This is not working the way I anticipated (a common theme).
<?php comments_template(); ?> does nothing when it is inside the loop on any page except single.php, although it works perfectly fine on single.php
If I change this to <?php include("comments.php" ?>, the file includes. It will behave properly as far as telling me if comments are locked - and it will give me the reply form. It will also tell me how many comments are on the page using the standard comments_number() function, and comments_popup_link() works as well.
However, $comments appears to be empty. If I echo it, I get nothing, and no comments are ever shown, even when the page itself tells me that there are comments there. Again, the same code, no exceptions, works brilliantly on single.php