Season 4 Episode 4

Midnight Ron

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2013 on FXX
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Episode Summary


Archer is stranded in Montreal, Canada under dubious circumstances while Malory's new husband, Ron Cadillac, is in nearby Schenectady on business. Archer reluctantly agrees to accept a ride back to New York with Ron, during which Archer discovers secrets about Ron's past.

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  • Like Stepfather Like Son

    Archer is stranded in Montreal without money or a *** after hilariously burned it while drunkenly hitting on a woman and bragging about how much he didn't need it. Ron Cadillac, his new stepdad, is supposed to see the opera with Malory that night and decides to swing by Montreal to pick up Sterling in the hopes of bonding. They begin their trek down to New York but not before getting shot at by people trying to run Ron off the road and steal a suitcase full of money he has. Ron's backstory is kind of cool how he used to steal cars back in the war and then opened up his own shop that got busted and then he used his crew's stash (he was the only one that got out of being arrested) to open up his first car dealership and how every year he delivers the money to his guys on the inside for their years behind bars while he's free. How Archer knew it was Fat Mike who kept hiring the guys to steal from Ron was weird and Malory's referring to Ron as "the most boring-ist man on Earth" was in stark contrast to actuality. After the car crashes Archer and Ron get a detour when they get on a semi-truck driven by a guy in a woman's BDSM suit and they're then taken into a warehouse where it looks like according to Archer, "they're all filming some sort of ultra rapey snuff All of them decked in bondage wear was disturbing and their chase of Archer and Ron puts them a on a train and they jump off in Catskill where Ron has a dealership. They make it back to NYC in time for Ron to make it to the opera and just to piss off Malory Archer drops him off much to the chagrin of Malory. Ron's commenting on Malory and Archer's relationship is spot on and how Norman Bates it kind of is. The gag early in the episode where Archer is transferred to everyone in ISIS to ask for one thousand dollars as a loan to get himself out of Montreal was nice seeing all o their reactions even Woodhouse, who stole the episode yet again with his disheartening monologue about how no one else would ever take him in. Archer forcing him to eat a bowl of spider webs and hearing Woodhouse's crying off screen was one of the best parts of the episode. Getting to know Ron better was a nice add on to this season since before now he was just "that guy that married Malory and that Archer doesn'tmoreless
Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie


Guest Star

Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman

Ron Cadillac

Special Guest Star

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

George Coe

George Coe


Recurring Role

Lucky Yates

Lucky Yates

Doctor Krieger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Ron picks up Archer in Montreal, they drive south to New York State and as they approach the Blackpool Canada/US border crossing connecting to Interstate 87 (displayed a few minutes later in the episode), the attachment on top of the "Canada United States Border" sign says they are crossing the 49th parallel.This is a major goof based on the common misconception that the Canada/US border is the 49th parallel. The border between Canada and the United States only runs along the 49th parallel in Western Canada - west from the Lake of the Woods in western Ontario. East of the Lake of the Woods, the border is actually much further south than the 49th parallel - Montreal actually sits on the 45th parallel, and the Blackpool border crossing is even further south, at 44�59′N.In order for Ron and Archer to cross the 49th parallel, they would have to drive far north of Montreal, completely away from the Canada/US border.

    • In the phone booth that Archer telephones from at the Montreal Casino, the advertisement behind him reads, "VACATION - It's Never Out of Season." This advertisement would not be allowed in Quebec, as it is only in English, contrary to Quebec law.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Chad Hurd (Associate Art Director), Jon Bass (Background Director), TJ Buford (Illustration Director), Robert Paraguassu (3D Animation Director)
      Mark Parsons (Lead Animator), Mark Paterson (Senior Animator), Thomas Weiser (Senior Animator), Marcus Rosentrater (Senior Animator)
      Chris Appel (3D Animator), Andrea Sipl (3D Animator), Wes Parham (3D Animator), Julian St. Pierre (3D Animator)
      Adam Toews (Lead Illustrator), Kelton Hamm (Senior Illustrator), Jason Li (Senior Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Senior Illustrator), Ron States (Senior Illustrator)
      Ji Li (Background Designer)
      April Babcock (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Chelsey Cline (Illustrator), Alexandra Coward (Illustrator), Leonard Destefano (Illustrator), David Kuettel (Illustrator), Beth Lewis (Illustrator), Shannon Manor (Illustrator), Jennifer Montes (Illustrator), Merritt Pedrick (Illustrator), Ploy Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Stephen Slesinski (Illustrator), Robin Stanberry (Illustrator), Dominike Stanton (Illustrator), Tedwood Strong (Illustrator), Kyna Taylor (Illustrator), Jorge Velez (Illustrator), Fernando Vazquez (Illustrator), E. Michael Walker (Illustrator), Jason Walling (Illustrator), Chris Westgate (Illustrator), Eric Warren (Illustrator), Chaz Zoubek (Illustrator)
      Justin Kennedy (Assistant Manager), Jamie Moss (Assistant Manager)
      Kat Shea (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Michael Kohler (Sound Design & Mix)
      Pierre Cerrato (Animatic Editor)
      Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Cody Cobler (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Chad Koerner (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Andy Lozano (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Lane Meister (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Mason Rhoades (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Chad Risner (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Mary Shields (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)