Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion
Riverdale Season 1



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"Chapter Nine" elevates Riverdale from standard teen fare to the Twin Peaks-esque craziness fans never knew they needed.

Episode Info

A reluctant Archie has an ulterior motive for agreeing to escort Cheryl to her family's official start of maple-syrup tapping, where he picks up information about Betty's sister; Veronica attempts to be nice and befriends a classmate whose father's illegal doings cause problems; Hermione wrestles with telling Fred the truth. Meanwhile, Alice plots revenge on the Blossoms with the help of her two daughters.

Cast & Crew

K.J. Apa
Archie Andrews
Luke Perry
Fred Andrews
Ashleigh Murray
Josie McCoy
Cole Sprouse
Jughead Jones
Lili Reinhart
Betty Cooper
Mädchen Amick
Alice Cooper
Camila Mendes
Veronica Lodge
Madelaine Petsch
Cheryl Blossom
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Jon Goldwater
Executive Producer
Lee Rose
Show all Cast & Crew

Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion Videos

Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion Photos

Critic Reviews for Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion

If the Blossoms had plotted to destroy the Lodge family, could Hiram have returned the favor? Voilà, a new suspect's name finds its way onto the Jason Blossom murder board.

Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I don't think I'll ever get over Riverdale's insane juxtaposition of gory murder and feuding bloodlines with a core subtext of a thick breakfast sauce.

Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While there's plenty of humanity in this and the rest of the episode's stories, Chapter Nine is a return to wholly ridiculous, over-the-top form.

Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Despite including a suicide attempt, double crosses, two breakups, and other drama, this is episode isn't as memorable as it should be. But there are some pleasures to be found thanks to Archie's own stupidity.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

As the season has progressed, Camila Mendes' Veronica has been a breakout character because of how she projects a believable mix of strength and vulernability.

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Thankfully, Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion sees the show return to form, offering up a little bit of everything we've come to love, including a lot of Cheryl Blossom

Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

"La Grande Illusion" is such a great episode of RIVERDALE, one that elevates the mythology of the show in a way very similar to but more streamlined than its spiritual predecessor, TWIN PEAKS.

Apr 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Jughead's narration lets us know that Cheryl's going to be bringing the crazy even more in the future. No shocker there - her character has been unhinged from the beginning.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Quippy Cheryl was back this week, and I am here for it.

Oct 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale needs to recenter itself and find a way to not shortchange other important characters while also working to move the mystery along.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Madchen Amick is ruling every scene she's in.

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…