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Forsythe Pendleton Jones I is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Timothy Webber.[1]

Character Description

He’s your basic grizzled hermit who lives alone in the woods. Jughead’s grandfather, Forsythe is the family patriarch –but he’s ashamed of himself, riddled with guilt over his lack of achievement and his descent into the bottle. When Jughead shows up on his doorstep, Forsythe invites him in to discuss his long-ago involvement with the Baxter Brothers franchise.[1]

Early Life

Forsythe went to Stonewall Prep, though only for a couple of months until he dropped out. In the brief period he studied at Stonewall Prep, Forsythe revealed a talent for writing. He was a classmate of Francis DuPont, but the two lost contact when Fortythe left school. In adulthood, Forsythe became an alcoholic and vented his anger against his wife and son.[2] Unable to keep a job, he quit at everything, including being a parent. He went out for a pack of smokes and never came back.[3] However, Forsythe gifted his grandson, Jughead a Baxter Brothers novel for each of his birthdays until he quit doing it one day. FP always ripped off the first page, and told Jughead the gift was from him.[2]

Throughout Riverdale

Season 3

Editor's Note: The events that transpire in "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" take place during a flashback set in the 90's of FP Jones and his friends in their junior year of high school.

While FP and some classmates are in detention at Riverdale High, they share some secrets as a pastime. FP tells Alice to share the story of how she lit a dumpster on fire on the south side. Alice counters by telling FP to share with everyone how he actually lives at Sunnyside Trailer Park. He parades around the school in his varsity jacket, pretending to be a Northsider, but Alice knows the truth, that he’s a Southsider who will end up like his father, a raging alcoholic. This may be true, but one thing FP won’t do is hit his kid as his father hits him. FP told his father that he didn’t want to join the Southside Serpents and that he wanted to be the first Jones to go to college, which resulted in FP’s injured arm and the cast he must now wear.

Forsythe continues to be an absent father while FP and his friends, now calling themselves the Midnight Club, are involved in the dangerous Gryphons and Gargoyles, a role-playing game that leads to the mysterious death of Principal Featherhead and the dismantling of the club.

After that and the death of Fred Andrews's dad, FP follows in his father’s footsteps, becoming a greaser gang member, a Southside Serpent.[4]

Season 4

Forsythe meets his grandson Jughead for the first time. Forsythe holds Jughead at gunpoint and only lowers his weapon when Jughead reveals who he is. Jughead asks his grandfather about Francis DuPont. He thinks his grandfather wrote the book, but DuPont stole it and published it under his name. However, Forsythe explains that Jughead’s facts are mixed up.

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Forsythe tells Jughead that he gave his story to DuPont

Forsythe always loved detective stories, so he came up with an idea to write a story about teenage detectives, specifically the Baxter Brothers. Forsythe was burning out at Stonewall Prep, so he quit. The only thing he had to show for it all was that one Baxter Brothers story. Forsythe didn’t know what to do with it, but DuPont did. He bought it from Forsythe for $5,000. A franchise that is now worth millions. Over the years, Forsythe became bitter and started drinking as the novels got popular. He took his anger out on the world, FP included. Eventually, he figured that everyone would be better off if he left and never came back. Jughead reveals that DuPont asked him to be the next ghost writer. He needed to know the truth before he accepted the opportunity. All this time, Jughead thought DuPont was killing people to keep this secret. Forsythe advises Jughead to seize the opportunities he’s given.[5]

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Forsythe returns to expose with DuPont

Forsythe arrives at Stonewall Prep with Charles and FP. Forsythe 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. Forsythe realized that he was next. So, he went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. He’s been off the grid since 2002 collecting evidence to link DuPont to the deaths of Theodore, Jane, and Charles. Forsythe started by calling hotels and motels by the accident sights. One thing Jughead couldn’t figure out at first is why he was invited to Stonewall Prep if Moose was already there to be killed. Jughead realized he was bait in order to bring his grandfather out of hiding so DuPont could finish the job. Which is why Forsythe fled when Jughead found him. However, FP does credit him with being man enough to decide to come back and finally take DuPont down. Charles’ team has been combing through DuPont’s house for the last hour. They’ve found trophies of his victims. DuPont denounces claims that he’s a thief and coward, stating he’s a builder. With the Baxter Brothers franchise, he’s built the entire school. As Charles prepares to place DuPont under arrest, he throws himself out the window, plummeting to his death.

Betty and Jughead return home to find FP and Forsythe at the dining room table. Jughead asks if he should say goodbye, but Forsythe assures Jughead that he isn’t leaving anytime soon.[6]

Physical Appearance

Forsythe Pendleton Jones is an elderly man. He has long white hair and a big white beard.

Personality

Forsythe's personality is described by FP, his son as an abusive man and a mad drunk who would beat him in front of his mother. He was angry at FP for choosing to be the first Jones to go to college instead of joining the Southside Serpents in his place. But, this is a front as he was bitter because when he went to Stonewall Prep, he found out Francis Dupont stole his writing work for $5000 when it was worth millions which lead him to his drinking habits. Despite growing at the wrong side of the crowd, he was wise and analytic as he was willing to leave his son and his wife when he realized he was the next target of Dupont's murder scheme and worked tirelessly to bring Dupont to justice for the murders and other crimes. Like his grandson, he shares the love of reading and writing mystery novels and solving cases that police officers can never solve. Forsythe loved his grandson as much as he loved his son that he was willing to help him in anyway to keep him safe from the Stonewall students when Jughead first transferred there to adjusting to his erratic new life with his son.

Relationships

Appearances

Season 3

Season 4

Trivia

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Forsythe Pendleton Jones I

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ‘Riverdale’: Timothy Webber Cast As Jughead’s Grandfather, Forsythe Pendleton Jones I Exclusive - Decider
  2. 2.0 2.1 Turner, Devon (writer) & Jierjian, Harry (director) (November 6, 2019). "Chapter Sixty-Two: Witness for the Prosecution". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 5. The CW.
  3. Grassi, Michael & Ewing, Will (writers) & Romanowsky, Pamela (director) (October 16, 2019). "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 2. The CW.
  4. Williams, Tessa Leigh (writer) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (October 31, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 4. The CW.
  5. Paterson, Brian E. (writer) & Correa, Gabriel (director) (December 11, 2019). "Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 9. The CW.
  6. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Blake, Tessa (director) (March 11, 2020). "Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 16. The CW.
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