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Throughout this episode, Pam can't get enough of the crab sticks served at the buffet. Not only can you see her gorging on the seafood treats but you can audibly hear her chomping away. On the day the episode was to be taped, they realized that no one had thought to bring something for her to eat. Luckily, they located a huge container of cheese puffs in the recording studio's kitchen and it's those cheese puffs - not crab sticks - that you hear being consumed. It took many more takes than usual that day mostly due to Amber Nash's tendency to stuff her cheeks full of the puffs before delivering her lines. This caused her to choke and spew cheese which led to giggle fits. Looking like a chipmunk didn't help either, especially when she would hold up her orange cheese puff stained hands against the recording booth's glass for all to see.
"Kazak" is the name of Winston Niles Rumfoord's dog, an English Mastiff, in "The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut.
Up until this episode, Malory's nemesis, Trudy, has not spoken. Rather than approach an already well-known femme fatale, they decided to look a lot closer to home. Mary Ann Warren, the person selected to voice Malory's rival, is none other than creator Adam Reed's mom.
After Ron picks up Archer in Montreal, they drive south to New York State and as they approach the Blackpool Canada/US border crossing connecting to Interstate 87 (displayed a few minutes later in the episode), the attachment on top of the "Canada United States Border" sign says they are crossing the 49th parallel.This is a major goof based on the common misconception that the Canada/US border is the 49th parallel. The border between Canada and the United States only runs along the 49th parallel in Western Canada - west from the Lake of the Woods in western Ontario. East of the Lake of the Woods, the border is actually much further south than the 49th parallel - Montreal actually sits on the 45th parallel, and the Blackpool border crossing is even further south, at 44�59′N.In order for Ron and Archer to cross the 49th parallel, they would have to drive far north of Montreal, completely away from the Canada/US border.
In the phone booth that Archer telephones from at the Montreal Casino, the advertisement behind him reads, "VACATION - It's Never Out of Season." This advertisement would not be allowed in Quebec, as it is only in English, contrary to Quebec law.
When Pam is in the bathroom stall, we can see her name written in graffiti on the wall behind her. This is a recurring theme that pops up in several other Archer episodes.
The scene of Archer getting tortured by the KGB is a callback to the pilot episode, Mole Hunt. Archer acknowledges this by saying he should have taken his training more seriously.
Malory claims that Archer does not gamble, and Archer confirms this. However, in the pilot episode Mole Hunt, Archer is seen playing roulette in a casino.
In the 401k list on Cyril's computer, several ISIS employees are listed that have never been seen: John Baxtor, Samantha Munroe, Heather Baker, and Jeff Chapman. Hector Ruiz also appears on the list, despite having been killed in the season one episode Diversity Hire.
When Cyril is looking at 401k information on his computer, "Doctor Krieger" is on the list. It was mentioned in the episode A Going Concern that Krieger is not any kind of doctor, but his first name appears to actually be "Doctor."
The translation from Lana and Benoît's French exchange:
Lana: On, nous excusait mon amie! Elle est fatiguée.
"Excuse my friend. She is tired."
Benoît: Et, mal-élevée
Lana: Sans doute. Mais, vous avez un réservation pour moi, non? Lana Kane?
"Without doubt. But you have a reservation for me, right? Lana Kane?"
Benoît: Euh, non...
Lana: What?!!! Et pourquoi non?!
"What?!!! And why not?!"
Benoît: C'est la Grand Prix.
"This is the Grand Prix."
Lana: So where are we supposed to sleep?!
When Ray hits someone with Malory's purse, he asks, "What does she have in here, buckles?" This is a callback to the pilot episode Mole Hunt, where Archer asks the same thing as Malory is hitting him with her purse.
Both Lana and Malory say that they've never seen Archer really drunk (except, in Malory's case, for that one time as a child). However, they saw Archer drunk at a party in the season one episode Training Day.
The location of the hotel keeps changing based on the shots. The hotel is established as being on the Grand Prix circuit, but from Archer's room, the hotel is too high up to be near the circuit. When the cars travel from right to left in front of the hotel, this could only happen at turns three & four, but these turns have inclines and curves which don't appear. There's also a shot of the foliage across the street (before zooming on Archer in the hot tub) that places the hotel on the start/finish straightaway, but the cars are traveling in the wrong direction; the straightaway is too long to be confused with any other location on the track. In addition, in the final chase, the cars travel past non-existing locations or in the wrong direction; this is established by where the cars are stopped and the order they reach locations, compared to when they cross the part of the course that passes next to the yachts and docks.
GPS Coordinates for ISIS headquarters are shown as 33.806333, -84.344165. These coordinates are in Atlanta, Georgia, where Archer is created.
This is the fourth time Brett is shot on the series, apparently earning him the nickname "Mr. Bloodmobile," and causing the other characters to be dismissive of his gunshot wound.
Archer marvels at the ocelot's tufted ears, but ocelots don't have tufted ears. Bobcats and lynxes do.
When Cyril is making his fake ransom call, the screen behind Malory in the control room shows a myriad of characters from the show. In addition to all the main ISIS characters, it includes Brett Buckley, Popeye, Barry Dillon, Rudy, Conway Stern, Nikolai Jakov, Jakov's assistant, Captain Lammers, Mannfred, and Ramon Limon.
The blast doors at the base of ISIS show Pam's name in graffiti. This is a recurring theme that pops up in several other Archer episodes.
The yellow cabs at the beginning of the show are not New York cabs. They are similar in shape to the Mercedes W108 & W109 chassis, which is more likely a taxi in Europe, but as seen later in this episode, the phone call from the kidnappers is traced to the ISIS office which is in Manhattan, New York.
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cartoon violence, Espionage, frat guy humor, gunfights, issues with authority