Archer (2009– )
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The Papal Chase 

The Isis crew heads to the Vatican to stop an assassination attempt on the Pope. Archer attempts to use Woodhouse as a decoy, while Archer and Pam pose as a priest and a nun.


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Episode cast overview:
Sterling Archer (voice)
Cheryl Tunt (voice)
Pam Poovey (voice)
Cyril Figgis (voice)
Lana Kane (voice)
Malory Archer (voice)
Cardinal Giancarlo Morelli (voice)
Woodhouse / The Pope (voice)
Leigh Jackson ...
Peter Newman ...
Ray Gillette (voice)
Doctor Krieger (voice)
Ron Cadillac (voice)


Father Guido Sardouchebag and Sister Golden Hair surprise everyone at ISIS with their vintage "RC" look for a top-secret covert op in Vatican City against a rebel faction of the Swiss Guard. Lana is confused, verging on angry, not to be asked to go on, if not run, the mission; she is the only agent fluent in Italian, German, French and Romansh. Ray cannot go, as the good Cardinals would see through his gay ...hillbilly accent? And, Cyril has a "thing" about church stuff. Unsure about black nuns and the whole RC thing, Lana still knows she is essential to the Rome mission. Archer never pays attention to context and he may, indeed, "avere la testa il culo," but the king of situational awareness may be the one whose head is furthest up his own ass. In an op not called "the old switcheroo," the agents go on Trope Alert (non si traduce bene) to save His Holiness the Pope, from danger. It may not translate well but Archer does know "Freebird." Will His Holiness the Pope dispense indulgences... Written by LA-Lawyer

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28 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The "Papal Chase" is a play on movie The Paper Chase (1973) and television series The Paper Chase (1978) See more »


Lana Kane: Malory!
Malory Archer: [after Lana breaks Malory's magnetic door] Jesus, do you have robotic hands?
Doctor Krieger: [holding a pair of robotic hands] Not yet, but you just say the word!
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Closing Theme 'The Killer'
Written by Harry Arnold
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Archer The Papal Chase
29 March 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Last week I did say that Pam out in the field would be funny and I was proved right because seeing more of her character in an episode was nice and made her the standout in my mind. The spy team going to Italy to save the Pope was funny from minute one and never let go with all the craziness that happened. With less scenes back to ISIS and more focused on the mission it created more funny moments like the car ride with all the characters as well as Pam almost killing the Pope. The animation was great and I liked the look of Italy that the show gave to it. Voice-over standout from Amber Nash made it a smart decision for Pam to be a field agent.


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