The gang get to work early in a bid to spend quality time together.
Pam, Cheryl, Krieger, Cyril, and Ray arrive bright and early at ISIS headquarters. Malory has called an enigmatic yet important 7:00 AM meeting and, although no one is eager to see what she has planned, they know better than to incur her wrath by showing up late. Lana arrives just as the gang boards the elevator and it looks like Archer will be the only one to miss out. Suddenly, he shows up and calls for Ray to hold the door. Ray, pretending to press the "door open" button, repeatedly presses the "door close" button, but Archer forces the doors back with a mop. The group begins chatting, then bickering, then shouting, all the while unaware that, through a combination of Ray and Archer's actions, the elevator has malfunctioned until it overshoots the top floor, crashes into the car lift, and stalls.
The situation seems precarious. The office is empty (save for Milton), the elevator's phone is dead, and no one can get a signal on their mobiles because Krieger installed an RF Jammer on the roof of the car in a misguided attempt to encourage people to be more social. To pass the time and prepare for a potential long stay, the group decides to ration all the available food. Archer insults Cyril's sweater vest, Cyril insults Archer's proclivities, Cheryl identifies everyone's vice, and Pam downs her alcohol, the latter action results in Pam having to urinate.
The group debates jumping to try and dislodge the car. When that goes nowhere, Ray decides to have a smoke. He sticks his head through the gap in the open doors and the top of the doorway and finds that Milton has returned with toast. Pam pees much to everyone's disgust. Ray finds that his phone has a signal when stuck through the hole, but calling 911 proves fruitless. He instead tries Malory, but Archer has rerouted his cell to the elevator's phone for one of his voicemail pranks. At their breaking point, everyone turns on each other.
Meanwhile, Malory finally arrives. She uses her manual override key to reset the elevator, and, when the car arrives, is aghast to find the ISIS team pounced upon each other with Cheryl having Krieger in a headlock, Pam choking Ray from behind, Lana throttling Archer, and Cyril masturbating in the corner. It's revealed that the important 7:00 AM meeting was a team-building exercise. Lana takes this to mean that Malory set up the elevator to break, but she clarifies that they were all meant to watch Vision Quest (1985) together.
Callbacks and Running GagsEdit
- Several running gags return in this episode, among them being Archer's Tinitus, Lana's large hands, Cheryl's "You're not my supervisor! (subverted with "You're not my coal-mine supervisor"), ability to read minds and her multiple names, and once again Archer attempts to bring "Phrasing" back into the regular jokes.
- Archer's time of being lost at sea during Heart of Archness: Part I is mentioned in this episode.
- Ray pressing the close button on the elevator while claiming it is similar to Maximum Overdrive is a repeat of what he did in the previous episode.
- The theory of Krieger being one of the clones from San Marcos rather than the original Krieger is mentioned again.
- When Pam strips naked the group acts disgusted, only for her to mention they've all seen her naked and Lana to grimly react that they have. This goes along with the fact that she has slept with most of her co-workers (excluding Ray)
- This last exchange is a reference to Cheryl's non-housebroken pet Babou:
- Lana: Trapping us in here like-like Like
- Ray: Piss-covered-
- Cheryl: Ocelots!
- Lana: This was the team building exercise!
- Title Explained - this is a reference to the film "Vision Quest" (1985), detailing the story of a high school wrestler.
- The episode is a Bottle episode, taking place almost entirely in an elevator.
- The TV plot synopsis for the episode is listed (at least on AT&T U-verse) as, "The entire gang wants to spend some quality time with one another, so they all decide to get to work earlier than they normally would." This is wildly inaccurate from what actually happens in the episode.
- Ray reveals he is colorblind though it may not be true as he was a bomb defusal specialist and has lied about being paralyzed.
- Archer assumes that Ray can hack into computer systems like R2D2 from Star Wars, because he has bionic legs.
- Popeye's Laundromat is revealed to have been closed down following the events of "White Elephant", and the other ISIS employees did not return to work following the agency's re-establishment.
- Lana reveals that Archer VICE took place over the course of a year, though this is seemingly incongruous with her pregnancy as she was visibly pregnant when the season began. It's possible she was speaking hyperbolically.
- Cheryl is revealed to have claustrophobia.
- Cyril is fascinated by elevators and knows a lot about them, like that Elisha Otis invented their safety brakes as opposed to the elevator itself (which is often popularly misattributed to him). He also knows that Otis died during a diphtheria outbreak in 1861.
- Archer mentions that all the group has seen Lana's vagina except for Krieger, who hints at having monitored her (presumably at Tunt Manor during Archer Vice as he had cameras set up everywhere, especially in the bathrooms).
- When insulting Cyril of his wanting to masturbate, Lana calls him "Stroker Ace" in reference to the film which stars Burt Reynolds as the title character.
- This is the first episode in Season 6 where A.J. doesn't make an appearance.
- In the final scene, the word "touchable" is scrawled across the wall of the elevator reminiscent to a scene from the film “The Untouchables”.
- "Omar" is a reference to Omar Little from The Wire.
- Repeated jokes about the gang being in Soviet Russia lead to Pam asking "serious shit, did Red Dawn happen and no one told me about it?". This is a reference to the 1984 movie in which the U.S.S.R. invades the U.S. in a sneak attack, and a group of Colorado teenagers fight back using guerrilla warfare.
- Archer: "Lana..."
- Lana: "What?"
- Ray: "You..."
- Cyril: "Should be doing this."
- Lana: "You know..."
- Cheryl: "Oh, my God! We work in a coal mine?"
- Archer: "Carol, shut up."
- Cheryl: "You're not my coal mine supervisor!"
- Archer: Cyril what is that? Is that a bagel?
- Cyril: No. Get off. Geez it's just napkins.
- Ray: Guys get the napkins!
- Lana: Ok let's just take it down a-
- Carol: Shut up we're all gonna starve!