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Archer and the ISIS crew battle the clock and each other, when a bomb threatens the maiden voyage of the luxury rigid airship Excelsior.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Excelsior combines air travel with the luxury of a cruise ship...and takes two days to travel from New York to London, which is its only route.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The commercial for the Excelsior that opens the episode really hammers home the fact that the rigid airship is filled with helium, not hydrogen, and is therefore safe.
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  • Did Not Think This Through: Captain Lammers set the bomb up as both revenge for Excelsior convincing him to put his 401k into the companies stocks (which went down) and to also make some money after shorting his own stock. But when Lana immediately points out that this will screw over all the other employees of the company, he's unable to give a response.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Cheryl threatens Cyril with telling Lana about their tryst from "Skorpio" unless he has sex with her again.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While Archer's fear of riding in a blimp is completely irrational, he does have a point in that blimps are impractically slow and a poor investment. Captain Lammers reveals at the end of the episode that Archer's criticism was indeed valid.
  • Foreshadowing: The fact that Mallory called in a phony bomb threat to get a free airship ride is telegraphed throughout the episode, by her extreme lack of concern about the threat of the bomb, and her genuine surprise when Archer says he has a lead on the bomb.
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  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lieutenant Krauss has a large jagged scar leading up to a missing eye, covered by an eyepatch. Subverted in that he isn't the bad guy, and he actually got the injuries saving a Jewish girl from a gang of skinheads.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Lana lecturing the captain about her years of experience as a "covert operative", while she is standing in the lounge openly wearing a sidearm in front of all the passengers.
    • Archer assumes that Sandu Singh ("Beardsly McTurbanhead") is the bomber. When Malory informs him that Singh is a Sikh, Archer says "Oh, so just because he's not Muslim he gets a free pass? That's called profiling, Mother, and I don't do it!"
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not a blimp, it's a rigid airship.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted with Lt. Krauss. See Good Scars, Evil Scars.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Malory's phony bomb threat turns out to be true - by means of the captain she has been trying to seduce during the episode.
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  • Rule of Funny: Ray tries to guide Archer and Lana through defusing the bomb via camera phone. It would've been much easier if the camera had just been held up to the critical parts so Ray could see them directly and not have to constantly ask them questions. But it also would've been a lot less funny.
  • Rule of Perception/See No Evil, Hear No Evil: During the bomb defusing scene. Static causes Ray (and the audience) to only hear '-ancy', leading him to conclude that the letter is an N. Lana, however, was next to Archer and should have known that he said 'mancy', rather than being surprised and angry when he repeats it a moment later.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cyril has just terrible timing.
    • Archer being unable to comprehend that the blimp is not filled with hydrogen.
    • The repeated references to Lana's vulva.
  • Your Mom:
    Ray: That's how annoying you are.
    Archer: Your mom is annoying.
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