This fall, The CW’s Riverdale will be the latest series to get into the ‘80s nostalgia game, as the dark teen drama will deliver an episode inspired by the John Hughes classic, The Breakfast Club. Not only will the episode take viewers back in time to when Fred Andrews, Clifford Blossom, Hermione Gomez, and more were students at Riverdale High, but it will also welcome guest star – and Breakfast Club co-star – Anthony Michael Hall as Principal Featherhead.
Because season 3 is currently filming, not much else is known about the episode, or how the flashback is intended to tie in with the season’s overarching storyline. The series is coming off the shocking revelation of the Black Hood’s identity, the ramifications of which will no doubt continue to reverberate throughout the new episodes. With the focus of the Breakfast Club episode being on the collective past of the show’s adult characters, chances are good whatever’s revealed may have been better off left buried.
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That seems to be the case, as the episode’s brief synopsis hints at “dark secrets” being learned, which is pretty much par for the course for this series. Check out the episode’s description below, along with a “page” from the Riverdale High yearbook, featuring some actual yearbook photos of the cast:
“In RIVERDALE’s “Breakfast Club” inspired flashback episode, we learn dark secrets from when the adults were high school students. Anthony Michael Hall will play Principal Featherhead, the longstanding principal at Riverdale High who gets caught up in the game the teenagers are playing in an unexpected way. The episode of RIVERDALE titled “The Midnight Club” will air Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (8:00–9:00 pm ET/PT), on The CW.”
The choice to do a flashback inspired by a staple of ’80s cinema is in keeping with Riverdale’s past efforts to present unique bottle episodes, like season 2’s Carrie musical. While this perhaps won’t be as much of a technical challenge, it stands the chance of garnering the same level of attention — albeit from Hughes fans instead of musical theater geeks. Moreover, the episode will give Riverdale a chance to explore the pasts of some of the show’s most interesting characters — the parents — as they find themselves in a similarly formative time in their lives as their children. The result could be a highlight of Riverdale season 3.
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Riverdale season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 10 on The CW.