The Riverdale Rag #011 – Sit Yo’ Ass Down

As if there’s any doubt, Mr. Wetherbee is the worst principal in the history of useless television high school principals. This week Cecily and Chanda revisit our favourite Riverdale residents, debate in-school segregation and weigh in on whether the CW deserves Black Lightning. Plus all the news and insights you’ve come to love.

Show Notes

Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inter-racial inner-city school, based on the novel The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter and adapted for the screen and directed by Richard Brooks. It is remembered for its innovative use of rock and roll in its soundtrack and for the unusual breakout role of a black cast member, future Oscar winner and star Sidney Poitier as a rebellious, yet musically talented student. (via Wikipedia)

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The Riverdale Rag #010 – Like a Basket of Kittens

We’ve made it to the tenth episode of the season, and Cecily and Chanda are joined by our special guest (and Cecily’s future ex-wife) Mookie! This week we discuss The Black Hood Reveal (LOL OK), Varchie and Barchie, and the connotation of the word Southside in the world of Riverdale. As always there’s news, hijinks and hilarity. If you like this podcast, rate and subscribe!

Stray Observations

  • I (Cecily) would’ve thought Kevin would be the first person to welcome Moose back, not Reggie.
  • Betty was #PeakBecky this week when she interacted with the new janitor.
  • Ronnie is 2 for 2 in solving Riverdale’s murder mysteries
  • Is Kevin a Pussycat now? Where are Valerie and Melody anyway?

Show Notes

Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr., and starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Linnea Quigley, Britt Leach and Leo Geter. Set during Christmas, the story concerns a young man, Billy, who suffers from posttraumatic stress over witnessing his parents’ Christmas Eve murder and his subsequent upbringing in an abusive Catholic orphanage. In adulthood, the Christmas holiday leads him into a psychological breakdown, and he emerges as a spree killer donning a Santa suit. (via Wikipedia)

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The Riverdale Rag #009 – Betty’s Mom Has Got it Goin’ On

I don’t want to say that Cecily and Chanda are tired of the Black Hood mystery exactly, so I’ll just say they’re really happy it’ll be wrapping up soon. This week we discuss vampires, Riverdale Funko Pops, FP and Alice (and why they need to get it on, already) and the somewhat distasteful way this show sexualizes teenage girls.

Stray Observations

  • Was Jughead disgusted, disappointed, or slightly turned on at the sight of Betty doing the Snake Dance?
  • What’s the connection between the Riverdale Reaper and the Black Hood? We’re having a hard time making one.

Show Notes

House of the Devil movie poster courtesy WikipediaThe House of the Devil is a 2009 American horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West, starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov.
The plot concerns a young college student (Donahue) who is hired as a babysitter at an isolated house and is soon caught up in bizarre and dangerous events as she fights for her life. The film combines elements of both the slasher film and haunted house subgenres while using the “satanic panic” of the 1980s as a central plot element. The film pays homage to horror films of the 1970s and 1980s. (from Wikipedia)

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The Riverdale Rag #008 – I’m Parched

Let’s get this out of the way up front: this episode is not a PG-13 friendly episode. Chanda and Cecily catch the vapors over Sheriff Keller’s…hidden talents, they discuss the taxonomy of hot Riverdale dads (you won’t want to miss Cecily’s defense of Pop Tate in the taxonomy), and beard rides. Oh, and there’s lots of other stuff about “Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside” too.

Stray Observations

  • Sheriff Keller is down with the swirl…
  • When Cheryl called Josie “My girl”, the hairs on my arms stood up.

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Show Notes

Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1983. Each episode was an individual short story that often ended with a plot twist. The series’ episodes spanned the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and some episodes featured elements of black comedy or more lighthearted themes. It was a spinoff based on the moderate success of Romero’s horror anthology film Creepshow .

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Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.
But…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real,
but not as brightly lit … a dark side.

The dark side is always there, waiting for us to enter — waiting to enter us.
Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight.

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The Riverdale Rag #007 – Gimme Some Sugah

Chanda and Cecily are back (finally!) with a full recap of “Chapter 19: Death Proof”, and discuss the arrogance of our red-headed hero, whether Veronica’s turning into a vigilante, and creepy “uncles” who always ask you to give them some sugar. As always, we dish the latest Riverdale dirt, too.

Stray Observations

  • Did you notice when Hiram put his hand on Hermione’s shoulder when Mayor McCoy mentioned “razing” the Southside to the ground?
  • Speaking of which, having the news about the Southside raid come from a Black character changed the symbolism of that scene for both of us.
  • Coach Keller – we see you, boo.

Show Notes

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This week’s title comes from the Quentin Tarantino grindhouse film, Death Proof .It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who murders young women in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. The episode was directed by Maggie Kiley, and was written by Tessa Leigh Williams and Arabella Anderson.

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The Riverdale Rag #006.5 – Bye Week

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No show notes this week as Cecily and Chanda take a bye week, but they’ll be back with the recap of Chapter 19: Death Proof by the end of the week. In this episode, Cecily takes a brief moment to thank some friends who donated money toward new podcasting equipment.

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.

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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?

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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.

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