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"Pipeline Fever" is the fourth episode of the second season and the fourteenth episode overall of Archer. It originally aired on February 17, 2011.

"I've waited my entire life to say this exact phrase: I'm commandeering this airboat!"
Sterling Archer[src]



Archer and Lana travel to the bayou to stop an eco-terrorist out to destroy a pipeline.


S02E04-Archer-sky marshal

Way to keep a low profile.

En route to New Orleans in first-class section of a passenger jet, Archer loudly enjoys several Hurricanes and the prospect of a vacation in the Big Easy. Lana reminds him that they are in fact going to Louisiana on a mission to stop an eco-terrorist from blowing up America's largest natural gas pipeline. Archer says he's "not too worried about some drum-circling hippie tree-hugger," prompting Lana to remind him that plenty of dangerous people, including herself, care very much about the environment. Archer turns the conversation to the works of his idol Burt Reynolds, showing Lana the pistol he "borrowed" from Woodhouse to imitate Jerry Reed's character in Gator. Archer is then caught by a sky marshall, and in the process of explaining himself reveals his and Lana's identities and mission to the very eco-terrorist they are attempting to stop.


I'm commandeering this airboat!

In their hotel room, Lana gets further mission details from an employee of AmPetCo, owners of the natural gas pipeline. The pipeline runs through thick swamp with a single aboveground access point. Lana is increasingly frustrated by the AmPetCo employee's prioritization of AmPetCo's profit margin over the delicate ecosystem that would be ruined by an exploding natural gas pipeline. Later, at Remy's Bayou Airboats, Archer and Lana discover that the only airboat there is reserved. Archer achieves a lifelong dream by commandeering the airboat, and they set out to the pipeline's access point. In his enthusiasm, Archer blows the airboat engine, and they are forced to drag the boat to the pipeline.

S02E04-Pam recycles batteries

Don't we recycle batteries already?

Meanwhile, at ISIS Headquarters, Malory tries to save money by going green in order to qualify for federal tax credits. This includes replacing incandescent lightbulbs with fluorescent, installing low-flow toilets, and recycling batteries. This causes various problems, particularly the new toilets, and in the process Pam is informed that there is in fact a women's bathroom at ISIS.

S02E04-Lana recruited

Lady, you don't scare me.

After arriving at the pipeline, Lana injures her hands reaching into a cooler full of what Archer forgets to tell her is dry ice. She then shares the story of her first meeting with Malory, while she was picketing a fur store Malory was in. Archer angers an alligator while trying to shoot a fish with a compound bow. In the process of fighting it off, Archer shoots a hole in the bottom of the airboat, sinking it and causing their gear bag to float away, leaving only a cooler.

S02E04-Krieger dead meat

Behold the horrors you've wrought!

Malory, Cheryl and the other female staff had kept the women's bathroom a secret from Pam, because of her tendency to make a mess. Pam starts using the women's restroom, which prompts Malory to reverse all the green options and tell the staff to throw all the low-flow toilets on the curb. Unfortunately, the reversal comes too late for Krieger, who has lost several of his cloning projects due to the reduction of power to his lab.


I guess I sorta found my calling.

Archer reveals his three biggest fears (alligators, crocodiles, and brain aneurisms) and jerry-rigs an explosive from dry ice and water. When the eco-terrorist finally arrives, he is revealed to be Lana's former environmental policy T.A. and lover, Joshua Gray. He decides not to blow up the pipeline and invites Lana out for dinner and jazz. Lana leaves with him, stranding Archer on the pipeline platform with an angry alligator circling.


Cultural References[]

  • The Lord of the Rings: Joshua Gray's code name "Gandalf" references a wizard from these books and films.
  • Tonto: Archer is "Pretty sure the guy who played Tonto was a Jew." Jay Silverheels, the stage name of Harold Preston Smith, who played Tonto, was a Mohawk. This is Archer confusing the actor who played Tonto with another actor, Iron Eyes Cody, who was familiar in the 1970's as "The Crying Indian" for his role in a Keep America Beautiful advertising campaign. Cody was actually an Italian who falsely claimed to be native.
  • Gator (1976): The sawn-off shotgun carried by Archer is a reference to Bama McCall, actor Jerry Reed's corrupt character in this movie.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows (1974): The owner of Bayou Airboat Rentals has two dogs name "Old Dan" and "Annie", the same as the two hounds in film.
    • Another reference to the novel is the tree where the dog Ol' Dan's grave is located: under a red fern.
  • Alien: Resurrection (1997): The scene in Krieger's lab refers to a scene in this film, where the camera pans over the failed clones of Ellen Ripley.
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002): The last clone in Kreiger's lab looks like a homage to Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch.
  • Deliverance (1972): The outfit worn by Archer in the swamp as well as the bow used by him are references to Burt Reynolds' outfit and bow from this film. Archer's "double chuckle", heard just before the start of the main credits, is also something that Burt Reynolds is known for doing in many of his movies and public appearances.
  • The Lorax: Archer references this Dr. Seuss environmentalist story.
  • Jaws (1975): The Alligator leaping onto the airboat in hopes of attacking and devouring Archer and Lana is a reference to a famous scene in this film.

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • Lana, Lana, LANAAAA! - After Archer wards off the alligator and remarks that it is a small miracle that he saved the cooler.


  • In this episode, Pam purportedly finds out about the women's restroom. However, in "Job Offer", Pam's graffiti tag can be seen on the cubicle wall while Malory is throwing up in the ladies' room.
  • Archer says he has earned himself a kebab, probably referencing Nikolai Jakov making kebabs in "Skorpio".



  • In the opening scene, Buenos Aires is misspelled "Buenos Aries" on the yellow sticky note.
  • When Archer removes the bottled water from the cooler, it is clearly liquid. It should have been frozen from exposure to dry ice (-210ºC.)



Lana: "But do you really think the ends justify the means?"
Joshua Gray: "Yes. Because this is a war. And victory will only come when Americans stop destroying the earth just so they can drive bigger cars, build bigger houses, and eat bigger food."
Lana: "So like...never?"
Joshua Gray: "Yeah. Oh my god, that's depressing."


Joshua: I like your new hairdo, by the way.
Lana: Well if you like the collar, you’re gonna love the cuffs.


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