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Recap / Archer S 3 E 9 Bloody Ferlin

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Archer must help Ray save his marijuana-dealing younger brother from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Sheriff E.Z. is apparently this, and interested in Ray.
  • The Beard: Ray pretends Cheryl is his new wife when going to his hometown to help out his brother. Not surprisingly, she takes this seriously.
  • The Bully: Ray is willing to believe his brother's claims that Sheriff E.Z. Ponder is a Dirty Cop because E.Z. used to bully Ray in school when they were kids.
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  • Deep South: The depiction of Ray's West Virginia hometown, even though it is technically Appalachia.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Ray gets called out for pretending to be handicapped for a bunch of months, he tried to invoke this trope and says that everybody just assumed he was. Though he was in a wheelchair for the past months and never bothered to get up, so this trope is a candidate for subversion.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Sheriff E.Z. Ponder is presented as a Dirty Cop by Ray's pot "farmer" brother Randy. Actually, he has tried repeatedly to get Randy to shut down his operation before he had to finally come and arrest him.


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