Archer: Season 1, Episode 1

Mole Hunt (17 Sep. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Animation, Action, Comedy
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Archer goes to great lengths to cover up discrepancies in his ISIS expense account as he attempts to access the agency's mainframe computer. Cyril and Lana's Friday night dinner date is interrupted by work.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Sterling Archer (voice)
Cheryl Tunt (voice)
Cyril Figgis (voice)
Lana Kane (voice)
Malory Archer (voice)
Woodhouse (voice)
Krenshaw (voice)
Pam Poovey (voice)
Peter Newman ...
Receptionist (voice)


International Secret Intelligence Service is a super spy agency where clever, blissfully non-PC banter, pop-cultural references, sex and temperaments fly amok. In a typical week, Archer is tortured by an ISIS agent who sounds German, Russian and American in rapid succession. The head of ISIS deems the performance of her agent son, Archer, "unsatisfactory." At home, in a terraced penthouse, drunken Archer "ping-pongs" a French stewardess, marvels at her dog, Abelard, and harasses his ancient British valet, Woodhouse. At work again, Archer is an HR nightmare; he seems not to play well with office staff. There is Pam Poovey, portly head of HR, who dresses like Malory; Dr. Krieger, the mysterious "food rapist" and scientist; Carol Gimple, Malory's attractive, space cadet secretary; Lana Kane, green-eyed, statuesque fellow field agent (and angry ex-girlfriend of Archer); and Cyril Figgis, meek accountant/ISIS comptroller and Lana's new f-buddy. When discrepancies with Archer's operational ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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17 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


During the scene where Archer is in the simulator, Malory holds up a picture of her with her dog Duchess. It is a parody of the famous photograph of John Lennon and 'Yoko Ono' taken hours before Lennon was murdered. See more »


At approximately the 19:29 run-time into this show, after Archer has grabbed Lana from behind with his arm around her neck while he points his firearm at her head, the scene shifts to a low camera shot of Malory and Kremensky. This is after Archer says, "Looks like we've got a Mexican standoff, Kremensky." The low shot shows from between Archer and Lana both standing side by side in the spots they occupied before Archer put Lana into a hold. Then the scene shifts back to a side view, and Archer is again standing behind Lana. See more »


Krenshaw: [first lines]
Krenshaw: Sterling Archer. Code name Duchess. Known from Berlin to Bangkok as the world's most dangerous spy.
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References Brian's Song (1971) See more »


Archer Theme Song
Written by Scott Sims
Performed by Scott Sims
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14 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My son talked me into watching this. In the Pilot we are introduced to this guy who is sexist, undependable, cheap, conniving, dishonest, etc., etc., etc. He is also the hero. He is dependent on his mother who runs the agency he works for. He has sexual relationships with everyone. The dialogue is filled with sexual references. The women are large breasted and either submissive or formidable. I guess Archer has overextended his expenses and is looking for ways to cover it up. Of course, in most cases, he would have been victimized, but we are shown that he indeed is a profligate, trying to blame other people and hack into the computer's mainframe in order to put the blame on the villain (who isn't all that much worse than he is). We know he is a villain because he is old and ugly. Anyway, this is so outrageous that I will watch a handful of episodes just to see where it goes.

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