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After two miserable weeks without The CW’s Riverdale, the series finally returns tonight. “Chapter Eight: The Outsiders” debuts on Thursday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Read on for a preview of the explosive episode, that takes the Jason Blossom murder investigation on a new path. What’s going to happen now that we know Jason’s jacket is at the home of Jughead’s dad?

The new episode centers on FP Jones’ true identity as a member of the Southside Serpents gang. When Fred Andrews finally starts to build his dream project for the Lodges, his crew mysteriously quits on him. Then, when Archie and his buddies try to help his father, a gang sabotages their work. Everyone, including Archie, thinks the Serpents are to blame, but Jughead’s not so sure. And Jughead is also nervous about what would happen if everyone found out that his dad is a Serpent.

Meanwhile, the Blossom-Cooper rivalry heats up. Betty’s parents want Polly back, but they don’t want her baby, whose father is the murdered Jason Blossom. Cheryl’s parents want the baby, but not Polly. Veronica has the bright idea of having a baby shower, which is a recipe for disaster.

In the show, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has drifted the story away from the traditional Betty-Veronica-Archie love triangle that has dominated Archie Comics since the 1940s. Betty is now in a relationship with Jughead! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aguirre-Sacasa said viwers have to be patient because the love triangle will come back eventually.

“That will always be at the heart of any Archie story,” Aguirre-Sacasa told the magazine. “It’s just finding the right way to play it at the right temperature so you don’t burn it out too fast. You invest in all the characters, and you want them all to be happy — to me, that’s when a love triangle’s at its best, when you want all of the couplings to exist.”

The title for chapter eight, “The Outsiders,” refers to the iconic novel by S.E. Hinton and the 1983 film by Francis Ford Coppola.

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DATE: Thursday, March 30, 2017

TIME: 9 p.m. ET

CHANNEL: The CW. Click here to find your local The CW affiliate and type in your zip code.

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: “Chapter Eight: The Outsiders” – “As Fred (Luke Perry) and his crew are about to start construction he loses his crew, which could put his livelihood in jeopardy. Wanting to help his dad, Archie (KJ Apa) and his friends pitch in to help but after one of them is attacked, the gang comes up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory. With Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) secret revealed, he is worried about how his friends will react. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) suggest throwing Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) a baby shower to make her feel better, but Polly is hesitant knowing how everyone feels. Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray also star. David Katzenberg directed the episode written by Julia Cohen.”

MAIN CAST:
K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom
Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Archie’s father
Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Betty’s mother
Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Veronica’s mother

Guest Stars
Tiera Skovbye as Polly Cooper
Hayley Law as Valerie Brown
Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Jughead’s dad

CREDITS
Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on Archie Comics characters
Executive Producers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Amy Myrold, Jon Goldwater and Sarah Schechter
Produced by Archie Comics, Berlanti Productions, CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television

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