“Hey there, Juliet.” If you love Bughead – Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones on The CW’s Riverdale – chances are you’ve quoted that Jughead line more than once. Or maybe you’ve used a GIF of Juggie saying those very words to Betty at her bedroom window. Flash-forward to season three: Bughead is on again, but only after being off for a wee bit, with some D-R-A-M-A in between. Whatever your feelings are on this relationship, they’ve come a long way since Betty asked Jughead to help her revive the Blue and Gold newspaper at Riverdale High. Here’s how we got here:
Season 1, episode 3 (“Body Double”):
Not long after Betty gets rejected by Archie on the night of the school dance, she focuses all of her attention to helping solve Jason Blossom’s murder. Her first task: reviving the Blue and Gold student newspaper at Riverdale High. She enlists Jughead – sorry, “Juggie,” as she calls him in this scene – to help with the first assignment, interviewing Dilton Doiley, one of the scouts who found Cheryl Blossom at Sweetwater River after Jason died.
Season 1, episode 5 (“Heart of Darkness”):
Betty and Jughead get ready together at her house for Jason’s memorial. Upon seeing Jughead in a suit (with his signature crown beanie), Betty gives him a ~*look*~.
Once at Thornhill, Betty and Jughead sneak off to look for more clues about Jason’s murder and accidentally run into Nana Rose, who thinks Betty is her sister Polly and reveals Polly and Jason were engaged. This also happens:
Season 1, episode 6 (“Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”):
Betty invites Jughead over for breakfast with her mom Alice, who is suspicious of their guest and can’t stop over pronouncing his name. He helps Betty distract Alice at the breakfast table and TL;DR, this is how they discover Polly has been living at Sisters of Quiet Mercy, a home for troubled youths. Later, at school, when Archie asks what they’re up to and offers to help, Jughead says, “What we’re attempting is a stealth operation, Archie. If we go in there with the entire Scooby Gang, forget it, we’re compromised.” (In other words, Bai, Archie.)
After visiting Polly (and learning that she’s seven months pregnant with Jason’s child), Jughead shows up at Betty’s bedroom window and delivers the “Hey there, Juliet” line. He assures a frantic Betty that she will not become her family. They kiss for the first time but instead of fully enjoying the moment, Betty immediately thinks of searching the car that Jason had stashed for him and Polly when he was alive.
Season 1, episode 7 (“In a Lonely Place”):
Jughead, who now lives in a small closet at school, has a ‘50s style dream about being married to Betty and literally stabbing Archie in the back. When Archie discovers where Jughead’s been sleeping, Jughead cautions him not to tell anyone, “especially not Betty,” which makes Archie suspicious.
Later that day, Jughead squeezes Betty’s shoulder in the common room at school, raising everyone’s eyebrows. When confronted about the moment by Veronica, Betty says, “OK so the past couple of days, I haven’t been in a great place, emotionally, and Jughead was really there for me.” In response, Veronica says she approves.
Jughead walks Betty home that night, in the rain, holding hands. When Betty tells him he “didn’t have to” walk her, he says, “Uh, there’s a killer on the loose, remember? Besides, isn’t this what, you know, what people like us, who have gone through what we’ve gone through, do?” He further assures her that she’s been doing the right thing with Polly; Betty kisses Jughead, thanks him for walking her, and says she’ll call him later.
While at Pop’s for dinner with his dad FP, Archie, and Fred, Jughead is grilled about Betty. “Who is Betty, is that your girlfriend?” FP asks. Before Archie can fully freak out, Jughead changes the subject. Case closed. For now.
Betty and Jughead’s relationship advances another level while at the police station, where Jughead is being questioned about why his fingerprints were found on Jason’s since-torched car. “I know who you are,” Betty tells him in the interrogation room. When he’s released (thanks for lying, Fred), Betty comforts Jughead in front of Archie, Fred, and FP, and Bughead walk away together.
Season 1, episode 8 (“The Outsiders”):
After casually acknowledging that Jughead is in fact her “boyfriend,” Betty throws a baby shower for Polly at the Pembrooke, with some help from Juggie, who says “organizing a baby shower… is totally on my bucket list.”
When all hell breaks loose after Archie shows up with important information that FP is a Serpent, Betty lays down some ground rules for the RMS Bughead. “If we’re gonna be together, I wanna know who you are. All of it,” she says to Jughead. Later, after questioning FP about Jason’s murder, Betty tells Jughead outside the trailer that she believes him no matter what. They kiss.
Season 1, episode 9 (“La Grand Illusion”):
While comforting a crying Betty, who’s upset about Polly living at Thornhill and their parents fighting over The Register newspaper (remember when Alice threw a rock through the office window?), Jughead delivers an inspiring speech to his girlfriend. “Don’t do that, don’t give up,” he says, drying her tears. “Your family is definitely splintering right now but it won’t fall apart because of you. You’re holding them together. You’re so much stronger than all the white noise. You’re stronger than your mother. You’re stronger than your father. you’re holding this family together. So don’t… don’t let go.”
Season 1, episode 10 (“The Lost Weekend”):
After Archie tells Betty it’s Jughead’s birthday, Betty plans a surprise outing for her beau, even though traditionally he spends the day watching a double feature at The Bijou. When she calls FP to invite him out, FP reveals Jughead has never had a birthday party and hates surprises. Clearly not getting all the messages, Betty organizes a surprise “inner circle only” birthday party for Jughead and somehow finds the time to buy a grey sweater featuring a yellow crown on the front.
Ahead of the party, Betty goes to The Bijou with Jughead to watch An American Werewolf in Paris. “I’m all about the beast within,” she says as the lights go down.
An uncomfortable Jughead later walks into his surprise party, which kicks off with Betty singing Happy Birthday while holding a cake. “That was haunting, Betty,” says Jughead, who looks like he’s just seen a ghost. He later tells her, “I’m not normal. I’m not wired to be normal.” Cheryl and 90 percent of the school show up with kegs and the Andrews residence immediately becomes party central.
In the garage, Jughead delivers his now-famous “weirdo” speech to Betty: “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m weird. I’m a weirdo, I don’t fit in, and I don’t want to fit in. Have you ever seen me without this stupid hat on? That’s weird… It’s not just a party. It’s the fact that you don’t know or even care that this is the last thing I would want. You did this for you. To prove something… you’re a great girlfriend. Doesn’t it ever occur to you just how different we are? Like, on a cellular, DNA kind of level. You’re a straight-A student. You’re a cheerleader, for God’s sakes. You’re the perfect girl next door. I’m the damaged, loner outsider from the wrong side of the tracks. Betty, come on. Who are we kidding? We’re on borrowed time. Betty, I’m not one of your projects. OK?”
Before the party gets out of hand, FP tells everyone to go home and advises Jughead not to screw things up with Betty. Bughead reconvene at Pop’s and over milkshakes, Jughead tells Betty, “Sometimes, when people do nice things to me, I short circuit. Maybe I’m not used to it. Maybe I’m scared of getting hurt. Being rejected. For being myself.” Betty comes clean about Dark Betty and her bleeding palms. He clasps her hands into his, kisses them, and they kiss in the booth.
Season 1, episode 11 (“To Riverdale and Back Again”):
Alice invites Jughead and a clean-shaven FP to her house for dinner ahead of Homecoming at Riverdale High. After an uncomfortable grilling session, Betty ends the dinner (and skips peach pie!) and goes to Homecoming with Jughead. Hours later, FP is arrested for Jason’s murder and an angry Jughead leaves Homecoming.
Season 2, episode 18 (“A Night to Remember”):
As the official documentarian for Carrie: The Musical, Jughead films his boo with pride as she rehearses with the cast. Find someone who looks at you the way Juggie looks at Betty in this scene:
At the sight of Midge’s dead body on stage, everyone in the audience panics. Jughead’s first thought: “Betty.”
Season 2, episode 19 (“Prisoners”):
In a throwback to one of the first Bughead outings together (season one, episode six), Betty and Jughead go to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and demand the truth about the connection between Svenson and Betty’s brother. Their somewhat controversial tactic used on Sister Woodhouse (Betty threatens to expose the institution’s secret conversion therapy program that they just tried to use on Cheryl) works. Turns out, Chic is not Betty’s real brother. That’s Charles Smith, who may or may not be dead.
Hearing this news, Alice heads to FP’s trailer to reveal what fans have long suspected – that Charles is his son and that yes, Betty and Jughead share(d) a brother. In a later scene, Betty gets call from the Black Hood, but lies to Jughead and says it’s her dad, aka BH suspect number one. The call eventually leads to Betty delivering him Chic, who, like Charles, may or may not be dead.
Season 2, episode 21 (“Judgment Night”):
After Hal reveals to Betty and Alice that he’s the Black Hood and is arrested by Sheriff Keller, Betty gets a mysterious call from Jughead. “I’m happy to hear your voice,” he says. “I just want you to know that I love you. I’ll never stop loving you. I’ll see you soon.” In the next scene, Jughead hands himself over to Penny Peabody and the Ghoulies to save the Serpents from getting destroyed by Hiram and his money. It’s 30 against one, FYI.
A worried Betty calls FP, who immediately heads to Penny’s hideout to look for his son. Later, when Betty arrives, FP emerges from the bushes with what appears to be a lifeless Jughead, who’s now missing his Serpent tattoo. (Penny likely carved it out of his arm for revenge on what he did to her.) It’s hard to tell from everyone’s faces, but the look on Betty says everything you need to know about Jughead’s condition.
Season 2, episode 22 (“Brave New World”):
Following a rocky seven days for Riverdale fans, the season two finale opens with Betty standing at Jughead’s gravestone. Before everyone weeps again, the show reveals that Jughead was just dreaming and is indeed alive, just a bit bruised up and recovering at the hospital. When he’s reunited with Betty, he apologizes for not being there for her during the Black Hood mess. “I never want to see him again,” she says. “Right now all I care about is you and taking care of my mom, and figuring out how to atone for everything my father did.” Before they go back to snuggling, they agree that they probably should pull out of the student council race.
With Polly and the twins back in town, Bughead briefly babysit Dagwood and Juniper. Understandably, Betty is still torn over the darkness she shares with Hal. “Jug, you think evil can be passed on? [They] were all murderers… is it possible this baby’s going to grow up to be a monster like my father, or like me?” In a line that serves as a sweet throwback to season one, episode six (“Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”), Jughead assures Betty she’ll be fine. “Look at me. I know you. You’re a good person. You might have some darkness, just like me, but you’re not evil. Do you believe that? Do you believe me?”
Before the season ends, the newly crowned Serpent King Jughead asks Betty how she feels “about being my Queen.” This happens during their romantic stay at the “Five Seasons.” When Betty asks if this is a request for her to officially join the Serpents, he jokes that she can take her time and let him know, “like tomorrow at lunch.” The two go back to canoodling as Jughead the narrator prepares fans for the final scene of Archie’s arrest. “It was a foolish question, asked between two people in love, but it didn’t matter, because it would soon be overshadowed by the next day’s cataclysmic event.”