“I swear to God I had something for this.” (Episode Summary)
Charged with scanning the handprint and electronic devices of a Durhani Prince, Archer & Co. follow an unnecessarily complex — and thus all the more fun — plan from Slater (not Mr. Slater) that ultimately proves meaningless. Turns out “Pocket Listing” wasn’t about anything other than reuniting Archer and Lana, a romantic union alluded to throughout most of the season and reaching peak crescendo here.
And when I say “peak crescendo,” I mean a graphic, heated and relatively lengthy sex scene between two of characters sure to inspire many viewers to seek help for schediaphilia. I mean really? Does anyone even remember anything that happened other than that final scene? No? Just me? Okay, I’ll be with my therapist.
“Bloody Mary, full of vodka, pray for me now…” (Best Drinking Reference)
“Pocket Listing” came dangerously close to being the first episode of the season — if not ever — that saw Archer go without alcohol. Luckily, he snagged an indistinguishable cocktail during the morning meeting to keep his streak intact, even if his lack of commentary on it keeps it from even qualifying as a “reference.”
“Danger zone!” (Most Action-y Action Sequence)
Poor Ray. The majority of his limb-losing fight scene with a plant reminiscent of Audrey II was shown off-screen, but the final moments of Ray’s consequential victory made it all worthwhile. Not only is one of the best tertiary characters on television repeatedly relegated to trivialized endeavors, but now he’s lost an arm to go along with his legs. It seems creator Adam Reed may be setting up an inevitable showdown between cyborg Barry and cyborg Ray, an episode I desperately hope plays up the “Terminator 2” parallels. For now, we’ll just have to empathetically chuckle alone at lines like these:
“Actually there is one other thing…”
“I think Ray deserves a hand!”
“Tactleneck” (Best Archer Innovation)
It may have been a CIA device, but the sleepy-time dart gun was made with Archer in mind. There’s no one else who would use it more — shooting co-workers who speak out of turn, Woodhouse when he spoke too much or anyone who wasn’t saying things he wanted to hear, like, “Here’s your Black Mexican, sir.” — and the purposes he employed his “new favorite thing” were of the utmost importance (namely, banging).
“That’s like killing a unicorn!” (Best Quote)
“Okay, Gollum, you have won the game of riddles. The gold ring is yours.” – Archer
“Can’t or won’t?” (Analysis)
Outside of the serialized payoff of our “Will they or won’t they?” couple getting together, “Pocket Listing” didn’t offer much vital information or even noticeable effort. Even the best quote only won out because of H. Jon Benjamin’s vocal delivery (and not for referencing a film all too well known for “Archer” purists). The mission had no consequence. The new characters weren’t memorable. Everyone merely served as pawns in the ultimate game of seduction between ex-lovers.
I would have preferred Archer and Lana’s reunion arrive during more meaningful circumstances, even if I am glad not to have to wait until the series finale (though by no means does their illicit sex session indicate a long-term commitment). The affair should also set up at least one week of exciting secrecy as Lana and Archer hide their relationship from Mallory, and the move of reintroducing Archer as a taken man provides plenty of material down the line. Here’s hoping for a quick return on investment.