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Archer Review: "El Secuestro"

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After the last two weeks of epic Archer cancer episodes, things returned to normal tonight with "El Secuestro."  Well as normal as an episode of Archer can be.

Stick with this season's theme of exploring character back stories, we got to learn a little more about Carol Whatever-it-said-on-her-W4, err Cheryl Tunt. 

El Secuestro Picture

Yes, of THE Tunts.  Descendants of the great Cornelius Tunt.   Yeah, don't worry, I Googled it too.  Totally made up. 

As ridiculously silly as her backstory was, Cheryl definitely shined during the first episode she got a bigger part than a strangle victim or the office dunce.

We also got to see a side of Pam we've never seen before.  She was amazing as she took punches from her kidnappers.  "Where'd you learn to punch?  Your husband?"

But what really made the episode shine was the fact it was one of those bottle episodes that took place primarily in and around the ISIS offices. 

When you combine all our favorite goons, you have a recipe for a hilarious episode.  Just some of our favorite Archer jokes and obscure references:
  • Even if Sterling wasm't as much of a focus as he should be, he was part of some of the best moments between the cyborgs, arguing turtlenecks with Gillette, or playing with ocelots.
  • Speaking of ocelots, very clever Cheryl named him Babou.  Like Salvador Dali's?  Eh, tough crowd.  Will someone at least get him a stuffed animal?
  • Pam was a big sweatery Linbergh Baby.  With a really scary tattoo with way too many nicks on it.
  • All of Malory's horribly offensive jokes about the Pygmies that sacrificed their lives for her conference table.  Though I'm sure the six of them are rolling in their shared medium-sized grave.
  • The return of Brett Buckley and his never ending bullet wounds.  But could the dude just keep the phone on his lap?  Would that be so hard?

I just leave you with one question.  Where was our beloved Krieger?  Okay, two questions: where can I get a pet ocelot?


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The Archer writing staff deserves a special comedy Emmy just for the name Cornelius Tunt. And Pam's fight club background just makes a great character greater. For the curious, Googling phrases from Pam's back tattoo revealed that it's an excerpt from Lord Byron's 1815 poem, The Destruction of Sennacherib: For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still! And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf. Biblically badass, right? The full poem is here.


@Dominic Maschler - Ah, definitely the Vanderbilts! Good call.


Yes ! Just keep shouting your own name !


Not at all Dominic, that's some good information. As the reviewer did, I googled the name as well but came up with nothing.


Well, the name isn't completely made up. 'tunt' is just a stand in name for 'Vanderbilt'. There definitely was a Cornelius Vanderbilt, George Washington Vanderbilt, and of coarse, the Biltmore House. The Biltmore Estate is now taken care of by the Cecil family (which, was used as the first name of Cheryl's brother.) Do I know too much about this? Perhaps.