Season 2 Episode 2

A Going Concern

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2011 on FX
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Episode Summary


Malory finds herself without money after she is wiped out by a Ponzi scheme. She decides to sell ISIS to a rival spy agency, ODIN.

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  • A Modest Proposition

    Malory decides to sell ISIS to ODIN's head Lenn Trexler after she loses everything in a Ponzi Scheme. Archer and the rest of the office decide to fight against this regime change by getting Trexler to fall out of love with Malory who also seeks to marry his mother as well. Meanwhile, Lana gets an offer from Barry of ODIN as the regional commander of North America, effectively removing Malory from her seat once Malory sells off ISIS. Archer and the others go to extreme measures, including giving some soldiers LSD and planting a micro chip in someone's brain. All together not the strongest episode of Archer but still funny enough to pull itself above most other animated adult shows of the like.moreless
Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters


Guest Star

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Len Trexler

Special Guest Star

George Coe

George Coe


Recurring Role

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Dave Willis

Dave Willis

Barry Dillon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Barry: It wasn't a conversation, Lana. I was just talking TO my gun. Not WITH it. Pretty big difference.

    • Archer: Can you put it in a person's brain?
      Krieger: It'd suffocate.
      Archer: Not the rabbit, you idiot, the chip.
      Krieger: Oh yes, absolutely.
      Archer: Without killing the person?
      Krieger: Oh... maybe?

    • Cheryl: Krieger's a doctor.
      Cyril: Not the medical kind!
      Krieger: Not even the other kind... technically.

    • Archer: (Gesturing at dolls to demonstrate plan) Alright, those are ODIN guys, Ray, you're the little pink sailor and wait... why do we have so many damn dolls in here?
      Pam: For sexual harassment complaints. So people can non-verbally indicate where stuff happened on their bodies.
      Archer: Yeah, that takes like one doll.
      Pam: Not if there's ever a gang rape.

    • Cyril: If we could make Trexler fall out of love...
      Cheryl: How? Trust me, you can't control a person's heart.
      Krieger: You can with a little thing I like to call a deep cycle marine battery.Or LSD.
      Krieger: Yes?
      Cyril: Well, that explains a lot.
      Cheryl: I just thought they were breath strips!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Jeff Fastner (Associate Art Director)
      Eric Sims (Background Director)
      Chad Hurd (Illustration Director)
      Mark Parsons (Lead Animator)
      TJ Buford (Lead Illustrator)
      Claire Almon (Illustrator), Jon Bass (Illustrator), Rod Ben (Illustrator), Pierre Cerrato (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Chi Duong (Illustrator), Jonathan Floyd (Illustrator), Kelton Hamm (Illustrator), Tariq Hassan (Illustrator), Jason Li (Illustrator), Ji Li (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Ron States (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (Illustrator)
      Jasmine Alyce (Assistant Manager)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      JC Richardson (Music & Sound)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Jody Cobler (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Justin Hoover (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Chad Koerner (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Mary Shields (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: May 10, 2011 on 5*


    • Noam Chomsky
      Cheryl: You said you had a plan!
      Archer: My plan is to crowd-source a plan! (disapproving murmurs from the crowd)
      Cheryl: Thanks, Noam Chomsky.
      Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, and activist. He is the author of over 150 books, many of them widely cited, and is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    • Bob Marley
      Archer: (Irritated at Pam pretending to be Jamaican) God, will you give it a rest... um... damn, I had something for this.
      Pam: Blob Marley.
      This is a pun on Bob Marley, the famous Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian.

    • Cool Runnings
      Pam: Ja mon, I'm all Cool Runnings, mon.
      Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy film loosely based on the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team.

    • The Lord of the Rings
      Cyril: (Taking pills) Man, you have got a problem. Cheryl: Oh right, like you're one to talk!
      Pam: Yeah, Pill-bo Baggins!
      This is a pun on Bilbo Baggins, the main character in the JRR Tolkien pre-quel to The Lord of the Rings,The Hobbit.

    • Robert Klein
      The rabbit's name is Rabbert Klein.
      This is a pun on Robert Klein, the actor and comedian.

    • Of Mice and Men
      Archer: Um... can we give Lenny the rabbit?
      This is a reference to the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. Lenny is a large, strong man of limited mental capacity. His dream is to own a farm with his friend George and tend to and cuddle the rabbits on the farm.

    • A Clockwork Orange
      The "modified Ludovico" that they use on Trexler, where his eyes are held open while he is drugged and shown disturbing imagery, is a reference to the "Ludovico technique" used in the film/novel A Clockwork Orange.

    • Michael Steele
      Archer: He shoots me full of some kind of, I don't know, fish paralyzer... and then it was, "drill baby, drill."
      "Drill baby, drill" was a campaign slogan used by Michael Steele at the 2008 Republican National Convention, referring to support for increased domestic oil production.

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