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Killing Utne
Diner at Malory
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 4
Written by Adam Reed
Production code AR01003
Original air date January 28, 2010
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"Killing Utne" is the fourth episode of the first season of Archer.

Plot summary Edit

Malory hosts a dinner party for the UN intelligence chairman, Torvald Utne, in an effort to get a new weapons contract for ISIS. Unfortunately, a group of rival assassins have targeted Mr. Utne for elimination.


Main Cast Edit

Guest StarsEdit

Cultural References Edit

  • The title of the episode is possibly a play on the non-fiction book "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw" by Mark Bowden, which chronicles the efforts of Colombian law enforcement, American intelligence and special forces, and vengeful vigilantes in dismantling the operations of the Medellin Cartel, culminating in the death of the cartel's leader, the eponymous Pablo Escobar.
  • The characters of Mannfred and Uta are a possible reference to the 1994 film Leon: The Professional , where there is a curious relationship between an older hitman, Leon (Jean Reno), and a young girl, Mathilda (Portman Natalie Portman, then 12 years old).
  • It is possible that Utne is loosely based on former second secretary-general of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld.
  • Lana's line, "I find your lack of faith disturbing" is a classic bit of understatement uttered by Darth Vader in the original 1977 film, Star Wars. The scene is re-enacted practically verbatim in this episode.
  • Acher mocking Lana's size by doing robot body movements and saying Truckasaurus is a reference to a Simpsons parody of the Robosaurus, a giant transforming dinosaur robot.
  • When journalist Dan Rather was assaulted in 1986 the assailant asked him "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" . REM later recorded a song by the title "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", which was a minor hit for the band in 1994.
  • Archer's remark, "Wow, you don't get along with your neighbors anywhere!" to Malory (voiced by Jessica Walter) after she complains about her relationship with her unseen neighbor Trudy Beekman is a reference to Arrested Development character Lucille Bluth (also played by Walter) and her adversarial relationship with her neighbor Lucille Austero.
  • Utne's greeting to Elke Hubsch, "Good evening, you beautiful girl," is a reference to similar greetings by Dracula. He even uses a voice similar to Bela Lugosi's from the film.
  • The scene where Archer tricks 5 people into killing themselves in a game of Russian roulette is a reference to the film The Deer Hunter. Malory has a similar scene in "Job Offer" also referencing this film.
  • The funny sounding desert is called Kladdkaka and is basically a Swedish brownie. The literal meaning of the word is gooey cake.
  • Gravlax is a Nordic dish of raw salmon and seasonings. The word means precisely that.
  • Janssons frestelse is a Swedish casserole, it essentially means Jansson's Temptation.

Running GagsEdit

  • Man Hands - The fist of many references to Lana's large hands.
  • Phrasing - Archer is the first to use phrasing in response to Malory telling him that his mouth better get over there and make Torvald happy.
  • Identity Crisis - Cheryl again has changed her name, this time to Carina because she feels Carina better captures her sensual womanhood.
  • Trudy, mah, mah, mah - First mention of Malory's neighbor and rival Trudy Beekman. Malory tries to ruin Trudy's standing with their buildings Co-Op Board by dumping Elke's dead body in her apartment.


  • The dossier for Torvald Utne lists Honey Pot as a Recommended Tactic foreshadowing the fifth episode of the first season, "Honeypot", and the effectiveness of Elke Hubsch's plan.
  • This episode was possibly meant to be third in the first season (with "Diversity Hire" being the fourth), as Cheryl's name in this episode is "Carina", and Cyril mistakenly calls her this in "Diversity Hire" before noticing that her name is now "Cristal". Either that or it was an instance of subtle call-back humor.
  • Elke's last name of Hubsch is German for hot or beautiful.
  • When discussing what to do with Elke's dead body Woodhouse offers to fetch a rug which is a callback to the episode "Training Day" in which he fetched a rug to move a supposedly dead Trinette.
  • Phrasing is used for the fist time.
  • This episode marks the first time Krieger speaks.
  • ODIN, a rival spy agency, is mentioned for the fist time.

First AppearancesEdit




Uta:"What is the job?"
Mannfred:"Two jobs. The first, we make a big phony attempt to kill Torvald Utne."
Uta:"Okay. And the second?"
Mannfred:"We kill Torvald Utne."
Archer:"You said 'no dates!'"
Malory:"I said no such thing."
Archer:"Well, your mouth did."
Malory:"Well, your mouth better get over there and make Torvald happy."
Archer:"Uh, phrasing."
Malory:"Regale him with tales of ISIS exploits. Take his mind off of Lana's huge, Johnny Benchian fingers."
Lana:"Can we get off my fingers?"
Cyril:"Yeah, they are pretty big."
Lana:"First time I've heard you complain."
Cyril:"Hi-ho! Ha, ha....Seriously, who wants gravlax?"
Malory:"What about the groundbreaking work Dr. Krieger is doing for ISIS in our Applied Research Division?"
Pam:"Yeah, tell 'im about the sex-robot!"
Torvald:"The what?"
Malory:"Yes--the WHAT?!"
Krieger:"I call him 'Fister Roboto'."
Pam:"But it doesn't just fist. Tell him."
Krieger:"He's a fully-integrated multi-fetish artificial being."
Torvald:"That is the most disgusting--"
Krieger:"Shut up! Shut...Shut...And the best part is that he's learning."
Woodhouse:"When I served in the King's African Rifles, the local Zambezi tribesman called human flesh 'long pig.' Never much cared for it."
Lana:"I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Cyril:"I find your mannish hands disturbing."
Malory:"Give me that! Some idiot dropped a fish ball on my Azerbaijani rug!"(leaves the room)
Uta:"(giggles) I am that idiot"
Mannfred:"Ach! Why are you so immature?"
Uta:"......I'm nineteen."
Archer:"Woodhouse, what are you doing?"
Woodhouse:"Uh, sitting down, sir."
Archer:"What, at the table?"
Archer:"Like people?"
Archer:"What? Look, he thinks he's people!"
Malory:"It's okay, they're just blanks!"
Lana:"Well, see, you say that..."
Malory:"But they were blanks. Weren't they?"
Archer:"Uhh, only if the back of his skull picked that exact moment to explode outwards."

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