Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode eight of “Riverdale.”
The Sisters of Quiet Mercy originally appeared during the first season of “Riverdale.”
Betty and Jughead learn of the “home for troubled youth” after Betty discovers her parents have been making payments to the home because they sent Polly, Betty’s sister, there.
Since that first appearance, more details and facts about the group home have been revealed, and more characters have been sent to stay at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy.
Alice sends Betty to the home to try and protect her from the Gargoyle King on season three, but the home is not the safest place.
Here’s what we know about the group home.
The group home has a dark past.
On season two, Kevin Keller tells Veronica Lodge and Toni Topaz that the Sisters used to be a distillery during Prohibition. They would smuggle alcohol through underground tunnels. He says the tunnels are now used by kids looking for hookups.
The group home still continues to use corporal, or physical, punishments on the youths. During season two, Betty threatens to expose the Sisters for the “house of horrors that it really is” when she goes to the home looking for information on Mr. Svenson.
Svenson, known as Joseph Conway when he was left as an orphan at the home, later worked as a groundskeeper for them and then became a janitor at Riverdale High. He was thought to be the Black Hood, but it was revealed that he was just used by the real Black Hood, Hal Cooper, as a red herring.
The home is also one of the places that still performs secret conversion therapy.
Polly is sent to the home to have her baby.
On season one, Polly’s parents, Hal and Alice, send her to the home because she is pregnant with Jason Blossom’s baby. Because she is cut off from her family and friends, Polly is unaware of Jason’s death until Betty goes to visit her.
The sisters at the home call Alice to tell her of Betty’s visit. Alice arrives for Betty and Jughead. Polly confronts Alice in the hallway about lying and is dragged away by two men as Alice and Betty tearfully watch. Polly breaks a window and escapes from the Sisters before hiding in her family home.
Alice later reveals to Betty that she went to the Sisters when she was pregnant in high school because both she and Hal disagreed about what to do. Alice says she gave birth to Betty’s brother, Charles, there, and he was put up for adoption.
On season two, Betty learns that Charles was never actually adopted and was kicked out of the home after turning 18.
Cheryl Blossom is forced into the home by her mother, Penelope.
During season two, Penelope takes Cheryl to the home for conversion therapy. Cheryl is kept locked in a small room and is visited by Sister Woodhouse, who says she’s “going to rid you of all those naughty demons.” Cheryl is injected with a needle and told that the “conversion” will begin the next day.
While at the home, Cheryl is forced to do physical labour and “physical therapy” as part of the conversion.
Toni, Betty, and Kevin break into the Sisters of Quiet Mercy through the underground tunnels and help Cheryl escape.
During the flashback episode on season three, Penelope reveals that she grew up as an orphan at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy before being taken home by the Blossom family when she was eight because she had red hair. She was groomed to be Clifford’s eventual wife.
Alice sends Betty to the home.
On season three of the series, Alice sends Betty to the Sisters to “protect” her from the Gargoyle King who attacked the family at home.
Alice tells her that she is going to the Farm with Polly and the twins.
“The Sisters protected me; they protected Polly,” Alice says. “They will watch over you now.”
Sister Woodhouse and two men from the group home forcefully take Betty away.
At the Sisters, Betty is taken to a painting class, but as she sits down, she notices that everyone is painting some form of the Gargoyle King. Betty learns the Gargoyle king has a “chamber” in the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Betty stumbles upon it and sees a girl being dragged out screaming.
She pretends to have a seizure so she can get to the infirmary and steal her own medical file. She reads that she is prescribed Bullio Lapis – essentially Fizzle Rocks in Latin – by an HL. After having witnessed Hiram Lodge bringing something to the group home, Betty assumes he is involved.
When she tries to escape, the Sisters catch her and forcefully give her a dose of Fizzle Rocks. She is then taken to the Gargoyle King’s chambers. Though viewers don’t see what she sees, they do hear her screams. Betty later sees the Gargoyle King in Sister Woodhouse’s office in what appears to be a hallucination.
The Gargoyle King and “Gryphons and Gargoyles” are connected to the home.
During the mid-season finale, Betty gets Ethel to realise that the Gargoyle King inside the home is actually a statue, and what everyone sees is a hallucination brought on by Fizzle Rocks.
The two take Sister Woodhouse hostage and learn that the “Gryphons and Gargoyles” game was created by patients at the youth home to deal with their fear of the statue and visions.
Betty and the youths make a great escape.
When Ethel tries to convince the youths to leave the home by making it part of “G&G,” one girl says they can’t because they will be “punished.” But Ethel tells them to have hope, because there is a “Gryphon Queen” who can save them.
Betty then emerges dressed in a costume similar to that of the king and urges them to leave.
“But what about the king,” the girl asks.
“The king is dead,” Betty says as she tosses the statue’s head onto the ground. “You are all free.”
Everyone excitedly runs out of the home, but as they leave, the town’s sirens blare, signalling the town’s quarantine.
It’s unclear what will happen to all of the teens now.
“Riverdale” returns in January 2019.
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