Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Archer is clinically insane. The countless traumas heaped on him by his mother as he grew up, coupled with the stress of his work as a spy, and compounded by multiple brain injuries (including two cases of meatball surgery and a mind-control chip) and Katya's and Jakov's deaths, has gradually pushed him to further and further extremes of disassociation with reality, up to the point where he has a two-month-long retrograde amnesia episode at the start of the fourth season, where he thinks he's Bob.
- He also might have an Ambiguous Disorder; Lana and several other characters have speculated that Archer might have some sort of developmental disorder, if not atypical autism.
- He admitted to Ray in "Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction" to being suicidally depressed.
Ray: How long will it take you, Archer, to admit that you dick around every time we're in danger, just to screw with everybody, because of your complete - no, your utter contempt for your own mortality?!
Archer: I mean, yeah. Duh.
- Even as early as "Training Day" he admits to being depressed.
Archer: Happy, Cyril?
Cyril: No! No, I'm not happy!
Archer: Well, guess what? Me neither! I mean, big picture, I wouldn't say I'm a happy person.
- Cheryl/Carol is actually a sensitive woobie who's afraid of alienating other people with her wealth, and she keeps working at ISIS because her coworkers are her only close friends. The woman's worth millions, so she obviously doesn't need the paycheck. And she's probably been at ISIS for at least a few years, but the others didn't find out about her wealthy family until late in Season 2. Considering how open she usually is about personal stuff (like her weird fetishes) it seems a little odd that she kept that little detail to herself for so long. Maybe she was afraid of losing her only real friendships.
- Alternatively, given Cheryl/Carol's statements about thriving on hatred for those around her (saying it's the only reason she gets out of bed in the morning in the season four premier) and her admission to Sterling that she's aroused not only by physical but also emotional abuse, hanging out with the violent, dysfunctional ISIS crew might be a pleasurable experience for her. When she revealed that she was loaded everyone treated her more nicely and less like a lowly secretary which coincided with her becoming much more bratty and mean because she wasn't getting the abuse she craved from them.