Percival uses literature as a weapon

If Percival Pickens wasn’t evil enough, does this man now hate literature? ! This is one of the main discoveries of this week Riverdale, which sees Percival using late library books as a way to target the citizens of Riverdale. But first, we got an answer to last week’s cliffhanger…

Betty is not pregnant. And Archie is disgusted by it. Betty assures him that it will happen one day and that maybe “the universe just wants us to stop the bad guys first”. Sure, but how many bad guys do you have to stop because Riverdale seems to have an endless supply.

But at least for now, the villain who needs to be stopped is Percival, whose latest plan involves shutting down the Riverdale Public Library in order to open a hotel to service the new railroad. Why does this bring Percival into the homes of all our heroes? Because he’s trying to pick up all the overdue library books? Dude, what do you care, the library is closing! Also, how does EVERYONE in this town have a library book that’s at least 10 years overdue? Doesn’t anyone return the books from the library? !

One by one, Percival tells everyone about his books and then takes something personal as a “guarantee” until the books can be returned. How they didn’t all immediately realize that it’s really about the warranty is beyond me. Anyway, here’s how it goes.

Jughead’s book is Metamorphosisand until he finds him, Perceval takes the book his grandfather wrote and dedicated to him.

Percival then walks over to Archie, and clearly he doesn’t know Archie if he thinks this guy is reading! But apparently many years ago Archie checked Writing songs from the heart, a true American classic. Percival takes Archie’s guitar as collateral.

Veronica is late on Kiss of the Spider Woman and he takes his painting from Hiram.

Cheryl is late on Flowers in the attica book she last read with Heather, and he takes the chest containing Jason’s bones as collateral.

Betty never came back Small engine repairs — maybe she and Archie are a perfect match — and Alice puts up her diary as collateral.

And Reggie never returned an exercise book that teaches dyslexic children to read. But the joke is on Percival this time, because Reggie knows where that book is and hands it over immediately, which means Percival can’t take anything else as collateral.

Finally, Kevin must find his copy of lord of the fliesbut Percival takes no guarantees from him.

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Percival uses their items as totems for a spell, tormenting them with things from their past. Archie begins to see Mrs. Grundy’s corpse and reminisces about their time together and how she “nursed” him, according to Betty. Betty smells of bleach and remembers, for the first time, catching her dad cleaning up what must have been blood in the family car when she was 12 (and reading Small engine repairs). Jughead’s hands begin to dry out and bleed, and at one point he literally peels off a fingernail. Does he turn into a cockroach like in Metamorphosis or does he catch his grandfather’s eczema? Neither is great!

Reggie’s dyslexia comes back with a vengeance and Veronica starts seeing spiders everywhere, my real nightmare. Then there’s Cheryl, who thinks she hears Heather at her house. Things escalate from there: when Veronica invites Heraldo over for sex, she wakes up the next day with his corpse. It looks like he was bitten by a black widow spider, but as the coroner tells Veronica, it was too high a dose for a spider…and it entered his body through his lips. Let’s just hope this twist isn’t permanent.

Speaking of kisses, Kevin is the first to hand over his book, at which point Percival tells him he never has to feel like Piggy from lord of the flies again and then he… KISSES HER! But Kevin isn’t the only one on the Percival team. Reggie ends the episode with one of my favorite showdowns to date when Reggie shows up at Percival’s shop and says “Something awesome is going on.” Watch out, guys! Reg solved the case!

He then asks Percival if he’s a wizard, but Percival quickly corrects him, “I’m a magician, you might say.” Somehow that’s even dumber? Anyway, Reggie tells him that he would like to learn some magic himself. So it’s now the second big bad that Reggie will help? Sweet track record, brother.

Thanks to a helpful man on Sketch Alley, Jughead finds all their books at a store in Pennsylvania and they head to Percival’s store to pick up their stuff. Well, everyone except Veronica, who says Percival can keep Hiram’s painting. They then all head to Cheryl to burn their now soiled belongings. Except for Jughead, who keeps his grandfather’s book safe and says the most Jughead line ever: “It’s a book, I’m not burning it. What would Ray Bradbury say?” Honestly Jug, if you respect books so much, why didn’t you return yours to the library?!

And that brings us to the end of Percival’s last attack. We have now lost two members of the dark side, and I am very confused why Percival seems to list a group of people as his allies? I still have no idea what Percival’s ultimate goal is, but if he enjoys using people’s traumatic pasts against them, he’ll have unlimited ammunition in Riverdale.

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