Josie is a student at Riverdale High School and was the lead singer, as well as the guitarist of her band, Josie and the Pussycats. However, after she secretly made the decision to pursue a solo music career, Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine disbanded the group. She is the daughter of Myles and Sierra McCoy, who was the mayor of Riverdale. Her father whose a man of music, gave her the name Josephine, naming Josie after the late singer Josephine Baker. Because of this, she often struggles to gain his approval while also trying to impress him. Unlike her father, Josie's mother, Sierra, is far more encouraging of her talents, especially where her band and music are concerned. They both enforce "black excellence", especially when the choice of the band members are concerned.
A snooty and ambitious teen. She’s the lead singer of Josie and the Pussycats and has no interest in recording any songs written by Archie.
Spinning off from her time in the small town of Riverdale, a now 20-something Josie sets off on a new adventure to make it in the big city. More determined than ever to break into the music scene as the next Diana Ross, Josie finds herself forging new friendships, falling into new relationships, and, one day, becoming the star she is destined to be.
Josie grew up in Riverdale. She was primarily raised by her mother, as her father was often away on business. In Josie's early years, her mother became the mayor of Riverdale, and consequently, she and her mother had to endure the hate mail and slanderous messages people were sending to them. Sometime prior to her introduction to the series, she formed a musical group that would later become known as Josie and the Pussycats. Josie, along with the other two members Valerie and Melody, spent their time practicing in the stock room at Power Records where they worked. One day, Josie came to rehearsal with a bag of cheap cat ears from the Halloween store. With her goals in sight, she plans on making it big; winning the Rockland County's Battle of the Bands the prior year was only the beginning.
As Josie, Valerie, and Melody rehearsed for their upcoming performance, they were interrupted by Archie Andrews, who was interested in writing for the group. However, Josie swiftly declined his offer, explaining that the Pussycats were building a brand for themselves, creating a look and telling a story in the process. She planned to continue telling their story through the songs they write. She made her stance on the topic clear, telling Archie that it was never going to happen. That night, Josie and the Pussycats performed a cover of "All Through the Night" during the back-to-school semi-formal, at Cheryl Blossom's behest.
As a favor to Cheryl, Josie agreed to assist Archie with his music. The Pussycats would be performing at the Taste of Riverdale, so they would be rehearsing every night that week in preparation. She invited Archie to quietly sit in on their rehearsals, in hopes that he might learn something. The night of their first rehearsal, she was inclined to ask what it is that Archie expected to achieve. He just wanted to write for them. Josie questioned if he thought that he was qualified enough to write for the Pussycats and divas of color. She reminded him that they didn't live in the big city, and although people's minds were opening up there were still people out there who are very close-minded, such as those who sent her mother hate mail following her victory as Mayor.
They were called the Pussycats because they had to claw their way into the same rooms that someone like Archie could just walk into, so she refused to believe that he could write her experience, as he couldn't possibly relate. However, her feelings towards his abilities may have shifted once he displayed a minor amount of his songwriting capabilities. During the Taste of Riverdale, Josie and the Pussycats took the stage, and effortlessly performed "All For Me".
Josie was amused by Archie's failed audition for the 75th annual Variety Show, in which the pressure became too much for Archie, and he choked.
Josie's diva tendencies were at an all-time high during the Pussycats rehearsal for the variety show, where she accused both Valerie and Melody of failing to secure their parts. She informed her fellow Pussycats that they are to always perform at 150%, regardless of where they are performing, whether it be Madison Square Garden or Aces Bowling Alley. This led to a massive fight between her and Valerie, which ultimately ended in Valerie leaving the group, as Josie gave Val a choice between her and the Pussycats or Archie.
Josie approached her mother with the dilemma involving Valerie's exit from the Pussycats, and that they couldn't just replace her as she wrote their songs. However, Sierra informed Josie that she was the only one that was irreplaceable, everyone else was disposable as far as Josie's mother was concerned. Her mother explained that a new sound could have been good for the Pussycats, as Josie knows how much her father hated Pop music, she was then cut off as she attempted to explain that the Pussycats weren't Pop. Josie's father was missing two concerts to be at her upcoming performance, so both Josie and her mother would hate to disappoint him. Sierra suggested that she quickly find a new member, someone skinny and beautiful, but not more skinny and beautiful than her, and Josie's mother also reminded her about their branding, that being women of color.
The next day at school, Josie and Melody's search for a new Pussycat would soon come to an end, as they were joined by Veronica, who wanted a source to channel her aggression. The three of them then proceeded to strut down the hallway in front of everyone, including Archie and Valerie. During their first rehearsal without Valerie, a problem arose as Veronica was unfocused, which Josie called her on. She wondered what problem a rich girl like Veronica could really have to go through, seeing as Josie saw her problem as the top priority since her father was missing Jazz fest to see her perform. Veronica felt bad that Josie had daddy issues, but she should be grateful that she could at least be in the same room as her father because Veronica didn't have that luxury, having not seen her dad in three months, after she realized that Veronica had it far worse, Josie apologized.
That night, Josie attended a dinner proposal at Hermione Lodge's home, which was being hosted by Fred Andrews. At the dinner, she informed her father that Valerie quit the Pussycats and that their new member was Veronica, who she claimed was really talented. Following the dinner proposal, Josie met up with Veronica at Pop's shoppe, where they two of them shared sob stories, for Josie, no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't impress her father. Veronica's sob story was the discovery that her mother was in a relationship with Fred Andrews, which Josie didn't approve of, but she suggested that there may be another side of the story that's worth hearing.
The night of the Variety Show had finally come, Josie was approached by Valerie, who she informed that her spot had already been filled, despite the fact that Valerie was no longer performing with Archie. After thinking it over for a moment, Josie allowed Valerie back into the Pussycats, saying "I suppose there's always room for one more kitty in my litter-box." The two of them made up, but under a new arrangement where Val would be allowed to sing as well. Moments later, the Pussycats took the stage and put on a wonderful performance, which everyone seemed to enjoy, but her father. He left halfway through the Pussycats performance, and while Josie put on a brave face for the crowd, it left her in tears afterward, as she cried her eyes out in the bathroom, while her mother comforted her.
That night, she accompanied Veronica, Kevin, and Reggie to a nightclub called the Roving Eye, where they danced the night away. Upon tiring themselves out, the four of them found a booth to cool down in, Josie told Veronica to finish her drink, as she practically left her body on the floor, something that Veronica wished she could actually do at times. Veronica explained that the lawyers and police took everything from them when her father was arrested, and despite her mother telling her that no one could ever take her name, that's exactly what Hermione did like it was nothing.
The club manager then returned with Veronica's credit card, he claimed it had been reported stolen, and that he was supposed to call the police, Josie explained to him that he was more than welcome to do that, but then she would call her mother, Sierra McCoy, the mayor of Riverdale.
In the days leading up to the 75th Anniversary Jubilee, Josie was approached by Archie, who insisted that she take a look at his song, to which she did, and she was fairly impressed, commenting that Archie was getting better with every song. Having previously been told that Archie would be performing with the Pussycats at the Jubilee, he requested that they play his song during the event. Unfortunately for Archie, while his song was good, Josie had to deny his request because her mother had already approved "Astronaut". She understood that Archie's song was about his friends, who had been through hell and back, but the Jubilee was for the entire town.
In addition to her duties as a Pussycats, Josie was the newest recruit of the River Vixens. She was excited to both work on her moves and be a team player, as long as she's in the front, which was Cheryl's position.
A couple days later, with Cheryl and Melody at her side, Josie confronted Betty at Pop's during Retro Night to find out why she posted all over social media that the Pussycats would be performing a free concert at the diner. Betty explained that had she asked Josie to perform, she would've said no, so instead, she decided to force Josie's hand into performing. If Josie's mother even hears that she stepped foot in the diner, she'd be in a lot of trouble. In spite of that, Josie cared about the shoppe, and Betty knew this to be true. Josie explained that even if she wanted to help, they were one Pussycat down because Valerie had a norovirus. Luckily, Cheryl was there to fill in, commenting that if Josie can be a Vixen, then she can be a Pussycat. Josie loved Pop Tate's cheese fries, Melody noted. So, she had as much reason to want the shoppe open as anyone else. With all in agreement, the Pussycats stood on top of the roof of Pop's diner and performed Milkshake for the crowd below.
That night, Josie, Valerie, and Melody, attended the party in Nick's hotel room, along with Veronica, Archie, Betty, Cheryl, and Reggie. After having a few drinks, Nick recommended they kick the party up with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. The Pussycats did not hesitate to partake in the night's drug-fueled escapades. High off the Jingle Jangle, Val and Mel danced behind the bar with Nick, while Josie and Reggie made out on the sofa. Unfortunately, their high was blown after an argument between Betty and Veronica erupted within the hotel room, which ended with Betty leaving early after she made claims of Veronica being a bad person and how she was only their friend due to circumstances
The next day, after a night of wild partying, the Pussycats performed Out Tonight at the SoDale Gala Opening, which was being hosted by Veronica's family. They took to the stage and gave a wonderful performance before the crowd. However, it was during their performance that they noticed Nick headed into the back with Cheryl, who could barely walk on her own. Concerned for her well-being, the Pussycats left the stage in search of Nick and Cheryl. They discovered Nick, in one of the bedrooms, getting undressed, as he prepared to rape Cheryl, who was barely conscious. Fortunately, the Pussycats arrived in time to save her. They pulled Nick away from Cheryl, and like a pack of wild animals savagely attacked him. As Veronica, Melody, and Valerie made sure that Nick suffered for his actions, Josie checked on Cheryl to ensure that she was unharmed.
After the open house, Josie headed back to the Pembrooke with Cheryl, Veronica, and Archie. They were joined by Betty soon thereafter. In Veronica's bedroom, Archie asked where Nick was in that moment, though Cheryl instructed him to put his cape away because the Pussycats had already saved her. Cheryl then announced that she would be pressing charges because she wanted Nick to be held accountable for his actions, for him to pay and suffer for what he tried to do to her. Cheryl began to sob, and so Josie and Veronica held her close, attempting to provide comfort for Cheryl in her time of need.
After Mrs. Cooper learned of the drug fueled party that was hosted by Nick, in his Five Seasons hotel room, Josie and her friends, along with their parents, were called over to the Cooper house, where they all could be appropriately punished for their inappropriate actions. During the gathering, Reggie admitted that he acquired his drugs from a dealer on the Southside, who he suspected of being a Southside serpent. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Veronica pointed out that Nick asked for it, and later pressured them into taking it. Furthermore, he attacked 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 unreliable witnesses due to the fact that they were high, as Jingle Jangle stayed in one's system for up to three days. Unfortunately, it had only been one day since the open house, where Josie and Veronica discovered Nick with Cheryl, which would raise a credibility issue in court. Josie's mother was appalled to learn that she too had participated in taking Jingle Jangle despite knowing how her father struggled with addiction. They abruptly left after her mother announced that bringing the Southside under control was her number one priority as Mayor.
The next day, at her mother's demand, Josie, Veronica, Reggie, Kevin, Archie, and Betty were forced into picking up trash at Pickens Park as part of their community service. While her friends worked to clean the litter-filled park, Josie toyed with her phone, forcing Reggie to confront her on her lack of contribution. He sarcastically remarked that while she may be like Beyoncé most days, she was no better than the rest of them on that day, as they were all sentenced to cleaning duty. "I think your biceps can handle it, Mantle", Josie retorted. Veronica then interrupted, asking if she could borrow Reggie for a moment, to which Josie replied "please, take him".
Josie was at the school music room rehearsing a cover song called "Spooky" when the school's janitor, Mr. Svenson, opened the door, scaring Josie. He was about to lock up and wanted to check if she's going to be okay. Josie assured him that she'd slip out the side door when she finished, just as usual. Mr. Svenson agreed to that, as long as Principle Weatherbee never found out. After she continued rehearsing for a little longer, she left the school and headed home. Upon reaching the Five Seasons hotel, the McCoy's new place of residence, Josie was met by Sierra who had been waiting for her. Josie was reprimanded for staying out too late, as Sierra explained that they'd moved out of their home because of the Black Hood. With the letter that the Black Hood had addressed to the town of Riverdale, Sierra had become more cautious. Josie didn't see the problem with walking the streets alone and didn't feel it was necessary for a bodyguard. She wasn't Whitney, Josie retorted, but Sierra thought otherwise. She then set a curfew for Josie, she was to return home before dark from now on. Reluctant, Josie complied with her mother's wishes.
At school, the next morning, Josie walked beside Cheryl as she told her about how the Black Hood has her mother on edge, who then has Josie on edge. Josie couldn't handle stress, as it affected her vocals too, causing her to lose her voice. On top of that, she felt guilty about going behind the Pussycats' backs, working on songs alone, rather than working on songs with them. However, Cheryl assured Josie that she understood why she felt guilty, as the Black Hood was going after sinners. She was allowed to feel guilty, but only up to a certain point. Cheryl revealed that she gave her song "Milkshake" to a music producer, to which he insisted that Josie come in alone for studio time. Josie was ecstatic to hear the news. She then opened up her locker to find a teddy bear on the top shelf, with a note tied to it, as Cheryl commented "OMG, another note from your secret admirer!", but Josie wasn't pleased to see yet another note, making it the third gift this week. She needed to get a new lock. Teasing Josie, Cheryl wondered who this "mystery bae" could be. Maybe it's the Black Hood, he loves writing notes, Cheryl joked. Josie didn't think it was funny.
In the music room, Josie was rehearsing a song, when Chuck appeared in the doorway. While he was amazed by her voice, Josie grew irritable by his mere presence, asking in an irritated tone if she could help him. Chuck attempted to ask her out on a date, but given his past behavior, Josie was quick to decline. However, she did take time out of rehearsing to ask if he was responsible for the gifts that she had been receiving in her locker. "Well, I can be", he answered. Unfortunately for Chuck, Josie didn't date due to all her time being focused on music. However, if she were to date, Josie explained that it wouldn't be a "chauvinist, misogynistic, harasser of women", such as himself.
Later in biology class, Josie informed Cheryl of Chuck's newfound affection towards her. Cheryl wasn't too pleased by the news that Josie came bearing to her, but Josie assured Cheryl that she declined, she wasn't insane. Cheryl was pleased to hear Josie's response, also reminding her they both had a date at the recording studio. However, Josie was unable to make it, choosing instead to head to the girl's locker room to get some steam, as her throat was acting up. Cheryl wasn't pleased by what Josie had to say to her, they needed to practice. Josie snapped at Cheryl, due to frustration, didn't know who was more controlling, her or her mother. Understanding where Josie's frustration was coming from, Cheryl backed off, showing gratitude towards Josie, instead, for saving her from 'Nick St. Creature'— a debt that she would never be able to repay back. Nevertheless, she was able to offer her humble skills to make her career blossom but was happy to take a step back if she was feeling overwhelmed by it.
After her steam session, she was confronted by Melody and Valerie in the locker room. Valerie and Melodie claimed that they received a letter in their lockers that said Josie was ditching them for a solo career. Valerie walked closer expressing her anger; they were sisters, and Josie clawed them in the back. Josie tried to explain that it wasn't black-or-white, she had an opportunity and decided to take it. They concluded that Josie wanted to try as a solo diva because she had neglected to inform them and sneaked around their backs working on songs. They then announced that Josie was now on her own before Valerie walked out. "Pride cometh before the fall, Josie," Melody added before following Valerie.
As Josie was exiting the building, she ran into Chuck, whose abrupt appearance frightened her. Josie then appeared relieved to see that it was him, so much so that she asked him for a ride home. Chuck was happy to oblige, though he wanted to make one stop first, that stop being at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where he and Josie had milkshakes in a booth and discussed the nature of their outing. Josie insisted that they weren't on a date. Admittedly, Chuck didn't have the best track record with women, but he had changed by going to church with his father. He had even started taking art classes as he one day sought to draw comics or kids books, though Josie had a difficult time believing that he had changed. Just then, Pop Tate approached their booth, confirming Chuck's claims of change when he commented on Chuck's recent attendance at church. Josie then asked if he had planned for Pop Tate to interject as the timing of it was near perfect. However, Chuck stated that it was merely a coincidence. In an attempt to further convince Josie that he was putting forth an effort to better himself, he asked her to dance in the middle of Pop's as a song came on the jukebox. The two of them took to the dance floor, where they danced together until being interrupted by Josie's enraged mother, Mayor McCoy, who had repeatedly called her, and Sheriff Keller. Chuck apologized for not having her home, though Mayor McCoy wasn't interested in anything he had to say, telling Chuck that she didn't want him within ten feet of Josie before dragging Josie out of the diner.
Once home, Sierra reprimanded Josie for acting out with all that is going on. Josie retorted that she wasn't acting out, but was, in fact, living her life. There are people in the town with hate in their hearts, Josie should know this, as she read all the letters her mother received. And now, with the Black Hood emboldening them, it escalated to a point where she was now receiving death threats. Shocked by this revelation, Josie widened her eyes in fear. Sierra recalls the harsh words they use; they threaten to slit her throat or cut her heart out. Not only that but in the most recent letter she received, Josie was mentioned. This seemed to wake Josie up, but clearly not enough, as when Sheriff Keller asked Josie if she'd received any letters or packages that posed a threat, Josie replied that she hadn't, failing to mention that she'd been receiving disturbing messages from a secret admirer.
At school, the next day, Josie updated Cheryl with recent developments about her mother. After comforting Josie, Cheryl then brought up the subject of Chuck, she couldn't believe Josie went on a date with him. While Josie tried explaining to Cheryl that Chuck was trying to change for the better, Cheryl was not convinced; taking a few art classes does not a saint make. Even if she thought he'd changed for the better, she still failed to inform the Sheriff about Chuck low-key stalking her. Entering the music room, they noticed yet another gift from the secret admirer that was placed on top of a stool. Josie opened up the scroll to find a drawing of her with a message written on top, "IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN". There’s one more thing too: A box with a heart inside. Storming out of the music room, Cheryl immediately confronted Chuck in the library. Though Chuck adamantly denied any involvement, Cheryl, who was in a particularly nasty mood, accused him of pretending to have been reformed. As far as she was concerned, Chuck was still the same person who perceived women as objects to possess and torture. If the Black Hood wasn't a middle-aged Caucasian man by Cheryl's account, then Chuck would be a prime suspect in her eyes. However, before Chuck could even get the chance to fully plead his innocence, Mr. Svenson, the school's janitor, stepped in, during which time Josie and Cheryl confirmed that it was Chuck who was sending threats and disturbing messages. Hearing this, Mr. Svenson escorted Chuck to Mr. Weatherbee's office.
At Five Seasons, Sheriff Keller talked to Josie and Sierra. He informed them that Chuck would be steering clear of her from here on out. Sierra was glad that they'd finally caught the miscreant that was behind those disturbing messages. Sheriff Keller thought otherwise, they questioned Chuck and checked his locker but no evidence was found. Sierra insisted that he keeps looking, if her daughter claimed it's him, then it's him. Later on, in a dream sequence of Josie's, she was back at the music room rehearsing a song, when the Black Hood approached her slowly from behind, turned her chair around and slit her throat. She woke up gasping for air as she held her neck firmly. Her mother rushed in and held her daughter as she tried to get her daughter to respond.
Later that night, Josie and Cheryl sat in a booth at Pop's, where Josie drank tea to soothe her throat. After getting off the phone with the Black Hood, Pop Tate announced that they were all sinners who failed his test and that the reckoning was upon them.
At school, Josie and Cheryl stumbled onto Archie and Veronica kissing each other in the student lounge. Cheryl instructed the hands-on couple to get a room as she and Josie continued on their way.
While dressed in nothing but towels in the ladies locker room, Cheryl commented on the tension knots in Josie's back, which she had the perfect solution for with her lavender essential oil. As Cheryl rubbed the oil onto Josie's back, Mr. Svenson entered the locker room, unaware that the girls were still inside. He averted his eyes and apologized for the intrusion. Though Josie insisted that it wasn't a big deal. However, Cheryl, on the other hand, was much more upset, demanding that he get out of the locker room. She even accused Mr. Svenson of being a peeping tom, before suggesting that he be fired and investigated. Cheryl then attempted to continue massaging the oil onto Josie's back, but Josie pulled away.
A couple days later, in a booth at Pop's, Josie informed Cheryl that she would be performing at a car dealership, which Cheryl remarked was barely a step above amateur porn. Reggie had texted her that his father was willing to pay $5,000 for her to perform five songs, so long as he got to escort her. Cheryl then intentionally knocked over her milkshake after she looked over to Jughead's father, FP, who had just been released from prison and was working at Pop's as a busboy. Cheryl demanded that he clean it up, the same way he cleaned up Jason's blood. Not only did FP agree to clean up the mess, but he also volunteered to get her a milkshake, free of charge.
In the days leading up to Christmas, Josie Archie, Betty, Reggie, Cheryl, Veronica, and Jughead attended the Secret Santa gift exchange that Kevin had arranged. On the day of the Secret Santa, they all gathered in the student lounge at school, where the exchange took place. It was Veronica's turn, and Josie was tasked with purchasing her a gift. Veronica opened her present from Josie, which awkwardly enough was a gift certificate for a couples massage. Unfortunately, upon her purchasing of the certificate, Archie and Veronica were still together. Hoping to recover from her fumble, Josie suggested that Veronica use the certificate to take someone other than Archie, such as Betty or her mother. Luckily, Betty was the last exchange of the evening. Based on the wrapping of her present, Betty instantly knew that it was Archie that picked her name. Betty unwrapped the gift to find an old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were younger, entitled "The Swiss Family Robinson". Archie informed her that he and his father found it while they were cleaning out the garage. Josie then ran over to give Midge a hug as she and Moose surprised them.
With it being announced by Principal Weatherbee the day before that Southside High was closing down and that its students would be relocated to designated schools in the district, including Riverdale High, Josie joined Kevin, Archie and Veronica in the hallway to welcome back Jughead, as well as the new Southside transfers (Toni Topaz, Sweet Pea and Fangs Fogarty). Unfortunately, the welcoming didn't go as planned as Cheryl and Reggie interrupted Veronica as she encouraged each the newcomers to drink deeply from the cup that is "fair Riverdale". With the River Vixens and Riverdale Bulldogs backing her up, Cheryl approached the registration desk to hurl insults at the Serpents, referring to them as "Southside scum" and "raggamuffins". Cheryl announced that she would not stand by and allow Riverdale High's above average GPA to drop because of overcrowded classrooms with underachievers such as themselves. Cheryl told them to find another school to deface. Archie stepped in the middle just as things were getting out of hand. He hoped to put their differences aside so that they could start over. When Reggie declined Archie's offer, Sweet Pea stepped forward to finish what they had started during the rumble. Fortunately, Mr. Weatherbee arrived to send them off to class before the altercation could escalate.
In the student lounge, Josie, Veronica, and Kevin became acquainted with Toni, Fogarty, and Sweet Pea. They were then called out into the hallway by Mr. Weatherbee, as he was in search of the culprit responsible for defacing the school's seal with a spray-painted on Serpent. Next to Weatherbee stood Reggie, who they suspected of being the actual vandal. The Serpents were innocent, though Weatherbee believed otherwise, especially with Reggie in his ear, claiming that the Serpents were doing what they do best, tagging their turf. Having fallen victim to Reggie's lies, effective immediately, Weatherbee outlawed gang behavior of any kind. As of that moment, Serpent jackets would no longer be tolerated and tattoos were expected to be covered. Possession of any gang paraphernalia would lead to immediate suspension.
At the Five Seasons hotel, Josie asked Veronica why couldn't the two of them sing a duet at Pickens Day. Veronica replied that it could be just the two of them, but the Pussycats are a brand that shouldn't sit fallow. Josie's mother returned home to the sight of the two of them with audition posters. Veronica told her that they were bringing the Pussycats back and that it was her idea to do so despite Josie previously agreeing with her mother to focus on her solo career. Hoping to avoid any further conflict, Veronica suggested that they bill it as a special event, one-night-only. Her mother rudely replied that she was talking to Josie. In fact, she'd rather they continue the conversation at a later time, once Veronica was gone.
A couple days later, Josie was forbidden by her mother from performing at the Pickens Day event after Jughead had published an article from the Blue and Gold accusing General Pickens of slaughtering the Uktena tribe for their land many years before. In the wake of this article, the town was riled up and her mother feared the possibility of a riot. Josie assured her mother that no one was rioting, furthermore, she had promised Veronica that she would perform. Her mother told her to tell Veronica that the Pussycats weren't hers to order around. Hearing the anger in her voice, Josie wondered why the mere mention of Veronica was triggering her mother. In response, Sierra told Josie about the Lodge's way of doing business. And the way they used Veronica to do their business. After learning the truth from her mother, Josie confronted Veronica in the music room at school and told her that she would no longer be performing. Josie didn't like being manipulated by a Lodge. As far as she was concerned, whatever their parents had going on, that was between them, and her mother didn't want her to be a part of it. While her mother may have to do what Veronica's parents want, Josie doesn't have to do what Veronica wants.
Josie and her mother attended the Pickens Day celebration in Pickens Park the following day, where they were greeted by Veronica's mother, Mrs. Lodge. She was glad to see that they made it but disappointed to hear that Josie wouldn't be performing alongside Veronica. Her mother explained that she had been forbidden from performing following the publishing of Jughead's article because of the possible backlash. A little while later, an upset Josie watched from the crowd as Veronica took to the stage to perform with Valerie and Melody with what was being called "Veronica and the Pussycats". Halfway through their performance, the Southside Serpents marched into the park with duct-tape over their mouths while holding signs that read 'honor this land' and 'sacred land'. With Sweet Pea and Fogarty at her side, Toni stood in front of the stage to announce that they represented the dead and the silenced. Pickens Day was a lie. General Pickens slaughtered the Uktena tribe, Toni's grandfather's family. And the land in which they were standing on, would soon give way to a new Southside, which was stolen from them. While the Serpents couldn't bring them back, they could at the very least honor them. Hoping to ease the crowd's concerns, Veronica's father got on stage to applaud the Serpents for standing up for justice, as well as the honor and legacy of the Uktena, who contribute to the rich tapestry that is Riverdale, that is the Southside and that will be SoDale.
Josie stopped by the Pembrooke with her mother to offer an apology to the Lodges after Pickens Day. Her mother had misgivings about some of the decisions Veronica's parents were making which was admittedly wrong and inappropriate. Given the stressful times, neither Veronica nor Mrs. Lodge held any grudges. As proof of that, Veronica invited them both to her confirmation ceremony. Josie's mother graciously accepted their invitation. It made giving them their gift that much easier. The gift of which she spoke was Josie's offer to sing at Veronica's confirmation. While Veronica already had plans to sing herself, Mrs. Lodge accepted Josie's offer so that they could perform together. When Veronica asked if Josie knew the "Bitter Sweet Symphony" from the Cruel Intentions soundtrack, Josie replied that she could learn.
A couple days had passed and Veronica's ceremony had arrived. To start the service, Josie sang Bitter Sweet Symphony as Veronica walked down the aisle. She joined Josie in singing as she approached the stage. After their duet, Veronica was anointed and confirmed.
Josie stood by her mother's side as she resigned from office over a live broadcast. She claimed that she was stepping down as Mayor to spend more time with her family and return to her own legal career in Riverdale
Josie returned home to the Five Seasons to find her mother and Sheriff Keller supposedly discussing installing a security system at the law firm. As the Sheriff exited the room, her mother explained to her that she cared for Tom. While Josie understood, it was still weird to see her with another man, especially when her father still didn't know. Unbeknownst to Josie, her father did know about the affair as her mother had told him. They were initially going to wait until after Josie's graduation but her mother decided it was time to tell Josie that they were getting a divorce. Josie asked if the Sheriff was going to get a divorce as well. Her mother replied that he had to talk to his wife, who was overseas and Kevin first. She also insisted that they respect that.
Despite being told by her mother to respect the Sheriff's decision to wait, Josie called up Kevin to meet her at Pop's where she revealed to him that her mother and his father were having an affair.
Later that night, Josie is scolded by her mother after she learned from Tom that Josie had told Kevin about the affair. She credited Josie for a lot of things, but never for being cruel. However, Josie believed that she did the right thing in telling Kevin because it would provide him with the chance to save his parents' marriage since she couldn't save hers. Although, because of Josie's interference, Kevin was no longer talking to his father, who was also still trying to reach his wife overseas. Their lives were imploding, which Josie blamed her mother for. However, according to her mother, that was the Lodge's doing. This wasn't how she wished for the affair to come out, but that choice was taken away from her, just like Josie took that choice away from the Sheriff and Kevin, even if she wasn't trying to hurt them.
Later that night, Josie ran into Kevin at the Bijou where she apologized for telling him about the affair as it wasn't her place. While she should've left that up to his father, she was just hurting and upset at her mother. Kevin accepted her apology, and like Josie, he was at the theater alone. So the two of them saw the film together.
After the movie, Josie and Kevin called their parents to request that they meet them at Pop's. They assured their parents that it wasn't a trap, but when Josie and Kevin were talking after the movie, they realized that the conversation was bigger than all of them and that it was probably going to be a long one. So they believed it was best if they started talking about it.
Josie met with Archie at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe where she learned that his father was going to run for Mayor with the Lodges' support. So Archie was hoping that Josie could convince her mother to talk to him, secretly if necessary. Josie explained that her mother barely made it out of the Mayor's office alive. If she let slip even a whisper about what went down between her and the Lodges, there would be hell to pay. She'd implicate herself in numerous ways. Archie figured as much. Which is why he was thinking that there were plenty of other things that her mother could say to his dad without getting into the shady business with the Lodges. Realizing that Archie made a good point, Josie agreed. And so she and Archie watched as her mom revealed to his dad the less glamorous side of being the Mayor.
The next day, outside Town Hall, Josie and her mother watched as the Lodges held a press conference to announce that Hermione Lodge was running for Mayor.
Josie and Kevin watched as Ethel approached Veronica in the cafeteria at school and poured a milkshake from Pop's onto Veronica in retaliation for her parents' misdeeds.
The next day, Josie congratulated Toni for making the squad with her routine at River Vixens practice. In honor of Toni joining the squad, Cheryl invited Josie, Toni, Betty, and Veronica to Thistlehouse for a mandatory slumber party.
During the slumber party at Thistlhouse, Cheryl revealed her true intentions behind inviting them over. It wasn't to celebrate. Cheryl confessed that she 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 questioned if she was possibly imagining things. But if Cheryl was, then so was Betty, who was dealing with a similar circumstance. There was a stranger in her life as well, Chic. With him lurking in every corner, her house felt dangerous and deadly. After hearing a loud thump, the girls ran into the hallway to find Nana Rose unconscious at the bottom of the steps. It would seem she had fallen or even been pushed. Fortunately, she survived the fall and was taken to Riverdale General Hospital.
At practice, Josie was asked by Veronica to be her celebrity endorsement for her campaign for student council president. However, Josie had not forgotten Veronica had stolen the Pussycats from her. Nonetheless, before Josie could say no, Veronica informed Josie that Andy Cohen was a very close friend of the family which caught Josie's attention. Should she offer her endorsement, Veronica offered her a spot to perform on Watch What Happens Live as a special guest. And so Josie agreed.
The next day, at the campaign rally, Josie got on stage to give her endorsement as promised. She spoke to the student body, telling them that Veronica and Betty had her vote as Riverdale High's next president and vice president. She then reminded the woman to vote and be heard during this election. Josie, Veronica and Archie then performed on stage. However, Ethel entered the lounge halfway through their performance with flyers that revealed, amongst other things, that Veronica knew all about her parents turning Southside High into a prison. It would turn out that Josie had fed Ethel all of this information to get back at Veronica for all the lives her family had destroyed.
Josie and Reggie squared off against Veronica, Archie, Jughead and Betty at the school hall meeting. The first question of the night came from Sweet Pea and Fogarty, who were concerned about the Southsiders and their treatment since being transferred to Riverdale High. Midge's question followed, in regards to Veronica and Archie's parents being on opposite sides of the Mayoral election. And so she questioned if this would cause problems for their campaign. However, Veronica and Archie adhered to the old maxim that politics are never discussed at the dinner table. They were apparently on the same page about everything, even her parents building a prison. In the meantime, they were committed to improving the quality of life at Riverdale High, as were Josie and Reggie, who promised to deliver results.
At River Vixens practice, Josie and Veronica were approached by Toni who told them that Cheryl was missing and she was certain that Cheryl's mother had something to do with it since she recalled Cheryl mentioning to them how she was concerned that her mother and uncle Claudius were out to get her. Cheryl's mother claimed that they sent her off to an all-girls boarding school in Switzerland, but Toni was unconvinced considering that Cheryl would be posting selfies every hour if this was true. But she hadn't. In fact, her social media had been dead for days, which Josie and Veronica were convinced was a sure sign of foul play. So the two of them agreed to help Toni find Cheryl, even if they had to storm Thistlehouse.
The next day, Josie, Veronica, and Toni barged into Thistlehouse and demanded answers on Cheryl's whereabouts. When Penelope refused to answer, Josie threatened to have her mom tell the Sheriff that Cheryl was missing. Seeking to avoid any unwanted attention, Penelope complied. She revealed that the truth was that Cheryl started to exhibit strange, deviant behavior. So, she was sent abroad to a private wellness institute where they were trying to help her. In case they didn't believe her, Penelope gave them a drawing of Cheryl's that depicted Josie and Cheryl together, which strongly resembled the drawing that Josie had accused Chuck of drawing. This meant that it wasn't Chuck who threatened Josie and sent her a pig's heart, but instead, it was Cheryl, who had grown obsessed with her. Penelope feared that Cheryl would either hurt Josie, herself or both of them. Josie, Veronica and Toni then exited Thistlehouse to regroup but in light of recent events, Josie wanted no parts of Cheryl's search and rescue.
In history class the next day, Josie and Veronica exchanged looks as Toni was called up the office though none of them seemed to know what for.
Josie ran into the auditorium with Betty, Veronica, Archie, Toni, Cheryl, Ethel, KevinMidge and Moose. They got on stage, where they continued to sing and dance before being joined by Fangs, the assistant director. The cast then began introductions, starting with Archie who portrayed "Tommy Ross", the boy next door. Betty played "Sue Snell", the good girl. Veronica portrayed "Chris Hargensen", the mean girl. And Cheryl would be playing the iconic role of "Carrie White". As for who would be portraying, "Margaret White", Carrie's mom, that role went to Alice Cooper, which came as a surprise to almost everyone. Kevin explained that while her casting was untraditional, to him, there's nothing more amateur than age-inappropriate casting. Alice was both looking forward to playing Margaret and spending more time with Betty. Chuck Clayton joined them late after mistaking that rehearsal was in the music room.
Cheryl interrupted the rehearsal after hearing whisperings that some of them, mainly Josie and Ethel, didn't think she was fit to play the role of Carrie White. So to settle the matter, she began to sing "Carrie" to prove them wrong. Kevin initially didn't believe that this was necessary, but after hearing Cheryl's performance, all doubts surrounding her casting were no more. Ethel, Josie, Veronica, Betty, Alice, Toni, Midge, Moose, Archie, Jughead, Kevin, Fangs, and Chuck gave Cheryl a round of applause. As Cheryl headed back to her seat, a heavy sandbag falls from above and nearly crushes her.
In the auditorium, Kevin explained to Josie and Cheryl that this scene Mrs. Gardner is being a friend when Carrie has none, out of kindness. Josie remarked that she'll fake it as best as she can as she was still upset at Cheryl for threatening her and sending her a pig's heart. Josie began to sing though Cheryl yelled out for her stop during the middle of the scene as she couldn't go on with Josie hating her, especially when they were singing a song about friendship. Cheryl knew what she did to Josie was wrong, but she was wrestling with some dark, Carrie White-like demons. So she apologized to Josie and asked for her forgiveness. Josie accepted Cheryl's apology, and together, the two of them sang "Unsuspecting Hearts".
Later that week, due to some unforeseen circumstances, Kevin informed Josie, Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Fangs, Toni, Ethel, Alice, Moose, Midge, Betty, and Chuck that Cheryl will no longer be playing Carrie. When they asked why Kevin simply replied that Penelope Blossom wasn't much of a stage mom. In the meantime, Cheryl's understudy would assume the role, that being Midge, who Kevin appointed after the sandbag incident.
In the student lounge, Reggie, and Josie announce to Archie and Veronica that they are withdrawing from the race for student body president. Reggie explains that he is clearly not ready to be a leader of men, following his near shooting of Fangs outside the station. As for Josie, she and her mother had a talk after riot night. It was then that they were reminded that Josie is an artist, not a politician. Josie wants to return to what she's best at, that being music. This only leaves Archie and Veronica to run for student council president. Along with Ethel Muggs, who is running as a third-party candidate.
The next day, after Archie, Jughead, and Cheryl saved the Serpents from a raid at the Whyte Wrym, Josie joins them and the rest of their classmates. The school comes together in a show support of the Southside students who are being wrongly transferred. Josie, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Reggie, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea, Moose, Kevin and many other students put on Serpent jackets and confront principal Weatherbee. Archie explains that everyone is ready to walk out. Mr. Weatherbee threatens to expel any student that does, though Archie calls his bluff. He knows that Weatherbee is a good man who doesn't discriminate, and if he isn't, Archie tells Weatherbee to expel him as he doesn't wish to be a part of that. With that being said, Weatherbee tells everyone to get to class.
Both the mayoral election and student body election are held in the gymnasium of Riverdale High. Among the voters are Josie, Pop Tate, Weatherbee, Sweet Pea, Moose, Veronica, Reggie and many others.
Over at the Andrews house, Fred hosts a party as they wait for the votes to come in for the mayoral election. Josie attends with her mother, along with Archie, Veronica, Kevin, Moose, and Reggie. Unfortunately, Fred loses the mayoral race to Hermione. Not long after this news breaks, Hermione stops by to tell Fred that he ran a great campaign. It was close. It came down to less than 200 votes. As a show of good sportsmanship, Hermione and Fred shake hands.
The following day, Josie sings the national anthem as Archie prepares to be inaugurated in the school gymnasium. However, the event goes awry when Sheriff Minetta and two deputies enter the gym to arrest Archie for the murder of Shadow Lake resident, Cassidy Bullick.
Archie's trial is now in session. He sits alongside his mother, Mary, and Attorney McCoy, both of whom are acting as his counsel. Josie attends. She sits next to Sweet Pea. Archie is being prosecuted by the District Attorney, Ms. Wright. The evidence and testimony presented during court supposed tell a dark tale, that Archie has a history of violent behavior. She attempts to paint Archie as a bad person in her closing argument as Mary attempts to shed light on all the good deeds Archie has done, such as helping solve the murder of Jason Blossom, providing the Southside Serpents with refuge as they hid from the police, and punching through a layer of ice in order to save Cheryl from drowning. With that in mind, Mary takes the opportunity to remind the jury that there were no witnesses, murder weapon or motive to the killing of Cassidy Bullock. After hearing from both the prosecution and the defense, the jury begins to deliberate.
While the jury deliberates, Josie and Kevin inquire with their parents about Archie's chances of being found not guilty. Sierra replies that it's 50/50.
Just as planned, Cheryl hosts an End-of-Summer pool party at Thornhill. Josie sits poolside with Sweet Pea, whom she seems to have struck a romantic relationship with over the summer. He's excited for school to start back up, mostly because he'll get to see Josie in the hall every day. However, Josie has other plans in mind. She told him when they started this that their summer fling was going be just that. A fling. With a three-month expiration date. Sweet Pea is very much aware, but he doesn't want the good times to end, caressing Josie's upper thigh as he hopes that she'll reconsider. Josie admits that she has enjoyed their time spent together. Nevertheless, not even he is going to distract her from her music. They then proceed to kiss.
Josie interrupts Veronica and Betty's discussion on how to stop Archie from going to prison with a possible solution of her own. She informs Veronica that she may not be too late to help. The jury is being sequestered at the Five Seasons. Third floor, room 301. The security's tight, but Josie thinks she can get Veronica in. Veronica's thinking that she only needs to get to one Jury member. To convince them that her dad's the villain here, not Archie, for there to be a hung jury. Which would give them more time to prove Archie is innocent.
Labor Day weekend is over and Archie's trial is now in session. Josie, as well as the rest of Archie's friends and family are in attendance. However, the jury could not reach a verdict. They're deadlocked. Six-to-six. With that, the jury is dismissed. In lieu of another trial, the State is prepared to offer a deal for a lesser sentence. Instead of prison, time served plus two years in juvenile detention, if Archie will plead guilty to the crime of manslaughter. Archie takes the deal and in arrested.
In the locker room, Josie is getting dressed as she overhears Veronica’s conversation with Cheryl. Veronica confronts Cheryl for trying to steal Archie’s presidency. Veronica intends to keep Archie’s seat warm until his return, but Cheryl retorts that Jackie O. didn’t rise to presidency after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it was Lyndon B. Johnson who did. However, as Josie points out, Johnson led them to Vietnam. Josie then suggests that Cheryl give Veronica a break all things considering, but Cheryl is only willing to a point as she reveals that she needs the presidency for her college applications.
Josie, Veronica, Cheryl and the rest of the River Vixens arrive at Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center to cheer on Archie and the boys for their football game. As they perform, the boys storm the fence in excitement. The boys then return to the game as the girls continue to perform. However, things go awry when Warden Norton signals the guards to attack the players under the claim that they were rioting. Joaquin is one of the first to be knocked to the ground and beaten. Archie, on the other hand, fares better against the guards, taking out several of them before being overwhelmed with the prison guards clubbing him. Veronica, Cheryl, Josie and the Vixens watch from the fences in horror.
Josie and Kevin arrive at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. When they do, Pop Tate, leads them to a back room and tells them to pick up the phone and dial 642. Kevin does just that. Reggie answers, asking for a password before allowing them into Veronica’s speakeasy, which is located under the diner. Veronica explains to Kevin and Josie that she hired some of the Serpents from the Whyte Wyrm to sell drinks, cocktails only. Veronica then asks Josie to be her resident chanteuse. Josie graciously accepts as she has been working nonstop to find her new sound as a solo act and is in need of a place to try it out. As for Kevin, Veronica asks him to be her emcee. He accepts only under the condition that he occasionally gets to sing.
The night of the grand opening for Veronica's speakeasy has arrived. Josie steps on stage and performs "Anything Goes".
Given the growing dangers that the teens of Riverdale are facing, the town Mayor, Hermione Lodge, decides to personally visit Riverdale High to provide clarity on the dangers they face. Josie, Betty, Cheryl, Jughead, Veronica, Reggie, and Kevin are all in attendance. Hermione explains that Dilton Doiley and Ben Button have already taken their lives, and Ethel Muggs attempted to. All three victims are linked through playing Gryphons and Gargoyles. From what little they do know about it, the game seems to be targeted at impressionable developing minds. Hermione elaborates that the game’s quests and role-playing scenarios are specifically designed to foster delusions, paranoia, and violence. As mayor, Hermione officially bans Gryphons and Gargoyles. On top of that, Mrs. Burble is going to be holding extended office hours and Hermione has set up a 24-hour crisis hotline overseen by Kevin.
Josie, Kevin and Reggie are called into the Blue and Gold offices by Betty, who informs them of the Midnight Club and their parents’ past involvement with Gryphons and Gargoyles. Josie is in disbelief that her mother was a rule-breaking, anti-apartheid activist in high school. And Kevin questions how his father and her mother were together even back then. Much like Josie, Reggie is also skeptical. He doesn’t believe that his father did live action role-play with as he put it "a group of lame ass nerds". Regardless of what they would like to believe, Betty needs them to subtly ask their parents about Gryphons and Gargoyles, as her suspicion is that whoever was running the game back then is also running it now. Josie, Reggie and Kevin seem aggravated at the insinuation that one of their parents could be responsible for what happened to Ben and Dilton, but they agree nonetheless.
Following Betty’s instructions, Josie and Kevin devise a plan to get their parents to reveal what they know about G&G. They do this by inviting them to Pop's for a lunch date. When Josie asks how they met, Sierra says that they attended Riverdale High at the same time, but they were more so acquaintances than friends. They claim that they never ran in the same circles. Sierra was in Model UN and Volunteers of America. Tom was in RROTC and on the boxing team. Kevin then asks if they ever played Gryphons and Gargoyles. Sierra and Tom claim that they didn’t and that they only knew of people who did. Seeing as that they’re all together, Sierra and Tom take this opportunity to reveal to Josie and Kevin that they’re engaged.
Josie, Kevin and Reggie reconvene with Betty in the Blue and Gold to discuss their efforts to gain more information from their parents. Josie and Kevin came up with nothing as their parents did not admit to anything. All they did was lie and pretend as if they knew nothing of G&G. In other news, Josie reveals that her mother and Kevin’s father announced their engagement. As bad as that was, Reggie’s dad’s reaction to Reggie’s questioning in regards to G&G was much worse, as Reggie was left with a black eye. Reggie wonders why their parents are acting so secretive about something that happened 25 years ago and what Betty is keeping from them. Before Betty can answer, Veronica enters. She tells them how Archie is caught up in some diabolical teen fight club and that she intends to break him out of juvie with all of their help.
Josie, Veronica, Betty, Kevin, and Reggie reconvene at La Bonne Nuit. Archie’s stuck behind bars and his life is in danger. As much as possible, they must follow the plan. The slightest deviation and Archie could end up dead. They will need a distraction if they’re going to disorient the guards and save Archie. Something they can sneak into the location easily, that won’t arouse suspicion, something they’ll have to make themselves, so Josie, Kevin and Reggie sneak into the chemistry class to make smoke grenades, masqueraded as beverages. As for the getaway route, Veronica already has a position picked out for Betty. So long as she sticks to the woods, their cars shouldn’t be able to follow her. Just in case, Betty suggest adding another precaution to the plan.
Josie, disguised as a waitress, brings Reggie and Veronica over a dozen or so "beverages". She overheard the guards betting heavily against Archie. They say he’s going down. Reggie remarks that Archie’s opponent is huge and that Archie doesn’t seem to have much time left. So, Veronica orders the others to get in position and wait for her signal.
When Veronica gives the signal, the three of them proceed to throw the smoke grenades disguised as beverages into the ring. It quickly fills with smoke. When it does, Archie makes his escape through the drains. Afterward, Josie and Reggie wait on the side of the road for Veronica to meet them with Archie. Before long, Veronica comes from out the woods with Archie, who can barely stand. They duck down behind the car at the sound of passing police cars, and once the coast is clear, they put Archie in the back of the car and drive off.
After Josie, Kevin, Reggie, Betty and Veronica arrive at Dilton's bunker to regroup with the others, Toni patches Archie up and tells him not to make any sudden movements. Archie reveals that it was Joaquin who stabbed him though Archie thinks the Warden made him do it. He then asks where are they, to which Betty explains Dilton’s bunker. The only people who know about it are in the room and it is the safest place in Riverdale. Veronica then notices the branding on Archie’s side, courtesy of Warden Norton. Veronica then calls for everyone’s attention. Since her father saw her, she has to do some damage control on the home front. But, someone needs to stay with Archie at all times. Betty and Jughead volunteer to take the first shift. Equally important, Veronica announces that everyone in the room, herself, Josie, Kevin, Reggie, Betty, Jughead, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea and Fangs, are all part of a pact. From this moment on, no one is to know where the bunker is. No one was involved with the breakout and no one knows where Archie is. They are all expected to take this to the grave.
In a booth at Pop’s, Kevin tells Josie and Reggie how he searched the woods for Joaquin but couldn’t find him as he had to eventually double-back to act as the decoy. They quickly stop the discussion as Pop Tate approaches with their orders. Once he leaves, they resume talking. Joaquin is out there, is Kevin’s last words on the matter. Reggie, however, can’t believe they pulled off the escape. He then looks to Josie and Kevin, asking if they’re going to play Gryphons and Gargoyles to find out what their parents and Betty won’t tell them. Over the radio, an important news bulletin is made, announcing Archie’s escape.
Josie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Cheryl, Kevin, Reggie, Sweet Pea, Fangs, and Evelyn sit as Sheriff Minetta confronts them with his suspicion that Archie had help in escaping Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center. Sheriff Minetta informs them that hiding a convict and information from the law is a felony offense. So, whoever aided and abetted Archie is just as much a criminal as he is. A few students in particular catches the sheriff's attention. When he asks where Josie was during the time of the breakout, she struggles to come up with an alibi, eventually settling with her being alone in the music room. Sheriff Minetta will be looking into all their alibis. As he continues to antagonize Josie, she suddenly has a seizure. Cheryl rushes to her aid, catching Josie and telling the sheriff to back off.
Josie is performing on stage at La Bonne Nuit as Cheryl and Toni arrive. Later, Josie is singing as Hiram arrives at the Speakeasy to settle on an arrangement with Veronica to pay for his protection.
While returning home from the speakeasy, Josie is nearly attacked by a Gargoyle. He waits by her door as she turns the corner. Josie just barely makes it inside, locking the door behind her as the Gargoyle bangs on the door. Josie then calls Veronica and Reggie over to inform them of the attack. Again, Veronica is very apologetic. Veronica’s paying a lot of money to ensure that this doesn’t happen. However, Josie is very much aware of Hiram’s affiliation with the Gargoyles. Whatever problems Veronica has with her father, Josie refuses to be dragged into it. Either Veronica straightens this out or she'll have to find a new singer for La Bonne Nuit as it’s too dangerous for Josie to be there.
As Josie sings on stage at La Bonne Nuit, Archie drinks his pain away at the bar, with Reggie serving him. Reggie then declines to serve Archie any further as he requests another drink. He does however offer to call Archie cab, explaining that Veronica’s dealing with enough as it is, she doesn’t need Archie making a scene. As Archie begins to become unruly, he is roughed up by security, though Josie comes to his rescue, seeing Archie out and taking him home. Josie takes Archie into his bathroom and dumps him in the tub before turning on the cold water as he is in need of a cold shower.
Josie concocts a home remedy consisting of lemon, ginger, and cayenne to sober Archie up. She asks where his dad is, to which Archie says that he’s at work. Archie would be too if he didn’t get fired after his first day for picking a fight. So, he went to drown his sorrows. While they didn’t talk much last year and she can’t even attempt to guess the hell Archie’s been through, Josie suggest that Archie channel his anger into something constructive like music. Or, if he’s in the mood to hit things, she recommends that he join Kevin’s dad, who boxes at the gym. Either way, Archie has to deal with his demons head on. Archie agrees that he has to face this head on, and there’s one person he hasn’t faced since returning to town, that being Hiram.
Later in the week, Josie is approached by Archie at the bar and thanks her for taking care of him and setting him straight when he got drunk. He’d been thinking about her advice in regards to doing something constructive, and Josie reassures him that Kevin’s dad would be more than willing to box with him. Archie then asks Josie if she would be up to jamming out together like they used to. She happily agrees, but only if Archie sings back up.
Josie and Kevin have sit in a booth at Pop's with their mother and father. Sierra and Tom reveal that they don’t want a big wedding, both having just finalized their respective divorces. Not to mention the Gargoyle King’s constant lingering presence. They would prefer to keep it simple and get marred at Town Hall. While Josie and Kevin fully disagree, they respect their parents' decision. However, at the very least, Josie and Kevin would like to throw them an after-party at La Bonne Nuit. Tom and Sierra reluctantly agree to a small party. As Moose enters the diner with his father, Major Marcus Mason, Sierra and Tom take the opportunity to invite them to the wedding, though Marcos doesn’t appear to be too enthusiastic, almost brushing off the invite. Tom explains to Josie and Kevin that he and Marcus used to be good friends, as they both were in RROTC together. But, they grew apart. Sierra surmises that this was due to Marcus being jealous of her and Tom’s relationship as he had a crush on Sierra.
Josie visits Sweet Pea at Sunnyside Trailer Park. She enters his trailer to invite him to her mother’s wedding, though he mistakes her unexpected arrival as a booty call as it wouldn’t be the first one they’ve had since their summer fling ended. However, this is not the case. Josie was hoping that Sweet Pea would be her date to the wedding. He hopes this means that they’re officially together, but Josie would rather it not be so official. Admittedly, Sweet Pea likes her and would be all in with her without a second thought, but he’s not built for her to just slide back into his life whenever she doesn’t want to be alone.
Josie sits alone in the music room until Archie decides to join her. She reveals to him that there’s a recruiter for Julliard holding local auditions and Josie’s slot is this afternoon. Archie assures her she’s going to do great, but Josie isn’t even certain how she’ll get there. It’s at Seaside, and she just assumed Sweet Pea would give her a ride, but she didn’t even get a chance to ask him. Archie questions if Josie and Sweet Pea are together, but as Josie informs him, she had to end it so that she could focus on her music. Which is what she always does. So much so that she’s pushed everyone away. She can’t even ask her mom for a ride because she doesn’t even know about the audition. If Josie told her and she didn’t perform well, then her mother would start asking about her backup plans, which Josie doesn’t have. Archie volunteers to take Josie in his jalopy.
Josie arrives at her audition for Julliard and takes center stage. Archie watches from the back as she performs.
Josie and Archie sit in a booth at Pops, where they await the results of Josie’s audition. Unfortunately, they are unable to invite her back for callbacks, which deeply upsets Josie as she sang her heart out for it still only not to be enough. She’s given up so much for this moment and kept telling herself that in the end, it would be worth it. She had built up so many walls just to focus on this one thing and now she’s all alone because of it. Archie assures Josie that she’s not alone. He’ll even accompany her to her mother's wedding. Archie’s been truly alone these last few months and can sympathize.
Josie and Archie rehearse a song together at his house. Their phones ring simultaneously. It is Josie’s mother and Archie’s father. Fred instructs Archie to lock the doors to the house. Archie replies that the doors are already locked, but now he's worried, asking his father what’s wrong.
In the music room, Josie tells Archie how in the end, her mother and Kevin’s father got the wedding they wanted. Just the four of them at Town Hall. They said it didn’t feel right having a party. As for what’s next for Josie, after everything Kevin and Moose went through, not getting into Julliard doesn’t seem like such a big deal to Josie anymore. For now, she's just going to take it day by day, which is precisely what Archie’s been doing. Josie and Archie then start to sing together. As Josie and Archie end their duet, they find themselves face-to-face. They inch closer and Archie asks Josie if he can kiss her, to which she agrees, and the two proceed to kiss.
Josie and Archie grab a booth a Pop’s. He proposes that they skip school and catch a movie at the Bijou. Unfortunately, Josie has a meeting with her college adviser. She hopes they can meet up after school, but Archie will be training with Tom by then. While there aren’t any college scholarships for boxing, stepping in the ring keeps Archie in a good head-space and helps him focus. With growing interest in Archie, Josie jokingly tells him not to go messing up his face as it is growing on her.
Josie approaches Archie and tells him that she performing at La Bonne Nuit tomorrow night and that she would like for him to be on the guitar, unfortunately, he has his first fight that night. Archie reveals to Josie that he’s being paid to throw the fight, which Josie disapproves of. Archie explains that it’s a short cut to get his name out there. However, Josie still isn’t convinced that being paid to get beaten up is a good idea. Archie reminds her that he’s an ex-con who walked out of the SATs. While he has admittedly been dealt a bad hand, Josie believes it’s up to him to change that even if Archie is being offered $5,000. She believe that he’s worth more than that.
While Josie performs at La Bonne Nuit, Tom prepares Archie for his fight with Ronson. Afterward, Josie arrives just as the final round commences. She roots for Archie from the crowd. Just as it seems as if Archie is gaining control, Ronson head butts him. The fight is then broken up. Tom rejoins Archie in his corner to coach him through the final minutes of the fight. He assures Archie that he’s done great, but if he wants to win this fight, he has to knock Ranson out and then the fight commenaces. The bell sounds to signal the the end of the match not long after, just as Archie is gaining control. There’s a split decision, but ultimately, Ronson wins the fight.
Josie waits for Archie after the fight. He asks about her show. She says she killed it, much like Archie did during his fight. She’s glad he didn’t throw it, which is a win to her. She then asks if he wants to get a milkshake at Pop’s to celebrate. Instead, they head to Archie’s place, where they have sex.
Josie finds Archie at the gym and the two of them joke about his new gig and then plan to have dinner at Pop’s. However, before they can, the two become alert after hearing an odd sound. They open a closet to find a young boy inside. Archie comes off a bit aggressive, but Josie comes in with a more comforting approach, asking the kid for his name and if he’s hungry. The boy reveals that his name is Ricky and then Archie and Josie take him Pop’s.
While at the diner, Josie asks about Ricky’s parents, who he claims to have never known. Archie then asks about the cubby he was hiding in. Ricky explains that he’s been staying there on and off for a few weeks. Josie asks if there’s anyone they can call, but Ricky doesn’t have anyone. Short on options, Josie recommends calling Betty as she knows people at Social Services. Ricky instantly takes off and runs for the door but Archie catches up to him before he can get away. Ricky’s afraid of Social Services as they will send him back to a shelter called The Santa Lucia Shelter. While there, they branded Ricky with the same symbol branded on Archie that means sacrifice. Ricky got that brand from some of the older guys who were at the shelter. They didn’t live there, but they did crash there, and one night, Ricky woke up and they were holding him down and branding his arm. That’s when he left the shelter.
Veronica and Reggie welcome Josie along with more than half a dozen employees to the casino of La Bonne Nuit. They’ve got poker on the floor, blackjack at the bar, nickel and quarter slots along the wall, and a horse race-themed wheel of chance in the corner. Reggie already called dibs on spinning it. It goes without saying that discretion is of the upmost importance. But Josie is forced to ask the obvious question. What to do if they’re raided? Veronica and Reggie have made upgrades to the place to account for such a threat. They have a number of compartments and close-in doors to hide all the Casino paraphernalia. At which point Veronica will bat her eyelids and say "What secret casino, Officer?"
While rehearsing, Josie is asked by Betty if she has noticed that Kevin has gotten very involved with the Farm at an alarming rate as Betty has become concerned. And last night, when Betty was leaving school, she saw him and a bunch of the other Farmies holding their hands over a Bunsen burner. Betty explains that cults like the Farm prey on emotionally vulnerable people like Kevin. Josie hasn't told her mother or Kevin's father, but she admits that over the last week, she had heard Kevin sneaking out at night. She assumed that he was going back to Fox Forest, but now she thinks that he’s been going to meet them.
At the Andrews house, Archie and Josie sing to one another.
In the classroom sits Josie, Archie, Reggie, Sweet Pea, Fangs, and Evelyn, who all proceeds to break out in song and dance, leading Hermione to questions if they’re all truly this miserable. They then come down the hall in song and dance and make their way to the auditorium. Josie, Archie, Kevin, Cheryl, Veronica, Betty, Reggie, Sweet Pea, Fangs, Peaches, and Evelyn get on stage, where they conclude their performance.
Afterward, Kevin announces that there’s been a slight change to their creative team. While Evelyn has been helping him produce the musical, he’s recently asked her to step up and be his co-director, much to Betty’s disdain, as she points out that Kevin has always directed the musical alone. Which Kevin reveals has always been incredibly stressful, especially after last year’s incident, with Midge being killed by the Black Hood. Josie’s playing Veronica Sawyer, outcast turned Heather turned outcast again.
Josie, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea, Fangs, Reggie, and Peaches lay on their backs in the student lounge as Evelyn tells them that everything in their lives matter. There are universal truths within each of their experiences. In rehearsal, they’re going to explore their own personal traumas and experiences and exercise them through their art. Kevin interrupts to inform Cheryl, Veronica, and Betty that "Candy Store" set and costumes are ready.
The cast meets up at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy compound as planned. Josie, Reggie, Sweet Pea, Fangs, Kevin, Cheryl, Veronica, Evelyn, and Archie then start to sing and dance. While singing with Fangs, Sweet Pea stumbles upon Archie and Josie having an intimate moment. With the exception of Betty, who watches from afar, everyone comes back together to finish the musical number.
Josie, Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, Toni, Sweet Pea, Fangs, Reggie, Peaches, Evelyn, and Kevin meet back up in the auditorium the following day. They’re each going to share something they’ve never told anyone before. Sweet Pea reveals that it hurt him to see Archie and Josie getting cozy last night. This is the first of Betty hearing about this, and so she looks to Archie and asks if he and Josie are dating, but he doesn’t answer. Under the suspicion that he may have been nothing more than a rebound, Reggie asks Veronica if she knew of Archie and Josie’s relationship. Veronica had no idea, she claims.
Archie approaches Josie in the music room to discuss their relationship. Josie is quiet upset that Sweet Pea exposed them, though Archie is happy that it is now out in the open. He wants to make them official, but Josie is against it. The other day, when Archie asked how they got together, Josie explains that they were lonely. It’s not a strong bedrock. Josie sees them as nothing more than lonely souls filling a void.
Josie finds Archie boxing at the gym. They both have something to say to the other. Archie goes first. If Josie doesn’t want to be in a relationship because she’s not into him, then he’s fine with that, but if she does like him then he wants to start figuring out what they are and what they can be to each other. Archie wants to fight for their relationship and it seems like Josie is willing. The two of them then start to sing and dance.
They’ve now reached the emotional climax of the musical. "Seventeen" captures the longing all the characters feel for what they’ve lost, their teen innocence, Kevin tells Sweet Pea and Josie.
The night of the musical has arrived. It ends with Josie, Archie, Sweet Pea, Toni, Reggie, Veronica, Cheryl, Betty, Jughead, Kevin, Evelyn, and Fangs on stage singing "Seventeen". As the musical concludes, Edgar Evernever rises from the audience, clapping slowly and very dramatic-like. He is joined by over a dozen members of the Farm, who are all wearing white and join in on the slow clap. From the stage, Evelyn states that she knew her dad would like it. Weatherbee and Mrs. Klump appear to be one with the Farm as they too are wearing white and applaud the performance.
Josie and Veronica watch from the crowd as Archie is escorted to the ring for his fight against Randy Ronson during the Gilded Gloves tournament. Josie asks if Veronica’s nervous, but she isn’t in the slightest. Josie then notices Archie’s new robe and trunks. Veronica explains that Archie’s officially sponsored by Pop’s. She continues to watch the fight, during which time, Archie knocks Ronson out in the second round.
Following the fight, Randy Ronson is taken to Riverdale General Hospital, where Mad Dog, Fred, Tom, Josie, Archie, and Veronica sit in the lobby, waiting to hear news of his fate. Just a few feet away sits Elio with Randy’s family. Unfortunately, Dr. Patel arrives to deliver the news that Randy did not survive.
Josie calls her dad after seeing that he has a gig nearby and is hoping that they can grab some dinner beforehand.
As planned, Josie grabs dinner with her father at Pop’s. Myles was more than willing as his next tour will be a long one. This is precisely why Josie wanted to meet up. She explains how recently she’s been the headlining act downstairs at La Bonne Nuit, but Riverdale is a small town, and she wants to go on tour with him to broaden her musical horizons. Myles explains that it’s a hard life being on the road. Josie begs, asking that he at least come see her perform. Before he can answer, Gladys, Jughead, and FP barge into Pop’s disguised with their identity shielded behind Serpent masks, with guns pointed. They empty the register and head for the door. As they do, Pop Tate comes from behind the counter with a shotgun and opens fire, hitting FP. As he prepares to shoot again, Jughead rips off his mask and tells Pop Tate to stop shooting as it’s not what he thinks. Jughead attempts to tend to his father, who lays on the floor bleeding, but is pulled away by his mother, as it is now up to the two of them to continue the game. Myles and Josie watch from the floor as this unfolds. Josie lends to this incident as yet another reason why she needs to get out of town.
Josie, Archie, and Veronica convene at La Bonne Nuit, where Veronica informs Archie that on top of everything else, Elio is also refusing the Ronsons Randy’s insurance money. Veronica is hoping they can make Josie’s show tonight a benefit, with the proceeds going to the Ronsons. Archie then gives Josie a kiss and heads off to settle things with Elio.
Just before the show, Josie looks into the crowd, though there’s no sign of her dad, and Veronica checked the front door, and he never picked up his ticket.
At La Bonne Nuit, Josie performs. As her performance concludes, the crowd erupts in applause. The loudest applause of them all coming from Myles, her father, who little did Josie know, was there for her entire performance.
Josie is complimented on her performance. She says that she thought her father had bailed on her again. Myles explains that was his intention. When you’re on the road, gig after gig, you have to get on stage and give it your all no matter what. Josie has to want to play music more than anything else. With that, Myles agrees to allow Josie to tour with him.
Archie finds Josie after her show singing in the music room. He apologizes for not making it back in time to see it. Josie then reveals that she decided to go on tour with her dad, but she doesn’t know when she’s coming back, if at all. While she’s loved their time together, they’re not endgame, which she’s fine with. Archie’s life is in Riverdale while hers is somewhere out there, maybe New York. Archie tells her that he was going to ask her to prom, but that’s no longer an option now, and the two say goodbye with a kiss.
Josie is a young lady with rich, brown skin, dark brown eyes, and thick, bouncy, curls. She's naturally very slender, and flaunts her body shape confidently, often dressing like a celebrity. Her clothes are similar to rock star inspired styles and she's often seen sporting leather jackets along with her trademark Pussycat ears. However, since leaving the Pussycats and going solo, she has refrained from wearing the Pussycat ears.
Josie is both zealous and talented. She was lead singer as well as the guitarist for Josie and the Pussycats. She thrives to exceed and be the best, especially with both parents watching over her shoulders at every turn. Her mother encouraging her to succeed and to embrace herself as a powerful and successful woman of color, while her father on the other hand, shows very little interest in her musical aspirations, looking to it as nothing more than "pop music" and child's play. Because of this, she tries even harder to impress him and gain his approval.
Josie is also a very loving and caring person to the people who she loves and cares about. At times she's not perfect, as when she gets frustrated, she tends to take it out on others. As to the time when her father was in town, she ended up taking her anger out on Valerie, resulting in Valerie leaving the band temporarily. However, Josie can also be a very soft and caring person to the people who she likes. As to when she heard about Archies father getting shot, she came by to show her support along with her girls.
With the emergence of the Black Hood, both Josie and her mother have been on edge. The lingering feeling that the killer could strike at any time has led them both to become extremely paranoid, more so Josie, who has been having anxiety nightmares and brief moments of panic. Because of this, Josie and her mother moved to the Five Seasons for their own protection.
The relationship between Josie and Cheryl is really tight. They always care for each other and have shown that they'd do anything for each other. Josie always does favors when Cheryl ask her. As a favor to Cheryl, Josie agreed to assist Archie with his music. Josie and the Pussycats also helped Cheryl as she was drugged and almost raped by Nick St. Clair. Since then Cheryl has gone to great lengths in order to protect Josie and repay her for saving her. Both Josie and Cheryl have referred to the other as "My girl" due to their close friendship.
The relationship between Josie and Sierra McCoy is tight and close-knit. They care deeply for each other, as a mother and daughter would. Their relationship is developed than Josie's relationship with her father. Even though Sierra may be strict toward her daughter, it is only for her daughter's benefit. She pushes her to achieve her goals and is proud of her for her accomplishments such as the band, Josie and the Pussycats. Lately, their bond has strengthened due to recent threats bringing them closer to stand together as a unity. Josie has been supportive of her mother in the toughest situations like when her mother informed her of recent death threats she's been receiving. Josie also stood alongside her when her mother announced her resignation from office over live broadcast.
The father-daughter relationship between Myles and Josie McCoy is rather complicated. The two of them are not very close due to the fact that her father is often on the road given his career as a professional jazz player. To make matters worse, Myles is quite hard on Josie, generally putting a lot of pressure on her regarding her musical choices and career. Because of this, Josie tries even harder to please him, but he remains to be unimpressed, despite her best efforts. This is proven when he left the 75th annual Variety Show during her performance with her band, Josie and the Pussycats, which while on the subject, he views as child's play and Pop music, though Josie insists that it's more. Despite his views on the Pussycats as a group, he values Valerie talents, who he believes to be the real deal, as she provides the group with some much needed integrity.
The relationship between Josie McCoy, Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine started before the start of the series. They were close friends, and together, the three of them made up the highly ambitious rock band, Josie and the Pussycats. They met and befriended each other while working at Power Records, where they used to practice together. One day, Josie came up with the idea of calling themselves the Pussycats after showing up to practice with cheap cat ears from the Halloween store. Valerie temporarily left the band after Josie and her had a dispute but they eventually worked it out and found their way back to each other. However, this dispute pales in comparison to the one that followed after Valerie and Melody learned that Josie was starting on her solo career and was leaving the Pussycats. Unfortunately, the ladies have not spoken to each other since.
The relationship between Josie McCoy and Archie Andrews pre-dates the series given that they both grew up in Riverdale. Their relationship originally started out as a small rivalry between musicians, as Archie, who was looking to rise as an up-and-coming songwriter, hoped that Josie would assist him in doing just that. While Josie on the other hand, who is an established musician in her own right, wasn't willing to help him achieve his aforementioned goal. However, their relationship later evolved into a friendship after the pair bonded over their love of music, which resulted in Archie performing alongside Josie and the Pussycats. And while they don't interact much, they are still very much friends, as Josie came to Archie's aid and helped get him clean. The two later began a relationship after Archie supported Josie during her time of need.
While Chuck and Josie may not have come in close contact, Chuck took a liking to her. When he entered the music room, he was amazed by her voice. However, Josie didn't return the warm greetings as she knew his past with women and would never date a "chauvinist, misogynistic, harasser of woman", such as himself. Late at night, as Josie was leaving school, she came across Chuck whose presence shook her as it was dark in the hallways. She allowed him to give her a ride home, but not before they stopped at Pop's. Even though Josie insisted that they weren't on a date, they did bond more than they ever had before. Chuck claimed that he'd changed for the better, and even though Pop Tate and Josie started believing this, his past still showed through as Josie's mother wasn't happy to find them together, who then threatened him to stay away from her daughter before dragging her out of the diner. At school, when Josie received a disturbing message from a mysterious admirer, automatically thinking this was Chuck's doing, she confronted him at the library, resulting in him getting escorted to the principal's office.
The friendship between Josie McCoy and Veronica Lodge kicked off after Veronica joined Josie and the Pussycats as a temporary replacement to Valerie Brown. They both talk to each other about personal family drama which is something they both happen to have in common with each other and can relate to. Josie and Veronica both have issues with their fathers, which is something they talk about with each other. After Veronica became an official part of the family business, Josie became distant with Veronica after her mother forbade Josie from hanging out with her, explaining how she didn't like the way the Lodge family conducted their business by using their daughter. She didn't want her daughter to be a part of it, even though she may be dealing with the Lodges. However, after the two families sat and talked it out, Veronica and Josie performed together at Veronica's confirmation ceremony. Nevertheless, there was a brief moment of disloyalty when Veronica and Josie were singing for Veronica's campaign. Ethel Muggs was handing out flyers displaying rude things about Veronica, and she ran off after Betty fled from the room. Then Josie said to Ethel that the families that had suffered by the hands of Hiram and Hermione Lodge needed to stick together. But Josie helped Veronica and Toni find information about Cheryl Blossom, so their rocky relationship steadied a little.
The friendship between Josie and Kevin has apparently grown since the two of them discovered that their parents were having an affair due to Josie's father constantly being on the road and Kevin's mother being overseas. Sharing nearly identical household drama, the two have begun to spend more time together both in and out of school, such as sitting together at lunch and going to the movies. Before recently, Josie and Kevin had very little interaction though they always appeared to be friendly towards one another given that they run within the same circle of friends.
Josie and Reggie have grown closer while students at Riverdale High. They were first seen together at Riverdale General Hospital, after Fred Andrews was shot, along with the rest of the Pussycats. However, their relationship didn't take off until the night they both attended Nick St. Clair's party at the Five Seasons, where they took Jingle Jangle together before making out. Later, after being exposed for using Jingle Jangle during the aforementioned party, they were sent to do community service in Pickens Park, where Reggie seemed to take an interest in Josie. They later joined forces to run for Student Body President and Vice President. After they decided to leave the campaign, each with their own reasons, they've since remained close, though it is unclear if anything more will come from their relationship.
After Archie is arrested, Josie and Sweet Pea start a summer fling with one condition: a 3-month expiration. Sweet Pea wishes for more, but Josie declines his offer by as she must remain focused on music. It is, however, revealed that Josie and Sweet Pea kept hooking up despite their fling's initial expiration date. Josie asks Sweet Pea to accompany her as her date in Sierra’s and Tom’s forthcoming wedding. Sweet Pea, who wants a real relationship with Josie, declines her invitation as she doesn't want a serious relationship. During the party at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy compound, organised by Evelyn Evernever, Sweet Pea spots Josie and Archie having an intimate moment. Deeply hurt, Sweet Pea spills the secrecy of Josie and Archie’s relationship.
She has defied her mother's wishes multiple times despite being constantly reminded to not forget their branding; Divas of color. Josie allowed Cheryl to perform alongside the Pussycats and also decided to accompany Archie at singing his song at the jubilee.
Josie did not seem to have to audition for a position on the River Vixens, as Cheryl had introduced her as a new member almost immediately.