Jane Doe
Archer s8e3 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 8
Episode Information
Episode No. 3
Original Air Date April 19, 2017
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by Marcus Rosentrater
Production Code XAR08003
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.471 [1]
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"Archer Dreamland: Jane Doe" is the third episode of Season 8, and the eighty-eighth episode overall.


Archer tries to escape from jail with the help of a crazed heiress and a dysfunctional jazz quartet.[2]


The episode picks up where it left off last week, Pam and Cyril on Archer's trail. Archer is taken to jail by Pam and Charlotte (Cheryl) is taken to an asylum by Cyril. Archer tries to escape from jail with the help Lana's band, who has been put in jail by the cops for smoking Marijuana cigarettes.


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Robert William Stewart : As Floyd states Robert W. Stewart along with Roy Green were the first African-American officers to be hired by the LAPD in 1886. [3]
  • Taft–Hartley Act : During her attempt at standup Lana mentions this 1947 Act of Congress that restricts the activities and power of labor unions which remains in effect to this day.
  • 761st Tank Battalion : Verl tells Archer he was a member of this independent tank battalion of the U. S. Army which was made up primarily of African-American soldiers. They were known as the "Black Panthers" after their unit's distinctive insignia. The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions during the WWII.
  • IV-F Classification : When others were telling in what capacity they served during the war, Ray announces he was classified as IV-F, meaning he was "not acceptable for military service due to physical, mental, or moral defect".
  • Rodeo clown : Verl thinks Archer looks like one of these in the heavy cop's uniform. A rodeo clown is a bullfighter who's primary job is to protect a fallen rider from the bull by distracting the bull and providing an alternative target for the bull to attack.
  • Al Capone : As Lana jokes about in her stand-up act, the famous American gangster of Chicago did die on January 25, 1947 of a cardiac arrest likely as a direct result of him having late-stage syphilis.
  • Reefer : A slang term for Cannabis, also known as marijuana which is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine.

Running GagsEdit

  • Poovey starts the episode with "So, uh, what are we doing? Are we just jumping right into this?" which is what Archer said in the beginning of Berenice. This phrase, actually, is what starts every episode from Berenice on forward, at least in some capacity.


  • Reality ( Non-Dream ) :
    • None
  • Dream / Reality Crossover :
    • (Dream) The cliff where Charlotte & Archer were planning on staging a fake car accident closely resembles.../ (Reality) the cliff where Ivy Stratton went over to his death in Deadly Prep (s7e3).
    • Floyd the band member is Detective "Rimshot" Diedrich from season 7.
    • Ray has used the alias Phil McCracken before, in Archer Vice: On the Carpet (s5e9)
  • Dream ( Non-Reality ) :
    • This episode takes up immediately where the last episode, Berenice left off.
    • Archer and Charlotte were caught trying to use body of Berenice in an effort to stage Charlotte's death as they planned in Berenice.
    • Det. Figgis taunts Archer by saying "Now we will see how you like getting your tits screwed off for a change" which is a reference to what Poovey said Archer did to Figgis' wife in No Good Deed.
    • Cliff was last seen in No Good Deed playing the drums in Dreamland, however, he was not given a name until this episode.
    • Zirk was last seen in No Good Deed.
    • The Chinese women that Detective Poovey and Archer rescued from Len Trexler in No Good Deed are shown to still be living in Poovey's apartment and that both Trexler & Detective Figgis are still looking for them.
    • Krieger, in response to "Dutch" Dylan's phone call in Berenice wheels him out of the hospital to help him with his amputated legs.


  • Title Explained: The name Jane Doe is used as placeholder names for a party whose true identity is unknown. In this case Detective Figgis wants to book Charlotte Vandertunt's under this name to hide her true identity from the rest of the police force so he can turn her over to Len Trexler later.
  • The alias Ray gave the police was Phil McCracken. He thinks it is a funny name because name can be sounded out phonetically to get : fill (phil) - my crack (McCrack) - in (en).
  • In response to Archer saying he had military experience Floyd said he served in the Transportation Corps in the U.S. Army during the war,  while Cliff said he served as a Steward in the U.S. Navy. Ray simply states he was IV-F. Verl would later state that he was a tanker in the 761st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Army.
  • Archer refers to the 761st Tank Battalion as "Patton's Panthers", however, their official nickname was the "Black Panthers".
  • The way the plot uses African American people smoking reefers in the 1940s setting could be a callback to when Ron Cadillac stated, in season 5, that he used to join said people in smoking.
  • This is the last we see of Ray in Dreamland.


First AppearancesEdit

Characters (in order of appearance)Edit


Cyril : "So is this the part where you tell me it's not what it looks like?"
Archer : "I don't know, what does it look like?"
Cyril : "You tell me."
Archer : "It's....not what it looks like."
Cyril : "Which is..."
Archer : "Murder Figgis, you insufferable little prick, it looks like murder."


Cyril : "Now let's see how you like getting your tits screwed off for a change."


Mother : "What is it with you people and reefer?"
Lana : "Do you mean musicians, or Negroes?"
Mother : "Pick one."


Lana ( on stage ) : "Oh hey, how about that Taft–Hartley Act..."
Unseen audience member : "Show us your tits!"

Gallery of ImagesEdit

There are 65 screenshots and images from "Archer Dreamland: Jane Doe" on this Wiki, visit the category page for a complete gallery.

Archer, P.I.Edit

  • The following level of the mobile game Archer, P.I. is meant to be played along with this episode :

External links Edit



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