13 Riverdale Easter Eggs and Pop Culture References from Midnight Club Flashback Episode

This post contains spoilers for Riverdale episode, "Chapter Thirty Five: Midnight Club."

The long-awaited flashback of Riverdale, who found our teens play younger versions of their parents, have officially come and gone. Thanks to Alice's story, Betty is now one step closer to solving the Gargoyle King's mystery. She only has a slight problem: Jughead seems to be too involved in Gryphons and Gargoyles to even remember why he entered the game in the first place (to save future Riverdale teens from dying to find out why Ben Button was hoping for to name a few). I mean, he is convinced he will "meet" Gargoyle King. Sounds familiar?

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Breakfast Club


Obviously, the triumph of the episode in all pop culture references shows that runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa sprinkled all the time, from the 80's, pop to yes, even the opening credits, all under the warm, comforting blanket of Breakfast Club (which of course recorded Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie's mother Mary). Although it is worth noting that the hose jacket has always been the same, because the ormlivet has always been nice and leathery, I suppose …

Below are some of the Easter eggs you may have missed from "The Midnight Club", including some cheeky Riverdale throwbacks.

1. Anthony Michael Hall is Principal Featherhead. If you have seen Breakfast Club, you know Hall is Brian Johnson, whose essay – you've tried to recite a few times – beautifully books the movie. And just like the movie, Featherhead assigns a 1000 essay to the group.

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2. Cole Sprous young FP is definitely, maybe a tribute to Skeet Ulrich's Scream character. It is unclear if this was intentional, but the fat bang brings me back.

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Later on the episode, young FP sports a white tee. If it's not Billy Loomis, give me a chalice of the blue stuff from Gryphons and Gargoyles.

3. "Winona had Johnny." When Alice sets up the scene for Betty, she reveals that the parents first played Gryphons and Gargyoles in their junior high school. "Phones had chords, Winona had Johnny, and everything smelled like a teenager," she said, referring to Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp's explosive three-year relationship and a Nirvana classic. Fan, Alice was so cool.

4. The title card for this section is a gentle node to Saved by the clock and other sitcoms from late-80s. Unlike the lifetime of Zack Morris giant mobile phone, the shelf is short, but bless the sharp lines, random shapes and bubble letters. Other acceptable comparisons: Full house title cards and maybe even the beginning of the 90s Nickelodeon (as Rugrats).


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5. Alice labeling of all who are in prison is a lot Breakfast Club-of. Just like the trailer and Brians essay in Breakfast Club, Alice (then Alice Smith) gives all the most appropriate titles: the bad girl (herself); the rebel Catholic (Hermione); the teacher's pet (Penelope); The Artist / Athletes (Peace); the political animal (Sierra); the man of the lady (Forsythe Pendleton Jones Jr., aka FP). In the movie, Brian's labels include the brain, the athlete, the basketball case, the princess and the criminal.

6. "Cliques does not categorize. Have you seen Heathers? ' Young Penelope burns everyone when Fred gets up the fact that they barely feel each other even though they are in the same school since kindergarten. Heathers, with starring Winona Ryder (!), Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty, came out in 1988, so the film was probably still fresh in the Riverdale children's minds.

7. KJ Apa's Young Peace is a dead call for Luke Perry under his 90210 days. Dylan McKay, in this denim setup with this volume of hair and his ~ mood ~, forever.

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8. They play secrets and sins. Technically, not a pop culture back, this is the same game Cheryl suggests everyone's playing back in season one when she crashed the party at Archies (yes it's the same night Jughead told Betty that he's "weird" he's a "weirdo" ).

9. Young FP's cast is a tribute to the movie The. As young FP tells the others, he ended up trying to tell his old man that he wanted to go to college instead of joining the relatives. Look carefully and you will see the word "LOVER" ("LOSER" with a red V written over the black S) written on the cast. The cast will look familiar to all who saw 2017 The, where Eddie, one of the children in The Losers Club, sports a similar plaster design.

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10. Young Penelope says one of Cheryl's most famous lines from the premiere series. After discovering Gryphons and Gargoyles in a locked cabinet of a teacher's desk, the teenager plays several rounds and loosens. Young Penelope plays the game champion later seasoning things and suggests surprising pairings for the next mission, putting FP with Hermione and Fred with Alice. "I guess I'm just in a mood for a bit of chaos," said Penelope, almost with a wink and a hug to her future daughter's season one, episode one line delivered to the school dance.

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11. Does Fizzle Rocks remind you of a sweet blast from the past? Remember Pop Rocks, the candy that fizzles in your mouth and wakes "the other" the second it hits your saliva? In the same manner as Riverdale terms like American surplus and five seasons, Fizzle Rocks is likely a treat to candy. In the episode, it is the parent's equivalent to jingle jangle (which is a nod to Pixy Stix itself). Young Hiram (played by Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripas son Michael) retrieves the drug on what would be the last night of the group playing Gryphons and Gargoyles.

12. The body of the head spring is discovered in a familiar location at Riverdale High. Not long after Featherhead was killed, probably by Gargoyle King, his body is in a closet under the stairs at school. Do you know who spent time in the wardrobe? Jughead, when he had a problem with FP in season one, refused to stay on the trailer and could not stay at the inlet because it had been shut down. Guess the wardrobe, under a well-lit staircase, was also forgotten then.

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13. All 80's music. Instead of trying to figure out how much CW paid to use these timeless bops, please give an applause round to the show to simply integrate the songs with the storyline and characters and then play them directly in your car / Spotify / YouTube (because the video is as fun).

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  • "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol
  • "Forever Young" by Alphaville
  • "True" by Spandau Ballet
  • "Take on me" of A-ha
  • "Modern Love" by David Bowie
  • "Dream Warriors" by Dokken (this is covered by Fred Heads, consisting of young Fred, Hermione, Betty, Sierra and FP, who are on drums)
  • "Everyone wants to rule the world" of tears for fear