Dial M for Mother
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Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 1
Episode Information
Episode No. 10
Original Air Date March 18, 2010
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by Mack Williams
Production Code AR01010
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.76 [1]
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"Dial M for Mother" is the tenth episode and season finale of the first season of Archer. It originally aired on March 18, 2010.

Synopsis Edit

Questions about the identity of Archer's real father lead him into a perilous trap... and an explosive confrontation with Malory. Meanwhile, Lana confronts Cyril about his cheating on her, and gets revenge.

Plot SummaryEdit


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Ben Kingsley. Pam references the actor, who played Itzhak Stern, Oskar Schindler’s bookkeeper in “Schindler’s List” as well as Mahatma Gandhi.

Running GagsEdit



  • Title Explained: The title of this episode is a reference to the Hitchcock film Dial M for Murder.
  • The title is also shared with an episode of "The Critic", one of the first shows Archer voice actor H. Jon Benjamin appeared on.
  • The beginning sequence of a rainy night closing in on a building may be a reference to the opening sequence of the show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Dr. Weird's laboratory.
  • The book Malory is reading is "Greenmantle" by John Buchan, which is one inspiration Adam Reed noted for the character of Archer.
  • In the background as Pam is putting up the ISIS "Fraternization Policy", numerous other bulletins can be seen, including "Free Kitten: I'm Kitty-Litter-ate!", "WWJD about the dirty dishes in the break room!" and "Krieger Improv: The Science of Funny". As with other written items in the Archerverse, such as Pam’s ISIS newsletter in “Diversity Hire” and the newspaper clippings in “The Double Deuce”, the ISIS Fraternization Policy is partially written in English and Latin.
  • Cyril thinking about the time Malory seduced him is a reference to a scene from The Graduate.
  • Uta wears a t-shirt from the Excelsior, the airship in Skytanic.
  • The flashback of Archer's fathers (fake) funeral is a reference to the funeral of US President John F. Kennedy. Young Archer's salute pose mirrors that of JFK Jr's in the famous photograph of him saluting his fathers casket. Young Archer's outfit and JFK Jr's are identical. Malory's fake nickname for Archer's father is John Fitzgerald Archer. JFK's full name was John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
  • When Trinette is seen in the park she says the baby's dad knows Krav Maga. She is implying that the baby is Archer's, setting up a story arc in Season 2.
  • Archer's gunshot scars from Lana shooting him in the foot twice (first time in Skorpio; second time, in subsequent episode, Skytanic) can be seen as he is being held prisoner.
  • Cyril is acting out a scene from Full Metal Jacket when he is in the bathroom stall loading a M14.
  • When Lana agrees to have sex with Pam, she says she is going to pretend Pam is Alex Karras. Karras was a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s and '70s, but is probably best remembered as the father on the sitcom Webster or as Mongo in the movie Blazing Saddles .
  • Lana tells the men to deliberately make their lies about having sex with her as nasty as possible. Brett claims Lana gave him a "Jane Hathaway", which is a sex act where a women orgasms on a man's chest.
  • Uta luring in Archer with the line, "Help, my baby is choking!" is reminiscent of a scene from the second season opener of FX's Sons of Anarchy, where Gemma Teller is lured to a van in the same manner. 
  • Steuben glasses, of which Archer breaks one and Malory break the other, are an expensive brand of handcrafted glass.
  • Archer hacking through his mothers door is a reference to the 1980 movie "The Shining".
  • Archers' ringtone, "Mulatto Butts" can be downloaded from Krieger's easter-egg-hunt website AlgerSoft after logging in (or from this direct link).
  • Archer states that his handgun is a "Checkhov". This is most likely a reference to the dramatic principle Chekhovs Gun as the firearm does indeed come into play before the end of the episode.



(Pam puts a notice up on the bulletin board.)
Cyril: "'All interoffice fraternization of an intimate nature is hereby prohibited, to include, but not limited to: trysts, assignations...' What's this even mean?"
Pam: "It means no more banging co-workers."
Cyril: "Oh, so it doesn't affect you." (laughs)
Pam: "MEH HEH! Oh, wait." (staples Cyril)


Brett: "No."
Pam: "Yes."
Brett: "No."
Pam: "Have sex with me."
Brett: "No."
Pam: "Please?"
Brett: "No."
Pam: "Awww, come on..."
Brett: "Pam..."
Pam: (using her dolphin puppet) "No one would ever know."
Brett: "Yeah, I'd know."


Lana: "Okay, we got the french chick and Carol and... anybody else, Rambone?"
Cyril: "No."
(Jane walks in the room.)
Jane: "Hi, Cyril."(giggles then erupts into a coughing fit.)
Lana: "Scatterbrain Jane?! Really?!
Cyril: "Well, see, she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer--"
Lana: "Oh, right! I forgot, your dick's full of radiation and mastectomy coupons."


Pam: (Getting dressed)"Well, that was a huge waste of time."
Lana: "I said don't take your clothes off."
Pam: "Well..."
Lana: "Begged, even."
Pam: "WELL..."


Pam: "Now serving number two!"
Brett: (Holds up number)"I'm number two! That's me!"
(Bumps into Cyril)
Brett: "Move, dude!"
Cyril: "Animals! You're all ANIMALS!"
Ray: "Animals, lying in wait at the watering hole, taut buttocks all aquiver. Aching to pounce on the supple, brown flesh of your woman."
Cyril: "Shut up!"
Ray: "They are gonna mess her up."
Cyril: "Why are you even here?"
Ray: "Hello." (Holds up number)
Cyril: "But you're gay!"
Ray: "Girl, please. Nobody's that gay."


Malory: "Filthy coat! Can't tell what's cow's blood and what's yours."
Archer: "The wet blood, mother, is mine!"
Malory: "And it's ruining my brand-new linens!"
Archer: "Sorry!"
Malory: "This is why I can't have nice things."
Archer: "Why, because you shoot them?"

Transcript Edit

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