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Tragical History
Pirate virus
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 6
Written by Adam Reed
Production code XAR02005
Original air date March 3, 2011
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"Tragical History" is the sixth episode of the second season of Archer.[1]

Plot Edit

Tired of his colleagues constantly calling him a failure, Cyril agrees to help George Spelvin, a mysterious computer security expert, inject a pirate virus into the ISIS mainframe so Cyril can defeat the virus and be seen as a hero. Not surprisingly, the plan goes awry: Cyril didn't count on sexy, bikini-clad ninjas.

For your information Cyril Figgis knows how to beat the worm!

Trivia Edit

  • In the "-01" dart game, the only target on the board that Cyril can hit to get the two points needed to win is a double one, colloquially known as, "The Nuthouse." Archer's "Black Hat" (aka three double-corks/bullseyes in a row) was worth 150 points.
  • The official website for Archer was briefly "taken over" by the pirate virus a week before this episodes aired.
  • Lana hits a device used to store and project an image of Dr. Krieger's virtual girlfriend, thus destroying the device and his virtual girlfriend. Dr Krieger reacts to this by screaming, "No, you maniac! You blew her up! Damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!" This is an obvious reference to the 1968 film of Planet of the Apes.
  • George Spelvin is a widely used pseudonym. Famous actors use it when they want their appearance in a play to be a surprise or a secret or when they are touring with the road company before the play goes to Broadway. The porn star Georgina Spelvin took her porn name from this artifice.
  • When Cyril misses the darts shots, Archer says "Way to go, 'Chokely Carmichael'", a reference to Stokely Carmichael, a major civil rights activist.
  • The ransom "money" trick Archer uses on Spelvin is called a MacGuffin, and inside the briefcase that was supposed to contain the $50 million and knockout gas was a muffin. This is a play on the MacGuffin plot technique, as it is a MacGuffin Muffin.
  • The muffin in the suitcase is a gag carried on from Frisky Dingo.
  • Archer mentions the mainframe's vault door being made of adamantium, the material used on Wolverine's bones, and sarcastically refers to Cyril as the computer scientist Alan Turing. Archer then mistakes Turing for Nightcrawler's film actor Alan Cumming.
  • The reference to Alan Turing may also be a play on words. After Turing plead guilty for indecency for homosexual activity he agreed to treatments that left him impotent. In other words he was an Ex-Man.
  • After Cheryl has dropped a cart of computers on top of the elevator, Pam asks "Hows the elevator supposed to work with a jillion pounds of computers on it!?" And Cheryl replies, "Who am I Elisha Otis?" Who was an American industrial inventor that created safety measures for the elevator.
  • When Cyril destroys his phone because it allegedly kept dropping calls, Archer says "You're probably holding it wrong." which is a reference to Steve Jobs' explanation when the Antennagate controversy happened.
  • The title of this episode may be a reference to "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus", a 17th-century play by Christopher Marlowe. The story of Dr. Faustus, or Dr. Faust in some tellings, is a well-known European tale in which a man, bored with day-to-day life, makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for wealth, power and the love of a woman.
  • The Japanese characters hanging on the wall in George Spelvin's apartment (愛痛) symbolize Love and Pain.
  • When Cyril points a gun at Spelvin and he in turn tells Cyril he can't kill them all, Cyril responds 'No just you', is a reference to the film 'Stand By Me'.

Main Cast Edit

Guest StarEdit

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References Edit

  1. "Archer: Showatch Related Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2011.

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