Writer: Angelo Decesare
Pencils: Jeff Shultz
Inks: Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: World of Archie Double Digest, No. 93
On-Sale Date: October 16, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Outside Riverdale High School, Archie thinks he’s got Reggie when he throws a basket full of leaves in someone’s face. Unfortunately, it’s Mr. Weatherbee (while Reggie laughs around the corner). Archie tries to explain, but Weatherbee calls him out on his “preschooler” behavior. He also sentences Archie, due to Mr. Svenson (their school custodian) spraining his wrist yesterday, to a Saturday of cleaning every leaf from the school lawn. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have the authority to do this, but Weatherbee frequently overreacts and abuses his power, so let’s go with it. He claims Svenson does the job every year by himself.
On Saturday morning, Betty comes to the school to help Archie. Sensing Betty’s ulterior motive, Veronica shows up, too. Reggie shows up, so Archie won’t have both girls to himself. Jughead shows up to work up an appetite by watching other people work. Archie doesn’t care why they’re here; he just wants help.
Hours later, they’ve made no progress. However, Ronnie sent Reggie to her mansion to borrow the lawn mower (which has an attachment that picks up leaves). They argue over who gets to drive. Archie finally wins, but the others come along for the ride. Archie wants someone to get off, so the mower will go faster, and they argue about it. Ronnie puts her hand over Archie’s face for no apparent reason and causes him to drive into a tree, which tosses them all about and wrecks the mower. Archie’s friends leave for their own well-being. Mr. Svenson arrives, surprised at what Archie’s trying to do. He makes a phone call. It turns out that Svenson’s secret (which he’s keeping from Weatherbee) is he calls in his “very big” family to help every year. Ha.
This story was okay. Everyone overreacted and was an idiot (except Svenson).