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A Going Concern 

After Malory is wiped out in a Ponzi scheme, she hatches a scheme of her own: selling ISIS to rival spy agency ODIN. Archer and the rest of the ISIS employees must use every trick in the book to try to stop the sale.


Adam Reed (uncredited)


Adam Reed (creator), Adam Reed

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Episode credited cast:
H. Jon Benjamin ... Sterling Archer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Coe ... Woodhouse (voice)
Judy Greer ... Cheryl Tunt (voice)
Amber Nash ... Pam Poovey (voice)
Chris Parnell ... Cyril Figgis (voice)
Clarke Peters ... Popeye (voice)
Adam Reed ... Ray Gillette (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Len Trexler (voice)
Aisha Tyler ... Lana Kane (voice)
Jessica Walter ... Malory Archer (voice)
Dave Willis ... Barry Dillon (voice)
Lucky Yates ... Doctor Krieger (voice)


Archer gets a bo-bo from Nikolai Jakov's Huns, but no sympathy from his mother. Malory's frustrations cannot be satisfied with lock factory equipment. A hedge fund is really a Ponzi scheme. Cheryl is the big mouth who spreads the word: Malory is selling out to ODIN, in more ways than one! Has Len Trexler finally won his lady love? Archer does not want a new boss or father. Barry tells Lana the sale could give her an opportunity for advancement, but only if Lana will advance horizontally, as well. Malory and Lana look out for their own asses, so Archer steps up to lead those remaining. (Phrasing! Boom!) The gang crowd-sources a plan to save ISIS. Can Len Trexler be induced into a change of heart? Krieger mentions the deep-cycle marine battery and his patented breath strips, and Archer has a revelation about anatomy. A plan is born and bare hands get dirty. A tiny microchip and Krieger's magic, might make it possible to alter... change Len's mind. What goes on in the mainframe may not..... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

3 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode title, "A Going Concern" is an accounting term that refers to an assumption that a company will have the capacity to operate long enough to fulfill its obligations, meet its goals, etc. In this episode ISIS is in danger of collapse. See more »


Archer's bore hole where a chip was implanted was on the left side of his temple. In this episode, an incision was made on the right side to remove it. See more »


Sterling Archer: Mother, you've been lying to me my entire life. Just for once, I want you to tell me the truth.
Malory Archer: Well, people in hell want ice water.
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Spoofs A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


Closing Theme 'The Killer'
Written by Harry Arnold
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Will They Ever Get the Carpet Clean?
17 November 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

ISIS is going broke and Mallory makes a deal with her lover, the head of ODIN. She lost all her money in a Ponzi scheme. They are to take care of business and then head off for all kinds of tourist sites. Archer and the gang realize they must do something or it may be too late for them. Lana immediately turns on them because she has been promised a high position in the new company. Anyway, there is use of LSD and a method of brainwashing right out of Kubrick's "A Clockork Orange." There is the obligatory vomiting again and all the Oedipal stuff with Archer and his mother. A typical episode with enough stereotyping to get us all by.

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