When Le Chuffre summons Malory and her intrepid ISIS agents to Monaco, all bets are off! Well, actually all bets are on, because Monaco is basically one giant casino and Archer is in charge of safeguarding $4 million in untraceable bearer bonds. Also, it's the weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix, so you can just forget about getting a hotel room.
Archer checks the bearer bonds in for safekeeping at the casino of the hotel they are staying at. As a result, the hotel comps Archer a master suite, hookers and many amenities. Sterling doesn't plan on gambling any of the money, but is forced to by the concierge Benoit. He loses most of the $4 million, which is actually all of the money from the ISIS employee's 401(k) accounts.
It is up to Archer, Lana and Ray to complete the mission to retrieve the data disk from Le Chuffre and get the money back from Benoit. To do so they will have to head out to the streets of Monaco in a daring chase involving confiscated Formula 1 cars, guns, rocket launchers and a helicopter.
Meanwhile back at ISIS headquarters, Cyril, Pam, Cheryl, and Krieger find out that their 401(k) accounts are empty, and plot to sell some ISIS equipment to make up for their loss. Krieger sells some of his experiments, including a bulletproof suit-coat.
- Title Explained: "Jeu Monégasque" is French for "Monacan Game."
- When Benoit tells Malory Archer the hotel is fully booked because of the Grand Prix, she replies "I don't care if it's a Wehrmacht reunion party!" During WWII, Monaco initially adopted a neutral stance, with strong ties to the collaborationist government of Vichy France. It was later occupied by the Axis, first by the Italians, then the Germans. Much like her statements regarding Ireland, this is an example of Malory holding a grudge from WWII.
- Malory then goes on to say "this isn't my first Grand Prix you know", a reference to the film Grand Prix which Jessica Walter is in.
- Before informing Lana that she doesn't have a reservation, Benoit calls Malory "rude" to which Lana replies "Without a doubt."
- The winners of the first qualifying heat of the Grand Prix are listed at the conclusion of the heat as 1) Bell, 2) Bivens +3.420, 3) Devoe +3.691. Those are the last names of the three members of the R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe, a group that branched off from New Edition. The Jackie Stewart-style announcer (voiced by Craig Ferguson) also mentions their names in his call of the heat.
- The second time the Jackie Stewart-style announcer (voiced by Craig Ferguson) calls the race, the drivers' names are Moonsie, Bennett, and Kotero, all the last names of members of Apollonia, a girl group formed by the musician Prince in the early 80s, who released one album, which was produced as a CD only in Japan and is considered a collectible.
- One of the Formula 1 racing cars (stolen by Lana) has the same paint scheme and number as Herbie the Love Bug.
- Malory believes that Sterling never had a problem with gambling, this is despite the fact that he is seen blowing ISIS operational funds at a roulette table in "Mole Hunt."
- The name Le Chuffre is very similar to Le Chiffre, one of the primary villains in the Ian Fleming novel Casino Royale.
- The cut scene to Halloween shows Sterling dressed as Charlie Chaplin (though he thinks he was "dressed like Hitler"), while Malory is dressed as Elvira. If you pay attention to the two cut scenes saying he's dressed like Hitler, the hat and cane present suggests he's dressed as Charlie Chaplin.
- When Ray covers for Archer about his baccarat losses, he tells Malory, "Your son is drunk." She replies "Who are you, Carrie Nation?", a reference to the member of the early 1900s prohibition movement in America.
- When Cheryl/Carol asks Pam whether $2.3 Million (Malory's 401k) a lot of money, Pam replies, "Not a lot to you, Glenda Gotrocks." "Got rocks" is a slang term for someone who has a lot of money to flaunt. It's also a reference to The Flintstones -- in one episode, Fred acts as a stand-in for a very rich industrialist named J.L. Gotrocks.
- Sterling can't stop laughing at the name Benoit because it makes him think of Ben Wa Balls, a sexual toy.
- When Ray hits LeChuffre with Malory's purse, he asks, "What does she have in here, buckles?" This is a callback to "Mole Hunt" when Archer asks the same question when his mother hits him with it.
- When the scene cuts to show where Malory has borrowed funds, we see all of the ISIS employees' 401k savings. By far the lowest amount is Cyril's, at $9,059, whereas Archer and Lana have over $400,000.
- The amount in all of the 401k accounts is exactly $4,066,175.
- When the 401k accounts are shown, all of the accounts are empty except for Malory's.
- The 401k plans seem to show that Dr. Krieger's first name is actually Algernop.
- Lana uses Archer's MacGuffin trick (from "Tragical History") on LeChuffre
- The Formula 1 car Archer ends up with is in the colour scheme of a mid 1960's Lotus, presumably in homage to the Lotus team.
- The sections of the circuit shown most are the Nouvelle chicane (aka the harbor chicane) and the straight right after it that goes to the Tabac corner.
- Archer loses most of the 401K funds playing Chemin de fer, the game in which James Bond defeats Le Chiffre in the novel Casino Royale. (In the 2006 film, Bond defeats Le Chiffre while playing Texas Hold 'em.)
- The music in the end chase sequence is titled "Les Fous de Soleil".
- When Sterling returns the disc to Malory, he asks what's on it. To which she replies, "Who are you, Nosey Parker?" This probably refers to the fictional character from the Thunderbirds, Aloysius "Nosey" Parker, who had the nickname Nosey from his long nose, or possibly the actress Posey Parker.
- ISIS 401(k) investment analysis
- Malory Archer $2,302,725
- Sterling Archer $480,810
- Lana Kane $420,675
- Hector Ruiz (who was deceased, S1, Ep3) $275,223
- Ray Gillette $205,188
- Cyril Figgis $9,059 (Very low, since he began working the same time as Archer, Gillette, Lana, and Cheryl, even with the $3700 he lent to Cheryl S2, Ep10)
- John Baxtor $105,326
- Samantha Munroe $23,598
- Pam Poovey $42,424
- Cheryl (aka Carol, ...) Gimple (aka Tunt) $50,390
- Doctor Krieger $105,526
- Heather Baker $45,231
Main Cast Edit
- H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer
- Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt
- Amber Nash as Pam Poovey
- Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis
- Adam Reed as Ray Gillette
- Aisha Tyler as Lana Kane
- Jessica Walter as Malory Archer
- Lucky Yates as Dr. Krieger
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