|“||I didn't call the police because I don't trust them, I don't trust half the people in this damn town. Just you.||”|
|— Hermione to Fred[src]|
The relationship between Fred Andrews and Hermione Lodge goes way back while the two were still in high school, the briefest of flings, as Hermione described. When she returned to Riverdale over a decade later, following the arrest of her husband, she and Fred rekindled their romance. However the relationship was ended by Fred the second time after learning that Hermione and Hiram were the anonymous buyers of the SoDale project. Though Hermione appears to care for Fred, and his well-being, she is more interested in securing herself, as well as her relationship with Hiram.
Hermione and Hiram attended the Town Hall meeting, where Mayor McCoy welcomed all in attendance. She sought to address their concerns and if possible, ease their minds, as she too shared their desire to protect their town and their children. While the meeting started out peaceful and civilized, it quickly escalated, turning into a shouting match between two divided sides, with one side being led by Alice, who believed the south side was responsible for everything wrong with Riverdale, and the other side being led by Fred, who believed that this was a time where they needed to unite rather than fraction off because only then would they truly be defeated. Hermione had told Hiram that Fred was going to be a problem, though Hiram wasn't quite sure of this being true. The town loved and trusted Fred. It could work in their favor. Moments later, Betty and Jughead entered through the back doors to alert everyone that the Black Hood was on his way to the Town Hall, where the cipher claimed he would strike next. Hermione and Hiram presumably evacuated the building with everyone else.
SoDale Open House
Fred attended Hermione and Hiram's open house, which was a thinly veiled attempt on the Lodges behalf to gain investors. Upon his arrival, he was approached by Hermione, who told him that the point of open houses were to socialize, though Fred would rather leave that to the professionals (i.e. Hermione and Hiram). However, Fred wasn't without charms of his own, Hermione remarked. Hermione claimed that she and Hiram were thrilled to have him back at work, and that they would appreciate it if he joined them on stage. Fred wasn't too sure he should, but he reconsidered her offer after she commented that he built the stage itself. Unfortunately, their conversation reached an immediate stop due to Alice's sudden arrival in a red snake print dress and a matching gold snake necklace.
Fred, Hermione and Hiram later took to the stage to make an announcement during the event. A new story began in Riverdale that night. A story about reinvention and aspiration, Hiram said. The building would be the first chapter of that story. Luxury apartments, shopping, and even a golf course. The Southside as they knew it would be gone, and replaced with a new Eden. So, they raised their glasses to a brighter tomorrow. But for today, they would celebrate with music from Josie and the Pussycats.
At the Cooper house Fred, Hermione, Hiram, Sheriff Keller, Mayor McCoy, and Melinda Mantle were called over by Alice after she learned that the kids attended a party in Nick St. Clair's Five Seasons hotel room, where the use of Jingle Jangle took place. Alice remarked that only "her Betty" was smart enough to leave the party when she saw it taking a nasty turn. Hearing this, Fred concluded that Alice was merely hosting the gathering to gloat. Hermione interrupted the bickering to ask who brought the Jingle Jangle to the party, during which time, Reggie admitted fault. He explained that he acquired the drugs from a Southside teen, who he suspected of being a member of the Southside Serpents. Archie questioned what relevance did the dealer being a Serpent hold, as all members didn't deal, but Fred dismissed his claim. While the teens admitted that they shouldn't have taken the drugs, Nick asked Reggie to bring them, and later pressured everyone to partake. Not to mention that he assaulted Cheryl. If anyone should be under interrogation, they believed it to be him. However, as Sheriff Keller explained, prosecuting Nick would be difficult given that they were all high, as Jingle Jangle stayed in one's system for up to three days, making them unreliable witnesses.
Fred hosted a meeting at his house with Mayor McCoy, Sheriff Keller and the Lodges. Fred learned that all the students who had been transferred to Riverdale High a week ago were fine, but their parents were in Mayor McCoy's office everyday to demand that she reopen Southside High, which is why Fred, Hermione and Hiram had discussed how their new neighborhood could use something positive to focus on. With Mayor McCoy's blessing, they'd like to make Pickens Day a celebratory event. Sponsored by Lodge Industries with Andrews Construction co-sponsoring. Mayor McCoy took this to mean that they wanted to make Pickens Day a commercial event, similar to their open house, though as Veronica pointed out, the open house was for investors while Pickens Day would be for North and Southsiders alike. Two halves of a whole coming together. Mayor McCoy worried that trying to distract people with a party would backfire, resulting in violence. While the Southside Serpents had been laying low, they were wild cards and reasons for concern. Having prepared for just that scenario, Fred, Hermione and Hiram had offered to hire the Serpents as security for the event. Having learned from FP that the Serpents were looking for work, Fred backed the idea. While he was sure that the Mayor had her reasons for closing down Southside High, the party would let the Southside know that they haven't been abandoned. The meeting, unfortunately, came to an abrupt end as Archie returned home.
Hermione and Hiram invited Fred and Archie over for dinner at the Pembrooke where Hermione, Hiram and Fred told stories from their youth when they apparently broke into Thornhill for a late night swim and stole the school's van. However, according to Hermione, it wasn't her and Mary who stole the van for a joyride, rather it was Alice. She and Hiram then invited Fred into the study where they proposed that he run for Mayor.
The next day, Hermione, Hiram and Veronica learned from warden Jeffries at Shankshaw Prison that Jughead and FP paid a visit to an inmate, one of FP's well informed cronies. They suspected that the Jughead and FP had learned everything regarding Hiram's plans for the Southside, meaning that it was only a matter of time before it made the papers. With their hands being forced, the Lodges called Fred and Archie over to inform them of the master plan before Jughead could break the story. They revealed that their plans for Riverdale entailed turning Southside High into a private, for profit prison. As for SoDale, it was intended to be housing for the employees of the prison. Unfortunately, Fred refused to support their plan. He called Archie over as they were preparing to leave. However, much to their surprise, Archie decided to stay as he wanted to hear their proposal out.
The following evening, Hermione and Hiram discussed their contract with Fred and his lawyer, Mary, who had just returned to Riverdale per his request. Mary claimed the contract was exploitative and that Fred should be immediately released and compensated.
Hermione, Hiram, Fred and Mary attended the school hall meeting at the kids' school, where Veronica and Archie squared off against Jughead, Betty, Reggie and Josie. Afterward, Hermione and Hiram exchanged words with Fred and Mary in the halls as Archie and Veronica played peacemakers. All of Riverdale was buzzing about Fred's decision to run against Hermione for Mayor. When Mary pointed out that they were still waiting for Hiram to sign the papers to release Fred from his contract to Lodge Industries, Hermione countered that they were still waiting for Mary and Fred to sign the NDA that they had sent over.
- Fred: "I'm having déjà vu. Yeah, senior year, we're here, watching Candyman. God, I hated that movie."
- Hermione: "[laughs] You picked it."
- Fred: "Mhmm."
- Hermione: "Did you think I'd get scared, and jump into your arms like a damsel in distress?"
- Fred: "You did kiss me that night."
- Hermione: "The briefest of flings."
- Fred: "Mhmm. You kissed me."
- ―Fred and Hermione at the drive-in[src]
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