Crossing Over
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 3
Episode Information
Episode No. 10
Original Air Date March 1, 2012
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by TBA
Production Code XAR03009
U.S. Viewership (Millions) TBA
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"Crossing Over" is the tenth episode of the third season of Archer.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Archer's sex life compromises his effectiveness as an agent. But more seriously than the countless other times. Nikolai Jakov defects to the United States and is killed by Archer's drunken incompetence.

Summary[edit | edit source]


Cast[edit | edit source]

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

  • The Wire (2002-08): During the wake sequence the corpse is shown laid out on a pool table. This is in homage to the show, when a policeman is killed his body is laid out on a pool table at the bar and his fellow cops get drunk with the deceased one last time.
  • Pacman Jones: At the strip club, Pam throws waffles at the stripper and says "Woo! I'm Pacman Jones!", referring to an incident back in 2007 where the cornerback "made it rain" (with actual money) in a Las Vegas strip club.
  • Richard Cromwell: Pam says she is bound up "tighter than Dick's Hatband", a reference to Oliver Cromwell's son Richard.
  • "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?: Pam exits the elevator after banging Archer singing this World War One song - changing the last word to "Pam-ee".
  • Julius Caser (1599): Jakov makes a reference to Shakespeare's play with the quote "Et tu, Brute?"
  • Marmaduke (1954-2015): Malory says there's a funny instance of this comic on the fridge at the safehouse.
  • Chupacabra is a South American mythical creature which is basically a goat vampire.

Running Gags[edit | edit source]

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Continuity[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

Title Explained: The title refers to many of the themes in the episode. Including Jakov crossing over from Russia to the United States of America. To the exchange of genes between homologous chromosomes, resulting in a mixture of parental characteristics in offspring, which Jakov and Malory had possibly undergone to conceive Archer. And to his death, as he is crossing over to the afterlife.

  • Archer's "Bloody Mary prayer":
"For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary full of vodka, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen."

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  • Archer's line about being a"sinner in the hands of an angry God" references a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, a prominent Puritan minister of the 18th century. The prayer that follows is a parody of the Ave Maria, a traditional Catholic prayer for intercession first written in this format in 1495 in Girolamo Savonarola's "Esposizione sopra l’Ave Maria."
  • It is learned that Jakov's Assistant is a Junior Lieutenant.
  • Barry's plan of not letting Archer know if Jakov was or not his true father had a hole: Archer could just go to Jakov's family and see if he was related to them. (However, in the beginning of the episode, according to ISIS databanks: Relatives - Unknown)
  • This episode also starts the trend of Archer sleeping with Pam.
  • Cheryl mentions Richie Havens as the bearded man you meet after you die.
  • Pam says Archer was "just pushing rope". This refers to having sexual intercourse with a limp/exhausted penis.
  • Including this episode Pam has slept with 4 of the main cast more than Archer who is at 3 to this date and less than Cyril who is at 5, considering the incident between him unconscious and Ray in Blood Test.

Locations[edit | edit source]

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

Malory: "Oh, you poor dear. On behalf of his fellow ISIS agents, please let me be the first to offer my condolences."
Archer: "And let me be the first to welcome you back into the dating pool... and/or my new hottub."
Lana: "Seriously, how can you be drinking after last night?
Archer: "How can you not?"
Lana: "Because I don't have a problem."
Malory: "Well, I do."
Archer: "First step's admitting it, Mother."
Malory: "Wh--? Not with drinking!"
Archer & Lana: "Ehh..."
Archer: "Well, I'm sorry, but if anybody ever found out, I would die of shame."
Pam: "Well, how do you think that makes me feel?"
Archer: "I don't care, Pam! Now, having said that, would you please come into this dirty toilet stall and have sex with me?"
Barry: "Well, when you put it like that, it sounds kinda shitty."
Jakov: "Thirty years of my life I give to the KGB, and now you, this...this traitorous cyborg, are sitting at my desk? How would you put it?!"
Barry: "(laughs) Yeah, you really got cornholed, huh? Wait, don't answer yet, because I'm also reassigning you to Siberia."
Jakov: "Siberia?"
Barry: "Well, Barry can't have you moping around here, y'know, sowing the discontent."
Boris: "Is bad for morale."
Jakov: "Et tu, Brute?"
Boris: "Et me, buddy."
Barry: "So, here's my advice to you: dress in layers. And don't even think about doing anything crazy like defecting."
Jakov: "I would never defect! I love Mother Russia."
Barry: "Even when you're chopping through the ice in the toilet so you can poop? I-I'm kidding, obviously. I mean, you're gonna be, like, six hundred miles from a toilet."
Barry: "Now Jakov's got a twelve-hour head start and the details of every single KGB operation in the globe in his fat, combed-over head!"
Boris: "Ah, and you have no idea where he went."
Barry: "Well, I assume he's in New York, with those shit-bitching-ass-bastard-Archers!"
Boris: "But--"
Barry: "I can assume you're already an ass! So contact our sleeper in New York, and then cancel all my meetings this week, because I will also be in New York. Murdering people."
Archer: "I'm serious, you are literally draining the life out of me."
Pam: "C'mon, you make me sound like some kind of chupacabra, but for dicks."
Archer: "A terrifying yet accurate comparison. Where'd you learn all that stuff?"
Pam: "You know I grew up on a farm, right?"
Archer: "Really hoping that's not relevant."
Jakov: "How can you just leave me here?"
Archer: "Mainly because I have an incredibly addictive personality."
Lana: (On the phone) "Archer, don't talk, just listen."
Archer: "Why, what's up? What do--"
Lana: "Jakov's intel is bad, and Barry's got some sort of master plan that we're clueless about, thanks to Cyril!"
Cyril: "Who has apologized profusely--"
Ray: "Quiet game!"
Lana: "So we're gonna regroup at the safe house and try to... figure out.... goddamn it."
Ray: "What?"
Lana: "Wait for it."
Archer's voicemail: "(Laughs) LEAVE IT!"
(Lana smashes her cell phone.)
Jakov: "You son of bitch! You actually think you'll get away with this?"
Barry: "(Laughs) Obviously. Why else would I do it?"
Archer: (On the phone) "Hello. Hello? Oh, for-- Mother, this isn't voicemail. Mother, come on! The time is... exactly 7:16 and I wish they were, but even my voicemail pranks aren't that elaborate. MOTHER!"
Malory: "Sterling?"
Archer: "Leave it. Just kidding."
Archer: "That was, uh... my, uh... The man who might've been my father...just died."
Pam: "Awkward."
Archer: "And it's all my fault, because instead of doing my job, I was here, half-drunk and having amazing sex."
Pam: "Well, I wouldn't say 'amazing'"
Archer: "..."
Pam: "What? C'mon, you were pushing rope!"

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