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"The Rock" is the eighth episode of the first season of Archer.

Plot summary Edit

The episode begins with Archer and Lana breaking into a large palace in San Marino on a mission from Malory (who called them as Archer had his cell phone on) to be security consultants by stealing a very large diamond from them in which they succeed in doing. To steal the diamond, Archer and Lana make use of several types of sophisticated equipment, including a code cloner and night vision goggles.

The scene shifts to a bar where Pam and Cyril happen to be drinking, where Cyril shows a ring with a small brown diamond on it and announces that he's going to ask Lana to marry him.

At ISIS Headquarters Sterling, Lana, and Malory are sitting in the Office awaiting a call from the client. In the break room Pam recovers from a hangover and almost blurts out loud Cyril's plan to marry Lana until he stops her. Just the Cheryl walks in and Cyril lies about Pam eating his muffin to which Cheryl tells him to punch her in the gut which causes Pam to vomit (spitting out a key in the process). At the office the client a Captain-Regent, announces that he's hiring ODIN instead and ODIN's director Len Trexler interupts and flirts with Malory. 

Malory then tells Archer and Lana to break back into the palace to steal back the diamond. After that, Pam and Cyril decide to unionize ISIS, so that they can get better benefits, and a raise. Lana and Archer are seen in the ISIS armory looking for equipment but can't seem to find any due to the fact that the drones have gone on strike. 

The ISIS employees then drive Malory into the elevator, where she is trapped. Somehow Archer and Lana make it out of the building. While at the palace, Archer starts talking about Burt Reynolds, and Deliverance. Lana breaks their cover by screaming out, "I know, he did his own stunts!" ODIN then attacks Archer and Lana. Archer is temporarily blinded when attempting to use night vision goggles that had not been calibrated properly, since the ISIS support staff that would normally calibrate equipment has gone on strike. Lana attempts to use a sound sensor, but finds that it too is not calibrated.

After negotiating with the ISIS employees Malory says that if it's alright with Archer and Lana, the employees can have their cost of living adjustment if Archer and Lana give up their bonuses. Krieger and Bilbo build a Sat-Com Link that can track Archer and Lana's location, and send in a helicopter, which destroys the brown diamond that Cyril bought for Lana.

Main Cast Edit

Guest StarEdit

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • When Cyril hits Pam in the stomach, she vomits up a key. He then mentions that getting hit in the stomach was how Harry Houdini died. Houdini's trademark way of escaping was to swallow the key beforehand and control his gag reflex later to retrieve the key. When Pam say, "Houdini died of AIDS", This may be an allusion to Paul Michael Glaser, who played Houdini in a TV movie. His wife and child died of AIDS, after a contaminated blood transfusion while giving birth to their first child. A lot of people thought "Starsky" had infected them and the dimmer people assumed he also died of it. Pam would fit in with that group.
  • The humming in the background of Cyril's speeches to Pam and later the ISIS employees is to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", but in the context is more likely to be the song "Solidarity Forever", a socialist, pro-union anthem with the same tune, popularised by Pete Seeger.
  • Archer refers to Lana as Eugene Debs while she is carrying him away from the blown robbery attempt. Debs was a prominent socialist and union organizer in the early part of the twentieth century.
  • "Bread and Roses" was a possibly apocryphal slogan associated with the Lawrence strike of 1912, in which immigrant female workers struck for better wages and working conditions, which they mostly got. The strike is most famous for its invention of the moving picket line, used to this day, to prevent the strikers' arrest for loitering.
  • The opening scene is a calque of the theft of the Pink Panther diamond in the opening scene of The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), starring Peter Sellers. In the film, the thief uses a crossbow to shoot a cable across the room and then uses the cable to slide across the floor to get to the diamond. The gem Archer and Lana are stealing resembles the Pink Panther diamond, although larger, and emits a similar pinkish hue.
  • Burt Reynolds is referenced along with two of his movies: Deliverance (1972) and Gator (1976).

Running GagsEdit

  • Mulatto Butts - Archer leaves his cell phone on while breaking into a San Marino palace.
  • Phrasing - Archer uses phrasing during Malory's conversation with Len Trexler.
  • Man Hands - Several references to Lana's large hands are made by Archer and Pam.
  • Man Crush - Archer shows obvious admiration for Burt Reynolds while referencing several of his movies.


  • Flammable and Inflammable do mean exactly the same thing...easily burns. Apparently Archer had to learn this the hard way.
  • San Marino is a enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy. It's government is lead by a Captain Regent and as Malory states is very small, covering only 24 square miles making it the third smallest country in Europe.
  • Malory is calling for Carol over the intercom before remembering she has changed her name ( again ) to Cheryl.  Archer later also refers to her as Carol.
  • Archer is shot again, this time by ODIN agents while fleeing the San Marino Palace.
  • The use of 934, 934TX, and 934TXS: The code cloner displays 934TXS when unlocked.


Malory: This is the last time you make me out a fool Len Trexler. You wanna play me hard?
Archer: Phrasing
Trexler: You know I do
Malory: Well then you better nut up
Archer: Phrasing
Malory: Because I swallowed just about as much as I can take from you
Archer: Hey, Phrasing!
Malory: And we will see who's smirking when ISIS steals that diamond for real
Trexler: Ew, your a naughty girl
Malory: Right then, commence operation rub Len Trexler's big fat nose in it
Archer: Eh, sounds like you already have

Archer: Fricken ODIN, I can't believe this
Lana: How many are there?
Archer: About a jillion
Lana: Dammit
Archer: A jillion gay little copycats
Lana: What?
Archer: I mean I didn't invent the turtleneck Lana, but I was the first to recognize its potential as a tactical garment
Lana: Awww...
Archer: the tactical turtleneck Lana
Lana: Archer...
Archer: The tactileneck
Lana: Can you please focus?

Pam: Come on miss Archer, you been in there ten hours. Meet us half way and Krieger will let you out of there
Krieger: Or else he will crank up the heat again
Cheryl: I love that you know how to do that
Krieger: And I love that I have an erection that didn't involve homeless people
Pam: And your ok with Krieger shucking your ... side-corn?
Cyril: Ya that's a huge win-win for me

(Referring to the destruction of the diamond he bought for Lana)
Cyril: Oh God Pam, two months salary
Pam: Cyril, you can't put a price on good pussy

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