Final Thoughts From the Riverdale Episode "The Tell-Tale Heart"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 2 television episode that first aired February 7, 2018.

Synopsis: After learning her brother Chic (Hart Denton) has killed an intruder. Betty (Lili Reinhart) helps her mom (Madchen Amick) dispose of the body and clean up the blood. However, her guilt over the man's death and her family's cover-up compels her to seek help from Jughead (Cole Sprouse) before she goes insane.
Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) faces increased pressure from Agent Adams (John Behlmann) and must either help him find dirt on Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) or his dad (Luke Perry) will face prison time.

I Knew Agent Adams Was a Fake

As I mentioned before, there was something about Adams that was just a little off and I was having a hard time believing he was really an FBI agent. As it turns out, however, I was apparently wrong about his motives and, instead of someone trying to get revenge against Hiram Lodge, he was actually secretly working for Lodge in an over-the-top loyalty test.

This, of course, raises two questions in my mind:

1. What are the Lodges hiding that requires them to command so much loyalty from anyone who comes into their house?

2. Does Archie need to give back that fake FBI informant money?

Remind Me Never to Ask the Coopers to Help Me Hide a Body

To be fair, I know they were in a bit of a panic over the dead body in the house. But, if anyone actually missed Chic's apparent drug dealer, then I think they would be in a world of trouble.

In addition to leaving his car out in front of their house for a couple days, they wrapped the body in the living room rug I'm sure dozens of people have seen and would be able to identify. Not to mention, Betty re-visits the body, leaving her fingerprints (and likely some DNA) everywhere. Oh, and let's not forget taking the dead man's phone and making calls on it.

Worst criminals ever, in my opinion at least. Heck, even Hal (Lochlyn Munro) was suspicious and it's not as though he's Sherlock Holmes.

The Jones' Weren't Much Better

While a little more cool-headed than the Coopers, Jughead and FP (Skeet Ulrich) weren't exactly criminal masterminds in this endeavor either.

For example, did Jughead happen to remember to wipe off any fingerprints on or inside the car? And, did he manage to drive a dead man's car through town without anyone seeing him or being caught on a traffic camera? Oh, and did they happen to erase the call history on that phone before discarding it? You know, the call history that shows Chic as one of his drug customers and would lead the police to him and the Coopers.

Plus, didn't FP think to shower before re-joining the rest of the criminal geniuses at Pop's? He came into the restaurant reeking of lye and looking like he spent a good chunk of the evening burying something. Did he honestly think that wouldn't look suspicious?

Speaking of FP and Lye...

He used it because it would get rid of the dead body in a matter of days. This sounds pretty smart.

So, just out of curiosity, if he knows how to dispose of a body in a fashion that will prevent it from ever being found, why didn't he use that same method when he got rid of Jason Blossom's body?

Of All the Criminals On This Show, Veronica is Still the One That Scares Me Most

Let's face it, Veronica (Camila Mendes) is a criminal mastermind in the making. Her ability to manipulate people is a very impressive super power with limitless potential. 

Granted, she is currently using that super power for good and helped Mayor McCoy (Robin Givens) save her reputation and nearly prevented a war between the Lodge family and the Serpents (until her dad screwed it up). But, if she ever starts using it for evil, God help the people of Riverdale.

Final Opinion

I have to admit, this was an interesting episode. The mystery behind Agent Adams was a little bit of a letdown (I would much rather have seen him be a bad guy) but, given all the mistakes made in disposing of the Cooper's dead body, I just know that is going to come back to haunt a lot of people in the near future.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 02/08/2018, StevenHelmer
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