Riverdale Season 6 Episode 13 Recap and Review – Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and Reggie (Charles Melton) are caught off guard by Percival’s (guest star Chris O’Shea) next moves, forcing them to confront their previous trauma. Casey Cott and Mädchen Amick also star.
Riverdale Season 6 Episode 13 Recap
If Percival Pickens wasn’t already bad enough, he now despises literature?! This is one of the major revelations from this week’s Riverdale, in which Percival uses overdue library books to target Riverdale residents. But first, we got a solution to the cliffhanger from last week…
Betty is not expecting a child. And Archie is disappointed. Betty tells him that it will happen at some point, and that “the universe simply wants us to stop the wicked ones first.” Sure, but how many bad guys do you have to stop, given Riverdale’s almost infinite supply?
But, for the time being, Percival is the evil guy who needs to be stopped, as his latest scheme involves closing the Riverdale Public Library in order to build a hotel to support the new railway. Why does this bring Percival to all of our heroes’ homes? Because he’s attempting to reclaim all of the library’s overdue books? What does it matter, man? The library is closing! Also, how come EVERYONE in this town has a library book that has been overdue for at least ten years? Is it true that no one returns library books?
Percival notifies each person about their books one by one before taking something personal as “collateral” until the books can be returned. It’s beyond me how they didn’t realise right away that this is all about the collateral. Anyway, here’s what happens.
Percival grabs the book his grandfather wrote and is dedicated to him till he finds Jughead’s book, The Metamorphosis.
Percival then goes to Archie’s, and he obviously doesn’t know who Archie is if he believes he reads! However, Archie appears to have read Songwriting From the Heart, a true American masterpiece, many years ago. Archie’s guitar is taken as collateral by Percival.
He steals Veronica’s painting of Hiram since she is overdue on Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Cheryl is behind on Flowers in the Attic, a novel she last read with Heather, and he uses Jason’s bones as collateral.
Small Engine Repairs was never returned by Betty — perhaps she and Archie are a great match — and Alice gives her diary as collateral.
Reggie also failed to return a workbook that teaches dyslexic children to read. Reggie knows where that book is and hands it over right away, which means Percival can’t take anything else as collateral.
Finally, Kevin must locate his copy of Lord of the Flies, but Percival refuses to accept any security.
Percival casts magic using their possessions as totems, tormenting them with memories from their past. Ms. Grundy’s body is discovered, and Archie is reminded of their time together and how she “groomed” him, according to Betty. Betty smells bleach and remembers for the first time, when she was 12, catching her father scrubbing blood out of their family car (and reading Small Engine Repairs).
Jughead’s hands begin to dry up and bleed, and he tears off a fingernail at one point. Is he transforming into a cockroach, as in The Metamorphosis, or is he developing his grandfather’s eczema? Neither is fantastic!
Reggie’s dyslexia reappears, and Veronica begins to see spiders everywhere, which is my worst nightmare. Cheryl, for example, believes she hears Heather in her home. The situation worsens when Veronica asks Heraldo over for some sex, only to find him dead the next day. According to the coroner, he was bitten by a black widow, but the dose was too great for one spider… and it entered his body through his lips. Let’s just hope that the twist doesn’t last.
Kevin is the first to hand over his book, and Percival tells him that he’ll never have to feel like Piggy from Lord of the Flies again, and then he… KISSES HIM! Kevin isn’t the only one who has switched sides. Reggie concludes the episode with one of my favourite confrontations to date, when he arrives in Percival’s shop and declares, “Something funky’s going on.” Guys, beware! Reg has figured out the case!
He then asks Percival if he’s a wizard, but Percival swiftly corrects him, saying, “You might say I’m a magic guy.” Isn’t that even more ridiculous? Reggie, on the other hand, says he’d like to learn a little magic himself. So this will be Reggie’s second major villain to assist? Bro, you have a great track record.
Jughead locates down all of their books at a shop in Pennsylvania thanks to a friendly fellow on Sketch Alley, and they head to Percival’s shop to get their stuff back. Everyone except Veronica, who says Percival is free to keep the Hiram painting. They all go to Cheryl’s to burn their polluted possessions.
Except for Jughead, who guards his grandfather’s book and utters the most Jughead-like phrase ever: “I’m not going to burn it because it’s a book. What does Ray Bradbury think?” Why didn’t you return your book to the library, Jug, if you value books so much?!
And with that, Percival’s latest assault comes to a close. We’ve already lost two members to the dark side, and I’m not sure why Percival appears to have a large number of allies. I’m still not sure what Percival’s ultimate purpose is, but if he enjoys exploiting people’s terrible pasts, he’ll have plenty of ammunition in Riverdale.
Riverdale Season 6 Episode 13 Review
Percival knows how to frighten Riverdale. He’s a spider to a fly. In The CW Riverdale Season 6 Episode 13, he played on their worries. And in some hauntings, their dreams. Even if the speed slowed for Percival’s suffering, this chapter was enjoyable. His villain control grows.
“Chapter 108: Ex-Libris” was a fascinating chapter full of frightening shivers and sinister thrills. Nightmares and fears reveal more about characters’ inner influences and beliefs. Even a sixth-season show like Riverdale may benefit from greater character development and backstory.
Thankfully, we got plenty of character growth! Plus, the connections to previous plots helped characters and resolved previous Riverdale issues. The callbacks did a lot to turn Riverdale’s tale around. You knew something was awry when Percival Pickens started collecting personal stuff as collateral. Missing library books are important, but a shotgun nearby gave him away.
His plan to torture the group with the objects was intriguing. He could influence people using something that was already hurting them. The personal touch works best, especially for Riverdale tales. As in Ms. Grundy’s ghost and the cello. This storyline’s progression was a breath of fresh air!
If you told me in 2017 that Riverdale would someday recognise Ms. Grundy’s connection with Archie as “grooming,” I would have laughed. Their romance was intended to look seductive and scandalous in the series. It’s still a huge issue. Remember Archie started seeing Ms. Grundy when he was 15/16. Despite KJ Apa’s abs, they began dating before his sophomore year.
I liked how Archie addressed his past trauma from Ms. Grundy and how it impacted his life. It’s a rare glimpse of his self-awareness, but it’s true and raw. Ms. Grundy’s ghost still plagued him. It influenced his love of music, relationships, and Riverdale High.
The sunglasses were the biggest surprise, not Ms. Grundy’s cello. We hadn’t seen those hearts since Riverdale Season 1 Episode 4. Ms. Grundy’s cello and glasses are unmistakable. Archie needs to grow up and address his past with Ms. Grundy. He made a long-term breakthrough; Riverdale shouldn’t ignore this plot.
Hal was a serial killer; thus there may be a graveyard full of his victims. With Betty’s unresolved history with her father, this twist gave us an intriguing mystery to solve. It wasn’t a tacked-on plot. Those many layers may not even be scratched. Percival’s involvement would’ve made Reggie’s nightmare more sympathetic. Or if he hadn’t teased Veronica about being single. She can be with whomever she wants.
Previously, he appeared upset that his dyslexia had flared up again. Percival’s use of dread made him a more frightening villain than sneaky. Are we surprised he went dark? Not at all. Reggie craves power and enjoys serving as a Big Bad’s henchman. It’s more of a habit.
The same happened to Kevin, who was often tagging along with Percival. Is it surprising Kevin and Percival met? Nope. Affection and romance were the easiest ways to get to Kevin. Plus, he had Percival as his deputy. Taking Kevin’s book simply tipped him over. Kevin and Reggie’s plans are very predictable. But I assume the Big Bad needs more lackeys to get the job done.
Jughead saved the day by locating the replacement books, which was brilliant. His search was the only way to find all the books they needed in Riverdale. Plus, his hands were cursed! He had to act or the sores would have become unbearable.
I think he’ll regret not destroying his grandfather’s book. Burning the objects would’ve cured the curse and cut Percival’s link, Cheryl said. Percival could still manipulate Jughead’s psyche if he didn’t burn it.
Will Jughead die as Tabitha foretold in Riverdale Season 6 Episode 11? That book may presage his demise. Veronica leaving Percival’s artwork may expose her to more spells. She shouldn’t have given him power.
Veronica’s opponents may have been unwittingly given the perfect weapon by Percival. The black widow kiss superpower cuts deep. One peck is enough to do a lot of damage. Reggie beware. Now that he’s on Percival’s side, Veronica may try to seduce him with a lethal kiss. Love and conflict are equal.
What did you think of “Chapter 108: Ex-Libris”?
What is Percival’s next plan for the town? Can Reggie and Kevin be persuaded to turn good? What more is there to learn about Hal?
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