Archer

Season 1 Episode 4

Killing Utne

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 28, 2010 on FX
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Malory holds a party for UN intelligence chairmen, but assassins are out to kill him.

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  • Malory wants the contract with the UN so she gives a party for the UN Chairman in charge of making those decisions. She even plans an assassination attempt. Of course everything goes awry and in the end everyone must improvise a reasonable ending.moreless

    9.0
    One of the best episodes so far. The humor and the double meanings are flying in this episode.



    Malory invites all the principal players from the office to take part. She also tells Lana and Sterling to come visibly armed which is a little strange for a cocktail party.



    What they don't know is a few German's who Malory hired are actual Russian Agents intent on killing the UN Chairman Torvald Utne. Unbeknownst to Malory, Sterling picks up a hot women on the street who just happens to be another Russian Agent who also is planning on killing Utne.



    Malory had hired the German's to fake an attack on Utne and then the ISIS Agents would save the Chairman and then he'd have to give the contracts to ISIS.



    Everything goes haywire and nothing goes to plan, Malory and the team play it by ear and just may get those contracts after all.



    Wonderful satire and some sexy humor. A very fun show to watch. I hope they keep the episodes coming! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Malory attempts to cozy up to a UN Intelligence Chairman

    10
    Malory hosts a dinner party in order to outdue rival agency ODIN for a UN Intelligence Chairman and secretly tries to have Utne killed in order to have an ISIS agent take the assassin out and convince Utne that ISIS is the right agency to fund. If they lose the potential weapons contract Archer will lose all of his prostitutes and other expense account "benefits." This episode dealt with a lot of interagency rivalry from Lana, Archer, and more. Pam and Sheryl add their natural weekly dose of signature funny to the show. Also, the Russians are after Utne. Wah-Wahmoreless
Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Mannfred

Guest Star

Kat Cressida

Kat Cressida

Uta

Guest Star

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski

Elke Hubsch / Needle

Guest Star

George Coe

George Coe

Woodhouse

Recurring Role

Lucky Yates

Lucky Yates

Doctor Krieger

Recurring Role

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Maj. Nikolai Jackov

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Woodhouse: When I served in the King's African Rifles, the local Zambezi tribesman called human flesh "long pig." Never much cared for it.

    • Pam: (In response to the smell of burning flesh) I'm kinda hungry. Is that weird?
      Malory: It would be weirder if you weren't.

    • Utne: Those Calcium supplements are amazing!
      Archer: You're gonna need some Calcium after I...do something bad to your bones.

    • Lana: Does that cook seem weird to you?
      Cyril: Normal weird, or German weird?

    • Pam: I could kill for some food.
      Lana: I'm sure it wouldn't be the first time.
      Cyril: Lana...
      Lana: No, I just meant, like, she literally killed somebody...
      Cheryl: ...And then ate their corpse, yeah, I saw where you were going with that.

    • Malory: Take his mind off Lana's huge, Johnny Benchian fingers.
      Lana: Can we get off my fingers?
      Cyril: Yeah, they are pretty big.
      Lana: First time I've heard you complain.

    • Archer: You said no dates!
      Malory: I said no such thing.
      Archer: Well, your mouth did.
      Malory: Well, your mouth better get over there and make Torvald happy.
      Archer: Umm, phrasing?

    • Archer: Woodhouse! What are you doing?
      Woodhouse: Uh, sitting down, Sir.
      Archer: What, at the table? Like people?

    • (After Utne is killed)
      Woodhouse: I shall fetch a rug.
      Malory: NO YOU WILL NOT! That rug was a gift from the Azeri Khan himself.

    • Malory: What about the groundbreaking work Dr. Krieger is doing for ISIS in our applied research division?
      Pam: Yeah, tell him about the sex robot!
      Utne: The what?
      Malory: Yes... the what!?
      Krieger: I call him Fister Roboto.

    • (Krieger and Cyril admire Archer's European model date, who says she is going to med school) Krieger: I'd like to get a physical from her.
      Cyril: Or WITH her.
      Lana: (Grips Cyril'sshoulder hard) I wonder if Dr. Panty Model knows how many pounds of pressure it takes to snap a human collarbone?
      Cyril: She probably uses the metric system!

    • Malory: Keep that tramp date of yours out of my medicine cabinet! One more dead body in here and that bitch Trudy Beekman will have me right back in front of the co-op board!
      Archer: You just can't get along with your neighbors anywhere, can you?
      Malory: Who can get along with a woman who wallpapers her guest bathroom with vintage New Yorker covers?

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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), 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)

    • In the pilot episode, the "Johnny Bench called" line was an ad-lib in the recording booth. Creator Adam Reed thought it was so funny, he wanted to bring it back. They found out after airing the first episode that Johnny Bench had giant hands, and decided to bring it back as a joke about Lana in this episode.

    • Jessica Walter and guest star Jeffrey Tambor starred together in the series Arrested Development as George and Lucile Bluth. Judy Greer was also on the show.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 11, 2010 on FIVER

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • REM
      Jakov: (Over comm device) What is the frequency?
      Archer: Kenneth?
      This refers to an event that took place in 1986, when newscaster Dan Rather was attacked by a mugger who kept demanding, "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" The phrase was popularized by the band REM in a 1994 song.

    • Johnny Bench
      Malory: Take his mind off Lana's huge, Johnny Benchian fingers.
      Johnny Bench is a former baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, also mentioned in the first episode, Mole Hunt. He has very large hands.

    • Arrested Development
      Archer: You just can't get along with your neighbors anywhere, can you?
      This seems to be a reference to Jessica Walter's previous role on the TV show Arrested Development, where she played a similar character, Lucille Bluth. Lucille has a strong rivalry with her neighbor, also named Lucille.

    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
      Malory: Now, Sterling, drop your gun between the bodies and...
      Archer: Yeah, no! Have you ever seen CSI? This is already like Clue Town.
      CSI is a show about a group of crime scene investigators who work the night shift, and solve murders using clues they collect at the crime screen.

    • I Dream of Jeannie
      Malory: This party is different and very important, so absolutely nothing can go wrong.
      Archer: Well, then we better keep Dr. Bellows away from Jeannie.
      Malory: No! No dates!
      Archer: From I Dream of Jeannie.
      I Dream of Jeannie was a 1960's sitcom about a genie who falls in love with her master, Tony Nelson, a NASA astronaut. A running gag on the show is Tony trying to cover up Jeannie's spells, and Dr. Bellows, a NASA psychiatrist, trying to prove that Tony is crazy.

    • Sesame Street
      Archer: And I do have a date.
      Cyril: You do? Where is she?
      Archer: She is parking.
      Lana: Oh yeah? What's she driving? A Snuffleupagus?
      Mr. Snuffleupagus was a character on the children's show Sesame Street. Big Bird was the only character who could see him, and everyone else thought Snuffy was made up.

    • The Farmer in the Dell
      Lana: But suave, master spy Sterling Archer stands alone.
      Cheryl: Just like the cheese.
      This is a reference to the children's game/song "The Farmer in the Dell". The final repeated line of the song is "the cheese stands alone," and in the game this translates to the child picked last.

    • Styx
      Kreiger named his sex-bot "Fister Roboto." This is a reference to the 1983 Styx song "Mr. Roboto."

    • Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
      (Lana is gripping Cyril's shoulder)
      Malory: Lana, release him!
      Lana: As you wish. (Releases Cyril) I find your lack of faith disturbing.
      This is a line that Darth Vader says in Star Wars: Episode IV, after choking one of the officers on the Death Star.

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