Writer: Dan Parent
Pencils: Dan Parent
Inking: Jon D’Agostino
Lettering: Bill Yoshida*
Coloring: Barry Grossman*
Original Publication: Cheryl Blossom, No. 9
Cover Date: February, 1998
Length: 5 pages
*These roles aren’t credited in this story; I assume the credits from the lead story apply here.
Although I have the original issue, I’m reviewing this story from the digital edition.
Betty, Archie, and Jughead are at Club Blossom, helping Cheryl decorate it for Christmas. Despite already agreeing to do it and showing up, Betty angrily demands Cheryl remind them why they’re helping. Cheryl’s hoping her inn wins “Best Decorated Home” in a magazine contest, and they’ll be included if they help. Jughead angrily demands they get credit, because they’re doing all of the physical labor. Cheryl is doing the visual planning, which she claims is tiring also. Archie doesn’t mind helping, which Cheryl knew. Betty’s angry over this very light flirting.
Soon, they’re finished. Cheryl says it’s gorgeous. Betty happily admits it looks spectacular. Cheryl believes the award is as good as hers and tells Archie to turn on the lights. Cheryl, Betty, and Archie are in awe at the result. Betty says it’s just lovely. Despite the overwhelming brightness, Cheryl angrily detects another, separate “glaring light”. It’s coming from the lights that are a part of the Clumpitts’ “tacky display”. Cheryl decides to call the police on her “classless” neighbors.
Unfortunately, the cop can’t make the Clumpitts take down the “neon disaster” (Cheryl’s term), because it’s their property. Cheryl decides they’ll block the display. They put up a giant tarp, but it can’t block the brightness. Also, the display is attracting a crowd, who like it, much to Cheryl’s worry.
Cheryl is worried when the display attracts “everyone in town”. The magazine photographer is coming tomorrow night. Cheryl asks Jason what to do. Jason tells her to cut their power supply and indicates which wire to cut. Cheryl likes the idea and decides to do it while the magazine is here.
The next evening, Cheryl cuts the wire and cuts off the power to the inn. Pissed, she realizes Jason set her up. Jason decides to fix the wires but realizes he doesn’t know how. He’ll have to call an electrician, but it might take hours on a Saturday night. The photographer decides to cancel but then notices the Clumpitts’ display and photographs that instead, much to Cheryl’s distress.
The display makes the paper, and so does a brief mention of Club Blossom, but Cheryl’s still upset.
This story was okay, but there’s no way that Cheryl could cut the entire power to the inn by cutting one outdoor wire. At least, the Clumpitts don’t actually make an appearance.