From murder mysteries to masked villains, Riverdale knows how to keep audiences entertained. Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) manage to keep themselves entangled in all kinds of sordid plots and love triangles, and it really makes for great TV.
But, by now, fans have learned that the show often sprinkles in ludicrous plot points that don’t always make sense. So, here’s a quick breakdown and ranking of some of Riverdale’s most bizarre moments.
10. Mrs. Grundy’s murder
In the first season of Riverdale, Archie has an affair with his teacher, Mrs. Grundy (Sarah Habel). And if that wasn’t strange enough, at the end of the season, she is murdered without explanation by the Black Hood.
9. Archie’s Red Circle
In Season 2 of Riverdale, Archie recruits the high school’s football team to form a vigilante group called the Red Circle. Their mission is to find the Black Hood, but for some reason, they like to wear their red ski masks over shirtless bodies.
8. Every time Veronica says ‘Le Bonne Nuit’
Veronica is the proud owner of a speakeasy called Le Bonne Nuit, which is French for “good night.” But for some reason, Riverdale writers make her say the name of the club over and over again. After the first few times, hearing Veronica say Le Bonne Nuit just starts feeling campy.
7. Hiram’s Riverdale quarantine
After Hiram poisons the whole town with Fizzle Rocks in Season 3, he puts Riverdale into a quarantine. The drugs cause seizures in some of the town’s residents, but it still doesn’t warrant an entire shutdown. The weird part is that the governor approves of the quarantine, and law enforcement officers barricade the borders — all without question.
6. Everything that happened at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy
While the Gargoyle King and Hiram are on the loose in Season 3, Betty is sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, where mean nuns are meant to care for her. However, the Sisters turn out to be associates of Hiram and Gargoyle King worshippers who are drugging their wards.
5. The Weird Tickle Videos
In Season 4, Kevin and Reggie get paid for making tickle videos. Apparently, there are people who like to watch high schoolers tickle each other, and they pay good money for it. Somehow, these videos are meant to expose a larger villainous network, but the tickling is still a strange concept.
4. Mr. Chipping’s death
Season 4 saw the introduction of Jughead’s Stonewall Prep teacher Mr. Chipping (Sam Whitwer). But mid-season, out of the blue, Mr. Chipping jumps out of his office window and dies. Why he did this is never really explained, and it was just a really dramatic departure for the character.
3. Archie vs Bear
In Season 3, Archie is in hiding and living by himself in a cabin in the woods. He gets mauled by a bear and dies. But then, miraculously, he comes back to life and goes back to school just in time for his exams. Apparently, not even death phases Archie.
2. The Riverdale cheerleaders visiting Archie in prison
Archie gets framed for murder, in Season 3. And while he’s serving time in a juvenile detention center, Veronica and Cheryl bring the Riverdale Vixens by to do a song and dance for him. Having high school girls perform at a correctional center is certainly a ludicrous concept, and probably not the safest idea.
1. Cheryl hanging out with Jason’s body
Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) may have had a few pretty bizarre moments throughout the last few seasons of Riverdale. But none was as strange as her hanging out with and talking to her dead twin Jason’s corpse in Season 4.