Helping Hands
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Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 11
Episode Information
Episode No. 3
Original Air Date September 23, 2020
Written by Shana Gohd
Animation Directed by Casey Willis
Production Code XAR011003
U.S. Viewership (Millions) TBA
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"Helping Hands" is the third episode of the eleventh season of Archer, being the one-hundred and thirteenth episode overall.

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Summary[edit | edit source]

The Agency attempts to steal experimental technology from a reclusive inventor, but they forgot one vital item... Sterling Archer.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Guest Starring

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

Running Gags / Callbacks[edit | edit source]

"[Female voice] Hello? Oh, my God, who are you trying to reach? Is he the handsome man in the black turtleneck? 'Cause I guess he's not so handsome now. Oh, I- I'm so sorry, [crying] I don't know how to tell you this, He, he, he... [Archer laughing] Got you. Post-coma Voicemail hoax. Yeah, I'm doing it. [Voicemail woman] the mailbox you are trying to reach is full."

"Cheryl: Malory Archer's office. Please hold. Malory: Well, well, well. If it isn't my ungrateful son who stood me up. [Cheryl screams and there are gunshots] Cheryl: Oh, my God! Ms. Archer's been hit! [Both laughing] Malory: Ha! Elaborate voicemail prank. Leave it!"

  • Callback to earlier seasons of Archer shouting at Lana a bunch of times until she answers then saying "Daaaaanger Zone" when Lana starts yelling "Archer" a bunch of times and says "Stop touching EVERYTHING!!!"


Continuity[edit | edit source]

"Damn you all the hell". Line commonly uttered when a possession of Krieger's is destroyed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The plot is likely a reference to the short-lived Sci-Fi TV show M.A.N.T.I.S. where "scientist Dr. Miles Hawkins is shot in the spine [...] leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair." He "uses his company's resources to invent a formfitting combination powered exoskeleton and bulletproof black body armor that not only enables him to walk while wearing it but, in the process, also endows him with superhuman strength, speed and agility" In M.A.N.T.I.S., Hawkins is confined to his wheelchair whenever not wearing his exosuit just like "Hands".
  • When Kreiger lists off the items on the table he mentions (in order) a fedora, a cursed idol and a mysterious floating cube. Each items pertains to the different coma dreams Archer had; the fedora for Dreamland, the cursed idol from Danger Island and the mysterious floating cube from Archer 1999.
  • Hands' "backup plan" of freezing the exosuit is similar to the second episode [~11m25s] of Batman Beyond, where the original, aging Batman (Bruce Wayne) allows a deviant kid (Terry McGinnis) to steal his suit and activates a device "failsafe" that freezes his suit.
  • Archer calls his team his friends, meaning he has changed his perspective from Heart of Archness: Part III.
  • It is revealed that A.J was sent off to boarding school a million miles away from N.Y for the best education.
  • Chuck Barris was the host of The Gong Show.
  • Marks the first time Archer refers to Mallory as Mom, not Mother.
  • Archer resumes leaving voice mail messages that sound like he's answered the phone.

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