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"Stage Two" is the eighth episode of the second season and the eighteenth episode overall of Archer. It originally aired on March 17, 2011.



While Malory deals with the results of her latest mammogram. Sterling must deal with a revelation that will shock all of ISIS.


Breast cancer strikes the Archer family—Sterling has it. “I’m trying to stay positive,” he says. “I can beat this.” But before surgery, he wants to bond with young Seamus (even though he isn’t actually the baby’s father) and persuades his butler to let him take his pre-paid Las Vegas vacation with his brother Dicky, Sterling then proceeds to get arrested by the Nevada police and uses Cyril's name before escaping.

After he returns, Archer thanks Woodhouse for this kind act and promises to treat him better, which delights him. At his workplace, after (and Cyril extradited) Archer breaks down in front of his mother confessing his fear of surviving the surgery. As they drink brandy together, he and his mother come very close to saying "I love you" to each other, having a classic mother and son moment, however that is interrupted. Lana takes Sterling home and Sterling reveals that he's still in love with her and convinces her to have a one night stand out of pity, as he might not recover after the surgery.

The next morning Sterling arrives at the hospital four hours late to his own surgery. After the surgery, which is deemed successful by his doctor, Sterling celebrates at his home with his colleagues and friends. He tells Lana that he wants to talk to her about the night before but is interrupted by the doctor who calls to tell him that his cancer has spread to his lymph nodes and he will have to undergo chemotherapy, (this is after numerous phone calls in which Archer tries to talk to Lana but is constantly interrupted by the doctor who mistakes the results of his surgery three times).


Cultural References[]

  • Babe (1995): Algernop Krieger says "That'll do, Pigly, that'll do,” a near-quote of the famous line, “That'll do, pig. That’ll do."

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • "What are you hourly?" - Lana


  • The Wee Baby Seamus was (fraudulently) declared to be Sterling's in "Blood Test."
  • The next episode directly picks up after the end of this episode.


  • Malory reads a magazine about counterfeit drugs at the doctor's office, foreshadowing the next episode, Placebo Effect
  • During Sterling's surgery, Malory reads a magazine called "Waiting," while Lana reads a magazine called "Rooms." (Get it?)
  • Trinette confirms that Archer is not Seamus' father. This was hinted at the end of "Blood Test."
  • This episode is a rare time Archer gets Cheryl's name right.
  • First hint of Carol/Cheryl Tunt's pyromania.
  • It would be revealed in a future episode that Lana and Archer never slept with each other (as the latter passed out during the encounter), however, Lana would eventually become pregnant by using the sperm Archer donated during this timeframe.
  • In Archer and Dicky's mugshots, the letters SCRCI appear. It stands for South Central Regional Correctional Institution, in Anchorage, Alaska, which is where Steve McQueen was arrested for drunk driving. AJ19261 also appear on their mugshot placards, which was Steve McQueen's mugshot number.



Archer: "Wait, seriously don't open it?"
Ray: "Yes."
Archer: "Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic."


Rita: "Well, if it isn't Chet Manley."
Archer: "Yeah, and is it... I wanna say Peggy?"
Rita: "Rita! And you said you'd call me!"
Archer: "Really? To both statements?"


Archer: "Hello?! Uh, there's this great new thing called coasters?!"
Cheryl: "Jeez-ow! Sorry!"
Archer: "Don't apologize to me, apologize to the Brazilian rosewood."


Archer: "Who's Dicky?"
Woodhouse: "My brother."
Archer: "What?"
Woodhouse: "He's younger."
Archer: "Obviously."


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Reference List[]

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