Things are finally coming up Blossom for Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) on Riverdale. After being shipped away for gay conversion in the last episode, Cheryl not only made her grand escape in "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens," but was finally able to find some love too.
Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) realized that if Cheryl was really at a Swiss boarding school, she would have been posting non-stop "parka selfies," but the former queen bee's social media accounts had been silent for days. That was enough to get Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) involved in the chase. A little help from Nana Rose pointed the girls towards the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and they immediately began planning a breakout. (Josie was lost along the way when she found out that Cheryl had been the one sending her creepy gifts because Cheryl's crush had been warped into a strange obsession thanks to Mama Blossom's terrible upbringing).
The breakout not only meant that Cheryl's torture and attempted conversion within the walls of the convent/wayward house was short-lived, but it also proved how much Toni has come to care for the bombshell redhead. The two united with a sweet kiss for all of the nuns to see, and Cheryl fled from that terrible place, finally free to live her life as she chooses — at least for now.
Breaking out and finally finding a trustworthy partner are two really big wins for Cheryl, who has arguably suffered the most throughout the series. Her brother was murdered, her father committed suicide because he was the murderer, Cheryl burned her house down and her mother tried to have her committed. To say that it's been a rough year for Cheryl is a severe understatement.
Sure, Cheryl has played her fair share of manipulative tricks, but high school mean girl antics don't really rack up the karmic points for familial psychological torture. Cheryl has dealt with unspeakable horrors, many of which have probably gone unseen by the Riverdale audience during all of her years in that dark, lonely mansion.
After nearly two seasons of hardship, Cheryl needed this. Toni is finally a person that can see Cheryl and all of her flaws and still accept her for exactly who she is. She's also sure to be more of a dependable source of comfort for Cheryl than the core group of the show. After the stress of seeing Cheryl getting sent away, it's good to see her finally on a path to happiness. Or, you know, Riverdale's version of it at least.
Let's see how long this lasts.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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