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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.


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  • Back Stab: Conway literally does this to Archer before attempting to leave Miami with the plans.
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  • Characterization Marches On: After she has sex with Conway, Crystal/Carol/Cheryl hopes she's pregnant. In later episodes she is utterly squicked out by anything involving babies or childbirth.
  • Coitus Ensues: After delivering shrimp to Conway, he and Crystal have an off-screen sex scene.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: If you look closely on Crystal's neck after she and Conway have sex, you can see red marks around her neck. A few episodes later she will go into far too much detail about her obsession with being choked.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: During a scuffle in the locker room, Archer and Conway state that they're both straight, despite the awkward Homoerotic Subtext that lurks there.
  • Irony: Just as Archer decides not to kill Conway, Conway stabs him in the back.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Conway has a toned body and he attracts a few female cast members.
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  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Lana is completely right to be suspicious of Conway, but her suspicion of him seems to stem mostly from professional jealousy.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Archer vomits off-screen after Pam tells him that his complaint against Conway is rejected and after he learns that his mother is involved with Conway.

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