Fortunately, this time we actually get at least one genuine ghost, so I'm going to skip the lengthy preamble and simply point out that Archie Comics just announced a new crossover:
Archie Meets The Predator.
This is a real thing that will be happening in 2015.
I can't wait.
At Riverdale High School, we find Jughead standing watch while Archie has (somehow) managed to lock himself in his own locker. With an actual dial combination lock. I think we found our first really "weird" mystery in the show so far.
It appears that Archie is trying to avoid Reggie, but unfortunately the dark-haired frenemy (guys have those, too, right?) appears to dig on the latest article Archie wrote for the school paper. It appears things have been "normal" in Riverdale for several months now, leaving Archie with nothing to write about.
We cut from the middle of the day to Pop's stand at night, as Pop Tate closes up shop. He starts making his way home (still wearing the dorky little paper hat) when something comes up at him from behind, casting a large shadow over him. We also get the standard "No...no....NOOOOOO" from Pop as he sees it, so it could be anything from some terrible creature to the city's kitchen inspector.
The next day at school, Archie hears of what happened to Pop Tate and decid- wait, no, that's not it. That's not it at all.
Archie wanders the halls (during class?) and runs in to Mr. Weatherbee leading a ... decidedly different Reggie down the hallway.
Apparently Reggie was found wandering around in the gym, sans pants, in a total state of shock from some great fright. Mr. Weatherbee helpfully explains that there were eleven other cases of something similar happening last night alone, and Reggie tells Archie that "Quiet Violet" is coming back and asks him to watch after his late library book notice he's holding.
So...it appears that the scene with Pop Tate was completely pointless.
The whole thing excites Archie to no end since it gives him a mystery to work on. He heads to the library (after being ditched by Jughead) to try to look into any similar events happening. He then spends the next few hours opening books, turning one page, and then concluding that what he needs isn't there with a "nope."
Stack after stack, book after book he goes through, turning one page, closing it, getting another book. And he's not even looking into the table of contents, as it clearly shows him opening up the book somewhere in the middle. Archie decides to call it a day, and as he leaves the library, the books he left behind pick themselves up and float over to a shelf, putting themselves away.
Obviously you know what we're dealing with here.
That's right, a Class IV Semi-Anchored Entity ghost.
Archie bumps into Betty, who brings back the whole Pop Tate business by describing him staring into space, saying "Quiet Violet" and holding an overdue library book card. Archie, being the master detective that he is, takes a whole four seconds to realize she said "overdue library book card," leading him to conclude there must be a connection between the library and what happened to the people around town.
Leaving Betty behind (because ... ?), he goes back to the library. There, the librarian is more than happy to share that lots of weird things have been happening (and yet, after all this time, she never felt the need to tell the guy who's had to deal with aliens, monsters, and vampires). Books shelving themselves, cold winds blowing when no windows are open, overdue library book notices disappearing, and other things all lead the librarian and Archie to conclude that something is attempting to "help" the library, "but doesn't realize how spooky it all is."
Or maybe it doesn't care, guys. Ever think about that?
Archie spends several hours wandering around the library looking for any poltergeists. He checks all of the usual hiding places, such as tucked between books on a shelf, looking around shelving units, and peeking under tables (poltergeists have many similarities to chewed gum). He isn't willing to look up, though, because Archie, and I'm not making this up, figures poltergeists are probably like car keys and will be "in the last place you look."
If only he could get some kind of clue to help him along.
That ought to do it.
Archie attempts to establish contact with the ghost, but is a bit too eager and gets "shushed" by the ghost. And by "shushed" I mean she uses her power over books to have a group attempt to "bite" Archie and then simply flings him around the building and smacks him into things.
Needless to say, this is enough to scare everybody out of the library (the exact opposite of what the current librarian asked Archie to do), but Archie spots the ghost fade into a portrait on the wall.