Riverdale Rewind: Cheryl’s top six scene-stealing moments

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5. A Bloody Confrontation

Well, Cheryl may not have been able to headline Riverdale High’s Carrie: The Musical as she’d hoped to, but she did have quite a memorable night (and, yes, I mean, prior to seeing the dead body of her murdered classmate Midge (Emilija Baranac)).

The inaugural Riverdale musical episode was not perfect, but it did pay homage to the most iconic part of the Carrie saga in a pretty great way. Cheryl doesn’t murder anyone with her mind, but she does take back control of her life from her hateful, domineering mother Penelope (Nathalie Boltt).

After watching Penelope turn Thistlehouse into a “sexual playpen,” overhearing Penelope plot with Claudius (Barclay Hope) against herself and Nana Rose (Barbara Wallace), being forced into gay conversion by Penelope, and being forced out of the role of Carrie by Penelope, Cheryl is done letting her mother call the shots.

Essentially, Cheryl gets her groove back. With Toni’s support, she gloriously becomes the “girl who burned down Thornhill and cut off [Penelope’s] oxygen” again. Penelope genuinely being afraid of her daughter is quite satisfying to watch. Carrie White may be an icon, but Cheryl Blossom is, too.