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Fugue and Riffs
Archer
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Episode no. Season 4
Episode 1
Written by Adam Reed
Production code XAR04001
Original air date January 17, 2013
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"Fugue and Riffs" is the first episode of the fourth season of Archer.[1]

Plot summaryEdit

Archer has suffered from amnesia for the past two months. Since then, he was living as 'Bob Belcher ' at Bob's Burgers with Linda and her kids.

When the KGB arrives at Bob's Burgers, Archer's training kicks in. Even though he had no idea what he was doing, or how he was capable of it, he dispatched the agents in a bloodbath. He then left the family and went into hiding to protect them. From there, it was up to ISIS to track him and slowly remind him who he was.

They did this by having Lana pretend to also be on the run from the KGB. When the real KGB showed up, though, the plan was thrown into disarray. Granted this was an elaborate plan that proved ultimately unnecessary. A swift blow to the head with a frying pan worked just as well in restoring Archer's memories.

TriviaEdit

  • This episode has a crossover with FOX's animated series, Bob's Burgers. H. Jon Benjamin voices the protagonist in Bob's Burgers, like Archer.
  • John Roberts guest stars as Linda Belcher, whom he voices in Bob's Burgers.
  • In "Bob's Burgers" new "burgers of the week" are devised with little puns for their names and those of their ingredients. The "Burger of the Week" at the beginning of this episode was the "Thomas Elphinstone Hambledurger with Manning Coleslaw." This was a reference to Thomas Elphinstone Hambledon of the Foreign Office, the protagonist of a series of spy novels written by the British authors "Manning Coles".
  • Despite being main characters in 'Bob's Burgers', Eugene Mirman and Kirsten Schaal did not appear in this episode, despite their characters being on-screen. They would however, do guest voices on Sea Tunt[2].
  • Archer (as Bob) later devises an "Émile Gorgonzola burger with J'accusecumbers." Émile Zola was a famous French writer who was prosecuted for having published a letter entitled "J'accuse" accusing the French government of anti-Semitism.
  • The Hamilton Beach DrinkMaster series is considered classic equipment with a long heritage. Apparently Archer can discern the model (in this case a 727) simply by hearing the motor.
  • During their fight with the KGB, there is a callback to the events in Space Race: Part II, as once again Archer renders Lana topless, destroys her clothes, and uses stickers as pasties when she complains. She corrects him when he says he is experiencing déjà vu because he is in reality recovering a memory of this past event.
  • Barry's murder of the two scientists aboard Space Station Horizon is a reference to "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", where Khan also murders and hangs up several scientists, who were working on a high-tech project.
  • Archer continues his trend of critiquing the barcraft of others when he berates a server for giving him a margarita made with sour mix. He correctly says a margarita should have "five ingredients: tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, ice, and kosher salt."
  • This episode also serves as an homage to the film "A History Of Violence", where a seemingly normal man working at a diner has his training take over as he brutally disarms his would-be attackers.
  • Archer remarks that Lana has "Hulk Hands". When she is about to angry retort, he corrects himself saying she has "She-Hulk Hands", before calling her by the sarcastic nickname of "Jennifer Walters", She-Hulk's alter-ego.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Fugue and Riffs". TheFutonCritic.com.
  2. archer.wikia.com/wiki/Sea_Tunt:_Part_I

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