- Over the years there have been a few strange, seemingly unexplainable moments and inconsistencies on The CW’s “Riverdale.”
- Based on exterior shots, it doesn’t seem like Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper actually live next to each other, even though they are supposed to.
- Cheryl Blossom and Jason Blossom are twins but they are not in the same grade.
- Many other plot points either don’t factually make sense in the fictional world of “Riverdale” or else ignore real-world solutions entirely.
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With a show like The CW’s “Riverdale,” it can be difficult to execute major storylines without letting a few things slip through the cracks.
And when TV shows leave questions unanswered or leave major plot holes open, eagle-eyed viewers have no problem taking to the internet to air their frustrations and discuss these perplexities.
Here are some inconsistencies and minor plot holes on “Riverdale” that you might not have noticed.
Warning: Major “Riverdale” spoilers ahead.
Betty Cooper doesn’t actually seem to live next door to Archie Andrews.
On “Riverdale,” Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews are childhood friends and one of the major tenants of their relationship is that they’d grown up living next to each other.
But based on footage of the homes “Riverdale” has shown viewers, it doesn’t seem possible that these two friends live next to each other.
If you look at the establishing shots of the Andrews’ house, their home is yellow and it is between a grey house and a blue house. On the other hand, the Coopers’ home is white and is only located next to a light-green house that, evidently, does not belong to the Andrews family.
Plus, because of how Betty can directly see into Archie’s window, it also wouldn’t really make sense if their houses were back-to-back.
Cheryl Blossom and Jason Blossom are twins but they are not in the same grade.
On the first episode of “Riverdale,” Veronica, Archie, and Betty discuss how they are all about to be sophomores at Riverdale High.
Over the course of the season, viewers learn that Cheryl is in the same class as Veronica, Archie, and Betty, which seems to signify that she is also a sophomore.
Later, viewers learn that Cheryl’s missing twin brother Jason is in the same class as Betty’s older sister, Polly. Since Jason and Cheryl are twins, some viewers don’t think it makes sense they’d be in different grades.
Some also speculate that Cheryl is older than Veronica, Archie, and Betty – she just happens to share classes with them.
In one episode, Veronica snaps her necklace, spilling pearls everywhere. In reality, her necklace probably would not break like that.
On episode nine of season one, Veronica breaks her signature pearl necklace with just a simple tug. When it breaks, all of the pearls spill onto the floor.
In reality, if Veronica ripped off her pearl necklace it probably wouldn’t have sent pearls flying – chances are it would have plopped onto the ground in one piece.
Most pearl necklaces actually have small knots tied in the chain between each pearl to prevent the necklaces from breaking so easily and to stop the pearls from touching each other, because when pearls touch they can look more worn and discolored over time.
The famous syrup-tapping ceremony doesn’t seem to occur during the correct time of year.
The beginning of season one is the start of the school year, which is typically around September for most high schools in the US. And since Jughead’s birthday is on October 2 and it is celebrated during episode 10, viewers can assume the show’s first season takes place between September and early November.
Based on this, episode nine should take place sometime between September and the start of October.
During this episode, the Blossom family’s annual maple-syrup tapping ceremony takes place in the snow-covered town of Riverdale.
Throughout the ceremony, a lot of sap flows from the tree – but it wouldn’t actually be possible for so much sap to flow from a tree in the fall.
Generally, sap begins running from maple trees when winter ends, typically in the spring when temperatures are consistently above freezing.
There’s real-life legislation that may have prevented Jughead from having to switch schools during season one.
During season one, Jughead was sent to live with a foster family on the Southside after his father got arrested. Because of this, he had to switch schools and transfer from Riverdale High to Southside High.
But, assuming the town of Riverdale is located in the US, Jughead might have been able to stay enrolled in Riverdale High – or he could have at least argued the decision to switch schools.
In the real world, part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act might have prevented Jughead from having to switch schools due to a change of housing.
According to the act, students without consistent housing are entitled to continue to attend the school where they were last enrolled at the time of their previous permanent residency.
In addition, the United States’ Every Student Succeeds Act offers some protections for individuals like Jughead who are in foster care.
Under this act, students can stay enrolled at their original school if it is in their best interest.
Penelope Blossom was severely burned in a house fire but her skin looked unscathed a few episodes later.
At the end of season one, Penelope was badly burned in a house fire and she spent the beginning of season two covered in bandages.
A few episodes later, Penelope’s face was uncovered and it had no scars and her eyebrows were perfectly intact.
Some fans have pointed out that since Penelope’s body and face were so badly burned in the house fire, it seems unlikely she would have healed so quickly and smoothly.
On the show, the only evidence she was ever burned is the black glove she now wears to cover the scars on one of her arms.
Even the actress who plays Penelope Blossom, Nathalie Boltt, felt her character healed a bit too fast.
“In my view, I recovered a little quickly from the burns. I would have liked to be like the Hound on ‘Game of Thrones,’ like if half my face really had just been left burned and melted,” the actress told E! News in 2018.
Many fans theorise that the burns are gone because it would have been too expensive and time-consuming to create faux burns on the actress’s face for each episode.
Even though Jughead called Betty from a payphone, she somehow knew it was him before he even spoke.
On season one, episode 13, Jughead called Betty from a payphone from inside of Southside High. When Betty answered the phone, she immediately knew who was on the other line.
She picked up the phone and said, “Hey, where are you? Have you been getting my messages?” before Jughead even said a word, but how could she have known who was calling her?
She did glance at her phone’s screen before picking it up, but it wouldn’t have said Jughead’s name anyway – payphones typically just list a state name and phone number, or simply “Payphone” as the caller ID.
That being said, she may have been expecting a call from Jughead which is why she assumed it was him so quickly.
When the Black Hood calls Betty from a blocked number, they have their own special ringtone.
And when a phone number is blocked or unknown, the person calling cannot be the one originating the custom ringtone.
To make a custom ringtone for calls, the phone owners themselves must create a special distinction in their settings.
Betty herself would have had to assign the “Lollipop” ringtone to all unknown callers prior to receiving the first threatening call.
Hal Cooper is the Black Hood, but the actor who plays Hal Cooper has never even worn the Black Hood’s mask.
At the end of season two, the identity of the Black Hood is revealed to be none other than Hal Cooper, Betty’s father.
Prior to the reveal, many speculated that the Black Hood was Hal, but weren’t convinced because Hal’s eyes were not the same as the Black Hood’s.
These eagle-eyed fans were right – the person behind the Black Hood’s mask wasn’t technically Hal. It was a stunt actor.
“I’ve never worn the Hood. I’ve never put it on. It’s funny to me when people put my face next to the Hood and they’re like, ‘It’s Hal for sure! It’s exactly him,'” the actor who plays Hal, Lochlyn Munro, told Entertainment Weekly in 2018. “I don’t know how people think that’s me, but that’s a stunt actor playing all of that stuff as the Hood.”
Even though she sent her there, Penelope Blossom didn’t seem to care when her daughter escaped from the Sisters Of Quiet Mercy.
During season two, Penelope Blossom sent her daughter Cheryl to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy for gay conversion therapy.
After a few days, Toni, Veronica, and Kevin rescued Cheryl from the group home and Cheryl went back to her mother.
Although many viewers thought Penelope would be angry, Penelope doesn’t do anything to try to make Cheryl go back or further punish her – the show’s plot continues like Cheryl’s time in the home never happened.
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