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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.


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  • Call-Back: Ray knocks out a guard with Malory's purse, even asking if she keeps buckles in it.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Archer pulls out a gun from under the water during his hot tub scene and then promptly Lampshades what a silly idea it is
    Archer: ...My gun's all soapy. Pretty dumb, taking a bath with it...
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  • Coitus Uninterruptus: A entire scene has Mallory talking to Archer while he's lounging in a hot tub. When she leaves, a woman surfaces from the water, revealing she had been giving him a blow job the whole time. He considers her a Sex Goddess since as he says: "Not many women can bring me to orgasm in front of my mother."
  • Did Not Think This Through: Selling ISIS equipment to replace their 401k might sound like a good idea. But not asking the customer to pay them after fencing it all was something Cyril missed.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Yes, Archer did gamble with the 401k money from ISIS. But he was not the one who took it out of everyone's account (that would be Malory), nor was he aware where the money came from in the first place. Ray himself lampshades it when Archer points it out, and Lana reluctantly concedes.
    • When Lana threatens to shoot the guard in the head unless he tells where Benoit (balls) took the money, Archer points out that he would have no way of knowing.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When they go to steal the 401k money back at the vault, Archer, Ray, and Lana see that the guards have already been tied up. Archer initially sees this as a good thing, since they forgot to bring the ropes, until Lana asks this simple question:
    Lana: Archer, why would somebody tie up the guards!?
    Archer: Duh, so they could rob the...oh shit.
  • Oh, Crap!:
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    • Cyril has a massive one when he see's the 401k accounts are emptied.
      • Lana when she learns from Cyril of the money situation and the cards dealer from how much Archer gambled.
  • I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before: The announcer of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix exclaims how unexpected it is seeing a black woman [Lana] or a cross-dresser [Ray], driving in the race, though they are actually chasing Benoit.
  • Mexican Standoff: Ray sparks this when he learns Archer gambled away almost everyone's 401k money. Archer reacts, aiming at Ray, while Lana aims at Archer. They stop when Archer points out that he just spent it, with no knowledge that his 401k is part of the exchange.
    • Happens again afterwards while discussing what exactly is in the disk they are trading for. Archer reacts to the notion that it may be a sex tape from Malory.
  • Noodle Incident: We don't know what's in the disk, and Malory refuses to reveal its contents. The agents suspect it to be a sex tape, much to Archer's disgust, but there is no confirmation.
  • Reality Ensues: Archer may be a semi-effective secret agent but he has absolutely no skill or self-control with gambling. So, of course he blows it.
    • Hotels like to pamper their high rollers so they get pressured to gamble for exactly the reasons shown.
  • Running Gag: Once he hears that that the host's name is Benoit, Archer takes every instance throughout the episode to add "balls" to every mention of it, as it reminds him of Ben Wa Balls.
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    • Say it with me. "Benoit." "Balls!"
      • Even Benoit himself does this once, to Archer's annoyance.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ray slows his car down when he see's a rocket helicopter.


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