Archer

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Archer Vice: Arrival/Departure

    Aired 4/21/14

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Archer Vice: Filibuster

    Aired 4/14/14

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part II

    Aired 4/7/14

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part I

    Aired 3/31/14

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Archer Vice: On the Carpet

    Aired 3/24/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • H. Jon Benjamin

    Sterling Archer

  • Judy Greer

    Cheryl Tunt

  • Amber Nash

    Pam Poovey

  • Chris Parnell

    Cyril Figgis

  • Aisha Tyler

    Lana Kane

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  • show Description
  • Sterling Archer is the world's most dangerous spy. He works for ISIS, a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers - one of whom is his ex-girlfriend - Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. His antics are only excusable because at the end of the day, he still somehow always manages to thwart whatever crises was threatening mankind.moreless

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  • Quotes (176)

    • Archer: (Playing Roulette) 22...black! Ass! Son of a bitch! (Notices a black man standing near him) Not you, giant African man. I'm sorry, can I offer you a drink? How about this expensive prostitute?

    • Archer: (To the secretary, about his mother) Is she in, or is she out...eating a baby?

    • Cyril: I always make Lana stir-fry on Fridays. Guess what we call it?
      Archer: Stir-Friday?
      Cyril: Wow, that's actually better.

    • Malory: The thought of me dead gives you an erection?! Archer: No, just half of one. The other half would have really missed you... I mean not... ugh... (Pause) Johnny Bench called.

    • Pam: I am dealing with the break room problem! Archer: Oh good, you caught the, oh wait, I had something for this... the Pita Predator. Pam: You know what? Archer: OK, let's just call it what it is... food rapist.

    • Archer: (To Cheryl, who is crying) No, don't, you're so ugly when you cry.

    • Archer: Hi, I'm a huge fan of cock, and my name is (Uses voice recorder) "Cyril Figgis". (Door opens) Holy shit, our security is atrocious. Seriously, it's really bad. Password... hmm, password... umm, how about "Guest?" No way, it can't be! Jesus christ, that is just babytown frolics.

    • Archer: Stop. Shut up. I have to go, and if I find one single dog hair when I get back, I'll... rub sand in your dead little eyes.
      Woodhouse: Very good, Sir.
      Archer: I also need you to go buy sand.
      Woodhouse: Yes, Sir.
      Archer: I don't know if they grade it, but... coarse.

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    Notes (115)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Caicedo (Character Design & Illustration), Chad Hurd (Character Design & Illustration), Sam Ellis (Character Design & Illustration)
      Neal Holman (3D Modeling Supervisor)
      Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Ashley Zeltzer (Costumes & Styling)
      Andrew Sipes (uncredited Editor)
      Vincent Lucido (uncredited Storyboard Artist)

    • Creator Adam Reed originally wanted the show to be called Duchess, but the FX network didn't like the title. Archer was his second choice.

    • When writing the show, creator Adam Reed had H. Jon Benjamin and Jessica Walter in mind for the respective parts of Archer and Malory. When they sent character descriptions out looking for actors, they put, "Think Jessica Walter" for Malory. Walter's agent called the next day to say she was interested. According to Reed, the Archer crew was ecstatic, and then "dropped her name like crazy to get all these other great people."

    • The "Johnny Bench called" line was an ad-lib in the recording booth.

    • The base for each character was designed by taking photographs of local Atlanta models dressed up in period clothes, and using Adobe Illustrator to trace over them. Creator Adam Reed has said that some characters' resemblances to the actors who voice them is entirely coincidental.

    • Cheryl/Carol was not originally intended to be a long-term character. Creator Adam Reed explained that they intended to have a running gag of Archer impregnating secretaries. When Judy Greer agreed to voice Cheryl, they decided to make the character more important.

    • Amber Nash was asked to voice Pam based on her previous work voicing Val on the show Frisky Dingo, also created by Adam Reed. They pitched it to her by showing her a short animation of Pam's face saying one of Val's lines.

    • Chris Parnell originally auditioned for another role in the pilot but didn't get it. They offered him Cyril later.

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    Trivia (60)

    • The photo Malory holds up of her with her dog Duchess is a parody of the famous 1980 Annie Leibovitz photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    • When Malory is looking at Archer's file, there is a list of ISIS agents on the right side of the screen. The following names appear: Cross, Holloway, Hyde, Mason, McGail, Royale, Shuler, Stone, Voigt, Walker, Wolfe, Zarich.

    • Cheryl changes her named to Carol.

    • The car that Cyril drives is a first generation (early 1970's) Renault 12.

    • Cheryl changes her name two more times in this episode; first to Corinne, and then to Cristal.

    • This is the second time Brett gets shot by Archer; the first was in the pilot episode, Mole Hunt, though Brett was not named in that episode.

    • Cheryl changes her name again, this time to Carina.

    • The three dishes eaten during the dinner party are Swedish dishes: "Gravlax" (Salmon), "Janssons frestelse" (A potato and herring based dish), and "Kladdkaka" (A chocolate cake).

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    Allusions (158)

    • Mission Impossible
      When Archer is narrating the security measures to get into the mainframe, it is an allusion to a very similar scene in Mission Impossible. The sound-sensitive, pressure-sensitive and voice activation countermeasures are all references to the security measures for the CIA headquarters that Ethan Hunt must breach. The movie's plot also revolves around a mole hunt.

    • P.G. Wodehouse
      Archer's butler Woodhouse is most likely named in homage to the short stories and novels of P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse created the character of Jeeves in 1915, the intelligent personal valet and "gentleman's personal gentleman" of good-natured but dense Bertie Wooster. These stories were also made into a TV series, Jeeves and Wooster in the 1990s.

    • Brian's Song
      Archer: What happened was... um... did you see Brian's Song? Same thing, pretty much, happened. (pause) I helped a guy with cancer.
      Brian's Song is a 1971 TV-movie based on the true story of Brian Piccolo, a college football player who gets terminal cancer after going pro. The movie follows his close friendship with his teammate, who helps him through his struggles.

    • Hungry Hungry Hippos
      Archer: If you let me in the mainframe, I'll drop these donuts. Then you can pretend they're marbles and you're a hungry, hungry... (Pam presses button, shutting door in Archer's face) ...hungry hippo.
      Archer is referring to the children's tabletop game Hungry Hungry Hippos. The purpose of the game is to gulp up the most marbles with your plastic hippo.

    • Puttin' on the Ritz
      Archer: (Very drunk) No no, because forget the dog rule, because this pug is amazing. Watch this... Abelard, go...
      Abelard: (Barks)
      Archer: Do you not hear that?? That's "Puttin' on the Ritz," man!
      "Puttin' on the Ritz" is a popular song first published in 1929. It has been covered many times - Fred Astaire performed a version in 1946, and a popular cover was done by the group Taco in 1983.

    • Jenga
      Krenshaw: Jesus, Archer, you think this is a game?
      Archer: No, I think Jenga's a game...
      Jenga is a game developed in the 1980s where players remove blocks from a tower and balance them on top until the tower inevitably tumbles.

    • Milton Berle
      Archer: (Referring to Cyril)He just gets a pass, like Milton Berle?
      Milton Berle, an American actor and comedian, was famously rumored to be well endowed.

    • James Bond
      Archer: I'm like...
      Cyril: Who? James Bond?
      Archer: Well, I don't like to invite that comparison, but yeah, basically.
      James Bond is a fictional character developed by Ian Fleming, who first appeared in novels and later in a series of popular films. Bond is a sophisticated spy working for British Secret Intelligence, who loves pretty women and fast cars.

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