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Um... I wanted to apologize, actually, for that voicemail that I left you. I don't remember all of it... or even most of it, uh, but I know it was horrible. And, uh... I'm just sorry. That's one of my steps. Trying to just clean up my side of the track. And I... I'm in recovery. In case it's not obvious. I'm an alcoholic. An addict.

The relationship between Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones, commonly referred to as "Bughead" among fans, began as a childhood friendship that developed into a romance as they investigated Jason Blossom's murder during their sophomore year of high school.

History

Investigating Jason's murder

Betty and Jughead in the Blue and Gold

Jason's death changed Riverdale, people don't want to admit it, but they all feel it, nothing that bad was ever supposed to happen, so Betty wants to know why. To further investigate the unsolved murder of Jason Blossom, Betty seeks to revive Riverdale High School's newspaper, The Blue and Gold. She convinces Jughead and his journalist skills to join her. Jughead agrees, but wants complete freedom. Betty gives him his first assignment as the newest member of the Blue and Gold to investigate the one person who hasn't been noticed in the investigation: Dilton Doiley and his scout troops, who discovered Cheryl on July 4th by the river's edge.

Betty and Jughead meet with Dilton, who begs them not to publish the story about him being the person responsible for firing the gunshot the day Jason went missing. In return, he offers them a better story: he saw Ms. Grundy's car by Sweetwater River that morning.[1]

At school, Betty, Jughead, and Kevin reconstruct Sheriff Keller's murder board that had been destroyed during the night of the drive-in. Unfortunately, the police have no suspects in the break-in; there aren't any fingerprints, and the files, background checks, and video and audio tapes of police interviews were all stolen.

Betty and Jughead startled by Rose Blossom

The very next day, after learning that Polly attempted suicide and that Jason Blossom began selling drugs shortly before his murder, Betty and Jughead devise a plan to snoop through his room during the memorial. Following an emotional eulogy from Cheryl, Betty and Jughead sneak away during the commotion and make their way to Jason's room. Unbeknownst to either of them, Rose Blossom, Jason's grandmother, is also in the room, and she startles them both, however, she mistakes Betty for Polly and reveals to them that Polly and Jason were engaged.

As more secrets from Betty's family come to light, Jughead believes that her parents know more than they're letting on. If Betty's father would be willing to do anything to protect Polly, the next logical question would be how far would he go. With that being said, they add the Cooper family's name to the board.[2]

The search for Polly

Jughead and Betty arrive at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy

In an attempt to find Polly, Jughead is invited over to the Cooper house for breakfast with Betty and her mother. He distracts Alice by asking to use the bathroom, which allows Betty to go through her mother's purse and take several photos of her checkbook. Upon further investigation at the Blue and Gold, they discover that one of the checks are made out to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a home for troubled youths. Over lunch, Betty and Jughead quietly discuss finding Polly, which leads the two of them to catch a bus over to the group home, where Jughead is forced to wait in the entrance hall while Betty is taken to her sister, who turns out to be pregnant with Jason Blossom's child. From Betty, Jughead learns that Polly and Jason had planned to run away together on July 4th, but the Coopers had found out and sent her away. Before the day's end, the duo is caught by Alice, who is confronted by Polly over Jason's death as they're leaving the group home.

Betty and Jughead go out to route 40

Later that evening, Jughead climbs through Betty's window on a ladder and comforts Betty, who is going through a bit of a family crisis, reminding her that they're not their parents. He then kisses Betty. After the kiss, Betty remembers the car Polly mentioned that Jason had stashed for them on route 40, near a sign. And so, they skip the Variety Show and go out to route 40, where they find the supposed car hidden under a tarp away from the road. Inside the vehicle, they find a number of Jason's belongings, including his varsity jacket, as well as copious amounts of drugs. Realizing it is evidence, they take several photos of the car before leaving to find Sheriff Keller and inform him of their discovery. Unfortunately, by the time they find the Sheriff and alert him, the vehicle is up in flames. Betty and Jughead then race to rescue Polly from the group home, only to discover that she's escaped through the window.[3]

Betty kisses Jughead

After comforting Betty in the student lounge, they organize a search of Eversgreen Forest for Polly, determined to get to her before the Blossoms can. Following the press conference held by Mrs. Cooper, where she reveals to the entire town that Polly is pregnant with Jason's child, Jughead walks Betty home. She blames herself for Polly running away, however, Jughead believes that Betty did the right thing by telling Polly the truth, even if it resulted in her escaping the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Betty recalls the first time Polly ran away from home. She was 9 years old. Polly and their mother had gotten into a huge fight, and she disappeared for hours. The whole neighborhood was out looking for her. Jughead asks how far did she get, which leads Betty to realize where Polly is hiding — the attic at their house. Betty gives Jughead a kiss and then rushes home, heading straight up to the attic, where she indeed finds Polly.

The next day, Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's death. Betty sits with him in the interrogation room, certain that he isn't the killer, adding that the evidence is circumstantial. Before long, they are joined by Archie and Mr. Andrews, who offers Jughead a place to stay.[4]

Betty forgives Jughead

Betty throws Polly a baby shower at the Pembrooke, which Jughead attends. However, Archie unexpectedly shows up at the shower not much later and confronts Jughead on his father being a Serpent. As the baby shower comes to a close, Jughead explains that he is ashamed of his father's affiliations, which is why he hadn't told anyone. Betty forgives him and suggests that they pay FP a visit. At the trailer park with his father, Jughead reveals that they know about the drug deal between the Serpents and Jason and that the cops know too. FP claims they gave Jason some product to deliver upstate, but when it never showed, they assumed he ran off with it, that was until his body showed up at Sweetwater River. Jughead asks his father if he had any involvement in Jason's death. FP admits that he is a lousy parent, but he insists that he isn't a killer. Outside the trailer, Jughead tells Betty that he believes his father. Betty believes Jughead in return, the two of them kiss.[5]

Polly has been living with the Blossoms at Thornhill, which worries Betty, and so she and Jughead confront Cheryl, as Polly has not been returning Betty's calls. It's from Cheryl that they learn that Polly is having twins, before agreeing to pass on Betty's message to Polly.

Betty and Jughead hug

At the Blue and Gold offices, Betty expresses how she cannot believe how poorly her parents are behaving while Polly is locked up at Thornhill. In times of crisis, families usually come together or fall apart. Betty feels like her family is falling apart. Jughead refuses to allow her to give up. He assures her that the Coopers will not fall apart because she will keep them together. Jughead claims that she is stronger than all the white noise, her parents included, so she should not let go, which Betty agrees to just before hugging him.

Later that night, Jughead and Betty inform Alice that they learned from Archie that Polly was fine and that she didn't choose the Blossoms over them. She actually went there to spy on them, as she suspect them of being involved in Jason's death. They are going to use this connection to finally expose the Blossom family. Betty and Jughead want to finish the exposé at the Blue and Gold, and they want her to join them.[6]

Jughead's 16th Birthday

Jughead and Betty at the Bijou

After learning from Archie that it was Jughead's birthday, Betty decides to throw him a birthday party. She distracts him by accompanying him to the movies while the others get ready. Jughead heard about her run-in with Chuck, but she assures Jughead that it was nothing serious. Betty then changes the subject to Jughead's birthday and asks why she had to hear about it from Archie. Jughead replies that he didn't think she was an "American Werewolf kind of girl." Betty retorts that she's all about the beast within.

Jughead and Betty arguing

After the double-feature, the two of them return to Archie's house, where a party awaits Jughead. Betty comes out of the kitchen with his birthday cake and singing happy birthday. After blowing out the candles, Jughead remarks that he isn't in a partying mood, which leads to a little fight between him and Betty. Their fight leads to the garage when the party is crashed by Cheryl and Chuck. She just wanted to have a get-together with friends. Jughead replies that her and Archie are the only people who he considers as his friends, adding that everyone else, were just people who he would've actively shunned two months ago. Betty questions why. Jughead replies that he's weird. "I'm a weirdo. I don't fit in, and I don't want to fit in. Have you ever seen me without this stupid hat on? That's weird," he adds. For Betty's its just a party, but for Jughead, it's the fact that she doesn't know or even care that it was the last thing that he would want from her. He claims that she did this for herself to prove that she is a great girlfriend. He points out how different they are from each other, like on a cellular level. She's the "perfect girl next door," whereas he's the "damaged loner outsider from the wrong side of the tracks." Jughead believes they're on borrowed time and says that he isn't one of her projects. Betty tells him that she doesn't look at him as one of her projects and that she wants to be with him. Jughead questions for how long -- until she's sick of him or until Archie changes his mind and says he wants to be with her. Betty then walks away rather than reply.

Jughead and Betty make up

Jughead attempts to leave the party, but Chuck blocks his path and tells him that they're about to play a game, during which he exposes Betty for attacking him during one of her crazed episodes and thinking that she was Polly. Fed up with Chuck, Jughead punches him in the face, however, Chuck hits back a lot harder, which results in FP escorting him out and ending the party altogether. And after a brief talk with his dad, Jughead and Betty reconcile at Pop's. He's admittedly scared of being hurt or rejected. Betty apologizes for lying to him about Chuck and throwing him a party he didn't want. Jughead questions why. Betty explains that there's a darkness inside her, that overwhelms her sometimes. She doesn't know where it comes from but believes it's the reason why she does crazy things. She then shows him the scars inside of her palms. Jughead holds her hands together with his, assuring her that everything will be okay.[7]

Homecoming

Jughead and Betty arrive at the dance

The night of Homecoming, Jughead and FP attend dinner at the Cooper house, where Betty's mother essentially interrogates FP throughout the entire diner, which Betty attempts to put a stop to but to no avail; Alice questions FP's involvement with the Southside Serpents and his spotty work history. Hal arrives before long, which only makes the situation worse, leaving Betty with the only option of ending the dinner, and leaving for the dance with Jughead and FP.

Jughead hears the tragic news of his father's arrest

Jughead joins Betty in the hallway, where she, Archie, and Veronica reveal 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. They knew when to go because he would be at the dinner, which leads Jughead to believe that Betty is also in on this treachery, forcing him to question why he would ever pass on moving with his family to Toledo for her. Betty insists that she had no prior knowledge of the plan, but Jughead begins to wonder if his word was not enough to vindicate his father, but it was enough, Betty insists. The betrayal of his friends is only the beginning of Jughead's terrible night because he soon learns that his father has been arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom.[8]

Solving Jason's murder

Betty, Archie, and Veronica search for Jughead all night, and eventually find him at Pop's, where Betty apologizes for her betrayal and reveals that his father is innocent; the police are claiming to have found a gun in his trailer, but when Archie and Veronica broke in, there was no gun. With this information, they go to the Sheriff Station, only to learn that FP had confessed to the murder.

Jughead and Betty learn that a Serpent is dead

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 need to figure out is who he is protecting by confessing to the murder. From there, they began to rule out suspects, from Betty's father, to Veronica's mother. That left Hiram Lodge, as well as Clifford and Penelope Blossom. They then learn from Betty's mom that the body of a Serpent has been discovered. Sheriff Keller is convinced that he was working with FP, not to mention he allegedly committed suicide by overdose, and there was a bag of money in his room that tied him to Hiram Lodge, so everything is tied into a nice little bow, but too tidy for Alice.

Betty and Jughead meet with Kevin on the highway off route 40, where Jason's car was torched. Under the Blossom Maple Farms sign is a duffel bag containing a USB flash drive with surveillance video from the night that Jason was murdered, which reveals that Jason was killed by his own father.[9]

75th Anniversary Jubilee

Jughead considers leaving

Betty turns 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. Instead, she wrote an article defending FP, which riles up the townsfolk of Riverdale and makes Betty the subject of their hate, as they vandalize her locker with a hanging Betty doll and pig's blood. As long as Betty is Jughead's girlfriend, and she continues to write articles about him and his father, trouble will keep coming at her from all sides. He feels as if the entire multiverse is working against him, telling him that he doesn't belong in Riverdale, so maybe it is time he starts to consider leaving, which Betty refuses to allow.

Betty visits Jughead at South Side High

The very next day, he calls Betty from a payphone at Southside High to inform her that he will not be returning to Riverdale because he is finally where he belongs. Much to his surprise, Archie, Betty, and Veronica show up after assuming that he was in need of their help. Just outside the school, he and Betty discuss his decision of leaving Riverdale High ahead of schedule, as Betty is unwilling to allow "Riverdale Civil War" to split the two of them up.

Jughead holding Southside Serpent jacket

After saving Cheryl and leaving the station from a visit with his dad, Jughead makes his way over to the Jubilee just in time for Betty's speech, where she addresses the murder of Jason Blossom and the crossroads their town is facing. As her speech comes to an end, Jughead smiles and applauds Betty's bravery. After a milkshake at Pop's shoppe with Archie, Betty, and Veronica, he and Betty head over to the trailer, where Jughead professes his love for Betty. The two of them then begin kissing and undressing, however, they are interrupted by a knock at the door. On the other side are the Southside Serpents, who are grateful for FP's loyalty. Because of this, they will always have Jughead's back, offering him membership into their gang, which he accepted as he tries on the custom Serpent jacket.[10]

Searching for Fred's wallet

Jughead and Betty at Pop's diner

After learning that Fred was shot at Pop's and spending some time at Riverdale General Hospital to comfort Archie, Betty and Jughead decide to do some investigating and head to Pop's in search of Fred's missing wallet. Jughead asks Pop Tate how much money did the shooter get away with. Pop's answer on the shooter leaving the register untouched confirms Jughead's suspicion that Fred's shooting was far from a random act of violence. Before leaving, Betty wants to address Jughead's affiliation to the Southside Serpents. He claims that he only accepted their offer because he didn't believe it was something to be turned down. However, for Betty at least, last night meant something when he put on the Serpent jacket, which fit him both like a glove and a second skin. However, Jughead assures Betty that he isn't a Serpent and that his father's path wasn't his own.

After meeting back up with Archie and Veronica at the hospital, Jughead offers to drive Betty home, but she declines his offer at the risk that her mother may come out with a shotgun if she saw Betty on his motorcycle. Betty addresses what he previously said at Pop's. She now understands his need to feel the connection between him and his father at all cost, so whatever he needs to do in order to maintain that connection, she will support him. Happy to hear that he has Betty's support, they kiss.[11]

Saving Pop's and FP

Betty and Jughead at the Mayor's office

Jughead informs Betty and the others that Pop Tate's entire staff quit on him, and, he isn't sure how much longer he'll be able to keep the diner doors open. This being a result of Fred's shooting. So, the following day, Betty and Jughead head down to the Mayor's office, where they ask Mayor McCoy for her assistance in saving Pop's shoppe by making the diner a landmark or declare a day for Pop Tate in support. However, Mayor McCoy can't risk endorsing Pop's, only for another shooting to occur.

After Jughead consulted with a lawyer for the Southside Serpents, who advised them to seek mercy from the victim's family, he and Betty head to Thistlehouse and appeal for leniency to reduce FP's sentence. However, the Blossoms are unwilling to forgive.

Jughead and Betty at FP's hearing

Betty and Jughead attended court the day after she blackmailed Cheryl in the ladies' locker room into testifying at FP's hearing. With Betty in possession of the video surveillance footage of Jason's murder, Cheryl takes the stand and forgives FP in front of the judge for his role in covering up her brother's death, and then humbly asked the court for leniency. Cheryl also lies 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 decides to delay sentencing. Betty smiles as Jughead and FP happily embrace one another after earning their first win in a series of loses.[12]

Betty and Jughead kiss

Betty pays Jughead a surprise visit at Southside High. She's come bearing gifts to make his new office at the Red and Black a bit more comfortable. While Jughead is happy to see her, he told Betty that she shouldn't be walking around the Southside at night. Jughead then shares that he discovered the local component of Clifford Blossom's drug pipeline (Jingle Jangle) was coming from the school. Jughead recalls FP previously stating that the Serpents never dealt in hard drugs, but a rival gang known as the Ghoulies do. The two of them then start to kiss before being interrupted by Toni.

The next day, at FP's trailer, Betty cleans Jughead's wounds that he sustained during a supposed motorcycle accident. She asks if it is possible that he take a day off, but Jughead isn't too concerned with his injuries. For a moment, she was 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 have Jughead's back. Even though he isn't an actual member, there is still a connection of family loyalty.[13]

Cracking the Black Hood's cipher

Code breaking party

Betty decides to assist Jughead and Toni as they attempt to crack the Black Hood's cipher. However, things quickly take a turn for the worst when Betty demonizes the south side, which Toni takes great offense to. 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 know how much Betty hates the Serpents, which is why Jughead has been hiding from her the fact that he sits with the Serpents at lunch, Toni reveals. And on that note, both Toni and Kevin decide it best to leave. Once they are alone, Jughead explains that he sits with the Serpents purely for reasons of survival, though Betty doesn't seem too concerned. She appears far more interested in cracking the code. However, the next morning, after realizing that they had accidentally fallen asleep while attempting to crack the Black Hood's code, Betty begins to panic after noticing several missed calls from her mother.

Betty explains to Jughead why she withheld the letter

Jughead stops by Betty's to drop off the notebooks that she had left at the trailer. But while he was gathering her belongings, her letter from the Black Hood fell out, leaving Jughead to wonder why Betty hadn't told him about it. Betty exclaims that she hid the letter because the Black Hood wrote that she inspired him, and she fears that once Archie learns of this, he will blame her for his father's shooting. Jughead reminds her that while Archie is definitely shaken, he can still recognize the good from the bad. "You're not one of the bad guys," Jughead says. "You're Betty Cooper. Like Nancy Drew meets the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." It is this reference that leads Betty to conclude that in writing the code, the Black Hood used one of her touchstones, that being a Nancy Drew book entitled The Nancy Drew Secret-Code, which they use to decipher the code and then warn those in attendance at Town Hall.[14]

Getting dumped by Betty

Betty and Jughead kissing

Betty and Jughead meet up at Pop's. 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 asks about Jughead's hand, after noticing that it is wrapped in gauze. He claims that he sustained the wound while dog sitting Hot Dog. Sitting on opposite ends of the table, holding each other's hands, Betty and Jughead both wish that they could leave Riverdale on his motorcycle for some place where there wasn't a brewing war between two sides or crazy moms and psychotic killers. They'd be like Romeo and Juliet, Betty imagined, but with a happily ever after instead.

The following day, Jughead is unexpectedly approached by Archie, who tells him that Betty no longer wishes to be with him, despite the fact that they were just together.[15]

Betty and Jughead working on Reggie's car

For the first time since their break-up, Betty and Jughead work together to fix up Reggie's car in preparation for the drag race, during which Betty apologizes for sending Archie to break up with Jughead. While it may not make sense to him, everything around them was imploding, so she broke up with him to protect him. But as far as Jughead is concerned, she did the one thing that could actually hurt him. After fixing up the car, Betty approaches Jughead and tells him that she needs him to know that she never stopped loving him. She isn't sure that she can.

Following the race, Jughead returns to his trailer with Betty, where she comes clean to Jughead about everything involving her and the Black Hood. And so, after they mend their relationship, she cuddles up alongside him, reading a book, as he continues working on his novel.[16]

The Serpent dance

Betty and Jughead inform Archie and Veronica of FP's release

Betty and Jughead meet 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, which could potentially connect back to the Black Hood. Their conversation is then halted by news that FP is getting out of jail soon due to the perfect storm of overcrowding at the prison and Cheryl's testimony.

Betty pleading with Jughead

The following day, Betty, Jughead, and her mother greet FP as he exits the prison and take him to Pop's, where he applies to be a busboy, but after seeing how he is humiliated by Cheryl, Betty and Jughead decide to throw him a retirement party. However, after witnessing Betty perform the Serpent dance during FP's party, Jughead decides to break up with Betty despite the fact that she had the best of intentions, reasoning that she simply wanted to be a part of his world.[17]

Despite having broken up, Betty and Jughead have gotten each other Christmas presents. Betty's present is a 1987 novel entitled Beloved, by Betty's literary hero, Toni Morrison. With the novel comes a note from Jughead that reads, "A signed first edition for my beloved. Thanks for introducing me to your favorite writer. Love Jug". From Betty, Jughead was gifted a Vintage Underwood, which is the typewriter of champions.[18]

Suspended from the Blue and Gold

Jughead and Betty are suspended from the Blue and Gold

Betty and Jughead are called down to the Principal's office by Mr. Weatherbee, who scolds 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. 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 are suspended from the newspaper staff.

Betty telling Jughead that she hasn't been with anyone else

While packing up their things, Jughead apologizes to Betty for getting her suspended. While he doesn't care if Sheriff Keller harassed him at home or school, he never wanted her to get caught up in it all. The cops believe the Serpents are responsible for decapitating General Pickens' statue, perhaps to avenge the Serpents and Toni's uncle, but Jughead insists he didn't. Speaking of Toni, Betty reveals she saw her and Jughead having breakfast one morning at Pop's, and Betty can't help but wonder if anything has happened between them, which nothing serious has; they merely kissed. However, since they are on the topic, Jughead ask if Betty had done anything with anyone. Despite kissing Archie, Betty tells Jughead that she had not been with anyone else.

Betty and Jughead meet with Junkyard Steve

Jughead later goes to Betty for help in preventing the Serpents from being evicted from their home by Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy in response to General Picken's statue being decapitated. If the statue is what is fueling the fire, Betty suggests that they take away the gas by finding the head. After Jughead reveals to Betty how he's become entangled with the Snake Charmer and how he broke up with Betty to protect her, they learn go to meet with Junkyard Steve, who found General Pickens' head after it was dumped by Tall Boy, who was plotting against Jughead. His punishment for this is being stripped of his jacket and exiled.

After stopping Tall Boy and Hiram's latest attempt to conquer Riverdale, Betty and Jughead return to the trailer, where they make up and have sex.[19]

Dumping the Shady man's car

Betty and Jughead dumping the car

On their way to school, Jughead asks to talk to her about the night before when the two of them had sex at his trailer. He thought that they had a nice night, but her hanging up on him later that night 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 assures him that this isn't the case and that she had an amazing night. Unfortunately, per usual, there is no shortage of drama at her house. Jughead presumes that the aforementioned drama is "Chic centric". Betty confirms his presumption by stating that everything would be fine, as it is nothing more than typical Cooper house lunacy. However, later that day, Betty tells him the truth, how she returned home to find a dead man laying on the kitchen floor, who had come by looking for Chic, and whose body, she and her mother dumped. They then notice the dead man's car parked right across from Betty's house, which they drive out into the woods and push into the river. Jughead then informs his father of all that has transpired, and FP comes up with a more efficient way of hiding the body.[20]

A night at the Lodge lakehouse

Jughead and Betty resolve their issues

Betty and Jughead agree to join Archie and Veronica at the Lodge's lakehouse. Shortly after entering the cabin, Jughead gets a call from Cheryl, who tells him about Betty and Archie's kiss outside of Thistlehouse just before Christmas. With this information, Jughead confronts Betty. Wwhile he isn't mad about the kiss, he is wondering why Betty didn't tell him the truth. Betty 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.

Jughead and Betty in the hot tub

A little while later, Betty and Jughead join Archie and Veronica downstairs to ensure them that everything is fine, and the four of them get into the hot tub and drink margaritas while Jughead proposes a toast to the Lodges' hospitality and to putting the past behind them. While all secrets have been exposed, to truly clear the air amongst the four of them, Veronica suggested that she and Jughead kiss, which they do in front of Archie and Betty.

Jughead and Betty prepare to have sex

Betty and Jughead return to their room, where Betty asks if kissing Veronica made him feel better. Jughead replies that watching Archie's face made him feel better. Betty then exits the bathroom in black lingerie and a black bob-cut wig, and tells Jughead that she will have to punish him if he did enjoy his kiss with Veronica. She pushes Jughead on to the bed and climbs on top of him as the two of them have sex. All is well, until the following night, when the lake house is broken into and they are held against their will until the intruders leave after learning that Veronica tripped the silent alarm.[21]

Student body president

Betty visiting Jughead at Southside High

Concerned that he would be arrested for trespassing or protesting without a permit, Betty heads down to Southside High to check in on Jughead as his protest of the demolition of Southside High continued. However, that is 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 gives Jughead a kiss before heading off to attend to her student council obligations with Veronica.

Betty and Jughead at the trailer

At the trailer with Jughead, Betty assures him that his protest has made a different. Every revolution has a starting point. Having already lost Southside High, Jughead doesn't want to lose Riverdale High as well. So he has decided to run for student body president and wants Betty to be his co-president. She accepts his offer, while also asking that Jughead allows her to stay at the trailer with him because she couldn't be around Chic any longer. Jughead agrees, and they shared a kiss.[22]

Jughead and Betty at the student hall meeting

In keeping her promise to run alongside him for student body president, Betty joins Jughead at the school hall meeting, where they assure the new transfers from Southside High that they will be looked after. After the meeting, they head back to the trailer, where they discover on the news that the shady man's car had been discovered. And the next day, they meet with their parents in a booth at Pop's to discuss the car, which fortunately, shouldn't lead back to them.

Betty and Jughead asking Kevin about the car

After an unfriendly exchange with Sweet Pea and Fangs, who don't trust Betty and suspect that she's simply going to bail on them like her mother did, Betty and Jughead meet up with Kevin to gain intel of the shady man's car. According to the Sheriff, the car was claimed by its owner earlier that morning, and the police are trying to figure out who stole it in the first place, meaning that Chic's drug dealer, Dwayne, stole his girlfriends' car before making his run to the Cooper house.

After learning that Betty and her mom were being blackmail by the shady man's girlfriend, Darla Dickenson, Jughead rallies the young Serpents and threaten Darla and Marcel with knives. Heading their warning, Darla and Marcel leave, and Alice thanks Jughead and the Serpents for their intervention.[23]

Chic’s true identity

Jughead and Betty at the Sisters

After Midge's funeral, Betty and Jughead theorizes that the latest killing is the work of a copycat, who they suspect may be Chic, but Betty isn't convinced, as Chic had no reason to kill Midge. However, they do some digging nonetheless, as both Svenson and Chic were at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. They ask Sister Woodhouse if Chic's time at the group-home ever overlapped with Svenson's. In the files, they discover that Chic ran away nine years ago. That means he would've overlapped with Svenson for two years. Also in the file, they find a photo of Charles Smith. Although, he looks nothing like Chic.

Betty and Jughead confront Chic

Betty and Jughead return to Betty's house, frustrated at themselves for not figuring out sooner that Chic isn't really Betty's brother. They reveal that they paid the Sisters of Quiet Mercy a visit. While there, they discovered that Chic is an impostor. 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. They then tie Chic up in the basement and torture him for answers. Chic claims that he and Charles were in a hostel together and that Charles overdosed on Jingle Jangle. However, after going to the hostel and speaking to the neighbors, Betty and Jughead learn that Chic actually killed Charles.[24]

Beaten by the Ghoulies

Betty and Archie grow concerned for Jughead

Betty gets a call from Jughead, who tells her that he loves her and that he'll never stop loving her. Betty asks him where he is at, but he doesn't answer, only saying that he'll see her later, before hanging up. With that, Archie and Betty grow concerned for Jughead. Betty proceeds to call FP as she was starting to worry about Jughead after the call she got. It was almost as if he was saying goodbye. So, they rush to Jughead's old hangout, where he 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.[25]

Betty visits Jughead

Jughead wakes up in a hospital bed and is visited by Betty. Jughead has learned that her father was the Black Hood and is 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.

Betty asks if evil can be inherited

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 passed 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 and Jughead at the Five Seasons

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.[26]

The summer before junior year

Jughead and Betty kiss

With Archie on trial for murder after being framed by Hiram, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica decide to drive down to Sweetwater Swimming Hole in to get their minds off the trial. Betty and Jughead have split off from Archie and Veronica. Betty reveals that she isn't ready for summer to end. This summer, she hasn't stopped or slept, because of working on Archie's case. She's barely looked up since May, and her mom and Polly think that she's been hiding and avoiding, which she admittedly has been. Betty thinks that she should stop taking Adderall and start seeing an actual therapist. Either way, come Tuesday, it'll all be over. And she'll have to face everything that has happened, everything that will happen. All these things that she doesn't have control over, they terrify her. Jughead assures Betty that they're going to get through it. From now on, they're partners. In Serpents, in life, all of it. Betty and Jughead then begin to kiss.[27]

Investigating the Gargoyle King

Jughead and Betty set out on a new investigation

Betty meets up with Jughead in the Blue and Gold offices, where she learns that Dilton Doiley is dead. And Ben from the Twilight Drive-In is barely hanging on. Doctors don't know when or if he's ever going to wake up. What Jughead saw was horrendous. He describes it as being a ritual site. Dilton and Ben's lips were blue. There were these chalices with what was likely poison and even animal bones surrounding the site. Not to mention the winged totem with a skull and branches. And there's no way to determine whether it was a murder or suicide pact gone wrong. Jughead first recalls seeing Ben and Dilton at Pop's and then Dilton later coming to his trailer raving about the Gargoyle King.

Betty and Jughead meet with Dr. Curdle Jr

Betty and Jughead meet with Dr. Curdle Jr., who tells them that the toxicology report revealed lethal levels of cyanide in Dilton's blood. Dr. Curdle surmises that Ben only survived because he didn't drink enough to finish the job. Betty looks to Dr. Curdle, hoping he can determine whether this was a murder or suicide. He replies that the body did show signs of stress and there are three symbols carved out on Dilton's back. He guesses they're Runic. Jughead proceeds to take a photo of the symbols. As for what caused their lips to turn blue, the cyanide was mixed into a sugary drink called "Fresh-Aid". Blueberry flavored. There's something dimly familiar about this case to Dr. Curdle. Still, he's not quite sure if it's a murder or suicide.

Betty and Jughead speaks with Ben's mother

They go to Riverdale General Hospital, where Ben has stabilized, but he hasn't woken up yet. While Mrs. Button doesn't know what exactly Ben was doing in the woods, she notes that he's always been odd and kept to himself, but this summer, he became friends with Dilton Doiley and became a different person. Hanging on the door of Ben's hospital room, Jughead finds a twig doll. Mrs. Button believes that it was left behind by a girl whose name she has forgotten, but was wearing a bow in her hair. Sheriff Minetta then bust Betty and Jughead. He refuses to allow a couple of teenagers to compromise an active murder investigation. Jughead retorts that if this is an active murder investigation, he might want to start by letting the rest of the town know. Betty and Jughead then overhear Sheriff Minetta's conversation with another deputy, who reveals that an Adventure Scout's parents called. They haven't seen him in two days, and he was a part of Dilton Doiley's troop.

Betty and Jughead confront Ethel

Betty and Jughead confront Ethel in the student lounge. Jughead wonders if the twig doll is the Gargoyle King, but it's not. According to Ethel, it's the opposite. She made that talisman to protect Ben, as he's her boyfriend. They just started dating that summer and spend most of their time in Dilton's secret bunker in the woods. Given this, Jughead and Betty present Ethel with an ultimatum; either she show them where the bunker is located or they go to Sheriff Minetta with this information. Ethel caves, telling them that they'll meet up at Fox Footbridge after dark.

Jughead and Betty are scared off by the Gargoyle King

After being confronted by their parents, they go to Fox Footbridge to meet with Ethel. On the way, Jughead asks about the seizure. One moment, Betty was fine and the next, she was hallucinating some insane, horror movie-like stuff. Then she woke up in the emergency room, embarrassed, which is why she didn't say anything. Jughead blames himself for getting Betty involved in a murder investigation in the midst of her own problems. However, being in the middle of the woods with Jughead, investigating a potential murder/suicide, is the least stressful thing she can think of. As they near Fox Footbridge, Betty and Jughead have their first encounter with the Gargoyle King, a giant, imposing creature with a bloody, snout-shaped face and branches for wings. Betty and Jughead run away in terror, only to later return and find the bunker, filled with items from Gryphons and Gargoyles as well as the missing adventure scout, who is hiding under the bed. From him, they learn that Dilton was his mentor and that Ben and Ethel are only dating in the game.

Betty tends to a seizing Ethel

Betty and Jughead confront Ethel, who insists that she and Dilton are in love. Betty attempts to explain that they were simply role-playing, but to Ethel, it was real. When Ethel maintains that she's not lying, Jughead threatens to take her to the Sheriff Station, where she can repeat her truth on record to Sheriff Minetta. Ethel explains that if any of them talk to the adults, the Gargoyle King will get angry. Dilton tried to talk to Jughead and look what happened. Before Ethel can continue, she begins to have a seizure mid-sentence. Jughead yells out to Weatherbee before calling an ambulance.

Betty and Jughead watch as Ben jumps out a window

At Riverdale General, Betty and Jughead learn that Ethel is fine and that she is resting. Betty suspects that maybe there's even a connection between the seizures and whatever happened to Dilton. They then decide to check on Ben. When they enter his room, they find him sitting in the window. Ben says that he's going to be with Dilton now. They both flipped the coin, but Dilton was scared to ascend. Ben isn't however. What about Princess Etheline, Betty asks. Ben replies that they'll all be reunited in the kingdom and that it's all part of his plan. Ben then jumps out the window onto the street below, killing himself.[28]

Betty and Jughead talk to Ethel about hr seizures and Evelyn Evernever

Betty and Jughead continue their investigation into G&G, starting by questioning Ethel about Evelyn, as they suspect that she and the Farm may somehow be connected. Ethel then directs them to look into Evelyn's peer support group if she's so curious. Jughead also asks if Gryphons & Gargoyles has a rule book or player's manual. Ethel admits that one does exist though they refer to it as the scripture. However, she isn't allowed to reveal to Jughead whether or not she owns a copy, as he is not worthy of the King's scripture. Jughead replies that he wants to be worthy and that he would like for Ethel to show him how. Ethel agrees to show Jughead, but him alone as Betty will never be worthy. They arrange a meeting for tomorrow night in Dilton's bunker.

Jughead and Betty watch as the scripture is destroyed

Following the opening night of La Bonne Nuit, Betty and Jughead return to the trailer to find it in complete disorder. Their parents demand to know where Jughead got the rule book to G&G from. Betty questions what her and Jughead's parents are hiding, and she instructs Jughead to not answer any of their questions until they start telling the truth about what they know about Gryphons & Gargoyles. FP explains that the game is pure evil and that no one else will ever play it again. Jughead begs his father not to destroy the scripture. While they don't intend to play it, the book may be the only chance they have of figuring out what happened to Ben and Dilton. Nevertheless, with this being the only known copy, FP and Alice decide it's best to destroy the scripture by throwing it into the fire.

After losing the scripture, Betty and Jughead head to Dilton bunker and lay in bed. Jughead begins to thinking that maybe destroying the rule book was for the best because as he was flipping through the manual, he felt as if he was reading evil. Plus, both of their parents played the game, which is why they were so adamant against them investigating Ben and Dilton's deaths, and why they freaked out over the rule book.[29]

Archie's Prison Break

Betty tries to talk some sense into Jughead

Betty enters Dilton's bunker to find Jughead and the young Serpents playing G&G, and even more unsettling, Jughead isn't making much sense, rambling on about Eldervair, the realm of Gryphons and Gargoyles, which Jughead concludes is an anagram and analog for Riverdale. The more Jughead plays the game, the more familiar he becomes with Eldervair and its rules. The more he sees the patterns. And the more he understands the Gargoyle King. The game is the Gargoyle King's imagination and psychology. How they view Riverdale. How do you catch a Game Master, Jughead asks. To that, he replies that you become a Game Master. And that's exactly what he's doing. Once he proves that he's at the Gargoyle King's level, he'll come face-to-face with him. Betty grows tired of Jughead ramblings and decides to investigate on her own.

Betty leaves Jughead in the bunker

Betty returns to Dilton's bunker to find that Jughead is about to set forth on a new quest. She's about to help Veronica break Archie out of juvie, and she's hoping Jughead will help. Jughead notes that this is perfect. The quest he's been working on lacked heart and humanity until Betty just gave him the missing piece; a rescue mission, to save their friend. Betty exclaims that this is not a game. It's real life. But since he refuses to recognize that, she'll just take Jughead's bike and do this without him.

Betty and Jughead take first watch over Archie

Once Archie is free and hiding out in the bunker, Betty and Jughead take the first watch. They note that Archie’s brand looks a lot like a runic symbol from Gryphons and Gargoyles. Betty also recalls the Warden calling Archie a Red Paladin. This means he too was playing G&G. They begin to suspect that maybe Warden Norton is the Gargoyle King. Before jumping back in, Betty suggests that Jughead go home and get some sleep. Before leaving, he tells Archie to sleep well as his troubles are likely only beginning.[30]

Jughead and Betty learn about Joaquin's new gang from Archie

Their investigation into G&G continues, whilst also watching over Archie in the bunker. Jughead informs Betty of his latest run-in with the Gargoyle King, during which he discovered that the Gargoyle King is not alone. He was accompanied by ten of his disciples around a bonfire. They were all wearing masks, and Jughead describes them as being a gang of gargoyles being led by Joaquin. They also later discover that Josie had a seizure as well and that Warden Norton was the RROTC instructor of Riverdale High twenty-five years ago.

Betty frees Jughead

When Betty stops by the trailer, she finds Jughead handcuffed to the refrigerator and uses a bobby-pin to free him, as he explains that his dad cuffed him, as he didn't like that Jughead was playing G&G. Once Jughead is free, Betty reveals that Penelope Blossom claims Darryl Doiley poisoned the chalices. Neither Jughead nor Betty are buying this story, which is why Betty has already contacted Dr. Curdle Jr to ask if he can pull Darryl Doiley's autopsy report.[31]

Investigating Hiram's shooting

Jughead and Betty stumble upon the Maple Club

Steering away from their investigation into Gryphons & Gargoyles, Betty and Jughead investigate the near-assassination of Hiram Lodge, starting with Hiram’s mysterious blonde mistress, Mrs. Mulwray. Wjile at the Five Seasons, they stumble onto some kind of sex club known as the Maple Club and meet a young lady named Laura. Jughead shows her a picture of Hiram’s mistress, and while initially reluctant, after Jughead bribes her with money, Laura reveals that she’s seen the woman before, telling them to try room 311. As they’re on their way out, Betty and Jughead bump into Penelope, who demands that they both leave. Betty and Jughead confront Penelope over her brothel, threatening to inform his dad should she not cooperate. In hopes of keeping Betty and Jughead quiet, Penelope agrees to answer their questions, though she insists that she's innocent of any wrongdoings.

Later, as Betty and Jughead are in the middle of having sex, they both get calls from their parents, asking where are they.[32]

Helping the Red Paladin

Betty and Jughead discuss his family moving into her family's house

When Jughead's mother, Gladys, returns to Riverdale with his sister, Jellybean, she secretly buys the Cooper house through an all-cash online offer and moves her family in, as Alice intends on joining the Farm, full-time. Betty and Jughead take a seat on the front steps, where they further discuss their current dilemma. Jughead doesn't think that they'll actually move in, but Betty believes otherwise. And if that is the case, Jughead tells Betty that the one good thing that comes from this is that she gets to stay in her room and live with them. However, Betty is unsure about living with Jughead's family, as she barely knows his mother. So instead, she'll crash at the Pembrooke with Veronica.

Betty and Jughead with the Quest Card

Betty and Jughead then meet with Archie at Pop's and then the bunker after Jughead's dad pulled up all the files on Warden Norton and found a "Kill the Red Paladin" Quest Card. This card from Warden Norton's office is identical to the one Ricky had, meaning ten more remain in the world, all having been printed by Hiram, who, fortunately, gave Archie a list of where G&G players like to congregate. After gaining some more details from some players at a comic shop, they return to the bunker, where they devise a plan for Archie to defend his mountaintop for 12 hours, dusk til dawn. Anyone that has the "Kill the Red Paladin" card can try and take Archie down, but if they don't by the time the challenge ends, the mark of the sacrifice is lifted. This plan proves successful after Archie beats his final opponent, Captain Golightly.[33]

Jughead and Betty find the trailer

With Archie safe, Betty and Jughead turn their attention back to G&G, more specifically Jughead's mom, who is Riverdale's latest Fizzle Rocks supplier. They track down his old family trailer, which his mother has turned into a drug lab. Jughead is distraught as his own mother destroyed his childhood home. Jughead is stressing out as he has no idea what his next move will be. Betty starts to sing "Seventeen", suggesting that they just be normal, like seeing bad movies, sneaking beers, and watching TV. She comforts a wallowing Jughead, offering nothing but to bring him happiness. The two then proceed to dance and kiss in the trailer.

Betty and Jughead head to Pop's to discuss their next course of action. Jughead wants to steal the trailer back while everyone's at the play. He can get the keys from Archie's dad's truck and move it to get it out of his mom's hands. Betty points out how this idea is more emotional than practical. She would rather Jughead just let it go.

Later, before going to the play, Betty and Jughead burn down his childhood trailer with all his mother's drugs inside.[34]

Ending the Gargoyle King

Betty refuses to take a break

At the Serpents den, Jughead informs Betty of all his mythological readings from the Gospel as she looks upon their suspect board. He reads to her a story of the Gargoyles and the Gryphon Queens. Betty states that while all this lore builds the Gargoyle King up to be a supernatural creature, in reality they're facing a serial killer. The Gargoyle King is flesh and blood, which means that he can die. Jughead tells Betty that it would be okay if she took a couple days off, but she refuses. Jughead then gets a message from Dr. Curdle Jr., who has results from Kurtz's autopsy. Kurtz's tattoos, which are no more than a month old, are the same runic symbols that were carved into Ben, Dilton, and Baby Teeth. Jughead read in the Gospel that those markings are needed in order to ascend to the Kingdom. Whoever gave Kurtz the tattoos could be their next lead.

Betty and Jughead question a tattoo artist

Betty and Jughead enter the local tattoo parlor with a photo of Kurtz' tattoos. The tattoo artist recognizes the symbols. He showed the artist the design and paid cash, just like the first guy, the tattoo artist says. Jughead asks about the "first guy". The tattoo artist explains that he gave that same tattoo to someone about a year ago. Betty asks did he get the guy's name, but he didn't. Normally, the artist likes to take photos of his finished work, but this guy wouldn't allow it. Betty asks for a description. The tattoo artist describes the guy as having blonde hair, blue eyes, and being weirdly magnetic. If the Gargoyle King is Edgar, Jughead wonders how that explains her mom seeing it during ascension night, nearly two decades before Edgar came to town. Betty has come to the conclusion that it isn't the same Gargoyle King. Her mother gave testimony about the Midnight Club to the Farm. Maybe Edgar took on that persona. Nevertheless, Betty is confident that he is the King. Edgar bought the Sisters, where the game originated. Both he and the Gargoyle King preach ascension, both also have followers who they manipulate, and both are really creepy by Betty's account.

Betty and Jughead ask Cheryl to change the theme of Prom

Betty and Jughead interrupt one of the Farm’s meetings and accuse Edgar of being the Gargoyle King, and tells him to take off his shirt so that they can see his tattoos. With nothing to hide, Edgar takes off his shirt, revealing a bare back with no tattoos. So, having ruled him out, they return to the Blue and Gold offices, where they continue their investigation into the Gargoyle King. Jughead wants to use a ritual that sounds similar to Prom to invoke him. However, with the theme of Fire and Ice decided on months ago, Betty and Jughead persuade Cheryl to specify the theme with something more medieval.

Jughead finds Betty

Prom night arrives, and Jughead and Betty have forged an alliance with the Pretty Poisons in order to stop the Gargoyle King. With the Serpent and Poisons in place, Betty and Jughead now have to wait for him to make his move. They decide to dance while they look for him. Unfortunately, Betty heads off by herself to confront the Gargoyle King, which nearly gets her killed, but Jughead finds her, and she tells him how the Black Hood is back and that he attacked her.[35]

Betty tells Jughead about her session

After her session with Edgar, during which she had a conversation with her darker self, Betty calls Jughead to share with him her discoveries. Jughead, while working from a booth at Pop's, reminds Betty to keep her head clear of all that Farmie nonsense, as he suspects that Edgar is using sound to influence Betty. He asks if Betty needs rescuing, but she would rather stay, as she has an idea for her next session with Edgar. It's time she figures out what the Farm is about. Meanwhile, Jughead will continue his efforts to find the connection between the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood. Betty has a thought about that. The reason she walked off alone during Prom was because someone dressed as a jester gave her a letter from the Gargoyle King.

After some solo investigating, Jughead later calls Betty to inform her that Jason Blossom is the Gargoyle King.[36]

Penelope, Archie, Veronica, Hal, Sister Woodhouse, Betty, and Jughead witness the Gargoyle King unmask

Betty, Jughead, Archie, and Veronica are at the Blossom hunting lodge on Thornhill ground, where they are confronted by Penelope, the mastermind behind it all, having reintroduced G&G to Riverdale. Not only is she in cahoots with the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, but she's also working with the Black Hood and Chic, dressed as Jason. Now, it's time for one final round, to prove they're as dark-hearted as the town that birthed them. If they win, they escape. If they lose, they die. They are taken into the woods, where they eventually get down to the final quest after being poisoned. It's up to Betty to grab the gun and shoot her own father. When she fails, Penelope kills Hal instead. Fortunately, they are then saved by Cheryl and the Poisons.

Betty and Jughead find out that Charles is alive

Betty and Jughead receive a visit from an Agent Smith, who has been investigating Edgar Evernever for quite some time and brought Alice in on the investigation. She's an FBI informant. It's vital that they find Alice as soon as possible, which is why they're setting up in Riverdale. Agent Smith seems vaguely familiar to Betty, and so after talking to him for a bit, Betty finally decides to ask if they know each other. Agent Smith replies that it's no coincidence that he and Alice found each other as he's Charles. Betty and Jughead's half brother, who was supposedly killed by Chic.[37]

Attending Stonewall Prep

Jughead and Betty are greeted by Bret

Summer is now over, and the gang is headed into their senior year, but Jughead is being recruited by a prestigious boarding school. Betty decides to join him for his tour of Stonewall Prep, where they are greeted by Bret, who takes them on a tour of the school. Mr. Chipping interrupts to invite Jughead to join them tomorrow for discussion of the book Moby Dick. Bret extends the invite to Betty, but she's had enough of Stonewall Prep in the little time she's been there. Later, when Jughead begins to express his reluctance to attend, Betty pulls him out of class during a mind-numbing reading session and convinces him to go to Stonewall Prep.[38]

Betty and Jughead finds a VHS tape on the doorstep

After moving into his room at Stonewall earlier that week, Jughead returns to Riverdale, where he and Betty cuddle up on the couch as he shares with her how Bret exposed Moose. Jughead surmises that Bret's reason for doing so was because he blames Jughead for him not winning the contest. He couldn't go after Jughead, so he went after Moose. Betty advises Jughead to be careful. Jughead then asks about Betty's mom and Polly. Alice is already working on her expose of the Farm, while Polly started a program at the Shady Grove Treatment Center to get the help she needs. As for Charles, Betty believes he can be trusted. Suddenly, the doorbell rings. Betty and Jughead open the door to find a VHS tape sitting on the doorstep.[39] The tape ultimately ends up being six hours of the Jones house being filmed, and over the next few weeks, more and more citizens of Riverdale received copies of similar tapes, footage of their houses being taped.[40]

Investigating the Baxter Brothers

Jughead tells Betty his theory that his grandfather wrote the first Baxter Brothers novel

Jughead meets up with Betty at Pop's and explains that Mr. Chipping assigned the class with writing their own version of a Baxter Brothers novel, but for the first time in his life, Jughead is suffering from writer's block. Jughead believes there's a real life mystery hidden within the Baxter Brothers books. He explains that while there's a hoarse voice and overall tone, you can always tell when a new ghostwriter takes over. So, when he went back to read the first book, he discovered that it's fingerprints are unlike any of the rest of them. It's too raw and real. Jughead suspects that DuPont lied about witting the first Baxter Brothers books. He thinks his grandfather wrote the first book, and DuPont wrote the following four books. Jughead believes that his grandfather left him clues to find in sending him the first edition Baxter Brothers book with a message inside saying "Never let them take anything from you." And as Jughead digs further, he discovers that someone has been trying to wipe every trace of his grandpa from Stonewall.

After Jughead's grandpa left Stonewall, he attended Riverdale High, so Jughead and Betty begin looking through Riverdale High's old literary magazines and find a story written by Frosty Pajamas, his grandpa's pen name. Upon further examination, Jughead concludes it's the same writing as the first Baxter Brothers book, down to the character names. It was also written years before the first Baxter Brothers novel.[41]

Betty and Jughead investigate Chipping's death

Betty arrives at Stonewall Prep during the ice storm to discuss the suspicious circumstances of Mr. Chipping's death, such as how he died shortly after confronting DuPont about the story that Jughead's grandfather wrote. Jughead suspects that DuPont threatened or blackmailed Chipping into killing himself. The Baxter Brothers empire is worth $200,000,000. Certainly a compelling motive. Assuming that is the case, Betty wonders what leverage DuPont could've had over Chipping to make him kill himself. Jughead shows Betty two year book photos of DuPont and Chipping, which are decades apart. The single similarity between the two is that they're both wearing the same tie pen. Apparently, it's the mark of the "Quill and Skull". One of Stonewall's oldest secret societies. Jughead suspects that their initiation may involve revealing one's own deepest, darkest secret, and if this is true, DuPont could've used this information to coerce Chipping into suicide.

Betty and Jughead question Bret and Donna

While at the vending machine, Jughead is startled by a man wearing a bunny mask with an ax in hand. Jughead asks who he is and what he wants, but he doesn't answer. Betty sneaks up from behind and knocks him unconscious with a golf club. Donna rushes over to them, also wearing a mask and carrying an ax. The man under the mask is Bret. He and Donna were simply trying to scare Jughead. After Betty stitches up the back of Bret's head, Bret grabs his coat, from where a letter drops out. Jughead partially reads the letter, which appears to be Mr. Chipping's suicide notes. Bret snatches the letter from Jughead, claiming it was merely an exercise he and Donna did to capture the inner workings of Chipping's mind. After Bret and Donna leave, Betty wonders if maybe they're trying to either get rid of evidence or plant it. So, she devises a plan to get the truth out of them.

Betty and Jughead play "Never Have I Ever"

Betty and Jughead convene with Donna and Bret to play a game of "Never Have I Ever." Jughead states how he's never been part of a secret society. He's forced to finish off the flask when neither Bret nor Donna cop. Betty then grabs the flask and heads back to Jughead's room to refill it, or so she claims. Instead, Betty breaks into Donna's room, where she finds Mr. Chipping's tie pin. She shares this with Jughead and points out how killers often take something from their victims as a souvenir or trophy. Jughead accuses Bret and Donna of trying to cover up Chipping's murder. Donna storms off, and Betty follows her. Donna tearfully explains that she and Mr. Chipping were having an affair and that he gave her his tie pin.

Jughead and Betty discuss Donna's story

Jughead's left confused, as he's seeing things differently for the first time. This entire time he thought Bret or DuPont was the bad guy, but it was Chipping, or at least so Donna claims. However, Betty isn't certain that Donna isn't playing them. There's a possibility that the story she told Betty was just to stall them from uncovering the truth. Betty recommends that Jughead speaks to the headmaster about everything going on at the school. Jughead agrees. He's hoping that the storms clears up by the morning so he and Betty can go home for the weekend. Until then, they have sex, completely unaware that there's a hidden camera in the room recording them.[42]

Jughead and Betty discuss the deceased Quill and Skull members

Betty reads Jughead's version of the Baxter Brothers novel. She's impressed. Not only has he caught up on his work, he's done so with college applications as well. He then shows Betty an article he found from 2002. The headline reads, "Novelist Theodore Weisel Drowns In Yatching Accident." He was in the Quill and Skull literary society with Jughead's grandfather. Jughead tracked down all the original members, and Theodore is not the only one who suffered an accident. He pulls up two more cases of past members who've died mysteriously. DuPont and Jughead's grandfather are the only members of the society not dead. Which begs the question are they all horrible, suspicious accidents or murders. In fear for Jughead's life, Betty wants him to transfer from Stonewall Prep, as he may be too close to uncovering something.[43]

Betty learns that Jughead got accepted into Yale

Betty and Jughead have sex in his room at Stonewall Prep. Everything seems to be going right in Jughead's life. He has Betty at his side, he turned in his draft for the Baxter Brothers book, and he was accepted into Yale. Betty claims that she's both happy and proud of Jughead, however, she appears taken back. As Betty's leaving, Bret mocks her for failing to get accepted into Yale. He then announces his plan to defeat Betty in the Quiz Show finals.

Betty confronts Jughead

Jughead is confronted by Betty after learning from Bret that Jughead is writing YA fiction based on the exploits of the Black Hood. Jughead explains it was a last minute decision. He was initially never going to do it, which is why he didn't ask Betty. However, she is still upset nevertheless and accuses him of purposely omitting the truth. Which is exactly what he did about being initiated into the Quill and Skull and getting accepted into Yale, which Betty claims he only got into because he attends Stonewall Prep.

Betty and Jughead make up

Jughead gets in bed with Betty and comforts her after learning the truth about why she wasn't accepted into Yale and that she destroyed her father's headstone in response. He tells Betty that he loves her and hates when they fight. Betty explains that she's happy that Jughead was accepted into Yale and that he deserves it. However, It's difficult for her to untangle that from the fact that she didn't get accepted in. Stonewall got Jughead into Yale, he wonders if he can pay that forward by helping Betty win and by introducing her to Mr. Brooks, a recruiter from Yale.[44]

Faking Jughead's death

Betty gives Jughead an idea about his novel

Betty arrives at Stonewall Prep to offer her assistance after Jughead informs her that he's been kicked out of Quill and Skull and that he has five days to write a new novel despite only just being initiated after being accused of plagiarism. Jughead tells her how Stonewall celebrates the Ides of March by throwing a big blowout in the woods. Betty suggests that he write about what's been happening to him at Stonewall. A prep school thriller that would start with Moose's arrival. Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there, as Jughead's also being framed and DuPont wants him expelled.

Betty and Jughead bring in a lie detector test

Betty and Jughead confront the Stonies about the lie he allegedly told in regards to writing On Featherless Wings. They brought a lie detector test to prove Jughead's innocence. Jonathan refuses to take the test, and so Betty tells them to watch as Jughead takes it. He answers each question honestly. Jughead again explains that he wrote the story during the summer, before he had even heard of Stonewall. Betty claims this proves Jonathan's guilt by process of elimination.

Betty and Jughead break into DuPont's desk

They then break into Donna and Joan's room and search for Jughead's stolen laptop. After failing to find it, Betty and Jughead look in the sanctum, behind the stone wall, but nothing is there. Not even the video recordings Betty previously discovered. They proceed to break into DuPont's desk, where they find a pre-written Baxter Brothers novel, ready for print, titled The Boy In The River, which is the novel about Jason Blossom that Jughead submitted to win the Baxter Brothers contest. DuPont told Jughead that the Baxter Brotherhood rejected it because it wasn't dark enough. While it's been re-written to some degree, it's undeniably Jughead's story. Betty and Jughead confront DuPont with their findings. DuPont explains that via Jughead's contract, the Brotherhood owns everything he submits. They kept the elements they liked and let the Stonies revise it.

Jughead kisses Betty

After reviewing the murder board and coming to the conclusion that Chipping was driven to suicide by DuPont, Jughead decides to gracefully and quietly withdraw himself from Stonewall to spare everyone a hearing and save Betty and himself any further humiliation after learning that Bret has a sex tape of them. Jughead also has a plan in the works and decides to attend the Ides of March celebration in the woods behind the school. However, by the night'e end, Archie and Veronica find Betty standing over Jughead's lifeless body in the woods, with a rock covered with Jughead's blood in her hand.[45]

FP and Betty identify Jughead

Betty, Archie, and Veronica, strip down to their underwear, stand around a fire in the woods, and burn Jughead's beanie before getting in Archie's truck and driving home. Later, after the town's become aware that Jughead is missing, they organize a search party, and Archie leads FP to Jughead's body, lying down below in a shroud of bushes. After recovering Jughead's body, FP and Betty go to the morgue, where they identify him. As the sheet is pulled from over his head, Bret and Donna burst in. However, Betty immediately pushes them out.[46]

Jughead and Betty have sex

As it turns out, Jughead is alive and well. They faked his death in hopes of exposing the preppies, and have even held a wake and devised a fake relationship with Archie to further the narrative. Betty and Jughead hope now that Donna will start doubting herself. In the meantime, Betty's counting on Jughead to figure out how the pieces of the mystery fit together. Jughead survived the Stonies "botched braining." Betty is thankful for his beanie, which apparently cushioned the blow. She then tells Jughead to close his eyes and hold out his hands. She gifts him with a brand-new beanie that she personally knitted. He then asks if any old feelings came back when Betty kissed Archie. She explains that Jughead's the only man for him. They then proceed to have sex.[47]

Jughead and Betty confront the Stonies for "killing" him

Betty and Jughead arrive at Stonewall Prep, where they confront the Stonies. Jughead notes that the one kind of crime story they never touched upon was the time tested genre, a locked room mystery, where all the suspects are locked in a room. One or more of them could be the killer, but the door isn't unlocked until the truth is revealed. Betty proceeds to lock the door, locking herself, Jughead, Donna, Bret, Joan, and DuPont in the classroom. Betty then asks for everyone's cellphones as Jughead starts to take them through the mystery, starting with the fact that both he and Moose were invited to Stonewall during their senior year. He then recalls Halloween night and being drugged. By the time he returned to his dorm, Moose had vanished. They later learned joined the army and that he was encouraged by Mr. Chipping, who knew that Moose was going to get murdered and made him leave in order to save his life.

Betty accuses Donna of lying about Mr. Kotter and Mr Chipping

After Halloween, DuPont announced the writing competition, and Jughead discovered that his grandfather wrote the original Baxter Brothers book, which DuPont would later go on to "steal" from him. Betty adds that DuPont exploited Jughead's grandfather. He took advantage of a kid from the wrong side of the tracks. And if that secret ever came out, it would damage the reputation of the Baxter Brothers brand. Jughead told Chipping about his grandfather, and the very next day, Chipping killed himself. Bret reminds them of Donna's allegation that she was having an affair with Chipping, but Betty accuses her of lying. She points out how the affair Donna described sounds identical to the story she gave in her Quill and Skull tape, accusing another teacher of having an affair. However, the teacher Donna claims she had an affair with doesn't exist.

Betty and Jughead point out the connection between the Stonewall Four and the Baxter Brothers ghostwriters

Betty and Jughead have come to realize that the actual challenge is to commit the perfect murder. Mr. Chipping invited Moose to Stonewall to be the next victim and be killed by the next ghostwriter. Betty and Jughead think that Chipping had grown a conscious and was feeling guilty, so he ran Moose out of Stonewall and killed himself. Betty and Jughead bring attention to the pattern of missing students in correlation to each ghostwriter being awarded their contract. Which brings them to a couple months ago when Jughead was awarded the contract. Jughead believes this was done to put a target on his back. DuPont gave them a new challenge; comit the perfect murder against Jughead.

Betty asks about Jonathan

Jughead wonders which one of them "killed" him. However, they all had a role. Donna kept Betty busy. Bret led Jughead deeper into the woods, where he took off the bunny mask he was wearing and put on his beanie. The very same beanie that kept his head from being completely cracked open when Joan crept up behind him and hit him over the head with a rock. Betty then asks where Jonathan is. Donna claims he has food poisoning. In all their plotting, where they failed at was killing Jughead. After Joan hit Jughead over the head with a rock, Donna blew Devil's breath in Betty's face, led her to the clearing and placed the rock in her hand, where she was later found by Archie and Veronica. At which point, two scenarios could've played out. Archie and Veronica could've tuned Betty in. Or, they could've helped her cover up the murder she had just committed.

Betty stands over Jughead with the rock

Flashback to that night. Archie checked Jughead's pulse and said that he was dead. Betty instructed Archie to start pounding on Jughead's chest while Veronica used the beanie to stop the bleeding. Betty performed CPR and revived Jughead. In that fleeting moment of consciousness, he told Betty not to take him to the hospital. And he wouldn't wake up for another 36 hours after that. With help from Charles, they got Jughead medical attention and cleaned up the crime scene.

Betty and Jughead accuse DuPont of murdering the three members of his original society

Jughead reveals that he and Betty visited all the Baxter Brothers ghostwriters, and when they shared their theories, each writer asked for their lawyers. DuPont claims that he never explicitly directed anyone to do anything criminal. Betty and Jughead accuse him of murdering the three members of his original society; Jane Dallas Brown, Charles W. Chickens, and Theodore Weisel in order to protect the secret that Jughead's grandfather wrote the first novel. The only remaining member of DuPont's literary society who he hasn't killed is Jughead's grandfather. Betty unlocks the door, inviting in FP, Charles, and Forsythe, who reveals that Theodore Weisel came to see him before he died. He told Forsythe that DuPont killed Charles and Jane because he feared they would spill the truth. Two days later, Theodore Weisel, an expert diver, drowned in shallow waters, mysteriously. As Charles is about to arrest DuPont, he throws himself out the window, falling to his death.[48]

The Voyeur

Betty watches the videotape

All across Riverdale, the townsfolk recover the videotapes placed at their doorsteps, including the Cooper-Jones. Jughead returns home, where he finds a videotape on his doorstep. Betty opens the front door, as he looks around for the man or woman responsible. They head inside and proceed to watch the tape. Afterward, Jughead and Betty sing and stare out the window.

Betty and Jughead meet up at the Blue and Gold, where, with help from his teachers, Betty has organized all of Jughead's assignments that he missed while at Stonewall. Having fallen so far behind, Jughead questions if the work is even worth the effort. Betty reminds Jughead that he's doing this so that he can graduate with her.

Betty and Jughead get into a fight

At the Cooper-Jones house, Betty critiques Jughead's essay. Jughead plans to go offline and hold up in the bunker so that he can focus on his assignments. Instead, he goes to the bunker to review the videotapes. Betty catches Jughead and explains how difficult it was to convince Honey and the teachers to give him a chance to make up his missed assignments. She's trying to make sure that they have a future together, as Betty is going to New Haven in a few months. She worries where Jughead will be in that time if he continues to shirk his responsibilities. Jughead reminds Betty that he almost died and that he's changed. He proceeds to get upset and throw things around the bunker. And Betty does the same thing in response and leaves.[49]

Betty and Jughead watch Jason's snuff film

Jughead, Betty, Alice, and Charles watch the re-enactment video in which someone wearing a Jughead mask is bludgeoned to death by someone wearing a Betty mask. Jughead explains that the video was dropped off at the sheriff station in a bin with all the other voyeur tapes, however, this is the only tape not of someone's house, though Betty refuses to get pulled into the another mystery. However, later that week, Jughead tells Betty about the sex tape that he recovered from Ethel. He then gets a call from Cheryl, who got sent another tape and wants Jughead to come over. Despite previously swearing off mysteries, Betty decides to join Jughead. The two of them arrive at Thistlehouse, where Cheryl and Toni explain that they found the tape on their doorstep when they got home. Instead of video footage of their home, it's another re-enactment, faux snuff film, but this time of Clifford killing Jason.[50]

Charles, Jughead, and Betty watch Jason's snuff film

Betty, Jughead, and Charles review the snuff film of Jason Blossom's murder as well as the re-enactment. Jughead believes that the Voyeur is trying to recreate himself into an auteur. He's trying to recreate their deaths and blur the line between fact and fiction. Betty worries it could be a rehearsal for an actual murder. Until they get another tape, all that's left now is for them to review the tapes from the Scarlet Suite.

Betty reads Jughead's story

Betty wakes up to find Jughead writing his new story for Iowa University, titled Killing Mr. Honey. He credits Betty with the idea. He printed some pages out for her to read. The story depicts Archie, Jughead, and Reggie in bunny masks and Stonewall jackets as they restrain Mr. Honey to a chair in the Lodge cabin.

Betty and Jughead suspect that the video is a hoax

Betty and Jughead enter Mr. Honey's office to find him standing with Charles. Supposedly, a videotape was delivered to the school. Honey called Charles, who revealed that Betty and Jughead are helping him on the case. The tape goes on for hours. It covers every inch of the school. Mr. Honey worries that it could be a threat. He feels that he has no other choice but to put the school on high alert and cancel prom. Betty, Jughead, and Charles convene in the Blue and Gold office. They agree that something is off. Jughead and Betty suspect that it could be a hoax, since the general public isn't aware that the voyeur/auteur has moved onto recreation videos. With Honey wanting to cancel prom, Betty believes that the tape was forged by Honey in order to give him a reason to cancel prom, which she proves when she spots his reflection in the video. Mr. Honey denies having any type of feud or vendetta against them, claiming that he was only trying to prepare them for a life outside of Riverdale. However, Betty and Jughead are unconvinced, and they have already reported Honey to the school board.

Jughead and Betty watch the latest video

Betty and Jughead return home, where Jughead opens the letter written by Mr. Honey to the University of Iowa. Betty wonders if he was trying to screw Jughead over. However, upon reading the letter, Jughead rushes to rewrite the story. Betty reads Jughead's revised novel and wonders what caused him to change his story so drastically. Jughead finally realized what he was saying and how he was saying it. He was revelling in the town's sickness and enjoying the suffering of another person. Betty realizes this is because of Honey's letter and wonders what it said. Before Jughead can respond, Jellybean reveals that they received another videotape. Jughead and Betty play the videotape. It's footage of the Lodge cabin, where Veronica's mom killed Sheriff Minetta. Jughead suspects that it's an invitation.

Betty and Jughead arrive at the cabin

Betty and Jughead arrive at the Lodge cabin, which is or at least was clearly being used as refuge, as food containers are littered all along the floor. There's also a bed and blankets. They discover a projector and makeshift screen. Betty and Jughead find another tape waiting for them. The videotape in question is a re-enactment of Jughead's story, in which, six individuals wearing masks of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Cheryl, and Reggie tie someone wearing a Mr. Honey mask to a chair and stab him to death.[51]

The case of the Auteur

Betty and Jughead asks Bret about David

After having discovered the latest re-enactment video in the Lodge cabin, Betty and Jughead have called Charles, who confirms that Mr. Honey is alive and well and that the video they recovered was merely a faux snuff film. Jughead reveals that he also wrote a story called Killing Mr. Honey, within which was a fictionalized version of the cabin. However, Jughead only told his story to a couple of people. An agent then recovers four ticket stubs from Blue Velvet Video, leading Jughead to suspect that the shopkeeper, David, is somehow involved, but before they can confront him, they first gain leverage with help from Bret, who inform them how some of David's customers prefer underground, immersive red-band screenings. However, in order to be invited, they have to be on the list or prove to David that they're the real deal by bringing him a tape, preferably a snuff film.

Betty and Jughead film a snuff film

Rather than finding a snuff film, they make one using the equipment from the AV Club and Jellybean’s fake blood. They also hire Cheryl and Reggie as actors and film the snuff film in the chapel of Thistlehouse. However, Betty takes Kevin along when they go see David, as he would recognize Jughead. When David writes off their tape as a fake, Betty gives him a home video of her father being groomed by his mother to become the Black Hood.

Betty and Jughead find the Auteur

Having won David over, Betty and Jughead attend his rave and walk room to room in hopes of crossing paths with the Auteur. Eventually, they find themselves in a room playing all of the Auteur’s snuff films. Betty is then approached by a raver, who refers to her as "Ponytail Playmate," in reference to the sex tape that Bret secretly filmed and sold to David. This angers Jughead, who punches the raver. Betty and Jughead then exit the room to find the Auteur wearing an owl’s mask and standing at the end of the hall, filming. However, their pursuit is stalled when they discover that Jellybean is at the rave. So, Betty goes after the Auteur while Jughead stays behind with his sister, who claims she was merely attending the party with friends.

Betty and Jughead at prom

After questioning Jellybean, Betty and Jughead go to prom, where the court dance is interrupted by the Auteur, who makes their next move, playing on the big screen a snuff film of what appears to be David being killed by several individuals wearing masks while tied to a chair in the back of the Blue Velvet Videos store. Jughead shuts off the video while Betty gets the lights. Betty and Jughead rush over to Blue Velvet Videos only to find an owl mask and a camera left behind.[52]

Betty agrees to help Bret

Betty and Jughead are awakened from their sleep by Bret, who informs them that he’s come across privileged information that the two of them would certainly be interested in. However, he’ll only talk in exchange for them getting him a transfer to solitary confinement. The following day, they visit Bret at the Lodge Detention Center, only to discover that he was killed in his cell last night and that his body was taken to the morgue. And so, they go to Dr. Curdle Jr., who reports that not only were there multiple wounds to Bret’s abdomen but that his eyes were gouged out as well, leaving him horribly disfigured.

Just as they begin to further suspect David as the Auteur, they find his body hanging from the rafters in the Lodge cabin. Charles surmises that David was tying up loose ends by first killing Bret and then himself. David is wearing an owl mask with a note around his neck that reads: "God is watching." Betty questions if David was even suicidal. She remarks that it all rather feels too neat.

Betty and Jughead find another tape

After getting a call from Donna the night before, who revealed that someone was killing off the preppies, Betty and Jughead find another tape from the Auteur sitting on the front porch. The Auteur seemingly enters their house during the late hours of the night and softly caresses Jellybean’s face with a kitchen knife. Unnerved, Jughead quickly turns off the TV. Later, he and Betty discuss possible suspects. Given the supposedly privileged information he had about them and their friends, Betty suspects that the Auteur has also been listening to them, alluding to the fact that Charles may be the Auteur. Not only would he be able to bug their phones, he’d have the resources to kill Joan in the outside world as well as Bret, who was locked up.

Betty confronts Charles

Betty calls Charles and tells him to come over after finding his bug on the phone. He admits to having been listening to their conversations for months, but only to protect Betty. Charles then admits to killing Joan and Bret and attempting to kill Donna. It didn’t sit well with him how they committed a heinous crime and got away with it. Jughead joins them and adds that Charles must’ve had Chic kill Bret, and this is what Bret intended to tell them. Charles admits that this is true and that he is in fact a serial killer, explaining that he only kills people who deserve it, who hurt people he cares for. However, Charles claims that he isn’t the Auteur. While he did kill David for his degenerate behavior and frame him as the Auteur, Charles insists that he isn’t the one videotaping houses and re-creating deaths, leading Jughead to realize that there’s only one other person who could have had access to such privy information. They confront Jellybean and ask if she’s the Auteur, and she admits that she is.[53]

The end of Bughead

Jughead and Betty discuss Jellybean and the Auteur

Betty enters the kitchen to find Jughead with all of Jellybean's auteur masks crafted in their likeness. Jughead blames himself for what has happened to Jellybean, despite Betty insisting that it’s not his fault. Jughead recalls how it was him who convinced her to return to Riverdale, only to ignore her soon thereafter. Betty reminds Jughead that he was fighting for his life at Stonewall Prep and that there was nothing he could’ve done. Later that night, Jughead returns home after finding his accomplices and shares with Betty his startling realization, that while they survived the death of Jason Blossom, the Black Hood and Gargoyle King, he never considered how the fall out of all this would affect the generations to come.

Betty reveals to Jughead that she kissed Archie

Betty and Jughead return home, where Jughead notes that Archie and Veronica have been acting off since prom. Betty comes to the realization that Archie must've confessed and reveals to Jughead that she and Archie kissed during Hedwig. She presumes that Archie must’ve told Veronica, which would explain why they’ve been acting so odd. Betty apologizes, which Jughead appears to accept, as the two proceed to have sex. The following day, Jughead gets dressed and ready to take Archie to the bus stop. Before leaving, he tells Betty that he wants to talk about their relationship when he returns home.

Following graduation, with Archie in basic training and Veronica in the Hamptons, Betty and Jughead start to become distant. So, Betty decides to leave early for New Haven. Before parting ways, Betty and Jughead express that they’ll always love each other, but for the time being, they’ll spend some time apart. Betty will focus on Yale while Jughead focuses on Iowa.[54]

Seven years later

Seven years after graduation, Betty and Jughead return to Riverdale for Pop Tate's retirement party, but they agree to stay to clean up Riverdale, which has become a wasteland.[55]

Betty and Jughead walk home

After their reunion at Pop's, Betty and Jughead walk home together and discuss their time apart. Jughead asks why she never reached out. Betty didn't think he wanted her to after he left her a voicemail on the night of his book launch. Jughead insists that wasn't his intention and says that he likes seeing her again, despite it being weird for the both of them being back in Riverdale. They both note that after all this time, Archie hasn't changed a bit, still insistent on saving Riverdale and everyone in it.[56]

Investigating Polly's disappearance

Jughead and Betty ask Old Man Dreyfus about the Lonely Highway

Betty heads over to Pop’s and tells Jughead about the developments in Polly’s case, mainly the blood that they recovered at the phone booth being a direct match to Polly’s. She’s been missing for four weeks, somewhere along the Lonely Highway. Jughead reveals that he knows someone who lives along the Lonely Highway who sees a lot of what goes on down on that end and offers to take Betty to Old Man Dreyfus, who didn't see anything in regards to Betty's sister. However, he does believe that Polly was abducted by Mothmen. Betty writes off her encounter with Old Man Dreyfus as a colossal waste of time. Her sister was abducted by someone, not something. However, Jughead argues that strange things happen in Riverdale all the time. Betty replies that there’s nothing paranormal about someone kidnapping, torturing, and murdering women. And she refuses to allow it to happen to anyone else.

Betty finds Lerman

Betty and Jughead partner back up after one of his students, Lerman Logan, goes missing and is likely somewhere along the Lonely Highway. Betty finds Lerman wandering alongside the road and brings him to Jughead. They return Lerman to his parents, who reveal that he is a chronic sleepwalker. They thought he grew out of it, but then it started again, leaving his parents with no other option but to lock his bedroom door at night. The worst incident came one morning when Lerman was missing for an entire week. He was found wandering the Lonely Highway with no memory of the prior week. Betty and Jughead then go to Pop’s, where they discuss the similarities between Lerman and Polly’s disappearances. When Polly escaped and made that phone call, she described being in what sounded like an alien spaceship. They could’ve been abducted by the same person. Betty suspects that Lerman may have escaped, which is why they need to find out what Lerman knows about that missing week.[57]

Searching for Jughead

Betty and Tabitha find Jughead's manuscript

When Jughead goes missing while high off of shrooms, Tabitha calls Betty to help find him. They search Archie's garage, Jughead's classroom, and the bunker, where they read Jughead's manuscript in an effort to find a possible lead, such as where he may have wandered off to. While searching for Jughead, Betty plays Tabitha and Jessica a voice message from two years after they broke up, with Jughead yammering on about how she bailed on him. He said that she pretended to be kind, but she's truly cruel, referring to Betty as a "cold, fake, duplicitous bitch." Still, even with this in mind, she helps look for him, that is until Jughead calls Tabitha, and he reveals that he's heading to New York to confront his past.[58]

Apologizing to Betty

Jughead apologizes to Betty

Jughead asks Betty to meet him at the bunker, where he apologizes for the voicemail he left her, as it's one of his steps to recovery from alcoholism. Much like Jughead, Betty believes that she's an addict as well, but of a different nature. She can't stop hunting for the trucker killer. Even when Betty was at Yale, she tried to be normal, but it felt so empty. The void that she was so desperately trying to fill didn't even go away when she arrived at Quantico, but that is where she realized that she is more comfortable studying serial killers than she is socializing with normal people, and then she read about TBK, which is why she wasn't at Jughead's book release party, as that was the night she got the offer to join the TBK task force. Betty is consumed by both TBK and the trucker killer, and she doesn't think she can stop hunting them.[59]

Hunting down the Highway Killer

Betty and Jughead investigate the killings

Betty and Jughead decide to investigate the highway murders together after learning that Tabitha's friend, Squeaky is missing. They begin their investigation at the old FBI field office, where Jughead catches up while reading Betty's case files. Despite catching Martin Tucker, Betty believes the killings are the work of a family of truckers who have been kidnapping and murdering sex workers and hitchhikers. Jughead recalls Lerman Logan, who disappeared on the highway for about a week, but he doesn't fit any of the victim profiles, though he may have encountered the killers, which is why Betty and Jughead would like to talk to him, but first they visit Dr. Curdle, who reveals that a dismembered body was recovered from Swedlow Swamp, but in order to determine if it's Polly, he'll have to run a DNA test.

Betty and Jughead learn that the trucker killer was a Blossom

Along with Tabitha, Betty and Jughead question Lerman, who recalls being in a small, windowless metal shed, similar to a spaceship. Lerman could hear voices outside of the shed sometimes. He was in there alone until the Mothman helped him escape. He had red eyes and said that Lerman was a mistake, which is why he's releasing him. Unfortunately, Lerman doesn't know the location of the shed, though it was close to the highway. Betty then gets a text from Dr. Curdle, who has the DNA results and confirms that the body belongs to Squeaky. However, Betty's DNA did come back as a match to Martin Tucker. It seems he's a very distant cousin, meaning that he's more likely a Blossom. Lastly, Dr. Curdle reveals that the morgue was broken into and the body of Martin Tucker and the severed limbs of Squeaky were stolen. The killers heard Alice on the news and stole the evidence. Tabitha relates this to when their Mothman corpse was taken from Pop's. Jughead recalls that they were given the body by Nana Rose. Add that to the fact that the trucker was a Blossom, and now Jughead believes that they have a connection.

Betty and Jughead demand answers

Betty and Jughead confront Nana Rose about the Mothmen. She shamefully admits that the corpse she gave Jughead and Tabitha was actually cousin Timothy. She came across his corpse in the woods and put him in a barrel. Rose's late husband had sex with every woman that worked on their estate, and then when they became pregnant, he forced Rose to pawn them off to avoid a scandal. Fortunately, she knew a barren couple that lived in a cavern in the woods — the Starkweathers. Rose gave them a total of six children. Betty concludes that Martin Tucker must've been one of the Startkweathers, meaning that there's a secret illegitimate clan of Blossoms that have lived in the woods for two generations. They kept to themselves and didn't like prying eyes, so they created the tale of the Mothmen, one which the Blossoms were eager to embrace. They migrated from the woods towards the highway. Jughead then remembers Old Man Dreyfus, who has been pushing the Mothmen fable from the highway. When they mention his name, Nana Rose confirms that he is in fact a Starkweather.

Betty is choked by a Mothman

After learning from Toni that Britta ran away from home last night, Betty and Jughead recruit Toni and Fangs to assist them with raiding the junkyard. Jughead is to distract Dreyfus while the others search for Britta, whom they eventually find. However, while searching the yard, Betty is attacked by a man wearing armor crafted in the likeness of the Mothmen, but she, Tabitha, Toni, and Fangs subdue their attackers. Betty then rushes into the cabin to find Jughead holding Dreyfus down. He tried to chew his tongue off and choke on it, but Jughead continues to pry his mouth open until Betty knocks him unconscious with a swift kick to the face. And from him, they learn the location of Polly's body.[60]

Rivervale

Betty and Archie help Jughead and Tabitha move in together. Betty and Tabitha unpack and discuss their respective relationships. Back in high school, one of the biggest questions in Betty's life was if she was going to end up with Archie or Jughead. And now she has a definitive answer.[61]

Betty and Jughead kiss

As Rivervale begins to unravel and townsfolk begin to die, Betty shoots Archie in the back of the head and kills him to stop him from strangling the life from Jughead. Still dressed in her wedding dresses, she explains that something in her head clicked when Archie stood her up at the altar and her life flashed before her eyes. She simply knew to come to the house. Betty and Jughead then head upstairs with the bomb and place it under Archie's bed. All that's left for them to do now is recreate the moment leading up to the explosion that created Rivervale, so Betty and Jughead begin to kiss on the bed until being interrupted by Jughead's previously dead doppelgänger, Narrator Jughead, who reveals that there may be a way to save both universes by finding a new power source, that being Jughead, who will become a living battery and story generator that powers Rivervale by writing stories to fuel the universe so that it doesn't have to keep leeching off of Riverdale. Betty is very reluctant to the idea and doesn't think she'll be able to live with herself, but Narrator Jughead reveals that soon they all will forget about Jughead's sacrifice for them, and he will fade from memory.

Betty and Narrator Jughead in Archie's room

Betty and Narrator Jughead head into Archie's room with the bomb. However, Archie reanimates and resumes his mission to stop Jughead. He begins banging on the door with a bat as Betty and Jughead hug each other tightly and brace themselves as the bomb's timer reaches zero, but the explosion never goes off, and instead, Betty and Jughead return to their normal lives, with their friends waiting downstairs, all with no recollection of what just happened. Veronica asks what they were doing upstairs, but neither of them can recall.[62]


Quotes

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."
Veronica: "Oh my god, swoon!"
―Veronica and Betty discuss Jughead[src]

Jughead: "Am I expected to come to this thing?"
Veronica: "Of course. You're Betty's boyfriend, so...Oh, my God, you guys, relax. It's just a word that starts with the letter B."
―Veronica teases Betty's relationship with Jughead[src]

Jughead: "You're so much stronger than all of the white noise. You're stronger than your mother, you're stronger than your father. You're holding this family together. So don't. Don't let go."
Betty: "I won't."
―Jughead comforts Betty[src]

Jughead: "I didn't think you were the American Werewolf kind of girl."
Betty: "Ooh, that's where you're wrong Jughead Jones. I'm all about the beast within."
―Betty and Jughead at The Bijou[src]

Jughead: "I wish we could just go. Just hop on the motorcycle and just leave Riverdale. Go someplace where there's no Northside, or Southside, or Serpents, Ghoulies..."
Betty: "No... Crazy moms, no Black Hoods. Like Romeo and Juliet, but we live happily ever after instead."
[src]

Jughead: "I know. That's why I love you, Betty. I love you, Betty Cooper."
Betty: "Jughead Jones, I love you."
―Betty and Jughead saying I love you for the first time.[src]

Jughead: "Why didn't you reach out?"
Betty: "I didn't think you wanted me to after you left me that voicemail. On the night of your book launch? After that, I just assumed you didn't want to hear from me."
Jughead: "That wasn't my intention. I'm sorry if it came off that way. It was nice to see you, even if it's strange to be back here, just deeply uncanny."
Betty: "Same old Archie, though. Trying to save everyone."
Jughead: "Good luck with that, dude. I mean I have a book to write."
Betty: "Yeah, after Pop's retirement party, I have to get back to Quantico. It's good to see you, too, Jug, even though it is a bit weird."
―Betty and Jughead catching up after seven years.[src]

Jughead. If we're gonna be together, I wanna know who you are. All of it.
— Betty to Jughead.[src]

I love Jughead. He’s as much my family as you are, more so, right now.
— Betty to Alice[src]

I'm not letting Riverdale's civil war split us apart, Jug.
— Betty to Jughead[src]

Um... I wanted to apologize, actually, for that voicemail that I left you. I don't remember all of it... or even most of it, uh, but I know it was horrible. And, uh... I'm just sorry. That's one of my steps. Trying to just clean up my side of the track. And I... I'm in recovery. In case it's not obvious. I'm an alcoholic. An addict.


Trivia

  • Lili Reinhart, who portrays Betty Cooper, and Cole Sprouse, who portrays Jughead Jones, were dating in real life.[63] However, they later broke up.
    • Despite their break-up, both onscreen and in real life, Cole admitted there's still a massive audience for Bughead, and their make out scene in the 100th episode was a love letter to the audience and the series as a whole.[64]
  • Both Cole and Lili called showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa after they wrote the episode where Betty and Jughead got together to express their concerns with their characters getting together so quickly. They said, "The audience isn't going to like this, they want Archie and Betty." While Roberto was receptive to their response, he urged them to wait for the fans to react, as the writers felt as though Betty and Jughead were a good pairing.[65]

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