Archer (2009– )
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Archer Vice: Arrival/Departure 

While Lana is trying to give birth to her baby, it turns out that the whole "cocaine-case" was a secret agreement between Malory and the CIA.

Director:

Adam Reed (uncredited)

Writers:

Adam Reed (creator), Adam Reed
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
H. Jon Benjamin ... Sterling Archer (voice)
Judy Greer ... Cheryl Tunt (voice)
Leigh Jackson Leigh Jackson ... Intercom (voice)
Amber Nash ... Pam Poovey (voice)
Chris Parnell ... Cyril Figgis (voice)
Adam Reed ... Ray Gillette (voice)
Gabriel Romero ... Soldier (voice)
Aisha Tyler ... Lana Kane (voice)
Jessica Walter ... Malory Archer (voice)
Lucky Yates ... Doctor Krieger (voice)
Christian Slater ... Slater (voice)
Lauren Cohan ... Juliana (voice)
Gary Cole ... Special Agent Hawley (voice)
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Storyline

At the airport, Lana, Archer and Cherlene meet the rebels: ISIS was actually selling cocaine as subcontractor. At the palace, Malory teaches a course on "How to Loot a Deposed Government 101" as American armed forces poise for attack. Malory, Cyril and Pam flee with bullion and booty; Ray and Krieger flee with a glowing green canister. They all reach the airport in time for an important delivery. On the flight home, Malory wheels and deals ISIS back into the game and the truth about Cheryl's brain chip is revealed. Written by LA-Lawyer

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Title Explained: In most airports, the status of various flights is recorded on a board marked Arrival/Departure for the convenience of passengers. The title is a double entendre making reference this and also the 'arrival' of Abbiejean juxtaposed with the 'departure' of ISIS from South America (possibly as well as the contrast between birth and death, both of which occur in this episode). See more »

Quotes

Lana Kane: Sterling Archer, I'd like you to meet your daughter, Abijean.
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Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherlene's Broken Hearts & Auto Parts
Written by Kevn Kinney and Adam Reed
Performed by Jessy Martens
Produced by Kevn Kinney
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Archer Vice: Keeps the strengths but not consistent enough in this rather unnecessary reboot
23 October 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Much like the wonderful 'Always Sunny', the strength in Archer is not its plotting, but rather its selfish and colorful characters. So it was a strange decision then to not only reboot the series away from the spy business, but also to run all the episodes along a season-long thread. In some shows this is the best direction, but in this case I am not so sure it really worked. As a season-long narrative it didn't really compel, and as much as it provided a thread to follow, it remained the random moments and the call-backs, which still delivered the goods.

The consistency of the characters and their behavior is what makes the season work; the drug-trade thread perhaps provides a decent frame to it, but not too much more than that. The writing lacked the high hit rate of laughs of previous seasons, with the plotting taking more time, but it was still funny. The delivery of the voice cast is as good as ever, with the best lines well done. The return to the spy game suggested by the finale will hopefully see a return to the core of the show but without the baggage of the previous four seasons. This fifth season will be good enough to please fans, but not bring enough to justify this reboot continuing beyond the one run.


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