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"The Wind Cries Mary" is the second episode of the fourth season of Archer.



Lucas Troy

This episode revolves around Sterling's best (only?) friend, Troy.

Archer and his former best friend Lucas Troy are holed up in the Vermont wilderness, fighting hard to come out on top.[1] Pam has everyone at ISIS do peer reviews but Cyril and Lana have some serious issues with the reviews. 


At a staff meeting, Malory introduces two agenda items: peer reviews are due (which excites Pam, who is responsible for filing them, but is seen as a chore by everyone else), and ODIN agent Lucas Troy is dead. Troy was an ISIS trainee and Archer's best friend, but defected to ODIN upon completing his training. Troy and Archer's friendship was so close, the other ISIS agents tease him about the perceived homoerotic undertones of their relationship. Troy's assignment was to lure a black market dealer with fake uranium; inexplicably, he ended up fleeing with real uranium and the payment for it, leaving four other ODIN agents dead. His plane then crashed, and his charred corpse was identified by dental records.

Archer is convinced Troy must have been framed after discovering a mole in ODIN, and then heads home after receiving a call from Woodhouse about his lemur. Lana learns that Rodney, the new armory supervisor, requires her to fill out extensive paperwork. This leads her to discover that Archer filled out forms to arm himself heavily, and she concludes that Troy contacted him. Indeed, Archer is en route to Vermont to meet up with Troy. Lana and Cyril track him by his cell phone, with Cyril attempting to complete his peer review of Lana on the way.

Archer finds Troy at an abandoned bed and breakfast, which Troy wants to renovate. Troy is disinterested in bringing the mole to justice, and lets slip that he has ample money for the bed and breakfast project. Troy confesses that, although he has always identified as straight, he has a "singular attraction" to Archer and wants them to operate the bed and breakfast together. Archer is shocked, and then realizes Troy has drugged him; Troy acknowledges it, explaining he feared Archer's reaction to his proposal and also confessing to killing his co-workers and stealing the money.

S04E02-Lucas death

There's kinda a lot of blood down there.

With Archer unconscious, Troy leaves to deal with Lana and Cyril after the latter trips a security laser. A gun battle ensues, with Cyril continuing to fill out the peer review and rating Lana poorly due to her temper. Lana successfully traps Troy by felling a tree on him, wounding him grievously just as Archer arrives, having metabolized the drug. Over Archer's strenuous objections, Troy insists on making a deathbed confession of having raped Archer while he was sleeping on a training mission. This causes Archer to loudly shout a prolonged "No!" He rides back to New York with Cyril and Lana (who are in stunned silence) until Archer asks to have the radio on.


Cultural References[]

  • The title of this episode comes from the Jimi Hendrix song of the same name, said to be inspired by the potential loss of his girlfriend Mary. The term Mary is also archaic slang for "homosexual."
  • When asked how Lucas could have disappeared, Archer said "Paging Dr. Cooper! Dr. D. B. Cooper!" D. B. Cooper is a man who famously mysteriously disappeared with a case full of money after parachuting from a hijacked plane.
  • Lana uses her combat knife to cut Cyril's tank top and orders him to remove his briefs, saying "Get naked. Panties, Too." This is a reference to the famous rape scene in Deliverance. This film was referenced before in the series[2], as Archer is very fond of Burt Reynolds (as is Adam Reed).[3][4][5]

Running Gags[]

  • 934TXS - on the side of a car in the photo of Troy's treasonous massacre and the license plate of Lana's Aston Martin car.
  • Lana's Hands - Lucas says Lana has "big-ass tree hands".


  • Dr. Krieger buying irradiated ants and attempting to give himself relative ant strength is a callback to another Adam Reed show Frisky Dingo, in which a character falls into a barrel full of irradiated ants and gains relative ant strength and becomes a supervillian known as Antagone.
  • Krieger's offer to hoodlums during the arms deal for a gallon of irradiated ants is a callback to earlier in the episode when he tried to give himself ant strength.
  • Archer says he has a list of all of Lucas Troy's aliases. He holds up a USB flash drive. This is a joke on the ambiguous time period Archer takes place in, since the USB was developed in 1994, and the first commercial USB flash drives were introduced in 2000.
  • Lana apparently was led to assume that Archer bought his lemur Reggie, which was actually stolen by Archer and some prostitutes in the episode "Honeypot".
  • Ray tracks Archer's cell phone to a house north of Bennington, Vermont, which he correctly assumes to be a "bed and breakfast." Vermont is famous for them, and they are often made from converted houses. Malory retorts "You should know," which, in addition to the plot, is a reference to a stereotype about homosexuals and these types of establishments.
  • Part of the supplies Archer brings to Vermont are several cases of Red Beer.
  • Archer's ringtone is an instrumental version of the Kenny Loggins song 'Danger Zone'.
  • While tracking Lana, Cyril, and Lucas, Archer sees the tree Lana shot at, saying he "desperately hopes it isn't an Ent." He then wonders if he's gay for Tolkien. This is a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books, in which there are giant tree creatures known as Ents.
  • Cyril complains about Lana calling his briefs "panties," saying "They're called briefs." Her reply, "Yeah. You're a grown man." is a reference to a stereotype about this type of underwear, that young boys wear briefs and grown men wear boxers.
  • Lana constructs a trap by using her knife to weaken a smaller tree that is holding up a big tree and using her and Cyril's clothes as a makeshift rope to pull and break the weakened tree, saying "You know what they say. Big hands, big dick." This is in reference to a commonly held belief that the size of one's hands (or feet) is relative to penis size.[6] It is also the first time Lana has made a joke about her own hands, and the second time the strength of said hands has been used as a plot element.[7]
  • Archer wonders why Troy didn't get drugged after drinking the same wine and Troy tells him that it was in Archer's glass, not the wine itself. This is a reference to the second season of Justified, in which this method of delivering a poison is used twice. Lucas Troy is voiced by Timothy Olyphant, who plays the lead character in Justified. Later, in "Live and Let Dine", Lance Casteau poisons the Albanian ambassador the same way.
  • The whole episode is reference to the Belgian comic "Tintin in Tibet" the plots are the same.
  • When Cyril holds up the peer review letter, most of the text can be read.  It says "Employee is unsatisfactory partner.  lack of organization evidenced by pushing, shoving, hitting, and name calling.  Employee is frequently distracted by her personal life while in the field.  She is short tempered, mean, and often takes her clothes off for, like, no reason.  Employee is often drunk in the workplace, does NOT WASH HANDS after using restroom.  [covered by finger] not let me leave a toothbrush at her place but expected I would rub her [covered by finger] as large as her hands.  Once [covered by hand] her bathroom for forgetting [covered by hand, scribbled out] broccoli for stir Friday."
  • Crenshaw (or Kremenski) and possibly Agent Pak make a brief appearance in the flashback at the beginning of the episode.
  • While Archer is in the woods, he starts worrying about the Predator. This is a callback to "El Contador" when Archer is being hunted along with Lana.



(Pam is hit by ice cubes thrown by Archer)
Pam: "Ow, Jesus!"
Cheryl: "(laughing) It's just like my birthday party all over again! Remember?"
Pam: "No?"
Cheryl: "Yeah, because you weren't invited."


Archer: [voicemail] "Lana, listen."
Lana: "No, you listen! We're--"
Archer: "(horn blares)"
Lana: "Ow!"
Archer: "(laughing), leave it! (beep)"
Phone: "The voicemail box of -- (horn blares)--"
Lana: "Ah."
Phone: "--is full. Goodbye. (dial tone)"


Archer: "Noooooo!"
(Archer is the back of the car as Cyril and Lana sit upfront stunned and disgusted at Lucas' words.)
(After a long silence)
Archer: "Can we have the radio?"


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