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Diversity Hire
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Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Written by Adam Reed
Production code AR01004
Original air date January 21, 2010
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"Diversity Hire" is the third episode of the first season of Archer.

Plot summary Edit

A new field agent makes a splash at ISIS, but Archer and Lana suspect there may be something all too perfect about their new diversity hire.


During a staff meeting, Malory reveals that due to the deaths of several agents, ISIS must hire a racially diverse staff to obtain tax incentives, solved with the already-hired Conway Stern. Malory gives Conway a tour, where Stern gets propositioned by Malory, and in a fight with Archer in the locker room (which ends in a very gay position). Lana is intensely angry with Stern taking her position as top agent.

Meanwhile Pam and Cyril fight over the vacant corner office, and Cheryl (Cristal) sexually desires for Conway and sleeps with him.

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Guest StarsEdit

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • "Sammy Gayvis Jr." is a reference to Sammy Davis Jr.(who was both black and Jewish).
  • Bilbo's Coat of Dwarven Mithril is a fictional garment from The Lord of the Rings.
  • After Pam tells Archer that his complaint was "bounced back" by the system, he insists that she "unbounce it". Pam says "What am I, Tron?" In the film "TRON", the hero competes in a futuristic game similar to jai alai, in which players bounce energy balls at each other.
  • Danger Zone is a song sung by Kenny Loggins and was in the 1986 movie Top Gun.
  • A "Charles Whitman sampler" is a dual reference. First to Charles Whitman, a former U.S Marine and engineering student who engaged in a spree shooting using a sniper rifle at the University of Texas at Austin campus in 1966. Second to The Whitman's Sampler, a popular assortment of boxed chocolates.
  • The Whisper Drive is a homage to the "Caterpillar Drive" from Tom Clancy's 1984 novel The Hunt For the Red October, which allowed the submarine to operate silently.
  • Malory's question "You know how to whistle, don't you?" is a reference to the 1944 movie To Have and Have Not.


  • The submarine that is to be modified to accept the Whisper Drive in Conway's briefing is identified as the "Borei/Dolgorukiy". This sub design is part of Project 955 Borei which was not laid down until 1996. However in the mid-1980s (matching up with the show's apparent timeframe), another Borei sub project, 935 (though not known as Dolgorukiy) was briefly in development. Project 955 is slated to carry the Bulava SLBM, while Conway's sub is slated to carry the R-39UTTH "Bark" missile, which was indeed to be carried by the 935 Borei. In reality, ISIS needn't have worried - the Bark never made a successful test flight and was cancelled, to be replaced by Bulava on the 955 subs.
  • Sterling comments that he called Lana Quadroon, a term for a person who is 1/4 African/Aboriginal
  • Through a doorway at Malory's condo, we see a large portrait of her late dog, Duchess.
  • At the end of the episode, Conway is shocked that the only question Archer wants him to answer is whether or not Conway slept with his mother.  Conway suggests better questions might include: who he (Conway) is, how he infiltrated ISIS, or who's flying the helicopter.
  • This episode is the only one to reference Weekly Spyglass newsletter the inter-office newsletter at ISIS.
  • After Cheryl (then called Cristal) and Conway have sex, she is seen with bruises around her neck. Conway later tells Cyril that Cheryl is "kinda weird [in] a bunch of ways." This statement and the bruises foreshadow Cheryl's choke-sex fetish.

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