Archer: Gramercy, Halberd!
May 18, 2017 7:58 AM - Season 8, Episode 7 - Subscribe

The gang tries to escape a rampaging robot. Knock-knock, who's there?
posted by filthy light thief (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The official synopsis is kind of rubbish: "Archer and Trexler try to escape a rampaging Dutch by telling the world's worst knock-knock joke."

1) Archer and Trexler are joined by Kane, Poovey, Figgis, Trinette McGoon and Cecil Tunt, and
2) It sounds like Trexler and Archer tell the joke, or that it's more central to the story than it is, and both are incorrect.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:02 AM on May 18


I did enjoy the pregnant pause after Archer's third pass at Barry.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:47 AM on May 18 [1 favorite]


The Poovey kids at graduation was hilarious. "I told myself I wasn't gonna cry."
posted by Thorzdad at 2:13 PM on May 18 [1 favorite]


I thought that was last episode? This episode was Poovey's 100th birthday party surrounded by descendants I thought. I also liked the OBVIOUS from the beginning reveal that Mother killed Woodhouse. Like who saw that coming? EVERYONE. Still loved it though. One episode to go!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:27 PM on May 18 [1 favorite]




I really thought that rare self-reflective moment in the getaway car was going to snap Archer out of the coma briefly.

Also I kinda hope he gets in another coma after this one? I've really liked that this season could just be its own thing without having to care about the story and settings that came before. Archer with the Blackadder treatment would really work for me.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:15 PM on May 18 [3 favorites]


I really thought that rare self-reflective moment in the getaway car was going to snap Archer out of the coma briefly.

It was ... great. I had one of those moments that happens with shows sometimes where I feel like reality is warping and the show is becoming aware that it's a show. Archer's small monologue was amazing and it was almost a breakthrough for him.

I also liked the OBVIOUS from the beginning reveal that Mother killed Woodhouse. Like who saw that coming? EVERYONE.

Um, not me? I mean, I haven't really been thinking of Archer outside of episodes, and, since we're out of characters, it's obviously Mother, but still, maybe not totally that obvious. Or I'm oblivious. Quite possibly the latter.
posted by aureliobuendia at 8:44 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]


What, you eat a bunch of magnets?


I don't mind shorter seasons (particularly now that writers aren't being shatfed), but this episode was closer to 15 minutes than 23. At this rate, a 30 minute slot will be too short for Robot Chicken.
posted by lmfsilva at 1:08 PM on May 19


I also liked the OBVIOUS from the beginning reveal that Mother killed Woodhouse. Like who saw that coming? EVERYONE.

Not me, either. I figured it was a red herring early on - I'm still not willing to trust Trexler's say-so - and then started looking around at the peripheral figures. I like old man Vandertunt as the surprise murderer, maybe in a callback to the tontine plot from "The Double Deuce".

Incidentally, I'm relieved that FXX has renewed the show for another three seasons because Dreamland's ratings have been collapsing.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:55 PM on May 21


All-time great Lana burn about Archer's premature ejaculation.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:04 AM on June 2 [1 favorite]


Rewatched it on a flight on my laptop and noticed a new endearing detail; 100 year old PamPoovey smelling the head sweat off an infant and getting hormonal ("pheromones" are a thing, but not what most people think it means. There are evolutionarily ancient and (at the basic mechanism - the ways to trigger those mechanisms are much more diverse) brain structures respond to stimuli and evokes feels.

Interesting fact; depending on how you define the brain, your olfactory glands and your tastebuds are essentially naked parts of your brain that samples the world directly. Photoperception might fit if you ignore that retinal cells are deep within and protected by a complex organ (the eyeball).

Babies give off a lot of different, but age-dependent, volatile molecules that olfactory neurons sense and report that fact up the chain.

Having "feels" when smelling an infant of one's lineage (own children, children of relatives...) is a very strong trigger-response phenomenon. But there's also the socialization aspect that are too complex for mere theory to explain with predictive re: why this response to a given sibling's offspring may illicit different responses among the other siblings (re: the reproductive/social status of said other siblings).

So, that's implying the infant that Poovey snuffles and gets high off of is one of theirs, or a grandchild, or Poovey could just be hypersensitive to it for any number of (biological/chemical) reasons (some of which could have an age - or lots of other things else - triggered onset.
posted by porpoise at 1:09 AM on November 11


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