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* "Double Trouble" and [[spoiler:Season 2's overall sheer DownerEnding. Thanks to his meaningful relationship with Katya, Archer has become a much better person, and the two are about to finally get married atop Archer's roof when Barry, now a {{cyborg}}, bursts in and grabs Archer in a choke-hold and dangles him off the roof. Malory unsuccessfully tries to stop him, and as a last-ditch effort, Katya grabs Barry and [[TakingYouWithMe dives off the roof into the street below]], saving Archer's life but [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing her own]]. The episode ends with Archer sobbing and screaming out her name over the balcony as Barry boasts from the streets]]. It's one of the most uncharacteristically saddening and serious moments for the show, and is all the more effective for it.

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* "Double Trouble" and [[spoiler:Season Season 2's overall sheer DownerEnding. Thanks to his meaningful relationship with Katya, Archer has become a much better person, and the two are about to finally get married atop Archer's roof when Barry, now a {{cyborg}}, bursts in and grabs Archer in a choke-hold and dangles him off the roof. Malory unsuccessfully tries to stop him, and as a last-ditch effort, Katya grabs Barry and [[TakingYouWithMe dives off the roof into the street below]], saving Archer's life but [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing her own]]. The episode ends with Archer sobbing and screaming out her name over the balcony as Barry boasts from the streets]].streets. It's one of the most uncharacteristically saddening and serious moments for the show, and is all the more effective for it.



* In "Crossing Over", [[spoiler:Archer finally starts to bond with Nikolai Jakov, his possible father. Barry, now the head of the KGB in Jakov's place, travels to New York, manipulates Cheryl into taking him to the ISIS safehouse, and tells Jakov that he will kill him. Jakov seems content to die, as long as Archer will be able to go through with the test to see if Jakov is his real father. This isn't enough for Barry, and he sets up a fork enclosed in ice in the microwave, and creates a gas leak, so that the entire building will explode and Jakov's corpse will be too disfigured to test on. Jakov tells his remaining secrets to the debriefing camera in case it survives the explosion, but is notably upset that Archer will never find out if Jakov is really his father of not.]]
* "Skin Game" isn't much better: [[spoiler:Although Archer and Katya are reunited through Krieger's [[{{Cyborg}} secret project]], she eventually runs away with Barry due to the physical differences between her and Archer.]]

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* In "Crossing Over", [[spoiler:Archer Archer finally starts to bond with Nikolai Jakov, his possible father. Barry, now the head of the KGB in Jakov's place, travels to New York, manipulates Cheryl into taking him to the ISIS safehouse, and tells Jakov that he will kill him. Jakov seems content to die, as long as Archer will be able to go through with the test to see if Jakov is his real father. This isn't enough for Barry, and he sets up a fork enclosed in ice in the microwave, and creates a gas leak, so that the entire building will explode and Jakov's corpse will be too disfigured to test on. Jakov tells his remaining secrets to the debriefing camera in case it survives the explosion, but is notably upset that Archer will never find out if Jakov is really his father of not.]]
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* "Skin Game" isn't much better: [[spoiler:Although Although Archer and Katya are reunited through Krieger's [[{{Cyborg}} secret project]], she eventually runs away with Barry due to the physical differences between her and Archer.]]



** Hell, the entire reveal that [[spoiler:Katya was using Archer to get Barry off the moon.]]

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** Hell, the entire reveal that [[spoiler:Katya Katya was using Archer to get Barry off the moon.]]space station.



** TheReveal that Captain Murphy [[spoiler:is all alone and has gone mad]]. The moment when Lana realises is one of the downer parts of the episode, particularly since [[spoiler:Murphy dies (in a slightly comedic way, mind) before he can escape]].

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** TheReveal that Captain Murphy [[spoiler:is is all alone and has gone mad]]. mad. The moment when Lana realises is one of the downer parts of the episode, particularly since [[spoiler:Murphy Murphy dies (in a slightly comedic way, mind) before he can escape]].escape.



** Archer's [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice to save a pregnant Lana and subsequent (temporary) death via drowning is extremely sad, especially Archer's last words as the water fills his lungs]]:
-->'''Archer''': [[spoiler:Lana! [[DyingDeclarationOfLove I... love... you...]]]]

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** Archer's [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifice to save a pregnant Lana and subsequent (temporary) death via drowning is extremely sad, especially Archer's last words as the water fills his lungs]]:
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-->'''Archer''': [[spoiler:Lana! Lana! [[DyingDeclarationOfLove I... love... you...]]]]]]



* [[spoiler:Ramon]]'s death in "A Kiss While Dying", and [[spoiler:Archer kissing him to fulfill his dying wish. Even though Ramon, Charles and Rudy faked the whole thing, we didn't know that at the time, and it was still a touching moment.]]

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* [[spoiler:Ramon]]'s [Ramon's death in "A Kiss While Dying", and [[spoiler:Archer Archer kissing him to fulfill his dying wish. Even though Ramon, Charles and Rudy faked the whole thing, we didn't know that at the time, and it was still a touching moment.]]



** Krieger, [[spoiler:abducted by his clones,]] overhears the others commenting that they don't care that he's missing. Does Krieger get mad and call them assholes? Nope. He breaks down and weeps like a child. It really hurts him that the people he views as his friends care so little about him.
** Archer's cracking voice when they think [[spoiler:Pam is dead.]]
*** Everyone's horrified, tearful or enraged reaction when they think [[spoiler: Pam is dead]].

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** Krieger, [[spoiler:abducted abducted by his clones,]] clones, overhears the others commenting that they don't care that he's missing. Does Krieger get mad and call them assholes? Nope. He breaks down and weeps like a child. It really hurts him that the people he views as his friends care so little about him.
** Archer's cracking voice when they think [[spoiler:Pam Pam is dead.]]
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*** Everyone's horrified, tearful or enraged reaction when they think [[spoiler: Pam is dead]].dead.



* In "The Holdout", the season opener, Archer finds an elderly Japanese UsefulNotes/WW2 soldier who's under the impression that the war isn't over. As funny as the running gag of Archer explaining to him what he's missed (including how Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan had this same plot) it turns to sorrow when [[spoiler:the soldier learns about the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and thinks his wife and child were among the casualties. Happily, the episode ends on a heartwarming note when Archer uses his phone to track down and call the soldier's wife and reunite them.]]
* In "Edie's Wedding", even though nobody would be sad to see him go, it is kind of sad to see Barry [[spoiler:go completely insane after Katya leaving him for Boris]].

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* In "The Holdout", the season opener, Archer finds an elderly Japanese UsefulNotes/WW2 soldier who's under the impression that the war isn't over. As funny as the running gag of Archer explaining to him what he's missed (including how Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' had this same plot) it turns to sorrow when [[spoiler:the the soldier learns about the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and thinks his wife and child were among the casualties. Happily, the episode ends on a heartwarming note when Archer uses his phone to track down and call the soldier's wife and reunite them.]]
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* In "Edie's Wedding", even though nobody would be sad to see him go, it is kind of sad to see Barry [[spoiler:go go completely insane after Katya leaving him for Boris]].Boris.



* "Drastic Voyage Part 1 and 2" has Ray in tears after [[spoiler: being handicapped ''again'', stuck with a bionic hand on top of his now inoperable legs, and he's been MistakenForRacist because everyone thought he was complaining about the hand being African-American]].

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* "Drastic Voyage Part 1 and 2" has Ray in tears after [[spoiler: being handicapped ''again'', stuck with a bionic hand on top of his now inoperable legs, and he's been MistakenForRacist because everyone thought he was complaining about the hand being African-American]].African-American.



* In "Deadly Prep", there's the scene where Archer delivers a hauntingly detailed account of an incident [[spoiler: in which he was beaten by two larger boys in the school locker room and held upside-down in an unflushed toilet, begging them to stop before blacking out from inhaling water, urine and blood, ultimately resulting in pneumonia and an extended hospital stay]]. The scene is not played for laughs in any way and does not lead up to any jokes of even the black humour variety, just cutting back to a genuinely shaken Archer and a remorseless but taken aback Ivy.

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* In "Deadly Prep", there's the scene where Archer delivers a hauntingly detailed account of an incident [[spoiler: in which he was beaten by two larger boys in the school locker room and held upside-down in an unflushed toilet, begging them to stop before blacking out from inhaling water, urine and blood, ultimately resulting in pneumonia and an extended hospital stay]].stay. The scene is not played for laughs in any way and does not lead up to any jokes of even the black humour variety, just cutting back to a genuinely shaken Archer and a remorseless but taken aback Ivy.



* The apparent death of [[spoiler:''ARCHER HIMSELF'']] at the end of the season finale.

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* The apparent death of [[spoiler:''ARCHER HIMSELF'']] ''ARCHER HIMSELF'' at the end of the season finale.



* The opening scene of "No Good Deed" is a grey, rain-swept funeral, but [[spoiler: it's not Archer's, it's Woodhouse's, who'd been missing ever since Season 6.]]

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* The opening scene of "No Good Deed" is a grey, rain-swept funeral, but [[spoiler: it's not Archer's, it's Woodhouse's, who'd been missing ever since Season 6.]]



*** [[spoiler: The way Malory says "I want to be here if... ''when'' he wakes up." Followed by Malory saying she, and Archer, will be there whenever Lana decides to bring A.J. with her in a resigned, defeated tone.]]
** [[spoiler: Lana hopes that Archer being comatose means he wouldn't know about Woodhouse's death because it'd destroy him, but Malory wonders what Archer's capable of hearing and knowing despite not being conscious. True enough, he seems to know on at least some level, because in "Dreamland" we see Archer discovering someone has murdered his "partner" Woodhouse and being completely devastated.]]

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*** [[spoiler: The way Malory says "I want to be here if... ''when'' he wakes up." Followed by Malory saying she, and Archer, will be there whenever Lana decides to bring A.J. with her in a resigned, defeated tone.]]
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** [[spoiler: Lana hopes that Archer being comatose means he wouldn't know about Woodhouse's death because it'd destroy him, but Malory wonders what Archer's capable of hearing and knowing despite not being conscious. True enough, he seems to know on at least some level, because in "Dreamland" we see Archer discovering someone has murdered his "partner" Woodhouse and being completely devastated.]]



** Then, [[spoiler: Trexler tells Archer that Mother killed Woodhouse.]]
* The Chinese women [[spoiler:leaving Poovey. Even sadder is that it's the closing scene of the season.]]
* Hell, the whole season finale is largely a tear jerker. [[spoiler:Archer gets nothing for his troubles (except for finding out Barry murdered Woodhouse only [[DisproportionateRetribution because the later cut him off in traffic)]], Pam accidentally shoots Lana to death, Kreiger's beloved cyborg dogs die by Zirk's hands due to turning on their master, Zirk saves Cheryl's life but his affections are cruelly rebuffed by her, and the briefcase with the money turns out to be filled with German nudism magazines.]]

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** Then, [[spoiler: Trexler tells Archer that Mother killed Woodhouse.]]
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* The Chinese women [[spoiler:leaving leaving Poovey. Even sadder is that it's the closing scene of the season.]]
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* Hell, the whole season finale is largely a tear jerker. [[spoiler:Archer Archer gets nothing for his troubles (except for finding out Barry murdered Woodhouse only [[DisproportionateRetribution because the later cut him off in traffic)]], Pam accidentally shoots Lana to death, Kreiger's beloved cyborg dogs die by Zirk's hands due to turning on their master, Zirk saves Cheryl's life but his affections are cruelly rebuffed by her, and the briefcase with the money turns out to be filled with German nudism magazines.]]

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* As hilarious as it is, [[UnluckyExtra Brett]] constantly getting shot and beaten with everyone around him (including the perpetrators) responding with either amusement or apathy is kinda sad.
-->'''Brett''': I don't think I have any blood left...


* Archer awakens from his three years coma only to see his mother litteraly LIVED in his room. Sterling looks very concerned about his mother, and even if it looks like CringeComedy at best, her creepy last lines looked like she was getting a little insane from all the worrying about her son's condition. It's painfully tragic.

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* Archer awakens from his three years coma only to see his mother litteraly literally LIVED in his room. Sterling looks very concerned about his mother, and even if it looks like CringeComedy at best, her creepy last lines looked like she was getting a little insane from all the worrying about her son's condition. It's painfully tragic.

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* Archer realizing he was asleep for three years, he freaks out. Mallory and the nurse even have to hold him.


* Archer starting to see his dream crewmates as the canonical Archer series characters is pretty moving. It's been three years since we haven't seen them !

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* Archer starting to see his dream crewmates as the canonical Archer series characters is pretty moving. It's been three years since we haven't we've seen them !them.

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* Archer starting to see his dream crewmates as the canonical Archer series characters is pretty moving. It's been three years since we haven't seen them !
* Archer hallucinating Woodhouse. As he approach the end of his coma, he hallucinates the one person who died at the start of it, and because it's at the end of the episode before the finale of the season, one can think that Archer is in a life-and-death crossroad, with the dead people visiting him before his awakening.
* Archer awakens from his three years coma only to see his mother litteraly LIVED in his room. Sterling looks very concerned about his mother, and even if it looks like CringeComedy at best, her creepy last lines looked like she was getting a little insane from all the worrying about her son's condition. It's painfully tragic.
* We don't know the situation for now but it looks like Mallory and Lana's friendly terms at the start of season 8 deteriorated of some sort, seeing Mallory's reaction when Archer mentions her.

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-->'''Lana''': ''(voice cracking)'' ...I know.

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* Amid the escalating insanity, we get a moment where a baby monkey finds its mother has been shot dead.



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** Really, the ''entire episode'' can be considered a Tearjerker, considering Cyril being put down continually left and right. Sure, he put ISIS at risk, but can you blame his motive?

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* "Tragical History" gives us a glimpse into Cyril's childhood, when he embarrassed himself and disappointed his father at a spelling bee. Doesn't help that the flashback is followed up by how he's being abused by his friends in the present.

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* "Arrival/Departure":
** Lana is giving Archer a heartfelt speech but he's incapable of hearing it. It's a bit sad that she seems to pour her heart into the speech and the guy she's telling it to won't know what she said.


* Archer's childhood was disappointment after disappointment, and was scarring enough to make him the person he is today. Most of the flashbacks to his past we see are quite sad. For example, when he talks about how his boarding school/lacross buddies were like the family he never had, and then it [[spoiler:cuts to him as a child, sitting alone on the bench with his net]], and when he did get attention from other boys, it was vicious emotional and physical bullying, so bad that at one point it even put him in the hospital. When Malory finally showed up in his life after being completely absent for his first 5 years, he claimed he didn't have a mother, and if he did, he would hate her. Oh, and not to mention, he went through statuatory rape ala his nanny when he was 12. Jesus.
** In "Training Day," Archer saves a guy from an assassin. The guy, wearing a red-bloused military uniform and sporting white facial hair, thanks him profusely, to which Archer replies, "I love you Santa Claus! ''[holds his hand to his face to cover sudden tears]'' I do..." It's played for laughs, but when you think about the fact that Santa loves all children, and that Archer grew up never knowing his father and with a mother who shows more affection for her ''dog''...

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* Archer's childhood was disappointment after disappointment, and was scarring enough to make him the person he is today. Most of the flashbacks to his past we see are quite sad. For example, when he talks about how his boarding school/lacross school/lacrosse buddies were like the family he never had, and then it [[spoiler:cuts to him as a child, sitting alone on the bench with his net]], and when he did get attention from other boys, it was vicious emotional and physical bullying, so bad that at one point it even put him in the hospital. When Malory finally showed up in his life after being completely absent for his first 5 years, he claimed he didn't have a mother, and if he did, he would hate her. Oh, and not to mention, he went through statuatory statutory rape ala his nanny when he was 12. Jesus.
** In "Training Day," Archer saves a guy from an assassin. The guy, wearing a red-bloused military uniform and sporting white facial hair, thanks him profusely, to which Archer replies, "I love you Santa Claus! ''[holds his hand to his face to cover sudden tears]'' I do..." It's played for laughs, but when you think about the fact that Santa loves all children, and that Archer grew up never knowing his father and with a mother who shows more affection for her ''dog''...
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* In "Training Day," Archer saves a guy from an assassin. The guy, wearing a red-bloused military uniform and sporting white facial hair, thanks him profusely, to which Archer replies, "I love you Santa Claus! ''[holds his hand to his face to cover sudden tears]'' I do..." It's played for laughs, but when you think about the fact that Santa loves all children, and that Archer grew up never knowing his father and with a mother who shows more affection for her ''dog''...
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* The season ends with a farewell to George Coe.


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