Season 2 Episode 5

The Double Deuce

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 2011 on FXX
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Episode Summary


The history of Woodhouse and his relationship with the Archers is explored when his involvement with a Tontine suggest foul play. With only three members left of the Tontine including himself, Woodhouse receives protection from Archer. As the story behind the Tontine unfolds, it is revealed how Woodhouse met Malory, and how he ended up as Archer's loyal butler. Meanwhile, Archer has to struggle with protecting Woodhouse and taking care of baby Seamus at the same time. With news of a Tontine spreading, the rest of ISIS consider having one of their own.


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  • One Man and a Baby

    As I have found in every episode, this one contained laughs too numerous to count. But two things stood out for me in The Double Deuce:

    1. Extensive and informative background on both Woodhouse's military service and his role in raising Sterling--which it turns out is extensive (almost exclusive). I love Woodhouse even more now.

    2. Archer's interactions with the wee baby Seamus. I cracked up over those! He had no clue how to respond when Seamus would cry, succumbing to everything the baby wanted to put in his mouth while yelling "God!" and calling him "baby!" Hilarious!!!!!

    SUPER episode! My thanks to the entire Archer team!moreless
  • A good Woodhouse Episode

    Woodhouse is always good for a laugh when archer is berating him or when we find out more about his history. This is very rich in Woodhouse history and what we learn kind of makes past and future Woodhouse jokes funnier. There are funnier episodes, and there episodes less funny than this one, it's average (but still great!). It's a side story episode but if you like Archer it definitely delivers.moreless
  • WW1 and a lesson in babysitting

    Archer must watch over the baby Seamus and Woodhouse discovers that members of his old WW1 flying troupe are being killed off mysteriously due to a pool that they all made and last survivor would receive what would account to a million dollars. Archer enlists Malory to babysit Seamus while he helps Woodhouse and his old colleague defend themselves against the other last soldier who they think is killing them all off. The office cronies start an ISIS totine of their own for financial gain. This episode is a definite improvement over many of the last weeks episodes and gave us some good insight into Archer's history and some genuinely funny moments of past flashbacks and lots of bloodshed. Keep it coming.moreless
Enn Reitel

Enn Reitel


Guest Star

Roy McCrerey

Roy McCrerey

Young Woodhouse / Reggie Thistleton

Guest Star

Zach Villa

Zach Villa


Guest Star

George Coe

George Coe


Recurring Role

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • There is a scene where Woodhouse tries three times to light a cigarette for Reggie, and on the third try, Reggie is shot. This seems to be a twist on an old superstition that if three cigarettes were lit off one match, the third man would be shot. This was supposedly a common superstition during WWI, but actually may have been invented a decade later by a match tycoon trying to get people to use more matches.

    • On Pam's tontine, there are a few employees listed that have never been seen: Bryan, Cody 2, Eric X, and Dennis.

    • Woodhouse's former squadron mates were named Wensleydale, Stilton, Gloucester, and Buxton. These are all English cheeses, named after the region they come from.

    • This episode is an expansion of something Woodhouse says in the season one episode Honeypot; he was "very fond of a boy at school once...Reggie Thistleton. But he died in the war, at Flanders."

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Reggie: Woodhouse, you came for me!
      Woodhouse: Of course I did, sir! I'm a...
      Reggie: Fag?
      Woodhouse: Sir?
      Reggie: Have you got one? Dying for a smoke.

    • Malory: (In baby talk, to Seamus) What's that? That's a bumblebee! You want a pretty bumblebee? There you go... (Offers it, then throws it away and baby starts crying) Oh, what's the matter, what happened?Did somebody trick you, hmm? See? That's how the world works, dear, and I'm the only one you can trust.
      Lana: Wow. A ton of stuff just started making sense.

    • Woodhouse: Oh no, the flat belongs to Mr. Archer, who's my...
      Stinky: None of my business, consenting adults, and so on.
      Archer: Hey! Nobody is consenting to anything.
      Stinky: None of my business.
      Archer: (To Woodhouse) You are going to eat so many spiderwebs later.
      Stinky: That's what he said.

    • Reggie: Oh come on, lads, show some stones!
      Woodhouse: I'll show you my stones, sir.

    • Scripes: As for Stilton... there's no nice way to put it. Auto-erotic asphyxiation.
      Woodhouse: You're joking!
      Stinky: Oh, Stilton was always quite keen on that. Remember?
      Scripes: Was always looking for something sturdy to loop his Sam Brown over.
      Woodhouse: I do seem to recall an awful lot of loose doorknobs.
      Scripes: Plus, of course, what he named his plane.
      Woodhouse: I always thought that had something to do with the engine... well, here's to you, Choke and Stroke!
      Scripes & Stinky: To Choke and Stroke!

    • (After Woodhouse and Stinky knock Archer out)
      Stinky: Damn shame he'll send you packing when he comes to.
      Woodhouse: Oh, I'll just yank his pants off, splash a lot of scotch and women's underthings about, and then tell him he slipped and fell chasing a terrified Asian prostitute out onto the patio. It's not the first time I bashed his head in and had to cover my tracks. Happens three, four times a year.

    • Reggie: (After Woodhouse has failed to light his cigarette twice) Good god man, are you hourly?

    • Archer: Can NOT picture you as a fighter pilot.
      Woodhouse: Oh no, sir, not a pilot, a batman!
      Archer: Uh...
      Woodhouse: An officer's attendant, in charge of keeping his kit in good order, seeing to his personal needs...
      Archer: So...a servant?
      Woodhouse: Soldier servant was the official term, but...
      Archer: Yeah. Way to advance.

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Merritt Pedrick (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Ron States (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (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: May 31, 2011 on 5*


    • Dr. Benjamin Spock
      Malory: You're only supposed to give them liquor if they have the croup!
      Archer: Well, I'm sorry Mr. Spock, I didn't...
      Malory: Or colic, or the jimmy legs, or...
      Mr. Spock is a Vulcan character on the original Star Trek television series. Archer is more likely referring to Dr. Benjamin Spock, an influential American pediatrician, who wrote the bestselling 1946 book Baby and Child Care. The two are often confused, with people believing Dr. Spock refers to the Star Trek character.

    • Oscar Wilde
      Archer: Didn't Oscar Wilde get hard labor for that?
      Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. He was imprisoned for sodomy and gross indecency, due to several homosexual relationships. Archer is implying that the relationship between Woodhouse and Reggie was more than a professional one.

    • Frisky Dingo
      On Pam's ISIS tontine, the name "Cody 2" appears at the bottom-right of the list. This is the name of a character from Frisky Dingo, a show by the same creator as Archer, Adam Reed.

    • W.C. Fields
      Reggie: (When offered water) Oh I never drink the stuff. Fish shit in it.
      This is a line by the comedian/actor W.C. Fields.

    • Invictus
      Woodhouse: In the words of Henley, "bloodied but unbowed."
      Woodhouse is quoting from William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus."

    • Steve McQueen/Jon Woo
      Archer: Did you see that? That was like like Steve McQueen and John Woo had a baby and that baby was you, baby.
      Steve McQueen was an action movie actor and John Woo is an action movie director.