Season 2 Episode 10

El Secuestro

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 2011 on FXX



  • Trivia

    • GPS Coordinates for ISIS headquarters are shown as 33.806333, -84.344165. These coordinates are in Atlanta, Georgia, where Archer is created.

    • This is the fourth time Brett is shot on the series, apparently earning him the nickname "Mr. Bloodmobile," and causing the other characters to be dismissive of his gunshot wound.

    • Archer marvels at the ocelot's tufted ears, but ocelots don't have tufted ears. Bobcats and lynxes do.

    • When Cyril is making his fake ransom call, the screen behind Malory in the control room shows a myriad of characters from the show. In addition to all the main ISIS characters, it includes Brett Buckley, Popeye, Barry Dillon, Rudy, Conway Stern, Nikolai Jakov, Jakov's assistant, Captain Lammers, Mannfred, and Ramon Limon.

    • The blast doors at the base of ISIS show Pam's name in graffiti. This is a recurring theme that pops up in several other Archer episodes.

    • The yellow cabs at the beginning of the show are not New York cabs. They are similar in shape to the Mercedes W108 & W109 chassis, which is more likely a taxi in Europe, but as seen later in this episode, the phone call from the kidnappers is traced to the ISIS office which is in Manhattan, New York.

  • Quotes

    • Cheryl: You said if I was late again, you'd fire me!
      Malory: Not for your parents' funeral!
      Cheryl: Well I don't know all your rules!

    • Cheryl: Bring me some stuff to do! It's crazy stupid boring in here!
      Archer: Well now you know how Babou feels.
      Cheryl: (Pause) Crepuscular?

    • Cheryl: I spent, like, every summer there listening to my creepy great-grandmother bitch about Abraham Lincoln.Apparently slavery was pretty awesome.
      Malory: Prove it.
      Archer: What's to prove? It's free labor.

    • Archer: We look totally gay!
      Ray: I am gay.
      Archer: Well, I'm not!
      Ray: Then why are you wearing that turtleneck?

    • Archer: I'll tell you what I'm not doing, Lana, is negotiating with a goddamn cyborg!
      Lana: That's just a voice modulator!
      Archer: You don't think cyborgs have that technology?!

    • Cheryl: My last name isn't Gimple, like it says on my W-4. It's Tunt.
      Archer: Tum again? C'mon, nothing?

    • Cheryl: (In reference to Pam being called a moped) Mopeds are fun but you don't want to let your buddies to see you riding one.
      Pam: Oh... I thought he meant I was fuel efficient. I only had ten beers.
      Cheryl: Forties?
      Pam: No! (Pause) Yes.

  • Notes

    • 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), Brian McGee (Illustrator), Andrew Miller (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Merritt Pedrick (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Ron States (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (Illustrator), Fernando Vazquez (Illustrator)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Cody 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: July 5, 2011 on 5*

  • Allusions

    • Salvador Dalí
      Cheryl's pet ocelot is called Babou, just like the one artist Salvador Dalí had.

    • When a Stranger Calls
      Malory: (As the "ransom" call is traced to ISIS) My god, he was calling from this floor!
      This refers to a c urban legend which dates back at least to the 1960s. The original story is that a babysitter receives threatening calls, and calls the police, who trace the call to an upstairs line in the same house. This storyline has been used in many shows and films, the most famous being the 1979 filmWhen a Stranger Calls.

    • The Boy Who Cried Wolf
      Ray: Yeah, little Miss Cry-wolf here handcuffed herself to a radiator.
      The Boy Who Cried Wolf is one of Aesop's Fables, a collection of stories with moral messages, written in ancient Greece. In this story, a boy constantly lies that there is a wolf attacking his sheep, and when there is finally a real wolf, no one believes him.

    • Trainspotting
      Lana: Hey, Trainspotting, can you dial that modulator down a skosh?
      Trainspotting is a 1996 film based on a 1993 novel about a group of heroin addicts in the 1980s. The actors speak mostly in Scottish slang and with thick accents, so it can be difficult for Americans to understand what is being said.

    • Asimov's Laws of Robotics
      Kidnapper: (On phone, voice disguised with a modulator) About five seconds away from shooting your friend Pam in her rock-like face.
      Lana: Well, we obviously don't want you to...
      Archer: Violate the First Law of Robotics.
      Archer believes the kidnappers are cyborgs, and follow Asimov's laws of robotics. In Isaac Asimov's science-fiction novels (one of the most famous being I, Robot), robots have three rules that govern their behavior.

    • The Andy Griffith Show
      Lana: Safety's off, Barn.
      This is a reference to The Andy Griffith Show from the 1960s. Griffith is the sheriff, and Barney (nicknamed Barn) is his inept deputy who always causes trouble.

    • The Lindbergh Kidnapping
      Malory: Kidnapped?
      Cheryl: Like a huge, sweatery Lindbergh baby.
      The Lindbergh baby was famously kidnapped in 1932. The investigation was highly publicized, and when the toddler ended up dead, Congress passed new legislation making it a federal crime to transport a kidnapping victim over state lines.

    • The Destruction of Sennacherib
      Tattooed on Pam's back are the lines:
      For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed; And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!
      This is the third stanza from Lord Byron's 1815 poem "The Destruction of Sennacherib," which is about a Biblical attack on Jerusalem by the Assyrian king.

    • Full Metal Jacket
      The helmet that Cheryl wears inside the ISIS bunker is a combination of Joker and Animal Mother's helmets from the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket.
      The peace symbol pin is from Joker's helmet and the red pack of cigarettes is from Animal Mother's.

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