Archer: Achub Y Morfilod
March 20, 2015 6:10 AM - Season 6, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Archer whisks Lana away for a romantic getaway. In Wales. And to aid Welch terrorists. Meanwhile, everyone gives Ray a hand. This episode brought to you by Glengoolie. "For the best of times."
posted by Thorzdad (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
"Achub Y Morfilod" = "Save the Whales"
Kind of an oddball episode, this one. I was really hoping there'd be more of an expanded storyline to replacing ray's hand, frankly. But, at least they replaced it.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:20 AM on March 20, 2015

The MASH bit was terrific. I do think drugging Lana was too soon in light of the Cosby stuff--and just in general.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 7:38 AM on March 20, 2015

Hey, *I* went to Wales for a romantic getaway last summer! Stupid Sassenach MI5 guy.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:33 AM on March 20, 2015

Yeah, the drugging stuff was always going to be a problem and definitely in pop culture (though the episode was probably made before it flared up again, right?). But I was weirdly (and sadly) comforted that the script made the point that it was a fucking horrible thing to do.

I watched last week's and this week's back to back, so was pleased that it picked back up almost immediately plot-wise.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:44 PM on March 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Problems already mentioned above aside, I really enjoyed the Americans tribute and Mathew Rhys sliding from one accent to another, while performing a quick wig change.
posted by sardonyx at 1:18 PM on March 20, 2015 [4 favorites]

This was probably my least favorite episode of the season, but I could have watched an entire episode of everyone else attaching Ray's new arm while talking about MASH.

Also, the only way the last joke could have been funnier is if there was 3 or 4 times more space before "Thanks for the tampons."
posted by hobgadling at 4:57 PM on March 20, 2015

Stupid Sassenach MI5 guy.
Sassenach is the Scottish word for English bastards

Saesneg is the Welsh word for English bastards

Or just Saes if you are into the whole brevity thing

posted by fullerine at 11:07 AM on March 21, 2015 [2 favorites]

Sassenach is the Scottish word

Is that, like, literally the root for Saxon?
posted by porpoise at 12:05 AM on March 22, 2015

Saxons are named for the Saxony region. Maybe the other way round?
posted by tracicle at 3:25 AM on March 22, 2015

Apparantly, yes, Sassenach / Seisnig is the Celtic form of Saxon. Which surprises me, as I assumed it was the Celtic word for arse.

And it's "Welsh", not "Welch".
posted by Grangousier at 9:33 AM on March 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

I wondered how it is that it's from saxones and not angli, as the English ended up with an endonym from the Angles part of the Anglo-Saxon ethnicity and so I found this bit on Wikipedia:

"Catherine Hills suggests that it is no accident, 'that the English call themselves by the name sanctified by the Church, as that of a people chosen by God, whereas their enemies use the name originally applied to piratical raiders' 1."

Well, and I think that this is best explained and revealed by the fact that Gildas, who wrote about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain, and who spent most of his life in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, referred to them as Saxones.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:50 PM on March 22, 2015

The tranq dart idea is too ingrained in spy lore not to be a part of Archer, I think. I'm not sure I'd connect it at all to Cosby given that Archer takes no liberties with Lana beyond putting her in a coat.
posted by phearlez at 5:19 PM on March 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

My nerd brain really wants to do a deep-dive into what Archer does and does not know about history. He seems to be able to reference really obscure bits of European history, but doesn't know what the Tennessee Valley Authority is? I usually chalk it up to his boarding school education, but I'd love to really explore the edges of it.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 5:50 AM on March 24, 2015

Recall that in the alpine episode, he managed to remember "Romania!", if only eventually. I think his brain is just so permanently pickled that any information he might be looking for is in there, but he just can't access it immediately.
posted by Etrigan at 6:30 AM on March 24, 2015

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