Archie is still obsessed with his nonexistent boxing career. While at the gym, he finds a secret cubby with a young orphan named Ricky living inside. Although he bolts when Josie (Ashleigh Murray) brings up child protective services, Ricky assures Archie that he’s not on the run. Instead, he left the shelter after getting bullied by a group of older kids.
They even branded him with the same mark that Archie has, so Archie takes him under his wing. He lets him sleep in the garage, teaches him how to box and even gives him his Riverdale letterman jacket.
Of course, things take an interesting turn when Archie receives a call from a social worker, who reveals that Ricky’s real name is Ricardo De Santos—as in, Joaquin’s (Rob Raco) brother.
Just then, Ricky grabs a knife and points it at Archie. It turns out he was playing him all along. When he lunges at Archie and slashes him, Fred (Luke Perry) interrupts and saves the day, prompting Ricky to run off. He left nothing but a Griffin & Gargoyles card that says “Kill the Red Paladin” (aka Archie).