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We continue our recap of the entire Riverdale series with episodes 5 and 6 of the third season, “The Great Escape” and “Manhunter”.

In this bi-weekly column (every Tuesday and Thursday), we will review the third season of Riverdale, two episodes at a time. Catch up on everything you might have missed, including recaps for all of Season 1 and 2, using the links below — or just dive right into to our most recent recap below.

Season 1 Recaps:
Episode 1: The River’s Edge
Episodes 2 and 3: Touch of Evil and Body Double
Episodes 4 and 5: The Last Picture Show and Heart of Darkness
Episodes 6 and 7: Faster Pussycats! Kill! Kill! and In a Lonely Place
Episodes 8 and 9: The Outsiders and La Grande Illusion
Episodes 10 and 11: The Lost Weekend and To Riverdale and Back Again
Episodes 12 and 13: Anatomy of a Murder and The Sweet Hereafter

Season 2 Recaps:
Episodes 1 and 2: A Kiss Before Dying and Nighthawks
Episodes 3 and 4: The Watcher in the Woods and The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Episodes 5 and 6: When a Stranger Calls and Death Proof
Episodes 7 and 8: Tales From the Darkside and House of the Devil
Episodes 9 and 10: Silent Night, Deadly Night and The Blackboard Jungle
Episodes 11 and 12: The Wrestler and The Wicked and the Divine
Episodes 13 and 14: The Tell-Tale Heart and The Hills Have Eyes
Episodes 15 and 16: There Will Be Blood and Primary Colors
Episodes 17 and 18: The Noose Tightens and A Night to Remember
Episodes 19 and 20: Prisoners and Shadow of a Doubt
Episodes 21 and 22: Judgement Night and Brave New World

Season 3 Recaps:
Episodes 1 and 2: Labor Day and Fortune and Men’s Eyes
Episodes 3 and 4: As Above, So Below and The Midnight Club


Episode 5: “The Great Escape” Synopsis

Joaquin and Archie attempt to escape juvie, failing when Archie doubles back after getting over the fence to help Joaquin. He’s captured by Warden Norton, who brands him for leading the attempted escape and then makes him a huge meal before his ‘final fight’ (revealing in the process that Hiram paid Cassidy’s friends off to say Archie killed him and that he subscribes to a ‘higher power’). After being ‘judas kissed’ by Joaquin (who was promised to ascend by the Warden, a devotee of the Gargoyle King), Archie’s stabbed. Still, he fights a newly alive Mad Dog who gives him a running start.

Jughead, it turns out, has been playing Gryphons and Gargoyles with the other Serpents since at least the Hot Dog rescue mission. Betty tells him what she’s learned from her mother to try and convince him to stop, but Jughead insists that he’s playing for research so he can understand the Gargoyle King’s psychology. He cements his place as Game Master by having Cheryl shoot a can off his head William Tell style, even as Sweet Pea objects (he didn’t try the can thing). Despite his father giving him warnings too, he keeps playing and intertwines the adventure with Archie’s breakout.

Veronica gets help from Josie, Reggie, and Kevin to get Archie out, along with Elio – the son of some mobsters – who takes her to a fight of Archie’s so she can see him again (they have sex in the locker room). Along with Betty and Elio, they all work to get Archie out through distraction, smoke bombs, and various levels of destruction. The group swears secrecy on Archie’s whereabouts and separates with Betty taking the first watch over him after some talk about Norton’s place in the game.

Josie, Reggie, and Kevin learn about the Midnight Club. The latter and former talk to their parents about it and Sierra and Tom confirm that everything about them as people and a couple is true, while insisting that they didn’t play. They then reveal their engagement.

Norton kills himself as Jughead bows to the Gargoyle King in the forest.

Observations 

— I apologize that the synopsis isn’t in exact order, but I had to fit in so much.

— Why does it feel like a good 75 percent of Archie and Veronica’s relationship is just sex?

— I’m so glad we get more of Josie and Kevin this episode. I don’t care about Reggie as much but still! It’s refreshing to get more content than just the Core Four.<