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A tense, wild-eyed Mallory sits in her apartment living room, stiffly taking sips of alcohol in the dark while thunder claps outside. Fearful, she immediately pulls a gun on Archer and Lana when they burst in. Both are irritated at Mallory's lack of explanation when she called Archer a little while before, but quickly see why she is so upset. The Prime Minister of Italy, Savio Mascalzone, sits dead in a chair before them, shot five times in the chest. To top it off, not only is Mascalzone bound to the chair, the chair itself has no seat, and the man's yellow zentai suit apparently opens up in the rear so someone could insert a "marital aid" into his ass. Archer and Lana are shocked and disgusted, so Mallory explains the situation.

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She and Savio met after an Italian intelligence operation and felt a mutual attraction. After getting married and going into politics, Mascalzone would slip away from his duties to spend a romantic weekend with her. Over the years, Savio's tastes grew more "exotic" and Mallory started to indulge him, eventually leading to the zentai suit, bondage, and "rubber eggplant" situation in the present. After Mallory restrained him to the chair that night, she says, three men ran into the apartment and shot the Prime Minister.

Mallory fired after them three times and missed, as shown by matching bullet holes in the wall by the door. One of the men turned back and shot Mallory a jury's favor in court. Since plausible deniability is just not realistic, they must find a way to sneak Savio's corpse out of her apartment while dealing with surprise house guests and later the NYPD.

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This episode provides examples of:

  • Best Served Cold: Malory had her fun with Savio for 3 decades. The second she gets bored, she effortlessly does away with him.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Lots of untranslated Italian.
  • Bottle Episode: 95% of the episode is set in Malory's apartment.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For all his usual craziness (or maybe because of it), Krieger is really good at disposing of bodies.
  • Casual Kink: Savio has a few of them.
  • Cleanup Crew: Kreiger, who really enjoys his work. In the end, he does it so well that the NYPD agent is none the wiser.
  • Connect the Deaths: Krieger gives the entire ISIS staff each a package containing part of the murder victim. He tells them to put it in specific dumpsters, to form a smiley face. Averted however, as they just dump it wherever they feel like.
  • Continuity Nod: Cyril complains that they have to get rid of body every single time they go Malory's house. Malory retorts thats it's only been twice.
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  • Disposing of a Body: And it's not the first time this has happened in Malory's apartment.
    Cyril: Every time! Every single time we come over here, we have to help you get rid of a dead body!
    Mallory: Well, you've only been here twice.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: The Prime Minister is into some...exotic tastes. He was found dead in a full body zentai, with dildos up his ass.
  • French Maid Outfit: Lana wears one as a disguise from Malory's collection.
  • It's Personal: The reason why the Prime Minister was killed.
  • Karma Houdini: Malory, according to Lana's deduction the end of the episode, though it's subverted when she makes her Motive Rant to the Italian Prime Minister (who had evaded karma for killing Malory's lover and Archer's possible father for so long until then).
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall
    Malory: What year do you think this is?
    Archer: I, uh— yeah, exactly. Good question.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mascalzone" means "crook" in Italian.
  • Motive Rant: At the end, the audience is treated to a flashback in which Malory, after ensuring the Prime Minister cannot escape, reveals that she's been holding a grudge for decades because he killed one of Archer's potential fathers.
  • Rewatch Bonus: A lot, once you know the final twist, notably how Archer and Lana were totally right from the start and how Mallory bend their minds, Krieger's level of implication based on his casualness about the whole thing and also the moment when Mallory almost give the gun to Lana, which can be seen as a backup plan if the cop don't buy the masquerade.
  • Shout-Out: "Savio Mascalzone" has a certain assonance with Silvio Berlusconi, a real-life politician who served as Italy's prime minister.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Archer and Cheryl think that Italy "uses a king".
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: Kreiger says this about how he kept the body hidden in the bathroom.

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