The episode Riverdale we all feared is here as the cast and crew say goodbye to a beautifully modest tribute episode of Luke Perry.
Yes, precious little of Riverdale is featured in Season 4 premiere, though Cheryl chats at Jason's body over morning tea and gently warns Jughead on "Unbearable Smurf". The city prepares for the Smurf The first parade on July 4th for years, and Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead are planning a camping trip before last year. (Jughead even jokes about Archie's close encounter with a bear.) But the joke stops when Archie gets a call: his face goes ashen and he falls to his knees.
m.p. is the one who brings the bad news to Archie and his mother Mary: Fred drove home and stopped to help someone whose car had stopped … when he was hit and killed by another passing car. A stunned Archie mourns with his mother before sharing stories about Fred's good deeds with his friends in the backyard ̵
Archie lands in front of the driver's door – a guy named George Augustine – and pushes him against the wall as soon as he opens the door, shouting at him to shut up. An apologetic George tries to call him "son," but Archie interrupts him: "They took away the only man who could call me that." However, they are interrupted by Georges youthful son Jeffrey, who confesses in tears: He was the one driving at the time. He took the car without asking, and he does not even have a driver's license. He makes an apology and when he and his father hug each other, Archie realizes: George only protected his son … just as Fred would have done. So Archie lets go of his anger and brings Fred's body home to welcome a real hero. (Thanks Cheryl.) At the funeral, Josie sings "Amazing Grace" and Archie holds a touching eulogy reminiscent of a fourth of July that leaked out, so Fred bought one a few firecrackers and they set fire to them in the backyard. "He's the biggest man I've ever known," says Archie, confident that Fred's ghost will live on in Riverdale. (Hiram paid gallantly for the entire funeral, and we also see Betty spending a private moment on her father Hal's ruined tombstone.) Jughead writes Fred's obituary and calls him "our knight in flannel armor," and the gang celebrates Fred's life another firework in the backyard of Archie. Archie swears to keep his father's memory alive every day … and in a final scene, he walks alone through the garage – where Fred is soundproofing the walls so he can play his music and help him fix his jalopy – and breaks down in tormented sobs. The episode ends with a title card: "In Loving Memory: Luke Perry, 1966-2019."
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