Archer Review: Sploosh!

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When I first heard Archer was returning for three episodes in the fall before its real return in the mid-season, I was a little skeptical of the gimmick. But leave it to FX and Adam Reed to do it right, by making the episodes a three-part special assignment, "Heart of Archness." Get it?

Archer on Vacation

Tonight's adventure joined up with Sterling just three months after losing his fiancee. Our man? Gone missing. When the ISIS gang has failed to find him, enter what I consider one of the best casting decisions this show has made: Brock Samson Patrick Warburton as Rip Riley.

The sky captain of yesteryear fit right in with the rest of the show's strange 70s vibe and the rest of the cast. As if combining my two favorite cartoons animated programs wasn't enough, you probably noticed David Cross, the fourth Arrested Development cast member to voice a character, as the pirate slave.

But enough of my obsession with the guest voices. All that matters was Archer brought the laughs. Oh and did I mention there were pirates!? Five-year-old Eric totally has a boner. Sploosh

There was even my Archer obsession of continuity and self-referential humor with Barry's cameo, Archer's tinnitus from gun fire, and, of course, the only stewardess in the Archer universe.

And, of course, Archer isn't just going to be a pirate. He's going to be a pirate king. I for one cannot wait to watch him lead with David Cross and Patrick Warburton's voices at his side and welcome this three parter as a great segue from Archer's loss to the return to "normalcy" for the ISIS gang.

So did you guys enjoy the episode or are you just angry with this little Archer tease? 


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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (45 Votes)

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FUNNY Archer. So glad it back!


I loved ever minute of the episode with one exception. I could never jibe Patrick Warburton voice with the look of the character. At this point Patrick voice is sooo recognizable, they should have drawn the character more like him. With that being said, I love the character of Rip Riley. As always, the dialogue was spot on. Multiple scenes were firing on all cylinders. 1) The team debating if Archer had skimmed money and faked his own death. 2) Romancing the newlywed 3) Going back for the three bottles of liquour and then having to let them sink to the bottom to cock the gun. Archer... Just classic. Why can't all shows writing be this witty, with the exception of Community which is on par.


I really loved last night's episode.... Archer looked hot with the full on beard and Patrick as Rip Riley was spectacular... The storyline, wonderful. The dialogue, pitch perfect. My favorite line on there was when Pam said to Lana:
"You're so hot for him, I could reheat this chili in your chooch. So how about it? chooch chili?" LOL


OMG... best Thursday night ever! Primetime don't start without everyone's favourite Pirate King/Retired Retard Spymaster.
Epic laugh moment - the bitchslap with the bottle; the crashlanding when Archer put down the wheels Rip was golden as Samson 2.0 Loved every line, especially "in your pants." It was one of those "pipeline" styled episodes. YAY!!!
Only 2 more...
2 more, yay!!!!

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Archer Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Sterling: A ruse? Hi, it's 1930s, can have our words, and clothes, and shitty plane back?
Rip: Let's go, kid.
Sterling: Call you back, 1930s. And, hey, watch out for that Adolf Hitler. He's a bad egg.

Archer: So excuse me for needing some time to grieve.
Rip: By tending bar and banging newly weds?
Archer: Apparently that's my grieving process.