as she never wishes to see her father again. Her only concerns are Jughead, her mother and atoning for her father's sins. This means that she and Jughead are no longer running for student council. She then kisses him. They are soon join 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. Betty's dad was at town hall when another Black Hood opened fire on the candidates. He was also at home with Betty and her mom when this second Black Hood attacked Archie and his dad. 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.
The next day, after he is released from the hospital, Jughead calls Betty. He offers to skip school and join Betty over at her house if she is in need of support. However, Betty declines his offer as her mother isn't in the mood for company. At least not until the neighbors desist. Betty tells Jughead that she loves him and that she and her mother will have to work their way through this ordeal.
Polly returns to Riverdale with her twin babies Juniper and Dagwood. Jughead arrives at Betty's house to babysit Juniper and Dagwood with her. During which time, Betty asks Jughead if he believes that evil can be past down. Her great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all evil murderers. Jughead claims that this was merely circumstance, but Betty begs to differ. She worries that the twins might even grow up to be murderers, much like her father. Jughead tells Betty that neither she nor the babies are evil, but Betty feels that being evil may be her destiny; something she can't control or understand. Jughead assures Betty that she's a good person.
Betty, Jughead, Archie, and Veronica 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.
Later that night, Jughead books a room for himself and Betty at the Five Seasons. They lay in bed together unclothed. Betty wonders what's the special occasion. There is none, but Jughead feels that after everything that has happened, a night at the Five Seasons might be something that she would enjoy. He also wants to ask her to be the Serpent Queen to his Serpent King. He's essentially asking her to join the Southside Serpents, though he tells her that she doesn't have to give an immediate answer. He jokes that she can take her time and tell him tomorrow at lunch. They then proceed to have sex.
The following day, Betty, Jughead and Veronica watch proudly from the stands as Archie prepares to be inaugurated in the school gymnasium. However, the event goes awry when Sheriff Minetta and two deputies enter the gym to arrest Archie for the murder of Shadow Lake resident, Cassidy Bullick.
Betty: "Hey, you didn't have to walk me home."
Jughead: "Uh, there's a killer on the loose, remember? Besides, isn't this what... you know... What..., people like... us, who have gone through what we've gone through, do?"
―Jughead struggles to define their new relationship as he and Betty walk hand in hand[src]
Veronica: "Did I just notice Riverdale High's very own Holden Caulfield, put his arm around you?"
Betty: "[smiles] Okay, so, the past couple of days I haven't been in a great place emotionally and, Jughead was really there for me."