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We continue our recap of the entire Riverdale series with episodes 7 and 8 of the third season, “The Man In Black” and “Outbreak”.

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
Episodes 5 and 6: The Great Escape and Manhunter


Episode 7: “The Man In Black” Synopsis

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE: After fleeing up into the forests to escape Hiram Lodge, Archie and Jughead end up on a farm. One minor gunpoint scare later, Laurie Lake and her sister Gracie allow them to stay there while their father and brother are down river. Archie helps around the farm while Jughead tries to understand what’s going on around them while still doing research on G&G – which has made its way up to there too. As he learns that the town they were in was essentially destroyed by Jingle Jangle and Fizzle Rocks (candy mixed with drugs), Archie ends up kissing Laurie in the barn. Jughead finally talks to some girls and learns that everyone in town works for ‘The Man in Black’: Hiram Lodge. After freeing Archie, who was trapped by Laurie Lake, he and Jughead run away before Hiram can catch up to them. They make a new plan: go to Toledo and meet with Jughead’s mom.

VERONICA: Fed up with her family, Veronica moves out of the Pembrooke and into La Bonne Nuit  – which is faltering along with Pops. She meets up with Elio who agrees to have a one-night-only casino set up, and bring some of his gambler friends, for ten percent of the profits. Ignoring her father’s warnings and banishing him from her shop, the casino night kicks off with Elio fleecing the place for all its worth and Veronica finally challenging him to a game of blackjack – with the deed for Pops’s hanging in the balance, winner take all. She wins, but it turns out that she actually took her father’s advice by hiring a dealer friend of his. Pops is reasonably upset by the fact that she’s bringing illegal gambling into his diner, but even more upset by the thought that Veronica doesn’t see her father as that bad since Sheriff Minetta might have turned up dead.

BETTY: After undergoing an ink blot test, Sister Woodhouse gives Betty Fizzle Rocks for ‘good behavior’. Betty throws them away before seeing her new roommate, Ethel Muggs. Ethel promises to keep the facts about Fizzle Rocks a secret after showing Betty her vision board, affirming that she’s the queen bee at the school, and making Betty promise to do better. Betty witnesses Hiram and Sister Woodhouse making a deal, and finds a chamber with a glowing cross above it: the chamber of the Gargoyle King. After fighting with Ethel and faking a seizure  to get into the infirmary, she discovers that the  Bullio Lapis she’s been dosed with is Fizzle Rocks and that Hiram is using the girls as guinea pigs. A failed escape attempt later, she’s captured, drug