"The Limited" is the sixth episode of the third season of Archer.


Smoke Grenade

Archer using a "smoke grenade" on the RCMP. Lana disapproves.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enlist the help of ISIS to transport a captured Canadian terrorist, Kenny Bilko (who is a member of the Nova Scotia Liberation Front).[1] Pam, Cheryl, and Ray decide to join Team ISIS by hitching up Cheryl's train cars so that they can come along. Cyril loses the prisoner, so Lana and Cyril have to search the entire train trying to track him down while Archer wastes time trying to track down Cheryl's ocelot Babou. Resulting in Archer getting to fulfill his dream of fighting on top of a train and then getting arrested by Canadian Mounties.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Being led onto the train at the beginning of the episode, Kenny Bilko (Wells) screams "extraordinary rendition." Extraordinary rendition is a term used to describe the kidnapping and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another. It has historically (and controversially) been used by the United States against suspected terrorists, generally executed by the CIA. The controversy here is due to those prisoners being tortured in the states to which they were transferred. In at least one famous case a Canadian citizen transferring flights in New York on the way home was renditioned on the basis of mistaken identity. There is a parallel here, except that Bilko is being sent back to Canada from New York, and the extrajudicial nature is more of a formality in that they are basically skipping the step of using the extradition process. ISIS gets involved in another rendition, of Román Calzado, in El Contador. In both cases the prisoners are being sent to legal authorities. Suspected drug dealers have also been rumoured targets of rendition by US government agencies.
  • Cyril is reading Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard during the first scene on the train.
  • Bilko is a member of The New Scotland Front, an alleged terrorist group, fighting for a "free and sovereign Nova Scotia". In the Trailer Park Boys, the story takes place in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. All 3 guest stars are from Nova Scotia.
  • After Archer blows up part of the train with a grenade, Lana retorts with "Well thanks, Gomez!" This is a reference to The Addams Family patriarch who enjoyed crashing toy trains together.
  • Mr. Green Jeans was Hugh Brannum's character on Captain Kangaroo.
  • Having mistaken them for terrorists in disguise, Archer tries to make the Mounties put down their weapons, holding them at gunpoint. One of the Mounties says "Maintain the right boys," indicating that they are not going to do so. "Maintain the Right" is the common English translation of the RCMP motto, "Maintiens le droit." It is also sometimes rendered "Defend the Law." In other words it is a reference to their role in maintaining order and rightness. "Maintain the Right" was also the title of a book of the history of the RCMP by Ronald Atkin and a 1940 film of the same subject matter.
  • Archer references Paul Newman in the film "Hud," quickly pointing out to Lana that he hates Patricia Neal. Her character, a main love interest in the film, was originally black in the book, but for the film she was changed to a white woman.
  • Archer twice calls the (real) Mounties "Dudley Douchebag"; this is a play on Dudley Do-Right, a comically inept Mountie who appeared on the 1960s cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
  • Archer at one point tells Cyril to "keep sliding down the learning curve like The Banana Splits"; this is a reference to the show's titular characters who, during the end credits, ride down a potato sack slide and unsuccessfully try to walk back up it, falling over all the while.
  • Malory refers to the porter on the train as "George", to which Lana takes offense. Both are surprised to learn that the porter's name actually is George. This is a reference to the black railroad porters hired by George Pullman, who were often called "George" by passengers, regardless of their actual names. [[1]]
  • While Bilko and Archer fight on top of train Biko says "Although I guess sometimes there's a helicopter", which is a reference to From Russia With Love, the second James Bond movie.

Running GagsEdit

  • Over Packed: Malory is once again taking a large amount of luggage with her for the train ride, much to the annoyance of Pam and George.
  • 934TXS: 934TXS can be seen as the identification number on their train. Following the trend of 934TXS showing up in the show.
  • Lanaaaaaaaaa!


  • The episode starts at the famous Grand Central Terminal.
  • Special Guest Stars this episode are Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith, who play Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles (respectively) from the Canadian show Trailer Park Boys.
  • Robb, Mike, and John all recorded their dialogue from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and did not get to meet the main cast until after the episode was finished. If the viewer listens very closely to Kenny Bliko when he talks, there is a slight difference in audio quality as compared to the rest of the characters, as a recording studio in a smaller city like Halifax would not be to par with a recording studio in Los Angeles or New York, where the main characters record most of their dialogue.
  • Malory does not want Pam to board the train at all for fear that she may stow away, "just like on the blimp". This is a reference to the Season 1 episode "Skytanic ".
  • Cheryl turns out to own half of the railroad that the episode takes place on. (The other half would be owned by her brother.)
  • Cheryl's pet ocelot Babou makes another appearance in this episode.
  • When Malory discovers Pam and the private cars, she refers to Cheryl as "Carol."
  • Archer uses an obsolete WWII US Mk II fragmentation grenade, which had been replaced by the M26 in the 1950s.

Guest Stars Edit

The three main guest stars are best known from the Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys:


Bilko: "So why don't ya do yourself a pretty smart-guy favor and just let me go?"
Cyril: "Uh, because Ms. Archer would kill me?"
Bilko: "Well what do ya think's gonna happen when my boys storm this train?"
Cyril: "Oh, I'm not too worried about that."
Bilko: "You should be. My boys are bad ass."
Cyril: "Well, so am... Lana."
Lana: "Archer, at any time in the next twelve hours this train could be attacked by radical Nova Scotian separatists."
Archer: "Armed with what? Pamphlets about Canada's responsible gun control laws?"
Malory: "Er, two sleeping cars? Do you think there might be room for--"
Ray: "Nope. It's already cramped back there, what with that piss-reeking ocelot."
Cheryl: "Plus, George says you stiffed him."
Malory: "Wh-? No I didn't, I gave him a tip!"
George: "A stick of gum?"
Malory: "Well?"
Pam: "Really?"
Ray: "Did you not have a button?"
Mountie: "Great, good, we're all Mounties, so no need for a Mexican standoff, eh?"
Archer: "Ooh, yeah! Hoo's aboot you co-opt some moore American stoof there, eh, Canada?"
Lana: "Stuff like 'Mexican standoff?'"
Archer: "You hear that? They called you exotic."
Babou: "RAAWWWRR!"
Archer: "Which is just people talk for 'awesome', which is what you are, which is why I was happy to save your life, buddy!"
Babou: "RROWRRR!"
Archer: "Oh, don't worry about it. Probably just thousands of dollars in fines. Maybe a little jail time. Hopefully, just probationary."
(Babou proceeds to spray Archer with urine.)
Archer: "Totally worth it."
Archer: "No, Babou, that was all sarcasm."

Transcript Edit

The Limited/Transcript

Gallery of ImagesEdit

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References Edit

  1. "The Limited". Retrieved January 26, 2012.