If I had to pick the thing I hate most about these characters, it would be that, whenever they solve a problem related to abuse, they solve it for themselves and their closest friends, and leave everyone else to rot. The scene were Veronica and Archie confront the Governor about Prison Fight Club was basically a re-play of the scene where Betty (IIRC) threatened to tell on the Sisters for abusing kids if they didn't cooperate with her. In both cases, you should be telling on these people anyway! You should be going to the media. You should be going to the police. Why would you ever, ever, ever agree to keep this a secret in exchange for some favor that benefits only the people you know? I don't understand and I'm genuinely upset about it.
Not only did they survive but they were able to get up and keep running right away! I feel like movies and TV shows have warped our perception of how high is too high to fall from but, in this case, IIRC, nothing even broke their fall. They just smacked into the ground.
Agree with all of the above. However, Cheryl is the last person I would ever send to infiltrate a cult because she's so vulnerable. Like your scare quotes indicate, getting sucked into a cult isn't really about being "smart" so much as it's having the specific kind of vulnerability the cult's designed to exploit, which can vary depending on the cult. But, since Cheryl has no real support system, is estranged from her parents, lost her primary relationship recently (her brother), was recently abused by religious fanatics, just had a difficult coming out process, and all the other reasons... I wouldn't send her to the cult interviews, Betty. Veronica would be a much better choice. Ethel would even be a better choice.
I agree that this story doesn't make sense. But it's also not awesome that they're living in the house that Gladys bought and Jughead just burned down their old place. I also think there's a good chance FP wouldn't realistically care that Gladys is a criminal since he's a criminal too? I think maybe Jughead is the only one who is genuinely bothered by this? I don't know and I don't really care.