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Recap / Archer S 5 E 2 Archer Vice A Kiss While Dying

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Disguised as a doctor and nurse, Archer and Lana take twenty kilos of cocaine - hidden in plaster covering Pam's entire body to a deal with an unknown buyer. A nervous and sweaty Pam absorbs cocaine through her skin and ends up addicted - to the point of eating the plaster/cocaine body cast. They then meet with the buyer, who turns out to be Ramon. Ramon is making the buy on behalf of Rudy and Charles, all three last seen in the Season 1 episode "Honeypot." As the deal turns increasingly sour and all three buyers wind up dead, it is revealed in the final scene that it was an elaborate ruse to steal the cocaine from ISIS, pretend to be dead to throw suspicion and to have paid ISIS in counterfeit bills. Meanwhile Cheryl is beginning her goal of becoming a country music star, performing the original song "40 Miles of Mountain Road" in the background of the episode. Her vocals are provided by singer Jessy Lynn Martens. While horrible in rehearsals, it's discovered that when no one is watching her, Cheryl is actually an amazing singer, pushing Mallory to become her agent.

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  • Extreme Omnivore: Pam becomes addicted to cocaine and begins to eat by the pound. She suffers no real negative effect from this even though Rudy correctly points out she should be dead from overdose.
  • Faking the Dead: Ramon fakes the death of himself and Rudy and Charles so that they keep the 20 kilos of cocaine and Archer leaves with 20 million dollars of counterfeit money.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ramon makes Archer and Lana put away their guns during the deal as he promised no guns. This turns out to be a bad idea when Rudy and Charles steal the cocaine at gunpoint. Of course, it was all part of his plan, however.
  • Last Request: Ramon tricks Archer into kissing him before he "dies."
  • Literary Allusion Title: The episode is named after A Kiss Before Dying, a novel by Ira Levin. Levin also wrote The Boys from Brazil, which has been referred to several times in the show.
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  • Mexican Standoff: Ramon gets into one with Rudy and Charles and it ends with them all "dead."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Archer does not have a crush on Ramon.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Archer points out to Lana that now that the government has shut down ISIS and branded them traitors, they have no choice but to use their spy skills towards criminal activity.

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