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Dial M For Maple is a Riverdale recap podcast with a sly twist. After every episode of Riverdale, we’ll recap what we just saw—as well as what we wish we saw.

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Dial M For Maple is a Riverdale recap podcast with a sly twist. After every episode of Riverdale, we’ll recap what we just saw—as well as what we wish we saw.

    Maple Mushroom Psychedelia: Recapping “The Pincushion Man” (Chapter 86)

    Maple Mushroom Psychedelia: Recapping “The Pincushion Man” (Chapter 86)

    Is it the maple mushrooms talking, or was that an especially trippy episode of Riverdale? Though it feels like season five’s post-time jump plots were just heating up, the show sends us off on hiatus with “The Pincushion Man,” one hell of a mid-season finale with surprises to spare. On this week’s Dial M For Maple, we break down the episode, twist by twist, tracing the shockwaves sent through town from Hiram’s explosive—and surprisingly successful—prison break. Hosts Marah and Cameron wonder if some of Jughead’s maple mushroom-induced visions were real, praise the return of loopy lovebirds Charles and Chic, and share their excitement over Penelope Blossom’s newfound religious fervor (but which religion is it?). And, finally, in this week’s edition of The Blue & Gold, we fawn over some cast hiking photos and get giddy about some Riverdale-adjacent real estate listings.

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    • 54 min
    We Need To Talk About Kevin: Recapping “Destroyer” (Chapter 85)

    We Need To Talk About Kevin: Recapping “Destroyer” (Chapter 85)

    Between a long-awaited emotional arc for Kevin Keller and a surprise “Stupid Love” performance by Cheryl Blossom and the River Vixens, it seems this episode of Riverdale was hoping to give they gays everything they want. Unfortunately, “Destroyer” misses the mark—it may have some important things to say about trauma, but the results feel especially bleak, putting Kevin, Betty and company through the ringer once again. Nevertheless, our podcast Dial M For Maple breaks it all down beat by beat to ponder where Riverdale could be taking us for its midseason finale. Also in this episode, hosts Marah and Cameron go gaga for Cheryl’s trip to Chromatica, explain why Betty’s FBI cohort (and ex?) Glen is not to be trusted, and share their theories on the origins of “Lerman Logan.” And, finally, in this week’s Blue & Gold, an update on the Archie-verse’s Who-y “it” couple, and a funny glimpse at the future circa 1990s Archie Comics.

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    • 50 min
    ‘Ships Sailing In The Night: Recapping “Lock And Key” (Chapter 84)

    ‘Ships Sailing In The Night: Recapping “Lock And Key” (Chapter 84)

    Are key parties still a thing? They are in Riverdale, or at least in Cheryl Blossom’s twisted imagination, where she’s concocted a plan to throw Toni, Kevin, and Fangs’ modern family into chaos. But when she invites this semi-estranged group of friends to her gothic manse for a night of swinging, no romantic pairing is left unshaken, finally bringing everyone together, if only to shift the status quo yet again. That’s the main crux of “Lock And Key,” and our recap podcast Dial M For Maple parses through it all, ‘ship by ‘ship. There’s the inevitable return of Varchie—’shippers rejoice—Tabitha’s unfortunate turn as Jughead’s caretaker, unintentional homewrecker Rick, and so much more to discuss. And then, in this week’s The Blue & Gold, we give a listen to KJ Apa and Hart Denton’s new song and deem it: Appropriately chill.

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    • 53 min
    The Mothman Cometh: Recapping “Fire In The Sky” (Chapter 83)

    The Mothman Cometh: Recapping “Fire In The Sky” (Chapter 83)

    The Mothman cometh! Well, eventually. But until then, Riverdale seems to be spinning its wheels in “Fire In The Sky,” an episode largely muddled in busy work with just enough teases of the paranormal to leave us intrigued. Archie’s on another crusade to save the town via firefighter, Veronica’s got another harebrained scheme masked as an economics lesson, and Betty finds herself on the tail of another serial killer. Thankfully, Jughead and Tabitha’s Mulder and Scully cosplay keeps things fresh, delivering both a rousing UFO-sighting flashback from Pop Tate and some hot alien gossip from Nana Rose. Nevertheless, our Riverdale podcast Dial M For Maple returns to recap it all, theorizing about Hiram’s master plan and declaring our own winner of the HBIC dance-off. And, in this week’s edition of The Blue & Gold, hosts Marah and Cameron wonder what kind of tunes super-bros KJ Apa and Hart Denton have been cooking up.

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    • 44 min
    Far From The Shallow Now: Recapping “Back To School” (Chapter 82)

    Far From The Shallow Now: Recapping “Back To School” (Chapter 82)

    Now that our (former) teen heroes of Riverdale are settled back into their lives in the (former) Town With Pep, the show’s fifth season begins to set the table for the mysteries to come. There are skeevy truckers, estranged husbands, mothmen aliens, a conniving school secretary, and so much more in the latest episode, “Back To School,” and our recap podcast Dial M For Maple is here to unspool each plot thread. Hosts Marah and Cameron share their suspicions about Cheryl’s new art forgery gig, wonder what made Veronica fall for the greasy Chad Gekko in the first place, and sing the praises of Hiram’s gorgeous bag of Doritos. And then, in an extra juicy edition of The Blue & Gold, we gab about Skeet Ulrich and Lucy Hale’s apparent May-December romance, and pour through KJ Apa’s intriguing interview with his Songbird costar Demi Moore.

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    • 53 min
    Damnit, Miss Crouton!: Recapping “Homecoming” (Chapter 81)

    Damnit, Miss Crouton!: Recapping “Homecoming” (Chapter 81)

    If you thought Riverdale’s seven-year time jump meant the end of high school drama, you were dead wrong. But, as this week’s episode “Homecoming” proves, that’s not such a bad thing. The CW series dives into—with gleeful abandon—the messy world of small-town politics and private schooling, while still making time for what Riverdale does best: Street gang shake-em-ups, steamy shower sex, and plenty of harebrained schemes. As ever, our podcast Dial M For Maple is on hand to break it all down, with hosts Marah and Cameron asking the important questions, like, “Just how old are Dagwood and Juniper supposed to be at this point?” and “If Riverdale High is low on funds, why does Toni have the most glamorous counselor’s office we’ve ever seen?” And then, in the latest edition of The Blue & Gold, we pay tribute to Alvin Sanders—best known as the show’s Pop Tate—by digging deep into his delightfully bird-heavy Instagram feed.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

the mailman12 ,

I hope this show never ends

I listen to every ep do you know what I mean?? (That’s what Mara says and I enjoy that.) Love to you both

Mandi4846 ,

Meehhh

I’ve only listened to a handful of episodes, but I’m not too impressed. I’ve found a lot of their views of an episode to be inaccurate or they totally miss something and then question why it didn’t happen. I feel they push their opinions too much about somethings as well. I’m going to give a few more episodes a try, but as much as I absolutely LOVE Riverdale, I don’t see myself getting hooked on this podcast.

PublicVoice ,

The best

love this pod.

recently it seems like there is some audio imbalance though. marah and cameron are way quieter than the ads and overall sound quieter than most podcasts

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