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Recap / Archer S 3 E 6 The Limited

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enlist the help of ISIS to transport a captured Canadian terrorist on a train.

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  • Canada, Eh?: The team is transporting a Nova Scotian separatist to Ottawa. In-universe, Archer assumes the trope is true: he incorrectly assumes that Canadian RCMP officers don't carry guns, nor do Canadian terrorists; he is also shocked to discover that there are actually passport checks at the border entering Canada and also makes the usual cracks about Canadian pronunciation.
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  • Eagleland: Inverse to Archer, Kenny Bilko seems to think Americans are always racist against black people.
  • Eye Scream: Archer dons his night vision goggles as eye protection. And is promptly blinded by the lights of a passing train.
    Archer: Eyes! Seared like tuna steaks!
  • Humiliation Conga: Mallory comes along on the mission for no apparent reason other than that she wants to take a train trip to Canada. She is incredibly abusive to the porter and acts like she owns the place — only to discover that Cheryl is aboard the train and does own it! Cheryl refuses to allow Mallory to use her private train cars (plural), even though Pam and Ray are. The porter, informed by Cheryl that he won't get in trouble for not putting up with Mallory, subsequently refuses to serve her in any way. Plus, of course, between Archer and Cyril the mission gets massively bungled. Which results in ISIS being blacklisted by the RCMP and everyone in the group banned from Canada. Mallory is even less happy than usual.
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  • Lots of Luggage: As usual, Mallory brings a huge amount of luggage which Pam notes "contains what I assume is your rock collection". All the suitcases fill her entire sleeper cabin, prompting her to demand that the porter find her larger accommodations.
  • Persona Non Grata: The entire crew is banned from entering Canada ever again as a result of the mission.
  • Traintop Battle: Archer excitedly states several times that he has always wanted to do this. Reality Ensues when he discovers just how difficult it actually is, not to mention how pointless it is.
    Kenny Bilko: So, rethinking this, huh? On top of the train, you're still like... on the train.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Archer assumes that the RCMP will be cowed simply by being threatened at gunpoint, simply because they're Canadian and ignoring that they're, you know, a highly trained police force. Obviously, instead of surrendering they draw their revolvers, "maintain the rank", and open fire, forcing Archer and Lana to take cover.


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