Season 1 Episode 3

Diversity Hire

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 21, 2010 on FXX
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A new field agent makes a splash at ISIS, but the other agents begin to believe there's something suspicious about his perfect facade.

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  • ISIS gets a new agent from a diversity hire, "Conrad Stern" has arrived

    This week's episode deals with how Archer has gotten rid of every diverse agent in the field by "accidentally" giving up their covers. Both Lana and Archer feel something is up with Conrad, but Malory and all the other ISIS women constantly attempt to seduce him. Finally Conrad and Archer go on a mission together with an explosive ending. This is a much better episode than the last two episode to me as it addresses the diversity issue not only in the spy world but in the real workplace. More expanding on Carol/Sheryl whatever you call her and Cyril and Lana make this an episode that is all too hard not to laugh at.moreless
  • Archer keeps calling agents while they are working blowing their cover and getting them killed. T o keep their diversity hiring in place they have to hire a new ethnic agent. Malory hires a Black Jewish agent named Conway Stern who isn't who he seems.moreless

    This weeks episode was a little off as far as the story is concerned. They were trying to inject a mole into ISIS, but the episode was so disjointed it was hard to really like the way the story went.

    I think there is a point when to much innuendo is happening. At one point almost every other line was such. Archer's character is very funny and a little outlandish, but I think they need to pull back on the reigns a little.

    Overall this story wasn't as good as the first two. I think they should spend more time developing the characters and relationships they have before bringing new characters into the mix. We'll see what direction they take this overall from now on. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Malory: ...We need a diversity hire.
      Archer: I vote Asian chick!

    • Conway: (About Wilhelm Schmeck) I've tracked him to South Beach where he's arranged to sell the plans to Cuban Naval Intelligence. If that happens, undetectable Cuban missile subs can be parkedright off Miami Beach.
      Malory: Ugh, just what Miami needs. More Cubans.

    • Malory: The ISIS palate has become decidedly monochromatic.
      Cheryl: I'm one-sixty-fourth Cherokee. (Everyone groans loudly) What?
      Cyril: A: No, you're probably not.
      Lana: And B through Z: Nobody gives a shit!

    • Pam: Whatcha doing, bird-bones? Cheryl: Looking for a pregnancy test online. Pam: But there's a drug store half a...Oh...You mean that you take online. Cheryl: Yeah, I want to know, like, now. Pam: Well, thank god for them Internets.

    • Cheryl: Tell Conway that his Secret Santa wants to COME early. Or whoever it is that brings Jewish people their Christmas presents.

    • Lana: (About Conway) What do we know about him? Archer: Only that he's not circumcised. Lana: OK... Glossing over how you know that... Archer: We touched penises. Lana: No! Glossing!

    • Lana: (Fires hook at Conway) I had something for this! Conway: Was it something like, "You won't get off the hook that easy?" Lana: Damn it! Archer: Yeah, he's good at those.

    • Pam: Hey. Whoa. And don't go starting rumors about Conway boning your mother. (Archer throws up) You get any of that in the trashcan?
      Archer: No. I missed on purpose.

    • Cyril: Come on, She doesn't need the corner office just to Xerox the ISIS news letter.
      Pam: Color Xerox!

    • Lana: Whoever he is, he ghosted an ID file onto our world wide database. Archer: Yeah, which you probably found out while researching me...Lana...'cause you're in the, ah, "Danger Zone!"Lana: And those were his last words, right before he bled to death on the rug.

    • Archer: You're black...ish. Lana: Ish!? Archer: Well what's the word for it, Lana? You freaked out when I said quadroon! Lana: Imagine that!! Archer: You imagine it! Malory: BOTH OF YOU IMAGINE SHUTTING UP!!!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Eric Sims (Background Director)
      Sam Ellis (Lead Illustrator/Character Design), Chad Hurd (Lead Illustrator/Character Design)
      Jason Allen (Illustrator), Claire Almon (Illustrator), Rod Ben (Illustrator), TJ Buford (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Jason Li (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Lamont Russ (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator)
      Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Ashley Zeltzer (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Fry (Animation Executive Producer)
      Jeff Fastner (Animation Coordinator)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 4, 2010 on FIVER


    • The Lord of the Rings
      Conway: Well, some pun involving hobbits. Technician: Like I bet he wishes he was wearing Bilbo's Coat of Dwarven Mithril, right!
      This technician earns his nickname "Bilbo" (used in later episodes) by making a fairly obscure reference to the novels/films The Lord of the Rings. In the stories, mithril is a lightweight, super-strong metal forged by the dwarves into armor.

    • Pac-Man
      Archer: Hey, tell this broad what's up with ISIS, Pac-Man! Wakka wakka wakka!
      The agent Archer is speaking to is named Pac, and Archer nicknames him Pac-Man, referring to an arcade game from 1980. "Wakka wakka" is onomatopoeia of the sound made by the character.

    • Tron
      Pam: Well, the system bounced back your sexual harassment complaint against Conway.
      Archer: Well, un-bounce it back.
      Pam: Who am I, Tron?
      In the 1982 sci-fi movie Tron, Tron is the name of a personified computer security program.

    • The Rat Pack
      Archer: You just watch your step Mr... damn it.
      Conway: Hey right there, what you should have gone with, was Sammy Gayvis Jr.
      This is a play on Sammy Davis Jr., a singer/entertainer and member of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

    • Top Gun
      Archer: Seriously, Lana, call Kenny Loggins, because you're in the "Danger Zone". From Top Gun.
      Top Gun is a 1986 action film, which features the Kenny Loggins song "Danger Zone." Archer continues to use the "Danger Zone" reference in several later episodes.