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Cheryl, I am so sorry. But you have to know your mother's wrong. You're not loveless. You're not deviant. Okay? You're... sensational.
Toni to Cheryl[src]

The relationship between Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz, commonly referred to as "Choni" among fans, has progressed rather fast. What began as a friendship quickly turned into a romance. Despite Cheryl's feelings towards Southsiders and the Southside of Riverdale in general, she and Toni have become quite close.

History

Cheryl and Toni have very little history as the two had never interacted with one another prior to the Riverdale Drag Race, where Cheryl took Toni's place as flag girl for the race between Archie, Jughead and the Ghoulies. Admittedly, Cheryl and Toni didn't start off on the right foot, but they have since resolved any differences.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 2

First Impressions at the Drag Race

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Cheryl replacing Toni as flag girl

Usually, the honors of flag girl go to Toni, but Cheryl felt as if she was born for the moment. So she informed Toni, who she referred to as "Cha Cha" (the "First Lady of Drag Racing", Shirley Muldowney) that she would be replacing her this time around. Cheryl took to the center of the road, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race, which was later intercepted by Sheriff Keller and the police department, thus ending the event as everyone scattered at the news of police involvement.[1]

Transferring to Riverdale High

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Jughead, Sweet Pea, Toni and Fogarty arriving at Riverdale High

Toni, Jughead, Sweet Pea, Fangs and the other transfers from the Southside arrived at Riverdale High following the closing of Southside High. They were greeted by Veronica and the welcoming committee. To ease their transition to Riverdale High, she had set up a registration desk in the hallway, where they could get locker assignments, class schedules, and a list of sports and extracurriculars. Cheryl and Reggie interrupted just as Veronica was encouraging each of them to drink deeply from the cup that is "fair Riverdale". With the River Vixens and Riverdale Bulldogs in tow, Cheryl approached the registration desk hurling insults at the Serpents, referring to them as "Southside scum" and "raggamuffins". Cheryl refused to allow Riverdale High's above average GPA to suffer because of overcrowded classrooms with underachievers such as themselves. Cheryl told them to find another school to deface. Toni was offended by Cheryl's choice of words and decided to confront her. Just as the two were about to face off, Archie stepped in the middle of them, hoping to put their differences aside so that they could start over. However, the rivaling sides continued to go back and forth until Mr. Weatherbee arrived.[2]

Choni: A Brewing Romance

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Toni trying to comfort Cheryl

Toni confronted Cheryl in the girls' restroom at school after overhearing her tell Jughead about Betty and Archie's clandestine Christmas kiss outside of Thistlehouse. When she asked what was Cheryl's reason for suddenly deciding to expose this secret now, Cheryl replied by introducing herself as "Cherry Bombshell" and stated that she needed no reason to do what she does. She simply does it. However, Toni saw beyond her defenses, suggesting that Cheryl tell her what was actually bothering her as Toni could tell that she was in a lot of pain. Unsurprisingly, Cheryl was reluctant to do so, instead, she resorted to name calling and demanded that Toni get her hands off of her as she stormed out the bathroom.

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Cheryl and Toni at the movies

The following night, Toni was persistent in getting to the cause of what was hurting Cheryl. So she approached Cheryl yet again at the Bijou despite their previous encounter ending terribly. Cheryl initially thought she was being stalked, but Toni assured her that this wasn't the case. She originally came to see the movie with Fangs but he bailed on her at the last moment, forcing her to see the film by herself. Cheryl is visibly troubled and Toni can see that, looking past her mean girl facade. So Toni asked if she was alright. Cheryl replied that she was at the movies alone while also trying to stay away from her mother, who had turned their house into her sexual playpen. So to answer Toni's question, she wasn't alright. Hoping to lift Cheryl's mood, Toni suggested that they see the movie together considering that neither had a date.

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Toni comforting Cheryl at Pop's

After the movie, Cheryl and Toni stopped by Pop's for milkshakes. Toni joked that Cheryl hasn't quite mastered the art of silent tears as she saw Cheryl crying during the movie. Cheryl revealed that she usually never cried during movies because real life was tragic enough. But when Simon's mother (characters from the film they saw at the Bijou) said that he used to be such a carefree kid, growing up, and then at a certain point he stopped being that happy kid because he was hiding a secret, it brought up a sore subject for Cheryl. She proceeded to cry as she explained to Toni how people in town viewed her, as a loveless monster. But Cheryl insisted that this wasn't true. She loved someone who loved her, but her mother destroyed it. Toni assumed that Cheryl was referring to Jason after hearing how close they were. In actuality, Cheryl was referring to a girl named Heather who she was best friends with in junior high. She used to sleepover at Cheryl's house every weekend until one night when her mother caught them in bed together and called her deviant. Toni was saddened by Cheryl's story. She told Cheryl that she was neither loveless nor deviant, and that she was sensational and deserving of love.[3]

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Cheryl and Toni preparing for the will-reading

Cheryl invited Toni over to Thistlehouse as her emotional support for her father's upcoming will-reading. Toni helped her prepare for the reading. As they were deciding on a wardrobe for the occasion, Cheryl's mother barged into her room without so much as knocking and demanded to know what was going on. Toni introduced herself but Penelope didn't care much for introductions. Penelope then told Cheryl to be downstairs before the guest started to arrive as she wanted to present a united front. She's a nightmare, Toni commented as Penelope exited the room.

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Nana Rose, Penelope, Cheryl and Toni at the will-reading

The will-reading began once all the guests had arrived. Clifford's first declaration was that ownership of Thistlehouse remains with his mother and Cheryl's grandmother, Nana Rose Blossom. With Cheryl's mother, Clifford left ownership of Thornhill, which Cheryl had burned to the ground though Toni, along with the rest of the town, was not aware of this. In regards to the other guests who had been contacted per Clifford's request, they were to receive half of the remaining assets of his fortune. The first half would be distributed equally to anyone in town who could prove with medical authentication that they were of Blossom blood. The will-reading was unfortunately interrupted by Betty's mother, Alice Cooper. She came to confront her husband over him asking for a divorce for the sole purpose of cutting her out of the will. This led to an argument between Cheryl's mother and Betty's, which Toni thoroughly enjoyed.

Once Alice was escorted off the premises, it was determined that the second half of Clifford's fortune would go to Cheryl alone as Jason was no longer with them. And so Cheryl approached the podium. As the one, true Blossom heir, she felt it was her duty to say a few words. However, her speech was interrupted by Clifford's estranged twin brother, Claudius Blossom.

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Toni at the Blossom family dinner

The following night, Toni was invited to dinner with Cheryl and her family. She asked what brought Claudius back to Riverdale after all that time away. Penelope suggested that Claudius ignore Toni as Penelope had assumed that it would be a family only dinner. But Claudius didn't mind. He even told them about his journeys as a sailor when he came upon an Island named "Lesbos", in reference to Cheryl and Toni's relationship. He claimed it was the most beautiful and natural place on earth. Claudius then announced that he would be staying in Riverdale to assure that Rose and the house was well cared for. And so Penelope reluctantly invited him to stay in the room over the garage which was freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer.[4]

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Cheryl invites everyone over in honor of Toni joining the squad

With her integration into Riverdale High going so well and a newly-formed friendship blossoming with Cheryl, Toni tried-out for the River Vixens. Impressed with her routine, Cheryl granted her a spot on the squad. In honor of Toni becoming a Vixen, Cheryl invited Toni, Betty, Veronica and Josie over to Thistlehouse for a mandatory slumber party.

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Cheryl and Toni in bed

That night, Toni attended the slumber party at Cheryl's along with Veronica, Josie and Betty. During which time, Cheryl revealed her true intentions behind inviting them over. It wasn't to celebrate. In actuality, Cheryl was terrified of being alone at the house with her uncle Claudius, who was crazy and a complete stranger to her. Cheryl had overheard her mother and uncle plotting against her and her Nana. Josie asked if she was simply imagining things. But Cheryl was sure that she wasn't. Later, as Cheryl and Toni laid in bed together, Cheryl shared that she didn't want to invite the other girls to the slumber party. Only Toni. But her mother would've never allowed it. As the two of them were about to kiss, a loud thud could be heard outside Cheryl's room. The girls rushed into the hallway to find Nana Rose unconscious at the bottom of the steps. It would seem she had fallen or even been pushed.

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Toni and Cheryl outside Thistlehouse

Cheryl and Toni stood outside Thistlehouse as the paramedics put Nana Rose into the ambulance. Fortunately, she had survived the fall. As her mother and uncle spoke with the paramedics, Cheryl noticed that her uncle was wearing her father's pajamas. Cheryl feared that they pushed her Nana down the stairs and that she was next.

Later in the week, Toni stopped by Thistlehouse to see Cheryl. However, Penelope told her that Cheryl was gone at an all-girls boarding school in Switzerland. She claimed that Cheryl had left the night before though Toni wasn't buying it. Nonetheless, Penelope requested that she never come by again before shutting the door in her face. Little did Toni know, Cheryl had been admitted into the Sisters of Quiet Mercy for conversion therapy.[5]

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Toni and Cheryl kiss

Realizing that something wasn't quite right, Toni went to Veronica and Josie for help in finding out what truly happened to Cheryl because she was certain that Cheryl wasn't at an all-girls boarding school in Switzerland like her mother claims. Toni, Veronica and Josie began their investigation with questioning Cheryl's mother at Thistlehouse. Penelope revealed that Cheryl had begun to exhibit strange, deviant behavior. So, she was sent abroad to a private wellness institute where they were trying to help her. However, Toni later learned from Nana Rose that this was the furthest thing from the truth. Rose told her that Cheryl had been admitted into the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. With Kevin's help, Toni and Veronica sneaked into the Sisters of Quiet Mercy through an old tunnel to rescue Cheryl. Toni eventually found her in the room with other patients watching a movie. The two of them shared a passionate kiss before regrouping with Veronica. Together, the three of them went back down through the tunnels where they reconvened with Kevin on the other side and made their escape.

The next day at school, Toni asked Cheryl what her next move was going to be. Cheryl explained that if revenge is a dish best served cold, then her mother and uncle better brace themselves for a polar vortex. But more importantly, Cheryl was back just in time for "Carrie: The Musical". Which Kevin was directing. She approached him in the student lounge and told him to cancel auditions for the lead role because she was so clearly Riverdale High's Carrie White.[6]

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Cheryl and Toni practicing River Vixen routine

At cheerleading practice, Cheryl and Toni sing their solos for In for Carrie the Musical. At play practice, Cheryl says that there have been whispers that she's not fit to play the role of Carrie. She proves everyone wrong by singing the song, Carrie, and Toni adoringly claps for her. When it's revealed that Penelope won't let Cheryl do the play, Kevin tells Toni that he thinks that Cheryl's on the gym bleachers. They talk about how Cheryl can't stand up to her mother anymore, and that she's not the same person she used to be. Toni reassured her that she still is, and told her that she's not done playing Carrie.[7]

When Penny Peabody kidnaps Toni during riot night, Jughead calls Cheryl for backup. Cheryl emerges from the woods in her hunting cape and her bow and arrow, and demands that Penny unties her. Penny and the Ghoulies give her up but they tell Jughead that they will go to war with the Serpents if they don't agree to sell drugs with them on the southside. Back at the White Wyrm, Cheryl is with Toni and the Serpents when deciding what to do about the Ghoulies. They put it to vote and decide that they'll go to war with the Ghoulies. After Jughead sacrifices himself to the Ghoulies to avoid war, Cheryl and Toni, along with Betty, Archie, Veronica, and the rest of the Serpents go to Penny Peabody's hiding spot. Cheryl embraces Toni in a hug, as FP carries Jughead out of the woods.[8]

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The Serpents preparing to leave the Whyte Wyrm

Cheryl finally gets emancipated from her mother, and now lives in Thistlehouse with Nana Rose. When Cheryl is going to go to the White Wyrm to deliver nibbles to her "chérie", her darling, and her chums. Penelope stops her by saying that Hiram is planning on raiding the Serpent's precious bar. Cheryl calls Toni to give her the heads up and goes to Jughead's trailer, to get him and Archie and go get the rest of the Serpents. They all sneak out and seek shelter at the Andrews'. When Weatherbee says that all former Southside High will be transferred to a different school, all of the Riverdale High students wear Serpents jackets to show their support. Toni tells Cheryl that the jacket looks good on her. To that, she responds that everything looks good on her. Toni suggests that they should officially make Cheryl a Serpent, and they hold hands and walk down the hall together.

The next day, everyone is in the gym, voting for their school president. Cheryl and Toni go up together and vote. Later, everyone is in the lounge, awaiting the results of the Student Council election. Cheryl and Toni are sitting in the same chair, talking to each other. Weatherbee announces that Archie won, and also that all former Southside High students will stay at Riverdale High. While everyone is cheering, Cheryl gives Toni a hug. After school, the remaining Serpents gather, and after FP appoints Jughead as the new Serpent King, he gives Cheryl her Serpent jacket, officially making her a Serpent. Her jacket was red, to go with her Cheryl Bombshell theme. The day after, the entire student is in an assembly right before Archie officially becomes president. Cheryl and Toni are sitting next to each other.[9]

Quotes

Toni: "Uh, I usually do the honors."
Cheryl: "Not today, Cha-Cha. I was born for this moment"
―Toni and Cheryl at the drag race[src]
Toni: "Did you just tell Jughead that Archie and Betty kissed?"
Cheryl: "Yes. So what if I did?"
Toni: "Did you at least have a reason?"
Cheryl: "Oh, that's right You're new here. Hi. I'm Cheryl Blossom, AKA Cherry Bombshell, which means I need no reasons. I simply am. Feel free to tremble."
Toni: "I have a better idea. Why don't you tell me what's bothering you? Because clearly you're in a lot of pain."
Cheryl: "Get your Sapphic, serpent hands off my body!"
―Toni confronting Cheryl[src]
Toni: "Cheryl, I agreed to come to this will-reading but I didn't agree to a makeover. Unless it involves that blouse."
Cheryl: "Nice, right? For the record, j'adore your flannel mesh aesthetic. I'm merely augmenting it for the occasion."
―Cheryl picking out Toni's outfit for the will-reading[src]
Cheryl, I am so sorry. But you have to know your mother's wrong. You're not loveless. You're not deviant. Okay? You're sensational.
— Toni to Cheryl[src]
Toni: "Cheryl! Cheryl! Cheryl, are you in here?"
Cheryl: "Toni?"
Toni: "We came to rescue you."
Cheryl: "You did?"
―Toni finding Cheryl at Sisters of Quiet Mercy[src]
Cheryl: "I'm not the same girl who burnt down Thornhill and cut off her oxygen."
Toni: "Sure you are."
―Toni giving Cheryl a pep talk after she got cut from the school musical[src]
Cheryl: "I'm cuckoo bananas for you, obvi... Won't you move in?"
Toni: "As long as I'm the big spoon!"
―Cheryl asking Toni to move in with her.[src]

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References

  1. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Anderson, Arabella (writers) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (November 15, 2017). "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 6. The CW.
  2. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, Brian E. (writers) & Hunter, Tim (director) (January 17, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 10. The CW.
  3. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 7, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 14. The CW.
  4. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (March 14, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 15. The CW.
  5. DeWille, James (writer) & Shilati, Sherwin (director) (March 21, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 16. The CW.
  6. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, Brian E. (writers) & Ostrander, Alexis (director) (March 28, 2018). "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 17. The CW.
  7. Anderson, Arabella & Leigh Williams, Tessa (writers) & Stone, Jason (director) (April 18, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 18. The CW.
  8. Boucher, Shepard (writer) & Nowlan, Cherie (director) (May 9, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 21. The CW.
  9. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Adelson, Steven A (director) (May 16, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 22. The CW.
  10. 'Riverdale': Madelaine Petsch on Choni Living Together & When They Officially Become 'Girlfriends' (Exclusive)