Riverdale pays homage to the late Luke Perry

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The CW's Riverdale returned on Wednesday night, with the Season 4 premiere honoring the late Luke Perry, who suddenly passed away at the age of 52 in March.

The show revealed during its annual Comic-Con panel in July that they will honor Perry, who played Fred Andrews, the father of KJ Apa's Archie Andrews, in the premiere, with Perry's Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty guest-starring in a mystery role.

That role was revealed in Wednesday night's premiere, which ties into how Fred Andrews was killed in the heart-wrenching premiere.

RIP Luke: The CW's Riverdale returned on Wednesday night, with the Season 4 premiere honoring the late Luke Perry, who suddenly passed away at the age of 52 in March

RIP Luke: The CW's Riverdale returned on Wednesday night, with the Season 4 premiere honoring the late Luke Perry, who suddenly passed away at the age of 52 in March

RIP Luke: The CW's Riverdale returned on Wednesday night, with the Season 4 premiere honoring the late Luke Perry, who suddenly passed away at the age of 52 in March

Role revealed: The show revealed during its annual Comic-Con panel in July that they will honor Perry, who played Fred Andrews, the father of KJ Apa's Archie Andrews, in the premiere, with Perry's Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty guest-starring in a mystery role

Role revealed: The show revealed during its annual Comic-Con panel in July that they will honor Perry, who played Fred Andrews, the father of KJ Apa's Archie Andrews, in the premiere, with Perry's Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty guest-starring in a mystery role

The episode begins with all of the Riverdale kids enjoying their summer, as the 4th of July holiday approaches, when Archie gets a call that renders him speechless.

The new sheriff, FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), explained that Fred died in a freak accident, after he was trying to help someone in need. 

'He pulled over to help someone who was stalled on the side of the road and another vehicle came up on them way too fast and he was struck by them,' Jones told Archie.

Sheriff: The new sheriff, FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), explained that Fred died in a freak accident, after he was trying to help someone in need

Sheriff: The new sheriff, FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), explained that Fred died in a freak accident, after he was trying to help someone in need

Death: 'He pulled over to help someone who was stalled on the side of the road and another vehicle came up on them way too fast and he was struck by them,' Jones told Archie.

Death: 'He pulled over to help someone who was stalled on the side of the road and another vehicle came up on them way too fast and he was struck by them,' Jones told Archie.

When Archie asked if the other car stopped, he didn't say, with Archie correctly surmising it was a hit and run, immediately trying to find who did this.

Since the tragic accident happened over the 4th of July holiday weekend, Fred's body couldn't be transported to Riverdale, leading Archie on a mission to bring his father home, which lead to the reveal of Shannen Doherty's character.

After finding his father's truck on the side of the road, Doherty's character pulled up to the side of the road, with a bouquet of flowers.

Archie asked what this mystery woman was doing, and she said she was paying her respects.

When she asks if his name is Archie, he realizes who she really is: the woman his father helped on the side of the road that night. 

'You're the one he was helping,' Archie says, as she starts crying and telling the son of the man who saved her what happened that night.

Paying respects: Archie asked what this mystery woman was doing, and she said she was paying her respects

Paying respects: Archie asked what this mystery woman was doing, and she said she was paying her respects

'Nobody would stop, but your dad did. He talked about you the entire time, how he couldn't believe he had such a kind boy,' she began.

'We were working on a tire and this car came out of nowhere speeding. Your dad pushed me out of the way. He saved my life and if he hadn't done what he did, there's no way I would be here right now, I know that,' she continued.

'I'm so sorry, there's nothing I could do that would ever repay him, but I would like to say a prayer for him. Maybe you'd like to join me?' she added.

Archie, along with his friends Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), all join hands with the woman as they say the Lord's Prayer.

Nobody stopped: ‘Nobody would stop, but your dad did. He talked about you the entire time, how he couldn’t believe he had such a kind boy,' she began

Nobody stopped: ‘Nobody would stop, but your dad did. He talked about you the entire time, how he couldn’t believe he had such a kind boy,' she began

Lord's Prayer: Archie, along with his friends Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), all join hands with the woman as they say the Lord's Prayer

Archie's plan to take his father's remains home hit a bit of a snag, since he found out from the man at the funeral home that he couldn't take it since he was underage.

A quick call to his mother Mary (Molly Ringwald) fixed that, though the Riverdale crew had to kill a few hours before the body would be ready.  

Back at Pop's Chock'Lit Shoppe, Archie's friends tried to convince him that his dad died a hero, but he didn't quite see it the same way, angry that his father died alone. 

Funeral home: Archie's plan to take his father's remains home hit a bit of a snag, since he found out from the man at the funeral home that he couldn't take it since he was underage

Funeral home: Archie's plan to take his father's remains home hit a bit of a snag, since he found out from the man at the funeral home that he couldn't take it since he was underage

Mother: A quick call to his mother Mary (Molly Ringwald) fixed that, though the Riverdale crew had to kill a few hours before the body would be ready

Mother: A quick call to his mother Mary (Molly Ringwald) fixed that, though the Riverdale crew had to kill a few hours before the body would be ready

Archie gets a call from Sheriff Jones, who reveals that the man who killed his father, George Augustine, has confessed, but he made bail and was released.

Naturally, this infuriates Archie, and as Jones insists that his father will get justice, Archie promises it himself and hangs up, tearing a page out of the phone book with George Augustine's address.  

Archie shows up at George Augustine's

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