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Archer 1999: "Mr. Deadly Goes to Town" is the fifth episode of Season 10, and the one hundred and sixth episode overall.



Archer and the crew pick up a hitchhiker and try to convince him to turn his life around.


S10E05-Meet Mr Deadly

Written right on the side.

The MV Seamus is suddenly pulled out of hyperspace. Looming over them is an ominous looking space station. Boarding the station, they find desiccated corpses belonging to soldiers from an ancient war. Malory transmits that the phrase "beware, end of life" is written on the outside of the station. About to leave, they are interrupted by a lifeform who identifies himself as Mr. Deadly and demands to come with them, or they will die.

S10E05-Cheryl aroused

Who else is turned on right now?

On the MV Seamus, the crew learn that Mr. Deadly is a doomsday device. Designed to end a war in mutual destruction, the conflict was concluded before he could be used and destroy several solar systems. After waiting millennia, he got bored and nabbed the Seamus. Asking them to say the phrase "please detonate", Cheryl (who is aroused by death), nearly gets the words out before she's gagged and tackled.

S10E05-Mr Deadly ice cream

Ice cream is good.

Cheryl is locked in Ray's boudoir and guarded by Cyril and Ray. Mr. Deadly reveals that if he's killed, he'll explode. Having never experienced anything, Lana convinces Mr. Deadly to live a little and the Seamus heads for Laki station. Malory discovers that Krieger has a secret arms lab and plans to sell his weapons on the station. Mr. Deadly's first experience is ice cream, which he loves. Lana plans to convince him to give up dying.

S10E05-With butterfly

Much more foul-mouthed than I expected.

On another part of Laki station, Krieger, Malory and Pam are disappointed to find only two prospective buyers of the arms, Tex and Tav. The buyers aren't impressed with the wares until Malory tells them about Mr. Deadly. In the station's arboretum, Mr. Deadly unsuccessfully tries to get a butterfly to detonate him. Everyone except Lana is in favour of selling Mr. Deadly to Tex and Tav except Lana. She discovers he'd like to get drunk.

S10E05-In the bar

Astronomy burn!

Cheryl outdrinks Cyril and Ray and escapes from Ray's boudoir. In a bar on Laki station, Mr. Deadly enjoys whiskey. Tex and Tav arrive to take Mr. Deadly which he is happy for but Lana is not. A fight breaks out and Mr. Deadly is led away and taken to a hotel room by Lana, Archer and Pam. In the bathroom, they form a plan to fire Mr. Deadly far into space using the station's rail gun (located in the cargo hold) and then detonate him.

S10E05-Ray-Cyril fight w Tex and Tav

I might have a bit more respect for them.

However, Cheryl locks them in the bathroom and then has unsatisfying sex with Mr. Deadly. Archer, Lana and Pam break out of the bathroom but not in time to catch Mr. Deadly, who has departed. They are met by the rest of the crew (except Cheryl) who have brought arms - including a quantum singularity bomb. Heading to the cargo hold, Cyril and Ray start a fight with Tex and Tav, who are there with Mr. Deadly.


Cultural References[]

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968): Malory asks Krieger if as an android does he dream of electric sheep. This is a reference to the Philip K. Dick novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which was the basis for the 1982 movie, Blade Runner.
  • The Arrival (1996): Krieger's temporary singularity grenade is similar to the device used by the aliens in this movie which starred Charlie Sheen. The device also created a miniature black hole that removed evidence the aliens didn't want discovered.
  • Dark Star (1974): The plot of a bomb contemplating its life prior to being ordered to explode takes many cues from this classic John Carpenter film in which Thermostellar Bomb #20 has many mis-fire attempts and is talked down philosophically from exploding. Eventually it arrives at the existentialist conclusion that only it exists and it should not accept input from anyone else in order to accomplish its life purpose. It then detonates on board the ship, killing or stranding the entire crew in the dark reaches of space.
  • Tycho Brahe: The bouncer in the bar on Laki station refers to Tav as this famous astronomer as both had a metal nose.
  • Cthulhu: When given the quantum singularity bomb by Krieger, Archer references this mythic creature.

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • Supressing Fire!
  • Stir Friday


  • Reality (Non-Dream): Archer remains in a coma brought upon by the events of "Deadly Velvet: Part II".
  • Dream / Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream) On the space station behind the counter where Mr. Deadly eats ice cream for the first time is a neon sign that (kind of) reads Poovey Farms. / (Reality) In reality Pam grew up on her family's dairy farm of the same name.


  • Members of Bort's race, the Garjs, are seen at the ice cream shop.


First Appearances[]


Mr. Deadly: "The sole aim of my being is to explode"
Archer: "Been there, buddy"
Lana: "We get it, you wanna explode. But if you experienced some stuff, then explode, you'd get the best of both worlds. Maybe you won't wanna explode at all"
Mr. Deadly: "Unlikely, but intriguing. It is settled, I shall experience... some stuff!"


(Mr. Deadly, in bed with Cheryl)
Mr. Deadly: "That was... my god!"
Cheryl: "Eugh, it's gonna be one of those "
Mr. Deadly': '"How can sensations that majestic and world-shattering be contained in such strange dangly skin bags?"
Cheryl: "Did the world shatter for you in the fist ten seconds the second ten seconds, or... huh, no other options"
Mr. Deadly: "Both! Benefit of two, I suppose. But oddly, I find a limpid rush of passion in myself. And I must tell you... sorry, what was your name?"
Cheryl (Clearing Throat): "There's some debate on that"

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