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White Nights
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 12
Written by Adam Reed
Production code XAR02012
Original air date April 14, 2011
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"White Nights" is the twelfth episode of the second season of Archer.


Archer searches for his father's identity behind the Iron Curtain, where he falls in love and runs into trouble, requiring the rescue efforts of ODIN agent Barry Dylan.


  • Title Explained: The episode title, "White Nights," is a reference to the 1985 motion picture "White Nights",[1] starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. This can also be a reference to White Nights - phenomenon when during northern summer evening twilight is followed by morning twilight and full darkness never happens. Although such thing does not happen in Moscow, but widely associated with St. Petersburg.  It could also be a reference to a short love story by Fyodor Dostoevsky. White Nights is also the name of  Menachem Begin's memoir of his year in a Soviet prison camp after being arrested by the NKVD in Lithunia while fleeing the Nazi invasion of Poland. Given Adam Reed's frequent literature references, Dostoevsky's short story seems right, but Archer's brief stint/torture in KGB custody links to Begin's memoir. Given how tightly Archer is written and produced, it wouldn't be surprising if the title references both.
  • The submachinegun Katya Kazanova uses is a PPSh-41, a World War II-era Soviet weapon, almost universally considered one of the best submachineguns designs of the war period and widely distributed to Soviet-aided insurgents and revolutionaries during the Cold War. The sound effect used, however, is inaccurate, as one of the most recognizable traits of the '41 is its fairly high rate of fire, about 900 rounds per minute.
  • Moscow skyline is pictured incorrectly, showing St Basil church from a place where it can't be seen and overcrowding skyline with churches and spires, most likely as a parody of practice of using well-known landmarks to establish locations.
  • Before jumping from the C-130 Hercules, the map on the back of the dossier Archer looks over is of New Orleans, possibly connecting this episode to "Pipeline Fever ."
  • Word "Директор" on Jakov's door means "Director", but KGB chiefs are actually called "Chairmen", which would be written "Председатель"
  • Archer's interrogation by the KGB is nearly identical to the torture training exercise administered by Crenshaw in "Mole Hunt," which Archer ridiculed at the time. During this episode, he wishes he had taken it more seriously.
  • Archer walking around with glass in his feet is likley a reference to the 1988 movie "Die Hard".
  • As Archer lands after jumping with a parachute, he clears his throat and speaks finnish, saying: "Hei,jätkät! Tämä on suomalainen laskuvarjoklubi?", which translates to "Hey, guys! This is a Finnish skydiving club?", as he states right after.

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  1. IMDb White Nights (1985) on IMDB

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