Sleepers Wake
Archer s8e5 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 8
Episode Information
Episode No. 5
Original Air Date May 03, 2017
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by Marcus Rosentrater
Production Code XAR08005
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.436 [1]
Episode Navigation
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"Archer Dreamland: Sleepers Wake" is the fifth episode of Season 8, and the ninetieth episode overall.


Dutch (Barry) becomes a new man while Archer's ransom exchange goes up in smoke.


Enter Plot Here....;)


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • I Walked with a Zombie (1943) : The coroner & assistant coroner both ask if Figgis is the titular zombie from this American horror film when he emerges from the body storage drawer.
  • Cuy : Another name for a Guinea pig which were originally domesticated for their meat in the Andes and continue to be a major part of the diet in Peru and Bolivia.
  • Spectacled bear : Pam mentions this only surviving species of bear native to South America.
  • Pisco sour : This is a alcoholic cocktail of Peruvian origin. The Peruvian pisco sour uses Peruvian pisco as the base liquor and adds Key lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters.
  • Hollywood Sign : Constructed in 1923, this landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California and is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The version of the sign shown, reading "HOLLYWOODLAND", is how it looked in early 1947, prior to the "H" being knocked down in an accident. In 1949 the sign received its first restoration which included the replacing of the "H" and the permanent removal of the "LAND" portion leaving the now iconic "HOLLYWOOD".
  • Salmon P. Chase : As stated by Cecil Vandertunt, Salmon P. Chase's portrait adorned the $10,000 bill printed from 1928 to 1946. This was to honor Chase for his time as Secretary of the Treasury during which he introduced the fist paper currency as well as a national bank, both during the American Civil War.
  • Hearst Castle: The pool area of the Vandertunt Castle again visually references the pool area of the real world estate of the American publishing magnet William Randolph Hearst.
  • Woolite : After Lana states that Archer "finished" (during sex), Archer suggest that she use try using this brand of laundry detergent to clean her sheets.
  • Blue balls : Implying that she didn't orgasm during her sexual encounter with Archer, Lana states that she has a pair of blue lady balls. Blue balls is a slang term normally used by males when they experience prolonged sexual arousal without ejaculation.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) : Dutch Dylan entering the biker bar naked and telling a biker that "I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle" followed by a bar fight is recreation of the iconic scene in which Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 Terminator first arrives in the past to protect young John Connor in this second installment of the Terminator film series.
  • The Wild One (1953) : The biker to which Dutch asks for his cloths is dressed identically to Johnny Strabler, played by Marlon Brando in this American film which is considered to be the original outlaw biker film. The only differences being that in the film the jacked has the biker club initials "B·R·M·C" instead of "F·C·M·C", a slight change in the logo and the name "Johnny" stitched on the front which is absent from the biker's jacket seen in this episode.
  • Lowsider : The name of the biker bar Dutch enters, The Lowsider Bar & Club is named after a type of motorcycle crash usually occurring in a turn. It is caused when either the front or rear wheel slides out as a result of either too much braking into the corner, too much acceleration through or out of the corner, or too much speed carried into or through the corner for the available grip.
  • Carolyn Keene : When Charlotte Vandertunt asked if Mother wasn't planning on blindfolding and hiding her in a bomb shelter, Mother responds by asking if she is this collective pseudonym for the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories.
  • Red Skull : Charlotte Vandertunt mentions the fictional supervillain and archenemy of the superhero Captain America, Johann Schmidt (aka, Red Skull) in her Nazi kidnap/rape fantasy.
  • Griffith Observatory : This international emblem of Los Angeles, California, sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin. It features an extensive array of space and science-related displays and since its opening in 1935 has been used extensively as a filming location for both movies and television.
  • Topiary gardens : The drop point where Cecil Vandertunt delivers the ransom money is in a public garden where the plants have been subjected to topiary, a horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes.

Running GagsEdit

  • Hotdog! : Det. Poovey & the Coroner are both shown to be eating hotdogs at a random time.
  • Ba-Dum Tshh : In Dreamland, after Archer makes a joke a rimshot followed by Ray yelling, "Diminishing returns, Cliff" can heard coming from off camera.
  • say that : ....
  • Other Barry : Dutch begins to refer to himself in the third person just as Barry Dylan does in the reality.
  • Figgis Dream Karma : Det. Poovey again points out that Det. Figgis' wife cheated on him with Archer.
  • Faux Voice Over : Again a scene begins with what appears to be Archer doing a film noir style voice over while in his car only to cut to a reveal that shows him talking to a previously unseen passenger. This time it is a prostitute.


  • Reality (Non-Dream) :
    • None
  • Dream/Reality Crossover :
    • (Dream) This is the first appearance of a then unnamed prostitute dream persona of Trinette. / (Reality) The actual non-dream Trinette McGoon was last seen in Stage Two (s2e8).
    • Krieger offers "Factor K," a homosexuality-inducing serum, to Archer and Danny the intern in Honeypot (s1e5).
  • Dream (Non-Reality) :
    • This episode begins immediately where the previous episode, "Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers", left off.
    • Dutch is shown with his new mechanical arms and legs that he unwillingly received from Krieger in "Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers".
    • Det. Figgis wakes up in a body storage drawer at the L.A. County Morgue just where Archer placed him after knocking him out in "Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers".
    • Det. Figgis once again threatens to shoot Det. Poovey, this time with her service revolver. He last threatened her with his own gun in "Archer Dreamland: Jane Doe"
    • Det. Figgis notices blood on Det. Poovey's gun and assumes that see beat a Guinea pig to death with it. However, it is actually his own blood from when Poovey hit him in the head, knocking him out at the county morgue in "Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers".


  • Title Explained: ....
  • Archer Dreamland: Sleepers Wake is the second episode NOT to list Adam Reed among the vocal cast.
    • However, Ray can still be heard yelling at Cliff in the background following one of his rimshots.
    • The first episode not to feature Reed was Killing Utne (s1e4)
  • When Krieger says "If I wanted your asshole in my mouth, I'd do it when you were asleep" could be a callback to Blood Test (s2e3) when Archer says similarly to Woodhouse "If I wanted to see your bare feet, I'd do it when you were asleep".


First AppearancesEdit

Characters (in order of appearance)Edit


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