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.moreless
Bishop / Scripes
Young Woodhouse / Reggie Thistleton
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."
Reggie: Woodhouse, you came for me!
Woodhouse: Of course I did, sir! I'm a...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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