Disheartening Situation
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Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 9
Episode Information
Episode No. 2
Original Air Date May 02, 2018
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by Megan Johnson
Production Code XAR09002
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.435 [1]
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"Danger Island: Disheartening Situation" is the second episode of Season 9, and the ninety-fifth episode overall.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Archer estimates his impact on the world while Pam samples the local nightlife.[2]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Foreshadowing[edit | edit source]

Whilst in the jungle scene fighting off what look like Komodo dragons, Fuchs says "Nothing is worth this - I don't care about the idol!" This seems to indicate that the bread-fruit plantation plan is a ruse and thus foreshadows some mysterious religious activities taking place on the island which may be key to the plot.  Lanaluakalani seems to be in on it too.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

  • Spanish Civil War (1936-39):  Archer apparently lost his eye while fighting for the Republicans as a volunteer fighter pilot, where he fought the Condor Legion, a unit composed of military personnel from the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany.
  • Andes: Archer mentions that he survived the "Paso de Muerte" ( Death Step ) [3] in the South American mountain range.
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987): Pam shouts "Get some! Get some!" while shooting her BAR, referencing a scene in the movie in which a U.S. Marine door gunner is seen wildly firing his M60 machine gun out of a helicopter at multiple targets while repeatedly saying the same phrase. ( VIDEO REF ).
  • Taken (2008): Pam references a line from the famous Liam Neeson speech, "I will find you, and I will kill you" when she tells Crackers, "I will find you, I will pluck you..."
  • Beer Can Chicken: Pam threatens Crackers by describing the process of preparing him for this barbecue recipe.
  • Hunger (2008): The chocolate smeared on the back wall of Charlotte Stratton's jail cell is a reference to this Steve McQueen film which depicts the events of the dirty protest, a Northern Ireland prison protest which included prisoners smearing feces on their cell walls [4].
  • High Pockets: Pam calls Princess Lanaluakalani “Highpockets”, which is 1930’s slang meaning a very tall man. [5]
  • Motupapa, French Polynesia: The island which Archer thinks is the closest with a runway is actually the name of a real-world rocky outcrop located just south of Ua Huka island. [6]
  • Arrested Development (2003-present): When Archer calls his plane "Lucille Goosille", this is a reference to the character of Lucille Bluth from this tv comedy show, and deep source of inspiration for Archer:  Malory's character is based on Lucille, and shares the same voice actress, Jessica Walter.

Running Gags[edit | edit source]

  • I guess just pout - Archer says to his plane 'Loose Goose'
  • Shut up! - said multiple times esp. by Archer and Malory
  • Be careful! / No! - Malory to Archer (a callback to much earlier episode tba)

Continuity[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Archer references the fan theory that he’s actually immortal - or a genetically enhanced superhuman - since in the “real” Archerverse he’s survived things that should kill a normal man. He literally shouts “I AM IMMORTAL!”
  • Mitimotu the name of the fictional island roughly translates as 'Meat Island' [7][8] in the Maori language.
  • Motupapa - the island with the closest airstrip for Archer to try and land Loose Goose, is actually a tiny island (or rocky outcrop) just south of the island Ua Huka in French Polynesia and has an airport/airstrip[9].
  • Pam is wearing a P1903 British Army cavalry bandolier, ostensibly to carry spare magazines for her FN-D BAR. However, BAR magazines would not fit in the pouches, which were designed to hold 5 round stripper clips of ammunition, not 20 round box magazines.
  • Capitaine Reynaud is shown using a French SACM M1935A pistol, standard issue for the gendarmerie.
  • The car used for the rescue is a 1938 Peugeot 402 decapotable (convertible), distinguishable from earlier models by its one-piece windscreen.

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