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"Lo Scandalo" is the eighth episode of the third season of Archer.

Plot Edit

The episode begins with a visibly shaken Malory, as she sits in a chair with a gun in her hand and a wound in her left arm, who is soon joined by Sterling and Lana. Opposite of Malory is a man, revealed to be the prime minister of Italy Savio Mascalzoni, in a zentai suit, poised atop a rubber phallus, bound to a seatless chair, with five bullet wounds in his chest. Upon being questioned by Sterling and Lana, Malory insists that she wasn't responsible, though the former aren't convinced.

Fearing prosecution for murdering a politician, Malory insists that Sterling and Lana chop up the body and dispose of it. Disgusted, Sterling instead opts to call Krieger to do so. Shortly thereafter, Krieger arrives adorned and equipped with body disposal implements. In the meantime, Krieger had invited several of the other ISIS members on the pretense that they would be attending a party. Sterling, being reminded of Italian food, goes to the kitchen to prepare spaghetti and meatballs.

While Krieger begins his operation, an NYPD detective appears at Malory's front door with accusations that the Italian prime minister had been murdered in Malory's apartment. This prompts the ISIS team to quickly stage a dinner party as a distraction while Krieger finishes disposing of the corpse.

Having not found the body in the entirety of the house, the officer brings Malory to the bathroom, at which point Malory contemplates murdering the officer, but stops as Krieger emerges, foul fecal odors in his wake. The officer, repulsed by the smell, hastily examines the bathroom to find no body, apologizes to Malory and leaves. Later, as the members of ISIS leave Malory's apartment, Krieger gives each a parcel containing one of Mazcalzoni's body parts, under the instructions that they are to "disseminate" the corpse about New York's trash bins (strategically in the shape of a smiley face on a map).

Lana and Sterling, as they leave, ruminate on the events of the night. Lana argues to Sterling, who now fully convinced of his mother's innocence, that the magazine in Malory's gun contains same number of bullets as the number of shots fired in the apartment, a total of nine. During Lana's monologue, a flashback reveals Malory to be Mascalzoni's sex partner, in which she helps him engage in a number of fetishes. For several years, she uses this sexual partnership with Mascalzoni as a ruse in which she bides her time to murder the latter. When questioned as to her motive, she states that she is getting revenge for the murder of a man who may have been Sterling's father. She then shoots a nearby wall, three times, shoots herself in the arm, and shoots Mascalzoni five times in the chest. Immediately after everyone leaves Malory walks up to a full length mirror, disrobes and says "honey you still got it bow chika wow wow uh huh huh".[1]

TriviaEdit

  • Title Explained: "Lo Scandalo" is Italian for "The Scandal."
  • In the beginning of the episode, when Lana and Archer come through the front door, the three bullet holes that Mallory left in the wall are not there.
  • The name Savio Mascalzone is a reference to Silvio Berlusconi who was the Prime Minister of Italy until 2011: a lot of scandals regarding Berlusconi's promiscous and perverted sexual behaviour rose to public attention, especially in Italy, eventually leading to his legal persecution and his dismission from the charge. The word "Mascalzone" is also Italian for scoundrel.
  • When Archer thinks that Italy has a King and not a Prime Minister, Malory asks him "What year do you think this is?", to which Archer replies "I uh, yeah, exactly, good question". This is likely a reference to the fact the time period that the show is set in is left intentionally ambiguous. 
  • Archer's lengthy reference to "Spaghetti and Meatballs" may be a call-out to the Bob's Burgers episode "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs", which had "Bob Belcher" (also voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) cook spaghetti and meatballs as a plot point.
  • When Malory asks Archer to think of a way to sneak the body out, he replies "I shall fetch a rug", imitating Woodhouse's voice. This is a callback to when Archer and Cyril thought they killed a prostitute in Archer's apartment, and had Woodhouse hide the body in a rug.
  • After Krieger brings Pam, Ray, Cheryl, and Cyril to the apartment to help him, Cyril remarks that every time they go to Malory's apartment, they have to help hide a body. This is a callback to "Killing Utne", where everyone had to help Malory burn the bodies of Torvald Utne, and the undercover KGB agent. Despite this, it is actually the third time the ISIS "core group" had been to Malory's apartment, as the cutaway gag to Archer's "sullen whore" collapsing at the dinner table shows Cyril present for his first time, before even the events of "Killing Utne".
  • Calpurnia was the name of the Finches' housekeeper in To Kill a Mockingbird. Cheryl picks this name and role for Lana's cover in this episode.
  • Malory reveals that one reason for her prejudice against the Irish is a grudge stemming from their neutrality in World War II.
  • Apparently both Malory and the Mascalzoni had some involvement in the early stages of Operation Gladio. In this operation covert agencies recruited right wing elements to combat leftist groups, sometimes violently, to prevent Communist takeover of western countries or leftist groups collaborating with a Soviet invasion.
  • When Lana says that Operation Gladio was "starring Allen Dulles", she's referring to the then director of the CIA
  • When Lana realizes that Malory killed the Prime Minister, she tells Archer how she used each bullet to make it look like an attack. Archer says "Thanks, Rain Man." This is a referenece to Raymond Babbitt, from the movie "Rain Man". Raymond had autism, but he also has amazing recall, and is skilled at mathematics. He can remember very specific details. 
  • Malory reveals, in a flashback at the end of this episode, that she has a grudge against Mascalzoni because right wing agents (apparently under his command) shot a leftist protester in the street with whom she seems to have been in love. She suggests this man, who had blue eyes, full lips, and thick black hair, may have been Archer's father.
  • Krieger's plan to dispose of Mascalzoni's body is reminiscent of the death of Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome. In this particular version of the story, Romulus is murdered by the Senate, his body is dismembered, and the senators each hide a body part under their robes to be disposed of later in various locations. The parallel is made more apparent by the fact that Mascalzoni is the Italian Prime Minister. 
  • Malory murders Mascalzoni to music from Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore". The aria "Di tale amor che dirsi", in which Leonora sings of her love for the ill fated troubadour, plays in the background when Malory shoots Mascalzoni. 
  • After shooting Mascalzoni in the flashback toward the end of the episode, Malory shouts, "Cazzo fascista!" which roughly translates from Italian as "Fascist prick!" ("Cazzo" is vulgar Italian slang for "penis.") 
  • There is a brief graphical glitch In which part of Mallory's arm overlaps her shoulder. This happens while she is in the kitchen with Lana (disguised as a maid)  
  • This episode is one of the few in which we see the interior of luxury apartment in great detail. Throughout the series, the more you see the inside, the more that it bears a striking resemblance to the interior of George and Lucille Bluth's apartment in the FOX TV series Arrested Development. It is well known that the creator of Archer, Adam Reed, is a fan of this series and has made frequent references to the show: Voice actors of Malory Archer and Cheryl/Carol are voiced by Jessica Walters and Judy Greer who were both actors on Arrested Development. Jeffery Tambor (George Bluth) has been hired as a voice actor on a couple of occasions, most notably as Torvald Utney. Adam Reed has asked Will Arnet to guest star multiple times to no avail. Mallory's personality is exactly the same as Lucille Bluth's. Archer and Mallory's Oedipus-like relationship mirrors that of Buster and Lucille Bluth. So it is not a stretch to believe that the interior design of Mallory's apartment would also mirror Lucille's. In season 6 there is a scene during the season finale where we see the porch of Ron Cadillac's mansion which strongly resembles the porch of the model home from Arrested Development.  

Quotes Edit

Archer: I have a question mother. Why does this chair have no seat? And what... is in his ass?!


Malory: Ever since then, once a year, he'd slip away and we'd spend a romantic weekend together
Archer: Well, you definitely nailed it! If this doesn't just scream romance...
Lana: Archer!
Archer: What, Lana? What's more romantic than a dildo party-slash-murder?


Malory: And he wasn't always into that!
Archer: You mean vice versa?
Malory: Shut up! As he grew older, Savio's tastes became more and more... exotic. And so he started introducing all these accoutrements very gradually.
Archer: Well he'd have to. Thing's huge.

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References Edit

  1. "Lo Scandalo". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2012.

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