Don't lie to me, boy. Betty was here earlier, looking for you. We had a talk about what you've been doing. With everything that's going on right now, I need to know you're safe. You hear me? You hear me? I know that there's certain things that we don't talk about, maybe its time that we start trying. Okay? Okay son.
Tom grew up in Riverdale and attended Riverdale High School alongside Fred Andrews, FP Jones, Alice Cooper, and Hermione Lodge, among others. Tom was made Sheriff of Riverdale. He also has a son, Kevin and a yet to be named wife who is stationed at a Naval Base in Bahrain.
Sheriff Keller stopped by the high school to update the students on the death of their fellow classmate, Jason Blossom. He informed them that Jason's body was found late Saturday night, and the death is now be investigated as a homicide, the case is currently on-going. He urges anyone that may have information on Jason's death to come forward, as it would be of great help. The day after the pep-rally, as Jason's autopsy has been completed, Sheriff Keller and Mr. Whetherbee escorted Cheryl Blossom out of class as they had questions for her, pertaining to her brother's death.
Sheriff Keller and Mr. Weatherbee ushered Cheryl Blossom to the principal's office for questioning in Jason Blossom's murder. Cheryl admitted to lying about what happened on July 4th. Keller explained that the autopsy puts Jason's death around July 11th. He asked Cheryl when the last time she saw her brother was, and what exactly happened at Sweetwater River. She explained that the plan was for Jason to fake his own death in order to leave town. After making it to the other side, in Greendale, the twins parted ways. He found it to be suspicious and cruel that Jason would fake his own death and run away from his family. He suspected that Cheryl could be lying in order to cover for herself. But she insisted that this is not true, that she even heard a gun shot that day, and that it may have been aimed at Jason.
The next day, Archie Andrews admitted that he was at the river on the 4th of July, and that he heard a gunshot as well. Keller demands to know what he was doing up at the lake that early , if he was accompanied by anyone, and if he saw who fired the shot. Archie didn't see anything but he was up there writing songs, his dog was the only one with him, or so he claimed.
Sheriff Keller conducted his investigation over Jason Blossom's death, he interviewed the residents of Riverdale, such as the Andrews, Coopers, Lodges, and Blossoms.
As he went over the details of the case, Kevin asked if he could borrow the truck for the drive-in, he didn't have a date, so he's going with Veronica Lodge. Sheriff Keller asked his son if there was possibly a nice gay kid at school, which there is, but unfortunately, it's Kevin. Before handing Kevin the keys, he told him "No cruising guys tonight". A lot of inappropriate activity takes place in those woods, not to mention they still haven't captured the murderer, on top of all the unsavory characters on that side of town, he insisted that Kevin stay in the truck.
That night, the Sheriff and his son arrived home at the same time, as they approached the door, they noticed that it had been kicked in. Firearm drawn, he slowly entered the residence, once inside, he discovered that the case work involving Jason Blossom's murder had been destroyed.
Suspect Pool & Destroyed Evidence
Sheriff Keller is escorted into the room being used for Jason Blossom's Memorial, by Penelope and Cliff Blossom. They informed the sheriff that everyone on their list of suspects has been invited to the memorial. Cliff stated that someone in town killed Jason, the sheriff was under the same impression, since whoever broke into his house, knew that he'd be at the Twilight Drive-In. Sheriff Keller stood along the wall, and watched as the memorial commenced, surveying the crowd for any suspicious behavior.
Sheriff Keller met up with Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones at the school, after receiving a text. From them, he learned that Jason had planned to run away with Polly Cooper, the two of them had a get away car stashed on the side of the highway, with Jason's belongings inside, including his varsity jacket. Unfortunately, by the time they reached the vehicle, it had been set on fire, thus destroying any potential evidence or clues.
At the station, Sheriff Keller explained to Penelope Blossom that he had a forensics team going over the burned remains of Jason's car, and that they were close to a break in the case. To his surprise, Cheryl Blossom had information about the case that would prove to be helpful, according to Cheryl, Polly Cooper had escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home the same night that Jason's car was torched, which opened up a new scenario, in which Polly set the car on fire in effort to cover her own tracks.
With Polly on the run, Sheriff Keller joined the Blossoms in their search throughout Eversgreen Forest for her. Further analysis of Jason Blossom's vehicle led Sheriff Keller to his latest suspect, Jughead Jones. After pulling the prints left behind on Jason's car by Jughead and Betty, Sheriff Keller discovered that Jughead's prints were on file from an incident that took place 6 years prior. where he attempted to burn down Riverdale Elementary School.
A look at Jughead's school records revealed a long history of being bullied by the Riverdale Bulldogs, which likely would have included Jason Blossom. Sheriff Keller suspected Jughead of being the killer, demanding to know where he was on the week of July 11th. A kid like him, who was raised on the wrong side of town by a dead beat dad, and bullied by kids like Jason Blossom, he suggested that this must've made Jughead angry. However, Jughead refused to talk any further, asking for a lawyer. He believed that Jughead's best chance would be to provide an alibi for his whereabouts on the day that Jason was killed, while Jughead did not answer, Fred Andrews did, claiming that Jughead was working for him over at Andrews Construction.
Sheriff Keller payed Polly Cooper a visit at The Pembrooke, as she had been staying there with Veronica and Hermione Lodge. Polly told him about everything, her relationship with Jason Blossom, the break up due to family drama, her pregnancy, and how they planned to run away to start their own family. The last day she saw Jason was at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, when he told her the plan in which he'd fake his own death and they'd meet up on the other side of Sweetwater River. Polly then revealed that Jason had gotten involved with the Southside Serpents, he made a one time deal to deliver drugs for them in exchange for cash. However, as they all knew, Jason never made it, neither did the drugs as they presumably went up in flames with Jason's car on route 40.
Later that night, he received a call from Fred Andrews that Moose Mason had been ambushed by two guys at Andrews Construction. Fred assumed the attackers of having been affiliated with Cliff Blossom, as he had made it abundantly clear that he wanted to halt the construction on the new development. Sheriff Keller had his doubts that the Blossoms would get involved in such illegal activity, but Archie suggested that it may have been the Serpents, considering that they had been kicked out of their own territory. Jughead disagreed, reasoning that the Serpents never bothered him when he worked at the Drive-In. Unsure, Keller asked Moose if he saw a snake tattoo on their jacket or anything identifiable that would help ID the vandals, to which Moose replied that it all happened too fast to notice anything. Keller assured them that he'd talk to Blossom, but he wasn't sure it would help without identifying the attackers. Archie wasn't too thrilled with the Sheriff's response, claiming that had it been Cliff asking for help, the Sheriff would have put forward more effort.
A Break in the Case; Suspect Arrested
Following a tip from an anonymous tip, Sheriff Keller, along with a couple other deputies received a warrant to search FP Jones's trailer. Upon further examination of his home, they located the gun used to killJason Blossom in a lockbox in FP's closet. Afterwards, he made his way to the Homecoming dance, where he informed Mayor McCoy of the arrest.
Upon arriving at the station, Sheriff Keller brought FP to the interrogation room, where Keller informed him that the gun they found in his trailer matched the bullet that killedJason Blossom. He asked if FP knew the kid well or if he simply did it for the thrill. According to FP, he was approached at the Whyte Wyrm by Jason last summer, Jason was looking to run away with his pregnant girlfriend. They made a deal in exchange for FP setting him up with some money and a get away vehicle, he would make a drug delivery for the Serpents. After realizing that Jason was Cliff Blossom's son, and that he was trying to fake his own death, FP kidnapped him from the other side of Sweetwater River, and tied him up in the basement of the Wyrm.
They planned to get word to Clifford that his son was alive, and that his safe return was reliant upon the ransom money paid by the Blossoms. Before he could get word to Clifford, FP claimed that Jason broke free, so he killed him, and dumped his body in Sweetwater river, the only place the police had already looked. Sheriff Keller asked if FP was the culprit that broke into his house, and stole the case evidence, which FP admitted he was. The Sheriff wanted to hear him explicitly say he killed Jason Blossom, which FP did. After the interrogation, he was approached by Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica, all of whom claimed that FP was being framed, which made fairly little sense considering he had just confessed.
Upon receiving a 911 call that a Southside Serpent member named Mustang was found dead in his hotel room, Sheriff Keller wondered what Archie and Veronica were doing there in the first place, and how they knew where he lived. He informed Fred Andrews that Mustang's death was likely the result of an intentional overdose since he was possibly involved in Jason's murder. One of his deputy's then brought him a duffel bag with a large sum of money in it, which was found under Mustang's bed, and had the initials "H.L", which Keller mistook for Hermione Lodge. However, her daughter, Veronica, insisted that the bag belonged to her father of the same initials, Hiram Lodge, because he was doing business with the Serpents.
Later that night, he received a USB flash-drive from Alice Cooper, which contained surveillance video of Jason Blossom being murdered by Clifford Blossom, not FP Jones, who had only confessed to the killing in order to protect his son from Cliff.
Following the latest revelation, Jughead demanded that his father be released immediately, though Sheriff Keller couldn't allow this as FP would still be brought up on charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, mishandling a body, perjury, and more. Sheriff Keller then made his way to Thornhill to arrest Clifford, but he was too late. By the time he had gotten there, Clifford had already hung himself inside the Blossom barn.
After the discovery of drugs within the Blossom Maple Farms, Sheriff Keller learned that Cliff Blossom was using maple syrup as a front for his actual business of transporting heroine from Montréal. He realized that Jason Blossom must have learned of his father's drug dealings, and threatened to expose him, thus resulting in Jason's kidnapping and death.
After receiving orders from Mayor McCoy to erase every last remnant of corruption, Keller returned to the station to question FP Jones on the possibility of the Serpents pushing Clifford's drugs throughout town. Keller was willing to cut FP a deal, the DA and Mayor McCoy could offer FP leniency on his sentence but only if he gave up the names of those dealing drugs. Serpents are minor league drug dealers, they only dealt small amounts such as dime bags of weed, plus he was no snitch, FP said. Keller informed FP that if he didn't cooperate, he'd be looking at twenty years in a federal penitentiary for his part in Jason's murder.
Sheriff Keller arrived at Riverdale General Hospital to question Archie about his father's shooting at Pop's by a black hooded assailant. Jughead joined them in another section of the hospital as Archie recounted the moments leading up to his father being shot. According to Archie, the shooter was close to 5'10, around 160 lbs and had green eyes. Archie described him as wearing dark pants with a dark jacket. Anything on that jacket, possibly a serpent symbol, Sheriff wondered. But it was just a normal jacket by Archie's account. The Sheriff then learned of the homemade black hood that the shooting wore to conceal his identity. Pop Tate had a fairly clear memory of the incident up until the point where Mr. Andrews was shot. So, Sheriff Keller was hoping that Archie could fill in the holes. What did he do after shooting Mr. Andrews, Sheriff Keller asked. Archie claimed he ran out of the diner. While it was too early to speculate, Sheriff Keller suspected the shooter of being a Southside low life that was high off drugs and was looking to make off with some quick cash. They were still waiting to hear back from Pop Tate on just how much the shooter took. With Riverdale being a town with a dark and violent past, there was a possibility that robbery wasn't the motive, and that someone held a grudge against Fred, meaning the robbery would've merely been a staged event to throw the investigation off track.
Sheriff Keller later called Archie down for a line up at the Sheriff Station, hoping he could identify the perpetrator. They picked up several individuals from around town, each with a history of armed robbery or other violent crimes. He checked to make sure that Archie was up to the task before instructing the men in the line up to put on similar black hoods to the shooter. One by one, he instructed each suspect to step forward. Unfortunately, Archie is convinced that none of the suspects in the line up shot his father.
Sheriff Keller appeared in one of Mr. Andrews' dreams alongside Kevin. The two of them sat happily in the crowd of Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding.
Sheriff Keller is approached by Archie at the station, where he informed Archie that they were doing everything in their power to catch the shooter, as was Archie, who had been talking to neighbors and handing out flyers with a detailed depiction of the shooter in a black hood. However, despite their best efforts, Archie was still concerned with the well-being of his father, as well as himself considering that they were living witnesses to the shooting. With the shooter presumably in possession of Fred's missing wallet, he had all pf their personal information, including their address. Archie wished to join Sheriff Keller's deputies as they patrolled the streets of Riverdale, but the Sheriff declined his request. He then received a report of a "53 in Greendale". Before heading off, he instructed Archie tro stay out the way while they did their job.
The following day, Sheriff Keller received another surprise visit from Archie at the station, who this time came with information in relation to the on-going case. Archie believed that the man who shot his father is also responsible for killing Geraldine Grundy. He claimed that the killer was Ms. Grundy's abusive ex-husband. He learned from Archie that Ms. Grundy moved to Riverdale in order to get away from him, and that she kept a gun in her car in case he ever came back fro her. How do you know all this, Sheriff Keller asked. Archie explained that he and Ms. Grundy were close. Archie's thought the motive behind Ms. Grundy's death was jealously on the part of her ex-husband. He must've found out about Archie and Ms. Grundy, so he killed her in retaliation. Further proof of Archie's claim is provided when he noted that she was killed by a Cello bow, mostly likely the same bow he gave her before she left town. Unfortunately, Archie's theory was incorrect. Sheriff Keller's Greendale counter-parts already brought in her ex-husband. He had an air tight alibi.
To Catch a Killer
The next day, back at the mayor's office, Alice and Hal Cooper give Sheriff Keller the letter that they received earlier that morning by the the Black Hood. Sheriff Keller reads the letter and within, the Black Hood admits that he's the one who shot the "adulterer", Fred Andrews, at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, killed the "child predator", Geraldine Grundy, in Greendale as well as shooting the "drug and sex-addicted" teenagers, Moose Mason and Midge Klump, retrospectively, at Lovers Lane. The letter also states that he won't and cannot be stopped. Mayor McCoy asks for his opinion about its authenticity, to which he confirms that it's real. Mayor McCoy wishes to keep peace and the Sheriff agrees, not wanting to cause panic among the masses in Riverdale,. Hal and Alice immediately disagrees, as they feel that it's their responsibility to inform the public. The Mayor demands a media blackout and Sheriff Keller takes the letter, telling Alice that she can have a copy because he'll be taking the letter as evidence. She dismisses him, revealing that she already has her own copy sent to the printer for the next day's front page.
Meanwhile, back at Riverdale High School, Archie is approached by Sheriff Keller looking at Archie seriously upon his discovery of him forming a militia. He confronts Archie, telling him if he thought he was going to allow that to happen with a group of teenagers, holding the flier up to the lockers for Archie to see. Archie later informs the Sheriff that they're only trying to help. Telling him that people are scared. As Sheriff Keller tells Archie that a lynch mob won't help with the situation. They're later approached by Mr. Weatherbee, as he greets the Sheriff. He notifies Mr. Weatherbee that they have a big problem, pointing out that one of his students, Archie, had formed a private army of his own. Mr. Weatherbee then informs Sheriff Keller that The Red Circle was a school social club. As the Sheriff later questioned Mr. Weatherbee as to him endorsing Archie's club. Mr. Weatherbee later tells Sheriff Keller that Archie has shown tremendous initiative, stating to him that he can't fault students for wanting to protect each other. Sheriff Keller later smiles at Mr. Weatherbee's response to him, as he looks towards him, giving him a warning.
Sometime later that night, Tom learns from Betty about his son's dangerous actions, jogging though Fox Forest in the guise to meet other boys. Upon his son's arrival home, Tom confronts Kevin, asking him where he's been though he's only given more lies. He reveals that Betty has told him everything and, given recent events from the Black Hood, Tom is extremely worried about his son's safety. Tom approaches his son and expresses to him that he needs to know he's safe, making it completely clear in the process. Looking his son in the eyes, expressing guilt, he explains that there are things that as a father and son, they don't talk about, implying Kevin's sexuality. He tells Kevin, that now, maybe it's time that they start trying. Kevin, silently taking in his father's words, simply nods yes and smiles. Tom embraces his son in a tight, heartfelt hug as Kevin's emotions gets the better of him. Tom tells him it's okay as Kevin cries into his shoulder.
Sheriff Keller received a coded cipher from Alice, by the Black Hood, who initially addressed the code to Betty. Sheriff Keller wondered why the killer gave them a code rather than a note. He also questioned why the Black Hood sent the envelope to Betty instead of Alice, as he did before. Alice concluded that while the Black Hood needed a platform to grandstand on, he was terrified of her, so he contacted Betty. There was a cryptologist over in Centerville, Sheriff Keller planned to send the code to him in hope that he could decode the cipher. In the meantime, he presumably needed Alice to keep the code a secret. However, as she explained, it had already been published. She believed that having the entire town trying to crack the code could increase their success rate.
A couple days had past when Sheriff Keller and Mr. Weatherbee interrupted Dr. Phylum's class to pull Archie out in the hallway after receiving a tip from a bodega owner on the south side that a Riverdale High School student with red hair was waving a gun around in front of his shop. Archie claimed that he was writing songs in his garage. Nevertheless, the Sheriff believed that a look in Archie's locker for any weapons or contraband was warranted, given his behavior over the last several days. Don't you need a warrant for that, Archie asked. Sheriff Keller replied that a warrant was not required for a locker search and that Archie's father had already been informed. Inside the locker, the Sheriff found a black hood, similar to the one Archie previously described.
That night, Sheriff Keller attended the Town Hall meeting, where he explained to the concerned residents that their current budget was low, forcing them to put together a helpline that can be called in order to report any suspicious activity. Alice interjected to say that his helpline sounded more like the Red Circle's hotline. Along with the helpline, Sheriff Keller was instating a town-wide curfew, though Alice questioned this call, believing that it was the coward's way. As a show of force, she suggested that they close down Southside High, and use the money to hire more deputies, who could then protect their children. This led to a huge debate between her and Fred, who didn't believe that the south side was the issue, and accused Alice of dividing the town. The discourse only came to an end after Betty and Jughead interrupted the meeting to announce the supposed arrival of the Black Hood.
With the Town Hall meeting forced into an abrupt end after Betty pulled the fire alarm, Sheriff Keller, and Mayor McCoy reconvened at the Cooper's house with Alice, Hal Betty, and Jughead, where they were hoping to gain a better understand of how Betty and Jughead knew where the Black Hood would strike next. Betty handed them a letter, which was sent to her by the Black Hood, along with the code that she had earlier turned over to Alice, revealing that she had withheld evidence from them in an attempt to solve the cipher herself.
Sheriff Keller stopped by the Cooper house to inform Alice and Betty that after sending Betty's letter that was supposedly from the Black Hood, to two different specialists, they discovered that the hand writing wasn't a match, meaning, whoever wrote Betty the letter, was either a copy cat or an anonymous prankster. However, Alice suggested a much more banal third option; that Betty wrote the letter in an attempt to gain attention. With the cipher being cribbed from a Nancy Drew book, Alice had her suspicions, though she had yet to uncover a motive, as Betty pointed out. Alice wondered if maybe Betty and Jughead came up with the idea out of boredom. On that note, Sheriff Keller decided it was time to intervene by telling Alice and Betty that nothing was being ruled out, at least not until they knew what they were dealing with.
Finding the Sugarman
Sheriff Keller headed down to the Five Seasons hotel to bring out of town teen, Nick St. Clair into custody after Cheryl Blossom made a complaint against him, in which she accused him of roofieing her and subsequently trying to rape her at the Lodge's SoDale Gala Opening. After instructing Nick to get dressed, the Sheriff looked over to Betty, wondering what she was doing at the hotel. Betty explained that she was there to ensure that Nick got what was coming to him.
Afterward, Sheriff Keller stopped by the Cooper house after Alice called over him, Mayor McCoy, Fred Andrews, the Lodges, and Melinda Mantle, as well as all of their children, after learning that they all attended a party at the Five Seasons, where Jingle Jangle was in use. After Reggie Mantle admitted to bringing the Jingle Jangle to the party, he revealed that he acquired it from a Southside teen, who he suspected of being a Serpent, as well as a student at Southside High. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Veronica pointed out that Nick asked Reggie to bring it, and later pressured everyone to partake in the night's drug-fueled festivities. Furthermore, he roofied Cheryl, and tried to assault her. Given all that had occurred, if anyone should be under interrogation, they believed it to be Nick. However, as Sheriff Keller explained, prosecuting him would prove difficult considering that Jingle Jangle remained in the users' system for up to three days, meaning they were all high, making them unreliable witnesses. After Mayor McCoy learned that Josie experimented with the drugs as well, she declared that her number one priority as Mayor was to take over the Southside, even if it meant arresting every Serpent in sight.
Following through on her promise to retake the Southside, Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller raided Southside High, kicking in its doors, searching and seizing students, and taking Southside Serpents into custody, including Toni Topaz and Sweet Pea.
Later that night, Sheriff Keller was joined by Betty at the bar of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. While he was off the clock, she was hoping to ask him a few questions for a Blue and Gold story on Jingle Jangle. Betty asked him if he had ever heard of a dealer known as "The Sugarman". Not only had the Sheriff heard of him, he knew him, as did Betty. The Sugarman went by many names, the Maple Man, and the Delivery Man, to name a couple, but at the end of the day, it was all just one man; Clifford Blossom. However, he was dead, which left Betty questioning how Jingle Jangle was still being supplied. Sheriff Keller informed her that Jingle Jangle didn't his the streets until after Clifford died. The truth is that anyone could be the current supplier.
The next day, Sheriff Keller was tipped off by Archie of an upcoming street race that was taking place between Herk Harvey bridge and Dead Man's curve. He and his men waited on the opposite side of the bridge as the race commenced. As planned, they intercepted the drivers, during which time they arrested two members of the Southside street gang, the Ghoulies.
The following day, Betty notified the Sheriff's office of the identity of the Sugarman. From her, they learned that the supplier was Robert Phillips, a teacher a Southside High, as well as the adviser of the school's newspaper, the Red and Black. Sheriff Keller placed the suspect in handcuffs and escorted him out of the school.
At Pop's, Sheriff Keller and Sierra stormed into the diner as Sierra reprimanded her daughter, Josie for not returning her calls, leaving her worried as Josie was busy dancing with Chuck Clayton. After demanding that Chuck never see her daughter again, she dragged Josie out of the diner with Sheriff Keller following close behind. At the Five Seasons hotel, Sierra revealed that although she's been getting hate letters through her post, it has steadily increased to a point where she was now getting death threats. Not only that, but in the most recent letter she received, Josie was mentioned. Understanding the danger that Black Hood had enhanced in Riverdale, Josie's demeanor changed. When Sheriff Keller asked Josie if she'd received any letters or packages that posed a threat, Josie replied that she hadn't.
Per Kevin, Sheriff Keller had been affected by the Black Hood case; he wouldn't eat or sleep. He would also leave the house late at night, only to return at dawn. His late night rendezvous raised an alarm for Betty and Veronica; whilst Betty suspected him of being the Black Hood, Veronica's instincts told her he was having an affair. As they had conflicting theories about Sheriff Keller, they decided to investigate further to prove which of the theories were correct.
Underway with her investigation, Betty met the Sheriff at his office down at the station to interview him for an article she was writing at the Blue and Gold pertaining his whereabouts surrounding Mr. Phillips' death. Happy to oblige, the Sheriff answered Betty's questions. The Black Hood got inside the station by forced entry, the Sheriff revealed. He was out on patrol, leaving the overnight deputy to guard the station. Unfortunately, he fell asleep, allowing the Black Hood to easily slip past him and into Mr. Phillip's cell. Betty was skeptical that the police station's security was vulnerable enough to let a serial killer slip in and out of the station undetected. Keller then brought forward pictures of the door that the Black Hood pried open from the outside and then led her down to the holding cells, where Mr. Phillips was shot. They had managed to accumulate the Black Hood's shoeprints and video surveillance so that it'd increase their chances of finding him, but what enraged the Sheriff the most was that all of this happened in his department, under his watch.
Meanwhile, Veronica devised a plan to invite herself over to the Keller house for an information-hunting sleepover with Kevin to pry information about Sheriff Keller. When she received a call from Betty, she excused herself from a game they were playing to snoop around the house. Finding the basement door unlocked, Veronica descended the stairs, as she heard man grunts coming from the bottom of the stairs. To her surprise, she only caught Keller in the middle of his work out session. Keller was also shocked by her appearance. Intrigued by Keller's physique, Veronica teased that Archie'd better watch out, but Keller claimed that he only worked out for discipline and to exert his limits but not for vanity. However, Veronica's plan came to action as she tried to gain information by appealing to his emotions, showing empathy towards how he must be coping with the mystery of the Black Hood consuming his thoughts and also with his wife's absence. The Sheriff revealed that his wife was stationed at a naval base in Bahrain. Unfortunately, before he could confide in Veronica, Kevin descended the stairs and was aghast to find Veronica in the basement with Tom. Later in the night, Keller left the house and came back at 4 am, Veronica observed.
At Pop's, Veronica and Betty sat as Veronica filled Betty in on what she'd found out. Betty found evidence to support her suspicion that Sheriff is, in fact, Riverdale's serial killer. A drug addict from the Southside was found dead on the railroad tracks, which Betty assumed was the Sheriff's doing, as he did leave the house the prior night. Veronica dismissed this as a weak evidence because it was stated that the Jingle Jangle addict was hit and killed by the train, but Betty insisted that the Sheriff could have pushed him in front of the tracks. Unconvinced by Betty's conspiracy theories, she told Betty that they shouldn't confuse wanting a solution to this mystery to actually having one.
After Sheriff Keller left his home that morning, Betty entered the house with a key hidden under a potted plant. She used her bobby-pin to get inside the Sheriff's locked home office, where she found a big murder board regarding Black Hood's case. Snooping around the drawers, she then found a black hood, giving her further confirmation that Sheriff was the Black Hood. Unfortunately, the Sheriff walked through the front door to catch Betty in his office. At the station, Betty and Hal Cooper sat opposite the Sheriff as he explained Betty's situation. With an overactive imagination, he could understand how it could look a certain way. He then gave them his log book to flip through as Sheriff Keller listed the official police business alibis explaining his whereabouts during all the murder attempts thus far and also explained that the hood he retained was the same one he recovered from Archie's locker. He then assured Betty that seeing that she has been a really good friend to his son, Kevin, he wasn't going to tell him about this.
Betty still wasn't convinced though. She and Veronica tailed him on one of his late-night mystery drives to a local motel called Shady Palm Motel. As he walked toward the motel with a black duffel bag in hand, that they assumed was his "kill kit", Betty got out of the car in fear that what if his next victim was in the motel? Veronica trailed behind her. Keller knocked on the motel door to be greeted by Mayor McCoy and made out passionately. Upon their discovery, Veronica and Betty decided it best to keep this a secret from Kevin.
The next day, Sheriff Keller was approached at the Sheriff Station by Archie and Veronica, who wanted to talk to him about a cold case from 40 years ago that involved the massacre of a family of four in their home just off Fox Forest. His receptionist told Archie and Veronica that the files were missing, leading the teens to conclude that they were stolen as part of a cover up. However, as the Sheriff explained, it wasn't out of the ordinary for the leading officer to some times takes evidence frpm cold cases home with them to further investigate. As for the lead officer in this particular case, that would've been Sheriff Howard. Unfortunately, he died two years prior. Though, his daughter, Margaret, still lived in town, and Sheriff Keller had her contact information if they wished to speak with her.
Killing the Black Hood
After receiving a call from Archie and Betty, who informed him of Joseph Svenson's kidnapping and his pre-death burial at Pickens Park, Sheriff Keller rushed over to save him. Upon his arrival, he shot the Black Hood as he attempted to jump over the edge of the bridge to escape from Archie, who had the killer's own gun pointed at him. After killing the Black Hood with a single shot, Sheriff Keller slowly approached the suspect and removed his hood. Much to his surprise, the man under the hood was Joseph Svenson. He then took the killer's gun away from Archie as back up arrived.
Afterward, he took Archie and Betty to Pop's, where he discussed the incident with their parents.
During a meeting at the Andrews house, Sheriff Keller, Mayor McCoy, Fred Andrews and the Lodges discussed the Southside students who had transferred to Riverdale High School and how their parents were in the Mayor's office everyday to demand that she reopen Southside High. Fortunately, Fred, Hiram and Hermione had discussed how their new neighborhood could use something positive to focus on. With Mayor McCoy's blessing, they wanted to make Pickens Day a celebratory event. Sponsored by Lodge Industries with Andrews Construction co-sponsoring. Mayor McCoy surmised that they wanted to make Pickens Day a commercial event, similar to their open house, though Veronica disagreed. The open house, by her account was for investors while Pickens Day would be for North and Southsiders alike. Two halves of a whole coming together. Mayor McCoy worried that trying to distract people with a party would backfire, resulting in violence. Furthermore, the Southside Serpents were reason for concern given that they were wild cards. Having prepared for just that scenario, Fred, Hiram and Hermione had offered to hire the Serpents as security for the event since FP had told Fred that the Serpents were looking for work. The party was an opportunity to let the Southside know that they hadn't been abandoned. The meeting was then brought to an abrupt end as Archie returned home.
A couple days later, alongside Hiram, Tom stood in on Kevin's first day of tryouts for the wrestling team. He watched proudly as Kevin bested Archie twice in an exercise of "ups and downs".
On Pickens Day, Tom and Kevin attended the celebratory event in Pickens Park. They joined Archie and Fred in the crowd as Veronica and the Pussycats performed on stage. However, their performance was interrupted by the Serpents, who covered their mouths with duct-tape and held signs that read 'honor this land' and 'sacred land'. Toni, who seemingly lead the charge, stood in front of the stage with Sweet Pea and Fogarty 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 prevent any further conflict, Hiram 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.
First thing the next morning, Sheriff Keller gathered Mayor McCoy and the Lodges to alert them of the desecration of the General Pickens' statue. Its head had been removed and red paint covered the statue to simulate blood. Hiram and Hermione demanded that the investigation of the missing head be handled swiftly and with extreme prejudice given that the Serpents were the most likely suspects.
Sheriff Keller entered the Jones' trailer at Sunnyside Trailer Park to question them on the whereabouts of General Pickens' head. Jughead and FP told him that they didn't have General Pickens' head nor did they know who stole it, which is the same thing they told him the last four times he came by to ask them and their neighbors. With the visits from the Sheriff increasing at an alarming rate, Jughead noted that there were starting to feel a lot like harassment since there wasn't an ounce of evidence to indicate that the Southside Serpents had any involvement in the desecration of General Pickens' statue. Though the Sheriff recalled Jughead's rather scathing article about the General's legacy, which promoted the Serpents to stop by Pickens Day with an ax to grind. Countering his argument, Jughead told the Sheriff how he was writing a new article about how he seemed to cared more about catching a vandal than he did the Black Hood.
That night, Sheriff Keller stopped by the trailer park once more to hand out eviction notices to the residents of Sunnyside. Since FP was working a shift at Pop's, the Sheriff told Jughead that they all had to clear out. Jughead suspected that the evictions were a result of General Pickens' statue being decapitated. Just as before, he assured the Sheriff that they had no hand in the matter. Furthermore, he couldn't used that as a trumped-up excuse to evict them. Sheriff Keller explained that he was merely the messenger as the order came down from the Mayor's office. Apparently, there was a lot of back rent owed at the trailer park. They had all of fourteen days to vacate. While they were packing, Sheriff Keller suspected that they might come across General Pickens' head in the process to calm the waters.
As Tom and Sierra supposedly discussed installing a security system at the law firm, Josie returned home, to the Five Seasons.
Later that day, Sheriff Keller was confronted by Kevin while working at the Sheriff Station. Kevin had learned of the affair between him and Sierra from Josie. So he demanded to know if it was true. When Tom revealed that it was, Kevin expressed his disappointment and anger before leaving the station.
Later that night, Tom and Sierra were called down to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe by Kevin and Josie. They were assured that it wasn't a trap, but when Kevin and Josie were talking after the movie at the Bijou, 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.
Sheriff Keller headed down to Southside High as crowd control in response to Jughead Jones' protest of the demolition of Southside High which was garnering attention. Unfortunately, their peaceful protest was interrupted by the wrestling team, who led by Archie, came to end the protest with bolt cutters. Although the Serpents had no intentions of fighting, all around them were residents of Riverdale with their phones out, recording the display. While it may have taken a couple days, people now knew what Hiram Lodge was doing. So no matter what happened, the Serpents would continue to fight. With that being said, Archie and the wrestling team cut their chains off of them one-by-one, and escorted them of the premises.
Sheriff Keller entered Pop's after discovering a car that had been submerged in the nearby swamp though he did not notice Jughead, Betty, FP and Alice sitting in a nearby booth.
The town gathers for Midge's funeral to pay respect. Cheryl sings a song in Midge's honor. She and the rest of the River Vixens are dressed in all-black cheerleader uniform. Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. Sheriff Keller stands alongside Kevin as the service commences. After the service, when Sheriff Keller approaches to offer his condolences, Mrs. Klump slaps him as he was supposed to be protecting them all from danger. Before walking off, Cheryl tells the Sheriff that his days of failing the town are numbered. Kevin runs then over to check on his father.
Afterwards, Sheriff Keller begins his investigation into Midge's murder, starting with interrogating everyone involved in the play. He questions Jughead first about the behind the scenes documentary that he was shooting. Though, Jughead has already given the Sheriff all his footage so he has no more to offer. He tells the Sheriff that everything was completely fine until Kevin got those threatening letters that were supposedly written by the Black Hood to recast the role of Carrie White. After learning more about the letter from Jughead, the Sheriff turns his attentions towards Ethel, who cries during interrogation. She admits that she was jealous as Cheryl often gets her way, but she never hurt anyone. Sheriff Keller then asks Moose if he remembers the last thing he said to Midge, but Moose claims to have no recollection, stating that his last words to her were probably something casual or stupid. Now onto Archie, who has a question of his own to ask the Sheriff. Archie asks if the Sheriff ever found any evidence that linked Joseph Svenson to any of the Black Hood attacks because he suspects that they got it wrong. He has ever since that night on the bridge. But the Sheriff recalls Svenson nearly burying Archie alive while wearing a black hood. Whoever the killer is, the Sheriff guarantees Archie that they will catch him and that Svenson was the Black Hood.
Sheriff Keller arrives at the Cooper house to question Chic as he has been talking to everyone who was at Riverdale High School the night of the musical. A couple people claim they saw Chic backstage just before the show. Hal tells the Sheriff that Chic no longer lives with them, but that they can bring him down to the station tomorrow. Sheriff agrees and then leaves. Once he is gone, Alice wonders why Hal threw Chic under the bus. Hal questions what Alice is worried that Chic will say. Remembering that Hal has no idea about the murder that took place within the house, Betty interjects that Alice is just overprotective of Chic.
Later that week, Tom reads an article from Hermione Lodge and Cheryl Blossom, calling for his resignation. Kevin returns home to tell him that he can't take Cheryl's article attacking him to heart. As the Sheriff, Tom begs to differ. He shot Svenson on the bridge. He wanted them done with the Black Hood as much as anyone. So maybe he cut a few corners. Maybe he didn't have enough evidence to close the case. Just outside the house, a loud crash can be heard. When Kevin and Tom go out to investigate, they see that the front window of the Sheriff's vehicle has been smashed and that "Sheriff Killer" has been spray-painted onto the car.
Tom is now in jeopardy of losing his job. The deputy mayor asked that he step down as Sheriff and turn in his badge. And if Fred Andrews gets elected mayor, he lives to fight another day. But if Hermione Lodge is elected then he's out of a job. Kevin plans to campaign for Fred Andrews. But in the mean time, Tom can't desert his post in the middle of a crisis. Tom explains that if he resigns, they'll likely bring in somebody from outside, somebody who can hopefully catch the Black Hood.
Tom, Fred, and FP arrive with a shotgun at Pop's to fend off Malachai and the Ghoulies after learning they were attacking the diner. Afterward, the entire diner applauds Tom, Fred, and FP for their heroic actions in sending the Ghoulies running. Reggie thought that Tom had resigned, which he did, but he didn't turn in the cruiser yet. Regarding how they knew the Ghoulies were attacking the shoppe, Jughead called FP, who then called Fred. Kevin pulls out his phone and says "hot Riverdale dads to the recuse" as he takes a photo.
Later that night, Tom arrives at the Cooper house after learning from Betty and Alice that Hal Cooper is the Black Hood. He puts Hal in handcuffs and places him in the squad car.
Three months have passed since that fateful evening in the school gymnasium where Archie was framed by Hiram Lodge and arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock. Archie's trial is now in session. Tom and Kevin sit in court as the trial unfolds. Archie is being prosecuted by District Attorney, Ms. Wright. She attempts to paint Archie as a bad person in her closing argument as Mary, Archie's counsel, 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, Tom and Sierra are asked by Josie and Kevin about Archie's chances of being found not guilty. Sierra replies that it's 50/50.
Labor Day weekend is over and Archie's trial is now in session. Tom and Kevin are in attendance. The Judge reveals the jury could not reach a verdict. They're deadlocked. Six-to-six. With that, the jury is dismissed. Archie wonders what will happen next. Mary explains that the judge will declare a mistrial and they'll have to do it all again. In lieu of another trial, the State is prepared to offer a deal for a lesser sentence, Ms. Wright says. Instead of prison, time served plus two years in juvenile detention, if Archie will plead guilty to the crime of manslaughter. Despite his mother's counsel, Archie takes the deal, much to the court's surprise. Archie explains that he can't put all the people he cares about through this again. The court accepts Archie's guilty plea and he is taken directly from the courthouse to the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center, where he will serve out his sentence beginning immediately.
Back at the Andrews house, Mary prepares to leave for Chicago. She's already written the appeal and will file it from Chicago. Tom, Fred and FP assures Mary that they'll get Archie home.
Tom and FP are joined at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe by Fred after he gets off the phone with Warden Norton. Veronica, who is working behind the counter, is relieved to hear that Archie has gone through processing and that he is fine. In other developments, Fred got a line on the three thugs that gave false testimonies against Archie. Tom is friends with the Sheriff over in Shadow county. They found remains of a campfire in the deep woods. Veronica is disgusted with the fact that while Archie's in jail those who gave a false testimony are camping. Not for long, FP replies. Until Archie's release, Veronica intends to keep everything in order at Riverdale High so that everyone knows he'll be back in time for Homecoming.
Tom attends a meeting arranged by Hermione at Town Hall. Sierra, Fred, Hiram, Penelope, FP and Alice are all in attendance. They made a vow in high school. Now that the Scout is back, safe and sound, they can only assume that he'll start talking. And that whatever he says might lead back to them. To the secret that they buried all those years ago. This hasn't been made public yet, but Hermione reveals that but Dilton Doiley and Ben Button were found in the woods with blue lips. Dilton is dead. Ben is in a coma. Sierra asks why she and Hiram haven't simply called in Sheriff Minetta to make this go away. They would like to but Jughead found the body and that's the concern. While FP and Alice talked with Jughead and Betty and told them to stop chasing this, they both know the kids will likely continue. Tom reminds everyone that they made a pact to never revisit that night. Not to mention it, not to even think about it. His vote is they stick to that. Unfortunately, they might not have that luxury. Not if it's happening again. Not if it's their children. All their children are in danger.
Editor's Note: The events that transpire in Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club take place during a flashback set in the 90's of Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, Hiram, and Tom in their junior year of high school.
After Sierra is given Saturday detention for her involvement in a bathroom fight between Alice and Penelope, Tom sneaks into the detention room. He greets Sierra with food and a kiss. He then tells her that he loves her before leaving. He and Sierra have been secretly dating for a few months because their parents don’t want them dating someone so different.
Tom began playing Gryphons and Gargoyles with Daryl Doiley, Hiram Lodge and Marty Mantle after Daryl found it in the restricted section of the library. After a week of playing, they encounter Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione and Penelope at school after hours also playing. They decide to join forces and play a bigger game.
One day, all ten of them, Tom, Hiram, Marty, Daryl, Alice, FP, Fred, Sierra, Hermione, and Penelope find strange invitations in their lockers to the detention room that night to rise to the challenge and ascend to the next level. That night, the Midnight Club attends the ascension party. They must find the chalices, flip the gryphon coin for their fate and drink from the chalice to meet their destiny. Before starting, to make things more enjoyable, Hiram takes a new drug known as fizzle rocks. He shares them with everyone.
The festivities begin with an impromptu performance by the Fred Heads, normally just Fred and FP, but Alice, Sierra, and Hermione perform with them as Tom, Hiram, Penelope, Marty, Daryl, and party, high off the drugs.
The Midnight Club would later come to learn that Principal Featherhead is missing and that he was at the school the night of the ascension party. The rumors regarding principal Featherhead’s disappearance spread like wildfire. A week has passed since Featherhead went missing. As it turns out, he was in the school the entire time. Dead and locked in a supply closet. His lips blue.
The Midnight Club gather to discuss Featherhead’s death. Alice informs them that there was blue liquid in the chalices when she found them. Featherhead had blue lips and the police said he had poison in his system. Alice questions what they did to him though they deny any wrong doing. And this begins the endless blame game between all members of the Midnight Club. Alice dismisses any notions of wrongdoing. When Penelope exclaims that they’re not going to the cops, Alice accuses her of poisoning the chalices when she set up the game, however, it wasn’t Penelope or Daryl. Alice recalls the chalices just sitting there, meaning whoever invited them to the party was trying to kill one or more of them. Sierra wants to destroy the game so that it can’t be traced back to them. FP suggests destroying the manuals and scattering everything else. The Midnight Club then spits on their hands and make a pact to never speak of Gryphons and Gargoyles ever again.
After getting rid of G&G, they returned to their normal lives and go their separate ways. Burdened by their guilt, they all become different people. Tom and Sierra are forced to break up. She hopes that things will be different for them once they’re older. Tom agrees to wait for Sierra and he hopes she’ll do the same.
Tom and Sierra are invited out for a lunch date at Pop's by Kevin and Josie. 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. Tom and Sierra claim that they didn’t and that they only knew of people who did. Seeing as that they’re all together, Tom and Sierra take this opportunity to reveal to Josie and Kevin that they’re engaged.
Tom, along with every other member of the Midnight Club, receives a invitation from who they believe to be the Gargoyle King, asking that they all meet at La Bonne Nuit. However, they soon discover that the invitations were sent by Betty as a means to get them all together and force the truth out of them regarding Gryphons and Gargoyles and the Gargoyle King. Betty wants to start with Warden Norton, who was also the RROTC instructor at Riverdale High twenty five years ago. Given that Tom was a cadet back then, Betty asks if the two ever played the game together, but they didn’t. Norton only ever confiscated a manual.
Betty then asks about ascension night, wondering if Norton was present. Penelope reveals that Darryl Doiley poisoned the chalices. He was secretly in love with her and wanted the two of them to ascend together. But, Penelope said no. She assumed the chalices were emptied afterward but clearly they were not. Years later, Darryl came to Penelope, riddled with guilt and seeking comfort. Penelope refused him again, and so Darryl left. The next day, he was found dead in his garage, with the engine to his car running and windows up. Assuming this is true, that doesn’t explain who the current Gargoyle King is.
As Tom meets up with Betty at Pop's, she questions why Darryl Doiley’s case was ruled a suicide despite the fact that no carbon monoxide was found in his lungs. Tom realizes that this is nothing more than another one of Betty’s ambushes. However, he states that the didn’t kill anyone. However, Betty believes that he’s at least complicit in a cover-up and wants to know who he’s protecting. Tom is protecting the Midnight Club, he claims. Even still, someone murdered Darryl Doiley and whoever was pulling the strings back then could be responsible for the recent deaths. Tom tells Betty that it could’ve been any member of the Midnight Club, but only Penelope grows Oleander in her greenhouse. He knows this because he saw it when he was investigating Jason Blossom’s murder. Tom then gets a call from Fred teliing him that Sheriff Minetta is in search of the Shadow Lake boys and exits abruptly.
Tom and Fred find two of the three Shadow Lake boys dead in the mines. Tom then reports the killing. In doing so, he discovers that police were just called to Shadow Lake hospital after a boy was brought in critical condition with gunshot wounds.
Tom and Fred arrive at Shadow Lake hospital. They are immediately greeted by Kevin, who after giving his dad a hug, passes Fred a note from Archie, who has already taken off.
Tom, Sierra, Josie, and Kevin sit in a booth at Pop's. Tom and Sierra 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. Tom and Sierra 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, Tom and Sierra 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.
Alone in the room, Tom and Sierra role play in bed. She is a law enforcement officer and he is the suspect. She then gets up to get a snack. In doing so, she discovers a message left for them from the Gargoyle King. It’s a letter, congratulating them on their upcoming nuptials. However, if they wish to live long enough to see the blessed event, they must reunite with the Midnight Club to complete Ascension Night once and for all. Lastly, the letter reads tell no one or their children will pay the price.
Tom, Sierra, Penelope, Hermione, Fred, Marty, Alice, and FP meet at the Five Seasons to discuss the letters that they all received, demanding they finish Ascension Night. Hermione thought that FP caught the Gargoyle King. However, as FP explains, Tall Boy was only using the game as cover to deal drugs. He wasn’t the original Gargoyle King. The one who set up the chalices when they played in high school. Hermione is in disbelief that they’re actually taking these letters seriously, but Tom believes it to be in the best interest of the kids. Alice, much like Hermione, is against playing, as she reminds everyone what happened last Ascension Night. Featherhead ended up dead. However, as far as Penelope is concerned, they don’t have a choice. They all know why this is happening again; two members of the original Midnight Club are daring to get married, and the Gargoyle King wants to destroy that. If they don’t finish the game now, the Gargoyle King may never leave them alone. FP agrees, and hopefully, in playing, they can catch the Gargoyle King. Sierra informs them that the problem with this is that it says all members have to participate, which includes Hiram, who Hermione will retrieve. With that, they collectively decide to finish the game.
The Midnight Club reunites one final time to finish what they started at Ascension Night. Tom, Sierra, Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, and Marty sneak into the school through the window after hours. They decide to start the game by finding the chalices. Then they’ll flip for their fate and drink from the cups. Penelope has brought with her the antidote for cyanide. She gives everyone a vile to take, which will inoculate them for the next several hours. Hermione and Hiram, who now walks with a cane, join the others, though few are happy to see Hiram.
Alice and FP check the girls restroom for the chalices as that’s where Alice found them initially, but to no avail. Fred and Marty checked the trophy case, student lounge and the closet where they found Featherhead and also came up empty handed. The second floor is also clear according to Sierra and Tom. Same goes for the cafeteria and library, says Hiram and Hermione. Just as Alice questions the whereabouts of Penelope, she horrifically screams, gaining the rest of the Midnight Club’s attention. On the projector screen written in what appears to be blood is "Got You". And on the desk sits a bloody skull. They realize that they’ve been played. It’s just another iteration of the game. What the Gargoyle King wanted all along, to distract them and lure them all away from their kids. They all frantically grab their phones to call the kids. Tom calls Kevin, but he does not answer. However, Penelope learns from Cheryl that Kevin is in the bunker with Moose.
Tom, FP, Cheryl, and Toni find Kevin and Moose in the woods surrounded by the Gargoyles and the Gargoyle King. Cheryl shoots the Gargoyle King with an arrow and brings an end to the ritual. They unmask the Gargoyles, who turn out to be the RROTC cadets. They were being lead by Marcus Mason, who is disguised as the Gargoyle King.
At the Five Seasons, Tom and Sierra look over at their wedding cake, which Sierra is glad that it was too late to cancel for as its beautiful. Tom then looks Sierra in her eyes and tells her that she’s beautiful. The newlyweds then profess their love for one another before sharing a kiss.
Tom begins helping Archie trian in the local gym. The first thing Tom learned while boxing in the army is to keep your hand up, and so he passes this onto Archie. He makes Archie aware of his habit to telegraph his punches. If he does that in the ring with an experienced fighter, he won’t stand a chance. Archie wants a real fight, but Tom doesn’t think he’s ready. Archie needs to learn technique and until then, he won’t be fighting anyone. Archie is persistent as he wants to know if boxing is a viable option for him. Tom tells Archie to slow down as boxing isn’t something you want to do half-assed.
Tom approaches Archie after having learned of Archie’s fight with Randy Ronson, who’s 12-0 with 10 KOs. Archie has to prove himself and Elio is giving him the chance to do that. But Randy fights dirty, Tom explains. He sucker punched one of this opponents before, which resulted in serious injury. And Archie is still not ready for a fight, so Tom gives him an ultimatum, either he cancel the fight or find himself a new coach.
Archie finds Tom at the gym and reveals that Tom was right. Archie thought the fight with Ronson would elevate him, but he now realizes that he’s not ready. Archie then reveals how Elio paid him to throw the fight, and now Archie has no choice but to fight Ronson and worries that he’ll kill him. Archie’s only chance of survival is with Tom in his corner. Tom’s seen Ronson’s work. He’s strong, but he wasn’t in the Army. Nor did he have to endure juvie.
Tom prepares Archie for his fight with Ronson. Archie takes several nasty blows. He attempts to fight back, but Ronson gets the better of him. Archie has made it through the first two rounds. Tom tells Archie that Ronson is going to try to end it in the third round and that they can use this to their advantage. He advises Archie to slip the right hand and catch him with an uppercut. From the crowd, Elio signals Ronson to end Archie. Josie arrives just as the finale round commences. She roots for Archie from the crowd, as does Tom. 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.
A Serpent meeting is held at Riverdale High. Jughead, Sweet Pea and Fangs attend. Today, the Serpents start a new chapter, FP announces. They’re all now officially law keepers, which is why he pulled Tom in to help as he’s the best Sheriff Riverdale’s ever had. Tom explains that a lot of what they’ll be doing over the next couple of months will be basic training. Each junior deputy will be paired with an officer who will mentor them. Jughead is paired with his father.
Led by Tom and FP, the Serpents participate in a late night training simulation at the school. Armed with batons, the Serpents clear the perimeter and move in on Jughead’s command. Sweet Pea takes lead with Jughead and Fangs just behind him. They make their way through the student lounge and out into the hallway, where both Sweet Pea and Jughead forget to check their backs, leaving them open to attack as Tom points a red laser at the back of Sweet Pea’s head. They’ve failed the simulation, convincing FP that they aren’t ready for the streets. In order to stop the rogue Gargoyles, they must work as a team.
Tom preps Archie for his upcoming fight with Randy Ronson during the Gilded Glove tournament. It’s now time for the fighters to weigh in. Tom attends. Randy Ronson weighs in at 159 lbs while Archie weighs in at 154 lbs. The night of the fight has arrived, and Tom escorts Archie out to the ring for his fight. Archie doesn’t fair well against Ronson, who pummels him. The few hits that Archie does manage to land have little effect. As the round comes to an end, Archie returns to his corner, where Tom reminds him to stay off the ropes. Archie informs Tom that Ronson is on drugs and that the ref should call the fight. Unfortunately, when Tom attempts to get Ronson disqualified, Elio interjects that the match only ends if Archie forfeits, but Archie refuses to take the lost. With that being said, Tom tells Archie that his only choice is to knock Ronson out in this round. Archie and Ronson go right back to it as they sound the bell to signal the start of the round. Again, Archie finds himself taking hit after hit from Ronson, though he waits for his moment, biding time to find an opening, and when he does, Archie drops Ronson. However, Ronson never gets back up from the punch and a doctor is called to the ring.
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.
Sheriff Keller is a middle-aged man of average stature, around 5' 9" in height. He has tan skin, grey hair and hazel eyes. He also has a tattoo on his left arm. Along with his other physical features, Keller has a muscular physique that he maintains by working out which he claims he does not do for vanity, but for discipline and to push his limits. He has only ever been seen in his Sheriff uniform, therefore, an accurate description of his everyday wardrobe is currently unavailable.
Not much is known about Sheriff Keller other than he seems to be very serious about his work when it comes to obtaining the law. He is accepting of Kevin's sexuality, and encourages him to find "any nice gay guys at school."
Initially, the relationship between Tom and Sierra appeared to be strictly business. With him being the town's Sheriff and Sierra being the Mayor, it was perfectly normal to see the two together, however, due to them spending a lot of time with each other, and their prior relationship during their high school years, at an unknown point, they started to redevelop romantic feelings for one another, and began having an affair. It is when this affair began, but with Sierra's distant relationship with her now ex-husband, Myles McCoy, and To Keller's absentee wife, it is possible the two were able to find common traits with each other, thus leading to their current relationship and rekindling their high school relationship. As of recent events, the two are engaged.
Tom and Kevin share a close bond, so it came as no surprise that sometime before the start of the series, the Sheriff became aware of his son's sexual orientation, and was very accepting and supportive of his son. Due to the threats constantly facing their town, they have a lack of interaction, but they obviously care for one another. After receiving word from Kevin's recent activities from Betty, Tom became more worried for his son's safety, admitting that there were certain things, such as Kevin's sexuality, that they never fully talked about. However, given all that was occurring, Tom was willing to start trying to be more involved in Kevin's life, as a concerned parent should be.