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"Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers" is the fourth episode of Season 8, and the eighty-ninth episode overall.



While investigating a kidnapping, Archer reveals too much about Figgis and Krieger reveals too much about his past.[2]


The episode kicks off from the previous episode. After a failed attempt at convincing Charlotte's father that she has kidnapped her, Mother sends Archer to Vandertunt Castle to convince her brother, Cecil, that they really have Charlotte, and that the ransom is one million dollars. Cyril calls Vandertunt Castle, also claiming to have kidnapped Charlotte. Not knowing who is the real Kidnapper, Cecil demands that Archer must give him one of her fingers to prove that he has her.

Meanwhile, Krieger turns Dutch into a cyborg, while going down memory lane.


Cultural References[]

  • Citizen Kane (1941): The introduction shot of the Vandertunt Castle atop a private mountain virtually mirrors that of Charles Foster Kane's fictional estate, Xanadu, in the classic Orson Welles noir film.
  • Hearst Castle: The Vandertunt Castle in location is also a reference to the real world estate of the American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst as it too is located quite a distance outside of L.A. County. Hearst Castle was also the inspiration for Xanadu.
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) : Archer references the titular character of Lucy Muir when he stops to look at the Vandertunt Castle and says "Plus I bet that creepy old joint is as haunted as Mrs. Muir's twat."
  • Lost (2004-2010): The flashback transitions (visuals and sounds) between Krieger in his current lab and Krieger in his WWII Nazi lab are nearly identical to transitions used on the popular American television drama series when the castaways would flashback to their lives prior to the plane crashing on the island.
  • The Big Sleep (1946): The scene where Archer meets with the Vandertunts in the atrium of the Vandertunt Castle is a visual reference to the opening sequence of this classic noir film. In the movie, Philip Marlowe meets with General Sternwood, an old man bound to a wheelchair with a shawl draped over his shoulders and blanket covering his legs, in his mansions large atrium.
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941): The production artists used the office of the private investigators Sam Spade and Miles Archer as an inspiration for the design of the office of the Woodhouse and Archer Detective Agency. [3]
  • The Boys From Brazil (1978) : The backstory of Krieger's dream persona borrows heavily from this film:  the name of his Jewish alias, 'Aaron Leibovitz', is similar to Ezra Lieberman; his general motive of avenging Jews against their attempted genocide by the Nazis is shared with Lieberman's (albeit in a different way); the 'Devil-dogs' are robotized dobermanns, the same breed as the ones bred by the foster father in the scene being referenced; the Devil-dogs respond to the same attack words "action/cut"; when the Nazis and nurse have all been killed, Krieger uses the same words to express his excitement as the Hitler clone Bobby: "Holy shit".

Running Gags[]

  • Jumping Right In:  Archer starts the episode with:
"So, uh, what are we doing? Are we just - ?"
[This is a callback to Archer's opening line in ​Berenice (s8e2)​.  For analysis, see Jumping Into Dreamland].


Krieger: "Im Jahre Neunzehnhundertdreiundreißig musste er sein Amt niederlegen. Weil er ein Jude war." Translates from German to:
"In 1933, he was forced to resign from his position. Because he was a Jew."
Gruppenführer: "Und dann starb der junge Leibowitz an Tuberkulose, nach unseren Aufzeichnungen."
Translates from German to:
"And then, according to our records, young Leibowitz died of tuberculosis."
Krieger: "Nur um dann als Doktor Krieger wiedergeboren zu werden!"
Translates from German to:
"Only to be reborn as Doctor Krieger!"

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