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"Helping Hands" is the third episode of the eleventh season of Archer, being the one-hundred and thirteenth episode overall.



Archer joins Cyril and Lana on a mission to sneak into an inventor's home and steal an experimental exo-skeleton.



Cultural References[]

  • Anchorman - When Cyril lands on the panther, the sound it makes is the same as when Brian Fantana opens the Sex Panther box.
  • Star Trek - One of the items in the vault is a phaser.
  • Gilligan's Island - Another item is a coconut phone, made by the Professor on this TV show.
  • Lost in Space - A toy of the Robot Model B-9 from this TV show is seen in the vault.
  • The Gong Show - Archer refers to Chuck Barris, the host of this TV show, when he hits a gong.
  • Planet of the Apes - Krieger again does a variation of his "God damn you all to hell" rant from the original Planet of the Apes movie.

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • "[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. [An ambulance siren is heard] 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. [Beep] [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!!!"
  • Cheryl eats some crab legs from Malory's leftover Seafood Tower and fakes having an allergic reaction. Mallory reminds her that it isn't Cheryl who is allergic to seafood but Pam. This is in reference to "Sea Tunt: Part I" in which Pam undergoes an allergic reaction from eating "seafood". This is actually incorrect as Pam was allergic to the fact that the seafood in that episode was vegan and soy-based, not actual shellfish, as demanded by Cecil Tunt's vegan girlfriend Tiffy.
  • Damn you all to hell! - Line commonly uttered when a possession of Krieger's is destroyed.



  • 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 Krieger 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.
  • It is revealed that Abbiejean was sent off to boarding school in Switzerland for the best education.
  • 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".
  • Marks the first time Archer refers to Malory as Mom, not Mother.


First Appearances[]


Krieger: "But do you know how much cherry custom work went into that van?"


Gallery of Images[]

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