“I swear to God I had something for this.” (Episode Summary)
If you thought last week’s episode was simple, this week didn’t even have a conflict! Technically, “Reignition Sequence” ended with a rather big showdown between Lana and Archer — as she discovered a vagina in his bathroom sink — but the episode overall focused on how much our leading lad has changed since he last dated Lana. Plus, I’m hoping their skirmish blows over by next week, especially given the video evidence of Archer’s devotion. It wouldn’t be the first time a recording saved a long-running television romance.
“Bloody Mary, full of vodka, pray for me now…” (Best Drinking Reference)
Honestly, for as fun as it was too see Archer drinking straight from the shaker and watch the rest of the team pound 40s in the back of an ice cream truck, I’ve got to give this week’s nod to the maintenance man unabashedly knocking one back as he didn’t fix the broken elevator. Keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.
“Danger zone!” (Most Action-y Action Sequence)
Can we take a minute to talk about Cheryl’s flip book? I mean, come on. First of all, what a random ass item to have at the ready in order to explain an extraordinarily complicated and non-functional plan to kidnap a baby and turn her into a killing machine that seeks revenge on the people who came up with the plan in the first place. The levels of this inclusion are somewhat extraordinary, given that a) at its core, it makes zero sense, and b) the animation was a style unique to the series and an homage to the story itself. I loved it. Cheryl continues to be the figurative sixth man of the year winner, a trophy she’s still holding from “Archer Vice.”
“Katia please. Please. I have to tell you something.”
“I’m listening. Go ahead baby. They’re jingling baby.”
“I didn’t know you were a fan of early crossover mainstream hip hop. Or that you were that strong. Oh my God, I’m glad I’m not a woman.”
– Katia is referencing the LL Cool J song, “Jingling Baby,” first released in 1989.
“Tactleneck” (Best Archer Innovation)
In lieu of an actual innovation, we’re going to take this time to take about Woodhouse. Where IS Woodhouse? His disappearance is entirely more troubling than the feigning disconnect Archer shows, especially when considering the text of the flyer:
Answer to the name Woodhouse
Responsible for my meals, dressing, grooming
Needs medicine: Heroin”
It’s also important to note the flyers — which were never actually put up because who would do it? — don’t have Archer’s name or phone number on them, making the half-assed attempt even less effective. Let’s keep a look out ourselves. It’s important we find Woodhouse, especially since Dicky was reported dead near the end of Season 4.
“That’s like killing a unicorn!” (Best Quote)
“So, ‘soy’ you later.” [laughs] – Archer
“Operation Stir Cry-Day is go.” – Cyril
“Can’t or won’t?” (Analysis)
My future perception of this episode will not be determined until I know what happens next. If Lana and Archer’s relationship is at all affected by the events of this episode, I’m going to come back and dock it at least one letter grade. Why? Because the point of the episode as it stands is to illustrate Archer’s growth since he last dated Lana, and while he may still be the hard-drinking jackass we’ve always known, his speech to Katia did prove a newfound maturity.
So if they’re fighting or broken up come next week, this week’s effort is rendered all but moot (not to mention Episode 9, which was a joyous if graphic reunion). It’s nice to know Archer can feel this way. Now we need to see what happens next, especially when considering we already know what happens when things go wrong. It’s time to retire that stereotype, or at least delay it for a more youthful endeavor.