Archer: The Kanes
February 27, 2015 11:59 AM - Season 6, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Lana takes Sterling and AJ to visit her parents in Berkeley.
posted by Small Dollar (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
This is my favourite episode of this season. So many awesome lines and callbacks, especially, "Zona peligrosa!"

PS nice Bullitt tag.
posted by tracicle at 12:06 PM on February 27, 2015


"That amount, direct deposited every month for the rest of your life."
Hmm, that sounds ominious, especially coming from the CIA.

And virtual girlfriend is back! What? Or is she just part of Krieger's van and clone Krieger just now discovered her by happenstance?
posted by porpoise at 1:24 PM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Do you guys do phrasing...?"
posted by cooker girl at 1:59 PM on February 27, 2015


Easily the best episode of the season so far. They've been doing a great job showing us the flip side of Archer's character -- he's great at spy stuff, but he's TERRIBLE at being a human being.

And more than ever I want Pam to get her own spin-off show.
posted by Janta at 2:03 PM on February 27, 2015


Definitely one of the best.

My only real question: where the heck do they think Berkeley is located in relation to the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe the episode happens to take place during one of the Bay Bridge closure weekends?
posted by zachlipton at 6:21 PM on February 27, 2015


I will take Slater's return as an opportunity to link to this interview with Executive Producer Matt Thompson, wherein he reveals Christian Slater as an Archer supergeek:
Christian’s hilarious, and a true fan of the show. You talk about continuity — I’m always surprised when somebody says, “Didn’t that happen in like Season 2?” and Christian will know. We’ll forget. When we first started talking to him about his character, it was like, “We want to call the character Slater,” and he was like, “If you don’t call the character Slater, I’m gonna be mad at you.” “Can he look like you?” “God, please!” He was just so cool with it.
posted by Etrigan at 4:21 AM on February 28, 2015 [4 favorites]


Great, funny episode. And, yes, yay for Virtual Girlfriend's return! But, are not going to see Woodhouse at all this season? He's custom made to be A.J's babysitter/nanny.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:30 AM on February 28, 2015


And the inestimable Keith David as Lana's dad. "Assbucket" indeed.
posted by nikitabot at 7:29 AM on February 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Was Krieger's van a specific Rush reference this time?
posted by Chrysostom at 10:30 AM on February 28, 2015


It was indeed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_%28Rush_album%29
posted by Nekosoft at 11:13 AM on February 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


OMG.
I can't believe it took me six seasons to get the gag...Lana Kane. It honestly never clicked before.

Good lord, I'm dense sometimes.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:03 PM on February 28, 2015 [4 favorites]


Agreed best episode of the season. Maybe the writers are getting their grove back.
posted by humanfont at 8:34 PM on February 28, 2015


I like that Archer has a good grasp of backup strategies.
posted by phearlez at 9:42 AM on March 1, 2015


I can't believe it took me six seasons to get the gag...Lana Kane. It honestly never clicked before.

I was hoping her dad or sibling would be named Novo.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:21 PM on March 1, 2015


It's still funny enough to make my husband and I burst out laughing simultaneously more than once an episode. Amazing!
posted by bq at 4:09 PM on March 1, 2015


My only real question: where the heck do they think Berkeley is located in relation to the Golden Gate Bridge?

My immediate assumption was that they actually live in Marin (I mean, come on, they're hot-tubbers and everything!) and just teach at Berkeley. It's a totally plausible commute.
posted by psoas at 11:30 AM on March 2, 2015


My immediate assumption was that they actually live in Marin (I mean, come on, they're hot-tubbers and everything!) and just teach at Berkeley. It's a totally plausible commute.

I considered that possibility. Two things count against it though:
  • The house (kind of shown in the teaser) looks like it belongs in Berkeley to my eye
  • This exchange: Archer: Because who gets in a hot tub naked with an almost complete stranger? Lana: Because everybody! Because Berkeley! That's-- how does an entire city get a pass on acceptable behavior?

posted by zachlipton at 2:19 PM on March 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's a totally plausible commute.

If you are literally insane.
posted by kenko at 5:14 PM on March 3, 2015


Welcome to Bay Area cost calculation.
posted by psoas at 5:19 PM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


The lack of this is a crime:

Wait, hold on.

Yes, literally
posted by kenko at 8:15 PM on March 3 [+] [!]


I mean, come on.
posted by phearlez at 7:45 PM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


: "My only real question: where the heck do they think Berkeley is located in relation to the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe the episode happens to take place during one of the Bay Bridge closure weekends?"

I figured it was a direct nod to Bullitt which is also known for playing pretty fast and loose with geography.

: "I like that Archer has a good grasp of backup strategies."

Archer's decidedly punctuated information retention is one of the great charms of the show. I never can tell when he is going to be a genius or clueless often with bizarrely bright line differentiation.
posted by Mitheral at 4:40 PM on May 18, 2016


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