Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember

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"Chapter Thirty-One:
A Night to Remember
Riverdale episode
Riverdale Carrie The Musical poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 18
Directed byJason Stone
Written by
  • Arabella Anderson
  • Tessa Leigh Williams
Produced by
Featured music
Cinematography byBrendan Uegama
Production codeT13.20818
Original air dateApril 18, 2018 (2018-04-18)
Running time42 minutes
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"Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of the American television series Riverdale and the thirty-first episode of the series overall. The episode was directed by Jason Stone and written by Arabella Anderson and Tessa Leigh Williams and choreographed by Heather Laura Gray. It centered around Carrie by Lawrence D. Cohen and Michael Gore, which is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King.

The episode was first screened at the PaleyFest LA Spring Season in March 2018.[1] It originally aired on The CW on April 18, 2018[2] and according to Nielsen Media Research, was watched by 1.10 million viewers.

It is also the first musical episode in the series. It is followed by two episodes in the series, are also based on its musical adaptations "Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun" (season 3; on Heathers: The Musical)[3] and "Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town" (season 4; on Hedwing and the Angry Inch).[4]


Kevin asks Jughead to make a behind the scenes documentary for the school's production of Carrie: The Musical, the students come to school and start to rehearse ("In"), before introducing themselves to the fellow cast members. Betty is still at odds with Veronica and angry that she lied to her. Cheryl then tries to prove that she deserves the role of Carrie ("Carrie"). Afterwards, it is revealed that Kevin got a letter asking for the role of Carrie be recast, but believes it's too small a threat to be the Black Hood. Betty, Veronica, Archie, and Chuck later rehearse ("Do Me a Favor"), and afterwards, Archie asks if he can keep the Firebird at her house as his father is still unaware of it.

Jughead tells Betty about the letter and they believe it might be Ethel, who disputes their claim. Alice visits FP at work, but he seems disinterested in her. Cheryl and Josie rehearse, which causes Cheryl to apologize for her actions ("Unsuspecting Hearts"). During rehearsal ("The World According to Chris"), Betty accuses Veronica of being an embodiment of her character, but later apologizes to her ("You Shine"). Archie and Fred are working on sets for the play when Hiram mentions the Firebird, which upsets Fred. Betty discovers her mother blames herself for kicking Chic out.

Kevin receives another letter telling them to recast Cheryl, which he is about to do when Cheryl's mother tells Cheryl she doesn't have permission, nor the personality to play Carrie. Kevin informs everyone that Carrie was recast, with Midge taking over. Toni goes to comfort Cheryl and encourages her to stand up to her mother. Alice and Midge rehearse ("Stay Here Instead"), but Alice becomes upset and runs off stage, with Betty running after her and comforting her. Archie realizes how much he's hurt his dad and goes to Hiram, telling him not to get in between him and his dad before returning the keys to the Firebird.

On opening night, Betty arranges for Hal to come to the house and he and Alice reunite. Archie buys a beat up car from the junkyard so he and his dad could work on it together, touching Fred. The cast is in the dressing room ("A Night We'll Never Forget") getting ready, while Cheryl goes over to Thistlehouse. Cheryl confronts her mother and threatens to burn the house down, wanting emancipation, the house, and for her and Claudius to leave. FP arrives at the play but leaves after seeing that Alice and Hal made up.

Veronica notes to Chuck how she's noticed his behavior has changed while he's been in the play. Chic enters the dressing room, surprising Betty. As the play starts, Alice begins her part ("Evening Prayers") and cues Midge, who doesn't appear. When the curtain lifts, she's revealed to be pinned against the walls with knives with a message from the Black Hood. The crowd bursts into screams upon realizing this was not part of the play.

Cast and characters[edit]


Special Episode –
The Musical

(Original Television Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
LabelWaterTower Music
ProducerLeonard Jay Jackson
Ryan Petersen
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The River's Edge
Special Episode –
The Musical

(Original Television Soundtrack)''

The Musical

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The River's Edge
The Musical

The Musical

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Riverdale –
The Musical


On April 19, 2018, WaterTower Music released a selection of music from "A Night to Remember" episode performed by cast members.[7] A vinyl edition was released at Urban Outfitters stores on July 13, 2018.[8] The episode features music from a score of Pino Donaggio's "Bucket of Blood" on the Carrie (1976) soundtrack and Dan Auerbach's "Up on a Mountain of Love" are heard, but not included in the soundtrack.

All tracks from Carrie: The Musical was written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, respectively.

Track listing
1."In"Riverdale cast3:18
2."Carrie"Madelaine Petsch3:18
3."Do Me a Favor"KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Jordan Calloway2:52
4."Unsuspecting Hearts"Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch2:55
5."The World According to Chris"Camila Mendes, Vanessa Morgan, Shannon Purser and Lili Reinhart2:07
6."The World According to Chris (Reprise)"Camila Mendes0:38
7."You Shine"KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes1:55
8."You Shine (Reprise)" (Bonus track.)Vanessa Morgan and Madelaine Petsch1:46
9."Stay Here Instead"Mädchen Amick and Emilija Baranac2:08
10."A Night We'll Never Forget"Riverdale cast2:51
11."Evening Prayers"Mädchen Amick2:48
Total length:26:38



In the United States, the episode received a 0.4/2 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, meaning that it was seen by 0.4 percent of all households, and 2 percent of all of those watching television at the time of the broadcast. It was watched by 1.10 million viewers.[9]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating for the episode, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 9.23/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "In "A Night to Remember," an uneven second season comes to a head as Riverdale's first—and hopefully not last—musical episode gloriously weaves the show's many wandering threads back into its central murder-mystery yarn."[10]


  1. ^ "A special screening of Riverdale's Carrie musical episode at PaleyFest". Twitter. March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Highhill, Samantha (April 18, 2018). "Riverdale recap: 'Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Stack, Tim (January 17, 2019). "Riverdale to tackle Heathers: The Musical". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Swift, Andy (January 28, 2020). "Riverdale Sizes Up Hedwig for Season 4 Musical Episode — See Who's Singing". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Stack, Tim (January 24, 2018). "The Riverdale cast will sing in an adaptation of Carrie: The Musical". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Dominick, Nora (April 20, 2018). "13 Side-By-Side Pictures Of The "Riverdale" Musical Episode Vs. The Original "Carrie" Movie". BuzzFeed. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Riverdale: Special Episode – Carrie the Musical (Original Television Soundtrack)". Apple Music. April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Riverdale's Carrie: The Musical Soundtrack Is Now Available". April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (April 19, 2018). "'Empire' and 'The Voice' adjust up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Riverdale – Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

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