Season 1 Episode 2

Training Day

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2010 on FX
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Episode Summary


Lana lusts for Sterling Archer, which leads Malory to promote Cyril to a field agent. Archer is forced to train Cyril, while Malory worries about her son's future.

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  • Standout, classic episode

    You know an episode's great when scenes from each subplot have popped into your head at some time or another. Watching this again, I couldn't believe how many classic lines and stories originated from this one episode--and it was only the series's second! How could it be so perfect? True, the characters are a bit undeveloped here, but to me their personalities are strong enough to pull off hilarious lines. Along with "Stage Two," this is probably my Archer episode--one of my favorite episodes of TV.moreless
  • 102

    This was my first time watching this show. I like a lot of animated comedies and I am a fan of Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Jessica Walter and H Jon Benjamin, but this show is just not worth watching. It reminds me of the failed Sit Down, Shut Up show on FOX, it is just all over the place.

    The lines in this episode were just so sappy, and the animation is just so poorly done. This is like Burn Notice, if Burn Notice was really bad and not funny at all. This show is a comedy, that is a drama, and it is funnier than this. I did not like the plot for this episode, I did not like the jokes, this is just a bad show.moreless
  • Cyril gets a promotion from Malory and Archer trains his own way

    This weeks episode of Archer dealt with the past relationship between Archer and Lana and in response Malory promotes Cyril to field agent and forces Archer to train him in his own "hands-on" way. This especially Archer's cruelty to his butler Woodhouse who is anciently old is funny. Archer and Cyril even go so far as to debate over what to call a prostitute after she is dead. Lana eventually finds out about this and she confronts Archer about it. More solid parodies of the 900 dollar turtle neck and other inexplicable questions that are never answered as far as fashion goes in the spy genre were addressed. Good episode that added a little more history and a little more raunch and hostility to the work environment.moreless
  • Sterling Archer is a Secret Agent who will tell you just that if he gets drunk enough. His mother runs ISIS who he is the number one agent of. She orders him to train the Comptroller to be a secret agent so another female agent will leave Archer alone.moreless

    Wonderfully humorous spoof of the Secret Agent game. Sort of reminds of one of Maxwell Smart except Archer isn't a bumbling idiot he just doesn't care and is a real sexist.

    A very interesting cast of characters and you have to wonder if anything is out of bounds for this animated comedy. So far I don't think so!

    In this first episode we see Archer forced to train Cyril Figgis the ISIS Comptroller in the ways of being a Secret Agent. Fortunately or unfortunately Archer does this like he does everything else, not seriously at all.

    Very entertaining and quick twenty two minutes of television with a twist. Very adult for a cartoon as many of them are becoming today. I would recommend checking it out at least once. Thanks for reading...moreless
George Coe

George Coe


Recurring Role

Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

Ray Gillette

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Malory: Like you'd recognize a vegetable that wasn't wrapped in a Monte Cristo sandwich!
      Pam: What's that supposed to mean?!
      Malory: ...That is Pam, isn't it?

    • Archer: Trust me, mother's idea of horizon-broadening is a lot of fights walking home from a lot of jazz/tap lessons.

    • Archer: (To a thickset woman) I am drunk, or I wouldn't be talking to you.

    • Malory: Immigrants! That's all they do, you know. Just driving around, listening to raps, shooting all the jobs!

    • Carol: (about Lana) Are you totally just gay for her?
      Pam: I am the Human Resources Director, Little Miss Hostile-Work-Environment.
      Carol: She is riddled with herpes.
      Pam: Hey, inappropriate workplace topic! And also a deal-breaker.

    • Malory: Because I don't want Sterling to end up with a woman like Lana Kane? My god, a black... (Pauses) ops field agent. Pam: Thought she was going in a whole other direction with that.

    • Archer: Lying is like 95% of what I do.
      Cyril: In your job?
      Archer: Sure.
      Cyril: I gotta admit it was pretty cool how you handled that spear gun.
      Archer: Yeah, it was pretty cool.
      Cyril: Hey will I get to learn karate?
      Archer: Karate? The Dane Cook of martial arts. No. ISIS agents use Krav Maga.

    • Archer: Oh my God! You killed a hooker!
      Cyril: Call girl! She was a-
      Archer: No Cyril, when they're dead they're just hookers!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Eric Sims (Background Director)
      Sam Ellis (Lead Illustrator/Character Design), Chad Hurd (Lead Illustrator/Character Design)
      Jason Allen (Illustrator), Claire Almon (Illustrator), Rod Ben (Illustrator), TJ Buford (Illustrator), Reese Lloyd (Illustrator), Dan Murdoch (Illustrator), Todd Redner (Illustrator), Lamont Russ (Illustrator), Ramida Rojanavipat (Illustrator)
      Caicedo (Character Design & Illustration), Chad Hurd (Character Design & Illustration), Sam Ellis (Character Design & Illustration)
      Neal Holman (3D Modeling Supervisor)
      Jim Lammers (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Neal Biggs (3D Modeling & Backgrounds), Matt Tyree (3D Modeling & Backgrounds)
      Michael Kohler (Music & Sound)
      Ashley Zeltzer (Costumes & Styling)
      Scott Fry (Animation Executive Producer)
      Jeff Fastner (Animation Coordinator)

    • Aisha Tyler coined the phrase "ball-slappiest" in the recording booth (said when Lana is telling Cyril what kind of porn he needs to pick up from the sweet old Korean lady). She claims that it took them 45 minutes to record that one line because they were laughing too hard. She and creator Adam Reed spent some time debating whether to use "slappiest" or "slappingest".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 25, 2010 on FIVER


    • Milton Berle
      Archer: (Referring to Cyril)He just gets a pass, like Milton Berle?
      Milton Berle, an American actor and comedian, was famously rumored to be well endowed.

    • James Bond
      Archer: I'm like...
      Cyril: Who? James Bond?
      Archer: Well, I don't like to invite that comparison, but yeah, basically.
      James Bond is a fictional character developed by Ian Fleming, who first appeared in novels and later in a series of popular films. Bond is a sophisticated spy working for British Secret Intelligence, who loves pretty women and fast cars.

    • Rain Man
      Archer calls Cyril "Rain Man," referring to the 1988 comedy/drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Hoffman plays Raymond "Rain Man" Babbitt, a character based on the real-life savant Kim Peek.

    • Oprah Winfrey
      Archer: Seriously, Krieger. You are my Oprah.
      Oprah is a television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. On her talk show, she popularized a confessional sort of communication in the media.

    • Dane Cook
      Archer: Karate? The Dane Cook of martial arts. No. ISIS agents use Krav Maga.
      Dane Cook is a successful, well-known stand-up comedian. He is often criticized for being overrated.

    • Karen Carpenter
      Cheryl: Beep, beep, beep.
      Pam: Oh you're giving me the truck noise, Karen Carpenter's stunt double?
      Karen Carpenter was a singer in the 1970's duo The Carpenters, and suffered from anorexia.

    • O. Henry/Alanis Morissette
      Cyril: I'm not sure that's technically irony.
      Archer: What? This is like O. Henry and Alanis Morissette had a baby and named it this exact situation.
      O. Henry was a writer who is best known for his stories such as "The Gift of the Magi" that are c examples of irony. Alanis Morissette wrote the song "Ironic," which many critics have argued misuses the term.

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