Archer

Season 4 Episode 11

The Papal Chase

10
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 28, 2013 on FX
8.5
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The Vatican hires ISIS to protect His Holiness from a radical faction of the Swiss Guard. And just to make things even more hilarious, the Pope happens to be the spit'in image of Woodhouse.

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  • Not only was this episode a let down...

    2.0
    but most of it was totally predictable. You get Archer on a mission while the employees bug Malory. This episode was bland out of the gate. I was going to give it a one, but Archer scaring Cyril at the beginning was a little funny, so I will give them commendation for that part, however this episode was weak.
  • The Vatican Caper

    7.5
    This episode seems appropriate given the recent choosing of the new Pope but I don't know if this was intentional or not. ISIS is hired by the Vatican to stop a threat from a splinter group of the Swiss Guard or something like that. Pam gets inducted into the field along with Archer and Lana talks her way into going. For some reason Cyril is terrified of church stuff, and I though the exact same thing that Pam did, that he had been diddled. But the flashback to Cyril being terrified of Lana in a sexy nun outfit was very amusing. It was good to see Pam out in the field for the first time and not just being herself watching the other agents take all of the action. Coincidentally, the Pope is the spitting image of Woodhouse (who has developed a bad heroin habit) and they plan on switching the two as a decoy to foil the plot on the Pope's life. When trying to switch them out the hit squad comes and a car chase ensues resulting in Lana and Pam both getting shot while Archer stands atop the car firing back. Pam's attention to the languages was funny and I don't speak Italian but she's right about the context yet Archer seemingly can't get a handle on that fact. Turns out that the Vatican had hired ISIS because of their reputation that they would not stop the assassination anyway given their incompetence. There was a cardinal who had set up the plot since he was next in line for the papacy and only hired ISIS to show his colleagues that he was trying to prevent it. It was nice to hear about ISIS's reputation and have a nice reintroduction to Woodhouse who has been absent for quite some time. Seeing his heroin addiction, and Archer still being a retched human being not letting Woodhouse even go to his own brother's funeral and not even telling him about it, were awful yet hilarious to watch. But this was an entertaining episode and I like it much better than last week's Kazak episode with the dog and everything. But now almost everyone except Cheryl and Brett are field operatives so we can now get a much more crowded agent docket with the season finale coming up next week. I know Barry and Katja will play into the events but not sure how quite yet. Hopefully can be as good as the space one from last season.moreless
Peter Newman

Peter Newman

 

Guest Star

Leigh Jackson

Leigh Jackson

 

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Cardinal Giancarlo Morelli

Guest Star

George Coe

George Coe

Woodhouse

Recurring Role

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Lucky Yates

Lucky Yates

Doctor Krieger

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    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Chad Hurd (Associate Art Director), Jon Bass (Background Director), TJ Buford (Illustration Director), Robert Paraguassu (3D Animation Director)
      Marcus Rosentrater (Lead Animator), Mark Paterson (Senior Animator), Thomas Weiser (Senior Animator)
      Chris Appel (3D Animator), Wes Parham (3D Animator), Kevin Rich (3D Animator), Andrea Sipl (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)
      Victoria Alexander (Illustrator), April Babcock (Illustrator), Damil Bryant (Illustrator), Chelsey Cline (Illustrator), Leonard Destefano (Illustrator), Holly Ehrhardt (Illustrator), Adriana Herrera (Illustrator), David Kuettel (Illustrator), Beth Lewis (Illustrator), Shannon Manor (Illustrator), Jennifer Montes (Illustrator), Merritt Pedrick (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Stephen Slesinski (Illustrator), Robin Stanberry (Illustrator), Tedwood Strong (Illustrator), Dagny Stumberger (Illustrator), Kyna Taylor (Illustrator), John Trabbic (Illustrator), Jorge Velez (Illustrator), Fernando Vazquez (Illustrator), Eric Warren (Illustrator), Chaz Zoubek (Illustrator)
      Justin Kennedy (Assistant Manager), Jamie Moss (Assistant Manager)
      Kat Shea (Costume & 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), Mason Rhoades (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Chad Risner (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Mary Shields (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Pam refers to Archer as "Father Guido Sar-Dueshbag," while Archer is dressed as a priest. His outfit is similar to the character, Father Guido Sarducci.


      Father Guido Sarducci is a fictional character made famous by comedian Don Novello. Father Sarducci made many appearances onSaturday Night Livein the late 70s, during which time Novello was also a writer for the show.

    • Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil


      Archer says that to prepare for the mission to the Vatican, he watched every episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil and that he thinks it was grossly underrated. The voice of Sterling Archer, H. Jon Benjamin, starred as the voice of Satan on the aforementioned show.

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