Archer 4×01 Fugue and Riffs: ‘You better use the purple stuff’

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The following program contains extreme violence, swearing, and nudity week after week. Readers guidance advised.

Oh man, you have no idea how much I love crossovers like the cold open. In this case, we start off with a Bob’s Burgers beginning, animated in typical Archer style, and “Bob” looking like/being Archer. The KGB comes in search of Archer, who thinks he’s Bob, because it’s easier than Coach McGurik. Archer as Bob has a blood fueled battle in the burger place, not knowing he had that capability, with the Belcher family watching in shock. Archer/Bob says he has to run away to keep his new family out of danger and a spa weekend. Apparently, marrying a woman with 3 neurotic kids (one would’ve been great for this episode, but apparently Kristen Schaal is too expensive?) for 2 months warrants the need for some R&R, especially after living a life of luxury.

Meanwhile, at ISIS, Archer has finally been tracked down. Kreiger informs the gang Archer’s mental state is too delicate for them to say who he really is. What becomes an “easier” solution is for Lana to seduce him and protect him from the fake KGB (Cyril and Kreiger), as Archer remembers his true self. The rest of the main characters go along, because apparently Cheryl’s family owns the spa by some distance and everyone got in free. (It’s later revealed she owns didly squat)

 

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Once in, Lana uses her Lana powers to pull the Archer out of Bob, which is pretty easy. His unfaithfulness to Linda comes out instantly. He almost says “danger zone” before being cut off. He chugs alcohol like it’s water. Details noticeable to the common viewer. My apologies if this was your first episode. As they complete their plan for Archer gaining his memory back without him permanently turning into Bob, the real KGB comes up in search of Archer, Lana, and the ISIS operatives. Plot twist!

In danger, and as a last resort, Lana ends up hitting Archer over the head with a frying pan, curing his amnesia. The KGB agents are smoked out, and Archer remembers his trigger: Mallory was married to a guy everyone liked more than Archer, especially Mallory. They were still married at the end of the episode, suggesting either a season arc, or something that randomly pops up.

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A good beginning of the season episode, with lots of silly moments, but an example of an episode where not a lot happens. For a spy show, Archer is pretty simplistic in its storytelling. They do have the disadvantage of being a comedy first and only a half hour, which makes Archer one of the most original shows on TV right now. Welcome back to FX, ISIS. I’ll miss you in May.

Best parts:

  • Louise Belcher was smiling when Archer as Bob murdered the KGB agents
  • I like to think Archer doesn’t want to shave the Bob mustache because it looks like Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck
  • Ray’s still in that wheelchair. Maybe he really needs it this time.
  • Mallory’s bridesmaids were the ISIS women, suggesting she doesn’t have a lot of friends. It’s nice to humanize the monster.
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