|The Wind Cries Mary|
|Original air date||January 24, 2013|
Archer and his former best friend Lucas Troy are holed up in the Vermont wilderness, fighting hard to come out on top. Pam has everyone at ISIS do peer reviews but Cyril and Lana have some serious issues with the reviews.
- The title of this episode comes from the Jimi Hendrix song of the same name, said to be inspired by the potential loss of his then girlfriend. Mary, like Nancy, is also archaic slang for "homosexual."
- When asked how Lucas could have disappeared, Archer said "Paging Dr. Cooper! Dr. D. B. Cooper!" D. B. Cooper is a man who famously mysteriously disappeared with a case full of money after parachuting from a hijacked plane.
- Krieger's offer to hoodlums during the arms deal for a gallon of irradiated ants is a callback to a prior episode where he tried to give himself ant strength.
- Ray tracks Archer's cell phone to a house north of Bennington, Vermont, which he correctly assumes to be a "bed and breakfast." Vermont is famous for them, and they are often made from converted houses. Malory retorts "You should know," which, in addition to the plot, is a reference to a stereotype about homosexuals and these types of establishments.
- Archer's ringtone is an instrumental version of the Kenny Loggins song 'Danger Zone'
- While tracking Lana, Cyril, and Lucas, Archer sees the tree Lana shot at, saying he "desperately hopes it isn't an Ent." He then wonders if he's gay for Tolkien. This is a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books, in which there are giant tree creatures known as Ents.
- Lana uses her combat knife to cut Cyril's tank top and orders him to remove his briefs, saying "Get naked. Panties, Too." This is a reference to the famous rape scene in Deliverance. This film was referenced before in the series, as Archer is very fond of Burt Reynolds (as is Adam Reed).
- Cyril complains about Lana calling his briefs "panties," saying "They're called briefs." Her reply, "Yeah. You're a grown man." is a reference to a stereotype about this type of underwear, that young boys wear briefs and grown men wear boxers.
- Lana constructs a trap by using her knife to weaken a smaller tree that is holding up a big tree and using her and Cyril's clothes as a makeshift rope to pull and break the weakened tree, saying "You know what they say. Big hands, big dick." This is in reference to a commonly held belief that the size of one's hands (or feet) is relative to penis size. It is also the first time Lana has made a joke about her own hands, and the second time the strength of said hands has been used as a plot element.
- Archer wonders why Troy didn't get drugged after drinking the same wine and Troy tells him that it was in Archer's glass, not the wine itself. This is a reference to the second season of Justified, in which this method of delivering a poison is used twice. Lucas Troy is voiced by Timothy Olyphant, who plays the lead character in Justified. Later, in Live and Let Dine, Lance Casteau poisons the Albanian ambassador the same way. This poisoning technique is also employed in the FX show Justified staring Timothy Olyphant.
- When Cyril holds up the peer review letter, most of the text can be read. It says "Employee is unsatisfactory partner. lack of organization evidenced by pushing, shoving, hitting, and name calling. Employee is frequenty distracted by her personal life while in the field. She is short tempered, mean, and often takes her clothes off for, like, no reason. Employee is often drunk in the workplace, does NOT WASH HANDS after using restroom. [covered by finger] not let me leave a toothbrush at her place but expected I would rub her [covered by finger] as large as her hands. Once [covered by hand] her bathroom for forgetting [covered by hand, scribbled out] broccoli for stir Friday."
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- ↑ http://thefutoncritic.com/listings/20130103fx05/
- ↑ The Rock
- ↑ The Man From Jupiter
- ↑ Pipeline Fever
- ↑ Archer : Season 4 interview with creator Adam Reed
- ↑ Snopes.com: The Size of Things to Come
- ↑ Diversity Hire