Mom and Dad hated that Jason and I were dating. They were thrilled when Jason dumped me. Jason's parents forced him to break up with me. Of course, they didn't approve of a Blossom boy dating a Cooper girl. But when I told him about the baby, our baby... Oh, he was so happy, Betty. We were gonna run away. Start our family in a beautiful place.
— Polly to Betty[src]

Polly Cooper is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. She is portrayed by Tiera Skovbye.

Polly is the younger maternal half-sister of Charles Smith, as well as the older sister of Betty Cooper. She is Hal and Alice Cooper's daughter, and the former fiancé of the late Jason Blossom, with whom she has two children with, Juniper and Dagwood.

After escaping the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where she was confined for several months at the behest of her parents following the revelation of her pregnancy and her attempt to run away with Jason, Polly joined The Farm, where she would later give birth to her and Jason's babies. Polly has since returned to Riverdale after being "healed" and has introduced her mother to the ways of the Farm and its leader, Edgar Evernever.

Early Life

Polly grew up in Riverdale with her parents, Alice and Hal Cooper, and her younger sister Betty.

When Polly and Betty were little, Betty was afraid of the dark. Polly would comfort her little sister, but their mother would never allow her to stay with Betty overnight, so she would turn on Betty's night light, a light she still had.

When Polly was nine, she ran away from home after a huge fight with her mother, she disappeared for hours, and the entire neighborhood searched for her. They would later come to find out that Polly was in the attic the whole time.

She used to be in a relationship with Jason Blossom, but it didn't end well. While they were together, Jason "meant everything to Polly, but she meant nothing to him," according to Betty. Her parents were furious about their relationship and her mother refused to acknowledge her as her daughter. This drove her to a mental breakdown, and she had to move to a group home. Her parents blamed Jason for this, but Betty blamed their mother.

Polly was also a member of the River Vixens before she was put into the group home.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Polly's Absence

When Betty helped Veronica take revenge on Chuck Clayton, they found the playbook that he and his football team members would rate their 'conquests'. In the book Polly was listed next to Jason's name, her worth being a total of nine points. Only further proving how little Polly meant to Jason, in Betty's perspective.[1]

While investigating Jason's murder, Betty learned of Jason's involvement in dealing drugs from Trev Brown, a former teammate of his, and went to her father and asked about Polly. Hal explained that Polly and Jason had a fight, he was unsure what the fight was about, but Polly was left devastated as a result. Hal alleged that Polly subsequently attempted to commit suicide, and that was the real reason she was sent away, to prevent it from happening again.[2]

Sisters of Quiet Mercy

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Polly and Betty reunited

After months of being separated, Polly received an unexpected visit from Betty at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group-home. She hugged Betty, who almost instantly noticed that she was pregnant with Jason's child. Polly had her suspicions as to why Betty never came sooner, her parents had likely been telling Betty that she was on drugs or alcohol. However, they actually told Betty that she was sick, to the point where she tried to commit suicide, and in return, they told Polly that Betty didn't want to see her, which she already knew was a lie.

Hal and Alice hated that she and Jason were dating, so they were thrilled when Polly and Jason broke up, but, according to Polly, that was due to Jason's parents forcing him to. He was ecstatic upon learning that Polly was pregnant and they'd planned to run away and start a new life together. On July 4th, Polly had packed her bags, intent on meeting Jason on the other side of Sweetwater River, however, her parents caught wind of her plan to run away, and in response, they had her sent to the group home. She then asked if Betty had talked to Jason and if Betty relay a message, at that moment it was clear that Polly had no idea about Jason's murder. She had planned to go to the highway off route 40, where they'd stashed a car, take it, and meet Jason, so they could pick back up where they left off, unfortunately, Betty was forced to tell her the truth about Jason's untimely demise.

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Polly being dragged away

Not long after her reunion with Betty, Polly ran into her mother in the halls of Quiet Mercy. Alice had come to take Betty home. Polly confronted her mother on the lies she told regarding Jason. As tension grew between the two and Polly's behavior grew irretrievable, two orderlies pulled her away, though Betty ran over to Polly, grabbing her hand and promising Polly that's she'd get her out. As promised, Betty returned, but by then, Polly had already escaped through the broken window in her room, leaving only blood behind, smudged on the glass window.[3]

Polly appeared in a dream sequence of Jughead's, which would best be described as some kind of idealized, make-believe version of the American dream. She and Jason sat across the table, from Jughead and Betty as they held hands, her mother and father were there as well, they appeared to be one big happy family.

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Polly hiding in the attic

Following her escape from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home, Polly hid in the attic of her house until it was safe. After a hunch led on by a discussion she previously had with Jughead, Betty found her. She told Betty that she couldn't stay at the group home, waiting for Jason when he was never going to show, they initially had a plan to move to the Farm upstate, and raise the baby, Polly still wished to go there, but she didn't have the money to make it. She couldn't stay at the house, as their mother and father wanted her to give up the baby, which Polly refused to do, and she won't have her child raised in a place that it's not wanted. Before leaving, Betty asked that Polly give her a few days to find her a safe place in Riverdale, as she doesn't want to lose her sister again.

Following a meeting that Betty had with the Blossom, in which they promised to take care of Polly and her child, she agreed to meet them at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where she waited. However, only Cheryl showed up, she came to warn them that her family had no intentions of protecting Polly, in fact, they wanted her out the picture. With no place to go, Veronica and Hermione insisted that she stay with them.[4]

Baby Shower

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Jason and Polly at Pop's shoppe

According to Polly, who told her story to Betty, Veronica, Hermione Lodge and Sheriff Keller, what started out as a casual conversation between her and Jason, flourished into an epic-forbidden romance. But for reasons that were still unclear, their family's tried to tear them apart, however, the break up was short lived as Polly soon discovered she was pregnant with Jason's child. They became secretly engaged with Nana Rose's blessing and her heirloom ring. She and Jason had made plans to run away in an effort to start a new life together, the last time she saw him was at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, where he told her about his plan to fake his own death, and meet up on the other side of Sweetwater River. Unfortunately, before that could happen, Polly was taken away to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy.

Although, before they could even consider leaving town together, they needed money, which resulted in a one-time drug deal between Jason and the Southside Serpents. He received an upstate address where he would deliver the drugs in exchange for cash but neither Jason nor the drugs made it that far as he was murdered and the drugs went up in flames, in his car on Route 40, along with everything Polly had with him, including the heirloom ring.

A couple days later, Polly was approached by Betty and Veronica with the idea that they'd throw her a Baby Shower. Initially hesitant, Polly agreed, stating that she wanted her mother there, as well as the Blossoms. The shower would be the perfect opportunity to prove to them that she wasn't an unfit mother, despite their claims that she was.

While her mother had been invited to the shower, it was clear that the chances of her actually attending the event were slim, which left Polly disappointed as Betty attempted to cheer her up. Polly announced that she wanted Betty to be her child's godmother, if anything ever happened to her, Betty was the only one she'd trust to raise her child.

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Nana Rose determining gender of Polly's child

That night, as the Baby Shower commenced, Polly reunited with several friends that she hadn't seen in months, such as Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine. Much to her surprise, Alice decided to attend the shower, they hugged after Alice expressed how happy she was that Polly and the baby were safe. Just then, the Blossoms arrived, Cheryl, Penelope and Nana Rose; they gifted Polly with an expensive stroller, and in return, Cheryl wanted to be named the child's godmother, unaware that Polly had earlier named Betty the godmother. Halfway through the shower, Nana Blossom performed some kind of ritual, in which she hovered a purple stoned necklace over Polly's hand, which she claimed could read the baby's aura and predict it's gender, and according to her, Polly was having twins, one of each.

The gift opening portion of the night had come, and Polly opened her mother's gift to find the old night light that she used as a child. Alice saved it, she knew how much Polly loved it, and how much it made her feel safe, so she wanted Polly's child to have it. Following the night light, Penelope insisted that Polly open her gift next, which happened to be a miniature rocking horse that belonged to great-grandfather Blossom. Polly then received an invitation from Penelope and Cheryl to live with them at Thornhill, which didn't go over well with Alice, this subsequently led to a brief argument between Alice and Penelope. Polly jumped to her feet, yelling "enough", as she was sick of their incessant bickering, it was their pointless hate and rivalry that eventually led to Jason's death, Polly claimed. They were supposed to be together, but neither Alice nor Penelope would allow them to share that joy of being in a relationship, which cost Jason his life.

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Polly arriving at Thornhill

After the shower, Alice apologized for her outburst, but that wasn't enough for Polly as she was still frustrated with her mother for sending away, because had she not done that, Polly would have met up with Jason, and he could still be alive. Polly explained that she was alone at the Sisters, but that was never Alice's intent, she then pleaded with Polly to return home, and if she did, her father would just have to accept that. But Polly questioned if he'd attempt to make another appointment for her. Unbeknownst to Alice, Hal had made an appointment for Polly before they sent her away, he said that he's more than willing to pay to fix her problem, as she shouldn't have to live with her mistake. After learning the next morning that her mother had no involvement in the appointment and that she had kicked their father out the house, Betty insisted that Polly return home with them. Despite being free and able to come back home to be with her family, Polly opted to live with the Blossoms at Thornhill. She explained that she was doing it for her child.[5]

Infiltration of Thornhill

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Archie and Polly at the tree tapping ceremony

After moving in with the Blossoms, Polly began to ignore Betty's calls and emails, cutting off all ties to her sister. However, she was in attendance at the Blossom family's ceremonial Maple Tree tapping, where Archie confronted Polly about her failure to communicate with her family. She told him that Betty had nothing to worry about.

Later that week, during a banquet at the Belmont Lodge with the entire Blossom family and board of trustees, Polly interrupted Cliff's conversation with Archie to ask him to dance. During their dance, Polly revealed that she only chose to live with the Blossoms because she suspected that they were involved in Jason's death, and needed evidence to prove it. She ignored Betty in order to make the charade more convincing, and that's why she needed Betty to stop trying to contact her.

Before heading off to bed that night, Polly stopped by Cheryl's room to say goodnight, unaware that Cheryl would go on to scratch her face out of the photo that was taken at the Maple Tree tapping.[6]

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Polly creeping throughout Thornhill

Still fully content in her mission to out the Blossoms in having some form of involvement in Jason's death, Polly made her way to the east wing of Thornhill, where Clifford and Penelope resided. Inside one of the rooms, a shelf housing a variety of red toupées caught Polly's eye. She was then spotted by Clifford, who in actuality had grey hair. Angry over her snooping, he slammed the door in Polly's face.

With this recent revelation in mind, Polly called Betty to inform her that she was only running as co-Homecoming Queen with Cheryl in an effort to keep her distracted. While Polly hadn't found anything, she remarked that the family was certainly hiding something. Unfortunately, her earlier deal with Betty, in which they agreed if Polly failed to find any evidence by Homecoming, she'd leave, left her on a strict schedule. Although, the only place left to look was Cliff and Penelope's bedroom, however, they protected it obsessively. She had to cut her call with Betty short as Penelope entered the room with Polly's milkshake, and a request that she bring an end to her explorations of the east wing.

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Cheryl vs Polly over heirloom ring

The next day, as Cheryl did her makeup, Polly found herself in the perfect opportunity to further explore the mansion by convincing Cheryl to borrow Penelope's jewelry. all the while hoping she would find something that would connect them to Jason's murder. Polly wondered how many wigs Clifford actually had, to which Cheryl replied one for every mood. As Polly rummaged through the Blossom's belongings, Cheryl discovered the heirloom ring given to Jason by Nana Rose, the ring that he proposed to Polly with. She questioned how Cheryl's parents could have it when Jason was the last person known to have it in his possession, she then attempted to forcefully take the ring from Cheryl as there as no way Jason would ever give the ring up. However, Cheryl wasn't in a complying mood, grabbing Polly by the wrist and threatening her.

Later that night, Penelope came into her room, offering an explanation as to why they were in possession of the supposedly missing ring. According to Penelope, the last time Clifford saw Jason was the day he disowned the Blossom family, wanting nothing more to do with the name or lineage, including the ring, which he threw in Cliff's face as a final rebuke. Cliff then gave the ring to Penelope for safekeeping, but Polly was under the impression that the ring was lost, but "nothing's lost forever, everything comes back", Penelope said. Before she exited the room, Penelope insisted that Polly finish her milkshake, which unbeknownst to Polly was drugged with a relaxer, knocking her out for the night.[7]

Returning to the Cooper Fold

Having missed Homecoming, Polly woke up the next morning to surprising news, a published article in The Register, which stated that FP Jones had been arrested for Jason's murder. Clifford gently touched her hand, telling Polly that he went to the station, and looked Jason's killer in his eyes. Finally, they would have peace, as would Jason, or so his parents claimed.

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Cheryl and Polly on Thornhill's stpes

During the late hours of the night, loud knocking could be heard all throughout Thornhill. Those responsible for the late night racket was Polly's mother, father, and sister, coming to take her home after a startling revelation that she and Jason were relatives, third cousins to be exact. According to Alice, Hal's grandfather wasn't just the murder victim of Clifford's grandfather, they were brothers, thus making Polly a Blossom. Penelope stated that nothing could be more purely Blossom than Polly's babies, a comment that left Polly sickened to her stomach. Disgusted with this latest turn of events, Polly decided to leave with her family.

The next day, she and Betty laid in bed together, discussing their current predicament. Betty was thrilled that she had finally returned home, that she was safe, and that the babies were healthy. But everything else was like a nightmare. [8]

In the wake of Clifford Blossom's death and the recent revelation that he was responsible for Jason's death, the Cooper family resorted back to their routine life. Polly and Hal had returned home, but much to Betty's dismay, they were all smiling and simply avoiding all the damage the town had suffered, their family included as they weren't the perfectly normal family they pretended to be.

Later that day, Polly walked in on Betty and Veronica gossiping, an activity that she missed dearly, as well as being a River Vixen. Polly even missed going to school, however, her mother wasn't too fond of the idea, but what she didn't know, wouldn't hurt her, Betty said.

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Betty and Polly at school

As planned, she accompanied Betty to school the following day. Unfortunately, their fun outing quickly turned bad as someone wrote "Go To Hell Serpent Slut" in pigs blood on Betty's locker, in retaliation to the article she published in FP Jones' defense. Sadly, their terrible day only seemed to worsen as Polly was interrogated by her mother on the events that had taken place earlier at school, to which she apologized to Betty for.

The following night, Polly attended the 75th Anniversary Jubilee with her parents as Betty gave a speech to the entire audience in direct relation to the town's current dilemma, in which they were facing a crossroads. They needed to face the reality of what they were because lying and keeping secrets would only damn the town, and what happened to Jason wouldn't be the last if they continued their ways. Riverdale must do better, Betty said, as Polly, Alice, Hal, and the rest of the audience gave Betty a standing ovation. [9]

Season 2

Leaving for the Farm


Polly reading the local paper

After learning that her mother received a letter from the Black Hood earlier in the day, claiming responsibility for the shootings of Mr. Andrews, Moose Mason, and Midge Klump, as well as the murder of Geraldine Grundy in Greendale, Polly read a segment in the Register; entitled "Changes to Sweetwater River fishing regulations.

The next day, she told her family that she was leaving Riverdale to live at the Farm. She had already called to make sure they still had room for her. What Farm, her mother asked. Polly replied that it was the very same farm that she and Jason were going to run off to before he was killed. Before any rash decisions were made, Hal suggested that they all sit down and talk about Polly's sudden urge to leave. Polly explained that her need to evacuate stemmed from the Black Hood, who was targeting sinners. Betty did not believe that Polly is a sinner, but Polly countered that she was an unwed mother that was carrying her cousin's babies, and decided that leaving Riverdale was the best way to avoid being targeted. Alice strongly objected to this, saying that Polly would leave Riverdale "Over my dead body" Polly replied "It might be over your dead body, but it certainly won't be over mine or my babies" She then left the room, and Hal followed her to try and talk her down.


Polly and Betty saying goodbye

The following night, with her bags packed and a cab just outside the house, Polly said her goodbyes to Betty. Apparently, Betty was the only member of the family she was extending this courtesy to as neither of their parents knew that she was leaving. Betty questioned if this was truly how Polly wanted to leave things with their parents, going to the Farm without saying goodbye. Betty insisted that their mother was sorry. She's always sorry, Polly explained. Right up until she does the next thing that sets everyone off. Polly told Betty that she would be fine, before hugging her and promising to call once she was settled in.[10]

Polly briefly appeared in Betty's anxiety induced nightmare, during which time she entered Betty's bedroom to wake her up from her sleep and tell her that Santa Claus was down stairs. Polly then joined their parents by the fireplace as Betty came down the steps. Moments later, Polly was dead, as were her mother and father. They had been murdered by the Black Hood who had disguised himself as Santa.[11]


Polly and Betty arguing over her decision to stay at the Farm

After giving birth to the twins at the Farm, Polly returned home to collect her belongings. While she was hoping to get in and out unnoticed, plans changed as Betty returned home from school. Her excitement in regard to Polly giving birth quickly turned into disappointment as Betty realized that their mother would be crushed upon learning that Polly gave birth without telling them. At the very least, Betty wanted to call their mother and alert her of Polly's return, but Polly requested that she refrain from such action. The leaders of the Farm, who Betty accused of being a cult, thought it best if Polly severed all ties from her family. Polly insisted that the Farm wasn't a cult. Furthermore, on the Farm, the twins, who were healthy and who Polly named Juniper and Dagwood, weren't subjected to any stigma. While their parents may have hurt Polly, Betty urged her to reconsider her decision to leave as her actions could be perceived as cruel, selfish and vindictive. Polly apologized as she prepared to exit the room with a box of her belongings. As she was nearing the doorway, Betty grabbed the nightlight sitting at the top of the box, claiming that it was hers, and that Polly would probably have no use for it anyways since the Farm likely doesn't have electricity.[12]

Coming Back for the Blossom Will


Polly returning home

Learning that her children's late grandfather, Clifford Blossom, left a secret will, Polly returned to Riverdale for the reading. She surprised her mother and Betty with her sudden return home. But imagine Polly's surprise to meet their brother Chic, who she had no idea was staying at the house. After greeting Betty with a hug, Polly asked where their dad was at and if they would be attending the will-reading together. Which their mother had no knowledge of.


Polly, Betty and Hal at the will reading

Later that day, Polly and Betty arrived at Thistlehouse with their dad for the will-reading. Also in attendance was Cheryl, Penelope, Nana Rose and Toni. In the will, Clifford's first declaration was that ownership of Thistlehouse remain with his mother, Nana Rose. With Penelope, Clifford left ownership of Thornhill, which Cheryl had burned to the ground. Not that anyone knew of this. Any and all remaining assets of Clifford's fortune was to be divided in half. The first half would be distributed equally to anyone in town who could prove with medical authentication that they were of Blossom blood. The will-reading was then interrupted by their mother who came to confront their father over him asking for a divorce for the sole purpose of cutting her out of the will. This led to a confrontation between their mother and Penelope Blossom. After their mother was escorted from the premises, the will reading continued. The second half of Clifford's assets were to go to his true heirs, Cheryl and the now deceased Jason. As Cheryl gave a speech, Clifford's twin brother, Claudius Blossom interrupted the will-reading.

After the will-reading, Polly, Betty and Chic discussed the blood test and how much money they would inherit through Clifford's will. Oddly enough, Chic refused to get his blood tested despite the fact that Polly explained that the Blossoms were their cousins. He claimed that he didn't want their blood money and needles triggered him.


Chic and Polly looking at the twins

The following night, Polly went on a mini shopping spree with the money she inherited. During which time, Polly told Betty that Chic was creepy and she didn't think that he liked her or the twins as she caught him staring at them a couple times. Betty agreed that Chic was indeed weird. It was part of the reason why she submitted a sample of his blood to the Blossoms' lab. Betty began to think that their father was right about Chic being dangerous, possibly not even their brother. And if he's not, Betty would be relieved despite their mother's heartbreak from learning this if it is the case. Polly and Betty returned home to find that Chic had taken Juniper and Dagwood for a walk along Sweetwater River. Just as Polly and Betty began to panic, Chic walked through the front door with the twins unharmed despite their suspicions.

The next morning, Polly came down to announce that she was leaving again. However, she was not returning to the farm, rather San Francisco, which came as no surprise to Chic, who had already told their mother that Polly wouldn't be staying for long. Chic told her that it was a nice city to raise kids and that she should send a note from her new address once she got there.[13]


Polly advises Betty to see their dad

Polly returns to Riverdale with her twin babies Juniper and Dagwood. She questions why Betty and Alice haven't gone to see Hal yet. Betty claims that she's taking things one step at a time. Polly questions how they're supposed to forgive him if they don't go visit him. At the Farm, they taught Polly that forgiveness is the most valuable gift they can give. If they don't absolve him, they'll become what he was, full of hate. And Polly's babies deserve a mother who's better than that. Alice begins to think that Polly's right, at least about seeing Hal. Maybe that way they can get answers or Alice can give him a piece of her mind. Either way, Betty has no interest in seeing her father.

At the Cooper house, Polly tells her mother that she is proud of her for going to see her father despite all he has done. While it wasn't easy on Alice, they all have their albatrosses. Alice is clearly distraught. So, Polly offers to help. She knows someone from the Farm who can help. He healed Polly after she was broken following Jason's death. Surprisingly, Alice is open to Polly inviting this person over to talk.[14]

Season 3

Promoting The Farm's Curative Abilities


Alice wants to spend quality time with Betty and Polly

At the Cooper house, Polly and Alice sit in the kitchen when they notice Betty as she attempts to sneak out the house unnoticed. They welcome her to join them, but Betty declines. Alice asks if she's off to another therapy session with Dr. Glass, but that isn't for another day, Betty replies. She's actually headed to see Archie. Alice tells Betty that before she goes back to school, she thinks it's important that they spend some quality family time together. Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm, thinks it's important, though Betty dismisses the notion.

Later on, Polly is in the kitchen as she hears Betty comes downstairs to find her mother with all of her diaries. After talking to Edgar about them, both he and Alice agree that Betty should burn them because she's been filling the pages with so much pain and suffering over the years. The diaries are Betty's past. And her past is crushing her. However, Betty again dismisses the notion and Edgar entirely before leaving. As Betty exits the house, Polly warns their mother that there's something else she should know about Betty.


Polly and Alice confront Betty

Polly and Alice sit Betty down. The pharmacy called. They can't complete an Adderall prescription that was requested by Betty's doctor because she had one refilled in Greendale two weeks ago. Furthermore, DR. Glass doesn't exist. Betty's been forging prescriptions for herself. So now Alice and Polly are worried about her. She's been lying about going to therapy. Now, she's making up a psychiatrist so that she can scam medication. Betty can't believe that she's being given a hard time for trying to re-up a prescription that her mother literally shoved them in her hands a year ago. Alice explains this was before Edgar explained the dangers of pharmaceuticals. Betty cant believe her mother's actually buying into the Farm. Edgar is helping them move on and he can help Betty too, though Betty doesn't see their methods will help get over the fact that her father murdered four people and tried to kill them. Polly becomes enraged, stating that Betty is in denial. She has a secret life, involving hoarding stolen drugs and hiding from her pain. Betty may hate the Farm, but they healed Polly and Alice, and before they can heal Betty, she needs to admit that she's sick. Archie then arrives outside to pick her up.


Polly and Alice with the Farm

The next day, Polly and Alice stand outside the house as they prepare for some gathering of sorts with people from The Farm. Polly and Alice hold Juniper and Dagwood over a fire and lets them go. However, instead of falling in, Juniper and Dagwood float above the flames. Betty, seeing all this from the porch then collapses. She begins convulsing and is unresponsive to Alice's calls to her.[15]


Polly is accused of throwing the twins in a bonfire

The Cooper women are recuperating from the night before, where Betty fainted on the back porch. Dr. Patel kept her overnight for observation but it was just a precaution. They ran test hoping to discover the source for the seizure though he suspects it was the result of Betty begin stressed. Polly was up with the twins all night worried about Betty, though Betty herself is more concerned with the whereabouts of Juniper and Dagwood, who she swears she saw her mother and Polly throw into giant bonfire. Alice claims that the only thing burning last night was the Hibachi, as they were making skewers with a few friends from the Farm. Polly concludes that Betty was merely hallucinating when she saw the twins go into the fire as they are fine, upstairs sleeping in fact.[16]


Polly laughs at Betty

Polly, along with her mother and half a dozen members of the Farm, Evelyn Evernever included, await Betty's return home from school. Evelyn told them that Betty was finally ready to meet the Farm. Betty was under the impression that Edgar would be joining them, to which to the group laughs. Polly and Alice explain that there are certain levels one must first attain before meeting Edgar. First, Betty must start by meeting a few "Farmies". This will be Betty’s first testimony, which is essentially an open, non-judgmental conversation about all the bad things she’s done in her life, such as her dark kinship with her father and the role she played in disposing of a dead body in her kitchen. Betty is in disbelief that they shared this information regarding Chic and the shady man with the Farm.


The Farmies show concern for Betty

Everything spoken at the Farm is kept in confidence. They all know each other’s secrets. They also know about the wake and the webcamming. Feeling cornered, Betty changes the subject to Evelyn being present at both her seizure and Ethel’s, and how the Farm showed up in Riverdale at the same time as Gryphons & Gargoyles, which made Ben Button and Dilton Doiley kill themselves all to appease a creature only known as the Gargoyle King, which Betty suspects may be Evelyn’s father. Evelyn claims that the first time they had ever heard of Gryphons & Gargoyles was from Alice, leaving Betty to wonder how her mother knows about the game. Alice attempts to drive the discussion away from her past, stating that it’s too soon and that Betty isn’t ready. Betty then becomes dizzy, as if she’s about to faint, but she keeps her balance.[17]


Polly reveals that Fangs is selling Fizzle Rocks

Polly and Evelyn attempt to recruit the kids from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy to the Farm. Polly explains that the Farm helped her. There, everyone’s equal, Evelyn says. Polly informs Betty that she was called in by their mom, who perceived Betty to be in over her head. Betty then takes back the Farm t-shirts that Evelyn is passing out, explaining that this is their attempt to bribe them. Polly denies doing anything of the sort. When she fled from her the Sisters, the Farm became her salvation and family. As their Gryphon Queen, Betty promises to protect them. The Farm is not safe. Polly calls into question just how safe they are by asking if Betty revealed to them how the Gargoyle King broke into the house and terrorized them, which she hadn't. Evelyn then asks about the Fizzle Rocks she and Polly found at the house. Betty replies that she doesn’t know where they are getting the drugs from. Polly explains that’s because she’s a Serpent, so the kids didn't want to tell her, but they revealed to Polly and Evelyn that Fangs Fogarty is the unnamed Serpent dealing Fizzle Rocks. Betty then relays this info to Jughead.[18]


Polly, Alice, and Evelyn prepare for the baptism

Polly and Evelyn help Alice prepare for her baptism. Betty watches from the couch, extending her support or at least pretending to, unbeknownst to the others. Betty then discovers the release forms that Alice signed that exculpates the Farm in case of bodily harm or death during the baptism. Alice snatches the form away from Betty, claiming that it’s standard. Evelyn explains to Betty that Alice is on the verge of discovering something that some people spend their whole life looking for and never find, so Betty shouldn’t stand in the way of that. Polly then adds that Betty is behaving just as Edgar said she would as she is a detractor.


Polly drowns Alice

The women of the Farm gather for Alice’s baptism. Evelyn seems to lead the event. This is a day of rebirth. It is important to remember that birth is no easy fear, Evelyn says. It is a trauma to leave the comfort of their wombs. They push, tear, and spread forth. Crying and gasping for air. Today, Alice will rip off the weight she has carried, break through the barriers restraining her and she will emerge into the light of her destiny. Evelyn asks Alice if she’s ready. Alice replies that she is. Polly helps Alice into a steel tub of water and hold her under water. Even as Alice gasps and fights for air, Polly forces her down until she is unresponsive. Betty, having ran across town, finally makes it to the facility, barging into the chamber and demanding that the baptism be stopped. Betty pulls her mother from the tub and performs CPR. Fortunately, she manages to revive Alice.[19]


Polly, Kevin, and Weatherbee welcome Betty

Polly joins Cheryl, Toni, Edgar, Alice, Evelyn, Kevin, Weatherbee and the other Farmies in setting a trap for Betty, who they seek to recruit into the Farm. Betty reveals that Edgar is already married to Evelyn, but everyone is well aware. There are no secrets at the Farm. They’ve all come together to get Betty to join them. Edgar explains that everyone Betty cares about is in the room, her mother, sister, best friend, cousin and sister. In unison, the Farmies recite "Join us." If only for a second, it seems that Betty begins to consider the offer, but she declines it nonetheless and takes off running, with Polly, Cheryl, Toni, Kevin, Evelyn, and the other Farmies just behind her. Betty just barely makes it to her car and pulls off.[20]


Polly, Edgar, and Alice tell Betty that she has the serial killer gene

Polly, Betty, and Alice have been brought together by Edgar as they have something to tell Betty. Alice reveals that when Betty was 8 years old, she spent some time in the hospital after falling of her bike and getting a concussion. While she was there, the doctors ran test and discovered that Betty has what is commonly referred to as the serial killer gene. They tested the rest of the family, though Betty was the only one who had it. She has a predisposition to violence. But now that she knows, Edgar can help her heal. Edgar wants to start by talking.

Polly expresses how proud she is that Betty is taking care of her demons. She then asks if Betty’s darker half mentioned how she pushed Polly down the stairs so many years ago, which Polly has since forgiven Betty for.


Polly disguised as Betty

During Betty’s second session with Edgar, she uses ear plugs made out of candles wax to block the sound of the clanking magnetic balls. Edgar asks why Betty has returned. She tells him that she wants to see her other half again, to gain a better understanding of what she wants. This time around, Betty is much more conscious as Edgar escorts her to the dark, bare room and sits her down in the chair. Betty’s darker self appears, and tells her that soon she will be her truest self. Having bypassed Edgar’s hypnosis, Betty’s mind is clearer, and she is able to see her darker self for who it actually is, that being Polly, who is dressed in Betty’s clothes, pretending to be her. She then calls Betty a killer, just like their dad.[21]

Season 4


Polly has a bomb strapped to her

Polly is released by Edgar with a bomb strapped to her chest and sent to Betty and Charles. Polly’s holding a dead man’s switch, meaning if she lets go of the detonator then the bomb will explode. Betty promises Polly they’ll figure it out. There’s wires connected to the C4 on the bomb. Three are decoys that will trigger the detonator. They need to find the one that is linked to the firing circuit and battery. Betty cuts the yellow wire, which turns out to be a trip wire that causes the bomb to count down faster. Charles tells Betty that there might be a system override on the dead man’s switch. A pin connected to a chain that slides into the hole that goes underneath the trigger. However, Polly tells Betty that Edgar took the pin. With the bomb quickly counting down, Betty takes the bobby-pin out of her hair and inserts into into the switch to stop the bomb from exploding with two seconds to spare.


Polly tells Betty that Edgar can't be stopped

Betty asks for Polly’s help in stopping Edgar, though Polly states that he can’t be stopped. They just have to do what he says. And if they can’t get it from Governor Dooley, then Polly tells Betty to do it herself or else Edgar will start sacrificing his followers one by one. As for their mother, Polly has no idea if she’s still alive, but if she is, she won’t be for long unless they do what Edgar says.

After the fall of the Farm at the hands of her mom and sister, Polly started a program at the Shady Grove Treatment Center to get the help she needs.[22]

Halloween night. Polly supposedly pranks calls Betty from Shady Grove Treatment Center, posing as the Black Hood. With Charles' help, Betty traces the call back to the treatment center and confronts Polly, who hangs up on her.[23]


Polly tells Betty she's innocent

Polly asks to see Betty after she apparently mutilated a nurse named Betty at Shady Grove. Betty agrees to meets with Polly. Polly is restrained to her bed. She claims to be unaware of her attack on the nurse. The last thing Polly remembers is being in the rec-room. Next thing she knew, she was being chained to a bed. Polly pleads with Betty to believe her.

It's later revealed that the Farm programmed its members prior to its demise. Instilling in their subconscious a trigger word that when activated, would cause them to try to kill Betty.[24]

Physical Appearance

Polly is a very attractive teenage girl, with a slim figure, pale skin, blonde hair, and green eyes. Before she became pregnant with Jason Blossom's children and was taken away by the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Polly was a member of the River Vixens cheerleading squad, meaning she would have likely been required to have a physically fit physique. As for her choice in style, despite Alice saying that Polly grew up too quickly, her choice in clothing does not reflect that statement.


Polly is a kindhearted but rebellious teen. She and Betty are much alike in that sense. However, Polly is far more susceptible to her mother's sway than Betty. According to Alice, Polly grew up too fast, and made a lot of mistakes along the way. And while she deeply loves her family, Betty especially, Polly refused to heed her parents warning of dating Jason Blossom. Her rebellious ways eventually resulted in her pregnancy and engagement to Jason. Beyond this, she is incredibly loyal. Her love for Jason was like no other as their relationship meant the world to her. Even in his death, Polly remained loyal by dedicating all her time and effort into finding his murderer. Although unsuccessful in recovering any incriminating evidence, Polly infiltrated the Blossom Family, hoping that she could find something that would tie them to his murder.

After giving birth, Polly was shown to be very protective of her babies. She acted in their best interest by choosing not to subject them to the hatred and toxicity that she was sure the town and even her own father would give her twins as they grew older. So, Polly decided to stay with the Farm. However, she later moved to the West Coast, setting in San Francisco, reaffirming her decision to live elsewhere although she moved back to The Farm after Hal was impriosned. 

As stated by Chuck Clayton, who claimed to have gotten his information from Jason, Polly was a bad girl, a prude by day but a freak in the sheets at night. However, this is not the only rumor that had been circulating that pertained to Polly. Whilst this has yet to be proven true, Polly has been referred to as being crazy on multiple occasion by multiple individuals. There was a brief moment at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home where Betty noticed Polly's erratic and less than sane behavior upon their reunion. Although, there has been no alarming behavior since. However, Polly has since become very dependent on the Farm and has shown unwavering loyalty to them.


Other Relationships

Alice Cooper

You look beautiful.
— Polly to Alice[src]


Polly helps Alice prepare for her baptism

Presumably, Alice and Polly had a good relationship before Polly began dating Jason Blossom, the son of a family she despised. When Alice found out about the two, she was furious and tried to break them up. She was thrilled when Jason's parents forced him to do so, despite her daughter's heartbreak, damaging her relationship with Polly. Their relationship wasn't so great once Alice found out that Polly was pregnant with Jason's child. After she discovered Polly's pregnancy, she and Hal secretly had their daughter forcibly locked away at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a group home for troubled youths, where they had planned for Polly to give the baby up for adoption once he or she was born. To cover up Polly's pregnancy, Alice and Hal told everyone, including Betty, that Polly had a nervous breakdown when Jason broke up with her, and that was why she was sent to live at a group home. For a while their relationship was estranged, but when Polly returned to town for the final time, she offered to introduce her mother to Edgar Evernever, the leader of the Farm, who healed Polly and could heal Alice too. Since then, the two have grown closer during their time at the Farm.

Hal Cooper

Are you sure he's not just gonna try and make another appointment for me? {...} Before you sent me away, dad made an appointment for me to see a doctor. Said he would be more than happy to pay for it. That I shouldn't have to live with my mistake. He didn't even ask me what I wanted.
— Polly to Alice[src]


Polly, Betty and Hal at the will reading

Polly's relationship with her father became estranged after she got pregnant with Jason Blossom's babies. Jason being of the Blossom family, who Hal deeply despised, only made matters worse. Hal's desire for Polly to abort the babies only left them further estranged as Polly chose to keep them. Shortly after she got pregnant, Hal essentially disowned Polly because he refused to have as he puts it "Blossom blood in his household". However, after he revealed that the real reason he was upset about Polly's pregnancy was because she and Jason were blood relatives, the relationship became less hostile. They even attended Clifford Blossom's Will-Reading together, along with Betty. However, their marriage ended after Hal attempted to kill Alice and Betty after revealing he was the Black Hood.


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  • Polly first appeared in the Little Archie alternate universe of Archie Comics.
  • Similarly to the TV series, Polly rarely appeared in the comics. It was established that Polly works as a television news reporter in San Francisco to justify her absence.
  • Polly generally features in stories or comics centered on Betty, such as Betty and Veronica comic series.

See Also


See also: Category:Images of Polly Cooper


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