Season 3 Episode 1

Heart of Archness, Part I

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 2011 on FXX
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Following the murder of Archer's wife by Bionic Barry, Archer disappears off the map. Malory is consumed with maternal worry over her missing son, and sends a man named Rip Riley to look for him. Finding Archer may not be as difficult as everyone at ISIS thinks, but getting him to willfully return is another story.


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  • Archer is King!

    I'm going to keep this review very brief so bare with me.

    Finally after all these years coach mcguirk and brock sampson together at last, and the resulting episode does not disappoint!

    Simply put season three already feels bigger and better in every way.

    I cannot wait for parts 2 and/or3 of the smartest adult animated spy comedy ever made!

    P.S. who else thinks rip riley is really archer's dad instead.
Ji Li

Ji Li

Pirate Captain

Guest Star

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Rip Riley

Special Guest Star

David Cross

David Cross


Special Guest Star

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Dave Willis

Dave Willis

Barry Dillon

Recurring Role

Heaven MacPherson

Heaven MacPherson

Introduction Narrator

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Archer: Of course I'm not going to be a pirate. I'm going to be a pirate king.

    • Archer: Bring, bring! Hello? Hi, it's the 1930s. Can we have our words and clothes and s***** airplane back?
      Rip: Ok, let's go.
      Archer: Call you back, 1930s. And hey, watch out for that Adolf Hitler; he's a bad egg.

    • Archer: Excuse me for needing some time to grieve.
      Rip: By tending bar and banging newlyweds?
      Archer: Apparently that's my grieving process.

    • Barry: Is that how you crash a wedding? Yes it is, Bionic Barry, yes it is.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Jeff Fastner (Associate Art Director), Todd Redner (Associate Art Director), Eric Sims (Background Director), TJ Buford (Illustration Director)
      Mark Parsons (Lead Animator), Tim Farrell (Senior Animator), Mark Paterson (Senior Animator), Thomas Weiser (Senior Animator)
      Adam Toews (Lead Illustrator), Rod Ben (Senior Illustrator), Chi Duong (Senior Illustrator), Jason Li (Senior Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Senior Illustrator), Ron States (Senior Illustrator)
      Jon Bass (Lead Background Artist)
      Pierre Cerrato (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Johnathan Floyd (Illustrator), Kelton Hamm (Illustrator), David Kuettel (Illustrator), Sagan Lacy (Illustrator), Ji Li (Illustrator), Shannon Manor (Illustrator), Andrew Miller (Illustrator), Brian McGee (Illustrator), Merritt Pedrick (Illustrator), Dagny Stumberger (Illustrator), Stephen Slesinski (Illustrator), Dominike Stanton (Illustrator), Kyna Taylor (Illustrator), Jorge Velez (Illustrator), Fernando Vazquez (Illustrator), Eric Warren (Illustrator), Chaz Zoubek (Illustrator)
      Jasmine Alyce (Assistant Manager)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      JC Richardson (Music & Sound)
      Pierre Cerrato (Animatic Editor)
      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: March 14, 2012 on 5*

    • David Cross is the fourth actor from Arrested Development to appear on Archer.


    • Heart of Darkness
      The title of this episode and its two sequels are references to the 1899 novella by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

    • Guglielmo Marconi
      Rip: (Giving radio to Archer) Don't mess with those knobs. I've got the frequency all set.
      Archer: Hey, thanks Guglielmo Marconi... who I think invented the radio? Over.
      Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor, often credited with the invention of the radio. He assembled and improved various components developed by others to make the first "wireless telegraph" (radio).

    • Carvel
      Malory: So you can forget about getting Carvel!
      Ray: Aww... Cookiepuss.
      Carvel is a Connecticut-based ice cream franchise known for popularizing various ice cream novelties. Cookiepuss is one of their best known ice cream cake characters, created in the 1970s.

    • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
      Archer: (Criticizing Rip's image) Sky Captain of Yesteryear.
      This is a reference to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a 2004 pulp fiction sci-fi movie. In it, Joe Sullivan, aka Sky Captain, commands a private air force in an alternate 1939, and is called upon to help when robots attack New York City.