The Riverdale Rag #006 – Betty, You In Danger, Girl!

Your co-hosts recap “Chapter 18: When A Stranger Calls”, discuss the hidden biblical allegory in this season (yes, seriously), and wax rhapsodic over Charles Melton’s lips. We also discuss sinking ships and sailing ships, girl power, and other Archie related news.

Stray Observations

  • Nice job pimping out your daughter, Hiram and Hermione. There will be consequences and repercussions!
  • The “Five Seasons” in Riverdale are spring, summer, fall, winter, and murder.

Show Notes

When a Stranger Calls (1979) is a horror movie where the a baby sitter receives threatening calls from a stranger who asks her if she’s checked on the children. The calls become more threatening, and the main character (Carol Kane) finally decides to call the police, who tell Kane to keep the caller on the line longer so they can trace the call, only to find out the calls are coming from inside the house.

This episode was directed by Ellen S. Pressman, who won an Emmy as a member of the Hill Street Blues production team. Pressman has also directed Thirtysomething, Party of Five, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer among others.

News Items

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to the three generous benefactors who donated money so that Cecily could buy a new microphone and mic stand. We’re working hard to make this show sound as good as possible, and their donations will go a long way toward making that happen. Thanks to Dethe, Jan, and a third angel who wishes to remain anonymous.

The Riverdale Rag #005 – Iconic and Beyond Reproach

Archie’s suffering from PTSD, Veronica thinks sex solves everything, and Betty’s ponytail is iconic and beyond reproach. Cecily thinks the show has turned a corner (for the better) and Chanda has a new hypothesis on who’s behind the Black Hood.

Stray Observations

  • Since when is Dilton a member of the gang?
  • The original Marian Paroo

Show Notes

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Screencap of the poster for the film The Town that Dreaded Sundown

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American horror film by producer and director Charles B. Pierce, who also co-stars as a bumbling police officer named A.C. Benson, also known as “Sparkplug.” It’s loosely based on the true crime story of an unidentified serial killer known as the Phantom Killer. The episode was directed by Allison Anders, who also directed this season’s Nighthawks.

The Riverdale Rag #004 – The Groovy Goolies

This week Cecily and Chanda channel Oprah as we discuss talking to your teens about sex, the life choices of gay teens in fictional television towns, and representation of racial and sexual minorities on television. It’s a fun episode, we swear.

Stray Observations

  • Is there more to Cheryl’s spider brooch than meets the eye?
  • Chanda thinks that “Bughead” are over. Cecily isn’t really sure she cares. What do you think?

Show Notes

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The Riverdale Rag #003 – Bride of Hobo


You know the saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”? That doesn’t apply to us. Cecily and Chanda discuss “Chapter 15 – Nighthawks“, all the Archie-verse news that’s fit to ki-ki over, and Betty’s new role as the Olivia Pope of Riverdale.

Stray Observations

  • I’m really concerned about Josie. It’s the second week in a row she’s shown up in some sort of cat-related attire. This week she wore a cat collar to cheerleading practice. Next thing you know she’s going to show up at school munching on Temptations as a snack.
  • This week we had 3 brooches, 2 jackets for Jughead, and 1 Pixy-Stix full of Jingle-Jangle.

Show Notes

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The Riverdale Rag #002 – We On That Jingle-Jangle

Archie and the gang are back for Season 2, and so is our guest Mookie, aka @jugheadjonesing (on Twitter)! You’ll want to hear our recap, especially Mookie’s theory about the wedding party seating arrangements. We discuss magical Negroes, whether KJ Apa is “melanin rich” this season, continuity errors and more. Join the conversation on Twitter and tweet us @RiverdaleRag.

Stray Observations

  • Can Pop Tate get trauma leave? This man had a gun pointed at him, watched another man get shoot, his livelihood become a crime scene, and has been questioned by police, but he hasn’t even been home yet? AND he shows up at the hospital waiting room with food for everyone? Won’t someone think of Pop’s wellbeing?

  • Will Veronica ever address the fact that Betty was Archie’s first call in an emergency, not her or Jughead?

Show Notes

The Riverdale Rag #001 – New Podcast, Who Dis?

It’s a new season and a new podcast! Cecily and Chanda discuss the new podcast, our plans for growth, some Riverdale news and what we hope to see next season. We also talk a lot about Charles Melton and digress a bit while talking about the BBC One show Doctor Foster. Join the conversation on Twitter and tweet us @RiverdaleRag.

Show Notes

KJ Apa in car crash leaving the set of Riverdale
Audrey Mok is new Archie lead artist
First look at Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
Nick St. Clair on the Riverdale Fan Wiki
Charles Melton’s Instagram