Gramercy, Halberd!
Archer s8e7 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 8
Episode Information
Episode No. 7
Original Air Date May 17, 2017
Written by Adam Reed
Production Code XAR08007
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.309 [1]
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"Gramercy, Halberd!" is the seventh episode of Season 8, and the ninety-second episode overall.


Archer and Trexler try to escape a rampaging Dutch by telling the world's worst knock-knock joke. [2]




Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Definition of Insanity - when Dutch asks the gang whether they "know the definition of insanity?  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result" he is referring to a well-known aphorism which has been attributed to Albert EinsteinBen FranklinConfucius, and an old Chinese proverb. Its first known appearance in print, however, was in the approved 'basic text' for Narcotics Anonymous, as of 1981.[3]  No single reference can be assigned to such a ubiquitous (and under-attributed) idea.
  • Halberd:  a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries. The word 'halberd' may come from the German words 'Halm' (staff), and 'Barte' (axe).
  • Grease (1978):  When Dutch attacks Archer's car with a halberd as the gang try to escape, the close up shot of the halberd tearing into the metal on the side of the car is reminiscent of this scene[4] in the live-action movie. The leader of a rival crew (who like Dutch is a leather jacket-wearing antagonist) uses a tool built into his car to tear into the metal on the side of the car Danny is driving, 'Greased Lightning', in their race on Thunder Road.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): After smashing Dutch into the wall with his car, Archer refers to him as Gort, the name of the robot in the movie.

Running GagsEdit

  • Jumping Right In:  Dutch starts the episode with:
"So, uhhh, what are we -"
[This is a callback to Archer's opening line in ​Berenice (s8e2)​.  For analysis, see Jumping Into Dreamland].
  • "I promised I wouldn't cry… promise broken" from Crossing Over (s3e10).
  • Are you hourly? - a timely berating of a person's sluggishness.
  • I mean… - it goes without saying, right?
  • Bullet magnet - Cecil attracts his fair share of bullets.
  • Parking the brake - forgetting to disengage the parking brake when someone else is trying to push a vehicle.


  • Reality (Non-Dream):
    • None
  • Dream/Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream) 'Halberd' refers to the medieval long-handled ax used by Dutch / (Reality) Halberds are mentioned in The Papal Chase (s4e11)
    • (Dream) Cecil is shot multiple times by ricochet / (Reality) Cecil was shot by a ricochet in Sea Tunt: Part I (s4e12) (and Brett was a notorious bullet magnet).
    • (Dream) Poovey attempts to push the car while its parking brake is engaged / (Reality) Pam attempted to push a vehicle while its parking brake was engaged in The Kanes (s6e8)
  • Dream (Non-Reality):


  • Title Explained: "Gramercy, Halberd!", is a quote from Act 3 Scene 1 of a play written by Sir Walter Scott in 1830 called The Ayrshire Tragedy [5]. The word "Gramercy" means "many thanks" or "an expression of surprise, wonder, etc" [6]. A "Halberd" is a weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an ax-like blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft. [7]. In the episode Dutch attacks Archer and everyone else with a halberd.
  • The Wild One (1953) The way Dutch dresses and rides a motorbike is reminiscent of the movie's protagonist Johnny Strabler played by Marlon Brando.



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External links Edit


  1. Archer Season 8 Ratings on
  2. Season 8 Episode Guide on
  3. Narcotics Anonymous Quote (
  4. Grease (film) (
  5. The Ayrshire Tragedy on Google Books
  6. Gramercy on
  7. Halberd on Wikipedia


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