The package was used as a Secret Test of Character to see how intelligent he is, based on whether or not he would ask which London.
- Fridge Brilliance?
- That isn't a bad theory, but personally I think that while Archie was probably pushing Mike's buttons some of the time, I don't think it went in the other direction. Mike was just too uptight and sensitive to pull something like that off. (Contrast it with Lionel's easygoing mockery of Archie.) I don't agree that Mike was less soapboxey, radical, and unbearable when Archie wasn't present; look, for instance, at his behavior in "The Games Bunkers Play," where he has a total meltdown in front of his family and friends while Archie is at the bar.
- Being a working-class bigot, it is hard to imagine that Archie wouldve been a Republican in the 40s and 50s. Edith even noted that he referred to Richard Nixon as Tricky Dicky during the 1960 election. This adds an element of ironic humor to his political arguments with Mike.