Archie struggles with the emotional aftermath of the shooting at Pop's diner, as Fred's life hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Veronica's father arrives in Riverdale earlier than expected; and Jughead and Betty question the shooter's true motives after they hear Pop Tate recount the chilling details of the shooting. Season 2 premiere.
Betty leads the charge to save Pop's after learning the diner may be forced to close its doors forever. Meanwhile, the gang becomes concerned for Archie's well being after noticing a string of unusual behavior from him; Jughead tries to find FP a new lawyer; and Veronica finds herself at a crossroads with Hiram and Hermoine when a past betrayal unexpectedly comes to light.
Archie gets frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father's shooter, so he takes matters into his own hands to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram's attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin's attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety.
The mayor calls an emergency town hall meeting to deal with the growing chaos in Riverdale; Betty becomes part of a deepening mystery and keeps parts of it from Jughead; Veronica grows concerned for Archie who is bent on revenge against the person terrorizing Riverdale; tensions between the North and Southside come to a head and lead to an unexpected showdown.
Alice publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register, and Jughead tries to keep the peace; Betty receives an ultimatum that could destroy some of her closet relationships; Hiram and Hermoine court investors for the SoDale open house; Veronica welcomes old friend Nick St. Clair to town, but his plans for a wild night takes an unexpected turn.
Jughead and Archie stop a dangerous alliance between the Serpents and a long-time rival. Betty turns to Veronica for help about the Sugarman. Finally, Cheryl confronts her mother Penelope after a traumatic run-in.
Jughead and Archie's friendship is tested after an unexpected call. Meanwhile, Betty and Veronica investigates someone who might be the Black Hood killer. Elsewhere, Josie's secret admirer takes thigns one step too far.
When Jughead learns that FP is getting released from prison, he and Betty organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation.
After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica uncovers a major secret Hiram has been keeping from her. Fallout from Jughead's encounter with Penny Peabody creates tension between him and FP. Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl takes matters into her own hands after Penelope tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year. Finally, Betty and Archie's vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown.
Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica ensures Hiram and Hermoine that she's still on board with their plans for SoDale. Archie is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram's suspicious business dealings. Betty sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic.
Amidst preparations for the town's annual Picken's Day festivities, Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale's history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram's love of the sport. Meanwhile, Betty unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic, and Veronica and Josie clash as they prepare for their Picken's Day performance.
As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica becomes concerned that Archie, who's agreed to be Hiram's "intern," may be learning too much about her family's secret business dealings. Jughead and FP lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents. Meanwhile, Chic helps Betty deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram's shady inner-circle goes awry.
Betty turns to Jughead for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her. Veronica organizes a face-to-face meeting after tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control. Elsewhere, Archie is forced to make a tough decision after Agent Adams takes things one step too far.
When Hiram suggests that Veronica and Archie head up to their lake house for the weekend, Veronica decides to invite Betty and Jughead to join them. Determined to uncover Hiram's plans for Riverdale, Jughead uses his time at the lake house to press Veronica about what she may know. Back in Riverdale, Cheryl makes a surprising connection with an unlikely friend, while Josie lands in hot water after revealing a secret to Kevin.
After learning that his dad is considering running for mayor of Riverdale, Archie begins to grow concerned that the Lodges may have found their newest pawn in Fred. Meanwhile, Betty becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic's strange behavior and enlists Kevin's help to figure out what Chic is hiding. Finally, Cheryl and Penelope are surprised when they learn that Clifford left a secret will, and Jughead makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram.
In the aftermath of Hiram's newly announced plans for Riverdale, Jughead resorts to drastic measures to voice his opposition. After making her own big announcement, Hermoine's friend Andy Cohen comes to town to lend a hand. Meanwhile, Veronica goes against her parent's wishes to keep a low profile and runs for student council president. Elsewhere, Mary arrives in Riverdale just as tensions between Fred and Archie reach a breaking point. Finally, Cheryl fears that someone is out to get her.
Just as the town's mayoral race gets underway, Riverdale High's own student council election heats up. Archie steps up to help after learning that Hiram's mobster associates have come to Riverdale to stir up some trouble. Meanwhile, things take a dangerous turn for Alice, Betty and Chic when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence. Finally, Toni, Veronica and Josie team up to solve a strange mystery involving Cheryl.
As Riverdale High begins rehearsals for its upcoming production of "Carrie the Musical," the arrival of an ominous letter forces director Kevin to make a difficult decision about the show. Jughead uses his cover as the musical's documentarian to solve the mystery behind the letter. Meanwhile, tensions between Betty and Veronica escalate just as Alice announces she's joining the musical to spend more time with Betty. Elsewhere, Hiram enacts a plan to further drive a wedge between Fred and Archie.
After an incident at Riverdale High leaves the town on edge, Archie leads the charge to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, the reveal of a devastating secret leads to a violent showdown between Chic, Jughead, Betty and Alice. Elsewhere, Veronica takes matters into her own hands when someone from her past comes to town seeking revenge. Finally, Hermoine and Cheryl conspire to take down Sheriff Keller.
As the town's mayoral race between Fred and Hermoine heats up, Hiram sets his sights on a new ally—Sheriff Minetta. Betty turns to Cheryl for help when she has a suspicion about the Black Hood. Meanwhile, the reveal of a dark secret forces Archie and Jughead to try and ease tensions between the Bulldogs and Serpents. Finally, on the eve of the mayoral debate, a mysterious message leaves everyone on edge.
When an incident at the sheriff's station triggers an all-out war between the North and the Southside, Archie and Jughead find themselves in the fight of their lives. Meanwhile Veronica makes a devastating discovery about Hiram, just as someone from his past arrives in Riverdale looking for revenge. Finally, Betty comes face to face with the Black Hood.
The Season 2 finale: With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad's mayoral campaign. Veronica stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram's latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl finalizes her emancipation from her mother, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents. Finally, Betty confronts her darkest demons.