‘Riverdale’ Season 3, Episode 1 Recap: I’m So Here for This Cult Plot

Something is happening on Riverdale this season that’s more exciting than Archie’s abs. No, I’m not talking about Cheryl and Toni’s relationship—though that’s amazing and deserves 20 minutes of screen time per episode, minimum—or anything to do with the Black Hood. (Spoiler alert: It’s Hal Cooper! Except not spoiler alert because even the most casual viewers called that back in November 2017.) I’m talking, of course, about the cult storyline teased during the season two finale. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

You remember it, right? Shaken up by the realization her husband is a masked murderer, Alice Cooper decides to meet Edgar Evernever, leader of “The Farm,” a spiritual group that her daughter Polly joined in the second season. We don’t know much about “The Farm,” except it more or less caused Polly to cut out Alice and Betty from her life completely. She returns to her mom and sister at the end of season two, though, to convince them to join “The Farm.”

And she’s halfway successful. In the season three premiere, we learn that Alice is all about “The Farm.” Her hair is different. She’s talking different. She even thinks it’s a good idea for Betty to burn her diaries because, according to Edgar, they’re keeping her in the past when she needs embrace the future. Betty’s attitude toward Polly, her mom, and “The Farm” can basically be summed up with this GIF:

All Betty wants to do is ride in Archie’s weird jalopy and swim in some dirty pond, but nope, Alice and Polly are determined to convert her to “The Farm.” They do a little digging and find out Betty’s been lying about seeing a therapist and is forging Adderall prescriptions (???) as a post-Black Hood coping mechanism. Obviously, Betty wants nothing to do with them when they confront her about this, so she storms off, makes out with Jughead a ton, and returns to the most bonkers scene in Riverdale history.

“The Farm” has convened in Betty’s backyard and is doing a seance that involves Alice dropping Polly’s twins in a fire. Betty then sees the twins shoot up in the air—as if they’re flying—before she collapses into a seizure. That’s literally how the episode ends. I know! What the hell? Was this real? Was it a hallucination?

“That is the exact question that Betty is trying to figure out in the second episode,” Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells Glamour about this jaw-dropping ending. “‘What did I see? What part of that is real? Was all of it real? Even if it was a hallucination, where did it come from? What caused the seizure?’ There’s so many things to unpack, and very soon other people are also seeing crazy things.”

“We love urban legends like the Slender Man and stuff like that, so we wanted to tell a really creepy and twisted cult or satanic murder story, so we did a lot of research about cults and we looked at a lot of stuff like that,” Aguirre-Sacasa says in regards to “The Farm’s” origin. “Season one we did a more traditional murder mystery, season two we did a more traditional serial killer, so [now] we wanted to do something a little darker and more twisted this season.”

If you’re thinking, “Wow, this sounds way more interesting than any time Jughead’s appeared on screen ever,” you’re exactly right. This cult plot line is, hands down, the greatest thing to happen to Riverdale since it made Cheryl an Olympic archer. The above synopsis is just a small taste of the true insanity that unfolds during the premiere.

If only the episode focused more on it. Unfortunately, we still have to put up with a storyline involving Jughead going across Ghoulie lines (groan) to rescue the Serpents’ dog . We also have to deal with his narration and the fact that he wears the same white tank top in basically every scene. Thankfully, the cult narrative is potent enough to make even the most ridiculous Jughead line bearable.

There are seriously so many directions this story can go. Alice and Polly could force Betty to join “The Farm” against her will, only for Shirtless Archie and Bow-and-Arrow Cheryl to rescue her. Or what if Betty puts on her black wig, murders Edgar, and Veronica helps her dispose of the body? And then Betty returns the favor by helping Veronica take out Hiram Lodge! Murder! It’s the bread and butter of Riverdale!

Actually, wait, I know exactly how this plot should unfold: Betty joins “The Farm,” likes it, and Cheryl has to come in with her vicious, vicious words and bring her back to reality. Just throw in Hot Sheriff Keller randomly lifting weights, and you have the best parts of Riverdale all in one narrative. Fingers crossed Jughead’s scowling plays second fiddle to this all season. It’s what we deserve.

Riverdale airs Wednesday nights at 8 P.M. ET on The CW.

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Madelaine Petsch on ‘Riverdale’ Season 3, Cheryl’s Serpent Style, and More

On Riverdale, Cheryl Blossom is the girl you don’t want to f*ck with. She won’t just stab you in the back, she’ll shoot an arrow through it—while wearing a fabulous archery cape nonetheless. But on the phone Madelaine Petsch is (perhaps unsurprisingly) more akin to Good Betty. You can tell in her voice that she’d do practically anything for the rest of the crew. In fact, she and Lili Reinhart (a.k.a. actual Betty) are such good friends, they even squeeze each other zits. “Lili used to pop my pimples—seriously,” says Petsch. “That might be a little bit of TMI, but whatever. We’re all really close.”

Over the past year, the two have been open books when it comes to their skin troubles. Reinhart’s gotten deeply personal on how her acne gave her a form of body dysmorphia, while Petsch has used her platform as a spokeswoman for Bioré to discuss her struggles with cystic acne.

It’s certainly not all heavy though—and just as Petsch can toe the line between playing a high school mean girl and young women broken by her family’s toxic past, she can navigate a conversation on everything from unrealistic beauty ideals to kombucha. Ahead of tonight’s season three premiere, we caught up with the actress to talk Riverdale, Serpent Cheryl, and have her answer all our Big Beauty Questions.

Glamour: We know Cheryl and Toni Topaz spent the summer on a motorcycle road trip together. We’re curious: What do you think they got up to during it?

MP: I think they went and tore up the town. We’ve been talking a lot about Cheryl’s innocence, and I think she’s still very much getting used to having a girlfriend. I’m sure they had a wonderful trip together. But they’re coming back to Riverdale with a vengeance. They’re ready to show the world that they’re happy together. Which I love. When we started season one, Cheryl was in such a positive place. Last season was really tough for her.

Glamour: How do you personally want to see Cheryl’s relationship shake out?

MP: I never want them to break up. I just think they’re the best. I don’t know if that’s a weird thing to say, because of course it’s more interesting to keep things shifting. But the beautiful thing I’ve noticed is that Cheryl has grown so much just having known Toni for those last eight episodes [of season two]. Toni’s helped Cheryl show such a vulnerable, beautiful, open side of her. And now that Cheryl has that vault open, I don’t want it to ever be closed. I think if she and Toni ever broke up, Cheryl would become a monster. If people thought she was bad at the beginning of season one, Cheryl would be a nightmare. Think about this: This is the first time she’s ever been in love again after her mom called her “deviant” and kicked her love out of the house and out of her life. Cheryl’s been pushing this down for so long, she’s finally letting herself live her truth. This is such a big moment for her still. I think she’s very excited about it. And you come into season three seeing her in a really positive and strong relationship, which I think is so important for them.

Glamour: Hide all the bows! You don’t want Cheryl angry.

MP: Well, there’s definitely more archery this season…

Glamour: Riverdale often uses hair and makeup to show character development. Now that Cheryl is a Serpent, will that change her look at all?

MP: We spent a lot of time talking about her look this season because I didn’t want Cheryl to lose how distinct she is in her fashion and herself. I think a lot of times in high school, girls—and guys—get so into their relationship that they stop hanging out with friends and stop being themselves. And then they have that moment of identity crisis because they’ve been so invested. I just don’t want Cheryl to lose her sense of self. I’m hoping—and it hasn’t so far—that her style won’t evolve too much. She is definitely adding some edgier elements though; like a snake print here or there.

But for the most part, Cheryl is still that strong, girly, fashionable person. She just has a leather jacket on more often and has added one notch of edge to her style. I’m not mad at it.

Glamour: Both you and Lili have talked openly about your struggles with acne. What’s been the most surprising thing since you’ve opened up about it?

Madelaine Petsch: As soon as I opened my mouth about it, about 100 other people started staying they have the same issues too. You know, skin is a weird thing because I feel like everyone deals with a breakout here or there and can relate to that. The beautiful thing is that I’m on a show with a bunch of people who openly talk about everything. We all talk about our skin struggles. It’s pretty tough to be on camera when you have a big zit on your face. You have to work on making that be not the only thing you’re thinking about.

Glamour: What’s one thing you’ve learned about skin care in the past year that you didn’t know before?

MP: My skin has surprisingly changed a lot in the past year. Especially now in Vancouver, where we shoot Riverdale. The city has such extreme weather. And then I’ll travel to L.A. where it’s sunny. My skin will go from really dry to really oily, so I’m learning how to balance that out depending on which city I’m in. I didn’t realize it, even though I should have, that the environment you’re in has an affect on your skin—even the water you’re washing your face with.

Glamour: What have you been doing regimen-wise to adjust for that?

MP: Bioré has both a baking soda line and a charcoal line. So depending on how my skin is feeling that day, I’ll tailor which line I go for. When I’m feeling really oily, the charcoal is amazing. It just sucks all the congestion out of there, and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed. And the baking soda is great because it’s a lot more gentle on your face, but it still gets the job done.

Glamour: What are the things you never forget to bring with you when you’re on set?

MP: I always bring a kombucha or a green smoothie depending on what time of day it is. The smoothie is for breakfast, the kombucha if it’s lunch. And then I’ve always got my laptop, phone charger, and a couple different protein bars depending on my mood. And then, that’s really it. We’ve got Netflix in our trailer, which is amazing. I also do a lot of video editing for my YouTube channel during our downtime.

Glamour: What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?

MP: If I’m in L.A., every morning no-fail, I’ll make sure I wake up at least an hour before I have to be anywhere. I’ll get up, get my coffee, and then get back in bed and will just scroll through my YouTube explore page and watch whatever I find on there. I do that for at least 40 minutes. My me time is the morning. It’s the only time that I can truly control. And then if I’m in Vancouver, I don’t have as much downtime as I do in L.A. It’s very go, go, go. So usually my me time is after work. I’ll take a bath with a bath bomb and light a bunch of candles.

Glamour: You have $20 and free range of a drugstore. What do you buy?

MP: This is going to be such a boring list. Hmmm… I’m always out of cotton rounds—the flat, circular ones. I use so many of them to take off my makeup. Maybe, like, four a night? I got to get it all off. I’d probably also get a big jug of water. And maybe some vitamins? That could be exciting. And, if you go to the right drugstore, they’ll have one of those Seen on TV sections, which really is such a weird thing to have in a drugstore. But that’s where you’ll find me. If there’s a Shark Tank product, nine times out of ten I’ll buy it. I’ll bring it home and only use it one time, but that’s fine.

Glamour: What’s one beauty lesson you’ve borrowed from Cheryl?

MP: I was always really afraid to go big with my makeup. I think because my hair was red, I had this idea that I had to play it safe. But playing Cheryl’s made me realize that you can go all out and have fun with your makeup. I wear, like, pink eyeshadow half the time [on the show]. I always thought that’d make me look over the top or crazy, but it actually looks really cool the way that we do it.

Glamour: Cheryl does a red lip so well. But I’m curious about what you’re personally into right now.

MP: I’ve had pretty much the same color on my lips for the last three years. If I’m going to wear any lipstick, it’s a mauve-nude. And most of the time, I don’t even do that anymore. I’ll put on a lip balm, and I’m happy. My favorite at the moment is this rose lip balm from By Terry that comes in a little jar. I’m obsessed with anything rose. I keep it with me everywhere I go.

Glamour: What’s your favorite emoji?

MP: I use the red heart ❤️and the beating pink heart ?the most. I’m very mushy with my friends and my family.

Glamour: Your house is burning down! What are the three skin care products you bring with you?

MP: Well, of course my dog is in one hand. And then in the other, I’d have my pore strips, my charcoal micellar water—which is a god send—and I’d grab my lip balm, because I can’t go anywhere without that.

Glamour: If there’s one thing you could change about beauty perceptions, either on social media or in Hollywood, what would that be?

MP: Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, emotions, everything. There are so many different kinds of beauty in the world and the problem that we’re finally starting to crack the surface of in Hollywood is that there is more than one standard. I grew up thinking I had to look the way women did on magazines, and I don’t want kids growing up now thinking that way too because of social media. We have to start shifting gears in our heads.

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Best Shopping Bags: The Newest Handbag Trend is Oversized

Large bags have gotten a bad rep: You overpack, you schlep, you can’t find anything inside… They’ll cause you to breathlessly explain to everyone you see, “Ah! Sorry for all of this stuff.” It takes up an extra seat at restaurants. It’s the reason you’ve saved every receipt you didn’t know you had.

That might explain why fashion rallied behind those super-cute mini bags that can really only fit some credit cards, a tub of lipstick and maybe, if you’re lucky, your iPhone—but definitely not the plus. The most popular one was by French designer Jacquemus, which was six centimeters tall and ten wide. It’s so cute, it’ll initially make you squeal… before inevitably making you scream when you realize there are so many things you need to carry that there’s no room for. But for Spring 2019, Jacquemus appears to have done a 180: At his most recent Paris Fashion Week show, he debuted the exact opposite—totes that were large, spacious, and perfect for emptying the entire contents of your life into.

Jacquemus wasn’t the first to indulge a love for over-packing: Proenza Schouler, Maison Margiela, and Jil Sander have all released large shoulder and tote handbags within the past year, having models tuck them under their arms or wear just one strap on their shoulder so that the other flails in the wind. Being a lady with lots of things is nothing to be ashamed of.

So go ahead and get ready to carry everything you own and see below for the best large handbags, in order of how much stuff they can actually fit.

Best Shopping Bags: The Newest Handbag Trend Is Oversize

Large bags have gotten a bad rep: You overpack, you schlep, you can’t find anything inside…. They’ll cause you to breathlessly explain to everyone you see, “Ah! Sorry for all of this stuff.” It takes up an extra seat at restaurants. It’s the reason you’ve saved every receipt you didn’t know you had.

That might explain why fashion rallied behind those supercute mini bags that can really only fit some credit cards, a tube of lipstick, and maybe, if you’re lucky, your iPhone—but definitely not the plus. The most popular one, by French designer Jacquemus, was six centimeters tall and 10 centimeters wide. It’s so cute, it’ll initially make you squeal…before inevitably making you scream when you realize there are so many things you need to carry that there’s no room for. But for spring 2019, Jacquemus appears to have done a 180: At his most recent Paris Fashion Week show, he debuted the exact opposite—totes that were large, spacious, and perfect for dumping the entire contents of your life into.

Jacquemus wasn’t the first to indulge a love for overpacking: Proenza Schouler, Maison Margiela, and Jil Sander have all released large shoulder and tote handbags within the past year, having models tuck them under their arm or wear just one strap on their shoulder so that the other flails in the wind. Being a lady with lots of things is nothing to be ashamed of.

So go ahead and get ready to carry everything you own—see below for the best large handbags, in order of how much stuff they can actually fit.

The True Story Behind A Star Is Born’s Final Scene Will Make You Cry All Over Again

Warning: Spoilers for A Star Is Born ahead!

The final scene in A Star Is Born—in which Lady Gaga sings the powerful ballad “I’ll Never Love Again”—is more than enough to have anyone sobbing into their popcorn. But in case the movie didn’t leave you gutted enough, the real-life tragedy that occurred in Gaga’s life the same day she filmed the heartbreaking scene will have you crying all over again.

In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Gaga revealed that while she was on set getting ready to shoot, she received news that one of her closest friends, Sonja Durham, was nearing the end of her battle with stage IV cancer. “On that day my friend Sonja—who had been battling cancer for years—her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga said. “And I thought she was dying, so I left the set.”

The pop star says she didn’t even tell costar and director Bradley Cooper that she had left. “I just got in my car and started driving and I missed her by 10 minutes,” she said.

Gaga shared that she laid with Sonja’s son and husband, and consulted her friend’s widower about whether she should return to set. “He said, ‘You’ve gotta do what Sonja would want you to do,'” Gaga recalled. “She gave me a tragic gift that day and I took it with me to set, and I sang that song for Jackson and for her on that very same day within an hour.”

When she returned to set, she said, Cooper was kind and supportive in the wake of her loss. “Bradley was so beautiful with me that day, he was so loving. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it too many times, it’s OK.’ And, I was like, ‘All I wanna do is sing, man,'” she said.

And so Gaga stepped in front of the camera and sang lyrics that had suddenly become even more poignant than they already are in the context of the film. “Wish I could, I could have said goodbye/ I would have said what I wanted to, maybe even cried for you/ If I knew it would be the last time/ I would have broke my heart in two/ Tryin’ to save a part of you,” she sings, per Genius.

In the interview, Gaga continued, “Life is hard, man, but we’ve gotta stick together. What’s more important than any of this, the fame, the accolades? What’s important is the process of love and kindness. I think the star of this film is human courage, bravery.”

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The True Story Behind the Final Scene of ‘A Star Is Born’ Will Make You Cry All Over Again

Warning: Spoilers for A Star Is Born ahead!

The final scene in A Star Is Born—in which Lady Gaga sings the powerful ballad “I’ll Never Love Again”—is more than enough to have anyone sobbing into their popcorn. But in case the movie didn’t leave you gutted enough, the real-life tragedy that occurred in Gaga’s life the same day she filmed the heartbreaking scene will have you crying all over again.

In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Gaga revealed that while she was on set getting ready to shoot, she received news that one of her closest friends, Sonja Durham, was nearing the end of her battle with stage IV cancer. “On that day my friend Sonja—who had been battling cancer for years—her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga said. “And I thought she was dying, so I left the set.”

The pop star says she didn’t even tell costar and director Bradley Cooper that she had left. “I just got in my car and started driving and I missed her by 10 minutes,” she said.

Gaga shared that she laid with Sonja’s son and husband, and consulted her friend’s widower about whether she should return to set. “He said, ‘You’ve gotta do what Sonja would want you to do,'” Gaga recalled. “She gave me a tragic gift that day and I took it with me to set, and I sang that song for Jackson and for her on that very same day within an hour.”

When she returned to set, she said, Cooper was kind and supportive in the wake of her loss. “Bradley was so beautiful with me that day, he was so loving. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it too many times, it’s OK.’ And, I was like, ‘All I wanna do is sing, man,'” she said.

And so Gaga stepped in front of the camera and sang lyrics that had suddenly become even more poignant than they already are in the context of the film. “Wish I could, I could have said goodbye / I would have said what I wanted to, maybe even cried for you / If I knew it would be the last time / I would have broke my heart in two / Tryin’ to save a part of you,” she sings, per Genius.

In the interview, Gaga continued, “Life is hard, man, but we’ve gotta stick together. What’s more important than any of this, the fame, the accolades? What’s important is the process of love and kindness. I think the star of this film is human courage, bravery.”

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11 Non Toxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately

In the world of beauty, the word “toxins” has lost most meaning. Same with “non-toxic,” because the two words don’t have concrete, universal definitions. With nail polish, however, ingredients are becoming slightly more transparent. Brands have started to take note about the use of potentially harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (the “big three”), along with others like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene. When a formula is free of those additives, that’s when you’ll see three-, five-, seven-, eight-, or nine-free written on the label. And while being cognizant of using safe(r) products is important, the trade-off shouldn’t be a disappointing non-toxic nail polish experience. Happily, it no longer is. Glamour‘s staff got down to testing a spate of chic, thoughtful formulas, and came away impressed with the below.

11 Nontoxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately

In the world of beauty, the word toxins has lost most of its meaning. Same with nontoxic, because the two words don’t have concrete, universal definitions. With nail polish, however, ingredients are becoming slightly more transparent. Brands have started to take note about the use of potentially harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (the “big three”), along with others like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene. When a formula is free of those additives, that’s when you’ll see three-, five-, seven-, eight-, or nine-free written on the label. And while being cognizant of using safe(r) products is important, the trade-off shouldn’t be a disappointing nail polish experience. Happily, it no longer is. Glamour‘s staff got down to testing a spate of chic, thoughtful formulas, and came away impressed with the ones below.

Kylie Jenner Looks So Much Like Kris Jenner With This Pixie, It’s Crazy

One of the many things the Kardashian-Jenner family is famous for is their constant hair changes, whether that’s a dye job, wig, or $8,000 extensions. The latest sister to change her hair though drew some inspiration from close to home.

Yesterday, Kylie ripped some sort of hole in the Jenner time-space continuum when she FaceTimed her mom wearing, a wig that looks exactly like Kris’s iconic pixie. She shared the whole thing to her Instagram Story with the caption, “obsessed with you @krisjenner.” On anyone else, a lookalike wig and the word “obsessed” could ring a little too Fatal Attraction. But it’s just another day in the Jenner universe. And you’ve got to admit, the two do look alike.

It’s not even just the hair—from the round cheeks to the studded earrings to those sly “I’m a billionaire” smiles, the resemblance is uncanny. Of course, that makes sense, since they are mother and daughter. Now we’re just waiting for Kris to get her Kylie-inspired revenge and show up on Instagram in waist-length pink or blue hair.

Kylie Jenner Wore a Kris Jenner Pixie Cut on Instagram 1

PHOTO: kyliejenner/Instagram Stories

Kylie Jenner Wore a Kris Jenner Pixie Cut on Instagram 2

PHOTO: kyliejenner/Instagram Stories

Knowing how much Kylie loves to switch up her look, she may be just a few snips away from going full Kris. At least now we know she’d look just as good as a momager as she already does as a mom.

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Ted Mosby From *How I Met Your Mother* Is Meredith Grey’s Love Interest This Season

McDreamy is officially so 2015. As first reported by People, Josh Radnor—perhaps best known for playing Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother—has joined Grey’s Anatomy as a new love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s character, Meredith Grey.

Details of his role are being kept under wraps, but ABC was nice enough to give us a few clues about his arrival: He and Meredith get set up on a “hot” blind date by friends in an episode that will air October 11. The network hasn’t specified whether or not Radnor will be sticking around for more than one episode, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Radnor, as you probably know, spent nine seasons as the beleaguered architect/college professor Ted Mosby on HIMYM, in which his quest to find his children’s “mother” was recounted years later to his children. He has since headlined the period drama Mercy Street and the musical drama Rise, but both were met with quick cancellations.

As for Pompeo, she’s hinted in a recent interview that when her current Grey’s contract expires—at the conclusion of season 16—she might leave the show to explore other career opportunities. “I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any kind of formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell. It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change,” she explained. “I think I’ve had an amazing training. I’ve had a master class in producing these last 14 years. I know every aspect of making a television show. Producing and directing is where I’m challenged and where I’m learning. It’s more interesting to me because it’s a skill I haven’t mastered yet.”

While sad, we can’t wait to see what she does next, should she indeed choose to leave. And in the meantime, we’re looking forward to her latest coupling.

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