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Season 1 Episode 10

Dial M for Mother

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2010 on FXX
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Questions about the identity of Archer's real father lead him into a trap - and a confrontation with Malory. Meanwhile, Lana learns of all of Cyril's past indiscretions and decides to get even.

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  • The paternity of Archer's father is questioned, and no more inter-office relations, oh no!

    Malory makes Pam put up a notice of no more inter-office fraternizations after she hears that Cyril cheated on Lana last week with the French woman. Meanwhile, after Malory doubts that Nikolai is definitely Archer's father he hires the German guy and the lady from "Killing Utne" to implant a microchip in his brain and make him come to the USSR to get a paternity test. Mayhem ensues and the technology goes a little long. Lana also plots her vengeance against Cyril's infidelity by banging everyone in ISIS on his desk and Pam vows to get laid before the deadline of no more relations. Oh and Sheryl and Krieger take their relationship to the next level, choking wise.moreless
Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Maj. Nikolai Jackov

Recurring Role

Kat Cressida

Kat Cressida


Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lana: And what is that supposed to mean?
      Cheryl: Figure it out, Truckasaurus.

    • Archer: ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? (Throws glass tumbler into decanter)
      Malory: I must be, because it looks like you just destroyed my Steuben bar set.
      Archer: Well you just destroyed my innocence!
      Malory: Oh Please! That Brazilian au pair did that when you were thirteen.
      Archer: Twelve.

    • Malory: This is why I can't have nice things.
      Archer: Why, because you shoot them?
      Malory: Serves you right. You nearly scared me to death!
      Archer: Well, you obviously weren't THAT scared, judging by your grouping.
      (They both look at shots in Archer's chest)
      Malory: Ha! Guess the old gal's still got it! All six, right in the ten range.
      Archer: Hooray!

    • Malory: I could never say no to a drummer.
      Archer: Could you say no to anybody?

    • Lana: Seriously, you cheated on me with Carol?
      Cheryl: Cheryl!
      Lana: Exactly.

    • (Malory is awakened by a noise, pulls out gun)
      Malory: Who's there!? What do you want!? Because all you're gonna get is holes... I mean... holes in you! Not my holes...Sterling!?
      Archer:Hello mother...
      Malory: Where the hell have you been!?
      Archer: I don't know.
      Malory: What... And why do you have a cleaver!?
      Archer: I don't know.

    • Archer: I'm hungry.
      Malory: So lick that coat. You smell like a...
      Archer: Grill cheese.
      Malory: What?
      Archer: Grill me a cheese.
      Malory: I'm not grilling you a cheese!

    • Lana: (Over office intercom) Uh, attention? Hi, this is Agent Kane. And if you want to have ball-slappy sex with me on Cyril's desk, please line up and take a number.
      Pam: You heard the lady! (Holds up a piece of paper with "1" written on it) Take a number!

    • Pam: Have sex with me!
      Brett: No.
      Pam: Please?
      Brett: No!
      Pam: Aww, come on..
      Brett: Pam...
      Pam: Nobody will ever know...
      Brett: Yeah...I'd know.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Eric Sims (Background Director)
      Bryan Fordney (Lead Animator)
      Chad Hurd (Lead Illustrator)
      Claire Almon (Illustrator), Jon Bass (Illustrator), Rod Ben (Illustrator), TJ Buford (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Chi Duong (Illustrator), Sam Ellis (Illustrator), Tariq Hassan (Illustrator), Jason Li (Illustrator), Ji Li (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Lamont Russ (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (Illustrator)
      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), Adam Woodward (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Fry (Animation Executive Producer), Jeff Fastner (Animation Coordinator)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 22, 2010 on FIVER


    • The Beverly Hillbillies
      Brett: Dude, swear to god, she gave me a Jane Hathaway, right on my chest. (Cyril gets visibly upset) My man knows what I'm talking about!
      Malory: (Walking by) Doesn't anyone work around here? And Cyril, I am so disgusted with you right now, I just want to vomit.
      Brett: That's exactly what I said to Lana!
      Jane Hathaway was a major character on the TV show,The Beverly Hillbillies. She was Mr. Drysdale's loyal secretary, but was very ethical and objected to his greedy schemes. She became close friends with the Clampett family. A "Jane Hathaway" is not a real sex act, but one that Brett is presumably making up to disgust Cyril.

    • Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich
      Malory: Gene Krupa... no wait, not Krupa, the other one, the one with the teeth... Buddy Rich.
      Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich were both famous and influential American jazz drummers, mostly famous in the 1930s and 40s during the big band era. And as Malory says, she could never say no to a drummer.

    • Schindler's List/Gandhi
      Pam: 36 guys? It's like Schindler's List up in here! And I'm like that little Gandhi dude.
      Schindler's List is a 1993 biographical drama film about a man who helped his Jewish workers survive Nazi Germany. Ben Kingsley plays Schindler's accountant in the film, and is also famous for starring in the 1982 film Gandhi.

    • John F. Kennedy
      The funeral for "John Fitzgerald Archer" is a reflection of former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's funeral. Malory and Archer's outfits and posing look like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy, Jr. In addition, Archer believes his father's nickname was Black Jack, which was the name of the horse who appeared at JFK's funeral as a symbol of a fallen leader.

    • Bad Moon Rising
      Cheryl: I'm sorry Krieger, but it's over. So here's all your Creedence Clearwater albums back. Krieger: And now, a sad moon is on the rise.
      Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band from the 1960s and 70s. One of their hit songs was "Bad Moon Rising."

    • Webster
      Lana: (To Pam, after agreeing to have sex with her) I'm gonna pretend you're Alex Karras.
      Alex Karras is a former football player who was on the Detroit Lions in the 1960s, and also played the adoptive father on the 1980s sitcom Webster. Presumably, Lana is implying that Pam's build is similar enough to that of a male football player.

    • The Graduate
      (Malory posing with her bare leg on the desk)

      Cyril: Ms. Archer, you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?
      The scene and Cyril's line are references to the 1967 film The Graduate. In it, an older woman named Mrs. Robinson seduces a young, recent college graduate into an affair.

    • Full Metal Jacket
      Cyril: (Sitting on the toilet loading a gun) 7-6-2 millimeter, full, metal, jacket.
      This line, intonation, and the setting of the scene are a direct reference to the scene in the film Full Metal Jacket, when Private Pyle goes crazy during basic training.

    • Greenmantle
      Malory pulls a gun from under the book Greenmantle by John Buchan, which is about a man in British intelligence in World War I. According to Archer creator Adam Reed, Greenmantle was one of his inspirations for the show.