'Archer' - 'Skorpio' Recap
by Annie Wu, posted Feb 12th 2010 11:45AM
(S01E06) This week's episode involved yet another super-spy mission and drugs and chocolate fountains, but the main focus was really the always-hot drama bubbling under the surface amongst the employees of ISIS.
So, Lana's off to take on another mission, this time with the extra-hairy arms dealer, Skorpio. Malory has also scampered away under some business-y business pretenses but she's really hanging out with her KGB lover, Nikolai, on his Chum Guzzler. That leaves Cyril and the rest of the ISIS crew to hang around in the office and not do work. Of course, office gossip ensues and we're left knowing a little too much about certain characters.
This episode wasn't quite as laugh-out-loud funny as previous installments, though it's easy to let that slide because of the major developments that happened, setting the stage for future character screw-ups. It was inevitable that something nightmarish would happen between Archer, Lana and Cyril to shake things up, but I never would have expected Cyril to cheat on her.
Judging by his reaction after engaging in guilt-ridden carnal congress with Cheryl or Carol or Does She Have a Name Anymore, Cyril didn't expect to cheat on Lana either. Bonus: Corinne (or whatever) touching up the hand prints around her neck. She knows what she wants, and she gets it. Even if it means blacking out for a few minutes at a time.
Some semblance of a spark was reignited between Archer and Lana on Skorpio's mega-yacht, right in the middle of a shoot-out. That one little moment was enough to indicate that they can't remove themselves from their former relationship quite as easily as they would have hoped. Of course, that was all blown to bits along with the mega-yacht and Skorpio's crew, so it's pretty safe to assume that there won't be any sneaky tip-toeing around behind Cyril's back.
At first, it seemed like the basic premise would surround the tensions within that one little love triangle (with Cheryl now involved is it more of a, like, love rhombus?) but then we got another reveal completely out of nowhere, aboard the Chum Guzzler. As it turns out, Archer is (or may be) the son of the KGB dude that Malory has been seeing. Archer has such a terrible relationship with his mother, my brain figured it would probably be best if I pretended there was no father character either, apparently.
Nikolai hasn't had that much of a hand in the ISIS goings-on (apart from the 'Killing Utne' episode) so it will be interesting to see if anything major comes from this. It's not like Nikolai seemed particularly thrilled to hear he had a long-lost son.
Some other thoughts:
- The Pita montage was great. "... This was supposed to be coconut shrimp." Yeah, maybe he does need a vasectomy.
- I loved this awful dialogue between mother and son.
Archer: "Don't you want a grandkid?"
Malory: "Well, if I did, I'd just scrape all your previous mishaps into a big pile and knit a onesie for it."
Archer: "... Jesus Christ."
- Scuba fight! Yes! That is never not cool.
- Skorpio's henchmen are fantastic. Bad hair, hefty mustaches, all-white outfits with turtlenecks.
- Oddly specific reference this week: More Melville. Damn, Adam Reed, what is your fascination?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to find someone who will let me snort MSG off their belly.
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