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Strange Doings in the Taboo Groves
Archer s9e5 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 9
Episode Information
Episode No. 5
Original Air Date May 23, 2018
Written by Adam Reed & Mike Arnold
Animation Directed by Megan Johnson
Production Code XAR09005
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"Danger Island: Strange Doings in the Taboo Groves" is the fifth episode of Season 9, and the ninety-eighth episode overall.

SynopsisEdit

Danger Island continues to be not funny. At all. Excruciatingly so.

PlotEdit

TBA

CastEdit

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • 86'd (AT-6'd) - this term of disputed origin is thought to mean to be 'refused service' at a restaurant.  In the context of it's appearance, this can be presumed to be the intended meaning. It was used previously in “Dial M for Mother” when Archer is kicked out of the bar into the rain.
  • Dead Man's Cove - a sea cave located on the fictional island of Isla Tesoro in the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney Land, established in 1967.  The ride was the inspiration for the movie of the same name.
  • Hendrik Hondius I (1573-1650) - the "obscure reference to a famous cartographer" goes to this Flemish-born cartographer, engraver and publisher.
  • V8 (est 1933) - a tomoato-based vegetable beverage containing eight vegetables
  • King Leopold II (1835-1909) - most likely the Belgian king responsible for the exploitation of the Congo Free State, as his exploits in the Congo are what inspired the story the 'Heart of Darkness,' which in turn inspired the Heart of Archness trilogy in season 3 of Archer, and which Danger Island calls back to.
    • It could be referring to King Leopold III, who would be the reigning King of Belgium in 1939, the time period Danger Island is set. (Arguably anachronisms are less important than self-reference in this season).
  • Belgian Endive - a member of the dandelion family, this cultivated chicory is known as 'white leaf' or 'white gold', and held in high esteem for it's flavour.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) - the Scottish novelist famous for:
  • Quicksand - is a common trope[1] in in popular culture.[2]

Running GagsEdit

  • Holy shitsnacks!
  • Drunken Charlotte
  • Masculine Pam
  • Mercenary Malory
  • Foreign Swearing
  • World's Worst Map
  • Whenever!
  • Unmarried Couple

ContinuityEdit

  • Reality (Non-Dream):
    • None
  • Dream / Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream) Charlotte threatens to burn down the Hotel Lotus / (Reality) Cheryl is an arsonist.
    • (Dream) Archer blames Pam for all of his problems / (Reality) Archer never accepts responsiblity for any of his mistakes/problems.
    • (Dream) Malory has a big painting of 'Duchess' on her office wall /  (Reality) Malory's office wall has a painting of her dog 'Duchess' on the wall.
    • (Dream)  A stuffed ocelot can be seen in the bar / (Reality)  Cheryl famously has a pet ocelot called Babou.
  • Dream (Non-Reality):
    • Pam continues to show her emotional side, becoming upset when presumed to be manly or insensitive.
    • Malory continues to seek financial gain at whatever cost.
    • Charlotte has the Nazis entranced, with them referring to her as the 'crazy coconut lady'.
    • Reynaud resumes driving duties.
    • Doudou stays silent.
    • Archer expresses a deep yearning to get away from his Mother (which seems to be the first time in a while).

TriviaEdit

  • Danger Island: Strange Doings in the Taboo Groves was co-written by Adam Reed & Mike Arnold.
    • This is the fourth Archer episode to be co-written by Adam Reed & Mike Arnold.
    • The last episode to have a co-writer was Achub Y Morfilod (s6e11), also Mike Arnold.
    • This is the twelfth episode of the overall series to be co-written by Adam Reed and another writer.
  • The German soldiers are all carrying MP38 sub machine guns, but all of them are wearing k98 Mauser ammunition pouches or British P1903 bandoliers, instead of the correct magazine pouches.


  • Dialog Translations:
    • Lanaluakalani says the Nazis have been 'schtupping' Charlotte:
      • (Yiddish): "schtup" / (English): "to have sex with / to fuck" [3]
    • Fuchs wants to give Lanaluakalani some wiener for breakfast.
      • (German): "Frühstück" / (English): "breakfast" [4]
    • Archer says "all Malory cares about is getting her manu hooks into whatever money the idol is worth." 
      • (Maori): "Manu" / (English): "bird"[5]
      • (Latin): "manus" / (English): "hand"[6]
  • 'Manu-hooks' figuratively refers to fingers, either (hand hooks) or talons, or claws (bird hooks) ie. getting her hands/grip on the money.  Archer doesn't want her help and would rather die as he wants to use the money from the idol to escape Malory; if she gets the money he doesn't stand a chance.
  • Archer is also referring to Malory’s none too subtle possesive sexual relations with Manu, her Polynesian employee, (which is a source of annoyance to Archer).  
  • It's a layered reference - all he needed to say was "get her hands on"


  • Fictional Product Placement:

LocationsEdit

QuotesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Quicksand Sucks (allthetropes.org)
  2. Quicksand - The Rise and Fall (slate.com)[
  3. Yiddish>English (dictionary.com)
  4. German>English (dictionary.reverso.net)
  5. Bird - Maori (wiktionary.org)
  6. Hand - Latin (wiktionary.org)

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