Season 1 Episode 8

The Rock

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2010 on FX
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Episode Summary


ISIS loses yet another contract to ODIN, so Malory assigns Archer and Lana to steal a priceless diamond from ODIN's biggest client in order to embarrass the rival spy agency.

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  • ODIN steals another contract from ISIS and so Malory assigns Archer and Lana to steal a diamond

    This episode revolved around how Malory wants to point out the security flaws in a newly found client of ISIS that is quickly changed to ODIN. The typical trend of Malory having some sort of sexual past/innuendo with the head of ODIN. Archer and Lana have to solve yet another problem while Cyril debates telling Lana about his affair with Sheryl. This episode is great except that I would like to have seen an appearance by Woodhouse in this episode. I really like how ODIN is developing as the rival and antagonist to our haphazard ISIS crew, and the Burt Reynold's references don't hurt either.moreless
  • Archer and Lana must steal a diamond for the second time after Mallory gets into a fight with the head of ODIN just after ISIS had just made all the security upgrades for a client ODIN then stole. The drones go on strike for a cost of living raise.moreless

    This episode sort of took a wrong turn at some point. I'm not sure what the point of this episode was really when it all seemed to go kaboom. Obviously Mallory and the agents take the rest of the workers for granted. There were a few funny moments. When the strikers started to get bottles thrown at them for picketing the cleaners. The fact they couldn't say what they were striking against because it's a "Secret" organization. When Archer and Lana were trying to find equipment for their "mission". "I think the goggles yes, but no on the shovels!" When Archer was blinded by the lights because he insisted on wearing those stupid goggles. Once again Lana has to save his butt!

    The thing with his Mom is getting to be rather a theme. Is there any one man or woman for that matter that Mallory hasn't had a relationship or history with?

    The show has been renewed for another season. It is just plain funny at times, but sometimes it does go a little overboard. Will Archer ever really be good at spying? He is sort of a cross between James Bond, Maxwell Smart, and Inspector Clouseau. Quick, funny, and always entertaining. Another bumbling mixed up plot and we're on to next week! Thanks for reading...moreless
Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Len Trexler

Special Guest Star

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Lucky Yates

Lucky Yates

Doctor Krieger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Archer: I mean I didn't invent the turtleneck, Lana, but I was the first to recognize its potential as a tactical garment. A tactical turtleneck, Lana...the tactile-neck!

    • Malory: Commence Operation Rub-Len-Trexler's-Big-Fat-Nose-In-It.
      Archer: Sounds like you already have.

    • Malory: You wanna play me hard?
      Archer: Phrasing.
      Malory: Then you better nut up!
      Archer: Phrasing.
      Malory: Cause I've swallowed just about as much as I can take from you!
      Archer: Hey! Phrasing!

    • Pam: Come on, Ms. Archer! You've been in there ten hours, meet us halfway and Krieger will let you out of there.
      Krieger: Or else he'll crank up the heat again.
      Cheryl: I love... that you know how to do that.
      Krieger: And I love that I have an erection that didn't involve homeless people.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Eric Sims (Background Director)
      Bryan Fordney (Lead Animator)
      Sam Ellis (Lead Illustrator/Character Design), Chad Hurd (Lead Illustrator/Character Design)
      Claire Almon (Illustrator), Jon Bass (Illustrator), Rod Ben (Illustrator), TJ Buford (Illustrator), Myke Chapman (Illustrator), Chi Duong (Illustrator), Tariq Hassan (Illustrator), Jason Li (Illustrator), Ji Li (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator), Kat Shea (Illustrator), Katie Stockton (Illustrator), Adam Toews (Illustrator)
      Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Cody Cobler (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Chad Koerner (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Mary Shields (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Adam Woodward (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Scott Sims (Theme Song)
      Ashley Zeltzer (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Fry (Animation Executive Producer)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 8, 2010 on FIVER


    • Harry Houdini
      Cyril: I'm so sorry I slammed you in the gut. Jeez, that's how Houdini died.
      Pam: Houdini died of AIDS.
      Cyril: No! Why do you always say that?
      Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist, died of peritonitis and a ruptured appendix. It is widely believed that this happened after a student punched him in the abdomen to test his claim that he could withstand any blows above the waist without injury.

    • The American Stroke Association
      Cheryl: Time lost is muffin lost.
      This is a play on the slogan, "Time lost is brain lost," used by the American Stroke Association.

    • Captain Crunch/Captain Beefheart/Captain Kangaroo
      Malory: I don't care if you're Captain... uh...
      Archer: Crunch! No wait, Beefheart! No wait... Kangaroo!
      Captain Crunch is a brand of breakfast cereal. Captain Beefheart was the stage name of Don Van Vliet, an American musician/songwriter. Captain Kangaroo was a children's television show that aired from 1955 to 1984.

    • Lincoln Logs
      Cyril: Because I am gonna ask Lana to marry me.
      Pam: And you're gonna give her that if she says no? Like a big "screw you and your big Lincoln Loggy fingers"?
      Lincoln Logs are miniature, notched toy logs for children; they are used for making model log buildings.

    • The Lord of the Rings
      Lana: Where's the hobbit guy?
      Archer: Whoa, a hobbit works here now? And Jesus, Lana, they're called little people now.
      Lana: No, he's not A hobbit. He's a hobbit ENTHUSIAST.
      The hobbits that Lana is referring to are a fictional race of people in the novels/films The Lord of the Rings. Archer is mixing the term up with a slur for people with dwarfism.

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