While not as strong as last week's stand-alone "Pipeline Fever," this week's episode was still solid as we saw the return of the wee baby Seamus after his introduction two weeks ago.
Unfortunately, much of the episode was spent in flashbacks telling the homoerotic story of Woodhouse and "The Double Deuce." While there were a few hilarious moments of Woodhouse as a batman, too much of the episode was spent using overdone accents to tell cheesy sexual innuendos.
Luckily, any scene that cut to the present time with Archer being possibly the worst father and Malory an even worse grandmother more than made up for it. Sometimes in the background, but often in the foreground, we witnessed the wee baby Seamus get drunk, eat shaving cream, and play with blades.The episode, sticking with the theme of season two, continued to dive more into the backgrounds of characters. Not only did we learn what a war hero Woodhouse was, but also saw a young Malory, with an inexplicable eye patch, give birth to Archer in Woodhouse's dirty bar in Tangiers.
From there, we learned how Woodhouse basically raised Archer as Malory went about her spy adventures, only furthering the hilarity as Archer treats his butler with such disdain, culminating with him killing one of Woodhouse's war buddies at the end of the episode.
It was nice to see Woodhouse not only stand up to Archer, but reveal he's done it several times before, as he cleans up his mess with a story about prostitutes.
Meanwhile, the goons at ISIS were again the weaker part of the episode as Cyril, Pam and Cheryl ran an office Tontine scheme. Noticeably absent and possibly the reason for the lack of hilarity? Kreiger and Gilette.
Overall, it may not have been the funniest episode of Archer, but it led to plenty of back story and hilarious Seamus moments. We'll take it.
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