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A list of episodes and their summaries for the FX series, Archer, a Deconstructive Parody of spy stories (notably the James Bond series and the original 1960s TV version of Mission Impossible) centered on a vice-ridden spy named Sterling Archer (codename: Duchess) who has been hired by his equally vice-ridden mother, Mallory.

Note that each episode summary assumes that you have watched the show up to the episode in question, so spoilers for the episode and previous episodes will be unmarked. Events depicted in episodes that had not aired at the time of the episode being recapped (if referenced in Foreshadowing or Call-Forward, for example) should still be marked as normal. Proceed with caution.


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    Season 1

  1. "Mole Hunt": In the pilot episode, suave yet rude and belligerent spy Sterling Archer, prompted by questions regarding his expense account, breaks into the mainframe of his organization ISIS and inadvertently discovers a mole in the organization.
  2. "Training Day": Archer's mother Malory assigns her son the task of training ISIS accountant Cyril Figgis to be an agent. Meanwhile, secretary Cheryl and human resources representative Pam take advantage of Malory being temporarily blinded by an allergic reaction.
  3. "Diversity Hire": After the death of yet another agent, ISIS needs a new operative and a racial minority, and Malory hires Conway Stern, a black, Jewish man, to fill the position. Meanwhile, Archer is worried that Conway has his sights set on marrying Malory and cutting him out of her will.
  4. "Killing Utne": Malory hosts a dinner party for the UN intelligence chairman, Torvald Utne, in an effort to get a new weapons contract for ISIS. Unfortunately, a group of rival assassins have targeted Mr. Utne for elimination.
  5. "Honeypot": Malory's career is threatened when a sex tape falls into the hands of a rogue (and roguish) Cuban agent, and upon realizing his sexual preferences (strictly forbidden by the homophobic Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro) she calls on Archer’s expertise in seduction to turn the tables on her blackmailer.
  6. "Skorpio": Archer must rescue Lana from the clutches of Skorpio, the infamous arms dealer. Meanwhile, Cyril fears not only for his girlfriend's life, but her succumbing to the seductive nature of Archer's heroics.
  7. "Skytanic": Archer and the ISIS crew battle the clock and each other, when a bomb threatens the maiden voyage of the luxury airship Excelsior.
  8. "The Rock": Malory assigns Archer and Lana to steal a priceless diamond from ODIN's biggest client, hoping to embarrass ODIN and its agents.
  9. "Job Offer": Archer takes a higher-paying job at rival agency ODIN, and Malory puts a burn notice out on Archer while getting drunk on absinthe.
  10. "Dial M for Mother": Archer and Malory have an explosive confrontation when questions of the identity of Archer's real father begin to surface.

    Season 2

  1. "Swiss Miss": Weakened by the current recession, Malory institutes pay cuts in addition to seeking outside investment. Meanwhile, Archer is tasked in protecting the flirtatious 16-year old daughter of a wealthy German dignitary.
  2. "A Going Concern": Wiped out by a Ponzi scheme, Malory decides to sell ISIS to rival spy agency ODIN.
  3. "Blood Test": Archer's favorite hooker Trinette comes to him with a baby son, claiming that Archer is the father.
  4. "Pipeline Fever": Malory tries to make ISIS more environmentally friendly, while Archer and Lana head to the Louisiana bayous to prevent a dangerous eco-terrorist from bombing America's largest natural-gas pipeline.
  5. "The Double Deuce": When members of Woodhouse's famed WWI Royal Flying Corps squadron start dying mysteriously, Archer tries to track down the killer.
  6. "Tragical History": Cyril agrees to help George Spelvin inject a computer virus into the ISIS mainframe so Cyril can be seen as a hero. Not surprisingly, the plan goes awry: Cyril didn't count on sexy, bikini-clad ninjas.
  7. "Movie Star": Hollywood actress Rona Thorne spends a week shadowing the agents at ISIS for an upcoming movie role.
  8. "Stage Two": When Malory suspects that she might have breast cancer, she undergoes a medical examination — but ends up whining over not being the center of attention when Archer is the one who has breast cancer.
  9. "Placebo Effect": When Archer discovers the chemotherapy drugs he’s been taking for his cancer are counterfeit (mainly consisting of sucrose and Zima), he sets out to destroy the criminals behind the scheme.
  10. "El Secuestro": When Pam is kidnapped, mistaken for Cheryl, ISIS discovers that Cheryl is really an heir to a billion-dollar empire and is being hunted by masked gunmen. Meanwhile, Archer and Ray attempt to rescue Pam while everyone else weighs the dollar-value of her life.
  11. "Jeu Monégasque": Malory and the ISIS agents travel to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix to recover another one of her sex tapes, but Archer loses all the blackmail money gambling and must enlist Ray and Lana's help to recover it before Malory finds out.
  12. "White Nights": Archer's search for his father's identity takes him to Russia where he is held prisoner by KGB head Nikolai Jakov.
  13. "Double Trouble": Krieger works to finish a top-secret project, and Archer brings a mysterious former KGB agent named Katya Kasanova home to meet Malory, unaware that Barry Dillon is on his way to kill him.

    Season 3

  1. "Heart of Archness: Part I": Part one of three. Malory hires an adventurer named Rip Riley to find Archer, who has been missing since Katya sacrificed herself to save Archer on their wedding day.
  2. "Heart of Archness: Part II": Part two of three. After being captured by pirates, Archer emerges as Pirate King, but he has bit off more than he can chew, getting little help from his first mate, Noah.
  3. "Heart of Archness: Part III": Conclusion. Archer and his fellow prisoners attempt to escape from the Pirate Fortress. Meanwhile, Malory plays hardball in ransom negotiations.
  4. "The Man from Jupiter": Archer is overjoyed when he meets personal hero, Burt Reynolds, only to find out that Reynolds is dating his mother, Malory.
  5. "El Contador": Against her other agents' wishes, Malory promotes Cyril to field agent and sends him with Archer and Lana to capture a drug lord, where they find out he might actually have a talent for it. Back at the office, Malory institutes a strict drug testing policy for her employees, forcing Pam, Cheryl, and Ray to use Dr. Krieger's purifying herbal tea to beat it.
  6. "The Limited": The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enlist the help of ISIS to transport a captured Canadian terrorist on a train.
  7. "Drift Problem": Archer's surprise birthday present – a high-tech, souped-up spy car – leads to all sorts of other surprises—none of which are good.
  8. "Lo Scandalo": Malory turns to Archer and Lana for help when she finds herself in a compromising situation with the Italian prime minister, who was killed in her apartment.
  9. "Bloody Ferlin": Archer must help Ray save his marijuana-dealing younger brother from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.
  10. "Crossing Over": Archer's sex life compromises his effectiveness as an agent, but more seriously than the countless other times.
  11. "Skin Game": Archer is faced with a dilemma when his murdered fiancée, Katya, miraculously reappears in Krieger's lab.
  12. "Space Race: Part I": Part one of two. Archer and his colleagues at ISIS voyage to the final frontier in an effort to prevent a catastrophe on the Space Station Horizon.
  13. "Space Race: Part II": Conclusion. Archer and the rest of ISIS are held captive by mutineers on the Space Station Horizon.

    Season 4

  1. "Fugue and Riffs": Archer finds himself working at his own burger joint under the name Bob Belcher with a wife named Linda and three kids named Tina, Louise, and Gene and doesn't remember what happened to him or who he is, but knows that KGB agents are after him and he, for some reason, has the combat skills of a secret agent.
  2. "The Wind Cries Mary": When Malory announces that a former ISIS agent — who was Archer's best friend and may or may not have been gay for him — is dead after a mission gone wrong, Archer travels to Vermont to prove that his death was a set-up.
  3. "Legs": Archer's fear of cyborgs hits home when Krieger offers to make robotic legs for the wheelchair-bound Gillette.
  4. "Midnight Ron": The beginning of beautiful hatred between Archer and his new stepfather plays out as the two are chased by gangsters.
  5. "Vicious Coupling": Archer's former fiancée calls on him to rescue her cyborg boyfriend from outer space, but he has other things on his mind.
  6. "Once Bitten": Archer gets bitten in the crotch by a snake and has a near-death experience where he sees the man who may be his long-lost father.
  7. "Live and Let Dine": Archer, Lana, and Cyril go undercover at a fine-dining restaurant on the night of a very special dinner with an Albanian ambassador who may be targeted for murder.
  8. "Coyote Lovely": Archer's weakness for beautiful women bungles a border patrol mission.
  9. "The Honeymooners": Archer and Lana must go undercover as newlyweds to stop the sale of uranium to North Korea, but lingering feelings for each other get in the way.
  10. "Un Chien Tangerine": Archer and Lana extract an agent from Morocco only to find out that he's not exactly human.
  11. "The Papal Chase": Archer, Lana, Pam, and Woodhouse are off to Rome to stop an assassination attempt on the Pope.
  12. "Sea Tunt: Part 1": The ISIS agents, Malory, and Cheryl's brother Cecil venture to the Bermuda Triangle to recover a stranded hydrogen bomb.
  13. "Sea Tunt: Part 2": Archer and the gang learn the awful truth behind the lost hydrogen bomb, and must now stop a huge attack on the U.S. before it's too late.

    Season 5 (Vice

  1. "White Elephant": In the biggest Wham Episode of the series, the agents are caught in an attack on ISIS that turns out to be a raid from the FBI, who disband ISIS for never actually being a legally sanctioned spy agency to begin with. Without jobs, the ISIS crew must now find a living in the real world.
  2. "Archer Vice: A Kiss While Dying": From this point on, the season is titled Archer Vice. Archer, Pam and Lana head down to Miami and meet up with Archer's old friend Ramone to set up a cocaine deal. Meanwhile, Cyril helps Malory set up their cocaine operation, while Ray takes up the job of Cheryl's vocal coach for her newfound country music career.
  3. "Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor": Pam's newfound cocaine addiction leads the team into danger when, looking for a substitute for cocaine, she buys two million dollars' worth of amphetamines off the Yakuza with the team's counterfeit money, and the Yakuza come to collect their money and Pam's head.
  4. "Archer Vice: House Call": An attempted intervention for Pam goes bad when she threatens to go to the feds if the they try to take her to rehab. Things only get worse when she hulks out in a withdrawal-induced rage and kidnaps Cheryl... just as Agent Holly stops by for an inspection.
  5. "Archer Vice: Southbound and Down": The gang has 48 hours to get Cherlene, now cured of her stage fright, to her first gig by road, leading Archer to rent a blocker car to live Smokey and the Bandit. But his bringing a huge amount of cocaine along and Pam's (his companion in the blocker car) habit of talking with truckers on CB puts the whole gang in danger from bikers.
  6. "Archer Vice: Baby Shower": To make up for their behaviour towards her lately, the ISIS gang get together to throw a baby shower for Lana, and Archer has a great idea for a gift: A live performance from Kenny Loggins. Meanwhile, Malory enlists Cyril and Ray to help Krieger sell their cocaine supplies online.
  7. "Archer Vice: Smuggler's Blues": Archer, Ray, and Cyril fly to Colombia on a secret mission in search of the mysterious drug cartel leader, La Madrina.
  8. "Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction": Arthur, Ray, and Cyril escape imprisonment when the truck holding them crashes in the jungle, and Ray is left paralysed once again as a result. In escaping the jungle, they are forced to avoid Archer's second greatest fear: crocodiles. Meanwhile, the stress of losing her only son to the unknown is weighing heavily on Malory.
  9. "Archer Vice: On the Carpet": With Archer, Ray and Cyril back at the manor, they are forced to explain to Malory where it all went wrong.
  10. "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part I": The ISIS Cartel go to the Central American country of San Marcos, ruled by Gustavo Calderon, to sell the newly acquired weaponry previously received from Slater.
  11. "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part II": The San Marcos visit has gone poorly. Things grow tense between Calderon and his wife when she learns that he spent $10 million buying a million copies of Cherlene's album to make it go platinum and when he learns that she has been sleeping with Archer.
  12. "Archer Vice: Filibuster": Cyril has taken Calderon's position as the dictator of San Marcos by force and thrown Archer and Calderon in prison in the process.
  13. "Archer Vice: Arrival/Departure": The hour of Lana's delivery has arrived...and so has a US air strike on San Marcos.

    Season 6
"I've never had a deathwish, it's just that I don't believe that I personally even can die."

  1. "The Holdout": Archer is sent into the jungle to salvage a crashed plane and make contact with a Japanese World War II veteran. Malory visits the office after a multi-million dollar renovation from Cheryl and Pam, only to find that it looks exactly the same as it did before.
  2. "Three to Tango": Archer and Lana must extract an agent from Buenos Ares. Unfortunately, the agent is none other than Conway Stern. Back at the office, Malory loses AJ.
  3. "The Archer Sanction": Archer, Lana and Ray must stop an assassin at the Swiss Alps, except they have no idea who the assassin is. Back at the office, the gang celebrate Cheryl's birthday before sneaking into Malory's apartment.
  4. "Edie's Wedding": Archer goes to Wisconsin with Pam to attend her sister Edie's wedding, only to get ambushed by Barry Dylan. Back at the office, Lana is left to find a replacement babysitter to take AJ for the weekend.
  5. "Vision Quest": The gang, sans Malory, get stuck in an elevator. Hilarity Ensues.
  6. "Sitting": Archer babysits AJ for a weekend before a Pakistani intelligence agent takes them both hostage. Back at the office, the group attend poker night.
  7. "Nellis": Cheryl sends a private jet to pick up Archer, and the crew fly over Nellis, home to Area 51. Back at the office, Malory asks Lana to name the baby after her.
  8. "The Kanes": Lana takes Archer to visit her parents, before the group get involved in a high-speed car chase. Back home, the group get stuck when Krieger's van breaks down on the way to bowling.
  9. "Pocket Listing": The entire gang are sent to Tunt Manor in an elaborate plan to acquire the fingerprints of a Durhani prince.
  10. "Reignition Sequence": Sick of watching Archer and Lana's rekindled relationship, the drones plot to break them up.
  11. "Achub y Morfilod": In an attempt to smooth things over with Lana, Archer kidnaps her and takes her on a romantic vacation to Wales. Meanwhile, the Drones give Ray a new hand.
  12. "Drastic Voyage: Part I":The CIA offers the gang one final chance to prove themselves before terminating their contract for gross incompetence: shrink down and manually remove a blood clot from the brain of a top scientist.
  13. "Drastic Voyage: Part II": After being injected into Dr. Kovac's foot by mistake, the team has to figure out how to complete their mission and escape in time.

    Season 7 (Archer P.I.

  1. "The Figgis Agency": The group breaks into a Hollywood mansion to restore the honour of a Hollywood starlet. Of course, this being Archer, things are hardly as simple as they first appear.
  2. "The Handoff": Archer and Lana make a tricky handoff while the rest of the gang hears the best voicemail ever.
  3. "Deadly Prep": A prep school reunion leads to an interesting business opportunity for Archer.
  4. "Motherless Child": A mysterious stranger needs Archer's help in finding his birth mother.
  5. "Bel Panto: Part I": Party crashers turn a fundraiser into no laughing matter.
  6. "Bel Panto: Part II": A hostage negotiation spirals out of control with Archer and Lana.
  7. "Double Indecency": A bar fight breaks out.
  8. "Liquid Lunch": Archer and Slater cause a rift between Archer and Lana.
  9. "Deadly Velvet: Part I": A film director hires Archer and the gang to investigate activity on the set of his new movie.
  10. "Deadly Velvet: Part II": Things get even deadlier on the set of Deadly Velvet when somebody turns up, you guessed it, dead.

    Season 8 (Dreamland
"All I wanted to do was find out who killed my partner, Woodhouse, and the next thing I know, I've disappeared up my own asshole, and I'm manumitting sex slaves, and grossly abusing corpses, and trying to sort some finger for some weird psycho-sexual kidnapping, and then, to top off all the bullshit, getting chased by goddamn robots!"
Sterling Archer (Dreamland)

  1. "No Good Deed": The show journeys into the comatose mind of Archer, and into a Noir mystery with some familiar faces.
  2. "Berenice": Archer finds himself working with an insane heiress trying to fake her death.
  3. "Jane Doe": Archer and the Dreamland Band try escaping lockup, while Figgis goes to Trexler with a proposition.
  4. "Ladyfingers": Archer is sent on a runaround to retrieve a finger.
  5. "Sleepers Wake": A harried ransom hand-off ensues.
  6. "Waxing Gibbous": Archer, Lana, Cecil and the cops collide in search for the ransom money.
  7. "Gramercy, Halberd!": Secrets are revealed as Archer and Co. fight for survival.
  8. "Auflösung": Everything comes to a head in Dreamland.

    Season 9 (Danger Island

  1. "Strange Pilot": A freewheeling pilot gets tangled up in a domestic incident.
  2. "Disheartening Situation": Pam goes on a dangerous jungle trek.
  3. "Different Modes Of Preparing The Fruit": Archer and Pam try raising money.
  4. "A Warrior In Costume": An old enemy comes to the island.
  5. "Strange Doings in the Taboo Grove": Archer and Pam encounter sandy danger.
  6. "Some Remarks On Cannibalism": Archer and Pam come to dinner.
  7. "Comparative Wickedness": Archer and the cannibals prepare for battle.
  8. "A Discovery": The final fight for the idol begins.

    Season 10 (1999

  1. 'Bort the Garj': Archer and the crew of the Seamus wake up to the smell of shepherd's pie and see a business opportunity in their new guest.
  2. 'Happy Borthday': The crew provides entertainment for Bort while Barry-6 tries to crack Archer's safe.
  3. "The Leftovers": Pam's sandwich ruins everyone's dinner by releasing something deep inside of them.
  4. 'Dining with the Zarglorp': Deep in space, Archer and the crew encounter a terrifying cosmic beast. Even deeper, they encounter a self-aggrandizing life coach.
  5. 'Mr. Deadly Goes To Town': Archer and the crew pick up a hitchhiker and try to convince him to turn his life around.
  6. 'Road Trip': Daydreams of an interstellar road trip turn into an existential nightmare.
  7. 'Space Pirates': A voyage home gets interrupted by an alien battle cruiser carrying precious cargo.
  8. "Cubert":Archer is convinced a mysterious object is causing the crew to act strangely.
  9. "Robert De Niro":When a trial turns into a party it can only mean that Barry-6 has returned.


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