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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.

Dial M for Maple The A.V. Club

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7, 128 Ratings

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.

    Art Imitates Death: Recapping “Killing Mr. Honey” (Chapter 76)

    Art Imitates Death: Recapping “Killing Mr. Honey” (Chapter 76)

    And so we close another chapter of Riverdale. The early episodes seem so long ago—that lovely tribute to Luke Perry, Julian the porcelain doll, Chad Michael Murray on a rocket—and, yet, there’s no denying the fact that season four wrapped things up a little too quickly. That being said, “Killing Mr. Honey” ends things on a satisfying note, bringing most of the principal cast together to take down their principal, the maybe-not-completely-wrong Holden Honey. As directed by Mädchen Amick, the episode offers up a fun take on the revenge fantasy while still leaving plenty of threads dangling in the mystery of the VHS voyeur (what’s a Riverdale season finale without a cliffhanger anyway?). As usual, Dial M For Maple recaps all of the madness, and ponders what lies ahead for our beloved show in these COVID-19-stricken times. Hosts Marah and Cameron share their elation with an overdue Nana Rose appearance, continue to stan Mrs. Bell, and wonder if Jughead has it in him to write something truly original. And, in our final Blue & Gold of the season, we evaluate Cole Sprouse’s quarantine facial hair and unpack the rumors of an early season six renewal.
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    • 49 min
    Ponytail Playmate: Recapping “Lynchian” (Chapter 76)

    Ponytail Playmate: Recapping “Lynchian” (Chapter 76)

    And, just like that, we’ve reached the home stretch of Riverdale’s fourth season! With the COVID-19 pandemic halting production across the board, the show’s planned final three episodes have been shunted off to TV purgatory, and we’ve found ourselves at this chapter’s penultimate offering. While “Lynchian” intriguingly ups the ante on the long-percolating mystery of the voyeuristic VHS tapes, one can’t help but wonder: Is there any way next week’s season finale can possibly give us a satisfying conclusion? Regardless, Dial M For Maple is on hand to unspool the latest clues in this videotape whodunnit and deliver our post mortem on the “Barchie” that nearly was. Hosts Marah and Cameron dig through the episode’s hat tips to its titular director and wonder if anyone knows what an A/V Club even is anymore (beyond this very website, The A.V. Club, that is). Then, in The Blue & Gold, we check in on Kevin Keller’s visit to Katy Keene, recap Jordan “Sweet Pea” Connor’s visit to Celebrity Drag Race, and preview Camila Mendes new Netflix thriller, Dangerous Lies.
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    • 50 min
    Hedwig Snatched: Recapping “Wicked Little Town” (Chapter 74)

    Hedwig Snatched: Recapping “Wicked Little Town” (Chapter 74)

    Did you just say, “wig”? Well, someone in the Riverdale Hair & Makeup Department sure did, again and again and again! That’s right, it’s the most glorious time of the year: Riverdale’s spring musical episode, a tradition started back in season two with a bloody good take on Carrie: The Musical. And, in keeping with tradition, “Wicked Little Town”—the show’s ode to cult classic Hedwig And The Angry Inch—is another high point for the show, ratcheting up the interpersonal drama and giving our beloved Kevin Keller a true chance to shine. In this week’s Dial M For Maple, we unpack the “Wig In A Box” to highlight our favorite musical numbers and to toss out our theories about those eerie final moments. While hosts Marah and Cameron are no “Barchie” ‘shippers, they’re at least happy to see the show putting in the leg work to convince us that maybe these crazy kids really can’t keep their paws off one another. And, in The Blue & Gold, we catch up on the cast’s dispatches from quarantine.
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    • 46 min
    Quaran-Keene: Catching Up With The Archie-Verse’s Katy Keene

    Quaran-Keene: Catching Up With The Archie-Verse’s Katy Keene

    Since Riverdale put a bow on the mystery of Jughead’s faux murder and went on a mini-hiatus, the whole world has changed. And while the situation is dark (like, “Riverdale dark”—remember when the town went under quarantine?), it’s important to find moments of levity and happy distractions to keep your mind off the doom and gloom. That’s why there’s no better time to catch up on The CW’s other “Archie-verse” series, Katy Keene, a pure escapist delight. Now that it’s aired the first eight episode of its inaugural season, our podcast Dial M For Maple decided to check in with the “high-fashion fairytale” to see what its cast of big-dreaming characters has been up to. Hosts Marah and Cameron weigh in on what makes the series so special, from its colorful view of the world, to its queer-friendly stories, to its guest roles for icons like Bernadette Peters and Shangela. Truly, its a blast. And then, in the latest edition of “The Blue & Gold,” we ponder what kind of impact the coronavirus-related delays will have on the current seasons of Riverdale, Katy Keene, and beyond.
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    • 48 min
    Solving Riverdale’s Whydunnit: Recapping “The Locked Room” (Chapter 73)

    Solving Riverdale’s Whydunnit: Recapping “The Locked Room” (Chapter 73)

    Riverdale’s modus operandi seems to be, “when one mystery closes, another mystery opens,” so it’s all-together shocking—and wholly satisfying—that its latest episode finally put a bow on the season-long mystery of Jughead’s fake death. “The Locked Room” not only tells us the great lengths Betty and company went to convince everyone (including Riverdale’s viewers) that Jughead was dead, but also lets our favorite sleuthing couple boast to Dupont and the Stonewall Preppies that they’ve uncovered the murderous secrets of the Quill And Skull. Just like that, most of season four’s big questions have been answered, save for a dangling thread or two (we’ll call it a Hanging Chic). Our podcast Dial M For Maple returns to unpack each new revelation, and to herald the long-awaited reappearance of everyone’s favorite money-grubbing mortician, Dr. Curdle, Jr.! Elsewhere in the episode, Marah recommends some other tantalizing whodunnit yarns and Cameron shares his thoughts on the new KJ Apa-starring biopic, I Still Believe.
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    • 51 min
    No Time To Die: Recapping “How To Get Away With Murder” (Chapter 71)

    No Time To Die: Recapping “How To Get Away With Murder” (Chapter 71)

    After a week away, Riverdale picks up right where it left off, the gang reeling from Jughead’s (apparent) demise (apparently) at the hands of his own girlfriend, Betty Cooper. But “How To Get Away With Murder” leaves little time to grieve their beanie’d pal, as Archie, Veronica, and Betty attempt to cross-reference their stories and cover their own tracks. It’s a lot to take in, so, with Marah out this week, Dial M For Maple had to call in the big guns for a guest host: None other than Cameron’s own mother, Andrea, joins the podcast to dish on the latest Riverdale. The pair shares their mutual distrust over Hermosa and tries to puzzle through some new fan theories about just who is in cahoots with who, exactly. And then, in The Blue & Gold, Cameron and Andrea break down the recent news of Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols’ upcoming show departure, and gush over the cute new puppy in Lili Reinhart’s life.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

LoveMusicForever ,

The Riverdale friends I always needed!

No one I know watches Riverdale as religiously as I do so I am so happy this podcast exists! I’m almost more excited every week to listen to the podcast than to watch the show. I love the way Mara and Cameron walk through the show as well as the other segments. It’s a lot of fun and one of my favorite parts of being a Riverdale fan! Highly recommend

bostonbeliever ,

Like Hanging Out With Old Friends

I’ve resisted writing a review for about two years now, I suppose, since I’ve been listening since their first episode. But they deserve better from me! I look forward to every new episode of Riverdale itself, of course, but part of that excitement comes from knowing there will be a new ep of Dial M for Maple. Cameron and Mara are enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable hosts, who clearly enjoy Riverdale and *talking about* Riverdale.

BlairLodge ,

Solid Podcast

Love this pod except for hearing “you know what I mean?” every 5 seconds dear god please make it stop.

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