Pipeline Fever
Alligator swamp
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 2
Episode Information
Episode No. 4
Original Air Date February 17, 2011
Written by Adam Reed (Teleplay)
Boswell Cocker(Story)
Animation Directed by Bryan Fordney
Production Code XAR02007
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.985 [1]
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"Pipeline Fever" is the fourth episode of the second season and the fourteenth episode overall of Archer. It originally aired on February 17, 2011.

Synopsis Edit

Archer and Lana travel to the bayou to stop an eco-terrorist out to destroy a pipeline.

Plot Edit

While Malory tries to make ISIS a green workplace, Archer and Lana head to the Louisiana bayous to prevent a dangerous eco-terrorist from bombing America's largest natural gas pipeline. Archer's equipment checklist for the mission will include an airboat, a sawn-off shotgun, a compound bow, and nine cases of beer.[2]


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Archer is “Pretty sure the guy who played Tonto was a Jew.” Jay Silverheels, the stage name of Harold Preston Smith, who played Tonto, was a Mohawk. This is Archer confusing the actor who played Tonto with another actor, Iron Eyes Cody, who was familiar in the 1970’s as “The Crying Indian” for his role in a Keep America Beautiful advertising campaign. Cody was actually an Italian who falsely claimed to be native.

Running GagsEdit


  • In this episode, Pam purportedly finds out about the women's restroom. However, in Job Offer, Pam's graffiti tag can be seen on the cubicle wall while Malory is throwing up in the ladies' room.
  • Archer says he has earned himself a kebab, probably referencing Nikolai Jakov making kebabs in the Skorpio episode.


  • The African Queen stars Katharine Hepburn, not Audrey Hepburn as Archer repeatedly states.
  • Archer is drinking Hurricanes on the plane to New Orleans, one of the city's signature drinks.
  • The owner of Bayou Airboat Rentals has two dogs name Old Dan and Annie, the same as the two hounds in Where the Red Fern Grows.
  • Archer reveals to Lana his three biggest fears: Alligators, Crocodiles, and Brain Aneurysms.
  • The outfit worn by Archer in the swamp as well as the bow used by him are references to Burt Reynolds' outfit and bow from Deliverance. Archer's "double chuckle", heard just before the start of the main credits, is also something that Burt Reynolds is known for doing in many of his movies and public appearances.
  • On the plane, Archer informs Lana that he is wearing a Hermès tie.
  • The scene in Krieger's lab refers to a scene in "Alien: Resurrection" where the camera pans over the failed clones of Ellen Ripley.
  • The sawed-off shotgun carried by Archer is a reference to Bama McCall, actor Jerry Reed's corrupt character in the movie Gator.
  • The Alligator leaping onto the airboat in hopes of attacking and devouring Archer and Lana is a reference to a famous scene in Jaws.


  • In the opening scene, Buenos Aires is misspelled "Buenos Aries" on the yellow sticky note.



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Gallery of ImagesEdit

There are 14 screenshots and images from "Pipeline Fever" on this Wiki, visit the category page for a complete gallery.

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External Links Edit

Reference List Edit

  1. Archer Season 2 Episode 4 Ratings on
  2. "Episode guide". FX Networks. Retrieved February 11, 2011.