Ah Riverdale. You seem to thrive on the inherent power of the cringe factor in your episodes. What is it about you that makes us want to shy away? Why do you exist? Why are we getting a season 6? Apparently why did Jughead (Cole Sprouse) Close encounters of the fourth kind? What Happens in Season 6 of Riverdale? What new hell will the episodes bring us?
So which ones Riverdale are the most cringey? What are the ones we just don’t think too hard about? Which one do you want to hide under your bed and never want to think about it again? Here, Riverdale’s episodes are so cringe-worthy that you should probably just avoid them on your next rewatch.
Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black
Is anyone ever happy to see Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) on their screen? Riverdale? Or do you hope this is the episode that will end him for good? Because there are characters who wear out their welcome. For Hiram, it started in season three, tbh. Why else would they do an episode about how amazing and ridiculously overwhelmed he is!
Hiram Lodge finds himself in the middle of the hour in this episode following Archie (KJ Apa) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), who try to get Archie to safety. Betty (Lili Reinhart) learns about Hiram’s Fizzle Rock operation with the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Veronica (Camila Mendes) tries to distance herself from her father, but it won’t be easy for her.
In fact, it’s about how smart and smart Hiram Lodge is, with everyone scrambling after him. You make someone such an unbeatable villain that it’s cheap when they go down. Yes, there are worst episodes with Hiram in Season 5, but oh my, this is the beginning.
Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders
JELLYBEAN WAS THE AUTHOR ?! She did it because she didn’t want her brother to go to college? Or something?!?! There was like a weird cabal of precocious kids simulating murders on VHS and causing terror in the city? Nobody thought that was strange? Everyone was like “yeah that’s fine, JB”. No! No. You put those children in therapy.
Obviously it was a good way to get FP (Skeet Ulrich) out of the series, but there should be some consequences for Jellybean. Someone has to do something to that girl. God! This was such a stupid revelation. The Riverdale kids need therapy. All of them. You come out of the womb in that city and you should automatically get a therapist.
Chapter Twenty: Tale from the Darkside
This is proof that a cringey moment in an otherwise excellent episode can drag the whole house of cards to his ears. There is a vague Chilling Adventures of Sabrina atmosphere in the whole place. Like when you fall into the extra dimensional void within a Waffle House. Two of the three stories are great!
Then we come to Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray). . . that’s when the stuff derails in the itchy city. Josie has a stalker, who turns out to be Cheryl. It’s just so, so cringey on two levels.
One that Cheryl would put someone through after all she’s been through. Second, it kind of falls into the stereotype of an LGBTQ + woman who is crazy. Not a great look anyway. It’s just hard to watch through, especially when the other two-thirds of the episode is really great. Like, wow, big shout.
Chapter Seventy Two: To Die For
The denouement, so to speak, of the Stonewell arc that dominated many Riverdale Season 4. With the Stonewall Kids, essentially the heroes of the story, as they try to prove that Jughead really isn’t dead. Or, well, Donna (Sarah Desjardins) is the way she takes on a Betty-esque role in the affair. Oh boy. It’s rough. It’s hard to see because Donna just loses it on the screen.
Really. It’s the worst kind of cringe episode because it’s absolutely unnecessary. The same terrain will be revamped in the next installment. It just unnecessarily dragged things out, rendering it meaningless in the worst possible way.
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