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"Well, he died doing what he loved. Getting shot."
—Sterling Archer

Brett Bunsen was an ISIS employee who got shot numerous times while employed there. He is voiced by and physically modeled on Neal Holman, the production designer and art director of Archer.[1]

Biography[]

During his lifetime, Brett was a bullet magnet at ISIS Headquarters. Whether he's hit by a ricochet while walking by or attempting to put his pants on, he always manages to get randomly shot, many times courtesy of Archer.

Season 1[]

"Mole Hunt"[]

When Archer unsuccessfully tried to get into the ISIS mainframe, he resorted to shooting the door. However, the bullets bounced off, one of which hit Brett offscreen. When an angry Brett asked Archer what's wrong with him, Archer responds that nothing is wrong with him, but Brett has a bullet inside him.

"Diversity Hire"[]

In the ISIS locker room, Archer pulls out his gun (a Walther PPK) to threaten Conway Stern, saying that his gun has plenty of stopping power. Brett mocks Archer's gun by saying, "What? That little...?" Archer shoots Brett before he can finish his sentence. Brett later tells Pam, which backfires on Archer when he tries reporting to her about the situation with Conway in the locker room.

"Dial M for Mother"[]

Brett was one of the many ISIS employees who paid for the right to say they had sex with Lana Kane when she was getting revenge on Cyril Figgis for cheating on her with Framboise.

Season 2[]

"Movie Star"[]

When Rona Thorne tried shooting an automatic weapon in the ISIS firing range, one of the bullets hits Brett. As an apology, Rona tells Brett to get a new suit and charge it to her manager. Brett states he'll take her up on the offer after he goes to the hospital.

This was the only time he wasn't angry at being shot and even states it was his fault.

"Stage Two"[]

When Archer was diagnosed with breast cancer, he went around ISIS Headquarters passing around cancer awareness pins. Archer offered one to Brett, who instead mocked Archer's cancer. Silently angry, Archer subsequently tackles and beats up Brett, much to everyone's shock. While watching, Cyril states that at least they know Archer doesn't have cancer in his fists as Ray Gillette adds that Archer is really beating Brett's ass. After finishing beating up Brett, Archer casually left his co-workers and the dazed Brett.

The next day, Archer had apologized for the attack and called out to Brett for the ribbon. The scared Brett screamed and said he would go put it on immediately. Archer also promised to get him a bottle of scotch to further make up for the beating.

This was one of the few times he wasn't shot but just beaten up.

"El Secuestro"[]

Brett's fourth gunshot wound was provided by Cyril. This wound occurred when Cyril accidentally fired a weapon he had received during an ISIS lockdown, and the bullet hit Brett in the stomach. The phone then rings, and Brett is forced to answer it. This wound allows Malory to call Brett "Mr. Bloodmobile". Brett stays on the line while the operations room takes the call, but because Brett was still on the line and moans "Uh! Ah, I'm so cold," a positive voice match comes up on the screen in the ops room, with a picture of Brett and underneath he is named "Brett Buckley," and not "Bunsen." Ray then orders Brett to get off the phone and Brett asks "You got it?" and Archer replies "Yes! Hang up!"

Season 3[]

"Drift Problem"[]

To prove that Archer's birthday gift (a new Dodge Challenger, fitted with spy gear) is bulletproof, Lana shoots it with a TEC-9. The bullets all bounce off, and one of them hits Brett.

"Skin Game"[]

For Archer's second wedding to Katya Kazanova, Brett was ordered to retrieve alcohol. However, he ended up getting badly beaten by Barry Dylan, who wrote the messages "Barry was here" and "So was Other Barry" in Brett's own blood. Later, Archer (mistaking Brett for Barry) badly beats up Brett again.

Season 4[]

"Legs"[]

Brett managed to get shot a sixth time by a bullet fired from Archer that ricocheted at least five times, including off of Cyril's pocketwatch and a fire extinguisher, before hitting Brett in a stairwell and causing massive external bleeding. This shot makes Archer reference the Warren Commission. Malory later angrily yells at Brett, telling him that all of his blood had better be cleaned up by Monday.

"Un Chien Tangerine"[]

Brett, along with Cyril, Ray, Dr. Krieger, and Jane, watch Pam take the IFAAB naked.

ISIS Training[]

A drunken Archer is demonstrating gun safety to new recruits when he realizes (after shooting several times) that none of them have earplugs. He asks one of the recruits to hold his gun while he gets earplugs, tossing the gun to the recruit. The recruit fumbles with the gun in fear, dropping it on the ground. However, the gun does not go off. Archer begins to say how lucky they were before the gun suddenly goes off, hitting Brett offscreen.[2]

Season 5[]

"White Elephant"[]

When ISIS was attacked, Cyril dropped his glasses and began making noises that reminded Archer of Beaker from The Muppets. Archer began to ask everyone what the name of Beaker's boss was; however, none of them knew, so Archer asked Brett. Brett shouted that he couldn't hear Archer before he was shot in the head, killing him instantly. Archer remarks that Brett died doing what he loved the most: getting shot. The attackers were then revealed to be the FBI.

Upon hearing that Brett's last name was "Bunsen", Archer finally remembered that Beaker's boss was named Bunsen Honeydew.

Season 10[]

"The Leftovers"[]

Jettisoned space eggs damage Brett's ship, causing it to explode, presumably killing Brett.

Personality[]

Brett appears to have a case of PTSD for which Archer is a trigger. This is evident due to the fact that whenever Brett comes into contact with Archer, he jumps and screams.

Cultural References[]

  • Pulp Fiction (1994): The man with the briefcase who attracts an awful lot of bullets in this nineties classic Video Ref )  is called Brett.  Coincidence?
    • In Heart of Archness: Part II (s3e2)Malory says "Say budget again..." to Cyril, in a veiled threat that is reminiscent of the "Say what again" in the above scene.

Trivia[]

  • Neal Holman served as a model for Brett.
  • As seen in "The Holdout", there is an area in the newly-renovated ISIS office covered in Brett's blood from the gunshot wound that he received in "El Secuestro".
  • Brett's last name is inconsistent. In "El Secuestro", he answers the phone and Ray starts a trace, and before Brett hangs up his voice is identified as "Brett Buckley". However, in "White Elephant", Agent Holly presents a release that claims Brett's last name is "Bunsen".

Appearances[]

Appearances for Brett Bunsen

References[]

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