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. 

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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?

El Secuestro Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (28 Votes)

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Archer Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

And thanks Pam. Way to drag out a kidnapping. Now I'm late again. But this is a way better excuse than the train dwarf. Yuck.


Cheryl: Mopeds are fun but you don't want to let your buddies see you riding one.
Pam: I thought he meant I was fuel efficient. I had only had 10 ten beers.
Cheryl: 40s?
Pam: NO.... yes.