Archer

Season 2 Episode 3

Blood Test

8
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2011 on FX
8.8
out of 10
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Archer's favorite hooker Trinette comes to him claiming he fathered her child, and Barry from ODIN offers to supervise a paternity test. Malory convinces Archer to try to swap out his DNA sample, so he ends up having to break into a vault while being a liter low on blood.

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  • ok ep but pretty badl written at times

    6.5
    while they alluded that the child of the hooker is cyrils obviously it isn't. the only reason they didn't do the blood test there was one bad writing 2 because blondi odin archer is a jerk and 3 because he swapped them anyway. since blondi obviously switched the samples anyway it didn't matter that archer swapped them before hand. cuz they were going to make it his child no matter what happend. besides they've pulled the bait and switch before with archers dad. first they made it look like the leader of the kgb was then odin. until we have a real dna test without chance of swapping the parent child relationship is up in the air.moreless
  • Sterling Archer: Father of One

    8.5
    Archer's favorite hooker Trinette shows up at ISIS claiming her child to be Sterling's. To prove that the child is his ODIN takes a blood sample and hold it for a day in their secure vault until they can test it. Archer and Malory desperately try to find a way to switch the blood out for someone else's so that Archer can get out of the situation. The episode offers genuine laughs with the inclusion of Woodhouse for the first time this season and Cyril spiraling further into sexual addiction following his breakup with Lana. This season of Archer recycles a lot of last season's jokes and often get tiresome such as the turtlenecks and the Lana has big hands one but other than that it is a fairly solid episode.moreless
  • And ths is only the 3rd episode of a 13 episode season? Thank you TV Gods!

    10
    I cannot believe there is no review for this yet but I am more than happy to be the first to let any "Archer" fan who hasn't seen it yet know that it's every bit as good as "Skorpio" and could possibly be better. Right now those two are vying for the favorite episode crown in my mind. But enough compaing masterpieces. Let's go in to what made this a classic.



    1) Archer could be a daddy - an instant catalyst for



    2) AMAZING diologue - not a rarity on "Archer" for sure. The only difference is the quickness of this episode's dialogue is staggering. I believe I'm fairly smart and that I have a pretty good grasp of the show's comedic pacing. I have watched this episode three times since last night just to catch the majority of all the subtly random-yet-awesome quips and inside jokes flying sround in this one. And I'm sure the next time I watch it I will catch even more.



    3) Geat plotting - The amazing dialogue mentioned above could have been gone to waste if there had been chaotic plotting that made little to no sense (a la "Killing Utne") but I already mentioned that this episode started off with the great springboard of Archer's potential fatherhood - and the episode squeezes every last bit of comedy out of that premise and makes you wish the episode was longer so they could have fit MORE in! All I can really say is ODIN returns, Barry returns, and Arcehr's life pretty much sucks - in the most hilarious way.



    4) Continuity - Something this show does so well is done even better here as hardcore fans will recognize the return of Archer's favorite "call girl", ODIN resurfaces, and there are nice barbs thrown at each other referencing past episodes from season one. All in all - it's quite a geek-fest.



    5) Plot twists - Ah, but see that's something I can't tell you about as that would spoil the surprise. I guess I can tell you the best part tho - Once you know the twist, it doesn't dampen your enjoyment of the episode when you watch it again! That's the best kind of twist a writer can make.



    It took last season about half-way thru it's run to truly find it's solid ground. This season seems to have much sturdier footing and knows how to entertain you as well as make you laugh. With greatness found so early, my only hope is that every episode from here on out is nothing short of gold.



    Kudos Adam Reed, H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, and all the rest cuz I don't wanna name them all - Let's keep season 2 moving full-steam!moreless
  • 203

    4.0
    This was only the second episode of Archer that I have seen, but two is more than enough for me.



    Archer has some good lines, but given the show's impressive cast (Benjamin, Parnell, Greer, Walter) you have to expect more here. It moves at such a rapid pace, as seen best in tonight's episode. I get that that is the style Archer is going for, but some jokes are best when you let them actually sink in.



    As for the plot, pretty generic as well, given that this is supposed to be a show that does away with most cartoon cliches.moreless
George Coe

George Coe

Woodhouse

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Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

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Dave Willis

Dave Willis

Barry Dillon

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Archer: Why is that who named like me?!
      Malory: Because he's your son. You colossal fu**ing idiot.

    • Archer: Whoa, I'm definitely missing that blood. Maybe if I drank some of Cyril's blood, I'd... wait, what am I saying? I don't even know his blood type! But I do know a liter of melon balls can't replace a liter of blood, because I'm kinda drunk for this!

    • Archer: Holy shit, how am I still alive? Eight gills is way more than I thought.
      Malory: That's why you're so woozy.
      Archer: Yeah, that, plus all those melon balls. I had about nine of them.
      Malory: Why the hell were you drinking!?
      Archer: Uh, hello? It's a party!
      Malory: It's a baby shower! For the bastard child you humped into a filthy whore!
      Archer: So, I'm obviously not saying now, but one of these days...you're going to make the best grandma ever.

    • Archer: Because I told you to buy lemon curd, Woodhouse. Now what am I going to spread on my toast? Your tears?

    • Krieger: So, have you ever thought about having a baby?
      Cheryl: I don't know. Sometimes I think, you know, I'd like to adopt a little baby...so I could abandon it in a mall.
      Krieger: That answers my follow-up question.

  • 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), Tariq Hassan (Illustrator), Jason Li (Illustrator), Ji Li (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Ron States (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (Illustrator)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Cody Cobler (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 17, 2011 on 5*

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
      Lana: Sexual addiction's not a real thing, dumbass! Cyril: Well, just wait until the new DSM comes out, then we'll see.
      The DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is generally referred to as the guide to all common mental disorders. It is occasionally revised, usually to add new disorders.

    • Frankenstein/Dracula
      Archer: (Sarcastically) Yeah, great, I'll just have Igor bring a villager up to my castle. (Calling) Uh, Igor!
      Woodhouse: (Opening door) Yes...
      Igor is the clichéd, deformed servant to many different villains that have appeared in film and television, such as Dr. Frankenstein and Count Dracula (though he was not a character in either novel).

    • Top Gun
      Pam: Come on, Lana, you dated Mr. Archer forever...
      Cheryl: And you have nothing to show for it!
      Ray: (As Lana starts to get upset) Paging Doctor Loggins...
      Ray is making the joke frequently heard on Archer about the "Danger Zone," which is a song by Kenny Loggins from the film Top Gun.

    • William S. Burroughs
      Woodhouse: Let's liven things up, Burroughs. Five grams of junk says I can shoot a piña colada off your wife's head.
      This is referencing William S. Burroughs, an American author who accidentally killed his second wife in 1951 in Mexico City. She was balancing a glass on her head while Burroughs tried to shoot at it, but he missed.

    • Mike Tyson
      Lana: Did you see me holding that baby?
      Gillette: Looked liked Tyson holding that dove.
      This quote references Mike Tyson, heavyweight boxing champion, who has a fondness for pigeons.

    • Of Mice and Men
      Ray: Give her the rabbit, Lenny.
      This is a reference to the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. Lenny is a strong, mentally-disabled field worker who loves to pet soft things like rabbits.

    • Emily Post
      Archer: I guess I skipped the Emily Post chapter about how to introduce your mother to a hooker.
      Emily Post is an author famous for her books on proper etiquette.

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