‘Riverdale’ Flashback Episode Is an Homage to ‘The Breakfast Club’ – ‘But Much Darker’

TCA 2018: And the kids are playing their parents on Episode 4, “The Midnight Club,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says

Last Updated: August 6, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

Don’t you forget about this: “Riverdale” is doing a tribute to “The Breakfast Club” this season. Yes, it’s about time.

And what’s more is the upcoming installment of The CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics is going to be a flashback featuring the young cast playing their on-screen parents as teenagers.

“Throughout the years, we’ve talked a little bit about backstory and we’ve been revealing backstory slowly,” creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, while explaining how the idea to throwback the clock to the parents’ time at Riverdale High came about. “And periodically I will get a call phone call from Madchen [Amick who plays Betty Cooper’s (Lili Reinhart) mother, Alice], who’ll say, ‘Ok, I’m playing a scene and I know nothing of the context.’ So we talk about that stuff.”

“We are doing a big flashback episode, I think I can say that is episode four,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And it’s an episode called ‘The Midnight Club.’ Which is a — our take on sort of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ Obviously the ‘Riverdale’-much-darker version of that. And we’re gonna do, Cami [Camila Mendes] will be playing a young Hermione (Marisol Nichols), Cole [Sprouse] will be playing a young FP (Skeeth Ulrich), KJ [Apa] will be dying his hair brown and playing a Young Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). And we’re going to learn about a really, really dark secret in Riverdale that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school.”

“And it’s going to be great to see, cause KJ is so good at imitating people,” Perry said. “Not just me — anybody.”

Madchen said Reinhart is “ready to go full ‘Twin Peaks'” as a tribute to her on-screen mother and has been “studying” her role as Shelly Johnson on the cult David Lynch classic in preparation for playing a younger version of Alice.

The cast already revealed a little bit about the flashback episode at San Diego Comic-Con last month, and more on Season 3, which you can read about here.

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW on Oct.10 at 8/7c.