Archer: The Handoff
April 8, 2016 8:19 AM - Season 7, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Archer and Lana make a tricky handoff while the rest of the gang hears the best voicemail ever.
posted by Pendragon (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Fears completely allayed. Fantastic episode. The "fecklessness" of the team, a very big payoff on the voicemail gag, Pam/Cheryl (!!), Mallory being a badass... Archer reverts to classic (as opposed to merely slapstick) Archer. Hoping the rest of the season remains as high quality.
posted by porpoise at 9:32 AM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]

Archer reverts to classic (as opposed to merely slapstick) Archer.

It's nice to be reminded every now and then that Archer is an incredibly good secret agent (-slash-PI), he's just a horrible human being.
posted by Etrigan at 10:43 AM on April 8, 2016 [4 favorites]

I don't think there's anything in this episode they haven't hit out of the park.
posted by lmfsilva at 11:28 AM on April 8, 2016

What's with Pam punching Cheryl? That's new and kind of out of the blue.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:26 PM on April 8, 2016

The Usual Suspects? I also want a scene where someone invents an identity from random nearby objects.
posted by Monochrome at 5:34 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

P.S. How did a divorce lawyer know about secret agents?
posted by Monochrome at 5:48 PM on April 8, 2016

> What's with Pam punching Cheryl?

> The Usual Suspects?

A reference to Verbal getting punched by Keaton (in Keaton's pad?)? I have no idea, I misremembered/thought that there was a setup but instead it was Cheryl getting punched twice, once for slapping Pam and another when Cheryl has second thoughts about slapping Malory and goes after Pam instead. Weird.

Maybe it's a new thing? We know that Cheryl likes it rough and can take a punch, maybe Pam's just short tempered/still getting over her cocaine withdrawl?

I thought that Shapiro (Kobayashi?) was just her general purpose lawyer-on-a-leash - I missed the divorce lawyer part? I suspect that the crew are so notorious that everyone sorta knows, but like how James Bond behaves as if he's completely anonymous and wouldn't be generally recognized (but everyone relevant already knows who he is).
posted by porpoise at 7:16 PM on April 8, 2016

The Usual Suspects was me pointing out the handoff at Angel's Gate Park.... coincidentally posted after Thorzdad's comment.
posted by Monochrome at 7:41 AM on April 9, 2016

For me:
- Everyone spinning in chairs
- Ray, in leather: "Say I won't."
posted by mochapickle at 3:49 PM on April 9, 2016

I remain pleased with this season so far.
posted by humanfont at 6:51 PM on April 9, 2016

"Fears completely allayed. Fantastic episode."

This is exactly how I feel. I loved this episode and thought it was solid in every respect. The spinning chairs bit was genius. I mean, seriously, that was genius and perfectly executed. Yet, the first episode was very "meh" for me.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:16 AM on April 10, 2016

Why is "It's after Labor Day!" so hysterically funny in spite of not being funny at all? This had us in giggle fits long enough that I had to pause the dvr for a few minutes until we got over it.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:46 AM on April 11, 2016

Good return to form. I'm meh on Patton Oswalt in general, but his long monologue about the dogs is him at his best.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:17 AM on April 13, 2016

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