Waxing Gibbous
Archer s8e6 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 8
Episode Information
Episode No. 6
Original Air Date May 10, 2017
Written by Adam Reed
Production Code XAR08006
U.S. Viewership (Millions) 0.376 [1]
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"Archer Dreamland: Waxing Gibbous" is the sixth episode of Season 8, and the ninety-first episode overall.


All roads lead to Len Trexler as Archer and the gang try to avoid unfriendly ghosts


Enter Plot Here...


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Dr. Victor Frankenstein:  Charlotte reminds us of the common misconception that Frankenstein was the monster, when he was, in fact, the Doctor. (see Frankenstein Complex for a discussion).
    • An allusion to Krieger - who is the Frankenstein to Dutch Dylan - foreshadowing Dylan's encounter with the 'gang'.
  • Francois Rabelais (1483-1553):
    • Gargantua and Pantagruel (16th century):  the reference is to gigantism and Zerk, but it is an obscure one. Perhaps a deep homage to Rabelais offered by Reed, as "The text is written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein, and features much crudity, scatological humor, and violence (lists of explicit or vulgar insults fill several chapters)." Much like Archer then.
  • Casper, the Friendly Ghost (1995): the only ghost thought to be friendly.
  • The Last Supper depicted by many artists, the final meal of Jesus.
  •  Dexter (2006-13)Hannibal (2013-15):
    • Tableau:  the grotesque positioning of dead bodies is a Tableau mort, rather than vivants.
  • Evil Tropes:[2] 'Dutch' Dylan parodies a mixture of evil tropes. (More detail here).

Running GagsEdit

  • Jumping Right In:  Archer starts the episode with:
"So what are we doing?  Are we just - jumping right into this?  Or…urggghhh!"
[This is a callback to Archer's opening line in ​Berenice (s8e2)​.  For analysis, see Jumping Into Dreamland].
  • "I promised I wouldn't cry… promise broken" from Crossing Over (s3e10).
  • Lana's Big Hands- mentioned again.
  • Can't have anything nice- Figgis regarding the ransom money.
  • Suck them and see- Charlotte has pill boxes full of codeine and dexedrine, but can't tell them apart. After having taken a few too many, neither can Archer.
  • Hang on...- Archer swigs from some Old Buncombe.
  • Cuy- smells of burned guinea pig.


  • Reality (Non-Dream):
    • None
  • Dream/Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream) Lana calls J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edna. / (Reality) Malory often calls Hoover Edna.
    • (Dream) Charlotte has a penchant for codeine and dexedrine / (Reality) Cheryl is partial to LSD and glue.
  • Dream (Non-Reality):
    • This episode begins immediately where the previous episode, "Sleepers Wake", left off.


  • Title Explained: "Waxing Gibbous" is a lunar phase in which the Moon is more than 50% illuminated on its way to a Full Moon. Cecil Vandertunt states this is the phase the Moon is currently in.
  • It is revealed that Lana is an IRS agent.
  • The prostitute in the last episode is a dream persona of Trinette McGoon.
  • Archer is called “Shamus”, which was slang for “detective”. It is also the name of Trinette's "wee baby Seamus" whose name Archer had tattooed onto his back. Photo Ref )
    • Shamus is Americanized from the English Seamus, which is Anglicized from the Irish Séamas (James).


First AppearancesEdit

Characters (in order of appearance)Edit


Mother: "And so, since you know where those bent coppers are taking the money...GO GET IT!"
Archer: "Ok, but before that, I haven't slept in - like - literally 4 days, so..." 
Charlotte: "I have dexedrine!
Archer: "Gimme." 
Charlotte: "Oh, and you should also take the codeine in case you need to smooth down the jagged edges...  Although, I'm not sure which is which..."
Archer: "I mean..."
Figgis: "Are you crazy?"


Archer [sitting in his car, while talking to himself]: "After all, she was supposed to be helping me find Woodhouse's killer. But so far, she's done nothing. Right? Hey, I said, 'Right'? Oh, Jesus, I thought I was talking to a tramp or a dog or... Man, this Dexedrine really does have an edge.  Better take one of these codeines.  I'm not sure which is which.  Or, what I've actually been taking.  Sooo, better take one of each!  Hmm. Well. Or two, maybe.  Or three.  Three and that's it, done. [Giggles madly]  Ok 5!"


Archer [laughing to himself out loud]: "Oh man!  Never gets old!  I don't wanna sound greedy but, maybe if I'm lucky, I can get the money and get Figgis murdered.  Whoa!  I may have over-smoothed.  Yeah.  Definitely a little too smooth.  Because hang on.  Did I  - just open that?  No dummy, you just got here.  Hey [slaps face twice] - come on Archer, get your shit together!  Door wide open.  None of Trexler's goons around.  Something smells fishy.  And also [sniffs twice] - kinda like cuy."

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