James Mason is a famous actor from the mid-20th century known for many roles in movies such as North by Northwest. He appears to Sterling in a state of unconsciousness brought on by a cobra bite in Turkmenistan. He guides Archer through his past in an effort to find out why Archer is the way he is. James reveals Archer was shot by a woman, Ruth Anne Litzenberger, in Baltimore. Eventually, this process culminates in Archer finding his true father, but waking up moments before remembering his father's face.