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Waldo Weatherbee is a recurring character on Riverdale. He is portrayed by Peter Bryant.

He is the principal of Riverdale High School.

Early Life

Nothing is known of Weatherbee's early life. However, he did become the principal of Riverdale High School some time prior to the start of the series.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Suspecting Archie Andrews

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Mr. Weatherbee giving an announcement

Principal Weatherbee began the school day by announcing their plans to continue moving forward with the pep-rally, despite recent events. As Sheriff Keller spoke on the status of Jason Blossom's death, Weatherbee briefly noticed Archie Andrews lurking outside his office.

Later that day, he approached Archie, requesting that they speak for a moment. He first acknowledged Archie's satisfactory position within the school, such as Varsity football and AP music tutorials. He quickly moved on to the real reason he requested Archie's presence, the look they shared earlier that day, he wondered why Archie wouldn't meet his eyes, suggesting that he may be hiding something about Jason.

That night, during thePep Rally, he hands the mic over to Mayor McCoy. The next day, he and Sheriff Keller arrest Cheryl Blossom during class due to something that was revealed during Jason's autopsy. [1]

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Sheriff Keller and Weatherbee interrogated Archie

Principal Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller escorted Cheryl to his office for question in the murder of her own brother, Jason Blossom. Cheryl claimed that she didn't kill Jason, however, she admitted to lying about what took place on the 4th of July. The truth is that they went out there to fake Jason's death. They made it to the other side of Sweetwater River, in Greendale, and they parted ways, but she recalled hearing a gunshot just before.

The following day, Archie came forth, admitting that he was at the river on the 4th of July, and that he heard a gunshot. Weatherbee watched quietly as Sheriff Keller did the interrogating. The only thing useful they learned from Archie was that Cheryl's claim of gunfire is true. [2]

Jughead Jones was taken into custody upon the discovery made by Sheriff Keller, which were that his fingerprints were on file for a previous incident. After entering The Blue and Gold in search for Jughead, Weatherbee and Keller found his murder board, which only made matters worse. [3]

Homecoming and Jubilee

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Weatherbee denying Betty's request

Principal Weatherbee denied Betty Cooper's request to delegate a percentage of her decorating duties for the Homecoming to Ethel Muggs. She made a commitment, one that she had to honor, especially when considering that this Homecoming was also reunion weekend, in which former graduates would return to Riverdale High School to revisit their youth and make up for lost time. The night of the dance, Mr. Weatherbee and Mayor McCoy requested Betty's assistance throughout the evening, however, she was fairly unavailable, leaving the task of walking Mayor McCoy up to the stage on him.[4]

Following an altercation between Jughead Jones and Cheryl Blossom in the school's cafeteria, Mr. Weatherbee requested Jughead's presence in his office, where he interrogated him over the murder of Jason Blossom, before letting him go. Later that night, he called Fred Andrews, and suggested that Jughead finish the rest of the semester from home as he was concerned with Jughead's safety after the incident with Cheryl. The other students could react in a similar fashion which would cause unwanted problems.[5]

Season 1 Episode 13 The Sweet Hereafter Mayor Sierra McCoy and Mr. Weatherbee

Mayor McCoy and Mr. Weatherbee

At Mayor McCoy's request, Mr. Weatherbee called Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper down to his office, where they discussed the opportunity of the two teens being featured as the town's heroes at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee. They helped bring peace and justice to their streets once more, and even though that's not exactly what happened, Betty claimed, Weatherbee urged her to allow the Mayor to finish her proposal. A couple days later, he attended the Jubilee, and following the performance of Josie and the Pussycats and Archie, he clapped along with the rest of the crowd as Betty gave her speech pertaining to the crossroads Riverdale was facing.[6]

Season 2

Mr. Weatherbee joined Coach Clayton and the Bulldogs at Riverdale General Hospital to provide moral support for Archie, after learning that his father had been shot by a black hooded assailant at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe earlier in the day.[7]

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Mr. Weatherbee announcing to the students that Ms. Grundy was killed

Mr. Weatherbee entered the classroom with tragic news to share. He revealed to the students that Ms. Grundy, who was the music teacher at the school last semester, was found murdered in her Greendale home the prior night. With some of them being students of her's, like Archie Andrews, he could imagine that the news would be difficult to process. Archie, who is overwhelmed with pain and fear, suddenly got out his seat and exited the classroom.[8]

Endorsing the Red Circle

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Mr. Weatherbee discovering the Red Circle flyers

While walking the halls of Riverdale High School, Mr. Weatherbee immediately noticed that all the lockers were covered with flyers, instructing those that are scared or in need of protection to call The Red Circle; a group watch organization being headed by Archie Andrews.

The following day, Mr. Weatherbee joined Sheriff Keller and Archie by the lockers. The Sheriff then told him about Archie's private army, which much to his surprise, Mr. Weatherbee was fully aware of. He endorsed the movement, informing Sheriff Keller that the Red Circle was, in fact, a school club. Archie had shown tremendous initiative. Mr. Weatherbee wouldn't fault him for wanting to protect his fellow students.[9]

Disbanding the Bulldogs

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Mr. Weatherbee disbanding the football team

After hearing of the video that the Red Circle posted online, where they threatened to hunt down the Black Hood, Mr. Weatherbee called Archie down to his office to express his discomfort with Archie's sentiment and to inform him that he was suspended from the football team, effective immediately. The doubling down on that by disbanding the team entirely until the Red Circle was brought to an end. If Archie hasn't written a signed letter apologizing to the Riverdale High community by week's end, his suspension will begin and will continue until he complied. Care to rethink your position, Mr. Weatherbee asked Archie, to which he replied that they all have to do what they think is right, meaning he had no intentions of disbanding the Red Circle.

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Mr. Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller finding a black hood

Mr. Weatherbee and Sheriff Keller interrupted Dr. Phylum's class to pull Archie out in the hallway after getting a tip from a bodega owner on the south side that a Riverdale High School student with red hair was waving a gun around outside his shop. Archie claimed that he was in his garage working on some songs. Nevertheless, given Archie's behavior over the last several days, he and the Sheriff believed that a look in Archie's locker for any weapons or contraband was warranted. With Archie's father having already been informed of the search, Mr. Weatherbee instructed Archie to open the locker or else he would. Inside, they found a black hood, greatly resembling the one that Archie previously described.[10]

Souhtside High Transfers

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Mr. Weatherbee announcing the closing of Southside High

Mr. Weatherbee announced over the intercom that effective immediately, Southside High was shut down, and its students would be transferred to other schools in the district, including Riverdale High. He believed that the soon to be released statement would address their concerns, as well as their parents'. While he was sure that many of them had questions, it went without saying that they were welcoming the transfers with open minds, hearts, and arms.

The next day, Weatherbee broke up a verbal altercation between the recent transfers (Jughead Jones, Toni Topaz, Sweet Pea and Fangs Fogarty) and some of his regular students (Veronica Lodge, Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle and Cheryl Blossom).

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Weatherbee and Reggie accusing the Serpents of vandalizing the school's seal

Later that day, in the student lounge, as the newcomers were becoming adjusted, Mr. Weatherbee called them out into the hallway, in search of the culprit responsible for defacing the school's seal with a spray-painted on Serpent. Next to Weatherbee stood Reggie, who the transfers, along with Veronica, suspected of being the actual vandal. Despite the Serpents pleading their innocence, Weatherbee continued to accuse them of vandalizing the school seal. His suspicion only grew as with Reggie in his ear, who claimed that the Serpents were doing what they do best by tagging their turf. Having fallen victim to Reggie's lies, effective immediately, Weatherbee outlawed gang behavior of any kind. As of that moment, Serpent jackets would no longer be tolerated and tattoos were expected to be covered. Possession of any gang paraphernalia would lead to immediate suspension.

The next day, Weatherbee was forced to break up a fight between the Serpents and the Bulldogs in the student lounge. After pulling the rivaling groups apart, he gave each of them a week of detention. However, he didn't stop there. Weatherbee looked to Jughead, reminding him that gang paraphernalia, more specifically his jacket, had been banned. Should Jughead refuse to take it off, he would be suspended. In that case, Jughead took the suspension as he walked out the office with his Serpent jacket still on.[11]

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Mr. Weatherbee suspending Betty and Jughead from the Blue and Gold

Mr. Weatherbee called Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones down to his office to confront them about Jughead's article attacking General Pickens. There had been a steady stream of outrage since the publishing of the article, most recently, Hiram Lodge's lawyer, Paul Sowerberry. He called to alert them that they were considering taking legal actions against the Blue and Gold on the grounds of defamation of character. Effective immediately, both Betty and Jughead were suspended from the newspaper staff. They were given a day to clean out their things.[12]

Mr. Weatherbee was approached by Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones with an article that they were hoping the Blue and Gold could publish. Unfortunately, Mr. Weatherbee refused to publish Jughead's article as he didn't condone the malicious takedown of a fellow students' parents i.e. Veronica.[13]

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Weatherbee at Midge's funeral

The town gathers for Midge Klump's funeral to pay respect. Cheryl sings a song in Midge's honor. She and the rest of the River Vixens are dressed in an all-black cheerleader uniform. Midge's death has seemingly taken a great toll on Riverdale, Mrs. Klump and Moose especially. Weatherbee stands alongside Ethel and Moose as the service commences.[14]

Mr. Weatherbee calls Fangs Fogarty to his office after the behind the scenes documentary footage of Fangs in Midge's dressing room is leaked on the Register's website.[15]

Mr. Weatherbee arrives at Riverdale High to find the school in shambles. He enters the hallway as the Bulldogs and Serpents are about the face off, though he brings an end to it.[16]

Mr. Weatherbee sends out a memo following riot night, which claims that Riverdale High is overcrowded, resulting in the transfer of all Southside High students to Seaside High, which is two hours away. However, this sudden transfer is actually do to Sweet Pea and the Serpents trashing the school.

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Weatherbee is confronted by the students

Later that week, Weatherbee exits his office to find that the students, from both the North and Southside, have united in a show support of the Southside students who are being wrongly transferred. They are all wearing Serpent jackets. Archie explains that everyone is ready to walk out. Mr. Weatherbee threatens to expel any student that does, though Archie calls his bluff. He knows that Weatherbee is a good man who doesn't discriminate, and if he isn't, Archie tells Weatherbee to expel him as he doesn't wish to be apart of that. With that being said, Weatherbee tells everyone to get to class.

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Election day

Both the mayoral election and student body election are held in the gymnasium of Riverdale High. Among the voters are Weatherbee, Pop Tate, Sweet Pea, Josie, Moose, Veronica, Reggie and many others. Afterward, Mr. Weatherbee announces that the student council election votes are in. The new student body president of Riverdale High is Archie Andrews. The entire student body applauds his election. In unrelated news, Weatherbee also announces that for the foreseeable future, all former Southside High students will remain at Riverdale High. The entire student body applauds once more in celebration.

The next day, in the school gymnasium, Weatherbee welcomes all in attendance for Archie's inauguration. He first calls Josie up to sing the National Anthem. Her performance is interrupted by Sheriff Minetta, who places Archie under arrest for the murder of Shadow Lake resident, Cassidy Bullick.[17]

Physical Appearance

Mr. Weatherbee is a middle-aged, tall man with a lean but fit build. He has a shaved head, brown skin and dark brown eyes. Weatherbee has only ever been seen during his work hours, where one would be expected to dress in a professional matter; In his case, dark-colored suits. It is currently unknown what his everyday clothing choice consist of.

Personality

While very little is known of Mr. Weatherbee's personality, he appears to be fairly stern and straightforward. Under the impression that Archie Andrews was withholding information pertaining to the death of Jason Blossom, Weatherbee was frank in approaching him by asking Archie if he had any knowledge of Jason's case.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Notes

  • In Archie Comics, Mr. Weatherbee has appeared in many iterations, often for comic purposes. Unlike the TV series, his comic counterpart is a middle-aged Caucasian man, plump and with a certain impatience towards Archie and the Gang, famous troublemakers at Riverdale High School.
  • In The Archie Show, the animated series produced by Filmation from 1968 to August 1969, a recurring sketch sees Mr. Weatherbee seriously concerned for his mental health when accidentally witnessing events caused by Sabrina Spellman's magic.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Weatherbee

Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps

References

  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  2. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  3. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  4. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (April 27, 2017). "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 11. The CW.
  5. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (May 4, 2017). "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 12. The CW.
  6. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Toland Krieger, Lee (director) (May 11, 2017). "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 13. The CW.
  7. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  8. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  9. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 25, 2017). "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 3. The CW.
  10. Lasher, Amanda (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (November 1, 2017). "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 4. The CW.
  11. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, Brian E. (writers) & Hunter, Tim (director) (January 17, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 10. The CW.
  12. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Talalay, Rachel (director) (January 31, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and The Divine". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 12. The CW.
  13. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (March 14, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 15. The CW.
  14. Chambers, Cristine (writer) & Phang, Jennifer (director) (April 25, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 19. The CW.
  15. Lawrence, Yolonda (writer) & Smith, Gregory (director) (May 2, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 20. The CW.
  16. Boucher, Shepard (writer) & Nowlan, Cherie (director) (May 9, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 21. The CW.
  17. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Adelson, Steven A (director) (May 16, 2018). "Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 22. The CW.