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The third season of Archer consists of 13 episodes. FX aired the first three episodes in September 2011 which followed Sterling's actions after the finale of the second season. The remainder of season 3 continued airing on January 19, 2012. Notable guest actors signed on for the season include Burt Reynolds playing himself as Malory Archer's love interest, Michael Rooker as Sheriff E.Z. Ponder and Bryan Cranston as Commander Drake in the two-part season finale.

The season was initially ordered for sixteen episodes, but Adam Reed mistook the order for the first three episodes in September as part of a 13-episode order.

Season Synopsis[]


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Air Date
Production Code Season Ep. # Overall Ep. #
HeartofArchness1 "Heart of Archness: Part I" September 15, 2011 XAR03001 1 24
After the death of his fiancé, Archer goes missing for three months. Malory sends a former agent named Rip Riley to find him and bring him back. With Archer's resistance, he ends up stranding them out at sea and mixing them up with pirates.
HeartofArchness2 "Heart of Archness: Part II" September 22, 2011 XAR03002 2 25
Archer becomes leader of a pirate island and is enjoying the high life until a disgruntled islander calls mutiny. With Archer, his first mate Noah, and Rip Riley now trapped on the island, Ray and Lana go to the rescue.
HeartofArchness3 "Heart of Archness: Part III" September 29, 2011 XAR03003 3 26
Archer, Lana, Ray, Rip Riley and Noah attempt to escape the Pirate Fortress of Pangu Island. Meanwhile, Malory hardballs the negotiation for their ransom.
The Man From Jupiter "The Man From Jupiter" January 19, 2012 XAR03005 4 27
Burt Reynolds starts dating Archer's mom and boss, Malory. Archer tries to sabotage Malory and Burt's relationship while being chased by a Cuban hit squad.
El Contador "El Contador" January 26, 2012 XAR03006 5 28
Cyril is promoted to field agent, while Malory institutes a strict drug testing policy for her employees. Cyril accompanies Archer and Lana to South America to collect on a bounty of $1,000,000 on Román Calzado. Ray, Cheryl and Pam enlist Dr. Krieger to help them pass the drug test.
The Limited "The Limited" February 2, 2012 XAR03007 6 29
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enlist the help of ISIS to transport a captured Canadian terrorist.
Drift Problem "Drift Problem" February 9, 2012 XAR03008 7 30
Archer's surprise birthday present, a high-tech spy car, is stolen. Archer enlists his fellow agents help to get it back knowing that his Mother's punishment awaits any failure.
1065119161 "Lo Scandalo" February 16, 2012 XAR03004 8 31
Malory has the ISIS agents come to her apartment to dispose of the body of the Italian Prime Minister.
Archer36 "Bloody Ferlin" February 23, 2012 XAR03010 9 32
Archer must help Ray save his younger brother Randy from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.
Archer37 "Crossing Over" March 1, 2012 XAR03009 10 33
Archer's new and surprising sex partner compromises his effectiveness when he's tasked to guard the defecting Nikolai Jakov.
Skin game2 "Skin Game" March 8, 2012 XAR03011 11 34
Archer is faced with a dilemma when his murdered fiancé, Katya, miraculously reappears thanks to Dr. Krieger.
Spaceracei "Space Race: Part I" March 15, 2012 XAR03012 12 35
Archer and his colleagues at ISIS voyage to the final frontier in an effort to stop a mutiny on the Space Station Horizon.
Space Race Part II "Space Race: Part II" March 22, 2012 XAR03013 13 36
Archer and his colleagues at ISIS discover they've been tricked into a bizarre mission by the Horizon's commander.



  • One alternate version of the Season 3 DVD cover features an image of Malory sitting cross-legged holding a cigarette and an empty cocktail glass. This pose is directly inspired from an image by acclaimed illustrator Robert E. McGinnis for the pulp noir Kill Now, Play Later.
  • The alternate cover also features Cyril Figgis in an outfit similar to Naked Snake (Big Boss) from the game Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater, an extremely capable field agent, which is opposite of what Cyril is in the show.


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