season 2 premiere picked up right where last season left off, with Fred bleeding after being shot at Pop's. But what really happened after that? It took Archie until nearly the end of the episode to tell his friends the truth, but while he was focused on protecting his father in case the shooter came back, the "Angel of Death," as Pop described him, was busy elsewhere.
Here are the best quotes from "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying."
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- Jughead"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, especially not when there's a snake curled up in its limbs."Betty
: "Jughead and I went back to FP's trailer."Alice
: "Oh. Betty, if that beanie-wearing cad defiled you, at least please tell me that you were safe."Betty
: "What? No, Mom, we didn't. I mean, we almost did, but then we were interrupted."Alice
: "Thank God."Betty
: "By the Southside Serpents."Alice
: "Excuse me? By those thugs? Oh, see, I knew that Jughead was gonna follow in FP's criminal footsteps. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, especially not when there's a snake curled up in its limbs. [Betty's phone rings
] If that's Snake Plissken, I want him blocked.""If you keep this up, you're gonna need a superhero name. Like Pureheart the Powerful."Archie
: "Pop Tate called an ambulance and it didn't come so I drove here and, I don't know, maybe I should've waited, maybe I made it worse."Jughead
: "No, dude, are you kidding me? You saved your dad's life. First Cheryl, and now your dad. If you keep this up, you're gonna need a superhero name. Like Pureheart the Powerful.""New Veronica doesn't want to let Archie down."Veronica
: "There are certain things no one does better than Veronica Lodge. Makeovers, party planning, dance-offs, dropping vintage bon mots as if they were bonbons. Conversely, there are things that I'm not good at. Grief, bedside vigils, comforting boyfriends."Betty
: "Okay, well, that's the old Veronica talking." Veronica
: "Old Veronica would've bolted by now. But new Veronica doesn't want to let Archie down.""You look like you're auditioning for a teen reboot of The Shining."
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: "He told me he loved me."Kevin
: "Wait, what? Jughead Jones said 'I love you'? Mr. 'I'm weird, I'm a weirdo --'"Betty
: "And I told him I loved him back. And then things got --"Kevin
: "Complicated. In a 'my boyfriend may be joining the Serpents' kind of way."Kevin
: "Betty, no. No way. I mean, did you learn nothing from me and Joaquin?"Betty
: "Oh, come on, Joaquin was nice."Kevin
: "Yeah, when he wasn't dumping bodies in Sweetwater River or mopping up buckets of blood.""If the Manolo Blahnik fits."Veronica
: "I don't think you're an innocent pawn, Mom. I think you're Daddy's eyes and ears on the ground, calling the shots." Hermione
: "Do you genuinely believe that?"Veronica
: "If the Manolo Blahnik fits.""It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale."
"He wasn't a thief. Over the years, this place has been robbed many times. Bricks through the windows, even, during the riots. I've looked plenty of thugs in the eye, but this man, his goal was something else. Darker. It was like the Angel of Death had come to Riverdale."
- Pop about the man who shot Fred"Just kind of hoping that it means I'll always be close to him, no matter what."
"Facing facts, my dad is going away for a long-ass time. Wearing that jacket and riding his bike, living in the trailer, does mean something. Just kind of hoping that it means I'll always be close to him, no matter what."
- Jughead to Betty"That's why I came back. To protect you."Archie
: "Whether or not Sheriff Keller finds the person who did this or not, you don't have to worry. I'm gonna protect you. Nothing like this is ever gonna happen to you again, I swear it."Fred
: "Son, that's why I came back. To protect you."Riverdale
season 2 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW. Want more news? Like our Riverdale Facebook page.(Images courtesy of the CW)