Season 2 Episode 6

Tragical History

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 03, 2011 on FXX
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ISIS gets their computer system infected by a pirate virus. The team needs to stop it before it reaches all the encrypted files and reveals the identities of all their agents. Meanwhile, Cyril is trying to find a way to show his coworkers that he can perform under pressure, which is bringing back painful memories of his childhood.


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  • Pirate Computer

    After being ridiculed at a bar by his fellow office workers Cyril meets George Spelvin, a software developer for agencies, and convinces Cyril to upload a worm into the ISIS mainframe so that he can "save the day." As the virus spreads and threatens to send the list of ISIS operatives in the field out to Spelvin's server so that he can sell it to a foreign power, Cyril confides what he's done in Archer who both have a standoff against Spelvin in his Japanese like villa. Good episode, but I'd prefer Cyril to be more than just a pathetic comedic relief that he's become after his break up with Lana, it sort of feels like they don't know what to with him sometimes. But Krieger's cyber bride was the best part of the episode.moreless
Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz

George Spelvin

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 (5)

    • Cyril: I happen to be a kickass accountant!
      Spelvin: Did that sound a lot better in your head?
      Cyril: Yes it did.

    • Cyril: I learned a huge valuable lesson that I will remember for the rest of my life.
      Archer: Which you will spend never knowing if I'm gonna rat you out. Yeah, so now what'd you learn?
      Cyril: To... never confide in you?
      Archer: There you go, see? As long as you learned something from it, it's not a mistake.

    • Malory: How is it still on?
      Krieger: Because the worm has transformed the mainframeinto a sentient being!
      Malory: What?!
      Krieger: I'm kidding, there's a battery backup.

    • Archer: I have no idea how to fix this thing, not really my...legerdemain.
      Lana: You mean bailiwick?

    • Cheryl: And now we're on the brink of World War Two.
      Pam: Three.
      Cheryl: It's not a competition, Pam!

  • NOTES (3)

    • 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)

    • According to creator Adam Reed, Peter Serafinowicz is a great ad-libber.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: June 7, 2011 on 5*


    • Catch-22
      Archer: Pam, wait up! C'mon, get me drunk enough and I might have sex with you
      Pam: Really? Archer: No. It's a Catch-22. The amount of alcohol I would need would literally kill me. But I do want to see how many pool balls you can stick in your mouth.
      Pam: My record's three.
      A Catch-22 is a logical paradox, a term coined by author Joseph Heller in his novel Catch-22. The idea is that a person needs something which can only be obtained if they are not in a situation to obtain it. The c example from the novel is an Air Force bombardier who wishes to get out of combat duty. The only way to do this is to be evaluated and declared insane, but the act of requesting an evaluation would show that he is not insane.

    • WarGames
      Ray: I mean, the mainframe thinks they're nuclear missile launches...
      This is a reference to the 1983 film WarGames, in which a hacker initiates a nuclear war simulation on a military supercomputer, and almost starts World War III. The computer believes the simulation is real, and tries to retaliate against false Soviet attacks with nuclear missile launches.

    • Dracula
      Cyril: I've still got one bullet.
      Spelvin: Does he?
      Archer: Who am I, Count Bullets-ula? Like Dracula. That was bad. Come back to me. I can do better.
      This is a reference to the iconic character Dracula, first created by Bram Stoker in the 1897 novel of the same name.

    • Droopy Dog
      Archer: Great, now he's going to be moping around like Droopy Dog on downers for the whole day. Droopy is a cartoon dog who moves and speaks slowly. He appeared in various MGM cartoons, and later in Turner Entertainment cartoons.

    • Frisky Dingo
      The muffin in the briefcase gag is a reference to a Frisky Dingo episode, Meet Awesome-X.

    • X-Men
      Archer: Who am I, Alan Turing? Who's also from X-Men, remember?
      Alan Turing was a famous English mathematician and computer scientist. He is not from the X-Men comic books/films, but Archer may be confusing him with Alan Cumming, the actor who played Nightcrawler in the films.

    • Planet of the Apes
      Krieger: (Pounding the ground) No!! You maniac! You blew her up! Oh, damn you! God damn you all to hell!!
      This is a reference to the film Planet of the Apes.

    • X-Men
      Archer refers to the metal door as being "like it's made out of Wolverine's bones", referring to the X-Men character whose bone structure was fused with the fictional indestructible metal alloy, adamantium.