The relationship between Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle is not as clean cut as it may appear. They are friends and teammates but they often butt heads over football and Archie's friendship with Jughead Jones.
Sometime before the start of the series, Archie and Reggie became friends.
Throughout Riverdale Edit
On Archie's very first day of sophomore year, Reggie joined him at his locker, hyped over Archie's new football-ready build. Reggie enthusiastically asked for tips before Archie explained that his recent change was from working construction all summer at his father's company. This led Reggie into his next question, if Archie had sex with any older women as he was out there working on private homes, but he smoothly deflected the question.
Following the back-to-school Semi-formal, Reggie attended Cheryl Blossom's after-party in which seconded Archie as Cheryl's pick play Seven Minutes in Heaven first and laughed delightedly when the bottle landed between both Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. After Archie left the closet with Veronica, Reggie gesticulated his approval.
In the student lounge, after everyone in town was questioned about Jason Blossom's murder following the discovery of his corpse, Reggie loudly ruminated on who the killer might be. He derisively suggested Jughead Jones, who he referred to as a spooky, scrawny, pathetic, the perfect suspect. Reggie asked him what it was like to kill Jason, and if he did anything to the body afterwards. Jughead reminded him that the correct term was necrophilia, he proceeded to ask Reggie if he could spell the word. Offended, Reggie leapt out of his seat, towards Jughead, but Archie intervened, leading Reggie to wonder if they killed Jason together. Archie then shoved Reggie, who shoved him back a lot harder, and knocked Archie to the ground, before finishing him off with a single punch.
Days later, following morning football practice, both Reggie and Archie were offered captaincy of the Riverdale Bulldogs. Coach Clayton, pit the two against one another to see who would impress him the most by week's end, with the winner becoming the new captain. Reggie believed if anyone deserved to be team captain, and wear Jason's jersey, it was him.
Despite Archie's best efforts to juggle football and music at the same time, Reggie got the better of him on every play, except for one, in which Archie managed to score on him. It wasn't long before Reggie discovered that Archie injured his hand, and insisted that he sit out on practice, but Archie refused. When it came time for the Coach to make his decision, he picked Archie, much to Reggie's surprise. He explained that he was very impressed when Archie gave Penelope Blossom her son's former football jersey, effectively retiring the number, which the Coach believed to be the right call, exactly what a captain would do. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Archie turned down the position, as he couldn't put all of himself in the team and still concentrate on his music. He wasn't quitting the team but suggested that it be given to Reggie instead, as the team deserved a captain who would make them his main priority.
Reggie, along with multiple other players on the Riverdale Bulldogs, heckled Archie, as attempted his audition for the 75th annual Variety Show. Archie's stage fright was so severe that he believed that he saw the players wearing werewolf masks and ultimately ran off the stage. However, on the night of the show, he did amazingly and earned much applause from everyone.
The day after Archie's father was discharged from the hospital and back home, Archie was back at Riverdale High School. Reggie spotted him in the hallway in front of the guidance office and approached him, asking what was on his mind, whether if it was girl troubles or scabies. He was curious as to why Archie was seeking guidance. Archie response to Reggie's comment was simple, that he wasn't. Determined to get an answer, Reggie walked with Archie in the hallway, suggesting that maybe he should due to this horrible appearance. Archie asks Reggie if he had anything that would help him stay awake. Reggie replied that he had many things, such as "amphetamines, baclofen, modafinil, jingle jangle", while keeping his voice low so that no one would over hear him talking about drugs on school property. Archie questions Reggie as to what Jingle Jangle was, and Reggie elaborate that it was a drug that would be able to keep him up for days, but Reggie wants to know why he needs them. Archie confesses that he needed them until the Black Hood was caught, adding that he wanted to be on high alert while the killer was still out there. Done with the conversation, he asks Reggie if he could help him out; Reggie reassures him that he has him covered.
Later that night, Reggie thought it would be funny to play a prank on Archie and he dressed up like the Black Hood, wearing a homemade mask similar to the killer's. Archie spotted him through the back window of his kitchen and he quickly reacted, running towards him to tackle him onto the ground. Archie attempts to choke Reggie, not knowing that it was him under the mask, that is until he removed it; Archie immediately got off of him. Reggie, freaked out by what had happened, asked Archie if he was insane. Archie's furious, questioning Reggie as to why he would be by his house wearing a mask. Reggie informed him that he came by to deliver his "uppers", but after this event, he started to think that it was a bad idea to give him the drugs. Reggie saw Archie was already going crazy off of the situation that he was currently in, pointing out to Archie that he'd lost it. Archie then points out that he was the one under the mask. Reggie explains that he was only trying to play a prank on him, not expecting that he would attack him. Reggie counters the thought with his own question and asks Archie what if he was the guy, what would he have done in that scenario, asking Archie if he would've tackled the guy like he just did a moment ago. Archie admits that he would have. Reggie reminds Archie that the killer has a gun on him, that he's already shot people, and points out the fact that only a "lunatic would bring a bat to a gunfight."
The next day during football practice, Archie spots Reggie out in the field, as he asked Reggie if they were going to start practice, while also asking him where Coach Clayton was. Reggie then informs Archie that he is at the hospital with Moose Mason and Midge Klump. Archie is shocked to hear what Reggie had to say to him and he calls the rest of the Bulldogs over to listen. Reggie informs the team that late last night, Moose got shot multiple times by some lunatic at Lovers' Lane. For a moment Archie thought Moose died, but Reggie graciously informs them that he's alive, as well as Midge. As he tells the team that Moose shielded her with his body and that she didn't get injured like Moose did. He then tells the team after that practice is canceled.
Later, Archie and the Gang is seen talking to each other in the school lounge, Reggie later walks in as he informs Archie that some of the football team members were coming with him to pay Moose a visit at the hospital, as he asked Archie if he was coming with them; they leave together with the team.
While back at the hospital, Archie and Reggie are in the patient room together with Moose. As he speaks to Archie, telling him that if he wasn't so big, Midge might've probably gotten shot as well. Archie tells Moose that he saved her life. Ignoring the seriousness of the situation, Reggie later takes a seat at Moose's bedside, telling Moose that his nurse was hot and asks him what would he do if he popped a boner during a sponge both. Archie, determined to get answers, asks Moose to make sure if the killer wasn't wearing a ski mask; to confirm if he was wearing a black hood. Moose nods his head, indicating to Archie that he was. He probes Moose for more answers, asking if he remembered anything else. Moose brings up the subject of his eyes. Archie immediately asks if they looked green. Midge interrupts the conversation, informing Archie that the killers' eyes were "blank", as if there wasn't a person behind them. She goes on to describe them as if he was like "Micheal Myers", that he had the devil's eyes.
Fed up by the string of events that have been committed by the Black Hood, Archie called a meeting to discuss the best way to handle the situation before it gets any more worst than it already is. This time it was Moose and Midge, and while they were lucky enough to have survived, everyone else may not be so fortunate the next time the criminal strikes. The group agreed to start a watch group to focus on Riverdale High, to operate as an extra circle of protection. Reggie took this to mean that Archie wanted them to take action by heading into and seeking out their own version of justice. However, this was not the case. While that was Archie's first thought, he came up with a better plan that excluded the use of violence and weapons; a patrol. And extra sets of eyes and ears for the police. Should they encounter the shooter, Archie told them to call Sheriff Keller. They were watch dogs, not vigilantes. As for an official name, The Red Circle was specifically chosen by Archie. From that point forward, they would protect themselves. The Red Circle then took to the streets, passing out flyers to residents who may felt scared or need protection.
The following night, Reggie waited in his car for Archie to arrive when he noticed the wooden baseball bat in Archie's hand, reminding him of his previous statement about not being vigilantes and having no need for weapons. Archie explained that he's had the bat since he was ten. In response, Reggie told Archie to look in the backseat, where he had a pipe and a lug wrench on standby in case the time came when he would have to use them. Reggie then pulled off, and together, the two of them began their patrol of the streets. It wasn't long before they received their first called; the caller being Ethel Muggs. She claimed that she was being stalked by someone in a large van on Hastings street. He and Archie soon arrived on scene to Ethel hiding in the corn field and the van that Ethel previously described, that had circled around the area that she was in three times, before later speeding off.
- Reggie: "Bro, you are ready for football, I'm not kidding you, dude, you got ripped. Dude, you're a beast. Look at this arm, it's diesel! How much are you benching, like 220? 225? You gotta give me some tips, man. Romanian deadlifts, right? Taking some T? Ginseng? Maca root? Tribulus terrestris?"
- Archie: "[laughs] It's from working construction, Reg."
- ―Reggie enthuses over Archie's new physique[src]
- Coach Clayton: "Now, Reggie your time will come. But for this season, at least, this is a new number, seeing as you took it upon yourself to retire Jason's. Now, which was, well, the right call. You know exactly what a captain should and would do."
- Reggie: "Dude, are you insane? Take the jersey."
- Archie: "I can't. I can't coach. I love playing football, but your starting lineup deserves a captain whose only love is playing football. Someone like Reggie. "
- Reggie: "What? I mean, yeah."
- ―Archie gives his potential position as captain to Reggie[src]
Season 2 ScreencapsEdit
- ↑ Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
- ↑ Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
- ↑ Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Warn, Jesse (director) (February 23, 2017). "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
- ↑ Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
- ↑ Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
- ↑ Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
- ↑ Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 25, 2017). "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 3. The CW.