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"Heart of Archness: Part III" is the third episode of the third season and the twenty-sixth episode overall of Archer (TV_series) Archer. It is the third of a [[Heart of Archness_(Trilogy)|three-part story] and billed on FX as part of the "3-Week Special Edition". It originally aired on September 29, 2011.



Archer and rescue party (Lana, Ray, Rip Riley, and Noah) attempt and eventually manage to escape the Pirate Fortress of Pangu Island, meanwhile Malory hardballs the negotiation for their ransom.


Archer, Lana, Ray, Rip Riley and Noah attempt to escape the Pirate Fortress of Pangu Island, meanwhile Malory hardballs the negotiation for their ransom. A fight breaks out between Archer and Bucky, and Ray and Lana are injured by stray bullets. After Archer insults his mother over the phone for her promiscuity, she furiously changes her mind and tells him he's on his own. During their escape attempt, Archer is tempted to abandon the others to take part in a pirate lacrosse game, but Lana threatens to end their friendship if he does. They make it back to ISIS, and Bucky is arrested while Ray becomes a wheelchair user.


Cultural References[]

  • Get Smart (1965-70): When Ray tries hoisting Lana up to the trap door in the dungeon cell but comes up short, Sterling says "Missed it by that much", which is a reference to a frequently used phrase by Maxwell Smart in this show.
  • Dirty Harry (1971): After Archer takes Bucky's gun in the prison, Bucky begins a short monologue that is similar to Clint Eastwood's in this film.
  • Marvel Comics / Nick Fury: After Rip Riley's eye wound is wrapped, he yells at Archer who responds, "Hey, relax Nick Furious!", a reference to the Marvel character. Riley and Fury share not only an eye cover but have very similar hair.
    • Adam Reed has made reference to Nick Fury's organization, S.H.I.E.L.D., in previous work, such as with the Xtacles' flying base in "Frisky Dingo."
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987): While Lana is firing the helicopter mounted machine gun, she screams the line "Get some! Get some!" from this film.
  • Archers of Loaf: The name of Archer's lacrosse team, "Archers of Loafcrosse", is a reference to this 90's indie-rock band.
  • Lakshmi Singh: The other team's name, "Lax-mi Singhers", is a reference to this NPR newscaster.
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Archie compares Lana mowing down his lacrosse team to this criminal couple.

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • Password - The password to the Swiss bank account is "guest".
  • Lana, Lana, Lanaaaaaa! - Sterling repeats Lana's name at increasing volume to get her attention (and her resistance to give it to him).
  • Columbia House Record Club - The only thing Archer ever did by himself.
  • Phrasing - Archer uses it twice, once to Rip ("I like your spunk") and once to Ray ("Fairytale").
  • Idioms - Malory employs an idiom when speaking to the kidnappers..
  • Ok I guess just pout
  • One moment - Pam raises a finger to wordlessly ask for a moment to finish chugging liquor.
  • Gils - Unit of blood measurement is referenced by Lana. Archer had 8 taken in "Blood Test".


  • This episode continues where the previous episode left off.


  • Throughout the episode, there is a running gag about Archer never being able to get out of trouble without his mother's help to which he keeps replying "Columbia House." (Columbia House is known for their legal-binding memberships.)
  • While Ray has been shot and needs a blood transfusion, Archer makes reference to Dr. Karl Landsteiner, who did, in fact, discover the main blood groups. In the flashback to the pub trivia night, Pam confuses Dr. Landsteiner with Dr. Charles R. Drew, who did pioneering research into blood storage and transfusions. Ray is also extremely unlucky that out of the five other people in the cell (Archer, Lana, Bucky, Rip, and Noah) that only Noah is also O-positive since O-positive is the most common blood type by far. In fact, the odds of Lana, Rip, and Bucky all being A-negative are so small, that chances are that one or more of them is lying about their blood type. Additionally, Ray should also theoretically be able to receive either O-positive or O-negative blood, given that the latter is the universal donor. 
  • When Lana accidentally gets shot, Archer screams her name in panic that she got hurt. This might be a reference to the fact that despite denying it, he still has feelings for her.
  • Dr. Krieger does not appear.



Malory: "What the hell are you wearing?"
Cheryl: "Uh, this thing called 'my boss made me sleep at my desk,' so pajamas."
Malory: "Men's pajamas? For God's sake, woman, where is your pride?"
Cheryl: "In my work?"
Malory: "That may be the funniest thing you've ever said."
Cheryl: "Thank you."
Malory: "Oh, shut up."


Noah: "But I didn't... y'know... I can't with all the... everybody looking at me and then the judgments--"
Lana: "Noah?"
Noah: "Yes?"
Lana: "I just traveled eight thousand miles and got shanghaied by Malaysian pirates trying to rescue a person who is now responsible for my getting crabs twice!
Archer: "Oh, come on! These crabs, this time, were not my fault. This whole dungeon is, um...."
Ray: "Were you gonna say 'lousy with them?'"
Archer: "I was, but then I realized that's, uh..."
Riley: "Where that phrase comes from? Yeah."
Archer: "Yeah."
Ray: "Yeah."
Lana: "Yeah, so guess what I'm in."
Noah: "No mood?"
Lana: "Winner, winner, chicken dinner."


Ray: "Uh, yeah. For your information, almost all male cheerleaders are--"
Archer: "Finely-tuned hetero-athletes, yeah. Oh, hang on, I'm getting a call. Br-r-r-ring! Hello? Hi, it's lacrosse. You lose!"
Lana: "Wait, the phone!"
Ray: "Lacrosse?!"
Archer: "Yeah, it's Algonquin for...'bloodsport?'"
Noah: "It's not Algonquin for anything!"


Lana: "Aw, but I love it when Malory bails you out of one of your idiot jams."
Archer: "Oh, really?"
Lana: "Yeah because then I get to watch her rub it in your face."
Archer: "Oh, my god. Okay, first of all--
Riley: "FIRST OF ALL--!"
Archer: "Riley, no. Don't say it."


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