'Archer' - 'Job Offer' Recap
by Annie Wu, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:04PM
(S01E09) Just one more episode to go before 'Archer' wraps up its ten-episode run. It will be interesting to see if FX brings it back for another season. The show's super-spy universe really lends itself to further exploration, but the characters' tangled web of sexual tension and missing fathers may not hold up for another ten episodes. It's a small cast of main characters, and the back-and-forth nature can only last so long. [Edit: 'Archer' has been renewed. I knew that. I was totally just testing you guys. Totally.]
Maybe some new problems will be introduced in the finale, leaving us begging for more. Or maybe everyone will die in a fiery, sexy explosion. Y'never know.
So, Archer took on a high-paying job at ODIN, even though it was kind of an accident and neither ISIS nor ODIN really wanted him as an agent. Throughout the entire episode, Archer was the most oblivious to what was going on, but that's not anything new.
It was surprisingly nice to see the relationship between Archer and Mallory go beyond their usual half-shouted bickering. For the first time, we saw Mallory demonstrate some real motherly feelings, and while she was sober, at that! That's got to count for something. When she thought Archer had died in the "Skorpio" episode, she let out a singular cry of concern, but in this episode, she seriously broke down. Not only does this inform her character tremendously, but it also sounds great because Jessica Walter is amazing.
All the details about Archer's sad little childhood were fantastic. I loved the recurring lacrosse imagery and the image of wee Archer sitting alone at boarding school. In fact, I liked it so much that I made it the picture for this post. Does taking so much delight in laughing at a lonely schoolchild make me a bad person? Probably. But admit it, fellow evil person: Only the somewhat twisted would be able to enjoy this show in the first place.
What is it about Archer that hooks all the ladies, despite his almost super-human levels of douchebaggery? Lana sacrificed a sweet Parisian life and a job with a guy that she could potentially have a balanced relationship with, just to save Archer (right before he was about to shower off the smell of a girl he just met). I can't imagine Lana getting back with Archer. There may be some adrenaline-fueled encounter in the middle of a mission, but she's so deeply and constantly frustrated with him, it seems like their love-hate (or hate-love) can only stretch on forever.
And Cyril found himself "balls deep in a French chick." So, you know, that happened. He didn't seem shaken when Lana and Archer walked in, so perhaps this was Cyril's way of throwing caution to the wind and allowing things to end with Lana? In a way, I'm glad Cyril's being a jerk with other women and not just Corinne/Cheryl/Carol. If that were to become a recurring thing -- which I feared it would be, since it happened in two different episodes -- that could have gotten ugly.
As always, there were some excellent lines in this episode. My personal favorites included: "Climb down off that rag" and "That chick was like the Pelé of anal." Remind me to work these into my own day-to-day conversations. Also, remind me to lead a life in which doing so would be easy.